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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Fed Is Not Printing Money The Fed Is Not Printing Money / Politics / Quantitative Easing

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI know what you've heard from "reliable sources" on the Internet, but it's hogwash. In fact, there is not one economist--to my knowledge--who would characterize the Fed's Quantitative Easing program (QE2) as a money printing operation.

What the Fed's doing is buying a bunch of long-term bonds (US Treasuries) in exchange for bank reserves. What this does is reduce the average maturity of the debt held by the public, which reduces long-term interest rates.

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Politics

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Innovation, the American Economy’s Most Surprising Deficit / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI argued in a previous article why, despite America’s current obsession with government budget issues, the real key to bringing back our economy lies in a) fixing our trade deficit and b) restoring our capacity for innovation.

Although the former problem has now grabbed significant public attention, most Americans seem to think that our national capacity for innovation is healthy and without problems.

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Politics

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dysfunctional, Thy Name Is Europe, Risks Transferred to ECB, A Random Walk Through the Minefield / Politics / Financial Markets 2011

By: John_Mauldin

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome." - George Orwell

"Hindsight is not only clearer than perception-in-the-moment but also unfair to those who actually lived through the moment." - Edwin S. Shneidman, Autopsy Of A Suicidal Mind

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Politics

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Things Get Curiouser and Curiouser / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs if it were not strange enough! Microsoft bought a phone company with no phones for $8.5 billion. Then, the public bid up the price of another Internet company, LinkedIn, to the point where buyers were paying more than $20 for every dollar of revenue that came the company’s way. As for profits, they capitalized each one at more than 700 times. At this rate, an investor wouldn’t earn his money back until 2,711AD.

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Politics

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Is Bankrupt Greece America's Future? / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGreece has a sovereign debt problem. The bonds of the Greek government have been downgraded by a major rating service. Their prices have fallen sharply in the market. This means that the risk is high that the government will default on its sovereign debt.

The interest rates that the Greek government must pay in order to borrow have risen sharply. This is worsening the government’s solvency and budget problems.

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Politics

Sunday, May 29, 2011

United States on the Road to Ruin, Your Trigger Points / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen would a wise Jew have begun making plans to leave Germany? 1933? 1934? 1938? 1939?

In retrospect, most people would say 1933, the year Hitler was appointed (not elected) Chancellor by President von Hindenburg. On 30 January, Hitler became Chancellor. He asked Hindenburg to dissolve the government and schedule new elections for March 5, which Hindenburg did.

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Politics

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Increasing the Deficits Will Fire-up The Economy and Add Jobs / Politics / Government Spending

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHow do you light a fire under Congress? How do you get these guys to do what they're paid to do?

Look, we're 5 years into this slump, millions of people have lost their homes and jobs, 44 million people are on food stamps, the economy is in the tank, and congress won't lift a finger to help. What's that all about? You'd think that the revision in GDP and the uptick in unemployment claims would set off alarms on Capital Hill. But it hasn't. They just shrug it off and move on. What do they care? They get their fat paycheck one way or another, so what difference does it make to them? Besides, if they play their cards right, they'll nab a 6-figure lobbying job as soon as they retire and spend the rest of their lives working on their chip-shot and swilling single-malt at the club with their moneybags friends. Doesn't that piss you off?

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Politics

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Why the Budget is the Wrong Thing to Fight About / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe country is consumed right now with the fight over the Federal budget, specifically the plan of Rep. Ryan (R-WI) to balance it by (mostly) radically cutting spending on medical programs, especially Medicare. The recent Republican loss in New York’s 26th district’s special election—which had more to do with my friend Jack Davis running on a third-party ticket—has been interpreted as a referendum against the Ryan plan. And the states are, of course, tied up in budget battles of their own, most visibly the aggressive push to cut the cost of public employees by curtailing their unions.

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Politics

Friday, May 27, 2011

Spanish Election Sets Precedent: More Debt, and Inflation / Politics / Spain

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Unbeknownst to most investors in the North American markets, the Spanish went to vote over the weekend.  Their votes proved that there will be no end to the European debt crisis.

When the markets opened early for Asian trading, the results of the election were immediately priced into paper currencies, especially the Euro, as well as real currencies, gold and silver.  Commodities took a dive with the Euro, which was largely to do with institutional investors waking up to the sad reality of a continental banking system: you can’t please everyone.

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Politics

Friday, May 27, 2011

Transformation of the Entire World Into A Big Brother Prison Grid / Politics / Social Issues

By: Chris_Kitze

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEnd of the American Dream writes: Do you want your children and grandchildren to live in a futuristic "big brother" control grid where everything they do is watched, recorded, tracked and tightly controlled? Well, that is exactly where things are headed. We witnessed some really bad totalitarian regimes during the 20th century, but what is coming is going to be far more restrictive than any of the despots of the past ever dreamed was possible. Today, nearly every government on earth is tightening their grip on their citizens. Paranoia has become standard operating procedure all over the planet and nobody is to be trusted. Global politicians will give speeches about liberty and freedom even as they undermine them at every turn.

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Politics

Friday, May 27, 2011

This Spanish Spring is the Real Thing / Politics / Spain

By: Patrick_Henningsen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGiles Dexter writes: It was perhaps inevitable given its long associations with, and geographical proximity to the Maghreb, that Spain should be the first European country to be swept up by the wave known as the “Arab Spring”. Protests have been raging across the country since May 15th, and like previous rumblings in Greece, this Spanish Spring will likely send a new shockwave through the EU.

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Politics

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why the IMF is a Drain on Your Wallet / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: Dominique Strauss-Kahn's forced resignation from the International Monetary Fund - and the search for an IMF successor - is a blessing in disguise. Strauss-Kahn's term in office saw a vast expansion of the IMF's activities, a fact often used to praise his tenure.

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Politics

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pro Bank Bailout Christine Lagarde IMF Shoo In Replacement for Strauss-Kahn / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFrench Finance Minster Christine Lagarde has emerged as the front-runner in the race to replace ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. She is a champion swimmer, an accomplished attorney, and a competent bureaucrat. She's also a friend of Wall Street who will ferociously defend the interests of big capital. Research assistant for the far-right American Enterprise Institute Jurgen Reinhoudt notes that under "France's free-market oriented economics minister"..."the top income tax rate was cut and, in a frontal assault on the 35-hour workweek, overtime work for hourly workers was made tax-free." (Don't Give Up on Sarkozy Just Yet, AEI)

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Politics

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

India's Nuclear Insanity / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Vandana Shiva writes: Fukushima has raised, once again, the perennial questions about human fallibility and human frailty, about human hubris and man’s arrogance in thinking he can control nature. The earthquakes, the tsunami, the meltdown at Japan’s nuclear power plant are nature’s reminders of her power.

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Politics

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How China Plans to Leapfrog the American Economy / Politics / Protectionism

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article(And it’s Not What You Think) - Many Americans are already concerned about China’s growing economic challenge to the United States. Indeed, the challenge itself is hardly news anymore. But a new book, Red Alert by Stephen Leeb, argues that Americans have radically misunderstood just what this challenge consists of.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Why Are We Banking On Banks To A Promote Economic Recovery? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week the financial crisis finally went prime time in the form of a big budget HBO docudrama called “Too Big To Fail.”

It was a well-acted docudrama focused on the BIG Men and some women in the banks and in government who tried to put Humpty Dumpty back together again up on that wall to prevent a total economic collapse when panic dried up credit and financial institutions faced failure.

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Politics

Monday, May 23, 2011

Central Banking Quicksand, Nothing Learned from History! / Politics / Central Banks

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJohn Rolls Submits: George Smith writes: In 1903, a lawyer in Germany took out an insurance policy and made payments on it faithfully.  When the policy came due in 20 years he cashed it in and bought a single loaf of bread with the proceeds. [1] He was fortunate.  If he had waited a few days longer, the money he received would have bought no more than a few crumbs.

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Politics

Monday, May 23, 2011

Ron Paul Says Stop Raising the U.S. Debt Ceiling / Politics / US Debt

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

The federal government once again has reached the limit of its legal ability to borrow money, meaning it cannot issue new Treasury debt without action by Congress to increase the debt ceiling limit. As of this month, our "official" national debt- which doesn't include the staggering future payments promised to Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries- stands at $14.2 trillion.

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Politics

Monday, May 23, 2011

Principles of Domination, Complex But Clear U.S. Foreign Policies / Politics / US Politics

By: Jack_D_Douglas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI've heard Congress people and others say repeatedly that the U.S. has no real or clear foreign policy for the Middle East. I think the U.S. has a clear but complex and changing, general policy in the Middle East which we can infer from U.S. actions, but Obama et al. keep using short run tactics and proclamations to deceive the various major powers there and the American people.

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Politics

Sunday, May 22, 2011

U.S. Manufacturing Rebound is a Myth / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTalk of a manufacturing revival is in the air.  America has, in fact, gained a quarter-million industrial jobs (source) since the start of 2010.  Unfortunately, this is less than 15 percent of the number lost during the recession. Furthermore, after this teasing uptick, U.S. manufacturing output seems to be stalling again.  So it worth revisiting a much  denied fact I have written about before here and here: American manufacturing is in a state of profound crisis. 

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