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    Happy tax day

    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 2:54 PM

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    Inflation, Russian oil, new high for crude prices, and accelerating foreclosures are on the menu for today.

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    Week of April 7, 2008

    by Chris Martenson

    Sunday, April 13, 2008, 12:29 PM

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    Experts Predict Imminent Oil Squeeze; Federal Reserve Ignites Food Panic; World inflation fuelled by surge in farm, energy prices

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    World inflation fuelled by surge in farm, energy prices

    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, April 11, 2008, 12:01 PM

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    Inflation is caused by excess money chasing too few goods and services. A symptom of inflation is rising prices. Separating cause from effect is
    very important if your goal is to understand something. Merely being
    aware of something is often insufficient to take effective action(s);
    it is only through understanding that specific tactics can be
    properly assembled into a coherent strategy. So, let’s see if we can
    move beyond awareness of rising prices and into understanding of the
    causes so that we can properly prepare our portfolios, and communities,
    for what’s coming next.

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    Federal Reserve Ignites Food Panic

    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, April 10, 2008, 12:00 PM

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    Lots of articles have recently come out about
    food shortages, riots, and rapidly climbing prices. Last August the
    Federal Reserve and European Central Bank started lowering interest
    rates, pouring liquidity into the world marketplaces, and trading
    prized treasuries for near-worthless debt. Food riots and central bank
    maneuvers are more closely linked than you might suspect.

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    Experts Predict Imminent Oil Squeeze

    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, April 7, 2008, 2:50 PM

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    There are lots of opinions on where the price
    of oil is going. Some think that it’s headed back to $38. Some, like
    the expert oil analyst
    ´Zapata’ George Blake, think it‘s
    going much, much higher. Depending on which story you believe, your
    likely actions and decisions will be (and should be) vastly different.
    Better choose wisely.

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    Basic groceries up 8%, farm report says

    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, April 7, 2008, 1:15 AM

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    The US government says that food inflation is
    up 4% over the past year. The Farm Bureau, which simply measures prices
    and does not statistically manipulate prices via substitution or
    hedonic adjustments, measured an 8% gain in just the last three months.

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    Credit crunch triggers $2 trln drop in debt underwriting

    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, April 7, 2008, 12:46 AM

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    Our money system requires that ever larger
    amounts of new credit be issued or else the banking system becomes
    really unhappy. Consumers with credit cards is one form of credit,
    mortgages another, but the a really, really huge piece of the credit
    pie is the corporate debt markets. This article points out that a
    massive shortfall in this arena has happened.

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    Week of March 31, 2008

    by Chris Martenson

    Sunday, April 6, 2008, 12:35 PM

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    On the brink of disaster; USA 2008: The Great Depression; Recession Indicators, part II; Pompous Prognosticators; Credit crunch triggers $2 trln drop in debt underwriting; Basic groceries up 8%, farm report says

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    Recession Indicators, Part II

    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, April 4, 2008, 9:25 PM

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    Are we in a recession, heading towards one, or
    not? The stock market seems unconcerned with the Dow rising 3.2%,
    S&P up 4.2%, and the Nasdaq 4.9%. This collection of news items
    will help you sort this out.

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