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Stumbling Into the Bubble Zone

Bubbles are a fact of financial life! We know about the Dutch Tulip Bubble and the English South Sea bubble.  Silly – right?  They couldn’t happen in this modern age! Think again! Consider the following examples, a few of many that could be shown. Amazon, Apple and...

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Year end tax season and precious metals

We are now close to the end of the year where people adjust portfolios with taxes in mind. For securities there is a "wash rule" provision not allowing the repurchase of the same security for 30 days. Otherwise in the case of a loss, the loss will be disallowed and...

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Shelter From The Storm

What storm?  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) reached another all-time high.  Interest rates in the U.S. are yielding multi-decade lows, some say multi-century lows. Trillions of dollars in global sovereign debt have negative yield and European junk bonds yield...

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The plan comes together?

My original thought was to write further about the left turning on and eating each other. The volume of news, "who" and the timing seemed to indicate something very big coming down. However, another story broke out of the blue this morning from Saudi Arabia that...

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Asking the Wrong Questions

This article is NOT relevant to High Frequency Traders, Hedge Fund Managers, the political and financial elite, or central bankers. It is relevant if: You sense or know much is wrong in our financial world… You worry that the furious rally in the stock market since...

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We’re transitioning now (how about you?)

It finally happened, we have a new Federal Reserve Chairman who will take the place of the academician. Jerome Hayden "Jay" Powell will replace Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairman at the end of Yellens term and hopefully we will no longer see financial...

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Digging Up An Old Story.. Part II

It is the closing of October and the Hollow’s Eve celebrations are in their waning hours. It is in this era of time in which we continue the diggings up of the thesis of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and if the story of the blood sucking vampire was that of a banker. Imo,...

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Gold, Biker Wisdom and Dollar Devaluation

A common expression among bikers who love to ride is, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” TS Elliott and others made similar statements nearly a century ago. How Does This Apply to Gold and Dollar Devaluation? Some adults understand: Voltaire said over 200...

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A Trip Trough Time to Jekyll Island

Creation of the Federal Reserve The Year is 1910; America had gone through three Central Banks. The bankers are tired of picking up the losses and at the same time the people are calling for breaking the power grip of the Banking Trust. The bankers (J.P. Morgan,...

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Reverse Robin Hood Economics

Much of our financial world functions as a “Reverse Robin Hood” economy. Rob from the poor and middle class via “money printing” and inflation of the currency supply and give to the rich! The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Little benefit comes from...

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Taxing 113 out of 365 days

This past Sunday was the 31st anniversary of “The reform act of 1986” in which our 2 party system came together to help reduce the tax burdens piled on by previous governance.  It was the second tax relief and was most helpful in releasing more of the burden across...

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The Added Liquidity Caused By 2 Votes

We have been involved in one heck of a transition these past 5 quarters. Not only has the politically gamed background been forced up front and center for both party’s embarrassment, the intelligence agencies and foreign agreements (entanglements such as those of...

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The Central Planners Lullaby

We seem to be in a lull in market moving news, or is it more the gyrations within the market that have been put to sleep?  The question offers an implication that the exchanges and human emotions “used” to be connected, which in the past, these major events would have...

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“Fade” the little guy for profit!

As many of you know, I worked in the brokerage industry as a stockbroker/branch manager for 23 years. During that time and the 10+ years since, I have seen the "herd" move(d) violently in tandem many times. For years, smart investors would discern what retail...

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Print till it Dies

The US Dollar has had a wonderful run in its life time. Not too many fiat currencies have had the ability to sustain its usage for as long as this mighty experiment has and all who have reported on this instrument of trade are pretty much pointing to the same outcome...

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