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    Off The Cuff: A Boom For The Rich & A Depression For The Rest Of Us

    Thanks, Fed & Congress!
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, August 24, 2020, 4:22 PM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

    • An escapee from Illinois tells all
    • Covid-19 is permanently changing household behavior
    • A boom for the rich; a depression for the rest of us
    • Is it now crunch-time?

    As the dust continues to settle from the mad scramble by our “leaders” to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, it’s becoming clearer and clear that the unprecedented monetary and fiscal “rescue” stimulus served to make the already-wealthy a whole lot richer while the remaining 99% of America took it squarely on the chin.

    And now that the scant money for Main Street has flowed to a trickle, Mish thinks that the bucket of consequences can’t be kicked down the road for much longer. Households are starting to run out of money, and once that happens on a large enough scale, the simmering resentment across the country is due to boil over.

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    The Way Out

    My personal actions for preserving my wealth
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, August 21, 2020, 7:57 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The #1 reason the entire system will collapse: oil
    • Why the Fed is stuck with the Zombie economy it created
    • How I am hedging against the inflation of the printing press
    • Why we need to be our own heroes in this story — the authorities certainly won’t

    If you have not yet read Part 1: One Step removed, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Our approach at Peak Prosperity is to begin at the top and then work down.  We’ve got a framework for understanding the world and assigning priorities to our actions.

    The big picture view is this: infinite growth on a finite planet is impossible.  Yet our entire system of money and our economic systems are all predicated on the idea of infinite growth.  Quite the conundrum, eh?

    To me there’s no contest and no conundrum to solve.  Reality wins out every time.  If you overfish the seas and the fisheries collapse, then the reality of that wins out over whatever ‘the market’ demands.   Fish prices could double or quintuple and still no more fish will emerge from the empty sea.

    The most basic reality that we all live under – yours truly especially included – is that fossil fuel energy delivers pretty much everything we see around us, everything we consume, and supports everything we do.

    Even with some rosy projections for August and September, it’s clear that…

     

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    Off The Cuff: Billionaires Beware!

    Inequity is fast approaching a boiling over point with the masses
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 7:38 PM

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

    • Billionaires beware! The masses are reaching their point of intolerance.
    • Politicized medicine: Covid has made it clear Big Pharma puts profit over lives
    • Why Charles expects catastrophic, not catabolic, collapse
    • The coming great real estate crash of 2021

    The Federal Reserve’s “Leave No Billionaire Behind” program is wearing thin with the general public, which is increasingly waking up to how badly it is being ransacked by the top 0.1%. As the punches keep coming in 2020, the ire of the masses could boil over.

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    The Layoff Survival Handbook

    What to do before, during and after a layoff
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, August 14, 2020, 6:49 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • How to reduce your odds of being laid off
    • How to prepare for a layoff
    • Essential steps to take during the layoff process
    • Post-layoff success strategies

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Is Covid Coming For Your Job?, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Whether or not you perceive your job to be in imminent jeopardy, there’s a series of sensible steps to take now to defend yourself against becoming the victim of a layoff.

    These steps will not only reduce your risk of being let go, but they’ll boost your performance, the value you offer an employer, and increase your satisfaction with your career. What’s not to like?

    And should you be unable to avoid a layoff, you’ll be far better offer for having put these preparations in place beforehand. Especially now in this crazy pandemic era when millions of other sacked workers are suddenly competing for the few existing job openings out there.

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    Off The Cuff: Is The Crack-Up Boom Here?

    An awful lot hinges on the anwer
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, August 10, 2020, 5:57 PM

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

    • It looks a lot like the start of a crack-up boom
    • Will the markets ever fall again?
    • History shows our current path ends badly, and in a destroyed currency
    • How can investors protect their wealth in such a dangerous, complex time?

    2020 just gets more and more challenging. After a brief sell-off in March, stocks and pretty much every other type of financial asset are in full melt-up mode.

    Fueled by the Federal Reserve and Congress’ stimulus programs, and cheered by the Administration, higher prices seem the top national priority. Is this sustainable? It it wise? Do we even have markets anymore, or do we just have a charade of one — where eternal rising prices are now pre-determined?

    John and Chris tackle these questions, along with their repercussions for the country and for concerned individual investors trying not to lose their hard-earned savings to runaway inflation OR a deflationary popping of the current asset price bubble:

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    Is High Inflation Now A Bigger Danger Than A Deflationary Crash?

    Which is more likely to happen next? And what should you do about it?
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, August 7, 2020, 9:00 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • Revisiting the Ka-POOM! Theory. Do recent development alter its predicted outcome?
    • Decision-making in an era of increasingly untrustworthy reported data
    • The Everything Bubble is now in full melt-up. Poised for a crash, or the start of a new era?
    • Positioning for the Endgame

    If you have not yet read Part 1: It’s Time To Position For The End Game, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    What’s the more likely event at this point: a deflationary crash or runaway inflation?

    For a long time, Peak Prosperity co-founder Adam Taggart and I have hewed to the “Ka-POOM!” theory, which states that a major deflation will scare the central banks so badly that they overreact and pour too much liquidity into the system, thereby destroying it.

    To visualize how this will play out, think of what happened in Beirut this week. Customs officials there stored thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer at their seaport, for years.  The pile just sat there doing absolutely nothing.

    After years of inaction, the port authorities became lulled into the erroneous conclusion that nothing would ever happen.

    But then one day a spark came to life, starting a fire, and then all at once — POOM! — the entire thing blew up with devastating effect.

    This analogy works pretty well here as we approach the Keynesian endgame facing the global economy.  The pile of $trillions in bad debts issued over the past decades has been the fertilizer.  Covid-19 was the spark. And now we’re simply waiting for the entire economic and financial system to explode.

    Which is why it’s so critical now to prepare by focusing on…

     

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    Off The Cuff: Capitalism Is Gone

    And what's replaced it sure as heck isn't working well for the bottom 99% of us
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 4:03 PM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Wolf Richter discuss:

    • We no longer have capitalism — it’s gone
    • The national housing market is weakening
    • The jobs market is worse than the BLS is reporting
    • This is the most challenging time ever for investors

    In an important, somber conversation, Chris and Wolf discuss the challenging times facing society today. Capitalism as we knew it for much of the 20th century is no longer; today corporate losses are socialized while gains are privatized for the ruling elites.

    For those looking to simply opt out of the system and protect themselves, it’s more challenging than ever warns Wolf. Especially in regards with how to safeguard your financial wealth:

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    Welcome To The Movement

    Prepare yourself while leveraging the support of the tribe
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, July 24, 2020, 8:46 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • Confidence in the US is eroding, and as goes sentiment, as goes stability
    • Expect covid-19 to deliver more nasty surprises
    • Prepare for higher inflation and supply chain breakdowns
    • Joining the PP movement is much better than facing what’s coming alone

    If you have not yet read Part 1: We Are On Our Own In The Post-Covid World, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    The US is deteriorating fast.  It can’t even manage the simplest of tasks: getting sufficient PPE to its front-line health care workers and explaining to its own citizens why wearing masks is in their own individual and collective best interests.

    Will other countries continue to accept the US dollar and trust it as a ‘store of value’?  Increasingly, the answer seems to be “no”:

    This erosion could well turn into a waterfall at some point, especially as the coronavirus continues to throw sand into the gears of the global economy.

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    Brace For Impact!

    Key preparations to make with the remaining time available to you
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, July 10, 2020, 7:50 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • Hard logic for hard assets
    • The role of “control” and why it will be field the collapse of the system will be fought on
    • Recent learnings from my own journey worth knowing
    • Why I am certain things will get darker before they improve

    If you have not yet read Part 1: A Serious Message From Chris Martenson, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    I never thought that we’d be here.  It could have all unfolded so differently if society had made better choices.  It didn’t have to be this way.

    But here we are.

    My personal planning now revolves around these trends continuing:

    1. Money printing will continue and accelerate if they think it necessary
    2. SARS-CoV-2 will be poorly managed at the state level and even worse at the federal level

    I’ve seen these trends coming.  And I am not at all surprised by them.

    But deep down I am very concerned that our national “managers” (not leaders) are very close to doubling down so forcefully on their current failed policies that the entire system breaks — badly. For those similarly concerned, I share the key preparations I think are most important for you to take right now.

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    Off The Cuff: Fed Printers Go Brrrrrrrrr

    Fed-watcher Axel Merk predicts (much) more money printing to come
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 8:21 PM

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

    • The Fed is telling us its game plan (i.e., expect “moar”)
    • It’s involved in all sorts of “solutions” it has no business being in
    • Why Axel expects (a lot) more Fed intervention from here
    • It’s hard not to see the coming era as gold’s time to shine

    With markets full of more delusional euphoria than arguably at any prior moment in history, many have put their full faith in the Federal Reserve’s ability to paper over the economic carnage wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic. Which is why we’ve asked Axel Merk to join us this week and relay his latest thoughts based from his inside contacts at the Fed:

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