The U.S. Earns a 4/5 “Fragility Score”

This post The U.S. Earns a 4/5 “Fragility Score” appeared first on Daily Reckoning. There is a certain logic to the idea that stability is a good predictor for future stability: if a nation’s economy and governance are stable and devoid of disorder, this trajectory of stability will be durable, right? … [Read More...]

“Special Situations” and Quirky Opportunities in US Stocks

This post “Special Situations” and Quirky Opportunities in US Stocks appeared first on Daily Reckoning. There’s a big macro theme playing out in Europe – a once soft economic environment that allowed lots of inefficiency is becoming tougher and forcing companies to restructure, says Chris Mayer, author of Capital & Crisis and Mayer’s Special Situations. … [Read More...]

The Good Doctor’s Dead. Here’s Why You Won’t Miss Him…

This post The Good Doctor’s Dead. Here’s Why You Won’t Miss Him… appeared first on Daily Reckoning. Dr. Copper is dead. … [Read More...]

Acronym Hell: Q4 Obliterates the Case for QE and ZIRP

This post Acronym Hell: Q4 Obliterates the Case for QE and ZIRP appeared first on Daily Reckoning. The most important number in last weeks’ Q4 GDP update was 2.3%. That’s the year over year change in real final sales from Q4 2013. As an analytical matter it means that the Great Slog continues with no sign of acceleration whatsoever. … [Read More...]

Don’t Fear “Market Death” – Learn to Profit from It

This post Don’t Fear “Market Death” – Learn to Profit from It appeared first on Daily Reckoning. “Signs of increasing demand give oil futures a lift,” declares an upbeat headline in the Houston Chronicle. … [Read More...]

Another Tech Bubble? Here’s What You Must Know Today…

This post Another Tech Bubble? Here’s What You Must Know Today… appeared first on Daily Reckoning. Run for your life! Just remember to dump your tech stocks first. The Nasdaq’s hitting 5,000 again. And we all know what happened the last time that occurred 15 years ago. Does the term “bursting of the dot-com bubble” ring a bell? … [Read More...]

Gold Price Sinks Then Rebounds in Asian Trade, Textbook Reversal Sees Chinese Premium Reaches $5 Per Ounce

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Bondholders “Bailed In” In Austria – EU Bondholders Today, U.S. Depositors Tomorrow?

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The Turing Test Gets Murkier

This post The Turing Test Gets Murkier appeared first on Daily Reckoning. Computers can’t “think” like humans largely because the way their processors are designed isn’t the way our brains process information. Computer chips are linear — electrons flow from one on-off switch to the next. … [Read More...]

Why the U.S. is Letting China Accumulate Gold

This post Why the U.S. is Letting China Accumulate Gold appeared first on Daily Reckoning. A lot of people think about gold as a percentage of a country’s total reserves. They are surprised to learn that the United States has 70 percent of its reserves in gold. Meanwhile, China only has about 1 percent of its reserves in gold. People look at that and think that’s an imbalance. But those are not very meaningful figures in my view. … [Read More...]

Gold in short term trade range 1190-1225

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IPO or BUST? Here’s Why You Need to Know the Difference…

This post IPO or BUST? Here’s Why You Need to Know the Difference… appeared first on Daily Reckoning. Most IPOs are like the next blockbuster Hollywood movie… … [Read More...]

Gold Demand in UK, Europe and U.S. – Reuters Interview GoldCore

Jan Harvey from Thomson Reuters interviews Mark O’Byrne, Director of GoldCore Research Jan Harvey thomsonreuters.com We were hearing quite a bit about rising physical demand in Europe earlier this year, as a confluence of factors (euro zone QE, SNB scrapping franc peg to euro, Greek election outcome) came together to support buying. Here to discuss how that has developed in February is Mark O’Byrne, executive director of Goldcore. Welcome, Mark! … [Read More...]

Watch the Skies… for Investor Profits

Sean Brodrick writes: Here is one of the scariest data points I’ve seen this year: nearly 80% of consumers are willing to pay extra for drone delivery. We’re talking everything from books to pizzas. I can just imagine what the skies over my little burg of Delray Beach, Florida, will look like. … [Read More...]

Stock Market Party Like It’s 2015

In 1982 the artist formally known as Prince released a popular party anthem called “1999”. The song was a premonition that 1999 would be a year we would all aspire to “party like”.  It was obvious that Prince was making reference to the excitement associated with ringing in a new century.  However, unbeknownst to him, the accommodative policies of the Federal Reserve would lead to a festal bubble in NASDAQ stocks, making his call to party in 1999 that … [Read More...]