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March 2011

More on How Inflation Turns Us Into Con Artists

by John Rubino on March 29, 2011 · 50 comments

John Maynard Keynes once said of inflation: There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is […]

Commercial Real Estate on Borrowed Time?

by John Rubino on March 24, 2011 · 13 comments

Back in 2009 it seemed obvious that the next shoe to fall — or bomb to go off — was commercial real estate. The thinking went something like this: homes go into foreclosure fast, when the mortgage holder loses a job, or the monthly payment adjusts to some ungodly number that dwarfs the hapless homeowner’s […]

Where You Hide It

by John Rubino on March 23, 2011 · 44 comments

Deciding to buy physical gold or silver is a no-brainer. But keeping it once you have it takes some creativity. Back in August the Solari Network published a comprehensive guide to precious metals storage. And here’s a good discussion of the various options and their drawbacks from Jeff Clark at Casey Research: Think Like a […]

Momentum Shift

by John Rubino on March 16, 2011 · 36 comments

With all eyes on Japan, the news in the US is getting suddenly darker. Stories of falling unemployment and rising home sales are giving way to reports of budget cuts and funding shortfalls and personal desperation. I’m only up to page A7 in today’s Wall Street Journal, and have already seen the following: Food Stamps […]

Europe’s Turn Again

by John Rubino on March 10, 2011 · 16 comments

Europe has been pretty quiet lately. But apparently that was an illusion. The Eurozone’s slide down the slippery slope continues, but because the current stage involves colorless bureaucrats debating the terms of debt swaps rather than street riots and air strikes, it has been overshadowed by the chaos in the Middle East. That’s about to […]


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