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  • When, Not If, Inflation Returns

    09/10/2012 10:25:30 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 9-10-2012 | Jeff Clark
    When, Not If, Inflation Returns By Jeff ClarkSeptember 10, 2012 The cheek of it! They raised the price of my favorite ice cream. Actually, they didn’t increase the price; they reduced the container size. I can now only get three servings for the same amount of money that used to give me four, so I’m buying ice cream more often. Raising prices is one thing. I understand raw-ingredient price rises will be passed on. But underhandedly reducing the amount they give you…that’s another thing entirely. It just doesn’t feel…honest. You’ve noticed, I’m sure, how much gasoline is going up. Food...
  • Why QE3 Is Coming Next Week

    09/09/2012 6:10:53 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    TBI=Calculated Risk ^ | 9-9-2012 | Calculated Risk-Bill McBride
    Why QE3 Is Coming Next Week Calculated RiskSep. 8, 2012, 10:29 PMSince the Jackson Hole Symposium, I've been thinking it is very likely that so-called "QE3" would be announced at the next FOMC meeting (Sept 12th and 13th). And after thinking about Columbia University professor Michael Woodford's paper presented at Jackson Hole, I think this round of asset purchases might be more effective than most people expect. Notes: QE3 is shorthand for another Large Scale Asset Purchases (LSAP) program. "QE" is monetary policy, not fiscal policy (not spending). Yesterday, Goldman Sach economist Sven Jari Stehn beat me to the punch....
  • If Bernanke Bails Out Obama Get Ready For Five Buck Gas - Post Election

    09/06/2012 5:51:33 PM PDT · by billflax · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/06/2012 | Bill Flax
    Once there was an unwritten rule that the Federal Reserve would refrain from significant policy adjustments before an election. Few things are as encompassing to culture as our currency, or as vital that they be thought free of intrigues. With public confidence in the dollar diminished, or perturbed by politics, society suffers this dearth of trust in more than just finance. Commentary abounds that Mr. Bernanke will soon commence yet more quantitative easing, QE3 for short. Why? Clearly the ongoing economic stagnation stems not from prohibitively high interest rates. Rates hover just off historic lows. Given the moribund economy, financial...
  • The Printing Press Is Running Hot, But Where Is Inflation And How Will It Affect Gold?

    09/06/2012 11:13:39 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    TMO ^ | 9-6-2012 | GoldSilverWorlds
    The Printing Press Is Running Hot, But Where Is Inflation And How Will It Affect Gold? Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012Sep 06, 2012 - 02:48 AM By: GoldSilverWorlds The key to understanding inflation lies in the implications of an increasing money supply. Here at Global Gold, we rely on the “True Money Supply” which is provided by the Mises Institute. The “True Money Supply” was originated by Murray Rothbard and represents the amount of money in the US economy that is available for immediate use in exchange. On the chart below you see that the True Money Supply has...
  • 'Are you better off' question dogs Democrats

    09/04/2012 12:50:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    San Antonio-Express News ^ | September 4, 2012 | Richard S. Dunham with Summer Ballentine
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A simple question has flummoxed the normally disciplined Democratic message machine. “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” The question — first asked by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 during the depths of the Great Depression and used to devastating effect by Ronald Reagan against President Jimmy Carter in 1980 — has become a defining element of the 2012 campaign dialogue. “The president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can't tell you that you're better off,” GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Monday at a pre-convention campaign...
  • $4 for gas should fuel Mitt Romney’s talk

    08/30/2012 1:11:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | August 30, 2012 | Howie Carr
    TAMPA, Fla. — Here are some real estate signs I’ve seen in Hillsborough County in this fourth year of our economic “recovery.” •     “No Reasonable Offer Refused.” •     “Starting in the low 100’s.” •     (This next one was hand-lettered, at an exit off the interstate) “Lots Dirt Cheap! 9K.” You think the economy’s in tough shape in Boston, but it’s much worse down here, and in most of the rest of the country. And I hope Mitt talks a lot about it tonight in his prime-time speech. It’s still the economy, stupid. Plus, likability is overrated. No matter what Mitt says or does...
  • The Day Of Economic Reckoning Is Near

    08/26/2012 7:45:37 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    TMO ^ | 8-26-2012 | Doug Casy- TGR
    The Day Of Economic Reckoning Is Near Economics / Great Depression II Aug 25, 2012 - 01:23 PM By: The Gold Report It is a deal with the devil: Governments churn out more and more cash for the promise of continued prosperity. But the day of reckoning is near, according to Doug Casey, chairman of Casey Research and an expert on crisis investing. As the epic battle between inflation and deflation continues on, Casey discusses his predictions for the new world market in this exclusive interview with The Gold Report. The Gold Report: There will be a Casey Research Summit...
  • Hyperinflation – Still More Than A Monetary Phenomenon

    08/18/2012 1:45:55 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 8-17-2012 | Cullen Roche
    Hyperinflation – Still More Than A Monetary Phenomenon 08/17/2012 1:15 PM Cullen Roche One of the bigger myths in the world of economics and finance remains the cause of hyperinflation. As I’ve highlighted many times over the years, hyperinflation is more than just a monetary phenomenon (and misunderstanding this led to many incorrect hyperinflation predictions in the USA in recent years). In fact, the monetary explosion is almost always the result of some other rare or extreme exogenous factor. My original conclusions on this found that hyperinflations tended to occur around the follow events: * Collapse in production. * Rampant...
  • Where is the outrage over "outrageous" food prices?

    08/10/2012 5:00:07 AM PDT · by REPANDPROUDOFIT · 44 replies
    TownHall ^ | Aug. 10, 2012 | Carol Platt Liebau
    ....the Obama campaign is trying hard to "reach out" to women -- ....with false claims about the GOP's plans to take away contraception.... But for women who are really paying attention, this should raise some eyebrows: As the graphic below illustrates, grocery prices have risen 15% just since the start of President Obama's term.
  • PETER SCHIFF: We Are Sailing Right Into The Perfect Storm

    08/09/2012 7:15:56 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-9-2012 | Sam Ro
    PETER SCHIFF: We Are Sailing Right Into The Perfect Storm Sam Ro Aug. 9, 2012, 9:26 AM Peter Schiff of Europacific Capital continues to sound the alarm on the risks of the government's mounting debt load and the Federal Reserve's low interest rate policy. Like Roubini and some other doomsayer, he employs the "perfect storm imagery." From a piece in King World News: The perfect storm is the real fiscal cliff that we’re going to go over. The real fiscal cliff is when we can’t borrow any more money because our creditors wake up to the fact that we’re no...
  • Papa John's Pizza To Raise Prices Because Of Obamacare

    08/07/2012 10:49:00 PM PDT · by KerryOnNoMore · 15 replies
    CBS ^ | 08/07/2012 | Harry Bradford
    After President Obama's health care law takes full effect, the slogan for national pizza chain Papa John's may need an update. Instead of, “Better ingredients. Better Pizza,” may we suggest, “Better health care. Pricier pizza." Papa John's CEO John Schnatter says that Obamacare will result in a $0.11 to $0.14 price increase per pizza, or $0.15 to $0.20 cents per order, Pizza Marketplace, a trade publication, reports. (Hat tip: @dkberman via Twitter.) Under Obamacare, the company, which is the third-largest pizza takeout and delivery chain in the United States, will have to offer health care coverage to more of its...
  • Why More Money Printing Will Increase Unemployment

    08/07/2012 3:36:48 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    TMO ^ | 8-7-2012 | Michael Pento
    Why More Money Printing Will Increase Unemployment Economics / Unemployment Aug 07, 2012 - 01:06 PM By: Michael Pento Money Printing Doesn’t Create Jobs The developed world’s central banks are now foolishly preparing for a full assault on their respective currencies in an attempt to lower unemployment rates. Spurring these central bankers into action is persistently anemic markets and employment data, which they believe can be rectified by creating inflation. U.S. jobs data showed that the Non-farm payroll report for July produced 163k jobs. That sounds ok at first glance. However, the Household Survey conflicted with the Establishment Survey, in...
  • Weimar Greece

    08/07/2012 11:11:57 AM PDT · by arthurus · 4 replies
    International Man ^ | August 6, 2012 | Jeff Thomas
    ...Today, the shoe, as they say, is on the other foot. The debt owed by Greece is in the neighbourhood of US $345 billion (reports vary). The likelihood of eventual repayment is very slim indeed. And, not surprisingly, the Greek people feel the same way the German people did following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Correspondingly, events in Greece bear similarities to those seen in Germany in the 1920's. So, will we be looking at a repeat of Weimar Germany for Greece in the coming years? The first developments will most assuredly occur in connection with the new...
  • Guest Post: Has The Perfect Moment To Kill The Dollar Arrived?

    08/07/2012 7:31:48 AM PDT · by bt_dooftlook · 10 replies ^ | 08/07/2012 | Brandon Smith
    The idea of “collapse”, social and financial, comes with an incredible array of hypothetical consequences ranging from public dissent and martial law, to the complete disintegration of infrastructure and the devolution of mankind into a swarm of mindless arm chewing cannibals. In an age of television nirvana and cinema overload, I have found that the collective unconscious of our culture has now defined what collapse is based only on the most narrow of extremes. If they aren’t being hunted down by machete wielding looters or swastika wearing jackboots, then the average American dupe figures that the country is not in...
  • Obama Economic Plan Would Explode Debt to $25.4 Trillion

    08/04/2012 3:51:09 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Big Government ^ | August 4, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    In presidential campaign ads, President Barack Obama claims that his economic plan includes “$4 trillion in deficit reduction.” For a president who has increased the national debt more than all U.S. presidents from George Washington to George H.W. Bush combined, the claim seems incredible. Indeed, it is. A new analysis of Mr. Obama’s budget reveals the president’s plan would add $10.6 trillion in debt accumulation over the next decade, bringing the U.S. federal debt to a jaw-dropping $25.4 trillion. Still, the president and his surrogates continue to claim the Obama plan would cut spending. “The President’s proposals… include a balanced...
  • Obama "Inflates" the Crowds at His Campaign Events!

    07/22/2012 11:29:39 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-22-2012 | MOTUS
    I knew the lack of business experience in Big Guy’s administration would eventually get us in trouble. So here it is: we’re running a deficit. No – not THE deficit: No, we’re talking about Big Guy’s personal campaign deficit. ...So although our 2012 WTF: FORWARD kickoff we got off to a rocky start at Ohio State by spending $93 thousand dollars to rent a stadium that held twice as many people as showed up, the Big Brains have a plan. The Old-School way of “If you rent it, they will come” doesn’t work, so they’ve developed a New-School way. It’s...
  • Taxing Inflation, Part 3 | Romney vs. Nothing

    07/21/2012 5:02:40 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 1 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 21, 2012 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    “We are in the midst of yet another great American discussion about taxation. Perhaps no policy area has become more sensitive or controversial. At stake are two vital concerns for the American future: How will we generate sufficient revenue to balance our budget without discouraging economic activity, and will the burden of taxation fall equitably on all Americans?” ~ Mitt RomneyFaith vs. Hopelessness | Independence vs. Dependence- By Larry Walker, Jr. -Under Mitt Romney’s tax proposal, no one making less than $200,000 a year is taxed on interest income, dividends or capital gains. For more on why this is just,...
  • Taxing Inflation, Part 2 | Simple Pro-Growth Policies

    07/15/2012 9:54:41 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 2 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 15, 2012 | Larry Walker Jr
    Are we interested in treating the symptoms of poverty and economic stagnation through income redistribution and class warfare, or do we want to go at the root causes of poverty and economic stagnation by promoting pro-growth policies that promote prosperity? ~ Paul Ryan… Promoting Prosperity– By: Larry Walker, Jr. –In the United States, real gross private domestic investment currently represents 14.1% of real GDP, or $1.9 trillion. But it only represented 12.6% in 1993, after the Clinton tax hikes. Then in 1997, the Republican-led Congress passed a tax-relief and deficit-reduction bill that was at first resisted but ultimately signed...
  • Taxing Inflation: Why Americans Invest Overseas

    07/13/2012 2:45:25 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 3 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 13, 2012 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Artificially Raising Taxes Reduces GDP- By: Larry Walker, Jr. -"Tax increases appear to have a very large, sustained and highly significant negative impact on the economy.” ~ Christina Romer, just prior to leaving the Obama Administration -U.C. Berkley Professor and President Obama’s former Chair of his Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), Christina Romer, published a paper in 2010, concluding that a tax increase of 1 percent of GDP, about $160 billion today, reduces output over the next three years by nearly 3 percent, or $480 billion at current GDP figures. And according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, per...
  • BofA: QE3 Is Coming In September

    07/11/2012 9:37:58 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 7-11-2012 | Sam Ro
    BofA: QE3 Is Coming In September Sam Ro July 11, 2012, 7:25 PM Economists spent the afternoon thumbing through the minutes of the June Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. They were searching for clues on what the Fed's next move might be. Bank of America's economics team led by Michael Hanson and Ethan Harris think that the next move is QE3, a form of monetary policy that involves buying certain securities to lower interest rates. From this afternoon's note to clients: The minutes from the June FOMC meeting revealed a larger number of Fed officials either favoring or willing...