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James J Puplava CFP

Dec 20 – In this special edition of the Big Picture, Jim and John look back at 2014, a “Year of Surprises”. Jim had predicted a good year with some bumps, but there were also an amazing amount of economic and geopolitical twists and turns in 2014. Jim details many of the surprises during the year, including the continuing drop in...

Ralph Acampora

Dec 20 – Jim welcomes back technician Ralph Acampora, Director of Tactical Investments at Altaira Wealth Management. Ralph notes that we needed the recent correction, but sees no signs of a massive topping formation. He believes the economy is the driving factor behind new highs in the broader indexes this fall.

Alex Daley

Dec 19 – Cris Sheridan welcomes Alex Daley, Senior Editor of Casey’s Extraordinary Technology newsletter. Cris and Alex discuss the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the growing field of Biometrics. Alex does not see the emergence of AI as a near-term threat, and even sees recent breakthroughs as...

Rawlson King

Dec 18 – Cris Sheridan welcomes Rawlson King, Contributing Editor at BiometricUpdate.com. Cris and Rawlson talk about the latest developments and trends in the biometric technology space, which Biometric Research Group estimates to reach $15 billion by 2015.

Axel G Merk

Dec 17 – Jim welcomes back Axel Merk, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments LLC. Axel notes that foreigners have bid up U.S. markets and the dollar this year. He believes turbulence will return to the markets next year with the end of QE by the Fed, and sees potential weakness in both the U.S. markets and the dollar.

Cam Hui

Dec 16 – Cris Sheridan welcomes Cam Hui CFA, Portfolio Manager at Qwest Investment Fund Management. Cam discusses the main bullish and bearish arguments being made for stocks right now. On the positive side, Cam and Cris discuss seasonality, U.S. economic growth, an earnings boost from lower oil prices, and still accommodative central banks.

Mark Farrin

Dec 15 – As we near the end of 2014, Jim and John discuss strategies to reduce your taxes now. Some of these moves take tax planning, while others are easy to accomplish. Jim reviews Congressional action on tax extenders and other tax policies.

James J Puplava CFP

Dec 13 – Last week in the Big Picture Jim delved into the causes of oil’s big decline. This week, Jim will follow up on this theme, discussing a number of important questions; is this trend in oil permanent? If not, how long will it last? What will be the impact on the economy, good or bad?

Louise Yamada CMT

Dec 13 – Jim welcomes back Louise Yamada CMT, Managing Director at Louise Yamada Advisors. Louise notes that the small cap stocks tend to lead the market, and they could be telling us a corrective phase is ahead. However, Louise sees no evidence of an emerging bear market at the moment, despite the collapse in energy prices.

Peter Boockvar

Dec 12 – Jim welcomes Peter Boockvar, Managing Director and Chief Market Analyst at The Lindsey Group LLC. Peter and Jim focus their discussion on market valuations. Peter sees nearly all asset prices as overvalued, with the bond market the most extreme case. Peter believes that we are in the final act of the central bankers ability to maintain high levels of asset prices.

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