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An Angry Rudy Havenstein Lashes Out: “No, The Fed Is Not Populist”

Submitted by Rudy Havenstein After years of seeing terrible market news and commentary, I’m pretty jaded, but when I saw the recent Marketwatch op-ed, “Janet Yellen’s true legacy is her focus on middle-class wages” (by Tim Mullaney), I thought such nonsense needed a reponse that went beyond 280 characters. (Half of Mullaney’s article is an […]


The Two Churchills And The World’s “Collective Munchausen Syndrome”

Authored by Rusty Guinn via Epsilon Theory blog, This is my favorite street art in the world. It adorns a rail bridge that soars above I-45 in Houston. More than 300,000 cars pass by it every day. It has been modified a couple times by other street artists, but every time it goes back. It’s […]


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 […]


America is in Worse Financial Shape than Russia or China

Kotlikoff: America in Worse Financial Shape than Russia or China Written by Peter Diekmeyer, Sprott Money News    America’s 2017 fiscal gap will come in near $6 trillion, nine times higher than the $666 billion deficit announced by the US Department of the Treasury last week, says Laurence Kotlikoff, an economics professor at Boston University. […]


How Socialism Ruined Venezuela

Authored by Rafael Acevedo & Luis B. Cirocco via The Mises Institute, In order to understand the disaster that is unfolding in Venezuela, we need to journey through the most recent century of our history and look at how our institutions have changed over time. What we will find is that Venezuela once enjoyed relatively […]


“Is Trump To Blame For The Crisis Of American Democracy?” – Watch Today’s Munk Debate

Is Donald Trump precipitating a crisis of American democracy? For some the answer is an emphatic “yes”. Trump’s disregard for the institutions and political norms of U.S. democracy is imperiling the Republic. The sooner his presidency collapses the sooner the healing can begin and the ship of state righted. For others Trump is not the […]


Live Feed From The Munk Debates: “Is Trump To Blame For The Crisis Of American Democracy?”

Is Donald Trump precipitating a crisis of American democracy? For some the answer is an emphatic “yes”. Trump’s disregard for the institutions and political norms of U.S. democracy is imperiling the Republic. The sooner his presidency collapses the sooner the healing can begin and the ship of state righted. For others Trump is not the […]


Mad, Mad, Mad, MAD World: News in Charts

Global Outlook – Mad, Mad, Mad, MAD World: News in Charts Alarm bells are ringing for economic fundamentalists such as Fathom Consulting. Asset prices look increasingly out of step with fundamentals, and in some cases they look downright bubbly. And other geopolitical developments are similarly alarming. One might even describe them as… Mad: Equity prices […]


Is This The Biggest Housing Bubble Ever?

In September of 2015, not long after Sweden followed the SNB and ECB in going “full NIRP”, we warned that “Sweden Goes Full Krugman, Gets Massive Housing Bubble“, in which we first showed the unprecedented surge in Swedish home prices, which have been the one asset class to “benefit” the most from the Riksbank’s ultra […]


The Fed’s ‘Quack Treatments’ Are Causing The Stagnation

Authored by EconomicPrism's MN Gordon via Acting-Man.com, Bleeding the Patient to Health There’s something alluring about cure-alls and quick fixes. Who doesn’t want a magic panacea to make every illness or discomfort disappear? Such a yearning once compelled the best and the brightest minds to believe the impossible for over two thousand years.   Instantaneous […]


“Japan Has No Illusions That Rates Will Ever Rise”: Is This What The Endgame Looks Like

By Victor Shvets of Macquarie Capital Japan Debt Mountain: does it matter? For almost 25 years, Japan’s debt burden has been the poster child of what would happen to others if capital is misallocated, bubbles burst and then clearance and required reforms are either delayed or not implemented. Indeed, at more than 5x GDP, Japan […]


(What’s Left Of) Our Economy: The Real ‘Dreamer Fakeonomics’

Authored by Alan Tonelson via Reality Check blog, If you’ve been following the heated national debate about President Trump’s decision to rescind former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, you know that an economic conventional wisdom has been quickly established. It holds that, whatever you think about the legality, propriety, or morality […]


Does Government Spending Create More Economic Growth? (Spoiler Alert: No, Silly!)

Authored by Frank Shostak via The Mises Institute, After the 2007-2009 global financial crisis, fears of ballooning public debt and worries about the drag on economic growth pushed authorities in some countries to lower government spending, a tactic that economists now think may have slowed recovery. Note that in the United States the total debt […]


Global Outrage After Japan Finance Minister Said “Hitler Had Right Motives”

While Donald Trump is not exactly known for his oratorial and diplomatic skills, either during live speeches or within the confines of his trademark outbursts in 140 characters or less on Twitter, he is positively Machiavellian compared to Japan’s 76-year-old deputy prime minister and finance minister in Abe’s cabinet, Taro Aso, whose entire career appears […]


Trump’s Big Decision: Why Not Danielle DiMartino Booth For A Fed Post?

  Trump’s Big Decision: Why Not Danielle DiMartino Booth For A Fed Post? Written by Peter Diekmeyer, Sprott Money News   Lead photo by Rose Baca of the Dallas Morning News.   US President Donald Trump’s decision about who will replace Janet Yellen when her Federal Reserve chairmanship expires in February will be the biggest […]