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8.16.2017 Bookmark

8.16.2017

Good morning all, welcome to Hump day. I have a bit of running around to do this morning, but overall I should be set up to do the updates as usual.

2.22.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Is It Safe?
 
Monday I was pondering a topic for the International Forecaster. It's a publication that was started by the late great Bob Chapman. I continue to donate articles to it to this day. As I was watching the futures, despite our own market's being closed for Presidents day, I decided to share some thoughts that I shared with my readers last week....

11.30.2016 The Free Investing Newsletter is up! Bookmark

Hey all, the new edition of the Financial Intelligence Report is up and tonight we're discussing something important to a lot of you...do you trust this rally enough to have your 401K in it?  That's a big question because while the recent rally has been impressive, a lot of things have to go very right to have this market make sustainable gains in 2017.  This is an important letter, give it a read. 

11.30.2016 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

The Gamble
 
Quite some time ago, I told my readers that I was moving what’s left of my wife’s 401K plan out of stock funds and into “cash”. ( money market).  We felt we had taken the best slice out of the 2009 - 2015 run up and after all....the market was being pushed up by all the wrong reasons.

That strategy looked pretty smart for a long time. If you look back at the overall market, it simply traded sideways for those two years. Then something interesting happened. The day after the election, stocks started running and they haven’t taken a break since. Now the DOW, S&P and the NASDAQ are all at new highs. The TV pundits are saying that we could hit DOW 25K.

4.24.2016 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Demographics In View

Billions of dollars have been flowing OUT of the stock market funds in the first quarter of 2016.  Over 51 billion has been pulled out of mutual funds so far in 2016 and Lipper says that 3 billion more was yanked out in the week ending April 20th.  On top of that, we see Hedge funds have lost over 15 billion this quarter as folks are calling in for redemption's.

A lot of this is being blamed on the overall market volatility and that a lot of folks want out because of all the insanity we see with negative rates, horrid economic numbers, etc. I suggest there’s a lot of truth to that. This bull market is long in the tooth and is being propped up on life support. Many figure it’s time to get out. I agree.  But there’s something else in the works that most people haven’t thought about concerning fund flows. Frankly I think it’s a “big deal”.

4.19.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

What To Do?

I tend to think there’s an “event” coming that will shake up the world and change a lot of our economic foundation. I’ve laid out a mess of these possible events and some of the likely outcomes of them. Things like China being added to the SDR’s, some form of gold backing to those SDR’s and eventually to the Chinese Yuan itself. The probable loss of “Reserve status” for the US dollar, and a global “reset” where nations literally revalue their currencies and debt levels.

3.29.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark


Bank of America Agrees With Me??

One of the themes I’ve been suggesting for almost 6 years now is the concept that a lot of the world is quite tired of the US, and is trying to break away. Now, for the average flag waving American Patriot, what I’m saying borders on treachery and treason. Hey, I get it.  But let’s face some facts.

Before we get into some “proof’ of the world moving away from the US, let’s just spend a minute contemplating our role in the world over the last couple decades. We’ve been caught spying on the Germans. Our NSA has admitted to recording everyone’s phone calls and emails. We’ve fomented wars in foreign lands. If the world doesn’t toe the US line concerning finance, we tend to overthrow them, fine them, or blockade them.

12.3.2014 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Retirement Talks

For the past few issues I’ve been talking about the things one could do to secure themselves a retirement, so they don’t have to be a greeter at Wal-mart when they’re 75 years old. But it isn’t just “one thing” so to speak, it’s a multi-pronged fork that you need to secure your future. So far we’ve covered such things as buying a “working class” house and renting it out. Not for income, and not to flip, but just so that you have an asset that someone else pays for. Then at the end of the mortgage you have something free and clear you can sell or live in.

We also talked about online investing. The point being that “just having a job” is not enough. The job pays your rent, your food, your insurances, your cars, etc.  But you need something on top of that to use as “savings”. Whether it’s doing side jobs or what have you, we presented the case that if you get a good “market” education, there’s very few things you can do that can make you the kind of money that online investing does, with virtually no manual labor.

11.23.2014 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

What’s Your Plan?

What is it? What’s your plan for getting through the next 20 years? Do you have one? Have you ever thought of one? Do you think the madness that we’re witness to every day is normal and somehow it all just sort of works out? If things get really ugly, do you have any plan of action?

Consider something for a moment. The ultra rich are divesting out of “dollars” as fast as they can and the price appreciation in “things’ has been astronomical. Some guy takes a blank canvas, paints half of it black and it sells for 48 million at Sotheby’s. New York apartments that were 10 million a few years ago are being bought up like candy for 100 million. Down here in Florida, the more outrageous the price for a mansion on the water, the more bidders there are for it. Every where we look, the rich are buying “things”

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