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Are the Swiss Going Crazy?

acting-man.com / By Pater Tenebrarum / April 17, 2014

Swiss Referendum on Introducing the World’s Highest Minimum Wage

Most of our readers probably know what we think of minimum wages, but let us briefly recapitulate: there is neither a sensible economic, nor a sensible ethical argument supporting the idea.

Let us look at the economic [...]

Meltdown: Anti-austerity protest in Italy turns violent – unemployment hits 13% – highest in 37 years

utopiathecollapse.com / April 13, 2014

ITALY – An anti-austerity protest in Italy has turned violent as demonstrators clashed with police in the capital Rome. Police fired tear gas and made a number of arrests in attempts to bring the crowd under control on Saturday as clashes with the police left several people injured, according to [...]

Some Very Strange Stuff. Why?

blog.milesfranklin.com / By Bill Holter / April 11th, 2014

Some very strange events have been quietly happening recently. One set that sort of snuck up on me because I hadn’t looked recently is that Italy’s 10 yr. bond rates have now sunk to all-time lows while Spain is now paying less on 5 yr. notes [...]

Market Report: Better tone to precious metals

goldmoney.com / By Alasdair Macleod / 11 April 2014

Gold and silver prices gained modestly over the week, during which the latest FOMC minutes were released. These were generally read to be more dovish compared with the previous month.

FOMC members appear from the minutes to be confused. The previous month’s conclusion, that if it [...]

Daily Pfennig: The Ghost of John Connally

caseyresearch.com / By Chuck Butler / April 11, 2014 9:16am

In This Issue.

* Currencies take a breather. * IMF talks renminbi as reserve currency. * Aussie Unemployment drops! * Chuck tries to sing like Bill Medley.

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

The Ghost of John Connally.

Good Day! . And a [...]

America’s Structural Unemployment Crisis In Two Charts

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / APRIL 9, 2014 AT 1:21AM

The enormous number of people who work only part-time for economic reasons is one the tragedies of the unemployment crisis in this country. It didn’t even start with the financial crisis. Before the 2001 recession, there were a little above 3 million of them. [...]

6/4/2014: IMF forecasts of unemployment; ‘peripheral’ countries

trueeconomics.blogspot.com / Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev / Sunday, April 6, 2014

Note to my previously posted Sunday Times column from March 23, 2014 and to my Sunday Times column from March 30, 2014 (still to be posted here, so stay tuned). Here is a chart summarising ‘troika’ programmes forecasts and revisions of unemployment:

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Another Fraudulent Jobs Report

paulcraigroberts.org / Paul Craig Roberts / April 5, 2014

Paul Craig Roberts

The March payroll jobs report released April 4 claims 192,000 new private sector jobs. Here is what John Williams has to say about the claim:

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) deliberately publishes its seasonally-adjusted historical payroll-employment and household-survey (unemployment) data so [...]

Can the Jobs Data Give the Dollar Another Leg Up?

marctomarket.com / By Marc Chandler / April 3, 2014

The US dollar is consolidating yesterday’s gains that were scored largely in response to Draghi’s revelation that QE and a negative deposit rate were discussed at the ECB meeting. The greenbacks gains have brought it to important technical levels. This is around $1.3700 for the euro, [...]

US and Canada Employment Data Constructive (not Spectacular)

marctomarket.com / By Marc Chandler / April 3, 2014

The US employment report is stronger than it appears. The headline job creation was in line with expectations at 192k, but the February job creation was raised 22k to 197k. The unemployment rate was steady at 6.7%. However, since the FOMC dropped its 6.5% unemployment threshold, [...]

Italian Bond Yields Tumble To Record Low As Spain Drops Below Treasuries

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/04/2014 09:34 -0400

Presented with little comment aside to ask, WTF?

It seems there is a lesson here for all… push your unemployment rate to record highs, loan delinquencies to record highs, and depress your people to record high suicide rates… and voila… low cost of funding is guaranteed [...]

Daily Nugget – Royal Mint’s 70 year old silver

therealasset.co.uk / by Jan Skoyles / Apr 4 2014

Later today the US March non-farm payroll data will be released. The gold price has dropped lower ahead of the release, as it seems to do every month. This latest reading is expected to be the strongest seen for several months. The payroll data is [...]

How Minimum Wage Laws Increase Poverty

mises.org / by George Reisman / Friday, April 04, 2014

Dear Secretary Perez:

Raising the minimum wage is a formula for causing unemployment among the least-skilled members of society. The higher wages are, the higher costs of production are. The higher costs of production are, the higher prices are. The higher prices are, the [...]

Lagarde Worries About ‘Not Enough Inflation’ Again

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / April 3, 2014

A New Term For the Economic Lexicon

We have previously written extensively about the absurd worrying about ‘inflation being too low’ in Europe, even while millions are out of work and forced to live from their savings or meager hand-outs from their governments. It should be self-evident [...]

Almost One Quarter Of European Youths Are Unemployed

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/01/2014 10:32 -0400

Europe’s scariest chart continues to stun and amaze by its scale even as Europe’s broad unemployment ratehas been stagnant at around 12% for 5 months. While Greece and Spainhave seen youth unemployment rates drop slightly from record highs (and its clear the disillusionment has meant people [...]

“Best Month For Stocks” Begins With Modest Overnight Futures Levitation

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/01/2014 07:12 -0400

Yesterday was window dressing day (facilitated at just the right time by Yellen’s most dovish commentary to date) not only for the hedge fund and vacuum tube community, but also for banks, which as we reported received a record $242 billion in Treasurys from the Fed [...]

Gerald Celente To Launch Occupy Peace Movement In The U.S.

kingworldnews.com / March 28, 2014

With continued turmoil across the globe, today the top trends forecaster in the world, Gerald Celente, told King World News that he is about to launch an “Occupy Peace” movement. Celente also discussed the historic levels of chaos taking place around the world. Below is what Gerald Celente, founder [...]

Fund Manager Blasts the Fed

thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / March 27, 2014

Jeremy Grantham: The Fed is killing the recovery … If you hate the Federal Reserve, you have a new hero. A few weeks ago, Jeremy Grantham, the co-founder of money management firm GMO, called newly appointed Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen “ignorant” in the New York [...]

How Government Wrecks the Economy

mises.org / by Robert P. Murphy / Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The fall of the Soviet Union should have spelled the demise of central planning, yet the socialist mentality thrives — albeit in a diluted form — in all governments in the so-called “free world.” No one explained the failures of pure socialism and [...]

Interview Jim Rickards On The Death Of Money

ingoldwetrust.ch / by Koos Jansen / March 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I had the privilege to meet with Jim Rickards, while he was in The Netherlands for one day, to do an interview about his new book “The Death Of Money“. Accompanied by friend and author of the book the The Big Reset, Willem [...]

Daily Pfennig: IMF says global economy is improving

caseyresearch.com / By Chuck Butler / March 24, 2014 9:09am

In This Issue.

* IMF increases global confidence… * Europe’s recovery on track… * China’s PMI reading weakens again… * Gold down but Palladium hits 3 year high…

And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!

IMF says global economy is improving…

Good day. I want [...]

The Agenda 21 Water Police Are Making Their Move to Enslave American Communities

thecommonsenseshow.com / By Dave Hodges / March 24, 2014

The globalists murdered Detroit through the various free trade agreements consisting of NAFTA, GATT, and CAFTA. And now, their Agenda 21 minions are coming for your water, your homes and your children.

There are several parts to this story. First, there is the human [...]

Corporate Media Depicts Unemployed As Lepers

bullionbullscanada.com / by Jeff Nielson / Sunday, 23 March 2014 13:46

Regular readers are familiar with the plight of the massive numbers of unemployed in Western nations, in general, and in the United States, in particular. There are approximately 100 million unemployed people across the Western world, roughly half of those inside the United States. [...]

This Chart Is A True Picture Of The Unemployment Crisis In America

testosteronepit.com / wolf richter / SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014 AT 1:05AM

The unemployment rate is a complex measure based on surveys and some grotesque definitions, including who gets counted as “unemployed.” These definitions eliminate millions of jobless people from the list of the officially “unemployed.” The resulting grotesque data – grotesque in, grotesque out – [...]

Celebrating Policy Errors And Corruption With Bogus Milestones in The Recovery™

jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com / Jesse / 20 MARCH 2014

Or Why Is Unemployment Falling Along With the Labour Participation Rate?

The pat answer from learned economists is that this is ‘the new normal,’ and ‘structural.’ It is all part of an aging population gracefully moving into their comfortable retirement. They say this even though people are working [...]

Fed Lowers GDP Forecast, “Dots” Indicate 13 Participants See First Firming In 2015, Up From 12 In December

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/19/2014 14:16 -0400

While everyone is debating just what the Fed’s new qualtiative guidance means, the Fed quietly lowered its GDP forecast for 2014-2016 modestly from its December forecast, even as it sees unemployment falling faster than before, and hitting 5.2%-5.6% by 2016.

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From Quantitative Easing To Qualitative Guidance: What To Expect From The Fed Today

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 03/19/2014 09:12 -0400

The FOMC is now meeting for the first time with Janet Yellen as Chair. Goldman’s US team expects the FOMC to deliver an accommodative message…alongside a continued tapering of asset purchases. However, they note, their market views here are likely to shift little in response, as [...]

U.S. Dollar Forecast

gold-eagle.com / By Vronsky / March 17, 2014

The US Dollar Index is on the verge of substantially rising in value during the next couple of years. There are a number of reasons for this prediction. Firstly, the US$ is grossly over-sold (ie under-valued). Since 2001 the greenback has lost [...]

The Trend Is Your Friend

news.goldseek.com / By Puru Saxena / 14 March 2014

BIG PICTURE – Monetary policy remains accomodative and housing is rebounding in the developed world. Consequently, business activity is improving and this is being reflected in the related stock markets.

You will recall that approximately 2 years ago, we observed that the housing markets of [...]

Why Unemployment Rates Matter to Your Retirement

news.goldseek.com / By Dennis Miller / 13 March 2014

My biological clock is ticking—as is yours and everyone else’s. With each passing day, you are either moving closer to or further past the day you quit working full time. Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day and will [...]