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Murder And Mayhem In The Middle East

Why it matters to those living in the West
Monday, November 30, 2015, 9:03 PM

To understand what’s happening in Syria right now, you have to understand the tactics and motivations of the US and NATO -- the three parties sharing interwoven aims and goals in the Middle East/North African (MENA) region.

The main point here is that as resources become tight, the ruling powers can be expected to act in increasingly desperate ways. » Read more

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Off the Cuff: The Fed Is Scared

Nomi Prins provides first-hand evidence
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 4:38 PM

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

  • Rumor-Driven Markets
    • All that matters now is what folks think the central banks will do
  • The Fed Is Scared
    • Out of ideas and increasingly out of options
  • The Trump Card
    • The weakening economy will eventually trump delusional markets
  • Anxiety Builds
    • Lots of signs that those in the game want to get out

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Why The Coming Currency Crisis Will Push The USD Higher

Which will crush stocks
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 1:11 PM

Executive Summary

  • Other currencies are inflating faster than the USD
  • The USD is still backed by a preponderance of the world's assets
  • The potential for a global currency crisis is rising
  • Why USD will be the (initial) safe haven when it arrives

If you have not yet read Part 1: How Much Higher Can The U.S. Dollar Go?, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we reviewed the technical evidence in support of a second move higher in a multi-year U.S. dollar rally. Here in Part 2, we ask: What conditions might drive such a move higher?

To answer this question, let’s start with another question: What’s scarce in the world of foreign exchange (FX)?

We ask this because capital, profits and gains flow to what’s scarce and in demand. This boils down to supply and demand: gains go to whatever is in high demand and scarce, and whatever is not in demand and over-supplied will lose value.

Supply and Demand

Like every other commodity, currencies respond to supply and demand: whatever currency is scarce and in demand will rise, while currencies that are in oversupply and not in demand will decline.

Though many presume the world is awash in dollars as a result of Federal Reserve quantitative easing, the reality is that expansion of USD via bank loans (credit) and Fed money-creation is modest compared to the expansion of other global currencies such as China’s renminbi (RMB), a.k.a. yuan.

Consider this chart of bank credit expansion in the U.S. and in China since the onset of the “Great Recovery” in early 2009: China’s bank credit has soared by 260%, a sum that is roughly 140% of China’s entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while U.S. bank credit rose by a modest 12% of U.S. GDP.

If we compare M2 money supply, we find... » Read more

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Russian Jet Shot Down By NATO Member

A very dangerous provocation by NATO
Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 2:35 PM

This morning two Turkish F-16 fighters shot down a Russian jet, claiming that it was in Turkey’s airspace after it had ignored repeated warnings.

There are two problems with this story. The first is that Russia claims to have evidence that the Russian jet never left Syrian airspace.  The second is that even if the Russian jet had strayed into Turkish airspace, Turkey knew there was zero threat to its security from a single Russian jet. Everybody and their uncle knows what Russian jets are doing in the area.

This means that NATO, of which Turkey is a member, had given a greenlight to the idea of shooting down Russian planes. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: Race For The Exit

Everybody's dancing near the doorway
Friday, November 20, 2015, 4:18 PM

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

  • The Fab 5
    • Without these 5 stocks, the S&P would be negative for the year
  • The "Positive" Impact Of The Paris Attacks
    • Are they kidding???
  • The Insatiable Military Industrial Complex
    • Crisis is being fabricated to keep it fed
  • Housing Is Looking Sick
    • More and more weakness is showing

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Off The Cuff: Spinning Apart

The centrifugal forces of deflation are accelerating
Friday, November 13, 2015, 12:24 AM

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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How Things May Well Get Ugly Quickly

What to do if full-blown war breaks out
Friday, November 6, 2015, 9:05 PM

Executive Summary

  • The US/Russia proxy war in Syria is fast escalating to dangerous levels
  • Much of the unrest today was imminently avoidable and sadly ignored
  • The US neo-con model is making more enemies both outside and inside America
  • The risks of full-blown war breaking out
  • What to do to prepare in advance

If you have not yet read Part 1: Making The World A More Dangerous Place available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Look, we’ve given these warnings before and unless you happen to live in one of the unfortunate countries that is being bombed or overtly or covertly supplied with the weapons of war by the west, they seem to not have amounted to much.

Such is the nature of reading tea leaves.  Instead of thinking of them as binary outcomes – things that either happened or didn’t happen - think of them as ‘probability fields.’  Like the chance of rolling a three with a 6-sided die vs. the chance of rolling a three with a 20-sided die.  The ‘probability field’ of the 6-sided die is a lot higher.

The probabilities and forces that push us closer to and further from war are ever changing and highly complex.  They shift with events and decisions, most of which we are unaware of because they are either not reported on or reported with heavy distortion of the truth.

So reading the tea leaves is the best we can do.

Our advice for any war breaking out anywhere in the Middle East, or especially between Russia (or China) and the West would be to have all of your preparations done a year before that moment.

Anything that disrupts global maritime trade, even for a very short while will rock the financial systems of the world.  Anything that calls into question the desire or ability of a country to repay its foreign debts (and wars are great excuses to stiff your creditors if they happen to be attacking you) will rock the financial world.

Heck, anything that... » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Invisible Recession

Evidence is everywhere but no one wants to see it
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 12:04 AM

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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Time To Review

Markets are soaring on terrible, awful data
Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 12:37 AM

Back in August things were falling apart.  Macro-economic indicators were steadily worsening, corporate profits and revenues were suddenly falling, and US unemployment came in far worse than expected.

Of course in today's bizzarro logic, that meant only one thing:  the equity “”markets”” were going to be bid up, and gold was going to be held in check.

Both have not only come to pass, but have done so in spectacular fashion. » Read more

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Somebody Has To Be Wrong Here

Either it's truly different this time, or it isn't
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 10:52 PM

As we suffer the interminable wait for the global monetary and fiscal authorities to finally relent and allow some semblance of reality to creep back into the financial markets, it’s completely obvious that somebody has to be wrong here.

Either it’s possible to continue to inflate asset markets forever, even in the absence of organic (or even inorganic) economic growth, or it’s not. » Read more