Where the global economy may or may not go, what the Federal Reserve and other central banks may or may not do, whether “Abenomics” in Japan works – all fodder these days for those who expect volatility to come back to the financial markets.
We have commented numerous times on the inexorable rise in Spanish non-performing loans (NPLs). Since the Spanish economy started to weaken at the end of 2006, NPLs have been rising sharply; but the subsequent collapse of the Spanish property market exacerbated the matter further, causing a spike in NPLs in 2007 and 2008. Since then, the Euro area crisis and subsequent sharp rise in unemployment have led NPLs at Spanish banks to make new record highs.
By Dividendinvestr:We analyzed the stocks which have been recommended by Cramer on Mad Money during the last 30 days. We don't think we have heard the end of the European debt crisis yet. As such, we prefer investing in Cramer's fundamentally strong stock picks. Using the stock screener at finviz.com, we picked the stocks with the lowest PE ratios and the low debt ratios.
The average regular unleaded gasoline price is $2.82 per gallon in the US, about 13.5% lower than it was last year. The gasoline prices have shown a sharp decline over the past few months and can be expected to fall a little further, before settling at some level below $3 per gallon.
By Joseph Poma:After gaining market share and seeing sales in January increase more than 7% recently, Ford (F) stock steadily rose until it fell just shy of $13/share. Of recent the stock has fallen, along with the market as a whole, on the heels of political unrest in Greece. This pullback represents an opportune time to open, or add to, a position in Ford.
A POTENTIAL problem with the argument I make in the previous post is that not everything people need is virtual. Americans still need to eat, and heat and cool their homes, and get around, and so forth. Those tasks require real resources. Now, some of those real resources are getting cheaper. Many appliances, for instance, are better and cheaper than they've ever been.