Blog en 4 Factors Signaling Volatility Will Return With A Vengeance ]]><p>No one could have predicted the sheer scope of global monetary policy bolstering the private banking and trading system. Yet, here we were - ensconced in the seventh year of capital markets being buoyed by coordinated government and central bank strategies. It&rsquo;s Keynesianism for Wall Street.</p> <p>The unprecedented nature of this international effort has provided an illusion of stability, albeit reliant on artificial stimulus to the private sector in the form of cheap money, tempered currency rates (except the dollar - so far) and multi-trillion dollar bond buying programs.&nbsp;It is the most expensive, blatant aid for major financial players ever conceived and executed. But the facade is fading. Even those sustaining this madness, like the IMF, are issuing warnings about increasing volatility.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bonds central banks default risk Fed Federal Reserve IMF Janet Yellen Manipulation Nomi Prins stock market stocks volatility Wall Street Wed, 20 May 2015 13:43:08 +0000 Nomi Prins 92663 at The Self-Employed Middle Class Hardly Exists Anymore ]]><p>Of course, the easiest path to financial independence is being born into a wealthy, well-connected family.</p> <p>But since few of us win that born-rich lottery, this article addresses the important question:&nbsp;<em>How do &ldquo;the rest of us&rdquo; carve out financial independence?</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Charles Hugh Smith independent income IRS Middle Class pareto resilience small business wealth Sat, 16 May 2015 08:57:00 +0000 charleshughsmith 92594 at A New Story ]]><p>In the recent post on the need for a new set of founding documents and the burning need for a new narrative, it was suggested that I talk with Charles Eisenstein again because he&rsquo;s one of the great thought leaders in this area.</p> <p>Well, I can do one better than that. I was recently offered the chance, along with Becca, to join in a whole day of new story development with Charles.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Becca Martenson Charles Eisenstein Chris Martenson The Graduate Institute Fri, 15 May 2015 23:50:09 +0000 cmartenson 92632 at For Heaven's Sake: Hedge! ]]><p>Last fall, I wrote an article titled&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Defying Gravity</a>&nbsp;that warned of the absurd price levels that stocks and bonds had risen to. Less than a month later,&nbsp;the stock market abruptly dropped by 7%.&nbsp;Those who didn&#39;t seek safety in advance were left licking their wounds, panicked not knowing if the painful down-draft was over.</p> <p>So here we are roughly six months later, and the same warning bells are ringing -- just louder this time.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Bank of Japan central banks correction crash ECB Federal Reserve financial markets flash crash GDP hedging HFT investing LinkedIn stock market crash stocks twitter Wall Street Yelp Fri, 01 May 2015 02:58:07 +0000 Adam Taggart 92477 at Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline ]]><p>It&rsquo;s time to face some uncomfortable ideas about the state of civilization in the United States.&nbsp; It is no longer the beacon of freedom illuminating a better way for the world, because it is becoming more and more uncivilized by the day.</p> <p>The recent spate of police brutality videos and the complete lack of a useful or even any reasonable response by the police unions has shaped this piece of writing, but it goes well beyond those incidents and extends into all corners of the lives of US citizens now.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog abuse brutality Chris Martenson cops Eric Courtney Harris ferguson Francis Jared Pusok Michael Brown police Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:22:23 +0000 cmartenson 92427 at Has The Fed Already Lost? ]]><p>Increasingly we live in a world of&nbsp;<em>Now</em>. Instantaneous access to digital real time data and news has simply become a given in our lives of the moment.</p> <p>You may be surprised to know that the Federal Reserve has taken notice.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Atlanta Fed BEA Bureau of Economic Analysis central banks economy Fed Federal Reserve GDP GDPNow growth interest rate recession ZIRP Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:36:29 +0000 Brian Pretti 92345 at The Fatal Flaw Of Centrally-Issued Money ]]><p><em>Centrally issued money centralizes wealth and generates systemic inequality</em>. This is equally true of all centrally issued currencies.&nbsp; But the inequity that is intrinsic to this system is politically and financially destabilizing, and so this system is unsustainable.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog barter Charles Hugh Smith credit currency fiat inflation money purchasing power Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:03:33 +0000 charleshughsmith 92313 at The New Me (Round 2) ]]><p>Our longtime readers likely remember Chris&#39; recount of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">his health transformation</a>&nbsp;back in 2011, in which he trimmed off over 30 pounds through a process of prudent changes to his lifestyle.</p> <p>I&#39;ve gone through a similar transformation as Chris and have been meaning to share that story for a while now.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Adam Taggart Crossfit dental Exercise fitness Food Mark Sisson nutrition paleo diet Primal Blueprint Robb Wolf sleep stress reduction vision weight loss Zone diet Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:52:02 +0000 Adam Taggart 92302 at Three Weeks to Go ]]><p>There are just three weeks left to go until&nbsp;<em>the only Peak Prosperity seminar being offered within the US in 2015.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>And something must be in the air this year, because we&#39;re seeing record advance registrations compared to years past.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Rowe seminar Sat, 04 Apr 2015 01:20:01 +0000 Adam Taggart 92277 at If We're Going To Borrow Against The Future, Let's Borrow To Invest ]]><p>We are at an important juncture as a global society: either we immediately prioritize a new trajectory focused on creating a positive, functional future or -- by continuing the consumptive, extractive, exploitative&nbsp;<em>status quo --</em>&nbsp;we will default into a nasty nightmare.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Chris Martenson economy energy Farming future growth infrastructure money trillion Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:21:27 +0000 cmartenson 92252 at