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This Unprecedented Monetary Experiment Will End Very Badly / August 29, 2014

The monetary perpetuum mobile will lead to a major hangover

Not only the Austrian School of Economics regards inflation as a monetary phenomenon: the view of the “Chicago School” is much more widely known. Milton Friedman is the most important proponent of the [...]

Whether You Love It or Hate It, You’re Missing What Really Matters About Bitcoin / by Paul Rosenberg / August 29, 2014

Bitcoin made big news over the past year or so, when the price spiked and made some people rich. The possibility of fast money always generates a lot of commotion, and it certainly did this time.

Personally, I didn’t want the price of Bitcoin to [...]

Chelsea Clinton is Quitting Her $600,000/Year NBC “Reporter” Job / by Tyler Durden on 08/29/2014 11:32

Shortly after it was revealed by Politico that NBC had stooped to new lows in favoritist nepotism, having paid Chelsea Clinton an annual salary of $600,000 for “occasional” reporting work, in effect making her one of the highest paid if not the highest paid “reporter” in [...]

Can A National Quasi-Religion (Pro Sports) Go Broke? / By Charles Hugh Smith / August 29, 2014

Attending costly games is on the margins of the household budget. When the credit card gets maxed out, attending is no longer an option.

Please understand I’m not suggesting professional sports isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread: I’m simply asking if [...]

“Central Banks Should Give Money Directly To The People” – Gold Bullish CFR Proposal / By Mark O’Byrne / 29 August 2014

Last week, a very radical proposal appeared in the pages of the influential ‘Foreign Affairs’ magazine, the publication arm of the equally influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) think-tank based in New York.

An article “Print Less but Transfer More – Why Central Banks Should Give [...]

The Myth of the Unchanging Value of Gold / by Joseph T. Salerno / Friday, August 29, 2014

According to mainstream economics textbooks, one of the primary functions of money is to measure the value of goods and services exchanged on the market. A typical statement of this view is given by Frederic Mishkin in his textbook on money [...]

A World Without Fractional Reserve Banks And Central Planning / By John Rubino / August 28, 2014

In a very real sense, it is fractional reserve banking and not money itself that is the root of so many of today’s evils. Whenever fractional reserves are permitted, the banking system – including the one that exists today throughout the world – [...]

In-Your-Face Warning! Banks To Seize Your Money To Recapitalize Themselves! Another Sign ‘The End Is Near?’ / August 28, 2014

In another shocking warning straight from the Federal Reserve’s Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer we learn that the Federal Reserve and banks across the country now have plans in place to take away OUR $$$ to pay THEIR bills, a warning that can be confirmed right here on the Federal [...]

Something for Nothing…What A Great Idea! / By Bill Holter / August 28th, 2014

Have you ever seen something and thought to yourself “what a great idea?” I remember so many of these situations in all facets of life, let’s look at a few of these in the financial world and then look at the very latest brainiac proposal.

Just [...]

The Committee to Blow Up the World! /Bill Bonner / August 28, 2014

Waiting Until 2158

All over the world stocks are rising. In the US, the S&P 500 rose over the 2,000 mark for the first time in history. The Dow is over 17,000. And if you want to buy a share of online TV network Netflix, Inc. [...]

The First Rand Gold Bond Deal Is Old Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard / By David Kranzler / August 27, 2014

It’s a gold hypothecation Ponzi Scheme of the highest order. The world’s first gold corporate bond deal – issued by South Africa’s FirstRand Bank (Rand Merchant Bank) is a scam. Investor beware.

In my curiosity to confirm my suspicion that this deal [...]

Shock: CFR Suggests That Central Banks Print Money and Hand It Out Directly to Consumers / Staff News & Analysis / August 27, 2014

It Begins: Council On Foreign Relations Proposes That “Central Banks Should Hand Consumers Cash Directly” … A year ago, when it became abundantly clear that all of the Fed’s attempts to boost the economy have failed, leading instead to a [...]

Print, Dupe and Transfer / Bill Bonner / August 27, 2014

Buying Stuff One Doesn’t Need With Money One Doesn’t Have

Still in those lazy, not-so-hazy days of summer. August 15 marked the 43rd anniversary of that fateful decision by the Nixon administration to end the direct convertibility of the US dollar to gold. [...]

It Begins: Council On Foreign Relations Proposes That “Central Banks Should Hand Consumers Cash Directly” / by Tyler Durden on 08/26/2014 11:47

… A broad-based tax cut, for example, accommodated by a program of open-market purchases to alleviate any tendency for interest rates to increase, would almost certainly be an effective stimulant to consumption and hence to prices. Even if households decided not to increase consumption but instead [...]

Continued EU Weakness Gives Rise to Two Inflationary Trends / By Staff News & Analysis / August 26, 2014

German economy ‘losing steam’ as business confidence plunges again … Survey of optimism among companies adds to gloom enveloping Europe’s biggest economy … Germany’s businesses are rapidly losing confidence in the prospect of a recovery in the eurozone, in [...]

How Hedge Funds Are Making Money In 2014: The Full Strategy Breakdown / by Tyler Durden / 08/24/2014 13:16 -0400

As part of his latest weekly report, Goldman’s David Kostin breaks down the full array of strategy “baskets” used by hedge funds at this moment to outperform the market in 2014. In a nutshell, the best performing strats right now involve betting on a high vs [...]

Former Mafia Boss Tells CNBC: “Stocks Are In A Bubble, Buy Physical Gold” / by Tyler Durden / 08/23/2014 19:17 -0400

Michael Franzese, a former mob boss for the Colombo crime family in New York (and GoodFellas character), told CNBC, “there’s a bubble there that’s going to burst at some point and when it does it’s not going to be good,” but there is another reason he [...]

Rule – Sovereign & Strategic Money Pouring Into Gold & Silver / August 23, 2014

Today one of the wealthiest people in the financial world told King World News that large amounts of sovereign and strategic money are pouring into key commodity markets such as gold and silver. Rick Rule, who is business partners with Eric Sprott, also discussed a new product Sprott is [...]

Useful Idiots and the Something For Nothing Society – Part 4 of 5 / By Theodore (Ty) Andros / 22 August 2014

In this next chapter of Useful Idiots and the Something for Nothing Society, we will put the final nails into a century’s UNFOLDING MADNESS. A country of free men has been transformed into an authoritarian state on its road to totalitarianism as the final [...]

Jackson Hole: Myth of the All Powerful Central Banker Continues / By Mark O’Byrne / 22 August 2014

Myth of the All Powerful Central Banker Continues In Jackson Hole The myth of the all powerful central banker continues in Jackson Hole today.

Markets wait with bated breath for Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s and ECB Mario Draghi’s speeches at the annual gathering of central bankers [...]

3 Reasons why gold is set to rally / Dave in Denver / August 22, 2014 at 07:30

In recent months there has been renewed investor interest in gold, with the first half of 2014 seeing the gold price rise by 10 per cent.Investors have also tempered their gold ETF selling year on year. Last year saw global gold ETF holdings decline [...]

A Perilous Derivatives-Berg / Pater Tenebrarum / August 22, 2014

Derivatives and the Credit Bubble

In principle, there is absolutely nothing wrong with derivatives. They serve a valuable function, by transferring risk from those who don’t want to be exposed to it to those who are willing to take risk on in their stead for [...]

4 Ways the Government Is Set to Take Your Money / BY BYRON KING / AUG 21, 2014

“Persons traveling with more than $10,000 worth of currency or monetary instruments must declare their holdings to Customs and Border Protection under penalty of perjury.”

That’s exactly what it states, in powder blue ink, on the card that airline flight attendants hand to you, before landing [...]

Europe: Is the Deepening Crisis Coming to a Head? / By Staff News & Analysis / August 21, 2014

Nobel economists say policy blunders pushing Europe into depression … German Chancellor Angela Merkel defends eurozone and says it is hard to manage a currency for 18 states … Professor Joseph Stiglitz said austerity policies had been a ‘disastrous [...]

Six Myths About Money and Inflation / by Patrick Barron / Thursday, August 21, 2014

The following are six of the most prevalent economic myths that appear time and again in the mainstream media. I will give a brief description of each and a brief description of the economic reality, as seen from an Austrian perspective.

Oklahoma Moves Towards the Gold Standard / Dave in Denver / August 19, 2014 at 07:35

There is strong opposition to any proposal to end the Federal Reserve and move away from its paper dollar. The Fed has many ideological and, of course, crony supporters. So it’s interesting that there was little controversy in Oklahoma around removing [...]

The Fed and the “Salvador Dali Effect” / by Dante Bayona / Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There is a story about the great Catalan surrealist painter Salvador Dali. It is said that in the last years of his life, when he was already famous, he signed checks knowing that they would not be submitted to the bank for [...]

Collision of the Internet With Elite Stratagems Creates ‘Interesting Times’ / By Staff Report / August 19, 2014

36% Of Americans Haven’t Saved Anything For Retirement … Over a third of all Americans (36%) have not saved any money for retirement, according to a new (NYSE: RATE) report. Sixty-nine percent of 18-29 year-olds haven’t saved anything, along with [...]

IMF Supports Higher Taxes in Britain? No Surprise There / By Staff Report / August 18, 2014

IMF tax bombshell: its plans for higher VAT and a property raid are wrong … The IMF’s suggestions for VAT would destroy any government that sought to implement them. The IMF, led by Christine Lagarde, has adopted a position which is [...]

Don’t Think It Won’t Happen Just Because It Hasn’t Happened Yet: Loss of Faith in the Fed / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2014

Much of the supposedly godlike power of central banks is participants’ faith in their powers to control not just finance but the real world that can be leveraged by finance.

The Grand Narrative of the global economy since the [...]