Markets

Japan Exports Grow 14% YoY in October

Japan’s exports grew 14 percent over a year earlier in October on strong demand for vehicles, electronics and machinery. However, customs data released Monday showed even faster growth in imports of oil, gas and coal that caused the trade surplus to fall more than 40 percent from the year before. ...

Inflation and Counterfeit Credit - Keith Weiner

November 20, 2017 Let’s take a look at an often-repeated idea that is popular in the gold and alternative investing communities. The government possesses a printing press. Therefore, it will never default. It will just inflate its way out of the debt. It will devalue the dollar. The government do ...

Iran: Most OPEC Members Support Extending Oil Output Cuts

Iran’s oil minister said on Nov. 20 that a majority of OPEC members support extending output cuts but a final decision will be taken at their next meeting on Nov. 30. OPEC, together with a group of non-OPEC producers led by Russia, has reduced output since Jan. 1 under an agreement set to run unti ...

Investing Like the Mafia 2017

As famed market strategist Richard Bernstein has pointed out, investors should pattern common stock selection after the investment style of the Mafia. What causes the Mafia to get such good returns? How do they spot opportunities? Why should we as investors in publicly-traded common stocks emulate t ...

USD/JPY – Yen Dips Despite Higher Trade Surplus

The yen has started the new trading week with slight gains. In North American trade, USD/JPY is trading at 112.35, up 0.24% on the day. On the release front, Japan’s trade surplus jumped to JPY 0.32 trillion, crushing the forecast of JPY 0.21 trillion. Later in the day, Japan realizes All Indu ...

Millions Upon Millions of Americans Have “Negative” Wealth - Rory Hall

November 20, 2017 While 3 Americans possess more wealth than 50% of the combined poorest, we now learn that 20% of ALL Americans have zero or negative wealth. I presume by having “negative wealth” they have lived beyond their means for so long their debt burden is all they have to show for t ...

What are tontines and why their time has come for financial planning

Author Moshe Milevsky makes his case to bring back a financial instrument from the past. SPEED READER Book: King William’s Tontine: Why the Retirement Annuity of the Future Should Resemble its Past Author: Moshe A. Milvesky Publisher: Cambridge University Press Price: $56.43 for 257 pages WHO I ...

Toronto’s tech buzz is awesome, but results are what will ultimately matter

By any measure, Canada’s venture capital market, and the ecosystem as a whole, appears to be on fire. I can’t think of a time over my 10+ years of blogging when I might have said that, which is notable in its own right. Choose your own metric: number of industry events, flow of equity, s ...

Think outside the box with value investing

Will these cats start climbing? (Flickr)   The world is a wonderful place full of strange, quirky, and unusual people. They can provide an extra spice that makes life fun. Around these parts they like to mix their portfolio strategies, mashing up value investing peanut butter with momentum choco ...

Next-Generation Crazy: The Fed Plans For The Coming Recession - John Rubino

November 20, 2017 Insanity, like criminality, usually starts small and expands with time. In the Fed’s case, the process began in the 1990s with a series of (in retrospect) relatively minor problems running from Mexico’s currency crisis thorough Russia’s bond default, the Asian Contagion ...