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A Communist Utopia (Funded By Capitalism)

Via The Daily Bell When is a commune not a commune? When it only exists because of capitalism. But that doesn’t stop it from having just enough communist ideals to make it a very restrictive place to live. Twin Oaks is an “intentional community” in Virginia. It is one of the oldest successful communes in […]

It’s Time To Take Central Bankers’ “Calm Assurances” With A Pinch Of Salt

"It could be time to fire up your engines," suggests former fund manager Richard Breslow, urging some life back into the seemingly oblivious markets… Via Bloomberg, There’s a lot of uncertainty out there and the response to it shouldn’t be an inability to trade. How about a little frenetic back and forth? We could use […]

Xi’s Roadmap To The Chinese Dream

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times, China's Belt and Road Initiative – the New Silk Road – will spark the country's development and turn the dream into reality… It all starts with Hong Kong as a major BRI financing hub. Now that President Xi Jinping has been duly elevated to the Chinese Communist […]

Mauldin: “Investors Ignore What May Be The Biggest Policy Error In History”

Submitted by John Mauldin My good friend Peter Boockvar recently shared a chart with me. The University of Michigan’s Surveys of Consumers have been tracking consumers and their expectations about the direction of the stock market over the next year. We are now at an all-time high in the expectation that the stock market will […]

In The Shadows Of Black Monday – “Volatility Isn’t Broken… The Market Is”

Authored by Christopher Cole via Artemis Capital Management, Volatility and the Alchemy of Risk The Ouroboros, a Greek word meaning ‘tail devourer’, is the ancient symbol of a snake consuming its own body in perfect symmetry. The imagery of the Ouroboros evokes the infinite nature of creation from destruction. The sign appears across cultures and […]

Mapping What Every State In America Is Best At

Company towns used to be a defining feature of the American economy. Nowadays, as Raul at HowMuch.net notes, thanks to globalization and offshoring, it is much harder to find employers that exert such influence over a small town (with a few notable exceptions). That being said, specific industries still tend to grow in clusters and can dominate the […]

General Electric Plunges 5% After Slashing Earnings Guidance

While it may not have slashed its dividend, yet, General Electric shares plunged 5% in the pre-market after the company cut its 2017 profit forecast while its new CEO grapples with one of the deepest slumps in the iconic US manufacturer’s history. The company reported that adjusted earnings this year are expected to be only […]

Chinese Capital Outflows Return As Soon As PBOC Halts FX Intervention

Since the addition of the Chinese renminbi (RMB), i.e. Yuan, to the IMF’s SDR basket of reserve currencies last October, more than 60 countries and regions have added and adopted the renminbi as a new reserve currency, according to the latest report on renminbi internationalization by the People’s Bank of China. As a reminder, one […]

Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement, Including a Note on the IMF’s Musings on Inflation

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worthless, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing the world’s worst inflation.  As the bolivar […]

IBM Reports 22nd Consecutive Quarter Of Declining Sales, “Beats” EPS On Drop In Effective Tax Rate

Last quarter, IBM – once again – almost fooled the market when it “beat” but only thanks to using the lowest (until then) effective non-GAAP tax rate in recent history (excluding one charge-filled quarter when the rate was negative and thus N/M). Fast forward to this quarter when IBM has done it, or at least […]