Peak Prosperity News Feed en Sandra Postel: Repairing The Water Cycle ]]><p>El&nbsp;Ni&ntilde;o&nbsp;has been dropping much-needed rain this winter on a parched American West. But it&#39;s making little difference to the greater water scarcity issues the US as well as the rest of the world is increasingly facing.</p> <p>Here to talk about the state of the world situation for fresh water -- arguably the single most important resource to humans on the planet, next to oxygen -- is Sandra&nbsp;Postel, Director of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Global Water Policy Project</a>, author, lecturer, and former National Geographic Fellow. The punch-line to her message: as more and more demands are placed on our finite freshwater supply by human consumption and climate change, intelligent conservation is now an absolute must.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast Conservation Drought el nino Sandra Postel water Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:13:37 +0000 Adam Taggart 96676 at Mass Layoffs To Return With A Vengeance ]]><p>Remember the mass layoffs of 2008-2009? The US economy&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">shed millions of jobs</a>&nbsp;quickly and relentlessly, as companies died and the rest fought for survival.</p> <p>Then the Fed and the US government flooded the banks and the corporate sector with bailouts and handouts. With that crap-ton of liquidity sloshing around, as well as taking on massive amounts of new cheap debt, companies were able to finance their working capital needs, hire workers back, and even buy-back their shares en mass to make themselves look deceptively profitable. The nightmare of 2008 soon became a golden era of recovery.</p> <p>Well, 2016 is showing us that that era is over. And as stock prices cease to rise, and in fact fall within many industries, layoffs are beginning to make a return as companies jettison costs in attempt to reduce losses.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog jobs layoffs Yahoo! Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:58:39 +0000 Adam Taggart 96626 at Jack Spirko: The Road To Resilience ]]><p>Continuing our focus on solutions, this week we&#39;re joined on the podcast by Jack&nbsp;Spirko. His&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">daily podcast&nbsp;</a>focuses on practical, actionable steps each of us can take to &quot;live a better life, if times get tough or even if they don&#39;t&quot; -- a mission nicely aligned with the one we pursue here at Peak Prosperity.</p> <p>In this wide-ranging discussion, Jack and Chris discuss the need for spreading awareness of the Three&nbsp;Es, the professional challenges in doing so, and how individuals can go about pursuing both security and prosperity in the face of the likely disruptive changes to come.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast disaster disaster preparedness Emergency emergency preparedness Jack Spirko preparation prepping resilience survival podcast Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:17:25 +0000 Adam Taggart 96563 at New Harbor: A Time For Staying Out Of Harms Way ]]><p>Given the brutal start to the markets in the first three weeks of 2016, we thought it a good time to check in with the team at New Harbor Financial. We have had them on our podcast periodically over the past years as the market churned to ever new highs, and have always appreciated their skepticism of these liquidity-driven &quot;&quot;markets&quot;&quot; as well as their unwavering&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">commitment to risk management</a>&nbsp;should the party in stocks end suddenly.</p> <p>So, how is their risk-managed approach faring now that the S&amp;P 500 has suddenly dropped 8% since Christmas? Quite well. Their general portfolio is flat for the year so far -- evidence that caution, prudence and hedging can indeed preserve capital during market&nbsp;downdrafts.</p> <p>We&#39;ve invited the New Harbor team back on this week to hear their latest assessment on the markets, as well as how they&#39;re approaching their portfolio positioning moving forward.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast capital central banks commodities Featured Voices Fed Federal Reserve finance gold hedging investing market correction market crash Markets money New Harbor Financial portfolio S&P 500 stock market stocks Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:16:39 +0000 Adam Taggart 96443 at David Morgan: We Are On The Precipice ]]><p>Precious metals guru David Morgan returns to address the great threat to the global financial/monetary system from derivative risk.</p> <p>He sees the world at an unprecedented moment in history where the interconnected nature of the global economy makes all players vulnerable to the mind-boggling volume of outstanding derivatives, which makes the sum of all world equity + debt look tiny in comparison (if you haven&#39;t seen it yet, look at this visual from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Money Project</a>).</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast David Morgan podcast silver Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:04:38 +0000 Adam Taggart 96330 at The Deflation Monster Has Arrived ]]><p>As we&rsquo;ve been warning&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">for quite a while</a>&nbsp;(too long for my taste): the world&rsquo;s grand experiment with debt has come to an end. And it&rsquo;s now unraveling.</p> <p>Just in the two weeks since the start of 2016, the US equity markets are down almost 10%. Their worst start to the year in history. Many other markets across the world are suffering worse.</p> <p>If you watched stock prices today, you likely had flashbacks to the financial crisis of 2008. At one point the Dow was down over 500 points, the S&amp;P cracked below key support at 1,900, and the price of oil dropped below $30/barrel. Scared investors are wondering: &nbsp;<em>What the heck is happening?</em>&nbsp;Many are also fearfully asking:&nbsp;<em>Are we re-entering another crisis?</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bonds bubble central banks crash crisis debt Fed Federal Reserve financial crisis recession stocks Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:53:30 +0000 cmartenson 96307 at Arthur Berman: Why The Price Of Oil Must Rise ]]><p>Geologist Arthur Berman explains why today&#39;s low oil prices are not here to stay, something investors and consumers alike should be very aware of. The crazy-low prices we&#39;re currently experiencing are due to an oversupply created by geopolitics and (historic) easy credit, not by sustainable economics.</p> <p>And when the worm turns, we are more likely than not to experience a sudden supply shortfall, jolting prices viciously higher. This will be a situation not soon resolved, as the lag time for new production to come on-line will be much longer than the world wants.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast Arthur Berman Bakken Eagleford oil OPEC peak oil Permian Basin saudi arabia shale Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:09:33 +0000 Adam Taggart 96095 at Markets Are Correcting Hard ]]><p>The long-awaited global financial market correction has arrived.&nbsp;We are seeing collapses in all major markets and across all major categories.</p> <p>As usual, the pain has started at the edges, in the weaker elements (emerging markets, junk bonds, weak companies, etc.) and is rapidly spreading towards the center.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bubble China correction crash crisis deflation Markets stocks Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:41:48 +0000 cmartenson 96191 at Gail Tverberg: Something Has Got To Break ]]><p>Actuary Gail&nbsp;Tverberg&nbsp;explains the tight correlation between the rates of GDP growth and growth in energy supply. For decades, energy has been becoming more costly to obtain, and instead of accepting lower GDP growth, we have been using debt to fund further energy exploration and extraction.</p> <p>That strategy has diminishing returns,&nbsp;Tverberg&nbsp;warns. And we are close to the moment of reckoning.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast Gail Tverberg peak oil Sun, 03 Jan 2016 19:01:55 +0000 Adam Taggart 96091 at How To Lose Weight ]]><p>Happy New Year&#39;s Day!</p> <p>If you&#39;re like most people around the world, you&#39;re spending time today planning your resolutions for 2016.</p> <p>And if you&#39;re like most people, &#39;losing weight&#39; is probably on your list.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog carbohydrate Diet fat Food losing weight nutrition paleo diet Primal Blueprint Protein Zone diet Fri, 01 Jan 2016 17:15:02 +0000 Adam Taggart 96066 at