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Oil To $70? Or Down To $30?

Will oil prices rise to $70 per barrel this year or fall to $30? Depends on who you ask. Oil price forecasts are always all over the map, but the exceptional disparity between some projections for 2017 is pretty stunning. On the one hand, you have... Read More

Bitcoin Investment Risk vs Reward Calculator to Compare BTC to EUR, GBP, Gold & Stocks

After reading what is essentially Fake News about Bitcoin from Financial Times, London Business School and Credit Suisse, I have created an easy to understand metric that allows anyone to compare the risks and rewards of Bitcoin to basically any currency, commodity, stock or asset class. This ability to empirically and accurately guage the risk vs reward payoff of Bitcoin relative to other investment opportunities...

AAR: Rail Traffic increased in January

January 2017 wasn’t a great start of the year for U.S. rail traffic, but it wasn’t terrible either. Total carloads were up 2.9% (28,341) over last January, thanks mainly to a 35,798 (11.9%) increase in carloads of coal. ... Intermodal was down 1.8% on U.S. railroads in January 2017, but it was still the second-best January for intermodal on record...

January Spending Spree Has US Retail Sales Rising Most In Nearly Five Years

Confirming that the US economy is indeed heating up considerably and the Fed is rapidly falling behind the curve, not only did today's blistering CPI come in well ahead of expectations, printing at the fastest pace since 2013, with the core CPI coming in at a dangerously "overheated" 2.3%, above both expectations of a 2.1% print, and well above the Fed's target of 2.0%, but moments ago the Census Dept. released January retail sales data which showed that after a tepid...

Apple Stock Soars Above Record Closing High

Despite declining earnings expectations, AAPL's share price just broke above its record closing high (from Feb 2015). As WSJ notes, the tech giant’s shares–among the most widely held and actively traded in the world–hit $133.42 moments ago, trading above their record close of $133 from February 2015. And they’re inches away from their all-time intraday high of $134.54, set in April 2015. Shares of the $700 billion company are up about 41% in the past 12 months, and more than 9% since...

China Bitcoin Exchanges Halt, Delay Withdrawals After PBOC Talks

China's three biggest bitcoin exchanges took steps to prevent withdrawals of the cryptocurrency amid pressure from the nation's central bank to clamp down on capital outflows. BTC China subjected all bitcoin withdrawals to a 72-hour review, while Huobi and OKCoin suspended them completely...

Bitcoin Plunges After Chinese Exchanges Suspend Bitcoin Withdrawals

Yesterday's ominous closed-door meetings between the PBOC and bitcoin exchanges, appears to have had a dramatic effect, and as at least two Chinese bitcoin exchanges, Huobi and OKCoin, reported moments ago, all bitcoin withdrawals are now effectively suspended. The result on bitcoin price was immediate and dramatic with bitcoin traded in China tumbling 7%. This is the third major plunge driven by PBOC words (or deeds) pushing the dollar price of Bitcoin back below $1000...

MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 2.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 3, 2017. The Refinance Index increased 2 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 2 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 9 percent compared with...

CoreLogic: House Prices up 7.2% Year-over-year in December

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 7.2 percent in December 2016 compared with December 2015 and increased month over month by 0.8 percent in December 2016 compared with November 2016, according to the CoreLogic HPI. “As of the end of 2016, the CoreLogic national index was 3.9 percent below the peak reached in April 2006,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “We expect our national index to rise 4.7 percent during 2017, which would put homes prices at a...

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