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Graham Summers - Phoenix Capital
There Will Be No Warning When the Next Crisis Hits 
Yesterday we wrote about the Cyprus bank “bail-in” noting that while ordinary citizens were screwed, connected insiders had ample time to get their money out of the banks before they were frozen. Today, we note the following: Russian oligarchs who are close to Vladimir Putin have a week to get their cash out of Britain before sanctions are imposed, it has emerged.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
The Great Manipulation of Financial Markets Seems to be Reaching its Limits
The great manipulation of financial markets seems to be reaching its limits; bubbles are at their highest, and so are risks. The central banks’ money printing machines, along with interest rates kept on the floor, are working perfectly well: The yields on sovereign bonds are at historical lows in the United States, Germany, the UK and France. They, in fact, are working too well: those bonds do not even match the inflation rate, an obvious sign of a bubble. Then where is the money going, if sove
Friday, July 25, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Internet Free Speech Vanishes in Spain; Most Infamous Law in Internet History; Brussels and Spain Ta
90% Customer Satisfaction Too Much for Brussels Bussels and Spain both stepped up attacks on Google over the past few days. Let's dive into the insanity with a Mish-translated report from Les Echos: Brussels Ready to Revive Showdown with Google Pressure from Brussels increases on Google. The European Commission demands further concessions and seeks to end anti-competitive practices of which Google is accused. This could happen as soon as September. Google is accused of enjoying ultra-domina
Friday, July 25, 2014
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Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors
The Tattoo Machine
The following is part of Pivotal Events that was published for our subscribers July 17, 2014. Signs Of The Times "Global sales of corporate bonds maturing in 50 years have jumped to record levels." - Financial Times, June 27 "In Spain, where there was a debt crisis just two years ago, investors are so eager to buy the government's bonds that they have recently accepted the lowest interest rate since 1789." - The New York Times, July 7 "To gauge just how com
Friday, July 25, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Happy Markets in an Unhappy World
The old Dickens quote "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" is pretty much always applicable to a world as big and complex as this one. But lately, as the disparity between financial markets (best of times) and geopolitics (worst) has grown to almost comical proportions, Dickens has been sounding even more apropos than usual. To take just a few "worst of times" examples: Palestinians are shooting rockets at Israel, which is responding with a full-scale invasion t
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
CRISIS IN UKRAINE A chessboard drenched in blood

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The Road To Hyperinflation In Simple Pictures 
THE ROAD TO HYPERINFLATION, IN SIMPLE PICTURES Sometimes, even the most poetic, concise text doesn’t do justice to simple graphics. Sure, I could write of this weekend’s dangerous expansion of “Cold War II” – which we can only pray doesn’t turn “hot”; or the most pitched Israel/Hamas battles, yielding 450 casualties, since the 1967 war. Heck, I could write entire articles on a half dozen topics related to Friday’s “horrible headlines” alone; from St. Louis Fed President Bullard warning of a U.S.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
James Howard Kunstler
  War Zones 
I srael’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summed it up the other day when he said, “We use our rockets to protect our women and children; they [Hamas] use their women and children to protect their rockets.” Some time ago, the Left adopted the Palestinians as their pet oppressed minority group so there is nothing that Israel might do that will be okay with them, except to commit suicide, that is, cease to exist — which is the stated policy of Hamas. Every time Israel refuses the suggestion that
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Jay Taylor - Kitco
Monetary Velocity & John Exter’s Inverse Pyramid

Monday, July 21, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times

Monday, July 21, 2014
Rick Ackerman
  How Will It All End? 
How do you see the economic endgame playing out for the U.S. and the world? That’s this week’s discussion topic, and although some in this forum will undoubtedly lean toward the Armageddon scenario, we should always leave room to imagine a far sunnier outcome, such as a Second Great Depression deeper than the Mindanao Trench.  I want you to have fun with this one, so set your minds free before you set pen to paper.  My own outlook falls somewhere in-between, tempered by the perhaps misplaced hop
Monday, July 21, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
The Tar Pit that is Financial Reression 
With Gordon T Long & Co-Host John Rubino 30 Minutes, 15 Slides Macroprudential Policies of Financial Repression have been steadily accelerating since the implosion of the Dotcom Bubble. Many of the consequences of Monetary Malpractice which Gordon T Long and John Rubino outlined and cautioned about in 2012 are now evident on a daily basis which are chronicled in this 30 minute video. Alarmingly it is taking more and more draconian and manipulative central planning actions to keep the f
Saturday, July 19, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Edward Snowden Towers Over His Enemies
The Guardian just ran an interview with Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who blew the whistle on perhaps the most extensive secret spying program in human history and is now a man without a country, very much in danger of assassination or rendition or any number of other nasty things should Washington get ahold of him. It's a short interview, just 14 minutes, but by the end it is clear that this guy is vastly smarter and more interesting than the politicians and bureaucrats
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Gareth Porter - Asia Times
ANALYSIS Zarif and Kerry signal nuclear momentum

Friday, July 18, 2014
Thorsten Polleit
  The Worst of All Monetary Policies 
I. Monetary Expansion Is Kept Going In monetary analyses, the balance sheet of the commercial banking sector is typically kept separate from the balance sheet of the US Federal Reserve (Fed). However, combining the two balance sheets might be much more informative. First, adding up the business volumes of commercial banks and the Fed provides a (much) better insight into the expansion of the monetary sector as a whole over time — especially so in times of the financial and economic "crisis." Se
Friday, July 18, 2014
Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors
Fed Dream Team
The following is part of Pivotal Events that was published for our subscribers July 10, 2014. Signs Of The Times "The first half of the year is off to the best start since 2000 for U.S. IPOs." - Fox Business, June 27 "There have been 20 merger deals valued at more than $10 billion this year, the biggest since the first half of 2007." - Wall Street Journal, June 30 "As investors scour the landscape for income, the first half of the year saw record amounts of
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Gordon Long - Market Analytics
The Sub-Prime Economy: Students, Car Buyers and Retail Stores
Growing Sub-Prime Population In this 28 minute video Gordon T Long and Charles Hugh Smith discuss through the aid of 23 slides the growing sub-prime population in America. It is getting little attention as more and more citizens are effectively being squeezed into the category that was once termed 'sub-prime' but which is now simply the US Economy. The biggest increases in credit are coming the areas least able to afford increased debt levels, who see themselves as having no other sur
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
  What the $7billion Fine to Citigroup Reveals 
The American bank Citigroup has just been condemned by the Department of Justice to pay a fine of $7billion for its role in the subprime crisis. “Citigroup knew about serious and generalised deficiencies with the more and more risky loans it was transforming into bonds” and, nevertheless, it kept on with it, explained Eric Holder, the United States’ Attorney General. The big banks are being investigated by American justice for their responsibility in the subprime crisis: JP Morgan has already pa
Thursday, July 17, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
They’re Lying To Us, Part 4: Fake Pensions 
Most people learn by the age of 10 or so that making promises is easier than keeping them. That's why really big promises like corporate pensions and national retirement/health care programs are so easy to screw up. Offering someone a cushy retirement or a lifetime of healthcare feels great and generates massive goodwill from the recipient. So elected officials and corporate executives tend to over-promise in the moment and leave the hard part -- actually making good on those promise
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Gary Dorsch - SirChartsAlot
Which Way Is Inflation Blowing? Watch Commodities 
In an age when governments of every political leaning and ideological stripe distort economic data to promote their parties' interests, it is hardly surprising that the nation's inflation rate is reported in a manner that best suits their political needs. By the same token, in an age of near universal cynicism on the part of citizens towards their corrupt politicians, - it is entirely natural for official inflation data to be wildly at odds with the reality faced by consumers and bus
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Ron Paul
What's Missing in The Current Immigration 'Crisis' Debate 
Over the past several weeks we have seen a significant increase in illegal immigration, as thousands of unaccompanied minors pour across what seems an invisible southern border into the United States. The mass immigration has, as to be expected, put an enormous strain on local resources, and it has heated up the immigration debate in the US. Most liberals and conservatives miss the point, however, making the same old arguments we have all heard before. Liberals argue that we need to pr
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
  HTMAPODWTTC 13: Getting Other People's Cooperation 
A friend who works in a municipal government in Canada wrote to me recently (reprinted with permission): The town I work in (where I am a planner) just approved a project in which we tried hard to get close to the traditional city ideals you promote (and I firmly believe in). We pushed the developer HARD on narrow streets and we ended up in a major battle with our own Engineering and Fire Departments.  British Columbia’s building code requires 6 metres
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
THE ROVING EYE BRICS against Washington consensus

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Dan Popescu - GoldBroker
  Is Gold the Anti-Dollar " United States’ Role in the Gold Market 
What role does the United States play in the gold market? The United States is, after the European Union, the largest holder of gold reserves, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Besides China, Russia, India and the European Union, the United States is one of the most important players in the gold market. It is, in my opinion, the most anti-gold country of all the major five players. A whole generation of economists has been indoctrinated to
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Pimco Steals AIG's Playbook
Pimco is putting all their chips on the table, betting that low interest rates, along with lower and more stable global growth, will last for the next 3 to 5 years; an economic condition it is referring to as the "new neutral". In fact, the company is so convinced of this "sure thing", it's placing a straight bet--selling insurance against price fluctuations on their $230bn flagship bond fund Pimco Total Return. That means it is offering investors price stability in the bond portfolio,
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
James Howard Kunstler
  Struggle to the Death 
F or public consumption, the fatuous haircut-in-search-of-a-brain, a.k.a. Secretary of State John Kerry, hauled out the dog-eared playbook for “negotiating a ceasefire” between the Palestinian Hamas leadership and Israel. Neither side takes him seriously, of course. In this historic moment of Islamic uproar across the entire region, Hamas is just following the larger script: act up and act out. They would like to catch the momentum of rampaging ISIS next door, but Hamas is not a mobile force of
Monday, July 14, 2014
Louis James - Casey Research
Are You Ready for War?
One of the most significant pieces of information that caught my attention last week was that Hamas was—or is—targeting Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona. Neither side is composed of angels, of course, but that Israel is denounced whenever it kills civilians by accident, even as its opponents deliberately target civilians in such ways, is a hypocrisy I can’t abide. That, however, is not the critical point here; what if the rockets had succeeded? Blowing up the Dimona reactor would be akin t
Monday, July 14, 2014
Jay Taylor - Kitco
A Perfect Storm for Higher Gold?

Monday, July 14, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
  Mexico Looks To Back Peso With Silver: “Would Unleash a Global Power Shift” 
For many Americans the country of Mexico conjures up images of a third world nation. The poverty, lack of basic services, and extreme violence has left the populace so desperate that thousands of people on a daily basis head to the United States for a better life. But according to Future Money Trends, all that could change in the near future as key Mexican financial leaders and politicians have been working to institute sweeping monetary change that, if implemented, could unleash a global power
Monday, July 14, 2014
Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
  Should the Pope Excommunicate All Catholic Politicians? 
“If . . . taxation is compulsory, and is therefore indistinguishable from theft it follows that the State, which subsists on taxation, is a vast criminal organization far more formidable and successful than any ‘private’ Mafia in history.” –Murray Rothbard, “The Nature of the State” “There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”  –H. L. Mencken Pope Francis recently excommunicated (i.e., kicked out of the Catholic Church) all members of the Italian Mafia, denouncing the
Sunday, July 13, 2014