Global Markets

All Alone: A Generational Shift In US Diplomacy

In the very early ‘90s, with the fall of the Soviet Empire, US diplomacy edged toward proactive, as the United States became the de facto policeman of the world. An unwilling policeman at first, the US turned almost crusader by the end of the Bush administration. After lasting nearly a generation, I…

Twitter Tips For Investors: Maximize Returns, Avoid Pitfalls

Investors have tagged the now publically-traded Twitter, Inc. (TWTR) with a near $40 Billion market capitalization as we enter year-end 2013. Yes, it’s been mentioned by some in the context of a bubble, and many have questioned that market cap in light of current losses and sketchy prospects for profit…

Financial Accounting Standards: IAS and IFRS Changes in 2013 and 2014

I recently attended a PwC conference where they provided some commentary on changes to the International Accounting Standards (IAS) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). IAS and IFRS changes are listed below and may be of use to those of you who take a fundamental approach to investing. This may…

Bitcoin: 12 Hours of Pillage, Murder and Exhilaration

Bitcoin’s last 12 hours have been a psych ward of paranoid price schizophrenia. For anyone who walked away after yesterday’s Senate Department of Homeland Security Committee hearing on virtual currencies (read: Bitcoin) adjourned with BTCUSD just above $700, this morning’s print around $570 is shocking enough. But that would be…

Gold Asset Allocation Slips As Diminishing Fear Boosts Equities

Earlier tonight, we posted a quick read on Gold asset allocation on our Tumblr stream (follow us). In short, we looked at Gold’s performance since the last Sovereign Debt Crisis flare-up during the Fall of 2011. From that point going forward, Equities have been getting all the love, with money flowing…

Facebook Earnings Rally: Unfriended

After spiking as much as +18% off Wednesday’s closing price at $49.01 to $57.98, Facebook ($FB) has followed after the fashion of Netflix last week by giving back all its post-release gains almost as quickly as it added them, marking the second Sparkle & Fade in one of 2013’s marquee…

Apple Earnings Ahead: Dealing with 2012’s Price Legacy

Apple is mostly treading water today just prior to its Q3 2013 earnings release, but with a tentative technical sigh of relief. As we covered in more detail last month, after spending the balance of 2013 consolidating lower, the stocks ran throughout the Summer from below $400 to above $500…

Premium Price Bubble May Soon Hit Consumer Demand

On the very first day of Economics 101, you will see the below chart. This simple illustration identifies (in theory) the optimal price of a product (P), where the supply curve of a good (S), intersects the curve representing the range of consumer demand (D). Basic yet essential. Over my…

Precious Metals Lower on Fed ‘Tapering’ Prospects

After a strong summer relief rally, the precious metals sector is back in the doghouse again. With the Fed on tap and budget talks seemingly ready to gridlock, precious metals are bracing for a bumpy fall. In the short-term, however, much is riding on the FOMC two day meeting that…