Life With The Fed: Sunshine And Lollipops? - By Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (7/4/11) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:36

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The Cure (Low Interest Rates) Is The Disease - By Thorsten Polleit (7/4/11) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:34

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The Terrible Reason Stocks Are Soaring Now - By Porter Stansberry (7/4/11) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:31

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Since the market bottom of March 2009, U.S. stocks (as defined by the S&P 500 index) have nearly doubled – up 95%. Soaring stock prices translates into a $28 trillion increase in U.S. equity market capitalization. This is the biggest two-year increase in stock prices since 1955. The march higher has been nearly straight up – stocks have risen 18 of the last 24 months. Without a doubt, stocks have been the place to be for the last two years. If you'd put $1,000 into a global stock index fund (MSCI All-Country World Index) two years ago, you would have a little more than $2,000 today. Making the same investment in commodities would have left you with $1,593… Global corporate bonds would have left you with $1,277… and U.S. Treasurys would have only gotten you $1,044. And the rally probably isn't over yet, either…

There are good reasons to expect stock prices will continue to move higher. Stocks really aren't that expensive, when compared to earnings. The S&P 500 is trading at 15.5 times reported earnings, compared to average bull market peak valuations of 19.7. Earnings will almost surely continue to grow rapidly. Bloomberg reports consensus estimates of Wall Street analysts showing average earnings growth of 17% in the next 12 months. Stocks are also cheap relative to interest rates. The earnings yield of the S&P 500 (6.4%) is still substantially above the yield of benchmark (10-year) U.S. Treasury bonds (3.5%).

This all sounds like good news, doesn't it? But here's one fact you probably won't see reported anywhere else: The entire rise in U.S. corporate profits came from the financial sector. That is, the earnings growth driving our current bull market in stocks is coming exclusively from the financial sector. The nonfinancial sector of our economy actually saw profits fall in last year's fourth quarter. Today, financial sector profits make up more than 30% of total domestic corporate profits. That's the same level we saw in 2006 and 2007… just before the financial crisis.



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Silver's Perfomance To Treble That Of Gold Over 3 To 5 Years - Eric Sprott - By Geoff Candy (7/4/11) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:28

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Silver is likely to be the investment of the decade in the same way that gold was the investment of the last one as both industrial and investment demand come to the fore, says Eric Sprott

According to Sprott Asset Management CEO, Eric Sprott, Silver is the investment of the decade. Not only is it likely to reach $50 an ounce by the end of the year but, he says, over the next three to five years, it's performance is likely to treble that of gold's.

Speaking on Mineweb.com's Metals Weekly podcast, Sprott said, "We've been huge proponents of gold over the last 11 years, and we've been involved in silver over that same time period but beginning about a year ago it became extremely evident to us that the investment demand for silver was massively understated."

This move also appears to be occurring in India, where festival celebrants, deterred by high gold prices have been buying silver ornaments as gifts.

He adds, as a result of this, the ratio between the two metals is likely to get back to a more "appropriate" level around 16:1 - it is currently around 37:1 and only in June last year it was sitting around the 70:1 level.



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Jim Rogers On The Dangers Of Price Inflation, The Promise Of Commodities And America's Continued Decline - By Anthony Wile (6/4/11) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 April 2011 09:43

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