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The Third Plenum of China

November 6th, 2013
By James Corbett

As is the way of such things, there has been no formal agenda released to give any forward indication of what will be discussed at the gathering this weekend. Speculation is rife that it will follow the “3-8-3 plan,” a roadmap drawn up by various government think t...

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Oil Geopolitics in the 21st Century

November 2nd, 2013
By James Corbett

This kind of change can't help but bring with it a fundamental reordering of global geopolitical relat...

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As The Markets Turn

October 30th, 2013
By James Corbett

This is the picture of our economic “reality” in this day and age. In an era where markets are ruled by perception and gossip reigns supreme, those with the most entertaining tales end up being king.

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Will China Long Game Pay Off

October 26th, 2013
By James Corbett

China, too, is playing its growing clout on the international stage with an eye on the long game.... Ec...

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Ultimate Magic Act

October 23rd, 2013
By Bob Rinear

While I will never in my life forget that evening, most people don’t realize that we see magic performed almost daily in the equity market and the economic reporting systems... on Tuesday we watched a transformation just as astounding as the girl that turned into a tiger...

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The Art of Forecasting with Robots

October 19th, 2013
By James Corbett

Someone like Bob could tell more about the direction of the markets or the future of geopolitics from a...

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The UK Housing Bubble

October 16th, 2013
By James Corbett

...it will never be easier for first time buyers to get into the market or current homeowners to upgrade their property...until the expected surge in demand hits the small supply and the already inflating prices, that is. When everything is taken into account, this is the perf...

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War on Terror Redux or The More Things Change

October 12th, 2013
By James Corbett

Critics have long said that the war on terror, being a war on an abstract noun, has no end by definition. After all, what conceivable set of conditions could meet the criteria for a declaration of victory over “terror.” The end of groups trying to use fear or blood...

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Gold Baffles Bernanke

October 9th, 2013
By James Corbett

Of course, it could be that “nobody really understands gold prices” not because they inhabit some strange strata of the economic universe where the laws of economics fail to apply, but because the price is heavily manipulated from top to bottom.

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Globalism Rising

October 5th, 2013
By James Corbett

...at least with the United Nations people know what they are getting. In the economic sphere, so much of the push toward globalization is taking place in secret and behind closed doors that most people don't even have a clue that it is taking place. Case in point: the TPP.

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Ponder Me This

October 2nd, 2013
By Bob Rinear

If we hit the debt ceiling and they decide “nope, we’re not going to increase it”….what happens? Again, we don’t truly know. There are things that the President could do, but frankly none of them are completely legal. The one choice would be that...

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Gold Migrates to the East

September 28th, 2013
By Bob Rinear

So, what does a country do when it’s taking in billions and billions of dollars? Well, in stable times, they go out in the bond market and buy up re...

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Remembering the Euro Crisis

September 25th, 2013
By James Corbett

Other than the occasional politician going off script, there has been very little discussion of Europe's bail-ins and debt spirals and debilitating unemployment while the German politicians squabbled over the reins of the country. But now that Merkel has been returned to power...

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Taper Tantrum

September 21st, 2013
By James Corbett

...in a room full of crooks, Fuhrer Ben and the Fed gang were to prove once again that the smart money is still beholden to the Federal Reserve banksters, the biggest crooks of them all. The decision was announced in that bland-as-wallpaper market gobbledespeak that is the nat...

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Utter Failure

September 18th, 2013
By Bob Rinear

hey tell us that all these layers of Government intrusion into our lives keeps us safer. They tell us they can avert problems before they happen, and thus they need to know every single thing about us. I wish, I pray that we lived in a world where there was absolutely no need ...

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The Robots That Rule the Markets

September 14th, 2013
By James Corbett

Aside from the unfairness of HFTs, there's also the inherent risk that comes when algorithms that are programmed to perform thousands of transactions a second are let loose on the markets... it's almost impossible for a single trader to massively swing the market one way or an...

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The Calm Before The Storm

September 12th, 2013
By James Corbett

Make no mistake, September may be coming in like a lamb, but it may yet leave like a lion. There are a number of worrying road bumps on the road ahead this month.

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The National Debt is a Liar Loan

September 7th, 2013
By Alfred Adask

And the banking system that accepted and even encouraged my life would be stuck with a non-performing mortgage and a vacant house that couldn’t be sold. The lesson is obvious:  When borrowers are allowed to lie about their income or debt levels, everyone—both ...

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Fukushima Goes From Bad To Worse

September 4th, 2013
By James Corbett

All of the news coming from Fukushima at this point reeks of desperation. At a press conference last Thursday, JNRA chairman Tanaka was forced to admit that current levels of radiation monitoring at the plant are not enough and that they are not able to stop the leaks in the n...

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As The World Turns

August 31st, 2013
By Bob Rinear

The Indian people have cherished gold for thousands of years. From Temples to jewelry adornments to dowries to you name it, they have always knows that “he who owns the gold” is king. So, they learned during centuries of tumult that personal ownership of gold would...

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India on the Brink

August 24th, 2013
By James Corbett

Although there is no indication that things are that bad this time around, such a move were it to take place would be disastrous for a country that was supposed to follow in China's footsteps as an emerging economy that would lead the developing world in growth as it pulled it...

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