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Commodities

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The Gold Standard: Protector of Individual Liberty and Economic Prosperity / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2018

By: Antonius_Aquinas

The idea of a constitution and/or written legislation to secure individual rights so beloved by conservatives and among many libertarians has proven to be a myth. The US Constitution and all those that have been written and ratified in its wake throughout the world have done little to protect individual liberties or keep a check on State largesse. Instead, in the American case, the Constitution created a powerful central government which eliminated much of the sovereignty and independence that the individual states possessed under the Articles of Confederation.

While the US Constitution contains a “Bill of Rights,” the interpreter of those rights and protections thereof is the very entity which has enumerated them. It is only natural that decisions on whether, or if such rights have been violated will be in favor of the state. Moreover, nearly every amendment which has come in the wake of the Bill of Rights, has augmented federal power at the expense of the individual states and that of property owners.

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Commodities

Monday, October 08, 2018

Inflation Is Starting To Heat Up / Commodities / Commodities Trading

By: Gary_Savage

For years now analysts, and the media have been trying to convince everyone there is no inflation despite central banks massive quantitative easing programs. Of course this is ridiculous. They just choose to ignore where the inflation has manifested.

In 2008 inflation spiked in the commodity markets contributing to the severity of the last recession. One could even make a strong case inflation was the main cause of the recession. From 2011 until recently inflation has focused mostly in asset markets, especially the stock market. But it’s also appeared in healthcare, housing prices, insurance premiums, education, etc. So to claim there has been no inflation one has to willfully turn a blind eye to where the inflation is. We’ve actually had massive inflation, it’s just that it has run mostly in sectors that people don’t mind seeing inflation, namely the stock market. I think that is about to change.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, October 08, 2018

Stock Market Seasonal Influence at Work / Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2018

By: Andre_Gratian

Current Position of the Market

SPX: Long-term trend – The bull market is continuing with a top expected in the low 3000s.
 
Intermediate trend –  Correction in progress.

Analysis of the short-term trend is done on a daily basis with the help of hourly charts.  It is an important adjunct to the analysis of daily and weekly charts which discusses the course of longer market trends

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Commodities

Monday, October 08, 2018

Barrick Randgold Deal Breathes New Life into Gold / Commodities / Gold and Silver Stocks 2018

By: Richard_Mills

Despite having a rough summer, with a number of factors pushing gold below $1,200 an ounce (the high dollar, US economic growth, interest rate hikes, booming stock markets), the precious metal appears to be back in favor, with December gold futures closing Tuesday’s trading at $1,207 an ounce - a two-week high. In 10 minutes, Bloomberg reported, December gold contracts equal to 1.57 million ounces changed hands on the Comex in New York - almost 12 times the 100-day average volume at that time of day. The catalyst was fresh safe-haven demand owing to political uncertainty in Italy. A government official reportedly said Italy would be better off with its own currency, adding to doubts about the country’s fiscal situation. The EU has to pass Italy’s budget and many think it won’t cut the mustard.

“An IMF Financial Statistics Report reveals that Egypt recently bought gold for the first time since 1978, and that India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines have re-entered the gold market after years-long absences. And Bloomberg reported that the Bank of Mongolia has purchased 12.2 tonnes of gold so far this year.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, October 08, 2018

Stock Market Sell Off, Dollar Rally Expected, Now What? / Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2018

By: Brad_Gudgeon

This has been a most difficult stock and precious metals market to forecast. I am fortunate to have made my clients over 18% the past 6 weeks. Yesterday, I went to cash after having cashed my volatility (UVXY), short GDX (DUST) and short SPX (SPXS) ETF.

The VIX futures went into backwardation Friday, and the last two times this occurred was February 2, 2018 and August 21, 2016. The next trading day took the SPX down about 4% on each occasion.  We have had horrible internals and the momentum indicators have not confirmed the recent topping action, so anything is possible.

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Commodities

Monday, October 08, 2018

The Chartology of Gold and Silver / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2018

By: Rambus_Chartology

Several weeks ago we looked at some resistance points for gold and silver from the short  to the longer term time perspective. Below is a daily chart for gold which starts with the 2018 five point rectangle reversal pattern which broke down in May. The backtest to the underside of the five point rectangle took about five weeks to complete, forming a bearish rising wedge. From that point the impulse move down began in earnest stopping in mid July to form a small rectangle. After trading sideways for about three weeks gold broke down from that small rectangle and finally bottomed in mid August where it began a countertrend rally.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, October 08, 2018

The Income for Life Playbook / Personal_Finance / Investing 2018

By: Submissions

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Stock Market Breaking Down After Long Uptrend. More short-term Weakness Ahead? / Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2018

By: Troy_Bombardia

Perspective is important. After a very steady rally over the past 3 months, the U.S. stock market is finally starting to “break down”. But before you panic, realize that this “break down” is very small in the grand scheme of themes. Some traders are looking for a retest of the 200 day moving average.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, October 07, 2018

The Latest Double Standard from the Fed / Interest-Rates / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Rodney_Johnson

Collectively, we just got screwed again, and I bet most people didn’t even know it. It happens so many times, particularly at the hands of the Federal Reserve, it’s hard to keep track.

A new bank called The Narrow Bank, or TNB, recently applied for an account with the Fed.

This would give the bank recognition by a local reserve bank, in this case New York, and access to its services, like distribution of currency, check processing and other forms of electronic payments.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Looking at the “New NAFTA” Trade Agreement / Stock-Markets / Global Economy

By: Rodney_Johnson

Well, this is getting exciting!

We just got an agreement this morning with Canada and Mexico to replace NAFTA, which has driven the markets higher.

I thought the Trump-induced trade war with China would have resolved by now as well. At the beginning of the summer I forecast that the president would talk big, beat on a couple of trade partners with some tariffs, then quickly reach a negotiated truce and claim victory.

It hasn’t turned out that way.
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Commodities

Sunday, October 07, 2018

One More Bounce for the Gold Price / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2018

By: Harry_Dent

You know by now that I think gold is above all a commodity, and in a bubble that was more extreme than stocks… a bubble that’s been bursting since September 2011, but…

Gold and bitcoin are two examples of bubbles bursting that are NOT following my bubble model as well as most. Both, thus far, are basing out at higher levels than I expected.

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Housing-Market

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Where Have the Affordable Homes Gone? / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Harry_Dent

Bubbles are self-defeating. Their success is what eventually kills them.

The same is true for cycles.

Take the urbanization cycle for example…

As a population urbanizes, people get wealthier. But more affluent urbanites have fewer kids and that slows future demographic growth for the next generation.

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Companies

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Impact of FOBT Regulation: Online Gaming Shares / Companies / Gambling

By: Submissions

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have become a hot topic for UK gaming operators over the last two years. Following protests by anti-gambling advocates, the government initiated a full review of the betting shop gaming machines at the end of 2017. At the heart of the debate was the amount players were able to bet. Under the regulations at the time, players could wager a maximum of £100 per round.

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Commodities

Saturday, October 06, 2018

How Commodities Will Perform in the 'Impending Massive Credit Crunch' / Commodities / Commodities Trading

By: Clive_Maund

Technical analyst Clive Maund looks at the factors that he sees are behind a massive credit crunch and discusses how the markets could react. An enormous "sword of Damocles" hangs over all markets now. A massive liquidity drain is underway as global QE reverses into QT and rates rise against the background of immense ubiquitous crippling debt burdens. What this means is that the biggest credit crunch of all time is bearing down on us, which will involve markets crashing in the absence of bids, serious dislocation of capital markets and out of control interest rates.

This is probably the high point for Trump's presidency as the stock market enjoys its final "swansong rally" ahead of the crash, buoyed up the last of the stock buybacks before rising rates choke them off, and the dumbest of the dumb money who think that because the market has been in an uptrend for years it's going to continue.

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Commodities

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Gold Stocks Recovering / Commodities / Gold and Silver Stocks 2018

By: Zeal_LLC

The battered gold miners’ stocks are finally starting to recover after a rough few months.  Their prices slid with gold in July, plummeted in a brutal forced capitulation in August, and then dropped again in an echo capitulation into mid-September.  That left them at fundamentally-absurd price levels wildly disconnected from their actual profitability, leaving this sector with big mean-reversion upside ahead as it bounces back.

The leading gold-stock investment vehicle and increasingly benchmark is the GDX VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF.  As of this week it still had $8.5b of net assets even at today’s super-depressed gold-stock prices.  That dwarfs everything else in the 1x-long major-gold-miners ETF space, running 40.5x bigger than its next largest competitor!  So GDX is the dominant proxy for the fortunes of the gold miners’ stocks.

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Commodities

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Prepare for a Gold/Silver Rally / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2018

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Our modeling systems are suggesting that Gold and Silver will begin a new upside rally very quickly. We wrote about how our modeling systems are suggesting this upside move could be a tremendous opportunity for investors over 2 weeks ago. Our initial target is near the $1245 level and our second target is near the $1309 level. Recent lows help to confirm this upside projection as the most recent low prices created a price rotation that supports further upside price action. What is needed right now is a push above $1220 before we begin to see the real acceleration higher.

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Commodities

Saturday, October 06, 2018

More Evidence Of Manipulation In The Gold Market / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2018

By: Avi_Gilburt

This past week, we saw that the Bank of Nova Scotia was charged by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with multiple acts of spoofing in gold and silver futures between June 2013 and June 2016. Traders placed orders to buy or sell precious metals futures contracts with the intent to cancel the orders before execution, the CFTC said.

So, the tin-foil hat wearers are back out in full force screaming about how this market rigging has caused gold to collapse over the last seven years. Unfortunately, anyone who believes this is simply not dealing with the facts of any of the supposed “manipulation” cases. You see, believing that these manipulation cases caused the gold market to drop from is 2011 high is no different from believing that a paper cut can cause someone to bleed to death.

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Local

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Sheffield Best Secondary School Places 2018 League Tables Analysis / Local / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

It's the time of the year when Sheffield's parents and students will have been busy visiting Sheffield's secondary school open days as they attempt to determine the best schools to apply to in the countdown to the 18th October online noon deadline and 31st October paper deadline for secondary school place applications with offers announced on 1st of March 2019. However, the school league tables can prove misleading as many of Sheffield's 38 or so secondary schools for whatever reason tend to exhibit volatility in performance from year to year. Therefore schools that currently rank high may rank lower in subsequent years i.e. by the time today's Year 7's progress to Year 11 GCSE exams.

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Companies

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Strict Gambling Rules: Casino Brands that Get Penalised by UKGC / Companies / Gambling

By: Submissions

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has a strict set of rules when it comes to protecting consumers from the irresponsible advertising, misleading promotions by the gambling firms. It governs the online casinos of the country and has the authority to impose fines for those that didn’t comply with the rules. Many operators have been penalised over the past few years. Here are some online casino operators punished by UKGC and few tips on how to avoid the penalties.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, October 05, 2018

Return of Stock Market Volatility: More Short term Weakness Ahead / Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2018

By: Troy_Bombardia

As you would recall, I said in late-September that the stock market’s volatility would probably spike in October. Volatility was extremely compressed, which set the stage for an expansion in vol.

Yesterday, the stock market went down and volatility spiked a little.

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