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Obamacare Tax Penalties Cometh

February 28th, 2015 By James Corbett

Somehow, though, despite the armageddon brought about by this year's 3% budget cut the IRS has still found the time to issue a handy-dandy 21 page guide all about how to correctly work out how many pounds of flesh Obamacare is going to cost you.

Ahhh, February, the shortest month of the year. It's that time when skiers and snowboarders squeeze in their last few runs on the black diamond, when the days start becoming a little bit longer, when the first breaks begin to appear in Jack Frost's icy facade. Oh, and tax season. Let's not forget tax season.



    Yes, people all over the globe are beginning to get last year's receipts in order and combing their fleece coats in preparation for the annual shearing by the tax “authorities.” In the US, there's an extra bonus this year: all the new hoops, paperwork, bureaucracy, headaches and penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. To be precise, there are over 40 new tax provisions related to the legislation and 33 exemptions that can be claimed, further complicating the already impenetrably dense tax code.

    To make matters even worse, all of this new bureaucracy is going to be overseen by the IRS, which just so happens to be going through a “budget crisis.” Congress slashed the IRS budget by $346 million for 2015 and now the poor Internal Revenue Service is claiming there are going to be slowdowns in processing, citing fewer agen...

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Rand Burnishes His Libertarian Credentials

February 25th, 2015
By James Corbett

...more insidious still is what he may be doing in the name of his father's actual libertarian principals. Take his stand against the Federal Reserve, for instance. 

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A Brief History of Oil Price Manipulation

February 21st, 2015
By James Corbett

...manipulation has been the reason that oil prices were massively over-inflated for the past two decades, and the current plunge is an example of what happens when some of the floors are removed from under that propped-up price.

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Make or Break Time for Grexit

February 18th, 2015
By James Corbett

Assuming that this is just a game of chicken, time is not on Greece's side. Greek finances would dry up within a month of the end of the current agreement... But things are not much rosier for the Eurogroup.

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Greece At the Crossroads

February 14th, 2015
By James Corbett

The problem here is that debt itself is the problem, but as we all know... the very monetary system upon which our entire economic house of cards is built is based on debt-based central banker funny money.

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Deflation Takes A Breather

February 11th, 2015
By James Corbett

So it seems that the deflationary cycle has come to an end...for the moment. But there is still life left in the US dollar bull market, and thus further commodity deflation is highly likely.

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The Peer To Peer Economy

February 7th, 2015
By James Corbett

 This Peer-to-Peer economy that is rising up to replace the Industrial/Information economy is difficult to see in its totality, but is everywhere around us.

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Surprise The Watch Word for 2015

February 4th, 2015
By James Corbett

...now that this is becoming the fashionable new mini-stimulus for countries suffering in the doldrums of this deflationary cycle, it isn't quite so surprising as it once was. It's now almost predictable.

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The Death of King Abdullah and the Future of Oil Geopolitics

January 31st, 2015
By James Corbett

...what is at stake with every royal succession is not just the domestic politics of Saudi Arabia, but the course of geopolitics and, ultimately, the global economy.

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Earnings Down Durable Goods Hit Markets Tumble

January 28th, 2015
By James Corbett

...As is now standard practice in the “new normal” of the post-Lehman world, all eyes are now on Washington where the Fed is currently engaged in the first FOMC meeting of the year.

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