Archives for January, 2016

A Dangerous Moment for Social Security

Social Security funds are drying up…will there be any money left when you retire? Social Security is America’s largest federal program. In 2015, it paid out $870 billion to more than 59 million Americans. Most Americans see Social Security as a retirement savings program. During your working life, you pay 6.2% of every paycheck to […]

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Weekend Edition: Why Doug Casey Hates Travelling to the U.S.

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) This interview was first published on November 24, 2010. Editor’s Note: In yesterday’s Weekend Edition, Casey Research founder Doug Casey explained that the TSA serves no useful purpose, and it doesn’t keep you safe. Today, Doug says Americans are the laughing stock of the world… Louis James: I’ve […]

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Weekend Edition: Doug Casey on the TSA

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) This interview was first published on November 24, 2010. Editor’s Note: If you’ve flown on an airplane in the U.S. in the last ten years, you know that TSA stands for the Transportation Safety Administration. It’s the group of government workers who frisk and interrogate travelers before letting […]

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A Huge Change, a Renaissance, and Likely a Boom

Some years ago I came to the conclusion that it would be wise to have a permanent footprint outside the U.S. It was a wise decision from many points of view. Living in more than one country allows you to vastly broaden your range of experiences, connections, and possibilities. Frankly, living in just one country […]

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Own These Two Assets to Make Money in a Bear Market

Global stocks are sinking into a bear market… Since the year started, a worldwide stock market selloff has erased $15 trillion in wealth. The selloff has also killed several multiyear bull markets. A bull market “officially” ends (and a bear market begins) when an index falls 20%. Yesterday, Japanese and UK stocks fell into bear […]

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How to Profit from an Ugly Earnings Season

Get ready for another bad earnings season… Once every three months, publicly traded companies report their financial results. We call this “earnings season.” It’s an important time for the markets. Earnings season is when publicly traded companies answer the question “How’s business?” Earnings reports tell us if sales are rising or falling…and if companies are […]

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Capital Controls Are Coming

The carnage always comes by surprise, often on an otherwise ordinary Saturday morning… The government declares a surprise bank holiday. It shuts all the banks. It imposes capital controls to stop citizens from taking their money out of the country. Cash-sniffing dogs, which make drug-sniffing dogs look friendly, show up at airports. At that point, […]

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The Best Way to Prepare for a Gold Bull Market

It’s been hard to make money in stocks this year. So far in 2016, the S&P 500 and the Dow have both dropped 8%. The NASDAQ has plunged 10%. And the Russell 2000, which tracks 2,000 small U.S. stocks, has plunged 11%. Global stocks have also sold off. The Euro Stoxx 600, which tracks 600 […]

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Where to Put Your Money During This Bear Market

The U.S. stock market is rolling over. In the first week of trading this year, the S&P 500 dropped 6%. It was the index’s worst week since 2011. Now two weeks into the year, the S&P 500 is down 8.0%. It’s the worst start for U.S. stocks since at least 1927, according to Bloomberg Business. […]

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The American Revolution – the Sequel

The US is the most observed country in the world. Since it’s the world’s current empire (and since it is beginning its death throes as an empire), it’s fascinating to watch. Those of us outside of the US watch it like Americans watch TV. It’s like a slow-motion car wreck that we observe almost daily, […]

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