Warren Buffett

Myths About Gold That Just Won’t Die

The mainstream loves to hate gold, but then again, these are the same people  who were bearish on gold all the way up from $250 to $1,900 (some turned bullish shortly before it topped, but that’s another story). What actually explains all this contempt for gold is the fact that it remains the main antagonist of the current statist centrally planned fiat money system. It’s as simple as that.

Buying Dollar Bills For $1.10

There are two conditions that should be met when a company engages in a stock buyback. 1) The shares should be trading below intrinsic value 2) there are no investment opportunities available that would allow the company to continue to grow at a desirable rate. If both conditions can be met a case may be made for share buybacks.

A Quarter Century Of Monetary Voodoo

So far this year, Janet Yellen has not taken a single step in the direction of a “normal” monetary policy; our guess is that she never will. Why not? Is it because she is a witless tool of Deep State cronies? Is it because her economic theory is silly, superficial, and simpleminded? Or is it because she and her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, have done so much damage to the normal world that there is nothing to go back to?

A "Generational" Peak In Corporate Profit Margins

Falling profit margins and rising valuations (as earnings fall) make for a pretty bearish one-two punch for the stock market. Investors will surely become less eager to pay higher valuations for companies growing more slowly. That equation usually works in reverse. And there’s no reason we can see to expect these challenges to corporate profit margins to let up any time soon. The S&P 500 now trades at its highest price-to-earnings ratio since the bull market began even as the index remains well off its recent price highs. And profit margins still could have a long way to fall before even reaching their average level since 1950.

Worst Case Scenario: 73% Down From Here

QE3 ended 17 months ago and shockingly the S&P 500 is exactly where it was 17 months ago. How many bull markets go flat for 17 months? As John Hussman accurately points out, we are experiencing a topping formation in the third and biggest bubble of the last 16 years. It’s a long way down from here.

2015 Ends With a Stratospheric P/E Multiple Of 23x

What if Buffett, and Factset, and the SEC (and of course this website) are right and GAAP is the proper way of looking at earnings? Then we have a big problem, because instead of the 118.0 in 2015 non-GAAP S&P earnings, which translate into a P/E multiple of 17.3x as of today's 2037 market close, the real, GAAP EPS of just 88.9 for the full year 2015 means the P/E multiple is now a gargantuan 22.9x!

Goldman: "The S&P 500 Is Overvalued"

"Operating and adjusted EPS both indicate high S&P 500 valuation. We show the impact of different macro assumptions on our EPS forecast. S&P 500 is highly valued regardless of how investors measure earnings."

The Status Quo Plan – Convince The American Public To Accept Serfdom

If you think of the country as in decline, as most people do, and you think the cause is the predatory behavior of the big-money elites, as most people do, then you must know you have only two choices — acceptance and resistance. Again: The goal of the neo-liberal consensus is to manage the decline, and manage your acceptance of it.

Why Companies Don't Want You To Look At GAAP Earnings

"For FY 2015, the 20 companies in the DJIA that reported non-GAAP EPS reported an average year-over-year decline in non-GAAP EPS of -4.8%. These same 20 companies reported an average year-over-year decline in GAAP EPS of -12.3%." - FactSet

China Goes Full "Minority Report", Creates "Pre-Crime" Program

Xi's "Tigers and Flies" campaign may have been reasonably effective when it came to rooting out corruption in the Party and the "crackdown" on "manipulators" might served to strike fear in the hearts of any Chinese who thought about shorting stocks last autumn, but that's not good enough for China. No, a true police state needs "pre-crime."

3 Things: Recession Odds, Middle-Class Jobs, & Market Drops

"...it is not wise to dismiss recession risk." Despite the ongoing “hopes” of the always bullish media, the recent rally has not changed the slope, or scope, of current market dynamics. The current “bear market” is not over just yet.