February 22, 2014: I’ve Got Your Number…

Covered a lot of ground today, but a common theme:  the use and misuse of numbers in government statistics, as well as in the private sector. It is hard to make good decisions when you get bad numbers and we are getting little else right now from TPTB. This week we looked at some examples and the reasons we are being misled.

Bonus question answered in the show. In December, China and Japan sold off more than $50 billion in US Treasuries. The Fed bought $40 billion, but it was buying new issues as well. Another country stepped up and bought $58 billion of US Treasuries in December (and over half of all US Treasuries purchased by overseas buyers in 2013). Can you guess who it is? If not, check out the show for the answer!

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February 15, 2014: Our Level Best…

We looked at key levels for the S&P 500 from last week and used them as a jumping off point for our market analysis. At this point, it appears that the market wants to continue higher, but there is a lot of weakness. As we have warned, this is a “hollow” market. Be careful out there!

We also spent some time looking at the fictitious numbers that they are trying to sell us on the quantity of jobs that are being created, as well as on the solvency of Social Security. We also discussed a recent report from the Fed, which concluded:

“The analysis presented here suggests that QE (Quantitative Easing) had little or no effect in reducing long-term yields relative to what they would have otherwise been. If QE did not significantly reduce long-term yields relative to what they would have otherwise been, it cannot have increased output or employment either.” http://research.stlouisfed.org/publications/es/article/10050

So the Fed knows that QE isn’t helping grow the economy or create jobs, yet they tell us that they have to do it to grow the economy and create jobs. In fact, if things slow down, they might do even have to do more QE!  But if they know it isn’t helping the economy, why are they really doing it? Tune in and find out! (Hint: who else is going to buy those US Treasuries?)

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February 8, 2014

Today we investigated two key issues:

  • First, why did the market start to fall in January?
  • Second, is this the start of something big to the downside, or just a correction on our way to Dow 20,000 (or 36,000, or 100,000 or…)?

Tune in to find out!

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February 1, 2014: The State Of The Union

Another audible week. We focused on the first few lines of the State Of The Union address and put them into context:

  • Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades.
  • An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than eight million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years.
  • An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign oil.
  • A farmer prepared for the spring after the strongest five-year stretch of farm exports in our history.

We did our part and revealed the hokum behind each of these statements (or at least as much as we could in an hour). We also talked about the recent market volatility. Check it out, below!

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