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    The Fed Is Dangerously Wrong

    It's reaction to its failed policy? We just need to do more!
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:24 AM

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    More voices are starting to join ours in criticizing the Fed.

    More and more prominent people from the world of finance and politics are beginning to realize that the Fed’s actions have benefitted the few at the expense of the many.

    The 0.01% has gained enormously, while the bottom 80% have lost ground. This deeply unfair outcome is increasingly becoming politicized, meaning that the Fed’s era of free reign to shovel ever more money to their Too Big To Fail bank owners and the ultra-wealthy is coming to a close.

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    VIDEO: The Fed Stooges

    Laughing (and crying) at the recent '60 Minutes' interview
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 6:39 PM

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    On Sunday night, 60 Minutes treated the American public to a sit-down interview with the current Federal Reserve chairman and his two immediate predecessors.

    Hilarity ensued.

    Not really…unless you enjoy gallows humor.

    In the below video, Chris explains why this relatively gentle puff-piece assisting the Fed's hawking of its “All is well!” message is an intentional soporific, designed to keep the populace slumbering in ignorance of the extreme danger reckless central bank monetary policy has placed society in.

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    Daily Digest 6/5 – Citizenship For Sale, Is White America Ready To Confront Its Racism?

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 2:11 PM

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    • Citizenship for sale: how tycoons can go shopping for a new passport
    • The Federal Reserve Is A Privately Owned Corporation
    • If We Want Your Money, We’ll Take Your Money
    • Is white America ready to confront its racism? Philosopher George Yancy says we need a 'crisis' 
    • Small Asteroid Strikes Africa Just Hours After It Was Spotted
    • Top 5 Cryptocurrency Projects To Watch In June 2018 
    • The New Machiavelli
    • Whoever Controls The Narrative Controls The World
    • The Oil Trader Tug-Of-War
    • Images of Fukushima’s Exclusion Zone Remind Us of the Walking Dead
    • 5.5-magnitude quake rattles Big Island; No tsunami generated
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    It’s High Time For Action

    Get ready for disruption
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12:27 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • Beware the coming reduction in global central bank money printing
    • The full-blown ecological emergency
    • Uncovering the hidden downside risks to the markets
    • Steps to take now

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Are You Infuriated Yet?available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    I keep circling back to the financial markets because they are the chief signaling agent for most people. As long as the markets are doing okay, people’s attention wanders away from our predicaments and towards believing in the dominant "all is fine" narrative.

    But, with the crystal-clear connection we see between asset prices and central bank money printing, prices in today's “markets” are really a creation of monetary policy. As a result, the signals the markets send us increasingly have no bearing on actual reality.

    Here’s a good example: McDonalds' stock is hitting new high after new high. This is a function of both the ever-rising markets but also of the company's own internal accounting hocus-pocus.

    This chart explains much:

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    The red line tells us that MCD’s revenues are down a stunning 15% since 2014. The green line tells us that their stock price is UP an even more stunning 65% over the same time period.

    Meanwhile total debt of MCD’s has mushroomed from $14 billion to $29 billion, while total assets have shrunk. Yet MCD's stock price has risen handsomely.

    The critical insight this is telling us about today's markets is…

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    Observations From The Heart Of Silicon Valley

    The calm before the storm?
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, May 20, 2016, 12:11 AM

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    Yesterday I made the 2-hour drive back to Silicon Valley, where I lived for 15 years before moving out to the country.

    I rarely go back, as I miss very little about the hyper-elite scene there. When I do, though, I feel I have a useful 'insider-now-outsider' perspective that allows me to see things there more accurately than those who live in that fishbowl 24/7.

    What hit me most strongly upon arriving back in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area, is how little of the craziness has changed since I left 4 years ago. I don't mean 'unchanged' though; rather that the same craziness is there, just more extreme than ever.

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    Quantitative Easing – Crash Course Chapter 10

    What exactly is this process that the world is betting on?
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, August 23, 2014, 1:34 AM

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    At the exponential pace at which the Fed is increasing the money supply, and knowing the huge challenges the Fed – and most other world central banks  – face in trying to stop or even slow down their money printing, the potential for a disruptive global inflationary period is very real.

    So what exactly is quantitative easing

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    The Good News In All The Bad Data

    A rare convergence of confidence in future developments
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:14 AM

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    Today's financial markets make a mockery out of sanity and logic. The difference between what SHOULD happen and what IS happening is perhaps the greatest it has been in our investing lifetimes.

    If you're perplexed, flummoxed, frustrated, stymied, enraged, bored, irritated, insulted, discouraged — any or all of these — by the ever-higher blind grinding of asset prices over the past several years, despite so many structural reasons for concern, you have good reason to be.

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    How Things Unravel

    Slowly, and then all at once.
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, January 30, 2014, 3:46 AM

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    In a recent article, I noted the various signs that things are unraveling at the periphery. In the comments that followed, plenty of people (myself included) expressed the belief that the various Powers That Be are doing everything they can to limit the damage as much as possible.

    After a full weekend of burning up the phone lines and the midnight oil, the central banks of the world seemed to have calmed things down a bit by Tuesday (1/28/14), as evidenced by directional reversals in the prices of various currencies, gold, and stocks.  Everything that needed to head back the way it came, from a central banker perspective, was headed back in the "right" direction.

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    Off the Cuff: Look Locally for Reasons to Hope

    That's where productive change is happening
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, November 28, 2013, 7:22 PM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Gregor discuss:

    • Unjust Wealth Inequality
      • Growing by money printing vs productive output
    • The Evils of Reflationary Policy
      • Stealing from the many to reward the few
    • Our Low-Growth Future
      • Less to go around
    • Local Solutions
      • Where hope lies
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