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If This Happens, Italy’s Banking System Becomes “Insolvent”

caseyresearch.com / Justin Spittler / December 2, 2016

Europe is “screwed.”

That’s what Steve Eisman thinks, at least. If the name rings a bell, it’s because Eisman was one of the few major investors who saw the last housing crisis coming.

He famously made a huge bet against the U.S. housing market. When housing prices tanked, Eisman pocketed more than $1 billion. The actor Steve Carrell played Eisman in the Oscar-winning film The Big Short.

A few weeks ago, Eisman hinted at his new big short: Italian banks. Reuters reported yesterday:

“Nobody is going to invest in the Italian banks unless they trust their balance sheets,” said Eisman, adding that Italian lenders have been “very slow” to recapitalize and sell off troubled assets.

“In the Italian system, the banks say (assets) are worth 45-50 cents in the dollar. But the bid price is 20 cents. If they were to mark them down, they would be insolvent.”

In other words, Eisman thinks Italy’s banking system is a ticking time bomb. And it’s only a matter of time before the “market” realizes this. He told the British newspaper The Guardian:

Europe is screwed. You guys are still screwed.

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Traitor to America: South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham Prepares Bill to Protect Illegal Aliens under Obama Exec. Order.

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investmentwatchblog.com / BY · PUBLISHED

by Pamela Williams

Why is Lindsey Graham trying to cause trouble for his own Republican Party, President-Elect Trump, and for our Country?  I am so upset to see him in support of illegal aliens over the American people.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is preparing a bill that would allow some illegal immigrants who were granted legal status via one of Obama’s executive orders to stay in the country permanently. Graham hopes to place the bill on the floor during the next Congress. If President-elect Donald Trump, who has promised to repeal Obama’s executive orders regarding immigration, does not get on board with the bill, Graham would need to build enough support to override a potential veto.  I would say that Trump made his promise on immigration to the American people, and Graham needs to stop causing trouble and stay out of it!
Obama’s program allows young children of illegal immigrants were issued permits allowing them to work legally. Estimates indicate that about three-quarters of a million illegal immigrants were protected by the program.  Why is it so important to the Democrats that our Country is overflowing with immigrants that we cannot take care of without taking from the American people?  We are literally being robbed to take care of these people.
I am going to refer to an article I recently did to prove my point.
Below are the programs in which funds will be taken from to care for Obama’s illegals for only one month.  This is not in keeping with the good of the American people.

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“Economy Shattered, Currency Collapsing”: Venezuelans Wait in 6 ATM Lines For Enough to Buy Rice

shtfplan.com / Mac Slavo / December 2nd, 2016

Is this how the economic crisis will play out in America? A cash strapped population, forced to the brink and stripped of their dignity?

Unfortunately, it is already underway in Venezuela.

Of course there is a higher standard of living in the United States overall, but tens of millions of people are already on the edge of poverty and tens of millions more can be brought to their knees in a matter of hours.

Some 46 million Americans are already on food stamps, and reliance on digital systems, EBT debit cards and electronic transactions could make Americans more vulnerable than they appear on the surface.

If the system shut down tomorrow, what would you do? How would you feed your family? Unless you are a prepper, the answer could make you uneasy.

Long lines have been the norm in Venezuela for over a year now; shortages and rations just another part of their upended lives. But now, the sheer free fall of their currency’s value has made live even more precarious – forcing many to visit as many as six ATMs just for enough to buy very basic, cheap goods.

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The twits at Twitter threaten to ban Donald Trump

jonrappoport.wordpress.com / by Jon Rappoport / Dec 2, 2016

Twitter has released a statement about Donald Trump. The Independent (UK) reports:

“The social network has said that if the President-elect breaks its rules with his tweets then they will shut down the account…

“Twitter said that if Mr Trump explicitly makes threats or breaks the site’s rules in other ways, then it will ban him from using the service.

“’The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies,’ a Twitter spokesperson told Slate.

“Pressed on whether that meant that it would ban Mr Trump for expressing such views, the company said that those rules apply to all accounts without exception, including for those that are verified.”

What recent Trump tweets could Twitter be referring to? Most likely these:

“Isis is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University, by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.”

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Trump End the Fed? One Loophole, Two Stunning Predictions…

lfb.org / By Chris Campbell / Dec 2, 2016

“OK, look,” Trump said during a presidential debate, “we have the worst revival of an economy since the Great Depression.

“Believe me, we’re in a bubble right now. The only thing that looks good right now is the stock market and if you raise interest rates even a little bit, that’s going to come crashing down. We are in a big, fat, ugly bubble.“

Although his habit of saying “Believe me” before everything he says (as if that’s proof enough) can get tiresome, he’s not wrong.

The bubble is big. The bubble is fat. The bubble is ugly.

Trump then dared say the name which… in polite crony circles… dare not be spoken, especially not in front of the unwashed masses: “And we have,” he said, “a Fed that’s doing political things.”

Yes, he’s been critical about the Federal Reserve. And he’s even made mention of going back to the gold standard.

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Hollande Bows Out in France – He Will Not Run

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armstrongeconomics.com / by Martin Armstrong / Dec 2, 2016

Well the emails are pouring in already since our post on the upcoming French elections where our model was showing that “Clearly, the socialists are finished.” We further stated: “They made a two election come back, but that was just a reaction reaching 51.63% compared to their peak at 51.76% in 1981. This suggests they will possibly be out of the final run or this will be their very last time. The 2017 election may simply be Conservatives v FN in 2017.” We warned that our model was shaping up to be a confrontation between the Conservative candidate Francois Fillon and the FN candidate Marine Le Pen.

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The Last Time THIS Happened, Silver Prices Rallied $8

SilverDoctorsPublished on Dec 2, 2016

TRUMP’S NEW DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR KT MCFARLAND: A PRO-TORTURE, ANTI-WHISTLEBLOWER GLOBALIST

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President-elect Donald Trump recently selected KT McFarland to be Deputy National Security Advisor.

The KT stands for Kathleen Troia. She was a Fox News National Security Analyst and before that, she served in national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.

National Memo described her as an “Anti-Muslim Putin fan who supports torture.”

While that kind of headline fits right into a liberal leftist agenda, McFarland could more rightly be described as an anti-whistleblower, pro-torture globalist… and that’s in her own words.

Back in 2010, she wrote an article for FOX News titled, “Yes, WikiLeaks Is a Terrorist Organization and the Time to Act Is NOW”.

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Rate Hike Fever: “Everybody is Getting Tarred and Feathered”

wallstreetexaminer.com / by  • 

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of The Daily Reckoning. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission.

Another day, another record close for the Dow.

The stock market continues to hum along as we dig into the final month of a tumultuous year.

But in a dramatic shift, investors are shunning former market leaders in favor of beaten-down bank and industrial stocks. While the Dow Jones Industrial Average added nearly 70 points yesterday, the Nasdaq Composite dropped more than 1.3%.

It’s the biggest market theme since the presidential election: Money continues to pour out of some of the best performing stocks of the past two years and into the forgotten corners of the market.

The divergences are growing as the trading week comes to a close. The Nasdaq has dropped to its lowest close since November 14. Tech stocks have been a huge drag on the Nasdaq and the S&P 500. Meanwhile, the Dow continues to climb. It’s up nearly 5% since the election, compared to a gain of a little more than 1% for the Nasdaq Composite…

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The Shocking Truth About How Barack Obama Was Able To Prop Up The U.S. Economy

theeconomiccollapseblog.com / By Michael Snyder, on December 2nd, 2016

Barack Obama is one of the biggest “Keynesians” of all time, but unfortunately most Americans don’t even understand what that means.  In this article, I am going to share with you the primary reason why Barack Obama has been able to prop up the U.S. economy over the past eight years.  If Barack Obama had not taken the extreme measures that he did, we would be in the midst of a historic economic depression right now.  But by propping things up in the short-term, he has absolutely demolished our long-term economic future.  But like most politicians, Obama has been willing to sacrifice the future for short-term political gain.

If you take any basic college course in economics, you are going to learn about John Maynard Keynes.  Without a doubt, Keynes was one of the most famous economists of the 20th century, and one of the things that he believed was that governments should go into debt and spend more money when an economic downturn strikes.  By injecting additional funds into the economy during a time of crisis, he believed that the severity of recessions and depressions could be reduced.  This approach ultimately become known as “Keynesian economics”, and in the post-World War II era virtually the entire world embraced it at least to some degree.  Here is more on Keynes from Investopedia

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Attaining Self-Destruct Velocity

acting-man.com /  / December 2, 2016

Bad Monday

Some Monday mornings are better than others.  Others are worse than some.  For one Amazon employee, this past Monday morning was particularly bad.

No doubt, the poor fellow would have been better off he’d called in sick to work.  Such a simple decision would have saved him from extreme agony.  But, unfortunately, he showed up at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters and put on a public and painful display of madness.

Good-bye cruel world! On this our planet, ignoring air friction, wind and other buoyancy-enhancing obstacles for the sake of this example, someone jumping off a building that is high enough will eventually attain a terminal velocity of 122 miles per hour. The acceleration is 32.2 feet per second², which is why one has to start from an appropriate height (a skydiver in a spread-eagle position will typically reach terminal velocity after about 12 seconds, traversing a distance of 1,483 feet). Jumping without a parachute may provide an especially pronounced adrenaline high, but is generally not advisable; more often than not it will be a one-off experience.

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House Quietly Passes Bill Targeting “Russian Propaganda” Websites

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Dec 2, 2016 6:30 PM

On November 30, one week after the Washington Post launched its witch hunt against “Russian propaganda fake news“, with 390 votes for, the House quietly passed “H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017“, sponsored by California Republican Devin Nunes (whose third largest donor in 2016 is Google parent Alphabet, Inc), a bill which deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda, and hints at a potential crackdown on “offenders.”

A quick skim of the bill reveals “Title V—Matters relating to foreign countries”,  whose Section 501 calls for the government to “counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in  coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”

The section lists the following definitions of media manipulation:

  • Establishment or funding of a front group.
  • Covert broadcasting.
  • Media manipulation.
  • Disinformation and forgeries.
  • Funding agents of influence.
  • Incitement and offensive counterintelligence.
  • Assassinations.
  • Terrorist acts.

As ActivistPost correctly notes, it is easy to see how this law, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, could be used to target, threaten, or eliminate so-called “fake news” websites, a list which has been used to arbitrarily define any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream media’s proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration.

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DEC 2/A MASSIVE 13.64 TONNES OF GOLD LEAVES THE GLD: PROBABLE DESTINATION SHANGHAI TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEIR HUGE PREMIUMS/A TINY 155,000 OZ OF SILVER LEAVES TO PAY FOR FEES/ HUGE WITHDRAWAL = GOLD DEMAND AMOUNTING TO 28.65 TONNES OF PHYSICAL GOLD FROM THE SGANGHAI GOLD EXCHANGE YESTERDAY (ONE DAY’S DEMAND)/GOLD AND SILVER REBOUND/THE ALL IMPORTANT ITALIAN REFERENDUM IS ON SUNDAY/DEUTSCHE BANK CUTTONG OF 3400 CLIENTS???/WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?/TURKISH LIRA DROPS TO 3.6 TO ONE USA DOLLAR: ERDOGAN TELLS HIS PEOPLE TO BUY GOLD/ IN THE USA: AWFUL JOBS REPORT: MANY STORIES TONIGHT/

harveyorganblog.com / December 2, 2016

Gold at (1:30 am est) $1175.10 up $8.20

silver  at $16.75:  up 32 cents

Access market prices:

Gold: 1176.50

Silver: 16.74

THE DAILY GOLD FIX REPORT FROM SHANGHAI AND LONDON

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The Shanghai fix is at 10:15 pm est last night and 2:15 am est early this morning

The fix for London is at 5:30  am est (first fix) and 10 am est (second fix)

Thus Shanghai’s second fix corresponds to 195 minutes before London’s first fix.

And now the fix recordings:

THURSDAY gold fix Shanghai

Shanghai morning fix Dec 2 (10:15 pm est last night): $  1197.17

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China Warns U.S.: Stop Trying to Escape Your Trade Obligations

wallstreetexaminer.com / by  • 

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Money Morning – We Make Investing Profitable. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission.

China warns the U.S. once again…

This time about a World Trade Order (WTO) deal reached way back in 2001…

That’s when WTO members all agreed to treat Beijing as a “non-market economy” until the arrangement officially expired – at which point China would then be upgraded to a “market economy.”

There’s a big difference between those two distinctions:

  • A “market economy” consists of private ownership of the means of production and of voluntary exchanges and/or contracts for goods. Competition in these economies is high, which makes goods production, as well as the value of goods themselves, significantly cheaper. On top of that, foreign investors often flock to “market economies” because they bolster innovation, which, in turn, boosts profits.
  • A “non-market economy” consists of operations that are not market-based. Therefore, its prices for final goods do not reflect fair value. Government provision of goods – arguably on an even basis – typically occurs within “non-market” economies – i.e., communist or socialist economies.

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Trump Risks Major Diplomatic Scandal With China Following Taiwan Phone Call

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Dec 2, 2016 5:38 PM

Ever since the US adopted a “One China” policy after the 1972 Nixon-Mao meetings, followed by President Carter formally recognizing Beijing as the sole government of China in 1978 leading to the closure of the US embassy in Taipei one year later and cutting off relations with Taiwan, when it comes to US-China diplomacy Washington has maintained a steady posture when it comes to Taiwan: non-recognition.

That changed today, when as the Trump team reported, following nearly four decades of diplomatic non-contact, the president-elect held a phone conversation with the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, who offered Trump her congratulations, and during which “they noted the close economic, political and security ties” that exist between Taiwan and the United States.

Oops.

Perhaps Trump was confused, and thought he was chatting with the president of the People’s Republic of China, also known as China, instead of the Republic of China, better known as Taiwan, but whatever the reason, Trump now risks a major diplomatic scandal with China – before he has even been inaugurated – as a result of his phone call with the president of Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province. As the FT accurately notes, “although it is not clear if the Trump transition team intended the conversation to signal a broader change in US policy towards Taiwan, the call is likely to infuriate Beijing.

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Investors Push Gold Eagle Sales To Record High & Commentary On Precious Metals Sentiment

srsroccoreport.com / by on December 2, 2016

Investment demand for Gold Eagles surged during the last day in November pushing sales to a new monthly record.  Not only did Gold Eagle sales for November reach a new record high for the year, it surpassed sales during the same month last year by 52%.

It seems as if investors are once again taking advantage of lower gold prices.  I had planned to publish the article on Wednesday (last day of the month) showing that November sales hit a new record high, but the U.S. Mint updated their figures yesterday reporting another 20,000 Gold Eagles oz were sold on the 30th.

So, as of Nov 29th, the U.S. Mint Gold Eagle sales reached a new high for the year of 127,500 oz.  Then they sold another stunning 20,000 oz in one day for a total of 147,500 Gold Eagle oz for November:

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Happiness rising: out of a world of conflict and noise

jonrappoport.wordpress.com / by Jon Rappoport / December 2, 2016

The message of world events and news about those events seems to be: ignore your own life and your future; they aren’t important enough to consider.

If we followed that advice emerging from the maelstrom of noise around us, we would all go down. We would all succumb.

Remember the premise that government in a Republic exists to allow the greatest possible freedom? Remember the idea that freedom involves the pursuit of happiness?

Remember the notion that this pursuit is carried out by the individual? And that his own happiness, by his own definition, is the goal?

If, in trying to make a better country and a better world, every person sacrificed his own pursuit of happiness, a better country couldn’t exist—because all happiness would have been tossed on the fire.

It’s a contradiction.

No matter what else a person does, he must have enough energy and desire to seek his own joy. That’s a given.

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Sudden Scramble For Gold In China Sends Premiums To 3 Year High

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Dec 2, 2016 5:00 PM

While paper gold traders can’t seem to dump the precious metal fast enough, physical gold demand is soaring around the world. India retail premiums are spiking (amid demonetization), local China premiums soar to a 3-year-high (as capital controls loom), and coin sales from the US Mint have risen for the 4th straight month, accelerating post-election to thehighest since July 2015 since Trump’s victory at the election.

Following the initial panic-buying across India after Modi’s demonetization effort shook the nation’s faith in fiat currency (sending local gold premiums soaring), news of reported gold import curbs in China (and looming capital controls) has sent gold premiums in China near three-year highs amid limited supply of the precious metal (as Reuters reports)…

The import curbs may be part of China’s efforts to limit outflows of the yuan after the currency’s slide to its weakest in more than eight years, traders say. China allows only 15 banks to import gold, including three foreign lenders.

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Trump’s Appointments — Paul Craig Roberts

paulcraigroberts.org / Paul Craig Roberts / December 2, 2016

What do they mean?

Before I give an explanation, let’s be sure we all know what an explanation is. An explanation is not a justification. The collapse of education in the US is so severe that many Americans, especially younger ones, cannot tell the difference between an explanation and a defense, justification, or apology for what they regard as a guilty person or party. If an explanation is not damning or sufficiently damning of what they want damned, the explanation is interpreted as an excuse for the object of their scorn. In America, reason and objective analysis have taken a backseat to emotion.

We do not know what the appointments mean except, as Trump discovered once he confronted the task of forming a government, that there is no one but insiders to appoint. For the most part that is correct. Outsiders are a poor match for insiders who tend to eat them alive. Ronald Reagan’s California crew were a poor match for George H.W. Bush’s insiders. The Reagan part of the government had a hell of a time delivering results that Reagan wanted.

Another limit on a president’s ability to form a government is Senate confirmation of presidential appointees. Whereas Congress is in Republican hands, Congress remains in the hands of special interests who will protect their agendas from hostile potential appointees. Therefore, although Trump does not face partisan opposition from Congress, he faces the power of special interests that fund congressional political campaigns.

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Beyond Income Inequality

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / FRIDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2016

Can the current iteration of global capitalism be reformed, or is it poised to be replaced by some other mode of production?
Judging by the mainstream media, the most pressing problems facing capitalism are 1) income inequality, the basis of Thomas Piketty’s bestseller Capital in the Twenty First Century, and 2) the failure of laissez-faire markets to regulate their excesses, a common critique encapsulated by Paul Craig Roberts’ recent book and 2) the failure of laissez-faire markets to regulate their excesses, a common critique encapsulated by Paul Craig Roberts’ recent book The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism.
These critiques (and many similar diagnoses) reach a widely shared conclusion: capitalism must be reformed to save it from itself.

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Trump’s Dep. National Security Advisor KT McFarland: “Torture Works, It’s Probably Worth Doing”

The Daily SheeplePublished on Dec 2, 2016

JFK Assassination – Unintended Victim?

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armstrongeconomics.com / by Martin Armstrong / Dec 2, 2016

There is another side to the JFK assassination that does not actually negate some of the conspiracies that surround CIA or military involvement. It may actually expose that Oswald was the patsy who was out to kill John Connally, not JFK. Nevertheless, the events are still clouded by bureaucrats.

After Lee Harvey Oswald delivered those fatal shots in Dallas, a Secret Service officer named Mike Howard was dispatched to Oswald’s apartment. Agent Howard found a little green address book. In this book on page 17, under the heading, “I WILL KILL,” Oswald listed four men: James Hosty, an FBI agent; Edwin Walker, a right-wing general; and Vice President Richard Nixon. However, at the very top of that list was the governor of Texas, John Connally, where Oswald drew a dagger with blood drops dripping downward. Oswald motive was that he had written to Connally asking for help and got the typical bureaucratic reply letter.

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Reports: ‘Rebels’ in East Aleppo Shooting at Syrian Civilians Trying to Flee the Terrorist-Occupied East

21stcenturywire.com / DECEMBER 2, 2016

21st Century Wire says…

The momentum has shifted tremendously in Aleppo this week as the Syrian Army advance through terrorist-held Eastern Aleppo, gradually driving out Western and Gulf-backed terrorist and militants from their occupied enclaves in a city held hostage since 2012. 21WIRE will post continuous ALEPPO UPDATES as we receive information…

Presently, the Syrian Army are moving neighborhood to neighborhood in an effort to retake the eastern part of the city, allowing thousands of civilian residents there to flee to safety. Despite being the so-called ‘rebels’ being in retreat, militants are not ready to let their ‘human shield’ civilians exit to the safety of government-protected West Aleppo. According to residents, these ‘moderate’ rebels are firing at innocent people who are trying to leave (see video report below).

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Weekend Reading: Trumponomics

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Dec 2, 2016 4:30 PM

Submitted by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,

What a change a couple of weeks can make. As my colleague, Michael Lebowitz, wrote this past week:

 “Following Donald Trump’s surprise victory and the violent market reactions, many investors are left scratching their heads. As shown above, the consensus narrative warned that a Trump victory would spell doom for the markets. Days later, the narrative flipped and Trump’s economic policies, all of which were known prior to the election, are deemed beneficial for share prices.”

The question which remains, however, is whether tax reform and infrastructure spending will have the impact the markets are currently betting on?

 As I penned in yesterday’s missive:
 “The problem for Trump is that we no longer reside in the 80’s where a large group of ‘baby boomers’ were entering the workforce and driving a massive wave of innovation and productivity changes.  Today, we are on the wrong side of the demographic trends combined with falling productivity and labor force growth.”

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Why the S&P 500 has Only Risen 7% in the Past 2 Years

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investmentwatchblog.com / BY · PUBLISHED

by Daniel Carter

A 3.5% annual return is far below what we have come to expect from the US stock market.  Dating back to 1928, the S&P has had an average annual return of over 11%.   In 2012 and 2013 the S&P produced great returns of about 16% and 32%, respectively.  The meager 3.5% annual return we have had the last two years has been much closer to the historical average return of 3-month Treasury Bills (3.49%).  Considering the stock market is much more volatile than the Treasury Bills market, it seems that stock investing has not made much sense the past two year.  However, hindsight is 20/20 and does us no good now.  What has caused the stock market slowdown and what might it tell us about future stock market returns?

After the economic crash of 2008, the Federal Reserve Bank began pumping trillions of dollars into the banking system by buying up US Treasuries and toxic Mortgage-Backed Securities.  This experimental monetary policy is known as Quantitative Easing.  The Federal Reserve’s theory was that by injecting money into the banking system, banks would increase their lending and spur economic growth.  There have been a total of 3 Quantitative Easing cycles so far that Bankrate has done a good job of documenting.  QE1 started in November 2008 and ended in March 2010.  The Federal Reserve concluded that even more stimulus was needed, so they started QE2 in November 2010 and ended it in June 2011.  The Federal Reserve concluded yet again that one more round of QE was necessary, which is why the started QE3 in September 2012 and finally ended it in October 2014.

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