The Brexit vote is this Thursday, so nothing else matters until then. And polls, just to make it even more stressful, have it neck and neck. See Brexit poll tracker back to even at 44-44. While we’re waiting, let’s consider some related questions: Would leaving the EU be good or bad for Britain in the […]
One of the oddest things in this increasingly odd world is the spread of negative interest rates everywhere but here. Why, when the dollar is generally seen as the premier safe haven currency, would Japan and much of Europe have government bonds — and some corporate bonds — trading with negative yields while arguably-safer US […]
The list of heavy hitters who are saying bad things about this world and its financial markets — while acting aggressively on their pessimism — is growing to alarming proportions. A few examples: Stan Druckenmiller: The bull market is exhausted; move to gold (MineWeb) – Legendary investor Stan Druckenmiller, founder of Duquesne Capital Management LLC, […]
The theory was pretty straightforward: push interest rates down far enough — in some cases to negative territory where borrowers actually turn a profit on their debts — and people will borrow money, spend it, and growth will ensue, with all that that implies for incumbent party election victories, banker year-end bonuses and other extremely […]
John Rubino and Financial Survival Network’s Kerry Lutz on why the gold bull market has legs and how to play it. Also why Libertarians will have at least one thing to celebrate after November’s election, when California legalizes marijuana.
No, not the presidential election. That’s a libertarian nightmare no matter how you slice it. But on that same day, California is apparently going to legalize marijuana. Here’s the LA Times’ coverage of the ballot measure when it got the required number of signatures back in May: California voters getting chance to fully legalize marijuana […]
The first few months of this year gave a little taste of what’s to come for the junior precious metals miners, if this is indeed the start of a new gold/silver bull market. Some sample charts: There were dozens more like this, obscure little miners that soared when investors concluded that maybe they […]
One of the defining traits of the past few years’ “recovery” has been the torrent of money flowing from big banks to favored clients, and from there into trophy properties like high-end real estate, superyachts, and fine art. This might be the first financial bubble to completely bypass the 99%. And now it’s ending. Falling […]
The most widely-reported result of the recent G-7 meeting was Japan’s attempt to convince the other major economies to admit that a crisis is imminent and take appropriately radical steps. The response seems to have been a bunch of blank stares. As India’s Business Standard noted: G7 pact offers minimal cover for Abenomics reset A […]
It’s unclear what China was thinking when it was borrowed all those trillions to quadruple its capacity to make steel, cement and other basic industrial products. There’s no record of it checking in with the other countries that have such industries to see if a sudden surge of cheap imports was okay with them. Turns […]
For gold bugs, this is a good news/bad news story. Say you’re one of the many people who bought junior gold and silver mining stocks a few years ago — and then watched in horror as they fell day after day, week after week, finally settling at pennies on your dollar. Then, just as they […]
Watch Brexit, the Movie, to understand why Britain might just leave the EU — and why other members should leave as well. Meanwhile, the Saudis are apparently out of money, the bricks and mortar retailers are out of customers and Wall Street bankers are looking at mass unemployment. Brutal times for obsolete institutions!
Austrians went to the polls today to elect a new president. But for the first time in living memory the country’s two mainstream parties — Austrian People’s Party and Social Democrats — are out of the running while far-right and far left candidates stage an acrimonious run-off. Early returns (as of Sunday morning US Pacific […]
Somewhere back in the depths of time the world got the idea that easy money — that is, low interest rates and high levels of government spending — would produce sustainable growth with modest but positive inflation. And for a while it seemed to work. But that was an illusion. What actually happened was textbook, […]
“Of course there are true copper bottomed mistakes, like spelling the word “rabbit” with three m’s, or wearing a black bra under a white blouse, or, to make a more masculine example, starting a land war in Asia.” — John Cleese We all make mistakes, but some are bigger than others. An example of a […]