09.28.21- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The ‘F*** Joe Biden’ Chant Is EVERYWHERE
Victoria Taft

Joe Biden is the worst president we’ve had since the last worst president we had: Barack Obama, who was the worst president since Jimmy Carter. It has escaped no one’s notice.

Covid lockdowns and mandates; the destructive, inhumane, callow, disgusting bug-out of Afghanistan; generational theft-level spending; and tyrannical diktats have touched everyone – except Hollywood and D.C., naturally.

Turn that flag upside down, Australia here we come. Read More

09.27.21- When the Tight Economic Rope Slackens (w/edit)
Gary Tanashian

[edit] Upon completing the article I realized that no forward look at the economy and financial markets from an inflationary/deflationary point of view would be complete without consideration of the Yield Curve. Here is its status at the time of writing. It is making a steepening hint this week along with the rise in bond yields.

That signaling is inflationary, at least for now. But in 2008 the curve morphed from an inflationary steepener to a deflationary one and that’s an important distinction. Read More

09.25.21- Evergrande Contagion Threatens to Collapse the Everything Bubble
Birch Gold Group

“Evergrande, a real-estate colossus in China, is collapsing. Don’t expect the collapse to be contained to China. The global macro implications are huge.” – Mike Shedlock

The U.S. economy is staring down the barrel of a financial shotgun thanks to the Chinese real estate bubble that just popped.

The trouble started at a developer called Evergrande, which is suffering a major crisis. One Wall Street Journal article sharply summarized the company’s problems: Read More

09.24.21- Welcome to the Central Bank Hotel, Once Inside You Can Never Leave
Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Central bank digital currencies are on the way. The German Central Bank just embraced a digital euro. Let's discuss the risks.

Fintech and Global Payments

Jens Weidmann, president of the Bundesbank, gave the opening speech at the digital conference “Fintech and the global payments landscape – exploring new horizonsRead More

09.23.21- As Overnight Reverse Repos Spike to Record $1.28 Trillion, Fed Doubles Per-Counterparty Limit, Keeps Adding Counterparties
Wolf Richter

This mega-liquidity suck has mopped up cash amounting to 10 months of QE.

The Fed announced today after the FOMC meeting that it doubled the per-counterparty limit on overnight reverse repos from $80 billion to $160 billion per counterparty. There have been many indications, including in the minutes of prior meetings, that the Fed would increase the per-counterparty limit. Read More

09.22.21- Does the Fed Really Want a “Bond Market Tantrum”?
Peter Schiff

Reuters article by Stefano Rebaudo argued that the Federal Reserve might welcome a “bond market tantrum” that pushes bond yields higher. But does the Fed really want higher interest rates? And what would that mean for the economy?

Despite the post-pandemic economic improvement and wide expectations that the Fed will begin tapering quantitative easing in the near future, bond yields have remained stubbornly low. Ten-year Treasury yields remain stuck just above 1.3%. Read More

09.21.21- You’ll Be Shocked To Learn There’s Corruption At The Fed
Ryan McMaken

Fed chairman Jerome Powell has decided the Fed ought to “review” its ethics policies after it was revealed that high-ranking personnel at the Fed were actively trading stocks even as the Fed was busy pulling the levers on monetary policy.

CNBC reported today:

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell directed staff to review the central bank’s ethics rules for appropriate financial activities after disclosures that several senior central bank officials made multiple multimillion-dollar stock trades in 2020, while others held significant investments…. Read More

09.20.21- The Crooks Running The Federal Reserve Have Been Getting High
On Their Own Supply

Michael Snyder

Liquidity injections are like a drug, and the financial markets just can’t get enough of them.  But as they were endlessly juicing the stock market, officials at the Federal Reserve broke one of the cardinal rules of drug dealing.  You never get high on your own supply.  It turns out that quite a few of the big dogs over at the Fed have very large investments which greatly benefitted from all of the cash that the Federal Reserve was endlessly pumping into the marketplace.  If that sounds “extremely corrupt” to you, that is because it is extremely corrupt, and it is another example that shows why the Federal Reserve should be completely abolished. Read More

09.18.21- The Perfect Storm Makes Landfall
David Brady

Gold dumps to 1746. Silver to 22.59. GDX to a “new low” of 30.59. SILJ to 12.43. Meanwhile, DXY rises to 92.96, its highest level since August 27. Stocks have come off slightly, with the S&P testing support at ~4440 and the Nasdaq 15000.

We can debate the reasons as to why. Take your pick: Far better than expected retail sales data, aided by higher prices, increasing the likelihood of a Fed taper. It was the recent Wall Street Journal article citing the probability of a Fed taper beginning in November that triggered the peak in stocks. Read More

09.17.21- The Funny-Money Game
Alasdair Macleod

The sense of general unease that I detect among those I meet and discuss economics and financial matters with is increasing —with good reason. Clearly, what everyone calls inflation, rising prices or more accurately currency debasement, will lead to higher interest rates, threatening markets which are unmistakably in bubble territory.

The consequences of rising prices and interest rates are still being badly underestimated. Read More

09.16.21- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The Next "Crisis" the Global Elite Have Planned
Doug Casey

International Man: Every year, the international ruling class—the most influential world leaders, CEOs of big corporations, top academics, and even celebrities—come together at Davos. They discuss topics that interest them and prescribe their preferred policies.

What’s your take on the Davos crowd and what they are doing? Read More

09.15.21- The Fed Speaks Loudly
But Carries A Feather

Michael Lebowitz

Speak softly and carry a big stickPresident Theodore Roosevelt on foreign policy.

In other words, let your actions, not your words set the tone.

It appears the Fed may be taking the opposite tack. Many Fed members are vocal about tapering soon, but there is reason to believe the Fed will not back their words with action.

Might the Fed be speaking loudly and carrying a feather?  Read More

09.14.21- The Return of Stagflation
John Mauldin

I have been writing this letter for 22 years. Sometimes I look into the future and other times merely try to explain the present. Today I’m going to look at several possible futures. There are forces at work in both Congress and the Federal Reserve that could take us down radically different paths. There are also changes in the Zeitgeist, the way we act and think both in and as a society, that are going to have major impacts.

What I am not doing today is predicting the future. I am looking at events and saying if “this” happens we need to be prepared for it. I’m increasingly concerned we are in an economic situation with almost no wiggle room. We had serious issues before the pandemic which haven’t gone away. Massive fiscal and monetary stimulus obscured this reality, but can’t do so forever.  Read More

09.13.21- The Fed Is Fatally Corrupt-- And So Is the Rest of America's Status Quo
Charles Hugh Smith

We know you're all just poor corrupt officials, but bleating excuses won't save you from the karmic payoff. 

The Federal Reserve can be summed up in two famous lines from the classic film Casablanca in which the corrupt police official Renault is ordered to close Rick's cafe. 

Renault: I'm shocked! Shocked to find that gambling is going on in here. 

[The croupier hands Renault a wad of cash]: Your winnings, sir.  Read More

09.11.21- Here’s Why We Desperately Need a One-Handed Economist
Peter Reagan

Speaking at a meeting of central bankers at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said a lot of words without exactly saying anything.

The Fed “doublespeak” was picked up by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER):

What they got is what Harry Truman complained about when hearing from his economic advisors: “On the one hand, this, but on the other hand, that.” Truman said that he desperately wanted a one-handed economist. Read More

09.10.21- The Process of Ending Massive Money Printing Has Started
Wolf Richter

ECB is second giant to taper. Bank of Japan already ended QE. Bank of Canada shed 15% of its assets. Bank of England & Reserve Bank of Australia are tapering. Reserve Bank of New Zealand quit QE cold turkey. Riksbank will end QE this year. What’s taking the Fed so long? Read More

09.09.21- Inflation Will Win This Fight
in a Knockout

Peter Schiff

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09.08.21- The Fed Is Helping Facilitate Trailer Park Evictions
Michael Maharrey

The Federal Reserve is helping corporate real estate investors evict poor people from mobile home parks.

NPR highlighted the growing number of mobile home part evictions. According to the report, real estate investors continue to buy up mobile home parks across the US. They then raise lot rents and fees, and evict residents who can’t pay. Read More

09.07.21- And Now, for Somrthing Entirely Different: The Political History
of Silver in America

Joakim Book

“Gold is the primary store of value for those who mistrust the government, but silver remains the refuge of choice for most people because it is cheaper and more accessible.”

The aptly-named New York University professor William Silber wanted to title his book “Silber on Silver” – but his publisher instead had him settle for The Story of Silver: How the White Metal Shaped America and the Modern World. The wittiness of that remark in the acknowledgements shows the many instances of snark, irony, or amusing tales that are scattered throughout this excellent contribution to the history of monetary commodities. Always playing second fiddle to gold, silver’s status as asset and as money is as riveting as the more widely known history of gold. Read More

09.06.21- This Is a Sign that Price Inflation Will Soon Get Worse
Connor Mortell

Recently here on Mises Wire, Sammy Cartagena wrote a brilliant article demonstrating that Two Percent Inflation Is a Lot Worse Than You Think. In it, he demonstrates that the manageable 2 percent inflation year over year we all have gotten used to is a whole lot less manageable than we tend to think. But in it, he also cited explaining that “over 23 percent of all dollars in existence were created in 2020 alone.” From that he explains that while future inflation is important, he is focused on past inflation for the sake of his article, which is where these two articles diverge because this will be questioning future inflation. Read More

09.04.21- Maybe This Is Why Wall Street Talking Heads Are Ignoring the “FedBubble”
Birch Gold Group

The old joke goes: “How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? Their lips are moving.”

Now there is a new joke, according to Charles Hugh Smith.

“How can you tell when a big economic bubble is forming? When Wall Street tells Main Street, ‘It’s not a bubble.'”

Smith proceeds by leveling a harsh criticism of the present economic moment: Read More

09.03.21- Inflation is a monetary curse
Alasdair Macleod

Remarkably, in a speech on monetary policy given at the Jackson Hole conference last Friday, Jay Powell never mentioned money, money supply, M1 or M2. With money supply expanding at a record pace to fund both QE and intractable budget deficits the omission is extraordinary.

The FOMC (the rate setting committee) appears to no longer take the consequences of monetary expansion into account. But the fact is that rising consumer prices caused by monetary expansion have driven real rates sharply negative and are leading to pressure for higher interest rates. Read More

09.02.21- “Inflation,” Properly Defined
Antonius Aquinas

The use or rather misuse of language has always been an effective tool of politicians to enact their agendas.  George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” brilliantly showed, in his day, how language was being manipulated for all sorts of totalitarian measures:

Political language — and with variations this is true of all  political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one’s own habits, and from time to time one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase — some jackboot, Read More

09.01.21- The Four Horsemen
of the Coming Crash, Pt 1

Graham Summers

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been outlining the clear evidence that stocks are in a bubble, arguably the largest stock market bubble of all time. 

In truth, however, it’s not just a bubble in stocks, it’s a bubble in Treasuries, which the Fed has manipulated to absurd levels via over $2 trillion in Quantitative Easing (QE) during the last 18 months. Read More

08.31.21- Ridiculous Bluff: Fed Threatens To “Get Aggressive” With Inflation
John Rubino

You can summarize the current mood in Washington DC as “Please don’t let this be a return to the 1970s.”

For younger readers, that was a decade in which excessive government spending and money printing combined with inept foreign policy to create the impression that the US was fading into global irrelevance. Everyone everywhere dumped their dollars, inflation spiked, interest rates soared and geopolitical chaos of various forms ensued. Read More

08.30.21- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Chase Bank Cancels General Mike Flynn's Credit Cards
Tyler Durden

Chase Bank has canceled General Mike Flynn's personal credit card, citing "possible reputational risk to our company."

Chase Bank cancelled General Flynn’s personal credit card over “reputation risk”… #BoycottChase JPMorgan Chase & Co. Agrees To Pay $920 Million in Connection with Schemes to Defraud Precious Metals and U.S. Treasuries Markets | OPA | Department of Justice https://t.co/LfRlE3ltTV

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08.28.21- The Structural Changes Taking Place In The Economy Are "Very Dangerous"
Bruce Wilds

Markets Are Focused On The Fed And Tapering, Not Jobs

Markets are not focused on jobs as much as it is about when tapering will begin. Some economists are going as far as calling the last "a remarkably strong jobs report." I beg to differ. Let's be clear, most of these are not new jobs but simply people returning to the slots made when Covid-19 disrupted the economy. A huge X factor here is of course how Covid-19 fear is handled going forward. Read More

08.27.21- Fed Up With The Fed's Abuse Of Power
Charles Hugh Smith

One phrase describes the Fed's pillaging of the nation to benefit the few at the expense of the many: abuse of power.

To confess that the fate of the entire global economy now rests on the mumblings of a fossilized Politburo fanatically devoted to making the rich richer is to 1) state the obvious and 2) admit the extreme fragility of the global financial system. That it has come to this-- all global markets soar or collapse in unison based on the addled spew of the fossilized Politburo's chairman--is overwhelming evidence that 1) the system is broken and 2) the fossilized Politburo has way too much power and 3) the fossilized Politburo is abusing its power by enriching the already-rich, decade after decade, to the detriment of the bottom 90% and systemic stability. Read More

08.26.21- The Most Monstrously Overstimulated Economy & Markets Ever
Wolf Richter

The Fed will trim back its stimulus, but it’s already too late, and it’ll be too little and too slow.

It’s mind-boggling just how many layers of stimulus were thrown out there, one layer on top of the other, $5 trillion by the federal government and $4 trillion by the Federal Reserve, all of it with follow-on effect as the trillions of dollars ricochet through the economy and the financial markets. And some of it hasn’t circulated yet and is just sitting there for now, such as some of the money sent to states and municipalities that are now floating in cash and that have redone their budgets, and they’re going to spend it eventually. Read More

08.25.21- Central Banks Cannot Really Taper In This Slowdown
Daniel Lacalle

Recent macroeconomic data from the United States should worry us. Amid the reopening and the biggest fiscal and monetary stimulus in recent history, and with all the possible tailwinds from policy decisions, consumer confidence has plummeted to the lowest level since 2016.

Retail sales have fallen sharply again in July, and the employment or industrial production data are far more than disappointing considering the level of stimulus and that GDP has returned to pre-pandemic level. Read More

08.24.21- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Could It Be a Population Reduction Plot After All?
Paul Craig Roberts

Last year once I realized that the Covid campaign was a fear campaign and not a scientific or medical campaign, I understood that the operating agenda was not a public health agenda. It became clear that there was a profit agenda and also a control agenda in which civil liberties and their legal and constitutional protections were being cast aside.

Having studied at four top universities in days gone by when education, not propaganda, was education’s purpose, I am able to comprehend most scientific reports sufficiently to understand the gist of the reports, but in the case of Covid when in doubt I rely on  virologists and medical school professors to vet or correct my conclusions.  Read More

08.23.21- Why the Wheels Are Coming Off
Charles Hugh Smith

Is that the scent of smoke? What's that red glare? Must be nothing. 

Why are the wheels coming off the American Project? Afghanistan is front and center in the news flow for obvious reasons, but since I have no expertise on that nation or America's role there, I am stipulating these are general comments from a systemic perspective. 

By the American Project I mean 1) global hegemony in both hard and soft power and 2) American Exceptionalism, the belief that America is not just uniquely strong but uniquely right in terms of holding the high moral ground. Read More

08.21.21- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: If Government Is Good at One Thing, It's Making a Crisis Worse
Veronique de Rugy

The same institution that's unable to run the Postal Service or Amtrak orchestrated our invasion and withdrawal of Afghanistan.

Another government failure, another outrage. This time the scandal is brought on by the less-than-orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the realization that 20 years of military presence in the country achieved nothing but death and chaos. Observing another instance of large-scale mismanagement, I can't help being surprised that anyone is still surprised. Read More

08.20.21- Does The Fed Have The Intelligence To Prevent a Collapse
Michael Every

You came in like a wrecking ball

“There was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse in 11 days.”

At some point ahead, if the Fed announces QE tapering at the September FOMC meeting --despite an evident economic slowdown, no fiscal stimulus, and slowdown and ‘reforms’ in China-- then the above words may come from the lips of Fed Chair Powell. At least we can assume that would be the case based on the market reaction to that implied policy path in the Fed minutes, as covered by Philip Marey here. Read More

08.19.21- Central Banks Are Now In The Endgame
Egon von Greyerz

Central bankers were handed the Midas curse half a century ago. Midas turned everything that he touched into gold– even his own food. Exactly 50 years ago (15 Aug, 1971) central bankers were handed a much worse curse by Nixon. But instead of turning everything into gold, their curse was to turn all real assets, including gold, into worthless paper, creating the perfect setup for this central bank endgame.

Nixon had of course not studied history. Because if he had, he would have understood that his lie was $100s of trillions worse than the Watergate lies: Read More

08.18.21- A System of Confidence
Craig Hemke

On Twitter earlier this week, someone sent me a note asking if this weekend's events represented "Peak America". I responded that "Peak America" actually came a long time ago. The fall of Afghanistan is just the latest milepost on the way down.

And what does this have to do with the precious metals? Everything! Why? Because America has the world's reserve currency, the world's reserve banking system, the world's reserve treasury markets, the world's reserve payments system...you name it, I could keep going. So as America declines, the financial power it wields declines with it. Read More

08.17.21- Michael Burry’s SHOCKING Position
Hyper-Inflation Prep

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08.16.21- Here's What Happens
If the Fed Buys it All

Rob Kirby

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08.14.21- Inflation Is Winning, and Here’s Why the Fed Seems Content To Let It Happen
Birch Gold Group

The U.S. Treasury publishes its balance sheet annually. The most recent, for fiscal year 2020, is so egregiously out of whack it might be hard to wrap your head around:

Total Assets: $5.95 trillion
Total Liabilities: $32.74 trillion Net Position
(total assets minus total liabilities): -$26.80 trillion

All figures above have been rounded to the nearest billions. The net position also factors in -$3.1 billion in “unmatched transactions and balances,” which is odd. (Looks like everybody has a little trouble balancing the checkbook…) Read More

08.13.21- More Money Doesn’t Mean More Wealth
Peter Reagan

The Federal Reserve has targeted a 2% inflation rate for years, as though it’s a holy grail. As though 2% inflation was an economic panacea that would perfectly balance employment, business investment and bank lending.

Recently, the Fed has loosened the reins on inflation and let it charge ahead. Quite a bit – two consecutive months over 5%, two and a half times their self-imposed target. Read More

08.12.21- I Feel Like I Am Living In Crazytown
Michael Snyder

We haven’t had an extended bout of painful inflation like this since the days of the Carter administration, and our leaders in Washington have decided that the best way forward is to rapidly create even more inflation.  They keep using words like “transitory” to describe the current inflation crisis, but then they turn right around and talk about the need to create, borrow and spend even more money.  It is utter madness, but at this point there is nobody that is going to stop them.  We are all passengers on a “highway to Weimar”, and those that have their hands on the wheel have gone completely nuts. Read More

08.11.21- July consumer prices jump 5.4%, but core inflation rises less than expected
Joseph P. Farrell

Prices that Americans pay for everyday goods and services accelerated in July as pent-up demand for travel and restaurants kept inflation hot, but about where economists had expected.

The Labor Department reported Wednesday that its consumer price index rose 5.4% in July from a year earlier, in line with June’s figure and matching the largest jump since August 2008. Read More

08.10.21- What Gold Volatility, Central Bankers And CBDC Can Tell Us About What Lies Ahead
Matthew Piepenburg

Below we unpack the implications behind central bank gold purchases (rising), negative real yields (falling) and Stanley Fischer’s Fed-speak (cringing).

What Bankers Do, Rather Than Say

The open farce as to “central bank transparency” has been made abundantly clear; looking for plain-speak honesty in such circles is akin to looking for an honest man in parliament. Read More

08.09.21- Our Enemy Is STILL the State
George F. Smith

In The Great Fiction, author Hans-Hermann Hoppe starts where any discussion of government should begin, with the defining attributes of a state. Why this approach?  Governments that populate the earth are all states, though there is no good reason they should be.

What are these attributes, exactly? The most salient feature of a state is its self-appointed monopoly powers.  If it declares it can’t be sued, it can’t be sued.  If it or its agents decide to tax its subjects, it will fleece them.  If it decides to go to war, it will unleash its war machine. If it decides to outlaw market-derived money, which has been gold and silver, and replace it with easily-inflatable fiat currency, everyone must begin accepting the state’s money in trade.  Any violation of these laws is subject to punishment, enforced by the state’s badge-carrying thugs. Read More

08.07.21- Debt Ceiling Drama, Yellen Begins “Extraordinary Measures” to Stave Off Default
Peter Reagan

Two years ago, the debt ceiling was lifted. Lifting the debt ceiling to make room for more government spending has been pretty routine since since 1917.

Until now…

While it’s quite likely that U.S. debt had already reached the point of no return around three years ago, amazingly the situation might have just gotten even worse. Why? Read More

08.06.21- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Beyond Cynicism: America Fumbles Towards Kafka’s Castle
James Howard Kunstler

Nobody knows, from sea to shining sea, why we are having all this trouble with our republic. — Tom McGuane

Can a people recover from an excursion into unreality? The USA’s sojourn into an alternative universe of the mind accelerated sharply after Wall Street nearly detonated the global financial system in 2008. That debacle was only one manifestation of an array of accumulating threats to the postmodern order, which include the burdens of empire, onerous debt, population overshoot, fracturing globalism, worries about energy, disruptive technologies, ecological havoc, and the specter of climate change. Read More

08.05.21- Currency Debasement and Cultural Degradation
Doug Casey

International Man: How instrumental do you think the debasement of their currency was to the eventual fall of the Roman Empire? How did it affect their culture?

Doug Casey: In ancient pre-industrial societies—just like today—you became wealthy by producing more than you consume and saving the difference. Read More

08.04.21- What's Behind The Inflation Hall Of Mirrors?
Charles Hugh Smith

The global economy may have finally run up against hard limits of "infinite substitution" and "infinite expansion" funded by central-bank free money.

We are in an interesting Hall of Mirrors moment: prices are rising, yet we're assured by the Federal Reserve that this inflation is "transitory," and other voices are insisting the primary forces of the economy (globalization, debt and automation) are all profoundly deflationary, meaning prices of everything will eventually plummet as supply will outstrip demand. At this same moment, others are declaring the start of a new secular inflation that cannot be controlled with Federal Reserve interest-rate manipulation / bond-buying. Read More

08.03.21- Inflation Is More Than a Bad Tax
Bill Bonner

POITOU, FRANCE – Last week, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell admitted that “inflation could be higher and more persistent than we expected.”

Also last week, new inflation readings suggested that this time he is right.

The Daily Mail reports:

The Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation has registered another jump, hitting its highest level in three decades. Read More

08.02.21- One Lockdown From Disaster
MN Gordon

The popular economic tune being played by the popular press drones on.  You know the melody by now…

That the post-pandemic boom is alive and well.  That growth is enduring.  That blue skies are here to stay.

If you listen closely, however, several notes ring sour. Read More

07.31.21- The Latest Lie from on-High: An “Independent Federal Reserve”
Matthew Piepenburg

Earlier in July, U.S. President Biden came away from a meeting with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and calmly announced that in addition to inflation being “short term,” we should fear not, as Biden also “made it clear to Chairman Powell that the Fed remains independent,” but “will act as needed.”

Whewwww. Where to even begin in unpacking the lighthouse of reality behind so much verbal fog? Read More

07.30.21- The "Real" Real Yield Is -4.15%... And We Are Stuck With It Forever
Tyler Durden

As we pointed out earlier this week, 10 year real yields spent the past few days trading around all-time lows. However, due to data limitations, we can only measure this using TIPS from 1997 onwards. So what do other measures that go back further show?

That is the question posed by Deutsche Bank credit strategist Jim Reid who plotted three real yield series; Read More

07.29.21- Shrinkflation, Inflation's Sneaky Cousin, Is On The Rise
Klajdi Bregu

Inflation has been on the rise for the past year and in the last few months it has accelerated. In June 2021, inflation, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), hit the highest level since 2008. By inflation, economists refer to the increase in the general level of prices, which means that prices on average are increasing. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) has a basket of goods and services that it tracks and uses to create a measure of the CPI. While inflation is the topic of the day in the news media and everyday conversations, many have not heard about its sneaky cousin, shrinkflation. Read More

07.28.21- If Inflation Is “Transitory” Why Is This Happening?
Peter Schiff

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell continues to insist the surge of rising prices is “transitory. But if this is true, why are inflation projections for 2022 rapidly rising? It seems the markets aren’t buying the transitory theme.

As prices continue to skyrocket, Americans paying more and getting less. Nevertheless, Powell stuck to his guns during his most recent trip to Capitol Hill. Transitory is his story, and he’s sticking to it! Powell conceded inflation “has increased notably and will likely remain elevated in coming months before moderating.” But he continued to insist we’re really only seeing significant price pressures from a few sectors such as the auto industry and they will abate.  Read More

07.27.21- The Mainstream Pundits Are the Real Stopped Clocks
Peter Schiff

Mainstream pundits sometimes accuse Peter Schiff of being a “stopped clock.” They admit he’s right occasionally, but only by virtue of sticking to the same narrative, talking about the malinvestments and misallocations in the economy and warning about an impending crisis. In this clip from his podcast, Peter said it’s the mainstream regulars on financial networks like CNBC who are the real stopped clocks.

Peter said you can never count on mainstream “financial experts” to warn you about an impending crisis. Read More

07.26.21- Judge Refuses To Identify Five Market Participants Accused Of VIX Manipulation
Tyler Durden

Long before meme stocks came along and reddit discovered what Zero Hedge readers had known since 2013, namely that to outperform the market all one has to do is go long the most shorted stocks, there were inverse VIX trades and the relentless moneymaking juggernaut that was shorting volatility, i.e. collecting stacks of cash in front of a dormant volatility steamroller. But on Feb 5, 2018 the steamroller woke up with a vengeance, and shortly after the close, the infamous volmageddon event took place when a handful of the most popular inverse VIX strategies crashed from near record highs to zero in a manner of minutes as ETN liquidation triggers were activated, sending the VIX briefly to record highs and wiping out billions in value and leaving countless retail investors stunned and facing total losses. Read More

07.24.21- As The Fed's Powell Continues To Flail, Could An MMT Fed Chair Be Next?
Tho Bishop

Inflation in America continues to rise, and with it skepticism in Federal Reserve chairman Jay Powell’s insistence that increased prices are “transitory.”

This double whammy of consumer pain and declining institutional confidence increases the odds of another challenge to the Fed’s current plans: a change in leadership. Read More

07.23.21- Inflation Shock: Are You Ready To Start Paying “$40 Or $50” For A Hamburger?
Michael Snyder

After decades of living in a relatively low inflation environment, it is hard for most Americans to believe that things have gotten so bad so quickly.  In fact, even though I write about this stuff almost every day, it is hard for me to believe it.  We are watching prices spiral out of control all over the nation, and we know precisely who is to blame.  During the pandemic, our politicians in Washington have been borrowing and spending money at an unprecedented rate, and this has pushed our national debt up to 28 trillion dollars.  Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has been pumping trillions of fresh dollars into our financial system, and this has resulted in the Fed balance sheet nearly doubling over the course of this pandemic. Read More

07.22.21- Powell Gave Congress Dovish Signs. Will It Help Gold?
Arkadiusz Sieron, PhD

Powell admits that inflation is well above the Fed’s target, but he still considers it transitory. Gold increased in response – only to fall again.

Last week, Powell testified before Congress. On the one hand, Powell admitted in a way that inflation had reached a level higher than expected and is above the level accepted by the Fed in the longer run:

Inflation has increased notably and will likely remain elevated in coming months before moderating. Read More

07.21.21- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The American Descent into Madness
Victor Davis Hanson

Nations have often gone mad in a matter of months. The French abandoned their supposedly idealistic revolutionary project and turned it into a monstrous hell for a year between July 1793 and 1794. After the election of November 1860, in a matter of weeks, Americans went from thinking secession was taboo to visions of killing the greatest number of their fellow citizens on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. Mao’s China went from a failed communist state to the ninth circle of Dante’s Inferno, when he unleashed the Cultural Revolution in 1966. Read More

07.20.21- The Federal Reserve And The Imbalances It Creates
Peter C. Schmidt

Any one who has ever flown on a small aircraft should be familiar with an aircraft's weight and balance limits.  I worked on St. Croix for a year, and flying to the island always required a short flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The plane was very small - it sat only five passengers, one of whom sat next to the pilot!  There were times where the airline instructed people to leave their luggage behind with the promise that it would be delivered the next day.  Typically, there was no issue with the plane's capacity to carry the weight; instead it was the result of the luggage having to be placed in a location that would upset the plane's limits on 'balance.' Read More

07.19.21- This Bout of Inflation Won’t End Any Time Soon
Kris Sayce

Emma’s Note: Despite the Fed’s reassurances, the inflation we’re seeing in the Main Street economy right now is not “transitory.”

Investors are looking for ways to get out of cash and into other assets to protect their hard-earned wealth.

Real estate, stocks, and collectibles are all seeing an inflow of money right now.

But so far, gold, the traditional inflation-hedge, hasn’t taken off. Read More

07.17.21- The Fed's "Inflation Bubble"
Joe Carson

The Federal Reserve continues to argue that the US is experiencing an "inflation bubble." Even though the uptick in consumer prices has run hotter and longer than policymakers expected, the "inflation bubble" will deflate at some point. Policymakers offer no timeline for the moderation but continue to promote the view that inflation will drift back to the 2% mark, implying that the economy has a preset ceiling of inflation and nothing more.

The Fed's inflation story is paradoxical. It comes from an institution that has long argued inflation is a monetary phenomenon. The current policy stance is the most accommodative monetary stance in history, so expectations of more inflation, not a reversal, should be expected. Also, the Federal Reserve, which has long argued that it's impossible to identify an asset bubble beforehand, can now suddenly see an "inflation bubble" and also predict its end. Read More

07.16.21- Unbridled Stimulus: Could Money Be Worthless In Just Six Months
David Morgan

Prior to the Great War, the gold standard reigned supreme. The jury is still out on whether the dollar’s long run as the world’s leading reserve currency will last much longer. However, as we’ve discussed many times, our bet is that the US dollar will be the major casualty in an era of unbridled monetary and fiscal stimulus.

Watch this video on Could Money Be Worthless In Just Six Months, then please share with your friends and family on social media and use the caption: Could Money Be Worthless In Just Six Months. Read More

07.15.21- This Bout of Inflation Isn’t Ending Soon
Kris Sayce

The Federal Reserve may need to buy a new dictionary.

Or maybe the press and public should ask more questions when the Fed uses certain words.

Last month, you heard that the 5% inflation rate was “temporary” or “transitory.”

In other words, it wouldn’t last. Read More

07.14.21- This Is The Worst Inflation Since The 1970s, And The Stage Is Being Set For The Total Collapse Of The U.S. Economy
Michael Snyder

How does it feel to live in a country with double-digit inflation?  On Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics told us that the consumer price index has risen 5.4 percent over the past 12 months, and such a high number shocked a lot of people.  But in order to make a fair comparison to the past, we have to account for the fact that the way inflation is calculated has been changed literally dozens of times over the past several decades.  According to John Williams of shadowstats.com, if inflation was still calculated the way that it was back in 1990, the official rate of inflation over the past 12 months would be about 9 percentRead More

07.13.21- Transitory Inflation Turning Into An Inflationary Spiral
Peter Schiff

Consumer prices have been rising precipitously this year. If you annualize the Consumer Price Index through the first five months of 2021, you get a CPI increase of over 6%. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell continues to push the narrative that inflation is transitory, but not everybody buys into this storyline. On the Wolf Street Report, Financial Analyst Wolf Richter said Powell’s temporary inflation is turning into an “inflation spiral.”

Richter said some measure of inflation will likely tick down in the months ahead, but to steal Powell’s term, the relief will be transitory and only serve to offer false hope before inflation starts rising again. Read More

07.12.21- Government Debt Is Starting to Look Almost as Sketchy as Payday Loans
Malachy McDermott

If there is one thing every honest money-saving advisor would agree on, it's that a payday loan is a bad idea. Taking a high interest loan backed by nothing but your word to pay off your current account to fuel consumption with no capital investment is just leading you on the road to ruin.

However this simple message of living within one’s means does not seem to have reached the gilded ears of central banks and governments around the world. As inflation rises (who could have guessed the borrowing binge of 2021 would have resulted in higher inflation?), both the EU and American governments are now caught between a rock and … well, a rock. Read More

07.10.21- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: The New Space Age Starts This Sunday
Jeff Brown

Welcome to our weekly mailbag edition of The Bleeding Edge. All week, you submitted your questions about the biggest trends in technology.

Today, I’ll do my best to answer them.

If you have a question you’d like answered next week, be sure you submit it right here.

It’s going to be an exciting weekend. Read More

07.09.21- Can the Dollar Survive Both Cryptocurrencies and China?
Alexander Herborn and Gunther Schnabl

In his book Denationalisation of Money, F.A. Hayek argued that governments have never devoted their power to providing proper money over time. They “have refrained from grossly abusing it only when they were under such a discipline as the gold standard imposed.”1

The gold backing of the US dollar as the global reserve currency was lifted in the early 1970s, and paper currencies, so-called fiat currencies, have since become the norm. Following this decision, the paper currencies have dramatically lost value against gold (figure 1). Since the turn of the millennium, this process has substantially accelerated. Read More

07.08.21- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: What if the 2020 Election Audits Show Trump Really Won?
Andrew W. Coy

We just don't know.  We just don't know what comes next.  It is all a calculated guess.  The US Constitution is silent.  Even if, if, if, it is so very clear through professional forensic election audit results, that the presidential election of 2020 was stolen and President Trump actually won, there appears to be no obvious remedy stated in the US Constitution to right this wrong.  We just don't know. Read More

07.07.21- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Michael Saylor on Why Bitcoin
is the Key to Abundance

Peter H. Diamandis

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07.06.21- Fed Tricks Markets with Trillion-Dollar Clandestine Tightening and Keeps Government Vortex Whirling
David Haggith

While the Fed’s current tightening is not exactly a well-kept secret, stock and bond markets seem willing to ignore what the Fed’s left hand is taking away as the right hand is giving. Reverse repurchase agreements, which I have been tracking here, have exploded to a trillion dollars in money that the Fed is sucking out of the financial system.

According to John Mason at Seeking Alpha, total reverse repos on the Fed’s balance sheet actually just hit $1.26 trillion this past week: Read More

07.05.21- The Fed's Socialist Monetary Policies And What Comes Next
David Stockman

Socialist central planning has been elevated to a new art form based on control of the economy from the commanding heights of finance.

Central banks were once in the money business, in the sense of securing its availability, liquidity, and stable value. But the contemporary Fed never says a peep about the place where money arises and dwells — the financial markets — while gumming endlessly about the Main Street economy and the condition of and its targets for the components and constituents of GDP. Read More

07.03.21- Cornered Fed Weighs Dilemma: Market Crash or Runaway Inflation?
Birch Gold Group

The U.S. economy is at a fork in the road.

One route leads to the return of market fundamentals and sane stock valuations, at the cost of a historic market correction.

The other route leads to runaway hyperinflation that eats up the debt almost as fast as it devours the dollar’s buying power. That would likely cause the dollar to lose its hegemony as global reserve currency and bring about a simultaneous market collapse. Read More

 

07.02.21- The Bubble Epoch Gets Worse
Bill Bonner

Yes, it’s the age of miracles. The Bubble Epoch. The silly season

And it just gets sillier and sillier.

Christine Lagarde, who holds the top spot at the European Central Bank (ECB), announced that she’s going to continue pumping up the money supply by 17 billion euros per week.

She says it is going to add 1.8% to Europe’s growth over the next two years. That is, somehow the fake money will be magically transformed into real wealth. Read More

 

07.01.21- Fed’s Reverse Repos Spike to $1 Trillion. Cash Drain Undoes 8 Months of QE
Wolf Richter

Giant sucking sound of cash.

Back on June 9, when discussing the Fed’s gigantic cash-drain operation via overnight “reverse repos,” I mused in our illustrious comments: If the Fed at its June meeting doesn’t tweak its offering rate for overnight reverse repos and the interest rate on excess reserves (IOER), “my guess is that by June 30 (end of quarter), it” – the amount of overnight reverse repos – “could spike to $1 trillion.” The Fed then increased these two rates by 5 basis points. And today, that cash-drain operation shot up to nearly $1 trillion. Read More

 

06.30.21- Fed Chair Jerome Powell is Concerned Over the Rapid Rise in Retirements
Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Population-adjusted data shows a huge surge in retirements and that has the Fed concerned.

The lead chart is from the Role of Retirement by the Dallas Fed.

Role of Retirement

Since February 2020, the economy-wide employment-to-population ratio has declined by 3.2 percentage points, or by about 8.5 million workers. About 1.6 percentage points (4.1 million people) of the decline consists of unemployed workers who will likely eventually return to employment. Read More

06.29.21- The Free Market is Dead
Adam Parsons

Introduction

Unfettered markets have not been a reality in the past century. Or two centuries. Or even longer. We can go all the way back to the Panic of 1792 to see the US government helping out when things got really bad.

06.28.21- Act Now to Inflation-Proof Your Wealth
Tom Dyson

Last week, the Federal Reserve hinted it is becoming concerned with inflation.

This surprised many traders, who had been thinking the Fed wasn’t concerned at all about inflation. There were some dramatic moves in the currency, gold, and interest rate markets as a result.

What do I think? Read More

06.26.21-“IT’S A WAR” – The “Private” FED and Central Banks Are Already Running The US Government To Destroy The Economy!
John Titus commissioned by Catherine Austin Fitts

The FED, “the money changers”, is a mafia creating chaos to distract you while they rob you of everything and become your rulers!

Central bankers are privatizing everything to gain central control of capital and political power.  I think we now know from John Titus’ work who is writing Biden’s policies and executive orders – the Central Banks.  I think we know who is paying Fauci and his friends to create chaos while the central banks pick our pockets and remove our political power. They are creating the downturn so they can come in to privatize everything by buying it with free money that they print. Read More

06.25.21- Kyle Bass Slams Fed, Sees Inflation Everywhere He Looks
Tyler Durden

With US stocks back at all-time highs as the market seemingly shrugged off the FOMC's reaction to the latest inflation numbers, Hayman Capital's Kyle Bass returned to CNBC for an interview with the "Closing Bell" crew on Thursday, where he offered a dramatically different vision of the present economic scenario vis-a-vis inflation.

In an interview where he expounded upon his claim that the US is already grappling with real inflation rates above 10%, the billionaire investor proclaimed that "in every single aspect of life, I see inflation."  Read More

06.24.21- They Are Gaslighting Us! Nightmarish Inflation Is Already Here But The Fed Is Denying That It Even Exists
Michael Snyder

They would like us to believe that what we can see happening right in front of our eyes is not actually real.  Over the past year, our politicians in Washington have gone on the largest spending binge in U.S. history by a very wide margin, and the Federal Reserve has created the most enormous financial bubble of all time by pumping trillions upon trillions of fresh dollars into the financial markets.  Of course this was going to cause very painful inflation, and prices are rising very aggressively all around us. Read More

06.23.21- The Fed In A Box, Part 1: They Cannot Raise Interest Rates
Peter Schiff

Introduction

The US has over $28 Trillion dollars in debt and it continues to grow at an alarming rate. Even before COVID-19, the problem was becoming unwieldy. Ironically, despite adding $4T+ in debt over the last year, the pandemic may have given the US Government short-term reprieve as it gave the Federal Reserve a green light to drop rates back to zero. Read More

06.22.21- The Road to Authoritarianism is Paved with Fiat Currency
Ron Paul

Last week, the Federal Reserve announced it will maintain an interest rate target of zero to 0.25 percent for the rest of 2021. The Fed said it will also continue its monthly purchase of 120 billion dollars of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities.

Some Fed board members are forecasting a rate increase by late 2022 or 2023, though with the rate still not reaching one percent. The Fed will neither allow interest rates to rise to market levels nor reduce its purchase of Treasury securities. A significant increase in interest rates would make the government’s borrowing costs unsustainable.
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06.21.21- Powell Just Made A Huge Error: What The Market's Shocking Response Means For The Fed's Endgame
Tyler Durden

Back in December 2015, just days before the Fed hiked rates for the first time since the global financial crisis, in its first tightening campaign since June 2004, we said that Yellen was about to engage in a great policy error, one which like the Ghost of 1937, would end in disaster...

... and sure enough it did, when after 9 rate hikes, Powell realized that a rate of 2.50% is unsustainable for the US economy which first cracked during the summer of 2019 repo crisis when the Fed cut rates three times, only to cut rates to zero from 1.75% in a matter of days after covid conveniently emerged on the global scene and led to an overnight shutdown of the US economy and "forced" the Fed to nationalize the bond market as well as inject trillions of liquidity into the market. Read More

06.19.21- Modern Monetary Theory Always Works. Once.
Marin Katusa

Marin’s Note: We are going to do something different with today’s missive. Today we will allow long time reader and esteemed colleague of ours (who wishes to remain anonymous), Era “the Nature Boy of Finance” Flair, our platform to make his comments. They are well thought out and his angle is worthy of consideration. Read More

06.18.21- The Fed: A Century of Looking at Inflation Through the Wrong End of the Telescope
Peter Schmidt

Wilhelm Ropke said of economists, "They look at inflation through the wrong end of the telescope and deflation through a magnifying glass."  Proof of Ropke's observation can be found by reviewing what the Federal Reserve did in the 1920s and what it is doing now.  In both cases, the Fed - myopically focused on goods prices - convinced itself there was no 'inflation' even as its monetary policies fueled two enormous bubbles.

With America's entry into World War I, prices soared and continued to do so long after the Armistice.  However, in 1920, the US economy entered an enormous deflation and prices plunged well into 1921 as the economy purged itself of the considerable war induced excesses.  Not surprisingly, in the aftermath of prices soaring and then collapsing, economists began to consider stable prices as a sort of economic holy grail.  Read More

06.17.21- Even the Federal Reserve doesn’t believe the Federal Reserve anymore
Simon Black

More than twenty years ago when I was a young Army intelligence officer fresh out of the academy, my commander summoned me to his office one afternoon because he had a ‘special mission’ for me.

I was beyond excited.

My assumption was that it would be a clandestine assignment to lead one of our unit’s counterintelligence teams in the Middle East. Or perhaps it would be temporary duty as an aide to the commanding general who would be visiting soon. Read More

06.16.21- "The Idea That Inflation Is Transitory Is Nonsense": How One Hedge Fund Manager Plans To Profit From Fed Stupidity
Tyler Durden

Ahead of tomorrow's FOMC decision, and in general, two clear camps are emerging when it comes to the increasingly acrimonious debate whether the current soaring inflation is "transitory" or not. In one camp we have the establishmentarians: those with little vision, limited imagination, and whose job precludes them from conceiving of any outcome but that accepted by the groupthink led by the Fed. As noted earlier, this now includes the vast majority of Wall Street... Read More

06.15.21- Thomas Jefferson vs. the Federal Reserve
Michael Maharrey

The Federal Reserve is the engine that drives one of the biggest, most powerful governments in the history of the world.

Without the Fed, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for the government to fund its foreign wars, its massive, unsustainable social programs, the ever-growing police state, and the tangled web of corporate welfare programs. It’s almost certain none of this would exist as we know it today – not even close. The federal government would truly be limited. Read More

06.14.21- Answering The "$64 Trillion Question":
A New Theory Of Inflation

Michael Every, Elwin de Groot and Philip Marey

A structural inflation framework outlook

Summary

  • This special report looks at the ‘hot topic’ of ‘hot’ inflation, and asks if it is really back to stay 

  • Inflation is crucial for financial markets, but we lack an accurate economic theory of what causes it, leading to inaccurate modelling and policy/forecasting errors Read More

06.12.21- Fed’s Miniscule Asset Sales May Provoke Another “Taper Tantrum”
Birch Gold Group

The last time the Fed was noticeably hawkish was back in August 2018. Starting October 3 of that year, the market imploded (you might remember the Dow losing 5,000 points).

Now there could be a “second verse same as the first.” According to CNBC, the Fed appears to be preparing markets to taper its asset purchases. This process could start as soon as next week’s FOMC meeting. Read More

06.11.21- The Fed’s Sneaky Plot
Charles Hugh Smith

For the past 22 years, every time the stock market whimpered, wheezed or whined, the Federal Reserve rushed to soothe the spoiled crybaby. There are two consequential results of the Fed as savior:

1. The Fed has perfected moral hazard: everyone from the money manager betting billions to the punters gambling their stimmy money is absolutely confident I can’t lose because the Fed will always push the market higher. Read More

06.10.21- America’s Inflation Explained
Bill Bonner

YOUGHAL, IRELAND – “Pity the American small business owner… ” writes Dear Reader H.R.E.:

“I’m dealing with it as a landlord. Can’t get parts and materials and can’t get labor. Both cost more than ever. Plumbers at $300 per hour. AC guys closer to $500 per.”

Small Business Optimism Drops on Labor Shortage and Inflation Worries

The National Federation of Independent Business Optimism Index dropped two-tenths of a point to a reading of 99.6 in May. This followed three straight monthly increases but was the second straight month in which results undershot expectations. Read More

06.09.21- Janet Yellen’s at It Again
Brian Maher

Ms. Janet Yellen is talking again. From comments Sunday:

“If we ended up with a slightly higher interest rate environment it would actually be a plus for society’s point of view and the Fed’s point of view.”

A higher interest rate environment would likely arise from a higher inflation environment.

Inflation is presently on the jump. Read More

06.08.21- Oh Lordy, Yellen Comes Out for Higher Interest Rates: “A Plus for Society’s Point of View and the Fed’s Point of View”
Wolf Richter

“We want them to go back to” a normal interest rate environment.

Starting in 2018, President Trump harangued and hammered Fed Chair Jerome Powell to end Quantitative Tightening and to cut interest rates, and Powell buckled and did his infamous “180.” And now suddenly – unless this gets walked backed again tomorrow – we’ve got the opposite. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in an interview with Bloomberg News on Sunday that higher interest rates would “actually be a plus for society’s point of view and the Fed’s point of view. Read More

06.07.21- Myths of the Mixed Economy
Lewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

The planned economy was all the rage in 1937, when Prentice-Hall published a 1,000-page tome on The Planned Society: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: A Symposium by Thirty-Five Economists, Sociologists, and Statesmen. The “question that confronts us today is not if we shall plan, but how we shall plan,” wrote Lewis Mumford in the Foreword. All the contributors—Keynesian, socialist, communist, and fascist—agreed with that point, including such luminaries as Sidney Hook, Benito Mussolini, and Joseph Stalin. Read More

06.05.21- The Feds’ Bubble Will Pop
Bill Bonner

I picked a hell of a day to quit drinkin’

– Russell Casse in Independence Day

YOUGHAL, IRELAND – Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles.

Today, we look at another institution that has been zombified by the feds – the stock market.

The stock market is supposed to allow investors to exchange shares in profit-making, wealth-increasing, goods-and-services-producing businesses. Read More

06.04.21- Another Day in the Fed's Casino: How the Reddit Rowdies and Meme Mob Jumped the Shark
David Stockman

Back in the day, farmers sometimes had to slam their mules between the eyes with a 2X4 to get their attention. Alas, that treatment is being administered to the Fed heads on practically a daily basis by the stock market gamblers, yet these stubborn inflation-deniers pay no attention at all.

In fact, they keep insisting there is no inflation problem, when a virulent monetary inflation thunders all around, and insist that no material financial asset bubbles are visible, when we are in the midst of the most unhinged speculative manias of all time. Read More

06.03.21- Biden and the Fed Are Creating an Inflation Crisis
Robert L. Luddy

The Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed) and the Biden administration are systematically undermining the stability of the American economy with a variety of unwise and destructive policies. The Fed and the administration defend these policies by denying obvious economic truths, which include their own inflation data.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen asserts that inflation is transitory and shortages are temporary. More than 300 American manufacturers have asked the Biden administration to end disruptive tariffs to ease shortages and reduce costs. Read More

06.02.21- Two Pins Threatening
Multiple Asset Bubbles

Michael Lebowitz

“Powell Says Fed Policies “Absolutely” Don’t Add To Inequality

- Bloomberg May 2020

The headline above is but one of countless times Fed Chairman Powell and his colleagues confidently said their policies do not result in wealth or income inequality. Their political stature and use of complex economic lingo give weight to their opinions in the media. Nevertheless, a deep examination of the Fed’s practices and their consequences leaves us to think otherwise. Read More

06.01.21- The Real Agenda
Behind the Feds’ Actions

Bill Bonner

This month, we look at a number of dots, all grouped… like a constellation far out in space… as “The Great Reset.”

The various planets and stars seem so “far out,” we have a hard time believing that it will ever really affect our lives.

...A switch to windmills rather than internal combustion engines… eating bugs rather than steaks…

…getting permission to travel, rather than traveling freely… compulsory anti-racist training… gender studies for six-year-olds…

…government spending nearing 50% of GDP… Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)… and double-digit real inflation. Read More

 

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