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Prior to the euro, you had currency row at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. There, during a daily walk down the floor at the CME you could walk past the octagon trading pits, which were side by side. They were positioned this way, so it was easy for those who were…
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With all the negative news out of Europe, how do you find a positive story? Is there a way to structure a portfolio that gives you permission to be more aggressive when there are danger signs all around? Everyone is worried about being blindsided by a significant downdraft in the…
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Collateral damage from the currency wars in Europe, Japan and Russia could topple political leaders, put banks out of business and homeowners on the street. It can also play havoc with a portfolio. That is why The Gold Report called Mauldin Economics founder John Mauldin to ask how readers can protect…
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Since 1971, all currency became backed by nothing more than the good faith of government. There is no underlying metal to back global currency – it is simply the word and good faith of the government itself.  I need to repeat this over and over to myself so I fully…
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The Canadian Dollar was trading above $.94 as recently as June. This has provided a clear picture of what can happen to an unevenly balanced economy whose currency value has become pegged to any individual sector. The global economy slow down and the associated decline in oil has absolutely pounded…
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The publication of a new book -- Paul Vigna and Michael Casey’s The Age of Cryptocurrency -- brought Bitcoin to our attention again, and highlighted the disruptive potential of cryptocurrencies.  Bitcoin is a cybercurrency; like so-called fiat currencies it lacks any tie to hard, real-world assets such as precious metals. But unlike…
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The revaluation of the Swiss franc (CHF) continues to be big news in the market. It’s perhaps the first instance of a G10 currency going up 16% in a single day. From a strategy standpoint, there really is only one way to interpret this, as many people already have: it’s…
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  “Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee…. “There hath he lain for ages, and will lie Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep, Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;…
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Simply put, herd behavior is the tendency for an individual to mimic and rely on the actions and beliefs of a large group instead of acting on their own individual views. This has been seen countless times in the financial industry. A common example would be the bursting of the…
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Recent headlines have talked about the US dollar hitting an 11-year high. I have been saying for years that the dollar is going to go higher than anyone can imagine. This trade is just in the early innings. And the repercussions will be dramatic, not only for emerging markets that…
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On Christmas Eve 1979, 27 days before I became a teenager, in a surburban street in Moseley in Britain’s West Midlands, a group of musicians put the finishing touches on their debut album. The musicians — Brian Travers, Astro, James Brown (no, not that one), Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Mickey…
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When I was in junior high, my friend Scott had this Billy Crystal tape that we passed back and forth to each other. I still like Billy Crystal, but let’s just say he was truly hilarious when I was 13 back in 1987. He had this routine about old codgers…
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