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Pair Of Bush-Era Economists Emerge As Front-Runners For Fed Vice Chair Position

After selecting Fed governor Jerome Powell to replace Janet Yellen as Fed Chair when her term expires in February, the Trump White House has now moved on to interviewing a series of candidates for the Vice Chair position.  As the Wall Street Journal notes this morning, two of the more likely candidates for that role […]


Why Monetary Policy Will Cancel Out Fiscal Policy

Authored by MN Gordon via EconomicPrism.com, Good cheer has arrived at precisely the perfect moment.  You can really see it.  Record stock prices, stout economic growth, and a GOP tax reform bill to boot.  Has there ever been a more flawless week leading up to Christmas? We can’t think of one off hand.  And if […]


American Purchases Of “Stuff They Don’t Need” Hits 17 Year High

Anyone who has been paying attention to the New York Fed’s Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit is probably aware that Americans are drowning in debt… …Aggregate household debt climbed $116 billion during the third quarter to $12.96 trillion, edging past its previous peak from Q3 2008. But even as millennials struggle to pay […]


America’s Painful Self-Delusion

Authored by Allen Marshall (Crimson Avenger) via Defiant Living blog, America is the only nation brought forth by a set of beliefs, and those beliefs, captured so eloquently in our founding documents, are some of the most powerful and inspiring ever conceived. We consider this to be the land of the free, where the individual […]


US Futures Hit New All Time High Following Asian Shares Higher; European Stocks, Dollar Mixed

U.S. equity index futures pointed to early gains and fresh record highs, following Asian markets higher, as European shares were mixed and oil was little changed, although it is unclear if anyone noticed with bitcoin stealing the spotlight, after futures of the cryptocurrency began trading on Cboe Global Markets. In early trading, European stocks struggled […]


QE Unwind is Really Happening: Fed Assets Drop To Lowest Level In Over Three Years

Submitted by Wolf Richter of Wolf Street The Fed’s balance sheet for the week ending December 6, completes the second month of the QE-unwind. Total assets initially zigzagged within a tight range to end October where it started, at $4,456 billion. But in November, holdings drifted lower, and by December 6 were at $4,437 billion, […]


Finally, An Honest Inflation Index – Guess What It Shows

Authored by John Rubino via DollarCollapse.com, Central bankers keep lamenting the fact that record low interest rates and record high currency creation haven’t generated enough inflation (because remember, for these guys inflation is a good thing rather than a dangerous disease). To which the sound money community keeps responding, “You’re looking in the wrong place! […]


Key Events In The Coming Week: Jobs, Brexit, PMI, IP And More

The first full week of December is shaping up as rather busy, with such Tier 1 data in the US as the payrolls report, durable goods orders and trade balance. We also get UK PMI data and GDP, retail sales across the Euro Area, as well as central bank meetings including Australia RBA and BoC […]


Surging Household Debt Is Forcing More New Yorkers To Rely On Food Pantries

As US stock benchmarks smash through one record high after the next – a central-bank driven phenomenon that disproportionately benefits the wealthy at the expense of the middle-class and working poor – booming credit-card debt is forcing more New Yorkers to seek assistance at the city’s food pantries this holiday season, according to a report […]


Russia Warns Washington: Confiscating Gold Reserves Would Be “Declaration Of Financial War”

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov warned Washington yesterday: "If our gold and currency reserves can be arrested, even if such a thought exists, it would be financial terrorism." After making the point that Russia's budget is prepared for the possibility of tougher US/EU sanctions, RT reports that Siluanov warned if the west include the seizure […]


Q4 GDP Shocker – Wholesale Inventories Unexpectedly Plunge In October

Against expectations of a 0.4% MoM rise – supporting continued growth in GDP into the fourth quarter – October saw a 0.4% plunge in wholesale inventories. After five straight months of building inventories, October saw a big GDP-stunting slump… The biggest drop was in Motor Vehicles & Parts Dealers which saw a 1% drop in […]


Key Events In The Coming Week: Senate Tax Vote; Euro Inflation; GDP; OPEC, Fed Speakers

It’s a busy week as traders return from the long Thanksgiving holiday, with inflation releases in the Eurozone and Japan. We’ll also get the second estimate of US GDP, housing data and ISM manufacturing, UK monetary aggregates and PMIs in China. Finally, the Russia-OPEC meeting takes place in Vienna on November 30, while the Senate […]


DiMartino Booth Warns Pressure On US Households Is Intensifying

Authored by Danielle DiMartino Booth, Behind the rosy economic headlines, consumer stresses have continued to build and are likely to worsen… Is the U.S. economy enjoying a honeymoon, or is this merely a hiatus? Although this isn’t a subject of discussion among most economists, there will be both good and bad associated with three hurricanes […]


The Fed Isn’t “Confused” About Inflation… It WANTS You In the Dark!

The Fed claims it’s “confused” as to why inflation remains so low. The Fed isn’t confused at all. It intentionally measures inflation in ridiculous ways to guarantee that the “official number” remains nowhere near reality. On top of this, we have factual evidence that Fed is in fact well aware that inflation is clocking in […]


The Fed Issues A Subprime Warning As Household Debt Hits A New All Time High

After we first reported last week that US credit card debt once again rose above $1 trillion, despite a recent sharp downward revision to the data, while both student and auto loans rose to a fresh record high… … it would probably not come as a surprise that according to the just released latest quarterly […]