Life Without Amazon: The “Dizzying And Disorienting” Experience Of Being Banned By Bezos

At least as far as its investors are concerned, Amazon can do no wrong. However, some customers who’ve been banned from shopping on Amazon’s website, sometimes for seemingly arbitrary reasons, are starting to speak out, demanding more details about why they were suddenly cut off…

China Gold Demand Off To Hot Start

Via GoldTelegraph.com, It looks to be another boom year for gold. Investors are anticipating a continued demand for the precious metal for the fifth year in a row, driven by geopolitical uncertainties and less-than-strong predictions for the U.S. economy and the U.S. dollar in 2019. In times…

Dan Loeb: “A Shift In The Market Has Occurred, We Are Adding To Our Short Book”

While most hedge fund managers and investors were skeptical about the direction of the stock market after Trump’s shocking election victory, a few bet it all on green. One was Carl Icahn, another was Dan Loeb, and with the S&P surging by over 30% since…

“Absolute Gong Show”: Vancouver Loses Crown As Canada’s Hottest Real Estate Market

Following the imposition of taxes on foreign investors and empty houses, Vancouver real estate has lost its crown as the craziest housing market in Canada – ceding its position to the resort town of Whistler – around two hours north. The Pan Pacific Whistler hotel Benchmark property prices…

Crypto, Crude, & Credit Soar In April Amid Dollar, Bond Yield Explosion

For many investors in April… Earnings up, stocks down…   Stocks managed to cling to gains in April for the first time since January…   And while Stocks ended almost unchanged, VIX tumbled in April – erasing all of February’s spike… With VIX seeing its…

VIX ETF Has Biggest Inflows In 5 Years As Goldman Sees “End Of Low Vol Regime”

Investors placed more bets on rising volatility last week than in any week since March 2013 (ahead of the market’s ‘taper tantrum’). As Bloomberg reports, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN had more than $393 million in inflows last week, as the number…

Weekend Reading: The Return Of Stagflation

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, One of the worst possible outcomes for the U.S. economy, and ultimately for investors, is stagflation. Of course, if you weren’t around in the 60-70’s, there is a reasonably high probability you are not even sure what “stagflation” is. Here is…

US Prepares “Emergency Powers” To Limit Chinese Tech Investments

Just as mainstream news media attempts to placate investors with delusions that the trade-wars are over, both sides continue to fire warning shots with the latest from Washington considering an emergency law to halt Chinese investment in US tech. Bloomberg reports that Heath Tarbert, an…

IBM Tumbles After “Beating” Thanks To Grotesque Adjustments, -47.5% Effective Tax Rate

After years of declining revenues, IBM finally surprised investors last quarter with numbers that at fist blush appeared good, but a deeper look revealed were very seriously massaged (as we disclosed at the time). Now, in its Q1 2018 earnings report, IBM has taken the…

Only A Tiny Fraction Of Bitcoin Traders Are Reporting Their Holdings To The IRS

With the US tax deadline just one day away, crypto investors who traded actively during the market’s runup and inevitable meltdown should have a lot of activity to report to the IRS. But according to a survey conducted by Credit Karma, only a handful of…