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Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Chris Martenson and Mish Audio on Bank of Japan's Surprise Move on Friday
Every other Wednesday or so, Chris Martenson and I get together for a podcast. Sometimes one of us or the other is out of town, and sometimes Chris has other guest speakers. Because of scheduling difficulties, Chris and I got together today instead of Wednesday. I asked Chris to make today's podcast generally available. For our take of Friday's BoJ surprise move, please play the audio on Chris' Peak Prosperity site: Off the Cuff: Japanese Central Bank Throws Granny Under the Bus. The audio
Saturday, November 01, 2014
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Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Could Non-Citizens Determine the Outcome of the Midterm Elections?
Here's the question of the day: Could Non-Citizens Determine the Outcome of the Midterm Elections? Some elections, especially for Senate are so close, the unfortunate answer is "yes" as the following video insight from Insight from the Libre Institute explains. Mike "Mish" Shedlock http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com
Friday, October 31, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Kamikaze Attack and the End of Mining
The trials of Job indeed! To that end, I do not recall taking a day off from writing in the past two years – and given the horrific immolation the world’s Central banks are foisting on the world’s population, I don’t anticipate slowing down any time soon.  Following the past two days’ violent, post-FOMC precious metals attacks, my principal thought is not if, but when this “Cartel Suicide” yields an utter explosion of global physical buying.  That is above and beyond this year’s current pace of
Friday, October 31, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Nikkei Futures Up Limit, Yen Collapses, Dollar Up, Gold Down as BoJ Pledges "Unwavering Determinatio
"Whatever it Takes" Japanese Style It's a world truly gone mad. In a surprise move today, the Bank of Japan announced further quantitative easing, dominated by long-term Japanese government bonds. The BoJ also announced it  and would triple annual purchases of exchange traded funds and property investment trusts. BoJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda defied objections from four fellow board members, arguing that a tax-hit economy and a lower oil price have led to “a critical moment” in the country’s
Friday, October 31, 2014
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Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Looking for a Good Education at a Low Price, Perhaps Free? Head to Europe
On June 7, 2014 I wrote Looking to Drastically Reduce College Costs? Study Abroad! Yesterday, a writer for the Washington Post expressed the same opinion. Please consider 7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free). Since 1985, U.S. college costs have surged by about 500 percent, and tuition fees keep rising. In Germany, they've done the opposite. The country's universities have been tuition-free since the beginning of October, when Lower Saxo
Friday, October 31, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Janet In Wonderland
On his weekly podcast, Andy Hoffman discusses gasoline and oil prices, manipulation of all the markets, the Dow Jones Propaganda, unemployment rate, the housing market, gold and silver. To listen to the audio, please click below. Download the Audio File: Janet In Wonderland Video: Janet In Wonderland
Friday, October 31, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Earnings Cheating Season: Is Your Favorite Company Cooking the Books?
In his latest Global Strategy Report, Albert Edwards at Societe Generale discusses "earnings season" which he calls "cheating season". We have always found that swings in analyst earnings expectations mirror the economic cycle quite well, but because of the weekly frequency, swings in analyst earnings optimism often act as a timely leading indicator for the economic cycle. If that is still the case, the recent data for the US should be worrying. Despite the soothing Q3 headline earnings report
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
BS to the Nth Power
Hopefully, readers understand just how much resource we put into the Miles Franklin Blog, both financial and human.  Fortunately, we love what we do; and from a personal perspective, my work gives meaning to my life in an increasingly chaotic world.  However, we cannot emphasize enough that we have a business to run; and thus, we humbly ask that if you are considering buying, selling, trading or storing precious metals, please call us at 800-822-8080 and give us a chance to earn your business. B
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Ebola "Turning Point" and Perspective
Last Week the Huffington Post reported Ebola.com Sells For More Than $200,000 -- Including 19,000 Shares Of Cannabis Sativa Stock. Two Las Vegas entrepreneurs attempting to sell the rights to Ebola.com succeeded in selling to the highest bidder -- literally. Chris Hood and Jon Schultz paid $13,500 for the rights to Ebola.com back in 2008 and have just sold it to a company called Weed Growth Fund. The terms of sale call for Hood and Schultz to get $50,000 in cash and 19,192 shares of Cannabis
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Meet "OSHbot" Lowes New Store Helper; Goodbye Retail Associates, Hello Robots
Goodbye Retail Associates, Hello Robots The future of shopping has arrived, and its not human. Not only do robots cost less than humans, they don't complain, they speak multiple languages, and most importantly, by scanning aisles they know where every item is in the store and can take you straight to it. Meet "OSHbot" OSHbot is the newest member of the "Fellow Robots" family, and developed in partnership with Lowes Innovation Labs. The future of shopping has arrived Retail Robotics is an
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Median Nightmare
In the run-up to this afternoon’s supposed “end of QE”, “mainstream madness” has reached a fever pitch – as has TPTB’s “manipulation, jawboning, and prayer.”  Humanity’s dark side is fully visible in articles like “Yahoo! Finance’s illustration of QE “success”; a panel of sub-humans attacking Peter Schiff for telling the truth to the delight of CNBC’s bubble-headed, Stepford Wife host; and of course, flat out contradictions, as the dumbed down media rapidly loses touch with reality.  Meanwhile i
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
No Plans for Normalization: Fed Ends QE, Will Hold Rates Low for "Considerable Time", Will Reinvest
Inquiring minds may wish to slog through today's FOMC Press Release on Monetary Policy but it's really not worth the time it takes to read it. Here are a few details, generally expected The Committee judges that there has been a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market since the inception of its current asset purchase program. The Committee today reaffirmed its view that the current 0 to 1/4 percent target range for the federal funds rate remains appropriate. The Committee
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
NASA Rocket With Russian-Made Engine Explodes On Takeoff; Ironies Abound
Sanctions or not, NASA uses Russian-made engines to propel rockets. Yesterday, just seconds after takeoff, a NASA Antares rocket with a Russian-made engine exploded on takeoff. The mission was to carry supplies to the orbiting space station. Today, the Guardian reports that Russian rocket manufacturer insists it is not to blame for Antares crash. The Russian maker of the engine used in the unmanned US supply rocket that exploded after liftoff in Virginia denied on Wednesday that its product
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
No Plans for Normalization: Fed Ends QE, Sees Improved Labor Market, Will Hold Rates Low For "Consid
Inquiring minds may wish to slog through today's FOMC Press Release on Monetary Policy but it's really not worth the time it takes to read it. Here are a few details, generally expected The Committee judges that there has been a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market since the inception of its current asset purchase program. The Committee today reaffirmed its view that the current 0 to 1/4 percent target range for the federal funds rate remains appropriate. The Committee
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Radio Appearance with John Stadtmiller – October 28, 2014
Andy Hoffman joins John Stadtmiller of the Republic Broadcasting Network to discuss the U.S. job market, oil prices, the state of the economy, retail sales, gold and silver.  To listen to the interview, please click below. Andy Hoffman – Republic Broadcasting Network – October 28, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
MH17-Chief Investigator Investigates Possibility of Air-to-Air Missile, Seeks Cooperation From Russi
Spiegel Online interviews Fred Westerbeke, the Dutch lead investigator of flight MH17 crash. Westerbeke contends surface-to-air missile is the most likely scenario, but he also discusses "secret satellite images and a possible involvement of the Ukrainian military." Please consider MH17-Chief Investigator Westerbeke: "Do the Russians Have More Evidence?" Who shot flight MH17 from over Eastern Ukraine? The Dutch prosecutor Fred Westerbeke directs international investigation. He talks about
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Durable Goods Decline Second Month; Key Take-Aways
Inquiring minds are digging into the Census Bureau Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders for September 2014 for hints at 4th quarter GDP. The headline data shows new orders for manufactured durable goods in September decreased $3.2 billion or 1.3 percent. This follows an 18.3 percent decline in August. However, transportation (especially commercial and military plane orders) are so large and volatile, the overall results are nearly useless. For  exam
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The “End of QE” – LOL
In July 2012, Barrack Obama catered to the “99% on his campaign trail” – knowing full well elections are no longer about progress (let alone, “hope” or “change”) but which candidate promises the most entitlements.  Two years later, with the nation in vastly worse shape both economically and financially, Hillary Clinton is doing the same, rehashing Obama’s “you didn’t build that” quote by saying, “don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs”; like Obama, suggestin
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
El-Erian: "Europe Is One or Two Rounds of Sanctions From Recession"; El-Erian Far Too Optimistic
In a speech on BRICs at the Peterson International Institute of Economics former PIMCO co-head El-Erian made the claim Europe Is One or Two Rounds of Sanctions From Recession. The West, and Europe in particular, is one or two rounds of sanctions and counter-sanctions away from entering into a new recession, chairman of President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council Mohamed El-Erian stated Monday. “We are one or two rounds of sanctions and counter-sanctions away from the European politics
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing Will
Andy Hoffman joins Kerry Lutz of the Financial Survival Network to discuss the upcoming FOMC meeting, the Swiss gold referendum, markets are crashing worldwide and surging physical demand of gold and silver.  To listen to the interview, please click below. Andrew Hoffman – Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing Will
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Most Expensive Housing Markets in US are Liberal: Correlation or Cause?
Here's an interesting article thanks to Jed Kolko, Chief Economist at Trulia Trends via Washington Post Wonkblog: The most expensive housing markets in the U.S. are also the most liberal. The relationship between housing affordability and politics in the US is startlingly strong as these charts by Jed Kolko shows. Median asking price in dollars per square foot is on the vertical axis. Margin for Obama over Romney in the 2012 election is on the horizontal axis. With the exception of Orange C
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The All-Time Biggest Lie 
In TPTB’s desperation to “manipulate, jawbone, and pray” equities back up, both the frequency and blatancy of government intervention has achieved unprecedented levels.  Not only are they in full-fledged panic mode for its own sake, knowing the world has returned to “2008, with one temporary exception,” but a slew of potentially cataclysmic – and Cartel-destroying – events are upcoming like Wednesday’s expected “QE-ending” FOMC meeting, next week’s mid-term elections, the Catalonian secession re
Monday, October 27, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
"Will These Central Bank Morons Ever Learn?" asks Albert Edwards at Societe General
Central Banks and the Business Cycle I like it when someone besides a few financial bloggers takes the gloves off and starts asking some hard-hitting questions. In Cross Asset Research last week, Albert Edwards at Societe General did just that. Emphasis in italics is mine. Fragile and vulnerable in itself, the US recovery now battles against the rest of the world, which like a horror movie is dragging it down into a hellish Ice Age underworld. The problem is that at these stratospheric valua
Monday, October 27, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Hillary Clinton: "Don't Let Anyone Tell You It's Corporations and Businesses that ...
On October 24, while campaigning for Martha Coakley for governor of Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton made one of the most absurd political statements in history "Don't Let Anyone Tell You It's Corporations and Businesses that Create Jobs." Clinton continued, "You know that old theory, trickledown economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people say, 'What did you bring to Washington?' He says, 'I brought arithmetic.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Global Economy Has Collapsed
Andy Hoffman joins Greg Hunter of USA Watchdog.com to discuss the Fed, global economy is worsening, interest rates keep falling, the Dow Jones propaganda average fell a whopping 9% from its all-time highs, oil prices, gold and silver.  To listen to the interview, please click below. Video: Andy Hoffman-Fed’s Biggest Fear-Loss of Confidence in Dollar
Monday, October 27, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Another Unbelievable Stress-Free Test; Whitewash Math and Deferred Tax Assets
In an effort to fool the public into believing the latest round of bank stress tests were actually designed to find stress, the ECB found 25 scapegoats, none of which were German banks. Reuters reports ECB Fails 25 Banks in Health Check but Problems Largely Solved. Roughly one in five of the euro zone's top lenders failed landmark health checks at the end of last year but most have since repaired their finances, the European Central Bank said on Sunday. Italy faces the biggest challenge with
Monday, October 27, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
What Do Seven Billion People Do? Top 10 Mega-Cities by Population 2014 vs. 2030 Estimate
Reader Bran who lives in Spain sent some interesting charts of population, expected population growth, the world's largest cites, and what people do for a living. I don't have links for the charts, but most show the origin. Seven Billion People Breakdown 4.30 Billion Work 1.90 Billion too Young to Work 0.43 Billion Unemployed 0.58 Billion 65 or Older Total about 7.2 Billion people Cities With Projected 2030 Population of 10+ Million Top 10 Mega-Cities by Population Anyone have a
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Home Prices Drop in 69 of 70 Chinese Cities; Did the Pool of Greater Fools Run Out?
China eased purchase restrictions last month ending its four-year campaign to contain home prices. And what a ridiculous campaign it was. Prices are down less than 1% this month and less then 1% year-over-year. Bloomberg reports China Home-Price Drop Spreads as Easing Doesn’t Halt Fall. Prices dropped in 69 of the 70 cities in September from August, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement today, the most since January 2011 when the government changed the way it compiles the dat
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
  Hyperventilation Charade: EU Demands Another €2.1 Billion from UK, "We Won't Pay," Says Furious Came
Things are about to get more interesting in the EU as a review of budget procedures shows the UK, Greece, and Italy owe more money, but Germany and France will get money back. Curiously, this came about following a review of non-profit organizations from churches and universities to trade unions, charities and sports clubs. The time period is 2002-2009. Cameron's Obvious Bluff UK prime minister David Cameron is already battling French President Francois Hollande abroad, and UKIP at home. Thu
Friday, October 24, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Brink’s Montreal – The World’s Best Precious Metals Storage Program
Following the 2008 financial crisis, Miles Franklin sought to create a unique storage program, encompassing all the positive aspects one’s “storage checklist” would require, whilst excluding the myriad negatives.  To that end, we pursued a situation where one could be 100% confident their metal was not just a “paper entry” on a computer; but alternatively… a real, fully segregated stash, within a non-financial institution, easily retrievable or saleable, amenable to American investors, verified
Friday, October 24, 2014

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