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December 31, 2017 | 2017 Was the Year of Technocracy

As you no doubt remember, dear reader, I kicked off 2017 with my customary look at the year ahead. This year’s prediction? “2017: The Year of Technocracy.” As I observed lo those many months ago: “I find it more and more difficult to shake the conviction that technological developments will shape the narrative of 2017. […]

December 31, 2017 | Global ‘Debt’ Now Near $325 Trillion! Consequences, the ‘Next’ Meltdown!

Central Bank QE and commercial bank lending activities created some $175 trillion of new debt for the planet over the past eight years (my estimate since 2009). This boils down to some $27+ trillion of debt/year (on average) since 2009. All this debt/credit pumped up our asset markets globally to bubble levels…as we witness in today’s […]

December 31, 2017 | Hoping for Uninteresting Times

If there’s a New Year’s wish we can all share, it is that 2018 be as uninteresting as possible. My personal benchmark would be 1959. Ike was President, I was ten, and America had tailfins on its mind. Granted, Nikita Khrushchev seemed menacing even to a kid, and cowering beneath school desks during air raid drills didn’t […]

December 31, 2017 | Year of the Pooch

1. The cost of money goes up in 2018. A lot. The Bank of Canada will increase its benchmark rate three times, likely on March 7th, May 30th and September 5th. A fourth increase is possible, according to people who should know, like RBC. Lock it up. 2. The Fed goes three times, too. At […]

December 31, 2017 | Economy on a Roll

In addition to popping champagne corks and black-eyed peas (at least in the South) on New Year’s Day, year-end brings something else for economists and portfolio managers: annual forecasts. People want to know what the coming year will bring. I would like to know, too. But since I’m on the other side of your monitor, […]

December 31, 2017 | China Eliminates Taxation For Foreign Companies Investing in China

  China has responded to global competition that is exploding in the wake of the Trump Tax Reform. While domestic news in the USA continues to bash the tax reform on class warfare, the rest of the world is trying to come to terms with what Trump has set in motion. China’s response is to […]

December 30, 2017 | The Dreaded “Flattening Yield Curve” Meets QE Unwind

During prior incidents of an “inverted” yield curve, the Fed had no tools to get the market to push up long-term yields. Today it has one: the QE Unwind. The price of three-month Treasury securities fell and the yield — which moves in the opposite direction — rose, ending the year at 1.39%, after having […]

December 30, 2017 | This Week in Money

  • Ross Clark  – Hits and Misses on the 2017 Markets
  • Gerald Celente –  Trends for 2018
  • Larry Reaugh President & CEO of American Manganese  on Company Showcase – Cobalt Project Moving Ahead – Strong Market Moves at the end of 2017.  Read the latest News.  AMY on  ShortData.caView AMY Powerpoint.  Questions? Email Larry or Phone: 778.574.4444
  • Jared Lazerson President & CEO of MGX Minerals on Company Showcase – MGX Updates Energy Technology and Commodities – Lithium, Magnesium, Silicon, and Cleantech Projects Advancing.  Read the latest News.  Questions? Email or phone 604.681.7735

December 30, 2017 | 2009 – 2017 Four Central Banks Pumped 19.7 Trillion $$$ into Global Economy! The Result!

Why have we had over 8 years of elevated asset values and a feeling that this situation is permanent? The change in finance and economics since the financial crisis of 2008 was our Central Banks and their pumping actions. This historic pumping of new liquidity into the overall global financial system is what has given […]

December 30, 2017 | Lacy Hunt on the Consequences of ‘Too Much of the Wrong Type of Debt’

Like our firm Venable Park Investment Counsel, Hoisington Investment Management, manages the capital under its care as long-term pension savings on which owners are depending for their present and future security. This 30-minute audio interview is worth listening to a couple of times.  No slick sales pitch here, just valuable information and insight.   Direct audio link. […]

December 30, 2017 | Debt to GDP: Only 4 Major Countries Worse Off Than the US

Of major nations, only Japan, Greece, Italy, and Portugal have debt-to-GDP ratios higher than the US. With the new tax overhaul, U.S. government debt will rise by one to two trillion dollars over the next decade. I view that assessment as majorly optimistic as it assumes no recession and unlikely growth. Citing IMF statistics, the […]

December 29, 2017 | Your Once-in-a-Generation Buying Opportunity

Are you looking for a bargain to buy in 2018? Commodities are cheap. Dirt cheap. And I’m going to show you a chart illustrating just how danged cheap they are. This is a Bloomberg chart. It compares the Standard & Poor’s GSCI Total Return Index, which tracks 24 raw materials, against the S&P 500. The […]

December 29, 2017 | The Electric Power Grid Must Deal with Rapid Change

Gretchen Bakke, PhD in Cultural Anthropology and Professor at McGill University, in a fascinating book called “The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and Our Energy Future,” outlines the history of the power grid and its vulnerability. She describes the battles that were fought in the early days between advocates for privately owned, small, special […]

December 29, 2017 | Hoping for Uninteresting Times

If there’s a New Year’s wish we can all share, it is that 2018 be as uninteresting as possible. My personal benchmark would be 1959. Ike was President, I was ten, and America had tailfins on its mind. Granted, Nikita Khrushchev seemed menacing even to a kid, and cowering beneath school desks during air raid drills didn’t […]

December 29, 2017 | The Agenda

  Recent moaning, carping and misplaced displays of wealth envy have proven few people who come to this site have empathy for small businesses. Since the self-employed create over half the jobs, that’s weird. But it squares with the lefty-righty theme here of the last few days. Collectivists see government as good, taxes justified and […]

December 29, 2017 | How Both Political Parties Have Enabled Finance to Win at the Expense of Everything Else

It is important for thinking people to acknowledge that the financial sector that continues to hollow out the real economy, social stability and the rule of law today, has been aided and abetted by both political parties, over the past 30 years.  Meaningful change requires more than just swapping in different speech-reading figureheads. Critical first […]

December 29, 2017 | The Baby Boomer Survival Guide – Part 2

Money is our beat at the Diary. But money means nothing without philosophy. Beyond what we need to survive, money has no importance. Is it good? Is it bad? It depends. We need a simple philosophy to make sense of it – to guide us past the Gucci bags… past cable TV… and past the million-euro […]

December 29, 2017 | Eight-Year Positive Cycle for Gold Starting Now

McClellan Financial says an eight-year cycle for gold is about to start and the next five years will likely be good ones Via email from Tom McClellan, please consider Gold’s 8-Year Cycle. We are now entering the upward phase of gold’s 8-year cycle, and that should bring some fun gains. And this comes at a […]

December 29, 2017 | Eight (8) Cities where Real Estate Prices (Values) drop in 2018!

   The huge bubbles in real estate will get pricked in 2018 as demand drops, affordability limits buyers, interest rates increase, and supply wanes. The trend is obvious, to me, who has followed these markets for some 50 years. As an MAI valuation expert, I follow this concept called ‘value’ as it is core to […]

December 29, 2017 | 2018 First Quarter Technical Analysis Price Forecast

As 2017 draws to a close, our analysis shows the first Quarter of 2018 should start off with a solid rally.  Our researchers use our proprietary modeling and technical analysis systems to assist our members with detailed market analysis and timing triggers from expected intraday price action to a multi-month outlook.  These tools help us […]

December 29, 2017 | Will a Hunt for Lost Cities Pay Off?

Ecuadorian puppet cuts his master’s strings

December 29, 2017 | Bitcoin Patterns Becoming More Predictable

Could Cryptocurrencies replace Central Banks?

December 29, 2017 | Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers on the Backs of the Young

Higher education has been financialized, transformed from a public service into a lucrative cash cow for private investors. The advantages of slavery by debt over “chattel” slavery – ownership of humans as a property right – were set out in an infamous document called the Hazard Circular, reportedly circulated by British banking interests among their American banking counterparts during the American Civil […]

December 28, 2017 | This Flu Season Begins the Risk of a Pandemic 2018-2019

A possible new pandemic is forming from a deadly strain of flu emerging from Australia and will be headed to the UK as the normal flow of travels would take it. Britain will perhaps be hit with the worst flu season in 50 years. Already, there are about 170,000 cases of flu reported in Australia […]

December 28, 2017 | Extremes

In a region of six million people, where everyone lusts for a new, detached home, a mere handful sold last month. Three hundred and twelve, a 58% decline year/year. Even more shocking is that new house construction has collapsed by 82% from 2016 levels, and runs at 75% below the 10-year average. It’s a hard-hat […]

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