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Mish - Global Economic Analysis
"Surprising" MH17 Crash Update 
The title of this article, "Surprising" MH17 Crash Update, is accurate only in the sense the average sheep believes the average mainstream media report. Since that is the majority, the title is accurate. Mish readers, however, may find this report not surprising. Reader Marina from Toronto explains via email .... Hello Mish, My name is Marina. I am a long-time fan of your blog and a friend of Nicole Foss at Automatic Earth. I am also a volunteer translator for The Vineyard Saker website. O
Friday, September 19, 2014
Chris Powell - GATA
No risk in fixed deposits? Tell it to Cyprus!
By Rajendra Jadhav and Indulal PM Reuters Friday, September 12, 2014 VANGAL, India -- Kiran Laxman Salunkhe used to buy jewellery during religious festivals, but sliding gold prices have led the young Indian farmer to break with his family's traditional investment. This year Salunkhe has deposited his hard-earned savings at the bank for the first time in a decade and bought farmland. "I bought jewellery when gold price was 32,000 rupees (per 10 grams) last year. Now jewellers won't pay me more t
Friday, September 12, 2014
Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
The Dollar Is Crushing Gold – Could This Week’s Fed Meeting Change That?
The U.S. dollar has become about the only thing that matters for precious metals these days as, along with the rest of the natural resource sector, gold and silver are being pummeled by investors and traders with each move higher for the dollar. This is consistent with the well established inverse correlation between these asset classes and, absent a substantive change in course for the dollar, it’s hard to see how precious metals can rebound. The Federal Reserve policy committee gathers this we
Monday, September 15, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
9/11: A Conspiracy Theory: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know In Under 5 Minutes
After thirteen years numerous questions about the events of September 11, 2001 remain unanswered. Much of what happened that day has been kept secret by government investigators or was simply never even considered for the official 9/11 Commission Report, despite the fact that hundreds of people have been involved in independent investigations that found many of the so-called facts to be either skewed or completely false. Whatever your views on the events of that day, all evidence suggests that i
Monday, September 15, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
  If A Nuclear Bomb Destroyed Europe… 
I don’t know where to start this Monday morning as potentially devastating geopolitical and economic developments are emerging so rapidly, it is difficult to give them all justice.  However, as the Miles Franklin Blog’s principal aim is apprising you of everything you need for your due diligence process. Frankly, I haven’t got the strength to write of market manipulation today – thank goodness, Bill Holter did so already; as it has become so pervasive and perverse, that it’s the single most impo
Monday, September 15, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
China Industrial Growth Slows, Power Generation Negative 1st Time in 4 Years; Stimulate Now, Crash L
Cries for more stimulus ring loudly in China because Chinese industrial output slowed to 6.9%. That is a number that any country in the world would be more than pleased with, but China's target is 7.5%. Why 7.5%? In fact, why should there be any targets at all? The economy is not a car that can be steered by bureaucrats to perfection. Nonetheless, Calls Grow for More Stimulus, as China August Factory Growth Slows to Near Six-Year Low. China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nea
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
One Thing You Can Always Count On
Congratulations (of sorts) go to French prime minister Manuel Valls for being able to count sheep properly. Valls staged a vote of confidence in French parliament even though polls show 62% of voters would like president Francois Hollande to step down now. In spite of what the public wants, Valls was certain of the outcome in advance. Why? Because a vote of no confidence would have triggered new elections and leftist parties would have gotten clobbered. Count on This One thing that is alwa
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
All Heck Breaking Loose on the “Emerging Market” Front
On his weekly podcast, Andy Hoffman discusses market manipulation, physical gold and silver, Japan’s Abenomics, currency devaluation, retails sales are dropping, unemployment, China’s real estate decline.  To listen to the audio, please click below. Download the Audio File: All Heck Breaking Loose on the “Emerging Market” Front Video: All Heck Breaking Loose on the “Emerging Market” Front
Friday, September 12, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
There’s Inflation, Lies, Manipulation & Propaganda Everywhere!
Andy Hoffman joins Jason Burack of Wall St. For Main St. to discuss the gold and silver markets, manipulation of the markets, problems gold and silver miners are experiencing and inflation vs deflation.  To listen to the interview, please click below. Video: Andy Hoffman: There’s Inflation, Lies, Manipulation & Propaganda Everywhere!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
RBS, 4 Other Banks Warn of Relocation to England if Scots Vote Yes; Catalans Stage Mass Protest for
Tale of Two Countries Fearmongering in Scotland hits fever pitch as RBS and four other banks threaten to leave the country if Scotland votes "Yes" for independence. In Spain, Catalans staged a huge protest in favor of independence. The Spanish government hopes Scotland will vote "No" even though it seeks to halt a Catalan vote altogether. Let's take a close look at these stories starting with Scotland. RBS, 4 Other Banks Warn of Relocation to England if Scots Vote Yes On the fearmongeri
Friday, September 12, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
  Secession Movements Gaining Momentum
Given the dramatic, unrelenting, over-the-top counter-intuitiveness of this month’s Cartel raid, I feel compelled to write.  Part of my motivation is education – at clients’ greatest moment of need; and part of it, simple mental therapy.  After all, when one is forced to deal with the monotony of the EXACT same attack patterns, day after day (note the daily, vertical declines)… …whilst “favored” assets are propped by the EXACT same PPT algorithms (such as the past three days’ “dead ringer” algo
Friday, September 12, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Stiglitz vs. Krugman on Scotland; Polls Diverge; New Fearmongering Tactics in Waning Moments of Camp
New Fearmongering Tactics In the waning moments UK prime Minister David Cameron warns Scots "Leave and You Go Forever". Actually, the warning probably should be "Stay and you stay forever" because the UK will never allow such a vote again. Regardless, no country should want to be under the thumb of another. Polls Diverge The vote for Scottish independence is now too close to call. In a Scottish Poll Roundup one new poll over the weekend shows the "Yes" vote with a substantial 54-46 lead, bu
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Toothless Barking Dogs; Don't Like the Rules? Then Ignore Them: French Style
Don't Like the Rules? Then Ignore Them: French Style When it comes to fiscal policy in the EU, you can break whatever fiscal rules you want, provided you are big enough. France qualifies, so does Germany. If you are small like Greece and Cyprus, then you may find yourself in bed with the Troika. For the third time France Warns of Budget Overshoot France has declared it will heavily overshoot its already twice-delayed budget deficit target next year, setting up tough negotiations with Europea
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Nothing!
Frankly, it’s embarrassing that we have to speak so much of the Federal Reserve whose criminal machinations are rapidly catching up to the English crown in the race for which institution has caused more damage in the past thousand years.  Quite the doom considering the Fed’s only been around a hundred.  I’ll get to their uber-dovish statement momentarily; but first, let’s speak of the expanding horrors they’ve spawned from the four corners of the Earth. I mean, Scotland is today deciding if it s
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Venture Capital Risk Taking and Cash Burn Rates Unprecedented Since 1999; 47% of Nasdaq in Bear Mark
Venture capital risktaking and burn rates on cash are at levels that exceed the technology bubble in 1999. Companies that haven't made a dime, and perhaps never will, have valuations of $10 billion more. Curiously, it' venture capitalist Bill Gurley who Sounds Alarm on Startup Investing in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. WSJ: Mr. Gurley, who often voices his opinions on his blog, Above the Crowd, sat down with The Wall Street Journal as part of a Journal event series called "Tech U
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Ukraine Offers Amnesty to Rebels, 3 Years of Limited Self-Rule; War and Peace Factions Split; More K
War and peace factions are at odds in Ukraine. The war factions claim Putin cannot be trusted but the peace factions have finally had enough of war. The likely loss of Mariupol within weeks was simply too much to take. One thing is certain, more killing will only make matters worse. Ukraine Offers Amnesty to Rebels, 3 Years of Limited Self-Rule RTE reports Eastern Ukraine Offered Three Years of Limited Self-Rule. Ukraine's president has offered parts of the country's separatist east limite
Monday, September 15, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Worldwide Revolt against Bankster Fiat
Andy Hoffman spoke with SGT Report to discuss the Scottish Independence referendum vote, the economic world is falling apart, Spain, U.S. dollar, Shanghai Gold Exchange, gold and silver.  To listen to the interview, please click below. Video: WORLDWIDE REVOLT AGAINST BANKSTER FIAT – Andy Hoffman
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Wide World of Horrible Headlines
It’s (very) early Wednesday morning; and as I write, I can almost “feel” the banker-generated “eye of the storm” created by an historic mix of money printing, market manipulation and propaganda.  No single issue stands out as any worse than the rest as we head into three days of potentially historic news flow.  From this afternoon’s FOMC decision, to tomorrow’s ECB announcement regarding uptake of its “targeted long-term financing operation” money printing scheme, to early Friday’s Scottish inde
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Money Printing, Economic Collapse and Secession
On his weekly podcast, Andy Hoffman discusses unemployment, housing market, global economy is weakening, Japanese Yen is collapsing, the U.S. dollar, the Scottish Independence referendum vote.  To listen to the audio, please click below. Download the audio file: Money Printing, Economic Collapse and Secession Video: Money Printing, Economic Collapse and Secession
Friday, September 19, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The Lowest Inflation in Five Years!
Lately it feels like “goldbugs” have been forced to endure the trials of a job.  Trust me, no one understands this better than myself, having taken my first job in the mining industry in April 2007, the exact month the TSX-Venture index peaked; and joining Miles Franklin in October 2011, one month after “dollar-priced gold” peaked.  I can go on and on about TPTB’s “point of no return” decision in September 2011, when they realized the only way to avoid instantaneous, systemic implosion was unpre
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
A Day before the FOMC Meeting, Here’s Your “Recovery”
Ah, where to start this Tuesday morning – before tomorrow’s FOMC meeting, Thursday’s ECB “TLTRO” uptake announcement and Friday’s potentially cataclysmic Scottish referendum results? For some time, we have shouted from the rooftops how this is not true; for one, because so much government debt is accounted for “off balance sheet”; and more importantly because simple math states otherwise. As you can see, even after such accounting chicanery, the national debt increased by $670 billion in the 201
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Idiotic Proposals for Fed to Give Away Money
A Fiscal Times, Yahoo Finance article by by John Grgurich claims that Instead of QE, Fed Could Have Given $56,000 to Every Household in America . Grgurich formulated his article after reading "an intriguing piece just published in Foreign Affairs, Brown University political economist Mark Blyth and London-based hedge fund manager Eric Lonergan argue the Fed could have done better by pursuing a far different type of grand policy experiment." The "intriguing piece" is Print Less but Transfer Mor
Friday, September 19, 2014
Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
August Retail Sales Rose Broadly
The Commerce Department reported(.pdf) that retail sales rose broadly last month, up 0.6 percent in August following an upwardly revised increase of 0.3 percent in July. Excluding autos, sales rose 0.3 percent during each of the last two months and, excluding both autos and gasoline, sales increased 0.5 percent last month after a gain of 0.3 percent in July. So-called core retail sales, excluding autos, gasoline, building materials, and food service rose 0.4 percent during both July and August,
Friday, September 12, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
"Precarious" Global Economy
It's not often I agree with the IMF on anything, but this time I do. The Global Recovery is Precarious, says International Monetary Fund. The International Monetary Fund has warned that the global recovery is on precarious footing, as rising geopolitical tensions and the prospect of tighter monetary policy in the US risk dampening the outlook for global growth. In a document prepared ahead of this week’s G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Australia, the IMF said tha
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Commodity Crash (But Don’t Worry, Precious Metals Are Not “Commodities”)
I have lots to get to today; so let’s start with the utter miracle of the Cartel allowing yesterday’s “key upside reversal” in gold and silver prices. Back in the day of “relatively” freely-traded PM markets, circa 2003-07, not only did mining shares rise sharply, but gold and silver would routinely start the day lower – often via Cartel suppression – yet rise sharply in the afternoon.  Since 2008, this has never been allowed to happen, barring dramatic incremental news; while conversely, it alw
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
Seniors and Student Loans
The data in this new General Accounting Office report(.pdf) on seniors and student loans is both fascinating and disturbing, especially when viewed in relationship to the burgeoning for-profit college system (as detailed nicely by John Oliver the other day) and the dim prospects for anyone without a college degree in today’s U.S. economy. There’s more in this WSJ story that details how a rapidly growing number of senior citizens are having their social security/disability checks garnished as a
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Argentina "Determined to Default" Second Time
Background: Argentina defaulted on bonds following a debt crisis in 2001-2002. 92% of the investors agreed to haircuts, but a vulture fund picked up an 8% share at rock bottom prices and refused to negotiate. In June, the US Supreme Court ruled that Argentina Cannot Selectively Default on the small group of hold-outs. The problem with the ruling is that if Argentina pays the vulture fund full value, it will have to pay all the bondholders full value, and that would wreck the country again.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
Misunderstanding the Fed
Here’s an entertaining clip of Bill Fleckenstein on CNBC in which Futures Now host Jackie DeAngelis begins by pointing out that the continuing market rise is evidence bearish investors simply don’t understand Federal Reserve policy. Fleckenstein notes, “If you want to pursue idiots like the Fed doing crazy policies, and if you think you can get out in time, go for it. I don’t want to try to do that … When markets decline, how fast will it be taken away from you?” after which there is an awkward
Friday, September 19, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Don't Like the Rules? Then Ignore Them: Shoot First, Ask Questions Later
In politics, if you don't like the rules, you ignore them. This philosophy only works if you are big enough and powerful enough to get away with it. I have some recent examples. Shoot First Ask Questions Later The Guardian comments Obama's Legal Rationale for Isis Strikes: Shoot First, ask Congress Later. For expanded Isis strikes, president relies on legal authority he disavowed only a year ago. Obama said he would welcome congressional support but framed it as optional, save for the auth
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
French Farmers Upset Over Falling Prices, Torch Tax and Insurance Offices, Dump Produce
As a direct result of sanctions on Russia, there is an overabundance of fruits and vegetables in France, Spain, Poland, and elsewhere in Europe. Basic law of supply and demand dictates prices of crops would fall. And they did. While most foolishly want to stick it to Russia, few actually are willing to pay the price if it affects them. Here is another case in point: French Farmers Torch Tax Office in Brittany Protest. French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards have
Saturday, September 20, 2014

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