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    A Global Tsunami, Courtesy of the Fed

    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, April 4, 2011, 2:04 PM

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    The Fed is in a bind. No matter which way it turns, utter failure is a risk. Putting more money into the system risks no less than the dollar itself. Stopping quantitative easing (QE) risks plunging the economy and financial system into another period of turbulent decline. It looks like the Fed is going to choose the latter.

    In a recent report, I made the case that pressure was building on the Fed to end its QE 2 program in June, and that if it did, there would be an enormous rout in the stock, bond, and commodity markets. That analysis still stands.

    This new two-part report will analyze the many competing factors, both for and against, that will determine whether QE 2 really is the end of the Fed’s efforts at printing up a recovery, or merely the event that precedes QE 3.

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    Daily Digest 3/29 – What’s Missing In New York’s Budget, Bernanke On Oil Shocks, Is Fukushima About To Blow?

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 2:42 PM

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    • When Integrity Dies
    • What You Won’t See In New York’s Budget
    • Japanese Government Backtracks Again: Edano Says No Plan To Nationalize TEPCO
    • Japan’s Electricity Shortage to Last Months
    • Japan Mulls Nationalising Fukushima Nuclear Plant Company
    • Bernanke On The Effects Of Oil Price Shocks, And Why The Fed Will Never Tighten In Response To Oil At Any Price
    • Is Fukushima About To Blow?
    • First Suicide – A Vegetable Farmer in Fukushima

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    Daily Digest 3/15 – More On Japan Quake, ‘Anonymous’ Pledges Civil Disobedience, What Now For Nuclear Power?

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 2:40 PM

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    • Japan Earthquake: Before And After
    • Japan Earthquake: Rescue, Recovery, and Reaction
    • Hacker Group Anonymous Brings Peaceful Revolution To America: Will Engage In Civil Disobedience Until Bernanke Steps Down
    • Nikkei Flash Crash – Futures Plummet 16% As All Hell Breaks Loose In Japan
    • Japan Faces Nuclear Meltdown
    • What Now For Nuclear Power?
    • Nuclear Power: When The Answer Becomes The Problem
    • What The Media Doesn’t Get About Meltdowns
    • Analysis: Seawater Helps But Japan Nuclear Crisis Is Not Over

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    The Coming Rout

    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 2:37 PM

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    There’s a scenario that could play out between May and September in which commodities (including my beloved silver) and the stock and bond markets could all sell off between 20% and 40%.  The trigger will be the cessation of QE II and a multi-month pause before QE III.

    This is a reversal in my thinking from the outright inflationary ‘buy with both hands’ bent that I have held for the past two years.  Even though it’s quite a speculative analysis at this early stage, it is a possibility that we must consider. 

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    Daily Digest 3/4 – Stagnation Or Inequality, Bernanke’s Negative Feedback Loop, The 2011 Oil Shock

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, March 4, 2011, 3:54 PM

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    • Economics Focus: Stagnation Or Inequality
    • Utah Pushes To Accept Gold, Silver As Alternative Currency
    • Bernanke’s Unstoppable, Self Reinforcing, Negative-Feedback-Loop
    • Fed and ECB – A World Apart
    • The 2011 Oil Shock
    • Oil Markets And Arab Unrest: The Price Of Fear
    • UN: Food Prices Hit Record High In February
    • In Price of Farmland, Echoes of Another Boom

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    Daily Digest 3/2 – Prices On All Goods Continue To Rise, Unemployment To Remain Constant, Students Protest School Cuts

    by saxplayer00o1

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 3:44 PM

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    • Bernanke says unemployment rate would not return to a more normal level for years
    • Kodak to raise prices on digital, conventional plates
    • Michelin to raise passenger, LT tire prices
    • Clothing prices to rise 10 percent starting in spring
    • Thousands of poor Utahns face less help with heating bills
    • Tuition rates continue to rise across the board, UCCS included
    • School Lunch Prices Increase Tuesday
    • Truckers Rally Against Fee, Tax Proposals
    • As College Costs Continue to Soar, Students Head Abroad
    • U.C. Davis Braces For Cuts
    • Crime-Filled Paterson, N.J. Staring At 100-Plus Police Layoffs
    • Poverty levels spike in local schools
    • Students plan walkouts to protest budget cuts
    • Social Security offices across U.S. to protest cuts
    • USD Students Rally Against State Budget Cuts To Education
    • Delaware Social Services In High Demand Amid Cuts
    • House approves stopgap spending bill
    • Gold Hits Record High
    • Bernanke Unfazed By Gold Standard, Currency History Queries
    • Oil prices push past US$98 a barrel after Iran imprisons opposition leaders
    • Diesel prices up 14.3 cents in the last week, says EIA
    • Supermarkets are raising prices faster than inflation, says UBS

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    Mapping The Fugly Future with David Collum

    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:17 AM

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    In the course of his info-scouting, Chris has conversations with many different thinkers. Some are well-known to you; others perhaps less so. An important objective of our podcast interview series is to expose our listeners to the variety of voices and points of view that Chris considers when developing the perspective that he brings to his reporting.

    David Collum may be a new voice to many of you. Like Chris, David came to the field of macroeconomic study from a scientific background. Again like Chris, his published observations and predictions have begun to amass a readership built on respect for his emprical approach to projecting the future. For those of you unfamilar with David’s work, we think you’ll enjoy having this insider’s ear to his recent recorded discussion with Chris, which covers a wide range of topics.

    In short, David sees a world where market risk has been removed (through misguided government intervention), leading to perverse behavior. In many ways, we are repeating the sins of past empires – and he warns us that history has a much higher incident rate of soverign insolvency than we may want to believe.

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris’ interview with David Collum:

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    In this podcast, David and Chris discuss: 

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    Daily Digest 2/2 – $100/Barrel Oil, Commodities Overtake Stocks & Bonds, US Jobless Rate Likely to Stay High

    by saxplayer00o1

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 4:00 PM

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    • Bridgestone Raises Truck Tire Prices (12%)
    • Libya Welcomes $100 A Barrel Oil
    • Fed’s Hoenig Says QE3 “May Get Discussed”
    • Bernanke and Ethanol Sink Egypt
    • Commodities Overtake Stocks, Bonds After Two-Day Gain
    • Bill Would Give SC Medicaid Doctors Less Money
    • Medicaid Cuts Could Force Hundreds Of Texas Nursing Homes To Close
    • Preckwinkle Proposes More Than 1,000 Layoffs In County
    • Dayton: Cuts Will Have ‘Devastating Effects’ On Poorest Minnesotans
    • Detroit Public Library’s ‘Unprecedented’ Fiscal Crisis Could Mean Closures, Layoffs
    • Nothing Off Limits On OPS Budget
    • Wisconsin Could Face $340 Million Budget Shortfall
    • End of the Road For Idaho Bridges?
    • Cleveland Fed: US Jobless Rate Likely To Stay High

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    Bill Fleckenstein: The Race To the Bottom Will Be Won By the Dollar

    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 2:06 AM

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    “This printing money is going to lead to huge trouble. It’s going to lead to higher interest rates. It’s going to lead to more inflation, and at some point there is going to be a train wreck in the currency and the bond market.”

    Market commentator and money manager Bill Fleckenstein sat down for a recent interview with ChrisMartenson.com and excoriated the Fed and the monetary policy it’s pursuing. He and Chris discuss the factors that enabled Bill to be one of the first to accurately identify and warn of the housing and credit bubbles – and how history is now repeating itself via the profligate printing of US dollars. The interview covers a wide range of topics meaningful to the investor trying to make sense of where things are headed from here – including central banking culture, bubble psychology, high-frequency trading, inflation/deflation, and the true relative value of the dollar vs the Euro.

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris’ interview with Bill Fleckenstein:

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    In this podcast, Bill sheds light on why: 

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    Daily Digest 12/25 – States Feel Recession Impact, Hedge Fund Tracks Twitter, Snow Lessons for Supermarkets

    by DailyDigest

    Saturday, December 25, 2010, 1:16 PM

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    • States Continue to Feel Recession’s Impact
    • Hedge Fund Will Track Twitter to Predict Stock Moves
    • Bernanke Backs Moody’s Critic in Debate Over Money Fund Ratings
    • When Will The Recession End? Part 133 Why Russia Doesn’t Fit Into BRIC
    • Snow Lessons For Supermarkets
    • Calling For A Run On A Bank To Be Made Illegal, Say Ministers
    • GE to Sell Mortgage Assets to Santander

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