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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gordon Brown Bankrupting Britain as Tax Payer Liabilities Soar- Update / Politics / UK Economy

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis analysis presents the current status of Britain's path towards bankruptcy which I first pointed out in April 2008 which followed the Bank of England's initial offering of a £50 billion slush fund to the banks that would never be repaid and marked the tip of the bank bailout ice-berg.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

United States Government Saving Capitalism From Itself / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week I came across two items that I think are worthy of being in Outside the Box, so I am going to give you both. The first is an essay by good friend Paul McCulley, Managing Director of PIMCO, called "Saving Capitalist Banking from Itself." The second is a recent speech by Paul Volker, former Fed Chairman and a (hopefully very) influential member of President Obama's economic advisory team. This speech is a must read. Taken together they provide a cautionary tale of what the world of banking will need to look like when we get to the end of the process. This OTB is a little longer than most, but I think it is important reading. If you don't know where we are headed, it is hard to imagine the journey.

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Politics

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Federal Reserve: Secretive And Incompetent Organization / Politics / Central Banks

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week the Federal Reserve responded to the American people's increased concerns over our monetary policy by presenting new initiatives aimed at enhancing the Fed's transparency and accountability. As someone who has called for more openness from the Fed for over 30 years, I was pleased to see the Fed acknowledge the legitimacy of this need.

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Politics

Monday, February 23, 2009

Economic Freefall a Blessing in Disguise / Politics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJon Ronnquist writes: One thing we should not overlook when taking in the impact of the current economic situation is that it is both inevitable and invaluable in equal measure. That there was no escaping the consequences we are now facing has been a well known fact among those in the know for many years. If anything, it is amazing that we have staved it off for so long. For this we have the hard working men and women of the real world to thank, who toiled on in the name of pride, dignity and responsibility until the burden of debt simply became to great to bear.

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Politics

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Presidents $10 trillion Economic Stimulus Package / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Steve_Selengut

For homeowners: Cut the interest rate on all mortgage loans by 50 basis points and extend the payment schedule by three to five years. Convert all variable rate loans to fixed, at prevailing rates, and extend the payment schedule by six to ten years. No fees, points or charges tolerated.

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Politics

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Geithner's Toxic Plans for Toxic Assets / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleExit Paulson, enter Geithner with the latest "no banker left behind plan" - aka whatever Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. Yet, the reception was underwhelming. The Dow plummeted 382 points while investors took shelter in bonds and gold. AP reported that "the new bank rescue plan landed with a thud on Wall Street" as investors worried that no end to the crisis is in sight. Editorial and op-ed commentaries were near unanimously negative and some especially critical.

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Politics

Friday, February 20, 2009

Geithner's Plan.. Mark-to-Market, Who Gets Screwed? / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGrowing up I had a girlfriend whose family had once owned a string of retail outlets in Bavaria (that's in " Germany " ( Europe )). One day her dad told me his story. A few years before the war a local Party Official came round to the house and proposed to his dad that in return for selling him all those stores for 100 Reichsmarks he would help the family get out; the alternative was a bunch of very cheap train tickets, cattle-truck class.

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Politics

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Employers Using Recession to Hit Employees Hard / Politics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDave Lindorff writes: Whatever the truth is about where this economy is heading, one thing is clear: employers are taking every opportunity to slash employment and, if they are unionized, to hammer unions for pay cuts, even when there is no justification for these actions.

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Politics

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fiat Moneys Created by the Goldsmith Owned Central Banks- Goldsmiths Part XXXIV / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Robert_Bradshaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe London Financial Times of Feb 11, 2009 had a provocative article by Martin Wolf on “Why Obama's New Tarp will fail to rescue the banks.” Wolf opened his presentation by asking— “Has Barack Obama's presidency already failed?”

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Politics

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Nationalization Train Has Left The Station / Politics / Nationalization

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Financial Times is reporting Alan Greenspan Hops On Board The Nationalization Express and is sitting in the bar car next to Nouriel Roubini. The next stop is D.C.

The US government may have to nationalise some banks on a temporary basis to fix the financial system and restore the flow of credit, Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman has told the Financial Times.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Geithner vs the American Banking Sector Oligarchs / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Submissions

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBill Moyers interviews former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), MIT Sloan School of Management professor and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Simon Johnson examines President Obama's plan for economic recovery.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Shopping for Toxic Assets at the "Zombie Bank". Final Chapter of the Credit Crunch? / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Andrew_Butter

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTimothy Geithner's new plan is to raise $2.5 trillion or so from the private sector to co-invest with him buying Toxic Assets. That sounds risky; but perhaps the flight to safety is over-priced these days? If so then "safety" is "risky".

But there are a few things I don't understand. Not least that the last time I looked, the main problem with buying those assets was finding anyone who wanted to sell some.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Washington Master Thieves Lecturing Wall Street Apprentice Thieves / Politics / US Politics

By: Oxbury_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Thieves' Guild: What do I think of when I think of our nation's capital - Washington D.C.? The word thieves quickly comes to mind. It doesn't matter the political party. Both political parties are filled with scoundrels.

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Politics

Monday, February 16, 2009

The City: Gold Capital of the World- Goldsmiths Part XXXI / Politics / Gold & Silver 2009

By: Robert_Bradshaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the early days of ancient Greece, governmental units called city-states developed. As these entities were feudalistic, the local fat cats controlled them. Perhaps from this organizational concept, other city-states developed in other parts of the world and often with surrounding walls. Over the centuries, these city-states proved hard to defend. So they largely vanished from the world scene; though some survived.

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Politics

Monday, February 16, 2009

Government Banking Hypocrisy and Doublespeak 101 / Politics / Nationalization

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBanking Hypocrisy and Doublespeak 101 class is now in session. See if you can spot the occurrence in Darling Says Banks Best Run Privately, Damps Lloyds Speculation .

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Politics

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Understanding Money and War- Part I / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Robert_Bradshaw

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn medieval times, the goldsmith business developed in much of Europe (with involvement of people whom had been known earlier as money changers). By the Middle Ages, goldsmithing was an established reality. As gold was physical, heavy and bulky to store, but yet of great value, many people found that they lacked the means to store and safeguard it. Goldsmiths provided this service. When gold was stored with the goldsmith, he would write a receipt for it which was given to the gold owner. Since the gold owner could get his gold upon surrender of the receipt, the receipt was as good as gold.

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Politics

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Short History of U.S. Government Handouts / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGlobal economies are withering while Washington conceives "Financial Recovery Plan(s) from Hell," according to economist Michael Hudson in his latest February 11 article. Bankers demand more trillions, "or (they'll) plunge the economy into financial crisis." What they want they'll get, and here's where things now stand.

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Politics

Friday, February 13, 2009

Obama's Opening Salvo Fails to Inspire Confidence in Financial Markets / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere is nearly universal agreement that the opening salvo of the Obama Administration's campaign to restore health to the financial system, delivered this week by new Treasury Secretary Geithner, fell with a loud and ugly thud. The most common criticism is that the announcement was short on detail. What is abundantly clear, however, is that the new Administration intends to push spending back up to pre-crash levels and to fill the entire credit void that has disappeared into the black hole of the American financial system. Whether or not the prior levels of spending and lending were justified by market conditions then, or now, appears to be largely unexamined.

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Politics

Friday, February 13, 2009

Geithners Bank Bailout Plan Gibberish "Not Ready for Prime Time" / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTuesday was Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's coming out party. He was supposed to outline Obama's Financial Stability Plan to the Senate Banking Committee. Wall Street was looking for clarity, but it didn't get it. Instead, they got 25 minutes of political posturing and blather. The markets went into freefall. By the end of the day, the Dow was down 382 points. It was a complete fiasco.

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Politics

Friday, February 13, 2009

Financial Markets Disappointment at Geithner’s Bank Bailout Plan / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMike Larson writres: This was supposed to be a great week for Washington and Wall Street. The administration had leaked in advance that it was going to put a full-court press on for its stimulus and bailout programs. That led to intense anticipatory buying by the stock market bulls.

Monday night's primetime news conference with President Barack Obama only heightened anticipation ahead of the main events on Tuesday: A big speech from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and testimony before Congress by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

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