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January 18, 2022 | What’s The Number? 2022 Edition

It’s happening again. The Fed is threatening the financial markets with tighter money, and the markets are reacting like addicts being shoved through the front door of a rehab center. They’re not happy, and they have good reason – actually two good reasons – to be alarmed. First, tighter monetary policy will blow up all […]

January 16, 2022 | Bruce C: The Fed Is Getting Just What It Wants

Sometimes the best thing about a blog post is the comments it generates. That’s frequently true on DollarCollapse, especially when friend-of-the-site Bruce C is doing the commenting. Here, in the first of what will hopefully become a series (under Bruce’s byline), are a couple of representative examples: “What If The Rest Of The World Tightens […]

January 14, 2022 | Bonds Remind Investors How Unsafe They Are

From Investing Channel: Financial advisors used to believe in a balanced portfolio between bonds and stocks. Central banks changed all that. Breaking Traditions We’re taught that stocks and bonds tend to move in opposite directions. Money flows into stocks and out of safety plays like US Treasuries and the US Dollar when they want risk. The […]

January 13, 2022 | Yet Another Retirement Risk You May Not Be Considering

The most common retirement plan involves making some reasonable investment-return assumptions and then structuring your annual spending to run your nest egg down to zero at age 90 or thereabouts. Ideally, you spend your last dollar on the day you take your last breath. This works, at least in general terms, because relatively few people […]

January 12, 2022 | Gerald Celente: The Technocracy’s Warped Reality Filter

From the Trends Research Institute: In current orthodoxy enforced by technocratic elites, the lines between what is celebrated and condemned reaches fresh heights of absurdity virtually every day. Some latest examples came courtesy of a recent year-end article on MIT’s technologyreview.com website, highlighting some of the “worst technology of 2021.” The article panned apps popular […]

January 10, 2022 | Michael Pento: Fiscal And Monetary Cliffs Have Arrived

From Pento Portfolio Strategies:  According to Doug Ramsey of the Leuthold Group, 334 companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange recently hit a 52-week low, more than double the amount that marked new one-year highs. That’s happened only three other times in history — all of them occurring in December 1999. How did we […]

January 9, 2022 | When The Protest Songs Go Your Way, You’ve won

The job of an artist is to lead the rest of us to new ways of perceiving reality. So when the preponderance of art comes down on one side of a debate, the battle is pretty much over. All that remains is mopping up. Mark Crispin Miller (NYU professor nearly canceled for teaching both sides […]

January 5, 2022 | James Turk: The Dollar Isn’t What It Used To Be

Excerpted From James Turk’s just-published Money and Liberty: In The Pursuit Of Happiness & The Theory Of Natural Money: Since the 1944 Bretton Woods conference, the U.S. dollar has been the world’s reserve currency. This term is still used today to describe the international role of the dollar, but it is meaningless to speak of […]

January 2, 2022 | The Next War: Hypersonic Missiles, A.I., Space Combat

Excerpted from a much longer Breitbart article. Read the rest here.  2021 was a year of mounting apprehension about the next great power conflict – perhaps triggered by a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, or a Russian invasion of Ukraine – coupled with uncertainty about what the “next war” will look like. Has the next generation […]

December 27, 2021 | Wage Inflation Might Shock The World In 2022

Paris during the Great Depression was full of unemployed people — and apparently it was awesome. As the story goes, the City of Light circa 1934 offered few good jobs and little upward mobility – which is pretty much the definition of a capital-D Depression — so large parts of the population gave up and, […]

December 20, 2021 | Michael Pento: The Great Reconciliation Of Asset Prices

From Pento Portfolio Strategies:  The coming new year will be fraught with risk due to the removal of central bank and government supports. This could very likely lead to the collapse of the most overvalued stock market in history. According to the Conference Board, US economic growth is set to slow from 5.5% annual growth […]

December 19, 2021 | What If The Rest Of The World Tightens And The U.S. Doesn’t

So the Fed, confronted with 6% official (~ 12% actual) inflation, steps right up and … promises a few quarter-point interest rate hikes not today, but at some indeterminate dates in 2022. Even if it follows through — a big if based on recent history — the U.S. will still find itself with negative real […]

December 17, 2021 | Exactly Which Dystopian Novel Are We Living In?

There’s a debate going on among the disaffected/terrified over which dystopian novel we’re now living in. Some point to social media addiction and designer drugs to suggest Brave New World. Others see mass surveillance and pandemic lockdowns as putting us squarely in 1984. Still others cite online censorship and cancel culture as favoring Fahrenheit 451. […]

December 9, 2021 | No Way Does China Save Us From The Next Bust

The world recovered remarkably well from its 2008-2009 near-death experience, thanks largely to China’s decision to borrow an ungodly amount of money and spend it on the mother of all infrastructure builds. This pulled most developed countries out of a hole that they might, on their own, have been unable to escape. Now the same […]

December 6, 2021 | Oh, Maybe This Is How We All Die: Self-Replicating Bio-Robots

Those dancing robots are definitely scary. But they’re big, so we might be able to see them coming, which gives us a fighting chance. But self-replicating microscopic bio-robots? Hard to know what we’ll be able to do about those things: Living Robot That Can Self-Replicate Created In World First (IFLS) – Researchers have created robots […]

December 3, 2021 | Stocks Tank, Gold Jumps: A Glimpse Of The Future?

Conventional wisdom holds that stocks and gold are inversely correlated, which is to say they move in opposite (or at least unrelated) directions because they serve different purposes in a typical portfolio. Stocks are for capital gains in good times, gold is for protection in bad times. It doesn’t always work out that way, largely […]

November 30, 2021 | How Long Until Inflation Breaks Germany?

During the 1923 Weimar Republic hyperinflation, newly-destitute Germans burned their life savings to keep warm or carted wheelbarrows of cash to stores to buy bread and milk. This wipe-out of an entire generation’s wealth led directly to Hitler and WWII, arguably the two dumbest mistakes made by any country ever. So these guys understand the […]

November 21, 2021 | The Emerging Alt-Economy: “Buy Nothing”

Most of us own too much unnecessary stuff and have borrowed waaayyy too much money to buy said stuff. Meanwhile, all that debt is boosting inflation, making things that actually matter harder to afford. But free people have a way of self-organizing solutions to their problems, and one of the more inspiring examples is the […]

November 16, 2021 | Charts For A Baffling World: Frappuccino Shock

So you’re driving to work, obsessing about how much it just cost to fill the tank of your SUV and how much it sucks to have to return to the office after a year of working at home in your jammies, when you pull into the Starbucks drive-through to order your usual, only to find […]

November 12, 2021 | Housing Is Officially A Bubble

Since we’re in the “everything bubble,” it kind of follows that real estate — one of the things about which people with more money than sense tend to get most excited — would be rocking. And it is. But bubbles are about more than rising prices. They’re also about behavior, to be specific behaviors that […]

November 8, 2021 | Michael Pento: Interest Rate Normalization Is Impossible

From Pento Portfolio Strategies: Stagflation is undermining the U.S. economy, and that poses a huge problem for Mr. Powell and his merry band of money printers. Inflation is running at a pace that is just about 3x faster than real GDP growth–a figure the Fed can no longer ignore. This is why Mr. Powell had […]

November 7, 2021 | More Tales From The Tightest Labor Market In Living Memory

The Wall Street Journal just published a long, amazing look at what might be the tightest labor market in living memory. Here’s an excerpt: Help Really Wanted: No Degree, Work Experience or Background Checks  U.S. companies are downsizing the hiring process. Beauty product retailer The Body Shop is dropping educational requirements and background checks for […]

November 3, 2021 | Spiking Australian Interest Rates Are A Glimpse Of The Global Future

But the bigger Down Under story might end up being interest rates. It seems that Australia’s central bank (RBA) had, like the Fed and ECB, been pegging short-term government note yields at extremely low levels, thus creating the illusion that local financial markets were tranquil and well-managed and not at all prone to sudden collapse. […]

October 27, 2021 | Another Effect Of Rising Wages

After decades of stagnation, wages are finally rising. McDonald’s, believe it or not, has made the whole $15 minimum wage movement obsolete by starting its burger flippers at $21 an hour. This is a good thing, but also a complicated one. In Remember Strikes? we covered some of the ways rising wages will change the world […]

October 26, 2021 | Remember Strikes?

Years (and years) ago, I was an unskilled 17- year-old who needed a job. So I drove out to a “foundry” (a factory that makes things out of molten metal) on the edge of town and asked if they needed any more workers. They said yes, hired me on the spot, and enrolled me in […]

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