Hedge Fund Losses From Commodity Slump Sparking Investor Exodus – BloombergBusiness 08-06-15

Salient to Investors: Cargill, the world’s largest grain trader, shut its commodities hedge fund last month, a sign that commodity speculators are in trouble. Donald Steinbrugge at Agecroft Partners said hedge funds are supposed to make money in both bull and bear markets but managers bias towards rising prices. Steinbrugge

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Birinyi’s S&P 3200 Call – Bull From A 30-Year Bull – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 08-05-15

Salient to Investors: David Stockman writes: Laszlo Birinyi says S&P 3200 will be reached by 2017 because there is no reason it cannot keep rising. Since first meeting Birinyi in 1986, I do not ever recall when he was not bullish on equities. His call is wrong because the central bank fed 30-year bull run

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Birinyi Says You Can Toss Out the Old Tools for Calling S&P 500 – BloombergBusiness 08-05-15

Salient to Investors: Laszlo Birinyi said: The market is now so dominated by institutional investors, hedge funds and service industries, that sentiment drives prices more than anything else, so predictions based on valuation data going back a hundred years are bound to fail. Recent developments in Amazon, Google, and Chipotle clearly show

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 08-02-15

Salient to Investors: Fareed Zakaria said: New America reports that, since 9-11, 74 people have been killed in America by terrorists vs. over 150,000 killed in gun homicides. ShootingTracker.com says that in the first 207 days of 2015 America had 207 mass shootings. Gunpolicy.org says America’s gun homicide rate is 50 times

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Market Manipulation Goes Global – Project-Syndicate 07-27-15

Salient to Investors: Stephen Roach at Yale writes: Market manipulation a la China is now standard operating procedure in policy circles around the world – the West just dresses up their manipulation in different clothes. QE is essentially an aggressive effort to manipulate asset prices: whether it has succeeded is debatable

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The Last Bubble Standing – Amazon’s Same Day Trip Through The Casino – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 07-27-15

David Stockman writes: Amazon’s valuation, its one day gain and last week’s Google gain are reminiscent of the days before the tech wreck 15 years ago. The 12 Big Cap Techs of 2000 saw their peak combined valuation of $3.8 trillion plunge to $875 billion a decade later, even as their sales

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Central Banks Have Shot Their Wad – Why The Casino Is In For A Rude Awakening, Part I – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 07-25-15

Salient to Investors: David Stockman writes: The central banks have shot their wad after increasing their aggregate balance sheet from $3 trillion to $22 trillion over the last 15 years, which falsified financial prices. The coming deflation will bring a plunge in corporate profits and collapsing prices of vastly inflated risk asset classes. The

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