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    Gold Signaling Crisis

    Both Gold And Copper Warn: “Crisis!”

    Is a Comex failure coming?
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:45 AM

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    Gold has spiked higher in the overnight markets, now above $1535.  Copper continues to weaken.  That combination says that gold is not sniffing out an inflationary burst from some future burst of economic growth. If that were the case, copper wouldn’t be tanking here. Take a peek at these two charts. Let’s your eyes wander…

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    Defending Against The Global Currency Crisis

    What to plan for as the printing presses resume at full speed
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, August 9, 2019, 10:34 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The perverted bond market (nearly $20 trillion in negative yielding debt) is signalling an epic coming crisis
    • A painful global recession is increasingly guaranteed in the coming 12 months. But that’s not the largest risk…
    • A massive global currency crisis is brewing. One that could very well topple a number of today’s nations.
    • Why hard assets offer one of the best defenses against how all this will unfold

    If you have not yet read Part 1: The Hard Truth, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    The larger part of this story concerns the effects that excessive financialization has had on the globalization of markets.

    One very large part of this has involved the explosion of carry trades — i.e., borrowing in one place to invest in another.

    An example would be borrowing US dollars to buy New Zealand government bonds. The “carry” part of that trade is that borrowing in US dollars might cost you 2% per year, but New Zealand bonds are paying out 5% — providing you with a 3% ‘carry.’ Lever that up, and do that trade all day long, with as much volume as your lenders will allow.

    In the past, it made a lot of sense for a Japanese pension fund to sell its yen (where the local 10-yr government bond is sporting a negative yield) and buy euros to plow into Italian 10-year debt which has a positive yield. Easy money, right?

    Well, it’s all fun and games until you get clocked by a currency reset that wipes out all your positive carry.

    The trend up until now has been one of increasingly large bets denominated in US dollars spread out all over the globe.

    But the hugely concerning warning sign of a massive reset is now flashing, and it’s…   (Enroll now to continue reading)

     

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    Markets In Turmoil

    What's driving this week's bloodbath
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, August 5, 2019, 7:21 AM

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    Remember in 1Q19 when Apple’s earnings came in a bit low and the Yen/NZ dollar pair blew out as a result? Remember in August 2015 when China surprised the world with a -3% yuan devaluation and ““markets”” across the globe were rattled?

    Well, it has happened again.

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    The Full Farmland Model

    A deep dive into how the fund grows revenue by being more sustainable
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, August 2, 2019, 3:03 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • Management overview of the fund’s business strategy
    • Operations and latest results
    • Financial performance and pro forma projections

    If you have not yet read Part 1: The Future Of Better Farming, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Farmland LP owns and operates two farmland funds. Fund I is a limited partnership and is closed to new investors. Fund II is a private REIT and is open to interested accredited investors.

    Having just celebrated its 10-year anniversary, Farmland LP now manages over 15,000 acres across Fund I and Fund II, with farms based in Oregon, California (Fund I), and its latest addition in Walla Walla, Washington (Fund II).

    As an organic and sustainable farmland manager, Farmland LP has now grown to be one of the top 0.4% of all U.S. farms by revenue according to the USDA. This scale helps with their mission to demonstrate that sustainable agriculture is more profitable than commodity agriculture, as scale also correlates with profitability in agriculture.

    The video below is the full management presentation from Fund I’s recent investor update.

    In it, you’ll see…. (Enroll now to watch the video and continue reading)

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    Off The Cuff: Rate Cut!

    What implications should we expect from the recent Fed interest rate cut?
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, August 1, 2019, 3:25 PM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Axel Merk discuss the recent Fed cut and Jerome Powell’s subsequent press conference. Markets have rocked both high and low in the 24 hours since.

    We’re working on providing a transcript for this excellent podcast. But we’re bringing you the audio now — given this conversation’s extreme timeliness and importance — so that you can start listening asap.

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    Off The Cuff: The Destruction Of Coherent Ideas

    How can our society expect to solve its problems if it can't even talk about them?
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 12:01 PM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and James Howard Kunstler discuss:

    • The Shale Oil Booby-Trap
      • Fake prosperity that will tank the markets when it ends
    • Could The US Government Nationalize The Oil Industry?
      • It very well could
    • The Destruction Of Coherent Ideas
      • To fail to plan is to plan to fail
    • What Are We Willing To Give Up?
      • A better future depends on abandoning some of our self-destructive luxuries

    In this week’s podcast, Chris and Jim tackle a wide range of issues — from shale oil, to Jeffrey Epstein, wokesterdom, the financial bubble, social malaise, and the future of society. One deficit particularly concerning to Jim is our culture’s inability to have coherent discourse.

    If we can’t engage in understanding and intelligently debating with one another, how will we ever devise effective solutions to the many challenges we face?

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    The Antidote To This Insanity

    Taking your destiny into your own hands through direct action
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, July 26, 2019, 3:49 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • Our complex economy is poised for a forced, painful simplification
    • The urgency to prepare for this inevitable Tipping Point
    • The actions I’m taking right now in my own life to prepare for this

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Overdosing On Crazy Pills, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    In the coming years and decades there will be hell to pay for society failing to properly assess the risks and re-align its priorities and activities accordingly.

    Collectively, our human nature is sabotaging us.  That’s my conclusion after exploring the biological underpinnings, as well as the limitations and realities, of our genetic programming.

    Since humans are wired for optimism, and strongly discount the future for the present, then short-term decision making is what we’ll get.

    Unfortunately, we need long-term decision making.  But because that’s currently ‘out of stock’ in today’s society, you need to do what you can at your own personal level.

    As I am fond of saying, when it comes to decision-making, I have great faith in individuals but almost no faith in groups.

    People, I trust.  Groups, not so much.

    The larger the group involved, the more suspect it becomes.  I’ll bet the founders of Google had the best of ‘non-evil’ intentions when they began.  But now the behemoth is busy spying for the government, helping to weaken and overthrow various foreign governments that are unfriendly to western business interests, and helping to rig domestic elections.

    Two guys doing pretty good.  Big giant powerful company becomes evil.  Stop me if you’ve heard that one before…

    So the following steps — which I’m taking myself —  are critical to…   (Enroll to keep reading)

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    Gold And Silver Are In A New Bull Market

    The regular assaults designed to keep prices suppressed are starting to fail
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 8:40 AM

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    What makes me want to call the new bull market for gold and silver right now?

    One of the things that I look for is a failure of the past criminality to work anymore. Which is why I keep a keen eye out for failures of bear raids in the thinly-traded overnight markets.

    And I’m now starting to see evidence of this.

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    Richard Heinberg

    Off The Cuff: Why Drilling US Oil Isn’t Profitable

    Oil field service costs always escalate faster than oil's price
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, July 18, 2019, 9:47 AM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Art Berman discuss:

    • Shale Oil’s Chronic Profit Drought
      • Nearly all companies are cash-flow negative
    • Why Drilling US Oil Isn’t Profitable
      • Oil service costs eat your lunch
    • Why Drillers Can’t Stop Drilling
      • They need cash to service their debts
    • Shale Oil Is A Business Model With No Future
      • When credit tightens, the whole industry will implode

    Right now, the US is still producing a record amount of oil, due mostly to shale fields developed within the past decade. But that bonanza won’t last — it can’t last — explains petroleum geologist Art Berman. Nearly every shale driller has been and will remain to be unprofitable. The nature of shale wells and the nature of oil service costs will ensure that.

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    The Choice Facing Us: Greatness or Oblivion?

    Either option is still within our grasp. Will we pursue the right one?
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, July 12, 2019, 5:20 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The Earth will be fine. But humans?
    • We can break free from our biological programming. But it will take conscious effort.
    • How to shift your personal destiny
    • Want to work with a dedicated group on shifting yours? Stay tuned…

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Do You Truly Have Free Will?, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    I don’t need to pull any punches here among Peak Prosperity’s paid subscribers; as you all know this well: humans are at a very dangerous juncture of history.

    We might decide to be smart and create a brilliant future for ourselves. But the current odds favor our species defaulting into oblivion.

    The Earth won’t care. It’s got an entire museum warehouse filled with failed species, all for one reason or another.  Evolution is busy solving the most complex of problems, and failure is one of its most commonly employed tools.

    But even if the Earth won’t miss us, as a resident of it with the capacity to operate consciously, I happen to care a lot about the human experiment and that it carries on. I trust you do as well.

    In the end, the Earth will be fine.  I am certain of that.  Humans?  Maybe not so much.

    If we’re going to shift our collective destiny, we first have to shift our own personal destiny, and that means being aware of the true complexity of the (brain) systems involved and then using the best and most powerful tools and techniques we can bring to bear.

    The good news is that we now have…(enroll to keep reading)

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