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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Congressman Ron Paul’s “Free Competition in Currency Act” Won’t Solve the Problem But Still Raises Vital Issues / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Richard_C_Cook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile Congressman Ron Paul’s Free Competition in Currency Act is not a workable proposal, it points to a deeply serious problem with the Federal Reserve System that must be faced if the U.S. economy is to have a future.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How Washington Will Mess with Your Money in 2010 / Politics / Financial Markets 2010

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: In this era of growing government involvement, it's no surprise that Washington is poised to be the biggest economic wild card of the new year.

Indeed, investors who are trying to estimate the impact that politics will have on their portfolios in 2010 are likely finding this attempt at analysis to be an exercise in futility.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Don't Blame the Federal Reserve for Prescience of Financial Crisis / Politics / Central Banks

By: Stephen_Mauzy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLong ago I quit criticizing the Federal Reserve chairman for failing to avert the latest systemic financial disaster, though I still pity him for enduring the endless Socratic essays, polemics, and indignant soliloquies of his detractors. Criticizing the Fed chairman for a lack of prescience is like criticizing a dog for an inability to recite the alphabet. When something is physiologically impossible, why bother?

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Politics

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fed's Monopoly Money / Politics / Central Banks

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week, in the name of protecting the little guy from Wall Street, the House passed HR 4173 to increase the little guy's false sense of security in the financial system. This mammoth piece of legislation would massively increase government regulation and oversight in the banking industry under the misguided reasoning that more government could have stopped faulty lending practices, when in actuality it caused them. This bill would also greatly increase the powers of the Federal Reserve, which too many in Congress still see as savior rather than perpetrator in this mess.

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Politics

Monday, December 14, 2009

Major Powers Scramble for Energy Security in Africa's Resources / Politics / Energy Resources

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChina’s completion of an historic natural gas pipeline with Kazakhstan bypassing Russia this week tightens the Asian behemoth’s grip on energy resources needed to fuel a burgeoning economy, a desire also forcing it on a quest for oil and gas wealth in other corners of the globe.

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Politics

Monday, December 14, 2009

Gossip from the Wall Street Journal's Future of Finance Initiative / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week I was a participant in the Wall Street Journal's Future of Finance Initiative in England. WSJ has written a summary of the conference highlights, and missed some key points. Allow me to fill in the blanks.

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Politics

Monday, December 14, 2009

American Fractionalized Banking Madness / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Douglas_French

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSome analysts see the outlook for America's banks to be bright for the coming year; just earlier this year the financial sector looked to be toast. Those who follow the industry at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods believe all will be well for at least the banking behemoths. As a sign that things are looking up, Charlotte banking giant Bank of America (BofA) just managed to issue $20 billion in stock to help repay the $45 billion in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds the government infused into the bank during the financial meltdown a year ago.

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Politics

Monday, December 14, 2009

America's Race to the Bottom / Politics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Michael Green writes: I sure hope that there is a full and speedy recovery to the massive recession we are all now suffering under.

But, I'll be honest. I doubt that there will be. Most of the upticks following our latest national downturns have been dismal enough that economists have had to invent a new term for them. The phrase is "jobless recovery", and the implications are as ugly as they sound.

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Politics

Monday, December 14, 2009

Malalai Joya's Afghanistan Solution Withdraw All Foreign Troops / Politics / Afghanistan

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMalalai Joya: "Afghans Are Fed Up With the U.S. Occupation and the Corrupt, Mafia-state of Hamid Karzai " Book Review

It's too bad Barack Obama didn't consult with Malalai Joya before giving his Nobel acceptance speech on Thursday. The ex-Afghan Parliamentarian could have helped the president to see that the ongoing US occupation is damaging to both American and Afghan interests.

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Politics

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Nassim Taleb, Time to Nationalize US Banking System / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNassim Nicholas Taleb argues that banks should be regarded as performing a function similar to that of utility companies, and should ...

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Politics

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Financial, Economic and Climate Crisis Ushering In Brave New World 2009 / Politics / New World Order

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleO wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world! That has such people in't!
- William Shakespeare – The Tempest

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”-    Aldous Huxley

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Politics

Saturday, December 12, 2009

New Derivatives Regulation Is Weaker Than Current, Resulting in Greater Destabilisation of Economy / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs I have repeatedly pointed out, proposed derivatives legislation will not make things better:

A leading credit default swap expert (Satyajit Das) says that the new credit default swap regulations not only won't help stabilize the economy, they might actually help to destabilize it.

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Politics

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Janet Tavakoli Comments on Goldman Sachs Fueled AIG Gambles / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Goldman Fueled AIG Gambles - Wall Street Journal – December 12, 2009 - By Serena Ng and Carrick Mollenkamp (contribution from Amir Efrati)

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. played a bigger role than has been publicly disclosed in fueling the mortgage bets that nearly felled American Insurance Group Inc.

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Politics

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Labour Governments UK State Pension 2.5% Increase Con Trick / Politics / UK General Election

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Alistair Darling which much fanfare amidst a gloomy budget announced on Wednesday a 2.5% increase in state pension payments from 1st of April 2010. Which was clearly aimed at traditional labour voters ahead of a April or May 2010 General Election.

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Politics

Friday, December 11, 2009

Middle Class Debt and Economic Outrage, Solutions, and The Financial Markets / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: DeepCaster_LLC

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“We don’t need The Fed, The Fed is making our lives miserable…”

“Audit The Fed, then Abolish It” Jim Rogers, Fame Investor, Tech Ticker 12/10/09

"What's so frustrating is you have an administration that is arguing such a populist (ideology) and not appreciating all the unintended consequences that the consumer and small businesses have far less credit," Whitney said.

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Politics

Thursday, December 10, 2009

U.S. Taxpayers On The Hook For Ginnie Mae's Rampant Growth / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Center for Public Integrity and The Washington Post collaborated nicely on a report detailing problems at Ginnie Mae.

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Politics

Thursday, December 10, 2009

UK Pre-General Election Pre-Budget Report / Politics / UK General Election

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe pre-budget report (PBR) was pretty much inline with my earlier expectations as I highlighted in the article (Alistair Darling's UK Election Give Away Budget Crippled by Debt and Liabilities ) :

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Politics

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mexico At War with the Drug Cartels / Politics / Mexico

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere are two cartel wars currently raging in Mexico that have combined to produce record levels of violence in 2009. The first war is the struggle between the government of Mexico and the drug cartels. The second, a parallel war, is the fight among the various cartels as they compete for control of lucrative supply routes. Shortly after his inauguration in December 2006, President Felipe Calderon launched an all-out effort to target the cartels, which he viewed as a major threat to Mexico’s security and stability.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Ten Facts and Ten Myths About Climate Change and Global Warming / Politics / Climate Change

By: Prof_Robert_Carter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTen facts about climate change

1.     Climate has always changed, and it always will. The assumption that prior to the industrial revolution the Earth had a "stable" climate is simply wrong. The only sensible thing to do about climate change is to prepare for it.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

End the Fed? Or End the Market Economy? / Politics / Central Banks

By: Shamus_Cooke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen Republican Congressman Ron Paul recently introduced legislation to audit the Federal Reserve, diverse sections of the political spectrum applauded. And rightfully so. The Fed’s role in the still-developing bank bailouts is one of utter secrecy; the total cost of which — as estimated by the bailout’s Special Inspector General, Neil Barofsky — could cost taxpayers $23.7 trillion. The fact that legislation needed to be introduced to raise the question of the whereabouts of these funds points to a larger breakdown in U.S. democracy.

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