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Inflation - Crash Course Chapter 11

Our devaluing dollars are a historically recent phenomenon
Friday, August 29, 2014, 6:36 PM

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. » Read more

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I Blame The Central Banks

For the coming bond bubble disaster
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:17 PM

The current bubble in financial assets -- in both equities and bonds of all grades and quality -- raging in every major market across the globe is no accident.

It's a deliberate creation. An intentional result of policy.

Therefore, when it bursts, we shouldn't regard the resulting damage as some freak act of nature or other such outcome outside of our control. To reiterate, the carnage will be the very predictable result of our terribly shortsighted decision-making and defective logic. » Read more

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Peak Prosperity

Quantitative Easing - Crash Course Chapter 10

What exactly is this process that the world is betting on?
Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:34 PM

At the exponential pace at which the Fed is increasing the money supply, and knowing the huge challenges the Fed – and most other world central banks  - face in trying to stop or even slow down their money printing, the potential for a disruptive global inflationary period is very real.

So what exactly is quantitative easing» Read more

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Ukraine: A Perspective from Europe

The West's power & influence is on the wane
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11:54 AM

It is still a mystery to many historians as to how and why this World War I led to the slaughter of nine million people. But analysis of different parties to the original event, pursuing their own vested interests without a grasp of the bigger picture, certainly rings true of the Ukrainian situation today with regards to the West, embodied in a disparate committee called NATO. The similarity with the chaotic diplomacy that led to WW1 stops there: Russia under Vladimir Putin’s leadership appears to have a good grasp of its objective. » Read more

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Peak Prosperity

A Brief History of US Money - Crash Course Chapter 9

The rules get changed (a lot)
Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:29 PM

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. » Read more

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On the Path To War

Putin plays chess, the "markets" play Tic-Tac-Toe
Monday, August 11, 2014, 7:25 PM

The US is clearly now pushing Russia towards war. But if you read the signs correctly, Russia has been preparing for exactly this outcome for many years.

Out of several reasons that US power brokers specifically -- but western power brokers more generally -- are deeply unhappy with Russia right now is that Russia is committing a cardinal sin: it is openly, brazenly calling for an end to dollar dominance and has moved aggressively with China to achieve that aim. » Read more

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Peak Prosperity

Money Creation: The Fed - Crash Course Chapter 8

Creating money out of thin air since 1913...
Friday, August 8, 2014, 8:49 PM

Chapter 8 of the Crash Course is now publicly available and ready for watching below.

As a follow-on to the two previous chapters -- one explaining the nature of fiat money, the other showing how money is loaned into existence through our fractional reserve banking system -- this week's video details the Fed's near-magical ability to create money out of thin air (literally!). » Read more

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Is This Decline The Real Deal?

Or just another head-fake bear trap?
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 10:36 AM

Is this stock market decline the "real deal"? (that is, the start of a serious correction of 10% or more) Or is it just another garden-variety dip in the long-running Bull market? Let’s start by looking for extremes that tend to mark the tops in Bull markets. » Read more

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Peak Prosperity

Money Creation: Banks - Crash Course Chapter 7

Get ready for your mind to be repelled
Friday, August 1, 2014, 9:14 PM

Chapter 7 of the Crash Course is now publicly available and ready for watching below.

As a follow-on to the previous chapter explaining the nature of fiat money, this week's video details one of the two methods by which it is created: fractional reserve banking. As John Kenneth Galbraith famously stated "The process by which money is created is so simple the mind is repelled." » Read more

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The West's Reckless Rush Towards War with Russia

We're taking big risks for unclear reasons
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:54 AM

For reasons that have no rational explanations at this time, the US and Europe have embarked on a concerted program to demonize Putin, ostracize Russia, and bring the world as close to a major conflict as it's been since the Cold War, a time hardly memorable to many in the current crop of our elected officials. » Read more