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Why You Have to Be Investing in the Stock Market Now

Why You Have to Be Investing in the Stock Market Now

Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani - sometimes called "the reluctant bull" - joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." today (Friday) to discuss why the U.S. is the "place to be."

Shah emphasizes that all reluctance aside, when it comes to investing in the stock market now, "You have to be in it to win it."

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Goldman Sachs' "Warehouse Shuffle" Just Cost You $5 Billion

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It's just another game for Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) - a "warehouse shuffle" that moves aluminum around while the big bank collects rent on the metal.

Although the rent on the stored aluminum - Goldman isn't allowed to actually own the commodity - is just pennies a day, the vast amount of the metal it has stored in its 27 Detroit warehouses and the "warehouse shuffle" strategy that enables it to extend the rental period for months on end adds up.

Through the Metro International Trade Services subsidiary it bought in 2010, Goldman has accumulated 1.4 million tons of aluminum, which it stores at about 48 cents per ton per day. That's about $672,000 per day of revenue - nearly half a billion a year.

Experts say the warehouse shuffle game ultimately raises the price of aluminum to manufacturers - everything from beer and soda companies to automakers. That extra cost, about $5 billion over the past three years, is passed on to consumers - you and me.

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DON’T BE SO ARROGANT, MR. PRESIDENT

Empires have come and gone. Some lasted a blink of an eye and some millennia.
The question is, after 9/11, the rise of China and a great financial crisis, where does the U.S. empire stack up to its predecessors?
Well, it seems the one commonality they all have is the point when their might was undermined by sloth and greed. And entitlements: free bread and circuses. For some it took years, others centuries.
Here, in a compelling and unique address, is what Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Roman Empire, might say to President Obama now about how to keep America great.
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Dark Pools of Liquidity Are a Big Problem for Free Markets

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by Greg Madison, Associate Editor, Money Morning

Everything runs on liquidity. Unless you know something I don't, that dollar bill in your pocket is just as likely to buy a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon today as it was yesterday, and will be tomorrow.

Or you could sell 1,000 lbs. of gold - if you have that lying around - without fear of completely scuttling the global gold market. Your bank has to have cash, liquidity, lying around somewhere in the back if it wants to stay in business.

And in many cases, it's easy to see or verify this liquidity. It helps everyone feel better about doing anything.

But there are markets where this liquidity is kept off the open exchanges, where it can be used to juice up huge deals. Or it can prevent these huge deals from having the impact that they "should" have, keeping the hands of large traders hidden.

These are the sinister-sounding dark pools of liquidity.

Dark liquidity is generated and stored in a variety of ways, most of which are possible due to the huge variety of trading venues, electronic and traditional.

With dark pools, neither the size of the order nor the entity making that order can be known until the order is completed. Rosenberg Securities Inc. estimates that fully 15% - trillions of dollars - of all trades occurring on American exchanges, every day, utilize dark pools.

Not Playing Straight Poker

And the markets, like nearly everything else, operate on the wide availability and transparency of good, reliable information. A poker game gets its lurid thrills from the partial presence of that information, or the possibility that the information could be faulty. You wouldn't want to play with all your cards face-up. You just don't know, and that's why it's fun to play poker.

But the markets, despite some inkling to the contrary, can't function with true optimum efficiency if good information isn't available to the widest possible group of participants.

It's not that a player has to have the information, but it should be available to the player if things are going to work the way they should. One is a vying, gambling game, and the other is a free market. We should be able to tell the difference.

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The Latest Obama Outrage: the Family's $100 Million Vacation

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How much do you spend on your summer vacation? American households usually spend about $1,200 per person on summer vacations, according to a recent American Express survey.

Presidents spend more on their vacations than you or I. They have to. Air Force One and security does cost more than loading the Honda and heading to the beach.

Here's how much some recent presidents spent our tax dollars on vacation.

Ronald Reagan spent most of his free time at his California ranch. Taxpayers covered the cost of approximately $8 million for presidential travel during Reagan's first six years in office, according to the Los Angeles Times. That amounts to $1.3 million a year.

For George Bush the cost of flying Air Force One to his Texas ranch was approximately $56,800 per trip, for each of the 180 trips according to Media Matters. President Bush spent Christmas during his two terms at the White House so his staff and secret service could spend the holiday with their family, according to Conservative Byte.

Now Obama plans to blow away all previous presidents' leisure travel costs on our dime with a better than Disney World extravaganza trip to Africa.

However Obama had to cancel the safari because of the need to fill the surrounding jungle with snipers to guard the president from wild animals!

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Shah Gilani: "You've Got To Be In It To Win It"

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Appearing on Fox Business, Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani engaged in the age old debate: Bullish or bearish?

Shah made the bullish case, saying the stock market's rising and investors may want to jump in.

"I think you got to be in it to win it," Gilani said. "You got to stay in the market as long as the trend is up."

On the other side was Dan Shaffer of Shaffer Asset Management. He had a decidedly bearish view, warning of a "deflationary depression"

Check out the lively debate between Gilani and Shaffer in the accompanying video.

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Is Jamie Dimon's "Scary and Volatile" Prediction on Target?

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JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon created a stir across the globe Thursday when he told a forum in China markets will remain volatile because of extraordinarily low interest rates.

Speaking at the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China, Dimon said, "It's a different world when central banks are managing interest rates....  Until it gets back to normal, it's going to be scary and volatile."

Stuart Varney, the host of FOX Business' "Varney & Co.," asked Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald and Wall Street analyst Meredith Whitney for their take on Dimon's comments.

Is Dimon right? Check out what Fitz-Gerald and Whitney had to say in the accompanying video.

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Stock Market Today: June off to a Guarded Start

The first trading day of June got off to a muted start at the opening of the stock market today.

Shortly before noon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 34.66, or 0.23%, to 15,150.23. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index slipped 6.42, or 0.39%, to 1,624,32. The Nasdaq gave back 33.87, or 0.98%, to hit 3,422.04.

Market participants were hoping for a rebound in today's stock market following Friday's steep sell-off.

Jitters over tumbling Japanese stocks and worries about the Fed winding down its market-supportive bond-buying program sent stocks spiraling Friday, the last trading day of May.

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Why the Bulls Are Back in the Stock Market Today

The stock market today is off to a strong start with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up more than 150 points around noon.

Right out of the gate, the Dow advanced 107.78, or 0.70%, to 15,410.88, the Standard & Poor's spiked 14.82, or 0.90%, to 1,664.42, and the Nasdaq jumped 40.47, or 1.17%, to 3,499.61.

Boosting the stock market today were accommodative comments from international central banks that the printing presses won't be turned off anytime soon.

The Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank both reaffirmed that their easy money policies will remain intact as long as necessary. The news sent European and Asian markets all up more than 1%, with the momentum spilling over to the United States.

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Stock Market Today Reacts to Merger Monday on Wall Street

It was a muted start for U.S. equities when the stock market today (Monday) opened. But by mid-day, the bulls were back and benchmarks marched higher.

Just before noon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 13.41, or 0.09%, to 15,354.40. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index added 2.54, or 0.15%, to 1,670.01. The Nasdaq was higher by 6.42, or 0.18%, to 3,505.39

Year-to-date, the Dow is up 17.17%, the S&P up 16.92% and the Nasdaq 15.88%. Moreover, the number of stocks in the S&P hitting 52-week highs rose to 37.2%, according to Bespoke Investment Group, proof the rally is indeed broad based.

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Stock Market Today: Starting the Week in the Red

The stock market today (Monday) paused on news that a U.S. Federal Reserve policy shift may not be as far away as people think.

Just before noon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was lower by 34.22, or 0.23% at 15,084.27. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was flat at 1,632.97. The Nasdaq eked out a 0.02% gain, or 1.08 points, at 3,438.12.

Last week, equities continued their seemingly unstoppable climb with the Dow and the S&P closing at records several times. The Dow ended the week up 1%, the S&P 1.2%, and the Nasdaq 1.7%.

Now with all three indexes up 15% year-to-date, many investors have turned cautions.

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