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Bullion Vault
2018 Inflation 'Concerns' See Gold Price Rally Before Fed Rate Rise
GOLD PRICES rallied $10 per ounce from yesterday's fresh 5-month lows against the Dollar in Asian trade Wednesday, only to lose half that bounce in London as traders looked to today's key US monetary policy decision from the Federal Reserve. With US inflation data due later on Wednesday, just before the US Fed's widely-expected quarter-point hike to interest rates, new data this morning put Germany's consumer-price index 1.8% higher in November
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Rick Ackerman
Yet Another Reason The Tax Bill Stinks
It’s just like Wall Street (and its mouthpiece, The Wall Street Journal) to get all lathered up over supposed tax reform that has little more going for it than the usual heap of manure we’ve come to expect from Congress.  I made this point recently in discussing some fine print in the tax bill that would keep the alternative minimum tax for corporations. It were as though the Magna Carta had retained a provision that shoplifters be drawn and quartered in the public square.  So what else is in th
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Bullion Vault
Spot Gold Halves Post-2014 Recovery vs. Euro Ahead of Fed, ECB, BoE Decisions as Middle East Tensions Worsen
SPOT GOLD prices failed to hold a 0.4% overnight rally from new 5-month lows in London on Tuesday, slipping back as world stock markets rose again ahead of tomorrow's key US Fed decision on Dollar interest rates amid worsening tensions in the Middle East. Edging back towards $1241 per ounce today, the price of gold bullion for immediate delivery has now halved the 16% gains for 2017 reached at early September's 12-month peak.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Frank Shostak
The Fed's Fantasy on Neutral Interest Rates
In her testimony to the Congress Economic Committee on November 29, 2017, the Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that the neutral rate appears to be quite low by historical standards. From this, she concluded that the federal funds rate would not have to increase much to reach a neutral stance.The neutral rate currently appears to be quite low by historical standards, implying that the federal funds rate would not have to rise much further to get to a neutral policy stance. If the neutral level rises s
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
The Process Through Which the First Major Central Bank Goes Bust Has Begun
In the aftermath of the Great Financial Crisis, Central Banks began cornering the sovereign bond market via Zero or even Negative interest rates and Quantitative Easing (QE) programs. The goal here was to reflate the financial system by pushing the “risk free rate” to extraordinary lows. By doing this, Central Bankers were hoping to: 1)   Backstop the financial system (sovereign bonds are the bedrock for all risk). 2)   Induce capital to flee cash (ZIRP and NIRP punish those sitting on cash) and
Monday, December 11, 2017
Bullion Vault
Silver Prices Erase 2017 Gain as Comex Bulls Retreat Fastest Ever Before Fed Rate Hike, CBOE Bitcoin Launch
SILVER PRICES failed to follow a small bounce in gold bullion Monday morning in London, holding unchanged versus the US Dollar from New Year 2017 as gold held $100 per ounce higher from January 1st ahead of this week's long-anticipated US Federal Reserve decision on interest rates. With silver prices slipping towards last week's new 5-month lows beneath $15.70 per ounce, world stock markets rose with commodities and major government
Monday, December 11, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
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Monday, December 11, 2017
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
  Six Ways US Stocks Most Overvalued in History
US large cap stocks are the most overvalued in history. Let's investigate six ways.Crescat Capital claims US large cap stocks are the most overvalued in history, higher than prior speculative mania market peaks in 1929 and 2000. Their 25-page presentation makes a compelling case, with numerous charts. It's worth your time to download and investigate the report. Six Ways Socks Most Overvalued in History Price to Sales Price to Book Enterprise Value to Sales Enterprise Value to EBITDA Price to E
Monday, December 11, 2017
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Silicone Valley’s ‘Working Homeless’ Shows How Hard Life Is In “Democrat’s Paradise”
Silicone Valley is the home to tech giants like Facebook, Apple, and Google. It’s also home to a surging working homeless population who live in dilapidated RV’s, tents, and their own cars, all thanks to the policies Democrats love to implement. The surging number of those working in Silicone Valley and still unable to afford adequate housing should be a warning about big government, but it sure doesn’t seem like anyone is taking notice as their taxes continue to rise. As governments creep towar
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
People Are Plowing Millions Into ‘CryptoKitties’ And Breeding Them
Content originally published at iBankCoin.com It was bound to happen... Cat people have hopped on the digital currency bandwagon and collectively plowed over $6.7 million into 'CryptoKitties' - an Ethereum-based virtual cat described as "breedable Beanie Babies," which have sold for upwards of $114,000. Each. The median price of CryptoKitties is $25.04. DIGITAL CAT BREEDING SCHEME "CryptoKitties players buy and sell unique digital kittens using ethereum. With two kittens, players can then breed
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Peak Monetary Goofiness: One Thousand People Own 40 of Bitcoin Market
"About 40 percent of bitcoin is held by perhaps 1,000 users; at current prices, each may want to sell about half of his or her holdings, says Aaron Brown, former managing director and head of financial markets research at AQR Capital Management. (Brown is a contributor to the Bloomberg Prophets online column.)   What’s more, the whales can coordinate their moves or preview them to a select few.  Many of the large owners have known one another for years and stuck by bitcoin through the early days
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
Applied Mainline Economics (2017), by Matthew Mitchell and Peter Boettke
Matthew Mitchell and Peter Boettke are academic economists at the Mercatus Center, a think tank associated with George Mason University. I like Mercatus and its work a lot, as it explicitly builds upon and follows the work of people like F.A. Hayek, Adam Smith, and James Buchanan. I don’t follow the academics too closely, but they often have some good insights, so I was looking forward to a book that might summarize some of those insights and let me know where to look for more detail. The idea b
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Bullion Vault
Silver Bullion 'Set to Beat Gold' in 2018 as Both Hit 5-Month Lows, Bitcoin Whips 20 from New Top
GOLD and SILVER prices steadied above 5-month lows versus the US Dollar in London trade Friday, rallying into the weekend as global stock markets rose. The EuroStoxx 50 index of Europe's largest corporations added 1.8% for the week. Commodities edged higher but major government bond prices slipped further from Thursday's drop, when gold fell to its lowest since early July at $1244 p
Friday, December 8, 2017
Adrian Ash - Bullion Vault
Gold's 1975 Warning on Bitcoin Futures
If Bitcoin really is like gold, watch out...! NEW YEAR's DAY 1975 marked a huge turn in the gold market, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault. Forty years after banning it, the US government at last let private citizens own bullion.  Coin shops and banks knew how big this was. So they raced to stock up as 1974 ended. 
Friday, December 8, 2017
Rick Ackerman
Would You Trade Bitcoin for Gold?
The bottle-rocket trajectory of bitcoin’s rally has required me to put out increasingly ambitious Hidden Pivot targets several times each day. Currently I am using 18436 to project a top of some sort, although I hesitate to suggest it will be THE top. Actually, I’d be happy merely to see BTC pull back from that number for more than a few hours — as long as it has taken for this vehicle to obliterate Hidden Pivot resistances that we might have expected to contain the jubilation for a few days if
Friday, December 8, 2017
Axel Merk - Merk Fund
Merk 2018 Oulook
Axel Merk, Merk Investments December 7, 2017  Follow @AxelMerk Tweet With the stock market and Bitcoin reaching all-time highs, what can possible go wrong? In offering my thoughts on 2018, I see my role in reminding investors to stress test their portfolios. Is your portfolio built of straw, sticks or brick? First, let me allege many investors have portfolios built of straw and sticks rather than brick. How do I kn
Friday, December 8, 2017
Alasdair Macleod - Finance and Eco.
Inflation v Deflation – State Finances
There is a general belief, and that is all it is, that state finances fare better in an inflationary environment than a deflationary one. This perception arises from the transfer of wealth from lenders to the state through a devaluation of the currency, which occurs with monetary inflation, compared with the transfer of wealth from the state to its creditors through deflation. The effect is undoubtedly true, even though it is played down by governments, but it ignores what happens to continuing
Friday, December 8, 2017
Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Capital
Fake Tax Reform
After supposedly chomping on the bit for years to pass meaningful tax reform, Republicans are now set to blow an historic opportunity. Whatever version of the Bill that emerges from the House and Senate Conference Committee (which will be signed by President Trump faster than he can down a Filet o’Fish), will be far less than the Republicans envisioned when they finally captured the White House and both Congressional Chambers in 2016. But from what I have seen of the particulars, the revisions t
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Bullion Vault
Gold Prices Drop Thru' 2017 Uptrend, Bitcoin +1456 as 'Unseen' China Risks Build
GOLD PRICES cut this year's gain below 9% for US Dollar investors in London trade Thursday morning, dropping to new 4-month lows beneath $1255 per ounce as crypto-currency Bitcoin surged past $15,000 for a 2017 gain of 1,456%. Commodities today slipped overall after Wall Street stock markets closed lower overnight for the fourth session running from last week's new record highs. Copper steadied
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Rick Ackerman
Bitcoin Mania’s ‘Secret Sauce’
For better or worse, bitcoin has everyone’s attention. Anyone even remotely aware of the cryptocurrency’s increasingly wild price swings would recognize a full-blown mania, just as those on the periphery of the Dutch tulip bulb craze of 1636-37 must have known that it would end badly. For now, however, bitcoin has been a big winner for virtually everyone who bought before Monday and held onto it. But it is attracting a growing number of speculators who think they can do even better by trading th
Thursday, December 7, 2017
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