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    Nafeez Ahmed: Our Systems Are Failing

    This is an evolutionary moment for our species
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, February 19, 2017, 8:19 PM

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    Dr. Nafeez Ahmed is an award winning 15 year investigative journalist, noted international security scholar, best-selling author and film-maker.  He authored The Guardian’s Earth Insight blog and has twice won the prestigious Project Censored Award for outstanding investigative journalism.

    In his new book Failing States, Collapsing Systems, Nafeez points out, as we often do here at PeakProsperity.com, that everything in our modern society is connected to energy, and that our pursuit of ever more, ever higher growth is finally colliding with planetary limits. Scarcity and strife will be the dominant trends from here, unless we, as a species, start looking for different ways of living better-suited for a finite world.

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    The Great Market Tide Has Now Shifted To Risk-Off Assets

    A global sea-change in risk appetite & sentiment
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, July 8, 2016, 7:03 PM

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    In the conventional investment perspective, risk-on assets (i.e. investments with higher risks and higher potential returns) such as stocks are on a see-saw with risk-off assets (investments with lower returns and lower risk, such as Treasury bonds). When risk appetites are high, institutional managers and speculators move money into stocks and high-yield junk bonds, and move money out of safe-haven assets such as gold and U.S. Treasuries.

    But recently, markets are no longer following this convention. Safe haven assets such as precious metals and Treasuries are soaring at the same time that stock markets bounced strongly off the post-Brexit lows.

    Risk-on assets (stocks) rising at the same time as safe-haven assets is akin to dogs marrying cats and living happily ever after. 

    What the heck is going on?

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    Why The Fed’s Efforts Will End Badly

    We've been down this road before. Quite recently, in fact
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 6:26 PM

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    It’s no secret that I've taken the contrarian position for seven long (and frequently frustrating) years.

    Look, we’ve been down this road before, and the sheer stupidity of our current situation is that we’ve been down it recently enough to know better.  It worked out poorly for us in 2000, again in 2008, and will soon enough again. That's why I'm currently short the US stock market and plan to increase that short position as time goes on.

    I'm quite familiar with, and even sympathetic to, the idea that the central banks will not…

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    Close To The Tipping Point

    Can you feel it?
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, April 25, 2016, 5:19 PM

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    There’s something in the air: people are edgy and worried. But about what, exactly?

    Despite allegedly rosy economic statistics and endless cheerleading about how the markets have bottomed and how growth is poised to come roaring back, our heads and our guts instead tell us something is very wrong.

    People everywhere can feel it. They're expressing varying levels of dissatisfaction: ranging from mildly concerned, to very worried, to downright pissed off.

    We see it broadly in the hostility and opinion canyons of the election cycle. Perhaps we’ve experienced it personally, through the ending of a relationship that no longer works as we need it to.

    These are the signs of tipping points. The human animal senses the coming tsunami and reacts from a very deep, visceral place where emotions hold sway and reason stumbles.  We are social creatures; and not all of the cues to which we react are visible or quantifiable.

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    The War On Cash Intensifies

    Negative interest rates. A ban on cash. Pick your poison.
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 1:45 AM

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    The central planners are setting the stage for the next round of officially sanctioned theft and this time they mean to assure that you have no way(s) of escaping.

    They’re coming for your cash. This is a risk that Charles Hughes Smith explored for us back in June in a very well-received analysis.

    Once a fringe idea, this concept is now being openly discussed and debated at the highest levels publicly. Which means it is being hotly discussed behind closed doors, and likely has been for a long time.

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    In Denial: We Pursue Endless Growth At Our Peril

    A requiem for planet Earth
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, May 29, 2015, 2:09 PM

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    As we've been discussing of late here at PeakProsperity.com, humans desperately need a new story to live by. The old one is increasingly dysfunctional and rather obviously headed for either a quite dismal or possibly disastrous future. One of the chief impediments to recognizing the dysfunction of the old story and adopting a new one is the most powerful of all human emotional states: Denial.

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    Off the Cuff: Economic Growth Is Dead

    But no one is willing to admit it
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, April 30, 2015, 9:15 PM

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

    • Economic Growth Is Dead
      • Though world governments fear admitting that
    • The War On Cash
      • Rumors abound cash may eventually be outlawed
    • Crisis Inevitability
      • A crash is coming, whether we're too exhausted for it or not
    • Civil Rights Are Casualty #1 Of Our Failing System
      • Baltimore is just the latest flashpoint in many more to come
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    Has The Fed Already Lost?

    Growth is dying & the Fed has few options left
    by Brian Pretti

    Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:36 PM

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    Increasingly we live in a world of Now. Instantaneous access to digital real time data and news has simply become a given in our lives of the moment.

    You may be surprised to know that the Federal Reserve has taken notice.

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    If We’re Going To Borrow Against The Future, Let’s Borrow To Invest

    The are much better ways to spend the next $1 Trillion
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4:21 PM

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    We are at an important juncture as a global society: either we immediately prioritize a new trajectory focused on creating a positive, functional future or — by continuing the consumptive, extractive, exploitative status quo — we will default into a nasty nightmare.

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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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