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Is This Why The Status Quo Disdains Bitcoin? – The “Wrong People Are Getting Rich”

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The wrong people–rebels, outsiders, nerds and techies– got on the cryptocurrency boat while their insider/rentier "betters" blew it and are now raging bitterly onshore. The psychology of money, wealth and speculative manias is endlessly fascinating. Most of what's written on these subjects focus on the process of […]


The Great Recession 10 Years Later: Lessons We Still Have To Learn

Authored by Robert Bruner, op-ed via TheHill.com, Ten years ago this month, a recession began in the U.S. that would metastasize into a full-fledged financial crisis. A decade is plenty of time to reflect on what we have learned, what we have fixed, and what remains to be done. High on the agenda should be […]


Tax Plan Jitters Cause Sudden Collapse In Manhattan Apartment Prices In 4Q

Apparently the combination of a massive flood of excess supply in the form of new luxury developments and a Trump tax plan that penalizes people living in expensive cities by capping SALT, mortgage interest and property tax deductions was simply too much for the Manhattan real estate market to ignore in 4Q 2017.  After reaching […]


The Ghost Of W.D.Gann: Another Crash Is Coming

Authored by Philip Soos & Lindsay David via RenegadeInc.com, The original wizard of Wall Street, W.D Gann was a finance trader and wealthy speculator that spent decades investigating cyclical trends in equity market patterns and found that prices could be predicted long in advance. He successfully predicted the crashes in the 1929 and Dot-Com stock […]


1,000s Of “Micro-Homes” Sprout Up All Over Bay Area To House The Growing Homeless Population

Roughly one year ago we shared the plans of a billionaire real estate developer in San Francisco who wanted to build communities for the homeless in Bay Area neighborhoods using stackable steel shipping containers (see: San Fran Billionaire Luanches Plan To House Homeless In Shipping Containers).  Not surprisingly, the efforts were met with some resistance […]


“Are Central Bankers About To Lose Control?” The WSJ Asks And Citi Answers

In an article published by the WSJ today, which was originally titled “Are Central Bankers About to Lose Control?” but after some shoulder taps was renamed to the far more neutral “Can Central Banks Keep Control of Interest Rates?” author Jon Sindreu looks at the current Goldilocks state of the market, in which global growth […]


Millionaire Heiress Crusades Against Freedom to Spend Your Own Money

Via The Daily Bell In response to the tax bill which will lead to a lot more money in her pocket, Abigail Disney, heiress to the Walt Disney Company fortune, said she would be donating that tax break to a worthy cause of her choosing. No, wait. That’s not it at all. She got in […]


Japan’s Largest Bank Is Preparing For A Bitcoin Exchange Collapse

The February 2014 collapse of Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was, for more than 24,000 investors around the world, a traumatic event. It also ushered in a two-year crypto bear market that saw the price of a single bitcoin plunge from a peak of $1,200 to a low of around $200 before the torrid bull […]


Is Amazon Killing NYC Retailers Or Is The ‘Rent Just Too Damn High?’

A few weeks ago, the office of Council Member Helen Rosenthal of New York’s 6th District published the results of a business survey conducted on the Upper West Side that showed, among other things, that some 12% of retail store fronts lay vacant.  Of the 1,332 storefronts that we surveyed, we identified 1,170 active businesses […]


Traub: “The US Has Reached The Last Stage Before Collapse”

Authored by James Traub via Foreign Policy, The United States of America Is Decadent and Depraved The problem isn’t Donald Trump – it’s the Donald Trump in all of us… In The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of […]


Visualizing The Global Rush To Build Skyscrapers

As the creator of today’s visualization, Alberto Lucas López, points out, “the world’s tallest buildings have acted as barometers”. Another way of putting it? Our biggest architectural accomplishments are highly visible symbols of what society values most, and those values have changed over time. Today, the paramount belief system in many parts of the world is […]


Wife Of Fusion GPS Founder Admits Her Husband Was Behind Fake “RussiaGate” Story

Authored by Alex Christoforou via The Duran, The Russiagate story concocted by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, who coincidently funded Fusion GPS (the firm behind the ‘Trump dossier’ that the entire Russia election meddling is based upon), is unraveling at record speed. Mary Jacoby, the wife of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, who is the […]


US Tax Cut and Rate Hikes Threaten China Currency

Authored by Valentin Schmid via The Epoch Times, Seven was the line in the sand. But the Chinese yuan never crossed that line vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar. It only crept up to 6.96 yuan per dollar on Dec. 16, 2016, before starting an impressive comeback, down to 6.5 in the middle of this year. Last […]


How To Survive Today’s Bubbly Market

Authored by James Rickards via Bonner & Partners, To paraphrase one of the great gems of Wall Street wisdom, “Nothing infuriates a man more than the sight of other people making money.” That’s a pretty good description of what happens during the late stage of a stock market bubble. The bubble participants are making money […]


“It Has Its Own Nightclub”: Photos Reveal Features Of “The World’s Most Expensive Home”

When its finished in the spring, Nile Niami’s 100,000-square-foot mansion in Bel Air will be the largest – and possibly the most expensive – home in the country. Maybe even the world. The asking price for the home – which Niami has branded “the One”? $500 million. With US home prices climbing to levels not […]