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  • Swine Flu, MERS, Ebola And Medical News Concentrator January 1, 2015 To ?? [View instapost]
    Here's a new deadly virus, passed by a tick, called the Bourbon Virus

    http://yhoo.it/1CZyZwR
    Feb 22, 2015. 01:39 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    LT when I hit the link it didn't bring up a chart, it brought up another page with many links.
    Could you reference the chart again, please? I am particularly interested in the diamond pattern. What are you looking for with this pattern, and where can I find the chart? Thanks. OG
    Feb 2, 2015. 09:48 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stability Of The European Union (23) January 1, 2015. [View instapost]
    Regarding Russian/Greek influence on each other:
    http://bit.ly/1BKZacG

    The above linked article by Liam Halligam in the Telegraph really opened my eyes as to how intertwined the Greeks and the Russians really are--including Greece voting against other EZ countries to continue sanctions against Russia; the sanctions are set to expire in March.

    Rattie, may I again express my admiration for your persistence and careful study of the EZ these past few years? Thanks so much for keeping the flame lit, here and on the "swine flu"/ biotech/pharma QC. Good stuff!
    Jan 31, 2015. 08:12 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    First CA county to declare a fiscal emergency due to low oil prices ( but note what they can't pay toward the pensions they owe):
    http://yhoo.it/1tv3RqC
    Jan 28, 2015. 11:01 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    Thanks, Mark for your link and confirmation.
    According to that Collen Roche article I linked, 47% of the swiss bank is owned by individuals!

    Can you imagine owning the fed and getting paid 6% dividends? Astounding.
    Jan 25, 2015. 12:00 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    Re: Swiss depegging, is this true, that their central bank has private owners and the central bank pays dividends???

    http://bit.ly/1D1jkio
    Jan 23, 2015. 11:28 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    You know, there is another central bank "easing" and that is Canada! they cut the rate on Wednesday, and nobody expected it.

    http://yhoo.it/1ySy4iE-
    Jan 23, 2015. 12:51 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    Here is what I've garnered:
    The Saudi oil minister, Naimi wants to retire, and Salman's son is the deputy minister. The next OPEC meeting is in June. They expect Naimi to stay at least until June. (Historically, the Saudis do not appoint family members as oil minister but that may change now.) The issue is whether these guys will back an Opec cut to production or in some way alter their production goals.
    At any rate, this is probably a knee-jerk market response, and we should watch what happens in June, nothing is going to be apparent immediately, IMO--but, from a chart viewpoint, we should watch for a bottom formation or a channel for the next few months.

    Personally, I thought this wouldn't be much different than when Fidel Castro stepped aside for his brother-more of the same. Yet somehow, I never thought the US would open up relations with Cuba, and now we see that beginning. So, who knows what is next for the Saudi's??? One thing I do know, the Saudi's do not want the instability of terrorists, and they cleaned the terrorists out after 9/11...
    Jan 23, 2015. 12:28 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    Re: Food prices from 2013-2014
    Take a look at this!
    http://yhoo.it/1KUcRLF
    Jan 18, 2015. 05:30 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    IMO-I thought it was a big mistake when the Swiss tied their currency to the Euro in the first place!
    IMO, it's a good time to go long gold, in some form-perhaps a closed end fund or GLD for those that have faith in that etf or go in and out of the double or triple etn's for short scalps.
    Jan 15, 2015. 08:37 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    One can buy puts on Freeport McMoran (FCX) as a proxy for a copper short, but it's already been taken to the wood shed and beaten down hard.
    Jan 14, 2015. 09:39 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    That article is dated Feb 2013, Rattie.
    Jan 14, 2015. 09:35 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    Greetings, HTL, TB et al! You might enjoy looking at this chart:
    http://bit.ly/1DK33Pz
    Jan 10, 2015. 02:56 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    Re: 2014 gold prices in foreign currencies:
    http://bit.ly/1Ix1aX7

    Rattie, thanks for your sweet welcome!
    Jan 8, 2015. 09:23 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • QuickChat #277, January 7, 2015 [View instapost]
    Re: Kaisa technical default--Jim Chanos has been waiting for this moment for the past 3-4 years! Let's note that this is a real estate development company, and the real estate market in China has been problematic and questionable for quite awhile. (Personally, I wouldn't touch Chinese stocks with a ten foot pole.)

    I don't believe we need to weaken the USD. In fact, I recall that when Pan Asia tanked in the late 1990's the USD was very strong, and it didn't hurt our markets one bit. So, while euro and ruble weaken, USD still seems a good place to be, imo. (and I think that some of the multi-national companies can do a good job hedging the strong dollar v the weaker euro.)

    Last observation: As to oil being around $50+- a barrel, I don't see anyone commenting about the fact that it was never worth 100 a barrel. Part of the volatility was attributable to the goings on in the Middle East. I do not want to get political, only note that the Middle East particularly Syria, Afghanistan, and to some degree Egypt , is still in terrible shape. And, that old news no longer moves the oil markets.
    Still, the real threat goes unchecked, and that is the nuclear one. And, of course, Isis and the other terrorists, as evidenced by the attack in France yesterday, is still very real.

    I remember a few years ago writing and warning that beef and pork was going to rise in price. It took some years to see the full picture, but here we are. In our local supermarket, ground beef is $6.25 a pound, milk is close to $5.00 a gallon. So, while oil is giving the American people a raise, food is taking it back.

    Conclusion: I think it makes sense for the USD to remain strong, and think it is healthier than watching the USD decline. I like the multinational US Corporations;they should be able to do a good job hedging falling foreign currencies particularly the euro.

    Imo, it's time to nibble on oil stocks. Coal is not for me, until we see some changes in the political atmosphere, which has attacked coal for the past 6+ years.

    Belated happy new year. Wishing everyone a victorious 2015.
    Jan 8, 2015. 07:05 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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