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John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Goodbye War On Drugs, Hello Libertarian Utopia. Dominic Frisby's Bit
Now that bitcoin has subsided from speculative bubble to functioning currency (see the price chart below), it's safe for non-speculators to explore the whole "cryptocurrency" thing. bitcoin or one of its growing list of competitors a useful addition to the average person's array of bank accounts and credit cards -- or is it a replacement for most of those things? And how does one make this transition? With his usual excellent timing, London-based financial writer/actor/stand-up
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Marin Katusa - Casey Research
Oil Deflation, the Saudi’s Muslim Frankenstein, and the Colder War
Deflation [dih-fley-shuhn] Economics. a fall in the general price level or a contraction of credit and available money (opposed to inflation). Source: The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) published a very compelling chart last week; it shows that the net energy imports of the US as a share of consumption are at their lowest level in 29 years. How can this be? The reason is shale oil. The success of the shale oil sector—specifically horizontal drilling and
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Alasdair Macleod - Finance and Eco.
Why the business cycle is failing
Since WW2 economic theorists have posited that demand in the economy could be stimulated by a combination of deficit spending by the government and by suppressing interest rates. The separation of demand from production was promoted by Keynes and interest rate management of the economy by monetarists, though there is considerable overlap between the two. Yet no progress in economic management has been achieved: instead we appear to be on the brink of a major economic dislocation.Far from banishi
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
James Howard Kunstler
D id a few loose strands of Ebola seep into the organs and tissues of global finance last week? The US equity markets sure enough puked, the Nikkei bled out through its eyeballs, all the collagen melted out of Greek bonds, and treasuries bloated up grotesquely on a putrid stream of terrified “liquidity” that led two Federal Reserve proctologists to maunder about the possibility of a QE-4 laxative, out of which, in due time, will surely gush explosive bloody fluxes of deeper financial sickness. T
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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John Browne - Euro Pacific Capital
Turkey's Position on ISIL Misunderstood
As territory in the Middle East falls under control of the brutal fanatics of ISIL, many Americans may be wondering how this could happen in the backyard of major U.S. allies. In particular, frustration with Turkey's reluctance to move against ISIL, even as it massacres civilians and creates instability on the Turkish border, is growing rapidly. Turkey's political calculation with respect to the crisis reveals just how complex and intractable the crisis may become. Located between Europe and Asi
Monday, October 20, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to Raising Rates 
It wasn't too long ago that the stock market was busy celebrating a "great" September jobs report. There were 248k net new jobs created and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent. Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke and the rest of Washington D.C.'s central planners deemed it a great time to take a Keynesian victory lap, basking in the delusion that they now have proved you actually can print and borrow your way to prosperity. And, because of their success, the Fed would be able to raise
Monday, October 20, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
Regulators and Banks Settle on the Backs of Depositors
In the world of finance, important things often occur during the weekend, when markets are closed, when negotiations and inside rumours cannot have any repercussions or profit to any insiders, as the media is busy with trivial news and the weather. An important agreement was signed on Saturday, October 11, between the large global banks “under pressure from regulators”, as stated in the AFP news release, and it relates to derivatives and, more specifically, the CDSs, or credit default swaps. The
Monday, October 20, 2014
Chris Martenson
The current Ebola outbreak, unlike others throughout history, is lasting a very long time; with cases now being reported on a variety of continents well outside of its equatorial African origin. I'm not especially worried about Ebola striking me or my loved ones, for reasons I'll explain in a moment. But I'm growing increasingly concerned about government response to the outbreak. So let's spend some time understanding the nature of Ebola, specifically, and viral contagion, more generally. At th
Monday, October 20, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
The White Rose, In the Land of the Willfully Blind 
This is one of my favorite leaflets from Die Weiße Rose. I enjoy their observation that "German intellectuals fled to their cellars, there, like plants struggling in the dark, away from light and sun, gradually to choke to death." One cannot blame them in some ways, since from the very beginning the National Socialists were backing their words with violent street thugs in brown shirts. And so many among the very wealthy and the highly trained professional classes threw themselves into the arm
Saturday, October 18, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Phase Shift?
Does the Current Market Volatility Signal A Trend Change in Sentiment? 31 Minutes, 49 Slides Gordon T Long poses three questions for debate with John Rubino regarding the current Geo-Political Event Risks and Macro Economics developments: Are the risks in fact bigger and more serious problems than we were seeing while the market was going up? Could it actually be a matter that investors are reacting differently because underlying mood / sentiment has changed for
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Peter McKenzie-Brown - Language Instinct
The Stress-timed Rhythm of English
Imagine yourself at public auditions in which four conductors are competing for the top job in an orchestra. Each competitor has to conduct the same piece of music, and each to the same metronome. As he waves his baton, the first conductor begins with the words, “One, two, three, four.” The second says “One and two and three and four.” The next says “One and a two and a three and a four.” And the last aspirant says “One and then a two and then a three and then a four.” Which of these conductors
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors
Credit is Suspicion Asleep
The following is part of Pivotal Events that was published for our subscribers October 9, 2014. Signs Of The Times "Tom Lee: Stay Bullish And Prepare For Years Of Stock Market Gains" - Business Insider, September 15 Lee was with J P Morgan and has an S&P target of 2100 by the end of this year. Lee asks "What can go wrong?" and only identifies an "external shock" from a spike in oil prices. The old conviction that inflation in tangible assets is bad still prevails. The dang
Friday, October 17, 2014
Puru Saxena - SafeHaven
Passing on The Baton

Friday, October 17, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times

Friday, October 17, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
Regulators and Banks Settle on the Backs of Depositors 
In the world of finance, important things often occur during the weekend, when markets are closed, when negotiations and inside rumours cannot have any repercussions or profit to any insiders, as the media is busy with trivial news and the weather. An important agreement was signed on Saturday, October 11, between the large global banks “under pressure from regulators”, as stated in the AFP news release, and it relates to derivatives and, more specifically, the CDSs, or credit default swaps. The
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Peter McKenzie-Brown - Language Instinct
Disowning contamination
Reclamation efforts after the frac are now top of mind for executives who don't want to end up owning contamination. This article appears in the October issue of Oilweek; image from here By Peter McKenzie-Brown “I find it hard to believe that it’s often a problem,” according to retired geologist Philip Coleman. “Well fracturing was old news back in 1977. We did thousands of fractures, and this was in Medicine Hat country, so they were all related to shallow gas. We fracked wells. They were on
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Capital
Governments Need Inflation, Economies Don't 
In an article in the UK's Telegraph on October 10, veteran economic correspondent Ambrose Evans-Pritchard laid bare the essential truth of the nearly universal current embrace of inflation as an economic panacea. While politicians, CEOs and economists talk about demand stimulus and the avoidance of a deflationary trap, Evans-Pritchard reminds us that inflation is all, and always, about debt management.Every year the levels of government debt as a percentage of GDP, for both emerging market and d
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Jay Taylor - Kitco
Is This It?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Mike Whitney - Counterpunch
The Ukraine, As We Know It, Is Gone Forever

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Capital
Videocast: China's Boom and Lust for Gold 
Below please find the new monthly Gold Videocast from Peter Schiff, Chairman of SchiffGold. His latest book, The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy, was released in April.Synopsis: With the launch of the iPhone 6, Americans now wait in line for hours to sell wealthy Chinese the smartphones at 10X the price. How did we become the waiters and they the big spenders? Peter explains China's ongoing boom and what it means for their favorite commodity – gold.Highlights:0:20 – The dollar has rallie
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 -
The 10 Biggest Energy Company Bankruptcies
Running a multi-billion dollar energy company isn't easy. Just ask the executives in the corner suites of some of the energy companies that have gone bust over the years. Some, like Enron, were brought down because of insider malfeasance. A few, like ATP, blamed damaging government policies, while others went off the rails due to market forces that left the company and its shareholders flat-footed, deep in debt, and eventually broke. Here are the bankruptcies that will be etched into
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Louis James - Casey Research
How to Ebola-Proof Your Portfolio
There is an increasing level of hysteria regarding the West African Ebola outbreak. Is it justified? Should we fear for our own safety? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s likely the fear will impact various investments, and that’s a subject we can and should try to think clearly about. First, however, I want to say that I am deeply dismayed by the outbreak; as a human being, I feel for those directly affected, I mourn for those we’ve lost, and I understand the concern of those who fear the spread of t
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Suddenly, We Have Problems 
A rising stock market, like a rising tide, can cover a multitude of interesting and/or scary things. If the finance guys who really know what's going on are buying, then the disturbing stories that lead each evening's news must be manageable. And we, in general, must be okay. But let the market fall a bit and those headlines suddenly begin to seem both oppressive and really, really numerous. And maybe we're not okay after all. To take just a few of the issues that, in the wake of the rec
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Q3 Earnings Horror Show
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its global growth forecast for both this year and next, highlighting among other things, the threat of weakening demand in the Eurozone and a slide into deflation. This comes after consumer price growth in the euro zone slipped again in September, coming in at just 0.3 percent. There's absolutely no sign of growth in the Euro region. France is stagnant, Italy is back in recession, and even the German economy, once the pillar of the
Monday, October 13, 2014
Steve Saville - Speculative Investor
Why the US$ is rallying
As long as a market is in a strong rising trend almost any bullish argument could appear to have a ring of truth about it, even a completely baseless one. A case in point is the deluge of baseless, bullish-slanted US$ analyses prompted by the strong rise of the past few months in the Dollar Index.Many of the fundamental reasons put forward for the US dollar's strength could seem valid at first glance simply because they match the price action, but many of these reasons are irrelevant or wrong. F
Monday, October 13, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
Is the Foreign Exchange Market the New Playground for Central Banks?
Central banks have kept silent about this but it’s hard to believe that manipulating the foreign exchange market isn’t part of their policies; it’s probably also part of their new strategy. Neither injecting liquidity nor keeping interest rates near zero have worked. All hopes for any economic recovery have vanished and growth is desperately at a standstill. Furthermore, there looms the threat of deflation, which would make the weight of debt totally unbearable. What to do? There is one instrum
Friday, October 10, 2014
Adam Hamilton - Zealllc
US Dollar Super-Overbought 
The US dollar has relentlessly blasted higher in recent months, achieving its longest consecutive-week rally in history.Speculators have flooded into the world’s reserve currency for a variety of reasons, ranging from Federal Reserve rate-hike hopes to festering Eurozone worries.But the resulting massive dollar surge has left it super-overbought while breeding universal bullishness, the precursors to a sharp selloff.While only a small fraction of traders speculate in currencies, the foreign-exch
Friday, October 10, 2014
David Jensen
Fix Gold, Collapse the World 
MP3: Discussion with Jay Taylor taped October 7, 2014. Topics 1. Using US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) CPI inflation method from 1980 as at, real economy is in decline Even using the understated CPI figures of today, the economy is experiencing very modest growth. According to the Goldman Sachs index of global leading indicators the global economy is decelerating toward contraction
Friday, October 10, 2014
Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors
Carbon Emission Credits (Dollars Per Whatever) 
"Carbon will be the world's biggest commodity market, and it could become the world's biggest market overall." - Barclays Capital, June 2007 Carbon credits seem to be another way that statists can create credit/dollars out of thin air (no pun intended). This chart shows the high of 17.27 set in February 2011, which was the cyclical high for most commodities. The major low was 3.10 set in March 2013, from which the rally made it to 6.40 in July. At 5.72 now, taking
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Axel Merk - Merk Fund
Convincingly Irrational
To make sense of the markets, it may be ever more important to dissect what we may call convincingly irrational behavior by policy makers. To make sense of stocks, bonds and currencies, you might need to discern some of the madness that’s unfolding in front of our eyes. We assume no responsibility if you turn mad yourself in reading this analysis.Stocks As most of us love a bull market, not everyone will agree that the markets are embroiled in what former Fed Chair Greenspan referred to as “irra
Thursday, October 09, 2014