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    The Screaming Fundamentals For Owning Gold

    We're at a moment of historic opportunity
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 4:53 PM

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    Every year or two we update this report, which lays out the investment thesis for gold. Here is this year's version.

    Silver is touched upon only as necessary; as a separate report of equal scope is required for that precious metal.

    Gold is one of the few investments that every investor should have in their portfolio. We are now at the dangerous end-game period of a very bold but very reckless & disappointing experiment with the world's fiat (unbacked) currencies. If this experiment fails — and we observe it's in the process of failing — gold will provide one of the best forms of wealth insurance. But like all insurance products, it only works if you buy it before you need to rely on it.

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    The Periphery is Failing

    The next big economic dislocation might be only weeks away
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 8:04 PM

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    For years we've preached the From the Outside In principle of markets: When trouble starts, it nearly always does so out in the weaker periphery before creeping towards the core.

    We saw this in the run-up to the housing bubble collapse, as sub-prime mortgages gave way before prime loans, and in Europe, as smaller economies like Greece, Ireland, and Cyprus have fallen first and hardest (so far).  We see this today in accelerating food stamp use among poorer U.S. households.  In each case, the weaker economic parties give way first before being followed, over time, by the stronger ones.

    Using this framework, we can often get several weeks to several months of advance notice before trouble erupts in the next ring closer to the center.

    Which makes today notable, as we're receiving a number of new warning signs.  The periphery is giving way.

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  • Podcast

    David Stockman: We’ve Been Lied To, Robbed, and Misled

    And we're still at risk of it happening all over again
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, March 30, 2013, 4:42 PM

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    David Stockman, former director of the OMB under President Reagan, former US Representative, and veteran financier is an insider's insider. Few people understand the ways in which both Washington DC and Wall Street work and intersect better than he does.

    In his upcoming book, The Great Deformation, Stockman lays out how we have devolved from a free market economy into a managed one that operates for the benefit of a privileged few. And when trouble arises, these few are bailed out at the expense of the public good.

    By manipulating the price of money through sustained and historically low interest rates, Greenspan and Bernanke created an era of asset mis-pricing that inevitably would need to correct.  And when market forces attempted to do so in 2008, Paulsen et al hoodwinked the world into believing the repercussions would be so calamitous for all that the institutions responsible for the bad actions that instigated the problem needed to be rescued — in full — at all costs. 

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    Daily Digest 3/16 – ‘Dangerous’ Financial Products Named, PA Unions: ‘Stop Cutting Taxes’

    by DailyDigest

    Saturday, March 16, 2013, 4:18 PM

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    • Greenspan Says Too Big To Fail Problem 'Is Getting Worse, Not Better'
    • 'Dangerous' financial products named
    • Max Keiser: Is Bitcoin Money?
    • Philadelphia unions to City Council: Stop cutting taxes 
    • Parallel World of Finances
    • Shock in Cyprus as savers face bailout levy
    • ‘If You Ain’t a Gardener, You Ain’t Gangster’
    • RBC’s Water Attitudes Study: We’re in denial over stormwater infrastructure

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  • Blog

    ShadowStats’ John Williams Explains Why It’s All Been Downhill Since 1973

    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, March 3, 2011, 2:53 AM

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    “If you look at the government’s latest statistics – the poverty survey of 2009, which is the most recent release, with average and median household income adjusted for inflation (and they use a really gimmick low inflation rate with that one) – it shows that not only has household income been falling the last year or two, but it’s below its near-term peak before the 2001 recession. Household income has not recovered above that, and if you use the CPI-U (the usual inflation rate to deflate that by instead of the gimmick one) it shows that household income today is below where it was in 1973. Again, the average household has not been able to keep up here. If income growth is not keeping ahead of inflation, very simply you can’t have consumption growing faster than inflation on a sustainable basis.”

    Government statistics guru John Williams believes the most important economic indicators used by our political leaders in their decison-making – the Consumer Price Index, the unemployment rate, the Gross Domestic Product – are deeply flawed in how they’re calculated. Whether these flaws result from letting theory trump reality or by machinating politicians, the result is the same: we are fooling ourselves at our peril. We have been understating the risks we face – which is why we are working harder for less today than the previous generation, and why our economy is not only not in “recovery” – but on the precipice of crisis.

    Click the play button below to listen to Part 1 of Chris’ interview with John Williams (runtime 37m:40s):

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    In this podcast, John and Chris outline how: 

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  • Blog

    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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  • Blog

    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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  • Blog

    Daily Digest 1/9 – Risks from U.S. Debt, Banks Slow Foreclosure Pace, BP to Cut Alaska Oil Production

    by DailyDigest

    Sunday, January 9, 2011, 4:00 PM

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    • Greenspan Warns of Risks From U.S. Debt
    • U.S. Stock Investors Ready For Earnings Start
    • Yellen Says Fed Asset Purchases Avert Deflation, to Create 3 Million Jobs
    • A Tale of 2 Employment Surveys, at a Glance
    • Facing Scrutiny, Banks Slow Pace of Foreclosures
    • BP to Cut Alaskan Oil Production
    • Duke Is Said to Be Near Deal to Buy Progress Energy

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  • Blog

    The Lost Decade

    by Chris Martenson

    Sunday, January 10, 2010, 6:24 PM

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    Well, now that the returns are in, we can declare this past decade, ‘the Aughts,’ to be a lost decade.  There’s an important story contained in the data from the Aughts, and it exposes the foundations of our current economic crisis.

    Forget about subprime mortgages and regulatory failures; those were merely stage props in a very large theatrical production.  The plot line was the massive accumulation of credit across all sectors of society and an associated failure to save and invest.

    Under the careless watch of Greenspan and then Bernanke, the total amount of debt in the US doubled from $26 trillion at the beginning of 2000 to $52 trillion at the end of 2009.

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    Daily Digest – July 9

    by Davos

    Thursday, July 9, 2009, 4:00 PM

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    • Wall Street Journal Article Quotes Dr. Chris Martenson
    • Joe Saluzzi (Video, 3:40 Fictitious Trading, Program Trades, 8:20 the M word, possible repost, H/T DavidC)
    • a.) Inflation b.) Deflation c.) Both (Whitepaper, I wouldn’t miss pages 7 on)
    • Barrons Editor ‘It’s a depression’ (Video)
    • Samuelson on Greenspan
    • GOLD AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM (Repost)
    • Job Losses.

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