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Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
Federal Reserve Created Bitcoin and Other Percolating Bubbles - Michael Carino, Greenwich Endeavors
The Federal Reserve’s tools for achieving its dual mandate of low inflation and full employment manipulate interest rates and therefore markets.  This manipulation of rates reverberates globally. Their manipulation historically had been more light handed and invisible to most of the public.  However, over the last decade, their impact on interest rates and yield levels have been the most dramatic in the history of the Federal Reserve.  Whenever you have policies that are extreme, it is best to
Monday, December 11, 2017
Stewart Dougherty
The War on Gold Intensifies: It Betrays the Elitists’ Panic and Augurs Their Coming Defeat (Part 2)
Dictatorship (noun): Definition #3: absolute power or authority (Websters); Def. #2: absolute, imperious or overbearing power or control (Random House);Def. #3: Absolute or despotic control or power (American Heritage);Def. #3: Absolute or supreme power or authority (Collins English Dictionary);Def. #1: A type of government where absolute sovereignty is allotted to an individual or small clique (Wikipedia).“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battle
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
An Italian Regulator's Risk-Sharing Plan to "Cure the Eurozone"
Marcello Minenna, a division head at the Italian securities regulator, emailed his plan to "Cure the Eurozone".Marcello Minenna, the head of Quantitative Analysis and Financial Innovation at Consob, the Italian securities regulator, pinged me recently with his plan to save the Eurozone. The plan requires debt guarantees with a catch: The catch is the guarantees have a price: The riskiest countries have to pony up the most for debt insurance. His thoughts are in a downloadable PDF on Curing the
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
Gary Tanashian - Biwii
Precious Metals Breaking Down! 3 Amigos to Abort? 4 Horsemen to Ride?
I am not trying to be a wise guy with the first half of the title (it’s a goof on alarmist media), but if you were not bear biased or outright bearish on the gold sector’s daily and weekly technicals, and its macro and sector fundamentals by now all you have left are the alarmist headlines now telling us about H&S breakdowns, HUI/Gold ratio bearishness and whatever else is going on out there in media large and small to scare the lowly gold bug.As noted in an NFTRH update last night…It’s hard to
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Rory Hall - Sprott Money
“Gold is Currency, Period!” - Rory Hall
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been focused on Russia and their understanding of gold and why gold is going to come back to the table of regional and/or international trade. It may even make a grand re-entrance as backing for a national currency or two. Russia, with her closest ally China, have been making headlines, in the broader financial world, for close to two years regarding their acquisitions of gold. Within the smaller gold community these two nations have been making headl
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Gary Christenson - Sprott Money
Rig For Stormy Weather - Gary Christenson
What storm? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) reached another all-time high. Interest rates in the U.S. are yielding multi-decade lows, some say multi-century lows. Trillions of dollars in global sovereign debt have negative yield and European junk bonds yield less than 10 year U.S. treasuries. “Official” unemployment is low. Borrowing is inexpensive. Things are good, so they say! I Doubt It! Do you believe the above is a fair and accurate representation of our economic world? If so,
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
From Millions to Dead URLS - - 2017 versus 1999
From the Slope of Hope blog: On my crowded bookshelf of history texts is one book called Dot Con, which recounts the build-up to, and the bursting of, the Internet bubble. I hadn't read this book in many years, but I pulled it from the shelf yesterday to thumb through it, since we seem to be living in identical times right now (although with a far more pervasive and much, much bigger, bubble). Here's one quote I typed in for your reading pleasure. You're welcome. "All speculative bubbles go thro
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Steve Saville - Speculative Investor
State-sponsored cryptocurrencies revisited
In a blog post earlier this week I briefly argued that “government-controlled cryptocurrency” was a contradiction in terms. It depends on what is meant by “cryptocurrency”, but now that I’ve done some more research on the subject I understand how a central bank could make use of blockchain technology and why the government would want to implement a type of cryptocurrency. My understanding of the subject was improved by reading the white paper on the “Fedcoin” published a few months ago by Yale U
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Bullion Vault
Price of Gold Bars Rallies with 'Tail Risks' as ETFs Expand, China Fears US-N.Korea Strike, Trumps Moves Israel Embassy
GOLD BARS rallied from yesterday's 9-week low in Asian and London trade Tuesday as global equities slipped with commodity prices amid rising tensions over Washington's policies in both the Middle East and towards rogue state North Korea. A Chinese state-run newspaper today gave readers near the border with North Korea a page of "common sense" advice for the event of a nuclear strike.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Mark O'Byrne - gold.ie
UK Pensions Risk – Time to Rebalance and Allocate to Cash and Gold
– Value of Sterling and increased risks place pressure on pensioners both in UK and abroad – 500,000 British expats face ‘frozen’ pensions – 61% of UK Direct Benefit pension schemes have more money going out than coming in – OECD report finds ‘UK workers face the biggest retirement cliff edge in developed world’ – Combined pension deficit of FTSE 350 companies is at 70% of their profits – One in three wealth managers are holding cash for clients in anticipation of a market crash Source: Professi
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Is Tax "Reform" Good for the US Dollar? How About Gold?
Let's investigate what happened after the last 3 major tax reforms. Another "reform" is on deck.I picked up this idea from Holger Zschaepitz, @Schuldensuehner, who made the following Tweet, posting a chart from Bloomberg. In the following chart, I add a key piece of legislation that someone inadvertently overlooked. Tax Reform vs US Dollar 1986-Present Key Dates October 22, 1986: Tax Reform Act of 1986 June 7, 2001: Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 May 26, 2003: Jobs
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
2018 Will Be When Central Bank Policy Crashes Into the Wall
The bubble in sovereign bonds is looking dangerously close to popping. And ironically, what could burst it is the very thing Central Banks have been pursuing aggressively for the last 9 years: inflation. As I explain in my bestselling book The Everything Bubble, Treasury yields adjust to account for inflation. The relationship is not perfect as bonds are also priced based on economic activity. However, the fact remains, if the rate of inflation spikes, Treasury yields rise as well to account for
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Mark O'Byrne - gold.ie
Bailins Coming In EU – 114 Italian Banks Have NP Loans Exceeding Tangible Assets
– Italy opposes ECB proposal that holds banks to firm deadlines for writing down bad loans – Italy’s banks weighed down under €318bn of bad loans – New ECB rules could ‘derail’ any recovery in Italy’s financial system – Draft proposal requires banks to provision fully for loans that turn sour from 2018 – ECB insists banks have better access to collateral on delinquent debt to solve problem – Investors should secure assets as proposal suggests more bailins on horizon and banks remain at risk Sou
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The Chances Are Exactly Zero
Financial sanity and stability may not return, but we can protect our assets and learn from the discussion. The DOW, S&P500, NASDAQ and other markets sell at all-time highs. However, we know many imbalances exist within our financial world. This is not new – things have been crazy before, are now, and will be again. But to regain financial sanity we need: From “Doug Casey on the New Fed Chair” “In an ideal world there would be some radical changes. The best thing for the US in the (famous) long
Monday, December 4, 2017
James Howard Kunstler
  What Now? 
“Contact with Russians.” Grown men and women, doubling and re-doubling down on a political fantasy, repeat this prayer hour after hour on the cable channels and Web waves as if trying to exorcise a nation possessed by the unholy hosts of Hell. But such vicars of the news as Wolf Blitzer, Rachel Maddow, Chuck Todd, and Dean Baquet (of The New York Times) only shove the country closer to a cliff of constitutional crisis. To a certain class of people — a class that includes a lot of Intellectuals-Y
Monday, December 4, 2017
Keith Weiner - Monetary Metals
What’s the Point
A reader emailed us, to ask a few pointed questions. Paraphrasing, they are: Who cares if dollars are calculated in gold or gold is calculated in dollars? People care only if their purchasing power has grown. What is the basis good for? Is it just mathematical play for gold theorists? How does knowing the basis help your readers? Is it just a theoretical explanation of what has already happened? Prove that if someone has known the basis for the last four years, he has benefitted. He also added
Monday, December 4, 2017
Ronan Manly - Bullion Star
Russia, China and BRICS: A New Gold Trading Network
One of the most notable events in Russia’s precious metals market calendar is the annual “Russian Bullion Market” conference. Formerly known as the Russian Bullion Awards, this conference, now in its 10th year, took place this year on Friday 24 November in Moscow. Among the speakers lined up, the most notable inclusion was probably Sergey Shvetsov, First Deputy Chairman of Russia’s central bank, the Bank of Russia. In his speech, Shvetsov provided an update on an important development involving
Monday, December 4, 2017
Frank Shostak
More on Interest Rates and Time Preference
In a recent column for Mises Wire, Doug French raised very important issue of negative interest rates.  Quoting Fleckenstein Capital He wrote,Yesterday a Parisian BBB-rated company (i.e., quasi junk) issued $500 million in three-year notes yielding negative 0.026%. We have been peppered with so many absurdities, nothing seems absurd anymore…French continues with his own observations: [The French utility company] Veolia Environnement S.A. floated €500 million of debt, rated just 2 notches above j
Sunday, December 3, 2017
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