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The Student Loan Bubble and How We Can Pop It

July 26th, 2014 By James Corbett

Earlier this year the total student loan debt in the United States surpassed the $1 trillion mark, leapfrogging over credit card debt and auto debt to become the second largest debt burden in the country. Only mortgage debt levels are higher.

You know a debt bubble is getting ready to burst when even the Federal Reserve starts raising the alarm about it. Judging by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' “On The Economy” blog in recent months and accompanying data from the St. Louis Fed-run Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) database, student loan debt is one of the top issues facing the American economy at the moment. And they're right.

            The case is made in a series of increasingly hand-wringy posts pretending to fret about the reasons that student loan debt is spiraling out of control. “What’s Behind the Default Rate on Student Loans?” ponders one. “Is Student Debt Jeopardizing the Short-Term Financial Health of U.S. Households?” wonders another. “The Share of Borrowers with High Student Loan Balances Is Rising,” warns a third. Some of the insightful analysis to be found in these pieces include the observation that success in school and success in the labor market determine whether someone is likely to default on their student loans (well, duh), and, even more incredibly inane, the observation that “outstanding student debt may jeopardize the...

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Central Banks Breaking The Law

July 23rd, 2014
By Jeremy Warner

Like common brigands, central banks have been acting outside the law – their only real excuse being the supposedly higher purpose of economic necessity, a sort of Robin Hood-type operation where the ends justify the means...

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Taking Away the Bankers Gun

July 19th, 2014
By James Corbett

...we have a direct role to play in choosing whether we want to remove the banksters' gun from the economy's head or whether we want to load the chamber and cock the hammer.

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Oh Please

July 16th, 2014
By Bob Rinear

Dwight Eisenhower proved to us that the US isn’t beneath causing fake uprisings and assassinating heads of state... My suspicion is that we’re going to see an 'event' soon that gets all the blame for the US crashing.

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The Gun to Our Heads

July 12th, 2014
By James Corbett

The new law would require banks to compensate borrowers for their unilateral increases in interest rates and fees over the past decade.  The law will cost the banks involved in these loans billions of dollars.

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Dow 17000000

July 9th, 2014
By James Corbett

...the banking industry tied OMFIF's recent report on 'Global Public Investors' found that central banks and other large public sector institutions account for a staggering $29 trillion of investments in the markets, involving ownership of assets equivalent to 40% of world output.

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Europe May Still Be In A Recession

July 2nd, 2014
By James Corbett

The Times is bold to openly admit a dangerous truth: no matter what the data says, the economic elite are wary of returning to a “normal” economy because, quite frankly, people are easier to rule over when they're scared.

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The Ratings Game

June 28th, 2014
By James Corbett

Rating agencies as the secret weapon of 21st century warfare. For years critics have made the argument that the entire 2008 financial crisis would never have happened without the active collusion of the ratings agencies in giving their AAA prime rating to the toxic mortgage-backed securities that were at the heart of the subprime meltdown.

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Germans Want to End the Fed

June 25th, 2014
By James Corbett

That the German people seem to be better informed about the evils of the Fed than Americans may be surprising... but there may be a logic to it. After all, this is the country where a growing grassroots movement called “Repatriate Our Gold” arose in 2012 to force the Bundesbank to announce that they would indeed repatriate 674 tons of their gold holdings at the New York Fed by 2020.

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The Pipes That Bind

June 21st, 2014
By James Corbett

How pipelines will determine economics and geopolitics in the next decade...  Confused? Overwhelmed? Dizzy? Don't worry, you should be. In fact, if any of this makes sense to you you might want to consider becoming a consultant, because there are plenty of politicians, foreign policy analysts, geopolitical commentators and others whose radar these stories don't even appear on.

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