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More Investors Sell Bitcoin for Gold/Silver; Michael Pento: Stock Market & Fixed Income Bubble

Welcome to this week’s Market Wrap Podcast, I’m Mike Gleason. Coming up we’ll hear a truly explosive interview with Michael Pento of Pento Portfolio Strategies. Michael describes for us what may be coming in the bond and fixed income markets and the impact on the stock market and on gold prices in 2018. He also shares some of his very strong feelings about Bitcoin and the crypto-currencies. You absolutely must hear my conversation with Michael Pento, coming up after this week’s market update. On Thursday, Congress hastily passed a short-term funding bill that averts a government shutdown – but only […]

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The Best Trading Podcasts For Global Macro Investors

These days we’re flooded with information with barely enough time to digest it all. To help solve this, our team at Macro Ops tunes into trading podcasts. With trading podcasts, all those hours you spend driving, doing chores, or working out can also be used to catch up on markets and learn something new. Below you’ll find a list of podcasts we listen to on a monthly basis to keep our game sharp. We’ve separated them into two categories — process based and news/commentary/narrative based. The process based podcasts help us develop our macro trading strategies while the commentary helps […]

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Stock Investors Should Brace for the Fed’s October Tightening Gambit

September’s Federal Reserve meeting left interest rates unchanged but sounded a hawkish tone. The Fed seems intent on hiking interest rates again come December. Following Fed chair Janet Yellen’s remarks this Tuesday, interest rate futures markets bumped up the odds of a year-end rate hike to 81%. The more immediate – and perhaps more important – policy move pending from the central bank is its plan to gradually reverse its Quantitative Easing bond buying program starting in October. Yellen calls it “balance sheet normalization.” She is right in acknowledging that there’s nothing normal about the $ 4.5 trillion balance sheet […]

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Investors Won’t Be Buying Gold & Silver until AFTER Big Gains Occur

Physical demand for bullion rounds, coins, and bars remains somewhat soft in the U.S. This year’s run higher in prices as well as rising geopolitical tensions has whet the appetites of some investors, but it has not yet triggered broad participation. Only the contrarians have capitalizedon gold & silver’s advance since 2015. With strong gains both this year and last, metals prices have been responding to a host of issues – from unrestrained federal borrowing to the prospect of nuclear exchange. But they haven’t moved up as much as many expect. After advancing dramatically in the prior decade, gold and […]

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Investors Should Not Be Fooled by Delusional DOW Rally

The DOW has been rallying for months, setting record highs and eclipsing 20,000. Life is good. Not quite. This delusional, record-setting rally is the calm before the storm and the final surge before we see a historic collapse and feel the effects of the economic winter season we’re sitting in. Massive debt bubbles… housing prices falling by 40%… surging unemployment… a ballooning federal deficit as high as $ 1.5 to $ 2 trillion… and the misguided belief that policy makers can turn the economic tide. All classic signs of an economic winter season and a bleak state of financial decay. How is this […]

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Income Starved Investors are Flocking to These “Private Income Funds”

Among the bleak retirement landscape, investors are finding lucrative opportunities Time after time, I hear stories of people “cutting back” to stretch a meager income or make a small nest egg last. Most retirees (or people planning for retirement) are pinching pennies, fearing their nest eggs will run out soon. Or they’re scratching out “a living” on meager Social Security benefits of $ 1,300 a month. Folks just aren’t making enough off of their investments PRIOR to retirement, to live out their golden years comfortably. I go into further detail in my latest video presentation. While we absolutely have a retirement crisis in […]

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Why Gold & Silver Have Frustrated Investors Since 2011

The biggest frustration to many precious metals investors, is why have the gold and silver prices under-performed the market since 2011? Actually, for gold it was since 2012. Even though gold hit a new record high of $ 1,900 in September 2011, its average annual price was higher in 2012 at $ 1,669 compared to $ 1,571 the prior year. Regardless, the precious metals analysts back in 2012 were forecasting the market was going to experience even higher gold and silver prices, especially after the Fed announced QE 3 at the end of 2012. However, the precious metals community was […]

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Why Are So Many Big Investors Positioning Themselves To Make Giant Amounts Of Money If The Stock Market Crashes?

I keep hearing from people that think that the stock market is going to crash by the end of the year.  Hopefully that will not happen, but the ridiculous stock prices that we are seeing right now certainly cannot last forever.  On Sunday, I was chatting with a friend that had just been to a financial conference.  He was quite surprised that one of the things being taught to the attendees of this conference was how to position themselves to make an enormous amount of money when the stock market crashes dramatically in the near future.  Markets tend to go […]

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The Dow Falls Another 138 Points As Geopolitical Shaking Forces Investors To Race For The Exits

Stock prices just keep on falling, and many analysts are now wondering if a full-blown stock market crash is in our near future.  On Thursday, the S&P 500 and the Dow both closed at 2 month lows after Donald Trump dropped “the mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan.  It was the first time that one of these bombs has ever been used in live combat, and it is being reported that each of these bombs weighs 22,000 pounds and costs 16 million dollars to make.  Of course Trump was trying to send a very clear message to the rest of […]

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The Price Of Gold Spikes As Investors Get Spooked By Talk Of World War III And Nuclear Conflict

Whenever the world starts going crazy, investors instinctively begin flocking to precious metals.  So it wasn’t exactly a surprise when gold and silver prices started to move upward aggressively as global leaders continued to talk about the possibility of World War III and nuclear conflict.  The price of gold spiked to a five month high on Tuesday, and as I write this article gold is currently sitting at $ 1277.10 an ounce.  Right now silver is at $ 18.35 an ounce, and many analysts believe that it is poised for a dramatic jump in the weeks and months to come […]

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