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How to Protect Yourself from a Dangerous Rally

Judging by the recent highs the market has been hitting, you’d think everything in the economic world was hunky-dory. But that’s far from the truth. The truth is that the market is rallying in the face of slower domestic growth, a slowdown in manufacturing, weaker corporate earnings, and a weak employment picture. In other words, [...]

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A Predictive Cycle Few Realize Exist

An economy, by its very nature, is cyclical. It regularly goes from expansion to contraction and back again. It doesn’t matter if a war is going on, or if the whole world is expanding at once, or even if no other country is expanding except for one. But this isn’t the only cycle you’ll find [...]

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“If You Ain’t Cheating, You Ain’t Trying!”

“Banks are dirty.” That was my brother-in-law’s conclusion after a 10 minute conversation about how the Feds allowed the largest financial institutions to lie about how much collateral they had on their books. This is something we’ve discussed before… At the height of the 2009 financial crisis, regulators suspended the mark-to-market rules that would have [...]

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It’s All for Naught

Funny thing happened earlier today… I saw a headline that read “Euro Zone GDP Growth Accelerates…” Now, maybe it’s because I’m a writer, but in my mind, the word acceleration is tightly linked with speed. When we go from zero to 60 in our cars, we’re accelerating. When a roller coaster starts taking a big [...]

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When the Music Stops…

As a kid in school, I was well-acquainted with music. I was in the string orchestra and played in the pits every year for nearly a decade of my life. As you can imagine, being attuned to styles like Opera, I heard the phrase, “It’s all over when the fat lady sings!” Now that I’m [...]

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