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2017 Year In Review

Markets fiddle while Rome burns
Friday, December 22, 2017, 4:15 PM

Every year, friend-of-the-site David Collum writes a detailed "Year in Review" synopsis full of keen perspective and plenty of wit. This year's is no exception. As with past years, he has graciously selected PeakProsperity.com as the site where it will be published in full. It's quite longer than our usual posts, but worth the time to read in full. A downloadable pdf of the full article is available here, for those who prefer to do their power-reading offline. -- cheers, Adam

Introduction

“He is funnier than you are.”

~David Einhorn, Greenlight Capital, on Dave Barry’s Year in Review

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Off The Cuff: The Economy Is A Junkie

Dependent on hits of ever more debt -- until it dies
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:14 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • Hey, Did We Just Declare War On North Korea?
    • Trump's UN speech stuns the world
  • Unpacking The Latest Fedspeak
    • Much more talk than action
  • The Junkie Economy
    • Dependent on hits of ever more debt until it dies
  • The High Cost Of Lacking Resilience
    • Harvy, Irma & Maria are teaching us a lesson in real-time

This week Chris and John tackle the latest Fed announcement. Yellen's talk of tightening/normalizing -- to borrow from common parlance -- is really a "nothingburger" until the world's other major central banks curtail their stimulus efforts.

The world economy is still receiving $125 billion in liquidity injections every month. This, of course, has destroyed the integrity of the markets and turned all investors into speculators -- as whatever the central banks decide to do next is the only thing that will matter to prices.

As we have been warning for years, this will all end badly once the central banks have either destroyed their respective zombie economies or their fiat currencies (if not both). 

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WATCH: A World Of Trouble Webinar

FREE to PP.com's premium subscribers
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 2:55 PM

This week's webinar, A World Of Trouble, is free to PeakProsperity.com's enrolled members.

Here is the replay video of the event: » Read more

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The Relentless Push Towards War

This time with North Korea. Why?
Friday, April 28, 2017, 11:53 PM

As I’ve written extensively in the past, as was the case with Russia last fall, this push to war includes a series of carefully-crafted talking points being endlessly repeated over the print and airwaves. 

It’s an ever-present condition of living in our manufactured reality, where what we are told to care about is beamed at us around the clock  in a rather tediously but emotionally-manipulative way on the “news.”

Today's big ‘bogeyman’ is North Korea.  Have you wondered why? » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Era Of Easy Money Is Over

Debt-funded stimulus no longer yields an increase of GDP
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8:44 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • Sovereign Sabre-Rattling
    • Suddenly, the world became a lot less safe
  • Market Misdirection
    • The central planners are doing their utmost to paint a positive picture
  • The Era Of Easy Money is Over
    • Debt-funded stimulus no longer results in an increase of GDP
  • How This All Will End
    • Exploring the likely pins that will pop this "mother of all bubbles"

Chris and John look at the disconnect between world events and stock prices and urge folks not to misled: risk is high, and getting higher. There is *no* rational reason for the current price levels in financial markets -- only gobs and gobs of liquidity being force-fed into the system by the world's central banks.

But the data is increasingly showing that the era of "easy money" we've lived under since the Great Recession has reached its inevitable terminus. Shoving more debt into the system is no longer boosting GDP. We are now simply blowing bigger asset bubbles that will monumentally destructive when they burst -- as they must.

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Daily Digest 5/5 - Graft In Spain, Should We Live In Hope?

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 12:46 PM
  • Interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
  • Choco pies: The smuggled treats of North Korea
  • Is The Fed Blowing Bubbles?
  • Small-Town Mayor’s Millions as Exhibit A on Graft in Spain
  • The Last Refuge From Scandal? Professorships
  • Should we live in hope?
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Daily Digest 4/9 - Doctors Driven To Bankruptcy, Mislabeled Tuna In Stores

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 11:22 AM
  • Doctors Driven To Bankruptcy
  • Nearly 25% of Canadian nurses wouldn't recommend their hospital
  • PoliceOne Gun Control Survey: Are legally-armed citizens the best solution to gun violence?
  • RBC’s now tarnished reputation tangled up in government crosshairs
  • North Korea - a country never at peace
  • Japan increasingly nervous about nukes as North Korea warns they will ‘pay a dear price’ for backing U.S. 
  • Don Pittis: Iron Lady's economic secret was really crude, oil that is
  • Green Living is a Necessity, Not a Luxury: Interview with Dan Shapley
  • Think You're Eating Tuna? Think Again
  • Stroll’s 2013 Locavore Index Ranks States in Terms of Commitment to Local Foods