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2.5.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

NOTE>  I wanted to chat about the incessant push for the abolition of cash that’s going on around the world. The situation in India is the main reason I wanted to talk about it and James Corbett has been exploring this topic a lot lately.  So as a “primer” I want to present to you an article I wrote on April 12, 2013. Then we’ll pick up next week with what we’re seeing in the here and now.
 

1.28.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Trading Questions
 
I’m going to take a slightly different route today, because lately I’ve been getting some really good questions about “trading” the market, and I figure it makes a lot of sense to try and answer them to a larger audience. So, for today let’s talk trading.
 
One question I just got was in response to a post I had made where I said that “for the average investor, it is usually not wise to trade during the first hour of the day, commonly known as amateur hour.”  The question was basically “why don’t you trade during the first hour of the open market?”  So let’s dissect that and see why.

1.25.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Until It Can’t?

Over the years, we’ve talked many times about the fact that Central banks are now enormous buyers of actual stocks. We’ve mentioned how the Bank of Japan owns almost ¾ of all their market ETF’s. How the Swiss national bank has bought literally billions of dollars worth of AAPl,  and MSFT and XOM.  We’ve talked about how companies have borrowed money at virtually zero interest rates and used the money to buy up their own shares of stock.

1.22.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

A Nostalgic Moment

I’m writing this on Friday as I’m watching the inauguration ceremonies. I didn’t really have the motivation to break into a long winded article however, because at 8 am I had to endure a Root Canal procedure.  While it went well, it is stressful and basically made me sleepy.
 
But watching the splendor and grandeur of the ceremony, was moving to me. For all the problems we have  - and boy are they many, for all the divisiveness, for all the vitriolic bickering, there was still something regal about it all. How? The very fact that it still functioned.

1.18.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Popcorn Ready?
 
Friday is either going to be one of the most spectacular scenes we’ve ever witnessed, or...it’s going to be “just another day”. Yes I’m talking about the inauguration.
 
If we are to believe the latest Okeefe video’s, where he’s infiltrated several organizations planning to disrupt the inaugural ball and the actual inauguration itself, there could be some serious clashes between the Trumpers and the anti-Trumpers.  There are definitely whacked out people looking to disrupt the procedure in any way they can, from stink bombing the building to shutting down all DC roads and railways

1.11.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Everything's Rigged, All of It
 
You all know that the major bankers have been hit with over 30 BILLION dollars worth of fines for rigging markets. They've rigged LIBOR, Gold, Silver, Forex, etc. This isn't speculation, this isn't a theory, this is simply the truth. You can look up the cases.

So the question is, if the banking institutions will collude with each other and rig the price of say LIBOR rates, or the daily quote on Silver, do you think it stops there? I argue "no way!".   From where I sit, I see manipulation and rigging every where I look.

Earlier today we got the oil inventory numbers. Now think back to your economics 101 class. What happens if supply is tight on something? The natural reaction is for prices to rise. Likewise, if supply is abundant, then it holds to reason that prices would fall. So, what did we see in the oil numbers? Let's take a look....

1.8.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Will it Stop?
 
On Friday we got the release of the so called “proof” that the Russians influenced our election and pushed it for Trump. The main Stream media has been regurgitating this puke for weeks on end. This is the summary of the “official” statement:

We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump

So, where was it? Where was the smoking gun, the absolutely, concrete infallible proof that this was the Russians? Where is the E-mail or phone records showing Putting ordered this?  Well there is none. Because it’s all speculation.  There’s about 20 or so statements that read like this:

1.4.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Exactly!
 
 
As we look across the economic landscape and we joust back and forth about whether Mr. Trump can enact enough programs to keep the US of A from foundering, sometimes I think we need to step back a bit and look at the big picture. There have been and there is to come, structural changes that I’m not sure can be reversed.  For instance technology.

1.1.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Fearful Predictions 2017

 
Every year I make a fool of myself, by trying to predict what the upcoming year will bring.  But in my defense, I will say that after doing this for over 20 years, I have had quite a few years where things worked out almost exactly as I thought. This year will not be one of them. Why? Too many variables.

12.21.2016 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Merry Christmas!
 
You all get a break today folks! I'm not going to go off on a big rant about the ills of the world, or talk about the idiocy of what's happening out there. No, today we're just going to chat about a few things.

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