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Is A December Rate Hike Fait Accompli?

The Federal Reserve is holding another policy meeting this week and financial markets are pricing in that a 25 basis point rate hike is almost guaranteed. Yet given recent Fed commentary, it seems like the move is hardly fait accompli. That a rate hike would be a...

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Buy Silver During Bubble Craziness

CHARACTERISTICS OF BUBBLE CRAZINESS: S. stocks, according to many measures, are the most over-valued in history. We live in a Bubble Zone! Read Mystery Markets, Bubbles, and Less Risky Gold. Bitcoin and other cryptos are definitely in a bubble, but they could rise...

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The Chances Are Exactly Zero

Financial sanity and stability may not return, but we can protect our assets and learn from the discussion. The DOW, S&P500, NASDAQ and other markets sell at all-time highs. However, we know many imbalances exist within our financial world. This is not new – things...

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The Wizard of Oz – 2017 Version

Frank Baum wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” over a century ago. The story charms readers on several levels. The books and movie have been exceptionally popular. This interpretation describes the symbolism: Emerald City: Greenbacks – paper money Yellow Brick Road:...

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I Call It Irresponsible …

So many have contacted me recently regarding Andy Hoffman's sudden flip flop on silver that I feel it necessary to comment publicly. To be clear, this is not a "hit piece" on Andy, rather using logic and common sense I hope it is some comfort for those worried. I...

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10 Year Patterns in Stocks, Gold and Crude

The MONTHLY S&P 500 Index The dashed green arrows are 10 years long.  Peaks indicated are in 1987, 2007, and potentially 2017. The pause in 1997 was not a top because the market rally extended into early 2000. The current peak in 2017 could also extend, but valuation...

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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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