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Yellen Confirms She Will Step Down When New Fed Chair Sworn In

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she will step down once her successor is sworn into the office, resolving a key question as to whether she would stay on in a diminished role. Yellen could technically stay on as a governor even after stepping down as the institution’s leader, because her term as governor does not […]


Key Events In The Coming Week: Taxes, Inflation, Yellen, Draghi, Kuroda And Brexit

This week’s economic calendar features several key data releases and Fedspeak. The main data release in US include: CPI inflation, retail sales, industrial production, housing data and monthly budget statement. We also get the latest GDP and CPI reading across the Euro Area; the employment report in the UK and AU, Japan GDP, China IP, […]


Is There Any Way Out Of The ECB’s Trap?

Authored by Daniel Lacalle via The Mises Institute, The ECB faces the Devil’s Alternative that Frederick Forsyth mentioned in one of his books. All options are potentially risky. Mario Draghi knows that maintaining the so-called stimuli involves more risks than benefits, but also knows that eliminating them could make the eurozone deck of cards collapse. Despite the […]


“Lull Before The Storm” – Will China Bring An Energy-Debt Crisis?

Authored by Gail Tverberg via Our Finite World blog, It is easy for those of us in the West to overlook how important China has become to the world economy, and also the limits it is reaching. The two big areas in which China seems to be reaching limits are energy production and debt. Reaching […]


How Central Banks Widen Wealth And Income Gaps

Authored by Hal Snarr via The Mises Institute, The Federal Reserve’s latest Survey of Consumer Finances, according to Federal Reserve Governor Brainard, shows that the share of income held by the top 1 percent of households has risen from 17 percent in 1988 to 24 percent in 2015, and that the wealth held by that […]


Frontrunning: November 6

Gunman kills 26 in Texas (Reuters) Trump Urges Japan to Buy More U.S. Military Equipment (WSJ) Ex-Catalan leader granted freedom to campaign for independence (Reuters) House begins revising Republican tax bill to quell dissent (Reuters) Why the Next Four Days Will Be Crucial for the GOP Tax Bill (BBG) Broadcom offers to buy mobile chipmaker […]


Global Stocks Drift Lower As US Futures Rebound From Overnight Scare, Oil At 2 Year Highs

Following an early shaky start, which saw the Hang Seng tumble as much as 1.6% driven by weakness in financials and real estate names following the latest warning by PBOC governor Zhou about “sudden, complex, hidden, contagious, hazardous” risks In markets and a decline in local real estate prices, and pressure global risk, US equity […]


Knowing The Policy Stance Of An Incoming Fed Chairman, How It Paid To Do The Opposite

With the appointment of the next Fed Chairman imminent, the WSJ investigated whether knowing his/her identity and policy stance would have led to successful investment decisions. Spoiler alert – it’s often paid to do the opposite. As The Wall Street Journal reports, President Donald Trump’s The Apprentice-style hiring process for the Federal Reserve chair is […]


Working-Age Depopulation Is Hugely Bullish For Assets… Bearish For Mankind

Authored by Chris Hamilton via Econimica blog, Population growth is the primary, if not sole, contributor to growth in consumption and the resultant economic growth.  But not simply any population, but it is the growing population of the working age or "core" population of 20 to 65 year olds (particularly among the wealthy or developing […]


Low Interest Rates Subsidize Wealthy Households

Authored by Hal Snarr via The Mises Institute, When the economy begins to sink into recession, politicians, mainstream economists, policy wonks, and the Federal Reserve begin beating the economic stimulus drum. Politicians, however, disagree over the type of stimulus to implement. The center-left party proposes greater expenditures on public assistance programs. The center-right party supports […]


One of the Two Most Powerful Fed Officials Just Issued an Inflation Decree

The Fed is no longer even trying to hide the fact that it WANTS inflation. In the last month, the Fed has attempted to feign ignorance about the true nature of inflation. Fed Chair Janet Yellen even went so far as to claim the Fed doesn’t “fully understand” inflation during a Q&A session in September. […]


The Tale Of Two Americas – Urban Rise, Rural Demise, & The Rationale To Hyper-Monetize

Authored by Chris Hamilton via Econimica blog, (The following was written as an outline for a potential book.  To this point no publisher has shown interest and time and funds have run out.) America is in the midst of an ongoing and accelerating shift in demographics and population growth.  These trends, long in place, are at […]


Fire Breaks Out On The Roof Of The New York Fed

Dozens of firefighters are fighting a blaze which broke out on the top of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, NBC New York reports. The fire broke out sometime before 8:40 p.m. on the roof of the 14-story building at 33 Liberty St. in Lower Manhattan, the location of the world’s biggest gold vault […]