Posts by Adam Baratta

The Geopolitical Landscape Could Get Worse

There has been no shortage of issues for global financial markets to grapple with over the last several months. Not only does the U.S. has numerous domestic challenges to deal with, the country is also involved in some high-stakes disagreements on the international stage and will need to closely monitor others. The geopolitical landscape could get worse. A lot worse. Here are three major issues that have the potential to hit global financial markets hard and fuel a significant flight to safety: North Korean Nuclear... Continue Reading

A New Debt Milestone

The U.S. Government debt recently topped an astounding $22 trillion reaching a new debt milestone. The debt is composed of two components: debt held by the public and debt held by government agencies. The public debt is continuously marketed to investors all over the world. This debt is used to fund the deficit as well as to pay off maturing debt. Because investors demand a return on their investment, public debt is subject to interest charges, furthering the ongoing deficit. For a government to manage... Continue Reading

How to Make the Most of an Investment in Gold

When it comes to making the most of an investment in gold, there is really one simple rule of thumb to follow: Buy as much as you can. With a long-term view and long-term objectives, the more bullion you can acquire the better. Not only does this strategy on how to make the most of an investment in gold provide the most upside appreciation potential, but it comes with other potential benefits as well. Higher Prices: Simple math tells you that the more gold you... Continue Reading

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Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned

The last several weeks have seen developments on multiple fronts that could potentially shape the next major market meltdown. The Fed’s reluctance to continue shrinking its balance sheet must be at the top of the list. The writing on the wall has never been clearer: Stock markets cannot maintain current levels and wouldn’t have gotten here in the first place without the massive stimulus efforts of the Fed. In other words, stocks are currently trading at “artificial” levels. Stock valuations have not reached current levels... Continue Reading

Significant Signs of Strength

There are significant signs of strength for gold showing lately. The gold market is higher today, gaining over $4.00/oz. Although that itself may not be noteworthy, it is interesting that gold is climbing today despite some serious headwinds that might normally weigh on the metal. The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average is up over 350 points in early action today. There has reportedly been some solid progress made in the U.S./China trade negotiations that took place in Beijing this week. Officials appear to have at... Continue Reading

Another Week Another Fed Meeting

Another Week Another Fed Meeting After finally breaking through key resistance around the $1,300 area last week, the gold market is taking a bit of a breather in early action today. The market appears poised for further upside, and a solid close above resistance or several consecutive closes above could add credibility to the recent breakout. The market will have numerous issues to contend with this week, including the end of the government shutdown, corporate earnings and the Fed meeting on Wednesday. Gold may see... Continue Reading

Leading Indicators Decline

According to a report by marketwatch.com, leading indicators declined by .1% in December in what may be viewed as another sign of a slowing U.S. economy. Of note is the fact that the index fell in two of the final three months of 2018, quite possibly due to the current slowdown gathering steam. The latest disappointing economic report is just another in what has seemingly become the trend of late. Several key components of the economy, especially in the manufacturing sector, have been showing weakness... Continue Reading

A Great Example

When discussing the numerous potential benefits that come with gold ownership, the topic of gold being the only true form of money is always a focal point. The yellow metal has been regarded as such for centuries and does not carry the risks that come with fiat currency. The notion of gold being the only real form of money that exists is evident in the U.K. currently. With a March 29 deadline for a Brexit deal quickly approaching and the potential for a hard Brexit... Continue Reading

Fed Chief Jerome Powell Acknowledges Debt Problem

The U.S. is running massive deficits as the nation’s indebtedness continues to grow. Speaking at the Economic Club of Washington D.D., Fed Chairman Jerome Powell recently acknowledged the issue. In a piece by cnbc.com, Powell was quoted as saying “I’m very worried about it. From the Fed’s standpoint, we’re really looking at a business cycle length: that’s our frame of reference. The long-run fiscal, nonsustainability of the U.S. federal government isn’t really something that plays into the medium term that is relevant for our policy... Continue Reading

The Message is Clear

Yesterday was a busy day for the Fed. Several central bank officials gave speeches throughout the day that were then followed by the release of the latest FOMC meeting minutes in the afternoon. Some of the speeches appeared to provide differing opinions on the economy and how the central bank should proceed. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans alluded to the Fed’s previous plans for another three rate hikes in 2019. Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic provided his take on the central bank’s plans going forward,... Continue Reading