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Global Economy

The World Slides Deeper into the Dangerous "Helicopter Money" Delusion

If it seems to you that central banks and government leaders have run out of ideas, you're not totally wrong.

Indeed, the latest move by Japan smacks of pure desperation, and it might seem silly if it wasn't already an idea that's been floated before.

In fact, we may yet have the chance to see "helicopter money" and its effects after all.

The whole thing is so sad, it's almost funny. Almost.

But like too many crazy ideas, desperate people may be inclined to try anything...

Global economy

The European Crisis Is Going Global – and We're Along for the Ride

After printing $4 trillion since 2008, we've little to show for it.

Endless debates about the effectiveness of QE, or its lack thereof, haven't spawned better decisions, especially in Europe. Think periphery nations like Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.

Better yet, take a look at the stock market, where worries about Europe's economy rattled investors. It's certainly not a pretty picture….

Recently one European national leader offered a somewhat unique response for dealing with the financial crisis and debt bubble.

It appears an unorthodox, yet sound, approach on the surface. But when you scratch beneath, it turns out just the opposite is true.

Developed economies would do well to consider the true state of this country's example of a "model" recovery before an even more catastrophic, debt-ridden future arrives, and erupts… Full Story

Emerging Markets

Investing in India: 600 Million Reasons to Keep Your Eyes on This Country

At Madison Square Garden on Sept. 28, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to our nation's top corporate and political leaders that India is now open for business.

As old as India's culture is, millions of its citizens seek the contemporary American dream of opportunity and prosperity.

Here's how Modi plans to deliver on this promise - and what it means for those investing in India...

IPOs

Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) Leads This Week's 7 Upcoming IPOs

The Alibaba IPO is not only the biggest of this week's upcoming IPOs, it could be the largest IPO ever.

It's the largest e-commerce company in the world's largest e-commerce market. And according to a new report today, the Alibaba IPO price is expected to reach as high as $70 per share.

But it's not the only IPO this week. Here's the full story behind the Alibaba IPO, and the rest of this week's seven upcoming IPOs…

But it's not the only IPO this week. Here's the full story behind the Alibaba IPO, and the rest of this week's seven upcoming IPOs...

Gold

2 Gold Mining Stocks Flashed a "Buy" Signal with Earnings This Week

Gold mining stocks have benefitted from gold prices' 6.24% rise in 2014 – with some rising as much as 13 times the gain in physical gold.

This week, Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth had his eye on two gold mining stocks that were due to release earnings: Franco-Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) and Royal Gold Inc. USA (Nasdaq: RGLD).

Here's how they did - and why both are "Buys" for investors in gold mining stocks...

Alibaba

Alibaba IPO Price May Come at a Discount to Investors

According to a Bloomberg report, the Alibaba IPO price could be 22% lower than most analyst valuations when the company goes public later this year – but the reason is actually good for investors…

A recent Bloomberg survey of five analysts placed the valuation of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) at $154 billion at the time of its IPO. The same survey said that Alibaba could reach a post-IPO value of $198 billion.

Here's why Alibaba may lower its IPO price when it comes time to make its public debut…

Here's how a more modest valuation will actually help Alibaba investors...

Global Economy

Vaccinate Against This Fiscal Contagion

Editor's Note: Special contributor Michael Lewitt publishes the highly regarded The Credit Strategist and was recognized by the Financial Times for forecasting both the financial crisis of 2008, and also the credit crisis of 2001-2002. His 2010 book, The Death of Capital: How Creative Policy Can Restore Stability (John Wiley & Son) was included in the curriculum at the University of Michigan and Brandeis University.

The European financial crisis is often pushed out of the headlines by crises of a more incendiary variety. That might suggest the problem has diminished. It hasn't.

The saga of Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo is a sure sign to investors that the European financial crisis is anything but over. 

Mario Draghi and the European Central Bank (ECB) may keep its finger in the dike, but the dike is only going to spring more holes. 

European banks are still highly leveraged. Their investors are likely to run for the hills at the first sign of trouble, and governments are going to be reluctant to bail them out unless they feel that their collapse poses a systemic risk.

Global investors are, for the most part, shrugging off the problems at Banco Espirito Santo, but European investors are not taking things so lightly. Here's why you shouldn't, either…

Global Economy

Banco Espirito Santo's Newfound "Clarity" Just Makes Things Foggier

So what if there was some momentary panic over some Portuguese bank, Banco Espirito Santo, last week and contagion fears spilled out across the globe and markets tanked?

It's all better now. Everything has been cleared up. How do we know? Because the bank's regulators and the country's central bank, Banco de Portugal, are telling us so. It's all contained, they say.

Well, if you're reassured, don't read on - because this is going to <em>ruin your day</em>...

Energy Investing

These U.S. Natural Gas Stocks Are Critical to the EU's New "Master Plan"

The ongoing civil war in eastern Ukraine, along with the corresponding crisis between Kiev and Moscow, means that Russian gas supplies to the EU could be cut off again come September.

In 2009, the last time Russia said nyet to European natural gas deliveries, the continent barely survived one of the coldest winters in years.

This time around, Europe's savior could be U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports – which is good news indeed for select natural gas stocks…

And that's good news indeed for these natural gas stocks...

Energy Investing

How to Make Money from America's Oil Boom

Energy investing update: The amount of oil produced in the U.S. has skyrocketed more than 50% over the last six years.

Now small towns all across America are filling with a new breed of millionaires who have learned how to make money from this boom. But it isn't the major oil companies leading the way. According to a new report, the fastest-growing oil companies in America are the smaller outfits.

And these oil stocks are rising as quickly as their reputations…

And these oil stocks are rising as quickly as their reputations...