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“Wealth Effect” = Widening Wealth Inequality

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Note that widening wealth and income inequality is a non-partisan trend. One of the core goals of the Federal Reserve's monetary policies of the past 9 years is to generate the "wealth effect": by pushing the valuations of stocks and bonds higher, American households will feel wealthier, […]


One Bank Is Unsure If Any Humans Still Trade Stocks In Japan, Or Have All Moved To Bitcoin

While the wholesale disappearance of retail traders from stock markets is hardly a novel observation, it has taken on a whole new meaning in Japan, where the lack of carbon-based investors has prompted Deutsche Bank to ask if “Japan’s stocks are still traded at all by humans.” As Deutsche strategist Masao Muraki writes, since the […]


How To Survive Today’s Bubbly Market

Authored by James Rickards via Bonner & Partners, To paraphrase one of the great gems of Wall Street wisdom, “Nothing infuriates a man more than the sight of other people making money.” That’s a pretty good description of what happens during the late stage of a stock market bubble. The bubble participants are making money […]


Ten Top Alt-Fin posts that marked 2017 – Peter Diekmeyer (22/12/2017)

Ten Top Alt-Fin posts that marked 2017 Written by Peter Diekmeyer, Sprott Money News   Increasing questions regarding the big financial institutions and mainstream media platforms that cover them (such as CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times) are highlighting the importance of looking elsewhere for investment ideas. To help, we propose a subjective list […]


Mystery Trader Places Massive Bet That Bitcoin Will Hit $50,000 Next Year

Contrary to what casual observers might believe, the Cboe and CME weren’t the first exchanges to offer trading and clearing of bitcoin derivatives in the US – that distinction belongs to a relatively obscure company called LedgerX, which received permission from the CFTC over the summer to create the first swap execution facility – or […]


Equity Mania Reaches Fever Pitch As Even Famed “Value Investors” Throw In The Towel On Shorts

Once upon a time, the chart below would have resulted in value investors loading up on short positions, or at the very least moving money to the sidelines, while poking fun at the ‘momo’ crowd for once again convincing themselves that “this time is different” as they chased equities ever higher.  Alas, as Bloomberg points […]


The Reversal: “Smart Money” Using December Day Sessions To Dump Stocks

Everything changed in December… For months, the so-called "Smart Money" has been on-board with the incessant rally in US equity markets, buying every dip – no matter how shallow. However, since the end of November, a very different regime appeared to take hold. As a reminder, Bloomberg's SMART index is calculated by taking the action […]


Finra Issues Warning On Crypto-Related Stock Scams

Yesterday morning we explained the latest and greatest get rich quick scheme in the stock market as follows: Now that it is abundantly clear that for a stock to explode higher, all that is necessary – and sufficient – is a press release mentioning the company’s name and throwing in the word “blockchain” in the […]


Existing Home Sales Surge To 11-Year Highs As Inventory Crashes

Following strong starts/permits data but weak mortgage apps (biggest drop in 3 mo), existing home sales broke the tie with a yuuge beat, surging 5.6% MoM (against expectations of a 0.9% jump)…   …to the strongest pace of sales since December 2006. The median existing-home price for all housing types in November was $248,000, up […]


Junior Mining Stocks Attempting Breakout

CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE Senior (GDX) and Junior Miners (GDXJ) have had a rough go of it the past year, far underperforming the broad markets. No doubt about it the trend remains lower for each. This decline over the past 14-months has taken GDXJ down to line (1), which has been support/resistance several times over the past two […]


Is It 1999? 2007? Or Both?

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, In last week’s Technical Update, I discussed the potential for the S&P 500 to hit 2700 by Christmas. To wit: “The current momentum behind the market advance is clearly bullish, and with the ‘smell of tax reform’ in the air, there is little to derail the bulls before year-end.   […]


Dow-Poised to trade sideways for 21 months again?

As the Dow is quickly approaching the 25,000 level, some might find it hard to remember that in the very near past, the Dow traded sideways for 21 months! Any reason the Dow didn’t make any progress for over a year and half? Could part of the reason be a key Fibonacci extension level? Below […]


Spread Betting Shares Plunge As EU Regulator Unveils Trading Crackdown

With two weeks to go before the implementation of the EU’s dreaded new regulatory overhaul, MiFID II has struck again… This time it’s hit the shares of several derivatives brokers which provide platforms for retail (mainly) investors to speculate on global stocks, currencies, commodities and ETFs. Only a few days ago, we explained how banks […]


Bullish Inverse Head & Shoulder breakout in play?

Some stocks don’t have much to brag about over the past couple of years and below we look at one of them! Mylan (MYL) has had a rough go of it the past two years as it lost nearly 50% of its value. During this decline could a pattern opportunity have formed. Possibly! Below looks at […]


Nomi Prins: ‘Dark Money’ Runs The World

Authored by Nomi Prins via The Daily Reckoning, Few people know financial markets’ biggest secret… For the last 40 years, most people believed the stock market always goes up. Simply buy and hold long enough, the theory went, and you could sit back and watch the money accumulate in your account. No thought or hard […]