Tag Archives: Off The Cuff

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    Off The Cuff: Get Your Exit Strategy Ready

    It's time to lessen your dependence on our failing institutions
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 2:35 PM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

    • Society’s fatal flaws and it’s inability to acknowledge them
    • Reducing your dependence on central institutions is one of the best investments to make today
    • Reclaiming your food production produces valuable health, self-reliance and spiritual returns

    The unrest rippling through society today is awakening more and more of us to the flaws of our current system. The benefits concentrate among too few, and those controlling the system seem happy to commit regular fraud to maintain their power and advantage. More and more of the masses are realizing that the inequity they are experiencing is an intentional feature of the system, not a glitch.

    It is fair? No. Will it continue? Most likely yes, until things collapse from over-exploitation or civil overthrow. The important thing to do now, as Charles lays out, is to focus your frustration on constructive investments that reduce your dependence on our failing institutions…

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    Off The Cuff: Our Runaway Debt Is Hurtling Towards The End Of The Line

    Why the central banks will crash the the economy, one way or another
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, June 15, 2020, 8:00 AM

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

    • Why runaway debt has taken us beyond the point of no return
    • Why this very predictably will end in a fiat currency crisis/collapse
    • Why to expect more civil unrest
    • In the short term, expect MMT, market volatility and accelerating inequity

    The events we’ve been predicting for over a decade are now happening at an accelerating pace. That tremendous pile of global debt we’ve been warning of? It’s exploding higher. The US alone just added a full $1 trillion(!) in government debt in the month of May.

    The world is so over-leveraged right now that interest rates can never be (willingly) allowed to rise again, else the entire economic system will crash. Once we accept that conclusion, the actions of the central banks and their implications become simple to predict. The sad reality is, as John explains below, is that they are trapped on a trajectory that will inevitably crash the system anyways…

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    Off The Cuff: Too Vital To Fail

    Revisiting the world's sad addiction to fossil fuel
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 1:15 PM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Art Berman discuss:

    • It’s about as bad as it has ever been for the US oil industry
    • Expect the government to intervene, as oil is Too Vital To Fail
    • Any ‘recovery’ will be long and costly
    • Like it or not, energy conservation and efficiency will be forced on society

    The global economy remains completely addicted to fossil fuel, particularly oil — the “master” resource.

    Of late, a collapse in the price of oil due to a slowing global economy — and then the widespread shutdowns forced by covid-19 — combined with overleveraged players and energetically-expensive extraction practices, and the industry is facing a likely wave of bankruptcies.

    So expect extreme action to keep the oil flowing, including but not limited to government takeover. Why? It truly is an “at all costs” need for those in charge. Art explains why extremely eloquently in this podcast.

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    Off The Cuff: Pre-emptive Strike

    The central planners are desperately fighting the next recession, even though it isn't here yet
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 10:44 AM

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

    • Australia Is Burning
    • The impending shale oil bust
    • Central banking desperation
    • The PP May 2020 seminar

    The evidence is now impossible to refute: the Economic, Energy & Environmental predicaments this site has been warning of for years are now hitting in force. Central banks are panicking, Australia is burning and the shale oil patch is becoming a graveyard for investor capital.

    How desperate is it becoming?

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    Art Berman: Houston, We Have A Problem

    The surplus energy that powers the world is declining
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 29, 2019, 7:37 PM

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    Chris caught petroleum geologist Art Berman right before he went on stage to deliver a presentation on the limitations of shale oil (his excellent slides can be found here). The world is finally starting to realize that the profit-making potential of this space was drastically over-hyped.

    But more important, warns Art, is that the souring sentiment on shale oil is a reflection on the bigger challenge ahead of us: How we will power the world in a future of declining net energy?

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    Off The Cuff: The System Is Purposely Insidious

    The wealth of the 99% is being intentionally syphoned into the pockets of the elites
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:07 PM

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

    • Only An Elite Few Benefit From The ‘Wealth Effect’
    • The System Is Purposely Insidious
    • Only Revolution Will Change Things At This Point
    • What The Heck Is The Fed Up To Next?

    Get ready for ‘no punches pulled’ barnburner of a discussion. Both Chris and Wolf are hopping mad at the increasing squeeze our system is placing on the masses — the ‘wealth effect’ created by current Fed policy is only enjoyed by the already stinking rich, and everyone else is being left fewer and fewer crumbs.

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    Off The Cuff: Central Banks Are Net Buyers Of Gold

    How times have changed. Now 'everyone cares' about gold.
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, October 24, 2019, 3:00 PM

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

    • Central banks are now net buyers of gold
    • China and India are buying like crazy
    • Why the gold’s prospects haven’t been this good since 2003
    • Why silver remains the even better bargain at today’s prices

    Several years ago, Grant Williams famously explained bullion’s lackluster price action was because “nobody cares” about gold.

    How times have changed.

    Gold is back at $1,500/oz and appears to be consolidating in preparation of another move higher. As Jeff Clark tells us in this week’s podcast, suddenly EVERYONE seems to care about gold:

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    (BONUS) Off The Cuff: A Crisis Of National Identity

    With trust and upward mobility disappearing, who are we?
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 9:59 AM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

    • Epstein as a case study
    • Having departed so far from our values, what is our national identity now?
    • Our political, judicial, media, education and financial systems are captive to special interests
    • Where do we go from here?

    Sometimes, when the news is breaking fast & furious, content we create gets back-burnered for more time-sensitive material. And when we’re able, we bring it out to give it the sunlight it deserves.

    This conversation between Chris and Charles Hugh Smith, recorded a month ago, is one of them. It’s a no-holes-barred exploration of today’s culture, which appears to be drifting far from the values that used to serve as the foundation for society. As Charles asks below, in a society where trust has been eroded and prosperity is out of reach for all but the top 1%, who are we?

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    Off The Cuff: Understanding The Trouble With Repo Rates

    Is a liquidity crisis brewing?
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, September 20, 2019, 7:10 PM

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

    • What is the repo rate?
    • Why did the rate suddenly skyrocket?
    • Why a liquidity crisis is so dangerous
    • Will the Fed really start up QE again?

    Something completely unexpected happened this week. Banks started running out of cash reserves. As a result, the cost for them to borrow money overnight — the repo rate — suddenly skyrocketed, taking the banking system and the Federal Reserve by surprise.

    While the situation appears under control for now, it is not a good sign nor a healthy one for the financial system.

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    (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

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    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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