Pension Fund Crisis

Is a Pension Fund Crisis Next? “U.S. pension funds are on the brink of implosion” Did you get a heads-up from the financial media that the U.S. banking system was vulnerable before the failures of Silicon Valley, Signature and First Republic banks? There may have been outlier articles here and there but no real warnings. READ MORE

Your Bank: Early Warning

Your Bank: “Use This as an Early Warning Signal” First Republic Bank “customers had pulled $100 billion in deposits in the first quarter” More dramatic news on the banking front. On April 25, investors in the shares of First Republic Bank were hit hard (The New York Times): First Republic Bank Enters New Free Fall READ MORE

Pressure on Banks will Rise

Silicon Valley Bank, Silvergate and “The Everything Bust” “The pressure on banks will rise” The phrase “Everything Bust” means a bust in just about every financial risk-asset of which you can think, as well as the economy and, I dare say, the financial system itself. Indeed, in a section titled “The Everything Bust Is on READ MORE

FDIC and Your Bank Deposits

The Shocking Truth About the FDIC and Your Bank Deposits Why you can’t rely on the FDIC if your bank goes under Editor’s note: The failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Silvergate Bank have many observers of the banking system discussing the possibility of contagion. Even so, many depositors feel safe because their deposits are READ MORE

NFT Crash

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs): Another Financial “Fumble” NFTs have taken “a round trip to nowhere” Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Tom Brady is a non-fungible token (NFT) enthusiast. However, glory on the football field has not translated to this field of finance (Business Insider, August 8): Tom Brady bought a Bored Ape NFT for $430,000 in April. READ MORE

Does Supply and Demand Dictate Oil Price?

Oil at $130: Look Beyond Supply and Demand “War” is the answer that only gets you so far Most everyone knows that oil and gasoline prices have been soaring, and this steady climb started well before the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The upward trend began in April 2020, when oil prices briefly went negative, and it’s continued READ MORE

FDIC Guarantee?

The Stunning Truth About the FDIC and Your Bank Deposits Why you can’t rely on the FDIC if another financial crisis hits and your bank goes under. Millions of U.S. bank depositors feel safe in the knowledge that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will protect their accounts, even if their bank goes under. Yes, it’s READ MORE

Fed Does Not Set the Interest Rates

Here’s What Really Sets Interest Rates (Not Central Banks) See “powerful evidence that the Fed is not in control of interest rates” Most everyone is familiar with the phrase: “Keep your eye on the ball,” which of course means — focus on what really matters. Those who seek clues about the direction of interest rates READ MORE

Booming Economy Requires Caution

Global Investing: Here’s the Message of Consumer “Overconfidence” Bear markets tend to follow this particular sentiment. In many global regions, economies are flourishing. For example, here are two headlines about the U.S.: What America’s Startup Boom Could Mean For The Economy (, June 29) Inflation Rose in June as Economic Recovery Continues (WSJ, July 13) READ MORE

Warning Signs for the US Economy

Look at These 2 Big Warning Signs for the U.S. Economy. Interestingly, this economic measure’s “retracement of the decline from February is a Fibonacci 61%”. The 7.4% GDP growth in Q3 notwithstanding, the evidence shows that the U.S. economy remains fragile. Let’s start off with this chart and commentary from the November Elliott Wave Financial READ MORE

What’s next for the economy?

There IS a way to forecast the general health of the economy. This method has repeatedly proven itself. Yes, you can anticipate the likelihood of a recession, even a depression — or, conversely, when major economic measures — like jobs — will be robust. That surefire way is the performance of the stock market. That’s READ MORE

Interest Rates Win Again as Fed Follows Market

Kendall and Hochberg: Interest Rates Win Again as Fed Follows Market By Elliott Wave International Most economists and financial analysts believe that central banks set interest rates. For more than two decades, Elliott Wave International has tracked the relationship between interest rates set by the marketplace and interest rates set by the U.S. Federal Reserve READ MORE

Where is Walmart Headed?

Walmart stock has dived throughout 2015 and is up from lows in 2016. Will the up-run continue? The era of “always low prices” no longer translates into always high profits. Learn what we think is behind the shift By Elliott Wave International Walmart founder Sam Walton said: “There is only one boss. The customer. And READ MORE