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Dr. Martin Weiss
Martin here, with a second, time-sensitive news update on the rapidly unfolding events in Syria, Iraq and the entire region — plus an analysis of what it means to investors like you. But fair warning: This will be a hard column for some to read. DO NOT continue if you are easily offended or have a weak constitution. DATELINE —…

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Here’s a quick, executive summary of the week’s stories, with a link to the full articles online … “Unimaginable Consequences” for Hong Kong
Protests continue on the streets of Hong Kong.
Those are the words of the People’s Daily, the leading voice of the Chinese Communist Party. And they’re not a forecast or a speculation. They’re a thinly-veiled threat! What’s…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -115.15 to 16,544.10
S&P 500 -22.08 to 1,906.13
Nasdaq -102.10 to 4,276.24
10-YR Yield -0.02 to -2.307%
Gold -$1.70 to $1,223.60
Crude Oil -$0.04 to $85.73
Let’s cut straight to the chase here: Volatility is exploding! The Dow Industrials plunged a whopping 335 points yesterday … just 24 short hours after it rallied 275 points. And that…

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Mike Larson
In Germany, it’s called an “anker.” In France, it’s the “ancre.” In Spain, it’s an “ancla.” But no matter how you spell it or pronounce it, the anchor that is Europe’s economy just keeps getting heavier! Hardly a day goes by without yet another dismal report from our friends across the pond … Germany? Industrial production just collapsed 4 percent…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -334.97 to 16,659.25
S&P 500 -40.68 to 1,928.21
Nasdaq -90.25 to 4,378.34
10-YR Yield -0.03 to 2.327%
Gold +87.40 to $1,224.40
Crude Oil -$2.05 to $85.26
Another day, another explosion in volatility! This time, it was a decline of around 300 points in the Dow Industrials … 24 hours after an almost-300 point surge. What’s going on?…

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Charles Goyette
They are at it again. Lying to us about the deficit, that is. The polls all say that the American people have grown far more skeptical about their government. It’s a good thing. They are lying to us as though we are school children who have yet to master simple addition and subtraction. The government’s Fiscal Year 2014 ended a…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +274.83 to 16,994.22
S&P 500 +33.79 to 1,968.89
Nasdaq +83.39 to 4,468.59
10-YR Yield -.02 to 2.33%
Gold +$10.40 to $1,222.80
Crude Oil -$1.20 to $87.65
The rockin’ rollercoaster on Wall Street continued today, with stocks initially sinking further before reversing course and surging higher after 2 p.m. The catalyst? The release of the meeting minutes from…

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• Wal-Mart (WMT, Weiss Ratings: B) became the latest company to eliminate health-care coverage for part-time workers. Some 30,000 employees who work less than 30 hours a week will get booted from the company’s health care insurance system as of Jan. 1. Premiums for the firm’s most popular plan — for those still eligible — will jump 20 percent next…

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Larry Edelson
“So, what gives, Larry? For years, you have been right as rain on gold and silver, and now, it seems like you’re way off the mark! “You told us the precious metals had bottomed. Instead, they are tanking now, with gold below $1,200 and no bottom in sight and silver crashing. “And recently, you told us to expect a bounce…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -272.58 to 16,719.33
S&P 500 -29.74 to 1,935.08
Nasdaq -69.60 to 4,385.20
10-YR Yield -.075 to 2.35%
Gold +$3.30 to $1,210.60
Crude Oil -$1.53 to $88.81
First, it was Candy Crush game maker King Digital Entertainment (KING, Weiss Ratings: C) that lost its sweetness. Today, it’s the home beverage company SodaStream (SODA, Weiss Ratings: C) that’s going…

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Jon Markman
So you know those geopolitical events that investors have been trying to avoid — kind of like whistling past a graveyard? Well, it was kind of easy when sentiment was buoyant, but now there are some actual reasons for concern. There are some real effects of slowdown in emerging markets and the euro zone, especially now that Russia and Brazil…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -17.72 to 16,991.97
S&P 500 -3.06 to 1,964.84
Nasdaq -20.82 to 4,454.80
10-YR Yield -.022 to 2.425%
Gold +$14.30 to $1,207.20
Crude Oil +$0.87 to $90.61
My father was a company man in a world where company men just aren’t that common anymore. He worked for more than four decades as a materials engineer with a leading…

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