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Why Did Stocks Break Under 1800?

The most common answer to that question around the investment world is that the Budget Deal has a good chance of being passed soon. This speeds up when the QE taper will come. And thus traders headed for the hills once again.

If true, then we have seen this act before followed by stocks moving to new highs. But I sense this is a false reason because stocks were actually moving higher at the open on Wednesday. So more likely the drop fits into one of these camps:

•  Just normal profit taking on a year with a 26% gain already in hand.

•  Or consolidation around 1800 awaiting the next catalyst to move higher.

•  Or just the randomness of the market where each day it could go down as likely as go up.

My point is that the reason does not matter. Because what has not changed is that we are still in a bull market and have not yet reached its peak. So stay long and stay strong!

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A Small Town in Kentucky Just Launched a Currency War...Against America!

Recently, 36 cities across 20 states "dumped" the dollar. But that was only the beginning. Today another city just joined the list. Vicco, Kentucky.

The situation here escalated so fast, police in Vicco are refusing to be paid their salaries in U.S. dollars. And the mayor and city commission can't stop it. In fact, they had to pass legislation to allow it. But this revolt is spreading worldwide.

In China, they are secretly dumping gold and dollars as fast as they can. Everything is about to get serious. Click here to continue reading...

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