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    The Phantom Mania

    There's no compelling narrative underlying the current market melt-up
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 22, 2019, 5:00 PM

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    Well, stocks are back at all-time highs. Ignited by the Fed’s “Not-QE” program and endless Trump administration teases of an “imminent” China deal, the S&P 500 has been propelled above its upward Bollinger band — a hyperextension only seen one other time since 2007.

    Every week since Not-QE was announced has seen the S&P close green (this week finally ending the streak, barely). We’re officially in a melt-up, where both good news and bad news are accepted as valid reasons to push stocks even higher.

    But what’s notable about this melt-up is that it’s missing a compelling narrative. Every past asset price mania required a feel-good mantra that convinced the masses “This time is different!”.

    But today? What’s the radically better future being promised? Where’s the party train headed to?

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    The Federal Reserve Is Directly Monetizing US Debt

    In a very real way, MMT is already here
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, November 15, 2019, 3:30 PM

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    The Federal Reserve is now directly monetizing US federal debt.

    Sure, it’s not admitting to this. And it’s using several technical jinks and jives to offer a pretense that things are otherwise.

    But it’s not terribly difficult to predict what’s going to happen next: the Federal Reserve will drop the secrecy and start buying US debt openly.

    At a time, mind you, when US fiscal deficits are exploding and foreign buyers are heading for the exits.

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    Save The Date: Our 2020 Seminar Will Be May 1-3

    Mark your calendars. Registration beings soon.
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, November 14, 2019, 1:42 PM

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    We’ve nailed down the date for the Peak Prosperity 2020 Seminar.

    It will take place May 1-3, 2020. And be held in beautiful Sebastopol, CA in the heart of wine country.

    Mark your calendars and start planning your travel now. This year’s seminar will be bigger and better than ever.

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    Should You Relocate To A More Resilient Area?

    What factors to look for when considering relocating
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 8, 2019, 3:39 PM

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    Likely a symptom of growing social unease, we’re seeing a surge in interest amongst our readership in relocation.

    Many are folks living in urban and suburban areas worried that local resources and/or rule of law will not hold up well during a serious economic crisis, civil disorder or natural disaster.

    Others have watched Peak Prosperity readers successfully transition to more resilient destinations or even build their own self-sufficient homesteads.

    Specifically, we’re seeing a hunger for guidance on the key factors to assess when asking:

    • How resilient is my current location?
    • Should I relocate?
    • If so, where to? And what criteria should I prioritize in making my decision?

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    The End Of Money

    Prepare for the coming wealth transfer
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, November 1, 2019, 11:03 PM

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    Today we live in a bifurcated economy: it is boom times for some and bust times for others.

    Your personal situation depends largely on how close you fall on the socioeconomic spectrum to the protected elite class, towards which the central banks are directing their money-printing firehoses.

    Why should we care about this bifurcation? History.

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    Survival Learnings From A California Fire Evacuee

    They universally apply to any unexpected emergency
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, October 28, 2019, 9:58 PM

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    Even though I write about preparedness for a living, fleeing your home in the dead of night with a raging inferno clearly visible on the horizon drives home certain lessons more effectively than any other means.

    I’d like to share those learnings with you, as they’re true for any sort of emergency: natural (fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, blizzard, etc), financial (market crash, currency crisis) or social (revolution, civil unrest, etc).

    And I’d like you to be as prepared as possible should one of those happen to you, which is statistically likely.

    Your survival, and that of your loved ones, may depend on it.

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    Could Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) Actually Save Us?

    Spoiler alert: no. But that doesn't mean we won't try it.
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:19 PM

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    The problem is we’re misallocating capital, resources and labor on a vast scale. That’s the problem.

    Adding more currency and capacity/”growth” via programs like MMT doesn’t fix this problem; it actually makes it worse.

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    The Fed Is Lying To Us

    "When it becomes serious, you have to lie"
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, October 18, 2019, 4:23 PM

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    The recent statements from the Federal Reserve and the other major world central banks (the ECB, BoJ, BoE and PBoC) are alarming because their actions are completely out of alignment with what they’re telling us.

    Their words seek to soothe us that “everything’s fine” and the global economy is doing quite well. But their behavior reflects a desperate anxiety.

    Put more frankly; we’re being lied to.

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    Did Everything Just Change?

    How material are this week's QE & China deal announcements?
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:53 PM

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    With this week’s twin announcements of new QE and a partial China trade agreement, the bulls are suddenly having the time of their lives.

    So, does this mean happy days have returned? Have we been rescued from the mountain data warning of an economic slowdown and lower asset prices? Does the Fed — and now China, too — have our back again?

    Is it time for investors to become optimistic once more?

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