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Russ Winter has been an active investor for 40 years, and a stockbroker for 15 of those years. He writes on diverse topics ranging from actual trading and investing strategies, to economic trends and indictors, to thoughts on precious metals, and more. Lately, he has been focusing on the “end game ... more

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Gold Traction Looks Constructive
The Commitment of Traders (COT) managed money net longs fell from 200,116 to 148,793 as the price of gold (POG) fell from 1282 to 1257. This is very good traction and has to be considered constructive, especially if good traction continues.
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A Pack Of Yellen Wolves
The odds of a Sept. 21 FOMC rate hike did increase from 21% to 33%. The “market” is now giving 44.4% odds for a hike on Dec. 14 and 14.7% for two hikes. Precious metals do seem well correlated to the ebbs and flows of this rate hike prospect.
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Escape From NIRP: Is The End Of That Hair-Brained Scheme Near?
The global bond markets are so distorted by NIRP that Japan’s largest bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, is preparing to give up its primary dealer role in the negative return JGB market.
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American Consumer Wipeout In Play
The latest in a string of lousy retail reports came from Nordstrom. The company reported Q1 EPS of $0.26, missing consensus estimates of $0.46 by nearly half.
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Crack-Up Boom In China Or Just More Gambling, Speculation?
The Business Insider actually has a rare insightful article concerning China’s commodity surge. Is it just more Chinese credit-driven gambling and speculation, or is it a genuine crack-up boom?
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Treasury Bust Ahead?
At the long end, demand for Treasuries has been consistently declining.
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