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Helicopter Money: Global Central Banks Consider Distributing Money Directly To The People

By Michael Snyder Should central banks create money out of thin air and give it directly to governments and average citizens?  If you can believe it, this is now under serious consideration.  Since 2008, global central banks have cut interest rates 637 times, they have injected 12.3 trillion dollars into the global financial system through … Continue reading

Federal Reserve Hot Air Pumped Up A Stock Market Bubble; 93% Of Gains Due To Monetary Policy

By Samuel Bryan The mainstream financial media is like a stopped clock. Every once in a while, it stumbles into being right. Last week, we had a veteran trader on CNBC Futures Now telling everybody to buy gold as long as central banks continue their expansionary monetary policy, all the while swearing he isn’t a “gold-bug.” … Continue reading

Weakness In The Global Economy: Japan Edition

By Jeffrey P. Snider, Alhambra Investment Partners Setting aside all other considerations and doubts about QQE, there was one factor that was supposed to be unassailable. That was the yen. QQE as a “money printing” operation was understood to act heavily on the exchange value of the Japanese currency so that it would drastically alter the … Continue reading

The Deflationary Spiral: Life And Times During The Great Depression [Infographic]

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist The economy of the United States was destroyed almost overnight. More than 5,000 banks collapsed, and there were 12 million people out of work in America as factories, banks, and other shops closed. Many reasons have been supplied by the different economic camps for the cause of the Great Depression, which we … Continue reading

The BOJ, And QE Honesty

By Jeffrey P. Snider, Alhambra Investment Partners The Bank of Japan had previously “disappointed” last December when it failed to announced more “stimulus.” Setting aside who might actually have been frustrated by the lack of renewed distortions, the Japanese central bank did make some minor alterations to its QQE regime at that time. They expanded the … Continue reading

ECB Cuts Rates Further, Expands QE Program

  The European Central Bank (ECB) surprised markets on Thursday after cutting interest rates in the Eurozone to zero, expanding its money printing program, including new corporate bonds purchases, and reducing a key deposit rate further into negative territory as it looks to revive the region’s flagging economy and attempt to fend off deflation. The ECB announced six steps, … Continue reading

Amend, Extend, Pretend: How Central Bankers Will Intensify Global Deflation

By Mac Slavo, In 2011, as gold prices rocketed to $1900 and oil was trading above $120 a barrel, there were few analysts who saw anything but further gains. But Marin Katusa of Katusa Research had a different opinion. At a major commodity conference Katusa, to boos and jeers from the audience, held strong to his … Continue reading

Japan: The Canary In The Coal Mine Of The Global Collapse?

By James Corbett, An utterly insane bubble of market insanity directly blown by the central bank? Check. The sudden and cataclysmic popping of that bubble? Yup. A rush to prop up the “too big to fail” banks by papering over their credit defaults with government promises (at taxpayers’ expense, of course)? Old hat to the … Continue reading

The Federal Reserve And The Global Fracture

This interview with Michael Hudson was conducted by Finnish journalist Antti J. Ronkainen. Antti J. Ronkainen: The Federal Reserve is the most significant central bank in the world. How does it contribute to the domestic policy of the United States? Michael Hudson: The Federal Reserve supports the status quo. It would not want to create … Continue reading

Further Setback For Abenomics As Japan’s Economy Contracts More Than Expected In Q4

  Japan’s economy shrank at an annualized rate of 1.4% in the last quarter of 2015, new figures showed on Monday, dealing a further blow to attempts by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to lift the country out of stagnation. Last quarter’s contraction in the world’s third largest economy was bigger than the 1.2% decline … Continue reading

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