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Off The Cuff: Elusive Earnings

Profits vanish as as the next recession encroaches
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 10:55 AM

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

  • Elusive Earnings
    • Corporate profits are vaporizing across all sectors
  • Non-GAAP Crap
    • Companies are increasingly contorting their books to look more solvent than they are
  • The Ramifications Of Distorting Price Signals
    • Malinvestment the world 'round
  • Inflate Or Die
    • Why helicopter money is coming
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Take Control: If You Don't, Who Will?

Our best steps for escaping the Sick Care industry matrix
Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:31 PM

Executive Summary

  • We know how to farm regeneratively, not extractively, today. We just need to choose to do so.
  • Learning from the recent summit with Joel Salatin, Toby Hemenway & Singing Frogs Farm
  • The 3 most important components underlying our future health
  • What you can do to take control of your health in ways that will enhance your quality of life

If you have not yet read Why We're So Unhealthy, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we examined the structure of our self-organizing centralized food/illness/healthcare system. In Part 2, we look at what we can do to foster a better, healthier and ultimately much more affordable alternative system.

Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture/Horticulture

I have to start by thanking Peak Prosperity’s Adam Taggart for organizing the permaculture conference we attended, Better Soil, Better Food...A Better World. As a long-time gardener, I learned some things that I can apply to my own postage-stamp urban garden (for example, never leave soil bare—plant seedlings immediately after harvesting the current crop of veggies).

I also learned about the perniciously destructive nature of our system of growing, processing, distributing and consuming food.  As noted in Part 1, the only possible result of our unhealthy food/illness/health system is ill-health.

The best way to become healthy is to opt out of the entire system. Removing oneself from one subsystem is a good start but insufficient, due to the interconnected nature of the system. Eliminating fast food, for example, is a good start, but the vast majority of packaged and convenience foods are made with the same ingredients as fast food.

This is difficult to do by design. As Joel Salatin explains... » Read more

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Close To The Tipping Point

Can you feel it?
Monday, April 25, 2016, 1:19 PM

There’s something in the air: people are edgy and worried. But about what, exactly?

Despite allegedly rosy economic statistics and endless cheerleading about how the markets have bottomed and how growth is poised to come roaring back, our heads and our guts instead tell us something is very wrong.

People everywhere can feel it. They're expressing varying levels of dissatisfaction: ranging from mildly concerned, to very worried, to downright pissed off.

We see it broadly in the hostility and opinion canyons of the election cycle. Perhaps we’ve experienced it personally, through the ending of a relationship that no longer works as we need it to.

These are the signs of tipping points. The human animal senses the coming tsunami and reacts from a very deep, visceral place where emotions hold sway and reason stumbles.  We are social creatures; and not all of the cues to which we react are visible or quantifiable. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Fed's Frenzy Of Emergency Meetings

Are things more dire than we're being told?
Friday, April 22, 2016, 1:34 AM

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

  • Part Time Nation
    • Our job market has been hollowed out
  • Emergency Fed Meetings
    • What exactly is going on behind the scenes?
  • Lower Returns & Lower Prices
    • Pretty much what we have to look forward to from these markets
  • Chinese Capital Flight
    • Driving so much of today's overvaluations
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Off The Cuff: The Folly Of Financialization

Its cures are worse than the diseases it tries to fix
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 12:22 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • The Future Of Oil
    • Much more volatile prices lie ahead
  • The Folly Of Financialization
    • Central planners are creating cures worse than the diseases they're trying to fix
  • The Dollar Dilemma
    • The direction of dollar now hurts as many player as it helps
  • Return Of 'Race To The Bottom'
    • We risk a global currency war like that seen in the 1930's
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Why I Went A Little More Short Today

The list making me nervous is growing fast
Monday, April 11, 2016, 10:26 PM

I've been slowly layering into a short position against the US S&P 500 stock market. At this rate, I plan to be 80% short in my trading and retirement accounts by the end of May. You know “Sell in May and go away.” I am now at 45%.

That’s my general strategy here. 

My reasons for building up this short position are many.  Here are a few of them. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: Growth Is Gone

Annual GDP growth is clocking in at 0.4%
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 11:34 PM

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

  • Growth Is Gone
    • GDP is growing at a 0.4% annual rate
  • Folly & A Finite Planet
    • Our blind pursuit of external growth is dooming us
  • Bubbles Create Bad Decision-making
    • And we are in the biggest bubble yet
  • The Panama Papers
    • Yep - the rich *do* play by different rules
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Off The Cuff: Dr. Martenson Goes To The U.N.

Chris recounts his recent trip
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:02 AM

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

  • Dr. Martenson Goes To The UN
    • Chris recounts his experience with world experts
  • Diving Into New Waters
    • Spiritual Resilience and the 8 Forms of Capital
  • Rowe Reminder
    • This year's seminar is less than 2 weeks away
  • Curious Allies
    • Tapping the support & knowledge of other PP members

Click to listen to a sample of this Off the Cuff Podcast or Enroll today to access the full audio and other premium content today. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Great Retirement Con

Why long-term investment returns will be elusive from here
Friday, March 25, 2016, 9:48 AM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Dan Amerman discuss:

  • Over-Complacency
    • The market has basically ignored the Brussels attacks
  • The Great Retirement Con
    • Why long-term investment returns will be elusive from here
  • Good-bye Future Gains
    • Future profits have already been pulled into today's stock prices
  • Disappearing Dividends
    • The largest source of wealth creation is nowhere to be found

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The Secret Deal To Drive The Markets

Central Banks Continue to Fuel A Dangerous Wealth Gap
Monday, March 21, 2016, 4:03 PM

Let’s not kid ourselves anymore; the world’s financial markets are heavily manipulated on a regular, if not daily, basis by central banks and their main clients the Big Banks.

Frustratingly, one vocal group denies that this is case while another actively cheers on the manipulations.  The first group thinks that because in the past markets have been too big for central banks to influence trends for more than a short while that this must still be equally true today. » Read more