Tag Archives: Axel Merk

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    Off The Cuff: The Schizophrenic Fed

    Rates are going higher. No they aren't. Yes they are. No...
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, July 14, 2017, 4:59 PM

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

    • No Rate Hike After All?
      • Yellen sings a dovish tune this week
    • Wait, Wasn't The Fed Just Warning It Would Tighten?
      • Yep. It was talking tough up until now
    • Why Can't The Fed Make Up It's Mind?
      • Because it's in a box. Jawboning is all it can do at this point
    • The Next Fed Head
      • A complete transformation may be in store soon

    Chris and Axel unpack the latest guidance from the Fed issued this week. For those listening, the Fed's inconsistency is understandably infuriating. One week it's warning about tightening ahead, the next it's telling folks rates are just fine where they are.

    Axel, who has more inside access to current & past Fed officials than anyone we know, feels that the Fed is simply trying to walk a tightrope it knows will one day snap. At this point, it's trapped. It needs to normalize rates, but doing so will crash the markets. So it's using the only tool it has — confusion — to keep the system fooled that everything is under control. Of course, one day the ruse will be discovered. But until then, the Fed will obfuscate, vacillate, prevaricate — whatever it can do to keep the status quo in place for one more day…

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    Missed ‘The End of Money’ Webinar?

    Not to worry. You can purchase a video of the full event.
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 4:35 AM

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    If you didn't register earlier for the live webinar and are regretting having missed out on the event — there's good news.

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    Why The Markets Are Overdue For A Gigantic Bust

    It's just not possible to print our way to prosperity
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, June 9, 2017, 11:38 PM

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    As much as I try, I simply cannot jump on the bandwagon that says that printing up money out of thin air has any long-term utility for an economy.

    It's just too clear to me that doing so presents plenty of dangers, due what we might call 'economic gravity': What goes up, must also come down.

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    Less Than Zero: How The Fed Killed Saving

    It destroyed the incentive to do it
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, June 2, 2017, 10:27 PM

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    Savings accounts were created to provide an incentive for people to plan for the future. Put money away today, let it grow through the miracle of compounding interest, and have more tomorrow.

    Prudent savings is essential to a healthy economy. It offers resilience during downturns, and provides seed capital for productive enterprise.

    But we are no longer a nation of savers. The Federal Reserve has killed the incentive to be one.

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    The End Of Money

    Our first live event on our new webinar platform
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7:27 PM

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    Today's lofty asset prices are dependent on one thing far beyond all else: continued massive amounts of liquidity injected each and every month by the world's central banks.

    Over $12 trillion in "thin air" money has been printed up by the world's central banks since the start of the Great Recession. And so far in 2017, a fresh $200 billion is added to the pile each month(!)

    This makes the future price trajectory for stocks, bonds, real estate and nearly every other asset class more dependent on central bank policy than at any time in history. Investors need to ask: What are the central banks most likely to do next, and what will the repercussions be?

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    Off The Cuff: Rate Hike!

    What to expect from a rising interest rate environment
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 1:55 AM

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

    • Rate Hike!
      • Implications of last week's Fed announcement
    • Why Are Stocks Still Partying?
      • Shouldn't a rate hike spook investors?
    • The Trump Effect
      • What to expect economically from the new president
    • Cash, Gold & ???
      • What to hold going into 2017

    Well, it finally happened. After threatening a year ago to hike rates 4 times in 2016, the Fed squeaked in a single buzzer-beating hike last week. The move surprised few, as the predicted odds of the hike among market followers were 100%. Yet the markets still managed to shrug this off and move higher (typically, a rise in rates is seen as 'applying brakes' to the economy, and tends to cause investors to feel less confident in future earnings growth).

    Here to talk about the implications of the recent hike, the probabiliy of more to come in 2017, and the shellacking the precious metals have been subject to, is Axel Merk…

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    Off The Cuff: Multiplying Market Oddities

    Rising rates are creating cross-currents everywhere
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 18, 2016, 12:15 AM

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

    • Impact Of A Trump Presidency On The Markets
      • What will the most likely trends be?
    • Plummeting Bond Prices
      • Good or bad?
    • The Unbearable Lightness Of Stocks
      • Rising prices in the face of rising interest rates
    • Gold's Prospects
      • Inflation? Higher rates? What will it mean for gold?

    Axel and Chris address the increasing sell-off in the bond market, which can also be described as the sudden rising of interest rates. In an over-indebted financial system as ours, rising rates will make it more expensive to service the outstanding debt, placing increasing headwinds on economic growth. Right now, the stock market is ignoring that — instead, it's pricing for perfection. Axel warns that this "oddity" will need to correct soon, one way or the other.

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    Off The Cuff: Making Sense Of The FOMC Decision

    The likely impacts of this week's Fed and BOJ (in)actions
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, September 22, 2016, 3:33 AM

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

    • Fed In A Box
      • At this point, stalling is Yellen's only option
    • Boneheaded BOJ
      • Now trying to undue the damage of its recent NIRP policies
    • Blind To Bubbles
      • Central banks are unwilling to admit they're the cause of the problem, not the solution
    • Bad Policies
      • Capitalism is getting destroyed (and a bad rap) by central banks run amok

    In the wake of the closely-watched announcements by the BOJ and the Federal Reserve, Chris and Axel sit down in this meaty discussion to pick through the particulars of what this week's announcement mean. In a world where everything hangs on the decisions of an elite few central banks, this is one of the more important podcasts we've released in a while.

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    Axel Merk: Making Sense Of The Impact Of Brexit

    A special edition podcast
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 12:22 AM

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    A very sleep-deprived Axel Merk joins us for this special edition podcast. Axel and his team have pulled late nights over the past few days following the Brexit vote results in real-time and the ensuing aftermath.

    Axel, CEO and founder of the Merk Funds, is originally from Europe and one of the best experts we know on the currency markets, as well as monetary policy. In this podcast, he explains why he sees the Brexit as a sea-change in sentiment that will have far-reaching implications for Britain, Europe, and the rest of the world — though it may take years before they are fully recognized and expressed. He expects the post-Brexit future to more market volatility, more populism as political stability weakens, more (ineffectual) fiscal spending to goose economic growth, and likely more armed conflict around the world.

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