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Live Blogging the Casey Summit 2013 Conference (Day 2)

More of what Chris & Adam are hearing
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11:48 AM

Breakfast is over, and Chris and I are sitting down for Day 2 of the Casey Research 2013 Conference in Tucson. Here's what we're hearing.

(To read what we heard on Day 1, click here) » Read more

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Live Blogging the Casey Summit 2013 Conference (Day 1)

Here's what Chris and Adam are hearing
Friday, October 4, 2013, 11:49 AM

Chris and I have just taken our seats at the Casey Research Summit in Tucson. There are a lot of interesting minds here (Doug Casey, Jim Rickards, Mike Maloney, Rick Rule to name just a few).

We thought we'd try live blogging the event today, to give our readers access to the insights being shared by today's speakers. If the feedback in the Comments suggests that this process is appreciated, we'll repeat it tomorrow and Sunday. » Read more

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The (Needed) Revolution Emerging in Education

The cartel-controlled college education model is failing
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 6:10 PM

There is a revolution underway in education that is being driven by digital technology.  Like all technologically fueled upheavals, this revolution requires creative destruction of the current industry, which is resisting the revolution even as it attempts to embrace the parts that might preserve the status quo. » Read more

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Automatic Spell-Check is Here!

A long time in coming
Friday, September 27, 2013, 2:35 AM

We're very happy to announce that PeakProsperity.com will now automatically detect misspellings as you type a new comment or post. More, you can instantly correct misspelled words with the click of your mouse. » Read more

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Expanding Our Reach

Assessing the challenges that come along with opportunity
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 3:33 AM

Autumn officially arrived last weekend, not that we had much time to notice.

It's a busy period here at Peak Prosperity. For a number of good reasons. » Read more

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Fed Shocker: No Taper

As we've long said, the Fed has put itself in a box
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:20 PM

The Federal Reserve today (9/18/13) surprised the world, and me, too, by not reducing the amount of bond purchases from the current $85 billion per month to something less.  The guesses and expectations were for between $10 billion and $15 billion less per month, to bring the number down to "only" $70 to $75 billion per month.

But the actual reduction was $0, leaving the purchases at $85 billion per month.

The financial markets reacted instantly. » Read more

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Abenomics' Dismal Anniversary

Why we need to care about Japan's continued decline
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 1:39 PM

Abenomics, the radical set of reflationary policies designed to (air)lift Japan out of its multi-decade slump, is approaching its first anniversary. Don't expect a joyful celebration. » Read more

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Returning to the 'Real'

The virtual is not an adequate substitute for the authentic
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 11:34 AM

A paradox of life in these times is the inverse relationship between technological wizardry and the satisfactions of being a live organism in a real place (i.e., on the planet Earth).  It probably boils down to a proposition that the American public is not ready to entertain: that the virtual is not an adequate substitute for the authentic. Eventually it will be a hard lesson to learn. » Read more

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The Periphery is Failing

The next big economic dislocation might be only weeks away
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 4:04 PM

For years we've preached the From the Outside In principle of markets: When trouble starts, it nearly always does so out in the weaker periphery before creeping towards the core.

We saw this in the run-up to the housing bubble collapse, as sub-prime mortgages gave way before prime loans, and in Europe, as smaller economies like Greece, Ireland, and Cyprus have fallen first and hardest (so far).  We see this today in accelerating food stamp use among poorer U.S. households.  In each case, the weaker economic parties give way first before being followed, over time, by the stronger ones.

Using this framework, we can often get several weeks to several months of advance notice before trouble erupts in the next ring closer to the center.

Which makes today notable, as we're receiving a number of new warning signs.  The periphery is giving way. » Read more

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Why We All Lose If the Fed Wins

Fighting the wrong battles
Monday, August 19, 2013, 7:20 PM

If we hold the view that humans are behaving unsustainably in terms of any of the 'three Es'  the economy, energy, or the environment  then any rapid resumption of a paradigm of exponential growth in our consumption of natural resources or in our growth of debt over income simply takes us more quickly to the bitter end of this story. » Read more