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(Video, 3:53 min.) Inching Closer to “The Great Pension Bust”
Public and private pensions bet big on hedge funds

By Bob Stokes
6/26/2015 4:00:00 PM

Public and private pensions now rely on how well hedge funds perform. This strategy may prove lethal. Hedge funds are highly leveraged. Huge losses are likely in the next bear market.

Filed Under: Elliott wave, hedge funds, pension funds, video, Video - Featured

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:41 min.) Why Another Financial Crisis is Likely (So Warns the Fed)
Federal government liabilities reach a post-financial crisis high

By Bob Stokes
6/19/2015 4:45:00 PM

Federal government liabilities have reached a post-financial crisis high. And the Federal Reserve explains why another financial crisis is likely.

Filed Under: Elliott wave, junk bonds, U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed), video, Video - Featured

Category: U.S. Economy

The Jig is Up: The Fed is NOT In Control of Inflation
In that case.... who, or what, is?

By Nico Isaac
6/19/2015 12:00:00 PM

How certain are you of the Federal Reserve Board's power to mastermind a global economic recovery? If there's even the slightest doubt in your mind, you're not alone.

Filed Under: banks, Brian Whitmer, central banks, Club EWI, commodities, consumer price index, deflation, Interest Rates, monetary policy, stimulus package, U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed)

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:29 min.) U.S. Debt Dilemma: “Worsened Dramatically”
Debt growth unsustainable: Congressional Budget Office

By Bob Stokes
6/17/2015 4:00:00 PM

Never before has the world piled up so much debt. A day of reckoning is at hand. The U.S. Congressional Budget Office just said that “the long-term outlook for the federal budget has worsened dramatically.”

Filed Under: debt crisis, Elliott wave, eurozone, Greek debt, video, Video - Featured

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:56 min.) Why the U.S. Economy is on Shaky Ground
A key indicator is down eight weeks in a row

By Bob Stokes
6/5/2015 3:00:00 PM

One economic indicator just marked its eighth straight week of declines. Another just turned in its worst five-year run since the early 1980s. Yet, there’s even more evidence that the economy is on very shaky ground.

Filed Under: consumer confidence, consumer spending, economic indicators, Elliott wave, video, Video - Featured

Category: U.S. Economy

The Fed's Gift of Free Money: Return to Sender
The real reason consumers aren't spending is not a matter of monetary policy; it's a matter of psychology

By Nico Isaac
6/4/2015 2:30:00 PM

On June 2, the Wall Street Journal asked why the American consumer has become so "stingy." Today, we have the answer, and it might surprise you.

Filed Under: Bob Prechter, central banks, charts, Club EWI, Conquer the Crash, consumer credit, consumer price index, consumer spending, deflation, Elliott wave, financial forecast, Interest Rates, U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed), Wall Street

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:36 min.) Will the U.S. See a “Sudden Economic Deceleration”?
America grapples with its weakest-ever economic "recovery"

By Bob Stokes
6/2/2015 3:45:00 PM

A year ago, economists were predicting a sustained 3% growth rate for the U.S. economy. Yet the government just said that the economy contracted at a 0.7% annualized rate in Q1.  See a chart that shows a “relentless decline” in a key economic measure.

Filed Under: deflation, economic indicators, Elliott wave, video, Video - Featured

Category: U.S. Economy

Bubbles Schmubbles: Just Keep Dancing
Contrary to popular belief, there is a way to confront bubbles head on

By Nico Isaac
6/2/2015 3:00:00 PM

Even if there are bubbles, "no one knows when these things will end," writes a May 31 CNN Money article. Now where and when have we heard this before?!

Filed Under: banks, Citigroup, credit crisis, Elliott wave, financial forecast, forecasts, housing prices, liquidity, long-term trend, subprime lending

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:31 min.) A Shift into "Reverse" for the U.S. Economy?
Economic bellwether delivers a disappointment

By Bob Stokes
5/20/2015 3:15:00 PM

Consumers are cautious and the economy remains weak. New data suggests that the U.S. economy may have actually shrank in Q1. Is the U.S. headed toward the same deflationary fate as Japan?

Filed Under: Conquer the Crash, consumer spending, economic indicators, Elliott wave, video, Video - Featured

Category: U.S. Economy

Are We in Another Credit Bubble? And Is It Different than Before?
Part 1 of our FREE report on the recent build-up in credit includes a chart of U.S. corporate debt issuance since 1998 you don't want to miss

By Nico Isaac
5/14/2015 5:15:00 PM

It's been 8 years since the global financial meltdown turned the world of credit on its head. If you think U.S. is in better credit shape now, read this story...

Filed Under: charts, Club EWI, consumer credit, credit crisis, debt, Elliott wave, Elliott Wave Education, financial forecast, junk bonds

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:43 min.) Why the IRS Seized All the Money from a Country Store
Another shot fired in the “War on Cash”

By Bob Stokes
5/13/2015 3:45:00 PM

Your bank account may be more vulnerable to government seizure than you realize. Learn why a North Carolina small business owner who made an innocent mistake is still fighting to get his money back.

Filed Under: banks, cash, Elliott wave, video, Video - Featured

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:21 min.) “Glinda the Good” Deflation Isn't Looking So... Good
Cold weather, falling wages, bizarre fluke? The real reason consumers aren't spending is... defensive, deflationary psychology

By Nico Isaac
5/5/2015 4:30:00 PM

Remember the popular idea that "good deflation," brought on by plunging oil prices, would be a boon to the U.S. consumer? Well, you won't believe what's happened since.

Filed Under: Bob Prechter, charts, Conquer the Crash, consumer price index, deflation, Elliott wave, financial forecast

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:58 min.) Brace Yourself for a Bigger Debt Bomb
Global economic growth remains weak

By Bob Stokes
5/1/2015 3:45:00 PM

Economic weakness plagues some of the world’s largest economies. At the same time, debt levels have soared. This is a recipe for a historic implosion.

Filed Under: Conquer the Crash, debt, Elliott wave, Video - Featured, Video - FRUP

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:42 min.) The Other “Higher Education Bubble”
The portfolios of the richest universities face increasingly less liquid markets

By Bob Stokes
4/23/2015 4:00:00 PM

The student loan bubble has grown to about $1.2 trillion. But another bubble is growing in higher education. University endowments invest 75% of their assets in risky securities as some financial markets turn less liquid.

Filed Under: Elliott wave, liquidity, video, Video - FRUP

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:12 min.) Just How Safe Are Top U.S. Banks?
Recent data reveal a troubling contradiction

By Vadim Pokhlebkin
4/14/2015 5:00:00 PM

All 31 banks that took the Fed's annual “stress test” recently have passed (although some did better than others). But why then would the FDIC vice chairman say something like this? Watch.

Filed Under: bailouts, banks, derivatives, Elliott wave, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), safe banks, safe haven, U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed), video, Video - Featured

Category: U.S. Economy

(Podcast, 8:33 min. -- iTunes' Top 10!) From Econ to Comedy: The Ruin of Heroes
"Pop Trends, Price Culture" is our new free podcast about the intersection of psychology and markets

By Editorial Staff
4/9/2015 11:15:00 PM

What could the Federal Reserve and comedian Bill Cosby possibly have in common? In a sentence, “Ruined reputations, thanks to negative social mood.” Yes it sounds bizarre -- but listen for yourself.

Filed Under: Greenspan, social mood, socionomics, video, Video - Featured

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 2:49 min.) So, How IS the U.S. Economy Doing?
"Bad weather" is not the main reason the economy has been slow

By Vadim Pokhlebkin
4/6/2015 4:15:00 PM

After the disappointing March jobs report, it’s only fair to ask how the economy is doing... and yes, that’s a loaded question. A recent article put it point blank: "Why job growth, cheap gas aren't firing up economy?" Here's our answer.

Filed Under: Elliott wave, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), Interest Rates, social mood, U.S. dollar, U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed), unemployment, video, Video - Featured

Category: U.S. Economy

(Podcast, 8:57 min. -- Now iTunes' Top 10!) The Fed Loses Its Superpowers
Pop Trends, Price Culture is our new free podcast about the intersection of psychology and markets

By Editorial Staff
4/1/2015 4:45:00 PM

We explain why the Fed wants you to think it has superpowers, even as it befuddles you with preposterous language. But, a whistleblower’s inconvenient tape recordings changed things forever. Get the real story in our 9-minute podcast.

Filed Under: central banks, Elliott wave, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed)

Category: U.S. Economy

(Video, 3:53 min.) Are U.S. Bank Bondholders at Risk?
Make sure your bank is on the "safest" list

By Bob Stokes
3/30/2015 4:30:00 PM

U.S. taxpayer funded bailouts of failed financial institutions may be a thing of the past. If another financial crisis occurs, bondholders and even depositors may be on the hook. Is your bank on the "safest" list?

Filed Under: bailouts, banks, Elliott wave, eurozone

Category: U.S. Economy

The Reality Is, We Have a Very Weak Economic Recovery
Let's take a closer look at the government's statistics

By Editorial Staff
3/24/2015 11:45:00 AM

For years, the U.S. government has been manipulating its unemployment statistics to line up with its claim that the economy has recovered strongly. Jim Clifton of Gallup finally couldn't stand it anymore and wrote a terrific op-ed on the subject. Take a look.

Filed Under: economic depression, gross domestic product (GDP), unemployment

Category: U.S. Economy

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