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A New Way to Start Your Day and Trade

By: Keith Kaplan

Apr 06, 2021 | News

Today, we’re starting a fantastic journey together.  Our Chief Research Officer, Justice Clark Litle, has some very big plans for Decoder.  He’s committed to taking our products at TradeSmith to a whole new level.  And that means that Justice will no longer be writing TradeSmith Daily.  Don’t worry. Justice isn’t going anywhere.  He’s still out in the desert, bringing you…

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The Archegos Blow-Up was a Big Bank Bamboozle

By: Beverly Becker

Mar 31, 2021 | News

The more we learn about last week’s blow-up of Archegos Capital Management — a family office that behaved far more like a gunslinger hedge fund — the bigger, stranger, and fishier it looks. A number of things about the blow-up don’t make sense — unless you factor in actions and motivations like market manipulation, shady dealing, and possibly even straight-up…

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The Crypto Asset Adoption Path is in the ‘Knee of the Curve’ — as Visa Newly Confirms

By: Justice Clark Litle

Mar 30, 2021 | News

Bitcoin continues to follow its own narrative, and the broader cryptocurrency space along with it. (We note with amusement that, at the time of this writing, Bitcoin continues to press against all-time highs in the $60,000 area, even as tech stocks turn red and the broader market finds itself gripped by a new market structure event — the fallout from…

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Last Week’s Market Structure Event Was One of the First Popcorn Kernels to Pop

By: Justice Clark Litle

Mar 29, 2021 | News

On Feb. 26 — less than a month ago — we explained why risk levels were elevated for a “Market Structure” related meltdown event. A few weeks on, the danger has only grown. As we said in the piece: A market structure event is major price dislocation — like a meltdown or a flash crash — that happens for reasons…

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The Suez Canal Jam-Up is More Fuel to the Fire for the Bullish USD Outlook

By: Justice Clark Litle

Mar 26, 2021 | News

One of the world’s largest container ships, greater in length than the height of the Eiffel Tower, is stuck in a narrow canal. It is stuck because the ship ran aground on the sides of the canal. High winds blew the ship off course, causing it to drift sideways until its ends were firmly lodged in the sides of the…

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The Time is Right for the U.S. to Aggressively Confront China

By: Justice Clark Litle

Mar 24, 2021 | News

A general tone of conflict with China is escalating now — not just in respect to China versus the United States, but China versus Western allies as a group (with the United States at the forefront). This is ominous news for Western companies with significant business exposure to China (like Apple and Tesla). It is ominous news for countries with…

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Confrontation Between the U.S. and China is Beginning to Heat Up

By: Justice Clark Litle

Mar 22, 2021 | News

Relations between the United States and China are on a downward slope, and tensions are on an upward slope. This has been true for a while now, enough so to fuel talk of a “new Cold War” between the U.S. and China, alternately known as “Cold War 2.0.” The original Cold War played out between the United States and the…

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Europe is Facing a New COVID Nightmare (With Negative Implications for EUR/USD)

By: Justice Clark Litle

Mar 17, 2021 | News

On Feb. 17, we said America is Winning the Vaccine Race. A month later that assessment has proven spot-on. While the United States administers more than 2 million shots per day, nearing 3 million, Europe is descending into a new COVID-19 nightmare. The situation looks dire in Europe, with a “third wave” of COVID now sweeping the continent. Italy has…

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Food-Price Inflation Could Trigger the Next Global Crisis

By: Justice Clark Litle

Mar 16, 2021 | News

If we had to identify a likely cause for the next global crisis, it would be food-price inflation — particularly in emerging markets and developing world countries. The current situation looks dangerous and could easily become dire. When stock markets crash, people get upset. But when food prices become unsustainable, people starve — and then they riot, and even seek…

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R.I.P Bond Bull Market , 1981-2021

By: Justice Clark Litle

Mar 15, 2021 | News

Something momentous happened on Friday of last week. The greatest bull market in history likely came to its end. We are not talking about the U.S. stock market, but the U.S. treasury bond market. Before discussing what happened, let’s quickly revisit why the bond market is so important, and the way that interest rates work. Stock market valuations and price-to-earnings…

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