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    Investors looking for a V-shaped, "buy-the-dip" market recovery were sorely disappointed last week as the major indices took another tumble.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost another 541 points or 3.2% to close at 16,102.38 while the S&P 500 dropped 68 points or 3.4% to 1921.22. The Dow is now solidly in 10% correction territory from its 18,351.40 closing high earlier this year and down 9.7% year-to-date.

    The S&P 500 is down 9.8% from its 2,134.72 closing high in May and down 6.7% year-to-date.

    The Nasdaq Composite Index also fell 3%, or 144 points...

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How to Beat This Market’s “Three Cs” of Risk

Investing Strategies

The last few weeks of trading have been downright rough...

The markets staged a "whistling past the graveyard" rally for a little more than a week after the Aug. 24 crash only to come tumbling down again by 3% on Sept. 1 as nearly every sector was hit.

Robust technical support levels that were years in the making have been snapped like so many little twigs.

Key indicators have all but failed traders who are scrambling to find bottoms to trade off of, and the Chicago Board of Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) has been breaking six-year records, topping 53 on Aug. 24 and 30 on Sept. 1.

The sheer breadth of the chaos is matched only by the growing chorus of pundits speculating on the drivers of the chaos.

Let them speculate and fumble around in the dark. What's really rocking this market is what I call the "Three Cs."   

Here they are - plus the two sectors that will rise above it all...

U.S. Dollar Drops as Global Stock Markets Decline

US Dollar

U.S. Dollar Drops Today: The U.S. dollar fell against the yen and euro yesterday, after global markets had another down day.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 114 points Monday and another 400 points early Tuesday. The Stoxx Europe 600 was down 0.4% Monday, while Germany's DAX slipped 1%.

Here’s what’s next for the U.S. dollar…

What Would a Grexit Mean for Investors?

what would a grexit mean for investors

A new bailout bill has been negotiated for Greece and a "Grexit" has been averted.

For now.

So, what would a "Grexit" mean for investors? Here's how to prepare for what may very well be inevitable...

Why This Euro Rebound Won’t Stop Euro-Dollar Parity

Euro Dollar

Euro-dollar parity is still coming. Don’t be fooled by this sudden rebound.

The fundamentals support a fast dive to euro-dollar parity. But the technical traders simply won’t allow it to fall to those levels so quickly.

Here’s why euro-dollar parity will still happen, even if there are some snags on the way down…

Deutsche's Libor Fine Takes Shine Off Sector's Q1 "Revival"

Money in the bank

The rebound in Q1 Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity (FICC) revenues at big broker-dealers like JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs has emboldened some investors to pile back into the sector. Deutsche Bank's record-breaking $2.5 billion fine for manipulating benchmark interest rates shows that it's probably wiser to stay away.

True, the German behemoth's stock yawned at the news...

How Much Does Greece Owe? 4 Charts That Put Greek Debt in Perspective

how much does Greece owe

Greece is on track to run out of money in two weeks.

Unless officials can alter its current burn rate, the Mediterranean country will hit a cash wall on April 8, according to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Exactly how much does Greece owe?

The country is 323 billion euros in debt ($352.7 billion) - more than 175% of its GDP.

These four charts help to put that number into perspective...

Euro-Dollar Parity Gets Closer as Euro Sinks to 12-Year Low

euro dollar parity

The march to euro-dollar parity continued today (Wednesday) as the currency slipped below $1.06 for the first time since 2003.

In January, our 2015 euro forecast saw euro-dollar parity happening sometime in the first half of 2016.

It's fallen 12.6% in 2015. And it's still got a ways to go...

Why the European Central Bank's Massive Economic Experiment Will Fail

Eurozone conflict

Last week, the European Central Bank's turn finally came to announce large scale quantitative easing.

As the continent witnesses a battle between deflation and attempts at inflation, will it finally be enough?

Europe is following in the footsteps of the United States, hoping for similar "successful" results.

Instead, it's likely to fall somewhere between the U.S. and Japan.

From the Land of the Rising Sun there is precedent, but it's a forewarning.

Here's the story...

FOMC Meeting Today: A Tale of Two QEs

FOMC Meeting Today

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meeting today marks 2015's inaugural meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy makers.

It's only been a month since the last meeting convened. But a lot has changed. It's following big stories in the way of global central, particularly from the European Central Bank.

Here's how this QE story will play out, and why today's FOMC meeting will just be noise in a much more troubling outlook for central banking...

Deflation in 2015? These Four Charts Say Yes

deflation in 2015

Deflation in 2015 seems to be upon us. And while falling prices might seem like a good thing, deflation can wreak havoc on the economy.

In a deflationary period, prices will drop, corporate profits will dry up, wages will shrink, and all of this will reinforce the conditions of recessions.

These four charts show that the U.S. has a real deflation problem now...

China's Yuan Enters the Currency "Big Leagues" to Take on the Dollar

China's yuan

I've been following one of the biggest "stealth" stories of the year: the rise of China's yuan as it gears up to take its place on the world stage.

Towards this very goal, China has taken steady, calculated steps for some time.

It's also no secret that China and Russia have a "special relationship" that will drive this trend.

China is likely to help its neighbor in this time of need, and the longer-term global implications could well be dramatic...

Swiss National Bank vs. ECB: The Best and Worst of Central Banking

swiss national bank

The Swiss National Bank's three-year old franc-euro peg is no longer.

Yesterday (Thursday), the Swiss National Bank decoupled its fixed 1.2 CHF/€ exchange rate. This was on expectations that the European Central Bank will announce a quantitative easing policy in next week's meeting.

Here's why the Swiss abandoned the peg...

2015 Euro Forecast: Expect Euro-Dollar Parity in the Long-Term

2015 euro forecast

The euro is falling. Our 2015 euro forecast sees little changing over the next year - and for some time after.

Confidence in the euro is weakening. And the reasons are piling up against the falling currency.

Here's what's in store for the euro in 2015...

Get Your Share of an Extra Trillion Euros

When Gutenberg introduced the printing press to Europe, he never could have imagined this.
Like so many revolutionary inventions, it's proven a doubled-edged sword.

The U.S. Fed has begun winding down its latest QE program (for now), and the baton's already been passed to Japan with its own massive easing campaign.

But lack of inflation and concerns about outright deflation are again gripping Europe.

So the latest "noise" from the IMF and European Central Bank (ECB) is signaling that Europe is about to crank up its own printing press.

While the implications may be serious, the profit opportunities are even bigger...

The Clock Is Ticking on This Massive Currency Shift

Last week I was asked by a Wall Street Insights & Indictments reader about a new challenge to the U.S. role in the global economy that few are considering.

It's a dominant role we've held since the latter part of World War II, and for 70 years it's gone largely unchallenged.

Until now.

The question isn't complicated, but it will be disturbing to some...