The Fed “Doth Protest Too Much.”

In 2010, The Huffington Post reported: “WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a panel investigating the financial crisis that regulators must be ready to shutter the largest institutions if they threaten to bring down the financial system. ‘If the crisis has a single lesson, it is that the too-big-to-fail problem must be solved,’ Bernanke said Thursday while […]

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Banks Make Billions Printing/Lending Money When They Don’t Have To Worry About Being Paid Back!

Imagine a bank creating unlimited funds to lend, earning billions in fees and interest, with no worries about the borrower defaulting. It’s happening today – big time! This week’s reading stack began with a Wolf Street article, “Deep-Junk-Rated Carvana gets $4.5 Billion from New Investors, after Shares Collapsed by 79%….”. Despite regularly losing money and a deep junk bond rating, […]

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Interest Rates Are Rising, So Now What?

When the Fed bailed out the banks in 2008, interest rates dropped to historic lows. Many retirees were heavily invested in CDs and quality bonds earning a safe 6% interest, paying their bills, and enjoying their golden years. Overnight, trillions in CDs and bonds were called in, savers lost a major portion of their anticipated income as interest rates dropped […]

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The Consequences Of Ignoring Reality

Famed philosopher Ayn Rand told us, “You can choose to ignore reality; but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” If you bury your head in the sand long enough, you will eventually get bit in the ass…. Inflation has been skyrocketing and the government/media can no longer ignore it. John Williams, at Shadowstats.com calculates inflation using the same […]

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Translating The Message – And It Isn’t Pretty!

Last fall the Fed said it began “tapering” the amount of debt securities they were buying. This Wall Street on Parade (WSOP) headline reports; “Since the Fed Announced It Was ‘Tapering’ Last November, It’s Actually Added $332 Billion in Liquidity with New Debt Security Purchases.” The Fed says one thing and does another; they continued buying debt at the rate […]

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Understanding Real Diversification

In a recent interview with Chuck Butler, we concluded, short of dumping the FED and a ballot box revolution, inflation is here to stay. Individual investors can control where/how we invest to protect our life savings. Chuck summed up his feeling about a market fraught with risk: “I recently had some bonds mature. These maturities brought me into a ‘Cash […]

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