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U.S. Household Debt: A New, Alarming Milestone

U.S. debt is on the rise and could reach a milestone level sometime in 2017. Student debt has risen for 18 consecutive years, and subprime loans are a growing worry in another sector. See these charts to understand the threat.

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What Could Follow the End of the 70-Year Rate Cycle?

Here's a chart you won't see elsewhere: Bob Prechter's analysis and observations, depicted visually in the 70-year interest rate cycle. If the symmetry holds, it suggests that the time to come could include years of crisis, Deflation, Depression and possible World War.

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The UK Consumer Battle Cry: "Chaaarge... it!"

In 2016, the UK enjoyed its biggest credit boom ever, as consumers piled on debt hand over fist. Question: Is this really a sign of an economy running on all cylinders? Read our perspective today.

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Here's What Precedes Every Recession by 10 Months

Many recent survey respondents see clear skies ahead for the U.S. economy. But there's an important historic insight that investors need to know about today's economic optimism.

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Bear Markets + World Trade = Bad Outcomes?

We've all read about, heard about and watched the many negative political headlines from across the planet. If you're an investor, you have to wonder: What does it all mean for world trade and global markets? That question is too broad to answer with one graph or visual, but: We do have a chart to start the conversation.

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A New Greek Debt Drama Takes Center Stage

Greece's debt drama has returned to center stage. But global financiers are balking at another bailout. Meanwhile, Europe's banking system remains fragile. There's only one way "Europe's seemingly endless series of financial crises will end."

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4 Shocking Truths About Earnings Season

How much faith to you put in a company's earnings data to gauge its future growth potential? Well, we have four shocking truths about the real value of earnings that will radically change the way you see this time-honored measure.

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Prechter: 'Financial Markets are a Psychological Phenomenon'

Robert Prechter talks about his developing theory on finance with Douglass Lodmell for The Mind Of Money series.

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