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The End Of An Era: Is The US Petrodollar Under Threat?
Recent trade deals and high-level cooperation between Russia and China have set off alarm bells in the West as policymakers and oil and gas executives watch the balance of power in global energy markets shift to the East. The reasons for the cozier relationship between the two giant powers are, of course, rooted in the Ukraine crisis and subsequent Western sanctions against Russia, combined with China's need to secure long-term energy supplies. However, a consequence of closer economic
Friday, October 31, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
THE ROVING EYE The Caliph fit to join OPEC

Friday, October 31, 2014
Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors
Important Political Change?
Bob's address to the May 2013 Spring Meeting of the CMRE was titled: The General Theory of Authoritarianism There are any number of names that can be used to describe the Administration's policies. However, in this polite assembly it is best to stay with what is printable and ask the question about which description fits best? It is hard to avoid terms that have become derogatory epithets. Liberal is one, progressive-Democrat is another. And then there is communist, socia
Friday, October 31, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
  ECB Stress Test Results Show Banks Struggling
Last Sunday, the European Central Bank announced its verdict on the stress tests it has been conducting for several months and, this time around, quite a few banks have failed them. The preceding stress tests in 2009 and 2011 had seriously diminished the ECB’s credibility by not detecting anything at all (even though Irish banks had passed the tests, they went bankrupt a few months later, and so did Dexia). This time, 25 banks failed, on a total of 130 being tested, and I would submit that this
Friday, October 31, 2014
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Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors
Exuberance, Divergence, Volatility and Resolution
The following is part of Pivotal Events that was published for our subscribers October 23, 2014. Signs Of The Times "Energy companies now account for a record portion [17%] of the below investment grade issues placed this year." - Bloomberg, October 14. "Fannie and Freddie, as well as other mortgage players, are pressing borrowers to pay whatever they still owe on mortgages that they defaulted on years ago." - Reuters, October 14. "I also think that inflat
Thursday, October 30, 2014
David Chapman - SafeHaven
It's the Debt, Stupid!

Thursday, October 30, 2014
David Petch - Treasure Chest
  Gold's Obituary 
This article was presented to the benefit of subscribers on October 27, 2014 This is probably not the type of article anyone who owns precious metal stocks would like to read, but here it is. The analysis presented today illustrates short-term and mid-term outlooks up front, with the Elliott Wave count indicating the longer-term trend expected over the next 5-7 years. I am not really going to provide much information on investment strategies around this analysis, but if one connects
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Axel Merk - Merk Fund
Greenspan: Price of Gold Will Rise 
Any doubts about why I own gold as an investment were dispelled last Saturday when I met the maestro himself: former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan. It’s not because Greenspan said he thinks the price of gold will rise – I don’t need his investment advice; it’s that he shed light on how the Fed works in ways no other former Fed Chair has ever dared to articulate. All investors should pay attention to this. Let me explain. The setting: Greenspan participated on a panel at the New Orleans Investment Con
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Captain Hook - Treasure Chest
Feeling Mortal
The following is commentary that originally appeared at Treasure Chests for the benefit of subscribers on Monday, October 13, 2014.Who doesn’t know whom Chris Kristofferson is if you’ve been around for a few years. His work, from Grammy award wining country classics to marquis acting roles, has provided inspiration to many, and reflection to others. Such is his most recent effort, Feeling Mortal, which is a sentiment growing numbers are contemplating today as well. And it’s not just the old, but
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
THE ROVING EYE The loser in Brazil is neoliberalism

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Ebola is The New Weather Excuse
The perennially-optimistic crowd on Wall Street never lets the truth get in the way of a good story. So whenever the stock market doesn't move their way, they come up with a myriad of excuses to explain the fall. The members of what my good friend Peter Grandich likes to call, "The Don't Worry Be Happy Crowd" appear in the main stream media and try to deflect attention away from the truth. What these cheerleaders are unwilling to admit is that the Federal Reserve's myriad of QEs and ma
Monday, October 27, 2014
Charleston Voice
Americanism that once was: Solutions What happens when the countryside is destroyed - *V 
The cost of industrial agriculture ~Americanism as it used to be and can be so again~ More videos like this Poet/farmer Wendell Berry It's impossible for TV talking heads to even imagine this level of intelligence, let alone feature it and that's a huge part of the problem we face. Of course everyone should be a mindless consumer... Of course farming should be industrialized... Of course college degrees are the only signs of intelligence... Of course it doesn't matter what we
Monday, October 27, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Federal Reserve to Markets: You're Too Easy! 
As the end of the latest quantitative easing program approached, everyone was wondering if history would repeat in the form of a stock market correction that terrified the government into another round of debt monetization. And right on cue, volatility surged in late September, sending US stocks down by about 6% by mid-October. And even that tepid bit of excitement was enough to send the Fed's spinners into action: James Bullard: Fed Should Consider Delaying The End Of QE Ja
Monday, October 27, 2014
Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors
The following is part of Pivotal Events that was published for our subscribers October 16, 2014. Signs Of The Times On the FOMC minutes of October 8th, the Street claimed that the report was "Dovish" and markets soared. On the next day's Pivot we noted that the stock market couldn't go down until all of the shorts had been forced to cover. The push by the establishment seems to have accomplished that. Not emphasized within the minutes was: "Some financial developments that could underm
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Wolf Richter
The Pauperization of Workers in the UK and America
Since the financial crisis, the government of the UK and the Bank of England have jumped through hoops and twirled around in extraordinary gyrations to bail out one of the largest financial centers in the world, the uniquely powerful and at once unaccountable speck of land, the City of London, an incorporated area within London known as the Square Mile; or rather bail out its financial institutions, way of doing business, and bonuses; and along the way, bail out banks further afield. Done in the
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Jay Taylor - Kitco
The Debt Markets Will Do Us In

Friday, October 24, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
THE ROVING EYE The Kobani riddle

Friday, October 24, 2014
Lysander Spooner
  Gold and Silver as Standards of Value 
All the usurpation, and tyranny, and extortion, and robbery, and fraud, that are involved in the monopoly of money are practised, and attempted to be justified, under the pretence of maintaining the standard of value. This pretence is intrinsically a false one throughout. And the whole motive for it is to afford some color of justification for such a monopoly of money as will enable the few holders of gold and silver coins (or of such other money as may be specially licensed and substituted for them) to extort, in exchange for them, more of other men’s property than the coins (or their substitutes) are naturally and truly worth. That such is the fact, it is the purpose of this article to prove.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Wolf Richter
LEAKED: What Happens to Germany if Russia Turns off the Gas 
One of the threats, or perhaps the threat, hanging over the EU due to the sanctions fiasco has been the possibility that Russia could shut down the pipelines and stop deliveries of natural gas to European countries. It would be a way to escalate the crisis and force a solution of one kind or another. It would do enormous damage to the Russian economy. What are they going to do with the gas that gets pumped on a daily basis to Europe, and particularly to the largest consumer, Germany? Inhale it?
Friday, October 24, 2014
Gordon Long - Market Analytics
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
Friday, October 24, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
Are sovereign bonds the last rampart before the collapse?
Last week was a rocky one on the stock markets, with London, Frankfurt, Paris and New York sliding heavily. Sort of a mini-crash, but not too serious... a simple warning showing some nervousness among investors: has the time of disillusion come? In Europe and Japan, stock market indices are below their January 1st, 2014, level, and in the United States, they’re just slightly above it. The basic problem is that global liquidity is growing at a much higher pace than real economic growth. Even wit
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Jim Lobe - Asia Times
Blackwater contractors convicted

Thursday, October 23, 2014 -
Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations 
Slumping oil prices are putting pressure on U.S. drillers. The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. There were 19 oil rigs that were removed from operation as of Oct. 17, compared to the prior week. There are now 1,590 active oil rigs, the lowest level in six weeks. "Unless there's a significant reversal in oil prices, we're going to see continued declines in the rig count, esp
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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
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
Jay Taylor - Kitco
Are Our Markets Now Beyond Manipulation?

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
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