The Markets vs. the Economy: Examining the Great Disconnect

There exists today a vast disconnect between the performance of the stock market and what is taking place in the real economy. Over the past few months the Dow, S&P 500, and Russell 2000 stock indices have all climbed to new all-time highs. However, the jubilation in the stock market is at odds with the gloomy sentiment found in the real economy.

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Weekly Market Wrap: 22 February 2013 – Is this the end of the gold bull market?

This regular column reviews the condition of several markets, including stocks, commodities and precious metals. This week focuses on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the FTSE 100, and the volatility in the sugar market. It also examines the question: is this the end of the gold bull market?

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Short-term bearish, medium term bullish, long-term distinctly-bearish

In the short-term markets are due for a correction. In the medium-term markets are likely to continue to rise on a sea of central bank liquidity, and investors should make the most of the fact that we are in the eye of the storm, because long-term the outlook is distinctly-bearish.

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The secular bear market is almost over. It’s time to be long stocks

The world’s major stock markets have been in a secular bear market since the year 2000. However, unprecedented stimulus efforts by the world’s central banks is likely bringing the 13 year bear market to an end, and it now looks safe to reenter the market and be long stocks.

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Weekly Market Wrap: 12 Dec 2012

This regular column serves as a review of general market conditions and covers stocks, commodities, precious metals, currencies, bonds, and other areas that may be of interest such as rare earth metals and graphene.

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Technical Analysis: Trading the FTSE 100

As the chart below shows, the Commodity Channel Index (CCI) has been providing some excellent buy and sell signals for those trading the FTSE. Developed by Donald Lambert the CCI was first introduced in the October 1980 issue of Commodities magazine (now known as Futures magazine). The CCI is useful for identifying market trends, not [...]

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