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What the New ‘Fear Index’ Says About the State of the World

Often referred to as the “fear index,” the CBOE Volatility Index (the “VIX”) measures how much investors are willing to pay for wealth protection.

It’s a little like looking at how much people are paying for flood insurance in a city and using that to deduce how often floods hit the area.

The Terrifying Truth Behind the U.S. Military

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, isn’t much of a state anymore.

The Iraqi military have retaken the city of Mosul. Kurdish forces are pushing into Raqqa, Syria… both with help and direction of the U.S. military.

This Economic Indicator Says the ‘Melt Up’ Will Continue

Doc’s note: Investors are waiting for the bull market to end. But as I’ve told readers, my indicators show we’re not about to head into a bear market.

Recently, my friend and colleague Steve Sjuggerud explained that stocks are actually in the middle of a “Melt Up” and this could lead investors to enormous gains.

Get Paid Tax-Free Yields as 97% of Puerto Rican ‘Yes’ Voters Likely Lose

This week, 97% of Puerto Rican referendum voters ticked “yes” for statehood…

The vote is nonbinding… the same sort that was last held in 2012, 1998, 1993, 1991, and 1967. And although a huge majority voted yes, only 23% of the island showed up – far below the usual 80% turnout.

No One Expects the Next Move for Oil

The Middle East oil boom – 100 years in the making – has collapsed.

The reason is simple: the incredible boom in U.S. shale production. But the “worst case” for oil prices may be overstated.

How to ‘Cut the Bond-Market Noise’ – No Fed Worry Necessary

Next week, you can safely ignore the Federal Reserve headlines…

The Fed’s decision on interest rates at its June 13-14 meeting should have virtually no effect on your life or your investments.

Seven Proper Precautions to Take Before Planting

My first garden was a failure.

When I was a teenager, I planted a small vegetable garden in my family’s back yard. It was in a nice area by the porch with just the right amount of sun in the southern exposure.

Did You ‘Chicken out’ After Dow 20,000?

Doc’s note: I loved this article my colleague Steve Sjuggerud wrote when the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 20,000 for the first time ever…

If you followed his advice to “not chicken out” in January, you’ve seen the Dow surge another 1,000 points. And Steve expects far BIGGER gains ahead…

Why Muni Bonds Will Still Win out After the Trump Tax Plan

Municipal bonds have been surging since their December lows…

We’re not yet at a “Yield Rich” buy signal in our Income Intelligence Income Trigger updates… mostly because the yield on U.S. Treasury securities has also been rising, and we use that to compare with what we can get in municipal bonds… But we’re getting closer.

Growth in China: You Have to See It to Believe It

By Steve Sjuggerud

I wouldn’t have believed it was humanly possible if I hadn’t seen the growth in China with my own eyes…