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Zero Hedge

  • newDeutsche Bank Flagged "Suspicious" Transactions Involving Kushner
    Deutsche Bank is looking at evidence that companies related to Jared Kushner may have moved "suspicious" money through the German lender, a German-language magazine reported. The bank reportedly informed a national finance supervisor about the transa…
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  • newThe OPEC Deal May End In June
    Authored by Irina Slav via,A couple of weeks ago, comments from the UAE’s energy minister spurred the oil price rally higher. What the minister said - or rather, hinted - was that the oil production cut deal that OPEC agreed to at th…
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  • newBofA: "This Is The Magic Number That Will Burst The Stock Bubble"
    As we noted this morning, the one dominant sentiment in the market right now is irrational euphoria, also known as "buying panic", as demonstrated in the following Bank of America chart, which shows that in the past 4 weeks, a record $58 billion has…
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  • new"Luck Is Rewarded, Work Is Scorned" - Third Time's A Charm?
    Authored by Joseph Calhoun via Alhambra Investment Partners,I find the article laughable. I should point out I am a millennial male though, so I would think that. We invest in bitcoin because we are BROKE, and you cannot earn any significant amoun…
    - 2 hours ago 19 Jan 18, 6:37pm -
  • newHouse Conservatives Want Bombshell Memo Released As Part Of Shutdown Talks
    House GOP members have approached Speaker Paul Ryan about incorporating a vote to make public an explosive new FISA abuse memo as part of government shutdown negotiations. The four-page document, circulated to the full House yesterday, is said t…
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  • newRig Count Drops As Production Rebounds, But Is It Still Relevant?
    The US oil rig count dropped 5 last week to 747, but continues to track the lagged WTI price...  This week saw US crude production rebound from weather-related slowdowns, but has notably decoupled from the lagged rig count... Leading…
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  • newTrump, Schumer Meet At White House To Try And Hammer Out Shutdown Deal
    Update (2:40 pm ET): Schumer has left the White House meeting with Trump...He confirmed to reporters that "some progress" has been made, but that a deal has not yet been reached... Nancy Pelosi says she believes a deal is "within reach." …
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  • newCalifornia Threatens To Prosecute Businesses That Cooperate With ICE
    California's Attorney General hit back against plans by federal immigration officials to conduct a "major sweep" for 1,500 undocumented individuals, telling employers state-wide that they face legal repercutions and fines up to $10,000 if they ass…
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  • newGoldman Now Sees 60% Odds Of A Government Shutdown Lasting "Up To A Few Weeks"
    When we discussed Goldman's preview yesterday  of what to expect should the government shutdown tonight at midnight, we highlighted that according to Goldman, "the odds of a lapse in spending authority after Friday, January 19, stand at around 35%."…
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  • newSnowden: Trump Must Veto Reauthorized NSA Spying Powers In Light Of FISA Memo
    Donald Trump must veto reauthorized NSA spying powers which passed both the House and the Senate yesterday without a single reform, in light of an explosive four-page memo said to detail sweeping FISA Abuses by the FBI, DOJ and the Obama Administr…
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Financial Survival

Armstrong Economics

  • newPolitically Correct Trading – A Whole New Challenge
    QUESTION: Martin.. I have been trading /investing for over 20 plus years. How can one be in the markets and survive if the “biggest  Safest  Banks”  in Canada are failing even today to not only fill a trade or give you a reliable quote but ev…
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  • newCryptocurrency & the Race for Money
    QUESTION: You have talked about bitcoin and are rightly skeptical as we all should be, yet creative destruction rolls on. What insights do you have to share about the Dapps and Ethereum? In reading your blog for several years now you have truly opene…
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  • newThe Hunt for Taxes Brings Down Governments Every Time
    COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; I live in Germany. I wanted to send my father €200 for Christmas. I had to prove where the money came from. It does seem as if there is a major gap between those trading the euro for big banks and the people. I left Romania…
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  • Market Talk- January 18, 2018
    The Nikkei reached another 26yr high in early trading, but unfortunately closed down on the day. Ending the day down -0.4% even with the Yen trading lower also (111.20 last seen). Financials and real-estate led the market lower in the afternoon sessi…
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  • Does the Gov’t Seek to keep the public Blind, Deaf, and Dumb?
    COMMENT: I watched the Forecaster after ordering the DVD from Amazon. Aside from the fact that it brought tears to my and my wife’s eyes, your forecasts on this year being exceptionally cold, your forecast of Brexit, Trump, the Dow and countless ot…
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  • The Cycle of Disease – It’s Just our Time
    COMMENT: Sir, It’s interesting, since your post on Madagascar and the pneumonic plague, I have Surveilled a site dealing with medical news once a week. What’s really interesting is the resurgence of older well-known entities such as cholera Zamb…
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  • Did the Migration into Europe Bring New Diseases?
    The most devastating plagues in history have been created by migration. There were warnings in the form of rumors that told of a great plague in China and India which killed most of the populations there. The plague made its way to Europe when the K…
    - 2 days ago 18 Jan 18, 5:01am -
  • Market Talk- January 17, 2018
      Given yesterdays sudden reversal in US and the accompanying 20% decline in BITCOIN, Asian markets traded nervously as one would expect. Most core opened lower but that proved to be the days lows. The Hang Seng spent 95% of the day in negative terr…
    - 2 days ago 17 Jan 18, 8:21pm -
  • China Credit Rating Agency Downgrade USA
    The Chinese rating agency Dagong downgraded the US creditworthiness over the tax reform. What is really a total joke is why anyone bothers to rank any government debt whatsoever when in fact there is not a single government in the world who ever inte…
    - 3 days ago 17 Jan 18, 5:08am -
  • Euro – Capital Flows or Speculation?
    QUESTION: Is the euro really going up on capital inflows or speculation leverage? ANSWER: We are not picking up any real net capital outflows from the USA to Europe. It appears to be speculation on the currency markets in anticipation of higher inte…
    - 3 days ago 17 Jan 18, 5:05am -

David Stockman

  • newDon’t Call It A Boom
    Central to this boom thesis is China, in no small part because China is and has been central to the global economy. If “globally synchronized growth” is anything other than a projected slogan, we should see it inarguably in China’s numbers. Wha…
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  • newChina’s Housing Market Is Bursting Again
    Roughly 1 year ago we explained why the “fate of the world economy is in the hands of China’s housing bubble.” The answer was simple: for the Chinese population, and growing middle class, to keep spending vibrant and borrowing elevated, it had…
    - 14 hours ago 19 Jan 18, 7:12am -
  • The Statist Roots Of The GOP’s Anti-Immigration Folly, Part 4
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    - 1 day ago 18 Jan 18, 7:50pm -
  • Even China’s Banking Chief Warns—-Black Swan Event Could Threaten Financial Upheaval
    China’s banking regulator chief warned that a “black swan,” or an unforeseen event could threaten the country’s financial stability, official People’s Daily reported on Wednesday….Guo said the dangers stem from the pressure of rising bad…
    - 2 days ago 18 Jan 18, 6:19am -
  • The Statist Roots Of The GOP’s Anti-Immigration Folly, Part 3
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    - 2 days ago 17 Jan 18, 7:55pm -
  • From The Shahs To The CIA: The History Of Western Intervention In Iran
      Having exhausted all resources, the British resolved to covertly overthrow Mohammed Mossadegh, even though 95-98 percent of the population of Iran time and time again favored him as their one true leader in elections and referendums.  They could…
    - 2 days ago 17 Jan 18, 2:14pm -
  • Uranium One: A Deep Dive Into The Real Russia Collusion Story
    The multilayered story surrounding Uranium One—the former South African, then Canadian, and now Russian company, of which both Bill and Hillary Clinton and their family foundation are the enriched beneficiaries—has all the usual elements of a typ…
    - 2 days ago 17 Jan 18, 2:00pm -
  • The Mother Of All Blow-Off Tops
    When positioning and sentiment reach levels that were never seen before after the market has gone through a blow-off move for more than a year, it may well be that it means something for once……the DJIA has fully participated in the blow-off this…
    - 3 days ago 17 Jan 18, 1:04am -
  • Stock Buybacks: The C-Suite’s Form Of Margin Speculation
    In 2018, it’s no secret that this market runs on leverage and borrowing. And although the percentage of NYSE margin debt compared to the total stock market capitalization of the Wilshire 5000 is not at the all-time high seen in 2007 (2.5 percent),…
    - 3 days ago 16 Jan 18, 9:20pm -
  • Why The GOP’s Anti-Immigration Folly Is Economically Stupid, Part 2
    In Part 1 we documented that the social insurance Ponzi is going into an accelerating collapse in part because the working age population is flat-lining. Compared to growth of 20 million prime age workers (25-64 years) per decade, as occurred betwe…
    - 3 days ago 16 Jan 18, 7:53pm -

Wolf Street

Dollar Collapse

  • newBreaking News And Best Of The Web

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  • So That’s What Volatility Looks Like
    2017 was literally the smoothest stretch of highway that US stocks have ever traveled. Rising almost every day and seldom falling hard, they made it virtually impossible for investors to lose money. Here’s the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the…
    - 3 days ago 16 Jan 18, 10:42pm -
  • Top Ten Videos — January 14
    Steve St. Angelo: Bubble stocks everywhere you look in a grossly overvalued market. Peter Schiff: Everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Max Keiser: Is free money a perpetual motion machine? Alasdair Macleod: Credit markets smile on gold, frown…
    - 6 days ago 14 Jan 18, 12:15am -
  • Is This The Long-Awaited Gold Break-Out – Or Just Another Paper Market Head Fake?
    That was fun. Since mid-December gold has behaved like a tech stock, jumping from $1,240/oz to $1,337 and carrying a long list of gold mining stocks along for the ride. Now everybody’s asking the same question: Is this finally the start of the long…
    - 6 days ago 13 Jan 18, 8:33pm -
  • Walmart Giveth, And Walmart Taketh Away
    Walmart made two announcements yesterday that perfectly illustrate the dilemma facing the developed world. First, the omnipresent retailer raised its minimum wage to a respectable-sounding $11/hr: Walmart is raising its minimum wage and handing out t…
    - 7 days ago 12 Jan 18, 4:54pm -
  • 2007 All Over Again, Part 7: Borrowers Start Scamming Desperate Lenders
    One of the hallmarks of late-stage bubbles is a shift of power from lenders to borrowers. As asset prices soar and interest rates plunge it becomes harder to generate a decent yield on bonds and other fixed income securities, so people with money to…
    - 23 days ago 27 Dec 17, 6:35pm -
  • We Give Up! Part 2: Consumers And Corporations Join The Debt Orgy
    Late cycle behavior is everywhere these days. Governments have stopped worrying about deficits, and now the rest of us are apparently joining the orgy. Corporations, for instance, are buying each other out – mostly with borrowed money – at a reco…
    - 28 days ago 22 Dec 17, 6:32pm -
  • Gold And Silver Futures Swing From Bearish To Bullish In Just Two Weeks
    After holding onto huge, unprofitable long positions for months, gold and silver futures speculators are finally giving up and bailing out, while commercial traders (who take the opposite side of these trades, since every long requires an offsetting…
    - 33 days ago 17 Dec 17, 4:43pm -
  • Finally, Gold Speculators Start To Bail, Setting Up A Big Q1 2018
    It took a lot longer than it should have, but gold futures traders have finally started behaving “normally.” The speculators who were extremely, stubbornly long – and who are usually wrong when they’re this excited — had maintained their ov…
    - 40 days ago 10 Dec 17, 11:47pm -
  • The Biggest Bubble Ever, In Three Charts
    Each quarter, Credit Bubble Bulletin’s Doug Noland posts a “flow of funds” report that analyzes the debt and securities markets data released by the Fed in its Z.1 Report. It’s always shocking to see the numbers we’re dealing with, but even…
    - 40 days ago 10 Dec 17, 7:16pm -


Money Game

Max Keiser

  • [KR1152] Keiser Report: Sinking US democracy
    Max and Stacy discuss the overpriced, and yet worthless, tilting and sinking skyscraper of San Francisco as an analogy for political parties not built into a bedrock of principles but on shaky and shady characters prone to ideological liquefaction as…
    - 59 days ago 21 Nov 17, 7:01pm -
  • Our National Madness
    The nation has lost its common sense, its soul and its sanity. Can we summarize the source of this remarkably pervasive madness? Our efforts are now focused not on solving core problems but on covering up core problems, as if covering up…Read mor…
    - 59 days ago 21 Nov 17, 3:24pm -
  • Why Cryptos Will Not Replace Gold As A Store Of Value

    - 59 days ago 21 Nov 17, 12:33pm -
  • Want Widespread Prosperity? Radically Lower Costs
    It’s easy to go down the wormhole of complexity when it comes to figuring out why our economy is stagnating for the bottom 80% of households. But it’s actually not that complicated: the primary driver of stagnation, decline of small business…R…
    - 60 days ago 20 Nov 17, 3:39pm -
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Is Not Usually Served On A Silver Platter But This Year We May See Just That
    In November of 2015 when silver was bottoming, we all had to endure 15 consecutive days of pure disgust: 2016 was not quite as bad, but not any easier: Which brings us to November 2017: Notice the theme here. Silver…Read more ›
    - 60 days ago 20 Nov 17, 2:52pm -
  • Money and Markets Infographic Shows Silver Most Undervalued Asset

    - 60 days ago 20 Nov 17, 12:30pm -
  • [KR1151] Keiser Report: Will Weapons of Mass Financial Destruction Be Used against Qatar?
    In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy discuss the bizarre documents leaked to exposing an alleged financial plan to attack Qatar with weapons of mass financial destruction. In the second half Max continues his interview…
    - 62 days ago 18 Nov 17, 7:49pm -
  • The Great Retirement Con
    40 years ago, a grand experiment was embarked upon. One that promised US workers: Using new ‘defined contribution’ retirement savings vehicles such as IRAs and 401k,, they’d be better off when they reached retirement age. Which raises a simpl…
    - 62 days ago 18 Nov 17, 5:03pm -
  • Today No Metals Die: Gold & Silver Prices Rise To Finish The Week Strong
    It’s nice to see a volume spike on the bid side for a change: We have been saying for weeks now, and probably sound like a broken record, that sooner or later the open interest has to come down. There…Read more ›
    - 62 days ago 18 Nov 17, 4:52pm -
  • The Demise of Dissent: Why the Web Is Becoming Homogenized
    We’ve all heard that the problem with the web is fake news, i.e. unsubstantiated or erroneous content that’s designed to mislead or sow confusion. The problem isn’t just fake news–it’s the homogenization of the web, that is, the eliminat…
    - 62 days ago 18 Nov 17, 4:43pm -

The Market Ticker

  • The Market Ticker - The US Government Is No Longer Legitimate
    Senator Rand Paul previously announced intent to file a bill that, among other things, would make legal price-fixing and collusion in the medical industry.The text of that bill is now available:(a) Application of the Federal Antitrust Laws to Healt…
    - 7 Feb 17, 7:19pm -
  • The Market Ticker - You Won't, But You Damn Well Better
    Get up, go in front of your mirror, strip.What do you see?A belly?  A fat ass?Be honest.  There's nobody there but you.  No, all bodies are not beautiful.  You're either somewhat normal for a human, you're thin as a rail or you're a fat fuck.Ha…
    - 7 Feb 17, 3:13pm -
  • The Market Ticker - Gee, Ya Think?
    What more needs to be said?In Bangalore, India, heart surgeons perform daily state-of-the-art heart surgery on adults and children at an average cost of $1,800. For the record, that’s about 2% of the $90,000 that the average heart surgery costs in…
    - 5 Feb 17, 4:23pm -
  • The Market Ticker - OK, So What About Spamazon And Facesucker
    Let's do Amazon first, all quarter compared against comparable.Product sales up 15%, net-net.  However, cost of fulfillment was up 25.8%, or damn close to double the product sales increase.  G&A expense was up 83.9%, or damn close to a double…
    - 3 Feb 17, 5:26pm -
  • The Market Ticker - Employment: LIES, All LIES!
    Wow, man, +227,000 employment screams the Bureau of Lies and Scams.Uh huh.  Sure.Ok, ok, the ADP report was strong too.  But if there's something to take from this report and the market's reaction (which was a bit muted) it's short everything.  T…
    - 3 Feb 17, 2:09pm -
  • The Market Ticker - H1b Abuse And Reform: Destroy Those Who Speak Against
    There's a polemic going around that the "reform" we need with H1b visas, which are issued to "smart people" from other nations, is to greatly increase their numbers.That is a damned lie.The H1b allegedly allows employers to fill jobs that there ar…
    - 2 Feb 17, 7:49pm -
  • The Market Ticker - Quit Blowing The President
    It seems some of you folks think that Trump "somehow" said he was going to help you with drug costs (a component of medical care, but only about 15% of the problem.)In fact there are some bloggers out there who are trying to find something "good"…
    - 1 Feb 17, 8:28pm -

Sovereign Man

  • 086: The only sector that offers value today
    In today’s podcast, I talk with our Chief Investment Strategist, Tim Staermose, about the global economy. We’re in the midst of one of the longest economic expansions in history. Most assets are trading at all-time highs. Meanwhile, debt is also…
    - 1 day ago 18 Jan 18, 4:05pm -
  • One of the biggest financial mistakes anyone can avoid
    I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately… A very good friend of mine, who is also an executive at the agricultural company I founded here in Chile, was in a terrible accident with his family. We’re very fortunate today because it looks like…
    - 2 days ago 17 Jan 18, 4:40pm -
  • This fund’s investment performance rivals Bitcoin, puts Warren Buffett to shame.
    There’s a really unique investment company in Europe you ought to know about… because they are insanely profitable. In fact, a few days ago the company announced that they expect to report an annual profit of $55 BILLION for 2017. That’s more m…
    - 3 days ago 16 Jan 18, 2:39pm -
  • His passion for vintage pornography led him to become a Bitcoin millionaire
    Over the weekend, the New York Times published a satirical article entitled “Everyone is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not.” That headline perfectly encapsulates the ‘Fear of Missing Out’, or FOMO, that’s so pervasive in cryptocurre…
    - 4 days ago 15 Jan 18, 4:37pm -
  • Don’t ignore looming catastrophes… take action
    In today’s podcast, we discuss the recent crypto meltdown (led by Ripple) and how it plays into our recent theme of avoiding huge mistakes. Here’s the thing about big mistakes… they’re usually obvious and avoidable. Like when the Social Secur…
    - 8 days ago 11 Jan 18, 4:21pm -
  • The fastest way to get rich in cryptocurrencies
    We’ve all heard the term “Kodak Moment.” It’s a popularized phrase to describe a picture-perfect moment – one that should be forever captured on Kodak film. Like Kleenex tissue, Kodak was once so large and popular, the company worked its wa…
    - 9 days ago 10 Jan 18, 2:42pm -
  • Social Security proposes “immediate and permanent reduction” in benefits
    On a deep, dark evening last June in the spectacularly celestial deserts of northern Chile, scientists made a phenomenal discovery. It was a supernova… one that they named ASASSN-15lh. This wasn’t just any supernova. It was the BIGGEST and BRIGHT…
    - 10 days ago 9 Jan 18, 2:06pm -
  • The day I found out it was all rigged
    May 6, 2010 started off as a pretty boring day. The most exciting stories from the morning’s newspapers were reviews of the upcoming Iron Man 2 film. But all that changed at around 2:45pm when, without warning, the stock market crashed, and the Dow…
    - 11 days ago 8 Jan 18, 1:16pm -
  • Read this before doubling down on Ripple
    You’ve probably heard that Ripple (abbreviated as XRP) has soared, more than tripling since Christmas. The overall market cap for XRP (i.e. the combined value of every single token) now exceeds $140 billion. In the incredibly faddish and volatile c…
    - 15 days ago 4 Jan 18, 1:51pm -
  • The second time I went broke
    A looong time ago, back when I must have been around 25 or so, I launched my first really BIG deal. It was the first time in my life that investors were backing me in a deal worth more than $1 million… which at the time seemed like an unfathomable…
    - 16 days ago 3 Jan 18, 2:36pm -

Investment Watch

  • Is This the Beginning of the End of the Empire? China Signals May Soon Stop Buying US Treasuries
    by Chris Black According to a report on Wednesday, Chinese officials are contemplating the possibility of either slowing or completely halting the purchase of US treasuries, thus making bond investors (among others) jittery, as...
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  • Real Estate Wanes As Gross Calls “Bond Bear Market Today”
    by stockboardasset Bill Gross, ex. Bond King, has called the “bond bear market confirmed today,” as he says the 25-year long-term trendlines have broke on shorter-dated maturities. Gross: Bond bear market confirmed today. 25 year long-term...
    - 10 days ago 10 Jan 18, 3:16am -
  • World Debt Is Rising Nearly Three Times As Fast As Total Global Wealth
    BY SRSROCCO Some nasty dark clouds are forming on the financial horizon as total world debt is increasing nearly three times as fast as total global wealth.   But, that’s okay because no one cares about...
    - 10 days ago 10 Jan 18, 3:15am -
  • US Taxes Can Expose Wealth of Royal FAMILY in UK
    by Martin Armstrong The marriage of Prince Harry with Meghan Markle, an American, presents a real nightmare for the Royal Family. Meghan is required by law to not merely pay taxes on worldwide income,...
    - 10 days ago 10 Jan 18, 3:14am -
  • Something Devastating Is Headed Our Way, Which Is A Good Thing
    The entire plan the cabal had is now turning on them, Russia gate has backfired, the credibility of the news networks has declined. The Mueller investigation has gone no where in a year. Investigation...
    - 10 days ago 10 Jan 18, 3:13am -
  • CIA Facts vs Hollywood Fiction: American Made Exposed.
    In this video, Jason Bermas reviews the film American Made and separates fact from fiction regarding Barry Seal, the CIA, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and so much more regarding the scandal. Is the Tom...
    - 10 days ago 10 Jan 18, 3:12am -
  • Authorities: 8 dead in SoCal mudslides
    A storm in Southern California has given way to deadly mudslides in areas devastated by recent wildfires. RT America’s Natasha Sweatte has more on how residents are dealing with one deadly disaster after another.
    - 10 days ago 10 Jan 18, 3:11am -
  • Global Economic Growth Has Peaked, Says World Bank
    Ageing populations, low investment and tightening monetary policy limit expansion via Shawn Donnan Global growth appears to have peaked, with demographics, a lack of investment, a slowing in productivity gains and tightening monetary policy placing.…
    - 10 days ago 10 Jan 18, 3:09am -
  • The Municipal Debt Crisis Begins
    by Martin Armstrong I have previously reported that about 50% of German municipalities are insolvent. This is a global trend and we are witnessing it in the United States as well. The North Rhine-Westphalian Association...
    - 10 days ago 10 Jan 18, 3:08am -
  • William Cooper: Communist Takeover Of The Democrat Party
    Bill Cooper talks about the Luciferian Masonic Communist takeover of both the Democrat Party and America.
    - 10 days ago 10 Jan 18, 3:08am -

International Business Times

Financial Survival

Daily Reckoning

  • newRay Blanco’s Biotech Report: The 48-Hour Alzheimer’s Cure

    Ray Blanco’s Biotech Report: The 48-Hour Alzheimer’s Cure

    This post Ray Blanco’s Biotech Report: The 48-Hour Alzheimer’s Cure appeared first on Daily Reckoning.More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. But those days could soon be over. Today, Ray Blanco explains how a new therap…
    - 1 hour ago 19 Jan 18, 7:20pm -
  • newIs Facebook Finally Finished?

    Is Facebook Finally Finished?

    This post Is Facebook Finally Finished? appeared first on Daily Reckoning.The start of a social media meltdown. Today, Greg Guenthner concentrates on a new comeback move…The post Is Facebook Finally Finished? appeared first on Daily Reckoning.
    - 6 hours ago 19 Jan 18, 2:37pm -
  • newFord Says Buy Intel

    Ford Says Buy Intel

    This post Ford Says Buy Intel appeared first on Daily Reckoning.Managing Editor Davis Ruzicka recently attended a speech by Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett. But in the end, it wasn’t Ford who impressed him…The post Ford Says Buy Intel appear…
    - 7 hours ago 19 Jan 18, 1:30pm -
  • Jobs and Taxes: Trump’s Master Marijuana Plan

    Jobs and Taxes: Trump’s Master Marijuana Plan

    This post Jobs and Taxes: Trump’s Master Marijuana Plan appeared first on Daily Reckoning.Trump hasn't been shy about squashing Sessions when he's felt the need to do so. Today, Ray Blanco explains why billions in tax money and a million new jobs…
    - 1 day ago 18 Jan 18, 8:08pm -
  • CRYPTO CRASH: You Won’t Believe What Just Happened to Bitcoin

    CRYPTO CRASH: You Won’t Believe What Just Happened to Bitcoin

    This post CRYPTO CRASH: You Won’t Believe What Just Happened to Bitcoin appeared first on Daily Reckoning.Bitcoin broke below $10,000 during a wild trading session yesterday, briefly sending the king of cryptos 50% below its December highs. Today,…
    - 1 day ago 18 Jan 18, 3:34pm -
  • Cry-Baby OPEC Just Got Exactly What They Wanted… (Again)

    Cry-Baby OPEC Just Got Exactly What They Wanted… (Again)

    This post Cry-Baby OPEC Just Got Exactly What They Wanted… (Again) appeared first on Daily Reckoning.Big, bad OPEC just got exactly what they wanted. And as Jody Chudley explains, this is just the beginning…The post Cry-Baby OPEC Just Got Exact…
    - 1 day ago 18 Jan 18, 1:30pm -
  • 5 Reasons You’re Not Reaching Your Financial Goals

    5 Reasons You’re Not Reaching Your Financial Goals

    This post 5 Reasons You’re Not Reaching Your Financial Goals appeared first on Daily Reckoning.Are these the reasons you haven’t achieved your financial goals?...The post 5 Reasons You’re Not Reaching Your Financial Goals appeared first on Da…
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  • The New Most Interesting Man in the World?

    The New Most Interesting Man in the World?

    This post The New Most Interesting Man in the World? appeared first on Daily Reckoning.The Daily Reckoning introduces its latest heavyweight… Why is Shaquille O’Neal so mad at our new addition?...The post The New Most Interesting Man in the Wor…
    - 2 days ago 17 Jan 18, 10:22pm -
  • New Tech Leads to Profit Chances No One Saw Coming

    New Tech Leads to Profit Chances No One Saw Coming

    This post New Tech Leads to Profit Chances No One Saw Coming appeared first on Daily Reckoning.The most unexpected breakout of the year? As brick-and-mortar stocks rise, Greg Guenthner reveals how new technologies are making this one of the hottest…
    - 2 days ago 17 Jan 18, 7:55pm -
  • Will You Know What to Do When Stocks Fall?

    Will You Know What to Do When Stocks Fall?

    This post Will You Know What to Do When Stocks Fall? appeared first on Daily Reckoning.The Dow hits another milestone and stocks suddenly tumble. Greg Guenthner reports…The post Will You Know What to Do When Stocks Fall? appeared first on Daily R…
    - 2 days ago 17 Jan 18, 2:51pm -

Jim Rogers Blog

  • Jim Rogers: I Have Never Seen Anything Like Bitcoin
     Famed investor and best-selling author Jim Rogers says that he has seen a lot of bubbles in his career, but that Bitcoin is in a league of its own."There have been plenty of bubbles I have seen in my life but this one is a little strange, beca…
    - 29 days ago 21 Dec 17, 9:56pm -
  • Jim Rogers: Bitcoin is just another Investment Bubble
     Source : MarketwatchAt 75, veteran investor Jim Rogers remains as sharp and feisty as he was two decades ago when I first met him at Columbia Business School. More importantly for investors in search of ideas — he’s just as opinionated. Li…
    - 56 days ago 24 Nov 17, 3:21pm -
  • Jim Rogers -- People's Bank of Taiwan makes sense
    Public Financial Channel trump card show "pretentious" earlier invited to the world-class figures - the legendary investment guru Jim Rogers (Jim Rogers) drove, and veteran actress Liu Yu 葳 (葳 葳) talk about stocks, on gold, life . Rogers will r…
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  • JIM ROGERS Stocks Fall as Energy Companies Slide with Oil Prices,Tech Weighs
    JIM ROGERS Stocks Fall as Energy Companies Slide with Oil Prices,Tech WeighsJim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a mu…
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  • Jim Rogers : The Population Bomb
    Investment legend and global financial commentator Jim Rogers will provide a keynote address entitled ‘The Population Bomb: Migration, Global Population, and Environmental Trends, and What They Mean for Asia’, which will highlight some of the key…
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  • Jim Rogers : The computer and the Internet are going to change money as we know it
    “People in China don’t have paper money,” Rogers said. “They buy a cup of coffee, put their phone on the sensor, and it’s paid for. They look at me funny when I say I have cash and want to pay. They say, ‘We don’t want to take cash.…
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  • JIM ROGERS -- These Americaan States Are Already Bankrupt!
    JIM ROGERS - 04 Nov 2017 - These States In The US Are Already Bankrupt!Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi mill…
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  • Jim Rogers : Traditional Banks will Disapear
    "My children will never walk into a bank when they become adults," he said to China Daily in Hong Kong on Oct. 24. "By then, all of the banks along the streets will be replaced by computers and certainly mobile phones."Jim RogersMoreover, Rogers…
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  • Jim Rogers Invests in Fintech Bank
     Source : Finews AsiaLegendary investor Jim Rogers funded a new Hong Kong based fintech bank. ITF, a fintech bank that veteran U.S. investor Jim Rogers has invested in, will set up its headquarters in Hong Kong and aims to start operating next…
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  • Jim Rogers WARNING OCTOBER 2017 - 3 Ways to Prepare for the Upcoming Crash!
    Jim Rogers WARNING OCTOBER 2017 - 3 Ways to Prepare for the Upcoming Crash!Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi…
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of two minds

  • newIt's Time to Retire "Capitalism"
    Our current socio-economic system is nothing but the application of force on the many to enforce the skims, scams and privileges of the self-serving few.I've placed the word capitalism in quotation marks to reflect the reality that this word now co…
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  • The Fascinating Psychology of Blowoff Tops
    Central banks have guaranteed a bubble collapse is the only possible output of the system they've created.The psychology of blowoff tops in asset bubbles is fascinating: let's start with the first requirement of a move qualifying as a blowoff top, w…
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  • Social Change Will Upend the Status Quo
    The nation is fragmenting because the Status Quo is failing the majority of the citizenry.The core narrative of the Status Quo is that nothing fundamental needs to be changed: all the problems can be solved with more "free money" (borrowed from the…
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  • Yes, But at What Cost?
    This is how our entire status quo maintains the illusion of normalcy: by avoiding a full accounting of the costs.The economy's going great--but at what cost? "Normalcy" has been restored, but at what cost? Profits are soaring, but at what cost? Our…
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  • It's Not About Democracy: Control Fraud Is the Core of our Political System
    The many are finally calling out the abusers of power because there's no longer any need to pay the corrupting costs of centralization.If we strip away the pretense of democracy, what is the core of our political System? Answer: control fraud, which…
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  • Why the Financial System Will Break: You Can't "Normalize" Markets that Depend on Extreme Monetary Stimulus
    Central banks are now trapped.In a nutshell, central banks are promising to "normalize" their monetary policy extremes in 2018. Nice, but there's a problem: you can't "normalize" markets that are now entirely dependent on extremes of monetary stimul…
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  • A Few Resolutions for 2018
    Here are some resolutions I'm pondering adding to my daily routines.Since "We are what we repeatedly do" (attributed to Aristotle), i.e. we are what we do every day, resolutions have little consequence until they become daily habits. With that in…
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  • The Hidden-in-Plain-Sight Mechanism of the Super-Wealthy: Money-Laundering 2.0
    Financial and political power are two sides of one coin.We all know the rich are getting richer, and the super-rich are getting super-richer. This reality is illustrated in the chart of income gains, the vast majority of which have flowed to the top…
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  • Is One Reason Why the Status Quo Disdains Bitcoin Is the "Wrong People Are Getting Rich"?
    The wrong people--rebels, outsiders, nerds and techies-- got on the cryptocurrency boat while their insider/rentier "betters" blew it and are now raging bitterly onshore.The psychology of money, wealth and speculative manias is endlessly fascinating.…
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  • "Wealth Effect" = Widening Wealth Inequality
    Note that widening wealth and income inequality is a non-partisan trend.One of the core goals of the Federal Reserve's monetary policies of the past 9 years is to generate the "wealth effect": by pushing the valuations of stocks and bonds higher, Am…
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The Big Picture

  • new2018 Inside ETFs Conference this weekend!
    2018 Inside ETFs Conference will take place in Florida between January 21 and January 24     I am off this weekend to the 2018 Inside ETFs Conference in Hollywood, Florida! A lot of your favorite financial folks will be there, plus, I will be inte…
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  • new10 Friday AM Reads
    My end of week morning train reads: • Meet the man behind those ‘bitcoin genius’ ads all over the internet (Yahoo Finance) • No matter what the condition of the market, be sure you have a plan. (Barron’s) • Don’t Be Weinstein Co. 2…
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  • newLexus UX
    This is an interesting, sculptural design from Lexus. I don’t what to make of the “kinetic seats,” but the “Suicide Doors” are neat — I first encountered in the 1961 Lincoln Continental, and later in a surprisingly exotic Mazda RX8 I owne…
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  • newLabor Market Tightness across the United States since the Great Recession
    Labor Market Tightness across the United States since the Great Recession Murat Tasci, Caitlin Treanor Cleveland Fed, 01.16.18       Though labor market statistics are often reported and discussed at the national level, conditions can vary quite a…
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  • newEnormous Galaxy Cluster = 3 Million Billion Suns
    Hubble Weighs in on Mass of Three Million Billion Suns click for ginormous image Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, RELICS     NASA: In 2014, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope found that this enormous galaxy cluster contains the mass of…
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  • Introducing Bill Sweet, CFO
    This year, we promoted William Sweet to Chief Financial Officer at RWM. It could be the smartest decision we will make in 2018 – despite the new year being only 2 weeks old. You may know of Bill from his Twitter feed or the posts he has written abo…
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  • 10 Thursday AM Reads
    My annual offsite morning train reads: • Parabolic Move Don’t End By Going Sideways (Macro Tourist) see also S&P 500 Must Drop 50% For Permabears To Break Even (Price Action Lab) • The Apple Cash FAQ (Asymco) • After All the Talk About a…
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  • Vanguard Chairman McNabb: Hold Balanced Portfolios
    Vanguard’s Chairman Sees Muted Decade for Stocks After Long Rally Source: Bloomberg  The post Vanguard Chairman McNabb: Hold Balanced Portfolios appeared first on The Big Picture.
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  • How do firms adjust to rises in the minimum wage?
    The post How do firms adjust to rises in the minimum wage? appeared first on The Big Picture.
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  • What Will the Tax Bill Be on Sheltered Offshore Profits
    How the Tax Law Will Affect U.S. Firms Bringing Overseas Money Home click for interactive graphic Source: Wall Street JournalThe post What Will the Tax Bill Be on Sheltered Offshore Profits appeared first on The Big Picture.
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Jesse's Cafe Americain

  • newStocks and Precious Metals Charts - Stock Options Expiration Tomorrow - The Hollow Men
    I am guilty,But not in the way that you think.I should have recognized my duty earlier;I should have more sharply called out evil, as evil;I suppressed my judgement far too long.I did warn,But not nearly enough, and certainly not clearly enough…
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  • Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Bear Raid on Metals and Stock Buying Timed to Release of Fed Beige Book
    "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles and snares of evil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against sp…
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  • When You Thought I Wasn't Looking...
    I found a copy of this poem in a little collection of things which she had stashed away. It was one of the queen's 'treasures.'One time she was watching the little ones, carefree and at play, at the town pool and said, 'It makes it all worth it, d…
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  • Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - US Dollar Index Falls To Lowest Level Since 2014
    "How removed from interactions with ordinary Americans did political elites have to be to plan the 2016 election as a return engagement between the two most famous political dynasties of late twentieth-century America: Bush versus Clinton? Yet the co…
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  • Martin Luther King Day - Still a Dark Day In Our Nation - King Murdered One Year to the Day After 'Breaking Silence'
    "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem. You who murder your prophets, and abuse those whom God has sent as messengers to you.   How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings.  But you would not let me.  A…
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  • Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Are You Not Entertained?
    "And the Lord came and called, “Samuel! Samuel!”   And Samuel replied, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am about to do something that will shock all those who hear of it.  I am going to chas…
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  • Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - The Power Elite and the Deep State
    "We suddenly have documentary proof that key elements of the U.S. intelligence community were trying to short-circuit the U.S. democratic process.  And that puts in a new and dark context the year-long promotion of Russia-gate.  It now appears that…
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  • Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - This Forgotten Babylon
    "The bows of the mighty are broken,but the weak are clothed with strength.Those with plenty must labour for bread,but the hungry need work no more.The childless wife has children nowbut the fruitful wife bears no more.It is the Lord who gives…
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  • And Now Comes the Internet Censorship
    "A credibility trap is when the regulatory, political and/or informational functions of a society have been so compromised by a long term, generalcorruption that they cannot address any meaningful reform without implicating, at least incidentally, th…
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  • Stocks and Precious Metal Charts - Masters of War
    “Above all, don't lie to yourself.  The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie, comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others.  And having no respe…
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Angry Bear

  • newOpen thread Jan. 19, 2017

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  • How Amazon’s Accounting Makes Rich People’s Income Invisible
    By Steve Roth (reposted) How Amazon’s Accounting Makes Rich People’s Income Invisible Increasingly, businesses don’t generate profits. They generate capital gains. It’s fiendishly clever. Image you’re Jeff Bezos, circa 1998. You’re buildi…
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  • After the Global Financial Crisis: Are We Safe Now?
    by Joseph Joyce After the Global Financial Crisis: Are We Safe Now? A decade after the global financial crisis the global economy seems (finally) to be enjoying a robust recovery. Economic growth is widespread and includes increased expenditures on i…
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  • Democrats Are Silent Again
    I do not understand the silence of the Democrats when it comes to dealing with the issues of this country such as student debt, the attacks by Trump and Republicans on the ACA, the Republican and Trump tax reform plan giving $billions to the 1% of th…
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  • Minority unemployment: progress vs. prejudice
    Minority unemployment: progress vs. prejudice On this Martin Luther King Day, let’s take a look at minority unemployment. This got a little attention earlier this month when the December jobs report showed the smallest gap ever between the unemploy…
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  • Are Voters In Nations With A Poland Problem Especially Sophisticated?
    Are Voters In Nations With A Poland Problem Especially Sophisticated?  The argument here is that a nation with a Poland problem has a disconnect between its economic conditions and its political  outcomes.  It could be argued that in such a case t…
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  • Open thread Jan. 16, 2017

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  • (88% of a Sample of) Republicans Helpfully Make it Clear That They Don’t Care About Accuracy
    Jason Schwartz buries the lede in this genuinely alarming article in Politico “Study: Americans view media negatively, can’t agree on meaning of ‘fake news'” I attempt to excavate it. The study — the 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey on…
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  • France called ……………….they want their statue back

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  • Real wages in 2017
    Real wages in 2017 Now that we have the report on consumer prices for December, let’s take a look at what happened with real wages in 2017. Consumer prices increased +0.1% in December, and wages for non-managerial workers rose 0.3%,  This for that…
    - 4 days ago 15 Jan 18, 2:34pm -

The Burning Platform

  • newThe Twitter President
    Guest Post by Paul Craig Roberts As my readers at home and around the world know, I supported giving Trump a chance as Trump, and only Trump, addressed the two most important issues of our time for both all of humanity and for Americans: (1) avoiding…
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  • newPlease Don‘t Shut Down The Government, Democrats, Because That Would Be Awful (Not)
    Guest Post by Kurt Schlichter What a tragedy it would be if Democrats made good on their threat and decided DACA was so important that they must shut down the federal government over it. Please don’t! Why, I’d be heartbroken if the government did…
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  • newShutdowns, Dreamers Meh
    Guest Post by Karl Denninger   Oh please. “Protect dreamers”?  There’s nothing to “protect”; those people were given a “hall pass” illegally by Obama. If the government wants to put them all through a merit-based system and then…
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  • new#ReleaseTheMemo: Document Exposing Obama-era FISA Abuse Is Made Available to House Members
    Originally Posted at Free Market Shooter; Authored by Jon Hall In a flurry of headlines and statements amid a bombshell report by Sara Carter, a memo outlining a classified document exposing extensive FISA abuse was made available to all House member…
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  • newThe Left Eats It’s Own
    Guest Post by Hardscrabble Farmer Is there any sound as sweet as the dulcet tone of your enemy gnawing on the bones of their allies? I dare say there is not. The biggest problem with identity politics is the number of identities and the fact that not…
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  • newFever Pitch
    Guest Post by Jim Kunstler In case you’re worked up about the looming federal government shut-down, this is exactly how we’re supposed to roll in the long emergency: everything organized at the gigantic scale is going to wobble and fail. It’s n…
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  • newUnderstanding Debt
    Remember when pundits suggested the way to get rich quick was to use “Other People’s Money” (OPM)? They pointed to real estate empires and stock market success resulting from investors leveraging debt to accumulate wealth. It’s not as easy as…
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    I suppose it’s just possible that we may be just trading one evil for another. I’ll concede that much. However, it looks like were going to get a nice shit show out of the deal to make it all go down a little easier. Shh, I think Act II is about…
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  • newFEDS: CNBC News Crew Arrested After Trying to Smuggle “Improvised Explosive Device” Through Newark Liberty Airport
    This is creepy shit. Via Seven members of a cable television crew have been arrested after they tried to sneak a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport, the Transportation Security…
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  • new#ReleaseTheMemo

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Silicon Valley Insider

The Wire

War Room

Naked Capitalism

Coyote Blog

  • Thoughts on Challenging the Climate Orthodoxy
    I have over several months been answering questions about my climate positions -- I think for a woman's school project but I honestly can't remember any more.  Anyway, I answered a question for her today and though I did not spend a ton of time on i…
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  • Transparent and Visible Cross-Subsidy: Unethical; Invisible Legally-Mandated Cross-Subsidy at the Behest of a Special Interest: A-OK
    From Engadget, apparently the EU has banned retailers for adding a surcharge on credit card purchases.  Since it is an absolute fact that credit card sales cost retailers at least 3% more (due to merchant processing fees) than cash sales, I likely w…
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  • Dolphin Intelligence -- Simply Amazing
    This has been shared around a lot but I was very impressed with dolphins following strategies of deferred gratification that some humans I know would be challenged by. At the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi, Kelly the dolphin has b…
    - 8 days ago 11 Jan 18, 6:44pm -
  • My First and Last Marathon: After-Action Report
    I achieved my goal and completed my first (and last) marathon on Sunday, roughly in the time I expected.  I wasn't going to actually discuss the time (to people who ask my time I usually answer "daytime"), but upon reflection I think it would be goo…
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  • Marathon Update -- 2 Steps Forward, One Step Back
    So, five days to my first and last marathon.  Some progress (and setbacks): Got the cortisone shots in my arthritic knees.  They feel about as good as I could hope Had my plantar fasciitis come back in my right foot.  I ran 16 miles on it at its w…
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  • The Good and Bad of Unions
    Private employees unions (I will leave out public employee unions from this discussion, as they are a different animal) enter the public discourse a lot less frequently than they did in my youth, say in the 1970's.  At that time, union power and act…
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  • The Government Loves to Make Us All Criminals
    Here in Phoenix, we use our fireplace pretty much once a year -- on Christmas Day, more as an aesthetic aid to the atmosphere and festivities rather than out of any real need for added warmth.  I bought a box of fire logs several years ago and there…
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  • Two Stories of Christmas Procrastination and Redemption
    For a variety of reasons, I was pretty late going out to find a Christmas tree and did not actually begin the search until last Sunday  (I had a conference the week before and my kids were not in town and it is not that much fun to shop for trees wi…
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  • Bank of America's Absurd Telephone Security
    So I called Bank of America to send a new credit card to me (the chip was screwed up, which has now happened to three of my cards).  The automated system asked me for the card number and zip code (the latter being a good idea since it is information…
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  • A Couple of Vegas Notes
    Was in Vegas last week for a conference at the Cosmopolitan. A couple of notes:  IMO the best bar in Vegas is the bar in the sky lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  Quiet, intimate, and with a drop-dead gorgeous view of the strip.  Honestly, th…
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Washington's Blog

  • newThe British Empire In Yemen
    By Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation. Over the holidays, I began watching a Netflix/BBC series entitled The Last Post, which revolves around a contingent of British troops in the early 1960s stationed in Aden, a port city in Yemen, … C…
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  • newGallup: Global Disapproval of U.S. Leadership Has Soared Under Trump

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  • Media Lies About Fake News
    Eric Zuesse A major new Gallup report that was issued on January 16th headlined “American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy” (it’s issued in conjunction with the Knight Foundation) and it finds that “Internet-only news websites” are the lea…
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  • Gallup: Americans Distrust News Media — Especially Online
    Eric Zuesse “Can you think of an objective news source?” A January 16th Gallup Poll report, “American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy” (it’s issued in conjunction with the Knight Foundation), finds that a majority (by 51% to 44%) of Ameri…
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  • #WarHurtsEarth — April 22, 2018, Earth Day Actions for Peace and Planet

    #WarHurtsEarth — April 22, 2018, Earth Day Actions for Peace and Planet

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  • Support the New Poor People’s Campaign

    Support the New Poor People’s Campaign

    The new poor people’s campaign should get every ounce of support we can find and generate. I say that without the qualifications and caveats I would usually include, because the Poor People’s Campaign is doing something that may not be … Contin…
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  • Talk Nation Radio: Jackson Lears on the Russiagate Religion

    Talk Nation Radio: Jackson Lears on the Russiagate Religion

    Jackson Lears is the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. Lears is the editor of the journal Raritan: A Quarterly Review. His books include: Something for Nothing: Luck in America and Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History…
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  • Gallup: U.S. Well-Being Declines Under Trump, Especially for Poor
    Eric Zuesse, originally posted at On January 10th, Gallup listed their “Top Well-Being Findings of 2017”, and three findings pertained to the entire U.S. (the others pertained only to sub-populations): Americans’ well-bein…
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  • The Fascinating Psychology of Blowoff Tops

    The Fascinating Psychology of Blowoff Tops

    The psychology of blowoff tops in asset bubbles is fascinating: let’s start with the first requirement of a move qualifying as a blowoff top, which is the vast majority of participants deny the move is a blowoff top. Exhibit 1: a chart … Contin…
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  • Amnesty International Is Barking Up The Wrong Tree
    By Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, Associate Editor for the Wall Street Journal, and Senior Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.  A former economics professor, Dr. Roberts is listed by Who’s Who…
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Deal Breaker

Deal Book

Dr. Housing Bubble

Gonzalo Lira

  • Moral Normcore
    “Normcore” is a label for the current fashion trend of wearing undistinctive, unremarkable clothing—but the word itself is exploding across the American zeitgeist. Somehow, people sense that the word describes more than just fashion. I agree: T…
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  • Only In America, Part I
    The New York Times has a front-page story about how Federal prosecutors are getting tough on the banksters. The headline: “Long Seen As Immune, Two Wall Street Banks Become Targets”. But look closer. The two “targets” of government prosecutor…
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  • The Twitter In The Coalmine: The End of Asset Price Inflation?
    Poor dead Twitter-bird . . .So Twitter (TWTR) released some user figures, and they are not good. Bottom line, they’re losing money, and their user-base is shrinking—which is why their stock took an 11% tumble in after-hours trading as I write the…
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  • A Chinese Shadow Bank Bailout May Mean A Crash In U.S. Treasury Bonds
    This article is adapted from a post which originally appeared at my Strategic Planning Group. Go to the preview page to see what it’s about.China’s economy in 2014 is remarkably similar to America’s in 2008: Both were fueled by real estate spec…
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  • The Trouble with IRA’s and 401(k)’s
    Last week, The Daily Reckoning ranked me Number 5 on their list of “The 50 Best Investing Blogs”. All I have to say is, Thanks!Individual retirement accounts seem like the answer to a lot of people’s prayers. Every month, you deposit a set amou…
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  • Why America Breaks Our Hearts
    A man named LK dropped me an e-mail, in response to my Falling Forward piece.In the piece, I discussed the inability of the United States to adjust after the end of the Cold War. My crazed ramblings garnered a great deal of reaction, both positive a…
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  • The Fed Is Playing Global Pump-and-Dump

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  • The Hypocrisy That Hope Bought
    Obama, Obama, Obama . . . you’re such a liar. Please visit Gonzalo Lira's Strategic Planning Group
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  • Profits Über Alles?
    Neoliberal economics has been a wonderful driving force for progress and material prosperity—but it cannot be the single ruling principle of our lives, of our government, or of our society. If we allow the profit motive to be the only motive, then…
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  • What If There’s A Recession in 2014?
    If policymakers were gunfighters, they’d be out of bullets: They have run out of effective policy tools to improve the economy. So the question is simple: If there is a recession in 2014, and policymakers are out of bullets, how will it play out a…
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Marc to Market

  • Emerging Markets: Preview of the Week Ahead
    (from my colleague Dr. Win Thin)EM FX continues to rally as the dollar remains on its back foot.  With no obvious drivers this week that might help the dollar, we believe EM FX can extend the recent gains.  Still, we continue to advise caution when…
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  • Drivers and Views
    It is not easy to recall another week in which there were so many potential changes to the broad investment climate.  The relatively light economic calendar in the week ahead may allow investors to continue to ruminate about some of those developme…
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  • Dollar Bears Tighten Their Grip
    The consolidation/correction in the US dollar that we anticipated on technical grounds was brief and shallow.  A series of developments seemed to play into the bear's hands.  The developments from the shift in how China sets the reference rate,  t…
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  • Emerging Markets: What Changed
    (from my colleague Dr. Win Thin)China State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) disputed press reports that it was slowing or halting purchases of US Treasury bonds.Korean officials warned that it will take stern steps to prevent one-sided curr…
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  • Great Graphic: Euro Monthly
    The euro peaked in July 2008 near $1.6040.  It was a record. The euro has trended choppily lower through the end of 2016 as this Great Graphic, created on Bloomberg, illustrates.   We drew in the downtrend line on the month bar chart.  The trend…
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  • Euro Jumps Higher
    There is one main story today and it is the euro's surge.  The euro began the week consolidating it recent gains a heavier bias, but the record of last month's ECB meeting surprised the market with its seeming willingness to change the forward guid…
    - 7 days ago 12 Jan 18, 11:19am -
  • The Coming Transformation
    It is an amazing set of circumstances.  The combination of strong growth impulses fueled by supportive monetary policies, and in several large economies (e.g., US and Japan) fiscal policy is also stimulative and demographics are causing a shift tha…
    - 8 days ago 11 Jan 18, 3:13pm -
  • Capital Markets Calmer, Greenback Consolidates
    As market participants were just getting their sea legs back after the start of the year, it was hit by a one-two punch of ideas that BOJ policy was turning less accommodative and that Chinese officials were wary of adding to their Treasury holdings…
    - 8 days ago 11 Jan 18, 11:09am -
  • China and US Treasuries
    The US Treasury market was consolidating yesterday's 7.5 basis point jump in 10-year yields when Bloomberg's headline hit.  The claim was that Chinese officials are "wary of Treasuries".  Yields rose quickly to test 2.60% and the dollar moved lowe…
    - 9 days ago 10 Jan 18, 8:02pm -
  • Yen Short Squeeze Extended
    Sparked by fears that the BOJ took a step toward the monetary exit by reducing the amount of long-term bonds it is buying, there is an apparent scramble to cover previously sold yen positions.  Th dollar finished last week near JPY113.00.  It fell…
    - 9 days ago 10 Jan 18, 11:52am -

China Financial Markets

  • China: Choosing More Debt, More Unemployment, Or Transfers
    I have often written in this blog and elsewhere about the three policy choices Beijing faces as it tries to manage through the adjustment process. My argument is that subject to two very plausible assumptions, every economic policy Beijing implements…
    - 18 Nov 16, 1:23pm -
  • The impact in China and abroad of slowing growth
    This blog entry is largely something I wrote a year ago about the impact of a Chinese rebalancing on the global economy, rx and except for this first paragraph nothing has been changed. The entry on my blog that had been posted a couple of weeks earl…
    - 30 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • Does it matter if China cleans up its banks?
    I’ve always thought that Shirley Yam of the South China Morning Post has a great nose for financial risk, and this shows in an article she published last week on mainland real estate. For anyone knowledgeable about the history of financial bubbles…
    - 31 Aug 16, 12:59pm -
  • Rebalancing, wealth transfers, and the growth of Chinese debt
    For the past ten years much of what I have written about debt in China was aimed mainly at trying to convince analysts and policymakers that the Chinese economy was structurally dependent on an unsustainable increase in debt in order to generate GDP…
    - 22 Jun 16, 9:58am -
  • How Much Investment is Optimal
    A few years ago I wrote an essay on my blog that received a lot of attention and in which I tried to explain what the underlying assumption was for analysts who considered that China’s low level of investment relative to that of, troche say, help t…
    - 2 Jun 16, 5:19am -
  • The titillating and terrifying collapse of the dollar. Again.
    Foreign perceptions about the Chinese economy are far more volatile than the economy itself, and are spread across a fantastic array of forecasts. On one extreme there are still many who hold the view that overwhelmingly dominated the consensus just…
    - 8 May 16, 9:08am -
  • The re-emergence of the Jacksonians
    We’ve pelted Donald Trump with all the withering humor we can muster, malady and even though it is hard to imagine an easier target for elitist humor, pharm with his blustering narcissism, prescription his intellectual inconsistency, his questionab…
    - 23 Mar 16, 4:35am -
  • Will China’s new “supply-side” reforms help China?
    It wasn’t enough that we started 2016 with one of the worst weeks in the recent history of Chinese and global markets, but the panic continued into the following weeks and wreaked a great deal of damage to confidence. A lot of the reflexive China b…
    - 25 Jan 16, 3:33am -
  • China’s rebalancing timetable
    We often read in the press rather alarming stories about the rise of an ugly and belligerent nationalism in China, buy cialis but while these stories are certainly very real, sovaldi after the November 13 bombings in Paris I was struck by a very diff…
    - 29 Nov 15, 2:45pm -
  • Thin Air’s money isn’t created out of thin air
    A recurring conversation I have with clients concerns the ability of banks to create credit, buy and of governments to monetize debt, pilule and whether this ability is the solution to or the cause of financial instability and economic crisis. Moneta…
    - 19 Oct 15, 4:00am -

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