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January 26, 2020 | US Futures Poised to Gap Down on Coronavirus Scare: What Then?

US futures are poised to gap down at the Monday opening. Things can easily change overnight but this is likely to stick. What is a Gap? A gap up occurs when the market or an individual issue opens higher than the high on the previous day. A gap down occurs when the market or an […]

January 26, 2020 | Nose Blind to Inflation

The human brain excels at taking shortcuts. Processing all the information our senses collect takes a lot of energy, so repetitive data gets lower priority. Things we see often fade into the background so we can notice new stuff. This is where we get phenomena like “nose blindness.” We stop perceiving familiar smells like our […]

January 26, 2020 | The Black Swan Event Begins

As the Asian markets opened on late Sunday, traders expected a reactionary price move related to the threat of the Wuhan virus and the continued news of its spread.  The US Dow Jones futures markets opened close to -225 points lower on Sunday afternoon and were nearly -300 points lower within the first 25 minutes […]

January 25, 2020 | The Hidden Order behind the Mask of Chaos

COMMENT: Marty, The last few days I’ve been remotely attending the 2019 WEC Orlando. Lo and behold, now? three months hence and six days into the new wave?I am simply astounded at hearing how you describe your own amazement with the global confluence of events occurring absolutely everywhere while also curious whether there is merely […]

January 25, 2020 | Did Russia Just Undergo Regime Change?

Good morning, students. It’s time for Media Literacy 101. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin. Have you ever heard of Betteridge’s Law of Headlines? It is a journalistic maxim formulated by Ian Betteridge which holds that “any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no.’” So let’s apply that rule […]

January 25, 2020 | This Week in Money

January 25, 2020 | Trading Desk Notes January 25, 2020

The major North American stock indices hit ATHs this week…initially shrugging off virus concerns…but when the virus headlines became increasingly scary ahead of the weekend stocks and commodities fell while bonds, bullion, the US Dollar and the Japanese Yen rallied.   Given the tremendous run in stock indices over the past few months this week’s correction […]

January 24, 2020 | Australia – The Most Aggressive Tax Authority in the World?

Australia has been perhaps the most aggressive tax authority in the world. They are certainly competing to be #1. Besides stalking children to see where they go to school, and then demanded the school reveal how the parents pay the tuition, now they are going after insurance companies demanding to know what assets people are […]

January 24, 2020 | The Seduction of Betting Against the Sure Thing

  The buy-the-dips mentality has become so entrenched over the last few months that it’s hard to imagine what could possibly derail the bull market. Wall Street feigned mild concern for a few hours over the spread of a deadly virus in China, but absent news that Americans are keeling over dead from it in […]

January 24, 2020 | The Wuhan Wipeout – Could It Happen?

News is traveling fast about the Corona Virus that originated in Wuhan, China.  Two new confirmed cases in the US, one in Europe and hundreds in China.  As we learn more about this potential pandemic outbreak, we are learning that China did very little to contain this problem from the start.  Now, quarantining two cities […]

January 24, 2020 | Small Capitalization Companies Overdue for a Bounce in 2020

Large capitalization U.S. companies continued to outperform last year. The Russell Top 200 mega-cap index gained 30 percent last year, while the Russell 2000, a group of about 2,000 companies that average only $2.43 billion market value rose 23 percent. Since 2016, on an annualized basis, the small cap Russell 2000 gained about 8.1 percent, […]

January 24, 2020 | I’m Out

In the course of healing the nation this week, a certain pathetic blog made some recommendations about our house lust. For example, there would be less of it, and far more attractive, affordable, long-term rental units, if we stopped giving people a 100% tax break on real estate profits. This is the reason why, today, […]

January 24, 2020 | American Manganese CEO Optimistic on the Emerging Bull Market

Discussion on recent Resource Show and the upcoming Fully Charged Show. Read the Latest News. Read Reuters Article – “World Risks ‘Disaster’ as Reuse of Natural Resources Declines“. Read Ledger Insights Article – “US Energy Dept, Ford, Everledger in Blockchain Battery Recycling Project“. Read Article – “‘Battery Passport,’ Guiding Principles on Value Chain Data […]

January 24, 2020 | Gold-Silver Ratios

Bob answers three listener questions

January 24, 2020 | BC Carbon Tax More Expensive Than Natural Gas

  • Kris Sims –  Canadians debate are Harry and Megs worth the cost to the taxpayer?

January 24, 2020 | BC Budget Deficit – BC Pipeline Challenge

January 24, 2020 | The Future of Canada – United vs. Separated – Part 5

  • Frank Vaughan – Candidate for the People’s Party of Canada in 2019 Federal Election.
  • Peter Downing –  Founder of Wexit Canada.

January 23, 2020 | The Long and Winding Road to Bankruptcy

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – What next? CNBC: Stocks ended lower Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control told Reuters that a traveler from China was diagnosed with the first U.S. case of coronavirus, in Seattle. The Dow closed down 152 points after falling as much as 200 points. The S&P 500 shed nearly 0.3%, while the […]

January 23, 2020 | Fed’s Repos Drop to Oct Level, T-Bills Surge, But MBS Fall, and Total Assets Decline Further

The Fed had doused the market with $410 billion in liquidity between September and January 1 through its repo operations and its T-bill purchases. Market hype had expected this blistering pace of money-printing to continue, but wait… While T-bill purchases continue, the repos on the Fed’s balance sheet are getting unwound, its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) […]

January 23, 2020 | 97% Scientists Do Not Agree with Climate Change or the Solution

In 2009, the University of Illinois sent a survey online to about 10,000 scientists with the following two questions: QUESTION #1 Do you agree that global temperatures have generally risen since the pre-1800s? QUESTION #2 Do you think that human activity is a significant contributing factor? Only 3146 responses were received of 10,000, and of […]

January 23, 2020 | Misunderstanding the Supply of Bitcoin and Gold Leads to Silly Projections

Here’s a hoot: Bitcoin is allegedly on track to hit $100,000 by 2021. Bitcoin Q&A Q: Where will Bitcoin be in 2021? A: I don’t know, nor does anyone else. On Track? For What? Please consider BTC on track for $100,000 in 2021 by William Suberg. Stock-to-Flow measures the Bitcoin price using two factors: the stock — […]

January 23, 2020 | Beware the PFIC Trap

The US has a special tax treatment for what the IRS calls Passive Foreign Investment Companies (PFICs). Other countries may have similar rules, but this is the one I know about. This PFIC issue has snared many US investors who didn’t realize that the IRS may consider a Canadian mining stock to be a PFIC. […]

January 23, 2020 | BOC Missing Magic Bullet as Canadian Economy Slumps

  The Bank of Canada (BOC) held its policy rate at 1.75% yesterday caught between the rock of slow growth–falling exports, weak business investment, slowing job creation, souring loans, less confidence and lower consumption–and the hard place of precariously indebted Canadian households with little to no savings. The BOC noted that residential investment was a […]

January 23, 2020 | GBP/USD: A Nice Symmetrical Retracement Pattern….

…a push lower again? We know where our risk is…

January 23, 2020 | Dr. Garth

Now that we’ve solved the nation’s woes and the week’s not yet over, there’s t to vex about your personal financial, emotional and marital ailments. After all, this is a full-service blog. Seven pathetic episodes a week. Never a snow day. Open 24/7. Just like a homeless shelter on Yonge or Robson, we take in […]

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