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  • Danny B
    Choke out the American war machine

    Armstrong advocates that FED GOV just print money to cover it's bills. This would presumably include money for ongoing wars. Americans lost control of the war machine long ago. The '60s were the time of war protests. Several protestors died for their beliefs. The rest were called traitors. They were accused of naming the soldiers as murderers. In reality, it was the politicians who were the murderers.
    After WW II, we could have had peace. The war profiteers would have none of it. After the collapse of the U.S.S.R. we could have had peace. Once again, the war profiteers blocked this possibility. An endless chain of false flags inspired / motivated an endless chain of wars.

    "The Samson Option (Hebrew: ברירת שמשון) is the name that some military analysts and authors have given to Israel's deterrence strategy of massive retaliation with nuclear weapons",,, against any State that didn't do as it was told.
    "Kenneth S. Brower has estimated as many as 400 nuclear weapons.[12] "
    Lest you think that israel would never go to the actual detonation of a nuke, keep in mind that they exploded nukes in the reactor building at Fukushima Diachi. They were disguised as huge cameras that the israelis had previously installed. They were detonated exactly one year after the Japanese approved a resolution condemning israeli actions in Gaza.
    The israelis have come out and said that their weapons would reach as far as Europe. It is impossible for Europe to invade israel so, they must be there for coercion.

    The IAEA said that somebody set off a nuclear device in Yemen.
    A neutron bomb was detonated at Baghdad Airport in 2003, page 1 ...
    A neutron bomb was detonated at Baghdad Airport in 2003, page 1

    Mar 8, 1992 - Mr. Wolfowitz often represents the Pentagon on the Deputies Committee, which formulates policy in an interagency process dominated by the ...

    Putin Has Just Put An End to the Wolfowitz Doctrine | Zero Hedge ...
    Oct 6, 2015 - In 1991, [powerful neocon and Iraq war architect Paul Wolfowitz] was the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy – the number 3 position at the ...

    The neocons along with Wolfowitz planned to continue world domination by force of arms and also, the FED. This was an extension of the israeli plan to blow up any State that didn't like israeli control of the world.
    Tom Bearden said that israel had hidden bombs in many cities around the world.

    The American military-industrial-banking complex services the defense industry on a profit basis. They have bankrupted the nation paying for shoddy weapons. The Russian defense industry is an arm of the government and NOT a for-profit industry. We outspend everybody to produce planes that won't fly and aircraft carriers that have to be towed back to port.
    As a for-profit industry, American armament industries were motivated to sell as many weapons as possible. This created a situation where it made perfect corporate sense to start as many wars as possible.

    Despite Coverup, Israel Caught Spying in Washington Again - WRMEA
    Report: Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China |
    Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States? - Bulletin ...
    Israel spies on U.S. more than any other ally – Mondoweiss

    isreal is making a buck on the side.

    Moving forward. How can the world stop the American / israeli war machine that plans to subjugate the world?
    Our energy imports are our weak point.
    " US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says foreign nations (Russia, China, Iran, and Cuba) must stay clear of Venezuela, so that the one foreign nation not on the list “can begin to do the work to rebuild that country.”
    America fracking oil is weak and watery. It is exported because there is very little demand. American fracking has lost $280 billion. The oil majors are salivating at the thought of controlling . stealing Venezuelan oil. They are also salivating at the idea of Stealing Iranian oil but Iran is just too well armed. The Golan Heights have as much oil as Saudi Arabia but, Assad and Putin have made it off-limits. (Armstrong).

    Bolton can blow smoke until his moustache catches fire . Russia and China and Iran need to choke-out the American war machine. I wish them success. I don't want to live in a country that counts 300 million murders as a roaring success story. Where the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was deemed "worth it" Where depleted uranium is spread far and wide. Where the radioactive death of the Pacific ocean is just collateral damage. Where the U.S. military is used to protect the cultivation of Heroin and cocaine.

    Where Ron Paul is celebrated as an honest politician,,,, implying that an honest politician is an aberration.
    Where our whole national angst is destroyed by all the killing.

    I expect petroleum shortage to develop after the January 2020 crash.
    Last edited by Danny B; 07-22-2019, 03:13 AM. Reason: Ooops

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  • Danny B
    What's next for public debt?

    Armstrong claims that a historical view shows that capital moves alternately from private debt to public debt. He said that the rotation out of public debt (sovereign bonds) would lead to an abandonment of all public debt. The 200 PHDs working for the FED, not to mention the huger numbers of FED-sponsored chairs at various universities may have come to the same conclusion. EVERYONE reads Armstrong.

    The various Central Banks have been buying up private equity for years. The BOJ owns 1/2 of all exchange traded funds . The BOJ is also buying up Japanese government debt by the trillions. Presumably, the CBs expect the State to default on public debt.
    The ECB is buying up public debt just as fast as the EU members can issue it. If Draghi doesn't buy it up, nobody will. Armstrong claims that the ECB has destroyed the European sovereign bind market. In a ZIRP environment, the CBs can issue new bonds, receive the principle and, ignore the interest burden. First, of course, they had to create mega tons of liquidity so that somebody would have the cash to buy the bonds. It didn't work out that way and their bonds were shunned by the private debt markets.
    Meanwhile, the FED is able to sell U.S. public debt through shells and proxies. While public debt in America sees more demand than public debt in the Eurozone, it is still far short of being fully subscribed by legitimate buyers.

    This is a big confidence game that America is currently winning. Money renters seem to ignore bogus employment numbers. They mostly ignore crashing productivity numbers.
    They look at the abysmal lies and numbers that come out of the shotgun marriage that is the European Union.
    They look at the draconian control that the Chinese are laying down on a nation of gamblers.
    They have decided that American private markets carry the best possibility of investor safety.

    The State, being a non-producer, has always had to rely on taxes and theft to fund itself. The Central Bank was invented to fund wars and, manage the finances of the State. To smooth out finances, the State started selling bonds,,, usually war bonds. Later, the CBs sold all kinds of bonds. Still, the State had to ultimately rely on taxes to repay bonds. The State had to rely on private investors to buy it's bonds. Historically, the State has used currency inflation to alleviate the burden of repaying GOV bonds. This inflation has historically removed up to 50% of the burden of repayment. The State is always trying to inflate away the burden of debt repayment. Meanwhile, the banks are first in line when the new money is passed out. The bankers lose value on the bonds they hold because of State sponsored currency inflation. They gain value on their bonds because they are first in line for money.

    When the State talks about printing free money directly to pay it's bills (some form of MMT or chartalism), the banks are squeezed out of the public bond market.
    It is a safe assumption that public debt is going to crash. It ALWAYS does.
    It is a safe assumption that the State is going to try to survive intact.

    The whole Central Bank experiment / regime lasted for a few hundred years. It's gone crazy of late.

    Japan has printed "money" by the boatload but, still retains a certain amount of investor confidence.
    Will America print money by the boatload to get away from the restriction of having to depend on PRIVATE money to fund it's spending?
    Armstrong claims that; in the future, private debt will have one interest rate AND, public debt will have another, higher interest rate. This is an impossibility.
    One way or another, FED GOV is going to escape the monetary control of private money.

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  • Danny B
    The down side of globalism

    Well, "they" wanted global communication, global capital transfer, global financial integration,,, EVERYTHING 'harmonized. The advent of containerized shipping created and enforced a global mean wage. Consumption has crashed as global currency inflation created price inflation. All the various instruments relied on tapping into the productive economy. This parasitism depends on a robust production-consumption cycle. It also depends on the participants earning a "living wage". You can very well tax Americans who are living on 8 bucks an hour. The CBs rode to the rescue of the banking system,,,, at the point of a State knife held against their collective backs. They are now screaming that IT ISN'T WORKING. The faltering economy just won't support this level of parasitism. The State has no plan or intention of scaling back it's spending.

    Armstrong; " A lot of people have written in about my comments concerning how the world is completely in a state of global chaos which is why this year I will be providing a continued video update for the 2019 WEC attendees."
    OK, continued video update. This tells you that volatility will be off the charts.
    Continued, "Those looking at the arrays of many markets are also starting to notice how global markets are correlating on a worldwide basis. Never before have I witnessed such mass correlation around the world which is demonstrating that this is by no means about local issues or the rise and fall of GDP, interest rates, or inflation. We are facing a VERY serious crisis and this is part of the Monetary Crisis Cycle"

    "Attendees of Orlando will receive a special report on the Monetary Crisis Cycle outlining the timing and what we should expect as the years unfold. It is clear that our computer is picking upo this great convergence never before witnessed in financial history. This year’s WEC we will be covering the world to reveal just how we are all connected and how to keep track of this insanity that we are going to embark upon.
    This is clearly the sum of all our economic fears."
    Well, maybe absolute centralization isn't such a good idea after all.

    QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, in relating your comments on weather and how the winters will spike to record cold and then the summers will spike to record highs, is this the same as a panic cycle in markets?


    ANSWER: Yes. Our computer looks at the weather the same as it does with the price in a market. Patterns emerge and you can understand the causes ONLY by correlating the trends with everything else. This is indeed a Panic Cycle where we exceed the previous high and penetrate the previous low. This coming weekend will see temperatures break 100 in the Northeast. I have lived in New Jersey and there were plenty of summers where we have days at 103. This is NOT abnormal. What is abnormal is the volatility how we can go from a winter where it was colder in Chicago than it was in Antarctica and then we break the record highs in July. It is the VOLATILITY – not the empirical level of temperature we should be paying attention to.

    7/19 Gang of masked men raid bitcoin exchange in Birmingham – Coin Telegraph
    7/19 Gold wins in a currency war – Deutsche Bank – Kitco
    Even DB knows that gold is important.
    7/18 Philly Fed’s regional business index hits one-year high – Investing
    7/18 U.S. leading economic index posts biggest drop since 2016 – MarketWatch

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  • Danny B
    The bumps in the road are getting bigger

    Ray Dalio is calling for a paradigm shift. They happen quite frequently so, it is easy to believe that he is correct. The American PTB want to keep things going exactly as they are. Every time that the paradigm threatens to shift, the FED throws money at the markets to try to preserve the status quo. This holds things together temporarily but, creates enormous distortions.
    Turkey is a member of NATO but, just bought highly advanced Russian weapons in case they are attacked. There are numerous distortions in every corner of the world.
    Armstrong is calling for a total crash of sovereign debt and, a rotation into private debt. He is calling for the DOW to hit 35,000 by 2021.
    The confidence and mentality have shifted to where investors are little concerned with earning interest on their capital. They are mostly worried about retaining the purchasing value of their capital.
    As various sovereign governments try increasingly stupid moves to corral capital inside their borders, investors find increasingly innovative ways to get it OUT of the borders.
    Remember that the stock indices are quoted on the performance of a small basket of stocks. The indices could easily hit historical highs and, the broader market could be in the dumps.
    Stocks to buy: Just 10 stocks are holding the fort; rest have lost

    Crypto currencies are working very well for draining capital OUT of regimes that are too controlling or too socialist.
    Much of the unipolar world was enforced by CENTCOM and the FED. This is slipping away.
    Venezuela may switch from SWIFT to Russian payment system to skirt US sanctions
    Venezuela Sells $40 million in Gold Reserves Despite US Efforts to Prevent It

    Mossad-linked group seeks seizure of Iranian oil tanker OH ! What a surprise. We need more wars.
    IDF Practices Invading Gaza Just Days After Hamas Drills for Israeli Invasion Go ahead,,, do it!
    The junk bond bubble,
    7/18 “We’re never going to go away from zero:” Kyle Bass’ latest trade – ZH
    Keynes wanted "euthanasia of the rentier". With MMT, the State could create all the liquidity needed in the economy, interest free. I just don't see that happening. It would allow unlimited war finance.

    "Proponents of the gold standard argue it provides long-term economic stability and growth, prevents inflation, and would reduce the size of government. They say a gold standard would restrict the ability of government to print money at will, run up large deficits, and increase the national debt. They say the economy has historically performed best under a gold standard. "

    7/18 IMF endorses dollar devaluation – GATA It is strictly up to the markets. GOV can legislate against capital flight but, it doesn't make any difference. Armstrong said that; if the dollar continues to rise, it will choke all other currencies.
    7/18 Ray Dalio says gold will be top investment – CNBC
    7/18 Double top in transportation and metals breakout are key topping signals – TT. There is NO doubt that markets have topped.
    7/18 Europe dove into negative rates and now can’t find a way out – GATA
    Ah yes, unlimited socialism for unlimited garbage immigrants gets expensive.
    World government requires absolute control. The societies with the most racial continuity are the most stable societies. Look at the French / yellow vests. They have racial solidarity. The PTB who champion a new world order do NOT want any kind of solidarity. Flood the place with the worst kine of immigrants and, Voila ! , you destroy any kind of solidarity and resistance to control.

    Qatar has sent arms right up to air-to-air missiles to dissidents in Europe to really get a revolution going.
    Armstrong, "When I look at lending into the agricultural sector, the big Wall Street banks are once again perfectly in line with the cycle. They peaked in loans to farmers back in 2015, and have been declining ever since going into 2020. Bank lending to the agricultural sector peaked with the ECM and we will see it bottom in 2020. Our model will be correct in forecasting the next wave, which will be a cost-push inflationary wave. "
    GREAT, food price inflation.

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  • Danny B
    Paradigm shifts by Ray Dalio

    Ray Dalio is called the bond king. He runs the largest bond fund in the world. He recently had a program created to do bond trading with machine intelligence exclusively. The humans are there just to ensure that the computers receive accurate information. He has the experience AND the liberty of free time to investigate the past as far as economic cycles go.
    Like Armstrong, he sees that this economic history runs in cycles. The economy morphs from one paradigm to a new paradigm. Here is a very good article that you should read.

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  • Danny B
    How much of the corruption will be rooted out before the crash?

    Kunstler, "What the nation doesn’t get is that the shale oil industry is sure to collapse, and at least as rapidly as it shot up. So, expect the stock markets to collapse with it, along with tremendous collateral damage to all the other instruments that represent “money” — bonds, currencies, and their derivatives. It will make the 2008 episode look like a mere overturned poker table when it happens. "
    " We’re faced with the imminent and rather drastic re-organization of everyday life in America without oil. It should be reasonable to assume that the process will be disorderly, and the longer we ignore it, the more disorderly it will be. Granted, it is a tall order for politicians to talk about things this scary. The hard truth is that intelligent responses to this quandary would require heroic effort and painful change — and would probably be emotionally unacceptable to voters. It would entail the dismantling of suburbia and all of the activities associated with it, a severe shrinking of government at every level, the abandonment of most of our military playthings and overseas commitments"****-nat...-looms-behind/

    Kunstler equates the end of peak-cheap-oil in America to the end of peak-cheap-oil. The world has lots of cheap oil. We will just have to pay more for it. Price inflation will follow a rise in the price of energy, the master resource. We can just BUY the damn oil from Venezuela instead of trying to use the CIA and military to try to install U.S. oil companies in control of the country. Screw Cheney and his cronies.

    Israel has long worked to try to gain control of the world. They over-reached and, blew up their bond market in the early '80s. I was there when they knocked 3 zeros off the Shekel. This didn't stop them. They bought all the American politicians that they could reach. Wolfowitz personified the jewish neocon mentality. Full control of the world by any means. Well, now, the U.S. bond market has been blow up. I was told by israelis that israel is a communist country. Dunno. Communism always goes broke. America has supported israel to the tune of hundreds of $billions. Now, we are broke .

    Repost, oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: Epstein and the Explosive Crisis of the Deep State
    There is a growing appreciation that the neocon faction of the deep state has brought us to ruin. MUCH of the battle against the deep state is between fractions within. Trump made a big mistake in NOT cleaning out ALL the Obummer appointees. He had no idea of just how entrenched the israeli / communistic faction was in the intelligence agencies. The NSA, being more of a military arm was not near so corrupted.

    It remains to be seen just how much of the corruption can be cleaned out by following up on the Epstein / MOSSAD honey trap web.

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  • Danny B
    Important notes from Armstrong

    I'm sure that all of you know that "socrates" is the name of the program that Armstrong and his undergrads built decades ago. I won't go into the details of it's history and, capabilities. Armstrong seems to schedule his world economic conferences right at big turning points. Armstrong said that January 2020 would be a huge turning point. Previously, he said to have 1 month worth of bill-paying money and, 1 weeks worth of food. He can NOT possible be specific about what is going to be the focal point of the January change. He would immediately be accused of causing it. He ALREADY has been so accused and sent to prison by the NYC banks who accused him of controlling the economy.

    Copy & paste is a tool that tempts people to be extremely long winded. I try to keep this under control.
    Armstrong; "Meanwhile, we face the biggest Bond Bubble in the history of civilization and the last time something like that took place, it did not end very nicely for civilization
    We are looking at such an important shift this time in the Business Cycle that those attending the WEC this year will also receive ongoing video updates as needed because things are not going to be just a walk in the park. The fact that the Dow has exceeded the 2018 high already, warns that the pattern we face is going to be plagued with a political crisis.
    We have so many markets at critical junctures as we head into the ECM turning point, this year’s WEC is going to be a critical forecasting event. Most importantly, we have to face not just a Monetary Crisis Cycle which is becoming obvious to everyone as the British pound takes a nosedive, but everything from Energy to Agriculture is in the staging ground for the next ECM along with precious metals.
    Central Banks (some who have been attending the WEC), are now beginning to lobby the fiscal side trying to warn them of impending doom and how they CANNOT possibly prop-up the world economy this time around.

    Because all of these things are coming together, the attendees of this year’s Orlando WEC will receive ongoing video updates because this is just such a widespread crisis that is impacting every possible corner of the global economy and the ONLY way to survive this is going to be with Socrates because there is ABSOLUTELY no precedent to which we can refer to in history.
    There are people calling now for the greatest crash in history, and others are now starting to claim the Dow will test 30,000. The opinions ARE just not going to cut it in this environment. So this year’s WEC will be different, but very critical. So are we Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door or the Big Fake Out as we face the Monetary Crisis Cycle and probably the most polarized political election ever in 2020. So those attending will get ongoing updates as necessary since this is probably the most critical period we face in modern economic-political history.
    Ongoing updates seems to imply the economy will be whipsawed violently.
    Armstrong asks a rhetorical question. The answer is YES

    Armstrong on GOV pension debt.

    "Our confidential sources are reporting that the Fed, ECB, and BoJ have agreed to lobby politicians in an attempt to warn them that they cannot continue propping up the world economy. The ECB, in particular, has been keeping the EU on life support and they have no room to lower interest rates to try to support their economies any longer. They are beginning to argue that they need help from governments in the rescue effort, which our computer model warns will fail."
    "The slowing global economic growth has pushed the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, and perhaps even the Bank of Japan to look at more Quantitative Easing. However, the Fed, especially, wants no part of buying government debt."
    WAIT, what about the re-election?
    "The cries behind the curtain are that monetary policy alone in the coming months cannot support the economy. There is just less room to act with regard to interest rates than in the past. This has been the pitch in Brussels as the ECB is warning politicians they will need to assist if a downturn takes hold."
    How does a politician "assist"?
    Austerity in Britain has reduced the London police force by 20,000.
    Will politicians implement more austerity?

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  • Danny B
    D Bank,,,January 2020 turning point,, C.H. Smith

    The market capitalization of Deutsche bank is currently $16 billion. Here is a graph of their stock price.
    "Apr 17, 2019 - A derivatives book of $49 trillion notional puts Deutsche Bank"
    7/16 Bank run: Deutsche Bank clients are pulling $1 billion a day – Zero Hedge
    Those derivatives are with other banks all over the world.
    7/16 Bleak German mood weighs on Europe, Brexit pummels pound – Reuters No kidding ?

    7/16 European bank stress test a sham, European Court of Auditors warns – Wolf Street
    7/16 China’s first-half fiscal spending up as Beijing supports economy – CNBC
    7/16 China’s debt ratio is growing as its economy loses steam – Bloomberg

    Ride that tiger 1
    7/16 China’s first-half fiscal spending up as Beijing supports economy – CNBC
    7/16 China’s debt ratio is growing as its economy loses steam – Bloomberg
    Your day will come eventually.

    7/16 “Transportation recession” gets uglier – Wolf Street
    7/16 Trucking bloodbath: 2,500 truck drivers lose jobs – Mish

    7/16 Trump: ‘will take a look’ into Google working with China – CNBC

    Alphabet had to be abysmally stupid to attack the entity that has final control over the airwaves.

    Armstrong; ANSWER: This turning point in the ECM on January 2020 appears to be the turn in public confidence on a global scale. Much of what I write about from false flags to civil asset forfeitures are all issues that are blending together in undermining the confidence in governments. This next wave should be inflationary. That also means we should be in a position where people lose confidence in government, but the central banks are trapped and the pros are starting to see that as well. With Lagarde replacing Draghi, we will see a shift in confidence in Europe as a whole as well."
    Draghi was shooting blanks. LaGarde will do worse. European capital flight will increase
    The inflation that Armstrong is talking about will hit essentials. The people will be in the streets en masse.

    Armstrong, "Every single war we have entered from World War I to Vietnam and the invasion of Iraq has all been predicated upon false flags. President Johnson commented privately: “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.” Or how about the declassified Operation Northwoods memorandum March 13, 1962, where they proposed killing Americans to justify invading Cuba.

    Despite the mountain of evidence, the press endorses war, often instigates it, and then pretends they knew nothing."

    VERY good article from Charles Hugh Smith;
    " This globalist ideology led to a variety of policy disasters and is now discredited in many circles, and has been under attack within the Deep State for some time. This is the divided Deep State I've written about for the past five years.
    Is the Deep State Fracturing into Disunity? (March 14, 2014)
    Is the Deep State at War--With Itself? (December 14, 2016)
    The failures of Neocon globalism have ushered in another critical juncture.What is America's proper role in a multi-polar world that is fracturing across multiple faultlines? This critical juncture is a manifestation of a broader profound political disunity in America and many other nations.
    The corporate media has obligingly portrayed this profound political disunity as a contest between "good globalism" and "bad populism," a clear attempt to smear all those who see the dark side of globalism as a threat to the nation and indeed the world. This bias reflects the continued dominance of the Neocon-globalist camp."

    " But the cracks are now visible. The mainstream "influential" press has recently been publishing critiques admitting the failures of Neocon globalism and agonizing about how to "save" the globalist agenda despite its failures.
    Globalization’s Wrong Turn--And How It Hurt America (Foreign Affairs)
    I have long held that there is a camp within the Deep State that grasps the end-game of Neocon globalism, and is busy assembling a competing nation-centric strategy. There is tremendous resistance to the abandonment of Neocon globalism, not just from those who see power slipping through their fingers but from all those firmly committed to the hubris of a magical faith in past success as the guarantor of future success."

    "America's current path of moral decay and soaring wealth/power inequality is tracking Rome's collapse step for step.
    Enter the sordid case of Jeffrey Epstein, suddenly unearthed after a decade of corporate-media/elitist suppression. It's laughable to see the corporate media's pathetic attempts to glom onto the case now, after actively suppressing it for decades:Jeffrey Epstein Was a Sex Offender. The Powerful Welcomed Him Anyway. (New York Times) Where was the NYT a decade ago, or five years ago, or even a year ago?"
    The hidden conflicts within the Deep State are emerging, and the resulting crisis will be explosive. Remember, the housecleaning must be public or the legitimacy of the state will go over the cliff. If the Deep State wants to retain its power, it must root out the corrupt degenerates before they bring down the entire rotten structure."
    oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: Epstein and the Explosive Crisis of the Deep State

    7/16 U.S. retail sales increase solidly in boost to economy – Yahoo
    7/16 US industrial production unchanged in June – AP

    "Freight shipments in the US across all modes of transportation – truck, rail, air, and barge – fell 5.3% in June compared to June last year, after having fallen 6.0% in May, the seventh month in a row of year-over-year declines, according to the Cass Freight Index for Shipments. "

    The jink bond market normally commands <15%> interest. Junk bonds now are entering ZIRP territory.
    "As for why that’s bad, well, let’s count the ways. First, it funnels cheap capital into companies that by definition don’t deserve it, which results in “malinvestment” on a vast scale. Second, it starves pension funds and retirees that need income, forcing them to take on ever-higher degrees of risk. Combine massive misallocation of capital with excessive risk-taking by investors who don’t understand risk, and the result is an epic crash when junk borrower cash flows inevitably disappoint. "
    "cheap capital into companies that by definition don’t deserve it,"
    12% of companies worldwide are zombies. Imagine the unemployment rate if the zombies were allowed to die.

    Global Debt Hits $246 Trillion, 320% Of GDP As Developing Debt Hits All Time HIgh
    Much of that "developiong debt" is owed to China by countries that can't pay.
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  • Danny B
    Greed changhing to fear,,,,China, GOOD reason to hold fear

    Much of the economy is "maintained" by confidence & fear. Fear of missing out,,,, fear of losing everything. Even though the various agencies are still pumping money into the markets, that doesn't help earnings in equities. The stock buybacks made EPS, earnings per share look much better that reality. The dire fact of the arrival of the global-mean-wage is always overshadowing everything. So, the stock market can continue to rise but, true earnings can not. This had brought a deflation of confidence.

    7/16 China in worse shape than reports suggest – Rick’s Picks
    They've always added a few % points to their growth.
    7/15 China POSTS its lowest quarterly growth in 27 years as the trade war drags on – CNBC
    If this is what they POSTED, you can bet that reality is much worse. By lending Y trillions worldwide, they hoped to develop world markets.
    7/16 Japan’s old age colony: a demographic/fiscal death trap – Zero Hedge
    7/16 SoCal cities are spending big instead of preparing for next downturn – Pasadena Star
    86 million American consumers fear maxing out a credit card: Report

    Everybody is charging full speed ahead using unsecured credit.

    7/16 Global debt now totals $246.5 trillion after unprecedented borrowing binge – Axios
    I don't think that "binge" is the right word.
    7/16 Criminal gang abducts and tortures crypto traders, demands massive ransome – NW
    7/16 Will Facebook and Telegram kill bitcoin and ethereum? – Hacker Noon

    A good article on the "race to the bottom"
    Keep in mind that a currency war is a method to export unemployment. BUT, it reduces purchasing power for the man in the street. There is less consumption and, things slow down anyway.

    7/16 California is producing too much solar energy – that’s not a good thing – USA Herald
    7/16 Solar Foods makes protein out of thin air – Food Navigator

    Nuke and Carbon are $hitting bricks as they get squeezed out.
    HMS Queen Elizabeth: Water leak on aircraft carrier 'neck-high' - BBC ...
    7/16 UK says sending second warship to Gulf – AFP

    7/16 Bitcoin prices off 8% as Mnuchin says Treasury will ratchet up crypto regulation – MW
    Even the NSA was hacked. What makes people think that crypto will ever be safe?

    "How does Democratic Socialism differ from just “Socialism”?

    It has the word “Democratic” in front of it, you see, which means it is achieved by promoting identity politics, stoking class warfare, and cranking that entitlement mentality up to 11, instead of literal violent overthrow of the government. Besides, voting for the government to seize people’s wealth is totally different from the government deciding to do so on their own, right? Err… uh… DID WE MENTION YOU GET FREE STUFF?? Say it with us: Socialism good, Democratic Socialism better!"

    "The white nationalists, only numbering in the low 20’s, were eliminated almost immediately. Still hungry for the blood, the leftist groups turned on each other, even attacking members of their own organizations."

    The markets HAVE rolled over and turned down. This site has some good graphs to give you a feel for just where we are.

    John Hussman, "While investors appear exuberant about the prospect for Fed easing, they seem largely unaware that initial Fed easings have almost invariably been associated with U.S. recessions. They’re running toward the fire."
    "Similarly, our “Exit Rule for Bubbles” is straightforward: You only get out if you panic before everyone else does. You have to decide whether to look like an idiot before the crash, or look like an idiot after it. "
    It's a pretty good article but< I don't believe that John is taking foreign capital inflows. As the mood changes from "chasing interest" to "protecting capital" the investment fundamentals change.

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  • Danny B
    Yes, the markets have turned

    7/15 Groping for new tools, central banks look at Japan’s yield controls – Reuters
    There has been a LOT of groping going on.
    7/15 India lender shares hit six-year low as lending grinds to a halt – Bloomberg
    There has been a lot of grinding going on also.
    7/15 “It’s time to say goodbye to the rally in everything” – Zero Hedge
    I don't remember wages rallying.
    Red pill----Blue pill
    You should of bought gold.

    Armstrong, "President Donald Trump jumped at the opportunity to use the numbers to his advantage tweeting: “China’s 2nd Quarter growth is the slowest it has been in more than 27 years. The United States Tariffs are having a major effect on companies wanting to leave China for non-tariffed countries. Thousands of companies are leaving. This is why China wants to make a deal….”"
    That is exactly Trump will stall until the cows starve. China figured that nobody could do anything about intellectual property theft.

    Armstrong, "

    There have been many people who fear the forecasts of the Bible’s Revelations and the sign of the Beast that no one will be able to buy or sell without receiving “a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16-17). Now you would think that someone would be concerned about mimicking that forecast. That does not seem to stop the trend to implant chips in your right hand which is your debt/credit card on a chip about the size of a grain of rice. All you do is wave your hand and you just paid for everything.

    Of course, there is a slight problem. The powers that be know who your are, where you are, and you have surrendered all privacy. Perhaps there is no stopping this trend. The governments are in such desperate need of taxation and Quantitative Easing has failed because they argue people withdrew their case from the banks. They have ended bailouts in Europe and the future head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, is a champion of eliminating money and believes that each country should create their own cryptocurrency and all freedom will come to an end.

    This very idea of implanting chips into your hand and eliminating all physical money is a dream come true. I believe it will become one proposal on the table in 2021-2022. Our computer which show major confrontations arising into 2032 which will also involve religion, certainly seems plausible after 4,000 people have accepted chips in Sweden who think this is cool."

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  • Danny B
    A new monetray architecture

    Repost; Ellen Brown
    "How China’s Mobile Ecosystems Are Making Banks Obsolete
    Giant Chinese tech companies have bypassed credit cards and banks to create their own low-cost digital payment systems.
    Bloomberg titled “Why China’s Payment Apps Give U.S. Bankers Nightmares”:

    The future of consumer payments may not be designed in New York or London but in China. There, money flows mainly through a pair of digital ecosystems that blend social media, commerce and banking—all run by two of the world’s most valuable companies. That contrasts with the U.S., where numerous firms feast on fees from handling and processing payments. Western bankers and credit-card executives who travel to China keep returning with the same anxiety: Payments can happen cheaply and easily without them."
    According to John Engen, writing in American Banker in May 2018, China processed a whopping $12.8 trillion in mobile payments in the first ten months of 2017. Today even China’s street merchants don’t want cash.

    Moving on;
    Central banker to the world – Doug Noland, Credit Bubble Bulletin
    Credit Bubble Bulletin : Weekly Commentary: Central Banker to the World
    This article is about how the FED is pushing liquidity to the whole world, MOSTLY, the West

    "In the period between 2000 and 2017, the obligations of foreign debtors to China increased from less than $500 billion to more than $5 trillion—or from around one percent of global economic output to more than six percent.
    The majority of debt claims were acquired in international bond markets by China’s state-owned central bank."
    "Research has shown that Chinese state banks issued around a quarter of total bank lending to emerging markets, propelling China into the leading global position as official creditor, leaving behind the IMF and World Bank."
    "However, some 50 percent of China's international lending to developing and emerging countries bypasses official statistics, remaining unrecorded by the IMF, Paris Club, rating agencies or private data providers.

    For the 50 top recipients of Chinese loans, who are predominantly smaller or poorer countries, debt to China grew from around one percent of their GDP in 2005 to over 15 percent of GDP in 2016."
    Gee wiz, I hope that they don't default.
    "The scope and lack of transparency of China’s lending, however, poses a challenge for debtor countries and international financial markets, leaving the country's risk analysis in the dark, the report stated."
    RISK, we don't need no stinkin risk.
    Remember, a lot of these loans are not in cash. They are loans to allow these countries to pay for Chinese goods and services. And, then WHAT?
    Warning sounded over China's 'debtbook diplomacy' | World news ...
    May 15, 2018 - Academics identify 16 countries loaned billions that they can't afford to repay."

    China, of course, plans to take over their infrastructure.

    "American consumers and firms were able to enjoy and consume more than $500 billion worth of goods produced by the Chinese last year, while consumers and firms in China enjoyed and consumed a much, much lower valued amount of goods produced by Americans – only $130.4 billion. So if you simply answered the question: Which countries’ citizens ended up with the greatest amount of goods on net last year – China or the US? — the obvious answer would be the US. It was America’s good fortune to benefit from a YUGE “goods surplus” last year of $375 billion (see chart above), while China experienced a $375 billion “goods deficit.” And if anybody “lost” last year in trade, wouldn’t it, therefore, be China, which suffered from a net loss of merchandise totaling $375 billion?"
    If anybody is 'losing' on trade, it's China. We got $505B of its goods and only gave up $130B = a $375B 'goods surplus' - AEI

    7/15 China posts its lowest quarterly growth in 27 years as the trade war drags on – CNBC
    7/15 America is insolvent, broke, deep into the red – Fosters

    Maybe so, but we're better looking than China.
    7/15 China struggles add to emerging-market risks as rate cuts beckon – Bloomberg
    China struggles because nobody plans to repay it.

    BTC just has too many problems.
    "That power comes from annual electricity consumption worth around $7.5 billion. Furthermore, the cost of preserving mining rigs brings the total yearly spendings to operate the Bitcoin blockchain to about $10 billion –"
    BTC and some crypto just have to much loss due to theft,
    UK Finance Chief Ready to Engage with ‘Potentially Transformative’ Libra
    The CBs want to kill it or, control it.
    The State wants to take over crypto so, they don't want big tech to do it.

    7/15 Modern Monetary Theory is fact, and market rigging is its consequence – GATA
    ""The necessity for a government to tax in order to maintain both its independence and its solvency is true for state and local governments, but it is not true for a national government. Two changes of the greatest consequence have occurred in the last 25 years which have substantially altered the position of the national state with respect to the financing of its current requirements.

    "The first of these changes is the gaining of vast new experience in the management of central banks.
    "The second change is the elimination, for domestic purposes, of the convertibility of the currency into gold."
    ""Final freedom from the domestic money market exists for every sovereign national state where there exists an institution which functions in the manner of a modern central bank and whose currency is not convertible into gold or into some other commodity."
    Yes, but that would eliminate the bankers
    "MMT does not claim that the government should create and deploy infinite money. It claims that money can be created and deployed as much as is necessary to improve general living conditions and eliminate unemployment until the currency begins to lose value."
    Do you see it.? AS NECESSARY. Wars are a definite necessity.
    The article is worth reading.

    So, the battle is joined. The SDR is an early casualty. Same for the Euro. The Yuan can't survive the worldwide defaults against it's State banks.

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  • Danny B
    Fables as far as the eye can see

    It was learned long ago that the financial system locks up in a panic. Since everything is bought on margin and credit, everything locks up when confidence is gone. Banks won't risk their capital. The FED produces free capital to buy back confidence. Sure, there is an inflation price to pay but, that is better than a total lockup. The European have long been clamoring for the FED to lower rate and STOP attracting capital. At this point in the credit cycle, capital is looking for safety and stability, not necessarily interest.
    NIRP is to be avoided also.
    7/14 A third of all European IG bonds have negative yields – Zero Hedge
    – Money Show
    AKA junk or high risk bonds
    7/14 Mid-August is a critical turning point for US stocks – Technical Traders
    Maybe yes, maybe no. Has anybody really factored in flight to safety?

    7/14 The black hole engulfing the world’s bond markets – Bloomberg
    Governments are bankrupt and, can't seem to attract investor money,,, something about confidence.
    7/14 10 stocks driving the market to all-time highs (and why) – Nasdaq
    And the 50 government agencies buying these stocks.
    7/14 How overheated is the stock market? – Upfina
    That all depends on how much confidence you have in the regulatory agencies in any given jurisdiction. The more honesty that Trump brings to government, the more people will trust America with their capital. Forget China.
    7/14 Worldwide semiconductor equipment sales collapse in 2019 – Zero Hedge
    Ah yes, SALES. In all the focus on stocks, we have to remember that companies must actually sell something,,, not just buyback their stocks.

    7/14 The Fed could be about to disappoint the market: Wells Fargo – CNBC
    Sure thing,, just imagine Powell fronting this idea,,,, and Trump throwing him in prison. Not to mention European leaders arranging a firing squad for him.
    7/14 Jay Powell disagrees with Donald Trump on nearly everything – CBS
    What about capital punishment?
    7/14 Are inverted yield curves signalling a recession or a deflationary boom? – Seeking Alpha
    A deflationary boom is what happened to the Hindenburg.

    7/14 How to avoid getting burned in bonds if the Fed is ready to inflate – Forbes
    7/14 The Fed’s plan: extend & pretend – Upfina

    /14 “Where the American dream goes to die”: house prices, rents, and incomes – WS
    7/14 Study: home prices wildly exceed incomes – National Mortgage Professional

    Not for free-money speculators.
    7/14 EU at the crossroads: integration or disintegration – Southfront
    Sorry, they no longer have that choice. They were told in the beginning that it would all collapse without a debt union. They figured that they could force a banking union later on. FAR too late for that.

    "The stock market is no longer about pricing anticipated future earnings or business profits. It is merely about front running the Fed’s applications of cheap credit"
    "Fake money has taken us to this strange and confusing place. By fake money, we mean legal tender that is conjured at will by central planners. Fake money includes the dollar, euro, yen, yuan, pound, peso, loonie, toonie, and practically all other world currencies."
    "Going “parabolic” – in a stunning display of collective insanity, the amount of outstanding government debt with negative yields to maturity hits a new record high of $13 trillion in what appears to be an unseemly hurry. Buying debt securities with a negative yield is a trade that relies 100% on the greater fool theory to be profitable. So far there is evidently no shortage of greater fools"

    About this collective insanity. Much of it can be attributed to people who actually believe mass media.
    95 million Americans of working age NOT in the labor force but, unemployment is only 3.7%
    Italy is bankrupt but, it can sell 50 year bonds with a 3% coupon.
    Here is a longish article on how we are fooled and programmed.
    7/14 Big tech ‘indenture entire populations into servitude’ – Snowden – RT

    "People tend to be less satisfied with their own condition if they become aware that others around them are better off"
    "Unfortunately for the egalitarians, this isn’t anywhere close to truth. There are many natural differences between individuals that are influenced by genetics. Environment does indeed play a role that can’t be dismissed"
    "If Adams is right, the goal should not be a society without an aristocracy, but rather a society with an aristocracy developed through merit rather than corruption. "
    Because equality is so contrary to human nature, any philosophy, including libertarianism, would do better to dispense with it. This does not mean we can’t advocate for equality under the law. This is a good thing. But the kind of equality that ignores human nature is doomed to failure.

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  • Danny B
    Capital flight,,, ECB vs FED

    Armstrong has long claimed that things will get much worse when the people lose confidence in government. He states that 35% of the people think that Us GOV is the problem. He states that this will become a BIG problem when 45% of the people have no confidence in GOV.
    He has a vid talking about capital flight. The Chinese found BTC to be the perfect vehicle for getting capital out of China.
    Beijing cracks down on Twitter users - Public Radio International
    Chinese Censors Crack Down On Foreigners' Speech Online
    China cracks down on aggrieved party cadres in Xinjiang and Tibet ..
    The Hunt for Dissidents in China - Refworld
    China's Hunt for DissIdents Expands to Foreign Countries | Time

    China can crack down on protest but, this reduces trust in GOV.
    China Cracks Down In Hong Kong, Shocks The Unsuspecting | WJR-AM
    Hong Kong climbs to No 4 on World Bank's list of easiest places to do business

    China's exports shrink most in 2 years, raising risks to global economy
    Shrinking China factory activity, faltering exports inflame economic anxiety

    Now, China wants to crack down on BTC and facebook / libra
    China also wants the authority / power to extradite persons from Hong Kong.

    The Chinese, like most politicians, believe that they simply have to pass a law and, everybody will comply,,, under pain of prosecution. China wants to be a world power but, they can NOT internationalize the Yuan as long as they are an authoritarian regime.

    The structure of the FED essentially means that they can never go bankrupt. They might very well cause price inflation but, they won't go bankrupt.
    Armstrong, "These people who do not really know what they are talking about assuming that just because the Fed has the power to create elastic money, that therefore the ECB can do the same thing. SORRY – WRONG!!!!"
    "There is a substantial difference between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB). The accounting at the Fed allows for it to CREATE money as needed. Now the fiat crowd will argue that the Fed can just create money in a very ELASTIC money supply. This is true and it was intended from the very outset that when economic declines appeared, the leverage within the system would implode and thus to ease that contraction in the supply of money. Originally, the money was created not by bailout banks, but by purchasing corporate paper directly to prevent layoffs. Hence, the shortage of money resulted in defaults BECAUSE banks would not lend and assets decline in currency value in proportion to the contraction in money supply. Therefore, the Fed was created with the power to create ELASTIC money that made sense because the corporate (unlike government) have to pay back."

    " how does this contrast with the ECB? Here in lies the problem. The ECB is NOT authorized to create an ELASTIC MONEY SUPPLY. Germany would never allow that. Consequently, the ECB cannot continue to just buy-in sovereign debt of member states as the market forces come down upon them. The ECB, unlike the Fed, will run out of money and then there will be a very public crisis whereby the ECB will have to be recapitalized. I wrote about this before in Federal Reserve v ECB.

    I warned back then that “Something will have to give in Europe.” The ECB was granted a ceiling to buy in government bonds. It cannot just print money with no end in sight. It must get approval, which the Fed does not require from Congress. The two are completely different animals."
    The ECB is Insolvent Based on Their Standards | Armstrong Economics

    Dec 23, 2016 - Under their own rules, the ECB should now be declared insolvent... The Fed only has Federal debt, not state debt which would be more like the ECB.

    Here is the Vid,

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  • Danny B
    euthanasia of the rentier, ,, too much debt liquidity but, not enough money

    I'm straining my brain trying to put some ideas together. Keynes said that in the future (our present), there would be so much accumulated wealth that we would only have to work 15 hours a week. Keynes also said that this would bring full employment. This OBVIOUSLY doesn't work. The really talented people, who haven't been displaced by automation are working more hours than ever. The no-talent people will never have a job niche because automation displaces them first.
    At the same time, Shumpeter advocated "creative destruction" to keep the economy stimulated and, everybody working. He said to go around town and, break all the windows. This would put people to work.
    The U.S. military serially goes around and destroys nations so that they have to spend their oil money to rebuild. The military also burns up as much military hardware as possible, ostensibly to keep people working. Crushing taxes are required to pay for this transfer of wealth to the arms dealers and banks.
    Keynes should have been aware of automation because; "Ned Ludd broke a knitting frame to protest automation and outsourcing."By 1812, organised frame-breakers became known as Luddites"
    Apparently, Keynes couldn't envision widespread automation.

    Suppose that I pay $1 trillion for a plane. Even if that plane is destroyed, the wealth still went to some bank account. The nominal amount of money is just transferred. General Dynamics pays it's suppliers and workers. Maybe the money goes to China for cheap junk. In a general sense, the money sits in a bank somewhere.

    Keynes has another idea;
    "Keynes explains that the major mistake people make about economics is the idea that capital is scarce, and must be rewarded heavily to encourage investment in job-creating projects. Keynesian theory says that this view is utterly wrong. Keynes says that the amount of capital needed to operate an economy at full employment is limited, and once achieved, the marginal return to capital will drop to the point that it merely covers depreciation, obsolescence, and a small return for risk and for managerial skill and judgment."
    "Now, though this state of affairs would be quite compatible with some measure of individualism, yet it would mean the euthanasia of the rentier, and, consequently, the euthanasia of the cumulative oppressive power of the capitalist to exploit the scarcity-value of capital."

    In recent years, the CBs have created an additional $248 trillion of debt liquidity.
    At the same time, banks are charging 18% credit card interest.
    The banks are trying to make capital appear scarce to justify charging interest. There just isn't enough demand for private credit. The State is trying to suck up available credit / liquidity to make it appear that capital is scarce.
    7/13 U.S. budget deficit jumps 23% as spending hits record high – Japan News
    7/13 US government is running out of money faster than expected, Mnuchin warns – CNN

    The ECB, BOJ, FED and PBOJ are all running the printing presses in hyperdrive creating new liquidity. The Central Banks are creating megatons of liquidity to support the State. U.S. GOV spends 24% of the GDP,,, The French GOV, 57%.
    7/13 US government will run out of money in September. CNN

    Walter Burien uses GOV financial reports to show that 47,000 GOV agencies have a cumulative $248 trillion stashed away.
    CAFR1 Home Page
    The California University system claims that they have $91 billion.
    Apparently, this mountain of accumulated wealth that Keynes predicted exists but, is walled off from the public who must therefore borrow from the banks.

    "scarcity-value of capital."
    The debt per person is reported to be $86,000 worldwide. This is debt that was incurred by the State in your name. But, this debt was incurred to keep you working.
    "scarcity value of labor"
    Decades ago, the fertility rate in America was about 3.2 per woman. Wages were good here because of our post-war lock on manufacturing. Capital is always at war with labor.
    The fertility rate in Mexico was 6.2 so, the southern border was left open to allow a greater part of the profits to accrue to capital. When Mexican fertility fell to the current number of 2.6, new populations had to be drawn in to America to continue to depress wages.
    Scarcity of labor had to be continuously alleviated.
    Bring in unskilled labor in the face of rising automation seems like a bad idea.

    We have reached a point where the CBs are printing with wild abandon. Capital has successfully depressed wages to where the solvent public are not doing much borrowing. The insolvent public owe $1.4 trillion on their credit cards.
    Between the CAFR money and, the offshore American wealth, there is something like $300 trillion. This doens't include MANY other jurisdictions. Capital successfully depressed wages at the same time that automation and outsourcing wiped out job niches. The riches of capital are all denominated as debt owed by people who are not working.

    From one angle, it looks like the CBs are trying to bring bankruptcy of the rentier with endless monetary stimulation.

    FED chair Powell "‘There’s something going on with the growth around the world, particularly around manufacturing and investment and trade,’ he told the House Financial Services Committee"
    "Record stock prices don’t matter. Booming corporate Credit is no issue. June’s big gain in payrolls and a 3.7% unemployment rate are not part of the decision function. A Friday afternoon Bloomberg headline resonated: “A Stock Market Dying to Know What Powell Knows About the Economy.”

    The so-called “insurance” rate cut is all about the global environment, with monetary policy’s traditional domestic focus relegated to history."
    You can thank the global-mean-wage. It killed consumption and trade.
    "I don’t believe the primary impetus behind the global central bank swing toward additional stimulus is economic. Indeed, I see Powell, Draghi, Carney, Kuroda and the like confirming the Acute Global Financial Fragilities Thesis."
    They have FINALLY noticed that the lower loop is DYING
    "But a global financial “system” already excessively embracing risk, wallowing in liquidity abundance and generating record Credit growth will be only further destabilized by greater stimulus."
    Yep, Plan "A" until the cows drop dead.

    "Bizarro World, indeed. Why is financial history strewn with markets succumbing to bouts of end-of-cycle insanity? The obvious answer is greed – greed that became deeply ingrained after a protracted period of being richly rewarded (with fear and caution punished mercilessly). The longer the cycle the more intense and resilient the greed dynamic. The more of the “house’s” money available to gamble, the more extravagant the bets. I would add that prolonged cycles typically have some type of underlying government support that over time comes to underpin confidence and risk-taking (playing an especially critical role late in the cycle). "
    "But greed and governmental support are insufficient to inflate Bubbles. Bubbles are fueled by Credit. I would add that “money” is also key. Credit booms can’t survive to become “protracted” without the expansion of perceived safe and liquid (money-like) Credit instruments"
    Ah yes, Post gold-standard credit expansion.
    Credit Bubble Bulletin : Weekly Commentary: Central Banker to the World

    "They" use fear of missing out to keep money in the markets. Stocks depend on earnings. If earnings don't materialize, there is no reason to stay in stocks.
    7/13 Market rally artificially inflated by growing corporate share buybacks – Birch Gold
    All the buybacks were done with wet-ink money from the FED.
    7/13 Chicago governor says no to statewide pension crisis fix – Daily Reckoning
    7/13 Chicago mayor blocks ICE access to police databases ahead of raids – MSN
    He better have his BOB handy. Get Wikileaks to hack the info.
    7/13 The ‘yield curve’ is flashing warning signs – Phil’s Stock World
    Short term debt is commanding way more interest than long term debt. "They" expect a crash in the short term.
    7/13 Finance costs are killing the shale industry – SRSrocco Report
    The free-money train from the FED to Wall St to frackers is on a different track now.

    7/13 The world acquires more gold while China is dumping U.S. Treasuries – Daily Coin
    The printing presses at the FED are starting to smoke a bit to make up the difference.
    7/13 Michael Hudson: de-dollarizing may collapse the U.S. financial empire – GATA
    Michael Hudson really knows his stuff. Plan "A" is for America to collapse last. Since our stimulus is hidden, capital is attracted.
    7/13 Fed chair suggests bitcoin is gold’s biggest competition – CCN
    $356 million in cryptocurrency stolen in first three months of 2019 - TNW
    Crime still plagues cryptocurrencies; $1.7 billion was stolen last year

    7/13 Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony postponed by one week – Guardian
    7/13 Epstein has ‘secret’ steel safe in off-limits room on ‘Pedo Island’ – Zero Hedge

    Buy more popcorn.

    "And now there is the Epstein matter, which threatens not only former president Bill Clinton, but a cosmos of political, financial, and entertainment “stars” in countless ugly incidents that involve a kind of personal corruption that has no political context but says an awful lot about the obliteration of moral and ethical boundaries by the people who ended up running things in this fretful moment of US history. "****-nation/nemesis-rising/

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  • Danny B
    Main CBs &amp; euthanasia,,,supporting zombies,,,RISING debt

    Keep in mind that J. M. Keynes predicted and championed "Euthanasia of the Rentier" Hegel came up with the idea that; everybody should work for the government.
    How would you bring this about? How would kill off the money-rental business?
    Armstrong ;"Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda publicly stated that it may maintain ultra-low rates for a further period of well over a year. However, he also warned against the idea of propping up the economy through unlimited money printing to finance government spending. That may sound nice, but the Bank of Japan is trapped. Its holdings of the national debt have reached nearly 50%. The BOJ modified its forward guidance or pledge on how it will guide future monetary policy. It stated that current very low interest rates will continue at least until the spring of 2020. However, there is ZERO hope without the BOJ buying the government debt that interest rates will rise dramatically and a financial crisis will be in the making.

    The BOJ will keep rates low for an extended period of time for they have no choice. There is no way out of this nightmare and the real inflationary cycle comes when the majority wake up and realize that the emperor has no clothes, and that means the central bankers worldwide."

    The FED
    "It’s not just zombie corporations that need cheap and easy money these days just to stay upright. It’s also zombie individuals. Millions of them.
    They’re among us. They can’t exist without debt. And the economy can’t live without them.
    Welcome to the Debt Zombie Apocalypse."
    "But even once they’re in debt, they still carry on spending. Even while paying monthly interest that sometimes goes as high as 30%. "
    "A look at the official data shows where we are today. Mortgage debt is now higher than it was during the peak of the bubble in 2008. Credit-card debts are 50% higher. Student debt has doubled and corporate debt has more than doubled. Car loans are 50% higher.
    And Uncle Sam’s debt, as we know, has more than doubled, from $9.5 trillion in 2008 to $22 trillion today."

    The ECB is charging ahead with stimulus to keep markets going.
    "To show how desperate investors are for yield…

    At the recent Italian bond auction, demand for the 50-year bond with an interest rate of 2.90% was 6 times oversubscribed.
    The European Central Bank (ECB) has been a strong advocate for monetary stimulus and lower-for-longer interest rates."
    The ECB is going to print just like the other CBs

    "The banks charged off $8.8 billion in credit-card debt last quarter. They just gave up on it, and accepted they were never going to get back another nickel. The borrowers were bust."
    "If this is what balance sheets look like when the economy is doing well, imagine what they’ll look like when the next downturn hits. Oh, never mind. The Fed can keep cutting rates, and Uncle Sam can just print up a trillion more dollars. "
    7/12 Indebted Americans can’t cut back on luxury spending: poll – Credit Cards

    7/12 Ray Dalio: there is as little as one year of Fed stimulus left in the bottle – ZH
    7/12 A long shadow creeps over the economy this summer – Great Recession
    7/12 China imports from US plunge 31% in June amid tariff war – AP
    7/12 Japan firm says $32 mn missing in cryptocurrency hack – Yahoo

    7/11 Iranian boats ‘harass’ British tanker in the Gulf – Reuters
    Middle East Tanker Insurance Rates Soar 10-Fold
    DHL Sounds Alarm On Collapsing World Trade: "Significant Downturn" Underway Zero hedge:

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