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Natural Disaster Survival Tips

September 8, 2017 - 16:54

Natural disasters come in all shapes and sizes.  Hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding and landslides, forest fires, tornadoes, and many other disasters can present themselves unexpectedly. They all can have a major disruptive affect on our lives.  Being prepared for these events can help you and your family ride the storm and come out on the other end safely and better able to handle post disaster situations. 

Here are 10 tips to help become more prepared for natural disasters:

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/8 - Good News Friday: How To Help Storm Victims, Free School Lunch In NYC

September 8, 2017 - 10:07
  • How To Help The Victims Of Hurricane Irma
  • Court rejects Trump administration on travel ban exemptions
  • New York City unveils universal free lunch in time for the first day of school
  • Philando Castile’s Legacy of Helping His Students Pay for Their Lunches Lives On
  • Jaguar Land Rover to electrify all its cars by 2020
  • Will Hydrogen Break The Battery Market?
  • J.J. Watt keeps surpassing Harvey relief goal: 'I'm with them for the long haul'
  • Hawaii natives taking food truck – and plenty of free kalua pig – to Harvey flood victims

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: The End Of Buying The Dip?

September 7, 2017 - 16:47

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Axel Merk discuss:

  • Bye, Bye Fisher
    • The Fed's Vice Chair steps down
  • Bye, Bye Yellen?
    • Axel thinks Fisher's departure signals Janet Yellen will be out, too
  • No Decision-makers Left
    • Everyone is on the same train when it comes to the "markets"
  • The Future Of The Dollar, Euro, Yuan & Gold
    • Old correlations no longer hold

Chris and Axel cover lots of ground in this week's Off The Cuff with lots of recent seismic moves -- China's yuan-for-oil-for-gold announcement, the latest ECB statement, the resignation of Stanley Fisher (which may presage Yellen's exit when her term is up in early 2018. Things are shifting quickly in the markets, geo-politically, in the world economy -- even in the weather. Axel warns that the long-standing relationships we've all become accustomed to are fading, and that we need to be prepared for different outcomes from what we're used to.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/7 - Markets ‘Have Been Going Up for Too Long,’ Thousands Of Cattle At Risk After Harvey

September 7, 2017 - 08:10
  • Goldman’s Blankfein on Markets: ‘Things Have Been Going Up for Too Long’
  • Opioid Use Explains 20% of Drop in American Men From Labor Force
  • Microsoft President To Trump: To Deport A DREAMer, You'll Have To Go Through Us
  • Why Oil Prices Can’t Bounce Very High; Expect Deflation Instead
  • How Vulnerable Are Oil Markets To Extreme Weather?
  • Hundreds of Thousands of Cattle are At Risk After Hurricane Harvey
  • Two South Florida nuclear power plants lie in Irma’s path. Are they ready?
  • The unprecedented drought that's crippling Montana and North Dakota

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Categories: Economics

WATCH: A World Of Trouble Webinar

September 6, 2017 - 11:55

This week's webinar, A World Of Trouble, is free to PeakProsperity.com's enrolled members.

Here is the replay video of the event:

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Categories: Economics

WATCH LIVE: A World Of Trouble Webinar

September 6, 2017 - 11:55

Today's webinar, A World Of Trouble, is free to PeakProsperity.com's enrolled members.

To watch it live, click the blue button below:

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/6 - Illinois Shorting Pensions Again, Guaranteed Pay?

September 6, 2017 - 08:01
  • North Korea promises more 'gift packages' for US
  • Venezuela’s Medicine Shortages Overwhelming Border Cities in Guyana, Colombia, Brazil
  • Fear of robots taking jobs spurs a bold notion: Guaranteed pay
  • Illinois Shorting Pensions, Again
  • Moody's: If the US defaults, it won't regain its top-notch debt rating
  • Inside the new economic science of capitalism’s slow-burn energy collapse
  • How EIA Guestimates Keep Oil Prices Subdued
  • Hurricane Irma Could Destroy Oil Demand

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/5 - Gold Flashing Major Buy Signal, Singaporeans Still Love Cash

September 5, 2017 - 08:46
  • Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act
  • The plan to tie the debt ceiling to Harvey funding
  • Gold to S&P 500 Ratio Flashing Major Buy Signal
  • Singaporeans, in Age of E-Payments, Still Love Cash
  • Navajo solar plant breaks new ground
  • Is Big Oil Prepared For The Natural Gas Era?
  • The food revolution’s missing piece
  • Harvey: Too poor to flee the hurricane

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Categories: Economics

Jeffrey J. Brown: Hurricanes & US Oil Production

September 5, 2017 - 08:13

Hurricane Harvey took offline over 50% of Texas' refining capacity and shut down large percentage of the wells in the major Eagle Ford shale play.

This week, Hurricane Irma threatens to deliver a similar massive punch to the oil patch in the Gulf.

To discuss the ramifications from these storms on the oil markets, geoscientist and oil explorer Jeffrey Brown returns to the podcast. He calculates that Harvey alone will have long-lasting effects such as lingering supply shortages, but his greater focus is attuned to the growing validation of his Export Land Model, which calculates the rate at which oil-producing nations cease to become net exporters as their domestic consumption increases. Since it's formulation in 2005, more and more countries have switched from being net-exporters to net-importers, and the data in aggregates is strongly suggestive of a flat-lining in world oil production -- the consequences of which are immense.

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Categories: Economics

SPECIAL WEBINAR: A World Of Trouble

September 4, 2017 - 09:47
We're holding a special, quick response webinar to address a swift build-up of significant and serious developments over the past few weeks.   This World Of Trouble webinar will take place this coming Wednesday, 9/6, at 3:30pm EST/ 12:30pm PST. It will last approximately an hour.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/4 - The First Step Towards Crony Capitalism, NK's Latest Threat

September 4, 2017 - 08:20
  • Raghuram Rajan: Populist Nationalism Is “the First Step Toward Crony Capitalism”
  • North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State
  • Electromagnetic Pulse: North Korea’s Latest Threat Against U.S.
  • Kim ‘Is Begging for War,’ Nikki Haley Says, but Urges More Diplomacy
  • Australia’s dystopian future: a nation of high-rise renters
  • To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now
  • Brazil Aims To Privatize State-Owned Utility Company 
  • Mortal Mugginess

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/2 - America's Overlooked Addiction Crisis, Harvey’s Public-Health Nightmare

September 2, 2017 - 08:08
  • America's Overlooked Addiction Crisis
  • Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment 
  • Houston mayor to immigrants: If you face deportation for seeking safety, I'll represent you
  • Before Harvey, Houston Sought Funding to Mitigate Floods - But Congress Refused
  • Stealing From Taxpayers Won’t Help Harvey Victims
  • Hurricane Harvey’s Public-Health Nightmare
  • The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires

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Categories: Economics

Van Halen, M&Ms, And The Next Market Downturn

September 1, 2017 - 16:28

Believe it or not, the rock band Van Halen found a brilliant way to teach how having good indicators is key to achieving success.

This is extremely true for the world of investing, where you're deploying capital based upon an expected future return. How do you determine when it's a good time to enter into an investment? Once in it, how do monitor the conditions supporting your rationale for holding it -- are those changing? And if so, are they getting better or worse? When should you exit the position?

For all of these questions, the better the indicators you use, the more accurate and informed your decision-making will be. And the better your returns as an investor will be.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/1 - Good News Friday: Psychological Life Hacks, How Much More Can We Learn About the Universe?

September 1, 2017 - 08:48
  • When Labor Day Meant Something
  • How Much More Can We Learn About the Universe?
  • Counter-protesters outnumber protesters 70-to-1 at peaceful Fort Sanders rally
  • Gov. Rauner Signs The Trust Act
  • Samim Bigzad: UK Government's attempt to deport Afghan asylum seeker fails after pilot refuses to take off
  • Rafael Eliassen’s Four Powerful Psychological Life Hacks
  • Iconic images of rescuers and good Samaritans spotlight the heroes of Harvey

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Quantifiying The Impact Of Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017 - 16:32

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • The Danger Has Not Yet Passed
    • Levee spillovers and other risks are still in play
  • The Impact On The Oil/Gasoline Market
    • Will be much larger than folks were originally expecting
  • The Costs To Rebuild Will Be Massive
    • Harvey will likely be the US' most expensive storm to-date
  • How To Prepare For Similar Disasters In The Future
    • Take action early. Don't lose urgency once the sun comes out

In the midst of his hour-by-hour analysis of the situation in the Gulf in the aftermath of Harvey, Chris takes time to talk with Charles Hugh Smith about the repercussions of this mega-storm, both short and long-term.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/31 - Central Banks As Income Inequality Engines, Congress Cementing Trump's Anti-Climate Orders Into Law

August 31, 2017 - 08:36
  • Central Banks as Engines of Income Inequality and Financial Crisis
  • How Inflation Could Be Caused in 15 Minutes
  • Hmm… Corporate Media Now Turning On Antifa As Police Militarization Increases
  • Researchers hack a self-driving car by putting stickers on street signs
  • Inside China’s $43 Billion Bid for Food Security
  • Eight Days To Destruction
  • New Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise
  • How Congress Is Cementing Trump's Anti-Climate Orders into Law
  • On Roads Turned Waterways, Volunteers Improvise to Save the Trapped and Desperate
  • Farming giant sued for $150M in unpaid bills
  • A Worldview Apart: Walter Poleman on Having a Sense of Place

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/30 - Student Loan Balances Jump 150%, A Bubble In China’s Debt Market?

August 30, 2017 - 07:17
  • Morning Spin: School funding bill could mean even bigger CPS property tax hike
  • The Average Cost Of Care After A Dementia Diagnosis Is Over $300,000
  • Proposals To Cut State Pension Deficit Could Cost Oregonians
  • Pension deficit of UK's leading companies equivalent to 70% of their profits
  • Chicago school board approves $5.75 billion budget, debt issuance
  • BlackRock Finds $5 Trillion Industry Is Now Riskier Than in '08
  • Student loan balances jump nearly 150 percent in a decade
  • Huarong chief warns of bubble in China’s distressed debt market

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Categories: Economics

Dangerous Markets Webinar - Sep 13, 2017 @ Noon EST

August 29, 2017 - 11:31

By an increasing number of metrics, today's financial markets are more overvalued than we've ever seen before. The price-to-sales ratio for the S&P 500 has never been this high. The same is true for its price-to-earning-growth ratio. Interest rates have never been this low -- in 5,000 years of human history!

Which is why, via our new webinar platform, we're giving you insider access to two of our favorite world-renowned market experts, Grant Williams and Lance Roberts, who regularly produce some of the most valuable -- and actionable -- analysis and commentary on the financial markets, the global economy, and the future actions of the central banking system.

The event itself will take place on Wednesday, September 13 at noon EST/9am PST. It will last approximately an hour and a half.

The price to participate in this webinar is $25, unless you are an enrolled member of PeakProsperity.com (i.e. paying subscriber with access to our 'Insider' content). In that case, it's FREE

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/29 - Hurricanes Not Good For The Economy, CA Water Tax Proposed

August 29, 2017 - 08:08
  • Harvey Recharges Offshore as Crippled Houston Counts the Cost
  • BlackRock Finds $5 Trillion Industry Is Now Riskier Than in '08
  • You Might Be A Partisan Hack If...
  • Is Your Portfolio About to Burn to the Ground?
  • China Is Creating the World's Largest Power Company
  • Opinion: No, hurricanes are not good for the economy
  • Gas Prices Spike As Harvey Shuts Down Gulf Coast Refineries
  • First-ever water tax proposed to tackle unsafe drinking water in California

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Categories: Economics

Harvey Is A Major Still-Unfolding Disaster

August 28, 2017 - 11:27

Superstorm Harvey continues to wreak epic damage to Texas, particularly Houston.

But it’s not the wind, it’s the rain. Epic, record-breaking, unbelievable amounts of rain.

It’s entirely possible that the entire region will not get back ‘to normal’ for months, if not years.

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Categories: Economics