Archives for April, 2015

Outside the Box: Germany’s Trade Surplus Is a Problem

  In Code Red I wrote a great deal about trade imbalances among the various European countries, which were at the heart of the European sovereign debt problem. As the peripheral countries have tried to rebalance their trade deficits with Northern Europe and especially with Germany, they have seen their relative wages fall and deflation […]

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Outside the Box: Germany’s Trade Surplus Is a Problem

  In Code Red I wrote a great deal about trade imbalances among the various European countries, which were at the heart of the European sovereign debt problem. As the peripheral countries have tried to rebalance their trade deficits with Northern Europe and especially with Germany, they have seen their relative wages fall and deflation […]

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WAIT: Don’t File Those Taxes Just Yet!

Those of you in the US know that it’s the least wonderful time of the year: tax time. Hopefully you haven’t filed your tax return just yet. Maybe you rushed it in because you feel ever so grateful to your government for letting you keep some of your hard-earned cash. Or maybe—like most of us—you […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: Economists in Glass Houses

  For many economists, the chicken and egg question is, which came first, consumption or production? What drives growth? Let’s continue with our series on debt, in which I have been contrasting my views with those of Paul Krugman. Our differences aside, what Paul and I readily agree on is that the solution to our […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: Economists in Glass Houses

  For many economists, the chicken and egg question is, which came first, consumption or production? What drives growth? Let’s continue with our series on debt, in which I have been contrasting my views with those of Paul Krugman. Our differences aside, what Paul and I readily agree on is that the solution to our […]

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Should We Really Put Gold in an IRA?

“Gold is one of the dumbest things to put in your IRA,” said the slick TV commentator, with his $200 haircut, perfect white teeth, and superior attitude. “Everyone knows income-producing vehicles are best for an IRA.” It was a prepackaged message from someone that sounded like he hadn’t given any more thought to the topic […]

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Outside the Box: Central Banks, Credit Expansion, and the Importance of Being Impatient

  We live in a time of unprecedented financial repression. As I have continued writing about this, I have become increasingly angry about the fact that central banks almost everywhere have decided to address the economic woes of the world by driving down the returns on the savings of those who can least afford it […]

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Doug Casey: Signs of a Resource Sector Bottom

Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator L: Well, Doug, we’ve seen another quarter of high volatility and significant world events. What strikes you as most important at present? Doug: Everything is still held together with chewing gum and baling wire, for which I’m grateful, considering what’s coming. It’s very clear to me that the global economy is […]

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A Cure for Metals Investor Malaise

Markets fluctuate. Sectors cycle. Investors love and hate these facts, but we all know that if it were not so, it would be impossible to buy low and sell high. The problem, of course, is that no one can time the market consistently. That makes it hard to know when low is low enough to […]

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