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Off The Cuff: A Serious, Serious Mess

The service sector rapidly weakens
Friday, February 5, 2016, 11:39 AM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

  • Oil And Stock Prices
    • Correlated at 0.9 right now
  • "A Serious, Serious Mess"
    • The service sector quickly weakens
  • Bank Losses
    • Need to be taken, but whom will get stuck with them?
  • Gold's Shine
    • It's relative performance for 2016 has been very good
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Off The Cuff: The Need For Solutions

Enough with the problem, what should we do?
Friday, January 29, 2016, 1:38 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and David Morgan discuss:

  • How We Got Into This Mess
    • The bad polices that led to our current state of mal-investment
  • The Need For Solutions
    • Enough with the problem, what should we do?
  • Why Things Can Get Worse Quickly From Here
    • A chain-reaction of bursting bubbles
  • The Future For Silver
    • Where to next for the grey metal?
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Off The Cuff: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like 2008

Liquidity is drying up & the banks are weakening fast
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 2:16 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • It's Looking Like 2008 All Over Again
    • Liquidity is drying up & the banks are weakening fast
  • Oil At The Epicenter
    • The ripple effect of the losses will be wider than anyone expects
  • Financial Sector Leading The Way Down
    • The banks are getting hammered for their loan exposure
  • Gold Set To Shine Again
    • Will 2016 finally see a safety-driven rebound?
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Off The Cuff: A Lot Of Deterioration...

The global economy's woes have worsened quickly
Thursday, January 14, 2016, 1:26 AM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Brian Pretti discuss:

  • A Lot Of Deterioration
    • Why 2016 is off to a very grim start
  • There Will Be Blood
    • The carnage from the drop in oil prices will be horrific
  • Ugly, Ugly Data
    • The economic numbers are shouting sickness worldwide
  • Gold
    • Why 2016 will mark the low
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Off The Cuff: Spinning Apart

The centrifugal forces of deflation are accelerating
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:24 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubio discuss:

  • Worrisome Weightlessness
    • It feels like the moment before everything heads South
  • Spinning Apart
    • Europe and Asia are hurdling towards crisis as their economies falter
  • Ridiculous Markets
    • There's no precedent, nor any sanity, to guide us right now
  • Bankrupt Policies
    • Our policy responses have already failed. It's just no one wants to admit it.

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Off The Cuff: The Invisible Recession

Evidence is everywhere but no one wants to see it
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 11:04 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Brian Pretti discuss:

  • The Invisible Recession
    • Horrible economic weakness that everyone is ignoring
  • The Insiders Are Getting Out
    • Those in the know are taking chips off the table
  • Real Estate Is Peaking
    • Rents and prices can't maintain at these levels
  • Ever-Doubling Debt
    • US national debt has DOUBLED since 2008
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Off The Cuff: Currency Turmoil

China is the latest to enter the currency wars
Thursday, August 13, 2015, 11:17 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • Currency Turmoil
    • What a yuan devaluation means
  • China's Credit Crisis
    • Why the growth of the past decade is over
  • Deflation Everywhere
    • The whole world economy is slowing
  • Lower prices ahead!
    • "All that's missing is a stock market crash"
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Off the Cuff: The Black Swans Are Getting Ready To Land

Incoming!
Friday, February 6, 2015, 1:13 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • The Importance Of Greece
    • Exposing the fatal flaw of the global economy
  • The End Of The Fiat Currency Regime
    • Today's woes were predictable back in 1971
  • Horrible Time For Investors
    • Tons of risk and precious little safe havens
  • Timing For The Crash
    • Unknowable, but closer than ever
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Off the Cuff: It's Becoming Every Man for Himself

Hard times reveal the true nature of our leaders
Thursday, June 28, 2012, 2:40 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff with Mish & Chris podcast, Mish and Chris lean into:

  • Signs of fragmentation in Europe
    • Increasingly political leaders jettisoning Eurozone collectivism for what's best for their own country
  • The ticking pension bomb
    • US states, municipalities, and cities face unmeetable obligations
  • Fraud at the core
    • The Barclays LIBOR-fixing scandal shows how manipulated markets really are

They say that when the going gets tough, you learn what a person's true nature is. If that's so, we're learning that the bloviating European leaders are clueless opportunists with no real love or loyalty for the centralized European vision they've been selling to their populace for over a decade. Similarly, US public pension administrators and public officials are craven liars, still unwilling to admit to pensioners that poor stewardship, bad math, and generationally low interest rates have made it impossible to meet their actuarial commitments. Increasingly -- and as epitomized by the recently- fraudulent fixing of the LIBOR market -- all players are simply out to secure what they can for themselves before the system breaks. » Read more

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Off the Cuff: The Fed's Increasing Impotence

Analyzing this week's "non-announcement" from the Fed
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 7:04 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff with Mish & Chris podcast, Mish and Chris address:

  • Fed Fizzle
    • Even if/when the Fed decides to inject more liquidity, it's increasingly questionable whether that will have any real impact
  • Europe's Choice: Uncertainty or Panic
    • The day of reckoning is approaching, but Europe is showing us we still have time left to act
  • Crisis Fatigue
    • Don't deviate from your convictions. Just because something is taking longer than you expect doesn't mean it won't happen

The Fed disappointed the herd hoping for more QE (i.e., thin-air money printing) to be announced this week. Asset prices are drifting lower as a result, increasing the already-growing tension in world markets. Meanwhile the contagion in Europe seems to grow worse by the day. Even though it may feel tiring to stay ever-vigilant for a market dislocation, the risk is still worryingly high, so continue to remain on the defensive as best you're able. » Read more