Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Mike Shedlock | February 11, 2016

Fed chair Janet Yellen keeps repeating the mantra inflation expectations are well anchored.

Charles Payne | February 11, 2016

Despite midday swoon in oil prices that saw West Texas Intermediate (WTI) dip down to $27.96, equities showed a tremendous amount of spunk.

Chris Versace | February 11, 2016

If we look at the charts for the major market indices over the last few weeks, you would think we are riding a world-class rollercoaster filled with sharp moves lower, followed by ascents before an eye-opening and white-knuckling fall before recovering in the nick of time.

Political Calculations | February 11, 2016

Last week, we used a well established method of statistical analysis to demonstrate that layoffs were beginning to spread to the states outside of the eight oil-patch states where they had previously been concentrated.

Bruce Wiliams | February 11, 2016

DEAR BRUCE: You often recommend renting over buying a home, saying renting is often cheaper. In my market, Houston, there are no small houses in good repair or in safe areas for under $100,000. Given these conditions, what would you tell a single older person who is currently renting, but worried that rent will continue to rise and eventually be more than she can afford?

Bill Tatro | February 11, 2016

Financial conditions in the United States have recently become less supportive of growth- and thus begins another memorable Humphrey-Hawkins testimony from the head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen.

John Browne | February 11, 2016

On January 29th, Japan's central bank governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, announced that the Bank of Japan would introduce a Negative Interest Rate Policy, or NIRP, on bank reserve deposits held in excess of the minimum requisite.

Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Mike Shedlock | February 10, 2016

Oil dipped below $30 again today. As usual dip buyers or shorts covering pushed the price positive for a while. This time, however, the bounce did not last even one day. Oil is flirting with $29 and Junk Energy-Bond Costs Soar.

Charles Payne | February 10, 2016

Equity markets stage a strong rebound into the close led by oil company stocks. The Dow was down 177 points; thats 223 points off the low of the session.

Bryan Perry | February 10, 2016

Market participants commonly describe the current trend for global interest rates as remaining lower for longer.

Nicholas Vardy | February 10, 2016

Although now long retired, the octogenarian George Soros is widely considered the greatest speculator of all time.

Doug Fabian | February 10, 2016

We continue our current series on the most promising exchange-traded funds (ETFs) this year for growth investors by featuring the relatively new and very much in vogue PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (HACK).

Mike Fuljenz | February 10, 2016

Gold is up over 12% in the first five weeks of 2016, while stocks are down 9% in the same time, giving gold a 21% advantage over stocks.

Cliff Ennico | February 10, 2016

"I've been looking to buy a business for some time now. My college graduate daughter has been out of work and living at home for two years, despite tons of effort and countless rejections, and I thought it might be a good idea for the two of us to own something where I could help her out for a while until she got the hang of things and could manage on her own.

Tue, Feb 09, 2016

Mike Shedlock | February 09, 2016

A bloodbath that stated in Europe quickly spilled over into the the US markets today. European bank shares were especially hard hit with Deutsche Bank leading the way.

Charles Payne | February 09, 2016

Last Friday, the market took it on the chin in a manner that was not represented in the close of major indices.

Mark Skousen | February 09, 2016

ABC TV recently aired a two-part program, The Bernie Madoff Story, showing the biggest fraud in Wall Street history. If you missed it, the key lesson is not to expect the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to protect you from scammers.

Doug Fabian | February 09, 2016

I recently began my new series on promising exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for growth-oriented investors with a look at the benchmark health care ETF, XLV.

Political Calculations | February 09, 2016

At the end of the last week of January 2016, stock prices rallied on the news that the Bank of Japan would implement negative interest rates in that country and that the Fed was likely to back off its plans to hike interest rates again before the end of 2016-Q1.

Wall Street Daily | February 09, 2016

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, is crying wolf amid an ongoing and deepening debt crisis.

Mon, Feb 08, 2016

Mike Shedlock | February 08, 2016

A debate between the inflation doves and hawks in the ECB is underway. We already know the winner: In a speech last week on the Risks of Low Inflation, ECB president Mario Draghi effectively said damn the side effects, more stimulus is coming.

Mark Skousen | February 08, 2016

Gold is the hitching post of the monetary universe. Jim Dines (quoted in The Maxims of Wall Street, p. 151)

Doug Fabian | February 08, 2016

A cold wind blew through the markets Friday and it caused investors once again to head for the exits.

Political Calculations | February 08, 2016

According to new jobless claims, economic distress within the U.S. has spread outside of the oil patch states, as what had been a trend of improvement stoked by falling oil prices has apparently come to a clear end.

Edith Lank | February 08, 2016

Dear Edith: I have owned a two-family duplex since 1990, and have it on a 27.5-year depreciation schedule. I lived in it from 2000 to 2002 (over two years.) It is listed in my name and my first wife who is deceased. Should I remove her name?


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