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September 18, 2018 | British Columbia’s Electricity Use Hit an All-Time High in 2017

A new report from the provincial government shows that across all measures – production, consumption, total demand and exports – electricity hit all-time highs last year, says Stewart Muir. The figures may help to demystify the tumultuous Site C debate In the years of public debate over whether or not the Site C hydro power […]

September 18, 2018 | Canadian Marijuana Investors Risk Lifetime Ban From The US

As with every nascent sector and new business model, the cannabis space is rife with unknowns and enormous risk for would-be investors.  Even less understood perhaps, is that there are also personal mobility risks that come with owning shares in the companies. Believe it or not.  See For Canadian marijuana investors, coming to the US is […]

September 18, 2018 | Truth or Scare

Infamous Canadian stock promoter Murray “The Pez” Pezim is said to be the source of the expression, “When the ducks quack, feed ‘em.” My translation: “Tell investors what they want to hear.” That’s not to say that The Pez wasn’t involved in some real discoveries that made fortunes for some investors. He was, and they […]

September 18, 2018 | How to Get Rich in the Swamp

YOUGHAL, IRELAND – Today, we take a look at the Swamp. Slimy, slippery, slithery – the Swamp stretches out from the banks of the Potomac and beyond. It is home to the government, of course, but also to whole industries… The “defense” industry, for example, lies on the Virginia side of the great river… The […]

September 18, 2018 | An American State Becomes the Newest “Member” of OPEC

We have met the newest “member” of OPEC — and it is one of America’s 50 states. That’s just one of the wild forces pushing the oil markets around. It’s going to make oil prices more volatile … but could also put more profits in your pocket. Here’s the scoop: North Dakota pumped 1.27 million […]

September 18, 2018 | Home Sales Trends vs Recessions

Existing home sales are slowing. Can a recession be far behind? Please consider U.S. Housing-Market Trends Suggest Recession Around Election Time, 2020. Ten years ago, in September 2008, plunging home prices pushed Lehman Brothers into bankruptcy, fueling a financial crisis that sent the United States, and much of the world, into a deep recession. One metric […]

September 18, 2018 | The 5 Steps

Wars cost a boatload of money. So 101 years ago this week Ottawa dreamed up a way to finance WW1. “Let’s tax what people earn!” said the federal finance minister, a dude with a fetching mustache named Sir Thomas White. “Capital idea!” replied Prime Minister Robert Borden, a Tory from NS. And thus, income tax […]

September 18, 2018 | An Extremely Delicate Moment for America

It is an extemely delicate moment for America as it tries to reckon with the scary excesses of feminism’s #MeToo phase coupled with the growing political hatred between red- and blue-state voters. Half the country is at war with the other, and it seems increasingly likely the battle is going to turn bloody at some […]

September 17, 2018 | Gold’s Ultimate Confirmation

Although it didn’t appear to be a breakdown, silver just closed the day (and week) at a new yearly low. Remember the day when silver moved briefly below $14? Ultimately, silver futures closed at $14.15 on that day, and they just closed at $14.14 on Friday. So little, yet so much. Breakdown confirmed by weekly […]

September 17, 2018 | Advisory Council Welcomes a Steady Voice for Communities: Walt Cobb of Williams Lake

Walt Cobb is the mayor of Williams Lake. He joins the Resource Works Advisory Council to share his perspective on the contribution of natural resource activities to healthy communities. Williams Lake is the business hub of British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin, where forestry, mining and ranching historically providing its economic foundation. Mayor Cobb has served in local […]

September 17, 2018 | How We Earned the Retirement Savings Crisis

This video segment discusses the $1 trillion+ deficit in corporate pension plans and how the average fund today is missing 20% of the capital needed to pay benefits promised.  It is critical to note that this capital hole persists even at the end of the longest financially engineered rise in asset markets and corporate profits […]

September 17, 2018 | Meanwhile in China, Implosion of Stock-Market Double-Bubble

Bubbles don’t end well for those who don’t get out in time. US tariffs and threats of more tariffs have not been particularly well received in China, which is already being rattled by corporate credit problems, quakes in the shadow banking system, a peculiar Enron-type phenomenon at provincial and municipal governments called “hidden debt,” and […]

September 17, 2018 | Transition Time: Volkswagen Announces “Electric for All” Campaign

Volkswagen is transitioning away from diesel. Today it announced “Electric for All”. With a world premiere of a new modular electric drive matrix, Volkswagen Launches ELECTRIC FOR ALL Campaign. As part of the ELECTRIC FOR ALL campaign launched today, the brand will be putting attractive models at affordable prices on the road, paving the way for […]

September 17, 2018 | Predictive Trading Model Suggests Falling Stock Prices During US Elections

Just in time for what appears to be a potentially massive market price rotation, our researchers have put together this post to highlight what we believe will become a surprise price correction in the US Equities markets.  Our team of researchers believes the correlation of our predictive modeling tools, predictive cycle tools, and other indicators […]

September 17, 2018 | How Politics Drove a Ruling Family Into a Ditch

Dear shadows, now you know it all, All the folly of a fight With a common wrong or right. The innocent and the beautiful Have no enemy but time; – “In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz,” William Butler Yeats YOUGHAL, IRELAND – We left you on Friday as we set off on a […]

September 17, 2018 | British Economy Booming After BREXIT

COMMENT: Marty; You are not only the only person to forecast BREXIT, you also said the British Economy would do far better after BREXIT. There was absolutely nobody that agreed with you. I read every bank report in the city and every single one said the British economy would take a nose dive in the […]

September 17, 2018 | Economy Shrugs Off Negatives! Why?

Today’s Wall Street Journal says “Economy Shrugs Off Storms’ Blows”. Neither hurricanes, volcano’s, earth quakes, or war destruction affects our computer driven stock markets today. Today, we witness another hurricane called Florence on our East coast. Prior hurricanes, such as Harvey, Marie, Irma, and Katrina also did not force a correction in our stock markets. […]

September 17, 2018 | In Praise of Balance

If you told your diary (you have one, right?) that “2018 sucks,” it might agree. Interest rates have swollen. Financial markets have wobbled. Trade wars have erupted and NAFTA’s on life support. The real estate market’s weakening. Trump seriously dissed T2. And ten years after the 2008 crash, financial doomers abound. At least Adele  has […]

September 16, 2018 | Consumer Expectations: Home Prices, Spending, Household Income, Inflation

Every month, the NY Fed conducts a survey of consumer expectations. The lead chart is from the Fed, I created the others The New York Fed Survey of Consumer Expectations shows “Consumers’ Expectations Largely Stable; while Home Price Growth Expectations Continue to Retreat”. Year-ahead inflation expectations remained steady at 3.0 percent over the month while three-year-ahead expectations […]

September 16, 2018 | Political Uncertainty is the New Contagion?

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I understand how the chaos with Trump is the wildcard for the stock market going forward which is something we need to follow here even from Europe. But we have chaos in Germany with Merkel who looks like a dictator who will only leave office if you drag her out by the hair. […]

September 16, 2018 | Autumn’s Here, and Stocks Are Priced for Perfection

So much for summer doldrums. The broad averages have tacked on nearly 10 percent since June, with no hint that the torrid pace will cool with the official start of autumn later in the week. But isn’t that always the case before a new market paradigm surfaces, often with the subtlety of electroshock therapy?  Indeed, […]

September 16, 2018 | Now What?

Well, here we go again. Incorrigible, undisciplined, even reckless, families are racking up new levels of debt. Real estate values may be retreating, but interest rates aren’t. The impact is becoming palpable. There will be stark results. The latest StatsCan numbers show the share of gross income required to service debt is rising once more. […]

September 16, 2018 | What Keeps Them Up At Night

“Government has coddled, accepted, and ignored white collar crime for too long. It is time the nation woke up and realized that it’s not the armed robbers or drug dealers who cause the most economic harm, it’s the white collar criminals living in the most expensive homes who have the most impressive resumes who harm […]

September 16, 2018 | Chinese Growth Spurt

Economic reality isn’t black and white. At any given time, both good things and bad things are happening. Ignoring one side because it doesn’t fit your preferred outlook is an excellent way to go badly wrong. So it is with China. We hear a lot about that vast country’s problems and challenges. They are very […]

September 15, 2018 | UK Prime Minister Theresa May Will Be Gone Before Christmas

The UK’s opposition Labour party Foreign Secretary says May will be gone by Christmas or this Spring at the latest. Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, says Labour Will Vote Against Brexit Deal. Thornberry told the Financial Times that a deal will not happen, and if it doesn’t, the result will be new elections before Christmas […]

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