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Off The Cuff: Are We About To See Taper Tantrum 2.0?

The Fed wants to tighten. Will markets stand for it?
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 1:16 AM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Axel Merk discuss:

  • Taper Tantrum 2.0?
    • The Fed wants to tighten. But can it?
  • Bad Balance Sheets
    • Can central banks simply hold their bad assets forever?
  • The Flattening Yield Curve
    • A classic signal of approaching recession
  • Bitcoin
    • Trying to make sense of the recent run-up

Recorded before today's FMOC announcement, Chris and Axel discuss the next moves of the central banks, who's intervention and collusion have driven markets more than any other factor over the past decade. Most people don't realize that monthly liquidity injections are currentlyat their highest ever since QE began.

Now that the Fed is talking seriously about tightening -- can it? Or will the markets revert to throwing a tantrum as the global liquidity spigots begin to reduce their flow?

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Peak Prosperity

Quantitative Easing - Crash Course Chapter 10

What exactly is this process that the world is betting on?
Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:34 PM

At the exponential pace at which the Fed is increasing the money supply, and knowing the huge challenges the Fed – and most other world central banks  - face in trying to stop or even slow down their money printing, the potential for a disruptive global inflationary period is very real.

So what exactly is quantitative easing» Read more

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Off the Cuff: Ben Bernanke's Departing Taper "Lite" Surprise

Markets loved the news
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 12:43 AM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish discuss:

  • The Fed's Taper "Lite" Surprise
    • $10 billion less per month going forward
  • Social Instability Due to Growing Wealth Gap
    • The pitchforks are being sharpened
  • Un-representative Democracy
    • Our leaders no longer work in our interests
  • Beating Cancer
    • Mish' happy health news
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Off the Cuff: Bernanke Spikes the Punchbowl

When prudence would dictate he take it away
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 11:18 AM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish discuss:

  • The Fed's Fakeout
    • No taper for you!!
  • Happy days are here again
    • Markets everywhere party onward but shouldn't they do the opposite?
  • Precious metals popping
    • Dollar is down and gold is way up today
  • Investing Outlook
    • Is time to just start dancing to the Fed's tune?
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Fed Shocker: No Taper

As we've long said, the Fed has put itself in a box
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:20 PM

The Federal Reserve today (9/18/13) surprised the world, and me, too, by not reducing the amount of bond purchases from the current $85 billion per month to something less.  The guesses and expectations were for between $10 billion and $15 billion less per month, to bring the number down to "only" $70 to $75 billion per month.

But the actual reduction was $0, leaving the purchases at $85 billion per month.

The financial markets reacted instantly. » Read more

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Off the Cuff: Things Are Getting Interesting Again

The summer sameness is over
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 1:11 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish discuss:

  • Rising Interest Rates
    • The big game-changer
  • To Taper or Not?
    • Hard to see the Fed delivering on the threat
  • Gold
    • Finally looking brighter again
  • The Markets
    • Be very, very concerned
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Dan Ariely: Why Humans Are Hard-Wired to Make Irrational Decisions Around Money

We're "Predictably Irrational"
Sunday, July 7, 2013, 12:10 PM

Looking back at the carnage created by the bursting of the credit bubble, it’s natural to scratch your head and ask How did we ever let that happen? Behavioral economics exists to answer questions like this.

Chris sat down with Dan Ariely, gallivanting behavioral-economics-researcher-extraordinaire, who is breathing new life into this previously obscure field of study. The resulting interview is full of fresh, non-intuitive insights and shines light on how the human brain is often hard-wired for irrational action when it comes to money. » Read more