By Catherine Austin Fitts

As Russia confirms that it will maintain oil sales at current levels, the oil price and Russia equities see a bounce:

5 Day chart of RSX vs OIL vs S&P

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The Oil Card – What’s Next?

Oil Trades Near 5-Year Low as Russia Echoes OPEC Output Policy

Russia and the Ukraine Backstory with Anne Williamson

Rouble surges as Moscow fights back against financial crisis – as it happened

Russian Emigration

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CrowdMed harnesses the wisdom of crowds to collaboratively solve even the world’s most difficult medical cases quickly and accurately online. The company offers individuals, insurance providers, and self-insured corporate customers the ability to more quickly diagnose medical conditions and reduce healthcare costs without compromising care.

By empowering both medical experts and medical experts through an easy-to-use online service, CrowdMed helps diagnose medical issues faster and more accurately – not only improving outcomes, but saving lives.

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[CAF Note: Friday is quadruple witching day!]

DEFINITION of ‘Quadruple Witching’

The expiration date of various stock index futures, stock index options, stock options and single stock futures. All stock options contracts expire on the third Friday of each month and once every quarter – on the third Friday of March, June, September and December – all four asset classes expire on the same day. Because futures and options investors must close out of their positions on those days, they often witness increased trading volume.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS ‘Quadruple Witching’

The term “witching” comes from the fact that in the past, the expiration of futures and options contracts occurred not only on the same day, but at the same time. This often resulted in a period of greater-than-normal market volatility, which became known as the “witching hour.” Due to this increased volatility and frenzied market activity, many investors approach the markets differently on witching days.

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“Turning off the Bubblevision [your TV] is a great step towards preventing yourself from becoming a slave to the market.” ~James Montier

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Every other Monday night is Team Awesome Solari Circle night. Members of our team join by phone to discuss our investment simulation.

This Monday we will be reviewing shifts in the financial markets, including changes in the oil and gas equity sector as a result of the drop in the oil price as well as concerns regarding liquidity in the bond market.  What are the resulting opportunities and risks?

We will review the performance of our initial investments and discuss whether or not we want to add to them before year end – or wait until January.

Finally, we will discuss the first investment book we chose for discussion, James Montier’s The Little Book of Behavioral Investing: How Not to Be Your Own Worst Enemy.

I am looking forward to a lively discussion!

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Team Awesome Solari Circle, Part I

Team Awesome Solari Circle, Part II

Team Awesome Solari Circle, Part III

Team Awesome Solari Circle, Part IV

Team Awesome Solari Circle, Part V

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Everything has to do with geography
~ Judy Martz

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Geography contributes mightily to destiny. Yet, appreciation for geography is generally absent from the American education and mentality. We take our geographic abundance for granted.

In the Accidental Super Power: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder, Peter Zeihan reviews the geographical strengths and weaknesses of the United States and other leading nations. It is a useful discussion – one that Americans predicting the demise of the US economy would do well to read.

For example, I live in a farming community an hour from the Mississippi River. I appreciate Zeihan’s entertaining description of the strategic importance of America’s arable land and navigable rivers. After reading these sections, it is easy to understand why significant investment interests would go to great lengths to control the delta mouth of the Mississippi or to consolidate of ownership and control of US farmland.

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Three decades of tougher laws and policing have left nearly one in three adult Americans with a criminal record, according to data kept by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That arrest wave is washing up on the desks of America’s employers.”
~ “Hiring Managers Bedeviled by Flood of Arrest Records”
by John R. Emshwiller and Gary Fields, WSJ, December 12, 2014

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By Catherine Austin Fitts

Who ever thought I would do a Christmas album with Pat Boone and Whitley Streiber? Only the team from Coast to Coast AM could create something this unusual and special!

Coast to Coast AM regulars contributed songs and readings to create a holiday recording for Coast fans, including Coast host George Noory singing O Come All Ye Faithful.  I have it playing in my office for the Christmas season.

You can find it here: Holiday Magic Coast Style CD on Amazon

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Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV)

by Catherine Austin Fitts

I don’t understand why the media keeps saying that Obamacare is not working and has not been good for the Democrats.

Obamacare was signed into law on March 23, 2010 and affirmed by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2102

Between March 22, 2010 and June 27, 2012, the following Health Care ETFs rose by the following percentages

Versus S&P 500 +14.2%

Health Care Select SPDR (XLV) +15.5%
iShares US Medical Devices (IHI) +41.4
iShares US HealthCare Providers (IHF) +20.1
iShares US Pharmaceuticals  (IHE) +10.9
iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) +40.9

From June 27, 2012 to date, these same Health Care ETF’s rose by the following percentages:

Versus the S&P 500 +53.1%

Health Care Select SPDR (XLV) +87.27%
iShares US Medical Devices (IHI) +76.31
iShares US HealthCare Providers (IHF) +79.7
iShares US Pharmaceuticals  (IHE) +79.5
iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) +145.0

As the single largest source of campaign contributions is capital gains, it looks to me like the Democrats should be in fine shape.  Certainly, it is easy to see why the Republican house members who tried to stop Obamacare got their heads handed to them.

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[CAF Note: I live in a rural area and do a lot of online shopping – particularly for books, so I found these numbers quite sobering.]

Independent businesses are poised to draw more people this holiday season. To illustrate the ways that local businesses are growing in popularity, delivering stronger economic returns, and expanding in numbers, the Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of 14 groups coordinated by ILSR, put together this infographic.

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Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy: Stacy Mitchell’s TEDx Talk

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