"There are two sorts of wealth-getting, as I have said; one is a part of household management, the other is retail trade: the former necessary and honorable, while that which consists in exchange is justly censured; for it is unnatural, and a mode by which men gain from one another. The most hated sort, and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural object of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural."

- Politics, Aristotle, 350 B.C.

"The Jew alone regards his race as superior to humanity, and looks forward not to its ultimate union with other races, but to its triumph over them all and to its final ascendancy under the leadership of a tribal Messiah."

- Goldwin Smith, The Jewish Question, October 1881

“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

- President Woodrow Wilson 1916

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

- David Rockefeller, Baden-Baden, Germany 1991

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

- Henry Ford 

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt, letter to Col. House, November 21, l933

“One of the least understood strategies of the world revolution now moving rapidly toward its goal is the use of mind control as a major means of obtaining the consent of the people who will be subjects of the New World Order.”

- The National Educator, K.M. Heaton

"We Jews, we, the destroyers, will remain the destroyers for ever. Nothing that you will do will meet our needs and demands. We will for ever destroy because we need a world of our own, a God-world, which it is not in your nature to build."

- Maurice Samuels, You Gentiles, 1924

“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”

- David Rockefeller 

“Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.”

- Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference, Evians, France, 1991

How to Think Clearly

"Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." –Mark Twain

If you want to begin to understand and appreciate the work of Mike Stathis, from his market forecasts and securities analysis to his political and economic analysis, you will first need to learn how to think clearly. For many, this will be a cleansing process that could take quite a long time to complete depending on each individual.

The best way to begin to clear your mind is to first move forward with this series of steps:

1. GET RID OF YOUR TV SET (at least cancel your cable)


3. DO NOT USE A "SMART PHONE" (or at least do not use your phone to access the internet)


The cleansing process will take time but you can hasten the process by being proactive in exercising your mind.

You should also be aware of a very common behavior exhibited by humans who have been exposed to the various aspects of modern society. This behavior occurs when an individual overestimates his abilities and knowledge, while underestimating his weaknesses and lack of understanding. This behavior has been coined the "Dunning-Kruger Effect" after to sociologists who described it in a research publication. See here.

Many people today think they are virtual experts on every topic they regard with relevance. The reason for this illusory behavior is because these individuals typically allow themselves to become brainwashed by various media outlets. The more information these individuals obtain on these topics from the media, the more qualified they feel they are in these subjects, without realizing that the media is not a valid source with which to use for understanding something. The media always has bias and can never be relied on to represent the full truth.

A perfect example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect can be seen with many individuals who listen to talk radio shows. These shows are politically biased and consist of individuals who resemble used car salesmen more than intellectuals. These talking heads brainwash their audience with cherry-picked facts, misstatements and lies regarding relevant issues such as healthcare, immigration, Social Security, Medicaid, economics, science, and so forth. They also select guests for interview based on the agendas they wish to fulfill with their advertisers.

Once their audience has been indoctrinated by these propagandists, they feel qualified to discuss these topics on the same level as a real authority, without realizing that they obtained their understanding from individuals who are employed as professional liars and manipulators by the media.  Another good example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect can be seen upon examination of political pundits, stock market and economic analysts on TV.  They talk a good game because they are professional speakers. But once you examine their track record, it is clear that these individuals are largely wrong, but they have developed an inflated sense of expertise and knowledge on topics for which they continuously demonstrate their incompetence.

One of the most insightful analogies created to explain how things are often not what you see was Plato's Allegory of the Cave, from Book 7 of the Republic.

We highly recommend that you study this masterpiece in great detail so that you are better able to use logic and reason.Although we recommend you read and study The Allegory of the Cave, you can get a flavor for its meaning by watching the following video. 

If you can learn how to think like a philosopher, specifically one of the great ancient Greek philosophers, it is highly unlikely that you will ever be fooled by con artists like those who make ridiculous and unfounded claims in order to pump gold and silver, the typical get-rich-quick or multi-level marketing (MLM) crowd.

STOP Being Taken

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

King James Bible - Matthew 7:15

"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." –Mark Twain

All Viewpoints Are Not Created Equal Just because something is published in print, online or aired in the broadcast media does not make it accurate.  In fact, more often than not the larger the audience, the more likely the content is either inaccurate or slanted. The next time you read something about economics or investments, you should ask two main questions in order to assess the credibility of the source. Is the source biased in any way?   That is, do they have any agendas which would provide any type of benefit accounting for their views? Most individuals either sell ads on their site or are dealers of precious metals or securities. That means their views are biased and cannot be relied upon.

Is your source is credible?  

Most people associate credibility with name-recognition. But more often than not, name-recognition serves as a predictor of bias if not lack of credibility because the more a name is recognized, the more the individual has been plastered in the media. And every intelligent person knows that individuals who have been provided with media exposure because they are either naive or clueless. The media positions these types of individuals as “credible experts” in order to please its financial sponsors; Wall Street. 

Instead of name-recognition or media celebrity status, you must determine whether your source has relevant experience on Wall Street as opposed to being self-taught. But this is just a basic hurdle that in itself by no means ensures the source is competent or credible. More important, always examine the track record of your source in depth, looking for accuracy and specific forecasts rather than open-ended statements. You must also look for timing since a broken clock is always right once a day.  Finally, make sure they do not cherry-pick their best calls. Always examine their entire track record. 

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

King James Bible - Matthew 7:15

The above questions require only slight modification for use in determining the credibility of sources that discuss other topics, such as politics, healthcare, etc.We have compiled the most extensive publication exposing hundreds of con men pertaining to the financial publishing and securities industry, although we also cover numerous con men in the media and other front groups since they are all associated in some way with each other. There is perhaps no one else in the world capable of shedding the full light on these con men other than Mike Stathis. Mike has been studying the indistry for well over a decade. Alhough he has published numerous articles and videos addressing this dark side of the industry, the entire collection can be found in our ENCYCLOPEDIA of Bozos, Hacks, Snake Oil Salesmen and Faux Heroes
At AVA Investment Analytics, we don't try to pump gold, silver or equities like many others you see because we are not promoters or marketers. And we do not receive any compensation whatsoever (including from ads) from our content. We provide individual investors, financial advisers, analysts and fund managers with world-class research, education and unique insight.

Media Lies

If you listen to the media, most likely it is costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost money at minimum over the course of your lifetime. The deceit, lies and useless guidance from the financial media certainly is a large contributor of these losses to the sheep you pay attention.

But a good deal of lost wealth comes in the form of excessive consumerism which the media seeks to impose on its audience. You aren’t going to know that you’re being brainwashed or that you have lost $1 million or $2 million over your life time due to the media, but I can guarantee you that with rare exception this is the reality for those who are naïve enough to waste time on the media.

It gets worse. By listening to the media, you are likely to also suffer ill health effects through the lack of timely coverage of toxic prescription drugs or through the ridiculous medical shows, all of which are supportive of the medical-industrial complex.

And if you seek out the so-called "alternative media" you might make the mistake of relying on con men like Kevin Trudeau or Alex Jones. This could be a deadly decision. As bad as traditional media is, the so-called "alternative media" is even worse.

Why Does the Media Air Liars and Con Men?

The goal of the media is NOT to serve its audience because the audience does NOT pay the bills.

The goal of the media is to please its sponsors, or the companies that spend huge dollars buying ads, and in order for companies to justify these expenses, they need the media to represent their cause. The media does this by airing idiots and con men who mislead and confuse their audience.

By engaging in "journalistic fraud," the media steers its audience into the arms of its advertisers because the audience is now misled and confused, so in the case of the financial media, it seeks the assistance of Wall Street brokerage firms, mutual funds, insurance companies, precious metals dealers. This is why advertisers pay big money to be promoted in the financial media.

We see the same thing on a more obvious note in the so-called "alternative media," which is really a remanufactured version of the so-called "mainstream media." Do not be fooled. There is no such thing as the "alternative media." 

In order to be considered "media" you must have content that has widespread channels of distribution. Thus, all "media" is widely distributed and the same powers that control the distribution of the so-called "mainstream media" also control the distribution of the so-called "alternative media."

The claim that there is an "alternative media" is merely a sales pitch designed to capture the audience that has since given up on the "mainstream media."  The tactic is a very common one used by con men.

The same tactic is used by Washington to convince naive voters that there are meaningful differences between the nation's two political parties. In reality, both parties are essentially the same when it comes to issues that matter most (trade policy, healthcare and war). Anyone who tells you anything different simply isn't thinking straight.

On this site, we expose the lies and the liars in the media. We discuss and reveal the motives and track record of the media’s hand-selected charlatans with a focus on the financial media.  

Why Stathis Was Banned

No one has generated a more accurate track record in the investment markets over the past several years than Mike Stathis. Yet, the financial media wants nothing to do with Stathis.

You aren't even going to hear him on the radio being interviewed.

You aren't going to see him mentioned on any websites either.

You won't read or hear of his remarkable track record unless you read about it on this website or read his books.

You should be wondering why this might be. Some of you already know the answer.

The media has banned Mike Stathis because the trick is to air clowns so that the audience will be steered into the hands of the media's financial sponsors - Wall Street and gold dealers.

And as for the radio shows and websites that either don't know about Stathis or don't care to hear what he has to say, the fact is that they are so stupid that they assume those who are plastered in the media are credible. And since they haven't seen or heard Stathis in the media, even if they come across him, they automatically assume he's a nobody in the investment world simply because he has no media exposure.

Well, if media exposure was a testament to knowledge, credibility and excellent track records, Peter Schiff's clients would be a lot happier when they looked at their account balance.

Others only care about pitching what’s deemed as the “hot” topic because this sells ads in terms of more site visits or reads. This is why you come across so many websites based on doom and conspiratorial horse shit run by con artists looking to cash in on ads.

We have donated countless hours and huge sums of money towards the pursuit of exposing the con men, lies and fraud. We continue this mission but we cannot continue it forever without your assistance.

We have been banned by virtually every media platform in the U.S and every website (mainly because we expose the truth about gold and silver).

We have been banned from use of email marketing providers.

The fact is that the Jewish Mafia has declared war on us because we have exposed the realities of the U.S. government, Wall Street and corporate America.

Note that we only began discussing the role of Jews in criminality by 2009, three years AFTER we had been black-listed by the media, so no one can say that our criticism of the Jewish Mafia has led to being black-listed, not that it would even be acceptable.

You can talk about the Italian Mafia, and Jewish Hollywood can make 100s of movies about it...


We rely on you to help spread the word about us. Just remember this. We don’t have to do what we are doing.

We could do as everyone else and focus on making money. We are doing sacrificing everything because in this day and age, unfortunately, the truth is revolutionary. It is also critical in order to prevent the complete enslavement of world citizenry.   

Rules to Remember

On Exposure: No one who has significant exposure can be trusted because those who are responsible for permitting such exposure have allowed it for a very good reason, and that reason does not serve your best interests.

On Spotting Frauds: Whenever you wish to know whether someone can be trusted, always remember this golden rule..."a man is judged by the company he keeps."

This is a very important rule to remember because con men almost always belong to the same network.

You will see the same con artists referencing each other, on blog rolls and so forth.

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  • Rules to Remember
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The Death of Wall Street. Part 2



NOTE: Mike Stathis predicted the precise details of the financial crisis in his 2006 book, America's Financial Apocalypse.

The Jewish Mafia REFUSED to publish this landmark book because it exposed the widespread fraud committed by the Jewish Mafia.

Instead, the Jewish Mafia published useless marketing books written by their broken clock tribemens (like Peter Schiff's useless book which was wrong about most things and was written a year AFTER Stathis' book).

Stathis also released a book focusing on strategies to profit from the real estate collapse in early 2007.

The Jewish media crime bosses prefer to simply ignore those who speak the truth and threaten to expose them as the best way to hide the scams from the public.

In contrast, the Jewish media crime bosses continuously promote Jewish con men and clowns who have terrible track records as a way to enrich them all while steering the audience to their sponsors, most of which are Jewish Wall Street and related firms. Figure it out folks. It's not rocket science.


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So why does the media continue to BAN Stathis? 


Why does the media constantly air con men who have lousy track records?

These are critical questions to be answered.

You need to confront the media with these questions. 

Watch the following videos and you will learn the answer to these questions:

You Will Lose Your Ass If You Listen To The Media











Searching for Sanity

Wall Street’s business model is broken. The high stakes game of Russian roulette which Wall Street never seemed to lose, is taking them down one by one. Commercial banks aren’t in much better shape either. In fact, the business model of the entire financial system is broken. And the pain is only going to get worse.

Facing pressure from the Federal Reserve and the SEC, in July the Financial Accounting Standards Board withdrew a newly passed rule requiring banks to book their assets at current market value. Why was this rule rapidly withdrawn? Quite frankly, because it would have made every major bank insolvent.

You see, banks are still highly leveraged, some as high as 30:1. In other words, for every dollar in assets they hold they have borrowed $30. The problem is worse because as the value of the debt decreases, the leverage rises higher. And much of this debt is tied into mortgages so you can imagine how worthless much of has become. 

The banks hold billions of dollars in securities that have not been marked to market to reflect their current value. They are still recording the initial inflated value. But the perceived value is so low that there is no demand so these securities don’t even trade. They just sit there with no volume similar to a shady Pink Sheet stock. No one wants them. Who would?

Do you really think Chase would put bids in for mortgage securities offered by Bank of America or Citigroup? These banks know their mortgage paper is worthless, so you can bet there’s no way they’d want to buy the same trash offered by other banks…at any price. So what does all of this mean? The rule change has only bought the financial system some time. In the end, the Fed is going to pump another $1.5 trillion so these banks can recapitalize. This is likely to lead to even more inflation.  

The New Wall Street

Now when you open up a simple savings or checking account, you get profiled by some kid. They want all of your financial information – your mortgage, your investments, your IRAs – everything - because they plan to tap into everything. The days of personal financial assistance are coming to an end. Things are rapidly being institutionalized. Good luck finding personalized and valuable investment guidance. 

Advice for Consumers

Having worked on Wall Street, I witnessed the greed – greed that lead to fraud, deceit, lies, and extortion. That is why I left. While Wall Street will soon be dead, the problem is that the same people will be working for commercial banks and will play the same games.

If you did not like Bank of America, Chase and other members of the banking cartel before, you’re really going to hate them in the future when you are subjected to the games they inherit from Wall Street. In addition to getting ripped off by undisclosed or hidden fees and other gimmicks, you’ll get screwed in the next stock market bubble.

Americans must release themselves from the claws of banks. For many years, we lived by the sword. Now we are dying by it. While it is impossible to completely detach yourself from banks, my advice moving forward is to minimize your ties with them. I advise the following:

  • First and foremost, you had better see in print that your accounts are FDIC-insured. I recently experienced a near horror story with Wells Fargo. I don’t have time to get into it right now, just make sure you have something that states in writing that your exact account type(s) are FDIC-insured. And of course, know the FDIC limits at your bank. Most are $100,000 for all accounts you have. Joint and business accounts are treated separately. Finally, money market accounts are usually NOT FDIC-insured. If the bank rep insists yours is, you need to see it in writing. It’s not that you can’t trust bank reps. They’re just so incompetent.
  • When you buy a home (even your first home) pay at least 50% down and take out a 10 to 15 year fixed-rate mortgage. This applies to the future. I certainly don’t want you to think I am advising you buy now because I’m not. You want to minimize dealing with banks as much as you can. If you don’t have the money to make such a large down payment, save more. You’ll have it once you stop spending so much. If you still don’t have the money, you’re probably better off renting anyway. You won’t have to pay the ridiculous property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and maintenance costs. And you won’t be stuck trying to sell a home in a down market like millions are today. 
  • Only use your credit card for online purchases or other transactions requiring credit cards such as airline ticket or events purchases. More and more online merchants are offering alternative methods of payment.
  • When you do use credit cards, pay off the balance at the end of the month. 
  • Don’t use debit cards. Your money will quickly disappear due to impulse buying. I have never used a debit card and I don’t plan to ever. If you do use them, do not sign up for these marketing gimmicks like the one from Bank of America that rounds off your purchases to the next dollar and deposits the difference in a savings account. This is a psychological tactic used to get you to spend more money. And when you spend more they make more in merchant fees.
  • Pay with cash as much as you can. Not only will this release you from finance charges, it will also force you to be more prudent as consumers. Using cash for purchases, you’ll soon find that you have more money. Banks don’t want you to be prudent. If you are they won’t make money. Buy only what you can afford. If you cannot afford it don’t buy it. You probably don’t need it anyway. 
  • Just say no to banks. Tell them to stop the lies, the fraud and the deceit. Tell then you are sick of it. Tell them to find someone else to prey on. Save all the junk mail solicitations for credit cards and other trash and hand deliver it to the nearest bank. Tell them you didn’t ask for it and you don’t want it.
  • Remember, in my opinion all banks are the anti-Christ. Regardless how you wish to categorize them, in my opinion, they do more harm than good. They get away with massive fraud and exploitation because they buy off Washington just like the energy, insurance, healthcare and other big industries.


Release yourself from the grasp of banks and you will be much better off. It will take some time and discipline, but I can assure you it will well worth it.


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This September 25th 2009 marked the one-year anniversary of Washington Mutual’s seizure, by the Office of Thrift Supervision (supposedly) as a result of insolvency (supposedly).  

Evidence the SEC Ignored WaMu's Request to be SAVED

Hopefully, you have read my recently released SEC complaint alleging insider trading and illegal naked short sales involving the banking cartel, as well as criminal involvement of former SEC&n...

America's Financial Apocalypse: What Can YOU Do as an American?

My advice is to find some people who you trust; those with proven track records, those who are not tied to the television shows. Figure it out. You are only going to be misled by the mainstream med...

Blockbuster Then and Now: Lessons for Traders and Investors

  It’s extraordinarily rare to find a book that provides specific securities analysis, enabling investors to profit based upon the recommendations. One of the reasons this is such a rare e...

This COULD Be the Wake Up Call

Just off the press, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned about the critical juncture of the economy and has warned about spreading the propaganda of a recovery.

Easy Money in Healthcare 'Till September

I don't know if anyone read the two posts I made on Monday about healthcare and HMOs, but they were lost when the site was hacked since I did not have a backup that recent.  Anyway, in cas...

Get Your FREE Copy of Cashing in on the Real Estate Bubble

That's right, I said free. I'll even pay for shipping.  All you have to do is help yourself.  Okay, so what does that mean?  I'm going to send a copy of my book Cashing in on the R...

How to Get a Free Copy of my New Book, America's Healthcare Solution

I've been working feverishly trying to complete my healthcare book. It's been a very difficult challenge juggling this project off-and-on for three years. Fortunately, it should be comp...

The Case for Market Timing

To those of you who say it's impossible to time or forecast the market; to those of you who keep wasting your time reading and watching the clowns positioned as so-called "experts" by the me...

eBay's Slow and Painful Death Spiral

Despite a big boost in shares in after hours trading, Wednesday's (disappointing) earnings for the online auctioneer represent a continuing trend that will not be broken anytime soon. ...

AMD Earnings Confirm the Realities of the Economy

  Today after the bell, Intel's only major competitor AMD reported disappointing earnings, missing by a large mark. This confirms what I discussed in the recent report released to newsletter...

Play the Trade, But Don't Be a Sucker

I ran across this ridiculous headline on Yahoo! Finance (which is nothing more than the CNBC of the Internet) and I wanted to make a few comments.  "Stocks mostly rise ahead flood of...

Ford: Playing Its Last Hand?

 An article from the Huffington Post today claims that Ford is "secretly" in talks to sell Volvo.  First, let me say that this is another example of the media trying to create the...

June Update

The following report was released on June 10th as a follow-up to subscribers to the June newsletter.   Why Have I Been Writing So Many Pieces About the Media Lately? There’s a good reaso...

Attention Traders....Wake Up Richer on June 20!

ATTENTION TRADERS: Options go on sale next week! Starting June 15, Bernie Schaeffer is releasing 10 hot trades targeting gains of +100% or more. And each trade will close by June 19. 5 Days 10 HOT...

KKR Finds a Sheep Warehouse to Dump its Trash

  I ran across an interesting announcement that bodes well for Fidelity and KKR. But I’m willing to bet it will be a bad deal for unsuspecting Fidelity investors.   Kolberg Kr...

Hedge Fund Shame

Early last year, I made a prediction that seemed obvious, given what I knew about the banking system and the fate of the stock market. I predicted there would be thousands of hedge funds shutting down...

Market Update

Just a note about my postings. Some of you may be wondering why I have been making so many posts about the media, while ignoring the market and economy.  The reason is two-fold. First of all, u...

Vultures Galore!

In the recent past, I have cautioned investors against becoming prey to the vultures seeking to exploit your desperation, panic, fear and in some cases, ignorance of what the future of the capital mar...

SEC Shame

Many of you who have followed me and read my most recent books (The Wall Street Investment Bible/2009 and America’s Financial Apocalypse/2006 & 2007) know that I feel the SEC is beyond...

America's Financial Apocalypse

America’s Financial Apocalypse       How to Profit from the Next Great Depression    (also attached as a PDF below)     Part I: America’...

America's Financial Apocalypse: A Crystal Ball for the Next Decade?

I'm getting quite bored watching the latest economic headlines surface. Bored you say?  Yes BORED.

Beware of the Vultures

The economy is bad and getting worse. And it certainly isn't going to improve by much for a long time. Sure, the government will fool many with it's bogus data. But at the end of the day, millions wil...

The Stress Test Scam (Part 2)

Printing more money won't solve America’s problems; quite the opposite. It's going to damage the economy further. And these effects will be lasting. You will see them soon. At the very least, we...

The Stress Test Scam (Part 1)

  I haven't made any comments about these so-called stress tests for the banks because it was obvious (to me anyway) it was just the latest PR scam devised by Larry Summers (carried out by his p...

Swine Flu: A Follow-up on Trading the Hype

  Last week I released a piece that no other (qualified) financial professional was willing to expose because (in my opinion) they don’t want the masses to know how event-driven media-hype...

Signs of a Continued Rally?

  It's been a while since I made any posts about the market because there hasn't been much to discuss. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that the 8200 level was fairly significant and represen...

Swine Flu Panic: Trading the Hype

  I wanted to discuss this whole swine flu hype that’s been blown out of proportion to illustrate how the media creates illusions from what would seem to be valid information. This also re...

Sirius Satellite: Seriously Down, and Going Lower

It’s a bit funny to see that the SIRI stock pumpers are still at it, despite facing nothing but absolute humiliation after making ridiculous claims and clinging onto their delusions of grandeur...

Bank of America's Lewis: Another Scapegoat

  The news of Andrew Cuomo's letter to Congress revealing that former Treasury Secretary Paulson threatened to fire Bank of America's CEO Ken Lewis and oust the board if they tried to block...

It's Time to Face the Facts (Part 2)

  Fact #5. Most of the Lost Jobs Will Not Return. What no one seems to understand is the fact that these job losses are not temporary. Most of them simply aren’t coming back. I’l...

How the Media Uses Buffet to Make Money

In the previous part of this article we saw how what Buffett invests in doesn’t matter to you. Let’s look at an example how the media uses the Buffett name to make money. I’d like...

Tax Day Tea Parties: Americans Fooled Again.

I decided to check out a couple of these so-called tea parties so I could confirm what I already knew.  Let me just say this.  I was disgusted by the naive nature of those in attendence...

The Price of Honesty

  You might recall a recent article I wrote called "Madoff in Perspective" where I point out that the real Ponzi scheme is being ignored - that orchestrated by the financial industry.&...

Did You Get a Raise Last Year? CEOs Did.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More U.S. chief executives got pay raises than had their pay cut in 2008, a year when billions in taxpayer dollars went to prop up struggling companies and millions of workers...

Where Do We Go From Here?

I failed to post anything about the market rally on this site (since it's still not 100% up and running). But I did make a couple of brief posts elsewhere a couple of days ago. Basically wha...

Mark-to-Market Isn't the Problem

It seems as if many have been fooled by those supporting the banks. The general argument that has been made is that mark-to-market accounting has been largely responsible for the banking mess since it...

Fair Value is Here, But Watch Out Below

The stock market (the DJIA) is now very close to fair value from a long-term perspective (if that even means anything to an individual investor, which it may not). Those who read “America’...

America's Financial Apocalypse: 2009 Update

Posting When It Matters I want to thank those of you who've patiently waited during my apparent hiatus. I certainly wasn't on vacation. I don't take vacations. As I've said in the past, I'm not one ....

An Offer the Big 3 Can't Refuse: $50 Million per Mile

Just as I was ready to pass out in my chair last night, I regained full consciousness after hearing a news headline. Can you guess what caught my attention?

Market Guidance: Past, Present and Future

Despite the strong closing bounce off the new intraday low of around 7400 reached on Friday, it’s likely the Dow has further downside. These lows may not occur for another 12-18 months.

Yang + Yahoo! = Yikes!

  This is the first time I’ve written anything about the Yahoo-Microsoft deal because I typically don’t allow myself to get distracted by noise. In fact, I’ve been receiving nu...

Risks of the Proposed Bailout: Part 3

Most of us have played Blind Man’s Bluff as children. It’s such a popular game among kids that several versions now exist.

Risks of the Proposed Bailout: Part 1

McCain, along with Paulson, Bernanke, Bush and others are using scare tactics hoping to rush the approval of this historic banking bailout plan.

The Death of Wall Street. Part 2

Searching for Sanity Wall Street’s business model is broken. The high stakes game of Russian roulette which Wall Street never seemed to lose, is taking them down one by one. Commercial banks...

Bailouts Disguised as Buyouts

  Bank of America’s buyout of Merrill Lynch seemed laughable to me - that is until I realized the full picture. With a $50 billion all-stock deal valued at $29 per share, at first glanc...

The Death of Wall Street. Part 1

Although not yet official, the verdict is on the way. Bear Stearns led the death march a few months ago. Now, Lehman’s bankruptcy filing signals the halfway mark of what will end up being the de...

The Plain Truth

Rather than accept the bailout of Fannie and Freddie, Americans need to start asking some critical questions to our leaders.

Fannie and Freddie

Now we come to the Fannie/Freddie bailout. This is certainly a true bailout; not because taxpayers are on the hook for potentially $5.3 trillion, but because there was a moral hazard established once...

Obama's Poor Decisions, a Threat to His Success

Let me be clear about a few things. First, regardless who wins the upcoming presidential election, there will be no real change in America. In order to really understand why you have to know what is g...

Get Ready for the Earnings Meltdown

I’m not talking about the banks or even the retailers. We all know they will continue to slide. I’m talking about everything else. With no real median wage growth since 1999, and soarin...

Looking for a Bottom? Look to Wall Street

  Wall Street created this mess and they continue to mislead everyone who bothers to listen. But it will be Wall Street that signals a bottom if you know what to look for. Watch for massive down...

U.S. Treasuries Worse than the Dollar

That’s right. You read it correctly. Now why would I say something that even most “experts” would laugh at?

Bailouts or Bull****?

With all that’s happened with the real estate and banking crisis, the word “bailout” has been plastered throughout the media with little discussion of exactly what a bailout ...

Getting Ready to Short the Financials (Again)

I advise investors to use this rally in the financials to your benefit. If you took recent long positions in the financials, you might consider selling soon.    More experienc...

Finding the Bottom in Financials

I've read and heard countless investors who have been thinking the banks were a "good deal" since the first big market sell off in January 2008. Since then many are down another 60% ...

"No Bailouts" So You Say Mr. Paulson?

Yesterday, I discussed the consequences of the proposed bailout of Fannie and Freddie. While Paulson has hinted that there will be no government bailout for Freddie and Fannie, he clearly left t...

Industries to Avoid. Industries to Buy

While some of the recommendations in this commentary may seem like no-brainers, its real purpose is to illustrate how investment themes relate to the bigger picture.

GM Lines Up for Its Take

Shocking as it may seem, in just five years, GM has lost $73 billion, or $129 per share. Ford and Chrysler haven’t faired any better. And now they’re pleading for an even bigger bailout us...

Stay Clear of Traditional Asset Classes

Washington continues to manipulate economic data, as it has for several years. The past few Establishment Survey reports confirm the deception of data, as many more jobs were lost than official number...

Blast from the Past: March 2006

  This article is from previous newsletter archives to give you an idea what I was saying before this collapse. This one is from March 2006.   Once again, we hear the daily economic...

Blast From the Past July 2005

  The following brief commentary was from my July 2005 newsletter. As I have been saying for over 4 years now, while we may experience short bull markets, we will most likely not see a sustain...