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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017 Was a Roller Coaster Year For UK Savers / Personal_Finance / Savings Accounts

By: MoneyFacts

As we come close to the end of 2017, the latest research from moneyfacts.co.uk shows it has been a roller coaster year for savers. Savings rates fell to record lows for various fixed bonds in January and for variable rates in February, but thankfully as the end of the year draws near, rates in both areas have improvement immensely.

Fixed rates have risen considerably this year, with the average five-year bond hitting 2.03%, its highest level since July 2016 when it was 2.05%. The short-term bonds have also recovered to the extent that today, the average one-year bond stands at 1.17%, its highest point since July 2016 when it was 1.20%.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Will Gold and Diamonds Rival Bitcoin in Tokenized Economy? / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2017

By: Nicholas_Kitonyi

Whenever I look at the Bitcoin price chart, it makes no sense and that means investors no longer move the market, but rather, the market moves them. If the prices are skyrocketing, instead of sitting back and looking at what’s behind the rally, they are now joining the bandwagon without taking a second to think.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Masters of Economic and Political Illusion – in Taxes, Debt, Government, and Markets / Politics / US Politics

By: Raymond_Matison

We are a gullible people, and have become more so with the evolution and development of ever more persuasive propaganda.  We accept many commonly popular economic or political “established facts” as truth almost without question. We forget or are ignorant of the fact that there are large well financed organizations in whose interest it is to provide us with information and views that will polarize our own thinking and values to parallel those of these powerful influences.  In effect we are provided with the scaffolding for an illusion which we fill in according to our own personal, but mainstream media propaganda and other organization-channeled input.  In creating such illusions it seems appropriate to paraphrase President Reagan’s comment: it’s not that we are ignorant, but that we know so much that simply isn’t so.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Approved Used Land Rover Main Dealer Real Customer Buying Guide - Hunters, Chester / Personal_Finance / Land Rover

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Thinking of buying an 'approved used' Land Rover Discovery Sport (HSE Black) or any of the range rover models? Then here is what a 'real' customer can expect when buying from a main dealer. This video illustrates the process a typical buyer can expect from a Land Rover dealer (Hunters) from as soon as one drives onto the dealerships forecourt, test driving, documentation, part exchanging, paperwork, insuring, taxing and payment, all the way to when one drives off with their car a few hours later. The 'REAL' experience of what to expect over the 'approved used' sales pitch list of x,y,z, which does not quite pan out in reality.

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Companies

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Our MSCI ETF Forecast BEFORE the 47 Percent, 12-Month Gain / Companies / Company Chart Analysis

By: EWI

Our MSCI ETF Forecast BEFORE the 47 Percent, 12-Month Gain

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Gold Price 100% Bullish Signal / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2017

By: P_Radomski_CFA

During yesterday’s week, we saw breakdowns and major declines in all parts of the precious metals sector. Even the HUI to gold ratio broke below the key low. Yet, there is something that we saw based on last week’s closing prices that had 100% bullish efficiency in the past few years. What is it and how we can use this knowledge?

Before moving to the details of the above bullish sign, let’s check what changed in gold (charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com).

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Epic Stock Market & Fixed Income Bubble Will Not End Well / Stock-Markets / Stock Market 2017

By: Michael_Pento

Mike Gleason: It is my privilege now to welcome in Michael Pento, President and founder of Pento Portfolio Strategies and author of the book, The Coming Bond Market Collapse: How to Survive the Demise of the U.S. Debt Market. Michael is a well-known and successful money manager and has been a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business News, and also the Money Metals Podcast, and shares is astute insights on markets and geopolitics from the perspective of an Austrian School economist's viewpoint.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 11, 2017

Soaring Deficits Force US Treasury into Foolish Debt Gamble / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Michael_Pento

The Treasury opened the fiscal year 2018 with an October budget deficit of $63.2 billion. That is 37.9% larger than the $45.8 billion deficit in October of last year. The primary reason behind this surge in year-over-year deficits was a 21.6% increase in net interest expenses. The annual red-ink problem looks even greater when recognizing that the national debt is already over 105% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), at nearly $21 trillion, and with an additional $10 trillion projected to be added in the next ten years.

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Companies

Monday, December 11, 2017

Amazon’s 75,000 New Robots Are Your Answer To No Wage Inflation / Companies / Amazon

By: John_Mauldin

Like millions of other people, I am a fan and a user of Amazon.

They do make buying things convenient, especially little things that you might have to go to art specialty stores to find. I’m a huge user of the Kindle app, too.

I will admit that I don’t quite understand the Amazon business model of growth over profits. But I have noticed that most of the profits Amazon actually makes are coming from their non-commercial side—stuff like cloud services.

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Currencies

Monday, December 11, 2017

Bitcoin can be stolen. Although Can’t be hacked / Currencies / Bitcoin

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Dr. D: Bitcoin can be stolen. Although “Bitcoin” can’t be hacked, it’s only software and has many vulnerabilities. If held on an exchange, you have legal and financial risk. If held at home, you could have a hard drive fail and lose your passwords. If it’s on a hardware fob like a Trezor, the circuits could fail. For a robust system, computers themselves are pretty fragile. You could write down your passwords on paper, and have a house fire. You could print out several copies, but if any of the copies are found, they have full access to your account and stolen without you knowing. You could have your passwords stolen by your family, or have a trojan take a screen or keystroke capture.

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Housing-Market

Monday, December 11, 2017

UK Mortgage Providers Giving SVR Borrowers a Reprieve / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

Moneyfacts UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Report data, not yet published, highlights that the average standard variable rate (SVR) has increased since the base rate rise on 2 November, as expected. Despite this, it falls short of the anticipated 0.25% rise, instead increasing by 0.14%.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, December 11, 2017

Have Stocks Reached A Permanently Rigged Plateau? / Stock-Markets / Stock Market 2017

By: Brady_Willett

A painting recently sold for a record $450 million, a blanket recently sold for $1.5 million, Bitcoin has gone ballistic, and Cramer thinks there are ‘bubbles’ everywhere except stocks.  Are these the types of signals that bears have been waiting for?  In a word, maybe.

The problem with calling for an end to the good times is that there has been so many false contrarian signals in recent years it is as if the very idea of “risk/reward” has been temporarily laid to waste.  To use a quick example, in early 2016 alarm bells were ringing as junk bonds were imploding, confidence was sliding, and technical market levels were being struck.  At the time it looked like the big bad bull was done.

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Currencies

Monday, December 11, 2017

Trying To Beat The System Is A Fatally Flawed Investment Strategy / Currencies / Bitcoin

By: Submissions

Bill Cara writes:  This week’s article will begin with a parable. Soon, however, this piece of fiction might become source material for a Harvard Business School case study.

So, recently there was a private members club with 99 men and women who had each paid $1,000 to join. At the first monthly meeting, somebody suggested it would be a good idea to top off membership at 100, so the call went out to their friends. Lo and behold, one person stepped up with an offer of $1,500 and the capital account grew to $100,500. The next month however another individual offered $2,000 to join and the members were elated to grow their numbers to 101 with the capital account now up to $102,500. Nobody complained the following month when another individual came forward with $2,500 to join, bringing membership to 102 and the capital account to $105,000. As the months flew by, there was always one more person who wanted to join, and the offers were up to $3,000, $4,000, and $5,000 in months 4, 5 and 6. The original members became giddy and decided to set the price higher by $1,000 each month, and each month a new member joined at the posted price. After a year, the membership was up to 111 and the members actually believed their memberships were worth $11,000 and so they valued their club at $1,221,000, putting it up for sale.

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Commodities

Monday, December 11, 2017

Is This The Beginning Of The Next Silver Rush? / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2017

By: OilPrice_Com

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Commodities

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Dow Gold Ratio / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2017

By: Rambus_Chartology

This next set of ratio charts I consider to be the most important ratio charts if you are deciding whether to be an investor in the INDU or in Gold.

When the price is rising The INDU ( Dow Jones Industrial Average ) (a proxy for General Stock Markets) is rising against Gold , and when it is falling Gold is rising against the Dow.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, December 11, 2017

Investors Why Do You Keep Doing This To Yourself? / Stock-Markets / Stock Market 2017

By: Avi_Gilburt

As I am known to do, I will peruse articles on the web to find some interesting tidbits. And, I found one in one of Lance Robert’s recent posts.

Within this article, he cited a Doug Kass note, which stated:

“Despite many who are suggesting this has been a 'rational rise' due to strong earnings growth, that is simply not the case as shown below . . . Since 2014, the stock market has risen (capital appreciation only) by 35% while reported earnings growth has risen by a whopping 2%. A 2% growth in earnings over the last 3-years hardly justifies a 33% premium over earnings.

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Commodities

Monday, December 11, 2017

Finally, Gold Speculators Start To Bail, Setting Up A Big Q1 2018 / Commodities / Gold and Silver 2017

By: John_Rubino

It took a lot longer than it should have, but gold futures traders have finally started behaving “normally.” The speculators who were extremely, stubbornly long – and who are usually wrong when they’re this excited — had maintained their over-optimistic bets when they should have been stampeding for the exits, making the last few months both boring and depressing for gold bugs and related investors.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, December 11, 2017

Customer Wins Morrisons More Card Points Christmas Jackpot! / Personal_Finance / Freebies and Comps

By: HGR

More card holders could be in a for a checkout till surprise Jackpot win! Find out what happened in this video and what you need to do to ensure you have a 100% chance of also winning a Morrisons Christmas Jackpot! Hint, this is your LAST week to achieve 5 out of 6!

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Evidence of a Stock Market Top Mounting / Stock-Markets / Stock Market 2017

By: Andre_Gratian

Current Position of the Market

SPX: Long-term trend – The bull market is continuing with no sign of a major top in sight.
 
 Intermediate trend – Possible top at 2665.

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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Stock-Markets

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Is it “Late 2007” For the Everything Bubble? / Stock-Markets / Liquidity Bubble

By: Graham_Summers

Timing the end of a major bubble is extraordinarily difficult as it entails figuring out when a critical mass of investors shift from greed to fear.

Having said that, we’ve recently seen a number of developments that would suggest we’re near the end of the current Bond Bubble.

Back in June the world saw the unveiling of perhaps the single most insane investment of all time: the 100-year bond.

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