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Can the Dow sustain all-time highs while component stocks have technical breakdowns?

What will the tipping point be? That is impossible to know, but with a similar ratio in favor of breakdowns it is a good bet that the Dow itself has started to roll over . . .more...

Are benefits of diversification least obvious when equity prices increase?

S&P 500 Index of stocks topped 1,900 for the first time, and the greenback climbed to one-month high against the euro; gold futures slipped 0.1% to $1,294.80/oz. . . .more...

Will geopolitical uncertainty contribute to volatility in the dollar and gold in 2014?

Improving prospects for the U.S. economy? Fed's Janet Yellen on Monday strongly defended the central bank's policies of low interest rates and continued bond-buying . . .more...

Will gold and silver soon become more favorable as alternative investments?

Charts suggest move to trading paper assets for real assets is just getting started; in fact, commodities market as a whole broke out to the upside about a month ago . . .more...

Are securities over-inflated largely because of central government policies?

Pimco's Bill Gross says investors are all playing the same dangerous game that depends on a near perpetual policy of cheap financing and artificially low interest rates . . .more...

Could we see quantitative stimulus until the U.S. Dollar implodes?

We've got a way to go before QE gets tapered down; but will the Fed instead increase the asset purchases to, say, $150 billion, $200 billion, a trillion dollars a month? . . .more...

Is the bond and equities markets at risk?

They want to get back to a neutral balance-sheet policy but that doesn’t mean they want rates to skyrocket here,” said McCarthy, a former Richmond Fed economist. “The market is hypersensitive,”more...

Are equities propped by stimulus versus an improved economy?

That the equity market shudders on the prospect of a taper—as soon as the Sept. 17-18—isn't surprising.more...

Does Fed easing, and fear of ending QE warrant diversification?

Investors on edge about what to expect from the central bank in the coming months as it decides how and when to dial back its $85 billion monthly bond-buying program . . .more...

Will the threat of a banking crisis favor gold as tangible money?

Cyprus stunned its bank customers and the global financial markets because they violated a crucial principle going back to the 1930s: that bank deposits would be protected . . .more...

Are investors concerned over market uncertainty?

Investors are worried that the fiscal cliff's $600bn of tax hikes and spending cuts will push the US into recession; sharp fall in the December UM consumer confidence index . . .more...

Will big government cause the stock market to fall?

If and when interest rates rise on deficit and national debt concerns, stocks will face more competition from fixed-income securities. Stock prices will have to fall . . .more...

Will massive stimulus by a few governments cause competitive currency devaluation?

Stimulus injections by world's largest central banks are creating a domino effect around the globe, prompting governments to keep easy money from driving up their currencies . . .more...

Is there any doubt we will continue on a path of stimulus, resulting in higher commodity prices?

Impatient Federal Reserve officials are moving closer to taking new steps to spur activity and hiring; could make moves at their meeting next week, July 31 and Aug. 1 . . .more...

What is the Big Picture with stock market prices?

The yield on the Dow is now a minuscule 2.62% (indicative of a bull market top). The only way we will see high yields (6% or more) on the Dow is for the Dow to head down . . .more...

Is the stock market in decline?

It's easy to lose track of the trend; the Dow is down over 1500 points from its high. It's one very subtle and deceptive bear market. Don't lose sight of the big picture . . .more...

Do European election results signal increased fiat currency risk?

Election outcomes in both France and Greece are decidedly negative for the euro; new risk that it will result in clashes between France and Germany going forward . . .more...

Will gold be perceived as the only AAA currency left standing?

Fitch changed U.S. credit rating outlook to negative from stable, citing failure of congressional committee to agree on at least $1.2 trillion in deficit-reduction measures . . .more...

Can a Euro-zone crisis be averted?

Serious contraction in euro-zone...Gold market this week will be shaped by the many political meetings due to take place, which are likely to focus on the sovereign debt crisis...more...

Is there widespread sovereign currency risk associated with the debt crisis?

Belgium the latest country to see its debt downgraded as a result of the eurozone crisis; leaders continue to scramble for a solution to the protracted debt crisis . . .more...

Will volatility in stocks and bonds subside or escalate?

Supercommittee agreement in doubt. Brace your portfolio: The global debt crisis returns to U.S. this week. Prepare for added element of volatility in stocks and bonds . . .more...

Will the European debt crisis keep the world's financial markets uncertain and volatile?

Gold prices have rallied about 4% this month as mounting doubts over the euro zone's ability to tackle its two-year-old debt crisis drove investors to safe-haven assets . . .more...

Are Fed actions as uncertain as the securities markets?

Fed chairman Bernanke told the markets exactly what they wanted to hear Friday; the stock market believed him, but the bond and gold markets weren't quite convinced . . .more...

Is there uncertainty regarding the Fed's next round of quantitative easing?

Economy continues to slowly deteriorate, investors unclear about what the central bank may have in store; issues seem much bigger than what Bernanke can fix in his speech . . .more...

Will uncertainty in stocks and bonds lead to metals as an alternative asset class?

The frightening memories of markets crashing around the world and chaotic government rescues three years ago loom very large in investors’ minds today, influencing their decisionsmore...

Is it becoming evident that gold is the world's reserve currency?

There is now only one "ultimate world reserve currency, and it's called gold.more...

Is it becoming evident that gold is the world's reserve currency?

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Is it becoming evident that gold is the world's reserve currency?

There is now only one "ultimate world reserve currency, and it's called gold.more...

Is it becoming evident that gold is the world's reserve currency?

There is now only one "ultimate world reserve currency, and it's called gold.more...

Is it becoming evident that gold is the world's reserve currency?

There is now only one "ultimate world reserve currency, and it's called gold.more...

Is it becoming evident that gold is the world's reserve currency?

There is now only one "ultimate world reserve currency, and it's called goldmore...

Do Fed monetary policies and an erratic stock market suggest diversification?

Only possible upshot worthy of high odds is that widely divergent interpretations of important macro-economic trends will roil markets; and investors will need a strategy . . .more...

Are the Greek and US debt problems reaching similar criticism and concern?

Ongoing Greek debt tragedy, with budget deficit now projected at 9.5% of GDP; U.S. to reach its legal debt ceiling Monday, Fed's QE2 slated to wind down by the end of June . . .more...

Will a country having a spending and debt crisis still argue against fiscal austerity?

The renewed focus on Greece's debts has come after some suggestions that the country would be better off looking for a way to renegotiate its debts . . .more...

Is investor demand for hard assets and wealth protection growing?

Accelerating gains are notable for having broken a long-intact correlation with the dollar-- instead of falling as the dollar rebounded, commodities have scaled new highs . . .more...

Is gold a valid hedge against today's competitive currency devaluation?

The Fed faces its ultimate crisis -- a change in the paradigm of money; it certainly makes the paper money that we are using today look like a fool's game in the end . . .more...

Would gold in the $2,000 price range slow its advances?

There no longer is a haven among the major currencies; a gold price of $2,000 an ounce or more, versus the current $1,345.90, looks quite plausible . . .more...

Have nations reached a 'Keynesian endpoint' with few options to bolster economic growth?

Many central banks are sitting on too many dollars for comfort and upping gold reserves may be the diversification move of choice; lost trust in the global financial system . . .more...

Why do governments hate gold . . . and why should wise investors own it?

Gold is not a typical investment -- it is a defense against the predictable behavior of governments to debase a fiat currency under its absolute control . . .more...

Are continuing euro-zone problems and geopolitical tensions strengthening the case for owning gold?

European situation has many investors wanting to hold tangible assets such as gold; further ''safety play'' support seen from North-South Korea and Israel political crises . . .more...

Are hard assets becoming recognized as a unique and important asset class?

Gold's status as a legitimate monetary asset is increasingly being accepted, as evidenced by the observation last week that global investors continued to flee risk assets . . .more...

How volatile can the markets get?

Thursday's stock market drop: It didn't take but five minutes -- literally -- for P&G's stock to shed 22 points to under 40 and help send the Dow screaming 998 points lower . . .more...

Are stocks and bonds overdone?

The stock market is over-valued, over-loved and over-bought. I'm excited about the recent action of gold; the upside target is 1200 with the breakout target at 1226 . . .more...

When will Americans get on board having their own personal gold standard?

The great bull market in gold is in its tenth year but ignored by the media and by the public; today, only a tiny fraction of Americans own so much as one single gold coin . . .more...

Does a large allocation of investment assets in bullion make sense?

The big play that I see coming up is gold; to fully back our phony Federal Reserve notes with something tangible, the Treasury's gold would have to be priced at around $7000 . . .more...

Will worldwide monetary stimulus cause investors to shed currencies?

Effect of free money: A year ago investors were panicking; today low interest rates have persuaded investors to take their money out of cash and to buy risky assets . . .more...

Will investors recognize that equity markets are inflated by central bank liquidity injections?

The liquidity injection from central banks is unable -- and was never intended -- to solve the structural issues facing the global economy . . .more...

Are healthy banks at risk of being seized by regulators?

FDIC's cross-guarantee authority prevents a bank-holding company from loading all the problem assets into one bank and letting that one go down at taxpayer expense . . .more...

Will bullion prices rise as investors diversify from the stock market?

Gold nears $1,000. There has been a flight out of risky assets like stocks into gold as a safe haven; concern is that a global recovery may be slower than expected . . .more...

Are many banks seeing their capital dissipate with alarming speed?

U.S. Banks that failed in the past two years were in far worse shape than those that collapsed during the industry's last crisis between 1989 and 1995 . . .more...

Is now a good time to diversify with gold?

Nations are printing trillions in their own currencies to stimulate demand and keep their currencies "cheap" -- I think the future of fiat paper money is doomed . . .more...

Why are investment experts saying you need to own gold now?

Ultimately, the dollar will collapse and we will be forced to defend it. Or, we will have horrific inflation. I'm twice as adamant now about the need to own gold . . .more...

Will the devaluation of currencies be erratic and inflation expectations climb?

Longer-term, we still see the gold market as being supported by dollar weakness, with an advance above $1,000 an ounce possible over the next few weeks . . .more...

Will suffering commercial real estate investors want an alternative safe haven?

Not a pretty picture, and fraught with peril -- Since peaking in early 2007, the value of the nation's commercial property has fallen an estimated 30% to 40% . . .more...

Could the bond market be signaling it is backing off?

As Fed Chief Bernanke goes wild in printing trillions, our creditors (like China and Germany) become increasingly worried about the dollar as a store of value . . .more...

Will fear of automaker bankruptcies cause a flight to safety?

Fears of bankruptcy for U.S. automakers prompted anxious investors to cut exposure to risk and seek safety in the U.S. and Japanese currencies . . .more...

Is the present rally in stocks a good opportunity to diversify into gold?

Paying off as much debt as possible, while accumulating dollars and gold, has served us very well over the 18 months of this brutal bear market [in equities] . . .more...

Is the present rally in stocks a good opportunity to diversify into gold?

Paying off as much debt as possible, while accumulating dollars and gold, has served us very well over the 18 months of this brutal bear market [in equities] . . .more...

Will Obama's agenda, with $3.2 Trillion national debt increase, cripple capitalism?

The deficit, fueled by the Wall Street bailout, diving tax revenues and worsening recession, is four times the previous $459 billion record set just last year . . .more...

Will Obama's agenda, with $3.2 Trillion national debt increase, cripple capitalism?

The deficit, fueled by the Wall Street bailout, diving tax revenues and worsening recession, is four times the previous $459 billion record set just last year . . .more...

Will wealth held in bonds seek gold as a safe haven to diversify?

The market’s meltdown, the result of the seizure in credit markets, initially left investors with bonds they couldn’t sell . . .more...

Will wealth held in bonds seek gold as a safe haven to diversify?

The market’s meltdown, the result of the seizure in credit markets, initially left investors with bonds they couldn’t sell . . .more...

Is there any chance the stimulus plan won't cause terrible inflation and great cost to taxpayers?

Greenspan: Current global recession will "surely be the longest and deepest" since the 1930s and more rescue funds are needed to stabilize the U.S. financial system . . .more...

Why does the stock market's downside exposure make gold a safe haven?

This current major bear market in stocks could last 6 to 8 years, or to 2013 to 2015; we can expect the Dow to decline to at least the low 5000s . . .more...

When will a gold position double in value?

Zulauf: My one recommendation for the longer term is physical gold, the only currency that won't get devalued; it will stay in a bull market, double in two or three years . . .more...

Are the world's leading banks at the brink of failure?

Bank of America to receive additional $138bn bail-out and underscores the depth of the financial difficulties affecting the world’s leading banks . . .more...

Will 2009 present an opportune time to diversify from stocks to gold?

Reality is going to set in that the economy is terrible; the dollar could get killed sometime this year, and the stock market will go down significantly . . .more...

Is the U.S. Dollar on the road to becoming worthless?

The U.S. Treasury’s and Federal Reserve’s recent strategy of making our money worth less and less is a step on the road to making our money worthless . . .more...

Is a banking crisis at hand?

After injecting nearly $300 billion into financial institutions, federal officials now appear willing to help shoulder bad assets from specific institutions . . .more...

Will stocks disfavor an all left-wing administration as it relates to gold diversification?

Today, one share of the Dow will buy only 12.8 ounces of gold. The ratio is saying, own gold, not the Dow. I expect in the future the ratio will again drop down to . . .more...

Why does gold offer an exceptional investment opportunity right now?

It is likely that the massive shakeout has set the stage for a dynamic advance; bulls think gold price could hit $7,000 an ounce eventually. How to play it . . .more...

Will $1.4 trillion Fed spending make the U.S. and the dollar look like a sinking ship?

Uncle Sam plans to spend like there's no tomorrow to cure what ails the markets. BABY, IT'S COLD OUT THERE. So let's toss another billion on the fire . . .more...

Should investors now consider a move to exchange their dollars for gold?

Currently, dollars are flooding the world, and this suggests that there are just too many of these Federal Reserve Notes being produced . . .more...

Is investment diversification attractive because of widespread uncertainty?

It's important to remember that when economic and monetary trajectories are in doubt, almost every data input is a pretty big swing factor . . .more...

Does the current economic climate promote investment diversification?

US stocks ended last week lower as investors continued to fret about the health of the financial sector, particularly mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac . . .more...

Who will ultimately pay the price for all the new government bailouts?

Most people don’t have a clue that the full faith and credit of the United States means simply, the ability of the federal government to tax its citizens . . .more...

What could recent movement in the Dow/gold ratio suggest to investors?

Since mid-July the ratio has been declining in favor of gold. In terms of gold, the Dow has lost almost three-quarters of its value over the last nine years . . .more...

Do rising commodities prices indicate a sea-change in investor sentiment and strategy?

As traders abandon the stock market, there is a flood of cash from new investors buying up commodities to hedge against inflation and the weak U.S. dollar . . .more...

Will stocks fall as commodity prices rise?

New intraday oil price record and Saudi supply questions helped to keep fears of both inflation and weak consumer spending alive among stock investors . . .more...

Could other investment banks be on the brink of insolvency like Bear Stearns?

The market is speaking loud and clear: The message from investors is that Lehman is in trouble. Again. New doubts about its operations and capital position . . .more...

Is diversification more important than ever as Dollar confidence vanishes?

There's a less certain outlook at the minute and ... enough reason to be buying commodities as a currency hedge again . . .more...

What would cause widespread asset inflation?

The creation of new money is massive, with the Fed and world central banks running the printing presses overtime as they seek to ward off recession . . .more...

How did the Fed defend its empowerment to bail out Bear Sterns from collapse?

Bernanke defended saving the investment bank saying damage caused by default could have been severe with fallout for the real economy as well as the financial system . . .more...

Will a stagflation epidemic push stocks into a bear market?

With economy in decline and lenders in recoil, stocks fell to their lowest level in more than 18 months and now stand on the brink of a bear market . . .more...

Why are market analysts in favor of gold and silver bullion?

A distinct possibility is that we are now in the early phase of a full-blown secular bear market . . . moving into a condition which we call "stagflation" . . .more...

Are gold and silver appreciating in all currencies?

Commodity markets enjoyed an extra-ordinary week of price strength . . . commodity prices are going up in all currencies . . . record breaking gold eyes move to $1,000 . . .more...

What should investors own when the world wants a currency alternative?

Gold is probably the single most important investment that most of us can have . . .more...

Why should you not be surprised about a severe equities bear market?

This bear market has wiped out five trillion dollars in world equity values . . .more...

Why should you have a big position in gold?

Measured in gold, markets have done horribly, economy in recession for a long time . . .more...

Is gold as diversification from stocks important facing a recession in 2008?

Unemployment rose sharply, raising fears US economy is on the verge of . . .more...

How should investors hedge against today's falling currency values?

Buy gold, load up on gold, ignore all the ignorant nonsense -- and hang on . . .more...

Are gold and silver up big for the year?

Gold advanced 26 percent this year as the dollar fell 7.9 percent against the . . .more...

Is now a good time to diversify out of the stock market?

Stock market and Dow Theory have spoken: Confirmed primary bear market . . .more...

Is now a good time to use gold to diversify a stock portfolio?

The stock market is poised at a critical juncture; can't predict which way . . .more...

Is the Fed rate cut indicating a crisis brewing?

Bond prices slumped while gold continued to rally . . .more...

Is the credit crisis much more grave than what meets the eye?

It is a more than $20 trillion mountain of unfunded, unregulated paper . . .more...

Will the subprime real estate crisis lead to uncertainty in other financial markets?

U.S. subprime mortgage market is causing other markets to fray around the edges faster than . . .more...

Do current conditions suggest gold and silver as diversification for bond investments?

U.S. government bond prices dived on Thursday as fears of tighter . . .more...

Considering currency volatility, what is cheap to invest in now?

It is gold that is cheap, not stocks . . .more...

Will the collapse of the subprime lending market trigger an economic crisis?

Some economists also fear that the collapse in subprime loans could trigger wider . . .more...

Why should I use gold to diversify from "good" stocks?

Good stocks can go down along with the bad . . .more...

Why do growing Asian foreign reserves present a crisis for the Dollar?

Analysts say the issue has even surpassed worries over the US current account deficit as the . . .more...

Why should investors seek to diversify from stocks and bonds?

A weak U.S. dollar might boost the appeal of gold as an alternative investment . . .more...

How explosive is the Trade Gap crisis?

The trade deficit is on track to set a record for a fifth consecutive year . . .more...

How should silver appreciate as gold advances?

While silver has greater potential, it is more volatile than gold . . .more...

What explains the present hard asset investment boom?

What they have been telling the so-far uninterested public is that the Federal Reserve has been . .more...

Will more investors be inclined to consider alternative investments this year?

Investor optimism about the outlook for the U.S. financial markets fell in August to the lowest . .more...

What should investors do as central banks reduce dollar reserves?

The trick is to diversify, and increasingly, that's what they're doing . . .more...

Why does the debt crisis mean more inflation, and why hold gold and silver now?

Russell advice -- Hold on to your gold and silver . . .more...

Will equities be stable as economic health and the US Dollar drift downwards?

On Wednesday, after new data on consumer and producer-price inflation came in higher than . . .more...

Is it still a good time to diversify out of stocks into bullion?

Gold is now in one of the most powerful bull markets that I've ever seen . . .more...

Does Bolivia's nationalization of raw materials suggest a more aggressive stance in bullion?

My advice now is to put new money into the actual metals . . .more...

Why shift more wealth out of equities and into gold?

The investment world is having increasing doubts about the value and sustainability of all . . .more...

Why do the current geopolitical conditions present potentially explosive gold prices?

It should be kept firmly in mind that the gold-starved Muslin central banks are devoid of the . . .more...

Will the Iran nuclear crisis inflate oil prices and prove negative for equities?

Iran has made threats to withhold supplies from the world market if there was international . . .more...

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