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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 […]

Oh Sheet, It’s A REIT (The Coming Crisis)

By Chris at On Wednesday, we took a gander at global real estate and today I’ve got a follow up to that dealing with REITs. My long term buddy, fellow hedgie and confidant Kuppy, who can be found lurking here, shares his thoughts on the US real estate sector and in particular REITs: Him: I think people are […]

What You Do On Your Cell Phone Could Come Back To Haunt You

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, As far as Big Brother is concerned, nothing that you do on your cell phone is ever private.  And if the government really wants to see what is on your cell phone, they are going to get that information one way or another, even if that […]

1,000% Returns? Sure, When PIIGS Fly! – by Michael Carino – Greenwich Endeavors

The world is filled with intelligent people in finance.  Unfortunately, being intelligent doesn’t always mean you are smart.  To make sound investments, you need to be looking forward and constantly coming to rational conclusions.  One has to avoid sheltering oneself in a herd of backward focused investors taking comfort in performing in line with the […]

Tumbling Oil Launches Record Options Trading As “800 Million Barrels” Change Hands

With oil’s recent somnolent, low-vol levitation at their back, the number of hedge funds and other speculators who were soothed by the gradual move higher and betting on the success of OPEC reflationary strategy, had recently grown to an all time high, as seen in the chart below showing the number of long net-spec positions […]

Flint Residents Now Have To Pay For Water They Still Can’t Drink / Via Nika Knight of / Mar 2, 2017 1:18 PM The state of Michigan has declared that Flint’s drinking water “meets all federal water quality standards,” ending a program Wednesday that reimbursed residents for most of their water costs in the wake of the lead crisis. Yet Flint residents still can’t drink the water, and […]

Great Graphic: Fed’s Real Broad Trade Weighted Dollar / by Marc Chandler / March 01, 2017 To begin assessing the dollar’s impact on the US economy, nominal bilateral exchange rates may be misleading.  From a policymakers’ point of view, the real broad trade weighted measure is more important.  The Federal Reserve tracks it on a monthly basis. This measure of the dollar snapped a four-month […]

75% Of Venezuelans Lose “At Least 19 Pounds” In 2016

A new study conducted by three universities in Venezuela sheds new light on just how dire the food shortages are in Maduro’s failed Socialist utopia.  Called ENVOVI, the living conditions survey found that 75% of Venezuelans lost “an average of at least 19 pounds” in 2016 due to food shortages.  Per UPI: Venezuela’s Living Conditions […]

New Book: Political Economy of Tomorrow / by Marc Chandler / February 13, 2017 My new book, Political Economy of Tomorrow has just been published, and it is available on Amazon.  The book is not so much of a sequel to my first book, Making Sense of the Dollar.  There is very little about the foreign exchange market in the new book.  However,  it is not wholly […]

Reuters Leaks Trump-Putin Phone Call, Reveals Trump Unfamiliar With Russia Nuclear Treaty / by Tyler Durden / Feb 9, 2017 2:45 PM In the past week, the press complained that the White House never published a detailed read out of the Jan. 28 Trump-Putin phone call, one of the first held by the new US president, because allegedly the staff had disabled recording equipment. Today, it was Reuters’ turn […]