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Market Sentiment

Market Sentiment

“…The line separating investment and speculation, which is never bright and clear, becomes blurred still further when most market participants have recently enjoyed triumphs. Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money. After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball. They know that overstaying the festivities — that is, continuing to speculate in companies that have gigantic valuations relative to the cash they are likely to…

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Derivatives Market Reaches New High

Derivatives Market Reaches New High

A combination of fractional reserve banking, bank leverage, money printing, derivative manufacturing and government borrowing has been the reason behind much of the global GDP growth over the past 40 years. This market is now worth a staggering $1 + quadrillion,  that’s $1,000,000,000,000,000 of essentially worthless derivatives where buyers only need to put up a fraction of the purchase price. Add in $250 trillion of government debt around the world and things start to look pretty shaky. During 2012, the…

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Where has all the Gold Gone?

Where has all the Gold Gone?

The total amount of gold available for delivery on the COMEX has fallen to a record low. There are now up to 50 owners for every ounce of gold available for delivery. The total amount of gold available for delivery in COMEX warehouses currently totals around 774,000 ounces, or 24 tons; 29 tons were requested for delivery in July. With the August delivery date coming up someone should start getting worried. It would appear that buying gold nowadays does not…

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Margin Debt Hits an All-time High

Margin Debt Hits an All-time High

Margin debt, or the amount that has been borrowed by investors from banks or brokers in order to pay for US securities, reached a grand total of $379.5 billion in March – the second highest in history. The highest level was $381.4 billion back in July 2007 . The problem is that large amounts of borrowing, on average about 50% of the equity position can exacerbate losses as the market starts to fall as investors rapidly sell down positions. In…

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