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  • Insider

    Epic Fail

    Ignore the stock melt-up. The data is screaming we're in trouble.
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, November 25, 2019, 1:46 PM

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    The US Federal Reserve currently believes they are doing “good” by preventing downturns and sending asset prices higher.

    But in reality, they’re setting the stage for a very disappointing future. Perhaps even a violent one.

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  • Insider

    The Rich Are Planning For Catastrophe

    What do they know that you don't?
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, July 20, 2018, 7:10 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • Why the wealthy are plotting to leave us behind
    • The "madness of crowds" virtually ensures a period of social chaos when the system breaks
    • The media is, and will continue to be, used to manipulate the masses
    • The growing risk of a new kind of civil war in America
    • Preparing today will give you vastly more options tomorrow

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

    The Wealthy Are Plotting To Leave Us Behind

    In the absence of an official plan, you'd better have your own — something the extremely wealthy are already working on for themselves.

    As the co-founders of Peak Prosperity, Adam and I happen to know and/or interact with quite a few wealthy people who are deeply concerned about the future and taking steps to assure their survival in it.  These people have access to the very best information; they know the system better than your average citizen.  They know what the weak points are and what could go wrong.

    From our observations, it’s safe to say that the more insider-experience an individual has, the greater their concern.

    The least-concerned people are those without much knowledge of the system (i.e., most "regular" folks). Or a weak sense of curiosity. Or, most damagingly, a propensity to get their news from the mainstream media.  Let’s just say that the information available to the “retail crowd” is either incomplete or misleading (and quite often intentionally so).

    What I mean to say more directly is: if you're not already a billionaire and getting access to the very best and most accurate information, you’d do well to….

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  • Podcast

    Tim Jackson: The High Price Of Growth

    A finite planet cannot sustain infinite economic growth
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:31 PM

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    Modern society is addicted to and engineered for perpetual economic growth.

    Now, a fourth-grader can tell you that nothing can grow forever, especially if you have finite resources. But that simple realization is eluding today's central planners, despite multiplying evidence that growth is becoming harder and harder to come by.

    This week's podcast guest is Professor Tim Jackson, sustainability advisor for the UK government, professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey and Director of CUSP. Tim is also a full member of the Club of Rome.

    He explains why the exponential growth rates of today's economies, and their associated rates of resource extraction/consumption, will not be able to continue for much longer — and why a pursuit of "prosperity" (defined much more broadly than simple consumerism) is a much healthier goal for humanity.

     

     

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    The Cardinal Sin Of Investing: Permanent Impairment Of Capital

    How to avoid making it
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, September 16, 2017, 12:47 AM

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    Permanent impairment of capital is the cardinal sin of investing.

    Well, today's markets present a clear and present danger of coming capital impairment for those who don't take prudent action in advance of a market downturn. Don't be guilty of inaction.

     

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  • Podcast

    Steve St. Angelo: Prepare For Asset Price Declines Of 50-75%

    When the debt bubble pops, it's taking everything with it
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, July 3, 2017, 8:00 PM

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    Any sense of prosperity in today's economy is based on a falsehood, claims Steve St. Angelo, proprietor of the SRSrocco Report website.

    Like we here at PeakProsperity.com, Steve is a student of energy. He shares our worldview that net energy per capita has been in steady decline, and a result, future growth will be limited. Also like us, he notes that the "growth" seen over the past several decades hasn't been due to surplus net energy (which makes being able to do more possible). Instead, it has been fueled by debt  — which essentially steals prosperity from the future and consumes it today.

    Any third-grader with a crayon can quickly tell you that kind of scam can't last forever. And it can't. Once the can can't be kicked any further and the next economic and/or financial crisis is upon us, Steve sees today's over-inflated asset prices quickly dropping by a gut-wrenching 50-75%.

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    The Way To Save Ourselves

    Why a shift in consciousness is essential now
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:02 AM

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    It’s time to be blunt: Humans are headed towards disaster. 

    Most of us already know this.  Some consciously, others unconsciously.

    No matter if it's consciously or unconsciously, everybody who ‘knows’ that something is terribly wrong is correct.

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    Where There’s Smoke…

    ...There’s central bank manipulation
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12:26 AM

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    Many questions surround the elevated financial asset prices we are faced with today.

    I'm talking not just about the sky-high prices of stocks and bonds, but also of the trillions of dollars’ worth of derivatives that are linked to them.  All are intricately linked together. For instance, stocks are elevated, in part, because bond yields are so low. 

    These questions are important to consider because — if central banks have been too involved and gotten themselves mixed up in trying to ‘wag the dog’ by using elevated financial asset prices as a means to drive economic expansion — then the risk is a big implosion in financial asset prices if their efforts fail.

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  • Podcast

    James Howard Kunstler: The World’s Greatest Misallocation Of Resources

    And why we appear poised to repeat it
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, January 22, 2017, 6:11 PM

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    James Howard Kunstler returns to the podcast this week, observing that despite the baton being handed to a new American president, the massive predicaments we face as a society remain the same. And it seems the incoming administration is just as in denial of them as the old.

    Kunstler adds fresh critique to his now decades-old warning that we are sleepwalking our way deep into the Long Emergency. The longer we delude ourselves and waste our energies in pursuit of reviving the failed "endless growth" model, the farther our journey back to a sustainable way of living will be when our current system collapses.

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  • Podcast

    Shaun Chamberlin: Surviving The Aftermath Of The Market Economy

    What we'll need to persevere through collapse
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, January 8, 2017, 5:23 PM

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    Historian and economist David Fleming undertook the writing of Lean Logic a grand vision that projected out the likely path of collapse for our currently unsustainable way of life, as well as the key success factors society will need to cultivate to come out the other side.

    Following his death, his writing partner Shaun Chamberlin distilled the book's prime conclusions into the more accessible Surviving The Future: Culture, carnival, and capital in the aftermath of the market economy. Shaun, who has also been deeply involved with Rob Hopkins in the Transition Movement since its inception, stresses that localized communities that pursue developing as much independence from the central economy as possible will be the foundations for entering a sustainable, enjoyable future.

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    When This Ends, Everybody Gets Hurt

    And the end is uncomfortably close
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, January 22, 2015, 3:45 AM

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    Central bank credibility (as fictitious as that may be) is essential to maintaining the current narrative, BUT central banks are rapidly losing their credibility (which should have happened simply via deductive reasoning a long time ago) and the strains are showing.

    Their actions are increasingly wild and extreme, and it's our view that 2015- 2016 will mark the end of this long run of overly-ambitious central bankers and over-complacent markets.

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