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Really, Greece Again?

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Posted by John Rubino - DollarCollapse.com

on Monday, 22 December 2014 07:50

UnknownThe Greek financial/political crisis is becoming an annual event. For a sense of just how long this unfortunate little country has been struggling to survive under the relative sound money regime of the eurozone, here's a Greek Crisis Timeline that CNN published in 2011. Even back then the pattern of near-collapse followed by temporary respite had been repeating for seven years.

The most recent lull seemed longer than usual, so long in fact that many people probably assumed that Greece had been "fixed" and was now a more-or-less fully-functioning member of the eurozone, ready to settle back into its enviable lifestyle of hosting tourists, drinking ouzo and avoiding taxes.



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Outside the Box: The Burning Questions For 2015

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Posted by John Mauldin - Outside the Box

on Friday, 19 December 2014 07:20

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 6.08.13 AMLouis Gave is one of my favorite investment and economic thinkers, besides being a good friend and an all-around fun guy. When he and his father Charles and the well-known European journalist Anatole Kaletsky decided to form Gavekal some 15 years ago, Louis moved to Hong Kong, as they felt that Asia and especially China would be a part of the world they would have to understand. Since then Gavekal has expanded its research offices all over the world. The Gavekal team’s various research arms produce an astounding amount of work on an incredibly wide range of topics, but somehow Louis always seems to be on top of all of it.

Longtime readers know that I often republish a piece by someone in their firm (typically Charles or Louis). I have to be somewhat judicious, as their research is actually quite expensive, but they kindly give me permission to share it from time to time.

This week, for your Outside the Box reading, I bring you one of the more thought-provoking pieces I’ve read from Louis in some time. In Thoughts from the Frontline I have been looking at world problems we need to focus on as we enter 2015. Today, Louis also gives us a piece along these lines, called “The Burning Questions for 2015,” in which he thinks about a “Chinese Marshall Plan” (and what a stronger US dollar might do to China), Abenomics as a “sideshow,” US capital misallocation, and whether or not we should even care about Europe. I think you will find the piece well worth your time.

Think about this part of his conclusion as you read:



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The Price of Gold and the Art of War Part III

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Posted by Darryl Robert Schoon

on Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:04

If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float 

by Sun Tzu, The Art of War, fifth century BC

In The Price of Gold and the Art of War, Part I and in this Part II, the author explained how the bankers’ war on gold forced down the price of gold between 1980 and 2000. This is a brilliant short summary of the Centrall Banks action to date in simple terms that can readily be understood by most observers - Editor Money Talks

The Price of Gold and the Art of War Part III

When growth slows in capital markets, the bankers’ daisy-chain of credit and debt breaks down; setting in motion defaulting debt which ends in recession, deflation or, in extreme cases, a deflationary depression.

A deflationary depression is a fatal monetary phenomena where the velocity of money—circulating credit and debt—falls so low capital markets are no longer self-sustaining. This happens after the collapse of massive speculative bubbles such as the collapse of the 1929 US stock market bubble which resulted in the world’s first deflationary depression, the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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Throughout history, gold and silver have offered safety in times of economic chaos. Today is no different. What is



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Energy Market Contagion Fear

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Posted by Victor Adair for Money Talks

on Monday, 15 December 2014 15:56

The free-fall in oil prices…WTI down $50 (47%) since June…hit Market Psychology HARD last week…risk aversion soared…credit spreads widened with a vengeance…Treasury yields fell to near All Time Lows…credit risk inspired contagion hit all asset classes…the DJIA…which had closed at a Record All Time High Friday Dec 4…fell 680 pts (3.7%)…creating a Classic Key Reversal Down…closing lower than all FIVE previous weeks!

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Crude: WTI closed the week at $57.50…down $50 (47%) from June highs…down $20 (26%) the last 3



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The Rushing Bear Market & How to Prepare

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Posted by Michael E. Lewitt via Money Morning

on Sunday, 14 December 2014 15:26

Oil prices plunged to their lowest prices in five years last week after the International Energy Agency (IEA) downgraded its forecast for global oil demand for the fifth time in six months.

The IEA report told markets that global growth will remain weak in 2015, triggering an across-the-board sell-off in stocks and junk bonds on Friday that left the major indices with some of their worst percentage losses in three years.

Unfortunately, stocks are still trading within a few percentage points of record highs reached only a week ago and remain severely overvalued in the context of seriously deteriorating economic fundamentals.

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Investors that were complacently expecting stocks to melt up to "Dow 18,000" and "S&P 2,100" by year-end are now facing a the much grimmer reality of a correction and even the potential of a bear market in 2015.

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