Peak Prosperity News Feed en Chris Kresser: Functional Health ]]><p>In today&#39;s discussion, we explore the world of &quot;functional medicine&quot; and other approaches to health and wellness that offer potential to complement, or in cases, replace conventional western medical treatment. Some of these practices have been used by eastern cultures for millennia, others are just coming to light now. But the common thread in each is to focus on the biological uniqueness of each patient and use an evidence-based approach to identify and resolve the underlying condition -- rather than merely treating the symptoms, which modern health care (sometimes referred to instead as &quot;sick care&quot;) is often guilty of.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast chris kresser Diet fitness functional medicine health nutrition well-being wellness Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:42:06 +0000 Adam Taggart 87723 at Demographics - Crash Course Chapter 15 ]]><p>Our national demographic architecture no longer can afford the entitlement system we have. And that&#39;s even assuming entitlements were currently sufficiently funded. But as the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">last chapter</a>&nbsp;showed, the existing programs are underfunded to the tune of $100-200 Trillion.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog age wars aging population assets Automation baby boomers Crash Course demographics Gen X millennials outsourcing population unemployment Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:21:40 +0000 Adam Taggart 87696 at Ready Or Not... ]]><p>If risk has been taken from where it belongs and instead shuffled onto central bank balance sheets, or allowed to be hidden by new and accommodating accounting tricks, has it really disappeared? In my world, risk is like energy: it can neither be created nor destroyed, only transformed or transferred.&nbsp;</p> <p>If reality no longer has a place at the table -- such as when policy makers act as if the all-too-temporary shale oil bonanza is now a new permanent constant -- then the discussions happening around that table are only accidentally useful, if ever, and always delusional.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog aquifer banks BOE BOJ central banks Chris Martenson demographics ECB economy energy environment Fed Federal Reserve oil peak oil population Preparedness shale oil water Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:00:15 +0000 cmartenson 87650 at Woody Tasch: Slow Money ]]><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Slow Money</a>&nbsp;movement focuses on deploying capital, locally, to strengthen small food enterprises. Its goal is to improve the quality, dependability and sustainability of our food source, while financially nurturing communities and delivering an attractive return on investment to native investors.</p> <p>Woody&nbsp;Tasch&nbsp;is the founder and chairman of Slow Money - in this week&#39;s podcast, he and Chris discuss the templates his organization is piloting across over 350 ventures in local food production, processing, distribution and marketing.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast capital economy Food investing Slow Money woody tasch Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:31:28 +0000 Adam Taggart 87494 at Assets & Liabilities - Crash Course Chapter 14 ]]><p>Building on the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">previous chapter</a>&nbsp;on the US&#39; tremendous and exponentially-increasing debt, this chapter looks at the shocking shortfall between our nation&#39;s assets and its liabilities.</p> <p>In short, America is deeply insolvent. We&#39;re just not admitting it yet.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog assets Crash Course credit debt liabilities pensions Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:29:22 +0000 Adam Taggart 87491 at The Dollar May Remain Strong For Longer Than We Think ]]><p>I have long been a dollar bull, not for any over-arching reasons based on inflation, deflation, rising geopolitical multi-polarity or any of the other issues that touch on the dollar&rsquo;s valuation vis-&agrave;-vis other currencies. My analysis focuses on a few basics:&nbsp; the dollar&rsquo;s status as the global reserve currency, Triffin&rsquo;s Paradox (a.k.a. Triffin&rsquo;s Dilemma) and global capital flows into the dollar and dollar-denominated assets such as U.S. Treasury bonds.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bonds capital Charles Hugh Smith currency debt dollar exchange rates foreign exchange FX money purchasing power reserve currency reserves trade deficit trade surplus trading currency treasury Triffin's Paradox Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:50:58 +0000 charleshughsmith 86923 at New Harbor: Hedging 101 ]]><p>This week&#39;s podcast build on our <a href="" target="_blank">recent report on hedging</a>, driller deeper into how the technique can be used to offer protection against falling asset prices.</p> <p>There are numerous ways to hedge, which vary in cost and complexity -- with several being quite simple and low-cost (such as building cash or employing stops). But many investors don&#39;t practice them, mostly out of unfamiliarity. Which is a shame, as often a small degree of defensive planning can provide substantial avoidance of large losses. (In fact, <a href="" target="_blank">our recent poll</a> has discovered that one of the most common and cheapest methods of hedging -- setting stops -- &nbsp;is hardly used by&nbsp;PeakProsperity&#39;s&nbsp;readership.)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast hedging investing New Harbor Financial stops Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:02:57 +0000 Adam Taggart 87334 at Debt - Crash Course Chapter 13 ]]><p>The fundamental failing of today&#39;s global economy can be summarized simply:&nbsp;<em>Too Much Debt</em></p> <p>We have taken too much of it on, too fast, in too many markets around the world, to have any hope of making good on it. Not only does the math not work out, but also on a moral level</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Crash Course credit debt default inflation loan Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:04:24 +0000 Adam Taggart 87309 at Defying Gravity ]]><p>Today&#39;s markets exist in an Oz-like, fantasy world. For 5 years now, stock and bond prices have risen like Dorothy&#39;s balloon, without so much as a puff of&nbsp;downdraft&nbsp;to spoil the fun.</p> <p>Everybody likes higher prices, so let&#39;s have them&nbsp;<em>always</em>&nbsp;go up! Forever!</p> <p>Whether that can happen is a topic of current hot debate, though few think corrections have been permanently banished from the financial markets.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bond market bonds bull market correction DMA financial markets futures hedging options S&P 500 shorting stock market stocks stops Wizard of Oz Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:05:39 +0000 Adam Taggart 87192 at Francis Koster: Finding Local Investments That Pay Off for You & Your Community ]]><blockquote> <p>This week we surface a gem from the archives. This podcast originally aired in March 2011.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>&quot;Locally there are lots of nice, tidy, quarter-of-a-million-dollar investments sitting there that the large companies will not do because their overhead is too high. So one of my themes is look in your own backyard -- focus on fiscally-conservative, sound investments and focus on local employment. You will be surprised at the opportunity that just leaps out at you.&quot;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast francis koster Local Investment ROI Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:06:28 +0000 Adam Taggart 87163 at