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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
  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
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.
Sunday, July 27, 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
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
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
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
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
Alasdair Macleod - Finance and Eco.
Monetary discord 
Last Monday’s Daily Telegraph carried an interview with Jaime Caruana, the General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements (the BIS). As General Manger, Caruana is CEO of the central banks’ central bank. In international monetary affairs the heads of all central banks, with the possible exception of Janet Yellen at the Fed, defer to him. And if any one central bank feels the need to obtain the support of all the others, Caruana is the link-man. His opinion matters and it differs sharpl
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Green Slime: The Return of Franken-Money 
"Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is y
Monday, July 28, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
CRISIS IN UKRAINE A chessboard drenched in blood

Wednesday, July 23, 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
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
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
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
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times

Monday, July 21, 2014
Ty Andros - traderview
Bombs er Bonds, Debacle at Our Doorstep!
The breathtaking rush into the perceived safety and stability of the Bomb er Bond markets which began at the depths of the 2008 Global financial crisis are in blow off mode. A recent Bank of international settlements annual report has been ignored due to its message of CAUTION. The main stream media routinely blacks out these messages and have done so this time. Frenzied reach for yields are occurring throughout the world. "Investors are gobbling up riskier assets like never before.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Louis James - Casey Research
Now What? 
Dear Readers, It’s been an eventful week around the world, with Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova signing a landmark economic cooperation agreement with the EU, and the US suddenly ‘fessing up that its economy tanked in Q1. Ukraine Crisis As you read this, news may have broken regarding the Russian response to three former Soviet states realigning themselves with the West. Whatever the Kremlin says, I think it will be more important what the Russians do—and beware, their actions may be conside
Saturday, July 05, 2014
James Howard Kunstler
  Coasting Toward Zero 
I n just about any realm of activity this nation does not know how to act. We don’t know what to do about our mounting crises of economy. We don’t know what to do about our relations with other nations in a strained global economy. We don’t know what to do about our own culture and its traditions, the useful and the outworn. We surely don’t know what to do about relations between men and women. And we’re baffled to the point of paralysis about our relations with the planetary ecosystem. To allay
Tuesday, June 03, 2014