Archives for February, 2016

Here’s Why Nobody Understands the Markets

BY JARED DILLIAN I used to be a big astronomy nerd when I was a kid, locked up in my room, reading space books. I actually was once interested in planetary science. Now I study finance. How depraved. Nassim Taleb is right—finance actually is depraved. If you study finance, you study money, of course. But […]

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Thoughts From the Frontline: The Fed Prepares to Dive

  “No one will lend at a negative interest rate; potential creditors will simply choose to hold cash, which pays zero nominal interest.” – Ben Bernanke, 2009 “I think negative rates are something the Fed will and probably should consider if the situation arises.” – Ben Bernanke, December 2015 “In theory there is no difference […]

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18 Bucks for a Gallon of Milk…This is What a Currency Collapse Looks Like

It’s starting to look a lot like 2008. Yesterday, HSBC Holdings (HSBC), one of the biggest banks in the world, reported its first quarterly loss since the financial crisis. It lost $1.3 billion…after making a $511 million profit in the fourth quarter of 2014. Management blamed the bad results on the slowing economy. It also […]

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Relying on a Pension to Retire? Food Stamps Might Be in Your Future

Will you need to get a job at McDonald’s when you retire? If your retirement depends on a pension, you might not have a choice. In September, we called the U.S. public pension system a “slow-moving train wreck.” Public pension funds manage retirement money for government workers like teachers and police officers. Part of your […]

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Rothschild: USA is the New Switzerland

At one time, tax havens took great pride in calling themselves just that, since low-tax jurisdictions provide people with freedom from oppressive taxation. But, in recent decades, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, based in France but largely funded and controlled by the U.S.) has been on a rampage to crush tax havens. […]

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Tech Digest: Avatars vs. Zombies: Calculating the Apocalypse Away

A colleague sent me the link for a Washington Post article titled, “Risk of dementia is declining, but scientists don’t know why.” It is inspired by another article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Is Dementia in Decline? Historical Trends and Future Trajectories.” Dear Reader, A colleague sent me the link for a […]

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The 10th Man: Interstellar

Unless you were trapped under something heavy, you probably heard the news that a team of scientists detected gravitational waves emanating from two black holes colliding a billion light-years away. This is a really big deal, one of the biggest discoveries in theoretical physics. A gravitational wave is actually a ripple in the fabric of […]

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Outside the Box: 70 Is the New 65

As some of us know far too well, forecasting the future with any precision is extremely difficult. There’s at least one exception to the rule, though. Population trends show themselves decades and even centuries in advance. If we know how many people were born in a given year, we can extrapolate what the population will […]

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Bear Market Confirmed: Iconic American Company Posts Worst Results in 35 Years

Americans aren’t shopping like they used to. Yesterday, Wal-Mart (WMT), the world’s largest retailer, reported its first annual sales decline since 1980. The company also reported an 8% drop in its fourth-quarter earnings. Management blamed the bad results on several things, including the strong dollar and higher wages. Wal-Mart’s stock fell 3% on the bad […]

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Weekend Edition: Why We’d Welcome a Depression

Editor’s Note: Are you prepared for the stock market to go nowhere for 10 years? In today’s Weekend Edition, Agora founder Bill Bonner argues that we’re entering a decade-long bear market… and explains what you should own instead of stocks. Bill originally wrote this essay on January 7, 2016, in Bill Bonner’s Diary. By Bill […]

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