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Have We Reached a Financial Singularity?

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2014

Encouraging and supporting asset bubbles is essentially the only force remaining to keep the system intact as we know it.

The Singularity is based on the idea that machine intelligence will soon exceed human intelligence, and human history is unknowable beyond that [...]

18 Signs That The Global Economic Crisis Is Accelerating As We Enter The Last Half Of 2014

theeconomiccollapseblog.com / By Michael Snyder / June 30th, 2014

A lot of people that I talk to these days want to know “when things are going to start happening”. Well, there are certainly some perilous times on the horizon, but all you have to do is open up your eyes and look [...]

Bubbles Worry Central Bankers

mises.ca / by David Howden / June 30th, 2014

After years of QE and other loose monetary policies, central banks are starting to get jittersabout the effects of their policies.

An organization representing the world’s main central banks warned Sunday that dangerous new asset bubbles [...]

UBS: The Secret Reason The Fed Is ‘Tolerating’ Bubbles

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / JUNE 30, 2014 AT 12:05AM

Swiss megabank UBS, one of the great beneficiaries of the Fed’s policies, ponders in its latest FX Comments how to deal with asset bubbles, “most importantly in housing markets,” a topic that is a “hotly debated issue among central banks.”

Fed to the Sharks, Part 1: The Fed Takes Our Money, Gives It to Banks Who Loan It Back to Us at 16%

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / MONDAY, APRIL 07, 2014

We’re being Fed to the sharks, every day, one morsel at a time. What a way to go…. What can we say about the Federal Reserve’s policies that hasn’t been said a million times? How about simplifying the two primary purposes of Fed policies? I [...]

The Fed Goes Hunting For “Asset Price Bubbles”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/02/2014 11:32 -0400

As the world’s investors wait anxiously for the next piece of bad news from Japan, China, Europe, or US as a signal to buy, buy, buy on the back of a renewed “stimulus” of freshly printed money that has comforted them for 5 years, it seems [...]

Dan Ariely: Why Humans Are Hard-Wired To Create Asset Bubbles

peakprosperity.com / Adam Taggart / Saturday, February 15, 2014, 12:25 PM

Renown behavioral economist Dan Ariely explain why humans are biologically wired to make irrational decisions when money is involved. It’s a case of our evolutionary wiring interfering with the decisions we face in a modern world very different from the one our ancestors [...]

The Magic “Wealth Effect” On Our Hapless Renters

Hector Pineda, who spends 60 percent of his income on rent, outside of his apartment, on Jan. 11, 2014, in Alexandria, Virginia.

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / JANUARY 14, 2014 AT 1:12AM

Prices for housing have jumped and rents have jumped too, yet renters – there are 38.7 million of them, 34% of [...]

After Seven Lean Years, Part 1: US Residential Real Estate: The Present Position and Future Prospects

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014

“Prosperity” based on serial asset bubbles and near-zero interest rates is neither real nor sustainable. Longtime readers know I have been covering residential housing since mid-2005.In those 8+ years, housing has proceeded through a cycle of bubble-bust-echo-bubble: now the echo bubble is crumbling, for all [...]

Why Our Consumer-Debt Dependent Economy Is Doomed

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / By Charles Hugh Smith / DECEMBER 10, 2013

If you understand the difference between the first pair of shoes and the 25th, you understand why America’s debt-dependent consumer economy is doomed. Yesterday I explained Why We’re Stuck with a Bubble Economy:

Now that interest rates are near-zero and mortgage rates [...]