Today’s edition of The Daily Reckoning features a fascinating repartee between two witty, insightful and thought-provoking observers of the human condition…especially that portion of the human condition that involves dollar signs. Both of these individuals provide a refreshing alternative to the mainstream financial media blather. Both of them prefer Hayek to Keynes. Both of them light up a room with their charm. But only one of them owns a chateau in France; and only one of them slips well-toned legs into Manolo Blahniks…at least as far as we know.
See if you can tell which one is which!
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Excellent interview! Bill speaks common sense whereas the main stream pronosticators speak economic gobbled goop and confuse themselves with their own convoluted mental constructs.
the problem with the interview is that, regardless of any truism explained by Bill Bonner, the keynesian and other fraudulent advocates can never listen nor understand… they do not understand man, they cannot cope with the concepts of cause and consequence and worst, they sincerely believe they can tame the economy when history clearly proved this only leads to dead-ends.
Reasons why and how Pres. Obama may direct America out of this financial wilderness that was caused by the Republicans ( the church crowd from the South )
An energy revolution in supply thanks to NAFTA which the Republicans ( the church crowd from the South ) by and large opposed. The energy revolution would be in fracted shale-oil and gas from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Chihuahua, Sonora, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Coahuila, Durango,Nuevo Leon, Tamulipas, Baja California Norte, Nevada and California. There may also be coal from West Virginia and Pennsylvania, also Montana, Wyoming and Alberta. There may also be new hydro-electric dams on all major rivers such as the Colorado River, the Rio Grande River, and the Saskatchewan River. There may also be new atomic power plants. And shallow-water sea-floor drilling will continue for oil and gas.
Finally just to decorate this cake and make it into a memorable birthday cake: a few windmills and solar panels just for the laugh, planted into the chocolate frosting on the top. And the enemies of America would never try their $5 per gal. gasoline and 9/11 stunt ever again.
I see to-day, Nov 26, 2012 film of Black Friday shopping in America, and hoards of shoppers running into the stores and setting an all-time shopping sales record….. So, it would appear that the Great Recession is now over, and that the Federal Reserve Bank has finally used their old Alan Greenspan’s Keynsian economics to over-heat the economy. Here on the West Coast, where on Monday of Thanksgiving week, $65 would buy three adults food for one entire week including turkey and dessert, prices have now been raised again to former pre-holiday levels, and those levels were astronomic. In the housing market, houses are which were in foreclosure and sitting empty for months are now being flipped like hats in California, and something like the way they were flipped in the late 1970s…… Yes, things have changed just that fast.
So now comes the question: What is the Fed going to do next? Raise interest rates to 1% and invite the hyper-inflation to get worse even faster, or raise interest rates quickly now to a tolerable but serious 4% and put a stop to this hyper-inflation cancer signal, and fast? This serious inflation signal now in shopping and in housing is going to force Ben Bernanke’s hand real fast.
If Bernanke is Alan Greenspan, he will now sit and raise interest rates by 0.25% or do nothing at all. And then, things are going to get worse real fast. I saw in Felton, Calif to-day, a house sold a few months ago for $175,000 now placed back onto the Cal housing market for well over $400,000. Not that the house will sell at that price, but the owner will flip the home for double his purchase price and move on to the next….. And one would think the jack-asses at the Federal Reserve Bank would have learned from their 1970s mistake by now?
Yup, small-caps are setting up for a comeback year. In fact, I believe they'll retake a leadership role in the markets in 2015. So now's your chance to set yourself up for potentially massive gains before these stocks start grabbing headlines again. Or... you can simply wait until some ex-purt on CNBC or Fox recommends them - and miss out on half the party. Your choice...
"There has been an issue that has preoccupied my mind for a long time," writes Dr. Marc Faber. "In economics, it is generally accepted that if the quantity of money and credit is increased, prices will rise… However, since economics is so complex… I question whether the expansion of central banks' balance sheets and policies of zero interest rates could have a deflationary impact…" The good doctor wrestles with the question, in today's essay...
The oil market has been under siege for six months. From service providers to producers this downturn has been painful. Of course, we’ve known all along that oil prices were a little toppy over the summer. In fact, when asked just how low oil prices could go I usually answered with a simple “lower than you’d expect…”
Our forecast that Cuba would be open and integrated within 5-10 years is on track after yesterday's big announcement. Ahead of schedule, even. Click here to see how some investors have profited and what the island's likely future is...
The opportunity to sell and install LEDs is enormous. We’re talking about over a billion lighting fixtures. And the areas with the largest potential -- like parking lots -- have barely begun to change. Banker to the presidents Chris Mayer says you could triple your money in this new tech trend. Here's what you need to know.
The Biotech iShares ETF is up 23% since the Oct. 15th bottom. No, that is not a typo. Biotechs have torched the S&P over the past two months--more than doubling the returns of the big index. And biotechs as a group are up more than 38% year-to-date. In fact, since we first highlighted the June comeback, the Biotech iShares have gone nowhere but up.
It's a theme we've shared with you since April. And it's only gotten worse. The gaming industry has come under all sorts of pressure--a situation I first noticed in the charts. The powerful, multi-year uptrends started showing cracks. And it wasn't long before those cracks turned into gaping holes you could drive a friggin' truck through. That's where things stand today.