Is the U.S. really the primary target?
Americans in their 50s, 60s and 70s - the Baby Boom generation - are carrying unprecedented amounts of debt, a shift which according to the WSJ "reflects both the aging of the baby boomer generation and their greater likelihood of retaining mortgage, auto and student debt at much later ages than previous generations." While aggregate debt of Gen-Xers has admirably declined by 12% in the past 12 years, the aggregate debt of the average Baby Boomer has soared by an unprecedented 169%!
"I would like to ask every person who left Syria to come back. That's natural but not enough. Emotions are not enough. They would ask: "Why should I come back? Has terrorism stopped? The question is: for how many years will Turkey and Saudi Arabia continue to support terrorism?
"not a surprise but everyone should be in gold"... "$1500+ by Memorial dAY"... "With gold minus storage cost becoming greater than cash returns could be a long rally. what else is there, bitcoins? think about it"... "Plus Psychology For Gold index growing with euro bank mess, nirP, falling oil, tanking stock markets, yellens slowdown hints."
In a continuation of a worrisome trend, obesity rates in the US continued to rise in 2015, hitting 28%. That's right America, nearly a third of you are grossly overweight.
"If the market is to make a new high this rally must break through the resistance in the S&P 500 around the 1950 area on increasing volume. If it fails, then the decline will drop to the 1740 area which I have repeatedly said MUST HOLD or the markets are in a MAJOR BEAR MARKET that will test the lows reached in 2009."
Last month, Bernie Sanders as well as dozens of other lawmakers on Capitol Hill were outraged to learn that the Obama administration was set to start deporting hundreds of Central Americans who came to the US fleeing violence. Donald Trump applauded the move. A month later we learn that the deportations have sharply reduced the number of illegal immigrants coming into the country.
The increasingly unstable footing that we find ourselves standing on is reflected in widening credit spreads that demonstrate that CONFIDENCE is indeed collapsing. We are on the precipice of what can only be described as a rising systemic risk for all markets.
CHESAPEAKE SAID PLANNING TO PAY $500 MILLION DEBT DUE IN MARCH