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The Panama Papers - The Hunt For Taxes

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics

on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 12:46

Mossack-Fonseca-logoThis is the biggest document leak in history and it is exposing world leaders and their secretive, offshore financial dealings. Some 11.5 million documents have been leaked from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, which has offices in 35 countries. This leak has exposed a trove of confidential financial dealings by the elites and spans to aides of Russian President Vladimir Putin all the way to relatives of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Naturally, the press likes to focus on Putin. There is much more hidden behind the press curtain.

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Q1 Ends With A Bang, What’s Next?

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Posted by Lance Roberts - The Real Investment ReportReport

on Monday, 04 April 2016 09:32

A good bit has happened over the last couple of weeks. The S&P 500 staged a sharp recovery from February closing lows due to repeated Central Bank actions during the month as well as an expected reflex rally fueled by short-covering. On a short term basis, the technical backdrop has improved markedly, but was it enough to change the longer-term trend of the markets from bearish back to bullish. This is the topic we will directly tackle this week.

While allocations have been very conservative since last May, avoiding the ensuing volatile declines last summer and the start of this year, I have repeatedly stated that interventions by Central Banks could nullify the “bear case” in the short-term.  

Let’s start with a short-term (daily) view and update the previous observations.

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Real Motive Behind Warming Scare

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Posted by Investors Business Daily

on Monday, 04 April 2016 07:18

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It is such a big issue, and so expensive it pays to ask what is it all about, and what effect on the markets and economy can you expect. Starting off with a quote - Money Talks Editor:

In the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:

“One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

So what is the goal of environmental policy?

“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.

Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare

Fraud: While the global warming alarmists have done a good job of spreading fright, they haven’t been so good at hiding their real motivation. Yet another one has slipped up and revealed the catalyst driving the climate scare.



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Canadian Banking Regulators Sound the Alarm

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Posted by Nathan McDonald

on Thursday, 24 March 2016 08:58

UnknownThe shouts of warning are finally starting to come out from official bodies. Since the collapse of the oil and gas market, we have been writing about the fact that we haven't seen the worst yet. 

As I have previously written, Canada and Russia are two countries that have been absolutely devastated by the crashing oil markets. The oil and gas crash has racked the Canadian economy and resulted in massive layoffs in the industry and those that support it. Yet the ripple effect has yet to take full effect and the corresponding regulatory bodies are just starting to take notice. 

The Canadian banking sector, along with the Commodities sector, constitutes a massive part of the Canadian economy. Therefore, it is not surprising to learn that the former is now controlled by the latter and in a major way. 



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Chang and Eng - The US and Canada

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Posted by Jeff Thomas via Sprott Money

on Thursday, 24 March 2016 08:48

40885Chang and Eng were the first internationally known "Siamese twins", as a result of their having been exhibited worldwide. Although each had a complete body, they were joined together at the sternum.

In 1870, Chang suffered a stroke and his health deteriorated over the next four years. In 1874, at age sixty-two, he developed bronchitis and died. His brother Eng realised immediately that his continued attachment to his brother meant that he was next. Although he was separated from his twin in an emergency operation, Eng died hours later. He left the problem too long and paid with his life.

Just as with Siamese twins, it's a risky proposition for one country to have too much dependency on another. If a visitor to Uruguay were to visit a supermarket and examine the origin of the products by reading labels, he would find that Uruguay produces 90% of the food it consumes. In Cuba, however, we read the labels on packaging and see that the great majority of packaged foods comes from Mexico. This suggests that, should food production diminish in Mexico, or should there be political turmoil or shipping problems, Cuba could face significant problems in feeding its people.



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Explosions at Brussels airport and metro station kill at least 34

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Posted by Business Insider

on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 06:51

 

  • Death toll climbs to at least 34 in attacks on Brussels airport and metro station.
  • Dozens injured in what prosecutors say was a suicide bombing.
  • All public transport shut down in Brussels.
  • Authorities launch massive police operation.
  • Belgian prosecutors confirm the explosions were terrorist attacks.
  • Belgium raised its terror alert to its highest level.

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The Dark Night: North Korean Strategy

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Posted by George Friedman - This Week In Geopolitics

on Monday, 21 March 2016 18:35

To understand North Korean strategy today, we must first understand the implications of its geography. Korea is a peninsula jutting southward from Manchuria. The waves of the Yellow Sea break on its western shores, and the waves of the Sea of Japan roll in on its eastern flank. It shares a 30-mile-wide border with Russia, its northeastern border about 70 miles from Vladivostok, Russia’s major eastern port. The southeast corner of Korea juts to within 100 miles of Japan to its south, and the peninsula’s southwest corner angles westward only about 300 miles from Shanghai. In hostile hands, Korea can threaten Japan’s access to the East China Sea and the Pacific from the Sea of Japan. Korea can also potentially interfere with China’s access to the Yellow Sea and potentially to Shanghai.

Japan and China have invaded the Korean Peninsula on several occasions. Its geographical position and size relative to Japan and China made these incursions inevitable. From the Chinese point of view, Korea served as Japan’s axis of advance in China. From Japan’s point of view, if a hostile power were to hold Korea and thereby gain access to the Sea of Japan, it could threaten maritime trade and open the door to invasions of the home islands from the west and the east. When the peninsula was in Japanese hands, Manchuria and the Russian maritime regions, including Vladivostok, were threatened.

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