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George Soros Slams Putin, Warns Of “Existential Threat” From Russia, Demands $20 Billion From IMF In “Russia War Effort”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 10/23/2014 08:51 -0400

If even George Soros is getting concerned and writing Op-Eds, then Putin must be truly winning.

Here are the highlights from what the Open Society founder has to say about the “existential” Russian threat in a just released Op-Ed:

Europe is facing a challenge from [...]

Four Reasons the Bernanke-Yellen Asset-Price Inflation May Be Nearing Its End

mises.org / by Joseph T. Salerno / Friday, October 17, 2014

There are strong indications that the remarkable run up of asset prices in the last few years is beginning to run out of steam and may be on the verge of collapse. We will leave aside the question of whether the asset [...]

IMF Forecasts are Always Wrong – This Spectacularly So

armstrongeconomics.com / by Martin Armstrong / October 15, 2014

When it comes to forecasting, the IMF is virtually always wrong to a large extent. Indeed, often they are spectacularly wrong as was the case with the financial crisis of 2007-2009. Why anyone ever bothers to listen is really baffling. They never admit mistakes and are [...]

The Doors Are Being Shut

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / October 13, 2014

Derivatives “Stays” – The Next Step in Corralling Investor Funds

We previously discussed the debate over the introduction of new rules that would allow money market funds to stop withdrawals – see “Redemption Gates for Money Market Funds” for details. This debate followed on the heels of [...]

NY Fed Admits Higher Rates Mean Higher Volatility

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 10/10/2014 08:17 -0400

In another well-funded research study, the New York Fed has, via its Liberty Street Economics blog, unveiled its explanation for why volatility is low (obviously missing the Kevin Henry-Citadel dark-pool VIX-slamming machinations that are so evident on an almost daily basis). Their findings are a little [...]

Larry Summers Discovers the Free Lunch

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / October 9, 2014

Give the Man a Nobel Prize Already!

There’s always something funny to report from the wacky world of our central planning bien pensants, (a.k.a. “high IQ morons” – h/t Bill Bonner), especially when one of them has a sudden personal epiphany he feels he must immediately impart [...]

A National Failure to Save & Invest – Crash Course Chapter 16

peakprosperity.com / by Adam Taggart / October 3, 2014, 7:08 PM

Chapter 16 of the Crash Course is now publicly available and ready for watching below.

As detailed in earlier chapters, the US’ debts and unfunded liabilities far exceed its assets. But making matters worse, the country is suffering from a prolonged failure to save [...]

A Silver Lining for Gold: A Triple-Bottom on its Chart

thedailybell.com / By Staff News & Analysis / October 01, 2014

Mass default looms as world sinks beneath a sea of debt … As if the fast degenerating geo-political situation isn’t bad enough, here’s another lorry load of concerns to add to the pile. The UK and US economies may be on the mend [...]

Wall Street: Where Are the Real Bad Guys?

thedailybell.com / By Staff News & Analysis / September 30, 2014

How Eric Holder Failed the Economy … Attorney General Eric Holder, who plans to step down after more than five years in office, has efforts and achievements to be proud of, no doubt, but will probably be remembered above all for something he [...]

Gold Rush Of 1980 Sparked By Turmoil In Iran & Afghanistan

gold-eagle.com / Ronan Manly / September 29, 2014

During the financial crisis in September 2008, the gold price rose $50 in one day, September 18, as investors sought refuge in the one asset that they perceived to be a safe-haven of high liquidity and high credit quality. This one day move in September 2008 was [...]

Greece Tries to “Escape from Bailout”

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / September 29, 2014

Greek Government Worried About Its Survival

Antonis Samaras has a problem: just as the relatively tough austerity medicine Greece was forced to take seems to be beginning to bear some fruit (Greece is the one euro area country where nominal government spending has indeed declined significantly), his [...]

Elephant in the Room Minsky Moment

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Steen Jakobsen / Sunday, September 28, 2014 8:02 PM

The “elephant in the room” is debt. Try as they might, central bankers have not been able to spur credit, hiring, or much business expansion because of the elephant. Things are even worse in Europe.

Via email, this is a guest [...]

“Hope Is Not Good Policy” – Saxo Bank Warns The Entire World Is Headed For A Minsky Moment

zerohedge.com / by Steen Jakobsen / 09/27/2014 20:03 -0400

Surely not this old chestnut – again?

‘Interest on debt grows without rain’ – Yiddish proverb

This proverb explains most of what goes on in policy circles these days. We are now watching Extend-and-Pretend, Episode VI: Promises for improvement amid [...]

The World’s Largest Subprime Debtor: The US Government

mises.org / by David Howden / Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection six years ago this month. The event has become famous as the spark that ignited the global financial crisis. Since that date, millions have lost their jobs and livelihoods, and countless others have seen [...]

Bond Strategies In A Rising Interest Rate Environment

stawealth.com / Luke Patterson / Friday, 19 September 2014

So what’s the problem?

Bond investing for many has never been more difficult, but not for the reason many think.

Central bankers around the globe began aggressive campaigns of monetary interventions following the financial crisis in 2008. These unprecedented measures to stabilize capital markets and induce [...]

New bill: Congress engineering yet another financial crisis

sovereignman.com / Simon Blackon / September 5, 2014

September 5, 2014 Santiago, Chile

Say hello to the next financial crisis, brought to you courtesy of the dumbest new bill of the week: H.R. 5148: Access to Affordable Mortgages Act.

Ordinarily whenever an individual wants to borrow money for a [...]

Big Banks “Bought” Congress … So Credit Derivatives Are Bigger than Ever

washingtonsblog.com / August 21, 2014

The Causes of the 2008 Crisis Have Never Been Addressed

We’ve noted for years that Washington never reined in the risky derivatives which helped cause the 2008 crash … and so the big banks hold more derivatives than ever.

We’ve also noted that the financial services industry has bought and [...]

Vladimir Putin threatens to tip over the global house of cards

arabianmoney.net / 06 August 2014

What if the crisis in Ukraine becomes a ‘humanitarian rescue’ by the Russian military and energy prices hit the roof?

Oil above $150-a-barrel would crash the teetering Chinese real estate bubble as it did in July 2008 for US subprime loans, and bring Wall [...]

If and When the Gates Close Forever

silver-coin-investor.com / Dr. Jeffrey Lewis / Aug 03, 2014

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by [...]

Big Banks Shift to Lower Gear

mauldineconomics.com / JOHN MAULDIN / JULY 30, 2014

For today’s Outside the Box, good friend Gary Shilling has sent along a very interesting analysis of the big banks. Gary knows a lot about what went down with the big banks during and after the Great Recession, and he tells the story well.