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Making the U.S. Dollar Safer: Return ON Your Money

Jul 20th, 2011 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

Today’s debate may be focused on whether the debt ceiling will be raised, but it’s tomorrow’s debate that really concerns us. Last week, Standard & Poors made it clear that raising the debt ceiling would be one thing, but in order to withhold a downgrade to the U.S. credit rating, the U.S. must show that it is not “maxed ... [more]



Policymakers in U.S. and Europe Help Improve Market Leadership

Jul 20th, 2011 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

News coming from the United States and Europe has once again changed the tone in a fast-pasted market. On our side of the pond, the Wall Street Journal reported: President Barack Obama, in a last-ditch bid for a bipartisan "grand bargain" on the budget, threw his weight Tuesday behind a $3.7 trillion deficit-reduction plan unveiled by six Republican and Democratic senators. In Europe, according to Bloomberg: German ... [more]



Technically Speaking: Gold Nearing Resistance

Jul 20th, 2011 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

Gold Nearing Resistance As bullish as I am, and have been on Gold since 2003, I am still rather impressed with the latest run-up to fresh highs. To be frank, I was expecting more downside beyond the recent pivot low at 1478, and was a bit surprised at how quickly the shiny metal ... [more]



What To Look For In A Bearish Turn For Stocks

Jul 20th, 2011 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

Study and Screening Process Does the current market look more like 2004 or 2007? The answer is important because stocks did well from August 2004 to October 2007, but they performed very poorly between October 2007 and March 2009. The fundamental picture remains quite uncertain with:

  • Debt problems in Europe and the U.S.
  • Inflation in Asia
  • Central bankers with limited
... [more]



US Dollar Whale Meets Gold Harpoon!

Jul 19th, 2011 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

  1. You have just watched the "gold punisher" administer an incredible eleven day beating on the US dollar. From about $1478 to $1610, gold has now risen 11 days in a row.
  2. Click this gold chart  link now to view the beating, and to view
... [more]



Commodities 2011 Halftime Report

Jul 19th, 2011 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

Commodities don’t all perform in the same way. In any given year, a particular commodity will go gangbusters and outperform the group. However, that commodity will typically come back to Earth and underperform the following year or the year after that. This is why active management is important when investing in commodities. Active managers can benefit from rotating from ... [more]



Crisis in Confidence?

Jul 19th, 2011 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

Going back to the run up to the crash of Armageddon '08 through the ultimate bottom in early 2009, we often heard things like "this is a crisis of confidence as much as anything else" with regard to the state of the 'too big to fail' US banks.  We heard this from government officials and from a hell of ... [more]



The Astronomical Cost Of Not Taxing Everything

Jul 19th, 2011 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

    Calling all economists, Uncle Sam needs you!   As the debt ceiling debacle heaps embarrassment upon dysfunction our confused and frightened leaders need you experts to sharpen your spreadsheets and comprehensively calculate the cost of not taxing. Don't laugh; this is the biggest economic topic in town, too big for even Paul Krugman to handle alone. Anti-tax zealots can’t be forced ... [more]



Pigs Fly and Prices Go Nuts

Jul 19th, 2011 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

    When business slows down over the summer months, I finally have some time to reflect and do a little economic detective work and, yes, an occasional jig saw puzzle. Trying to figure out what is going on in the world these days is extraordinarily similar to putting the pieces of a puzzle together. Within the pile of pieces, you ... [more]



Technically Speaking: In the Heat of Battle

Jul 18th, 2011 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

In the Heat of Battle Elliott Wave Technology After nearly tagging the upper end of its multi-month trading range seven sessions ago, the S&P has settled the week back down near the middle of its range. Friday closed the week with an inside compression bar, which could set the stage for some fireworks early next week. The S&P has given back 50% of the rather impressive advance from its mid-June 1258 low. It ... [more]