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Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Spain Mandates Public Companies "Stop the Bleeding" No More Layoffs
In a concern over votes, regional government spending is on the rise. In addition, Spain Mandates "Stop the Bleeding" No More Layoffs in Public Companies. "Stop the Bleeding" via translation ... Nine months after the local elections, the government has begun to show signs of needing a push to overcome the electoral polls. The unemployment remains, along with public debt, macroeconomic data that further tarnishes their results. For this reason, some sources claim that the Government has called
Monday, September 22, 2014
Rick Ackerman
Death Knell for the Bull Market?
When will the bull market end? With money velocity collapsing and ominous divergences developing in both the NYSE Advance/Decline line and the New Highs/New Lows summation, U.S. stocks closed at an all-time high last week. If this were not disconcerting enough, the Hindenburg Omen, which signals an increased probability of a stock market crash, flashed red on Friday. There was also this unequivocal pronouncement from the Elliott Wave Theorist after the Dow Industrials came within a single point
Monday, September 22, 2014
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Rick Ackerman
A Technical Take on Bullion’s Weakness
September 19 – A Technical Take on Bullion’s Weakness Bullion assets continue to plumb new depths each week, and Silver futures in particular appear to have dropped off the edge this morning. For a clear, precise and very timely technical picture of what may lie ahead, as well as some stock picks that you may find interesting, check out this recording.  It runs just under an hour and is of an ‘impromptu’ technical analysis session held Friday morning, September 19.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Upton Sinclair: The Brass Check
These quotes are from The Brass Check which was written by Upton Sinclair in 1919. A brass check was a token purchased by a customer in a brothel and given to the woman of his choice. Sinclair saw the moneyed interests of his day holding brass checks with which to purchase politicians, journalists and their editors, and other thought leaders of the day. For twenty years I have been a voice crying in the wilderness of industrial America; pleading for kindness to our laboring-classes, plea
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
ECB Executive Board Urges Germany to Borrow and Spend
In a foolish as well as never-ending attempt to prevent price deflation and revive growth, the ECB Urges Berlin to Cut Taxes and Spend. Berlin has hit back at calls from a top European Central Bank official urging Germany to spend more to help the eurozone escape from its economic malaise. In one of the most politically charged statements to come from the central bank, Benoît Cœuré, a member of the ECB’s executive board, urged Berlin to increase borrowing in order to support investment and cu
Sunday, September 21, 2014
James West - Midas Letter
The Mother of all Bubbles and Other Unpopular Realities
There are times when I read the financial mumbo jumbo on Bloomberg and the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal, and I am astonished at how delusional the world’s controlling interests have become. To take it at face value, and using major stock index highs as sole proof, one would have to agree that the world has certainly recovered from the ‘recession’ that began in 2009. But, those stock market highs, evidence increasingly shows, have been purchased through the capitalization of the fi
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Rick Ackerman
Technical Analysis for Gold and Silver Futures
September 19 – A Technical View of Bullion’s Ongoing Weakness Bullion assets continue to plumb new depths each week, and Silver futures in particular appear to have dropped off the edge this morning. For a clear, precise and very timely technical picture of what may lie ahead, as well as some stock picks that you may find interesting, check out this recording.  It runs just under an hour and is of an ‘impromptu’ technical analysis session held Friday morning, September 19.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Video: Laying the Groundwork for World War III (USA, Russia, China Circa 2016)
Recent years have seen the rise of dangerous rhetoric from the world’s major super powers. Russia, China and the United States have all made it clear that they will not take nuclear weapons off the table and officials in all of these nations have made overt threats that force will be used to defend their interests. Over the last several years we’ve witnessed some key developments that are reminiscent of the posturing that eventually lead to the start of the Great War in 1914. Russian and Chinese
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
Janet Yellen Believes You Can Get Rich By Going Into Debt
Janet Yellen’s latest talk was very telling. The title of her talk was: The Importance of Asset Building for Low and Middle Income Households The title alone is very telling. Fed policies under Bernanke and Yellen have proven absymal at creating jobs or boosting incomes. The only thing the Fed has done is push housing and stock (asset) prices higher. Thus, for Yellen, the means of improving one’s lot in life has nothing to do with obtaining a higher paying job. The best way to move up in lif
Friday, September 19, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
ECB's Targeted Lending Spree Starts Out As Flop; Modern Monetary Insanity
Following on the "success" of the ECB's LTRO (Long Term Refinance Operation) which did nothing to spur lending and everything to create the biggest sovereign bond bubble the world has ever seen,  ECB president Mario Draghi announced a TLTRO or Targeted LTRO on September 4. The ECB's intent is to spur lending. Lending Spree Short of Expectations Today the Financial Times reports ECB’s Lending Spree Short of Expectations. The European Central Bank’s first offer of cheap four-year loans has f
Friday, September 19, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
A Broken Economic System In One Picture 
A truly bipartisan effort. Such a parcel of rogues in a nation. h/t Neil Irwin, You Can't Feed a Family GDP
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
  A Visual History: How Much $1 Used To Get You (And How Much It Gets You Now) 
Ever since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 Americans have seen the value of their currency dwindle. We know the dollar has lost some 97% of its value since the Fed took over. But it’s hard to actually grasp this destruction of value without some examples. The infographic below, originally posted at The Burning Platform, is self explanatory. We are being robbed bit by bit, on a daily basis, and there is no end in sight. This is why you should be investing in hard assets like precious
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
David Cay Johnston: The Monopolists Rule
Third World America.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
David Cay Johnston: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality
“Wherever there is great property there is great inequality. For one very rich man there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many." Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations This helps to explain why there will be no sustainable recovery.  It is a matter of un-official policy.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
  Deflationary Spiral Nonsense; Keynesian Theory vs. Practice; Eurozone Policymakers Concerned About F 
Price Deflation Hits Italy First Time in 55 Years The Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) reports that consumer price inflation declined by 0.1% from August 2013 to August 2014. Italian consumer prices fell 0.1 percent year-on-year in August of 2014, matching preliminary estimates. The country’s annual inflation rate touched the negative territory for the first time in nearly 55 years due to a drop in energy prices. Year-on-year, prices of energy fell 3.6 percent in August, mai
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
The Great Keynesian Lunacy is Finally Beginning to End… For Now
The great Keynesian lunacy is finally beginning to end. Generally since 1999, and especially since 2008, the financial world has been dominated by Keynesian lunacy. Collectively, Central Banks have cut interest rates over 500 times and printed more than $12 trillion combating a brief 9-12 month period of deflation. The pinnacle of this madness hit the US in 2012 when the Fed announced an ongoing QE 3 and QE 4 programs. However, globally, we hit peak Keynesian insanity in Japan in April 2013 wh
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
Six Great Things an Independent Scotland Could Do
Scotland is, actually, a cold and dank place apparently suited to little more than fishing and cabbage. Nevertheless, it became a birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and our modern economy, including mechanization, mass production, and finance. Adam Smith wasn’t English – he was a Scot. Britain, today, is basically Spain or Italy plus the financial industry centered in London. Britain has been in decline for a long time. Eventually, the financial industry wil
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
47% of Chinese Billionaires Want to Leave China Within 5 Years, Only 6% of US Billionaires Seek to L
A Barclays' survey of over 2,000 individuals with a net worth over $1.5 billion contains some pretty interesting results. Those in China and Singapore are most likely to leave their country, while those in the US and India were most likely to stay. Please consider Almost Half of Wealthy Chinese Want to Leave. Nearly half of wealthy Chinese are planning to move to another country within the next five years, according to a new Barclays survey. Singaporeans were the second-most eager to flee
Monday, September 15, 2014
Rick Ackerman
How Would Saul Alinsky Have Handled ISIS? 
Obama’s pledge to “destroy” ISIS would have been more credible if it had come from the Ames, Iowa police chief, or the head of the Sacramento VFW. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for destroying these radioactive cockroaches – and the sooner  the better, since they grow bolder and more numerous by the day.  But even the police chief – and for that matter, the librarian, the PTA chairman in Tallahassee and the dog catcher in Turlock — know that we cannot hope to even hinder ISIS, much less destroy it,
Monday, September 15, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
"Yes" Makes 100% Perfect Sense for Scotland; Too Close to Call; Strange Bedfellows
Scotland Vote Too Close to Call Here's some good news for those rooting for Scottish independence: In spite of a massive fearmongering campaign by both Labour and Tories in the UK, Scots Independence Race Tightens Six Days Before Ballot. Scotland’s nationalists drew closer to the Better Together campaign in the latest poll on independence before the referendum, making the run-in to the Sept. 18 vote too close to call. The poll of 1,000 people for the Guardian newspaper yesterday put support
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Undeclared War on Russia; Solidarity by Force; Ruble Falls to Record Low; Sanctions Target Private C
Sanctions or War? It's long overdue we label sanctions for what they really are: war. If you prefer, call them "economic war". Today, president Obama took the undeclared war another step forward by targeting Lukoil, a private Russian company. Please consider Gazprom, Lukoil Hit in New Round of Sanctions. The US dramatically expanded its sanctions against Russia on Friday by adding Gazprom, Europe’s leading energy provider, to the list of targeted companies, as it sought to ratchet up press
Friday, September 12, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Fishing for Trout With Rope and Mashed Potatoes; Mentality of Jackasses; Gas Pains 
The EU stepped up its sanctions today after forcing all the ducks in line with the position of president Obama. Russia immediately responded in kind with actions on cars, clothes, and energy. The Financial Times reports Russia Threatens to Cap Western Car and Clothing Imports. Russia threatened to escalate a growing trade dispute between the Kremlin and the EU, saying it could cap western car and clothing imports. The fresh warning came as EU diplomats ended a week-long deadlock on Thursday
Friday, September 12, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Thursday Evening, 9/11 : Only Time
I remember this like it was yesterday.  I am surprised at how strongly the memory of it remains. I remember the concerns of the class mothers, who were thinking about what to do with the children in our little school in a town, on one of the commuter train lines to NYC, when it came time for them to go home. They did not know who would not be showing up, and exactly what to do about it. I remember the line of the mourners and hearses at the very large group funeral service at o
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Video: Model Shows How Ebola Will Spread: “It Only Takes One Infected Individual Making
Health officials around the world are scrambling to contain the Ebola virus with many, including the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, now preparing for its eventual escape out of West Africa. According to CDC director Tom Frieden, the ‘window of opportunity’ for stopping the spread of Ebola is closing rapidly. In July, as the virus surged across west African borders, Frieden downplayed its potential to reach U.S. shores. “It is not a potential of Ebola spreading wid
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
53% of Chinese Expect War With Japan
Even with battles over energy, disputed islands, and recent militarism by Japan, one might not have expected this polling result: Majority in China Expect War with Japan. China and Japan are heading towards military conflict, according to a majority of Chinese surveyed on ties between the Asian powers in a Sino-Japanese poll. The Genron/China Daily survey found that 53 per cent of Chinese respondents – and 29 per cent of the Japanese polled – expect their nations to go to war. The poll was re
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Why This Equity Rally is About to End Badly
The deafening cacophony on Wall Street for the past six years has been since interest rates are at zero percent that there is no place else to put your money except stocks. For most, it just doesn't matter that the ratio of Total Market Cap to GDP is 125 percent, which is 15 percent points higher than in 2007 and the highest at any time outside of the tech bubble at the turn of the century. Sovereign bond yields are at record lows across the globe and the strategy for most investors
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Gordon Long - Market Analytics
Financial Repression
Published 09-05-14 Special Guest: Jeff Berwick: is a Canadian entrepreneur, libertarian and anarcho-capitalist activist who founded StockHouse Media Corporation in 1994, one of the most active financial website in Canada. He remained CEO until 2002. In 2013, Berwick announced plans to co-found the world's first Bitcoin automated teller machine (ATM). He presently resides in Acapulco, Mexico and is Chief Editor of THE DOLLAR VIGILANTE The founder of the well recognized Canadian web sit
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Should Banks Lend Money At All?
Banks are in the business of making loans. Is that the right model? Before answering, please consider the model of Lending Club. Lending Club is an online financial community that brings together creditworthy borrowers and savvy investors so that both can benefit financially. We replace the high cost and complexity of traditional lending with a faster, smarter way to borrow and invest. Here is the initial process straight from the Lending Club Website. Steps You decide you want to borrow
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Rick Ackerman
A Feverish Bulls Snub a Day of Rest
Even rigged markets are entitled to a little rest now and then, wouldn’t you say?  If so, they passed up the opportunity to do so on Friday ahead of a three-day holiday weekend. Instead, while nearly everyone in America was fixing to usher out summer in whatever way might retain its savor best , stocks were ratcheting higher with a cheerless determination that was about as laid back as a buzz saw. You can see this in the chart below. The Dow Industrials bottomed a little more than an hour into t
Monday, September 08, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
  China Banking Crisis "Almost" Certain Says Senior International Economist; Global Banking Crisis "Is
The Sydney Morning Herald warns about a 'clear and present danger': Australia to be Hit as Chinese Economy Unravels Speaking at a conference on Thursday, the federal government's former top resources forecaster Quentin Grafton said the iron ore price was unlikely to recover quickly, leading to a painful downturn in the Australian economy in 2015. "This isn't about doom and gloom, it's about looking at the risk and numbers. It's a clear and present danger," Mr Grafton said. He said the Reserv
Saturday, September 06, 2014