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Daily Digest 7/12 - The Case For Absolute Return, Oligarchs of the Treasure Islands

Chris Martenson - July 12, 2016 - 08:14
  • The Case for Absolute Return
  • Say Goodbye to the Fourth Amendment
  • David Cameron to Resign Wednesday, Theresa May to Be Next U.K. Prime Minister
  • Pokémon Go Is a Government Surveillance Psyop Conspiracy
  • Oligarchs of the Treasure Islands
  • Reduced Viability? Banks, Insurance Companies, and Low Interest Rates
  • Amid Grim Economic Forecasts, Cubans Fear a Return to Darker Times
  • Earth's Relentless Warming Just Hit a Terrible New Threshold

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Categories: Economics

New Guide Explores the Past and Bright Future of Coliving

Shareable Magazine - July 12, 2016 - 05:30

As coworking explodes in popularity, its parallel movement, co-living, is being touted as the next disruption of surplus space. At its essence, co-living offers shared living space and amenities, more housemates than the typical roommate situation, access to a network of properties, and flexible lease options that allow long and short-term residents to live side by side.

Categories: Economics

Strange Happenings in Japan

Chris Martenson - July 11, 2016 - 17:22

The whole world now waits to see which central bank is up next to do the heavy lifting for the next round of stock and bond propping.

And so Japan is now front and center on that stage again. Especially since Bernanke just traveled there to conclude a "secret" meeting with Prime Minister Abe and Bank of Japan head Kuroda.

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Daily Digest 7/11 - Banking Panic In Italy, The Dictator's (False) Dilemma

Chris Martenson - July 11, 2016 - 08:02
  • The Dictator's (False) Dilemma
  • Banking Panic in Italy
  • Artificial Intelligence Is Setting Up the Internet for a Huge Clash With Europe
  • Don’t Fall for the Jobs Data Deception 
  • Silver Prices - What Next?
  • Time To Adjust Your Wealth Plan 
  • Oakland: Police brutality protestors shut down I-880 overnight
  • Why farmland may become a more popular neighborhood amenity than a golf course

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Categories: Economics

Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Home Building Cheap, Easy and Green

Shareable Magazine - July 11, 2016 - 07:44

As open source advocates and newlyweds, Marcin Jakubowski and Catarina Mota decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back. In the process, they have been developing an entirely open-source toolkit that makes the design and construction of eco-friendly, off-grid modular housing easier, cheaper, and faster through use of modular designs, rapid-build construction, social production, locally-sourced materials, and open-source machines.

Categories: Economics

Shareable’s Top 21 New Books for Summer

Shareable Magazine - July 11, 2016 - 07:42

A few times a year, we round up the top new books about cities, sharing, collaboration, social tech, movement trends and more. Here are 21 books worth checking out for Shareable summer reading.

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Daily Digest 7/10 - A Week Of Bloodshed In America, World Economy Going "Nowhere Fast"

Chris Martenson - July 10, 2016 - 08:05
  • Nowhere Fast: Drifting World Economy Skirts Worst But Still Lags
  • A Week Of Bloodshed In America
  • Oldest and Youngest May Determine Presidential Election
  • How George Soros Singlehandedly Created the European Refugee Crisis—and Why
  • After ‘Brexit’ Vote, Immigrants Feel a Town Turn Against Them
  • You Might Make More Money Not Taking That Unpaid Internship

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/9 - A Story Of Debt, Is America Falling Apart or Finally Waking Up?

Chris Martenson - July 9, 2016 - 08:40
  • Crazy - A Story of Debt, by Grant Williams
  • Dallas Quiet After Police Shooting, but Protests Flare Elsewhere
  • Is America Falling Apart or Finally Waking Up?
  • Navigating the Dangers of a Corrupt Wall Street
  • Zika-Infected Person Dies in Utah
  • New Challengers for Lithium-Ion Batteries About To Enter The Market
  • Where will the green slime go? Florida tracks its spreading algae
  • New research explains why Antarctic sea ice has grown

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Categories: Economics

The Great Market Tide Has Now Shifted To Risk-Off Assets

Chris Martenson - July 8, 2016 - 12:03

In the conventional investment perspective, risk-on assets (i.e. investments with higher risks and higher potential returns) such as stocks are on a see-saw with risk-off assets (investments with lower returns and lower risk, such as Treasury bonds). When risk appetites are high, institutional managers and speculators move money into stocks and high-yield junk bonds, and move money out of safe-haven assets such as gold and U.S. Treasuries.

But recently, markets are no longer following this convention. Safe haven assets such as precious metals and Treasuries are soaring at the same time that stock markets bounced strongly off the post-Brexit lows.

Risk-on assets (stocks) rising at the same time as safe-haven assets is akin to dogs marrying cats and living happily ever after. 

What the heck is going on?

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Categories: Economics

Investing For Crisis

Chris Martenson - July 8, 2016 - 12:03
Executive Summary
  • Which coming developments we can predict with certainty
  • Why the next crisis won't be like 2008
  • Why what worked post-2008 won't work this time
  • Where stocks and gold are headed
  • Where to find safe haven for your investment capital

If you have not yet read The Great Market Tide Has Now Shifted To Risk-Off Assets, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we reviewed the market’s risk-on, risk-off gyrations and laid out the case for long-term declines in confidence, political stability and profits.  What does this new era of uncertainty mean for individual investors?

What’s Predictable?

We can start by asking—is there anything we can predict with any certainty?

I think we can very confidently predict that future central bank monetary policies will fail to generate sustainable growth or fix what’s broken in the global financial system.

I think we can predict that uncertainty will only increase with time rather than decrease. This rise of uncertainty will predictably lower the attractiveness of risk-on assets, other than as short-term speculative bets after some central banker issues yet another “whatever it takes” proclamation.

It’s also a pretty good bet that if central banks and states continue expanding credit/money that isn’t matched by a corresponding expansion of goods and services, the purchasing power of those currencies will decline.

We can very confidently predict that the authorities will continue to do more of what has failed spectacularly until they are removed from power or the system breaks down.

We can predict with some confidence that issuing more debt will provide little productive results.

I also think we can hazard a guess that the next financial crisis will be of a different sort than the 2008-09 Global Financial Meltdown.

Just as generals prepare to fight the last war, with predictably dismal results (unless the exact same war is replayed, which rarely seems to happen), central bankers are fully prepared to stave off a crisis like the one in 2008: a financial crisis that emerges from leveraged bets going bad in money-center investment banks.

My basic presumption is...

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Daily Digest 7/8 - Good News Friday: Salt Of The Earth, A 'Lehman Moment' For European Banks?

Chris Martenson - July 8, 2016 - 05:32
  • Brexit Is a Lehman Moment for European Banks
  • It Only Took 24 Hours For The Internet To Donate $400,000 To The Family Of Alton Sterling
  • Iceland's Historic Candidate
  • Selfishness Is Learned
  • The Large Hadron Collider is quietly having a phenomenal year
  • Helpless to Prevent Cancer? Actually, Quite a Bit Is in Your Control
  • Salt Of The Earth
  • The Fall of the Sugar Goliath in Hawaii Makes Way for the Return of Kalo

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Something Crazy Is Getting Ready To Happen

Chris Martenson - July 7, 2016 - 13:45

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • The FBI Findings Regarding Clinton's Emails
    • It really does seem there's a different set of rules for the privileged
  • Something Crazy Is Getting Ready To Happen
    • Why the next major crisis is set to blow
  • Watch The Bank Stocks
    • When they've dropped this far, you know there's trouble
  • The New Bull Market For Gold & Silver
    • Many mining stock are up 300-500%

Wow, so much ground to cover this week. And Chris and John do a great job of covering as much as they can. What does the FBI's hands-off approach to Clinton say about the fairness of rule of law in today's society? What systemic fault lines has Brexit opened for the EU, as well as the rest of the world? Why is the banking system suddenly looking so sick? What does the recent surge in precious metals portend?

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/7 - Gold Heading To $1,400, Italy Needs A Little Leniency

Chris Martenson - July 7, 2016 - 09:23
  • Governments Change; The Corporatocracy Endures
  • Italy Needs a Little Leniency
  • A Sober Look At The Cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ethereum
  • Clinton Is Above The Law, So The Law Is Dead
  • Silver Prices – What Next?
  • Gold Heading Toward $1,400 As Bull Run Commences
  • John Butler: All Hell Breaking Loose in Europe; Banking Situation ‘Dire'
  • Peeling Back Political Deficit Illusions
  • Shell Warns Of Further Job Cuts
  • Saudi Arabia's SALIC boosts investment in G3 Canada grain company
  • The heart of the world

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Categories: Economics

Open-data Hactivists Help Taipei Craft Regulatory Response to Uber

Shareable Magazine - July 6, 2016 - 12:58

Taipei taxi operators, representatives of Uber, Inc., government officials, and Taiwanese citizens worked together to develop a regulatory approach to Uber. (Tomás Fano / Flickr)

Categories: Economics

New Ridesharing Alternatives Thrive After Uber Leaves Austin

Shareable Magazine - July 6, 2016 - 11:53

There are numerous reasons to be critical of the corporate "sharing economy," which claims to democratize work and enable people to share assets. Companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Taskrabbit facilitate peer-to-peer access to various services for customers, and promise an easy income for their contract workers. But along with the convenience come some hazards for those involved.

Categories: Economics

Forming a Worker Coop: LLC or Cooperative Corporation?

Shareable Magazine - July 6, 2016 - 10:52

Article and image cross-posted from the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Authored by Sara Stephens. 

We want to create a worker cooperative. What legal entity should we form?

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/6 - Brazil Exports Drop, Bad Debt Piled in Italian Banks Looms as Next Crisis

Chris Martenson - July 6, 2016 - 07:23
  • Selling bonds may help U.S. pensions: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Canada Post lockout: work stoppages and unsustainable pension plans need to end
  • Russia to empty one of its sovereign funds next year - ministry proposal
  • U.K. Pension Fund Deficit Likely to Hit Record as Brexit Turmoil Squashes Bond Yields
  • Senate votes to slash minimum wage for youth in Puerto Rico
  • High-interest consumer lending jumps in Golden State
  • Brexit Accelerates the British Pound’s 100 Years of Debasement
  • Brazil New Vehicle Sales Fall 25.4% in First Half Amid Poor Economy
  • Yield Curve Shows 60% Chance of Recession, Deutsche Bank Says
  • Exports to Brazil drop 24% in 6 months
  • Second Property Fund Suspends Trades Over Brexit Fears
  • Government Bond Yields in U.S., Europe Hit Historic Lows
  • Benchmark U.S. yields hit record lows on global uncertainty
  • Italian banks under pressure as political crisis looms
  • Bad Debt Piled in Italian Banks Looms as Next Crisis
  • Italian Bank Risk Surges as Capital Needs Fuel Bail-In Concerns
  • FTSE turns higher after new Bank of England stimulus

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Categories: Economics

5 Ways the News Media Can Get Real

When Donald Trump gets more air time than Bernie Sanders, the media misses the mark on grassroots change.
Categories: Economics

Our Future Is (Literally) Crumbling Before Our Eyes

Chris Martenson - July 5, 2016 - 22:10

The sorts of predicaments the world faces -- ranging from over $200 trillion in debt, to our unsustainable addiction to fossil fuels, to our over-stressed ecosystems -- all require that we get deadly serious about confronting them ASAP, and make difficult decisions and trade-offs.

However, our global leaders always seem to opt to kick the can down the road if at all possible. Short-term thinking and near-term priorities dependably get precedence over doing the right thing for the future. Tomorrow’s generations are thrown under the bus by selfishly motivated actors today.

As I’ve put forth over and over again: we’re simply not going to make it unless we get much more serious about our efforts than we have been to date.

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Categories: Economics

Bulk Food Storage Tips

Chris Martenson - July 5, 2016 - 15:35

5 tips and areas of concern to keep in mind when putting away bulk foods or prepping your deep pantry.  Keep building your resilience!

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Categories: Economics