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MarketWatch Claims Investors Are More Bearish Than Anytime Since 2008… But Are They?

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By John McDonald Both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average have been booming upwards with hardly a pause since the day after Donald Trump won the Presidency of the United States in November of 2016. Having bolted upwards by over 40% from then to today’s close at 3,003.67, the S&P 500 appears strong and headed higher still. Yet the “experts” at MarketWatch tell us that investors have not been this bearish since 2008. Something seems a bit “off”. One wonders: Who are the “investors” to whom MarketWatch refers? Are these “investors” actually representative of the collective psyche...

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Are Investors Properly Heading the Warning Signs or Waiting out a Category 5 Hurricane?

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By John McDonald If you’re familiar with what happens during Hurricane season, you’ll remember that whenever a category 2 storm is headed to shore, local and state authorities will provide warnings to residents. The warnings usually center around locking things down around the house and staying inside. If the category advances to a 4 or a 5, the warnings turn into outright evacuation.  Although most head those warnings, there are many who don’t want to leave and decide they are capable of riding out the storm. At a certain point, if an evacuation isn’t completed by the time the storm...

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As Private Equity Funds Get Bigger, They May Be Less Likely to Deliver

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By John McDonald Private equity funds are getting bigger and bigger, capable of raising larger and large amounts of capital. Unfortunately, just because a fund is setting records for equity raises does not mean it is going to be a successful venture for investors.  According to the Wall Street Journal, “megafunds” of $10 billion or more have performed only “roughly in line with the S&P 500” rather than exceeding that market’s performance, as one would expect. Private equity funds have a historical reputation for returns closer to 20 percent and higher rather than just barely over 14 percent, as the...

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Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Could Resolve Stagnant Growth Issues, Resume World Domination

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By John McDonald Facebook has a problem. Actually, Facebook has several problems, only one of which is the extremely high-profile issue of privacy. Interestingly, the social media platform’s new cryptocurrency, Libra, takes inspiration from China’s largest social network and ubiquitous payment app, WeChat, for the answer to the company’s ongoing issues. Libra, which Facebook officially announced and confirmed mid-June, will launch in 2020 and be available in a cryptocurrency wallet that may be accessed via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and as a standalone app. Not surprisingly, Facebook is positioning the launch of Libra and its digital wallet, Calibra, as a philanthropic...

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Gold Surging on Financial Uncertainty, Stock Market Volatility

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By John McDonald  Unlike the stock market, which makes a certain subset of analysts and investors nervous when the numbers get too high, gold values are surging and few expect them to fall in the near future, if at all. Thanks to wide-ranging uncertainty about the United States’ trade policies, fear that the stock market is flying a little too close to the sun, and ongoing controversy over just what the Fed’s predicted July interest rate cut will really do for the national economy, gold’s “power as a safety trade is not waning, but could actually be set to spike,”...

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