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4 Steps for Avoiding a Capital “C” Catastrophe in the Next Downturn

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Posted by Dennis Miller - Millermoney.com

on Thursday, 06 November 2014 12:01

When the tech and real estate bubbles burst, many of my friends lost 40-50% of their retirement portfolios almost overnight. Is a similar downturn looming?

Take a look at the chart below showing the S&P’s performance since 2008.

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Caution is in order. We may see a major correction, a huge downturn, or this bubble could continue to grow for quite some time. I’ll leave the timing predictions to others. Still, investor euphoria worries me. Even those playing with retirement money often ignore warning signs, thinking the parabolic rise in stock prices is never going to end. However, this time is NOT different.

Look at the Nasdaq’s performance just before the tech bubble crash:



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Could Collapse At Anytime: “When It Ends, All Hell Is Going To Break Loose”

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Posted by Michael Snyder

on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:33

shapeimage 22It happens fast and it often comes without any warning to the general public. In 2008 they were able restore some confidence in the system through massive infusions of cash and a healthy dose of mainstream propaganda.

 Back in 2008 we got a taste of what a massive economic and financial crash looks like. Millions of jobs were lost, tens of millions of people became dependent on government assistance, and trillions of dollars in wealth were wiped out almost overnight.


.....read more HERE


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No! This is THE most important chart in the world.

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Posted by It's a Mystery

on Friday, 31 October 2014 09:14

Still most read article. Huge volume - MT/Ed

Worldwide equity markets are a nuisance compared to worldwide debt markets. When you understand that derivatives (think leverage) all have interest rate components and have only seen falling yields the past thirty years. You better pay attention to the following chart. When this chart breaks the Fat Lady has sung and it is game over and I do mean over.


That is a six year topping pattern in the benchmark 10 year US Treasury Note. When that angled, complex pattern breaks down chaos will ensue globally. Examine what happened to the Yen when a similar pattern of HALF the duration broke down.


Harken back to 2008 when the real estate bubble popped. Everything tanked because real estate is illiquid and



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The End of QE, Fed Policy Normalization and the Equity Market

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Posted by Forbes

on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:36

UnknownAn Austrian economist’s take on the financial markets & economy

The Federal Reserve is “normalizing” its monetary policies. QE3, the latest installment of its multi-year $3.7 billion asset purchase program is ending this month.  And although its zero interest rate policy(ZIRP) is still fully in force, the Federal Reserve is signaling that as long as the economy continues to improve, interest rates are going up. Though these easy money policies are acknowledged by most investors as the driving force behind the strengthening U.S. economy and, as a derivative, the five-plus year bull run in the equity market, equity investors seem to be taking the Federal Reserve’s normalization plans in stride.  So too the Federal Reserve.  As we posited here, the reason is because equity investors and FOMC members alike believe the Federal Reserve’s easy money policies have worked; that they have finally put the economy on a sustainable, longer-run growth path.  In fact, the economy is doing so well that it’s time to normalize monetary policy.

As we wrote herehere and here, in the end this story will prove to be pure fantasy. The lion’s share of the supposed economic strength we see today is both artificial and unsustainable because it is built on malinvestments born out of the monetary largesse underwritten by the Federal Reserve’s policies. Normalize those policies; i.e., end QE and raise interest rates, and sooner or later those malinvestments will be liquidated. The supposed economic boom will turn to economic bust, and with that, a bust in the publicly traded equities that lay claim to those malinvestments. As Austrian Business Cycle Theory (ABCT) theorists teach, such is the course of every boom-bust cycle. Easy money – whether that originates directly from the central bank or from the central bank supported, fractional reserve banking system – gooses the money supply creating an artificial, unsustainable boom.  The boom will bust when that easy money abates.

.....continue reading HERE


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Posted by David Macfarlane

on Friday, 24 October 2014 09:53

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