Federal Reserve To The Rescue?

The Fed’s Functions Since it was established in 1913 to be the Central Bank of the United States, the objectives of the Federal Reserve have changed.  Originally, the main job of the Fed was to enhance economic and price stability to lessen severe economic swings.  Since then, its mission has been amended over the years, […]

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Gold Approaches Major BUY Zone (Chart of the Day 12)

Will This Time Be Different? Precious metals have disappointed their fans and enthusiasts for YEARS.  After peaking at about $1900 per ounce in 2011, Gold is still 1/3 lower 8 years later. The 2011 runup was the result of inflation fears from Quantitative Easing (QE) by the Federal Reserve.  QE was the program of massive […]

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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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Peekaboo Inflation: Now You See It, Now You Don’t.

Signs of Inflation Rapidly Vanish. For the 12 months ended September, 2018, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was reported to be increasing at an annual rate of 2.3% (https://www.bls.gov/cpi/).  The CPI is the “official” measure of how much more it costs an individual each year to maintain a consistent standard of living. Unfortunately, the CPI […]

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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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Inflation: Suddenly, The Signs Are Everywhere!

Inflation: Suddenly, The Signs Are Everywhere! For what has seemed an eternity, finding tangible signs of inflation was much harder than finding the elusive “Waldo”.  Our recent piece entitled “Inflection Point (Part 5)    (https://markonomics101.com/2018/09/03/inflection-point-part-5-interest-rates-inflation-and-inflection/) looked at the amazing contradictions in the available data and raised as many questions, as answers. Suddenly, market signs of […]

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The Interest Rate Bomb: Is The Fuse Now Lit?

The Interest Rate Bomb: Is The Fuse Now Lit? Recently, we noted the critical role that higher inflation and interest rates would play in The Inflection Process.  Furthermore, the levels of interest rates seemed so low as to make very little logical sense (https://markonomics101.com/2018/09/03/inflection-point-part-5-interest-rates-inflation-and-inflection/.)  Not only does “reported” inflation (currently 2.9% annually) seem to vastly […]

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Inflection Point (Part 5): Interest Rates, Inflation, and Inflection.

Inflection Point (Part 5): Interest Rates, Inflation, and Inflection. “Inflation” is the annual rate of price increase for a specific basket of goods or services a consumer buys and is directly tied to changes in “value” of the currency being used in the exchange of those goods and services.  The government’s official gauge of inflation […]

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