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It's 2016 All Over Again. Or Is It?

The fate of the global economy rides on the answer
Friday, April 19, 2019, 7:00 PM

Conditions today mirror 2016, when growing weakness in the global economy and wobbling financial markets caused the world’s central banks to absolutely freak out.

They responded by dumping more thin-air money into the system than ever before in history. And it worked (for them at least). Economic growth stabilized; and the prices of stocks, real estate, and other assets enjoyed another three-year joyride.

Similary, as things started getting shaky in late 2018, the same playbook was deployed. And again, we've seen stocks rocket upwards ever since. 

But will the strategy actually work this time?  It's unclear. And a lot is riding on the answer. » Read more


VIDEO: A Key Insight From Our Webinar Series On Real Estate Investing

Addressing the top concern PP members have about housing
Monday, April 15, 2019, 9:49 PM

During this past weekend's episode of our ongoing webinar series on real estate investing, we put the presenter, Russell Gray on the spot.

He had just finished talking about the role of (prudent) leverage in real estate and how it acts as a force-multiplier for:

  • income received vs income invested
  • boosting total return (often by several multiples)
  • extracting gained equity and re-investing it to produce more cash flow by purchashing additional property
  • mitigating risk (though risk will always be involved)

But, leverage is perhaps the biggest concern Peak Prosperity readers have regarding real estate: If we go through another burst housing bubble price correction, will leverage become a killer?

The answer is nuanced and Russ did a great job addressing it. Here's his answer. » Read more



The Bull(y) Rally

Something unnatural is going on
Friday, April 12, 2019, 1:46 PM

"A bully is always a coward."

~ Thomas Chandler Haliburton

The current market rally is like a playground bully; shoving to the ground anyone in its path.

But like all bullies, the braggadocio belies an underlying cowardice.

Those in charge of the status quo must be absolutely terrified to resort to the unnatural lengths they are going to right now to keep the current rally intact. » Read more


The Lab Rat That Survives Is The One Who Escapes

To prosper, break free of society's efforts to control you
Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:37 PM

If you're feeling like a lab rat in some macabre science experiment, manipulated by shadowy forces for unknown purposes, that’s because you're waking up to the reality of the situation.

We are a nation of lab rats. » Read more


Fun With Numbers

How to value & finance real estate property
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:45 PM

If you've not been watching our Real Estate investing webinar series, you're missing out on a wealth of learning.

Our last episode, Episode #3, received rave reviews. It was a 2-hour romp through the math involved in valuing real estate property. Russell Gray does an excellent job de-mystifying the numbers for newbies and the math-phobic, walking through the calculations and showing how virtually anyone can derive empirical answers to questions like:

  • What's a fair value for this property? Is it under/overvalued?
  • What's my expected return if I purchase this property?
  • What are the investments can I make that will have the biggest impact on increasing my equity? Or my income?

Don't forget to register for our upcoming Episode #4, in which Russ will build on his earlier material, explaining how to secure capital for investment property, how leverage can be used (prudently, not recklessly) to increase your returns, and what tax implications (and often benefits) to expect. » Read more


A Primer On How To Buy And Store Gold & Silver

Most people aren't aware of the full range of options
Friday, March 29, 2019, 9:35 PM

I'm always surprised by how few people understand the options for buying precious metals. Even the very affluent.

I find myself guilty of assuming that everyone is as familar as I with the full specturm of gold-silver purchase options available. So to correct that, I've taken the time this week to detail those options out for the novice buyer.

So, if you've been thinking about converting some of your paper fiat money into precious metals but are unsure how to start, wonder no more.

Below is a primer of the main options available to you, and in which situations each makes sense to consider. » Read more



The One True Thing

Until you understand it, it will rule your life
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 1:39 AM

Until you see clearly how the rules of society work, you will be trapped within a system of control.

What you mistake for reality is instead a fabricated simulation, designed to keep you trapped right where the system wants you. » Read more


Hair-Trigger Markets

Bull market liftoff? Or bear rally rollover?
Friday, March 15, 2019, 6:25 PM

The market looks very much paused at the brink of a breakout here. The question is: up or down?

The bulls are expecting a sharp rebound in GDP from Q1, which they claim was artificially low due the government shutdown. They point to 2018's solid 3% economic growth, claiming the US is humming along fine and about to get a shot of adrenaline once America and China announce an end to their trade war. In their eyes, the S&P is poised to rocket higher once it punches vigorously above 2820.

The bears see a topping out of a classic bear market rally, one that has been propelled by no convincing fundamentals -- only central bank jawboning/easing and continued massive buyback programs (plus this week's rare Quad Witch options expiration). They see an extremely overbought market, with stocks ready to break down to new lows for the year.

Which way will thing break? » Read more


Peak Prosperity

VIDEO: The Fed Stooges

Laughing (and crying) at the recent '60 Minutes' interview
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 5:21 PM

On Sunday night, 60 Minutes treated the American public to a sit-down interview with the current Federal Reserve chairman and his two immediate predecessors.

Hilarity ensued.

Not really...unless you enjoy gallows humor.

In the below video, Chris explains why this relatively gentle puff-piece assisting the Fed's hawking of its "All is well!" message is an intentional soporific, designed to keep the populace slumbering in ignorance of the extreme danger reckless central bank monetary policy has placed society in. » Read more


Green New Deal

Deconstructing The Green New Deal

Despite serious flaws, it sparks a needed conversation
Friday, March 8, 2019, 8:49 PM

The Green New Deal (GND) is important as a starting point to have a long, long overdue conversation about energy. Specifically: How are we going to eventually transition away from fossil fuels?

As such, the proposal -- while (very) far from perfect -- should not be ignored and deserves our attention. 

It's also important because it represents the sorts of zig-zags our social and political paths are inceasingly likely to take in the coming future as we're forced to face our looming economic, ecological and energy-related predicaments. » Read more