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Inflation Shows Its Taking Hold And What This Means For Self Directed IRAs

Wholesale inflation shows that prices increased by 4.7% for energy related goods and 0.2% for food. That is a total of 4.9% annual increase in the price of energy and foods. Core inflation (what the good ‘ol Fed and government uses) shows around 2.3%. What does this mean? What these numbers reflect is: 1. Inflation […]

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Inflation Outlook Update & Its Impact on Self Directed IRAs

We contend that inflation is not in check and is not within reasonable boundaries. […]

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US Trade Policy And Its Impact On Self Directed IRAs

As you listen to the political theater that came from both political party campaigns, these last two weeks, you can’t help but ask the question “where are your real solutions?”. We hear both candidates talking about jobs. But really? You, the government can create jobs in the private sector? We never heard one single solution […]

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Dr Copper Update And Your Self Directed IRA

As we have mentioned before copper prices reflects the future expectation of of consumer demand. Consumer demand comprises 2/3rd of the GDP. Copper is a major metal used in numerous consumer goods and related services. The current price pattern for copper is showing a head and shoulders pattern. Without getting too technical, this basically is […]

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The ISM Report And Your Self Directed IRA

The July 2012 ISM report just came out and the the number came in at 49.8 versus the June number of 49.7. The ISM report is a general measure of manufacturing activity and specifically how much manufacturers are planning in procuring for the business. A number below 50 indicates negative or contractionary environments. The ISM […]

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Q2 2012 GDP And Your Self Directed IRA

The reported, headline, GDP numbers just came in at 1.5% in the second quarter. This is a major revision downward from 2% in the first quarter of 2012. This brings the overall annual growth rate in at 2.2% versus the previous 2.4% in Q1 2012. Overall these numbers are not statistically significant. In fact, it […]

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The Storm is Coming – Check Your Self-Directed IRA

We wanted to show you a couple of simple graphs to tell a simple, but it’s a scary story. The first chart shows the federal debt since 1965. We would like to point out a simple inflection point of 1971. It was in 1971 that we moved off of the gold standard (thanks a lot, President […]

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Taxes, Spending, Politics And Your Self Directed IRA

In prior postings we touched on what is referred to as the Fiscal Cliff. That so called cliff is a perfect storm of events coming together at years end. What are these events: 1. Bush era tax cuts will be rolled back thereby increasing the effective tax rate on top earners from 36% to 39% […]

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What Dr. Copper Is Telling Us About Self Directed IRAs

Background Historically, copper foreshadows what is and will be happening in our economy. It is often stated that copper is the metal with a Ph.D. in economics, and the data for the most part bears this out. When copper is down, the US economy is in recession; when the indicator is up, the US economy […]

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June Housing Starts And Its Impact On Your Self Directed IRA

The June 2012 housing starts are out and they show a month-to-month gain of 6.9%. We should note that although that seems a like its a significant number, one number does not make a trend. This means that even though there is an increase of in the number, there are not enough numbers, of any […]

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