Here's a summary of stories from this past trading week, with a link to the full articles online.
5 ETFs for Protection in Another 2008
No one can know with complete certainty if this is a full-fledged bear market or not. No one can say for sure if the S&P 500 is going to fall in half, as it did in 2008. Nor does anyone have a crystal ball to accurately foresee the fate of assets like bonds, real estate and business properties. If a crash comes, will you be able to wait until your investments recoup their value? If not, Dr. Martin Weiss has an alternative plan to protect your wealth.
The death of the American dream
Nothing will ever be the same again for you or for your family. The America we know and love will be no more. The fallout of this historic event will be horrific for the unprepared. It will trigger all-out panic — first in the U.S. bond market ... and later in the stock market. It will destroy millions of jobs ... sentence most Americans to a "dark age" of depression and poverty ... send gold and silver prices careening higher ... and push the U.S. government to the brink of collapse. Click here to learn how to protect you and your family in the upcoming crisis!
Don't Get Swept Away by Surge
Stocks rallied 6% off their Feb. 11 low – accomplishing more in three days than they did in the prior 26 months. By the time the panting was over with the surge last week, the S&P 500 had recorded back-to-back-to-back 1% gains for the first time since October 2011. But Jon Markman says: You can't trust this surge.
Rising Global Tensions Can Make You Big Money
|Gold will rise with a stronger dollar.|
One of the most important aspects of the rising tide of geopolitical disruptions is how they are impacting the world's financial markets. They are changing everything you thought you knew about investing. Fortunately for you, Larry Edelson has done a lot of research on how to invest in a world where all heck is breaking loose. Check out his advice.
Following the Money: Out of Global Stocks
Stagnant economies, sagging corporate profits, plunging consumer confidence; there are plenty of reasons why stock prices are under pressure. But the biggest fundamental reason behind the global stock market decline is simple: The world's biggest investors are selling. Mike Burnick reveals how these big-sellers affect your investments.
Dire Forecasts are Panning Out
Policymakers behaved so recklessly in the past half-decade, flooding the world with epic amounts of easy money in order to "fix" two previous crashes caused, largely, by too much easy money. High-risk auto lending got out of control recently just as high-risk mortgage lending did a decade ago. And corporations put all their cheap-and-easy money into buying each other or their own shares – instead of hiring more workers, building more factories, or heavily investing in R&D. So it's easy to understand how Mike Larson's dire forecasts have come to pass.
The Week's Hot News
Money and Markets columnist Mike Larson takes a look at key financial and political events around the globe after the market close. Here are the week's highlights:
Forget Grexit. Brexit is Europe's Latest Threat
"Grexit" is so 2012. The latest European threat is "Brexit." The people of Great Britain are embroiled in a ballot-box civil war over whether or not they should exit the European Union. What does this mean to you? Mike explains.
China Takes Center Stage as G-20 Meeting Looms
G-20 leaders desperately want to convince the Red Dragon to work and play well with others. They want China to stop devaluing the yuan. And they want China to help them calm investors around the world by agreeing to a Plaza Accord-style deal. But can they really tame the beast? Mike has his doubts.
A Little Common Sense Goes a Long Way
Somehow, all the Ivory Tower economists ensconced in central banks around the world have forgotten about common sense. For example, just because you can do something with a math formula, doesn't mean you should do it in real life. Case in point — negative interest rates. If only these economists would listen to Mike.
China Puts on a Brave (Fake?) Face
China is a mess. Its benchmark stock market plunged recently while its money-market rates surged higher. Its currency remains under pressure thanks to massive credit concerns and hundreds of billions of dollars in capital outflows. And its economy is slowing rapidly. But Chinese officials insist that everything's fine and dandy. Mike sorts out the mixed messages.
The Money and Markets Team
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