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Warren Buffett: The Fed is the greatest hedge fund in history

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Warren Buffett: The Fed is the greatest hedge fund in history. In a speech at Georgetown University, Warren Buffett had some interesting insights on the current role of the Federal. He only half-jokingly referred to the Fed as the greatest hedge fund in history because of the Fed's ability to... Show More

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Goldman Sachs and Bank of America end bearish positions on precious metals

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Goldman Sachs and Bank of America end bearish positions on precious metals. A few months ago, things were looking grim for precious metals like gold and silver. Many analysts were predicting a lengthy downturn that would erase the gains in these assets. However, precious metals have proven to be more... Show More

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Demand for 10-year Treasury remains high despite upcoming Fed tapering

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Demand for 10-year Treasury remains high despite upcoming Fed tapering. As the Federal Reserve prepares to wind down its QE bond buying program, some analysts were worried that this would hurt demand in the bond market as other investors wouldn't be able to pick up the slack. This doesn't appear... Show More

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Iconoclastic economist and Boston University professor Larry Kotlikoff, describes the US as arguably in worst fiscal shape than any other developed country

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Iconoclastic economist and Boston University professor Larry Kotlikoff, describes the US as arguably in worst fiscal shape than any other developed country. He estimates the fiscal gap at US$200 trillion, 17 times the reported US$12 trillion in official debt. What would it take to come up with US$200 trillion in... Show More

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Former Treasury Secretary Paulson: The World should prepare for a new financial crisis

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Former Treasury Secretary Paulson: The World should prepare for a new financial crisis. The World economy is still recovering from the devastating financial crisis five years ago. Henry Paulson, the Treasury Secretary from that time, says the World should be prepared for it to happen again. He thinks that banks... Show More

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Bookmakers give Summers a 70% chance of becoming the next Fed Chairman while Yellen's odds hit new low

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Bookmakers give Summers a 70% chance of becoming the next Fed Chairman while Yellen's odds hit new low. Months ago, Janet Yellen was by far the clear favorite to become the next head of the Federal Reserve. Things have changed dramatically, at least according to the odds set by bookmaker... Show More

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September is shaping up to be a scary month for investors

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September is shaping up to be a scary month for investors. While August was a volatile month for the market, September could be even worse. Over the next few weeks, the market will need to deal with potential Fed tapering, a German election that could reshape the EU leadership, and... Show More

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Jim Rogers: look to gold and oil as we near Syria war and market panic

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Jim Rogers: look to gold and oil as we near Syria war and market panic. The well-known investor and financial author Jim Rogers gave his outlook on the market in an interview with Reuters. He thinks there is a good chance America will go to war with Syria and this... Show More

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Top housing economist believes housing recovery is false, none of this is real

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Top housing economist believes housing recovery is false, none of this is real. Bob Schiller, a Yale economist famous for helping create the Case-Schiller home price indices, is pessimistic about the US housing recovery. While home prices are up significantly (the Case-Schiller index has gone up by double digits over... Show More

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Spain's 'real' GDP could be 21% lower than reported - With Spanish unemployment surging, tax collection low, and delinquent loans soaring, local news outlet El...

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Spain's 'real' GDP could be 21% lower than reported - With Spanish unemployment surging, tax collection low, and delinquent loans soaring, local news outlet El Confidencial notes that it does not add up that GDP has only modestly declined. The Spanish newspaper has published three charts which highlight the dramatic... Show More

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Lenders shutting down operations as US mortgage struggles get worse

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Lenders shutting down operations as US mortgage struggles get worse. US mortgage interest rates have surged over the past few weeks causing fewer Americans to refinance or apply for new mortgage loan. As a result, mortgage lenders are struggling and many have suspended operations or sharply reduced their staffs. Home... Show More

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Rick Rieder, the CIO of BlackRock's fixed income division has expressed worries in an interview with Bloomberg TV saying that the Fed's current policies were...

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Rick Rieder, the CIO of BlackRock's fixed income division has expressed worries in an interview with Bloomberg TV saying that the Fed's current policies were distorting the market. He said QE's too big. You've got to taper down QE. It's created this tremendous distortion in interest rates. This was leading... Show More

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Fed warns that leveraged ETFs increase market volatility through cascade reaction

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Fed warns that leveraged ETFs increase market volatility through cascade reaction. Leverage ETFs use debt to build a bigger investment portfolio and higher returns per dollar invested. The size of these funds and their automatic rebalancing strategies has the Federal Reserve worried. A large market move, especially at the end... Show More

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Goldman Sachs: payroll data is economically meaningless

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Goldman Sachs: payroll data is economically meaningless. The release of the US payroll reports is always closely watched by investors as this information is thought to show the strength of the economy and the future of the market. However, in a new report, Goldman Sachs admits it found this information... Show More

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Guggenheim's Scott Minerd has questioned the meteoric rise of Wall Street this year arguing that markets which have risen this strongly often pause or correct...

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Guggenheim's Scott Minerd has questioned the meteoric rise of Wall Street this year arguing that markets which have risen this strongly often pause or correct to consolidate their gains. Furthermore, he notes that the majority of price gains have resulted from P/E expansion as opposed to earnings growth. In the... Show More

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The Great Bond Rotation is moving more money into cash, not equities

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The Great Bond Rotation is moving more money into cash, not equities. After years of holding bonds, investors are finally selling these positions. Market analysts are describing this move as a Great Rotation from bonds into equities. At a casual glance, this would make sense as the market continues to... Show More

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Recent Treasury selloff minor by historical standards

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Recent Treasury selloff minor by historical standards. During May and June this year, the market saw a rapid selloff of Treasuries after the Fed announced earlier than expected tapering. This sent prices tumbling and yields up putting a dent in bond investors' profits. While this event was bad for the... Show More

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The Norwegian Krone: arguably the safest currency in the World

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The Norwegian Krone: arguably the safest currency in the World. Investors looking for a safe place to store their money often turn to the US dollar but this might not be a great play. Central banks have a balance of assets, gold and bonds, to liabilities, the outstanding currency. Ideally,... Show More

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Ugly earnings data in Europe as majority of companies miss estimates

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Ugly earnings data in Europe as majority of companies miss estimates. European companies have been reporting their Q2 earnings over the past couple weeks and the results are not pretty. 51% of reporting firms missed their EPS estimates while only 48% beat estimates. This is a significant contrast to America... Show More

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Top fund manager believes global instability isn't stopping anytime soon

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Top fund manager believes global instability isn't stopping anytime soon. Hugh Hendry, the head of Eclectica Asset Management, made some pretty grim predictions about the future for the market. He sees financial problems continuing in nearly every major economy. Rising debt yields in the US will cause rates to go... Show More

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