Tag Archives: negative interest rates

  • Blog

    Good Riddance To The ‘Twenty-Teens’

    A decade best shunned & forgotten
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, December 27, 2019, 1:36 PM


    This is my last report from the good old “twenty-teens”.

    In some respects, they didn’t turn out at all like I thought they would. But in many others, exactly as predicted.

    But, given today’s systemic distortions and deformations, predicting the events of the next ten years will be much easier than it was for the twenty-teens. Largely because there’s little room left down the road to kick the can further.

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  • Blog

    The Importance Of A Resilient Life

    In the end, it will mean all the difference
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 4:00 AM


    My business partner Adam and I recently met with a successful business owner whose career began on Wall Street. The kind of guy who should be rooting for the system, because it has treated him well.

    Instead, he was quite nervous about the sustainability of the status quo. “Starting in August,” he said, “Maybe it was the Amazon catching fire, maybe it was the negative interest rates – I don’t know for certain what the trigger was – but something has snapped.”

    I agree. Because I feel it, too.

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  • Blog

    It’s The Pace Of Change That Kills You

    And it has now sped up beyond our means to control it
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, September 6, 2019, 3:39 PM


    The Powers That Be, like central bankers and politicians, are only human. They err. They have to operate with imperfect information.

    But they are also mostly untrained in systems thinking, resource limits, and other such necessary fields — which they could correct for if they cared or dared.

    But they aren’t. And because of this, the pace and the scope of the changes happening are beyond their powers of comprehension, let alone their powers to fix.

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  • Insider

    (Another Bonus!) Off The Cuff: Why Negative Rates Won’t Work

    The logic supporting them is just plain wrong
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 10:46 AM


    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

    • Why Negative Rates Won’t Work
    • Why We Won’t Bounce Out Of The Next Recession
    • The Rich & Poor Alike Will Suffer In The Next Downturn
    • The Only Official ‘Plan’ B Is Panic At This Point

    Recorded two weeks ago, we’ve only just now had the space to run this podcast. In it, John Rubino does a masterful job breaking down why negative rates are unnatural for a reason — they simply don’t do anything positive for the economy.

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  • Blog

    Save The World By First Saving Yourself

    We each have a role to play in how the world recovers from the coming crisis
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, August 23, 2019, 5:00 PM


    Yes, the world is busy collapsing around us. That’s true.

    But collapse is a process, not an event. It can be ameliorated and even reversed, depending on the actions we decide to take from here.

    And there’s still time left to change our fate.  Not much, mind you. But enough to matter.

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  • Insider

    (Bonus!) Off The Cuff: Understanding The Nefarious Nature Of Negative Interest Rates

    Welcome to bizarro world
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, August 23, 2019, 8:29 AM


    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Wolf Richter discuss:

    • How Negative Interest Rates Work
    • Their (Many) Nefarious Unintended Consequences
    • Too Much Capital Is Getting Pushed Into Higher Risk
    • The High Cost Of Our Relentless Pursuit Of “Growth”

    It’s been a surprisingly busy summer developments-wise in the world. We’ve had so much fresh content covering it all that’s it’s been a challenge to publish everything in a timely manner. Some releases get delayed in order to rush breaking news out to you.

    Here’s a podcast we recorded with Wolf Richter a few weeks back that tackles the important topic of negative interest rates. They are exploding around the world — over $19 trillion in debt is now trading at a negative rate (!).

    The US is one of the only sovereign bond markets left trading in positive territory. And the Fed has resumed an easing cycle, so that, too, may not last for much longer.

    What are the implications of a bizarro world below the 0%-bound? They are unnatural and fraught with toxic unintended consequences, as Wolf explains here.

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  • Insider

    Off The Cuff: The Structural Supply Shortage Of Silver

    It's still too low to be profitable for many producers
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 4:27 PM


    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Jeff Clark discuss:

    • Why The Recent Gold Breakout Is For Real
    • Why Lower Interest Rates Will Boost Gold Demand
    • Why Silver’s Price Will Need To Go Much Higher
    • Why Investors May Find PMs Hard To Obtain During The Next Crash

    We delayed this podcast a week in order to rush the one with Axel Merk out right after the latest Fed announcement. But it’s no less important.

    Precious metals analyst Jeff Clark explains why the new bull market in precious metals is ‘for real’, and why higher prices and scarcer supply in store — especially in the case of silver.

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  • Blog

    What To Do With Your Cash?

    Is it folly to hold cash right now? Or brilliant?
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, July 22, 2017, 4:19 AM


    Have you moved a material percentage of your financial portfolio to cash? Have you become so concerned about the meteoric ramp upwards in asset prices that you find it wiser instead to move to the sidelines, build "dry powder", and wait to re-enter the markets at saner valuations?

    If so, you have my sympathies.

    The past 5+ years have been brutal for savers pursuing this strategy. I know this well, as I'm one of those folks, too.

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  • Podcast

    Steen Jakobsen: The End Of The Debt Cycle

    As transformational as the fall of the Berlin Wall
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, February 21, 2016, 11:26 PM


    As we've been watching closely, something is wrong with the big banks. Their shares have lost 25-33% of their market value since the beginning of the year. What's going on?

    The turmoil seems greatest in Europe, where bank shares have fallen the hardest, and negative interest rates have appeared with increasingly frequency across member countries.

    To make sense of it all, we've invited Steen Jakobsen back on, Chief Investment Officer of Saxo Bank, who can provide an eyes-on-the-ground perspective on the European banking system from his location in Copenhagen.

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  • Blog

    The War On Cash: Officially Sanctioned Theft

    How banks & the government are diminishing your savings
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, June 12, 2015, 4:07 PM


    You’ve probably read that there is a “war on cash” being waged on various fronts around the world. What exactly does a “war on cash” mean?

    It means governments are limiting the use of cash and a variety of official-mouthpiece economists are calling for the outright abolition of cash. Authorities are both restricting the amount of cash that can be withdrawn from banks, and limiting what can be purchased with cash.

    These limits are broadly called capital controls.

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