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The Pin To Pop This Mother Of All Bubbles?

A worsening shortfall in new credit creation
Friday, June 16, 2017, 7:23 PM

Global macro economic data has been weak for many years, but there’s now a very real chance of a world-wide recession happening in 2017.

Why? A dramatic and worsening shortfall in new credit creation. » Read more

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Casting Call For Professionals Who Prep

Casting Call For Professionals Who Prep

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Off The Cuff: Roasting The Media

Now clearly one of this year's biggest turkeys
Thursday, November 24, 2016, 5:48 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • Merchants Of Fear
    • Scare tactics abound these days
  • Paid Shills
    • There's an agenda behind the messages we receive
  • Persuasion & Propaganda
    • The "news" is attempting to trigger specific responses
  • An New Era Of Fascism?
    • If you look at the definition, it seems we're not too far off

First off, very happy Thanksgiving wishes from Chris and me to all our Peak Prosperity readers! We hope each of you is having a wonderful day of gratitude with people you care about. Despite all of the challenges and predicaments we discuss on this site, there is much in this world to be thankful for.

Now, in an entirely different tone, Chris and Charles work up some heat in this week's podcast, as both of them excoriate the degradation rampant in today's media. Rather than serving as a Fourth Estate, holding up truth to power and prioritizing truth and accuracy above all else, today have have a captive system serving the interests of political power (the State) and moneyed interests (corporations). As a populace, we are only as well-informed as our information is valid. How can we act effectively (including voting) when we can't trust the sources of the information we receive? 

Click to listen to a sample of this Off the Cuff Podcast or Enroll today to access the full audio and other premium content today. » Read more

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Special Report: Is It Time To Prepare For War?

Now available to all readers
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 3:36 PM

This report was initially released to PeakProsperity.com's paid subscribers earlier this week. Given the significance of the subject matter and the number of request from our enrolled members to share it more widely, we're making it available to all readers here. » Read more

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Is It Time To Prepare For War?

A serious question, given the escalating geopolitical risk
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 12:48 AM

I am seriously entertaining preparing for war, and as I’ve written before, the nature of this next war could involve everything from trade battles, to cyber attacks, to financial system assaults,  a downing of the US electrical grid, to an actual shooting war  -- perhaps one that escalates to a nuclear exchange.

When things are this obviously crazy, anything is possible. » Read more

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What To Believe Anymore?

Mainstream media requires a huge dose of salt these days
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:40 AM

Well, here we are in the late hours of the latest and biggest bubbles that central banks can blow. The whole world is involved and no country will be immune from the aftershocks when these nested bubbles in virtually all asset classes burst.

In fact, the whole scheme requires that political and monetary solidarity be maintained. If anyone breaks ranks, then the whole thing could come crashing down. » Read more

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Off the Cuff: Volatility With A Vengeance

Suddenly erupting all around us
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:23 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • What Is Market Volatility Telling Us?
    • Sign of a top, or preparing for another leg up?
  • Have Capital Flows Changed the Story?
    • Is too much money entering the US for the markets to correct?
  • Where Is Gold Heading From Here?
    • Long-awaited bullish signals are appearing
  • Society's Happiness Drought
    • Why do we have so much, yet feel so unsatisfied?
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Unpacking the Propaganda

Debunking the increasingly fact-free financial media
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:06 PM

Almost daily there's some article or another in the US financial press that is little more than marketing collateral for Wall Street.

Broken down, the message is always some version of: Now is a great time to buy stocks!

It's gotten to the absurd stage where everything justifies higher stock prices. » Read more

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Reality-Optional Economics

Cockamamie Stories Infecting the Body Politic
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 1:10 PM

The total tonnage of economic malarkey being shoveled over the American public these days would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”) turn green in his grave with envy. It’s a staggering phenomenon because little about it is conspiratorial; rather, it’s the consensual expression of a public that wants desperately to believe things that are untrue, and an economic leadership equally credulous, unmanned, and avid to furnish the necessary narratives that might preserve their jobs and perqs. » Read more

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The Trouble with Numbers

Our 'good' data worsens the closer we look
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:06 PM

According to the ever-strident popular press, the world is in recovery. The stock market says so, the bond market says so, and the politicians and monetary bureaucrats all say so.

The only trouble is the central banks continue to flood the world with liquidity, something they shouldn't need to be doing if a true recovery were really upon us. » Read more