US large-cap blue-chip stocks are still the place to be

In December last year I outlined a number of factors that were bullish for US stocks, and said that they would continue to be the primary beneficiary of Fed policy and other favourable macro forces. My bullish outlook has not changed, and this article explores more reasons to be bullish on large-cap US equities.

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Silver’s 13% Jump “Confirms” Recovery in Gold Even as T-Bond Yields Rise

Wholesale gold edged back from last week’s two-month closing high on Monday morning, recording its best London Gold Fix since 18th June above $1375 per ounce. World stock markets slipped, with Indonesia dropping 5.5%, as major government bond prices also fell, driving interest rates higher.

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Are Banks Finally Ready To Start Lending?

In normal times, today’s combination of record low interest rates and massive infusions of capital into the banking system would ignite the mother of all expansions. That it hasn’t has confused the economists whose textbooks clearly state that it should. And it has convinced the Fed to just keep upping the ante with QE after QE.

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Price inflation approaching

There is some evidence in the UK of a pick-up in consumer spending. There are two likely factors behind this, the first perhaps being seasonal, aided by the fine weather. The second is less obvious, but combines with the first to encourage purchases of big ticket items; and this is cheap consumer finance coupled with growing expectations of higher interest rates in the future.

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What’s next for the Dollar and Currencies? Updated Merk Outlook August 2013

In the short to medium term, the U.S. dollar and currencies are heavily influenced by the actions of the Fed. As the Fed may be reading tealeaves as much as anyone else, we may be facing particularly high policy uncertainty that, in turn, reflects on elevated volatility in the bond and currency markets. The good news is that this may yield opportunities for the prudent investor.

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Gold Nears 10% Monthly Gain Ahead of Fed Decision as US Economy Surges, Inflation Flatlines

The price of wholesale gold fell back to $1320 per ounce Wednesday lunchtime in London as new data showed the US economy expanding faster-than-expected. Second quarter GDP rose 1.7% in real terms from a year earlier, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said.

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Gold Defies “Key Reversal” as China Launches “Mini-Stimulus”, Miners De-Hedge

Wholesale gold rallied from a drop to $1310 per ounce Thursday lunchtime in London, gaining as world stock markets also cut earlier losses. Trading back above $1322 – a two-year low when hit by April’s gold crash – spot bullion also rallied 1.0% for Euro and Sterling investors.

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