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The Death Of Hopium

Tech Bubble 3.0 is in the process of bursting
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 4:48 PM

I got my MBA at Stanford in 1999 when the dot-com bubble was at its zenith, worked for a VC-funded start-up as well as one of the biggest Internet juggernauts (Yahoo!). I lived in Palo Alto, the central core of the tech scene.

As a result, I have a pretty good read on how Silicon Valley works. Many of the folks I worked and went to school with are now in leadership positions at the big operating companies, VC firms and hedge funds in that ecosystem now -- so I have personal knowledge of who's making the decisions.

And it's no secret that I think it's degenerated into a steaming pile of hucksterism. » Read more

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How Much Longer Can Our Unaffordable Housing Prices Last?

Spoiler alert: not much
Friday, October 9, 2015, 5:12 PM

Markets discover price via supply and demand: Big demand + limited supply = rising prices. Abundant supply + sagging demand = declining prices.

Eventually, prices rise to a level that is unaffordable to the majority of potential buyers, with demand coming only from the wealthy. That’s the story of housing in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and other desirable locales that are currently magnets for global capital. » Read more

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Deflation Warning: The Next Wave

The global economic slump is accelerating
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 12:36 AM

The signs of deflation are now flashing all over the globe. In our estimation, the possibility of an associated financial crisis is now dangerously high over the next few months. » Read more

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Buy Gold While You Still Can!

An important update on the supply of physical gold
Friday, September 25, 2015, 3:56 PM

This report centers on preponderance of fascinating data revealing the extent of the West's massive dis-hoarding of physical gold, for the first time, begins to allow us to start estimating the range of end-dates for the flow to the East.

Here’s the punchline: there’s an enormous and growing disconnect between the cash and physical markets for gold. This is exactly what we would expect to precede a major market-shaking event based on a physical gold shortage. » Read more

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The Margin Debt Time-Bomb

A terrible threat created by terrible decision-making
Friday, September 4, 2015, 9:00 PM

What is perhaps the greatest risk to individual investors these days? » Read more

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Here's Why The Markets Have Suddenly Become So Turbulent

A perfect storm of failing trends
Friday, August 28, 2015, 2:28 PM

When stock markets are free-falling 10+% in a matter of days, it’s natural to seek some answers to the question “why now?” » Read more

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Trouble South Of The Border

Mexico's vulnerabilities pose a huge risk to the U.S.
Thursday, August 27, 2015, 12:02 AM

Too big to fail is a seven-year phenomenon created by the most powerful central banks to bolster the largest, most politically connected US or European banks. More than that, it’s a global concern predicated on that handful of private banks controlling too much market share and elite central banks infusing them with boatloads of cheap capital and other aid. Synthetic bank and market subsidization disguised as ‘monetary policy’ has spawned artificial asset and debt bubbles - everywhere. » Read more

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Making Sense Of The Sudden Market Plunge

Are you prepared for further turmoil?
Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:13 PM

The global deflationary wave we have been tracking since last fall is picking up steam.  This is the natural and unavoidable aftereffect of a global liquidity bubble brought to you courtesy of the world’s main central banks.  What goes up must come down -- and that's especially true for the world's many poorly-constructed financial bubbles, built out of nothing more than gauzy narratives and inflated with hopium.

What this means is that the traditional summer lull in financial markets has turned August into an unusually active and interesting month. August, it appears, is the new October. » Read more

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Peak Prosperity

Join Chris, Adam & Robb Wolf Speaking in Sebastopol, CA on Sep 2

Focus: better wealth, better health
Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:51 AM

Come join Chris, Adam and nutrition & fitness expert Robb Wolf for the night of September 2, at the Grange Hall in Sebastopol, California (6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472)

We'll be talking about how to build true wealth, with a special focus on one of its most valuable forms: a healthy & capable body. » Read more

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Is China’s “Black Box” Economy About to Come Apart?

A China crisis will de-stabilize the world
Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:37 PM

After 30 years of torrid expansion, perhaps the single most consequential factor in China’s economy is how much of it is a “black box”: a system with visible inputs and outputs whose internal workings are opaque.

That black box is looking increasingly like a Pandora's box. What will happen if it breaks apart? » Read more