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Economics

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Europe Kicking the Debt Crisis Can Down the Road / Economics / Global Debt Crisis

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDifferent Cans for Different Folks
More Debt is NOT the Solution to Too Much Debt
Et Tu, Belgium?

How often did we as young kids go down the street kicking a can? "Kicking the can down the road" is a universally understood metaphor that has come to mean not dealing with the problem but putting a band-aid on it, knowing we will have to deal with something maybe even worse in the future.

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Economics

Saturday, December 18, 2010

America’s Second Great Depression 2010 Year-end Update (Part 1) / Economics / Great Depression II

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.” [1]

 

That quote was taken from a speech made by then Board of Governors member Ben Bernanke in 2002 to the Federal Reserve. Unfortunately, Bernanke’s pledge has been broken.

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Economics

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Tax Deal and Inflationary Macroeconomic Stimulus / Economics / Taxes

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

It is becoming increasingly difficult to divide the politics from the policy, but the new tax deal being negotiated between Congress and the White House will set the stage for serious economic stimulus (and inflation) in 2011 and beyond.

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Economics

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Why Government is More Afraid of Debt than Economic Depression / Economics / Global Debt Crisis

By: Videos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael Hudson: Deficit Hawks Want a One Two Punch Against the Economy.

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Economics

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Index of Leading Economic Indicators Underscores Continuing Recovery / Economics / Economic Recovery

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Conference Board's Index of Leading Economic Indicators (LEI) posted a solid 1.1% gain in November after a revised 0.4% increase in October. The LEI has risen at an annual rate of 8.7% in the three months ended November compared with a 0.4% gain during the previous three months (ending August). The accelerated increase of the LEI implies continued growth of the economy and at a stronger pace compared with the trend seen in recent months. The possibility of a double-dip discussed frequently in the summer months is almost irrelevant now.

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Economics

Friday, December 17, 2010

Western Public Debt Bubble Explodes Sending Financial Shock Waves Across Europe and America / Economics / Global Debt Crisis

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGEAB writes: The second half of 2011 will mark the point in time when all the world’s financial operators will finally understand that the West will not repay in full a significant portion of the loans advanced over the last two decades. For LEAP/E2020 it is, in effect, around October 2011, due to the plunge of a large number of US cities and states into an inextricable financial situation following the end of the federal funding of their deficits, whilst Europe will face a very significant debt refinancing requirement

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Economics

Friday, December 17, 2010

U.S. Housing Market Starts Show Small Recovery / Economics / Economic Recovery

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleConstruction of new homes increased 3.9% to an annual rate of 555,000 in November, following an 11.1% drop in the previous month.  Starts of single-family units advanced 6.9% in November to an annual rate of 465,000.  The November level of single-family starts is marginally above the three-month moving average of single-family starts (see Chart 1), which suggests that stronger gains are necessary before we declare that home construction activity is out of the woods.  Multi-family starts fell 9.1% in November, marking the third consecutive monthly decline. 

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Economics

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Economic Reality of the Obama Republican Tax Deal / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Robert_Murphy

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEconomists and other pundits have been discussing the deal struck between Obama and the Republicans. It is an interesting topic because it showcases the enormous gulf between what makes good political sense and what policies are economically beneficial.

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Economics

Thursday, December 16, 2010

U.S. Inflation Consumer Price Index Contains No Surprises / Economics / Inflation

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.1% in November following a 0.2% gain in the prior month.  The CPI has risen 1.1% from a year ago compared with a 1.8% gain in the 12-month period ended November 2009.  Energy prices increased only 0.2% in November vs. a 2.6% gain in October.  The price index for natural gas (-5.7%) fell but gasoline prices (+0.7%) advanced for the fifth straight month, with November recording the smallest of these five monthly gains.  The food price index moved up 0.2% in November after a 0.1% increase in the prior month.  The important message is that the CPI continues to show a distinct decelerating trend (see Chart 1). 

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Economics

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Britain's Jobless Economic Recovery as UK Unemployment Hits 2.5 million / Economics / Unemployment

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe latest UK unemployment data caught the mainstream press and academic economists by surprise by showing a rise of 35k to 2.5 million (7.9%) for the three months to September 2010. UK unemployment is particularly hitting young people hard which risks creating a lost generation of increasingly angry youth (19.8% unemployed), as well as 1/2 million jobs expected to be cut from the public sector over the next 2 years, many of whom will find it difficult to adapt to the private sector jobs market.

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Economics

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How to Escape the Global Debt Trap and Make a Fortune / Economics / Global Debt Crisis

By: Claus_Vogt

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe have just released our new book, The Global Debt Trap: How to Escape the Danger and Build a Fortune, which we think is timed perfectly for the events now swirling around us.

And as our way of thanking you for your interest as reader, we are giving you the first sections right here in this issue …

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Economics

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Economic Crisis in America: Mounting Household Debts, Threat to Pension Funds and Social Security / Economics / US Debt

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe experts’ keep telling us how great shopping is this Christmas Season when only 17% of shoppers are using credit cards. That is a drop of 50% from last year, and the lowest usage in 27 years. We guess buyers have unloaded the cookie jar and pulled their savings from under the mattress. The consumer sentiment index has risen 2.6, but we will wait to see if attitudes turn into sales. Home buying intentions continue to fall as interest rates hit 4.66% for a 30-year fixed mortgage this past week, putting a further damper on future sales.

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Economics

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fed Inflation / Economics / Inflation

By: Axel_Merk

In August, Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Bernanke stated inflation was too low; in October, the Fed's Minutes lamented that the market appeared not to take Bernanke's August statements seriously enough. In our assessment, today's Fed statement of the Fed's Open Market Committee (FOMC), with an almost verbatim repetition of the previous FOMC statement, screams: "markets: trust us, we mean what we say."

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Economics

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chanos Expects to Cash in on His China Shorts During 2011 / Economics / China Economy

By: David_Haas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHere’s a recent interview with Jim Chanos on the critical state of the Chinese economic picture. Chanos typically makes his money short-selling overpriced markets and he’s “all over” China like stink on a pig; has been for well over a year.

Chanos believes 2011 will be his big year to begin cashing in on his China shorts. Here’s his reasoning:

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Economics

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bank of England's Inflation Targeting Mandate is Bankrupt as CPI Rises to 3.3% / Economics / Inflation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUK Inflation for November rose once more to hit 3.3% form 3.2% which makes a mockery of the Bank of England's primary objective of targeting CPI inflation at 2%, instead of which UK inflation has been above 3% for virtually the whole of 2010. Not far behind the bankrupt Bank of England's temporary high inflation mantra is the mainstream press and major institutions and so called think tanks that have lapped up the Bank of England's Deflation threat propaganda and sleep walked their readers into high inflation disaster as inflation protection props have been pulled away one by one (NS&I RPI Indexed Certificates).

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