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Greece Isn’t Really The Problem

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Posted by John Rubino - DollarCollapse.com

on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 04:33

UnknownThe euro’s fatal flaw was always people. The fact that most eurozone countries are at least nominally democratic and keep having elections means that the more complicated and draconian the process of merging them into one entity ruled by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels becomes, the harder it is to elect people at the national level who want to keep going. 

Greece is an obvious example, and will provide some thrills and chills as its debt negotiations lurch to the inevitable extend-and-pretend resolution. But much bigger things are brewing as the euro’s issues bite other constituencies in other ways. 

In Italy, for instance, the new government recognizes that the country’s only chance of functioning under a stable currency is to make serious reforms in pretty much every corner of the economy, especially its almost child-like labor laws. Here’s a brief overview of those laws from the National Center For Policy Analysis:



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Fourth Turning - The Shadow of The Crisis Has Not Passed - Part One

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Posted by The Burning Platform

on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:25

"Imagine some national (and probably global) volcanic eruption, initially flowing along channels of distress that were created during the Unraveling era and further widened by the catalyst. Trying to foresee where the eruption will go once it bursts free of the channels is like trying to predict the exact fault line of an earthquake. All you know in advance is something about the molten ingredients of the climax, which could include the following:

  • Economic distress, with public debt in default, entitlement trust funds in bankruptcy, mounting poverty and unemployment, trade wars, collapsing financial markets, and hyperinflation (or deflation)
  • Social distress, with violence fueled by class, race, nativism, or religion and abetted by armed gangs, underground militias, and mercenaries hired by walled communities
  • Political distress, with institutional collapse, open tax revolts, one-party hegemony, major constitutional change, secessionism, authoritarianism, and altered national borders
  • Military distress, with war against terrorists or foreign regimes equipped with weapons of mass destruction"

The Fourth Turning - Strauss & Howe - 1997

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Richard Russell – What To Do When The Financial Hurricane Strikes

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Posted by Richard Russell

on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 08:06

As the world continues to digest breaking news out of Greece, today the Godfather of newsletter writers, 90-year old Richard Russell, covers everything from World War II, to God, gold, peace of mind and what to do in a hurricane......continue reading HERE

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Danger Zone - Government's About To Steal Your Savings

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Posted by Simon Black - The Sovereign Investor

on Thursday, 29 January 2015 20:10

8002528-taxpayer-struggles-under-the-weight-of-a-large-unfair-burden-of-high-taxesThe US on the brink of being unable to borrow or create money.

"No other central bank in the world (except Canada, curiously) would be able to post such a pitiful number and still pretend to be credible."

"Bottom line, the Fed is not going to be in a position to write blank checks to the US government indefinitely without becoming insolvent and causing an epic currency crisis." 

"where else can Uncle Sam go? Who else will buy his debt? Simple. You."

Simon Black lays out the terrifying scenario in this essay below - Money Talks Editor

Another step down the long, slow road to (retirement fund) IRA nationalization

Let’s take a brief walk into financial reality for a moment.



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Market Scenarios: Winners And Losers

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Posted by Chris Ciovacco - Ciovacco Capital Management

on Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:19

Durables Miss In Big Way

The slow growth/low inflation story gained additional traction Tuesday when durable goods orders came in well below expectations. From The Wall Street Journal:

U.S. businesses broadly cut capital spending in the final months of 2014, raising red flags about the economy's ability to sustain momentum amid troubles around the globe. Orders for durable goods -- products like cars and kitchen appliances designed to last at least three years -- fell 3.4% in December from a month earlier, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Orders have fallen four of the past five months.

Bonds Win In Two Of Three Scenarios

From an investment perspective, there are three major scenarios likely facing investors. Scenario one is an ongoing period of slow growth and low inflation, which can be favorable for both stocks and bonds. Scenario two, slower growth, has gained some momentum with the recent trends in earnings and economic data. Scenario three involves a stronger economy and a shift toward higher inflation. You can see a larger and economically-broader version of the flow diagram below via this link.

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