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Oil, Jobs, Consumer Confidence, and Humpty Dumpty

mauldineconomics.com / BY TONY SAGAMI / MARCH 3, 2015

Politicians, Wall Street, and the Federal Reserve Bank want you to think the economy is doing great thanks to the big improvements in the labor market.

However, Janet Yellen, who testified before the Senate Banking Committee last week, admitted that the labor market isn’t so […]

Does the Fed Have a Currency Problem?

financialsense.com / by TIM DUY PHD / 03/03/2015

The PCE inflation data was released yesterday, and I have been seeing commentary on the relative strength of the core-inflation numbers. This, for example, from the Wall Street Journal:

A key gauge of U.S. consumer prices sank in January due partly to cheaper oil, undershooting the Federal […]

The Silence of the Lambs

deviantinvestor.com / by Gary Christenson / March 3, 2015

One interpretation is that we are living in the best of all possible worlds. Another is that we are being led to financial slaughter.

A few thoughts:

1913: The Federal Reserve was created and dollars have been devalued ever since. (more paper, less gold)

1933: President […]

Daily Pfennig: China Cuts Both Deposit & Lending Rates

caseyresearch.com / By Chuck Butler / March 2, 2015

In This Issue.

* Eurozone inflation and growth tick upward. * RBA to meet tonight, will they cut rates again? * A ton of Central Bank meetings this week. * Canada’s Federal Deficit shrinks!

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

China Cuts Both Deposit […]

The CPI Lag in Disguise

silver-coin-investor.com / By Dr. Jeffrey LEwis / March 1, 2015

Here’s another reader’s original and inspired perspective on the short term effects of consumer price inflation and how it differs from the inflation in speculative finance. This latter type of inflation will ultimately break the system and the currency.

Reader Dan pointed out:

“Regardless of […]

Spot The Odd Vol Out

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 02/27/2015 19:10

Despite the well-managed collapse of Equity, FX, and Rates volatility in February, the Oil complex is exhibiting Lehman-Depression-like levels of implied vol still as central planners seem unable (or unwilling) to manipulate the energy complex (rock of inflation and hard place of ‘consumer tax cut’?). As […]

Was The Government Lying Then, Or Now?

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 02/27/2015 15:19

“Fight” inflation or… “encourage” it… let your government decide…

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Infographic: Someone please show this to Warren Buffett (Gold vs. the Financial System)

sovereignman.com / By Simon Black / February 26, 2015

Warren Buffett once famously chided that all the gold in the world would form a cube of 67 feet (20 meters) on each side.

In doing so, he was attempting to argue that there was no point in owning gold since all the gold in […]

Housing Crash in China Steeper than in Pre-Lehman America

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / February 26, 2015

China has long frustrated the hard-landing watchers – or any-landing watchers, for that matter – who’ve diligently put two and two together and rationally expected to be right. They see the supply glut in housing, after years of malinvestment. They see that unoccupied homes are […]

Is the US Really Experiencing Deflation?

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / February 26, 2015

US prices are falling. The 0.7% decline in US consumer prices was the largest monthly drop since December 2008. Consumer prices in January fell 0.1% from a year ago. The last time the year-over-year CPI was negative was when the US economy was just beginning to […]

Despite Record Stocks & Surging Wage Inflation, Consumer Comfort Plunges Most In 10 Months

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 02/26/2015 09:54

What do people have to be ‘uncomfortable’ about?!! Stock markets around the world are at record highs… real wages just jumped by the most MoM since 2008… So why oh why did Bloomberg’s Consumer Comfort Index plunge to its lowest of the year, falling by the […]

US Posts First Negative Inflation Print Since Lehman On Gas Price Plunge

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 02/26/2015 08:52 -0500

As previewed earlier today, January CPI data was historic in that, 6 years after Lehman, the US just reported its first negative headline CPI print, with overall inflation, or rather deflation, in January coming at -0.1%, in line with expectations, and down from the 0.8% in […]

The Federal Reserve Bank Is Bullish On US Economic Growth

zentrader.ca / February 25, 2015

The December jobs report marked yet another turning point for the US economy with the unemployment rate falling to 5.6%. The 0.2% drop saw the number of unemployed people dropping to 8.7 million – a decline of 383,000. During the course of 2014, the number of unemployed people declined […]

Who Is Telling The Inflation Truth? The Government Or Mickey Mouse

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 02/24/2015 13:22

Originally posted at The National Inflation Asscoiation,

The Walt Disney Company announced yesterday that it has significantly raised the price of a single-day admission ticket to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Last year, Disney sold Magic Kingdom tickets for $99, […]

Chart Of The Day: The Run For Nasdaq All-Time Highs

streettalklive.com / by Lance Roberts / 24 February 2015

With the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Averages already hitting real, inflation-adjusted, all-time highs; market participants have now turned their attention towards the Nasdaq Composite. Today’s “Chart of the Day” takes a look at just how close, and far, the Nasdaq is from joining the […]

Dollar Bid Ahead of Yellen

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / February 24, 2015

Amid relatively light news, the US dollar is bid. The euro is back to the lower end of its range, straddling the $1.1300 area. The dollar is at eight-day bests against the yen near JPY119.50. Falling commodity prices, a soft New Zealand inflation expectations survey, […]

Ex-Plunge Protection Team Whistleblower: “Governments Control Markets; There Is No Price Discovery Anymore”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 02/23/2015 23:42 -0500

One year after the great stock market crash in 1987, US President Ronald Reagan launched the “Working Group on Financial Markets.” Conspiracy theorists believe, however, that the real task of this committee is to protect against a renewed slump in the stock market. In the […]

Five Countries Most Affected by the Oil Price Crash

financialsense.com / by GLOBAL RISK INSIGHTS / 02/23/2015

Oil prices make winners and losers. In general, oil importers will gain from low prices, while most oil exporters will suffer. Still, there are differences. While the United States, Norway, and the Gulf States can protect themselves with diversified economies and high hard currency reserves, the oil […]

20 Central Banks Have Cut Rates In 2015 After “Surprise” Rate Cut By Israel To Record Low 0.1%

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 02/23/2015 09:21 -0500

Last week it was 19 central banks (including the ECB which accounts for 19 nations) which had cut rates in 2015, mostly in “surprise”, unexpected easing decisions. Moments ago the number became 20 when the Israel central bank just cut its interest rate by 0.15% to […]

Fednado! 90 Percent Of Industrialized Economies With Policy Rates Near Or Below Zero

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Anthony B. Sanders, Courtesy of Confounded Interest • February 20, 2015

It is disturbing that 90 percent of industrialized economies have Central Bank policy rates near or below zero.

With low Central Bank policy rates, we are also see very low inflation rates.

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