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Beijing You Have A Problem – China’s Factory Sector Has Been Shedding Jobs For 20 Straight Months – The Wall Street Journal 07-20-15

Salient to Investors: China’s “new normal” of slower but better growth is a battle for survival for many businesses. The HSBC/Markit PMI shows that factories have cut jobs for 20 consecutive months, May seeing the biggest cuts since the global financial crisis. Read the full article at http://www.wsj.com/articles/for-many-firms-chinas-new-normal-spells-doom-1437355230 Click here to receive free and

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 07-19-15

Salient to Investors: Fareed Zakaria said: History shows that the more countries integrate within the global community, the less incentives they have to be spoilers. Iran and the US share common interests on the threat from ISIS, the stability of Iraq and Afghanistan. The most successful and dominating countries in

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Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics – The Burning Platform 07-18-15

Salient to Investors: The annual CPI reported figure of 0.1% is a lie and has become a manipulated statistic using academic theories to systematically under-report the true level of inflation – between 4% and 10% – in order to cut annual cost of living adjustments to Social Security and other

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Opinion: Greed is still trumping fear, and that’s bad for stocks – MarketWatch 07-17-15

Salient to Investors: Mark Hulbert writes: Investor popularity of greed over fear indicates we are close to a stock market top. At the recent San Francisco Money Show, hundreds of seminars catered to greed, while only a handful catered to managing risk and loss. At market tops greed completely replaces fear as investors’

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Forget QE, Wall Street’s new drug is the stock buyback – Marketwatch 07-17-15

Salient to Investors: Share buybacks are now the preferred way to boost stock prices in the face of softening earnings. Quarterly spending on dividends has risen 80% and capital-expenditure budgets have risen 44% since early 2009, whereas spending on buybacks has risen nearly 5 times . In Q1 2015, SPX companies returned

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All Praise To Barack Obama For Stiffing The War Party – Peace Is Finally Being Given A Chance – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 07-17-15

Salient to Investors: David Stockman  writes: Obama’s Keynesian policies are deplorable. The Iranian nuclear deal could mark a decisive turning point in rolling back US destructive interventionism and imperial pretensions in the Middle East and the world. Iran is not hell-bent on obtaining nuclear weapons as shown by the 2007 National Intelligence

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The Curse Of The Euro: Money Corrupted, Democracy Busted – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 07-17-15

Salient to Investors: David Stockman writes: Germany has set fire to the Eurozone in order to save it. Lending another $96 billion to a bankrupt country makes no sense, while the fiscal targets set for Greece are ridiculous. Greece has a de facto public debt of $400 billion vs. $200 billion of GDP. Within days the

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When It Comes To Total Debt, Greece Is Not That Much Worse Than France (Or The USA) – Zero Hedge 07-17-15

Salient to Investors: Tyler Durden writes: The IMF has admitted Greece has an unsustainable debt problem. French PM Hollande’s sole focus in the Greek crisis was to preserve near-term stability and his job at any cost – he is guaranteed to lose the 2017 French elections. Once the current generation

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Opinion: To beat this rigged stock market, stop what you’re doing – MarketWatch 07-16-15

Salient to Investors: Jeff Reeves of InvestorPlace.com writes: Manipulating the markets with high-frequency trading is extremely complicated, hard to track, and even harder to determine violations of laws or regulations. Half of all trading volume in US equity markets supposedly involves high-frequency trading (HFT), which is now a global concern.

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More Job Losses Coming To U.S. Shale – OilPrice.com 07-16-15

Salient to Investors: Gaurav Agnihotri writes: The short to medium-term outlook for oil is mostly bearish. The Iran nuclear agreement, Greece, high OPEC production, and China’s market turmoil make an oil price rebound highly unlikely in the near future. Low oil prices will most likely result in more job losses. The

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