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Modern-Day Monetary Cranks and the Fed’s “Inflation” Target

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / April 17, 2015

One Bad Idea After Another

Ben Bernanke is frequently in the news these days. The latest occasion concerns his opinion on the Fed’s “inflation” target, i.e., the target for the speed at which money should be debased relative to consumer goods in order to finally attain […]

Nothing Magical About 2% Inflation Target Says Bernanke

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Friday, April 17, 2015 2:44 AM

It’s pretty rare for Bernanke for former Fed chair Ben Bernanke to say much of anything that makes any sense. He recently he did, just not in context.

“I don’t see anything magical about targeting 2 percent inflation,” Bernanke told a conference […]

Core Inflation Jumps Most Since October Due To Rent, Healthcare Costs

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/17/2015 08:43 -0400

Following February’s big bounce back MoM, Consumer Prices in March rose 0.2% MoM (less than the expected 0.3% rise) but it is YoY that is the great news for Americans. CPI fell 0.1% YoY in March (below expectations of unch) which means Consumer Prices haven’t risen […]

Aggregate Demand and Secular Stagnation

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / April 15, 2015

Six years after the US economic contraction ended, the Federal Reserve has still not raised interest rates. Inflation has not accelerated as so many predicted. The economy is chugging along in an irregular fashion. The US economy appears to have ground to a near halt […]

Stronger Dollar Weighs on U.S. Import Prices (Import Prices Fall 10.5 Percent YoY)

wallstreetexaminer.com / By Anthony B. Sanders • April 10, 2015

The prices of imported goods declined slightly less in March than expected. The forces weighing on both consumer prices and demand for domestically produced goods — notably the stronger U.S. dollar — are far from receding. Regarding prices, recent firming in oil and consumer prices […]

Asia Superbubble Unstoppable: Hong Kong Up 10% In Past Week; Soaring Dollar Pushes Euro Back Under 1.06

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/10/2015 06:53 -0400

Overnight market news was once again driven by the Asian superbubble, where as expected, the Hang Seng (+1.22%) soared once more and is now up 9.5% for the week, following news the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEx) expects it will “substantially increase” quotas […]

Bernanke Supercycles

zerohedge.com / By Jeffrey Snider of Alhambra Investment Partners / 04/09/2015 12:35

The frightening possibility that the US economy, and the world with it, remains still bound by a single “cycle” dating back to at least 2007 (and you could even argue 2000 or 1995) brings with it nothing good about future prospects. If […]

Peak Central Planning: BofA Says Fed’s Dudley “Does Not Want Stocks To Decline; Wants Bond Prices To Go Down”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/09/2015 07:51 -0400

Yesterday we got the latest confirmation of what the Fed will never openly admit and which everyone knows. Or rather, the Fed would never openly admit previously, namely that all it cares about are stock prices, or as we first dubbed it here a year […]

Rich Middle Class, Poor Middle Class

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / WEDNESDAY, APRIL 08, 2015

This great generational injustice is the direct consequence of central banks lowering interest rates to zero and inflating asset bubbles.

How can middle class households have similar incomes but some are asset-rich and others are asset-poor? Spending and saving habits matter, of course; some […]

Strapped Americans Headed for “Civil Unrest and Riots,” With Poor Spending 60% on Bare Essentials

shtfplan.com / by Mac Slavo / April 8th, 2015

It is clear that the economic realities falling upon the masses in America are driving us towards a crisis point.

Even with substantial government subsidies, the bottom 10% of Americans are beyond struggling, spending more than 60% of their meager incomes on the bare essentials. According […]

US Debt vs Silver Price Disconnect Has To Be Resolved

goldsilverworlds.com / Gary Christenson / April 6, 2015

Look at our financial world over 30 years from 30 miles high – the BIG PERSPECTIVE.

Global debt exceeds $200 Trillion and is increasing rapidly. It will not be repaid at current value, and in the unlikely chance it is repaid, those future dollars, euros, yen, […]

“Boondoggles R Us” — China’s Asian Infrastructure Development Bank

garynorth.com / Gary North / April 07, 2015

Maybe you have heard about the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank. This is the latest boondoggle created by a bunch of communist apparatchiks, mostly in their late 60’s. A lot of them majored in engineering in college.

These politicians are working in conjunction with a […]

Beppe Grillo Disarms The 7 Unfounded Fears Of A Euro Exit

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 04/06/2015 14:05

Having previously warned that “the eurozone chess game is entering its final stage,” and exclaimed that“we are not at war with Russia or ISIS, we are at war with the Troika,” Italy’s erstwhile populist leader, Italy’s Five Star Movement’s Beppe Grillo unveils his Plan B by […]

Emerging Markets Preview: The Week Ahead

marctomarket.com / Dr Win Thin and Ilan Solot / April 6, 2015

EM currencies are starting the week off firm, helped by the weak US jobs data on Friday. While we continue to see the US economy’s weakness in Q1 as transitory, risk sentiment should remain fairly strong near-term as Fed rate hike expectations […]

Meet The New Recession Cycle——Its Triggered By Bursting Bubbles, Not Surging Inflation

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman • April 3, 2015

We are now in the month of April—–so the Wall Street Keynesians are back on their spring “escape velocity” offensive. Normally they accept the government’s seasonal adjustments in stride, but since Q1 is again hugging the flat line or worse, it seems that “bad seasonals” owing […]

If We’re Going To Borrow Against The Future, Let’s Borrow To Invest

peakprosperity.com / by Chris Martenson / April 2, 2015

The are much better ways to spend the next $1 Trillion

We are at an important juncture as a global society: either we immediately prioritize a new trajectory focused on creating a positive, functional future or — by continuing the consumptive, extractive, exploitative status quo – […]

Thrown Under the Bus: Another Look at the Self-Serving Launch of Ben Bernanke’s Blog and the Brookings Institute’s Pandering Role

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Thursday, April 02, 2015 11:08 PM

Within hours of Ben Bernanke launching his blog at the Brookings Institute I commented Ben Bernanke, Confused as Ever, Starts His Own Blog to Prove It.

By that time, a few hundred comments to his blog had already been approved. I made […]

1/4/15: Russian Manufacturing PMI: March 2015

trueeconomics.blogspot.com / by Constantin Gurdgiev / Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Russian Manufacturing PMI (Markit & HSBC) for March came in with new disappointment: the indicator slipped to 48.1 from 49.7 in February. This marks the second lowest reading in the series since June 2009 (the lowest reading since June 2009 was recorded in January this […]

Money Printing Deja Vu – German Inflation Is Surging (Again)

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/31/2015 17:40

Weidmann had warned us about this…a new index, created by Handelsblatt, measuring the inflation of asset prices in Germany confirms the suspicion many have held – while German CPI stagnates (printing modestly hotter than expected today, driven by continued rises in higher gasoline prices and […]

Former Fed Governor Admits Market Controlling The Fed Is A “Very Dangerous Development”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 03/31/2015 08:20 -0400

The constant changes to Fed policy targets and enslavement to the ticker must change, according to former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh.

“The markets think they have Yellen’s number,” that she will never allow markets to go down, Warsh warns “that is a very dangerous development.”

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