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What The Bears Still Left Standing Think

Takeaways from the 2014 Wine Country Conference
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 1:39 PM

The Wine Country Conference (WCC) is an annual gathering of speakers organized by Mike "Mish" Shedlock and his advisery firm, Sitka Pacific. This year's speakers included: John Hussman, Steen Jakobsen, Axel Merk, Mebane Faber, Chris, and of course, Mish himself. Our good friend Charles Hugh Smith attended, as well. » Read more

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The State of the Deep State

The monster in America’s closet
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:43 AM

We’ve been hearing a lot about the so-called Deep State lately. What to make of this shadowy monster? Some observers link it to the paranoid fantasy called the New World Order, a staple of political talk radio (and a hobgoblin I don’t believe in). 

I like to say that I’m allergic to conspiracy theories because human beings are generally too inept to carry out schemes at the grand scale, as well as being poor secret-keepers. Insider knowledge is almost always swapped around, even in secretive organizations, often recklessly so, because doling it out confers status, tactical advantage, and sometimes money for the doler-outer. But the Deep State isn’t a secret. It operates in plain sight. » Read more

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When Every Country Wants to Sell, Who Buys?

The world is trapped in a quest for 'Demand'
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1:14 PM

Understandably for the US, which sustained a consumption supercycle for several decades, the post-financial crisis period has kicked off a new trend: Americans want to consume less, and make more.

Americans want to own less stuff, use less energy, and produce their own goods. In short, Americans want to sell» Read more

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US Gas Will Never Replace Russian Gas For Europe

Economically & energetically implausible
Friday, April 18, 2014, 4:10 PM

Recent entreaties by various US politicians to help wean Europe off of Russian gas are simply preposterous.  The numbers don't add up, and they never will.

Let's begin with the facts: » Read more

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Doing It for Science

Dan Ariely needs our help
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 1:07 PM

Renown behavioral economist Dan Ariely has approached Peak Prosperity regarding new research he's conducting. » Read more

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Two Weeks to Go

Preparing for our only (and best!) seminar this year
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:50 PM

There are just two weeks left to go until the Peak Prosperity seminar in Rowe, MA. 

Not that these seminar weekends aren't always valuable, but this is one is going to be especially important. After 2+ long years of fabricated tranquility (the best market levitation $4 trillion can buy!), we are finally seeing the indicators that the central managers are starting to lose control of the system. » Read more

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The Screaming Fundamentals For Owning Gold

Updated 2014 edition
Friday, April 4, 2014, 9:44 AM

This report lays out the investment thesis for gold. Silver is mentioned only where necessary, as a separate report of equal scope will be forthcoming on that topic. Various factors lead me to conclude that gold is one investment that you can park for the next ten or twenty years, confident that it will perform well. Timing and logic for both entering and finally exiting gold as an investment are laid out in the full report.

The punch line is this: Gold (and silver) is not in bubble territory, and its largest gains remain yet to be realized; especially if current monetary, fiscal, and fundamental supply-and-demand trends remain in play.

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Have We Reached Peak Wall Street?

An argument its dominance is in decline
Monday, March 31, 2014, 7:14 PM

Though the mainstream financial media and the blogosphere differ radically on their forecasts—the MFM sees near-zero systemic risk while the alternative media sees a critical confluence of it—they agree on one thing: the Federal Reserve and the “too big to fail” (TBTF) Wall Street banks have their hands on the political and financial tiller of the nation, and nothing will dislodge their dominance.

But what id Wall Street’s power has peaked and is about to be challenged by forces that it has never faced before? Put another way,what if the power of Wall Street has reached a systemic extreme where a decline or reversal is inevitable? » Read more

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Weather Is 1,557% More Harmful Than Helpful To Corporate Profits

Or so we're being told
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 8:55 PM

It's just another day in the spin factory so let's have some fun with it.

Lately 'bad weather' was cited as the reason that Walmart and FedEx earnings were disappointing.  If it isn't 'one-time' charges that happen every quarter being removed from reported results, it's the weather being blamed for somehow hurting operations. » Read more

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Join Us for This Year's Peak Prosperity Seminar: April 25th in Rowe, MA

It's the only seminar we'll be offering this year
Friday, March 14, 2014, 7:51 PM

Whether you are brand new to this site or a longtime veteran, take a moment to ask yourself this question: Am I as physically, emotionally, and financially prepared as I feel I should be for a future shaped by the Three Es?

If the answer is "no," don't panic. » Read more