The Markets – REAL Stand Up Comedy

In “those exciting days of yesteryear” I used to be on teams in the early 1970’s that would go into the radio station conference room and write either biting sports commentary OR we would write humor for the morning show. This uniquely qualifies us...

Will Markets Face a “Shutdown Discontinuity”?

Those of us who like to follow long wave economics (not exactly a normal pastime) tend to look at “the news” trying to place it in some kind of historical framework in order to use it as guidance as to what MIGHT be coming along next. For some reason, I...

Caution for Silver Bulls

In Monday’s column, I gave you some pretty impressive data on gold and how it has been a good long-term performer since we bought our “lone coin” back in 2001. This was naturally followed with a number of emails from silver permabulls who told me I...

Yes, Gold has Kicked the Market’s Butt

As always, we don’t offer financial advice, although if you’re a bull (one who expects stocks to go up) this might be an interesting week.  Part of a financial “education.” I referred to this (possible) timing of markets back in December when I...

Markets Eye Possible “National Emergency Weekend?”

“The Wall” is Trump’s “Hooverville” as we figure it. So, before we get into the Consumer Price report, the on-going government shutdown and the like, a bit of future modeling is in order.  Along with a grand lesson in management. The...

Time for a Government Review Panel

What is a Government Review Panel (GRP)?  What we’re tossing out today is an idea for a Big Picture review of how government performance is going. Not by the Legislative brand.  Why, when there’s a government shutdown, they can even work through the...

Econ War with Mexico: Border Monetization

I can’t count the time’s I have told you this was coming:  You see, we’re on an escalation path with regards to U.S. relations with multiple countries in South and Central America.  And – it’s all about money. First, we are continuing to...

Markets: Do Stocks Forecast “News?”

Or, does the stock market react to events? We should find out this week.  Let me give you a crackpot theory to ponder. I noticed something very strange this summer as I was crunching numbers trying to sort out some aspects of “futuring” and how that...

Media Agenda to Save Stock Market?

I am AMAZED at the innumeracy running rampant in America. ABC runs a story that says, in part: “U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war,...

Markets: PLHF (Pump Like Hell Friday)

The US Fed seems to be trying to stabilize markets in here.  The latest H.6 Money Stocks report reveals the Fed let a lot of air out of the market by only growing the 90-day M1 (cash) at a 1.7% annualized rate through the end of November.  However, now we see that run...

Trump’s Markets: The Glitch is Sliding Now

From Reuters: “Apple bombshell sends investors to safe havens; ‘flash crash’ jolts currencies.” I mentioned to you back in December that I had a “bad feeling” about what lay ahead around the second week of January.  And, judging by the futures...

Markets: Seatbacks and Tray Tables?

So much for the Holidays, huh?  Peoplenomics will be back on regular schedule Saturday… There are two occasions when the “back-end crew” of an airliner will tell you “Please return your seatbacks and tray-tables to their upright and locked...

2018: The “Disposable World” Arrived

A great evil lurks in the world – unseen by all but the few who manage to hold an open mind against a sea of group-think zombies. It’s the massive spread of disposability. Got started slowly:  Once upon a time, mid dieselpunk era, there was a...