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Introducing The New (Full-Length) Crash Course

The public release of Chapters 1 & 2
Friday, June 27, 2014, 12:36 PM

Last week we announced that we've spent the better part of the last year completely rebuilding the entire Crash Course video seminar.

Each chapter has been completely updated with recent data, better visualizations, and a more polished look and feel. We've also added several brand-new chapters on important new developments to the Three E story (i.e., quantitative easing, shale oil, environmental stressors) that weren't in the picture when the original series was created back in 2008. » Read more

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Peak Prosperity

Why The Next 20 Years Will Be Completely Unlike The Last 20

Presenting the 'Accelerated' Crash Course
Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:50 AM

The video below shines a bright light on these trends and the risks we face as a result. But it also offers hope. If we take action now, while there's still time, there's much we can do not only to reduce our personal vulnerability to these threats, but also to step into this new future with newfound optimism: » Read more

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Big News!

A brand new Crash Course series is at hand
Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:46 AM

It's been a busy 10 months...

Behind the scenes, we've been hard at work completely overhauling the Crash Course video series. I'm extremely happy to announce today that we're ready to start rolling it out. » Read more

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Iraq Breaks Down, Oil Surges

The context underlying the growing crisis
Monday, June 16, 2014, 11:58 AM

The situation in Iraq is serious, and is probably going to get worse before it gets better. The potential for this recent action to morph into a regional conflict is very high. That that means that oil could go a lot higher, and if it does, we can expect the odds of a global economic recession and an attendant financial crisis to go up considerably from here. » Read more

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The Good News In All The Bad Data

A rare convergence of confidence in future developments
Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:14 AM

Today's financial markets make a mockery out of sanity and logic. The difference between what SHOULD happen and what IS happening is perhaps the greatest it has been in our investing lifetimes.

If you're perplexed, flummoxed, frustrated, stymied, enraged, bored, irritated, insulted, discouraged -- any or all of these -- by the ever-higher blind grinding of asset prices over the past several years, despite so many structural reasons for concern, you have good reason to be.

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No Solar Roadways Anytime Soon

Sadly, bad science & scant common sense
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 10:54 AM

Recently, the idea of creating 'solar roadways' s is sweeping across the social media universe. A lot of emails are hitting my inbox as people want to know what I think of this marvelous idea.

Sadly, the concept as pitched is awful. » Read more

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Farmland LP

A Weekend On The Farm

An excellent investment of time (and money)
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:55 AM
If you've been a reader of PeakProsperity.com for more than a few months, you've likely heard us talk about Farmland LP. It's a fund that purchases over-farmed, depleted conventional farmland (at a discounted price), and then spends years nursing the land back to organic status using sustainable farming methods.
 
As an investor, I have the opportunity to tour any of the fund's 5 farm properties, which are located in southern Oregon and central California. So that just what I did this past weekend when the Farmland team held its first annual investor gathering at its newest (and largest) property in Stockton, CA.
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The US Housing Market's Darkening Data

Get ready for the return of declining home prices
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 12:15 AM

The more we look at today's data, the more it looks like that we are in a new type of pricing cycle -- one that homeowners and housing investors have no prior experience with.

And the more we learn about the fundamentals underlying the current cycle, the harder it becomes to justify today's home prices on any sustained level. Meaning a downward reversion in home values is very probable in the coming years. » Read more

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The US Shale Oil Miracle Disappears

The Monterey formation was just downgraded by 96%
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 8:02 PM

The US shale oil "miracle" has about as much believability left as Jimmy Swaggart. Just today, we learned that the EIA has placed a hefty downward revision on its estimate of the amount of recoverable oil in the #1 shale reserve in the US, the Monterey in California.

As recently as yesterday, the much-publicized Monterey formation accounted for nearly two-thirds of all technically-recoverable US shale oil resources.

But by this morning? The EIA now estimates these reserves to be 96% lower than it previously claimed. » Read more

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Rising Resource Costs Escalate Odds of Global Unrest

The critical 40% income-to-food threshold
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 9:34 PM

As we observe the growing unrest in Ukraine, there is the usual rush to ascribe a cause. Was it meddling by the West? Russia? Was it corruption by prior leaders? Simmering resentments that stretch back centuries that finally erupted?

The answers apply to Ukraine as well as to many other countries. Which is why having an accurate framework, a clear 'lens' for seeing what is actually transpiring, will prove far more useful to you than 99% of what you will hear on the ni » Read more