The Four Most Critical Questions Every Investor Should Ask

Readers, clients, and market watchers across the bull-to-bear spectrum have joined our efforts here at Critical Signals Report to not only track the habits of the most distorted and openly rigged markets ever traded (nod to the central banks), but to also keep you ahead of the game as the most informed investors.

The logic is simple: Informed investors are better investors.

A key aspect of staying informed hinges upon asking the right questions. And today, we want to explore the four most critical questions that every investor should ask.

By answering questions like these, we better equip ourselves to navigate the current and historically unprecedented battle between natural market forces and central bank intervention with open eyes and calm wallets.

Be you bear, bull, or somewhere in the middle, the information set forth below will inform your decisions with facts rather than guesswork.

Thereafter, and depending on your individual risk tolerance, income, and experience, what you do with this information is up to you.

So, let's hit those big questions... Read more »

An Eerie October Silence, Dollar Woes, and More Rigged Scams in The Bond Market

It's more than Halloween that makes the month of October so scary.

Ever heard of the "October Effect" - that self-fulfilling expectation that stocks predominantly decline, and even tank, in October?

With the Fed's recent "easing" move to print $60 billion per month in support of U.S. bond, repo, and hence stock markets, I bet Powell was thinking the same thing.

October has historically been a bad month, most notably the Panic of 1907; Black Tuesday (1929); and Black Monday (1987) when the Dow plummeted 22.6% in a single day. And let's not forget Black October (2008) when the Great Financial Crisis roared like a bear.

That said, this October might sneak by without too much ticker drama. After all, $60 billion in printed dollars ought to buy something.

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What to Watch Out for On Columbus Day

Welcome to What's Happening Now.

Last week was heavy on market breaking news, namely on tariff negotiations, Brexit, and a missile attack on an Iranian tanker.

Today, Columbus Day, is often an odd day in the markets with bond markets closed so stock trading may be muted, even though the global economy continues to flash warning signs above your money.

Let's discuss...

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Grim Week Bodes Poorly for Your Pocketbook – What to Do Now

Welcome back to What's Happening Now, following a grim week for investors, especially those hanging on for that last evasive yet entirely possible "melt-up" in stocks to come should the Fed print more dollars out of thin air.

Beyond (and more important than) the impeachment proceedings launched in the U.S. last week, China trade negotiations fell off track again as new U.S. threats to contain even passive investing in China, along with Chinese company listings on U.S. Exchanges, were floated.

A resolution of the trade war would send markets temporarily much higher; as of today, however, such a resolution remains elusive.

In the meantime, U.S. manufacturing data continued to plummet... to below breakeven.

And on the Central Bank front, necessary Fed repo rescues alarmed the U.S. as chaos at the European Central Bank mounted.

In short, a lot is going on and not much of it is objectively good, though further Fed "stimulus" could easily buy us more time and highs.

Let's discuss...

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Fed Sees Red – The Real Numbers Behind the Most Recent Bailout

Happy Monday and welcome back to this week's What's Happening Now.

Last week was quite a week, no?

It seems we're not the only ones seeing red with our "Fed Red Days." Last Monday, the Fed saw red, too, and jumped to the rescue of an out-of-control repo market to assure liquidity for bank and other short-term financing needs.

The dangers behind this singular event cannot be overstated, so let's dig deeper into this issue below... Read more »