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Another Rate Hike and another Bounce Higher

This past week, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 25 basis points in a move that was widely expected. The rate hike announcement did not have a significant impact on markets, and stocks actually moved higher despite it. The central bank also stuck to its previous forecast of another three rate hikes in 2018. Investors may not be buying it, however. Although the economy has shown major improvement in many areas, the sustainability of such improvements may be questionable. Then there is also the... Continue Reading

Just One Explanation for the Next Stock Market Crash

The stock market has been rallying for years now, and the bull market in equities is about a decade old at this point. In fact, the market has climbed some 250% since 2009, and as of right now there are no telltale signs of a downturn-yet. While investors may be offered numerous explanations for the heights currently being seen in the stock market, the many years of low interest rates along with massive QE have certainly played a role. Investors have seemingly turned their attention... Continue Reading

Don’t Be Fooled

It seems that everywhere you look these days, people are talking about how well the economy is doing. In fact, recent GDP data does point to further economic strength, and the Fed has even stated that it still plans on moving forward with additional rate hikes. Stocks continue to reach fresh all-time highs, and investor appetite for risk remains quite robust. There comes a time in every bull market, however, when investor complacency reaches levels that warrant a significant correction or even reversal in the... Continue Reading

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Why Now May be the Time to Exit Stocks

Stocks have had a great run, no doubt. Since bottoming out in the aftermath of the financial crises of 2008/2009, stocks have gained an enormous amount of value. In fact, recent months have seen not only increasing stock market exuberance, but also more and more cautionary tales. The herd mentality is alive and well in stocks, and with each fresh all-time high, more and more investors are getting sucked in-or sucked back in. Markets have an uncanny way of pulling in every last investor before... Continue Reading

Is Gold on the Verge of a Major Breakout?

The gold market is showing some impressive signs of strength in recent weeks after pulling back from the highs seen in mid-September. The market is trading back above the $1300 level and holding its ground. The yellow metal could potentially make a quick run back to those highs seen last month around $1350. The question is: Will the market be able to make a sustainable move higher? Gold has a number of key issues currently working in its favor, with two potential hurdles. The market... Continue Reading

The Market’s Demise May Be Another Step Closer

The stock market continues to show strength as it remains on a decidedly upward trajectory. Recent articles in financial media have even discussed the possibility of a good old-fashioned melt-up in stocks from current levels. Although the market could certainly see further gains from current levels, eventually the stock bulls will run out of gas and things will turn. While no one knows when stocks could reverse course or even collapse, the magnitude of those declines would seemingly be increasing with each and every new... Continue Reading

Don’t Be Fooled

The gold market has come under some selling pressure in recent weeks and can be viewed in one of two ways: First, that the recent rally is failing and that further downside could potentially be seen or, secondly, that the current dip from recent highs is nothing more than back and fill trade and an excellent opportunity to buy gold at a relative discount. Sure, the dollar index has been rebounding a bit and that may be weighing on gold. And yes, stocks remain at... Continue Reading

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A Sea of Black Swans

Let’s be clear about something: The ongoing escalation in tensions with North Korea may be having an effect on the gold market, but is it not the primary driver of gold. Gold had a very strong session on Monday to begin the trading week before news of another missile test by North Korea hit the wires. The fact is, there are numerous potential black swans that could really derail global equity markets and drive a massive spike in risk aversion and overall market volatility. North... Continue Reading