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Deflationary Forces Strengthen

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / January 30, 2015

The month and week are winding down, and what a month and week it has been. The three key events were all about Europe. The SNB’s unexpected decision to lift the cap on the franc. The ECB’s decision to proceed with a sovereign bond buying […]

EU Threatens Sanctions on Russia as War in Ukraine Intensifies, Greece Pivots to Russia

goldcore.com / By admin / January 29, 2015

EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss imposing further sanctions on Russia following an upsurge in fighting in east Ukraine.

A woman pushes a cart as she visits a hypermarket of French grocery retailer Auchan in Moscow, Jan. 15, 2015. A new […]

BABA Bye Bye: Chinese MegaCap Plunges Below Post-IPO First Print

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 01/29/2015 09:46 -0500

Alibaba is down over 10% this morning following a disappointing earnings release. This comes on the heels of selling pressure after the Chinese government released its report claiming significant “issues” at China’s richest man’s company. A combination of weak revenues, a 28% plunge in net income, […]

Putin’s Unexpected Victory: Germany Furious That Greece Is Now A Russian Sanctions Veto

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 01/29/2015 08:57 -0500

Two days ago, Zero Hedge first, and shortly thereafter everyone else, pointed out something stunning: the biggest surprise to emerge so far out of the new anti-Troika/austerity Greek government was not so much its intention to proceed with the first test of “Odious Debt” – […]

How Free Markets Enhance Freedom of Choice

mises.org / Hunter Hastings / JANUARY 29, 2015

Ludwig von Mises was careful to establish the individual actor as the basis for all economic analysis. An individual acts to improve his circumstances. To do so, he chooses among various available means in order to achieve his ends. Those ends are based on his individual […]

Clash Over Sanctions: Syriza Opposes Sanctions on Russia, Calls Them “Neocolonial Bulimia”; Negotiation Rules

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Wednesday, January 28, 2015 2:16 AM

The Blowout Victory of Syriza has taken on some new meaning outside of Grexit possibilities.

Please consider Greeks Rebuff EU Call for More Russia Sanctions.

A spokesman for the ruling coalition of Alexis Tsipras, prime minister, said Greece had not approved a […]

Moving Money Around Won’t Make Us Richer

mises.org / Peter St. Onge / JANUARY 28, 2015

One of the great debates today between left and right is whether government stimulus is worth it. The left says “yes, early and often.” And the right says “only in the right circumstances.” Unsurprisingly, both left and right are completely off — stimulus is the […]

SILVER-INVESTOR DAVID MORGAN: INDUSTRIAL DEMAND, LOOPER (FILM), DIVIDENDS & OIL

goldsilverbitcoin.com / 27 JAN , 2015

How long have you been investing in silver?

Since my early 20’s, once I had a job and some sort of cash flow that was the real beginning. I did buy a few silver coins as a kid but nothing of significance.

What got you interested in […]

European Developments Steal Spotlight from Today’s Fed Statement

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / January 28, 2015

On days that the Federal Reserve issues its statement that tends to be the main highlight of the trading session. However, with expectations running fairly low for a significant shift in the stance or forward guidance, developments elsewhere, especially Europe, are overshadowing it. While Asia […]

Poland’s Government to Reset Swiss Franc Mortgages

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / January 27, 2015

Here We Go …

Last week we wrote in the context of Swiss franc denominated loans to consumers in Europe:

“Another problem is that governments may react to the situation by shifting the losses suffered by mortgage debtors back to the banks – this has e.g. already […]

Why Private-Sector Services Seem to Be More Expensive

mises.org / Predrag Rajsic / JANUARY 26, 2015

Imagine you are a promising car mechanic who wants to open a new car repair shop. You would like to provide basic services to low-income citizens at affordable prices. You would charge a bare minimum for your labor, and you would buy used (but decent) replacement […]

SYRIZA and Beyond – Political Volatility Enters the Scene

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / January 26, 2015

Greek Election – Decisive Victory by SYRIZA

With more than 95% of the votes in Greece’s parliamentary election counted as of the time of writing, Greece’s far-left Syriza led by Alexis Tsipras was already certain to have won a decisive victory.

Greek election results […]

Let’s Secede from the American Monetary Union

mises.org / Ryan McMaken / JANUARY 21, 2015

The Swiss central bank’s recent move to de-peg the Swiss franc from the euro reminds us of the importance of choice in currency. By pegging the Swiss franc to the euro, the Swiss central bank was in effect subsidizing the euro by refusing to compete with […]

Turkey’s “Independent” Central Bank Is Latest To Leak Policy Decision To Government

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 01/20/2015 07:12 -0500

Ahead of today’s Turkey central bank decision, consensus was expecting no change in either the benchmark repurchase rate (at 8.25%), nor the overnight lending and borrowing rates (at 11.25% and 7.50%, respectively). And then, out of the blue, the Turkish deputy Prime Minister was kind enough […]

Emerging Market Preview of the Week Ahead

marctomarket.com / Dr. Win Thin and Ilan Solot / January 19, 2015

After an eventful few sessions, EM assets this week will be wedged between a US holiday on Monday and expectations ahead of the ECB meeting on Thursday. Bar any unexpected developments, we doubt there will be a lot of conviction for trades […]

People Have More Money? Let’s Tax It!

mises.org / John P. Cochran / JANUARY 19, 2015

As highlighted by David Henderson and Peter Boettke, markets and competition are like weeds, not delicate flowers. Economies recover even from severe boom-bust episodes and despite growth-retarding regime uncertainty. Even burdensome regulation, per Pierre Lemieux, causes a “slow-motion collapse” or stagnation, not a crash. But […]

The True Cost of the Homeownership Obsession

mises.org / Ryan McMaken / JANUARY 16, 2015

In 2014, the US homeownership rate fell below 65 percent, which means it’s back to where it was during the 1970s and much of the 1990s. Various federal agencies have long made homeownership a priority, and have introduced a bevy of government and quasi-government programs including the […]

Hi, I’m Charles Evans, and Welcome to Jackass

mauldineconomics.com / BY JARED DILLIAN / JANUARY 15, 2015

One of the things I always try to remember is that government employees (and this includes the folks at the Federal Reserve) are people just like you and me, most of whom work very hard to do what they believe is right.

The Fed is often […]

Floating Ruble vs Currency Board

gold-eagle.com / Robert Shapiro / January 15, 2015

When the only tool in your kit is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. When the only tool in your kit is a currency board, then….

Over the last month or so, I’ve read several pieces calling for Russia to set up a currency board […]

New Mysteries In Indian Gold Market

bullionbullscanada.com / by Jeff Nielson / Monday, 12 January 2015 17:24

The gold market of India has become one of the focal points of the precious metals sector, for several reasons. To begin with; India is historically the world’s largest market for gold, directly implying that India is also (very likely) the world’s largest […]