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With Bankruptcy Looming, Obama's New GM Begins to Emerge
May 30, 2009
Those who believe governmental involvement can cultivate "shoots of green" may well be caught by surprise when the positive rhetoric does not match the negative results. The new, improved GM may come to resemble Amtrak rather than the old auto powerhouse. Centr ...
Marc Faber Sees U.S. Inflation Rising to Zimbabwe Level
May 29, 2009
Faber obviously understands free-market economics, but the vocabulary being used makes for confusing reading for free-market thinkers. The mainstream media uses "inflation" as a catch-all term. In fact, from a free-market perspective, inflation is an expansion ...
Financial Crisis: The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation Has the Solution, NOT!
May 28, 2009
We wonder how these groups and individuals come up with their conclusions. The mania to elaborate on hyper-regulated nation-states with increased protections for central banking monopolies can only lead to more inflation, more innovation stifling regulation, mo ...
Compassionate Conservatism Must 'Die a Violent Death'
May 27, 2009
We've been waiting to see how the Republican party is going to fix itself in America. Despite electoral losses, there are far more constituents for American republicanism in our opinion than for any other political persuasion. Most Americans in our opinion want ...
China Warns Federal Reserve Over 'Printing Money'
May 26, 2009
The article also portrays the debt issue as a face off between the Anglo Saxons and the Chinese. This is actually refreshing. While we have made the point many times about the British/American monetary-military partnership – the Anglo-Saxon axis – we have r ...
Commercial Real-Estate Ruin: No New Lease on Trillions in Debt
May 25, 2009
For anyone watching the unfolding economic crisis and using the mainstream media narrative, the timeline is fraught with surprises and even helplessness. There is a "virus" in the economy, so it is said, and it's "spreading" - according to such sources as AP (s ...
Bill Gross: U.S. Will Lose Triple-A Rating
May 23, 2009
One thing is certain. Whether the current state of affairs is merely a natural unwinding or a devious plot by a monetary elite, the results will still likely involve considerable currency chaos, inflation and massive interest rate hikes. Hard money - holdings o ...
Greenspan: Japan-Style Lost Decade on the Way for West?
May 22, 2009
Greenspan, in our estimation, is in this instance providing a fairly reasonable assessment. If, at the height of a bubble, bad investments are made, then once the bubble has deflated those investments must be shut down and losses taken. If those loss-making inv ...
Failure of the Bankers: Millions Face 'Impoverished Old Age'
May 21, 2009
We have written that the current situation is analogous to the days of the Gutenberg press: Finally, people could read the Bible and see priestly untruth. Today, of course, the West's establishment religion is monetary. Think about it. Are we so wrong? The main ...
Icarus Geithner Removes the 'Market' From the Marketplace
May 20, 2009
It is difficult to see a way out for those who are determined to ensure that there will be a new fiat-money regime to take the place of the old one. Instead of letting a real market of honest money emerge, every lever of power and profit will be pulled to make ...
Marc Faber: Capitalism Could Fail
May 19, 2009
When someone like Faber user the word "capitalism" and predicts its failure our brains seize up a little. The term comes from Karl Marx. And it is therefore a sentiment that is difficult to process. Is Faber upset by the idea that capitalism might fail? The cap ...
Anatomy of an Economic Meltdown, Not!
May 18, 2009
OK, so the unrolling depression is actually an "infection." And the infection is caused by high energy prices, too much growth and millions of uninsured Americans. Yet, in our opinion, the current financial problems are not an infection. An infection may be def ...
Gold: 'It's a Bargain at $930 an Ounce'
May 16, 2009
Money is an incredibly powerful force. As more and more people realize that gold and silver are going to continue to gain in value through this latest business cycle, the prognostications of the mainstream media, and those it supports, are going to be increasin ...
Jim Rogers: Food Prices Will Skyrocket
May 15, 2009
We've noticed how Jim Rogers seems to have raised his profile recently, and the only reason we can come up with is that he wants the world to notice what he's investing in. But in providing so much information, he is also muddying the free-market message and le ...
Top Banker Warns: Expect European Union to Print Euros
May 14, 2009
Before this business cycle is finished, the currencies of the Western world may well be in tatters, the European Union may have collapsed and the credibility of the American Federal Reserve may be badly damaged as well. We reported on part of the story yesterda ...
Beginning of the End? Fed Cannot Account for $9 Trillion
May 13, 2009
The Grayson/Coleman confrontation has to be seen to be believed, and even then it may not seem quite believable. How could the Fed, in all its monied majesty, offer up someone so unprepared to answer the questions of a single quiet and persevering congressman. ...
U.S. Red Ink Climbs Even Higher, to $1.8 Trillion
May 12, 2009
The budget Obama has released, borrowing 50 cents on every dollar is NOT the result of problems left over from the Bush administration. Probably at least half of it is dedicated either to economic stimulation (which is destructive to the real economy in the lon ...
Nice Timing! Cutting 401(K) Matches as Dow Rises
May 11, 2009
We think it is reasonable to speculate that panic takes over for most middle and working class people long before they get to the point of creating a reasonable contrarian strategy. They fear, rightly, that it could all come tumbling down, even though investmen ...
Obama Administration Wants Federal Reserve to Oversee Systemic Risk
May 09, 2009
We have a hard time believing this all will work as planned. The idea that central banks are to be empowered to monitor systemic risk is especially ironic given that central banks create the instability in the first place by over-printing money. What this sort ...
Ron Paul to Bernanke: Why Are We Continuing Down the Path of Socializing Our Entire Economy?
May 08, 2009
Two possibilities occur. One is that this time round the monetary elite has simply run out of the political capital necessary to staunch the price inflation, in which case gold and silver will go sky high. The second possibility is that they do hike rates to 20 ...
Obama's Brood Parasitism: General Motors Sees Hope in Chrysler Deal
May 07, 2009
Sure, and it did for Amtrak, too - just not for investors. We were trying to figure out where GM and Chrysler were headed when we came upon an article recently by free-market financier Peter Schiff in which he stated that the outcome of the government's interfe ...
Bernanke Agrees With Daily Bell
May 06, 2009
This is a fragile sort of recovery indeed, and it the basic reason why Bernanke sounds schizophrenic. He understands that a Fed-led recovery inevitably starts with the banking industry, translates itself gradually into equity growth and from there kick-starts t ...
Are Commercial Mortgages the Next Crisis?
May 05, 2009
Commercial real-estate in America and abroad will surely constitute the next wave of defaults. Perhaps it will not be as severe a wave as the one that came before, but we wouldn't bet on it. The hard money business cycle is in full-swing and the central bankers ...
Buffett Dismisses Government Stress Tests, Praises Wells Fargo
May 04, 2009
Buffet is once again busy finding value that others don't seem to assess and reinvesting in the companies and brands that he thinks will provide the next big thing. The world's most brilliant investor is perfectly willing to investigate thousands of company bal ...
Google Aids Mexico in Tracking Swine Flu
May 02, 2009
Well ... we have been trying to avoid reading (or writing) about Niman (again) because he has the inevitability of a broken record. But since he has such a high profile on the 'Net, and is so very quotable, we suppose we should rehash his background for readers ...
Swine Flu: 'All of Humanity Under Threat', WHO Warns
May 01, 2009
Obviously so. The leadership, worldwide is beginning to demand it. In America, Vice-President Joseph Biden advises citizens to avoid subways and planes. Mexico has closed its government offices and is urging businesses to shut. The European Union is warning aga ...
Only 7 Swine Flu Deaths, Not 152, Says WHO
April 30, 2009
We stayed away from commenting on the swine flue sickness because we have learned from experience that once the mainstream media gets into full cry on a story, the story inevitably changes and the reporting is deficient, or at least inaccurate. In this case, th ...
Citigroup and Bank of America May Need More Capital
April 29, 2009
We're not quite sure why the Obama administration has such an aching desire to nationalize America's banks, but it is becoming clearer and clearer that's the goal. Of course it couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch. The cynicism of America's banking class e ...
Former Iceland Bank Governor David Oddsson Defends Role in Meltdown
April 28, 2009
Does anyone who follows these sorts of issues closely believe that the regulatory solutions that Oddsson offers would have made a real difference? Iceland is in debt up to its ears, a nation ruined by paper money. But this situation is systemic. It has to do wi ...
After an Off Year, Wall Street Pay Is Bouncing Back
April 27, 2009
Wall Street was wiped out less than a year ago. In September 08, we've read, the American banking system froze up and absent an injection of some US$700 billion the current paper money system would have foundered and failed. But just because the banking system ...
Fed Says Top U.S. Banks Must Hold Sizable Capital Buffer
April 25, 2009
Do citizens of the West have confidence in their banks? Will they have more confidence in them if they survive "stress tests?" The question is a fair one given the nature and composition of the current industry. Given all that has happened to the financial syst ...
Socialism Struggles: EDF Strikers Cut Power to French Homes
April 24, 2009
The European enculturation – despite stirrings of individual initiative – remains focused on government empowerment, at least to hear the mainstream media tell it. We have a suspicion, however, that the Internet has made inroads on such cultural conditionin ...
GE Exec Says Economic Crisis Resetting Capitalism
April 23, 2009
Water, food, energy, oil ... there just doesn't seem to be enough to go around. You know, there's even a theory that oil is abiotic (not a "fossil fuel") since oil wells keep filing back up in the United States and elsewhere. Say, maybe oil is manufactured deep ...
We Are Not Even Half-Way Through the Banking Crisis – IMF
April 22, 2009
The recovery that the IMF is forecasting is not a recovery at all. What the IMF really means but won't say, is that it is going to take several years to basically build a new banking system with new players - even if the names don't change. Unfortunately, the ...
Bank of America Reports Sharp Rise in Bad Loans While European Banks Step Up Disposals
April 21, 2009
The rise of markets around the world and the six-week upward trend of American equity markets certainly excited the media financial presenters who were convinced that the V-shaped recovery was on. But of course it's not that simple. Top bankers in the United St ...
'Tea Party' Movement Is 'Unhealthy'
April 20, 2009
The tea parties are focused on this latter point -- taxation -- but the entire system is set up to ensure that individuals cannot easily control money nor keep it. This is not a helpful stage of affairs during a severe economic downturn (or at any time in fact) ...
Dow Ends Best 6 Weeks Since 1938 on Econ Hopes
April 18, 2009
We've offered the idea that the Western world is "overbanked" – that the biggest bubble of all is the banking bubble. This is a logical outcome in fact of central banking, which would naturally tend to its own industry and to its continual expansion. While so ...
A 'Copper Standard' for the World's Currency System?
April 17, 2009
No, we can't see the Chinese giving up on their own paper currency. We may be wrong but we think the allure of central banking will prove more attractive ultimately than building a commodity-based currency. We may be incorrect, and we hope we are. Certainly a c ...
CNN Reporter Not Welcome at Chicago Tea Party?
April 16, 2009
The tea-parties are neither left nor right but Libertarian, and free market. On this issue, the waters are muddy indeed. While the mainstream media cannot ignore what is going on in America, and to a lesser extent Europe, it can still represent powerful interes ...
Can the World Cope With Billions More People?
April 15, 2009
Where does this leave us? Those in government and even in economics have powerful incentives to employ classical trend-analysis while paying lip service to modern economics – which doesn't recognize it. The politics of scarcity will remain attractive to burea ...
Analyst: No Surprise Media Mainstays Ignore Tea Parties
April 14, 2009
The tea party protests taking place around the country in America are not merely a reaction to current events. They are part of a much larger movement that is anti-big-government and pro-freedom. It is fashionable to decry the possibilities for change in an era ...
Insurance: Another Shoe Drops
April 13, 2009
We've been waiting a while. American insurance companies, like European ones, are heavily invested in a variety of instruments that are more or less shaky. In fact, it stands to reason that they have adopted the same kind of investment behavior and purchased th ...
It Didn't Start Here
April 11, 2009
Sure, maybe oil was the proximate cause of what is turning into a worldwide depression, but is it the trigger that matters or the aftermath? The current economic situation seems to have gotten so bad so quickly because of the amount of mal-investment that was g ...
Top Chinese Banker Wants the IMF to Lead Replacement of U.S. Dollar as Reserve Currency
April 10, 2009
What is going on is a definite re-alignment of the world from a financial standpoint. But even if one accepts the above point of view about money and power, what is occurring is neither as clear cut nor as simple as one might think. Why? Because one has to rem ...
U.S. Newspaper Owners Are Mad as Hell
April 09, 2009
The problem is so much deeper than aggregation. Scarcity made the product palatable. But it is less so every day. The major Western media regularly publishes and presents information that is misleading and filled with half-truths. Readers can find better and mo ...
The Quiet Coup
April 08, 2009
Yes, it is the Internet, rolling on, telling the truth with every ebb and flow of the daily tide. And what a truth it is: That the ongoing manipulation of the money supply by powerful men (almost all men) for purposes of financial consolidation and sociopolitic ...
Soros Predicts New Global Currency
April 07, 2009
We shall be interested to see just how far and fast this notion of an IMF super currency travels. And we shall be even more interested to see – if it continues to be mentioned by such prestigious thinkers as George Soros – whether there will spring up in Am ...
G20: A 'New World Order' Is Simply Fantasy
April 06, 2009
The big idea of the monetary elite is to seek an ever closer union worldwide. But the Internet is likely fracturing the credibility of the participants. Strides will continue to be made, but the ground is crumbling, in our humble opinion. There is a vast free-m ...
The Question That Flummoxed Barack Obama
April 04, 2009
Despite the great impact that Obama has had on world leaders, the reality of what has been accomplished and Obama's own personal understanding of what is actually going on remains suspect. He is a very young man for the world stage, with a Harvard law education ...
G20 Leaders Hail Crisis Fightback
April 03, 2009
From a free-market standpoint the worst has seemingly been averted. No international regulator, no grand, immediate attack on banking freedom, no huge amount of money poured down the various rat-holes of failed global capitalism. Of course, incrementally, the l ...
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