The gloom and doom 'big-picture' theorists swarmed out of the woodwork during the 2008 financial meltdown in reaction to the massive government bailout programs and stimulus efforts taken to prevent the collapse from worsening into a 2nd Great Depression.
Everyone knows the odds of winning in a casino are worse than 50% (often much worse depending on the game played). So who wouldn't rush to a casino where, instead, the odds were overwhelmingly in the gambler's favor?
Gold bugs have done a lot of crying, rending of clothing, and gnashing of teeth in recent weeks as gold as swooned. It’s worse this morning as golds price sinks even a little below the levels on these charts. At the same time there’s been lots of gloating and cheering among mainstream media types who hold the yellow metal in low regard.
There have been quite a few bold predictions, since the beginning of the year, that the dollar was set to soar and that the great "bond bull market" was dead.
In his usual colorful style, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli joins Jim on the Financial Sense Newshour to clear up the confusion on a number of hot-button issues. First, he explains why austerity—without applying all the necessary ingredients, like reform—hasn't worked in Europe or elsewhere.
The April jobs report on May 3rd sparked a renewal of something I’m calling the "Taper Trade." As I mentioned last week, the effect of renewed faith in U.S. cyclical stocks post-Q2 earnings, along with a rise in the ECRI’s leading economic indicator, better housing data, and this jobs data has been a shift in investor sentiment back towards growth, and away from defensive tactical weightings in Treasuries, the dollar, healthcare, and utilities.