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(Podcast) The Gold Monster Awakens

How difficult of a trading environment has 2016 been?

It’s been so bad that BlackRock’s $1.9 billion global credit hedge fund is off to its worst yearly start in almost two decades. According to reports, the fund was hurt by crashing junk bonds (NYSEARCA:HYG) and spiraling crude oil (NYSEARCA:USO) prices.

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How to Cut Your Trading Cost in Half

Although our era of discount brokers and commission free platforms has greatly reduced the cost of online trading, the cost of buy and selling stocks along with ETFs can still add up. This is especially true when stock market volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) is rising.

The chart below illustrates how historical bid-ask spreads (also known as “bid-offer spreads”) have widened by more than 40% (from just 0.8% to 1.4%) during periods of 20% or greater one-month realized volatility in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY).

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Experts Get the Gold Market Wrong (again)

Two questions: How wrong have experts been about the gold market this year? And how much money has their bad advice cost people?

Let’s tackle the first question, by extracting and analyzing some recent headlines:

“Gold Miners Fail to Launch” – Forbes, 5/14/14
“Gold Vulnerable to Manipulative Selloff in June” – Max Keiser,

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How to Print Money in the Psychotic Gold Market

The gold market is the epitome of human psychosis.*

On one hand, there’s the anti-gold camp that have utter disdain for precious metals 24 hours a day, eight days a week. On the other hand, there are the survivalist types, general goldbugs, and anti-Fed clan who live, breath,

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Gold vs. Silver: Is the Ratio Bullish or Bearish?

The gold/silver ratio has been on a fierce bullish run, what does it mean?

This ratio measures the relative strength of gold compared to silver and is calculated by dividing one ounce of gold’s current price by one ounce of silver’s price. The gold/silver ratio boils down to how many ounces of silver you could swap for gold.

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