Chinese Stocks Continue to Collapse as World Economy Prepares for Nosedive

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Asian shares have retreated. Even the Nikkei has fallen back to two-year lows, following Chinese shares as they further their sharp correction plunge, dropping so far as 2.8%. There are fears of a continuing economic decline in the Chinese economy. The Shanghai Composite Index (SSEC) has fallen another 2.8% after Tuesday’s 6% drop. Continue reading

Overall State of the Union – Unbiased Economics

The definition of the “rich” has become anyone who has investment income. Home ownership has declined since mortgages generally now want 20% down and taxes have risen. Of course, the socialists say this is not fair and the rich are getting richer yet this is not income from wages, but rather investment. The gains go predominantly to mutual funds and pensions not to mention foreign investment since retail participation has also declined since the Great Recession. This means the yelling and screaming is by no means reflecting a purely domestic situation. Furthermore, had Congress privatized Social Security long ago, then those funds would have been invested in the stock market so the very people they say are not participating would have a stake in the economy. Continue reading

The experts who expect bonds funds to crash in 2015

Concerns have been rumbling for some time that bonds – whether issued by companies or governments – are due for a sharp crash.

At the start of 2014 many wrote off bonds and said that private investors should sell their bond funds and move into shares or other assets.

But those who ignored this advice and kept their bonds investments have done well over the past year.

In fact, as a whole, bonds have beaten equities so far in 2014.

So what does 2015 hold? Again, opinion is divided.

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Spectre of 1929 crash looms over FTSE 100 as traders take on record debts

Margin debt at record high

 

The spectre of the 1929 stock market crash looms large for UK investors as traders borrow record amounts to invest in rising stock markets

Nothing has been learnt from the madness of the 1929 stock market crash as once again traders reach for record amounts of debt to pile into rising share prices.

The level of margin debt that traders are using to buy shares in the stock market reached the highest levels on record, according the latest data from the New York stock exchange. Continue reading