E Holiday Season Stock News

Wall Street is up and rising to highs.

At reader insistence I am making further 2014 forecasts today, if reluctantly. Note that I am not a stockbroker groupie booming new placements at this time of year. Nor am I a herd-follower who has to pick the same fave stocks as others. I call markets as I see them. If I see them...

It's hard. Politics are not easier than markets and they relate.

What will the corruption inquiries into PM Erdogan do to Turkey's strategic and stock market appeal? will the Imam faint or recover? Is Turkey still a model for reformist Muslims?

Can the UN stop the slaughter in South Sudan? Who can halt the horror in Syria? Both impact the gold market.

On an off-day like today, the yen has fallen to 105 cents on the buck. 105 pennies per yen on the wall, 105 pennies per yen. If another cent hits the wall, 106 pennies per yen on the wall. And now PM Abe has defiantly turned up at the war crimes monument. The Tokyo stock market is racing ahead but can this continue?

Thailand killing demonstrators. Will this deflect the Yingluck Shinawatra election plan, the economy, the baht?

Ukraine resumed beating up anti-regime journalists. But PR-minded Putin is easing up on dissent. Which trend will win in Russia and Ukraine? Should we buy Russia stocks?

Mexico has ended the Pemex monopoly with a constitutional amendment. Will this trigger a boom in Mexico City's bolsa?

Now that Eike Batista and the real are marginally higher, is Brazil again the country of the future? Or not?

Hopes for a nuclear peace deal with Demon America have boosted the Teheran stock exchange into the best performer in 2013, up 133% according to Bloomberg, most of the gain after Hassan Rouhani was elected president last summer. To buy on the bourse, Iranians are selling gold. Can this go on? Can we benefit?

More for paid subscribers on markets and some scattered bits of news from around the world: Israel, Norway, Ireland, India, Britain, The Netherlands, Jordan, and Canada.

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