LATEST NEWS : Global Equities Fall on Signs of Europe Weakness, Russia

U.S. stocks followed European equities lower amid growing signs of economic weakness in the euro area and rising tensions over Ukraine. Treasuries rose as investors weighed American labor data. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Inflation – Crash Course Chapter 11

For close to 300 years, inflation in the US remained very subdued. Small spurts occurred around major wars (Revolutionary, Civil, WW1, etc), but after each, inflation quickly trended back down to its long-term baseline. If you lived during this stretch of time, your money had roughly the same purchasing power your great-grandfather’s did. But something […]

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LATEST NEWS : A Brief History of US Money – Crash Course Chapter 9

Looking at the past 100 years of the US dollar’s history, one theme becomes abundantly clear: in times of crisis, the US government has no issue with changing its own rules or breaking its own laws. And those “temporary” emergency measures have a nasty habit of quickly becoming permanent. Among the more notable milestones of […]

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LATEST NEWS : Europe Deflation Risk Seen by 74% in Global Investor Poll

Financial professionals are optimistic about the global economy, just not as fervent about it as they were at the start of the year. That’s the message from the latest Bloomberg Markets Global Investor Poll, which shows concern about risks ranging from the turmoil in Ukraine to the threat of deflation in Europe. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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Are You Crazy To Continue Believing In Collapse?

It’s nerve-wracking to live in the historical moment of an epic turning point, especially when the great groaning garbage barge of late industrial civilization doesn’t turn quickly where you know it must, and you are left feeling naked and ashamed with your dark worldview, your careful preparations for a difficult future, and your scornful or […]

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"The Government Comes Up With the Money"

I’m half-heartedly watching the State of the Union address right now. What a cynic I’ve become. My younger self would be shocked and saddened to learn how I’ve come to view these annual addresses as little more than a game of charades. The President (not just Obama, but his predecessors, too) reads a carefully and […]

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China’s Rescue of Troubled Trust May Stoke Risk-Taking

China’s eleventh-hour rescue of wealthy investors in a high-yield trust threatens to drive more money into the nation’s $6 trillion shadow-banking industry, undermining regulators’ efforts to deter excessive risk-taking. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., the nation’s largest lender, yesterday told customers who had invested in the 3 billion-yuan ($496 million) trust product that they […]

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Gold Bulls Boost Bets Amid Longest Rally Since 2012: Commodities

“Hedge funds got more bullish on gold for a fourth straight week before prices capped the longest rally in 16 months on mounting global growth concerns. The net-long position in gold climbed 0.2 percent to 43,353 futures and options in the week ended Jan. 21, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Long wagers declined 0.2 percent, […]

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Why We All Lose If the Fed Wins

So let’s pretend for the moment that the Federal Reserve gets everything it has stated it wants.  And even further, that Washington, D.C. gets everything it wants, too. The credit markets are repaired, and massive new loan growth flows out the door.  Loans are made to businesses that hire gobs of new people.  Consumers borrow […]

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Iran Agrees to Deal With Powers to Curb Nuclear Work

Iran’s accord with world powers to limit its nuclear program in exchange for as much as $7 billion in relief from sanctions left Presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani the task of selling the deal to critics. By agreeing to curtail its nuclear activities, Iran won an easing of certain sanctions on oil, auto parts, gold and precious metals […]

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