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If you've been watching the developments between Russia and Ukraine in recent days, then I'm sure you've seen reports of the sobering military buildups taking place on both sides of the border.
Today I want to spend a little time updating you on these escalations.
But then I plan to tell you about the real skirmish there - one that's not being reported on by the mainstream media. In fact, it may have already ended the battle in Moscow's favor.
Kiev just doesn't realize it yet.
The deciding factor in this skirmish is something we've been telling you about for more than two years.
And it just keeps gaining in importance - so much so, in fact, that we Main Street Americans need to watch it carefully just to protect ourselves.
This "X-Factor" goes by a lot of names.
But today we're going to refer to it as the "Invisible Front" of modern warfare.
And to set the scene, let's first take a look at what the mainstream media is looking at - the military buildups on each side of the Russia/Ukraine border...
2014 Super Bowl Indicator Means Root For The Seattle Seahawks
Investors who believe in the "Super Bowl Indicator" will be rooting for quarterback Russell Wilson, head coach Pete Carroll, and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday. And not only in hopes of seeing another enthusiastic post-game interview from cornerback Richard Sherman (although that would be a perk).To continue reading, please click here...
Why Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Bought Nest
Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) announced Tuesday that it would be purchasing Nest Labs for $3.2 billion. Nest is known for developing Internet-connected, or "smart," thermostats and smoke detectors.
GOOG stock currently trades just north of $1,140, and has posted a gain of more than 30% in the past three months. Will adding everyday products like Nest's thermostats to its portfolio make a difference for investors?To watch the video, click here...
- The Detroit Bankruptcy Is Official – Now Get Ready for "Bailout Bonanza" It's official. A judge has ruled that Detroit is indeed insolvent, which not only has grave implications for that city's bondholders, but for municipal bondholders everywhere. Even that, however, only hints at what's to come. The ripple effects of allowing Detroit to file for bankruptcy will soon affect every American...
U.S. Retailers Open on Thanksgiving: Desperate, or Smart?
Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY) and Toys "R" Us Inc. are the two latest retailers to announce that they will open their doors on Thanksgiving. Other retailers like Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) have expanded their "Black Friday" hours this year.
But does this tactic smack of desperation?Read More...
Ten Numbers Shaking the World Right Now
Here are this week's need-to-know facts about the stock market, economy, Wall Street, and life-changing global events...
It's the numbers that count in this crazy world. They can tell stories that words sometimes can't.
Here's a look at some of the fascinating, infuriating, amusing, depressing, and altogether important numbers that the world has put up on the board recently - and why you need to know them.Read More...
How Syria Affects Oil Prices Today
As U.S. military personnel prepare for possible action against Syria, Brent oil prices are hovering near an 18-month high.
On Thursday, Brent oil prices retreated slightly, but remained elevated, after starting the day above $116 a barrel. Prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) also retreated by a little more than 1%, closing the day at $108.80.
Brent prices have climbed steadily following escalations across Egypt and the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi.
Meanwhile, in the United States, improved infrastructure and greater network access have fueled WTI prices to near par with Brent this month.
But Brent prices have spiked this week following news that the West may intervene in Syria, where a chemical attack was allegedly launched against civilians.
Despite warnings from Russia and China, it remains unclear whether the United States will intervene. However, any action is likely to set off a chain reaction across the Middle East and could affect trade within the region, especially on oil shipments.
Here are the details on how Syria affects oil prices, what that means for you - and how to profit.Read More...
Jim Rogers on Why Oil and Gold Are Headed "Much Higher"
Legendary commodity investor Jim Rogers sees some serious problems stemming from the situation in Syria and the end of the Fed's generous flow of money.
In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Rogers said "oil and gold will go much, much higher" due to a "market panic."
"I own oil, I own gold, I own things like that and if there is going to be a war, and it sounds like America is desperate to have a war, they're going to go much, much higher," Rogers said. "Stocks are going to go down, some of the markets that I'm sure are already going down, commodities are going to go up. I'm not particularly keen on war, I assure you, but it sounds like they want it."
Rogers continued, "No matter how well the plans are made, strange things happen in war and who knows what unintended consequence will come."
Equities have been hit hard over worries of a war with Syria. The rout started late Monday following comments from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States has a moral obligation to act on Syria's chemical weapon attacks. Selling picked up steam Tuesday with the Dow plunging 170 points.Read More...
- Here’s Why China's Fat Finger Trade Matters China's fat finger trade this week seemed like a simple explanation for a huge market jump - but the truth about this is far more troubling... Read more... Read More...