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Chicago Police Pension Goes Bust

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics

on Monday, 26 June 2017 07:28

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Chicago’s police pension fund won’t have enough money to pay benefits to retirees in 2021, according to a projection by Local Government Information Services (LGIS). At the end of 2020, LGIS estimates that the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago will have less than $150 million in assets to pay $928 million promised to 14,133 retirees the following year.

 

This is the fate of state and local pension funds. There is a storm gathering on the horizon and of course these state and local governments will be raising taxes to try to stay afloat. The system is collapsing and it is totally unsustainable. This is the very same crisis that destroyed the Roman Empire.

....also from Martin:

ECB Declares Two Italian Banks Have Failed

Britain on the Edge of Collapse?

 

 



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Investors Have Become Brain Dead

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Posted by Bill Bonner - Diary of a Rogue Economist

on Friday, 23 June 2017 06:39

brain dead by barfsimpson-d9e0lg0DUBLIN – Oil fell below $43 wednesday. Brick-and-mortar retailers are being emptied. The auto industry – including $1.2 trillion in auto debt – is stalling.

Meanwhile, restaurants are having trouble filling their tables. Consumers aren’t buying, perhaps because their incomes have gone approximately nowhere for decades.

House ownership is at its lowest level in half a century… along with employment participation. And consumer price inflation, as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is falling. So are Treasury yields.

All of these things – and more – point in the same direction: toward a recession.

Blinded by the Fed

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe centered in Lower Manhattan, prices for stocks still sell near record prices.

The stock market is supposed to look ahead. It is supposed to see more than any one person. It is supposed to detect signs of trouble long before they appear to the naked eye.

But it seems to see nothing at all. The subject of today’s Diary: What is the cause of this blindness? Who’s to blame?

Wasting no time on the evidence, we collar the culprit and get out a rope.

Why can’t the stock market see what is going on in the real economy?



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Look At What Has Rapidly Plunged And Just Entered A Bear Market

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Posted by Jason Goepfert - Sentiment Trader via King World News

on Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:18

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The Newest Bear Market

From Jason Goepfert at SentimenTrader:  Crude oil fell into a bear market, at least by the definition of being down 20% from its recent high.

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It’s been more than five years since the market fell so hard so fast from a high....continue reading HERE

...also from King World News:

ALERT: This Remarkable Indicator Is Flashing Major Warning Signals Like It Did During The Great Depression!



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MARC FABER The greatest risk for the market right now

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Posted by Marc Faber - Gloom Boom & Doom Report

on Thursday, 15 June 2017 07:04

 

Marc Faber says we are in a euphoric state in the US Stock Market driven by a few vert exoensive stocks like Netflix and Tesla. Marc lays out his global view in this interview

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Profit/Protect from Looming Mega-Risks

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Posted by DeepCaster

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:04

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Mega-Risks Loom in the Next very few months and most will be realized. But for Investors properly positioned, they Provide Very Substantial Profit and Wealth Protection Opportunities. First let’s examine the Risks, then the Profit Opportunities.

MEGA-RISKS

China

Perhaps the Main One will be the slowdown in growth in China, the world’s second largest economy. This Slowdown will be Caused mainly by China’s serious drive to restrain unsustainable credit growth.

Indeed, credit outstanding (including to “Wealth Management” entities outside the formal banking system) is a Real Threat to China’s Economy and was recently estimated to be 260% of GDP. Indeed, China’s Credit has been rising twice as fast as China’s GDP. But China’s restraints on Credit Growth will lead to the slowing of China’s economy.

Consequences of China’s Slowing:

¾    Dramatically reduced demand for many commodities Worldwide

¾    Chinese GDP growth plunging by up to 50% by 2020

¾    Diminished liquidity in China and thus Worldwide

¾    A fall in Chinese Equities, the beginning of which is already evident in the Shanghai Exchange

¾    Greatly diminished Credit Availability 

¾    And because China is the 2nd largest Economy, these Negatives will adversely affect other Economies and Markets

USA

Almost surely this coming Fall’s Budget Deal will require an increase in the Debt Ceiling. There will be several consequences of which the most important are:



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