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Russia’s Military Is Leaner, But Meaner

Authore by Leonid Brershidky via Bloomberg.com, During Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference on Thursday, a friendly journalist asked Putin whether the escalating tension in relations with the U.S. and the crumbling of arms control treaties would draw Russia into an unsustainable arms race. "We will ensure our security without engaging in an arms race," the president replied, […]

3-(Mis)Statements About Tax Reform

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, With the passage of the Tax Cut And Jobs Act on Wednesday, I wanted to address a few of the questions and misinformation currently circulating about the impact of tax cuts on the U.S. economy. Over the last couple of months, I have been repeatedly asked why I am […]

Weekend Reading: Recession Risk Hidden In Tax Bill

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Since the election, equity bulls have been pinning their hopes on “tax cuts” as the needed injection to support currently elevated stock prices. Stocks have advanced sharply since the election on these expectations, and while earnings have recovered, primarily due to the rise in oil prices, whatever economic growth […]

Weekend Reading: It’s The Debt, Stupid

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, As I noted last Friday, the recently approved budget was an anathema to any fiscally conservative policy. As the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget stated: “Republicans in Congress laid out two visions in two budgets for our fiscal future, and today, they choose the path of gimmicks, debt, […]

Goldman On Tax Reform: “Now Comes The Hard Part”

The ink wasn’t even dry yet on the just published Republican Tax Cut And Jobs Act, and within the hour UBS was already confident that it has virtually no chance of passing: As UBS chief economist Seth Carpenter wrote shortly after the publication, “to our read, the release confirms our view that tax reform is […]

Weekend Reading: Markets Love Central Banks – No Matter What They Do

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, I discussed yesterday, the apparent “myth” of the Fed’s proposed “balance sheet reduction” program as the most recent analysis shows a $13.5 billion “reinvestment” into their balance sheet which has helped fuel the recent market advance. But therein lies the potential “fatal flaw” of the “bullish logic.”  At the […]

Stockman Slams “The Deep State’s ‘Bogus Iranian Threat'”

Authored by David Stockman via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, Last week, we identified a permanent fiscal crisis as one of the quadruple witching forces arising in October 2017 which will shatter the global financial bubble. Then, the Donald made the crisis dramatically worse by decertifying the Iranian nuke deal, thereby reinforcing another false […]

Congress Takes The First Step To Pass Tax Reform: Here’s What Comes Next

Today The House passed the 2018 budget resolution in a 219-207 mostly party-line vote (18 republicans voted against the resolution along with all Democrats), representing the first step toward the Republican goal of sending tax-reform legislation to President Trump. Republican lawmakers hailed the vote as meaningful because the due to the budget reconciliation rules, the […]

China’s Shadow-Lending Ecosystem Could Be As Large As $40 Trillion, PBOC Guesses

Authored by Deep Throat at Deep Throat Blog Today, I'd like to take some time to revisit a couple of related topics that we first started discussing a few years ago. I am, of course, referring to the burgeoning increases in China's Debt levels, Shadow Bank Assets (loans) and M2, along with a high-level analysis […]

The “Trump Tax Plan” – Details & Analysis

Submitted by Lance Roberts of Real Investment Advice Almost a full year after the election of Donald Trump to the White House, one of the key promises made to voters was the largest “tax cut” since Ronald Reagan was in office. As President Trump stated in Indiana yesterday: “This is a revolutionary change, and the […]