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Video: Biz Professor Says Smaller Banks Are At Risk
Columbia Business professor Tomasz Piskorski explains why regional banks are teetering, and tells us just how concerned we should be… [Read More]

“$1 Trillion Every 100 Days”
The debt load of the U.S. is growing at a quicker clip in recent months, increasing about $1 trillion nearly every 100 days… [Read More]

March 08, 2023

chiropractor priorGood morning.
For nearly a decade, there’s been an underinvestment in energy projects in the United States.  That’s partly due to the success of fracking and shale-drilling technologies, which increased energy reserves substantially.  And it’s partly thanks to easy-lending policies that made it easy for energy companies to operate.  When prices dropped as OPEC increased production in 2014, however, the bottom fell out.
Today, we’re at the other extreme end of the pendulum.  There’s been an underinvestment in energy.  Big players have been buying back shares rather than spending money on exploration and production.  And energy infrastructure has been underinvested.
That’s on track to change, thanks to rising demand for American energy assets, particularly natural gas, from Europe.  And that could be a good space for investors to ride out today’s market volatility, as energy infrastructure tends to be a high-yielding asset class.  That’s true even as energy prices may continue to weaken along with the economy.

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Analyst: It’s Not Pessimism, It’s Realism
The unencumbered realist concludes that there are no solutions within a status quo structure that is itself the problem.  Realists who question received wisdom and conclude the status quo is untenable are quickly labeled pessimists because… [Read Here]

Countless Americans Plunge Into Despair
We haven’t seen anything like this in a long time.  A couple of factors are combining to push millions of Americans into a state of food insecurity.  First of all, food prices have been rising aggressively throughout the past year, and so our money… [Read Here]

March 08, 2022

BalloonsGood morning.
Sanctions, rising inflation, interest rate fears… these are all big-picture issues that operate in both financial markets and the real world.  But the biggest issue for financial markets right now might just be something else: liquidity.
There’s been a bit of a strain on the market, which in turn could lead to wider swings in prices, starting with usually highly liquid markets with lots of players like the Treasury market.  When this market starts to get the volatility of the stock market, it’s usually a sign of big trouble.
For now, traders have been able to meet margin calls with no strain or delay, and overall investors aren’t concerned over big issues, but we could still be in for a lot of volatility in the days ahead, and this problem could worsen before it gets better.  If a hedge fund announces a bankruptcy, or a bank starts reporting massive issues with liquidity, it may be time to prepare for another leg lower for stocks.

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Instead of How Much to Save for Retirement, Ask This
So, how much money do you need to save to enjoy a long and stress-free retirement?  That’s a million-dollar question, or at least it might have been in 2006… [Read Here]

Economic Warfare Against Russia Has These Unintended Consequences
Remember when Canada invoked the Emergencies Act to freeze bank accounts of protestors?  What if that happened to an entire country? [Read Here]

March 08, 2021

Want LeadershipGood morning.
The bank stocks have been one of the top-performing sectors lately, holding up even as tech stocks have been beaten down.  But at the end of the month, that could all change.  That’s because of a rule called the supplementary leverage ratio, or SLR.  It allowed banks to use Treasuries as assets during the worst of the pandemic last year.
If the SLR exemption isn’t continued, banks will have to hold more capital as reserves against their treasury positions and deposits kept with the Fed.  That could lead to a scramble for cash, which could make the recent market weakness extend well beyond the tech space.  Fed Chairman Jerome Powell had a chance to address this on Thursday’s interview, but failed to do so.

Will the financials be the next sector to have wild volatility – or even a bear market?

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Gold and Bitcoin Can Co-Exist as Inflation Hedges 
Both are used for protection against inflation, and neither is likely to displace the other.  Gold is more liquid and has a larger role in the monetary system.  But the real difference between the two is the types of savers who choose them… [Read Here]

March 08, 2020

Today is DarrenDaily Recap Sunday.  A collection of the weeks videos from Darren Hardy.  Enjoy!

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