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Chronicling The QE Follies: Bernanke’s Swell Gift To The Big Four Banks

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / By David Stockman / April 18, 2014

I recently pointed out that the Fed’s 5-year campaign to drive the 30-year mortgage rate from 6.5% to 3.3% had accomplished nothing except to touch off another of those pointless “refi” booms which enable homeowners to swap an existing mortgage for a new one carrying a [...]

Investing the Family Money on Planet Debt

dailyreckoning.com.au / BY BILL BONNER / APRIL 18, 2014 AT 10:00 AM

Today, I want to talk about something I believe will be critical to our mission of building long-term family wealth: the saturation of debt in the global economy. We no longer live onPlanet Earth. We now live on Planet Debt.

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Money, Politics and the Great Keynesian Fraud

dailyreckoning.com.au / BY BILL BONNER / APRIL 17, 2014 AT 3:29 PM

So, we’ve dug deep back into the archives – for a ‘classic.’

It examines the folly of modern economics…in particular, the great Keynesian fraud being perpetrated on unsuspecting investors.

If you ever thought something was wrong with the ‘solving a debt crisis [...]

Economic outlook darkens

goldmoney.com / By Alasdair Macleod / 17 April 2014

Many decades of Keynesian-inspired economic and monetary corruption have left advanced economies with a legacy of debt and low savings. In a nutshell, that is the problem which is driving us into another financial crisis. That moment could be drawing upon us, signalled by the recent [...]

US to Foreign Officials: Stop buying US Treasuries

marctomarket.com / By Marc Chandler / April 15, 2014

Cassandras warn that the foreign appetite for US debt is satiated and wonder who is going to buy US Treasuries when the Federal Reserve stops. Not only are US officials not concerned about this, but the Department of Treasury continues its campaign to discourage foreign central [...]

Kansas City Federal Reserve Warns Of Looming Farm Bankruptcies And Loss Of Farms To Follow (Video)

beforeitsnews.com / April 16, 2014 3:00

Did you know Federal Government land ownership is concentrated in the mineral resource rich western United states? Specifically, 62% of Alaska is federally owned, as is 47% of the 11 coterminous western states.

By contrast, the federal government owns only 4% of lands in the other states. This western [...]

Paul Craig Roberts – Is Belgium Part Of A U.S. Scheme?

kingworldnews.com / April 16, 2014

Today former US Treasury official, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, spoke with King World News about the unusual purchases being made by Belgium in the U.S. Treasury market. Dr. Roberts also discussed how other countries may be asked to get involved in this scheme. Below is what Dr. Roberts had to [...]

Is The Fed Fabricating Loan Creation Data?

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/16/2014 11:59 -0400

One of the more bullish “fundamental” theses discussed in recent weeks, perhaps as an offset to thedocumented record collapse in mortgage origination – because without debt creation by commercial banks one can kiss this, or any recovery, goodbye – has been the so-called surge in loans [...]

JIM WILLIE: FED HAS LOST CONTROL, SYSTEMIC FAILURE FLASHING WARNING SIGNALS NOW!

silverdoctors.com / By Jim Willie / APRIL 16, 2014

The US Federal Reserve has been printing money since 2011 to cover USGovt debt securities in a frenetic manner. They have lost control.They call it stimulus, when it is actually the opposite. It does assist the speculators with nearly zero cost money to borrow, but one [...]

HFT Firm CEO Seeks Taxpayer Dollars To Save His Hockey Team

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/15/2014 21:12 -0400

The Florida Panthers finished this season with the 2nd lowest points total in the NHL and drew the 2nd lowest average attendance of 14,200 fans per home game. The team is losing $25 million annually. All of this is the exact opposite situation of the [...]

Economy In Pictures (Update: 4-15-13)

streettalklive.com / By Lance Roberts / 15 April 2014

I have written extensively about the data behind the headline media reports. I have also discussed the importance of the relationship between the underlying data trends relative to broader macroeconomic perspectives. However, it is sometimes helpful just to view the various economic indicators and draw your [...]

What Happens When ‘All Assets Have Become Too Expensive?’

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / APRIL 14, 2014 AT 9:30PM

A new report from Natixis, the asset management and investment banking division of Groupe BPCE, the second largest bank in France and one of the largest megabanks in the world with over $1.4 trillion in assets, predicts what daredevil voices at the maligned margin [...]

The Real Purpose of QE

news.goldseek.com / By Darryl Robert Schoon / 15 April 2014

It’s Not Employment

Free markets are a function of supply and demand whereas capital markets are a function of credit and debt

The bankers’ ponzi-scheme – which began with the distortion of free markets in 1694 when the Bank of England began issuing [...]

SOCIAL SECURITY, TREASURY STEALING EVERY LAST PENNY FROM AMERICANS

dollarvigilante.com / By Jeff Berwick / April 15, 2014

All of the sudden the government lays claims to your savings. They can’t prove you owe them a dime, but you’re deprived due process. The legal bills become overwhelming, and so you let your money be stolen. You simply have no choice.

Sound outlandish? It’s not. [...]

Richard Russell – The Cheapest Thing On The Planet Is Silver

kingworldnews.com / April 15, 2014

With continued turmoil and uncertainty in global markets, today KWN is publishing another important piece that was written by a 60-year market veteran. The Godfather of newsletter writers, Richard Russell, says that he is buying physical silver because it’s “dirt cheap.” Russell also warned that the gold/silver ratio may plunge [...]

Greece’s Grand Decoupling, the Nuclear Option and an Alternative Strategy: A comment on Münchau

yanisvaroufakis.eu / By Yanis Varoufakis / April 14, 2014

In his latest Financial Times column Wolfgang Münchau concurs with much of what I have written here (on the Greek social economy’s deep coma) and here (on the reasons why investors are piling in) but goes on to suggest that Greece should seriously consider exiting the [...]

The Communist Chinese Takeover of All US Energy

thecommonsenseshow.com / By Dave Hodges / April 14, 2014

China, allied with Russia, is in the process of taking over the United States, or should I say that our public officials are giving away the country to them. In the following paragraphs, the analysis is limited to Chinese based interests, but the same could be [...]

When The Fed’s Refi Madness Ended, Bank Mortgage Profits Evaporated

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / By David Stockman / April 14, 2014

During the course of its massive money printing campaign after the financial crisis of 2008, the Fed drove the 30-year mortgage financing rate down from 6.5% to 3.3% at its mid-2012 low. The ostensible purpose was revive the shattered housing market which had resulted from the [...]

Debt Rattle Apr 11 2014: Manipulated Markets And The Empty Bag

theautomaticearth.com / Raúl Ilargi Meijer / April 11, 2014

Well, stocks are down substantially over the past few days, with internet and biotech taking big hits, and we see people like Marc Faber and Dennis Gartman urging people to get out of stocks. Something’s definitely going on. Time for a bunch of charts. And let’s [...]

Listening to the Canary

caseyresearch.com / Terry Coxon / April 11, 2014 2:14pm

During World War II, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) undertook a plan of misdirection to allow a squadron of bombers to approach an exceptionally valuable target in Europe undetected. The target was so heavily guarded that destroying it would require more than the usual degree [...]

The West’s Slow-Motion Collapse

bullionbullscanada.com / By Jeff Nielson / 11 April 2014 13:14

Many analysts outside the mainstream herd have been making dire predictions about the collapse of the economies of the Western bloc for the past several years, myself included. Those predictions have not come to pass. Does this mean that we were wrong, or at best [...]

The Reckoning: “All Evidence Points to US Economic Failure in 2014″

shtfplan.com / By Mac Slavo / April 11th, 2014

Earlier this week economic strategist Marc Faber warned that some time in the next 12 months the U.S. stock market will experience a crash worse than the massive drop seen in 1987.

He’s not alone. Many contrarian economists seem to agree. And given the state of [...]

Daily Pfennig: The Ghost of John Connally

caseyresearch.com / By Chuck Butler / April 11, 2014 9:16am

In This Issue.

* Currencies take a breather. * IMF talks renminbi as reserve currency. * Aussie Unemployment drops! * Chuck tries to sing like Bill Medley.

And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts.

The Ghost of John Connally.

Good Day! . And a [...]

Biggest Credit Bubble in History Flashes Warning: ‘Seek Cover’

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / April 10, 2014 at 11:20AM

Hidden in the IMF’s just released 188-page Global Financial and Stability Report is a doozie of a chart that screams not only “credit bubble” but also flashes a red warning sign: “seek cover, implosion in sight.” It depicts US issuance of covenant-lite loans and [...]

Daily Pfennig: Oops Did We Say That Out Loud?

caseyresearch.com / By Chuck Butler / April 10, 2014 8:30am

In This Issue.

* Another dollar rout on Fed Minutes. * Time to board the Love Train. * Gold reaches 2014 high! * Consumer Debt an unintended consequence.

And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts.

Oops Did We Say That Out Loud?

Good Day! [...]

Debt Rattle Apr 8 2014: Blackwater Resurfaces In Ukraine

MGM Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy in the film Riffraff 1936

theautomaticearth.com / By Raúl Ilargi Meijer / April 8, 2014

Well, that’s great news, isn’t it? Blackwater is back. After a first wave of negative publicity over its involvement in Iraq, a major PR hush-hush campaign led to a series of mergers, takeovers [...]

Ukraine – Debt – War – Corruption

armstrongeconomics.com / By Martin Armstrong / April 8, 2014

Ukraine ended the pro-Russia occupation of administration buildings but armed protesters hold out in other cities. They are armed and this seems to be creating a situation where Russia can argue they are needed to protect Russian living there

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Why you should fear inflation: The CPI understates the true nature of inflation. BLS only allocates less than 2 percent to tuition in CPI. Missing big on the biggest expense in housing.

mybudget360.com / April 7, 2014

Some people believe that inflation is simply a part of the normal economy like seeing the sunrise every day. Over time prices will rise on everything, or so the argument goes. I’m not sure if most dig into the question any deeper and question the nature of prices rising. If [...]

What Will It Take To Prevent A 2008 Redux?

Zero Hedge

milesfranklin.com / By Andrew Hoffman / April 7, 2014

It’s Monday morning, and rarely do I feel so challenged in picking a single topic to write of; as the weekend’s “horrible headline” list is as long as at any time in recent memory – regarding a variety of terrifying topics from the [...]

The Pretense Of Forward Guidance

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/07/2014 12:40 -0400

Submitted by James H. Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

Guess what? There is none. Rather, the Federal Reserve practice of Delphically divulging its intentions ought to be understood as the master pretense of US economic life — the delusion that wise persons are actually in control of anything. [...]