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The Ten Strange Numbers That Are Running Everything Right Now
9% of working-age people on Earth were unemployed, at least as of 2012. This number represents underemployment and unemployment in non-industrialized countries, as well. Things are tough all over, it seems, and not just in the United States. </pTo continue reading, please click here...
Here's What $1.2 Quadrillion Looks Like
The global derivatives market is big. Really big. So big – and so unregulated – in fact that no one really knows exactly how big it is, but the very best estimates put the notional value at $1.2 quadrillion dollars. That handily beats the entire world's "GDP" of $71.8 trillion. The number is so big that it really defies anything on a human scale. Humans don't do quadrillions of anything – at least not usually.
Or think of it this way: There are about 2 quadrillion stars in the "El Gordo" cluster, the largest cluster of galaxies we've observed so far. The derivatives market is galactic in scope.To continue reading, please click here...
The Best Investments to Hold When Interest Rates Rise
Inflation can be tough to contend with, yet investors should guard against inflation lest it eat away at their portfolios – which isn't hard to do if they know the best investments to hold when inflation rates rise.
Official interest rates are notoriously unreliable – outright false at times – which can downplay or underestimate the situation. Don't trust the numbers. Make that mistake, and your investments' value can evaporate before your eyes.To continue reading, please click here...
Stock Market Crash 2013: Four Factors Investors Need to Watch
Some call it a "perfect storm" and others a "financial apocalypse," but it doesn't matter what you call the fiscal headwinds facing the U.S. economy – just that you watch them, and the stock market "crash talk" they're stirring up.
With talk of the Hindenburg Omen, credit crunches, and struggling emerging markets, it's important to prepare for the potential impact of bumps ahead.
Brace Yourself: This Is What the Fed’s QE Has Done for Our Economy
The Fed's QE (quantitative easing) program has created multiple trillions of dollars since it first started in 2008.
But now there are signs the QE policy will finally come to a close.
What You Need to Know About Silver Prices and the Fed QE Taper
Silver prices have rebounded about 28% since the lows of late June, and are currently trading at around $23 an ounce.
This move was key for silver prices – it means the metal broke out above its 50-day moving average.
Barclays' technical analysts pointed out that last week was silver's best week since 2011, with a gain of 14.3%.To continue reading, please click here...
The Most Important Number to Watch This Week
The esoteric – yet highly accurate – Hindenburg Omen we looked at Friday may suggest the probability of a market crash. But the number I'm watching this week could cause one.
As a standalone figure, of course, the yield on 10-year Treasuries is small. But the amount of money it impacts worldwide is flat-out staggering.
Out of the estimated $1.5 quadrillion dollars' worth of derivatives on the planet right now, roughly $500 trillion is specifically related to interest rates.
So you can see why the 10-year gets so much attention. But right now, I'm watching it even more carefully… for one important reason.
When the Hindenburg was sounding the alarm last week, 10-year Treasury yields spiked at the same time, up to 2.8210% before relaxing a bit in early trading last Friday as of press time. That suggests to me the Fed is losing control over interest rates.
No doubt this is a frightening scenario, which is why it's important to remember…
The Best Way to Ignite the Economy
The problem with the U.S. government's stimulus efforts to create jobs, and the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing to foster full employment, is that banks are the only direct beneficiaries.
There's just no good pool of jobs being formed from the trickle-down effect that first bathes bankers in bonuses, and then showers shareholders with buybacks and dividends.
There is a better way.
And, in spite of the details which additionally involve two necessary but minor structural changes that can be accomplished with the stroke of a pen, there are only two primary steps we need to take to create good-paying, long-term jobs and crank up economic growth.
Step 1 to Growth and Better Jobs
The Most Hated Man on Wall Street – And Why You Should Back Him
A little more than two weeks ago a "little" story hit the news. And by little, I mean perhaps the biggest money story that you and I will likely see in our lifetimes.
That's because, for the first time in decades, it sets up two opponents, Wall Street and Washington, on opposite sides of the ring.
So who is "the most hated man on Wall Street" right now. That would be Senator Angus King, along with his cohorts Senators Elizabeth Warren and John McCain.