Stock Market Marches Higher

Hello traders everywhere. All three of the major indexes are marching along to record highs and looking to close the week out at record highs. This move higher is primarily due to Tax Reform, which is expected to be delivered by the GOP this afternoon.

Once delivered the Republican leaders hope to hold a vote on the legislation in the full House and Senate next week. President Donald Trump touted a tax cut regularly during his campaign and wanted an approved bill on his desk for his signature before Christmas.

It would be Trump's first major legislative victory since taking office in January.

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Bitcoin is close to another all-time high of almost $18,000 on the Bitstamp exchange on Friday, up 9% on the day, even as warnings grow over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument. This record push is partly due to the CME futures that are going to start trading on Sunday, which should see significant trading vs. the lighter volume that the CBOE saw last week.

Key levels to watch next week:
S&P 500 (CME:SP500): 2,598.87
Dow (INDEX:DJI): 23,545.02
NASDAQ (NASDAQ:COMP): 6,734.13
Gold (NYMEX:GC.G18.E): 1,242.30
Crude Oil (NYMEX:CL.F18.E): 57.83
U.S. Dollar (NYBOT:DX.H18.E): 92.13
Bitcoin (CME:BRTI): 8,889.74

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Jeremy Lutz
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Ready, Set, Hike

Hello traders everywhere. All three of the major indexes have advanced today with the DOW and S&P 500 hitting new intra-day records as technology stocks gained. Traders took positions, overlooking concerns of benign inflation ahead of the Federal Reserve announcement later in the day.

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It's widely expected that the Fed will announce a rise in interest rates by 25 basis points, but more significantly, it may give its strongest hint yet on how the Trump administration's tax overhaul could affect the U.S. economy.

Key levels to watch next week:
S&P 500 (CME:SP500): 2,578.24
Dow (INDEX:DJI): 23,360.58
NASDAQ (NASDAQ:COMP): 6,734.13
Gold (NYMEX:GC.G18.E): 1,253.40
Crude Oil (NYMEX:CL.F18.E): 56.85
U.S. Dollar (NYBOT:DX.H18.E): 92.13
Bitcoin (CME:BRTI): 7,750.62

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Jeremy Lutz
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Bitcoin: The Appetite for the Unknown

Lior Alkalay - INO.com Contributor


Over the past month, Bitcoin has become almost synonymous with the word bubble. In fact, Google searches for the combination words “Bitcoin” and “bubble” has jumped exponentially. That is unsurprising considering Bitcoin’s phenomenal ascent—piercing through record after record.

Even as calls and forecasts for Bitcoin’s eventual collapse intensify, the enthusiasm has intensified, as well. The cryptocurrency is now available for trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange floor, making its way forward as a form of legal tender. It’s also unsurprising, then, that in another Google search, the word combo of “buy” and “Bitcoin” is also at a record high.
So, how can we gauge Bitcoin? We cannot! And that is what I call the Unknown Factor.

Bitcoin Google Search Data
Chart courtesy of Google Trends

Bitcoin is No Tulip

Some prominent figures including Jaime Dimon CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co and John C. Bogle-founder of Vanguard Group. have labeled Bitcoin as a bubble, even the world's most famous investor Warren Buffet has been a skeptic on Bitcoin labeling digital currencies a “mirage.” In fact, most of all, the latest Bitcoin surge is compared to the Tulip Mania that took place way back in the 17th century in the Dutch Republic. Back then, Investors got caught up in a frenzy of tulips and began speculating on their price. A bubble was inflated, and eventually, like every inflated bubble, in 1637 the tulip bubble burst, leaving investors “wounded” and with “hefty losses.” The difference between then and now is that a tulip is, for lack of a better description, a “useless asset.” As a commodity, the tulip, albeit pretty, is nothing more than a decaying flower with no real use or applications in food or industry. Unlike a commodity such as gold or silver, a tulip cannot be used for jewelry.
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Jobs Report Boost Stocks

Hello traders everywhere. A better-than-expected jobs report has given life to a rather dull week for stocks. The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists polled by Reuters expected a gain of 200,000. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1%.

Average hourly earnings, a closely watched component of the report, rose 0.2% for November and 2.5% for the year. Economists expected a monthly increase of 0.3% or 2.7% for the year.

The Federal Reserve is scheduled to meet next week, and with the strong jobs numbers and a growing U.S. economy expect the Fed to stay on track and announce an interest rate hike on Wednesday.

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The other big news today is Bitcoin, which will begin futures trading on the CBOE Sunday, Dec. 10th. At 5 pm EST using the symbol (XBT). Bitcoin has had a strong week heading into futures trading with a gain of 45% on the week, before a sell-off of 13% today, but it has backed off the lows of the session to only be down 5% this afternoon. Continue reading "Jobs Report Boost Stocks"

Futures Market for Bitcoin Gives the Currency Staying Power, But May Hurt Price

Matt Thalman - INO.com Contributor - ETFs


Futures contracts in the crypto-currency Bitcoin (CME:BRTI) are expected to begin trading on the CBOE on Dec. 10, after getting the green light last week from regulators. That gives the CBOE a week of exclusivity. The exchange operator's larger Chicago rival the CME has said its contracts will begin trading Dec. 18.

When the futures are offered, more investors will be given access to the crypto-currency. Institutional investors for one will now be able to build a position in Bitcoin through the use of futures trading.

Furthermore, retail and small investors will have a much easier time gaining access to the fast-growing asset class through the use of futures, but certainly, if Bitcoin Exchange Traded Funds, which would use the futures, are approved. Instead of having to go through lesser-known crypto-currency exchanges and using credit cards to make purchases of Bitcoins, investors will simply be able to use their brokerage accounts and buy and sell futures contracts through the well respected and trustworthy CME.

More so, many believe that once the CME is offering Bitcoin futures, Exchange Traded Funds will be permitted to offer Bitcoin investments through the use of futures. Continue reading "Futures Market for Bitcoin Gives the Currency Staying Power, But May Hurt Price"