April 22-23, 2017: The Weekend


“The Retail Bubble Has Now Burst”: A Record 8,640 Stores Are Closing In 2017
“Thousands of new doors opened and rents soared. This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst.” – Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitters CEO, March 2017… (Continue to full article)

Visualizing The Collapse Of The Middle Class In 20 Major U.S. Cities
When future historians look back at the beginning of the 21st century, they’ll note that we grappled with many big issues. However, historians will not view these ideas and events in isolation. Instead, they will link them all, at least partially, to an overarching trend that is intimately connected to today’s biggest problems: the “hollowing out” of the middle class…. (Continue to full article)

There are lies, damned lies and news, to paraphrase British Prime Minister Disraeli who said: “There are lies, damned lies and statistics. Today we are fed with lies ubiquitously in the form of news and most people who just follow conventional media are totally unaware of the truth. Because the truth is not spoken by many today… (Continue to full article)

The Last Time This Happened, The Market Crashed
A few days ago Charles Schwab, the investment brokerage firm, announced that the number of new brokerage accounts soared 44% during the first quarter of 2017. More specifically, Schwab stated that individual investors are opening up stock trading accounts at the fastest pace the company has seen in 17 years. Anyone remember what happened 17 years ago?… (Continue to full article)

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All
Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer…. (Continue to full article)

EVERYTHING IS RIGGED: From Medicine to Politics to Finance…You Are Living In A Fabricated Fairy Tale
The temptation to think that what you are living may be a lie is too big to ignore. In fact, things should always be under close scrutiny of your intellect and reasoning capabilities instead of blind acceptance and submission. The main thing we are going to focus is the big lies you are being told… (Continue to full article)

The banking industry abuses its customers worse than United Airlines
That there are countless cases of another industry abusing its customers in far, far worse ways than the airlines. I’m talking, of course, about the banking industry. Banks treat you like criminal suspects too… (Continue to full article)

The Case For A Long-Term Bull Market In Gold
It’s pop quiz time. Which of these three investing benchmarks produced the biggest returns since the summer of 1999: the S&P 500 average of large-cap stocks, China’s Shanghai Stock Exchange composite index, or gold? The correct answer? That shiny metal used a lot in jewelry, traded heavily by short-term speculators in the futures markets, and stored for long-term safekeeping in bank vaults around the globe… (Continue to full article)

The Growing Funding Gap for State Pensions Puts Millions at Risk
Two new reports by the Pew Charitable Trusts suggest that state governments across the country are shortchanging their employee pension funds and aren’t adding enough money in emergency funding. (Continue to full article)

Central Banks’ $13 Trillion Problem
Central banks began buying debt eight years ago. Now they own $13 trillion of it. Hey, it was fun, wasn’t it? Now all they have to do is sell it… (Continue to full article)

Why Gold?
The answer to the title question is simply: Why Not? A series of columns and commentary showing the history and importance of the ownership of ‘specie.’ History has proven that gold IS the answer. (Continue to full article)

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