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Estonia- 0% corporate tax and still kicking ass. Why can’t the US learn from this…? / by Simon Black / July 31, 2014

In the absurdly best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey wrote about abundance vs. scarcity.

With the abundance mindset, people confidently view the world as full of resources and opportunities… that there’s more than enough to [...]

Big Trouble in Catalonia, As Godfather of Independence Movement Confesses to Tax Evasion / by Don Quijones / July 29, 2014

Don Quijones, freelance writer, translator in Barcelona, Spain. Raging Bull-Shitis his modest attempt to challenge the wishful thinking and scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media. This article is a Wolf Street exclusive.

Italian Police Grab $150 Million Assets From Nomura For Defrauding Government / by Tyler Durden on 07/29/2014 19:53

While Goldman’s “derivative-based financial advice” to Greece before the EU enabling them to join the party seemingly went unpunished, Nomura has not been so lucky. Having created complex derivatives transactions to ‘help’ Sicily’s regional government, which have now produced major losses for the duped managers, [...]

Here’s How Obama Can Halt “Tax Inversions” Without Congress (& Why It Doesn’t Matter) / by Tyler Durden on 07/28/2014 18:15

As the topic of “unpatriotic” ‘tax inversions’ becomes a political issue, we thought it interesting to examinehow big an economic issue it really is. How much income tax do U.S. companies actually pay every year to the Federal government? As ConvergEx’s Nick Colas notes, the [...]

Tax-Free Weekend Season Begins! Does Your State Participate? / Laura Shin / July 26, 2014

Seventeen years ago, New York state began a tradition that has been adopted by many states: a sales-tax holiday weekend during the back-to-school rush.

“It was developed as a way to give parents a break on the back-to-school shopping season,” says Anna Christakos [...]

Oops: Obamacare Architect in 2012 – “States Without Exchanges Won’t Get Tax Credits” / Lily Dane / July 25th, 2014

Obamacare has been in and out of courtrooms since it’s inception, but two recent cases are especially significant because they deal with the tax credits, or “subsidies” given under the law.

Those subsidies – with the federal government paying up to 100% [...]

‘To Protect the Press,’ Spain Tries to Muffle the Internet / By Don Quijones / July 24, 2014

Don Quijones, freelance writer, translator in Barcelona, Spain. Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to challenge the wishful thinking and scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media. This article is a [...]

The Sum of our Future – He who Makes the Laws never goes to Jail for Breaking them /By Martin Armstrong / July 24, 2014

Working for the government was always pitched as somehow being better guaranteed than risky corporations. However, he who makes the laws never goes to jail for breaking them – a plain fact of life. The problem with government pensions has been they promised whatever sounded nice, [...]

Law = Just Opinion – Obamacare is Illegal As Applied / By Martin Armstrong / July 24, 2014

When a court issues a ruling it is actually called its “opinion”. In religious circles, many of the Protestants revolted against the Catholic Church because they did not like the fact that if the Pope decreed something, it was considered to be infallible – [...]

No Economic Decline in Washington – EVER / By Martin Armstrong / July 23, 2014

Housing in Washington never collapsed because it is supported by your tax dollars. Good or bad, the money flows to Washington. The very same hotel chain charges $200 in Philadelphia, $300 in New York City and $400 in Washington. It ain’t for the tourist. It’s [...]

Saxobank: “Be Warned” Of Delayed Market Reaction To “Escalation Of Global Turmoil” / by Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist of Saxobank / 07/21/2014 17:16

“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for” – Albert Camus

The world is increasingly becoming engaged in civil wars and general turmoil where Camus’ words could and should play a central but never will. This article [...]

Australia First to Stop Global Warming Taxes / by Martin Armstrong / July 18, 2014

Australia is the first country to reverse this propaganda Global Warming Tax in the world. The data have been manipulated all to justify new taxes and a herd of new bureaucrats to collect and audit such taxes. This has been the greatest propaganda and the [...]

Reader Emails and Other Reflections On the “U.S. Corporate Tax Dodge” / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / July 14, 2014

Last Week I received an email from reader Eric in response to the “U.S. Corporate Tax Dodge” by Barry Ritholtz. First, let’s discuss the “fair tax” proposal of Ritholtz.

In his article, Ritholtz sides with Fortune author Allan Sloan who wrote about Positively Un-American Tax Dodges.


Japocalypse Now – Machine Orders Crater 19.5%, Biggest Monthly Drop On Record / by Tyler Durden on 07/09/2014 21:07

Bye, bye, Abe” Just when you thought Japanese macro data couldn’t get any worse… it does. Plumbing new depths in the “you can’t print your way to prosperity” plan, Japanese Private Sector Machine Orders collapsed 19.5% month-over-month – the largest monthly drop ever (as the dragged-forward [...]

Paris to Tax Empty Offices at 20-40% of Rental Value; Price Crash On the Way / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Wednesday, July 09, 2014 12:43 AM

The ideas from France get nuttier and nuttier as time goes by. Via translation from Les Echos, please consider Paris Will Tax Empty Offices.

The Paris City Council approved Tuesday a tax on commercial vacant properties. The main objective [...]

THE $2T BUYBACK TAX RUSE: The Ultimate Free Tax Ride for Corporations / By Gordon T. Long / 8 July 2014

What do corporate CEOs and Boards know which everyone is missing and that is driving them to executing corporate buybacks approximating $2 Trillion over 24 months? The answer is a free tax ride thanks to the Macroprudential Strategy of the Fed’s [...]

Establishment Pushing “Cashless Society” to Control Humanity / By Alex Newman / July 4, 2014

The global establishment is increasingly pushing the notion of what it calls a “cashless society” — a world in which all payments and transactions would be conducted electronically, creating a permanent record for governments to inspect and track at will. Multiple governments from Africa and Asia [...]

Economic Growth In America’s “Two-Tiered Society” / By Wolf Richter / JULY 1, 2014 AT 1:32AM

The news has been good. Global M&A in the second quarter soared 47% to over $1 trillion,Reuters reported. It was the highest since the record set in 2007, which was followed by the financial crisis. In its sixth year, the phenomenal, [...]

Fed’s Exit Tax – IMF Proposal Extend Debt Maturity Unilaterally / By Martin Armstrong / June 30, 2014

Things are starting to get chaotic. It is very interesting that the Fed is concerned about liquidity in the world’s most liquid market. This dovetails into the IMF proposal. While the IMF is suggesting that government simply extend maturity of government debt unilaterally to prevent [...]

Nixon’s secretary erased evidence – Is Obama’s IRS any different? / by: J. D. Heyes / June 29, 2014

Not much has changed in Washington, D.C., since the days when Richard Nixon occupied the Oval Office. When scandal arises, perpetrators move to cover their tracks.As investigators began looking into the famed Watergate scandal more than 40 years ago, Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, [...]

India cuts tax on gold as jewelers running out of the precious metal (video) / 30 June 2014

India is easing up on gold taxes as this website reported would happen earlier this year from the Dubai Precious Metals Conference. These taxes sent gold prices down last year so prices should now go up.

Bloomberg’s Sunanda Jayaseelan reports on India’s government easing gold curbs [...]

Mini Tax Havens: How Europe’s 1% Gets To Pay Only 1% / Don Quijones / SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014 AT 5:21PM

By Don Quijones, freelance writer and translator in Barcelona, Spain. Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to challenge the wishful thinking and scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by our political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media.

NIRP Strikes: Spain To Create Tax On Bank Deposits / by Tyler Durden / 06/26/2014 20:46 -0400

It was a little over a year ago, just as the Cyprus deposit confiscation aka “bail in” was taking place, when we asked, rhetorically, if “Spain is preparing for its own deposit levy” when an announcement by Spain’s Finance Minister, Montoro, hinted at the [...]

Civil Unrest Rising Everywhere – Including the UK / By Martin Armstrong / June 23, 2014

The greatest problem we have is misinformation. People simply do not comprehend why and how the economic policies of the post-war era are imploding. This whole agenda of socialism has sold a Utopian idea that the State is there for the people yet it is [...]

Swiss Secrecy under threat? – No! / Julian D. W. Phillips / 19 June 2014

The media appears to have misread the results of the Credit Suisse case as they did with the UBS case two years ago. Yes, the bank was fined a massive fine in the U.S. but this did not reach back into Switzerland. How come, you [...]

june 16/GLD loses 4.2 tonnes of gold/No change in silver/Gold and silver advance/Gold demand in China this week comes in at 27 tonnes/Central banks around the world purchase 29 trillion uSA/Good collateral is disappearing/USA proposes an exit tax on bond holders/ / June 16, 2014

Gold closed up $1.20 at $1274.90 (comex to comex closing time ). Silver was up 6 cents at $19.70

In the access market tonight at 5:15 pm

gold: $1272.00

silver: $19.70

GLD saw a huge withdrawal in gold inventory at London England’s custodial vaults to the tune of 4.2 tonnes.


Japan Inc.’S Worst Quarterly Outlook Since The 2011 Earthquake / By Wolf Richter / JUNE 11, 2014 AT 10:30PM

Big businesses in Japan are – or wait, were – practically giddy. They had good reason as they were happily floating on the Bank of Japan’s rising sea of yen. And a sea it is. With the start of the fiscal year [...]

Goldman Warns Of “Tax Inversion” M&A Euphoria / by Tyler Durden on 06/11/2014 17:50

Corporate “inversions” have been around since the 1980s in various forms but have come back into focus recently, but as Goldman’s Alec Phillips notes have recent regained popularity as world tax rates grow ever more divergent. On the back of several high profile ‘proposed’ deals, a [...]

Obama Admin Wasn’t the only One behind the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups – Complaint Claims US Senators as Complicit / By Tim Brown / June 10, 2014

Much has been made, and rightly so, about the Obama administration’s targeting of Conservatives and Tea Party groups. There is no doubt that with the information that has come out that the White House and the Internal Revenue Service were orchestrating the targeting of conservative [...]

The Government Debt Ponzi

Spain’s 10 year note yield has just plunged to a new low at 2.49%. This is quite an astonishing development / By Pater Tenebrarum / June 10, 2014

Dysfunctional Bond Markets – A Comparison of Yields

Below we show the 10 year government bond yields of three countries: Spain, Japan and [...]