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The Marginal Buyer Holds The Pin That Pops Every Asset Bubble

Chris Martenson - August 18, 2016 - 23:01

Those of you who took an Economics class in college may remember the saying that prices are set "at the margin". That's a fancy way to say that prices are set by the person (or people) willing to pay the most.

This person willing to pay top dollar is called the "marginal buyer". Most of us don't really think about him, but he (or she) is very, very important.

Why? Because the marginal buyer not only determines price levels, but also their stability and degree of volatility. The behavior of the marginal buyer, as well as the degree of competition for his/her "top dog" spot, sets the prices of nearly every asset class held by today's investors.

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Daily Digest 8/18 - 'Zombie' Honeybees Found In Canada, Was the N.S.A. Hacked?

Chris Martenson - August 18, 2016 - 05:12
  • ‘Shadow Brokers’ Leak Raises Alarming Question: Was the N.S.A. Hacked?
  • Financial Crash will be Put On Little People: Ellen Brown
  • The Sociopaths Among Us
  • Rising Prices Make EpiPens A Costly Necessity For Families With Severe Food Allergies
  • OPEC Rumors Continue To Pull Oil Prices Higher
  • The Preservation of Perks, Privileges, and Power: The PPPP
  • Neonic pesticide link to long-term wild bee decline
  • 'Zombie' honeybees make first appearance in Canada
  • Pesticides linked to ‘large-scale population extinctions’ of wild bees
  • The Earth Just Experienced the Hottest Month on the Books. Period.
  • Great Cities Must Watch Their Watersheds
  • Flooding in the South Looks a Lot Like Climate Change

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When You Don’t Have a Traditional Job, This Is How You Get Creative

Austin, Texas, leads the nation in people with jobs outside the 9-to-5 economy.
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Chris In Asia This October

Chris Martenson - August 17, 2016 - 14:20

As many of you know, earlier this year Chris was recruited by the United Nations to participate in one of its Advisory Groups. The mission of this particular group is to award a $1 million grant to a promising innovator in the field of sustainable transportation.

In April, the Group, made up of high-ranking officials and experts from around the globe, convened its for first meeting at the UN's headquarters in New York.

Its next meeting is taking place in Hong Kong over October 7-9th.

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Categories: Economics

Chestnuts

Chris Martenson - August 17, 2016 - 13:29

I planted 4 chestnut trees in 2010. This past fall was the first time they produced any nuts. There wasn’t a ton, but I wanted to try harvesting and processing the nuts by hand to see if it was a viable convenient human food source on a permaculture homestead. Also, I’d never even tried chestnuts.

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20 Antibacterial and Antiviral Herbs

Chris Martenson - August 17, 2016 - 12:56

A wonderful look at the various herbs and plants that have antibacterial and antiviral properties.  Possible plants for you to consider growing in your garden.

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/antiviral-herbs.html

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Daily Digest 8/17 - Aetna To Exit Most Obamacare Plans, U.S. Real Estate Market Getting ‘Bubblicious’

Chris Martenson - August 17, 2016 - 06:42
  • Aetna to exit nearly 7 in 10 Obamacare plans
  • Retirees Need $130,000 Just to Cover Health Care, Study Finds
  • Pressure mounts on Portugal rating, says DBRS
  • Saudi Companies Unable to Pay Foreign Workers Salaries in Arrears
  • Sovereign Risk Rating Downgrades Greatly Exceed Upgrades in Second Quarter, IHS Markit Says
  • Barrack Says U.S. Real Estate Market Is Getting ‘Bubblicious’
  • How the BOE's Stimulus Measures Up to the ECB's
  • Illinois' debt amounts to $45,500 per taxpayer
  • Australia's Central Bank Cut Rate to Boost Inflation, Growth
  • Fed’s Williams says inflation target should be increased

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#IamtheGigEconomy: Love Being Your Own Boss or Desperate for a Traditional Job?

Tell us about your gig life by using #IamtheGigEconomy.
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A Shareable Explainer: What is a Platform Co-op?

Shareable Magazine - August 16, 2016 - 16:52

by Maira Sutton, Cat Johnson and Neal Gorenflo

The sharing economy held great promise when it first emerged. It was seen as a way to help people build community, reduce unnecessary consumption, and generate extra income. It was based on the brilliantly simple notion that when we share, everybody has more.

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Can Self-Driving Cars Save Our Cities?

Shareable Magazine - August 16, 2016 - 07:24

Can autonomous cars give us a do-over with our cities, fossil fuel dependence, affordable housing, and also workers? Robin Chase, author of Peers, Inc and co-founder of Zipcar says yes. Or at least they have the potential to.

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Daily Digest 8/16 - The Greatest Threat To Our Freedoms, What Will You Do When The Lights Go Out?

Chris Martenson - August 16, 2016 - 06:06
  • The Greatest Threat to Our Freedoms: A Government of Scoundrels, Spies, Thieves, Ruffians, Rapists and Killers
  • Public Safety: Is Terrorism Getting Worse? In the West, Yes. In the World, No. 
  • Banks across Europe are considering taking a drastic step to avoid negative rates
  • A Melancholy Journey Through the Lost American Dream
  • Falling Taxes Doom the U.S. Economy
  • How This Tiny Washington Town Became An Arts Titan
  • Ethical Investments for the No-Longer-Broke
  • What Will You Do When The Lights Go Out? The Inevitable Failure Of The US Grid

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The U.S. Just Surpassed the Number of Breweries We Had in 1873

And 26 other facts you should probably know.
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James Howard Kunstler: Racketeering Is Ruining Us

Chris Martenson - August 15, 2016 - 18:33

If you don't understand what's causing a particular problem, then it's pretty difficult to come up with an effective solution.

Author, commentator and longtime friend-of-the-site James Howard Kunstler returns to our podcast this week to discuss the importance of accurate diagnosis -- in this case, of the scourge he sees as accelerating America's downslide into economic and social decline: Racketeering.

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How to Start a Library of Things

Shareable Magazine - August 15, 2016 - 07:49

DeDeelkelder Library of Things in Utrect, Netherlands. Credit: Sanne van Vliet

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Daily Digest 8/15 - Collapse Fatigue, Is America Any Safer?

Chris Martenson - August 15, 2016 - 04:53
  • Collapse Fatigue
  • Some Small-Business Owners Trim Expansion Plans, Cite New Labor Law 
  • Is America Any Safer?
  • 7 Robots that are replacing farm workers around the world
  • Doug Casey: This Will Finish the Destruction of the American Middle Class
  • The Numbers Behind Japan's Sputtering Economy
  • How Hyperloop One Went Off the Rails

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Daily Digest 8/13 - Fractured Lands, The Untold History Of Black Gold

Chris Martenson - August 13, 2016 - 07:40
  • Fractured Lands
  • Housing - Buy, Sell, or Rent? Fed's Goal to Keep You Betting Against Fundamentals?
  • Thomas Friedman Goes To The Wall
  • Nearly 100 people shot in Chicago in less than a week
  • Negative Rates for the People Arrive as German Bank Gives In
  • Breaking The American Consumer 
  • Entering Perfect Storm of Every Facet of our Lives: Bill Holter
  • The Untold History Of Black Gold

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Daily Digest 8/12 - Good News Friday: Living Debt-Free, How To Watch The Perseids

Chris Martenson - August 12, 2016 - 06:10
  • How one family is sending 13 kids to college, living debt free — and still plans to retire early
  • Rio 2016: Photos From the First Weekend
  • Watching Your Daughter Win Gymnastics Gold Looks Like This
  • People Are Awesome: She Designed A Stylish Fashion Line For Differently Abled Kids
  • Karma Aims to Challenge Tesla With $115,000 Solar-Boosted Hybrid
  • The Superglue Diet: How to Make a Lighter, Fuel-Sipping Car
  • Lithium-Ion Batteries: Capacity Might Be Increased By 6 Times
  • This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower Is Going To Be Quite A Show — Here's How To Watch

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Off The Cuff: The World's Banking System Is On The Precipice

Chris Martenson - August 11, 2016 - 16:02

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

  • The World's Baking System Is On The Precipice
    • It's as vulnerable (or more) as during 2008
  • Stocks & Bonds Hit All-Time Highs
    • We're in a chimera market right now
  • Central Control Is Tightening
    • Dissent is being squashed wherever possible
  • Real Wages Are Declining
    • Good luck squashing that dissent when folks can't feed their families...

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Off The Cuff: The World's Banking System Is On The Precipace

Chris Martenson - August 11, 2016 - 16:02

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

  • The World's Baking System Is On The Precipace
    • It's as vulnerable (or more) as during 2008
  • Stocks & Bonds Hit All-Time Highs
    • We're in a chimera market right now
  • Central Control Is Tightening
    • Dissent is being squashed wherever possible
  • Real Wages Are Declining
    • Good luck squashing that dissent when folks can't feed their families...

Click to listen to a sample of this Off the Cuff Podcast or Enroll today to access the full audio and other premium content today.

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31 Cleaning Uses of Vinegar

Chris Martenson - August 11, 2016 - 10:21

Every kitchen has a bottle of vinegar.

It’s great for your recipes, but it’s also a cheap, non-toxic and biodegradable household cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant.

Although some tough germs will have to call for commercial disinfectants, vinegar is more than capable to meet the hundred simple cleaning needs of your home.

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