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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
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
Adam Hamilton - Zeallc
Massive PM-Futures Buying 
Both gold and silver have enjoyed massive buying by American futures speculators in recent weeks. It all started with Fed chair JanetYellen’s cavalier dismissal of inflation, but the buying momentum persisted well after that. Happening in the midst of the summer doldrums when global precious-metals investment demand is weak, this is an exceptionally-bullish portent.
Saturday, July 12, 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
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
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
  Some Good News For a Lazy Summer Afternoon 
This is the good news for the day. Your emptiness may be filled, your fears and hatreds extinguished, your yearnings satisfied, your loneliness banished, your tears dried, your weariness relieved. This is no vain request, this is no solicitation, this is no new fashion or fad, no popular philosophy among many. It is the most real thing that you may have, the only substantial and lasting part of an otherwise contingent and passing reality, here today and gone tomorrow.  As the planets grow col
Sunday, July 13, 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
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
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
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
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
Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors
Coup de Whiskey
The following is part of Pivotal Events that was published for our subscribers July 4, 2014. Signs Of The Times "Central banks around the world, including China's, have shifted decisively into investing in equities as low interest rates have hit their revenues." - Financial Times, June 16 "Deal frenzy, animal spirits, merger mania - call it what you like, it is back. At the highest pace since 2007. " - Financial Times, June 29 "China's fraud scandal continue
Saturday, July 12, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
James Howard Kunstler
  Reality Optional Economics 
 The total tonnage of economic malarkey being shoveled over the American public these days would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”) turn green in his grave with envy. It’s a staggering phenomenon because little about it is conspiratorial; rather, it’s the consensual expression of a public that wants desperately to believe things
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Michael Kilbach - Investment Score
Asset Boom and Inflation Ahead?
The "price" of anything is a measurement of something just as a "mile" is a measurement of something. A mile measures distance, a "gallon" measures volume and a "pound" measures weight. But because the actual "value" of a currency can fluctuate, the "price" of the food in the grocery store to the "price" of a share of a stock exchange can move up and down without a change in value of the item itself. So how does this understanding help us with investing? If we can get a sense of what i
Friday, July 11, 2014
Fabrice Drouin-Ristori -
  The Paper Silver Market is 250 Times the Size of the Physical Silver Market 
Bloomberg recently published an article on the discussions taking place concerning the establishment of a new « fix » on the silver price. The old « fix » will end on August 15, 2014, bringing potential consequences that I’ve already analysed. What is interesting in this Bloomberg article is not so much that discussions have taken place to determine a new way of fixing the price of silver, but rather the information about the scope of the silver market. The article states that the size of the
Monday, June 30, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Asset Bubbles Out of Gas
I've written exhaustively about the real purpose behind the Fed's quantitative easing strategy. So one more time for those who still don't get it; the primary goal of QE is to bolster banks' balance sheets through the process of re-inflating equity and real estate prices. If investors look back at the history of QE they will be able to clearly see what happens when the Fed steps on the monetary gas; and also what occurs once it takes the foot off the pedal. For example, even though int
Thursday, July 10, 2014
David Bond - Wallace Street Journal
  The Wallace Street Journal 
My father, a Marine, turned 90 in Anchorage yesterday. May our Republic live. I am not a Democrat. Socrates and Aristotle best described Democracy as mob rule, and if you look up the Latin you will find the same, which road I fear we are on to ruin. No, I am not a Republican either, except in principle. Democracy is when the public finds out, encouraged by self-dealing politicians, that they can loot the Treasury. In the current political climate I have trouble calling myself a Republican, eithe
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
THE ROVING EYE BRICS against Washington consensus

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
They're Lying to Us, Part 3: The Fake Stock Market
For the average person trying to decide how to feel about the economy, the single biggest data point is the stock market. When share prices are rising, the implicit message is that finance professionals -- who, after all, dedicate their lives to understanding such things and should therefore know what's happening -- have decided that life is good and getting better. So the rest of us relax and go shopping. Known as the "wealth effect," this tendency of asset prices to affect consumer b
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Ty Andros - traderview
  CHINA: Countdown to Crisis? 
Yes or no? Every major corner of the world's economies is sitting on a knife's edge of one type or another; the question becomes who falls first triggering the next leg down in the Global Economies and ongoing depression. All are in debt spirals as deficits and debt compound at a high rate, while the growth to service them is but an illusion of official account measures, public sector growth and understated inflation. Waves of insolvency are just waiting to strike as elites, academics,
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Richard Mills - Ahead of the Herd
Been There Done That
If you look at the many charts and read many of the articles being published today you couldn’t be faulted for thinking the rise in food prices is a fairly recent phenomena. Commodity Food Price Index Monthly Price, The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations publishes the FAO Food Price Index, a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities. In 2002 FAO’s Food Price Index stood at 89.6, in May of 2014 it’s at
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Ty Andros - traderview
TedBits Weekly Wrap 
It's been a wild and wooly week for students of the economy and politics. A lot of significant developments on a number of subjects took place: ALL OF THEM NEGATIVE for the private sector and public. I will be covering a number of subjects in this week's Weekly Wrap: Hammering the ECONOMY Constitutional crisis Unfolding European banks still in DEEP trouble and economies as well. Beware Suppressed Volatility ECB meeting: NO SURPRISES - A "Let them eat cake" moment for the Eurozon
Monday, June 09, 2014
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
  How to Make Billions While Making People Happy and Saving the Planet 
Real-estate legend Sam Zell said recently that the “End of Suburbia” might be happening. Right here and now. Of course, all the suburban dreck that was built in the last six decades isn’t going to vaporize. But, in terms of new construction — in other words, the real estate development business — reproducing the postwar, automobile-dependent Suburbia pattern is a money-losing proposition. “You’re drawing all the young people in America to these 24/7 ci
Sunday, April 20, 2014