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  • Markets To Greece: We Really Don't Care [View article]
    Thanks, Eric, for providing us with a fresh view. You've written an important article that looks at the current situation in Europe from a broader, larger perspective.
    Jun 26, 2015. 09:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bethany Beach Memoirs [View article]
    The Greek "leadership" is drawing this kabuki dance out as long as they can so they can then say to their constituents, "Look how hard we tried to convince the EU to see it all our way and make them do the right thing; it's not our fault."

    Of course it's never their fault. And the dance doesn't tell us what the end will look like. They know, but the rest of us will have to wait until the music stops playing.
    Jun 25, 2015. 01:35 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Allocating Assets When The Fed Talks Out Of Both Sides Of Its Mouth [View article]
    The Fed will not raise rates during 2015 simply because Yellen lacks the moral courage in the short-term to address the need for such action in the relatively longer term. It will be a classic case of "fatal manana."
    Jun 19, 2015. 10:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Last Exit [View article]
    Hi, Eric.

    Santayana was generally right about most things, particularly about Europeans. He left America for Europe in mid-life, never to return. He also wrote: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” A very wise man.
    Jun 18, 2015. 05:21 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Last Exit [View article]
    "In Greece, wise men speak and fools decide."
    George Santayana (1926)
    Jun 17, 2015. 10:52 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sky High Valuations? Lusterless Economy? It Just Doesn't Matter! [View article]
    It doesn't matter ... until it does!
    Jun 16, 2015. 03:50 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pangaean Rhapsody [View article]
    When it has come to the Federal Reserve largesse, we've all enjoyed the delicious free lunch. Life has been good! Wait a minute, is that the waiter coming this way, and is he holding what looks like a check?
    Jun 16, 2015. 09:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Ominous Signs For Gold And Silver [View article]
    No matter how much PVG an investor buys in the short-term, he'll someday say, "Why didn't I buy more?"
    Jun 8, 2015. 01:07 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Greece Still Matters To Financial Markets [View article]
    I'm currently standing at the end of a very long line of people who don't even pretend to know how today's financial world back in the back room really works, or doesn't.

    But having admitted the obvious, it would seem to me that a Greek exit from the Euro would send the dollar through the proverbial roof. That would, along with the "tomorrow's great unknown," which investors fear more than anything else, perhaps crash the market.

    The question I have is: assuming I'm right, would such a crash have a like effect on U.S. Treasuries, prices not yields, and precious metals as well, and if so, why? Wouldn't it end up at that point, in the short term at least, as a world record race to the only safe havens in town? Or would it merely be a repeat of 2008 where everything got trampled by the stampede to the exit?
    Jun 6, 2015. 10:20 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • You Only Live Thrice [View article]
    Pogo had it somewhat wrong. I have met the enemy and it isn't us; it's the Fed!
    Jun 3, 2015. 11:22 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tremors That Will Cause Gold Price Volcano [View article]
    I'll take silver over gold.
    May 30, 2015. 05:35 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • About That Bond Market Collapse [View article]
    I still don't think we'll see Janet and her chatty crew actually raise rates until Santa has come and gone. Until then, it'll be just more noise from the boys in the band.
    May 20, 2015. 11:14 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Inflation's Revenge [View article]
    This is an important article. Thank you.
    May 17, 2015. 09:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • International Stock ETFs: One Way Or Another [View article]
    That should have been: "...hadn't seen or considered."
    May 14, 2015. 11:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • International Stock ETFs: One Way Or Another [View article]
    Gary, Randy and Masmon, in response to my original question, thanks for bringing out some important points I had previously seen or considered. This is a tough subject for an amateur.
    May 14, 2015. 10:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment