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December, 2017 Archives

Richard's Thoughts: A Bubble is a Bubble, & Sooner or Later Every Bubble Bursts

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Yesterday, I wrote about the giant credit bubble that we have all "enjoyed" since the end of World War II, and especially since the 2008 financial crisis.

 

I can't get the credit bubble out of my mind. I see it everywhere, on store signs, in bank windows, on TV, in flyers on windshields. It's ubiquitous and drilled into the conscious and unconscious minds of almost everyone on earth.

 

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Designed for Rising Rates - Two REITs Yielding 8% and 10%

By Dr. Carla Pasternak

 

With stock markets trading at all-time highs, now is a good time to step back and consider a sobering fact. Real estate actually has proven to be a more profitable long-term investment than the broader market. U.S. real estate investment trusts (REITs) that own shopping centers, office buildings, and the like, delivered annualized total returns of 13.8% over the past 25 years through 2016, as measured by The Dow Jones Equity REIT Index. That compares with just 10.7% for the S&P 500.

 

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Deflation Ahead?

by Jon S. Strebler

 

Richard Russell often pondered and wrote about the battle between the forces of inflation and those of deflation. Deflation, he averred, would be deadly for world economies so mired in and dependent upon debt. Governments would therefore do anything possible to avoid slipping into a deflationary situation, including the oft-cited “dropping money from helicopters.”

 

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The Uptrend Continues

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

It’s been a very bullish year, and yet major averages continue to attack their high-water marks time and time again. For many, this instills a sense of unease … a feeling that things are too good right now, and won’t last.

 

If you find yourself in this camp, take solace in the fact that ultimately you will be correct, it just might take longer than you expect. After all, people have been making this case for a number of years, and anyone who acted on that advice has missed out on a tremendous surge in asset prices.

 

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