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November 29, 2017 | Trends in Bonds, Notes and Interest Rates

Crude could keep chugging along for a few more weeks

November 28, 2017 | Tax Reform or Tax Perversion?

The Senate Republican tax bill is now so bastardized one cannot properly call it “reform.” I propose starting all over. Moments ago, the Senate Finance Committee Voted 11-10 to Approve Senate Tax Plan. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Bob Corker of Tennessee resolved their differences. The positions of Johnson and Bob Corker were at […]

November 28, 2017 | Tax Loss Season – Threat or Opportunity?

Thanks again to those of you who came out to MIF on November 10th and 11th.   We had a full house again and a great group of speakers and presenters.  The newsletter writer presentations have been uploaded to the Beneath the Surface channel on YouTube ( and the corporate presentation will soon follow for those […]

November 28, 2017 | Current Measures of Eco Performance Do a Poor Job of Valuing Canada

Canada’s climate is challenging and hugely variable given that our land area begins at the 42nd latitude and extends to the magnetic north. Between long distances and extreme temperature, Canadians use lots of energy for basic heating, cooling, and mobility. If you just arrived from another planet, reading a smattering of social media and headline […]

November 28, 2017 | Next Biggest Loser…Canadian Households Most Debt-Heavy in the World

Time to get some financial consulting from those who are not paid to sell us debt and risk.  Listening to the banks/broker/dealers/auto sellers has dug undisciplined households a very deep hole.  Debt weight will continue to hold back our economy, savings and investment until it is paid down and written off over the coming years […]

November 28, 2017 | Desperation

Poor Evan. Herewith his tragic story unfolds, in four emails. Monday night, urgent to Garth: I don’t know how quickly you answer but tomorrow is the day I draft a purchase agreement for a house purchase. I’ve become an addict of reading your blog the last two weeks and mainly because I’m about to purchase […]

November 28, 2017 | Can You Live Well on Social Security Alone?

BALTIMORE – Can you live well on Social Security alone? Yesterday, we told an old friend it was possible. But is it? It depends on what you mean by “living well.”   —   Rich and Poor Today, we lift anchor and unfurl the sails. We’re going to explore a faraway land. We catch a […]

November 28, 2017 | Mania in Cryptos – Why Not Silver?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Bitcoin has increased in ‘value’ in 2017 by 896%, Ethereum by 5,779%, and Litecoin by 1,992%. Is this another ‘tulip’ bubble (in the making) but in virtual cryptos? I think so! What are cryptos (in reality)? They are mere units of our imagination (‘images’ located in cyberspace). A virtual ‘image’ […]

November 28, 2017 | How to Prepare for Market Corrections and Advances

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” —Jim Ryun, Olympic runner We’re working our way through the fourth quarter 2017. Many stock indices have been hovering near their tops and often keep making new highs. Daily headlines are typically a mixed bag of fears and optimism. They are often interpreted as […]

November 28, 2017 | You Know It’s Late In The Cycle When The Yield Curve Starts Generating Headlines

  The yield curve is one of those indicators that most people have heard of but few can explain. In part this is because it’s usually a non-issue, only becoming important enough to argue about during the final year of long expansions. Like now: Yield curve flattening maintains relentless momentum (MarketWarch) – The yield curve […]

November 28, 2017 | Congo Trouble Drives Cobalt Higher

More interest in Gold and Silver, especially from China

November 28, 2017 | Up to 90% of Home Owners Could be Hit by New Mortgage Rules

Cybercurrencies – wake up and smell the tulips?

November 27, 2017 | Trading Desk Notes – Nov 25

It was a low volume Thanksgiving week…Congress was on vacation…no tax reform news. The major American stock Indices continued to make new All Time Highs. The DJIA is up > 30% from the Trump election lows while the Tech sector ETF is up >40% in same time frame. The American, Japanese and Emerging Market stock indices were all […]

November 27, 2017 | Renminbi v the Dollar

The dollar haters have been touting that the Chinese yuan, or otherwise known as the renminbi, would kill the dollar and gold will soar. I have warned that China will take the spotlight as the Financial Capital of the World once again but only after 2032. A real assessment of international capital flows reveals the truth. The […]

November 27, 2017 | Bitcoin: Headed to the Stars?

BALTIMORE – Bitcoin blew by another milestone. This morning, the world’s first cryptocurrency hit a new record of $9,680. It started off the year trading at just $997. “I can’t believe what happened,” said a friend. “I bought $1,000 worth in 2012. Bitcoin was trading at about $8 at the time. Then one of the […]

November 27, 2017 | Can AMZN Overcome ‘Matt’s Curse’?

With AMZN caught in a nasty short-squeeze Monday, the broad averages had difficulty selling off despite the fact that buying enthusiasm was almost nil. I recently adjusted my bull-market target for AMZN when the stock exceeded an 1181.56 Hidden Pivot objective that had kept us confidently on the right side of the trend for the […]

November 27, 2017 | Costa Rica: Running on Renewable Eenergy 300 Days and Counting

Costa Rica currently generates more than 99 per cent of its electricity using five different renewable sources; hydropower (78%), wind (10%), geothermal energy (10%), biomass and solar (1%). In contrast, the United States generated about 15 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources in 2016, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Coal and […]

November 27, 2017 | Gross

Normally, it’s a good idea not to discuss things you’re ignorant about. Like how pre-pubescent girls feel. What drives people to get so damn much life insurance. Why anyone cares about Meghan Markle. How parents could buy an evil doll named Cayla. Why people cry when they’re happy. Where NDP supporters come from. Who the […]

November 27, 2017 | Why Capital Controls Usually Fail, China Versus Bitcoin Edition

One of the recurring themes of financial history is government over-reach leading citizens to mistrust the local currency and move money overseas, prompting the government to try to trap that wealth within its borders. This nearly always fails because rich people are clever and borders are really hard to seal. The latest chapter in this […]

November 27, 2017 | How to Know When a Bull Market Is About to End – Part I

Knowing when a bull market is about to end is critical for both traders and investors. Why? Because once a bull market ends the price movement characteristics of stocks and indexes change dramatically and require different strategies to be used in order to profit from falling prices and increased volatility. Over the next couple of […]

November 27, 2017 | Bitcoin Keeping the Fed Up at Night? No, Not Really

A rumor is circulating that the Fed concerned Bitcoin will “eviscerate” big banks. Let’s investigate the claim. Zerohedge writes As Bitcoin Nears $10,000 “Central Banks Kept Up At Night”. Here is the line that caught my attention: “St. Louis Fed President James Bullard admitted to Reuters in a recent interview what the real concern was: […]

November 27, 2017 | The Bonfire Burns On

“Life invests itself with inevitable conditions, which the unwise seek to dodge, which one and another brags that he does not know, that they do not touch him; but the brag is on his lips, the conditions are in his soul. If he escapes them in one part they attack him in another more vital […]

November 27, 2017 | Is Now a Good Time to Invest in Real Estate?

The home buyer, not seller, is the real payer of the realtor’s commission

November 27, 2017 | Cypress Drilling Update

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November 26, 2017 | Hillary Calls Trump Administration a Dictatorship if She is Investigated

  The Washington Post has no problem with a Special Prosecutor investigating Trump and any attempt to stop that would be a crime known as Obstruction of Justice. Yet, when it comes to Hillary, they do a backflip and have the audacity to write: “The Justice Department’s declaration that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a special counsel […]

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