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US Economy – Not Getting Better

  An Update in Light of Recent Data Releases Since our last updates on the manufacturing sector of the US economy (in chronological order: “Is the US Economy Close to a Bust?” and “More Ominous Data Points”), new data have been released and our friend Michael Pollaro has mailed us updated versions of his charts, so we decided to provide another update. So far, there is no sign that the emerging downtrend in manufacturing activity is stopping or reversing. The recent manufacturing ISM has...

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Going Nuts in Sweden

  Scandinavian NIRP Bubble A recent article at Reuters indicates that Sweden’s central planners are beginning to worry slightly about the bubble they have caused in their (so far) vain attempt to destroy the purchasing power of the Swedish crown in terms of consumer goods. They have instituted a giant QE program and reduced central bank lending rates below zero (an economic policy perversion if ever there was one). So the failure is certainly not for lack of trying, as the charts below...

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US Stock Market – Internal Weakness Persists

  An Impressive Rebound, but Hollow Inside In his recent weekly market update, John Hussman once again discusses his main bearish argument, namely the combination of market overvaluation and deteriorating internals. He rightly (in our opinion) regards the latter as a signal indicating a shift in risk appetites. Here are two quotes from the article summarizing the essential points:   “Valuations are the primary driver of long-term returns, and the risk-preferences of investors — as...

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Can the Fed Print Money?

    Every morning is the dawn of a new error – Anonymous   It Can and it Does In light of the upcoming October Fed (non-)decision, we want to briefly revisit a subject that still appears to be causing some confusion. We most recently encountered this confusion again in a quarterly update by the Hoisington Investment Management Company. To be sure, we very often, if not to say almost always, have tended to agree with the economic conclusions of Lacy Hunt and Van Hoisington...

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Where Is All The Gold Going?

  Changing Attitudes With the help of a set of excellent charts on gold imports vs exports by Nick Laird (www.sharelynx.com), I would like to give you a brief overview of where gold is going. We have heard for some time that gold is moving to the Far East but is it really only moving there?   Roman historian Gaius Plinius Secundus (Pliny the Elder, AD23-AD79) complained that India drained Rome of its gold     Official gold reserves held by central banks – in the...

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Is the US Economy Close to a Bust?

  Manufacturing Weakness In light of an unbroken string of atrocious manufacturing survey data, we have decided to update a few of the charts we use to assess the economy. For a discussion of the details of the most recent manufacturing surveys see Mish (Empire State and Philadelphia) and Zerohedge (Empire State and Philadelphia). We would note to these data that the strong decline in new orders is especially noteworthy.   Photo credit: ard.de   To begin with, we want to point out...

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Gold and Gold Stocks – How to Recognize an Emerging Bull Market

  The Current Situation We have last discussed the gold sector in a series of posts between August 11 and September 1, arguing that an interesting risk-reward proposition could be discerned, both from a longer term investment perspective and a shorter term trading perspective. In particular, with a major support level nearby, and a great many similarities in the technical set-up to previous significant lows (plus a fundamental backdrop with growing potential to shift to a more bullish...

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