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Inflation Targeting Unmasked – The August CPI Crushed The Case For ZIRP – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 09-17-15

Salient to Investors: David Stockman writes: The August CPI gives the Fed an excuse to keep shoveling free money into the casino. No Fed rate increase would be a clear indication of its fear of reining in Wall Street’s greedy and gamblers and that Keynesian central banking in the last two decades

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The Truly Stupid Case For More ZIRP – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 09-16-15

Salient to Investors: David Stockman writes: The global economy is transitioning into a deep deflation. Irving Kellner erroneously recommends the Fed delay its rate hike for reasons including the recent plunge in stock prices, the market’s dislike of an end to the easy money which has kept it afloat, and because all

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 09-13-15

Salient to Investors: Fareed Zakaria said: China’s economy is nearly 2.5 times that of Japan so even if growth slows substantially, China will continue to have seismic effects on the global economy. Henry Kissinger said Republican candidate China-bashing is dangerous and could create an atmosphere a la Europe before WW

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Why The Keynesian Chorus Is Cackling Like Chicken Little – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 09-09-15

Salient to Investors: David Stockman writes: Artificial monetary bubbles always crash. However, if the Fed listens to Wall Street and does not raise interest rates expect a short-lived run to the May 2015 highs before the ultimate day of reckoning. ZIRP has not caused a credit fueled inflation of either the

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Why Hedge Fund Hot Shots Finally Got Hammered – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 09-06-15

Salient to Investors: David Stockman writes: A growing chorus of investors blamed last week’s stock market sell-off on esoteric but increasingly influential trading strategies pioneered by hedge funds like Bridgewater. Hedge fund performance has benefited from broken capital markets rigged by the Fed. Thesecasino gamblers bought every one of the

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Bulls Set To Be Tasered Again By Severe Downleg – Clive Maund 09-06-15

Salient to Investors: In a bear market poised to plunge again. Markets drop twice as fast as they rise because fear is a stronger emotion than greed. Bearish technicals: Broken down from the 6-year bearish Rising Wedge pattern. First bearish moving average cross for 4 years Volume on the recent plunge

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Cheap Labor – ECRI 09-01-15

Salient to Investors: The official jobless rate is a misleading indicator of employment. The ‘jobs recovery’ has been led by cheap labor, with job gains going disproportionately to the least educated and lowest-paid workers. The stagnation in nominal wage growth is consistent with the weakness in the employment/population (E/P) ratio.

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Why the Federal Reserve should be audited – New York Post 08-31-15

Salient to Investors: The Fed needs to be audited to determine if it has manipulated financial markets, which is not in its jurisdiction. Autonomy for the Fed ended when it started playing footsie with Wall Street. The bubble in stock prices was created by years of risky Fed policy. Even the

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Fareed Zakaria GPS – CNN 08-30-15

Salient to Investors: Fareed Zakaria said: The US economy has recovered nicely. A 2014 UCLA study found that many black and Latino students face almost total isolation from white and Asian students and middle-class peers. Much more Saudi oil wealth has gone into pernicious causes over the last 30 years

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Contra Corner Gets Some Company – The NYT Highlights Four Who Saw it Coming – David Stockman’s Contra Corner 08-26-15

Salient to Investors: David Stockman writes: Expect a central banker to soon herald that more monetary heroin is coming, triggering a market rally and pronouncements that its “correction” is over. It will take time for the market to lose its unwarranted faith in central bank omnipotence. However, money will now be made by selling

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