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Off The Cuff: There Is No 'Market' Anymore, Only Manipulation

The big players push prices around at will
Saturday, August 27, 2016, 6:19 PM

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

  • There Is No 'Market' Anymore
    • Prices are fully manipulated these days
  • Missing Alpha
    • Since it's only liquidity that matters, portfolio managers are feeling the pressure
  • Malinvestment
    • What you get with too much cheap money
  • The Feds Facebook Fiasco
    • The public is waking up to the ills of central banking

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Off The Cuff: The Limits Of Financial Gimmickry

When it comes to real world problems, it solves nothing
Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 1:49 PM

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

  • From Flowers To Floods
    • How climate variability is impacting all of us
  • Not All Crises Are Equal
    • Some have fixes, some don't
  • Resilience Is Key To National Security
    • Regenerative regimes will win out over extractive ones
  • Incentives Matter
    • Without the right incentives, failure is inevitable

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Off The Cuff: The World's Banking System Is On The Precipice

It's as vulnerable (or more) as during 2008
Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7:02 PM

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

  • The World's Baking System Is On The Precipice
    • It's as vulnerable (or more) as during 2008
  • Stocks & Bonds Hit All-Time Highs
    • We're in a chimera market right now
  • Central Control Is Tightening
    • Dissent is being squashed wherever possible
  • Real Wages Are Declining
    • Good luck squashing that dissent when folks can't feed their families...

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Off The Cuff: Yes, Central Banks Are Injecting $180 Billion Per Month

What will the repurcussions be? And how long can this last?
Friday, August 5, 2016, 3:28 PM

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

  • $180 Billion Per Month In Global Stimulus
    • The world is awash in free money
  • Is Helicopter Money For The Public Coming Soon?
    • Quite possibly
  • Rage Against The Status Quo Is Building
    • It explains Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, and the rise of the anti-establishment
  • Prepare For The Return Of Global Conflict
    • Fracture lines are widening all across the world

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How To Beat Inflation

Protecting the purchasing power of your wealth
Friday, July 29, 2016, 3:31 PM

Executive Summary

  • Taking Advantage of Subsidies
  • The Importance of Adding New Income Streams
  • Income-Producing Assets
  • Hedges, Cost-Controls & Other Strategies

If you have not yet read Part 1: The Burrito Index: Consumer Prices Have Soared 160% Since 2001, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we compared official rates of inflation with hard data from the real world, and found that it’s not just the cost of burritos that has soared over 100% while inflation has supposedly been trundling along at 1% or 2% per year. The real killer is the soaring cost of big-ticket essentials such as rent, higher education and healthcare.

So what can we do about it? There are only a few strategies that can make a real difference: either qualify for subsidies (i.e. lower household income), own assets and income streams that keep up with real-world inflation, or radically reduce the cost structure of big-ticket household expenses.

Qualify for Subsidies

Though it runs counter to our philosophy of self-reliance, we have to address incentives offered by the system we inhabit. One powerful set of incentives is entitlement subsidies for lower income households: rent subsidies (Section 8), healthcare subsidies (Medicaid and ACA/Obamacare), college tuition waivers, food subsidies (food stamps), free school lunches, and so on.

These programs were designed to aid households that cannot earn more income, but for households on the borderline between paying full freight (no subsidies) and receiving some subsidies, it makes sense to work less, earn less and qualify for substantial subsidies.

I am not recommending gaming the system, I am simply noting that subsidies exist and those who earn just above qualifying incomes are in effect punished for earning a bit too much.

In many cases, we assume subsidies are reserved for “poor people” and we don’t qualify. For entitlements such as food stamps (SNAP), this is generally the case. But other programs offer some subsidies to households with incomes that are substantial... » Read more

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Hoping For A Market Crash

If we inflate much higher, the fall is likely to kill us
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 1:32 AM

We desperately need to have new national and global conversations about everything from how we’ll feed everyone in 2050, to developing a coherent sustainable energy policy, to the fact that each year is hotter than the year before, to the idea that we’re living with a soul crushing sense of scarcity in a world of abundance.

There’s lots that needs addressing, and the process should begin with letting go of the old narrative so that we can make space for assembling the new one. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Message Is Spreading

And reaching more influencers than we realized
Friday, July 22, 2016, 9:46 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and I summarize our experiences last week at Freedom Fest, as well as Chris' subsequent trip to the Opal wealth conference in Newport.

The quick synopsis is that the Peak Prosperity message is spreading. And influencing more decision makers than either of us realized.

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Strange Happenings in Japan

Reckless leadership with a hidden agenda
Monday, July 11, 2016, 8:22 PM

The whole world now waits to see which central bank is up next to do the heavy lifting for the next round of stock and bond propping.

And so Japan is now front and center on that stage again. Especially since Bernanke just traveled there to conclude a "secret" meeting with Prime Minister Abe and Bank of Japan head Kuroda. » Read more

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Investing For Crisis

The future of stocks, gold & safe havens
Friday, July 8, 2016, 3:03 PM

Executive Summary

  • Which coming developments we can predict with certainty
  • Why the next crisis won't be like 2008
  • Why what worked post-2008 won't work this time
  • Where stocks and gold are headed
  • Where to find safe haven for your investment capital

If you have not yet read The Great Market Tide Has Now Shifted To Risk-Off Assets, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we reviewed the market’s risk-on, risk-off gyrations and laid out the case for long-term declines in confidence, political stability and profits.  What does this new era of uncertainty mean for individual investors?

What’s Predictable?

We can start by asking—is there anything we can predict with any certainty?

I think we can very confidently predict that future central bank monetary policies will fail to generate sustainable growth or fix what’s broken in the global financial system.

I think we can predict that uncertainty will only increase with time rather than decrease. This rise of uncertainty will predictably lower the attractiveness of risk-on assets, other than as short-term speculative bets after some central banker issues yet another “whatever it takes” proclamation.

It’s also a pretty good bet that if central banks and states continue expanding credit/money that isn’t matched by a corresponding expansion of goods and services, the purchasing power of those currencies will decline.

We can very confidently predict that the authorities will continue to do more of what has failed spectacularly until they are removed from power or the system breaks down.

We can predict with some confidence that issuing more debt will provide little productive results.

I also think we can hazard a guess that the next financial crisis will be of a different sort than the 2008-09 Global Financial Meltdown.

Just as generals prepare to fight the last war, with predictably dismal results (unless the exact same war is replayed, which rarely seems to happen), central bankers are fully prepared to stave off a crisis like the one in 2008: a financial crisis that emerges from leveraged bets going bad in money-center investment banks.

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Off The Cuff: Something Crazy Is Getting Ready To Happen

The next major crisis is set to blow
Thursday, July 7, 2016, 4:45 PM

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

  • The FBI Findings Regarding Clinton's Emails
    • It really does seem there's a different set of rules for the privileged
  • Something Crazy Is Getting Ready To Happen
    • Why the next major crisis is set to blow
  • Watch The Bank Stocks
    • When they've dropped this far, you know there's trouble
  • The New Bull Market For Gold & Silver
    • Many mining stock are up 300-500%

Wow, so much ground to cover this week. And Chris and John do a great job of covering as much as they can. What does the FBI's hands-off approach to Clinton say about the fairness of rule of law in today's society? What systemic fault lines has Brexit opened for the EU, as well as the rest of the world? Why is the banking system suddenly looking so sick? What does the recent surge in precious metals portend?

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