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Insiders bracing for slower US growth

Throughout the US election campaign, the prevailing chatter in the Canadian media was along the lines that Donald Trump could not possibly win, but in the unlikely event that he did, disaster would be the assured outcome. In fact, there are pockets of the Canadian economy that could win under a Trump administration, particularly if the GOP maintain control of Congress.

INK Canadian Insider Index coiling for run at 1140?

Thank you for joining us in a weekly technical look at the mid-cap oriented INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index. The Index made a brief run toward the 1140 area last week but fell short at 1136 and then fell back to its 20-day moving average at 1120. For the week, the Index finished down 7.4 points to close at 1122.04.

Is Poloz willing to sacrifice housing and free enterprise with negative rates?

Updated - includes link to Roundhouse Radio interview. The foundation of a free market is a unfettered price of money: the interest rate that borrowers are willing to pay savers to complete a transaction. In a true free market, this is determined by the interaction between the borrowers and lenders. However, a free market in short-term rates has not existed since the introduction of modern central banking which, through legislation, gives these institutions the power to set overnight rates. More recently, the world's major central banks have been surprisingly successful at manipulating longer-dated interest rates through massive asset purchases or "QE."

Crude oil: setting up for rare buying opportunity

Josef Schachter, President of Schachter Asset Management, sees a combination of tax loss selling and other factors setting crude up for a fabulous imminent buying opportunity at much lower levels than we trade today in the upcoming December/January period. A more than a doubling of Crude Oil prices are in the scenario he illustrates in this interview. 

INK Canadian Insider Index surges, continues sideways consolidation

Thank you for joining us in a weekly technical look at the mid-cap oriented INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index. The Index finally found its footing last week, paralleling strength in the TSX Composite Index (which quietly notched a new 2016 high) and in mining stocks which rose 3%. The INK Canadian Insider Index put together an impressive week, as it rocketed 24.3 points or 2.2%, regaining all of its losses over the past 3 weeks.

Poloz forced to admit responsibility in driving up home prices at Senate testimony

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz admits in testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade, and Commerce that it is the Bank of Canada's low rates, and not China, that is primarily responsible for inflated housing prices. In refreshing and remarkably direct questioning on October 19, 2016, Committee Chairman David Tkachuk asks, "aren't we at fault for the ease of people getting into a house, and it's driving the prices up?" The central bank chief's answer surprised me. He says it is indeed true.

Weapons of mass deception

Earlier this week in a business comment I upset some media colleagues by saying that we were witnessing not only a major decline in US democracy but also a death blow to the mainstream media as we know it.

Obviously that's a broad generalization, but I think it's valid.

A mining rally at last? Waiting for gold dough

In a previous blog, we suggested we'd see a rally for miners into the end of September. Mining stocks did rise about 10% from the end of August until about Sept 22nd. Unfortunately for the bulls, heavily piled up short positions as evidenced through commitments of traders reports took their toll on gold, and the miners themselves were pulled under their support, toppling 18% to their recent lows.

Sound bites: Insiders snapping up low priced gold shares

In my latest interview with Jim Goddard, I summarize the key themes of our October Gold Top 20 report which includes evidence that insiders have been buying the dip in gold stocks. Indeed, our INK Gold Indicator continues to rise and is now above 100% meaning there are more gold stocks with officer and director buying than stocks with similar selling. In contrast, mid-summer the indicator dipped to 50% when there were twice as many gold stocks with insider sales than buys. 

INK Canadian Insider Index treads water

Thank you for joining us in a weekly technical look at the mid-cap oriented INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index. The Index spun its wheels and traded in a close range last week as it chopped up and down. By week's end, the Index had scarcely regained ground on the 24 points it lost 2 weeks ago and rose just 1.4 points to close at 1105.13.

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