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Bill Bonner

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Is an American author of books and articles on economic and financial subjects. He is the founder and president of Agora Publishing, and author of the daily financial column, Diary of a Rogue Economist.

Bill Bonner's Diary - When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything. – Belgian author Émile Cammaerts BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – Last night, we got on a plane bound for Buenos Aires… As you know, Argentina has gone all-out in its war against the […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - Just as every cop is a criminal And all the sinners saints As heads is tails Just call me Lucifer ‘Cause I’m in need of some restraint – Sympathy for the Devil, by the Rolling Stones SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – As expected, Joe Biden will speed up America’s encounter with disaster. That won’t be easy. Adding […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – With only seven days to go to the presidential election, investors are getting edgy. Yesterday, the Dow sold off by as much as 900 points, before bouncing back to end the day down 650 points. What’s the trouble? Party On Hold For one thing, people look up at the sky. They […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – Over the weekend, the World Health Organization threw a petard into the Lockdown/No Lockdown debate: WHO warns against COVID-19 lockdowns WHO envoy Dr. David Nabarro said such restrictive measures should only be treated as a last resort, the British magazine the Spectator reported in a video interview. “The only time we believe a lockdown is […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – The New York Times says that the major hobgoblins of our time – COVID-19, global warming, racism, etc. – have been upstaged by a new concern. No kidding: Now, in a stark reminder of the tumultuous nature of the 2020 race, all of those issues […] have been eclipsed in the political dialogue […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – We begin today with a new study by the RAND Corporation. It tallies a little more of the hidden cost of House Arrest. ABC News reports: Now, new data shows that during the COVID-19 crisis, American adults have sharply increased their consumption of alcohol, drinking on more days per month, and […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – And so, we come to the end of another week. Let’s see if we can summarize what we learned. The Old Economy is fading away… The New Economy is a dangerous bubble… One grows cold. The other is too hot to touch. What are we to do? No Friends Economies always […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – First, we check in on the economy… Here’s CNBC: Yelp on Wednesday released its latest Economic Impact Report, revealing business closures across the U.S. are increasing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic’s economic toll. As of Aug. 31, 163,735 businesses have indicated on Yelp that they have closed. That’s down […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – We wrote about the Democratic National Convention on Monday. Silence… Yesterday, we wrote about the Republican confab… and sent it off at precisely 30 minutes past midday, Eastern Time. Shortly thereafter, the artillery opened up… with dear readers blasting us for criticizing Mr. Trump and his party. We’ve been taking “incoming” ever since. Tomorrow… […]

August 28th, 2020 | What 2020 Has Taught Us

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – Unbelievably, August is almost over. Summer has all but adjourned. The leaves are turning and the gavel is coming down. And what have we learned? What is the verdict? It doesn’t matter whether you lock down or not. A face mask probably doesn’t help. Americans are easily panicked. They readily tyrannize […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner, as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later, as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved. – Economist Ludwig von […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – Can you solve this philosopher’s conundrum… or answer this child’s riddle? What is something and nothing at the same time? If you’ve been paying attention this week, Dear Reader, you already know the answer: It’s the feds’ transfer payments. Trouble Aboard A “transfer” must have a “to” and a “from.” But […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread. – Thomas Jefferson SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – Yesterday, we were looking at “transfer” payments. Today, we look closer. What exactly are we talking about? Our developing hypothesis is that the furious money-shoveling in the last quarter was not […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - Week 16 of the Quarantine Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day, minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - That is no market for old men. The young with their Robinhood accounts. Money growing on trees. Those dying generations – left behind. – With apologies to poet William Butler Yeats SALTA CITY, ARGENTINA – Poor Warren Buffett. At 89 years of age, he can’t keep up. Out of sync with the markets. A relic […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – “One country, two systems,” says colleague Byron King. The phrase was used in the 1980s by Deng Xiaoping to describe China’s special relationship with Hong Kong and Macau. Now, says Byron, it points to a dangerous fault line in America. There are two systems. One is a fraud… and the other […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – Amid the many errors and scams perpetrated by Powell, Mnuchin, Trump, Pelosi, McConnell, et al., one stands out. In their Bail Out Everything Act, aka CARES, like a neighborhood loan shark, they sent out the message: “Need cash? Come and see us.” Dear Reader, you already know the story to date. […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – Yesterday, we saw how the feds are in the process of cronifying the American working class… by bribing the great mass of “average” voters who decide elections. And here’s the latest from The Washington Post: To help speed the delivery of up to $1,200 in economic impact payments to individuals made available under […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – “If it bleeds, it leads,” say the old newspaper guys. Horrors and hobgoblins get the mob’s attention. Threats sell papers. And elect politicians. And elevate functionaries – Anthony Fauci, Jay Powell, etc. – to Elvis status. Lurid headlines tell us that a child has been struck down by a rare ailment… […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - “Our economy is the greatest it has ever been.” – Donald Trump, January 20, 2020 “Bloomberg Economics sees global growth slowing to 1.5% year on year.” – Bloomberg, February 9, 2020 “There is no systemic risk. No one is even talking about that.” – Goldman Sachs conference call, mid-March, reported by Marc Faber SAN MARTIN, […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hell followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth. – Revelation 6:8 SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – This morning… […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – Hunker down. Keep your distance. Sit tight. Hit the pause button. We will return to the money world tomorrow. But, in short, it is evolving as expected. The bubble has developed a big hole. The feds are trying to plug it with fake money. Here is the latest from the Wall Street […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - RANCHO SANTANA, NICARAGUA – Yesterday, we watched the screen. The Dow was down 850 points at 11 a.m. By noon, it had lost another 50 points. By 1 p.m., it was down 1,000 points. Now it was getting people’s attention. By the close of the trading day, the market sell-off had become mainstream news. CNBC: […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - DENVER, COLORADO – Golden, Colorado is home to two important institutions: the Coors Brewery… and the Colorado School of Mines. One of our sons is here enjoying both of them; we came to see him yesterday. Golden in the morning Three of the passengers on the plane, one Chinese, two American, were wearing face masks. […]

Bill Bonner's Diary - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – What next? CNBC: Stocks ended lower Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control told Reuters that a traveler from China was diagnosed with the first U.S. case of coronavirus, in Seattle. The Dow closed down 152 points after falling as much as 200 points. The S&P 500 shed nearly 0.3%, while the […]
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