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The US' Suicidal Strategy On Ukraine

We're alienating allies & risking a much larger war
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 1:27 AM

Ukraine is back in the news cycle and for good reason. The cease-fire has broken, fighting is intensifying, and the western-supported and installed leadership in Kiev is losing the campaign.  At this point, the West's choice is to either double down and bet even more on a badly failing set of policies, or admit it has lost this round and seek to deescalate the situation.

Meanwhile, Europe has finally woken up to the risks and seems to be ready to carve out a different path than the US.  » Read more


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The Peak Prosperity Annual Weekend Seminar: Apr 24-26

Come join us in Rowe, MA
Monday, February 9, 2015, 10:20 PM

We're only offering one live seminar in 2014 and it's coming up.  If you haven't attended one before, you really should and this is your chance.  Here's why.

Over the years we've carefully shifted the seminar to match the times and assure that attendees get what they need to be as prepared as they can be heading into the future. » Read more


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Greece Exposes The Global Economy's Achilles Heel

Countries that can't repay their debts -- won't
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 3:54 PM

The new Greek political party, known as Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, has done the unthinkable: they've dared to speak the truth.

Such honest assessments are not supposed to be uttered in politics, no matter how true they may be. And so, as you can imagine, the machinery of the defenders of the status quo is in quite a lather over the whole affair. And it's doing everything it can to minimize and marginalize the new Greek government. » Read more


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We Ignore Unintended Consequences At Our Peril

They'll likely define our future more than the intended ones
Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:27 PM

Early in my business career I was faced with a challenge that gave me an appreciation for a very important lesson about life and business. That oftentimes, even with the best of intentions, our actions create consequences completely different from what we intend.

It's that insight that makes me so concerned about the grand central banking experiment being conducted around the globe right now.

The complexity of the system, the questionable abilities of the decision-makers, and the universe's proclivity towards unintended consequences all combine to give great confidence that things will NOT play out in the way the Fed and its brethren are counting on. » Read more



When This Ends, Everybody Gets Hurt

And the end is uncomfortably close
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 10:45 PM

Central bank credibility (as fictitious as that may be) is essential to maintaining the current narrative, BUT central banks are rapidly losing their credibility (which should have happened simply via deductive reasoning a long time ago) and the strains are showing.

Their actions are increasingly wild and extreme, and it's our view that 2015- 2016 will mark the end of this long run of overly-ambitious central bankers and over-complacent markets. » Read more


A Quick Sanity Check

A cautionary reminder of where we are in this story
Monday, January 19, 2015, 12:06 AM

Sometimes it pays to step way back and look at things from a high level.

In response to the 2008 crisis, the world's major central banks pumped an unprecedented amount of monetary stimulus into the system -- all in the name of kick starting enough economic growth to pull the planet out of its fundamental sinkhole of Too Much Debt.

More than six years and over $4 trillion later, what exactly can we say it did for us?

Not enough, as the following short video summarizes. » Read more


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Why Our Central Planners Are Breeding Failure

Mistaking illusion for lasting success
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 10:50 AM

As counter-intuitive as it may sound, success rather reliably leads to failure and destabilization.

In the macro-economic arena, I think it highly likely that the monetary and fiscal policies of the past six years that are conventionally viewed as successful will lead to spectacular political and financial failures in 2015 and 2016. » Read more


Peak Prosperity

What Should I Do? - Crash Course Chapter 26

Take prudent steps NOW, while there's still time
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:43 AM

If there’s one message to take away from this newly-updated Crash Course video series, it’s this:  It’s time for you to become more resilient and more engaged. Things are changing quickly and nobody knows how much time we have before the next economic, ecological or energy related crisis erupts.  Nobody knows when, but we do have a pretty good idea of what is coming.

And it is within your control to enter the coming future with a higher degree of security, prosperity and fulfillment than you enjoy now. » Read more



The Road To War With Russia

We're not only on it; we've already arrived
Thursday, January 8, 2015, 12:09 PM

For several weeks now the anti-Russian stance in the US press has quieted down. Presumably because the political leadership has moved its attention on to other things, and the media flock has followed suit. 

Have you read much about Ukraine and Russia recently?

I thought not, despite the fact that there's plenty of serious action -- both there as well as related activity in the US -- going on that deserves our careful attention. » Read more


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Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

It’s always and ever about energy
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 2:21 PM

At the essential center of the framework of the Crash Course is the almost insultingly simple idea that endless growth on a finite planet is an impossibility.

It is so simple it could be worked out by a clever 4 year-old and yet it must not be so simple because the main narrative of every economy in every corner of the globe rests on the idea of endless, infinite growth. » Read more