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Enthusiastic Borrowing

Since the financial crisis of 2008-2009, there has been enthusiastic borrowing by the Federal Reserve (Fed), the US Government, corporations, investors, and households.  The expansion of credit has had a positive impact on the financial markets.  The obvious question for investors now is how much longer can this continue?

Towards a Multipolar Financial World

China is the largest oil importer in the world.  It imported an average of 8.55 million barrels of oil per day during the first half of 2017.  According to the Nikkei Asian Review and other sources, China is now expected to launch a crude oil futures contract priced in yuan.  Furthermore, the yuan payments can then be converted to gold on exchanges in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Financial Market Commentary, 9/1/2017

The Federal Budget and Debt Ceiling

After September 5, Congress will return from its summer recess to negotiate the federal debt ceiling and budget for the new fiscal year starting October 1.  This comes at a time when political and social acrimony appear to have reached their highest levels in several decades for our country.

Howard Marks re: Today's Investment Environment

Howard Marks, co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management, is well-known for his memos to investors.  In his latest memo, "There They Go Again... Again," he provides his opinion on the current investment environment.  He has written several cautionary memos in the past which ultimately proved to be early but prescient.

Tad Rivelle re: Central Bank Policies

Tad Rivelle is Chief Investment Officer - Fixed Income at TCW (Trust Company of the West).  He has been skeptical of the Federal Reserve Board's policy.  In his latest commentary, "The Fed's Quixotic Journey," he demonstrates that the major central banks are adding reserves to their banking systems at the highest rate since 2010.

The Curious Case of CryptoCurrencies

A high school student recently asked me what I thought about cryptocurrencies.  He had been trading them and had some very positive results.  While I had heard and read about bitcoin, I was surprised to learn a few things when I started researching the subject further.  According to CoinMarketCap.com, as of June 5, 2017:

The Debt Ceiling and the Coming Budget Battle

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was signed into law on November 2, 2015.  An unusual feature of the legislation was that it suspended the legal limit on the issuance of debt and allowed the federal government to issue debt without any limitations until March 15, 2017.  On March 16, 2017, the debt limit was set again at the debt level of the prior day, $19,808,772,381,625. 

A Tribute to My Mother

My mother, Aurelia (Arlie) Lorona Kahl passed away on January 15.  The enhanced online obituary is here: http://www.legacy.com/EnhancedObit/EnhancedObit.aspx?PersonID=183662279

Click on the photo gallery tab for some pictures from the past.

Regards,
Bob Kahl

Grant Williams re: The Petrodollar System, Oil, US Treasuries, and Gold

Grant Williams has an excellent commentary this month regarding the evolution of the petrodollar system, changes in central bank foreign exchange reserves, US Treasury securities, gold, and other topics.  Zerohedge has excerpts here:

Gold - Some Recent Developments

The price of gold rose over $70 per ounce while US stock futures declined dramatically on the night of the November 8 election when it was apparent that Donald Trump would prevail in the US Electoral College.  Donald Trump has said that he would like to return the US currency to a gold standard, which would appear to be positive for gold.  Other developments appear to be positive for

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