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Washington's Agenda Shatters Another American Dream and Sets Up Savvy Investors for More Profits

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Flawed economic policy is killing the American Dream and, with it, the retirement hopes of millions of investors. Thankfully, though, not yours.

Here's how the government's latest move actually makes way for bigger profits - and what to buy when you see it repeat the same mistakes...

This Chart Proves the Stock Market Rebound Has Legs

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The mainstream media would have you think last Friday was a nightmare. They're wrong.

In fact, the S&P 500's small loss for the day confirmed an uptrend that began Feb. 11. Today I'll show you why I'm so optimistic about a stock market rebound.

And I'll show you why - despite what the media wants you to believe - now is no time to be sitting on the sidelines. This chart proves it...

How to Profit from the Fed's Worst Mistake Ever

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All of the bad debt that helped trigger the financial crisis was never written off, and there are now convincing signs that deflation, and not the Fed’s sought-after inflation – could break out soon.

The consequences of that could be disastrous, but there’s a “classic” inflation hedge that can work even better during deflation. Here’s how to profit from the Fed’s biggest mistake ever…

Global Stock Markets Today Fall On U.S. Jobs Report and China Jitters

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Global stock markets fell Friday ahead of the U.S. jobs report and jitters over the resumption next week of trading in China’s volatile stock markets.

U.S. markets sank on Fed rate hike fears.

Here’s what investors need to know to prepare for next week’s markets…

The Home Sales Market Is Dead – This Chart Proves It

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The seasonally adjusted headline number for the monthly-error-times-12-annualized version of new home sales in June was 482,000.

Wall Street analysts had guessed that the number would be 550,000. The Wall Street Journal went into apoplectic excuse-making mode, almost foaming at the mouth to try to find pundits to explain away the bad number.

The whole spectacle was silly and pointless since we have actual data and can readily see whether sales remain on trend or not. We don't need Wall Street pundits to tell us what to think.

We can see for ourselves...

U.S. Debt: Greece Is Not the Only Country with a Debt Problem

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Policymakers need to start being more honest about how the U.S. debt works.

It's an age-old debate among the members of Congress. How do we cut the budget? How do we reduce the debt?

But that debate is being framed in the wrong way.

U.S. Financial War with Iran to Trigger Dollar Collapse

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The U.S. is waging a dangerous financial war with Iran right now.

And if it's not managed carefully, it could embolden the dollar's enemies to mount a counterattack on the U.S. currency.

Such a move could destroy the U.S. dollar as we know it...

U.S. Company Layoffs in 2015 Up 13% Year Over Year

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U.S. company layoffs are up 13% in 2015 from the year before.

U.S.-based employers announced a whopping 41,034 job cuts last month.

Check out this list of employers that are slashing scary high amounts of jobs from their payrolls...

Catalyst #2: Will the Petrodollar Collapse in 2015?

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Will the U.S. petrodollar collapse in 2015? If the world’s largest energy exporter and the world’s largest energy importer have their way, it may.

Watch the video to see how two countries are working to take down the U.S. petrodollar…

The Chinese and U.S. Economies Are Bubble-Thin

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The Shanghai Composite Index soared by 8% last week to its highest level since 2008 and is up about 130% over the last year.

The Shenzhen Composite Index jumped by 12% last week and is up 166% over the same period and is now trading at 66x earnings according to Bloomberg, three times the level of the Shanghai Index.

How do you spell "bubble" in Chinese?

Full story here...

Jobs Report Turns Tables on Traditional Retail Havens

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The lower than expected jobs numbers that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week could signal a trend more disturbing than a potential rise in unemployment.

Find out why.

From Complexity to Chaos, From a Trickle to a Flood

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As a volatility trader, I loved seeing stocks drop 2% last week after having risen 3%. But as a credit trader and student of market behavior, I know all too well that this type of volatility is a forecast of stormy seas ahead.

Markets were disturbed last week by more evidence that the economy is weak, in spite of the fact that a steady stream of lousy economic news this year has done little to prevent stocks from reaching new highs.

With first quarter GDP increasingly likely to come in at well below 1% - a number that certainly can't be blamed on the weather alone - investors are now starting to sweat. Here's what they'll do next...

Earn 6% When Others Are Losing Money

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We're living in crazy economic times.

The race to debase and stimulate has taken us into uncharted financial waters.

Zero interest rate policies (ZIRP) are being replaced with negative interest rate policies (NIRP).

It's an upside-down banking environment that presents some serious challenges.

But investors who are willing to get just a little creative can profit nicely, even as others lose money that just sits there.

And, even better, the shares are trading at an 8% discount now...

In This Market, Don't Drink the Kool-Aid

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Stocks hit new records last week as central banks around the world continued writing checks to prop up still struggling economies, the price of oil stabilized, Vladimir Putin lured the West into a phony truce in the Ukraine, and Athens and the EU tried to pretend that Greece isn't hopelessly insolvent or that it even matters if it is or isn't.

In other words, investors were once again all too willing to ignore economic reality and drink the Kool Aid being served by central bankers and politicians.

We might as well call this the "Jonestown Market" because the cult leader Jim Jones could just as easily be handing out paper cups filled with colored water and investors would be swilling it down...

Stock Market Today Moving on Keystone XL and Greece Bailout News

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Good Morning! Futures for the stock market today (Tuesday) forecast a 91-point increase for the Dow from yesterday's close.

What to Watch Today: Investors will keep their eyes on numerous earnings reports, and the continued drama in Greece. Yesterday, Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said his nation will not consider any extension of its bailout terms.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Tuesday: