Global Bond Yields COLLAPSE!

Stocks And Bonds Diverge   It wasn’t that long ago the markets anticipated a substantial economic slowdown.  The 20% or so plunge in equities was coupled with a sizable drop in Treasury Bond Yields. Something odd is going on.  Most key equity indexes are approaching all-time highs.  Bonds yields, on the other hand, are breaking […]

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Stock Markets Poised For Waterfall Decline?

Stock Indexes Nearing Major Support The Major Stock Indexes are, once again, approaching their 2018 lows and key support.  The markets have successfully bounced off these levels 8 separate times.  A ninth bounce of substance is looking increasing improbable. Economic and market conditions are rapidly deteriorating.  The plunge in Crude Oil prices and Treasury Rates […]

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Interest Rates in Sudden, Full Reverse

Federal Reserve Chairman Signals Change in Policy Jerome Powell has only been on the job as the new Federal Reserve Chairman since February, but has already created substantial controversy.  Powell’s Fed has raised the “Federal Funds” rate 3 times in 6 months.  Until recently, the Fed was signalling another rate hike in December and up […]

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Stock Markets Bracing For Recession?

Bull Vs. Bear Debate Continues. As the major stock market indexes plunged during most of October, fear began to grip Wall Street.  On October 29th, the intraday trading range for the stodgy Dow Jones Industrial Average was nearly 1000 points.  The lows lasted a fraction of a second, however. Within the next 24 hours, the […]

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Crashing Crude Oil Prices: A Sign of Oncoming Recession?

Crude Oil in Record Setting Plunge. Just two weeks ago, a barrel of West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil (WTIC) fetched $75, a new multi-year high.  Today, that same barrel trades at just above $55, a loss of 27%.   This price collapse in Oil was the largest in that short of a time period in […]

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How to Survive, Prosper, and Thrive in The Coming Bear Market (Part 1).

How to Survive, Prosper, and Thrive in The Coming Bear Market (Part 1). Imagine taking the same route home every day for a decade, while listening to your favorite music.  Suddenly, you see signs everywhere telling you you’re going in the wrong direction.  Nah, can’t be.  Must be a mistake.  It’s not.  A cop’s lights […]

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Bond Rating Agencies Yield Junky Results

Marko’s Take Originally written May 31, 2010 Bond Ratings Agencies Yield Junky Results Think a certain credit rating means something?  Think again! Amid the financial crisis which enveloped the global financial system in 2008-2009, Standard & Poors (S & P) and Moody’s played a central role.  So much paper with sub-prime mortgages defaulted that were originally […]

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Asset Bubbles Start Popping as Interest Rates Surge.

Asset Bubbles Start Popping as Interest Rates Surge. It was “too good to be true” for “too long to be true”.  Nearly 38 years of falling interest rates (or RISING BOND PRICES) and a 9-year Bull Market in Equities appear to be beating a hasty retreat.  Lots of signs were there: this unprecedented period of […]

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Interest Rates Continue to Edge Higher.

Interest Rates Continue to Edge Higher. Interest rates peaked in early 1980 at 20% on the Federal Funds Rate, the key short-term borrowing rate set by the Federal Reserve.  Known as the Prime Rate years ago, it reflects very short maturities.  Longer term rates, such as Five, Ten, or Thirty Year Maturities are set in […]

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