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Dateline: February 18, 2015

DEheadlines_orig_largeS&P 500 Breaks Even After 14 Years, 11 Months
The suckers who did not sell the S&P 500 on March 24, 2000 broke even yesterday: February 17. It closed at 2100. On March 24, 2000, the S&P 500 peaked in terms of purchasing power. It closed at 1527. Go to the inflation calculator of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is here. (Read Full Story)

How Will the FED Raise Interest Rates?
Everyone is talking about the FED’s promise to hike interest rates. But nobody is talking about how the FED will do this, except for me. Next time you read a story like this one, ask yourself: “How will the FED pull this off?” When Group of 20 finance ministers this week urged the Federal Reserve… (Read Full Story)

Shiller’s Warning: Crash Ahead
The news on the investment front is not good. Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller has a grim message for investors: Save up, because in the years ahead, assets aren’t going to give you the type of returns that you’ve become accustomed to. In his third edition of “Irrational Exuberance,” which will drop later this month… (Read Full Story)
US foreclosures hit a 15-month high in January
A total of 37,292 homes were repossessed in January, a 15-month high. Overall, 119,888 properties were at some stage of the foreclosure process. (Read Full Story)

The Top 10 Foreign Holders of US Government Debt (in one graphic)
“Never lose sleep over the overall debt of any monetarily sovereign nations such as the U.S. since it can never run out of dollars.” Oh, that’s reassuring. (Read Full Story)

‘Priceless’ trove of 2,000 gold coins used by 10th Century Caliphate which once ruled much of the Middle East is found off the coast of Israel
Experts who eventually counted 2,000 pieces, dating back more than 1,000 years, described the discovery as ‘priceless.’ The coins are now property of the state with no finder’s fee for the divers. (Read Full Story)
Gold: Divers uncovered almost 2,000 gold coins in different denominations, circulated by the Fatimid Caliphate, which ruled much of the Middle East and North Africa from 909 to 1171

Gold: Divers uncovered almost 2,000 gold coins in different denominations, circulated by the Fatimid Caliphate, which ruled much of the Middle East and North Africa from 909 to 1171


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Dateline: February 12, 2015

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Remember the China herdsman who found a giant gold nugget? The government does
Remember the lucky Chinese herdsman who recently stumbled onto a 17-pound gold nugget? Well, it seems China’s government hasn’t forgotten, as the nugget’s finder may now be forced to surrender his find to the state as a public “mineral resource.” (Read Full Story)

Ominous Tweet From Matt Drudge About Obama: “Like He Knows Something Terrible Coming… Very Unsettling”
What do you think? Does Drudge have the inside scoop? Or does he, like many Americans, understand that we are living on borrowed time and all signs are pointing to something terrible coming in the near future? (Read Full Story)

McConnell: DHS Funding Stuck In the Senate, Up To The House
Senate Democrats blocked debate on the DHS funding bill ­ which would fund all of DHS but defund President Obama’s executive amnesty ­ three times last week. (Read Full Story)
America is Choking: Operation Chokepoint
… the US government is waging a new war. It’s an undeclared war. It’s an underground war. It’s a covert war. But now, slowly but surely, more Americans are becoming aware of this war because they are finding out that they are the targets in this war. They have become the enemy of the state. That’s because this war is a war on small business in America. (Read Full Story)

Federal Election Commission to Consider Regulating Online Political Speech
Which could makes web-sites and blogs such as this one – greatly alter the information we share with our clients. (Read Full Story)

Net Neutrality = Price Controls
Price controls my assets. This is designed to CONTROL the internet and its’ content. (Read Full Story)

Business of Global Warming Fraud
The game is up. Time to end this con job. Too bad that the ‘Jig‘ isn’t up! (Read Full Story)

3 ways to make an extra $5,000 this year
It’s never a bad thing to have extra money in the bank to spend on essential (or non-essential) items. Unfortunately, getting that extra money isn’t as easy as snapping your fingers or opening up a Monopoly game. (Read Full Story)

Will the United States End Up Like Greece?
Don’t bend over before the IRS or you might find the answer. (Read Full Story)
Guess What Happened The Last Time The U.S. Dollar Skyrocketed In Value Like This?…
Over the past decade, there has been only one other time when the value of the U.S. dollar has increased by so much in such a short period of time. That was in mid-2008 – just before the greatest financial crash since the Great Depression. (Read Full Story)

Shadow of Financial Crisis Has Not Passed Part III
But de Shadow be knowin’ too much fo’ my liking…. (Read Full Story)

Banks Overplayed Hand Fighting Regulation
The financial industry is finding that winning in Washington comes at a cost. (Read Full Story)

The Fed’s Accelerating Economy Theory Versus Tens of Thousands of Job Cuts
Increasingly, the Federal Reserve appears to be telling Americans: don’t believe your lying eyes — or ears. (Read Full Story)

Mountains of pre-packed food found in filthy rat-infested home of hoarder owner who thought he was preparing for the apocalypse
The unidentified man’s condo filled with boxes, cans, and piles of food across every square inch was found by the Hello Junk Removal company after they got a call about the conditions. (Read Full Story)

Two people have emigrated to the US for every new job since 2000, including at least 4.5 MILLION illegal immigrants, as Capitol Hill battle gathers steam
The pressures on America’s labor market could be extreme in coming years as wave after wave of immigrants crowd into the U.S. and compete for increasingly scarce paying positions. (Read Full Story)

Colorado brought in $44million in new sales taxes from recreational marijuana
Adding fees and pre-existing taxes from medical pot, which has been legal since 2000, and Colorado’s total 2014 pot haul was about $76 million. (Read Full Story)

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February 5, 2015

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Massive Worldwide Layoff Underway At IBM
Project Chrome, a massive layoff that IBM is pretending is not a massive layoff, is underway. First reported by Robert X. Cringely (a pen name) in Forbes, about 26 percent of the company’s global workforce is being shown the door. At more than 100,000 people, that makes it the largest mass layoff at any U.S. corporation in at least 20 years. (Read Full Story)

Millenials Short of Income and Crushed By Debt
Millennials are not budging from their parents’ basements, even though the job market is on the mend (Hahahahahaha). One really big reason? Student loans. (Read Full Story)

Fed Optimism Could Cost Economy Dearly
Is the Fed overoptimistic about where the economy is headed? If so, that could cause the central bank to raise interest rates too soon, a policy error that could leave the economy stuck in a “deflationary trap” and remain at subpar growth levels for an extended time period. (Read Full Story)
Fed’s Bullard Calls For Breaking Up Nation’s Biggest Banks
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard warned Tuesday regulatory changes haven’t solved the too-big-to-fail problem in banking, adding that he’d support a break-up of the biggest banks in the U.S. (Read Full Story)

Where in America Jobless Rates Have Dropped Below 5%
More than 40% of some 372 metro areas in the U.S. had jobless rates below 5% in December, and the vast majority of them added jobs from a year ago, another sign of the broad improvement in the labor market. (According to whom?????) (Read Full Story)

The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment
Here’s something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading. (Read Full Story)

It Is About To Get Ugly: Oil Is Crashing And So Is Greece
The price of oil collapsed by more than 8 percent on Wednesday, and a decision by the European Central Bank has Greece at the precipice of a complete and total financial meltdown. What a difference 24 hours can make. (Read Full Story)

The Golden age of QE and the FIAT endgame
As you are doubtless aware we are living in a new paradigm – the age of global QE has arrived. Amongst the major power blocs it started with the US, spread to Japan, which adopted it with a particular gusto, after suffering from deflation for decades, and just has been taken up by Europe in a big way, after waiting for half its young people in… (Read Full Story)

New Gold Buying Hits 21-Month High

But so do sales, led by 2013’s disappointed ‘bargain hunters’, leaving sentiment at 5-year low… (Read Full Story)

Got an IRA or a 401(k)? This could affect you
Obama’s 2016 budget proposes a lifetime cap on contributions to 401(k)s and IRAs. Will you be able to save enough for retirement? (Read Full Story)

Repeat After Me: The US Dollar Is Not Real Money
The post-Bretton Woods monetary system — in which money, unanchored from gold, became a foggy concept…and the US dollar became a pure IOU from someone we don’t know — is a fraud. (Read Full Story)

Could a Strong Dollar Actually Cause Problems?
It seems that there is the possibility for danger no matter which way the economy goes. You would think that a strong dollar would be a good thing… after-all it allows us to buy things more cheaply on the global market. If our money goes further we are richer, oil is cheaper, imports cost less, etc. But… (Read Full Story)

What’s In Store For Gold Price in 2015?
The year started out strong and many gold bulls called the end of the downtrend. However a strengthening US Dollar, signs of economic growth in the US, and concerns over the Fed’s tapering program put an end to the bull market pretty early in the year when gold peaked in March at ~$1,370/oz. (Read Full Story)

Silver Is A Better Choice Than Gold!
People who have trusted the paper market first go to gold when they have their awakening [because it] is the largest precious metals market in the world and has the most advertising behind it. They have seen it in movies as pirate treasure and maybe heard it was confiscated many years ago… In short, gold is the gut reaction for most paper investors who want out of the casino. But… (Read Full Story)

The Gravy Train Is Over For Welfare Recipients: ‘Earn Your Keep or Go Hungry’
If you don’t work, you don’t eat. It’s a natural law of survival. (Read Full Story)

Precious Metals: The Forecasting Problem
“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.” ~ Theodore Rubin (Read Full Story)

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and you thought that things improved while we were away???

4th Quarter GDP: Happy Days Are Here Again (not)
The Commerce Department reported that GDP grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, roughly a half point below most forecasts. This brought growth for the year (fourth quarter to fourth quarter) to 2.5 percent, a modest slowing from the 3.1 percent rate in 2013. Since GDP is the broadest measure of overall economic activity, the weak quarter and weak year-round performance might seem to fly in the face of all the upbeat news we’ve been hearing on the economy recently. (Read Full Story)

JPMorgan to pay $99.5 million to resolve currency rigging lawsuit
… and the fines for deceptive practices just keep rolling along! (Read Full Story)

Federal Reserve New York Gold Withdrawal Numbers 2014 Don’t Match Repatriation Claims
“Where’s the GOLD, Daddy?” (Read Full Story)
Economy grows, incomes shrink
Americans continue to lose money while corporate profits soar. (Read Full Story)

Revolving Door’ Between Fed and Banksters Spins Faster and Faster
It seems like working at either is becoming a game of “Old Maid”. (Read Full Story)

Taibbi: America Quietly Robs Its Elderly
Whether the solution is a new law or simply raising awareness, beware of the Ferris wheel… (Read Full Story)

Wall Street for President?
Why not? They are running it (into the ground) anyway… (Read Full Story)

Middle class families are on financial thin ice
“Dey is ‘po’ – as in poverty struck.” ~ Redd Foxx (Read Full Story)

The Death Of The American Dream In 22 Numbers
With each passing year, more people are falling out of the middle class, and most of the rest of us are scrambling really hard to keep our own places. Something has gone horribly wrong, and yet Americans are very deeply divided when it comes to finding answers to our problems. (Read Full Story)

Birth Pangs Of The Coming Great Depression
The signs of the times are everywhere – all you have to do is open up your eyes and look at them. (Read Full Story)

Reaganomics Beats Obama’s ‘Middle Class Economics’ By A Country Mile
President Obama has taken to touting his “middle class economics” as a big success. That’s difficult to believe, given the latest GDP numbers, and impossible when you look at his complete record.On Friday, the Bureau of Economic Research reported that the last quarter of the year … (Read Full Story)

Collapsing Homeownership Proves Folly Of Federal Housing Policies
The homeownership rate continues to dive, wiping out the gains from last decade’s housing boom. Many Americans have nothing to show for federal policies boosting … (Read Full Story)

“Helicopter Money and Debt Cancellation” Are the Endgame
The European Central Bank today revealed its long-awaited asset-purchase program, also known as “Quantitative Easing.” The ECB will purchase 60 billion euros of debt assets per month beginning in March, and continuing to at least September 2016, for a total of 1.14 trillion of asset purchases. These purchases will be paid for “with… (Read Full Story)

American Small Business is Literally Dying
When small and medium-sized businesses are dying faster than they’re being born, so is free enterprise… (Read Full Story)

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Silver Ready to Run

KMPMSilver looks to be on the verge of a major new upleg, finally emerging from the past couple years’ ugly sentiment wasteland.This beleaguered precious metal recently bottomed as futures speculators threw in the towel on their extreme shorting. And while investors’ ongoing silver stealth buying continues, it’s been modest. So there is vast room for capital inflows to accelerate dramatically as gold mean reverts higher.

Silver has always had a special allure for hardened contrarian investors.Its price action is exceptionally volatile, with massive rallies erupting from time to time that multiply capital deployed in it. With silver’s relatively-small market size, it doesn’t take a lot of new investment buying to catapult prices higher. And shifting sentiment, a powerful self-feeding motivator, fuels the big swings in capital flows that really move silver.

When investors wax bullish on this white metal, its price soars with a fury few other investments can match. Later when silver falls out of favor again, prices collapse.And that’s the miserable story of the past couple years. Silver dropped 19.7% in 2014 after plunging a brutal 35.6% in 2013.Such dismal performance naturally left silver universally despised, the pariah of the investment world. But that is changing. Continue reading

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Going down the road to the Grateful Dead Retirement Community

I’ll be honest. The thought of being in a retirement community in my later years surrounded by Deadheads doesn’t sound bad.

VW_mini busThat was my reaction after reading an article in the New York Times recently about how niche and specialized retirement communities are being created to cater to people with similar interests and passions, even an affinity for the Grateful Dead.

The Times story discusses communities that cater primarily to those in “specific” markets such as the LGBT community (Fountaingrove Lodge) and to entertainment professionals (Lillian Booth Actors Home, around since 1902).

The wonderful thing about these communities is that they provide a community of “like minded” people to spend one’s later years with. They are often not cheap — the Fountaingrove Lodge has a $750,000 entrance fee — but they provide an experience that is more unique and focused than your typical retirement community. Continue reading

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The Top 5 Things That Screw Over Americans in 2015 Spending Bill

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On the Economic Boom: Too Much Eggnog?

Burning-Cash-BoozeI hate to put a damper on the party, but the some of the reporting on the economy is getting a bit out of hand. The Post gave us an example, with a piece on the revised fourth quarter GDP numbers headlined, “Robust Economic Growth in the third quarter raises hopes that a boom is on horizon.” That’s not what Mr. Arithmetic says.

First, just to be clear, the third quarter numbers were definitely good news. Five percent GDP growth is a solid economic performance by any measure, so there is no doubt that it is a big step forward by any measure. The economy is clearly growing, and likely at a reasonably respectable rate. The issue is whether the term “boom” is appropriate. Continue reading

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Rise in Loans Linked to Cars Is Hurting Poor

Johanna Pimentel said she and both of her brothers had taken out multiple title loans. Credit Dilip Vishwanat for The New York Times

Johanna Pimentel said she and both of her brothers had taken out multiple title loans. Credit Dilip Vishwanat for The New York Times

The rusting 1994 Oldsmobile sitting in a driveway just outside St. Louis was an unlikely cash machine.

That was until the car’s owner, a 30-year-old hospital lab technician, saw a television commercial describing how to get cash from just such a car, in the form of a short-term loan.

The lab technician, Caroline O’Connor, who needed about $1,000 to cover her rent and electricity bills, believed she had found a financial lifeline.

“It was a relief,” she said. “I did not have to beg everyone for the money.”

Her loan carried an annual interest rate of 171 percent. More than two years and $992.78 in debt later, her car was repossessed.

“These companies put people in a hole that they can’t get out of,” Ms. O’Connor said. Continue reading

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December 18, 2014

Fed Delays Parts of Volcker Rule Until 2017
The US Federal Reserve has given Wall Street banks even more time to comply with parts of the Volcker Rule, a key provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. The rule prevents federally-insured banks from using their own money when investing in certain risky assets. (Read Full Story)

China Buys 39 Tonnes Gold In Single Session
However, the rally was not sustainable. “As we are accustomed to seeing recently, interest dropped off during the Chinese break before USD $1,200 was breached in the afternoon session,” they say. The analysts add that silver also pushed higher on the back of renewed gold demand from China. (Read Full Story)

Traders Hoping That Russia Will Sell Gold
Russia’s surprise interest-rate increase failed to stop the plummeting ruble. Another tool available to repair economic havoc caused by sanctions and falling oil prices: selling gold. (Read Full Story)
Bankers See $1 Trillion of Zombie Investments Stranded in the Oil Fields
In a stunning analysis this week, Goldman Sachs found almost $1 trillion in investments in future oil projects at risk. They looked at 400 of the world’s largest new oil and gas fields — excluding U.S. shale — and found projects representing $930 billion of future investment that are no longer profitable with Brent crude at $70. In the U.S., the shale-oil party isn’t over yet, but zombies are beginning to crash it. (Read Full Story)

There’s a Blacklist in the $800 Billion U.S. Loan Market and It’s Not Illegal
Unlike any other market in the U.S., the blacklist rules in leveraged loans. No regulator polices trading in the $800 billion market. Here, borrowers — and the investors who control them — choose who gets into the club. It would be as if Apple Inc. (AAPL) got to decide who could buy its stock. (Read Full Story)

The Greatest Tax Story Ever Told
The Feds may be screaming,
But we all are beaming
’Cause we’ll never pay taxes,
We’ll never pay taxes,
Never pay taxes again!
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The Coin of the Realm: How Insider Traders Are Rigging America
Few traders on Wall Street ever know where the inside tips they use come from because confidential information is, in his words, the “coin of the realm in securities markets.” (Read Full Story)

CHICKENS WILL COME HOME TO ROOST: US Risks Economic Crash In Oil War With Russia
Why have Obama and Co. kept their mouths shut while oil prices have plunged, domestic industries have been demolished, and stocks have gone off a cliff? Could it be that they’re actually in cahoots with the Saudis and that it’s all a big game designed to annihilate enemies of the glorious New World Order? (Read Full Story)

Crashing Oil May Result In “Perestroika?”
It may seem fanciful, the scenario discussed below that is… and the various outcomes thereto no less, but as we all know by now, the truth is often stranger than fiction, by far…and then some. It’s quite a read for those with an interest in the subject matter. (Read Full Story)

This Is What Gold Does In a Currency Crisis
To say that gold is in a bear market is to misunderstand both gold and markets. Gold isn’t an investment that goes up and down. It is money in the most basic store-of-value sense. Most of the time it just sits there, and when its price changes in local currency terms that says more about the local currency than about gold.But when currencies… (Read Full Story)

The Fed Is Sitting On a $191 TRILLION Time Bomb
Stocks are bouncing today because the Fed will wrap up its monthly FOMC meeting and make a public statement this afternoon. Stocks have been rallying into FOMC meetings for the last three years, so traders are now conditioned to buy stocks in anticipation of this.The prime focus for the markets is whether the Fed continues to state that it will raise… (Read Full Story)

The Matrix of Power
The disappearance of knowledge from human consciousness is a rare phenomenon, but there are recorded instances of knowledge which has evaporated. As a curious example, Pancirollus, writing in the 16th Century mentions that, among many other cases of lost technology, in the time of the Roman Empire a man who had invented flexible glass was presented… (Read Full Story)

Would It Be Bad for the Economy If Oil Fell to $3 a Barrel?
If the price oil fell to $3 a barrel, and it stayed there for 10 years, that would be a good thing. What if this led to massive unemployment in the oil industry? That would be a good thing. But isn’t the primary task of a free market economy to balance supply and demand? Yes… (Read Full Story)

Illegal Immigrants Steal Americans’ Jobs.”
The logic of economics applies across borders: county, state, and national. Deny this, and you deny economics. Conservatives deny economics. They promote tariffs and import quotas across national borders, but not state and county borders. Ludwig von Mises had a word for this: […] (Read Full Story)

Will Gold Soar to $2347 or Plunge to $810?
The correction in precious metals, now in its 39th month, has been devastating for long-term bulls. At recent lows, gold was trading 42% below its September 2011 Comex high of $1952. As for silver, which peaked at $50, it has plummeted by an astounding 72%. From a technical standpoint, both look like they have further to fall: gold, currently trading around $1200, to exactly $810; and silver, quoted today near $16, to – better sit down for this – $7.86. (Read Full Story)

oink-oinkPIGMEN WIN AGAIN
“The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying ­ lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.” – George Carlin (Read Full Story)

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One Foot on a Banana Peel …The Other in a Grave!

banksters-5Never before have I seen so many pieces of information to be put together in the span of just one week. This past week we were bombarded with connectable dot after connectable dot, nearly each and every one of them on their own would have caused a panic 30 years ago. I say “30 years ago” because this was before the 1987 crash, this was before anything and everything, nailed down or not …was levered many times over in what eventually became an inflation party. 30 years ago, black was not white, wrong was not right and “debt” was still in its infancy of being money. Fast forward to present day and we now have a monetary system with one foot on a banana peel and the other in a grave! Continue reading

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December 13-14, 2014: The Weekender

Homeless for the Holidays
Some kids don’t want iPads, Xboxes or Frozen dolls for Christmas: They just want a place to call home. (Read Full Story)

NY giveawayHot Source of Property Financing: Visa Seekers
The giant trucks pumping concrete in Hudson Yards, New York’s biggest real-estate project in a generation, are being financed by an unlikely source: about 1,200 Chinese families in search of U.S. visas. (Read Full Story)

Recovery Is Nowhere Near Accomplished
even after last month’s excellent jobs report, we’re still only about halfway recovered in terms of employment conditions. (Read Full Story)

The Budget Deal: Wall St Regulates Congress
While most Americans are busy Christmas shopping and making preparations for trips to see family, Congress remains hard at work doing what it does best. Giving gifts to Wall Street and trampling on citizens’ civil liberties. (Read Full Story)

Austria Considers Repatriating Its Gold
Everybody’s trying to get in on the act! (Read Full Story)

This is a MAJOR Warning Signal That the Bubble Just Burst
POP goes the weasel!: This is a MAJOR warning signal that the great “recovery” in risk assets was ending. The Fed spent over $4 trillion and managed to create another stock market bubble, but that bubble is… (Read Full Story)

Kansas Governor Raids Public Pension Funds
“There is no Kansas anymore, Dorothy!” Gov. Brownback defends his decision to cut the state’s pension contribution to help fill a $279 million budget hole amid criticism from leaders in his own party. (Read Full Story)

Americans are 40% poorer than before the recession
The net worth of American families — the difference between the values of their assets, including homes and investments, and liabilities — fell to… (Read Full Story)

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December 8, 2014

Are We Reliving The 1930s?
The Great Depression is the ultimate measuring rod of economic catastrophe to which every other downturn is compared. But as time goes by and forecasts of full recovery keep getting deferred like an ever-fading mirage, it’s one worth examining. How does the Great Depression of the 1930s compare with the Great Recession of the 2010s? (Read Full Story)

About That Rosy Jobs Report
The juxtaposition could not be more fitting with all that is transpiring at this moment in economic history. On Monday, the headlines were filled with, Black Friday Fizzles as Sales Tumble 11% and ‘Black Friday’ Fades as Weekend Retail Sinks 11%‘. Then the “employment” report comes out and now the headlines are, More Jobs and Higher Wages: U.S. Recovery Starts to Hit Home and Hiring Surge Gives U.S. Expansion a Lift Into 2015. The problem is one of mutual exclusivity as both narratives are totally inconsistent with each other even when factoring any kind of shift in consumer buying patterns. (Read Full Story)

The Golden Age
YOU would have thought by now — 43 years after President Richard M. Nixon scrapped the gold standard — that gold’s role as an economic instrument was over. After all, the mighty metal that once held sway over the global monetary system was supposed to have, by this point, finally been reduced to just another asset peddled on the Internet – BUT… (Read Full Story)

COUNTERP[OINT: More on the Continuing Weakness of the Labor Market
The economy is moving in the right direction and at a faster pace than we had seen in years. But we have to realize how far the labor market has to go before it makes up the ground lost in the recession. (Read Full Story)

Gold Shorting Exhaustion
Gold’s been on an incredible roller-coaster ride over the past couple months, whipsawing like crazy.And contrary to popular rationalizations, these swings had absolutely nothing to do with fundamentals.Their sole driver has been American speculators’ extreme shorting of gold futures, which has battered gold’s price around in the absence of investment… (Read Full Story)

LEWIS: The Precious Metals Guarantee
A friend recently sent me a picture of a 1957 $1 silver certificate he found in his change while buying a cup of coffee. He’d been a coin collector as a kid and learned that his father carried nearly the same note in his wallet. When I brought up Gresham’s law and the recent news that U.S. public and private debt had just breached the $18 trillion mark,… (Read Full Story)

$15 Silver? You can’t have any!
The artificially suppressed prices have brought out 1,000’s of “Indians” all over the world as buyers of physical metal. I use this analogy of “Indians” because prior to this last 5 years, it was in fact consumers from India (whom are so very price sensitive) who would step up in the physical market to eat up supply if the price dropped. (Read Full Story)

Macleod: The case for silver
Silver is commonly accepted as a monetary metal, but nowadays its principal use is industrial. According to The Silver Institute, supply of mine and scrap recycling totals 980 million ounces, while physical demand is 1,080 million ounces, of which about 246 million is bars and coins. Silver’s characteristics are hard to substitute by using other metals… (Read Full Story)

Could Falling Oil Prices Spark a Financial Crisis?
The oil and gas boom in the United States was made possible by the extensive credit afforded to drillers. Not only has financing come from company shareholders and traditional banks, but hundreds of billions of dollars have also come fromjunk-bond investors looking for high returns.Junk-bond debt in energy has reached $210 billion, which is about… (Read Full Story)

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Holy S#*! Batman….

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December 1, 2014

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Homeownership and Wealth Creation
Since the housing bust, renting has been in and owning a home has been out, especially among young adults who in earlier decades would have been first-time home buyers. As the rate of homeownership has declined, from a peak of nearly 70 percent in 2004 to a 20-year low of 64.3 percent recently, the number of owner-occupied homes has barely budged, while the number occupied by renters has increased by nearly 25 percent. (Read Full Story)

Swiss Voters Reject Gold Intiative
Swiss voters rejected a measure in a referendum requiring their central bank to hold a portion of its assets in gold, a measure its President Thomas Jordan termed an “invitation to speculators” that could have hurt the economy. Bullion tumbled to a three-week low. (Read Full Story)

Anti-Gold Propaganda Prevails In Swiss Vote!
If the initiative would have passed, the Swiss National Bank would have been required to hold at least 20% of its balance sheet in gold. This demand was denounced by the mainstream media as a “radical” step that would massively restrict the central bank’s actions, although not that long ago, the constitution required a 40% backing of the Franc with gold. (Read Full Story)

Ponzi: Treasury Issues $1T in New Debt in 8 Weeks—To Pay Old Debt
Treasury took in $341,591,000,000 in revenues. That was a record for the period between Oct. 1 and Nov. 25. But that record $341,591,000,000 in revenues was not enough to finance ongoing government spending let alone pay off old debt that matured. (Read Full Story)

Household Debt Balances Increase as Deleveraging Period Concludes
…and now it’s the Holiday season. How much more debt will we go into? (Read Full Story)

Gold Shortage, Worst In 21st Century
But how is it possible that there is a shortage of gold when gold prices keep tumbling day after day, the skeptics will ask? Simple… (Read Full Story)

How JPMorgan struck gold with copper
Once again, JP Morgan (the Pirate) strikes again!!! (Read Full Story)

New Mortgage Lending Drops to 13-Year Low
After mortgage rates jumped in the middle of last year, from around 3.6% in May to 4.6% in June for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, refinancing withered. And it hasn’t returned. (Read Full Story)

Looks Like it Was a “RED” Friday Weekend
This was an unequivocal disaster. All the hype. All the deals. All the advertising. All the extra hours. And sales PLUMMET by 11% versus a shitty Black Friday weekend last year. (Read Full Story)

OIL GIANT: Crude Could Crash To $30
More than 50% lower. That is how far Canadian billionaire Murray Edwards, chairman of Canadian Natural Resource, thinks oil prices can fall from here. (Read Full Story)

RERUN: The US Government Has Rigged Precious Metals Markets For 80 Years!
The US government’s Exchange Stabilization Fund within the Treasury Department was established way back in 1934. It was initially financed by $2 billion of the profits the US government realized when it raised the official price of gold from $20.67 to $35 per ounce. (Read Full Story)

This Has Utterly Corrupted Our Economy
TV screens are flat. Some singers are flat. Cakes come out flat. Tires go flat. Prizefighters are laid out flat. Dead men, too. Sooner or later, we all go flat. (Read Full Story)

Snyder: Guess What Happened The Last Time The Price Of Oil Crashed Like This?…
There has only been one other time in history when the price of oil has crashed by more than 40 dollars in less than 6 months. The last time this happened was during the second half of 2008, and the beginning of that oil price crash preceded the great financial collapse that happened later that year by several months. Well, now it is happening again, but… (Read Full Story)

Economic Cycles Are Far Bigger than Presidents
I’ve never had a good word to say about Barack Obama, and I’m not going to start now. But it would be disingenuous to blame him for the Great Recession that has persisted for most Americans since the downturn ended officially in 2009. Politically speaking, there is nothing Obama or any other president could have done to alter the course of economic events after real estate prices collapsed in 2007-08. (Read Full Story)

Stocks Have Been More Overvalued Only ONCE in the Last 100 Years
Stocks are not cheap. In fact, they’ve only been more overvalued ONCE in the last 100 years. In the words of Beavis and Butthead, can you say, “Cornholio!”? (Read Full Story)

Legend of the Golden Fleece was REAL
Greek myth originated near the Black Sea where miners used sheepskin to filter gold from mountain streams, geologists claim. (Read Full Story)

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