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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ron Paul on Fractional Reserve Banking, Government, and Moral Hazard / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week my subcommittee held a hearing on fractional reserve banking and the moral hazard created by government (taxpayer) insured deposits. Fractional reserve banking is the practice by which banks accept deposits but only keep a fraction of those deposits on hand at any time. In practice, nearly 100% of deposits are loaned out, yet depositors believe that they can withdraw the full amount of their deposit at any time. Loaned funds are then redeposited and reloaned up to the limit of the bank's reserve requirements, compounding the effect.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Germany Loses to Italy, Again / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: John_Browne

June was not a particularly good month for Germany. First, she suffered a loss to Italy in the semi-finals of the European Cup soccer tournament. Then, she suffered a more significant blow when Italy's Prime Minister, Mario Monti, extracted important concessions from German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the European Summit. A loss on the soccer pitch can put a dent in the national ego. But a loss on the field of finance can be far more serious.

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Politics

Monday, July 09, 2012

Super Mario Monti and the Dictatorship of Economic Austerity in Italy / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Andrew_G_Marshall

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn Part 1 of this series (The Decline of the Roman Democracy and Rise of the ‘Super Mario’ Technocracy), I examined the Technocratic coup in Italy, which removed the democratically-elected Berlusconi and replaced him with an unelected technocrat, Mario Monti, an economist, Bilderberg member, former European Chairman of the Trilateral Commission, former European Commissioner for Competition, and a former adviser to Goldman Sachs International, was also on the board of the Coca-Cola Company, and founded the European think tank, Bruegel. Mario Monti was installed by the European elites with one purpose: punish the population of Italy through ‘fiscal austerity’ and ‘structural adjustment.’

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Politics

Monday, July 09, 2012

U.S. Iran War Gaming Scenario's as Washington Prepares Plans for Aggression / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen we hear that the United States government is announcing a new policy, it is usually the result of a detailed process, a calculated weighing of options and scenarios in which planners seek to calculate the likely impact and reaction to policies they are advocating.

The stepped-up anti-Iranian sanctions strategy now underway was not an off the top of the head impulsive decision, but one reached through a process of careful strategizing ---as in, if we do this, what are they likely to do? 

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Politics

Monday, July 09, 2012

London Shard and Other Boomerang Towers of Hubris Before The Storm / Politics / Social Issues

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI was leafing through some recent Bloomberg articles and noticed this running thread connecting them: hubris, decisions based on false data, inertia, things like that. It wouldn't be hard to find dozens more pieces just like it in the press, but once you recognize the pattern, it stands out like a sore thumb anyway. It's pretty easy to see where mistakes are made, especially when they're big mistakes.

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Politics

Monday, July 09, 2012

Crude Oil And National Security / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTHE WIDENING GULF
Oil and national security were at one time treated like they meant the same thing, using the extra loop of logic that cheap oil = economic security. Today, Goldman Sachs, and other major financial market players are pulling out all the stops, using all the tricks to try and stop oil prices from falling. High oil prices are now a critical prop to the world's failing financial, banking, monetary and trading systems.

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Politics

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Merkel's Magic Hat Running Out of Rabbits; Most Germans Believe Further Euro-zone Bailouts Are Pointless / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA pair of articles translated from German and Spanish further highlights the pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to not give into to further demands by Spain, Italy, and France.

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Politics

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Emulate Scrooge McDuck, Make a Bucket List / Politics / Social Issues

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn October 3, 2009, I attended my 50th high school reunion. The 50th high school reunion is the last hurrah institutionally in the United States. No other final meeting will attract as many people from a person’s generation. There is nothing like your 50th high school reunion to remind you that the clock is ticking.

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Politics

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Germany Will Bail On the Euro Rather Than Bail the Euro Out / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt all boils down to Germany.

I’ve been forecasting for months that the country will increasingly focus on domestic interests and that it will ultimately opt to leave the Euro rather than prop up the EU.

The former (focusing on domestic issues) is already underway.

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Politics

Saturday, July 07, 2012

The European Union’s Latest Smoke and Mirrors Deal / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: InvestmentContrarian

Danny Esposito writes: The market cheered news out of the European Union that a deal was made to tackle this financial crisis head-on and provide capital to the Spanish banks. Forget the numbers for the moment; what is more important to note is that the money to help the Spanish banks is supposedly going to come from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), which requires the approval of all 17 countries of the European Union in order to be enacted.

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Politics

Friday, July 06, 2012

Third World America 2012: A Country At War With Itself / Politics / US Politics

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn the Fourth of July, comedian Chris Rock tweeted: "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks." Chris Rock disowns the holiday with tongue-in-cheek.

Well right back at you Mr. Rock. My continental European ancestors weren't in the USA when colonists won their independence from England. My grandparents didn't even speak English when they arrived in the U.S., but according to this tweet, their whiteness took ownership of Independence Day from African Americans. Is there nothing those poor European immigrants didn't ruin for real Americans?

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Politics

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Destroying the Young with Permanent Bank Bailouts / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Paul_Tustain

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe tyranny of banking deposit insurance is leading young people to hate 'the market'...

Why aren't young people protesting against bailouts?

Younger adults are usually pretty quick to protest injustices, but they're strangely quiet on financial rescues. Few of them seem able to join the dots and see that bailouts are clobbering them hardest.

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Politics

Thursday, July 05, 2012

LIEbor Financial Crimes, Serious Fraud Office has Serious Questions to Answer / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLIEbor rate fixing is just one aspect of the mega financial crimes of the century that continue to be perpetuated by bankster's that earlier today were rewarded with another £50 billion of free money from their god fathers at the Bank of England.

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Politics

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Hot Air Independence Day, Can Americans Escape the Deception? / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHot Air Day is upon us. On July 4 hot air will spew forth all over the country as dignitaries deliver homilies to our “freedom and democracy” and praise “our brave troops” who are protecting our freedom by “killing them over there before they come over here.”

Not a single one of these speeches will contain one word of truth. No speaker will lament the death of the US Constitution or urge his audience to action to restore the only document that protects their liberty. No speaker will acknowledge that in the 21st century the Bush/Obama Regime, with the complicity of the Department of Justice, federal courts, Congress, presstitute media, law schools, bar associations, and an insouciant public have murdered the Constitution in the name of the “war on terror.”

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Politics

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Germany's Energiewende ,The Losers Line Up / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEuropean business news, 3 July, took a partial break from European crisis response Stability Funds,
which have no money but nicely written "forward looking" prospectuses, to look at Germany's sinking giants of postwar reconstruction and growth - the Big 4 power producer companies E.On, RWE, Vattenfall and EnBW. These are all floundering with Germany's Energiewende transition plan. RWE has the present headlines because, after spending about 1 billion euros on its Nordsee Ost wind park in the North Sea, it finds that it cannot start production because Tenne-T TSO, the local power transport (grid) operator has not built the connector to the 48-mill 295 MW windfarm 30 kilometres out to sea. http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/stress-on-the-high-seas-germany-s-wind-power-revolution-in-the-doldrums-a-805505.html

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Politics

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

MP's Fail to Hold Bob Diamond, Barclays to Account for Libor Fraud, Public Inquiry Needed / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe 3 hour Treasury Select Committee session has just concluded and clearly it has failed to live up to expectations as the politicians failed to hold Bob Diamond the ex-ceo of Barclays to account. The facts are that the FSA and the Bank of England are incompetent because it has taken the regulators 4 years to do only half a job.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Threat of "European Monster State" About to Splinter Merkel Coalition / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Shedlock

Winning the Summit but Losing the War

German chancellor Angela Merkel was the EU Summit Winner. She gave next to nothing to Italy and France, and a pittance to Spain.

However, there was a price to that pittance, and it could cost Merkel dearly. Please consider German Party Leader Threatens To Axe Coalition

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Politics

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Europe Wake-Up call Whilst U.S. Politicians Continue Snoring Away / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBlackRock CEO Larry Fink spoke with Bloomberg Television's Erik Schatzker and Trish Regan on "Market Makers" today and said that, "our politicians are guardians too, and they're not acting in ways that guardians should...Europe is a great wake-up call and they're still snoring away."

Fink went on to say, "we need more clarity, and that is my message to every politician I see...it's all about confidence. No one is investing for tomorrow."

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Politics

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Supreme Errors by U.S. Supreme Court in Upholding Obama's Health Care Plan / Politics / US Politics

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the wake of my last commentary on the horrendous Supreme Court decision upholding Obama's health care plan, several people have pointed out that I erred in saying that the income tax is a "direct tax." While it is technically correct that the Court ultimately declared it to be an excise, not a direct tax, it is important to understand how it arrived at that opinion and why the decision has no practical relevance to the way the tax has been enforced. Just as it has done with Obamacare, the Court came up with a technically constitutional pathway to allow the government to collect a tax in a blatantly unconstitutional manner.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Angela Merkel Celebrates Declaration of Austerity / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Axel_Merk

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSpain may have the best soccer team, but it lost control of its banking system. That's good news: the success of the Eurozone summit is not about money, but about process. For the first time in months, it appears there's a sensible path forward. For the budding euro rally to continue, actions must follow words; regardless, however, there will be investment opportunities, but don't count on the U.S. dollar to carry the day.

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