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The Great Oil Swindle

Authored by Chris Martenson via PeakProsperity.com, … is leading us to destruction. When it comes to the story we're being told about America's rosy oil prospects, we're being swindled.  At its core, the swindle is this: The shale industry's oil production forecasts are vastly overstated. Swindle:  Noun  – A fraudulent scheme or action. And the swindle […]

Four Charts Prove The ‘Economic Recovery’ Is Just A Fed-Induced Entitlement Program For The Wealthy

“Economic recovery” in America no longer means what it used to mean.  Historically “economic recovery” was largely characterized by job and wage growth, distributed across the income spectrum, and a rebound in GDP growth to north of ~3%-5%.  These days, the notion of “economic recovery” has been hijacked by the Fed and bastardized in such […]

US Yield Curve Crashes Most In 6 Years As Stocks, Bitcoin Hit Record Highs

What could go wrong?   Small Caps exploded higher today, driven by financials, presumably on tax reform hype.. but after Bob Corker said "yes" there was some notable "sell the news"… Notably, as soon as the cash market closed, futures ripped to the highs of the day…   On the week, Nasdaq (green) and Dow […]

Bank Of America: “This Is The First Sign That A Bubble Has Arrived”

Lately, fund flow data has all the credibility of a NYT presidential poll two days before the Trump defeats Hillary.  On one hand, you have Lipper reporting that investors pulled $16.2bn from U.S.-based equity funds in the past week, the largest withdrawals since December 2016. The same Lipper also reported that taxable-bond mutual funds and […]

Stagflation Signals Loom As Empire Fed Slides To 5 Month Lows

For the second straight month, Empire Fed Manufacturing survey disappointed expectations in December, tumbling to its lowest since July.   Under the hood are glimpses of stagflation as new orders slide but prices paid rise… and employment and workweek number stagnate (if not contract)…

Three Charts And The Path To Hyper-Monetization

Authored by Chris Hamilton via Econimica blog, Just three charts putting things in perspective… Chart #1:  three periods and four variables (total US energy consumption, 25-54yr/old US employees, federal debt, and federal funds rate %: 1950 to 1975 +43 quadrillion BTU's of energy consumption +15 million 25-54yr/old employees +$0.3 trillion federal debt 1975 to 2000 +19 quadrillion BTU's […]

Long Island Woman Indicted For Funding ISIS With Bitcoin

With intriguingly coincidental timing, as cryptocurrencies reach mainstream and grab the world's attention, the US Justice Department has unsealed a grand-jury indictment that shows a Long Island woman has been indicted on charges that she tried to funnel money to ISIS using Bitcoin. The Eastern District of New York press release details the crimes… Long […]

“Everything’s Great!”

Authored by Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist blog, So much for that call. I thought there was no way Yellen would put her fingers in her ears, close her eyes, and shout “nah nah nah – I can’t hear you” to the speculative fervour that has gripped markets. Well, there is no way to […]

Gold Pops As Bitcoin Drops, Dollar Snaps Longest Win Streak Since Jan 2016

"Contained"…   Post-FOMC, Gold was the biggest gainer…   US Equities were holding to gains but tumbled in the last few minutes with the S&P turning red…   Nasdaq manged to hold gains after The Fed…   VIX was noisy around CPI early on and snapped higher into the close (breaking above the terrifying level […]

Watch Live: Janet Yellen’s Last FOMC Press Conference

Grab your handkerchief, it’s gonna be a tear-jerker. Having managed to get through her term as Fed Chair without a ‘crisis’, unlike her three previous colleagues, it would appear Janet Yellen has managed to jump ship at the perfect time. Will she leave her last press conference with a ‘hanging chad’ of uncertainty about extreme […]