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What Happened to the Future?

Hopes dim as global net energy per capita declines
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 2:15 PM

Improbably, the global economy has returned to growth over the past four years despite the ravages of a deflationary debt collapse, a punishing oil shock, ongoing constraint from debt and deleveraging, and stagnant global wages. The proof of this growth comes from the best indicator of all: the growth of global energy consumption. » Read more



Our Era’s Definitive Dynamic: Diminishing Returns

Doing more of what doesn't work
Monday, November 4, 2013, 3:37 PM

We all intuitively grasp the meaning of diminishing returns: Either it takes more effort to maintain a project’s payoff, or the payoff declines even though the effort invested remains constant.

This dynamic leads to the final phase of doing more of what has failed spectacularly. » Read more


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The Fed Can Only Fail

And we'll all lose
Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:34 AM

The basic predicament we are in is that the current crop of leaders in the halls of monetary and political power does not appear to understand the dimensions of our situation.

The mind-boggling part about all this is that it's not really all that hard to grasp.

Our collective predicament is simply this: Nothing can grow forever. » Read more


Growth is Obsolete

Society needs to realize growth does not equal prosperity
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 8:19 PM

Despite the wishful thinking and happy-talk propaganda lighting up the media-space, we have arrived at the problematic point of the story: the end of cheap oil. The sad, stark fact is that oil is now too expensive to permit further expansion of economies and populations.  » Read more


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


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


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


Automatic Spell-Check is Here!

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

We're very happy to announce that 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


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


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