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Regular contrarian correspondent Sy Harding digs into recent economic data, including last week’s jobs report, to see if we’re potentially heading for another summer slowdown in 2013.  Of particular concern to Sy is the decline in average hours worked – which may signal there’s less work that needs to get done.  (Everbank’s Chuck Butler cited this […]

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By Sy Harding Consumers, businesses, and stock markets hate uncertainty, and they sure have been subjected to more of it than they can handle so far this year. As a result, consumer and business confidence is at very low readings, and stock markets around the world are in serious corrections, many down more than the […]

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by Sy Harding Markets around the world plunged so dramatically after topping out at the end of April (the S&P 500 down 18%), that they became very oversold short-term, a condition that usually results in at least a short-term rally off the oversold condition, a so-called relief rally. And sure enough a relief rally did […]

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Some pundits are screaming that now is the time to buy the market – now that we’ve got “blood in the streets.”  But regular contributor Sy Harding – who anticipated this decline – believes we’ve got further to go on the downside… —- Being Street Smart Sy Harding It’s Too Early to Buy August 5, […]

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As you know, there is A LOT of optimism priced into the stock market right now.  But with this “economic recovery” starting to sputter, and companies racing to adjust their earnings expectations DOWN, what will happen if a string of earnings disappointments comes in? —- Being Street Smart Sy Harding Earnings Will Follow the Economy […]

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The old adage is “Sell in May and Go Away” – but does this also apply to investors in foreign markets?  Sy Harding takes a look at the seasonality of financial markets beyond US soil in his weekly column… —- Being Street Smart Sy Harding Seasonality and Global Markets May 27, 2011 When investors think […]

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Economies around the globe seem to be slowing down a bit – but the US stock market doesn’t appear worried, sitting just off its recent highs.  But India, China, and Brazil are all off their highs by double-digits.  So which Mr. Market is right?  Sy Harding investigates.. Ed. note: Sy published this article on Friday […]

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We should always be careful when everyone is on one-side of a given trade…just ask anyone who went into last week long silver! Regular columnist Sy Harding returns this week, cautioning against the current prevalent belief that all stock dips are to be bought.  Here, he shares his thoughts about the disappointing economic numbers, along with […]

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On Friday, while writing about the big “Bill Gross is out of US bonds” news, I mused that now might be a good time to take a flyer on Treasuries: Sentiment is so bearish on the Long Bond that I’d expect prices to get at least a short-term pop of sorts.  It’s been a rapid rise […]

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Ask anyone who remembers the 1970’s – there’s no inflation like wage inflation, which has a nasty habit of perpetuating across the economy at large. With Chinese leaders about to convene for some chalk talk around their next five year plan – and raising wages near the top of their agenda – what does this […]

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