Blog en Mass Layoffs To Return With A Vengeance ]]><p>Remember the mass layoffs of 2008-2009? The US economy&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">shed millions of jobs</a>&nbsp;quickly and relentlessly, as companies died and the rest fought for survival.</p> <p>Then the Fed and the US government flooded the banks and the corporate sector with bailouts and handouts. With that crap-ton of liquidity sloshing around, as well as taking on massive amounts of new cheap debt, companies were able to finance their working capital needs, hire workers back, and even buy-back their shares en mass to make themselves look deceptively profitable. The nightmare of 2008 soon became a golden era of recovery.</p> <p>Well, 2016 is showing us that that era is over. And as stock prices cease to rise, and in fact fall within many industries, layoffs are beginning to make a return as companies jettison costs in attempt to reduce losses.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog jobs layoffs Yahoo! Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:58:39 +0000 Adam Taggart 96626 at The Peak Prosperity Annual Weekend Seminar: Apr 14-17 ]]><p>We&#39;re happy to confirm that we&#39;ll be returning to Rowe, MA this spring to offer our annual weekend seminar from April 14-17.</p> <p>We&#39;re particularly excited about this year&#39;s gathering, as 2016 is fast proving to be a very different year than the preceding ones. The developments in January to-date show how the recent era of relative tranquility and control is clearly beginning to slip away from the grips of the central planners.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Rowe seminar Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:42:46 +0000 Adam Taggart 96423 at The Deflation Monster Has Arrived ]]><p>As we&rsquo;ve been warning&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">for quite a while</a>&nbsp;(too long for my taste): the world&rsquo;s grand experiment with debt has come to an end. And it&rsquo;s now unraveling.</p> <p>Just in the two weeks since the start of 2016, the US equity markets are down almost 10%. Their worst start to the year in history. Many other markets across the world are suffering worse.</p> <p>If you watched stock prices today, you likely had flashbacks to the financial crisis of 2008. At one point the Dow was down over 500 points, the S&amp;P cracked below key support at 1,900, and the price of oil dropped below $30/barrel. Scared investors are wondering: &nbsp;<em>What the heck is happening?</em>&nbsp;Many are also fearfully asking:&nbsp;<em>Are we re-entering another crisis?</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bonds bubble central banks crash crisis debt Fed Federal Reserve financial crisis recession stocks Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:53:30 +0000 cmartenson 96307 at Markets Are Correcting Hard ]]><p>The long-awaited global financial market correction has arrived.&nbsp;We are seeing collapses in all major markets and across all major categories.</p> <p>As usual, the pain has started at the edges, in the weaker elements (emerging markets, junk bonds, weak companies, etc.) and is rapidly spreading towards the center.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bubble China correction crash crisis deflation Markets stocks Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:41:48 +0000 cmartenson 96191 at How To Lose Weight ]]><p>Happy New Year&#39;s Day!</p> <p>If you&#39;re like most people around the world, you&#39;re spending time today planning your resolutions for 2016.</p> <p>And if you&#39;re like most people, &#39;losing weight&#39; is probably on your list.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog carbohydrate Diet fat Food losing weight nutrition paleo diet Primal Blueprint Protein Zone diet Fri, 01 Jan 2016 17:15:02 +0000 Adam Taggart 96066 at Boosting Our Message ]]><p>Our new book&nbsp;<a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1937832767&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=peakprosp-20&amp;linkId=6WXJ46EH4V5FIKE2" target="_blank">Prosper!: How to Prepare for the Future and Create a World Worth Inheriting</a>&nbsp;has been out for a little over a month now. All in all, it&#39;s off to a very good start.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Amazon Book library Prosper Prosper! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:06:17 +0000 Adam Taggart 96063 at The Rising Threats To Our Health ]]><p>Though evidence of a looming global healthcare crisis is plainly visible, few seem to realize the consequences will be catastrophic to individuals, households and national economies.</p> <p>Here is a list&mdash;by no means exhaustive&mdash;of major health issues threatening hundreds of millions of people globally.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Charles Hugh Smith diabetes health Obesity pollution smoking Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:35:06 +0000 charleshughsmith 95586 at 2015 Year In Review ]]><p>I am penning my seventh &ldquo;Year in Review.&rdquo; These summaries began exclusively for myself, evolved into a sort of holiday cheer for a couple hundred&nbsp;e-quaintances&nbsp;with whom I had been affiliating since my earliest days as a market bear in the late&nbsp;&rsquo;90s, and metastasized into the Tower of Babble&mdash;longer than a Ken Burns miniseries&mdash;summarizing the human follies that capture my attention each year.</p> <p>I wade through the year&rsquo;s most extreme lunacies as well as a few special topics while trying to find the overarching themes. Somehow 450 pages of notes, quotes, and anecdotes describing a web of interconnected concepts must be distilled into the &ldquo;Year in Review,&rdquo; all in a few short weeks. So let&rsquo;s head to the choppers.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Year in Review Sat, 19 Dec 2015 01:37:29 +0000 Thomas 95808 at 2015 Year In Review (Part 2) ]]><div>As regards the banks, we have come down from the trees but are not out of the woods yet.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The six biggest banks are&nbsp;ginormous&mdash;50% larger than they were at the previous high at the start of the crisis&mdash;but the sector was relatively quiet this year. Hundreds of billions in fines have been levied by various governmental Rainbow Coalitions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As statutes of limitations began to run out, Eric Holder and authorities declared there would be no prosecutions of individuals responsible for the crisis.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog China civil liberties hillary clinton political correctness Year in Review Sat, 19 Dec 2015 01:35:03 +0000 Thomas 95809 at The Screaming Fundamentals For Owning Gold ]]><p>Every year or two we update this report, which lays out the investment thesis for gold. Here is this year&#39;s version.</p> <p>Silver is touched upon only as necessary; as a separate report of equal scope is required for that precious metal.</p> <p>Gold is one of the few investments that every investor should have in their portfolio. We are now at the dangerous end-game period of a very bold but very reckless&nbsp;&amp; disappointing experiment with the world&#39;s fiat (unbacked) currencies. If this experiment fails -- and we observe it&#39;s in the process of failing -- gold will provide one of the best forms of wealth insurance. But like all insurance products, it only works if you buy it before you need to rely on it.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Bail-In bail-out barbarous relic Bernanke cash central banks China COMEX currency deflation dollar Fed Federal Reserve gold Greenspan India inflation Janet Yellen London money money printing precious metals price manipulation QE quantitative easing SGE Shanghai silver Tue, 08 Dec 2015 16:53:01 +0000 cmartenson 95636 at