Author: Acting Man

Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall Author MN Gordon for Economic Prism One of the more disagreeable discrepancies of American life in the 21st century is the world according to Washington’s economic bureaus and the world as it actually is.  In short, things...

Tending Towards Maximum Perversity

Tending Towards Maximum Perversity Author MN Gordon for Acting-Man According to Finagle’s corollary to Murphy’s law, “Anything that can go wrong, will — at the worst possible moment.”  Taken a degree further, per O’Toole’s corollary of Finagle’s law, and the second...

A Surprise Move in Gold

A Surprise Move in Gold Author Pater Tenebrarum for Acting-Man Traders and Analysts Caught Wrong-Footed Over the past week gold and gold stocks have been on a tear. It is probably fair to say that most market participants were surprised by...

Unsolicited Advice to Fed Chair Powell

Unsolicited Advice to Fed Chair Powell Author MN Gordon for Acting-Man Unsolicited Advice to Fed Chair Powell American businesses over the past decade have taken a most unsettling turn.  According to research from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, as...

Kicking Xi Jinping While He’s Down

Kicking Xi Jinping While He’s Down Author MN Gordon – Acting-Man One Great Big Difference On a beautiful midsummer day, roughly six months ago, two distinguished men, of distinguished stature, crossed paths under precarious circumstances.  They are very much alike, these two...

The Strongest Season for Silver Has Only Just Begun

The Strongest Season for Silver Has Only Just Begun Author Dimitri Speck – Acting-Man Commodities as an Alternative Our readers are presumably following commodity prices. Commodities often provide an alternative to investing in stocks – and they have clearly discernible seasonal characteristics....

The Downside of Mindless Investing

The Downside of Mindless Investing Author MN Gordon – Acting-Man Unexpected Inflection Points High inflection points in life, like high inflection points in the stock market, are both humbling and instructive.  One moment you think you’ve got the world by the tail. ...

Circling the Drain

Circling the Drain Author Pater Tenebrarum – Acting-Man “Master!”, cried the punters, “we urgently need rain! We can no longer bear this unprecedented pain!” “I’m sorry my dear children, you beg for rain in vain. It is I who is in charge...

The Bear Market Hook

The Bear Market Hook Author Pater Tenebrarum Acting-Man Has a Bear Market in Stocks Begun? The stock market correction into late December was of approximately the same size as the mid 2015/early 2016 twin downturns, so this is not an idle...

Paper Lanterns

Paper Lanterns Author MN Gordon – Acting-Man Mud Volcanoes There are numerous explanations for just what in the heck is going on with the economy.  Some are good.  Many are bad.  Today we’ll do our part to bring clarity to disorder…  ...

The Zealous Pursuit of State Sponsored Wealth Destruction

The Zealous Pursuit of State Sponsored Wealth Destruction Author MN Gordon – Acting-Man How to Blow $9 Billion The life cycle of capital follows a wide-ranging succession. It is imagined, produced, consumed, and destroyed. How exactly this all takes place involves varying and infinite...

How To Give Thanks Like Socrates

How To Give Thanks Like Socrates Author MN Gordon – Acting-Man Political Correctness Indoctrination [ed note: we are posting this belatedly as it was originally supposed to be published on Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately your editor was out of commission… but MN...

The Interesting Seasonal Trends of Precious Metals

The Interesting Seasonal Trends of Precious Metals Author Dimitri Speck – Acting-Man Precious Metals Patterns Prices in financial and commodity markets exhibit seasonal trends. We have for example shown you how stocks of pharmaceutical companies tend to rise in winter due to...

When Fake Money Becomes Scarce

When Fake Money Becomes Scarce Author MN Gordon – Acting-Man Remaining Focused A rousing display of diversions this week assured the American populace was looking every which way but right under its collective nose.  Midterm elections.  White House spats with purveyors of...

Revisiting the Halloween Effect

Revisiting the Halloween Effect Author Dimitri Speck – Acting-Man From Crash Danger to End-of-the-Year Ramp   [Ed note by PT: we are unfortunately a week late in posting this issue of SI, which didn’t reach us in time due to a technical...

Pushing Past the Breaking Point

Pushing Past the Breaking Point Author MN Gordon – Acting-Man Schemes and Shams Man’s willful determination to resist the natural order are in vain.  Still, he pushes onward, always grasping for the big breakthrough. The allure of something for nothing is too enticing...