Blog en In A World Of Artificial Liquidity – Cash Is King ]]><p>It&#39;s more crucial now than ever for people to consider extracting a portion of cash from their bank accounts.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Bank of International Settlements BIS bonds capital cash central banks Christine Lagarde debt derivatives Federal Reserve Greece IMF interest rates Janet Yellen liquidity money pensions QE stocks Troika Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:19:33 +0000 Nomi Prins 93378 at The Global Credit Market Is Now A Lit Powderkeg ]]><p>Although the Street seems to agonize over equity valuations and recent price volatility, as I see it the real issue is the global bond market. Why?</p> <p>Globally, the value of outstanding credit instruments is three times the total value of publicly traded equities. Just which do you imagine is more important to institutional investors?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bonds credit interest rates S&P 500 stocks Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:53:19 +0000 Brian Pretti 93237 at Credit Market Warning ]]><p>There are large signs of stress now present in the credit markets. You might not know it from today&#39;s&nbsp;multi-generationally&nbsp;low interest rates, but other key measures such as liquidity and volatility are flashing worrying signs.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bond yield bonds central banks credit market Federal Reserve interest rates yield Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:50:58 +0000 cmartenson 93140 at The War On Cash: Officially Sanctioned Theft ]]><p>You&rsquo;ve probably read that there is a &ldquo;war on cash&rdquo; being waged on various fronts around the world. What exactly does a &ldquo;war on cash&rdquo; mean?</p> <p>It means governments are limiting the use of cash and a variety of official-mouthpiece economists are calling for the outright abolition of cash. Authorities are both restricting the amount of cash that can be withdrawn from banks, and limiting what can be purchased with cash.</p> <p>These limits are broadly called&nbsp;<em>capital controls</em>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Bail-In bank holiday banks capital capital controls cash central banks currency financial repression inflation money negative interest rates recession taxes theft war on cash Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:07:01 +0000 charleshughsmith 93050 at As Goes The Credit Market, So Goes The World ]]><p>During the prior economic cycle of 2003-2007, one question I asked again and again was:&nbsp;<em>Is the US running on a business cycle or a credit cycle?</em></p> <p>That question was prompted by a series of data I have tracked for decades; data that tells a very important story about the character of the US economy. Specifically, that data series is the relationship of total US Credit Market Debt relative to US GDP.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bonds Brian Pretti central banks credit economy GDP interest rates Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:46:16 +0000 Brian Pretti 92757 at In Denial: We Pursue Endless Growth At Our Peril ]]><p>As we&#39;ve been discussing of late here at, humans desperately need a new story to live by. The old one is increasingly dysfunctional and rather obviously headed for either a quite dismal or possibly disastrous future. One of the chief impediments to recognizing the dysfunction of the old story and adopting a new one is the most powerful of all human emotional states:&nbsp;<em>Denial</em>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Chicago Chris Martenson denial economics economy energy Farming growth Japan Resources soil Fri, 29 May 2015 14:09:07 +0000 cmartenson 92776 at 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