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Stockman: US Entry Into World War I Was A Disaster

Authored by David Stockman via The Daily Reckoning, 103 years ago, in 1914, the Federal Reserve opened-up for business as the carnage in northern France was getting under way. And it brought to a close the prior magnificent half-century era of liberal internationalism and honest gold-backed money. The Great War was nothing short of a […]


The IRS Is Puzzled: Why Out Of 500,000 Coinbase Users, Only 900 Reported Gains Or Losses

Almost exactly one year ago, the IRS realized that it could be leaving billions of dollars on the table in the form of uncollected taxes, and launched a tax-evasion probe on the largest US Bitcoin exchange, Coinbase, seeking to identify all Coinbase users in the U.S. who “conducted transactions in a convertible virtual currency” from […]


Scientists Shocked As Fisheries Collapse On West Coast: “It’s The Worst We’ve Seen”

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, The Gulf of Alaska cod populations appears to have taken a nose-dive. Scientists are shocked at the collapse and starving fish, making this  the “worst they’ve ever seen.” “They [Alaskan cod] get weak and die or get eaten by something else,” said NOAA’s Steve Barbeaux. The 2017 trawl net […]


Emerging Market Junk Debt Issuance Surges To New Record As The “Search For Yield” Intensifies

It seems that the never-ending “thirst for yield” from the world’s massive pension funds, combined with the ever-present “cash on the sidelines” problem, is driving the creation of yet another global financial bubble in emerging market junk bonds.  Alas, as the FT points out today, the world’s largest fixed income investors can’t seem to get […]


Sessions Considers Appointing Special Council To Investigate Clintons

With Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly preparing to make another round of arrests in his probe into the Trump campaign’s efforts to “collude” with Russia, House and Senate Republicans – not to mention President Donald Trump – will be thrilled to learn that Attorney General Jeff Sessions might soon appoint a second special counsel to […]


Ominous Russophobia In America

Authored by Stephen Lendman, It infests America like a malignant tumor, exceeding the worst of the post-WW I “Red Scare” and its repeat following WW II. Beginning in 1938, House Un-American Activities Committee witch-hunt hearings into alleged disloyalty and subversive activities became headline news. Starting in the late 1960s, more of the same followed by […]


Chinese Stocks Slide As Economic Slowdown Accelerates

Being the first data following The National Congress, we are expecting little in the way of disappointment from China's macro data. However, the slowdown in credit supply has been well telegraphed, and sure enough the data was not pretty with FAI growth at its weakest in 17 years, Retail Sales and Industrial Production both disappoint. […]


S&P Downgrades Venezuela To “Selective Default” After Bondholder Meeting Devolves Into Total Chaos

Creditors had little expectations from today’s ad hoc meeting with “soon-to-default” Venezuela, and with good reason: not only was the meeting attended by several sanctioned Venezuelan officials, potentially jeopardizing the legal status of any bondholders who voluntarily appeared at the Caracas meeting meant to “restructure and refinance” Venezuela’s massive debt load, but it was nothing […]


GPIF Is About To Bite Back

Authored by Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist blog, A few years ago, the Japanese government made an announcement that went unnoticed by many market pundits. Since then, although there have been a few strategists who have speculated on its impact on risk assets, on the whole, it’s not something that gets a tremendous amount […]


TPP Moving Ahead Without US As Trump Fooled By “Warm” Welcome In Asia

In his speech (see here) at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) on Friday, Trump slammed China, the WTO and his predecessor’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement as issues holding back his America-first “Indo-Pacific dream”. Without referencing it specifically, Trump criticised the TPP which he said would “tie our hands, surrender our sovereignty […]


Federal Prosecutors Are Running Amok

Authored by William Anderson via The Mises Institute, It is hard to know where to begin regarding the charges against Paul Manafort, the former campaign director for Donald Trump’s successful presidential bid, but having read the indictments and knowing some background about both the case and the investigation, I cannot say it is exactly a […]


Mysterious Bitcoin Dip-Buyer Identified

Amid the cataclymsic collapse of Bitcoin late on Friday night, the crypto currency suddenly saw a large buyer step in as prices plummeted below $6000. We now have an idea who that buyer of last resort was… As a result of a giant publicity effort from its proponents, BCH saw mass investment as it heads […]


How The Fed Destroyed The Functioning American Democracy And Bankrupted The Nation

Authored by Chris Hamilton via Econimica blog, I hope this article brings forward important questions about the Federal Reserves role in the US and I openly admit this is by no means a comprehensive article…it simply attempts to begin a broader dialogue about the financial and economic impacts of allowing the Federal Reserve to direct America's […]


CalPERS Calls The Top: Largest Public Pension Fund Mulls Dumping $50 Billion Of Stocks

Is the largest public pension fund in the United States getting ready to dump about $50 billion worth of stocks?  According to a new note from Bloomberg, CalPERS’ board is meeting for a workshop today in Sacramento to discuss asset allocations for the upcoming year which could include a doubling of the fund’s bond allocation […]


Millions Face Starvation In Yemen Due To US-Ally Saudi Arabia’s Blockade

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Two years ago, German intelligence warned the world of the unique risks Saudi Arabia posed to the region. I covered it at the time in the post, German Intelligence Warns – Saudi Arabia to Play “Destabilizing Role” in the Middle East. Here’s an excerpt: Saudi Arabia is at […]