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  • Are The Media Exaggerating The Bull Market? [View article]
    As long as the FED leaves/adds more opium laced sugar lumps in the bowl, the domestic markets will remain, shall we say, "constructive".
    Meanwhile, the FED says:
    "Don't bother me , I have both the time and inclination to be 'patient' , so much so that I think I'll continue my extended vacation, please continue to enjoy your treats and don't call me anytime soon."

    The Bankster Oligarchs rejoice -- instructions were obeyed perfectly.
    Dec 17, 2014. 02:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Use Your Illusion I: The Banking System And S&P Sales Growth [View article]
    Adam, Thanks for the reply.
    There is no doubt in my mind that it will be viewed (and confirmed) as a massive mistake.
    Why? Because, in an effort not to repeat the mistakes of late 1929 thru 1932, they chose the OPPOSITE EXTREME! - instead of an intelligent and moderate application of sensible operations that would alleviate and assist our dilemma without causing more harm than good.
    When we indulge in extremes with limited ability to correct and improve, limitations which they themselves state over and over again, only massive distortions can result.
    Their words do not comport with their actions.
    So they remain pawns of the Oligarchs, which they were set up to maintain , serve , and further enrich.
    The status quo sits triumphantly on the throne in America.
    Our brains remain in tightly laced straight jackets.
    Dec 17, 2014. 10:05 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • All Around The World The Sky Is Falling... Will It Hit You? [View article]
    The Flying Dutchman continues to power forward under full sail but rapidly fading winds.
    Meanwhile a capable crew necessary to keep it off the reefs vanished long ago.
    Dec 16, 2014. 11:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Beat The Market - My Best Large-Cap Stock Portfolio: Gilead Sciences [View article]
    Arie, Well done. We grow closer in speaking the same language.

    Still, it's all a bottomless pit to jump into , but you have added clarity to the struggle, and it makes more sense now that buying an index is not so advisable as has been in the past few years.
    Dec 16, 2014. 11:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Use Your Illusion I: The Banking System And S&P Sales Growth [View article]
    When I consider all the racketeering in our economy combined with political expediency and exploitation of which the FED and Supreme Court are major parts, the perennial "revolving door", the continuous and unrelenting violations of democratic principles, and the complete inability and non-inclinations of our citizens to do anything about it except to embrace it all more fully and dearly at every opportunity, I am amazed that we are doing as well as we are, and actually consider it all to be a bona fide miracle that we have not already collapsed in a manner never seen or endured before.
    We are not going to work our way out of this snake filled swamp without more severe dislocations than have been endured in the past, and the stagnation and corruption of our political, banking and economic systems is merely a prelude to it.

    Our main challenge now is to free our collective brains from the tightly laced straight jacket of the status quo that is wrapped around them like the coils of an anaconda enveloping and crushing its prey.
    If we can do this and then take the courageous and appropriate actions necessary, we may yet blunt the effects of the now inevitable, but we can no longer stop it.

    Thank you for a well written and presented article relative to issues and conditions that interplay with these unfolding events.
    Dec 15, 2014. 06:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Long U.S. Stocks? Caveat Emptor [View article]
    PS: Ben was incomplete:
    Should have been> "Death, Taxes, and Predators", (which can lead to a premature result in first item listed).
    Dec 9, 2014. 09:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Long U.S. Stocks? Caveat Emptor [View article]
    Thank you for this excellent analysis and presentation.
    The FED is not only a massive FRAUD perpetrated on the American people but one that is so unethical and misguided that it represents a crime against the American people.
    Certainly we need a model to help guide our monetary policy to some degree.
    We just need a far superior and more intelligently applied model than the monster known as the FED that was created to protect and serve the rich and powerful at the expense of everyone else.
    Of course , I could also say that about our antiquated political system that we have today that serves the same purpose for the rich and powerful.
    My investment response is best explained by my most recent comment to another article yesterday.
    That said, "Left leaning media"??? We live in different worlds on that one!
    New follower.
    Dec 9, 2014. 09:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Most Important Variable For 2015 [View article]
    I entered first level sell zone last Friday which I call "Sell Watch" (like Tornado "Watch").
    This means don't buy long, and buy first puts, and sell your toppiest and riskiest stocks if you need the money fairly soon or want to have cash to replace them with something better later at lower prices.

    Today I entered "Full Sell Zone" which is one notch "Sellier" than Sell Watch.

    Next level is "Strong Sell" which is my "Out No Doubt" level which we are approaching rapidly. It is by no means based on price alone - not even close.
    Dec 8, 2014. 09:12 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 6┬áReasons 2015 Will Be Defined By Market Volatility [View article]
    Good overall discussion.
    When interest rates (bonds) are rigged , everything in finance is also rigged.
    For a tag-a-long, currencies are rigged, bond ratings are rigged, and financial information and propaganda are rigged.
    This makes investing mainly a game for the insiders because public officials cannot be prosecuted for disclosing public information in their own way to their owners and manipulators.
    Therefore, we in the general public can't use economic macro data like we should be able to in a rational way to make investing decisions and it is and remains moot and quaint in many aspects.
    Nonetheless I try to make some sense of what is going on and why , and you have assisted in this effort. At least it helps some in "what NOT to do."
    Hope your following picks up and I have cooperated in that effort. Thanks.
    Dec 8, 2014. 10:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
    Michael, Thanks for describing your life philosophy in a very interesting and thought provoking way.
    I can relate to it in some ways, but not all.

    One thing that I am convinced of is the willingness of individuals of superior ill gotten power to sacrifice their own nation's people for the fulfillment of their own goals and often irrational ambitions of every type and description.
    The 20th century was loaded with them, as was every other century actually, but previous times lacked the modern destructive power of today's world.
    The 21st century will almost certainly build on and surpass those hideous era's of crime and chaos.
    We already have tragically unfortunate examples in the history books in this century.
    I see nothing to stop future similar and worse events.
    It certainly won't be prevented by an aware, informed , and courageous populace because that does not exist among the peoples of the major powers.
    Today's destructive power is not all military either.
    It includes the power to modify, degrade, and destroy the culture of entire nations, and all the things that make life worth living, and that includes the modification of independent free thinking minds which are degraded , if not entirely destroyed all over the world, daily.

    It seems to me that most of the major powers are on this path today, applying the forces and techniques both internally and externally where ever possible.
    Mind control has never been so easy and effective as today.
    Technology has been harnessed to make it subtle, stealthful, extremely effective, and yet virtually undetectable by the majority of people.
    That is why I have problems of 18 years of this and 18 years of that as a primary factor, although I can and do appreciate the concept that you so artfully describe, and I think that it does play a role.
    Trying to understand your technical methods. I am pleased with my own, but I am always trying to learn more and improve them.
    PS: Stocks are being propped up and supported until the end of the year to keep the success story alive and well, and to protect those gains and make a good annual showing.
    The power brokers will be willing to relax a little after the first of the year, at least for a while.
    Too dangerous to try to buck it for now for many reasons.
    Dec 3, 2014. 11:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gary Shilling On Interest Rates, Deleveraging, And Corporate Profits [View article]
    Sad commentary when we have to use Henry Ford as a labor "hero by comparison."
    Also, he's been dead for generations and hasn't offerred that much help recently.

    It's a failed system for the general population and an ideal system for the power brokers which they contrived, established and sustain over the years for their maximum benefit at the expense of the general population.
    Of course it is going to be slow growth for the poor and nearly poor, and "doing very well thank you" for the power brokers and insiders.
    So what's new?
    Nov 26, 2014. 10:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Volatile Over-Extended Earnings Will Crash, But When? [View article]
    You have filled a vital "void in perception" with this article. It's the type of data every investor needs to assist in evaluating his true risk as much as is reasonably possible.
    Many thanks for very solid data, and all the insight that went into it. Superb!
    Nov 26, 2014. 08:34 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
    Michael, Thanks for the reply.
    Our conclusions are identical in most respects and similar in others.
    I am not sure that the trifecta of Greenspan, Rubin, and Summers were trying to save the world in their own minds as much as they were trying to enhance their own positions and that of their favorite cronies who had put them in power to cooperate and exploit their positions for the benefit of those major insiders and themselves.
    If the ordinary jerk and general population managed to benefit also, then, OK, but not absolutely necessary.
    The ongoing collusion, selfishness and greed remains palpable. Same circus, different clowns.
    Nov 26, 2014. 08:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
    Michael, I agree with all comments relative to democracy, etc.
    Thank You for your exemplary effort with keen insight on these subjects.

    Life is so much more than merely one's own profession, or other activities such as the stock market or hobbies.
    Anyone who makes a conscious effort to grasp an understanding of all the characteristics of life and events in life wins my admiration.
    Relative to technical indicators, my indicators gave me an "Out, No Doubt" on Sept. 8, and Re-entry with "Early Buy" on Oct. 15. Several indicators confirmed on Sept.17,20.
    However, this was paper trading only as I think the market is too dangerous for actual trading right now.
    Still riding the waves with my core holdings alone.

    Would be eager to trade in a market not so susceptible to a flash crash when so overvalued like now, and one not so rigged and manipulated, but those days may be gone forever.

    A 5% down draft in the market in 8 to 10 days brings out the Government signal corps in the form of someone like Boehner or Blunder to stop the bleeding and "signal"
    > It's Time To Rally!
    It's almost like their 2% inflation guideline.
    It then helps, of course, when the whole world joins in.
    Someday the rigging ropes will break again, and right now they are getting very stretched.
    Nov 25, 2014. 09:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Deflation Coming To America? [View article]
    Michael, Well stated and Thanks again.

    House prices go up and TAXES paid go UP, Insurance goes UP, Maintenance goes UP, Real Estate fees go UP, social conflicts go UP, and Homelessness goes UP!
    They went up so much that the massive FRAUD known as the FED had to manipulate interest rates lower to a distortional non sensical level to support this over stuffed PIG born of blind greed to keep it from splitting completely open and destroying the country and most of the people in it.

    Nov 24, 2014. 09:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment