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Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Target2 and Secret Bailouts: Will Germany be Forced Into a Fiscal Union with Rest of Eurozone?
Project Syndicate writer, Hans-Werner Sinn, explains why the ECB’s asset purchases and Target2 imbalances constitute “Europe’s Secret Bailout”. Under the ECB’s QE program, which started in March 2015, eurozone members’ central banks buy private market securities for €1.74 trillion ($1.84 trillion), with more than €1.4 trillion to be used to purchase their own countries’ government debt. The QE program seems to be symmetrical because each central bank repurchases its own government debt in propo
Monday, April 24, 2017
Mike Hewitt - Dollar Daze
  Hyperinflation around the Globe 
Angola (1991-1999) Angola went through the worst inflation from 1991 to 1995. In early 1991, the highest denomination was 50,000 kwanzas. By 1994, it was 500,000 kwanzas. In the 1995 currency reform, 1 kwanza reajustado was exchanged for 1,000 kwanzas. The highest denomination in 1995 was 5,000,000 kwanzas reajustados. In the 1999 currency reform, 1 new kwanza was exchanged for 1,000,000 kwanzas reajustados. The overall impact of hyperinflation: 1 new kwanza = 1,000,000,000 pre-1991 kwanzas.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Last Chance For France
Before I get started, I must recommend that this weekend, you listen to yesterday’s third installment of the Miles Franklin Silver All-Star Panel Webinar – hosted by myself, and featuring David Morgan, Steve St. Angelo, and Craig Hemke.  Nowhere on the internet – much less, for free – will you receive such vitally important information about the world’s most undervalued asset class.  And given the Cartel’s all-time high silver short position – amidst a veritable blizzard of potentially short-cov
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Michael Ballanger
Confusion Reigns. . .
A few days ago, I postulated that despite the seasonal weakness most were anticipating in May and despite the sharp increase in Commercial shorting that was still below 2016 levels, the precious metals would buck conventional wisdom and advance further into even greater degrees of overbought status. On Tuesday morning, after watching 22,000 contracts in June Gold completely wipe out every bid down to $1,280.60, causing a sympathetic crash in silver down to $18.06, I was not only ready to break
Friday, April 21, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
Yellen's Setting Up the Markets For Their Third Fed-Caused Crash
Janet Yellen is playing with matches next to a $20 Trillion Debt Bomb. During her speech at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in Michigan, Yellen stated that the biggest risk to monetary policy is for the Fed to “get behind the curve” regarding inflation. To that end, the Yellen Fed has already raised interest rates twice in the last six months.  And it is pushing for yet another rate hike in June. However, Yellen as usual is missing the bigger issue: the risk of DEBT deflation triggere
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Mark O'Byrne - gold.ie
Gold Surges Above Key 200 Day Moving Average $1270 Level
– Gold price breaks above key 200-day moving average – Gold hits 5-month high on back of investor nervousness – Safe haven has 10% gains in 2017 after 9% gains in 2016 – Gold options signal more gains as ETF buying increases – Geopolitical uncertainty over North Korea & Middle East – Tensions high -World awaits US move & Russia response – Russia says chemical attack was terrorist “false flag” – Poor March jobs report shows US economy vulnerable – French elections still tight and Le Pen still has
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Marine Le Pen-The Potential Brexit Times 100
You want drama. ..and TRUTH?  Well, let’s start with this amazing, must see, three-minute 2009 clip from Ron Paul; or, as I deemed him five years ago, “America’s greatest man.”  Given what I discussed in Friday’s “did America just start World War III”; and yesterday’s “beating of the drums”; it couldn’t be more appropriate – as in it, he asks “what if” America’s foreign policy is misguided; and “what if” it continues down the horrifying road it appears dead set on taking. At this point, I have l
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Sprott Money
Precious Metals: Crisis Protection - Jeff Nielson
Readers of these commentaries may have wondered if they were receiving mixed messages over these past many months. On the one hand, they have been told that converting our paper wealth into gold and silver is one of our most important wealth management strategies. Indeed, this has even been described as “the secret of wealth preservation” . The strategy is a simple one (as opposed to simplistic). The banking crime syndicate is continually diluting our paper currencies as a covert means of
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
An "Investment" Even More Ludicrous Than Government Bonds
By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at "What about investing in hard assets like diamonds?" I get asked this sometimes so figured I'd cover it here. I wrote the below piece some years ago and it answers the question about whether diamonds should be treated as a store of value in an investor's portfolio. The word monopoly has its roots in the Greek words monos (single) and polein (to sell). It first appeared in Aristotle's Politics where Aristotle describes how in Greece in the 6th century B
Monday, April 10, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
Will Trump Stop Plans to Ban Cash in the US?
The biggest trend that continues “behind the scenes” is the War on Cash. Anyone who believed that the political shift towards nationalism would somehow result in the elites giving up their Central Planning schemes is mistaken. Consider Europe… Recently, the European Union announced it would start researching whether or not to put an upper limit on what cash can be used for… with the idea of implementing this policy in 2018. Spain, Greece, Portugal, and France are already banning cash for above c
Sunday, April 9, 2017
USA GOLD - USA Gold
Greece strikes deal with EU creditors over reforms
FT/Jim Brunsden/04-07-17 Greece has struck a deal with its creditors on reforms the country must carry out in exchange for continuing to receive money from its €86bn bailout programme. The deal, which encompasses pension cuts, a widening of the tax base, and other reforms has been months in the making and was closed during intensive talks this week. …Further difficult hurdles must still be cleared, however, before the IMF will join the programme, notably political sensitive negotiations on debt
Friday, April 7, 2017
Alasdair Macleod - Finance and Eco.
The decline and fall of the EU
This article identifies the headwinds faced by the EU in the wake of Brexit.Without the UK, not only does the EU lose much of its importance on the world stage, but the Commission’s budget is left with an enormous hole. That is the decline. The fall is well under way, with capital flight significantly worse than generally realised, as a proper understanding of TARGET2 imbalances shows. Not only is the ECB running out of options, but without major support from Germany, France and Italy, Brussels
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Disturbing Trends, Amidst The Trump-Flation Hype
I have to admit, some days there isn’t as much to write about as others.  It’s not often, but in a world of perpetually controlled financial markets and relentless “fake news,” “eyes of the storm” are often witnessed.  This is particularly the case in gold and silver, where the Cartel is desperately trying to push prices below the 200 week moving averages they surpassed last week, for the first time since Election Day; such as yesterday, when first the “8:00 PM algo”; and then, the 819th “2:15 A
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Mark O'Byrne - gold.ie
Gold Bullion Coin Worth $4 Million, Stolen in Berlin Museum Heist
– Gold coin called ‘Million Dollar Gold Coin’ or ‘Big Maple Leaf’ stolen from Berlin museum early on Monday – World’s purest gold coin and in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 99999 fine gold – Gold coin was legal tender, investment grade, bullion coin and only 7 other coins were minted – The other ‘Million Dollar Gold Coin’ is still available for sale by GoldCore safely stored in vaults in Ottawa – Royal Canadian Mint minted the gold coin in 2007 and carries imprint of Queen Elizab
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
“The Ultimatum”
Next week, I’ll be on vacation; and plan not to write.  That said, don’t be surprised if I do, as I have a nasty habit of waking up long before anyone else, with a craving to express myself; particularly, with so many PiMBEEB headlines to consider.  Either way, I invite you to visit the Miles Franklin Blog to check out the vast archive of everything I’ve ever published, going back to when I joined the firm in 2011.  Not to mention, to see what Miles Franklin is all about.  No bullion dealer prov
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
PiMBEEB-A-LOOZA
This is the first week I can remember, in which every day, I awoke to so many “horrible headlines,” I couldn’t determine which to focus on.  Which is why, articles like yesterday’s “all out political, economic, and financial war” have been commonplace; in which, I comment on myriad topics, from the four corners of the planet; which invariably, are tied to the same root cause.  I.e., the catastrophic, terminal phase of history’s largest, most destructive fiat Ponzi scheme. Consequently, I’m creat
Friday, March 24, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
“Us” Against The World
This just isn’t fair!  As every time the weekend passes, I wake up Monday with a gargantuan amount of “horrible headlines” to process (or, as I have recently deemed them, “PM bullish, everything-else bearish); which I dutifully gather every second of the day, be it Saturday, Sunday, or holiday.  In other words, the Miles Franklin Blog tirelessly works 24/7, to give you the best, and most actionable information available. In this particular case, there are literally four topics worthy of stand-al
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Benjamin Constant
On the Liberty of the Ancients Compared with that of the Moderns
"He loved liberty as other men love power," was the judgment passed on Benjamin Constant by a 19th-century admirer.His great public concern, all throughout his adult life, was the attainment of a free society, especially for his adopted country, France; and if a (by no means uncritical) French commentator exaggera
Monday, March 20, 2017
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
US Pressures IMF to Walk Away From Greece: Déjà Vu, All Over Again
Greece is in reverse. Greek Unemployment Rose to 23.1%, GDP contracted 1.2% last quarter, and now the US is pressuring the IMF to back away from continued bailouts. 4th “Bailout” Needed Greece’s labor market seems immune to the broader improvements in jobs growth seen elsewhere in Europe where average unemployment has now fallen to a four-year low of 9.8 percent. The economy, which has the highest debt burden in the bloc at 180 per cent, also suffered a sharp growth setback in the last three m
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Mark O'Byrne - gold.ie
Gold Cup – Horse Racing’s Greatest Show, Gambling and ‘Going for Gold’
– Gold Cup at Cheltenham – Most important event on horse racing calendar   – Gold Cup trophy contains 10 ounces of gold – Today’s prize is worth over £9,000 in gold terms – £600 million bets on horses, 220,000 pints of Guinness will be drunk, 9 tonnes of potato eaten  – Gold constantly and universally awarded as top prize – Ultimate prize to award our heroes as early as 408 BC – Humanity recognises it as very rare and very valuable – Gold a great prize and a good bet but works best as hedge and
Friday, March 17, 2017
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