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What A Westinghouse Bankruptcy Could Mean For U.S. Utilities
International news services now report that Japan's Toshiba Corporation (9502.T) is preparing to make a chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for its Westinghouse Electric subsidiary as soon as this Monday, March 27. For most of our readers this news evokes little surprise. This is merely another chapter of a slow moving financial and accounting train wreck involving nuclear design and construction firm Westinghouse and its troubled Japanese parent, Toshiba. But like an old, leaky garbage scow
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Catalyst for Chaos
Up until very recently, stocks had been humming along without so much as a minor speedbump and volatility was becoming a distant memory. However, it now seems prudent to once again remind investors that this extremely overvalued market is headed for an epic crash. The Cassandras, myself included, have been wrong about this warning for what seems like a long time. Nevertheless, much like those who warned of a housing bubble a few years before the bottom completely fell out, reality is
Monday, March 27, 2017
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Pension Problem Too Big To Ignore?
Bloomberg writer Danielle DiMartino Booth says the Pension Crisis Too Big for Markets to Ignore. But I have a question: If the problem is too big to be ignored, why is nearly everyone complacent? Only a handful of sites including MishTalk, ZeroHedge, and Jack Dean at Pension Tsunami discuss the problem with any frequency. On a recent Friday, Dean posted multiple stories on the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the country’s largest pension program, as well as a budget cliff facin
Monday, March 27, 2017
Keith Weiner - Monetary Metals
Putting Pennies in the Fusebox, Report 26 Mar, 2017
Back in the old days, homes had fuse boxes. Today, of course, any new house is built with a circuit breaker panel and many older homes have been upgraded at one time or another. However, the fuse is a much more interesting analogy for the monetary system. When a fuse burned out, it was protecting you from the risk of a house fire. Each circuit is designed for only so much current. The problem is that higher current causes more heat, and it can start a fire. So they put fuses in, which burn out b
Monday, March 27, 2017
Chris Martenson
Why This Market Needs To Crash
Like an old vinyl record with a well-worn groove, the needle skipping merrily back to the same track over and over again, we repeat: Today's markets are dangerously overpriced. Being market fundamentalists who don’t believe it’s possible to simply print prosperity out of thin air, we’ve been deeply skeptical of the financial markets ever since the central banks began their highly interventionist policies. Since 2009, they have unleashed over $12 Trillion in new money into the world, concentratin
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Adam Hamilton - Zealllc
Silver Miners’ Q4’16 Fundamentals
The silver miners’ stocks have had a roller-coaster ride of a year so far.  They surged, plunged, and then started surging again last week on a less-hawkish-than-expected Fed.  Such big volatility has spawned similar outsized swings in sentiment, distorting investors’ perceptions of major silver miners.  But their recently-reported fourth-quarter operating and financial results reveal the true underlying fundamental realities. Four times a year publicly-traded
Friday, March 24, 2017
Frank Shostak
Understanding Money Creation and the Trade Balance
According to conventional analysis, a key factor in exchange rate determination is the state of the balance of payments. It is held that as long as the US continues to run a large trade account deficit, which stood at $48.5 billion in January 2017, this is likely to keep pressure on the US dollar exchange rate against other currencies.Following this logic, an increase in imports gives rise to an increase in a demand for foreign currency. To obtain the foreign currency importers will sell the dom
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
Obama, Bernanke and Yellen Rigged the Bond Market. Now it’s Trump Turn to Dance or be their Dunce
Government dysfunction is at its worst.  We voted them in.  We have no one to blame but ourselves. Granted, the choices were abysmal. But the Republican and Democratic parties, with no third party competition, can continue to run dysfunctional governments, whittling away our dominant global position until the cracks of our broken government becomes abundantly clear.  As a society, we play right into their subterfuge of keeping us so upset at the other party, we don’t see right in front of our ow
Monday, March 20, 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
Ron Paul
Obamacare Repeal or Obamacare 2.0?
This Thursday, the House of Representatives will vote on a Republican bill that supposedly repeals Obamacare. However, the bill retains Obamacare's most destructive features. That is not to say this legislation is entirely without merit. For example, the bill expands the amount individuals can contribute to a health savings account (HSA). HSAs allow individuals to save money tax-free to pay for routine medical expenses. By restoring individuals' control over healthcare dollars, HSAs
Monday, March 20, 2017
Antal E. Fekete - Gold University
Is Aggregate Debt Excessive?
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Adam Hamilton - Zealllc
Gold Juniors’ Q4’16 Fundamentals
The junior gold stocks corrected hard in recent weeks, setting them up to blast higher on Wednesday’s less-hawkish-than-expected Fed.  That started to dispel some of the serious bearish sentiment that has been mounting in this sector.  The junior gold miners’ fundamentals justify much-higher stock prices, as evidenced in their recently-reported fourth-quarter operating and financial results.  They remain very bullish. Four times a year publicly-traded companies
Friday, March 17, 2017
Fed raises rates by 25 bps, as was widely expected. Minneapolis Fed’s Neel Kashkari dissents.
Release Date: March 15, 2017 For release at 2:00 p.m. EDT Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in February indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace. Job gains remained solid and the unemployment rate was little changed in recent months. Household spending has continued to rise moderately while business fixed investment appears to have firmed somewhat. Inflation has increased in re
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Adrian Ash - Bullion Vault
Gold, Inflation the Complacency Index
Fed rates up, gold down, right? Well no, in fact... YOUR retirement savings might not show it, but the MSCI World Index has doubled in value over the last 5 years, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault. The 'least loved' bull market has bucked several big risks and shocks. Investors seem to think it's become bullet-proof. Wh
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
1,000% Returns? Sure, When PIIGS Fly! - by Michael Carino - Greenwich Endeavors
The world is filled with intelligent people in finance.  Unfortunately, being intelligent doesn’t always mean you are smart.  To make sound investments, you need to be looking forward and constantly coming to rational conclusions.  One has to avoid sheltering oneself in a herd of backward focused investors taking comfort in performing in line with the masses.  Patting yourself on the back as all markets are trending higher and wallowing in ignorant pity as markets drop lower saying “who would ha
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Adam Hamilton - Zealllc
Gold Miners’ Q4’16 Fundamentals
The gold miners’ stocks have corrected hard in recent weeks, hammered by a gold pullback driven by soaring Fed-rate-hike odds.  Like any considerable selloff, this has spawned serious bearish sentiment.  But the gold miners’ underlying operating fundamentals remain quite strong, proving the recent selling was purely psychological.  This sector’s just-reported fourth-quarter results are impressive, very bullish. Four times a year publicly-traded companies releas
Monday, March 13, 2017
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Multi-Speed Europe, Tacit Admission of Failure: Multi-Speed QA
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a long-time adversary of the “Multi-Speed Europe” concept, has now hopped on the “multi-speed” bandwagon. Multi-speed pertains to the fact that the more members there are in the Union, the more difficult it becomes to reach consensus on various topics, and the less likely it is that all would advance at the same pace in various fields. With much fanfare, EU’s big four back ‘multi-speed’ Europe. Let’s investigate. Leaders of the EU’s four largest economies threw
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Steve Saville - Speculative Investor
What is the root cause of a gold bull market?
If the future were 100% certain then there would be no reason to have any monetary savings. You could be fully invested all of the time and only raise cash immediately prior to cash being needed. By the same token, if the future were very uncertain then you would probably want to have a lot more cash than usual in reserve. This has critical implications for the gold market. The answer to the question “What is the root cause of a gold bu
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Sam Kirtley - Sk Options Trading
Trapped Longs In Miners As Gold Poised For Fed Fuelled Fall
The Fed will hike rates this month and signal further hikes to come. Gold prices have yet to fully digest this reality, and therefore there is a strong case for a major move lower in the yellow metal. A Le Pen victory in France could derail the Fed’s plans for a follow up hike in June, but in the short term the gold market is vulnerable to a sharp move lower. There are a number of trapped speculative longs in the futures and mining stocks and we are approaching a period of seasonal weakness. We
Monday, March 6, 2017
Nick Barisheff - Bullion Management Services
The Myth of Gold Confiscation
If we experience a debt crisis, as many economists believe is inevitable, many people believe that their holdings of gold and silver bullion will be confiscated, just as in 1933. This article reviews the probability of confiscation and compares it to other more likely measures to generate government solvency. An appropriate starting point when addressing concerns about gold confiscation is to define the word 'confiscation.' Merriam Webster says 'to seize or buy as if by authority' and
Sunday, March 5, 2017