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    What The Bears Still Left Standing Think

    Takeaways from the 2014 Wine Country Conference
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, May 3, 2014, 5:39 PM

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    The Wine Country Conference (WCC) is an annual gathering of speakers organized by Mike "Mish" Shedlock and his advisery firm, Sitka Pacific. This year's speakers included: John Hussman, Steen Jakobsen, Axel Merk, Mebane Faber, Chris, and of course, Mish himself. Our good friend Charles Hugh Smith attended, as well.

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    Off the Cuff: Broken Markets

    Response to the FMOC minutes reveals depth of instability
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, June 20, 2013, 4:26 AM

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

    • Wedding Bells For Mish
      • Mike tied the knot last week
    • FOMC Freak-Out
      • Markets react nonsensically to the predictable
    • Where to From Here?
      • Down – and fast – seems most likely
    • The Case For Precious Metals
      • Current low prices just don't make sense
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    Off the Cuff: It Feels Like 2007 All Over Again

    There's a bubble in "belief"
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, December 20, 2012, 5:43 AM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff with Mish & Chris podcast, Mish and Chris discuss:

    • Fiscal cliff "smoke"
      • Not enough substance to include "mirrors"
    • The markets' grim outlook
      • Most difficult time for investors in generations
    • Crazy ideas
      • Could the Fed get away with taking all debts onto it books?
    • Media spin
      • There's a bubble in "belief"

    48 hours to go and no Fiscal Cliff deal in sight. The recently touted "Plan B"…

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    Off the Cuff: Will We Learn from Japan’s Missteps In Time?

    Its fate could shock other countries into action
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, November 22, 2012, 7:14 AM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff with Mish & Chris podcast, Mish and Chris discuss:

    • Japan's Kamikaze Monetary Policy
      • The yen may be poised for destruction
    • Denial is a river in Germany, Greece, and Spain
      • Poor decisions being made in all three countries
    • Fiscal Cliff: Deal or No Deal?
      • What's most likely at this point

    In this Thanksgiving edition of Off the Cuff, Chris and Mish are grateful for Japan. Why? Because Japan will likely collapse under its unsustainable monetary and fiscal policies before the U.S. does.

    Much of the structural rot that ails the U.S. has been festering for much longer in Japan. With signs growing that the Japanese economy is nearing its predictable endgame, its implosion might be shocking enough to cause our leaders to think seriously that fate could be ours if we don't take radically different actions immediately.

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    Off the Cuff: It’s Becoming Every Man for Himself

    Hard times reveal the true nature of our leaders
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, June 28, 2012, 7:40 PM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff with Mish & Chris podcast, Mish and Chris lean into:

    • Signs of fragmentation in Europe
      • Increasingly political leaders jettisoning Eurozone collectivism for what's best for their own country
    • The ticking pension bomb
      • US states, municipalities, and cities face unmeetable obligations
    • Fraud at the core
      • The Barclays LIBOR-fixing scandal shows how manipulated markets really are

    They say that when the going gets tough, you learn what a person's true nature is. If that's so, we're learning that the bloviating European leaders are clueless opportunists with no real love or loyalty for the centralized European vision they've been selling to their populace for over a decade. Similarly, US public pension administrators and public officials are craven liars, still unwilling to admit to pensioners that poor stewardship, bad math, and generationally low interest rates have made it impossible to meet their actuarial commitments. Increasingly — and as epitomized by the recently- fraudulent fixing of the LIBOR market — all players are simply out to secure what they can for themselves before the system breaks.

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    Off the Cuff: The Fed’s Increasing Impotence

    Analyzing this week's "non-announcement" from the Fed
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, June 21, 2012, 12:04 AM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff with Mish & Chris podcast, Mish and Chris address:

    • Fed Fizzle
      • Even if/when the Fed decides to inject more liquidity, it's increasingly questionable whether that will have any real impact
    • Europe's Choice: Uncertainty or Panic
      • The day of reckoning is approaching, but Europe is showing us we still have time left to act
    • Crisis Fatigue
      • Don't deviate from your convictions. Just because something is taking longer than you expect doesn't mean it won't happen

    The Fed disappointed the herd hoping for more QE (i.e., thin-air money printing) to be announced this week. Asset prices are drifting lower as a result, increasing the already-growing tension in world markets. Meanwhile the contagion in Europe seems to grow worse by the day. Even though it may feel tiring to stay ever-vigilant for a market dislocation, the risk is still worryingly high, so continue to remain on the defensive as best you're able.

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    Off the Cuff: Contagion Within Europe

    Europe's leaders are resorting to shoddy number tricks a 4th
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, June 17, 2012, 11:15 AM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff with Mish & Chris podcast, Mish and Chris discuss:

    • Desperate Measures
      • The math behind the latest 'rescue' attempts is so broken it falls apart at first glance
    • How Much Time Do We Have Left?
      • The day of reckoning is approaching, but Europe is showing us we still have time left to act
    • Where to Park Capital
      • The options worth considering grow fewer in number, though Europeans should take action soon

    Europe continues to figure prominently in Chris and Mish's minds at the moment. The action there is what's driving the world agenda right now, and the decisions taken to address the European crisis will have tremendous impact on the financial markets around the globe. Much is happening right now — but for longtime 'Off the Cuff' listeners, it's important to keep in perspective that little has actually changed. Europe's problem is a mathematical one. Too many bad loans were made. In practically every country. Steep losses will need to be taken. Taking those losses will place painful deflationary pressure on asset prices. The key question is: how much new money will central banks print to service and retire those debts?…

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    Off the Cuff with Mike “Mish” Shedlock

    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, April 5, 2012, 5:12 AM

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    Nearly every week, ChrisMartenson.com enrolled members enjoy a fresh podcast of “Off The Cuff,” an informal discussion on the markets between Chris and Mike “Mish” Shedlock, publisher of the extremely popular economic blog Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis.

    We’re making this week’s Off the Cuff podcast available to the public-at-large to build awareness for an important cause that Mish is championing. Earlier this week, he shared with readers that his wife Joanne suffers from ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

    After several years of juggling an intense publishing schedule (describing Mish as ‘prolific’ is a gross understatement) while caring for his wife on his own, he’s created an online raffle as a means to raise funds for important ALS research, patient care, and education. We support his efforts and wish Mish and Joanne all the best.

    Click here to learn more about the raffle.

    In this week’s Off the Cuff, Chris and Mish look at the impact of the recently-released Fed minutes and the worsening situation in Europe (no, the problems there haven’t gone away).

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    Straight Talk with Mike Shedlock (aka “Mish”)

    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 4:16 AM

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    Today marks the launch of our new and (hopefully) regularly recurring “Straight Talk” series, featuring thinking from notable minds the ChrisMartenson.com audience has indicated it wants to learn more about. Readers submit the questions they want addressed and our guests take their best crack at answering. Our hopes are high you’ll enjoy the expert insights and alternative perspectives this new series brings. 

    Our inaugural Straight Talk contributor is Mike Shedlock, author of Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis, one of the most visited and respected economic blogs on the Web. Mish is an outspoken deflationist and outlines his rationale for being so in his answers to our questions. He is also a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. 


    1. You’ve gone from mainframe computer programming analyst (in 2005) to being one of the most widely-read econobloggers in the world today. To what extent do you attribute your competitive advantage to holding a non-traditional background vs. the more ‘classically’ trained analysts and commentators?

    Mish: It certainly helps not having a background in economics as taught by academia today. Nearly everyone in academia is a Keynesian or Monetarist.

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