Sun, Mar 29, 2015

Mike Shedlock | March 29, 2015

Of S&P 500 companies providing first-quarter outlooks, MarketWatch reports 84% have been negative as Profit Warnings Pile Up.

Matthew Thomas | March 29, 2015

As you begin to look closely into the actual organization of the Mexican cartels operating throughout the world, you quickly learn that they are set up and function much like any fortune 500 company.

Doug Fabian | March 29, 2015

John Jack Bogle is an icon in the investing industry. The founder of Vanguard and the father of index mutual fund investing has had a lot of good ideas over the years. Unfortunately, the ideas in his recent editorial in the Financial Times are not among those good ideas.

Ilya Shapiro | March 29, 2015

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in Michigan v. EPA, asking whether it was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Agency to ignore costs in determining the appropriateness of regulating mercury emissions from power plants.

Lawrence Meyers | March 29, 2015

Indianas Religious Freedom Law is not anti-gay. It is not anti-Black. It is not anti-Semitic. It is, however, pro-religion and pro-freedom and thats why Leftists hate it.

Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Larry Kudlow | March 28, 2015

We can do a lot better, but America is still a very resilient place.

Matthew Thomas | March 28, 2015

I know many people do not understand the very real battle happening in the United States. More specifically, here in the Southwest U.S. we have been involved in an extended battle with a foreign criminal element.

Nick Sorrentino | March 28, 2015

The truth is some (many) people just want someone to make decisions for them. I am unsure if it is a genetic disposition or whether it is socialization or whether it is both. All I know is some people do not want to control their own lives.

Mark Skousen | March 28, 2015

What amazed me about the latest Billionaire issue of Forbes magazine was not the stories about the billionaires, but about Forbes itself.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 28, 2015

This is a column I never expected to write. Thats because Im going to applaud Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

Michael Hausam | March 28, 2015

Celebrate with me the recent lesson learned by the city council of Los Angeles after a 7-years-long experiment in nanny statism that ended in utter failure.

Ilya Shapiro | March 28, 2015

Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 28, 2015

Syrias Bashar Al Assad has said that he is open to negotiating with America. I guess he saw what was going on with Iran, and decided that he too would like nuclear weapons. Del Wilber joined the program to discuss the ongoing negotiations with Iran.

Doug Fabian | March 28, 2015

Consistent followers of the ETF Talk will recognize this weeks return to the world of real estate investment trusts (REITs). A REIT is a company that invests in real estate and gains revenue by renting it out to other organizations. REITs are required by law to distribute a large portion of their profits to shareholders, so they tend to pay solid dividends. One method of investing in this space is through Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ).

Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Charles Payne | March 27, 2015

Even the biggest number-crunchers, the fundamental analysts on Wall Street, peek at the charts when the sledding gets tough, and its been very tough lately.

Mark Skousen | March 27, 2015

Some economists worry that if the Fed raises rates too soon or the Republican-run Congress cuts government spending too much, we will have a 1937-style recession.

Michael Schaus | March 27, 2015

The self-proclaimed champions of womens rights, the political left, is once again insisting that a womans right to protect herself from sexual attackers should be regulated, restricted, and in some cases banned.

Mike Shedlock | March 27, 2015

Many market watchers have their eye on jobs and the unemployment rate as the determinant of when the Fed will hike.

Political Calculations | March 27, 2015

Some time ago, we recognized that the number of companies acting to cut their dividends each month seemed to be a very good and simple predictor of the near real time state of the U.S. economy.

Charles Payne | March 27, 2015

Its a different type of March Madness, and very few people are cheering.

Nick Sorrentino | March 27, 2015

I remember sitting in my car in college listening to Howard Stern on the radio before class sometime in 2000. Howard and his crew were talking about the stock market which was roaring. The Tech Bubble was in full effect. The sky was the limit. If you werent in the market you were losing out. It was a similar vibe to the Housing Bubble which would emerge only a few years later.

D.W. Wilber | March 27, 2015

Only in the so-called mainstream media would ones love of country, a belief in the U.S. Constitution as our guiding document, along with the importance of fiscal responsibility be deemed as something extremist, instead of something patriotic.

Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Mike Shedlock | March 26, 2015

The durable goods report for February was released on Wednesday. It was another disaster in a long line of weak economic reports. And once again economists missed their optimistic estimates by a mile.

Political Calculations | March 26, 2015

We've been exploring data found in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau's Consumer Expenditure Survey, which has provided a window into the annual consumer expenditures of American households (or rather, "consumer units") since 1984. Today, we thought it was time to take a look at how the major categories of that spending has evolved over the thirty years for which we have data.

Charles Payne | March 26, 2015

There's a new movement afoot to ditch 401K retirement plans and replace it with a government run- supervised program. The rationale is that the average fund has only $18,000 and it's been a bust.

D.W. Wilber | March 26, 2015

Just recently Secretary of State John Kerry ridiculed Tom Cotton, the Freshman Republican Senator from Arkansas, regarding the letter to the Islamic Republic of Iran that Cotton championed, and which was signed by forty-five other Republican senators.

Chris Versace | March 26, 2015

During the many years that Ive been investing and analyzing industries to determine which stocks will be winners in the coming months and years, Ive learned a number of things. One of them is to pay attention to the calendar.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 26, 2015

Last week, I applauded the Chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees for proposing budgets that complied with my Golden Rule, which means the burden of government would grow slower than the private sector.

Nick Sorrentino | March 26, 2015

I didnt need to see the ridiculousness of this past week to know that the GOP cant be trusted to reduce spending. But the current Pentagon budget battle certainly illustrates the point.

Nicholas Vardy | March 26, 2015

The world lost one of the most prominent, controversial and arguably most effective political leaders of the last 60 years, Singapores founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. He passed away peacefully on March 23 at the Singapore General Hospital at the age of 91.

Peter Morici | March 26, 2015

The Federal Reserve will likely raise interest rates later this year, and foreign central bank policies may compel it to sell off Treasury and mortgage-backed securitiesreversing Quantitative Easing.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 26, 2015

Cronyism, backroom deals, and corruption seem to be the only way things get done in Washington DC anymore. Nick Sorrentino, from, joined the show to talk about DCs crony culture.

Wed, Mar 25, 2015

John Ransom | March 25, 2015

Most news sites are just happy to fact check. But CNNMoney wants to have the ability to decide whats real or not. It's understandable because the magic wand and make-believe are the only tools they can use at this point to defend Obamas economic performance.

Mike Shedlock | March 25, 2015

Mario Draghi Hit Back at QE Hawks and denied the ECB was blackmailing Greece.

Political Calculations | March 25, 2015

Unlike a lot of analysts, we've always approached the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is perhaps better known as "Obamacare", from the perspective of personal finance.

Charles Payne | March 25, 2015

Existing Home Sales came in slightly below forecast in part to the ongoing supply issue. As a result, median home prices climbed 7.5% from last February to $202,600.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 25, 2015

With tax day fast approaching, its time to write about our good friends at the Internal Revenue Service.

Bryan Perry | March 25, 2015

The latest Fed policy statement was like music to the ears of stock market participants. In sum, Fed Chair Janet Yellen told attendees at a packed post-Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting news conference that the Fed will move on interest rates when it simply is time to do so and that the U.S. central bank wont be held to a timeline.

Bill Tatro | March 25, 2015

The airwaves are heating up. There is anticipation in every quarter. The Conservative talk show hosts are agog with excitement. Senator Ted Cruz is running for President.

Peter Schiff | March 25, 2015

Last week the Fed Chairwoman treated us to a master class of rhetorical misdirection which produced some memorable examples of doublespeak.

Dr. Ben Carson | March 25, 2015

As we stand about 20 months out from Election Day 2016, I have much to learn in terms of becoming both a better candidate and a better potential president of the United States.

Tue, Mar 24, 2015

Dave Ramsey | March 24, 2015

You want your kids to associate work with money. I still meet people my age and older who havent made that connection.

Shawn Mitchell | March 24, 2015

Bibi, please disregard the petulant, malevolent child that so embarrasses us. America congratulates you on your historic victory.

Charles Payne | March 24, 2015

In 1754, Benjamin Franklin took a British symbol for its holdings in the new world to promote the idea of unity among the colonies. More recently, I've seen that same symbol used to suggest unity among conservatives.

Ralph Benko | March 24, 2015

Both Republicans and Democrats are struggling with, rather than changing, a gratuitously poor status quo. Memo to our political leaders: When all of the answers lead to pain for you and for America its time to change the question.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 24, 2015

If there was a truth-in-advertizing requirement, the OECD would be forced to admit that its mission is to promote policies that will increase the size, scope and power of government.

Michael Hausam | March 24, 2015

This injustice just happened: a tenant is having their rent raised by their landlord in San Francisco. (Gasp!)

Peter Morici | March 24, 2015

Western valuesnational self-determination, basic human rights and free markets, supplemented by a compassionate stateare under attack by the rise of China, Russian aggression and ISIS and al Qaeda.

D.W. Wilber | March 24, 2015

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin took to the senate floor recently and showed once again that Democrats (and he personally) have no shame.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 24, 2015

It turns out, Republicans really do have far more (intellectual) diversity than those tolerant Democrats.

Mon, Mar 23, 2015

John Ransom | March 23, 2015

Like a lot of things Obama accomplishes this one comes with the familiar Barackian asterisk: Obama didnt mean to give Netanyahu props; instead Obama thought he was criticizing the prime minister.

Mike Shedlock | March 23, 2015

Destabilizing war drill exercises from both NATO and Russia are the order of the day. The more the drills, the more like one side or the other is going to make a major mistake.

Peter Morici | March 23, 2015

Peter Morici is a professor at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business, former Chief Economist a= t the U.S. International Trade Commission, and five-time winner of the MarketWatch best forecaster award.

Jeff Crouere | March 23, 2015

Your son Jeb is a nice guy, but he is as uncharismatic as your husband and other son, George W. More importantly, he is wrong on too many important issues.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 23, 2015

To be blunt, imposing a big national sales tax in addition to the income tax would be a horrible defeat for advocates of limited government. A VAT would lead to more spending and more debt.

John Browne | March 23, 2015

It is not just the level of the euro's fall, but also the speed of its fall which can prove to be so challenging. Even U.S. companies have been given little opportunity to hedge their euro-denominated revenues.

Sun, Mar 22, 2015

Edith Lank | March 22, 2015

Mark Skousen | March 22, 2015

On Wednesday, March 18, Barack Obama was speaking at a town-hall event in Cleveland, Ohio, when he openly endorsed mandatory voting laws.

Nicholas Vardy | March 22, 2015

It was just over a month ago that I appeared on the Fox Business Network and recommended that U.S. investors put their money to work in Europe.