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Global Markets

World Stock Markets Mixed Overnight; China Economic Data Mostly Upbeat

(Kitco News) – Asian stock markets were mixed overnight, despite some mostly upbeat economic data coming out of China. European stock markets were mostly lower.

U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward narrowly mixed openings when the U.S. day session begins in New York.

Gold prices are trading moderately higher on more short covering and bargain hunting.

Market Crash

Will We See a 2016 Stock Market Crash?

No one can time the markets and predict a true "crash," but one thing we can be sure of is that markets will be volatile in September.

With global central banks holding critical meetings later this month, markets are on edge and investors are fearing a 2016 stock market crash.

Here's how investors can protect their portfolios...


Market Volatility Could Roar Back This Month

This August of 2016 was one of the most placid in market memory, a stark contrast to the record high volatility of August 2015, to say nothing of August's traditional volatility. But last month's markets traded in the tightest range ever, a trend we're still seeing in September.

But… as sure as your summer tan will fade to pale, the coming market volatility will turn you white with fear if you're not prepared.

Now, when most investors think about volatility they think about the VIX, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index. Often referred to as the "Fear Index," the VIX represents one measure of the market's expectations of volatility over the next 30 days.

And this upcoming 30 days – critical days for the market – could get extraordinarily rough.

Buckle up...


It's Official: Markets Have Never Been So Tight

Investors and traders could be forgiven for calling this market downright boring, but the truth is, for technical guys like me, we're living through an unprecedented, historic moment.

You see, I looked all the way back to the Camelot days of John F. Kennedy nearly 55 years ago and failed to find another instance of range-bound, "tight" markets enduring for so long.

There are some serious implications in this record low volatility, but before I jump into what this means for investors, let me show you just how strange these persistent doldrums look on my charts…


This Market Could Grow 33% a Year for the Next Decade

The Internet of Things could be worth as much as $3 trillion once it hits its fullest potential.

What's more, it's sparked an exciting new sub-segment, "wearapeutics," which could be worth nearly $100 billion in its own right.

Here's the smartest move to play all of it...

Market Crash

During the Next Stock Market Crash, Don't Panic… Profit

The next stock market crash will be caused by the same catalyst that's creating this stock market surge: central banks.

This is how the next crash will happen - and how you can profit.

Market Crash

The Biggest 2016 Stock Market Crash Warning We've Seen Yet

We received a 2016 stock market crash warning earlier this week.

It came from one of the most famous investors in the world, which means it could be our biggest warning yet.

Here's what you need to know about why we're headed for a crash this year...

Market Crash

Stocks Are Sky-High – Here's How to Profit from the Big Fall

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, which ought to know a thing or two about behavioral disorders, once defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."

By that definition, the world's central bankers – "hopium" pushers to the global markets – are all barking mad.

They've continuously inflated assets to stratospheric heights in a doomed quest for growth and inflation that never, ever comes.

And what's really insane is that they have absolutely no idea how to stop what they're doing… without sending those "hopium"-addicted markets into a lethal tailspin.

They'll get the tailspin anyway. Or should I say, we will – central bankers never lose.

The U.S. is a perfect example of what central bankers have wrought on the markets.

That's going to come to an end, and markets will get ugly when it does. Here's how to profit.

The Three Things That Could Move This Strange "Go-Nowhere" Market

The mid-July, post Brexit run-up has given way to a mild pullback and… wait for it… another sideways box.

For more than two weeks, the S&P 500 has been stuck in an amazing, maddening range of less than 1%.

This is an almost unheard-of level of inaction.

In fact, I went back through 10 years of data and could not find any other occurrences of a two-week range that was this tight.

This is really strange. But the good news is, it can't last.

Here's what I think will happen...

Market Crash

The Worse Banks Get, the More This Easy Trade Pays You

The global economy is about to be dealt one "double whammy" of a knockout blow.

It's because of two different emerging trends that are fast approaching collision: financial repression and the uncontrolled expansion of the financial sector.

Financial repression has vastly contributed to the pain the middle class is feeling now. Historically low, even negative, interest rates have eaten into returns and helped decimate pension funds and punish everyone from savers to bondholders.

At the same time, massive banks have been allowed to grow in size and power, totally unchecked. And they've used this growth period to inject huge, totally unsustainable amounts of leverage into the system via trillions of dollars in derivatives contracts and bad loans.

Either of these would be bad enough, but I want to show you how these trends are converging to unleash a firestorm of capital destruction on the unwitting. That's something we're just beginning to see in Europe right now, but it sure won't stop "over there."

The way to avoid it? Don't be unwitting. Take a look at this easy-to-trade profit play I'm recommending right now.

The worse banks get, the more it pays...