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Gordon Long - Market Analytics
A Sub-Prime Society
Delinquency Debt & the Collections Crisis The 2008 Financial Crisis is often attributed to a sudden freeze in liquidity in the Shadow Banking System, stemming from borrower default problems within the securitization of Mortgage debt. Six years later we have an even larger problem which is now associated with a national sub-prime economy securitizing its debt through the same unregulated Shadow Banking System. As prior to the 2008 Financial Crisis, credit regulations are once again mis
Friday, August 22, 2014
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David Chapman - SafeHaven
A World at War! What Does it Mean Today?

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Axel Merk - Merk Fund
What's Your Exit?
Are you prepared for an “exit”? If the Fed pursues an “exit” from ultra low interest rate policy, are you prepared for an exit from the stock market should things turn South? We discuss how investors prepare, noting the most common mistakes investors make along the way. Are you prepared for an exit?No, you are not. We know because we meet investment advisers that have dropped their defensive strategies because they were losing clients. Those we meet that say they are prepared think they can get
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Ron Paul
  What Have We Accomplished in Iraq? 
We have been at war with Iraq for 24 years, starting with Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990. Shortly after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait that year, the propaganda machine began agitating for a US attack on Iraq. We all remember the appearance before Congress of a young Kuwaiti woman claiming that the Iraqis were ripping Kuwaiti babies from incubators. The woman turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US and the story was false, but it was enough to turn US
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Mike Whitney - Counterpunch
Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back?

Monday, August 18, 2014
Captain Hook - Treasure Chest
Good Vibrations
Who could forget the feel good tones first piped out by the Beach Boys some 50 years ago now – good good good – good vibrations. Just thinking about this tune is enough to get one off their feet and grooving. That’s the feel good part of this piece today, as it all goes down hill from here because we are about to discuss salient features of our present day economy. Back in the 60’s we still had the ‘great inflation’ and the ‘good vibrations’ this created in the economy ahead with the US (Nixon)
Monday, August 18, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
  The Keynesian Counterfactual is Japan 
We heard the "surprising" news last week that the Japanese economy shrank at an alarming 6.8 percent annualized rate in the three months through June, its biggest quarterly contraction since the 2011 earth quake and tsunami. Proving Japan's greatest national disaster, Abenomics, has failed and the Japanese economy has fallen victim to the scam called Keynesian economics. Defined as the belief that a country can tax, spend, devalue and inflate its way to prosperity. Since the popping of
Monday, August 18, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Europe Is Tanking, QE Is Coming 
Last year the world kind of forgot about Europe. After ECB head Mario Draghi vowed to "do whatever it takes" to get the Continent growing, the markets calmed down, money got cheap and plentiful and functionally-bankrupt countries like Greece, Italy and Spain stopped making scary headlines. To the casual observer it began to look like the euro project might actually succeed. Then the mirage evaporated. Five years into a recovery that should, if it followed the normal script, be in dange
Monday, August 18, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Greatness In a Dark Time
Some say that most of the time everyone want to be great, because they have a natural desire for acceptance, recognition, and praise. Perhaps this is so. And in a dark time that means everyone wants to have power. Power becomes the standard of value, the coin of the realm in a fallen world. So they want to be one of the tough guys, one of the formidable wielders of weapons. As if there can be any just weapon that we take up on our own, that is not given to us by the Lord for His purpose. T
Monday, August 18, 2014
James West - Midas Letter
  Liquidity Bubble: When and How Will it Pop?
The amount of money and credit now sloshing around inside the global financial system is so exponentially greater than it was just a decade ago that we have truly sailed into unknown waters. Observation of various media sources confirms one key deficiency in our collective ability to accurately assess exactly what the effect of such excess is having on our global economy. Namely, the very small temporal window through which we observe and assess our condition. I reference, of course, the modern
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Puru Saxena - SafeHaven
Stay on Board

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
  Lincoln’s Racial Views 
The tall tales told by the Lincoln cult get funnier and funnier as more and more Americans learn the truth about their own history (as opposed to the version fed to them by the Lincoln cult).  This time the source of their knee-slapping whoppers is a hilarious attempt to cover up the fact that their hero apparently read and studied a white supremacist screed. A recent article that appeared in the Huffington Post, FOX news online, the Daily Mail, and elsewhere described how Lincoln’s handwriting
Sunday, August 17, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
  Variable-Rate World, Part 4: Japan's Home Buyers Up In ARMS
Everyone knows that Japan deeply is in debt and one way or another is going to suffer for it. But for those who thought the story couldn't get any worse, well, the creativity of the financial repressors never ceases to amaze. It turns out that, in addition to a government that borrows way too much money at unnaturally low rates -- guaranteeing that rates can never be allowed to rise because the cost of paying even 2% interest would bankrupt the country -- Japan's homeowners have discov
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
France Finance Minister "I Refuse to Raise Taxes to Close any Budget Gaps"; "Rethinking" the USA
Not only is support for sanctions in Europe crumbling, so is support for alleged austerity. I say alleged because there really hasn't been any austerity. France Rebels Against Austerity Please consider France Rebels Against Austerity as Europe's Recovery Collapses by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. Eurozone strategy is in tatters after economic recovery ground to a halt across the region and France demanded a radical shift in policy, warning that austerity overkill is driving Europe into a depressi
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Graham Summers - Gains Pains & Capital
Fighting The Fed Can Be Great For Your Wealth 
For decades, investors have lived by the adage that you should not “fight the Fed.” In simple terms, this meant not investing in a fashion that went against the Fed’s policies. If the Fed was easing, you didn’t want to be short. And if the Fed was tightening, you didn’t want to be long. However, the fact of the matter is that fighting the Fed has done very well for investors. We don’t mean“fighting the Fed” by buying or selling stocks based on individual Fed policies... We mean, “fighting the
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Capital
  Neighborhood Bully - America Recklessly Throws its Weight Around 
On June 30, U.S. authorities announced a stunning $9 billion fine on French bank BNP Paribas for violations of financial sanctions laws that the United States had imposed on Iran, Sudan and Cuba. In essence, BNP had surreptitiously conducted business with countries that the United States had sought to isolate diplomatically (sometimes unilaterally in the case of Cuba). Although BNP is not technically under the jurisdiction of American regulators, and the bank had apparently not broken any laws o
Friday, August 15, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
THE ROVING EYE Vanishing point

Friday, August 15, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
  Is the Euro Zone Headed for a Recession?
The United States has just announced a 4% (annualised) growth for the second quarter, following a disastrous first quarter showing (finally revised, for the third time, at -2.1% instead of -2.9%). Though this sounds like good news, we should wait for the official revision of this 4% number that looks miraculous... We’ll get back to it. In Europe, on the other hand, the trend is much clearer, going from broken hopes of weak growth to stagnation, and then to the first signs of recession. In Italy
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Chris Powell - GATA
  'China's Second Continent' describes the new colonization of Africa
* * * By Chris Hartman The Christian Science Monitor, Boston Friday, August 8, 2014 In the annals of modern colonialism and hegemony, few phenomena are as intriguing as China's aggressive movement into Africa, where, according to Howard W. French in "China's Second Continent," approximately one million Chinese have now migrated. In his important new book, French weaves a rich tapestry of anecdotes, interspersed with nume
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Axel Merk - Merk Fund
Global Policy Divergence - Really??
Last week, European Central Bank (ECB) head Draghi talked about the de-coupling of the ECB and the Fed’s policies, of policy divergence. Lots of pundits have suggested the same. With due respect to their views, my analysis of the data suggests they are wrong. If you own dollars, the euro or gold, you might want to pay attention to this one. What could possibly be wrong with conventional wisdom? It shouldn’t be a surprise that pundits merely regurgitate what others say. But why would Draghi join
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Mike Whitney - Counterpunch
My Money's on Putin

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors
Mother Of All Rotations
"Trading in U.S. government bonds has dropped 25% in the past few weeks from the comparable period last year. Investment-grade and junk-bond trading have plunged 17% and 8.6%, respectively." - Bloomberg, July 22 "Banana Republic Trots Out 'Startup Guy' Look." - Wolf Street, July 23. "Startups" refers to the guys doing the hot new issues, otherwise known
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Hopelessly Devoted to Inflation 
In the middle of July the stock market finally awoke from its QE-induced coma and realized the Federal Reserve's tapering, which has been going on for the last six months, was for real. Like a child, who becomes accustomed to a parent that threatens punishment but never follows through, the market had been in denial to the Feds withdrawal of monetary stimulus. But now, thankfully, the ending of Fed asset purchases will be the pin that pops this QE-inflated market and economy. But ple
Monday, August 11, 2014
Captain Hook - Treasure Chest
The Ratchet Effect
Aggressive financial repression is the cornerstone of subversive market manipulation being imposed on the macro by the ‘powers that be’ (think oligarchs, fascists, and bureaucrats) at present, which is affecting not only prices, but also investor attitudes. At the core, this practice is very unhealthy, because not only has it created the most profound example of wide-ranging mal-investment in the history of mankind, but more, it has also engendered dangerous embedded misunderstandings and a sens
Monday, August 11, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
They're Lying To Us, Part 5: Fake Credit Scores
Like any other weak-willed entity, an over-indebted country eventually finds that formerly-easy things get harder to do. Today, for instance, banks are having trouble attracting customers with the kinds of credit scores that meet previously-set criteria for mortgages and car loans. As a result they're writing fewer loans and the economy is seeing less debt-fueled growth than policy makers think is ideal for the run-up to the next election. So the government has begun a mass-e
Monday, August 11, 2014
Andy Sutton
Nothing New Under the Sun
My Two CentsBy Andy SuttonProbably the biggest reason this column has been silent for the past few months is that there has been so much to say; yet there is nothing really new to say. Sometimes I wonder how reporters do it. They write essentially the same story every week or month, but have to come up with different words and flavors. This is likely why the ratings for ‘news’ are so low these days. It isn’t because people have suddenly become adept at sorting the wheat from the chaff; it is jus
Monday, August 11, 2014
James Howard Kunstler
  Global Nausea 
Any American influence left in Iraq should focus on rebuilding the credibility of national institutions. – Editorial, The New York Times Gosh, isn’t that what we spent eight years, 4,500 lives, and $1.7 trillion doing? And how did that work out? The Iraq war is just like the US financial system. The people in charge can’t imagine writing off their losses. Which, from the policy standpoint, leaves the USA pounding sand down so many rat holes that there may be no ground left to stand on anywhere.
Monday, August 11, 2014 -
Who Needs Russia? Ukraine Will Destroy Itself With New Gas Tax
Ukraine doesn't need Russia to take it down-Kiev is doing fine destroying itself, most recently with a new tax code that doubles taxes for private gas producers and promises to irreparably cripple new investment in the energy sector at a time when reform and outside investment were the country's only hope. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on August 1 signed off on a new tax code that effectively doubles the tax private gas producers in Ukraine will have to pay, calling into q
Monday, August 11, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Why We're Ungovernable, Part 10: The Republicans' Civil War
Back when the republican party was actually the party of small government it was possible for country club moderates (white guys and their trophy wives who love the status quo and want to preserve the tax breaks that make it possible), Christian conservatives (who want the bible to be the template for the US legal system) and libertarians (who want a limited government that exists almost solely to protect property rights and individual freedoms) to coexist. While disagree
Monday, August 11, 2014
Clif Droke
Deflation's final curtain call
Gold has once again begun to assert its safe haven value after the recent drop in equity prices.  Last week?s Argentina bond default scare coupled with rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine have combined to spook global equity markets.  On Thursday NATO warned that Russia was preparing to send 20,000 troops into eastern Ukraine under the pretext of a humanitarian mission to save separatist rebels.  Due to these concerns gold?s value has risen to a 2-week high.  Gold?s rally is all the more
Sunday, August 10, 2014