What a Debt Ceiling Stalemate Will Do to the Market
Yesterday (Monday), Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co."to make projections about what a stalemate on the debt ceiling will do to the market.
We are a little more than 24 hours away from the day that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said we'll exhaust the "extraordinary measures" and go over our debt limit. But even with the impending deadline, over the last five days the market has shakily climbed, with the Dow up 2.35%, Nasdaq up 1.16%, and the S&P 500 up slightly to 1.9%.To continue reading, please click here...
How Much Does the Government Shutdown Cost?
While the U.S. government shutdown may merely be an afterthought or an inconvenience for some people, it's costing the economy and taxpayers plenty.
So how much does the government shutdown cost?
The daily tab for the government shutdown is a whopping $160 million.To continue reading, please click here...
The Most Disturbing Fact About the U.S. Economy Today
There's a question no one wants to ask, but it's time we do: What happens to the U.S. economy if American consumers get so financially strapped that they stop spending money? You see, it's a well-known fact that 70% of the U.S economy depends on consumer spending. If consumer spending slips, it will weaken the […]Now imagine what that will do to the U.S. economy...
Fed Strategy from Mohammed Ali
Bernanke's actions last week – failing to taper, yet still trying to maintain the illusion that QE is a good thing – are setting up a one-two punch that's not unlike boxing champion Mohammed Ali's famous "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" approach.
If you recall, Ali was a master of the combination – some say the best ever. He loved to bring his opponents in close. Ali could see through the duplicity of his opponents' strategy and land punches that won decisively.
Ali did that using combinations that were based in fighting terms on two contrasts: high-low or short-long, or even left and right. He pressed every advantage he could find, even when others thought there were none to be had. Knowing he wanted to go the full 15 rounds, Ali developed a strategy that would become known as the "rope-a-dope" as a means of tiring out his opponents early on, then vanquishing them in later rounds when the fight really began.
I think we should take a page from Ali's playbook and split the "fight" Bernanke's presented us with into two distinct time zones: the current "round," and those that happen down the line. One short. One long.
Is that possible?
Absolutely. What's more, it's easy to do.First, though, put yourself in Bernanke's place...
Recession 2013: The Signs Don't Look Good
You won'thear any talk about a Recession 2013 from the president, or from whoever happens to be the next Fed Head, or from anyone of either party in Congress. You won't hear about it on the news, either.
Listen to them and you'll hear that the economy's turning a corner. "Growth has returned… unemployment is falling… the markets are at all-time highs… things are looking up all over."
What a relief, right?Read more...
The QE Helps, But Expect Higher Gold Prices Regardless
The U.S. Federal Reserve pixie dust resulted in higher gold prices this week, much as it lifted silver prices and stocks.
Gold buyers reacted enthusiastically to the Fed's announcement on Wednesday that it would not reduce its $85 billion a month bond purchases, known as quantitative easing, or QE for short.
Gold prices leaped the most in 15 months, after the Fed's "no taper" move, to about $1,365 an ounce.To continue reading, please click here
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...