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Currencies: The Demise of the Petrodollar (08/23/15 09:32)

We are entering a not-so-brave new world and the shift was catalyzed by the dying petrodollar.


Global Crisis: Only the Date Is Unknown (08/23/15 09:29)

The US and world economies are frauds that are coming unraveled. The Greek bailout is the most recent example of “kick the can down the road” solutions.


Recent History Reclaimed: The Dominance of the Squid (08/23/15 09:28)

No need for sovereign states ...


Global Crisis: Doomsday Clock (08/23/15 09:24)

Time is running out. From China to Brazil, the central banks have lost control and at the same time the global economy is grinding to a halt.


USA: Manufacturing in Decline (08/17/15 09:31)

Since 2007, the US economy has lost 1.4 million manufacturing jobs. But worry not: it gained just the same amount of waiters/bartenders.


USA: Participation Rate (08/17/15 09:26)

The number of Americans not in the labor force rose once again, this time by 144,000 to a record 93,770,000 million, with the result a participation rate of 62.6% which remains at a level more indicative of the September 1977 economy.


New Normal: They Live, We Sleep (08/17/15 09:25)

A dictatorship disguised in democracy


Spain: Catalan Confrontation (08/07/15 12:28)

As the countdown begins to Catalonia’s plebiscite-style elections, scheduled for September 27th, cracks are already beginning to show in Spain’s most important economic region.


Global Crisis: Default Risks (08/07/15 12:27)

Which country is on the default chopping block? This CDS heatmap lays out all the countries which according to the market, are most likely to tell their creditors the money is gone... it's all gone.


Emerging Markets: Mayhem Ahead (08/07/15 12:25)

Things are getting downright scary in emerging markets.


Spanish "Bonanza" (08/07/15 12:22)

Spain’s benchmark stock exchange, the Ibex-35, has been through the grinder the last couple of days, with some stocks falling like flies. The primary reason, besides the deteriorating global backdrop, is the huge volume of debt floating on or just below the surface of corporate balance sheets.


Billionaire Pillage (08/07/15 12:20)

America’s parasitical oligarchs are masters of public relations. Perhaps nowhere is this sleight of hand displayed so artfully as it is at a particular high-profile charity with the nerve to bill itself as itself as “New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization.”


Banksters: Criminal Enablers (02/16/15 17:43)

When it comes to the enabling of tax evasion and parking of criminal money, HSBC is second only to US real estate in catering to shady offshore oligarchs, dictators, rock stars, monarchs, and even outright criminals.


Internet: Free Speech (02/16/15 17:40)

The French government can now force ISPs to block websites without a court order.


Global Crisis: Record Debt (02/16/15 17:38)

Global debt has soared by US$ 57 trillion since the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2007, with the debt to GDP ratio jumping to above 500 percent in Japan.


Econ101: Economics Compacted (02/16/15 17:36)

The indomitable Fred Reed on the evolution of "democratic" capitalism.


China: Imports Implode (02/09/15 17:30)

Chinese imports collapsed 19.9% YoY in January, missing expectations of a modest 3.2% drop. This is the biggest YoY drop since May 2009 and worst January since the peak of the financial crisis


Europe: The Truth Will Out (02/09/15 17:28)

"A clueless political personnel, in denial of the systemic nature of the crisis, is pursuing policies akin to carpet-bombing the economy of proud European nations in order to save them."  Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Finance Minister


Geopolitics: How The US Lost it (02/09/15 17:24)

In an interview with a Russian news agency, Gorbatchev asks "have they lost their minds?" adding that "the U.S. has already dragged us into a new Cold War, trying to openly implement its idea of triumphalism", and finally warning that "the 'cold' war will "lead to a 'hot' war". This from one of few true friends the West ever had in Russia.


Global Crisis: BDI Crash (02/01/15 16:17)

For the first time in almost 30 years -- 1986, to be exact -- The Baltic Dry Index has gone below 600 today.


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