Posts by Adam Baratta

Things May Look Very Different

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Investing is an art rather than a science. Keeping the big picture in mind is critically important when it comes to achieving financial objectives. That being said, the time to consider the big picture is now. Forget record-high stock markets and a rebound in real estate values for a moment and consider what the financial landscape could look like in 20, 30 or even 50 years. With a stock market that has been moving higher for a decade now, some might suggest those getting long... Continue Reading

Like a Fueling Rocket

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The gold market has without a doubt had a disappointing summer to say the least. The market has yet to build upon any rallies, and eager short-sellers have pounced on the opportunity to sell any moves higher. Things may be about to change, however. The gold market is showing more signs of bottoming action, and although it is not yet clear if a bottom has been reached, the market could potentially see some fireworks in the weeks and months ahead. There is certainly no shortage... Continue Reading

Remember the VIX?

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There has been little in the way of market volatility in recent months, and investors appear to be growing increasingly complacent as the markets look to make fresh, all-time highs. Although markets spent some time in correction territory, they have not seen any significant declines for fresh buyers to enter. This could lead to a large amount of FOMO-or fear of missing out. This fear of missing out could take the market to some significant new heights before the bottom falls out. There has been... Continue Reading

The Next Recession Is Coming

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The last several months have seen increasing discussions over the potential timing of the next recession. Many analysts have already been sounding the alarm bells, and some believe that the next recession could be far more extensive and challenging than the last. With the S&P 500 in striking range of achieving the longest bull market ever, there are reasons to be concerned that the market could be at or very near a long-term top. Here are a few issues to consider that could point to... Continue Reading

Time to Take What You Can and Run?

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Stocks are sharply lower in early trade on Wednesday, as concerns over Turkey and possible contagion risks continue to fuel risk aversion. Investors also remain concerned about the ongoing war over trade and the potential for further escalation. Recent stock market volatility and selling could very well be just the beginning-there could be significant more downside to come. Numerous warning signs are being seen, from current action in emerging markets to the copper market. Copper is often considered a barometer of overall economic activity, and... Continue Reading

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Bring on the Sellers!

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The gold market has begun the new trading week on its back foot, as prices have slid below the psychologically important $1200 level. A lack of fresh, bullish catalysts combined with low summer trading volumes have given sellers a distinct advantage-for now. The dollar trade continues to be a thorn in the market’s side, with the greenback strengthening further as concerns over Turkey and potential contagion in the region increase. The Turkish Lira has been a major headliner in the financial media in recent days,... Continue Reading

Now is the Time

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Now is the perfect time to start making a significant in physical gold. Not only that, but now is the ideal time to make such an investment using an IRA account. With the yellow metal hovering around a one year low and over 40 percent off its all-time high, patient investors could potentially be rewarded handsomely. Gold prices have been in a downtrend for several months after breaking lower from an extended trading range. Although the market could be at or near a long-term bottom,... Continue Reading

A Bottom May Be Near

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The gold market has not seen a lot of upside in recent months, and during that time investors have become increasingly bearish on the metal. The market has had a lot of headwinds to deal with including rising stocks, a stronger dollar, increasing interest rates and strong investor appetite for risk. Stocks have remained stubbornly strong, while the dollar has seen significant upside as inflation and interest rate expectations have increased. Markets do not typically move in one direction or the other indefinitely, however, and... Continue Reading

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Opportunity Knocks

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The gold market has been on the defensive in recent weeks, and the selling pressure has remained fairly constant. In another recent post, the idea of a “bearish extreme” was discussed, as it is oftentimes a good time to buy when the rest of the world is selling. Eventually, that selling becomes exhausted, as there may simply be no one left to sell after long periods of declines. A very good potential clue that the market may be reaching- or perhaps has already reached-such a... Continue Reading

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Take Advantage Now

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The gold market continues to remain on the defensive, as prices have not been able to distance themselves from 12-month lows. Weaker crude oil, a stronger dollar, rising yields and higher stocks have all taken a decidedly bearish toll in recent weeks. Selling pressure has seen the metal drop to 12-month lows, while also potentially threatening to take it down even further. Sentiment in the sector is bearish, and could arguably be seeing an extreme level that may not be sustainable. In other words, right... Continue Reading