Friday, July 24, 2015

Turquoise Hill Will Be A Long-Term Winner

At a time when it appears there is nothing to stop the disintegration of the commodity bear market, my outlook for Turquoise Hill (NYSE:TRQ) remains strong.

My reasoning is I believe commodities are closing in on their lows in general, and are likely to begin a rebound in the not-too-distant future. But even if there is more downside to come for an extended period of time (meaning about a year or so), I don't see it having a negative impact on those holding a position in Turquoise Hill for the long term. That's because of the timing of the completion of the second phase construction at its flagship property Oyu Tolgoi.

Another reason is gold is going to get a hefty rebound once it bottoms out, and that is the second-most important metal at Oyu Tolgoi, behind Copper. Rounding out the top three is silver.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Janet Yellen Speaks Out of Both Sides of Her Mouth

I'll have to say I wasn't disappointed in the talk given by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, as my expectations were appropriately low, and I wasn't surprised by the lack of anything new and some of the weasel words used to provide cover in case economic conditions in the second half are such that the Fed doesn't raise interest rates as Yellen has been leaning towards and most others expect.

Here's the wording she used to cover her actions if they end up different than she has signaled to the market:

"But I want to emphasize that the course of the economy and inflation remains highly uncertain, and unanticipated developments could delay or accelerate this first step ..." she said, referring to the probability of raising interest rates.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

U.S. Workforce Participation Rate Will Remain At Low Level

The release of the latest report on the U.S. job market was underwhelming, and reinforces the thesis that the workforce participation rate in the country won't return to the levels enjoyed in 2007, when it stood at 66 percent.

Data show the number of Americans who have a job or are seeking a job has dropped to a 38-year low of 62.6 percent, down from 62.9 percent last year.

Growth rates confirm this trend is worsening, as job participation growth in 2007 was 1.1 percent, while in 2014 it shrunk to only 0.3 percent.

As for the number of jobs added to the economy last month, the final numbers show nonfarm payrolls were up 223,000 in June, which resulted in a drop in the unemployment rate from 5.5 percent in May to 5.3 percent in June.

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Outlook for Copper Mixed

Although copper prices per ton have been rebounding over the last couple of days, it isn't clear as to whether or not it has really found a bottom as some think, or it still has a way to go before bottoming out.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE:BAC) is among those that believe copper isn't close to leveling off, as it projects it to drop to about $5,000 per ton over the next year; even after plunging about 9 percent so far in 2015.

In 2014 it was down 14 percent on the year.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ghost Cities, Ghost Malls and the Silk Road: Why China Needs Entrepreneurs

Even though the official numbers from China's National Bureau of Statistics suggest consumption is moving steadily along, accounting for 51.2 percent of GDP, and following on the heels of the 12 percent boost in retail sales in 2014, there are questions these numbers may not reflect the reality on the ground.

It has been pointed out that "private surveys and results from consumer product companies" paint a different picture; one that draws the conclusion that consumer spending has been level or contracting.

Other data contributing to this as being the likely scenario are the PPI in April dropped for the 37th month in a row, and manufacturing in China, with a 49.2 reading in May (-4.6%, missing analysts expectations of -4.4%), confirms it is contracting faster than believed.

The point is the decisions and proposed spending actions and focus of Chinese economic leadership reinforces the strong probability China is struggling to not only grow its economy, but to keep it from contracting.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Manufacturing Sales in Canada Continue to Plunge

No matter how it is spun, Canada is edging close to a recession, as the latest manufacturing numbers from Statistics Canada confirm.

Sales in the latest quarter plummeted 2.1 percent to $49.8 billion during April, resulting in overall manufacturing sales down 7.3 percent from the same period in 2014.


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Monday, June 15, 2015

The Catalysts Driving Asian Forex Down and Boosting Outflows

There are a number of reason Asian currencies have been falling recently, with the most obvious being expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the latter part of 2015.

Other factors attributed to weaker Asian currencies include pressure from local businesses, demand for electronics gadgets fell, MERS, funds pulling money from emerging markets, Japanese yen, and a potential Greek default. I'll break down how these are having an effect country-by-country in a moment.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Free Market Against Central Banking - And the winner is?

One of the consequences or side effects of central banking monetary inflation (creating money out of thin air) is it masks over the benefit of the free market in lowering costs. That means the average person and investor doesn't understand how the battle between the free market and central banking is going, who is winning, and what is coming our way over the long term as a result.

As the size of the money supply continues to rise - which is what allows the faulty fractional reserve banking system to operate even while it's failing - it results in inflation. That is the reason the free market can be thriving, but the economy can have the appearance of struggling, because of the hidden costs associated with the monetary policies of central banks.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Why Gold is Going to Soar

Gold is now trading at close to where it had been five years ago, as investors overall remain on the sidelines because of uncertainty surrounding the usual catalysts associated with a cyclical uptrend in the yellow metal; elements such as hints of a recession, market correction, proof of inflation, and a weak U.S. dollar, among other things.

Since the Federal Reserve has been the primary impetus behind the bull stock market, and it has resulted in interfering with the price mechanism of the market, it's difficult to ascertain its condition because of artificially low interest rates, which has encouraged some companies to take risks they may not have taken in a market that had more of an honest and measurable performance metric.

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