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Is California Already In Recession?

By Political Calculations When it comes to the health of his state's economy, California Governor Jerry Brown has been walking on eggshells this year. Twice each year, once in January and again in May, Gov. Jerry Brown warns Californians that the economic prosperity their state has enjoyed in recent years won't last forever.   Brown […]


The Best Tax Incentive In The World

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, In a move almost destined to prove that laws and policies have absolutely zero meaning, the European Union released a list of “tax havens” last week… with a massive, giant, highly conspicuous omission. The blacklist contains the names of the usual suspects– Panama, United Arab Emirates, etc., along with […]


The 30-Years Bubble – Why America Ain’t That Rich

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner, The entire financial and economic narrative in today's Bubble Finance world is virtually context- and history-free; it's all about the short-term deltas and therefore exceedingly misleading and dangerous. So when a big trend or condition is negative and unsustainable, you generally can't even get a glimpse of it from the so-called "high-frequency" weekly, monthly and […]


Fed’s Kaplan Fears “Excessive Financial Imbalances”, Warns “We Are Vulnerable To Rapid Reversals”

Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan just went full 1996 Greenspan… In an esay designed to explain "A Balanced Approach to Monetary Policy", Kaplan included an ominous section pointing at the very significant bubbles that have been blow in recent years… Monitoring for Evidence of Building Imbalances As a central banker, I want to be vigilant […]


The Unbearable Slowness Of Fourth Turnings

Authored by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog, “The next Fourth Turning is due to begin shortly after the new millennium, midway through the Oh-Oh decade. Around the year 2005, a sudden spark will catalyze a Crisis mood. Remnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real hardship […]


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 […]


Forget The Bogus Republican “Reform”: Here’s What Real Tax Reform Would Look Like

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The point is to end the current system in which billionaires get all the privileges and financial benefits of owning assets in the U.S. but don't pay taxes that are proportional to the benefits they extract. As has been widely noted, the Republicans' proposed "tax reform" is […]


Class Warfare: People Are Out For Blood

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, Roughly two thousand years ago, the government of ancient Rome was facing a serious problem. The tributium capitus, or poll tax, that they had imposed across their provinces was becoming unpopular. And there was among a growing minority of Roman subjects who felt they were being forced to pay […]


How To Survive The Winter

Authored by MN Gordon via EconomicPrism.com, One of the fringe benefits of living in a country that’s in dire need of a political, financial, and cultural reset, is the twisted amusement that comes with bearing witness to its unraveling. Day by day we’re greeted with escalating madness.  Indeed, the great fiasco must be taken lightly, […]


An Army Of Lobbyists Is Coming To Kill Tax Reform

Having sworn themselves to secrecy, Republicans on the House Ways and Means committee are scrambling to put together a tax bill by next week. But not knowing anything about the details of the plan, as it stands right now, hasn’t stopped an army of lobbyists from mobbing Capitol Hill with one overweening mission: To threaten, […]


Goldman Sachs Maintains The Most Tax Havens Of Any US Company… By Far

Multinational companies based in the United States are able to avoid paying an estimated $100 billion in federal income tax every year through the use of tax havens. As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, a recent report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy has found that 366 of America's largest 500 companies maintain 9,755 tax haven […]


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 […]


These U.S. Companies Have The Most Cash Parked Overseas

While many US companies, especially those in the Russell 2000, have seen their stocks surge in recent days on renewed hopes that Trump tax reform may pass in the coming months (Goldman assigned a 65% probability of Trump tax passing), the reality is that for a vast majority of US corporations a tax cut to […]


Switzerland Tops World’s Most Competitive Countries Index (Yemen Least)

Something else 'Murica is no longer #1 in… A recently released World Economic Forum report has found that the global economy is recovering well nearly a decade on from the start of the global financial crisis with GDP growth hitting 3.5 percent in 2017. The eurozone in particular is regaining traction with 1.9 percent growth expected this […]


Household Wealth Hits A Record $96.2 Trillion… There Is Just One Catch

In the Fed's latest Flow of Funds report, today the Fed released the latest snapshot of the US "household" sector as of June 30, 2017. What it revealed is that with $111.4 trillion in assets and a modest $15.2 trillion in liabilities, the net worth of US households rose to a new all time high […]