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May 27, 2024 | The Theory of Non-Linear Intervention

Economics is well known for rather unrealistic theories based upon fundamentally unsound principles, such as the assumption that all things remain equal. Reality parts with academics whenever such assumptions are drawn to a foregone conclusion. However, greater false assumptions, which go unnoticed, lie at the foundation of so many theories in economics – primarily the […]

May 27, 2024 | Analysis-Free Asset Allocation is No Free Lunch

Michael Green reveals the hidden economic dangers and the risks of passive investing in today’s market. In this episode, Andrew Brill welcomes back Michael Green, Portfolio Manager and Chief Strategist at Simplify Asset Management, for an insightful discussion on the current state of the economy. Discover why market indexes continue to hit new highs despite […]

May 27, 2024 | Hoping for the Cut

Happy monday morning! The Bank of Canada got the news they needed ahead of their rate announcement on June 05. CPI inflation decelerated to 2.7% year-over-year in April, down from 2.9% in March, and remaining below the upper end of the Bank of Canada’s 1% to 3% target range for the fourth consecutive month. The […]

May 26, 2024 | Artificially Intelligent

When new inventions turn into market frenzies, the contrarian part of me wants to be skeptical. But the optimistic part of me wants it to be true, especially when the idea promises to change life for the better. Reality is usually somewhere in between. And that, I suspect, is where the current artificial intelligence frenzy […]

May 26, 2024 | Honor Memorial Day – Thank you Veterans

  We at Armstrong Economics honor the men and women who bravely served in the armed forces. We thank you for your service, upholding American freedoms, and sacrificing everything to provide everyone, even the ungrateful, with an opportunity to live in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. My father was with […]

May 25, 2024 | Trading Desk Notes For May 25, 2023

Divergence: while NVDA soared on Thursday, all 30 stocks in the DJIA closed lower on the day (for the first time in 2024) NVDA’s quarterly report on Wednesday was expected to be good. Still, the possibility of it being “less bullish than expected” likely sidelined many bullish traders ahead of the release date because it […]

May 25, 2024 | Rosenberg: Canada is Probably Already in Recession

David Rosenberg, founder and president of Rosenberg Research, talks with Financial Post’s Larysa Harapyn about how Canada is probably already in a recession. Here is a direct video link. 

May 25, 2024 | This Week in Money

May 25, 2024 | Tech Talk for Saturday May 25th 2024

The Bottom Line The gain by one stock dominated performances by the S&P 500 Index and NASDAQ Composite Index last week, the 15% price advance by heavily weighted Nvidia following release of its better than expected quarterly results. Other major U.S. equity indices were notably weaker: Dow Jones Industrial Average down 2.33%, Dow Jones Transportation […]

May 24, 2024 | We Pick Our Poison

It’s a worldview thing: bulls celebrate AI euphoria led by Nvidia (chart below courtesy of Bloomberg), driving record-high stock valuations amid overstated job and GDP growth that get revised lower in retrospect. Realists see all this and everything else within the historical context.   With assets priced for perfection, there’s no room for disappointment. The […]

May 24, 2024 | NVIDIA Could Be The Most Important Stock on The Planet

NVIDIA, the computer chip and artificial intelligence company, announced excellent results this week, pushing the stock to new highs. The company’s share price has tripled from a year ago, making NVIDIA worth $2.5 trillion. Stock traders were pleased with the optimistic outlook expressed by the CEO. Is Nvidia the single most important stock on the […]

May 24, 2024 | De-Dollarization: The Trend Continues

Big parts of the world continue to migrate away from the US dollar. And lately the process has met some important milestones. Russia Confiscates €800 Million From Deutsche Bank, Unicredit And Commerzbank (Zero Hedge) – After two years of being on the receiving end of a weaponized global reserve currency, getting booted from SWIFT, countless […]

May 24, 2024 | US Consumers Joining China in Gold Buying Spree

The markets now reflecting stagflation

May 23, 2024 | My Forecast from 10 Years Ago

In an interview on May 11, 2014, I explained on USAWatchdog that confidence always outweighs reality. “It’s basically what you believe. There have been all sorts of studies on fundamentals that say if interest rates go up, stocks go down.  It is simply not true.  The stock market has never peaked with interest rates twice in history.  […]

May 23, 2024 | Debtasized: How Our Reliance on Credit Leads To Price Inflation

Easy credit pushed up the price of existence for all by enabling unsustainable demand. Now we have the payback period. The video below from Doug Hoyes and Co is worth watching. I found playing it at 1.25x speed was more comfortable. Debt Free in 30 takes viewers on a journey through credit history, price inflation, […]

May 23, 2024 | Working with The Right People in Lithium-ion Battery Recycling is Key

How to turn a smelter into a highly efficient battery recycling operation. Read Kallanish Commodities Article – “North America Readies for ‘New Black Gold’ Recycling Opportunity“.  Read Camas-Washougal Post-Record Article – “EV Battery Recycling Requires Herculean Effort“. View RecycLico’s Company Presentation. Watch Roundtable Video with Sandy Munro, Jason Fenske and Norm Chow: “RecycLiCo Battery Recycling Q&A […]

May 23, 2024 | Home Sales Whacked by Mortgage Rates. Active Listings & Price Reductions Jump to Highest in Years. But Sales of High-End Homes Surge

Sales of existing homes of all types were still dogged by the 7% mortgage rates, but a shift has been taking place that took amplitude in April: Many more higher-end homes came on the market and sold, while fewer mid-range homes sold. This shift impacted all kinds of metrics, from inventory for sale to the […]

May 23, 2024 | Shipping Container Shortage Could Fuel Inflation

Possible impact of US banning Russian uranium. Receive 50% Off VR Trader Newsletters! Enter Promo Code 2022HALFOFF.

May 22, 2024 | Danielle on Thoughtful Money

Danielle was a return guest on Thoughtful Money with Adam Taggart. You can watch a video clip of the segment here.

May 22, 2024 | US Stock Build Adds To Downside Price Pressure – A Breach of US$75/B is Likely in the Near Term

Market bulls lifted the Dow over 40,000 last week but worries about interest rates and Treasury record refundings have pulled it back to 39,800, a still overvalued level. Everyone is waiting on the market’s Santa Claus ‘Nvidia’ to show steller new AI products and record profits to give the M7 bulls another reason to push […]

May 22, 2024 | Creeping Fascism, Part 1: Just The Beginning

I keep a “creeping fascism” file with the intention of tracking governments’ erosion of their citizens’ rights and freedoms. But the file is filling up so fast that the first few articles in this series will have to be “data-dump” cut-and-past jobs rather than in-depth analyses of any specific depredation. So here goes: JK Rowling […]

May 21, 2024 | Saying No to Aging: My Own Story

  We all get older – but that doesn’t mean we can’t put up a hell of a fight before we go down.   As many of my Timing Letter readers know, staying healthy and fit – and slowing down the aging process – has always been my highest priority.   The interesting thing is that […]

May 21, 2024 | Where You (Shouldn’t) Store It: Nine Places

A marketing email just came from Michael Major, author of a book called No Grid Survival Projects, on where NOT to hide your valuables. His ideas are sometimes counterintuitive, which makes them potentially useful: 9 Hiding Spots In Your House Where Looters Always Look First You may think you already have it figured out for how […]

May 21, 2024 | Buy Now Pay Later was Always a Bad Idea

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) is much worse than layaway plans of yore. Layaway plans allowed people to make installments toward an item and pick it up on the last payment. BNPL allows people to take the item with the promise to pay for it in installments over time. Cash-strapped consumers have been using BNPL […]

May 21, 2024 | Klaus Schwab is NOT Leaving the WEF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  Let me explain something. Klaus Schwab is NOT retiring, nor is he leaving the WEF. Because of all the toxic hatred hurled at Schwab personally, he has only stepped down from the executive position. That is no different from the Chairman of a Board, who is also the CEO, steps down from only the […]

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