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2.4.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Oil and the Big Save

Please don’t take this the wrong way folks, but it has to be said. On Sunday I laid out the numbers that we had to hold, or we very well could have been facing a serious market decline. I titled the letter “Crash alert – High”  I  was NOT predicting a crash in that letter. I was saying that we had very important technical levels that had to hold or we could then see a much deeper correction.  A lot of folks evidently didn’t pay attention to that part. All they saw was “crash” not the levels that needed to break to create one.

On Monday the market fell right down to those levels. Then it chopped around for hours as the “fight was on” between shorts and longs. We had fallen 120, then bounced for 100 then went red again by 40.  The day was very “up in the air” as to where it was going to go. But very late in the session, the FT put out a headline that the Greeks had changed their tune and weren’t lobbying for total debt relief, and willing to work out a repayment schedule. That was the “hot button” the market needed to blast higher off those numbers.

2.1.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Crash Alert – High

I get it.  I really do. If you’ve been with us for any length of time , you know that two articles a week for 20 years…covers a lot of ground. Sometimes it must seem like all so much worthless blabber. I get it.  However that isn’t the objective here. I don’t sit and pound these keys for hours on end talking about things because I like to hear myself talk. I’d rather go fishing.

But if you can indeed “connect the dots”, you’ll probably notice that everything tends to tie together. So while we might be babbling on about Ukraine, or doctored up economic reports, or gold and silver suppression, or what have you, it is the “keener” mind that understands what we’re trying to show you. All these topics fit together in the grand puzzle. Unfortunately, when you get the puzzle finished the picture that develops is not what you want to see.

1.28.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Technology Take Over…

Sometimes it is hard for me to keep my head buried in the place it is supposed to be, that being this thing we call economics and the financial structure. Why? Because each moment that passes is a new milestone for us. In other words, today we know more than we did yesterday. Tomorrow we will know more than we did today. Each day that goes on brings us new intelligence, new questions, new experiences. Sometimes the changes that are brought by these new events leads us to tremendous investing opportunities.  Who wouldn't have wanted to be on the ground floor when Polaroid camera debuted its new technology? Who wouldn't have wanted to be an "Angel" investor in Johnson and Johnson back in 1885 when they were creating the first "ready to use" bandages? Who wouldn't have wanted to be the first investors in this new upstart called "MicroSoft" so many years ago?  

1.21.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark


Are The Metals Finally Ready?

For years now the gold and silver bugs have been splattered on the windshield of banking fraud. Yes you read that exactly right. Gold is not down where it is because of low demand. Gold is not down where it is because the world is rosy and no one needs the protection it grants. Gold is not at the laughable levels it is at because inflation is 1% as they tell us and there’s no need for the “wealth preservation” that gold affords. Sorry, it just isn’t so. Gold is down because it has been manipulated down.

1.18.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Swiss Miss

NOTE>>  Because of overwhelming response to the options tutorial that we wrote a few weeks ago, we’ve decided to do a webinar next Saturday at noon.  The webinar will focus on a handful of major topics, such as using options as a hedge, how to use them to mitigate volatility, we will cover gold, oil, stocks, plus options for leverage and as a hedge. The online webinar will run for a minimum of two hours, and generally end up doing 3.   I invite you all to come and participate in this event. I’ll personally be doing a large part of the options training, so if you’re one of those folks that have been afraid of options, or really don’t understand them, this is THE event you want to come see.

I have a nice “coupon” for all you InvestYourself readers. The Webinar will be 85.00 for the general public, but if you use my promo code, you get in for 75.00. Here’s the link…

1.14.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

What Choice?

I want to take a quick break from making any more 2015 predictions, so that we can talk about some “push back” I’ve been getting from a few folks. That’s GREAT because I love a good heated discussion, so let’s jump right in.  Right now my view for 2015 is that we get one small rate hike of just one quarter of one point and NO new QE.

Unless you’re one of the 1%, you know things aren’t so hot. The economy is indeed surviving, but it’s artificial. The term “zombie” comes to mind, as it is being kept artificially alive. They’ve kept it afloat by a multitude of tricks and gimmicks, and most people forget just how persuasive the manipulations have become.

1.11.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

More 2015 Views

On Wednesday we put forth one of our views concerning what might happen during 2015 and we said that 1) the Fed’s would hike interest rates, but only by a quarter of a point, meaning it is for show rather than effect, and 2) the Feds will NOT restart QE.

Today we’re going to explore another item on the question list…Is the US and Russia going to be in a shooting war? Interestingly that question is tied directly to the reason why we feel the Fed’s will hike rates, and will  not do any QE.  Let me explain…

It is our belief that the Fed’s know the US debt is too big, the economy too damaged and ultimately the system is going to experience a hefty crash. If they fight it with more QE, and keep rates at zero, when the crash happens everyone will know there’s no reason to ever have a Central bank. It would be obvious that they can fix nothing. Thus, they’re acting like the economy is great, all is well, and they will go along with that charade by tossing a token rate hike at us and NOT doing any QE.  But they’re praying for an “event”. Something so big, that when the economy fails, they can blame it on the event, and not their impotence.

1.7.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Rate Hikes

We’re beginning to discuss some of the major themes that will shape the global economy for 2015 and as I stated on Sunday, this is going to take a lot of discussion and brutally frank dialog. The gloves have to come off for this discussion, and you have to be open enough to at least consider some of the issues we’re going to be talking about.

Anyone with a functioning brain should be able to tell you that the Fed’s cannot raise interest rates. In fact most people can lay out very good explanations as to why they will keep them at zero for ever, and restart the QE program. Hey, I get that. It does indeed make the most sense ON THE SURFACE.

1.4.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark


Over the past week, I’ve seen many folks make their 2015 predictions, and like usual they run the whole gambit of possibilities. In general, trying to predict events and outcomes for an entire year is futile at best, and frankly, stupid at worst. Even the best of the best are rarely more than 50% accurate. Yet we do it, because we get to look smart if indeed we get a few things right.

All that said, 2015 has the ability to be a monumental year. We could see events unfold that literally change the shape of the entire worlds Geo-politics. Notice I said “could see” and that’s because we’re going to be talking about very big-picture topics; the kind that don’t always evolve as you think they will, or even when you think they will.  The problem before me is this…there are about a dozen topics we need to discuss, and all of them tie into each other. You simply cannot wrap up the worlds problems and solve them in one newsletter however. So obviously this is going to take a few issues to get through.

Options Tutorial All In One Article! Bookmark

Options for Beginners

Recently I've had a rather unexpected increase in the amount of folks asking me about options.  I think the reason is simple, with so many stocks trading at insane prices, people are thinking that maybe going the option route makes more sense...but they're afraid of them. So for the next few issues we're going to break down common options and make it so that anyone can understand them. ( AND NOT FEAR THEM!) Basic options are just a trading tool and anyone can use them once you understand them.

For those of you who are new to the concept of options, take heart. Everyone started out just like you with no idea of what these things really are. For years the common thoughts were that options were for the "big boys" only and the "big boys" tried their best to keep it that way. Years ago I remember analysts saying that the average person shouldn't even think about trading options because he couldn't ever really understand the workings. Baloney! There is no reason that the average investor shouldn't use the tools available to make money in the market and options are some very important tools. So right off the bat, get it out of your mind that options are too advanced or too anything for you to understand. They are simply another investment tool, and if you understand how they work, and use them correctly, they will put money in your accounts.

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