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Do Wars Help or HURT the Economy?

Does Defense Spending Stimulate the Economy and Create Jobs … Or Is It BAD for the Economy? Preface: Trump wants to drastically increase military spending.  At the same time, France, China, Japan and other countries are ramping up their military spending. An understanding of the effect on the economy is therefore timely. A number of […]

Obama, Bernanke and Yellen Rigged the Bond Market. Now it’s Trump Turn to Dance or be their Dunce! – By Michael Carino

Government dysfunction is at its worst.  We voted them in.  We have no one to blame but ourselves. Granted, the choices were abysmal. But the Republican and Democratic parties, with no third party competition, can continue to run dysfunctional governments, whittling away our dominant global position until the cracks of our broken government becomes abundantly […]

Weekend Reading: Just Buy Everything

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, On Wednesday, as I discussed yesterday, the Fed hiked rates and despite the fact that hiking interest rates further tightens monetary policy, thereby reducing liquidity to the markets, the markets rallied anyway. With the hopes of accelerated earnings recovery being muted by falling oil prices, higher borrowing costs, and […]

Another “Recession Dead Ahead” Indicator Just Hit

During the FOMC press conference this week, Janet Yellen was pushed by Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hays to explain why she hiked rates amid what was evidently not a surging economy. While Q1 looks to be the weakest economic growth period for a rate hike since 1980…    Today we got some more weakness-confirming real-time ‘hard’ data […]

The Fed faces Stagflation (Hike or No Hike)

The Fed has completely backed itself into a corner. The truth that no one wants to admit, is that the Fed should have raised rates in 2012. Instead Bernanke “gifted” QE 3 to the Obama admin to help its re-election bid. The Fed finally got around the hiking rates for the first time in seven […]

What Wage Growth? Real Earnings Tumble For Second Straight Month

Despite the surge in consumer confidence and exuberance at what lies ahead, real wages for America’s average joes declined year-over-year in February (down 0.3%). This is the first consecutive monthly drop in real wages since 2011 (which forced Bernanke to to hint at and then unleash QE2 later that year).     So not only […]

Stagflation Strikes As US Consumer Prices Surge At Fastest Pace In 5 Years

After the hotter-than-expected PPI print, Consumer Prices confirmed that inflation is running hot with the fastest rise since Feb 2012. Notably core CPI (at 2.2%) has been above The Fed’s mandated 2% ‘price stability’ level for 15 months in a row.   Of course, one of the big drivers of this price surge is in […]

It’s Never Been Cheaper To Hedge Highly Speculative Tech Companies

While many have noticed the demise of volatility in the US equity markets – 104 days without a 1% drop, plunge in VIX, record low monthly ranges – it is the most highly speculative and most over-valued companies that appear to be the biggest beneficiaries of peak animal spirits. It has never been cheaper to […]

The Questionable State & Abusive Use Of Economics – Part 1

Via Benjamin Masters of RealInvestmentAdvice.com, As lackluster results from rather experimental central bank policies continue to emerge, it’s time to readdress the seemingly endless nature of the perpetual-motion machine known as central bank stimulus — to stop and be still for moment and question whether the endlessly spinning wheels should be spinning at all, to […]

Australian Banks Deny “Speculative Bubble” Driving Home Prices To Record Highs

The basic laws of physics have seemingly ceased to exist in Australia…water is no longer wet, the sky is no longer blue and home prices are not in a “speculative bubble,” at least according to some conflicted commercial banking executives who are massively long Australian housing.  Testifying before a parliamentary committee, the chief executives of […]