Peak Prosperity News Feed en Kirk Sorensen: An Update On The Thorium Story ]]><p>Two years ago, we interviewed Kirk Sorensen about the potential for thorium to offer humanity a safe, cheap and abundant source of energy.</p> <p>Kirk returns this week to relay what has happened in the thorium space since our last conversation. The East, most notably China, is now fully-mobilized around getting its first reactor operational by as soon as 2020. If indeed thorium reactors are as successful as hoped, the US will find itself playing catch up against countries who suddenly hold a tremendous technology advantage:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast China energy Featured Voices Flibe Kirk Sorensen LFTR molten salt nuclear energy nuclear plant Reactor Thorium uranium Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:54:26 +0000 Adam Taggart 86787 at Inflation - Crash Course Chapter 11 ]]><p>For close to 300 years, inflation in the US remained very subdued. Small spurts occurred around major wars (Revolutionary, Civil, WW1, etc), but after each, inflation quickly trended back down to its long-term baseline. If you lived during this stretch of time, your money had roughly the same purchasing power your great-grandfather&#39;s did.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Crash Course currency dollar inflation money nixon purchasing power war Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:36:16 +0000 Adam Taggart 86953 at I Blame The Central Banks ]]><p>The current bubble in financial assets -- in both equities and bonds of all grades and quality -- raging in every major market across the globe is no accident.</p> <p>It&#39;s a deliberate creation. An intentional result of policy.</p> <p>Therefore, when it bursts, we shouldn&#39;t regard the resulting damage as some freak act of nature or other such outcome outside of our control. To reiterate, the carnage will be the very predictable result of our terribly shortsighted decision-making and defective logic.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog BOE BOJ bond market bonds bubble central banks credit debt Doug Short ECB Fed Federal Reserve GDP margin money stock market stocks wealth Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:17:26 +0000 cmartenson 86887 at Lacy Hunt: The World Economy's Terminal Case of Debt Sclerosis ]]><p>Never before has the developed world carried this much debt. Never before have the central banks of those same countries expanded their balance sheets so much. Never before has so much sovereign debt been outright&nbsp;monetized. Never before have major financial institutions been officially designated as &ldquo;too big to fail&rdquo; and thereby been granted special license to assume gigantic risks.</p> <p>Dr. Lacy Hunt, economist and current executive vice president of&nbsp;Hoisington&nbsp;Investment Management Company, expects the macroeconomic situation to get worse from here:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast bonds capital central banks credit debt economy Hoisington Investment interest lacy hunt monetary policy Too Big To Fail Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:54:06 +0000 Adam Taggart 86788 at Quantitative Easing - Crash Course Chapter 10 ]]><p>At the exponential pace at which the Fed is increasing the money supply, and knowing the huge challenges the Fed &ndash; and most other world central banks&nbsp; - face in trying to stop or even slow down their money printing, the potential for a disruptive global inflationary period is very real.</p> <p>So what exactly is&nbsp;<em>quantitative easing</em>?&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog asset purchase banks bonds cash central bank currency economics economy Fed Federal Reserve housing inflation interest rate Janet Yellen money money printing purchasing power QE quantitative easing stocks taper Too Big To Fail Treasury bonds trillion wealth Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:34:20 +0000 Adam Taggart 86790 at Ukraine: A Perspective from Europe ]]><p>It is still a mystery to many historians as to how and why this World War I led to the slaughter of nine million people. But analysis of different parties to the original event, pursuing their own vested interests without a grasp of the bigger picture, certainly rings true of the Ukrainian situation today with regards to the West, embodied in a disparate committee called NATO. The similarity with the chaotic diplomacy that led to WW1 stops there: Russia under Vladimir Putin&rsquo;s leadership appears to have a good grasp of its objective.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Alasdair Macleod Donetsk East energy EU Europe Gas Germany Luhansk NATO Niall Ferguson oil Putin Russia Ukraine war West World War 1 ww1 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:54:41 +0000 Alasdair Macleod 86672 at Mark Sisson: Why Nutrition Is The Key To Health ]]><p>This week, Mark&nbsp;Sisson&nbsp;-- former professional athlete, founder of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Mark&#39;s Daily Apple</a>, and developer of the Primal Blueprint health &amp; fitness lifestyle -- returns to discuss nutrition. In his opinion, it&#39;s the single most important factor for a healthy life.</p> <p>While other key components like physical exertion, good sleep, de-stressing and sun exposure contribute to overall health and well-being, too (see&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">our 2013 interview with Mark</a>&nbsp;for a full background on his recommended regime), the food we eat can literally determine which of the genes in our genetic code get activated and expressed. So, in a very real way, we indeed are what we eat.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast Diet epigenetics Exercise fitness Food gut flora health Mark Sisson Mark's Daily Apple nutrition Paleo Primal Blueprint Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:51:55 +0000 Adam Taggart 86653 at A Brief History of US Money - Crash Course Chapter 9 ]]><p>Looking at the past 100 years of the US dollar&#39;s history, one theme becomes abundantly clear: in times of crisis, the US government has no issue with changing its own rules or breaking its own laws. And those &quot;temporary&quot; emergency measures have a nasty habit of quickly becoming permanent.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog 1929 crash Bretton Woods Charles de Gaulle confiscation debt deflation dollar economy FDR Fed Federal Reserve fiat money France Franklin Roosevelt gold gold window inflation JP Morgan money nixon reserve currency Richard Nixon silver Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:29:28 +0000 Adam Taggart 86674 at On the Path To War ]]><p>The US is clearly now pushing Russia towards war. But if you read the signs correctly, Russia has been preparing for exactly this outcome for many years.</p> <p>Out of several reasons that US power brokers specifically -- but western power brokers more generally -- are deeply unhappy with Russia right now is that Russia is committing a cardinal sin: it is openly, brazenly calling for an end to dollar dominance and has moved aggressively with China to achieve&nbsp;that aim.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog China dollar EU Gas Germany Japan Markets oil peak dollar Putin reserve currency Russia S&P Sanctions Ukraine UN Wall Street war White House Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:25:13 +0000 cmartenson 86536 at A New Opportunity For Investing In Productive Farmland ]]><p>Over the past few years, we&#39;ve tracked the success of Farmland LP, a fund created to increase the economic yield of farmland through sustainable farming practices.</p> <p>Today&#39;s big news is that, while the initial LP fund closed to new investors last year, the same management team has just launched a new fund, this time structured as a real estate investment trust (<a href="" target="_blank">REIT</a>).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast Craig Wichner farmland Farmland LP Organic real estate investment trust REIT soil Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:13:42 +0000 Adam Taggart 86565 at