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April 17, 2014

Princeton's James: Sanctions Against Russia Could Lead to Banking Crisis, Shooting War - Money News--4.17.14
Financial sanctions against Russia could lead to a banking crisis in the West, or even a military war. A financial war could hurt the West's highly complex and interconnected financial system much more than Russia's isolated financial market.

86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers- CNS News--4.16.14
According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 86,429,000 individuals are supporting 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers. These "benefit takers" outnumber full-time private sector workers 1.7 to 1.

Billionaire Warns: Yellen Collapse 'Will Be Unlike Any Other' - Money News--4.13.14
According to Jeremu Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of GMO, another stock market crash is coming and it will be "unlike any other" we have seen.

A bigger 10%-15% correction is coming this autumn: Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Market Watch--4.11.14
Bank of America's chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett believes the big stock market correction is not now, but later.

Stocks: Heading for the exits - CNN Money--4.11.14
Weakness in the technology sector has now spread to the broader stock market. Nasdaq suffered more than 1.3% today, ending below 4,000 for the first time since early February and lost 3.1% for the week.

Tech stock sell-off spreads through world markets - Yahoo! Finance--4.7.14
Growing concerns over technology stocks weighed hard on stock markets all over the world. Investors this week will be looking ahead to some reports expected this week for further clues on the economic outlook.

That screeching sound is the market losing momentum - Market Watch--4.6.14
Friday's jobs report did not produce the results investors were hoping for. Overall, the report was dovish for the Fed, and this data makes the Fed less likely to raise interest rates anytime soon.

Yellen: Fed’s ‘extraordinary’ aid to last for some time - Market Watch--3.31.14
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen stated that the recovery still feels like a recession to many, which is why the central bank will keep its "extraordinary" support for the economy for "some time to come."

Michael Lewis: Markets are 'rigged' - CNN Money--3.31.14
Financial writer Michael Lewis believes Wall Street is rigged. He says the stock market is rigged by a combination of the stock exchanges, the big Wall Street banks and high-frequency traders.

Richard Russell - I Am Buying Physical Silver Right Now - King World News--3.27.14
Market expert Richard Russell says he is currently buying physical silver right now. He says, with the current erratic markets, gold and silver is where investors can find their peace of mind.

Gold and Silver Sentiment Has Reversed: Should You Buy? - Wall Street Cheat Sheet--3.27.14
Investors who thought they missed the gold and silver boat appear to be getting a second opportunity to buy gold. For those that did miss the boat, they should probably start buying gold and silver now.

Citigroup Fails Federal Reserve’s Stress Test for 2nd Time in 3 Years- DealBook--3.26.14
The Federal Reserve attacked Citigroup's financial projections and denied the bank's plan to increase dividends and repurchase stock.

Americans still bummed about economy despite gains: Survey - CNBC Despite two quarters of strong growth, Americans' views on the economy remain depressed with only the slightest improvement compared to a year ago. More than 80% view the economy as just fair or poor.

How rumor sparked panic and three-day bank run in Chinese city- Yahoo! Finance -- 3.26.14
A rumor quickly spread that a small rural lender in eastern China has turned down a customer's request to withdrawal 200,000 yuan. The rumor sparked a run on a bank as the story quickly passed from person to person.

Jeremy Grantham: The Fed is killing the recovery - CNN Money--3.24.14
Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of money management firm GMO, says the reason for the slow recovery is not because of the severe financial crisis, continued high unemployment or standoffs in Washington. Grantham, instead, blames the Fed for ruining the recovery.

"QE Was A Massive Gift Intended To Boost Wealth", Fed President Admits - Zero Hedge--3.22.14
There are still many people after the crisis who still feel that is was unfair that some companies gold helped while small banks, small businesses and average families didn't get direct help.

​In Worst-Case Scenario, Fed Sees $501 Billion in Losses at Nation's Biggest Banks - National Journal--3.20.14
If another deep recession occurs in the U.S., 30 major banks would lose a total of $501 billion dollars over nine quarters, according to the latest round of stress testing from the Federal Reserve.

China Beige Book Says Economy Slowing - Bloomberg--3.20.14
China's economy slowed this quarter while loans through non traditional channels became more expensive, according to a private survey. According to one expert, "the pace of the Chinese economic expansion has painly slowed."

U.S. jobless claims rise 5,000 to 320,000- Market Watch--3.20.14
Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose in the second week of March by 5,000 to 320,000. The number of people seeking benefits is seen as a good gauge of how many layoffs are occurring in the economy.

Fewest Americans in Four Months See U.S. Economy Improving - Bloomberg--3.20.14
Americans were the most pessimistic on the outlook for the economy in March than at any time in four months. This is a sign that the effects of the harsh winter weather is still rippling through the U.S.

Low economic growth is new normal as recovery falters- The Washington Times--3.19.14
Unfortunately, low economic growth may have become the new normal. The Congressional Budget Office and other private analysts say the potential annual growth rate in the U.S. has downshifted to about 2% from 3% on average.

Fund managers take risk off the table amid Ukraine crisis - CNBC--3.18.14
Fund managers are shunning risk and are growing concerned of tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Currently, investors have reacted by hiking cash, ditching equities and began taking on extra protection.

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