The IMF issued the Global Financial Stability Report as it does every April, but this year it is a sobering account of the complete failure of financial elites to manage the global financial system.
The IMF report concedes that the smallest crisis in the world can now set off a crash far worse than ever before. The financial elites have no solutions whatsoever. From here on out, this is really going to be every man for himself. Savers, taxpayers, bank customers, investors, and local politicians, will have to exercise the utmost vigilance as everything comes into focus for October – the change in trend.
Obama’s Republican Collaborators (thc0655)
We are a dependent nation now. We rely on imports for the necessities of our national life and the vital components of our weapons systems. Hamilton must be turning over in his grave.
Where once wages rose inexorably in America and the middle class seemed ever to expand, we read today about income inequality, the growing gap between rich and poor, and wage stagnation.
Is Europe Worth The Investment? (Taki T.)
In March 2015, the ECB started its QE program which is scheduled to go until at least September of 2016, whereby a total of around EUR 1.1 trillion worth of bonds will have been purchased. What impact will this have on Europe? First, we expect exports to rise. Since the announcement of the QE program, the EUR has lost around 9% of its value and almost a fourth of its value in the past 12 months. The cheaper Euro will especially support companies/countries like Germany exporting to destinations outside of the Eurozone. Companies repatriating gains from outside the Eurozone will also see their profits rise, at least as long as the Euro remains weak.
MSNBC’s Touré Has the Taxman on His Case (thc0655)
MSNBC’s hosts and guests regularly call for higher taxes on the rich, condemning wealthy individuals and corporations who don’t pay their taxes or make use of loopholes. But recent reports, as well as records reviewed by National Review, show that at least four high-profile MSNBC on-air personalities have tax liens or warrants filed against them.
Central banks will try everything to avoid or reverse a deflationary collapse in paper asset markets because a deflationary collapse is “game over” for their credibility, governments, and politicians. They will print and print more and continue to fuel the inflationary boom, and … the bigger the boom, the larger the distortions, and the deeper the collapse.
This number is higher than the 18.8 percent that did the same last year, but it’s double the number that traded in their electric car for an SUV just three years ago. Edmunds.com reports that only “45 percent of this year’s hybrid and EV trade-ins have gone toward the purchase of another alternative fuel vehicle, down from just over 60 percent in 2012.”
“Never before have loyalty rates for alt-fuel vehicles fallen below 50 percent,” Edmunds notes.
How to Make Money in Renewable Energy (Kevin J.)
With steady cash flow, the renewables sector can provide dividends of more than 5% for income seekers, typically with good visibility on future dividend growth. As solar and wind power have seen rapidly declining costs over the last few years, they have also seen very high growth. We think that this growth will continue and there should be an increasing number of investment opportunities.
Demand has already begun to show signs of strength. The Paris-based International Energy Agency last week raised its forecast for 2015 demand, projecting that the world will consume 94.7 million barrels a day of crude in the fourth quarter, a potential increase of almost 1 million barrels over the same period in 2014.
It is, at this point, important to understand that in 2008 / 09, most shale drilling was for gas and it was in the post-crash rise that there was a massive migration to drilling for oil (Figure 2). However, gas wells produce some liquids (natural gas liquid (NGL) and condensate) and oil wells produce gas. In some cases the lines can be blurred between the two. In this post I look at total rigs (oil + gas) that is compared to crude + condensate + NGL production as reported by the IEA.
It's a high price to pay for limited benefits from unnecessary personal care products. Exfoliators and scrubs can use any number of harmless natural ingredients, including baking soda, oatmeal, ground seeds, sea salt and even coffee grounds. Microbeads are not only pointless in toothpaste; they can be harmful. Dentists and hygienists are finding plastic particles embedded under people's gum lines, which can cause inflammation and infection.
1,015 gallons of water were used to make this plate (westcoastjan)
California's crippling drought has prompted conservation efforts, such as replacing grass lawns and minding how long you leave the tap water running. But what about the food on your plate? Agriculture uses 80% of California's water supply, and producing what you eat can require a surprising amount of water. The number next to the plate below represents the direct and indirect amount of water required to produce your food plate, based on data (U.S. average) from the Water Footprint Network.
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