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9.16.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Death of an Age

 

Over the course of history there’s been many “ages” that we speak of. The Dark ages, the Bronze age, the Industrial age all come to mind. And as time marches on, one age passes into obscurity as a new age dawns. This has been the natural way since man first started finger painting on cave walls thousands of years ago.

I’m not sure we’re experiencing the death of an age so to speak, but more like that of an era. If you polled a group of people, they’d probably suggest that the global economy is still trying to recover from the great financial implosion of the 2007 – 09 period. I however have a slightly different take on that. I tend to believe than an entire “era” of economic expansion has run its course, an Era that started more than 30 years ago.


9.6.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Jobs Fantasy and the Fed Hike

Okay folks we got the August jobs report and according to the bean perverters , oops sorry, I mean bean counters…we got 173K new jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.1%.  A better work of fiction you will not find on the best seller list.

First off 1.4 million more people were “not in the labor force”.  That makes 94 million people. Because we toss around numbers like millions and billions and even trillions so much, let’s write that out…94,000,000. That’s a lot of people that are NOT in the labor force. So what are they doing? Well some are retired. Some gave up looking for work, and some are “working” the system.  (and making about 75 grand a year doing it too!)

8.26.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Market Top?

Thursday was an ugly market day. Friday was considerably uglier. Then Monday happened.  I’m sure you all know what took place by now. Right after the open the DOW fell 1089 points in a “flash crash”.   What was that all about?

Let’s do a bit of recent history. Since February of this year the market has wiggled “sideways” in a “box” so to speak. We had an S&P top at about 2117 and a bottom at about 2040.  So for months on end we bounced along inside that range, generally running higher for 2,3 or 4 days and then selling back down for 2, 3 or 4 days. Over and over, wash/rinse/repeat.

8.12.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

China, In or Out?

A couple weeks ago, word hit us that the IMF board was suggesting to the IMF Governors that they wait another year before allowing China’s Yuan into the IMF’s “SDR” basket.  However, the verbiage seemed odd to me. So let’s take a minute here to consider what I think is going on.

8.2.2015 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Fear Porn

On Wednesday I suggested that indeed there are things that “bother me” in the big picture. The biggest scare for someone like me is that we have morphed into a society where our entire lives rely on this thing called the Internet and the “grid”. ( the grid being the electrical distribution system)

7.26.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark


Bear Hunting

I’ve made mention several times concerning the idea that this fall could bring some real strange market action.

7.15.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Short Waves

When I was a kid, I had a friend named Jack. Jack and I met in school as most kids do, and we hit it off pretty well.  The first time I went to his house after school, I was instantly “amazed” at his favorite hobby. It seemed Jack was deeply into short wave radio’s

7.5.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Trump

Considering this is the 4th of July weekend, a time when we’re supposed to be celebrating our “freedoms” I think it is worthy of a note about Donald Trump for a moment.

6.28.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Solar

With all the incredible things that have happened this week, from the Supreme Court declaring same sex marriage as “the law”, to Obama running an end around concerning the TTP trade agreement, to the insanity of the “push” for removing Confederate flags and even statues of Southern leaders, I’m going to take a break from the madness for today and just visit something completely off topic for today. The madness can certainly wait for next week to discuss.

6.24.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Church Shooting

I cannot tell you how many E-mail’s I’ve received that read pretty much the same as this one….

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