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Robb Wolf: The Science Behind Healthy Diet & Fitness

Chris Martenson - August 31, 2015 - 13:39

There is a pretty clear path for those looking to pursue better health. Pretty much anyone can do it (Chris and I both did), and it doesn't cost a lot of money nor make you feel miserably deprived of life's joys. In fact, you'll look, feel, and actually be much better.

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Categories: Economics

6 Rebel Architects Bucking Convention to Build Better Communities

Shareable Magazine - August 31, 2015 - 09:23

The word architecture generally brings to mind urban skylines, ultra-modern homes, and attention-grabbing skyscrapers—not favelas, waterside slums, and ravaged buildings. But creative architects around the world are working in challenging environments to improve the lives of the locals with innovative designs and building techniques.

Categories: Economics

Food Justice Truck Serves Up Fresh, Healthy Food to Asylum Seekers

Shareable Magazine - August 31, 2015 - 08:02

During the past few decades, an estimated 80,000 refugees, mostly from Indonesia, have sought asylum in Australia. Fleeing war and civil unrest, with limited means and access to welfare or work, these asylum seekers are going hungry. More than 90% of those seeking protection experience food insecurity, 40% have gone to bed hungry in the past month, and 42% have lost weight since arriving in Australia because they didn’t have enough food to eat.

Categories: Economics

Arlington Develops Path for Getting Public Onboard with Bikeshare

Shareable Magazine - August 31, 2015 - 07:38

Photo by Paul Goddin. Article and images cross-posted from Mobility Lab. Author Jason Hardin is Arlington’s Capital Bikeshare Planner and a consultant to Arlington County (Virginia) Commuter Services.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/31 - The Rise Of Uncertain Work, The Cross Of The Moment

Chris Martenson - August 31, 2015 - 07:37
  • Robert Reich: The Upsurge in Uncertain Work
  • Everything you’ve heard about China’s stock market crash is wrong
  • Gold Coming Off the LBMA Spiked Last Week
  • Bond Market Explosion Not Stoppable: Craig Hemke
  • The Fed Is Dead Wrong
  • Silver and Warnings From Exponential Markets
  • Why So Much Oil Price Volatility? Blame The Speculators
  • The Cross Of The Moment

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Categories: Economics

Infographic: A History of Debt Forgiveness and Relief

As long as there has been lending, there have been times when the people’s debt becomes a crisis. Here’s a look at the policy solutions governments have been using, starting in ancient Sumer.
Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/30 - The Solar Sunflower, The Coddling Of The American Mind

Chris Martenson - August 30, 2015 - 08:27
  • The Coddling of the American Mind
  • With Ruble’s Decline, Russian Tourists Gain Appreciation for the Motherland
  • China Construction Bank Posts Zero Profit Growth on Weak Economy
  • Optimistic About Inflation, Stanley Fischer Suggests That Fed Will Stick to Plan on Rates
  • In pictures: An emotional arrival in Europe
  • The Black Route of Death From Syria
  • Printing Money Goes Haywire in Venezuela
  • The Solar Sunflower: Harnessing the power of 5,000 suns

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Daily Digest 8/29 - Waste Into Waistcoats, The Green Rebuilding of New Orleans

Chris Martenson - August 29, 2015 - 08:47
  • Gold Is the Best Insurance for Your Portfolio
  • Consumer Anxiety in China Undermines Government’s Economic Plans 
  • Homes for the homeless
  • Waste into Waistcoats: 3 Ways We’re Recycling Slaughterhouse Scraps
  • In Alaska, Obama Will Be in Middle of Oil and Climate Change Battle
  • Federal judge blocks Obama’s water rule
  • The Green Rebuilding of Post-Katrina New Orleans
  • Would warming stop after greenhouse gas emissions end? Not quite

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Categories: Economics

Here's Why The Markets Have Suddenly Become So Turbulent

Chris Martenson - August 28, 2015 - 11:28

When stock markets are free-falling 10+% in a matter of days, it’s natural to seek some answers to the question “why now?”

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Categories: Economics

What Happens Next Will Be Determined By One Thing: Capital Flows

Chris Martenson - August 28, 2015 - 11:28
Executive Summary
  • Why global capital flows will determine everything
  • What impact euphoria and fear wil have on liquidation and valuation
  • The importance of debt denominated in other currencies
  • What's likely as capital shifts from Risk-On to Risk-Off assets

If you have not yet read Part 1: Here's Why The Markets Have Suddenly Become So Turbulent available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we listed five interlocking trends that will severely limit the scale and effectiveness of official responses to the next recession. In effect, the world will not be able to “borrow and spend” its way out of recession.

In Part 2, we’ll examine the single most important dynamic in any asset value: capital flows.

The Tidal Forces of Capital

Let’s start with the most basic building blocks of supply and demand.

Capital flowing into an assets class (buying) in excess of capital flowing out (selling) increases demand and pushes prices up.

If supply increases even faster than demand, prices may decline despite rising demand.

If capital flows out (selling) in excess of inflows (buying), prices will decline.

Prices are set on the margin.  If 5 homes out of a neighborhood of 100 homes sell for 25% below the previous price level, the valuation of the other 95 homes also drops 25%.

Risk on = seeking asset appreciation and taking on more risk in exchange for higher yields.

Risk off = seeking capital preservation and accepting lower yields in exchange for reduced risk.

Assets have two ways to appreciate/depreciate: the nominal price, and the underlying currency the asset is priced in.

If a Mongolian bond yields 7%, the owner earned a nominal 7% on the capital. But if the currency the bond is denominated in dropped 20%, the owner suffered a 13% loss when the investment is priced in other currencies.

The consequences of capital flows can be counter-intuitive.

For example, if the Federal Reserve creates $1 trillion out of thin air, our initial expectation would be...

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Daily Digest 8/28 - Good News Friday: Breaking The Mold, China Reduces Emissions 4 Months

Chris Martenson - August 28, 2015 - 07:14
  • Breaking The Mold
  • The happiest (and least happy) countries in the world, ranked
  • Carbon Fiber Cloth Can Generate Hydrogen
  • Wireless electricity: Scientists send energy 55 meters away through air
  • China’s jaw-dropping progress at reducing CO2 emissions in just 4 months
  • South African prototype may solve solar power problem
  • Is This The Beginning Of A Longer Oil Price Rally?
  • Why a Left-Wing Socialist Is Poised to Become the Leader of Britain’s Labour Party

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Categories: Economics

“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time

University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
Categories: Economics

Drugs, Sex, and Debt: It’s Time to Revamp “The Talk”

Let’s remove the shame from the conversation and help the next generation avoid the debilitating amounts of debt that keep us from buying houses or taking vacations.
Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: A Financial Adviser's View Of The Recent Market Turbulence

Chris Martenson - August 27, 2015 - 23:26

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and New Harbor Financial discuss the recent gyrations of the market.

  • Are we witnessing a secular trend reversal?
  • What's likely to happen next?
  • How can prudent investors position themselves now?
  • Where can shelter best be taken?
  • Is it time for risk-seekers to place bets?

All these questions and more are addressed in this podcast. Needless to say, this is one of the most challenging times to protect capital in living memory. 

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Daily Digest 8/27 - Harbinger Of Dow's 531-Point Slide, Deflationary Collapse Ahead?

Chris Martenson - August 27, 2015 - 07:21
  • How China's economic slowdown could weigh on the rest of the world
  • Australia 'sleepwalking into a mess'
  • Paul Craig Roberts – A conversation on the world-wide stock rout
  • What If The "Crash" Is as Rigged as Everything Else?
  • The Amazing Harbinger of the Dow's 531-Point Slide
  • An Assessment Of The Stock Market After the Mini Crash
  • Deflationary Collapse Ahead?
  • How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks
  • Fate Of U.S. Fracking Could Rest With Colorado Supreme Court
  • Trees losing limbs in drought — a risk seen through storm season

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Categories: Economics

Trouble South Of The Border

Chris Martenson - August 26, 2015 - 21:02

Too big to fail is a seven-year phenomenon created by the most powerful central banks to bolster the largest, most politically connected US or European banks. More than that, it’s a global concern predicated on that handful of private banks controlling too much market share and elite central banks infusing them with boatloads of cheap capital and other aid. Synthetic bank and market subsidization disguised as ‘monetary policy’ has spawned artificial asset and debt bubbles - everywhere.

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Categories: Economics

Is Mexico The Next Greece?

Chris Martenson - August 26, 2015 - 21:02
Executive Summary
  • The biggest Mexico risk factors investors need to watch
    • Remittance risk
    • Currency risk
    • Capital flight risk
    • Oil price risk
    • Debt risk
  • What Mexico must prioritize going forward to secure its future

If you have not yet read Part 1: Trouble South Of The Border available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump has nabbed many a headline with his disparaging remarks on how Mexico is sending ‘bad’ Mexicans over the border to ostensibly steal US jobs and sell drugs. He has called US leaders ‘stupid’ for letting this happen. The truth of the US-Mexico economic relationship is entirely different.

According to Pew Research, between 2005 and 2010, 1.4 million immigrants moved back to Mexico from the US, 90 percent of them voluntarily.  The total amount of 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants to the US has remained stable, not increased, over the past five years, having risen from about 3.5 million in 1990 to a peak of 12.2 million in 2007. The figure dropped between 2007-09, mainly due to a decrease in immigration from Mexico. Since 2009, an average of about 350,000 new unauthorized immigrants have entered the US annually, of which less than a third are from Mexico, compared to one half before the financial crisis of 2008. (Source)

There are other misunderstandings about the economic and financial relationship between the US and Mexico that transcend raising constituent anger about faux population movements. There is the matter of...

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Categories: Economics

9 Incredible Sci-Fi Inspired Little Free Libraries

Shareable Magazine - August 26, 2015 - 09:05

Think Little Free Libraries are just plain boxes filled with books? Think again. These otherworldly “branches” push the realm of Little Free Libraries to the outer limits.


This Doctor Who-inspired Little Free Library is an almost-life-size model of the famous TARDIS time machine and spacecraft.

Categories: Economics

11 Ways to Create a Totally Shareable College Experience

Shareable Magazine - August 26, 2015 - 08:00

Whether you’re going away to college for the first time or simply want to step up your sharing game on campus, here are 11 ways to bring the sharing spirit to your college experience.

1. Top 10 Tips for Starting a Campus Food Coop

Does your campus have a food coop? Do you think it should? Here are 10 tips to make it happen.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/26 - China Cuts Interest Rates, Gulf Bonds Lose Safe-Haven Status

Chris Martenson - August 26, 2015 - 07:02
  • Saudi Arabia Is Seeking Advice on Cutting Billions From Its Budget in the Wake of the Oil Crash
  • BHP Cuts China Steel Forecast to 1 Billion Tons
  • Peak Gold Is Looming And It Might Not Change a Thing for Bullion
  • Worst Junk-Bond Bet Wipes Out Junior Lenders of KKR's Samson
  • CBO: US could reach $18.1 trillion debt limit in mid-November
  • Haircut of 20 percent seen in Ukraine debt deal - WSJ
  • Rupiah slides past 14,000 per dollar (Indonesia)
  • For South Korean Shipbuilders, the Risks Grow
  • From Venezuela to Iraq to Russia, Oil Price Drops Raise Fears of Unrest
  • China said to halt stock support amid intervention debate
  • Korea's household credit grows at record pace in Q2
  • Bank of Japan bondholdings break 300 trillion yen
  • Gulf bonds partly lose safe-haven status in cheap oil era
  • Malaysian sukuk curve steepens as inflation adds to outflow risk
  • BOJ should debate acting if yen rises: Abe adviser (Japan)
  • Emerging central banks step in to curb currency falls
  • China cuts interest rates, reserve requirement

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Categories: Economics