Tag Archives: prices

  • Blog

    The Marginal Buyer Holds The Pin That Pops Every Asset Bubble

    So it's important to watch him very closely
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, August 19, 2016, 6:01 AM


    Those of you who took an Economics class in college may remember the saying that prices are set "at the margin". That's a fancy way to say that prices are set by the person (or people) willing to pay the most.

    This person willing to pay top dollar is called the "marginal buyer". Most of us don't really think about him, but he (or she) is very, very important.

    Why? Because the marginal buyer not only determines price levels, but also their stability and degree of volatility. The behavior of the marginal buyer, as well as the degree of competition for his/her "top dog" spot, sets the prices of nearly every asset class held by today's investors.

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    Off The Cuff: Elusive Earnings

    Profits vanish as as the next recession encroaches
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 2:55 PM


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

    • Elusive Earnings
      • Corporate profits are vaporizing across all sectors
    • Non-GAAP Crap
      • Companies are increasingly contorting their books to look more solvent than they are
    • The Ramifications Of Distorting Price Signals
      • Malinvestment the world 'round
    • Inflate Or Die
      • Why helicopter money is coming
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  • Podcast

    Ed Butowsky: Calculating The True Cost of Living Increase

    Why it's much higher than we're told/sold
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, March 20, 2016, 5:06 PM


    Over the past decade, we've been told that inflation has been tame — actually below the target the Federal Reserve would like to see. But if that's true, then why does the average household find it harder and harder to get by?

    The ugly reality is that the true annual cost of living is far outpacing the government's reported inflation rate. By nearly 10x in many parts of the country.

    This week, we welcome Ed Butowsky, developer of the Chapwood Index, to the program. His index is a 'real world' measure of how prices are increasing much faster than the wages of the 99% can afford.

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    Broken Signals

    Prices are so distorted, we're blind in these "markets""
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 2:50 PM


    Prices matter. Or at least, they should

    They tell us about the relative value of things, and provide indication of scarcity or abundance.

    Sadly, we don't have good prices anymore because the markets have been so heavily dominated by hot money speculators.

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    Off the Cuff: The Importance Of Global Capital Flows

    More responsible for prices than any other current factor
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 7, 2014, 2:56 AM


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

    • Japan's Halloween Massacre
      • The most glaring sign yet that the central banks are desperate
    • Capital Flows Are King Right Now
      • The reason we have record-high markets despite crummy fundamentals
    • Musical Chairs
      • Every (market) player has fun until the music stops
    • Throwing The Bums Out
      • As our lifestyles contract, we vote out the incumbents
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    Rising Resource Costs Escalate Odds of Global Unrest

    The critical 40% income-to-food threshold
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 2:34 AM


    As we observe the growing unrest in Ukraine, there is the usual rush to ascribe a cause. Was it meddling by the West? Russia? Was it corruption by prior leaders? Simmering resentments that stretch back centuries that finally erupted?

    The answers apply to Ukraine as well as to many other countries. Which is why having an accurate framework, a clear 'lens' for seeing what is actually transpiring, will prove far more useful to you than 99% of what you will hear on the ni

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    What To Avoid When Relocating

    Whether in or outside of your home country
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 2:34 AM


    Executive Summary

    • The math explaining why Ukraine was a predictable flashpoint
    • Why the IMF's "help" is about to make the Ukranian situation a lot worse
    • Implications for those considering relocating inside or outside of the US
    • Chris' "must have" ingredients that make a potential relocation destination worth considering

    If you have not yet read Rising Resource Costs Escalate Odds of Global Unrest, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.


    Now back to Dave’s original series of questions. I think that Ukraine was primed and ready for a shove into instability.

    There’s a well known psychology experiment where two male rats can be placed in a cage where they will live somewhat happily as long as they have sufficient food. However, if painful electric shocks are applied to the floor of the cage in such a way that the rats cannot escape, the two males will begin fighting.

    Keep up the shocks long enough and the fighting will be severe, even to the death.

    What’s happening? The rats lack the context to know that the shocks are coming from outside somewhere. The only thing they can project their discomfort onto is the only other living thing in their sight – the other rat.

    So they fight.

    Similarly, the people of Ukraine lack the context to know just who is to blame for the unpleasant conditions in which they live and seemingly cannot escape. So they blame each other and fight each other. They blame the President and so he’s gone. But the next one, and the ones following, will be just as bad; and eventually they will each be in turn ousted, too.

    The problem is the shocks are not being caused by players they can see and blame. We’ll get to more on that in a minute.

    By the numbers, the …:

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    Daily Digest 2/23 – States Seek Ways To Solve Budget Woes, Debt Relief In Egypt?, The Rising Cost Of Everything

    by saxplayer00o1

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 3:48 PM

    • California Fees Boost Traffic Fines To Aid Budget
    • Detroit Ordered to Close Half Its Public Schools Amid Budget Crisis
    • States Ignored Warnings On Unemployment Insurance
    • Wisconsin Governor Warns Of Layoffs
    • Portugal’s Debt D-Day Nears
    • Russia May Extend Grain Export Ban: Minister
    • Wisconsin Labor Fight Spreads to Ohio, Oklahoma and Indiana
    • Gaddafi orders oil sabotage, source tells Time columnist
    • Treasury Tools Less Effective as Debt Limit Nears
    • Egypt Seeking Debt Relief From European Union
    • “I Won’t Pay” Movement Grips Debt-Ridden Greece
    • Uninsured’s Numbers Surge During Recession
    • NWS Could Be Cut
    • VF Corp To Raise Prices
    • Big Airlines Try To Raise Fares Again
    • Hormel Raising Prices
    • Cost Of … Everything … About To Go Up
    • Parking Prices Going Up With New Meters
    • Beachgoers burning mad over looming parking fees
    • Major Fee Increase Proposed For DMV Business
    • Brazil Central Bank Sold $848.2M In Reverse Swap Contracts
    • Adams ‘Dismisses’ Irish IMF Obligations
    • Seafood Sellers Say Prices Are on the Rise

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    Daily Digest 2/16 – Beware Gold And Silver ETFs, Strategies To Rein In Debt, Global Food Prices Rising Rapidly

    by saxplayer00o1

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 3:45 PM

    • Investor Beware – Gold ETFs – Silver ETFs – Expensive & Risky
    • Dave Morgan & Mike Maloney – Gold Confiscation
    • Unemployed ‘99ers’ take on the Capitol
    • Flint City Councilman Dale Weighill: Some on council willing to explore state takeover, municipal bankruptcy
    • Could bankruptcy solve Camden’s woes?
    • AISD trustees discuss slashing more than 1,000 jobs
    • Geithner: Entitlements Key to Rein in Debt
    • Parking ticket fees could rise (Alameda)
    • ‘Speed on green’ to offset budget cuts: police (Calgary)
    • North Sea one-year output takes a dive
    • Valley truckers hit hard by rising diesel prices (California)
    • Overseas demand, unrest could drive up gasoline prices in United States
    • World Bank: Food prices at “dangerous levels”
    • Companies Warn That Higher Prices Are Looming
    • Cotton may force retail prices to rise
    • Clothing Prices Set To Rise This Spring
    • Produce prices on the rise in Idaho
    • High Sugar Prices Hit Bakeries, Confectioners
    • Fed’s Lacker: Food, Energy Price Rise Definitely A Concern
    • Crop Prices Push Up Farmland Value
    • Milk production and milk prices expected to be higher in 2011
    • Candy Shop Gets Creative to Keep Chocolate Prices Stable
    • Tomato prices soar after cold weather kill-off
    • Corn prices increasing, what’ll it mean for grocery costs?
    • Global wheat prices could soar as China struggles with drought

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    Daily Digest 2/5 – Jim Rickards On Inflation And Currency Wars, More Unemployed Stop Looking, Record Food Prices

    by DailyDigest

    Saturday, February 5, 2011, 3:44 PM

    • Interview: Jim Rickards On Inflation And Currency Wars
    • Foreclosed Homeowners Go To Court On Their Own
    • Unemployment Rate Dips to 9% as More Quit Looking
    • Peak Oil And A Changing Climate
    • The Peak Oil Chronicles, Part 1: When The Giants Run Dry
    • Food Prices Worldwide Hit Record Levels, Fueled by Uncertainty, U.N. Says
    • A Food Manifesto For The Future

    Our ‘What Should I Do?’ guide has steps to cook, see & stay warm in times of power outage

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