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Start Swimming or Drown: Don’t Expect a Life Vest to Save You from Low Rates

news.goldseek.com / By Dennis Miller / 2 October 2014

Touring the Alamo, presenting on how retirees can succeed in a crisis economy, and picking the brain of one of the world’s top economists, Dr. Lacy Hunt, about the future of low interest rates were among the highlights of my recent trip to San Antonio for [...]

A Perilous Derivatives-Berg

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / August 22, 2014

Derivatives and the Credit Bubble

In principle, there is absolutely nothing wrong with derivatives. They serve a valuable function, by transferring risk from those who don’t want to be exposed to it to those who are willing to take risk on in their stead for [...]

The Public Theft of Private Assets Always Precedes An Economic Collapse and That Time Is Upon Us

thecommonsenseshow.com / by Dave Hodges / August 12, 2014

The American economy is living on borrowed time through the infusion of massive amounts of “printed out of thin air” cash being printed by the Federal Reserve. Anyone with an IQ above room temperature knows that the inevitable economic crash is looming on the [...]

Banks And Hedge Funds Make Curious Deal On New Structured Toxic-Waste Securities

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / MAY 6, 2014 AT 1:56AM

The Federal Reserve Board announced in its Senior Loan Officer Survey for the first quarter that banks experienced “stronger demand” for commercial loans, and that they “eased their lending policies.” They eased everything: premiums charged on riskier loans, loan covenants, collateralization requirements…. [...]

New Derivatives Rules Rescinded To Help Banks Make More Money

investmentresearchdynamics.com / By Dave Kranzler / April 10, 2014

The rules originally established to help protect the system from bank greed and fraud connected to derivatives were just rescinded by the same Basel Committee that drafted the original blueprint – article link. The original rules would have significantly curtailed the ability of banks to underwrite [...]

Banks Win Again As Proposed “Toughened” Basel Derivatives Rule “Seems To Have Evaporated”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/10/2014 10:26 -0400

Overnight, Bloomberg released its analysis of a Basel derivatives rule proposed last year according to which banks would be required to set aside more money in the event swaps making up the $693 trillion swaps market go bad. “And not just a little bit more — [...]

Government Confiscation And Lifting The Veil On “The 401(k) Scheme”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/06/2014 20:31 -0400

From Presidential edicts of ‘MyRA’ being for your own good and “will never go down in value” to Poland’s ‘precedent-setting’ confiscation of public pensions funds for the good of the nation’s debt load; and from the IMF’s “one-off” wealth tax ‘idea’ toEurope’s recent consideration of ‘wholesale [...]

Banking Union Time Bomb: Eurocrats Authorize Bailouts AND Bail-Ins

washingtonsblog.com / by Ellen Brown / March 29, 2014

“As things stand, the banks are the permanent government of the country, whichever party is in power.”

– Lord Skidelsky, House of Lords, UK Parliament, 31 March 2011)

On March 20, 2014, European Union officials reached an historic agreement to create a single agency to handle [...]

Why 2014 Is Beginning to Look A Lot Like 2008

peakprosperity.com / by Charles Hugh Smith / March 12, 2014, 12:06 PM

Does anything about 2014 remind you of 2008?

For example, the increasing signs of stress in the global financial system, from periphery currencies crashing to China’s shadow banking bailouts to the constant flow of official assurances that all is well [...]

Precious Metals and the Paradox of Over-Optimization

silver-coin-investor.com / By Dr. Jeffrey Lewis / Mar 05, 2014

Disaster, by over-optimization, is another important way to frame the much-heralded “just in time” inventory practices which are used broadly by industry and grafted to monetary assets like precious metals.

The overgrowth of the financial system and serial bailouts are akin to allowing fuels to [...]

US Taxpayer “Bailed Out” BNP Paribas Probed By DoJ & Fed On Sudan, Iran, Libya Deals

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 02/13/2014 13:32 -0500

TARP Recipient BNP Paribas got $4.9bn of bailouts from the U.S. Taxpayer – Today, as the WSJ reports we learn BNP Paribas has been funding transactions in Iran, Syria and other countries subject to U.S. Sanctions since 2002. The bank set aside $1.1 billion to settle [...]

Latest EU Proposal: Let’s Pretend for Another 50 Years! Why Now?

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / By Mike “Mish” Shedlock / February 05, 2014 5:26 PM

What cannot be paid back won’t, but that never stops officials from pretending it will. Please consider EU Said to Weigh Extending Greek Loans to 50 Years.

The next handout to Greece may include extending the maturity on rescue [...]

Fed Flails About To Squash “Misleading” (Very Inconvenient) Unemployment Measure

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / FEBRUARY 5, 2014 AT 4:06PM

The Fed has been using the unemployment rate, which dropped from 10% in October 2009 to 6.7% now, as incontrovertible proof that its heroic QE and zero-interest-rate policies were successful and that Chairman Ben Bernanke could ride off into the sunset with a [...]

Bundesbank’s Stunner To Broke Eurozone Nations: First “Bail In” Your Rich Citizens

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 01/27/2014 08:28 -0500

In what is sure to be met with cries of derision across the European Union, in line with what the IMF had previously recommended (and we had previously warned as inevitable), the Bundesbank said on Monday that countries about to go bankrupt should draw on the [...]

The Next Tire To Drop On The US Economy

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / JANUARY 16, 2014 AT 1:46AM

Auto sales in the US have been hopping for the last few years, and production has soared, and exuberance along with it, and there were even hopes that sales would soon be where they’d been before the crisis, before the bankruptcies, the plant closures, [...]

Europe’s Future: Inflation and Wealth Taxes

mises.ca / by David Howden / January 14th, 2014

Tax burdens are so high that it might not be possible to pay off the high levels of indebtedness in most of the Western world. At least, that is the conclusion of a new IMF paper from Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff.

Reinhart and Rogoff [...]

Mel Watt on Fannie and Freddie – I want to go back to 2008

brucekrasting.com / BY BRUCE KRASTING / SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2013

When Harry Reid (D-NV) changed the rules on how the Senate votes for a Presidential appointment, he opened the door for a critical change in the leadership at the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA). In short order, the Administrations’ pick for the job, Mel [...]

Bankers Arrested, Civil War Averted, Economy On the Rebound

thecommonsenseshow.com / By Dave Hodges / December 14, 2013

Who says there isn’t justice in the world for the globalists who continue to plunder the assets of average people? Four prominent bankers have been sentenced to prison and assessed hefty financial penalties.

The First District Court of Appeals sentenced four former Goldman Sachs Executives to [...]

Spain’s Bad Bank “FROB” Admits More Taxpayer Bailouts Likely

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / By Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Friday, December 06, 2013 6:44 PM

Via translation from Huky Guru’s Blog in Spain please consider statements by the president of the “FROB” regarding taxpayer support of the “bad bank”.The president of the Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring (FROB), Fernando Restoy, said “resolution does not guarantee recovery of [...]

Growing Expectations Of TBTF Bank Creditor Bailouts Tighten Their Tentacles Around Taxpayers

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / DECEMBER 4, 2013 AT 12:40AM

One of the few rebellious Fed heads, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, fired another salvo when he was testifying at the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing. And he hit Wall Street risks that are wrapping their growing tentacles ever more tightly around the economy and [...]