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Buffett Thinks Trump, GOP Will Pass Tax Cut This Year

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Posted by NewsMax Finance

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 06:53

Screen Shot 2017-10-03 at 7.08.54 AMInvesting icon Warren Buffett told CNBC on Tuesday that his Berkshire Hathaway empire is holding off on selling any stocks to see how the tax reform situation plays out in Washington.

Buffett told CNBC on Tuesday that the odds of getting a tax plan passed are higher than what most people expect, but expressed uncertainty over the reforms.

"We may or may not have a change in the tax code," Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, told CNBC.

Investors are also watching out for progress on President Donald Trump’s tax reform plan, which calls for lowering corporate tax to 20 percent, Reuters reported.

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.....related:

Trump's Corporate-Tax Cut Will Spur Economic Growth



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A Market In Which "Shocks No Longer Shock": Deutsche's Kocic Explains How To Trade It

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Posted by ZeroHedge

on Monday, 02 October 2017 09:13

kocic 1 0-1Back in June, one of Wall Street's more philosophical derivatives strategists, DB's Aleksandar Kocic looked at the state of the market and postulated that far from "stable" the existing risk  "equilibrium" is one which can be described as "metastable", the result of widespread complacency, and which he compared to an avalanche where "a totally innocuous event can trigger a cataclysmic event (e.g. a skier’s scream, or simply continued snowfall until the snow cover is so massive that its own weight triggers an avalanche." Putting it in his usual post-modernist style, Kocic said that "complacency encourages bad behavior and penalizing dissent – there is a negative carry for not joining the crowd, which further reinforces bad behavior."

Kocic framed the current state of the market as follows:

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Chart of the Day: 2017 Is the Shallowest Year on Record

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Posted by Financial Sense

on Monday, 02 October 2017 08:35

This chart is making the rounds on Twitter right now. Liz Ann Sonders (@LizAnnSonders), Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab, brought it to our attention. It shows the maximum drawdown in the S&P 500 each year going back to 1914 with our current year the shallowest in history.

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Combine that with not a single US stock showing up in Ben Graham's "deep value" screen and record levels of borrowing by individuals to buy stocks at these prices and you have an interesting set-up in the making.

 



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History Illustrates Market Crashes should be embraced & not feared

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Posted by Sol Palha - Tactical Investor

on Friday, 29 September 2017 06:38

If you're not just a little bit nervous before a match, you probably don't have the expectations of yourself that you should have. Hale Irwin

This is a topic that financial writers should cover in more depth, but it also needs to be covered accurately.  From the very beginning individuals have been trained to view crashes as disasters, and in doing so, they miss an opportunity of a lifetime. One has to wonder why so many experts almost purposely go out of their way to proclaim the next crash will mark the end of everything.  History is not on their side and the average person having failed to examine history is none the wiser. When experts start to make a lot of noise one has to understand that it is being done to redirect one’s attention; the masses always fall for this ploy. Stock market crashes are perfect examples of misdirection; the crowd is directed to fixate on the fear factor and not the opportunity factor. The dumb money always buys close to the top and sells close to the bottom, and the smart money always does the opposite. 

120 year chart of the Dow

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The Pension Crisis Coming to a Boil

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics

on Thursday, 28 September 2017 06:50

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The BBC has come out and reported that three million savers in Britain in what is known as final-salary pension schemes only have a 50/50 chance of receiving the payouts they were promised, a study has concluded. We issued a special report on the rising Pension Crisis and it has been unfolding on schedule. The odds of those in government receiving what they were promised is probably less than 50/50 worldwide with few exceptions.

This year’s WEC we will look at how to survive this crisis now that the Year from Political Hell is coming to an eventful end as Spain sends in 16,500 troops to invade Barcelona and subjugate Catalonia proving that it is still a fascist state. The last on the list will be the Italian election and the way Germany has gone, expect more of the same.

We will address this issue in a special report for many people asking how to survive this crisis when what you thought your future would be comes crashing down. This is the crisis we face in Democracy. Government will become more Draconian as we see in Spain to retain power. To hell with human rights or even what is moral. Government will only act in its own self-interest.

 

Norway-Currency-flagNorway – The Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund in the World

QUESTION: Martin,

There are several news stories this past week reporting that Norway’s pension fund has reached $1 trillion dollars, or $190,000 per citizen. Are there some countries like Norway that will survive the coming pension crisis?

Thank You,

Alex

 

ANSWER: Not many. They are far and few between because Europe, Asia, and North America (USA/Canada) as a whole have only made promises rather than funding. Norway is the largest Sovereign Wealth Fund in the world.  Norway has gotten where it is because they do NOT follow the brain-dead crowd of government debt is safe. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has been one of the earliest to shift investment from public sector bonds to equities. They have risen to the largest fund in the world for recognizing the shift from public to private sector investments. Norway is the exception to the pension crisis.

....also from Martin: 

Politicians Start to Run Away from Global Warming

 



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