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Is the crisis in Ukraine a geopolitical plot to humble the United States and its allies by crashing their financial markets? / By Peter Cooper / 22 April 2014

What on earth is the crisis in Ukraine really all about? Those were not pro-Russian separatists in action in the Crimea. They are mainly Russian security forces. Now we see similar things happening in eastern Ukraine. What about the shooting at the weekend that [...]

How to Predict an Economic Collapse / Kate Incontrera / Apr 18, 2014

Well, I think you have to look at it in the context of how it all got started and you look back at the financial crisis of 2008, and the Austrian School would say that was inevitable. We may not have been prescient in picking [...]

Economic outlook darkens / 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 [...]

An expert’s view on gold / truthing / April 16, 2014 at 05:41

Ten years ago GBS was launched on the London Stock Exchange. This was the first Exchange Traded Commodity available in the UK and heralded the start of commodity investing for UK individuals. Today there are now over 300 ETCs listed in the UK.

To commemorate [...]

31-Year-Old Hedge Fund Trader Made More Than The CEOs Of The Six Biggest Banks Combined / by Tyler Durden / 04/13/2014 13:12

Over the weekend, there has been some consternation over the report that the CEOs of the 6 largest US banks: JPM, BAC, GS, MS, C and WFC, collectively made $96.1 million in 2013, more than $86.3 million the year before and the most since the financial crisis.


Pay and Deregulation in the US Financial Industry / BY JESSE / 13 APRIL 2014, 10:49 AM

“It is no exaggeration to say that since the 1980s, much of the global financial sector has become criminalised, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud. The behaviour that caused the mortgage bubble and financial crisis of 2008 was a natural [...]

Financial Leadership: Dividing Our Supporters, Uniting Our Critics / Janet Tavakoli / April 11, 2014

After the September 2008 financial crisis, scandal after scandal revealed widespread gaming of financial markets: LIBOR rigging, deceptive origination of subprime mortgages and student loans, built-to-fail collateralized debt obligations, mortgage loan and student loan origination fraud, foreclosure fraud, deceptive selling of ancillary credit card products, currency manipulation, [...]

Tocqueville Gold Strategy: First Quarter 2014 Investor Letter / John Hathaway / April 12, 2014

Gold and gold mining shares recovered during the first quarter with the metal rising 6.5% and precious metals shares (basis XAU) 8.7% through March 31st. It appears to us that the precious metals complex has bottomed and is attempting to gain footing following the grueling two-plus year [...]

IMF Misleads on Interest Rates – And So Does the Media / Staff Report / April 11, 2014

It is now nearly seven years since the start of the financial crisis, yet despite growing evidence in America and Britain of a return to relative normality, something remains profoundly broken at the heart of the world economy. One manifestation of this – much discussed among the [...]

America’s Structural Unemployment Crisis In Two Charts / By Wolf Richter / APRIL 9, 2014 AT 1:21AM

The enormous number of people who work only part-time for economic reasons is one the tragedies of the unemployment crisis in this country. It didn’t even start with the financial crisis. Before the 2001 recession, there were a little above 3 million of them. [...]

More Americans Go Hungry Than All But 2 European Nations / by Tyler Durden / 04/08/2014 21:40 -0400

Since 2007, when the financial crisis touched down across the world, the proportion of people going hungry in Europe has soared, according to the OECD. As Bloomberg’s Niraj Shah notes, the number has doubled in Greece alone from 8.9% in 2007 to almost 18% currently unable [...]

16 Signs That Most Americans Are NOT PREPARED For The Coming Economic Collapse By Michael Snyder / April 8th, 2014

Sometimes I think that I sound like a broken record. I am constantly using phrases such as “get prepared while you still can” and “time is running out”. In fact, I use them so often that people are starting to criticize me for it. But the truth [...]

Why the Fed Will Have to Get Back into the Paper Money Printing Business Soon / By Michael Lombardi / Friday, April 4th, 2014

In the early days of the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve said, “Job losses, declining equity and housing wealth and tight credit conditions have weighed on consumer sentiment and spending. Weaker sales prospects and difficulties in obtaining credit have led businesses to cut [...]

Cheap Printing vs. Expensive Drilling / By Doug French / April 02, 2014

She’s easy, she knows it, and she’s doing it for you, Main Street.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a crowd at a community reinvestment conference in Chicago:

“The most important thing we do is to use monetary policy to promote a stronger economy. The Federal Reserve [...]

Michael Lewis: “Are You Really Under The Illusion That The Individual Investor Trusts Wall Street?” / by Tyler Durden on 04/01/2014 13:56 -0400

CNBC’s last hour is likely the most-watched in a decade (perhaps because after 5 years of delays HFT is finally getting the exposure it has deserved from day one… and covered right here on this website since April 2009). From the HFT lobby explaining that “there [...]

UK Housing Boom Could Turn To Bust … Again / By Mark O’Byrne / 27 March 2014

Britain’s former chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Lord Adair Turner, spoke at Cass Business school yesterday and warned that the UK could be repeating the 2008 financial crisis by fueling the property market. He commented that mortgage and commercial property lending in global economies [...]

Jackass Buyback Proposal: Fed Rejects Citigroup Share Buybacks and Dividend Increase / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:14 PM

For the second time in three years Fed Rejects Citigroup Share Buybacks and Dividend Increase.

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday rejected Citigroup Inc’s plans to buy back $6.4 billion of shares and boost dividends, saying the bank is not sufficiently prepared [...]

Eric Holder and the DOJ Have Spent Millions of Taxpayer Dollars on Unreported Personal Travel / Michael Krieger / March 24, 2014

As the Attorney General of these United States, Eric Holder is the top legal advisor for the entire nation. As such, he has been in a position to help punish financial criminals and the mega-banks for the crimes they committed in the run-up to the financial crisis, [...]

The “Contrarian” / Andrew Hoffman / March 18th, 2014

Today is the rare day when a single, impactful idea isn’t jumping out at me but don’t worry, I still have an important point to make. Frankly, the eerie quietude ahead of tomorrow’s FOMC statement – in which “Whirlybird Janet” is widely expected to announce what may [...]

Precious Metals Prices To Rise As The U.S. Economy Disintegrates / Steve St. Angelo / March 13, 2014

As the U.S. economy continues to disintegrate, increasing numbers of investors will be forced to move out of paper assets and into physical gold and silver to protect their wealth. At first the move will be slow, but as Americans wake up from four decades of [...]

Auto-Industry Over-Production Sends US Inventory-To-Sales To Post-2009 Highs / by Tyler Durden / 03/13/2014 10:17 -0400

The ‘field-of-dreams’ recovery is dismally missing in action. This morning’s inventory-to-sales data shows the US total at 1.32x – its highest since the financial crisis and highest in a decade aside from that. The worst sector – or more over-produced or mal-invested – drum roll please… [...]

How It Will End / By Darryl Robert Schoon / 12 March 2014

The amount of debt globally has soared more than 40 percent to $100 trillion since the first signs of the financial crisis as governments borrowed to pull their economies out of recession and companies took advantage of record low interest rates. Debt Exceeds $100 Trillion [...]

Bank Of England Warns Of Dangers Of Rising House Prices – “Temporary Self-Fulfilling Prophecy”

UK Bank Base Rate (1694-2014) – BOE, Church House / By Mark O’Byrne / 12 March 2014

Bank Of England Warns Of Dangers Of Rising House Prices – “Temporary Self-Fulfilling Prophecy”

The speed UK property prices are surging at is “approaching madness”, analysts have warned, after UK data showed house prices jumped [...]

The Big Debt Binge

The global credit bubble. There are now about $100 trillion in debt securities outstanding worldwide / Pater Tenebrarum / March 12, 2014

Government Debt Soars Into Stratosphere

We had a global financial crisis in 2008 that was widely acknowledged to be the result of an unmitigated credit bubble egged on by [...]

The West’s Debt-Bomb / Jeff Nielson / Monday, 10 March 2014 15:27

In the news today; we saw the Corporate media engage in a typically Machiavellian attempt to present the West’s “debt problem”. It did this by first hiding the explosion of Western debt within the total growth of overall global debt.

The amount of debt [...]

We Are In FAR Worse Shape Than We Were Just Prior To The Last Great Financial Crisis / By Michael Snyder / March 10th, 2014

None of the problems that caused the last financial crisis have been fixed. In fact, they have all gotten worse. The total amount of debt in the world has grown by more than 40 percent since 2007, the too big to fail banks [...]

“We think the chain reaction will probably start,” Cui wrote. “In the U.S., it took about a year to reach the Lehman stage when the market panicked … We assess that it may take less time in China.” / March 9th, 2014

Has China Reached its ‘Bear Stearns’ Moment?

The country’s first-ever bond default could potentially reshape the entire financial sector

In Shanghai on Friday, a solar energy equipment maker you’ve probably never heard of before, Chaori Solar Energy Science & Technology, couldn’t pay investors [...]

5 Things To Ponder: Serious Stuff / by Lance Roberts / Friday, March 07, 2014

There was so many good things to read this past week that it was hard to narrow it down to a topic group. After a brief respite early this year, the markets are hitting new highs confirming the current bullish trend. As a money [...]

Low interest rates are delivering asset price bubbles all over the world and this will end in disaster and high gold prices / 07 March 2014

It is hard to argue with somebody who has recently benefited from an asset price bubble, especially if they have just realised the gain by selling. But when this asset price gain is only achieved at the cost of forcing down the return on all assets then you have [...]

Ukraine: Three Views / JOHN MAULDIN / MARCH 3, 2014

All eyes are on Ukraine as the drama continues to unfold. Today, for an early Outside the Box, I’m going to offer three sources on Ukraine. The first is a note that I got from the head of emerging-market trading at one of the [...]