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March 22, 2017

Wall Street is losing faith in the Trump agenda - CNN Money--3.22.17
Wall Street's faith in the Trump agenda has been shaken by political reality. This week's market tumble is showing that the market gains since the election are showing serious cracks. Dow is not only on track for its worst month since January 2016, but other warning signs are beginning to flash too.

Dennis Gartman sees at least a 5% drop for stocks — and shades of Watergate- Market Watch--3.22.17
Dennis Gartman is warning that there will be at least a 5% correction and perhaps something far worse. Gartman warned the market may be expecting too much from President Trump and Congress.

Dollar Bulls Are Throwing in the Towel as Trump Wagers Evaporate- Bloomberg--3.21.17
Currency investors worldwide are capitulating. Bullish dollar positions put on after the election have completely vanished.

Don’t look now, but inflation may be about to surge- CNBC--3.21.17
All signed are pointing to higher inflation, but investors aren't properly pricing that into their decision making. Some key factors could push inflation even higher and investors aren't prepared to handle it.

Even San Francisco, Flush With Tech Wealth, Has Pension Problems - Bloomberg--3.20.17
San Francisco has an unemployment rate of just 3.2% but is facing a budget shortfall that will reach $848 million in five years. This gap is being driven by increases in pension payments and other payroll costs.

One-third of Americans say they’d have trouble coming up with an emergency $2,000- Market Watch--3.20.17
According to a recent survey, about a third of consumers would have trouble coming up with an emergency $2000. According to the survey, the difference between being able to come up with the money or not was most pronounced by credit score.

Collapsing pensions will fuel America’s next financial crisis - Market Watch--3.17.17
According to the latest tally, Social Security will see its trust fund go to zero by 2034. The system is in crisis and many politicians are too intimidated, uninformed or complacent to tackle the problem.

Are Collapsing Pensions "About To Bring Hell To America"?- Zero Hedge--3.16.17
The looming pensions crisis is bound to be another crisis because it is based on a future promise to pay. An aging population is cashing in on needed retirement benefits that must be supported by the younger generations.

Justice Department charges Russian spies and criminal hackers in Yahoo intrusion - The Washington Post--3.15.17
The Justice Department has announced the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014. This marks the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials.

How Washington is chipping away at your retirement security- Market Watch--3.15.17
Washington is taking two steps that could erode retirement security. 88% of Americans believe the nation faces a retirement crisis and 85% says those in Washington don't understand how hard it is to prepare for retirement.

This is the most overvalued stock market on record — even worse than 1929 - Market Watch--3.14.17
One Wall Street soothsayer is warning that this is the most dangerous and overvalued stock market on record. He believes its even worse than the stock markets of 2007, 2000 and 1929.

Collapsing pensions will fuel America’s next financial crisis - Market Watch--3.14.17
According to the latest tally, Social Security will see its trust fund go to zero by 2034. One expert says politicians are just too intimidated, uninformed or complacent to tackle the unsustainability of social security.

U.S. producer prices rise broadly, point to firming inflation- Reuters--3.14.17
U.S. producer prices increased more than expected in February, the largest year-on-year gain in nearly five years. This news comes just ahead of the Fed's two day policy meeting.

Famed Investor Predicts Historic Market Drop- Fortune--3.9.17
This famed investor believes the market is due for a harsh correction. He believes you can expect the S&P 500 to return more than 1% on average over the next decade and predicts the stock market could plunge as much as 60%.

Don't Be Fooled by Jobs Number; This Economy Is Sputtering- The Street--3.10.17
The economic growth is not there to justify stocks at their current levels. Congress will also need to raise the debt ceiling next week.

Bill Gross says another credit crisis could be just around the corner- Market Watch--3.9.17
According to Gross, the U.S. economy has created more credit relative to GDP than existed during the run-up to the financial crisis. Central banks walk a fine line in order to ward off disaster but one mistake can set off another credit implosion.

ALBERT EDWARDS: The Fed is about to cause a bond market 'bloodbath'- Business Insider--3.9.17
According to strategist Albert Edwards, higher interest rates will trigger a 1994-style "bloodbath" in the bond market. He believes the Fed has created another massive credit bubble that will, "when it bursts, lay the global economy very low indeed."

Economic growth expectations are quietly vanishing - CNBC--3.8.17
According to the Atlanta Fed, the GDP forecast was revised down to 1.2 percent for the first quarter of 2017. Back on February 3, the Atlanta Fed was projecting 2.7 percent growth during this same time period.

The 3 Biggest Risks Haunting the Global Economy - Fortune--3.7.17
There are some major risks that could hurt the global economy. These risks include rising protectionism, a stock market crash or a global housing boom and bust.

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