Friday, December 14, 2018

Germany Pensions System Crisis

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by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:
The German publication DWN has come out and warned that the German Pensions system is collapsing. They wrote:

The core problem of the German economy and society is miserable demography. A positive development, namely the increasing longevity of the population, is an extremely negative groundbreaking, namely a small number of children. This is reflected in one of the lowest birth rates in the world – and this has been the case for decades. The record-breaking birth rate is by no means rooted in a biological, but in deeper social causes and inadequate policies at different stages. One consequence is a pension system that is not sustainably financed , because the ratio of contributors and receivers will drastically deteriorate.

Stock Market Tsunami Siren Goes Off

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by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:
It will be ignored until it’s too late.

Everyone who’s watching the stock market has their own reasons for their endless optimism, their doom-and-gloom visions, their bouts of anxiety that come with trying to sit on the fence until the very last moment, or their blasé attitude that nothing can go wrong because the Fed has their back. But there are some factors that are like a tsunami siren that should send inhabitants scrambling to higher ground.

Since July 2012 – so over the past five years – the trailing 12-month earnings per share of all the companies in the S&P 500 index rose just 12{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in total. Or just over 2{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} per year on average. Or barely at the rate of inflation – nothing more.

What Does the Rise in Crypto Currencies Mean?

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by Brad Sebion, SGT Report:
Edward Karr was a guest on the Frank Curzio podcast. The discussion at hand was Bitcoin and the rest of the crypto currencies. Mr. Karr stated the rise of the crypto currencies is the canary in the coal mine for a major economic event to unfold in the future. Edward stated the rise in Bitcoin was a put on the Chinese economy. Wealthy Chinese people have bid up other assets like Vancouver real estate as well as many crypto currencies.

Peak Bull: Fake Markets, Fake Money

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by David Stockman, DailyReckoning:
Washington is not governing. What was expected after the election by Wall Street was a rebirth of growth through pro-business policies, a giant stimulus from tax cuts and a sweeping infrastructure package within the economy. Growth expectations have been languished and slowly ground to a halt at near 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} GDP growth.

Real GDP growth is close enough to zero when you realize that they’re understating inflation. If you look at nominal GDP, which is roughly 3.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} to 3{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} a year at most, and you take a real measure of inflation from that – there isn’t much left.

All of the expectations that have been priced into the market and still linger will eventually come to terms with the fact that none of the anticipated growth is happening.

38 Incredible Facts on the Modern U.S. Dollar

by Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist:
We’ve previously showed you 31 Fascinating Facts About the Dollar’s Early History, which highlighted the history of U.S. currency before the 20th century. This was a very interesting period in which we looked at the money used by the first colonists, the extreme bust of the Continental currency, the era of privately-issued bank notes, and Congress’ emergency issuance of the fiat “greenback” during the Civil War.

However, the modern era of the U.S. dollar is just as interesting. We have it starting in 1913, when the Federal Reserve Act was passed by Woodrow Wilson. Not only did it establish a new central bank, but it also gave the Fed the authority to issue the Federal Reserve Note, which is now the dominant form of U.S. currency both domestically and abroad.

Kevin Lawton – Cryptos Are Speculation Not Currency

from Greg Hunter:

Kevin Lawton, recently wrote a Kindle short titled “Beyond the Bitcoin Trap: A Crypto Currency for Human 2.0” predicts, “This year is going to be the year of volatility in Bitcoin price. I expect liquidations, but it’s like a tug of war. There are reasons for people to tug the price up . . . then on the regulatory side, for example, prices could go down.

Dying Middle Class: The Number Of Americans That Can’t Afford Their Own Homes Has More Than Doubled

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by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
Have you lost your spot in the middle class yet? For years I have been documenting all of the numbers that show that the middle class in America has been steadily shrinking, and we just got another one. According to a report that was produced by researchers at Harvard University, the number of Americans that spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing has more than doubled. In 2001, nearly 16 million Americans couldn’t afford the homes that they were currently living in, but by 2015 that figure had jumped to 38 million.

When I write about “economic collapse”, I am writing about a process that has been unfolding for decades in this country. Back in the early 1970s, well over 60 percent of all Americans were considered to be “middle class”, but now that number has fallen below 50 percent. Never before in our history has the middle class been a minority of the population, but that is where we are at now, and the middle class continues to get even smaller with each passing day.

Dave Janda’s Operation Freedom – Sunday, July 9, 2017 – Robert David Steele and Keith Neumeyer

by Dave Janda, Dave Janda:
Manipulation of financial markets, Benghazi, New World Order Syndicate, Obama Care, Free Market Health Reform, Putin, The Ukraine, ISIS, Syria, The Constitution, Natural resources, Reserve currency, Corruption, gold, silver Global Elite, International Banking Cabal, debt, Federal Reserve, Too Big To Fail Banks, Crony Capitalism, Debt Ceiling, Financial implosion, Recession, Economic Depression, Freedom, Liberty

Click HERE to listen to Keith Neumeyer

Click HERE to listen to Robert David Steele

Upton Sinclair: The Brass Check – Brazen Times in Donnie-dom

from Jesse’s Café Américain:
I will probably update the charts and other information over the weekend.

Considering that today was a Non-Farm Payrolls report, the action in the markets is not particularly surprising.   The talking heads were calling this an almost perfect ‘risk-on’ jobs report.   Right.  Plenty of crappy jobs at wage levels for an unsustainable recovery.    

Not one thing has change in my mind for the intermediate to longer term. Its just that the antics of the major corporate/financial players is becoming more brazen in Donnie-dom.

These quotes are from The Brass Check which was written by Upton Sinclair in 1919.
brass check was a token purchased by a customer in a brothel and given to the woman of his choice. Sinclair saw the moneyed interests of his day holding brass checks with which to purchase politicians, journalists and their editors, and other thought leaders of the day.