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Central Banks Breaking The Law

July 23rd, 2014 By Jeremy Warner

Like common brigands, central banks have been acting outside the law – their only real excuse being the supposedly higher purpose of economic necessity, a sort of Robin Hood-type operation where the ends justify the means...

The best way to destroy the capitalist system, the Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin is reputed to have said, is to debauch the currency. The world’s major central banks have certainly been having a fair old go at it. In the six years since the financial crisis first broke, they’ve been printing money like there is no tomorrow.

            Fortunately, they have not yet managed to bring down the free market system. On the other hand, they have succeeded in putting a rocket under asset prices and, in so doing, they have greatly exaggerated the wealth divide.

            In a number of cases, including the US and the UK, they have also significantly assisted governments in financing burgeoning fiscal deficits. To the extent that quantitative easing (QE) has had any effect at all, it is asset prices and governments that have been the prime beneficiaries.

            This might seem something of an old issue now; the Bank of England stopped buying assets more than two years ago, while the US Federal Reserve is “tapering” fa...

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Taking Away the Bankers Gun

July 19th, 2014
By James Corbett

...we have a direct role to play in choosing whether we want to remove the banksters' gun from the economy's head or whether we want to load the chamber and cock the hammer.

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Oh Please

July 16th, 2014
By Bob Rinear

Dwight Eisenhower proved to us that the US isn’t beneath causing fake uprisings and assassinating heads of state... My suspicion is that we’re going to see an 'event' soon that gets all the blame for the US crashing.

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The Gun to Our Heads

July 12th, 2014
By James Corbett

The new law would require banks to compensate borrowers for their unilateral increases in interest rates and fees over the past decade.  The law will cost the banks involved in these loans billions of dollars.

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Dow 17000000

July 9th, 2014
By James Corbett

...the banking industry tied OMFIF's recent report on 'Global Public Investors' found that central banks and other large public sector institutions account for a staggering $29 trillion of investments in the markets, involving ownership of assets equivalent to 40% of world output.

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Europe May Still Be In A Recession

July 2nd, 2014
By James Corbett

The Times is bold to openly admit a dangerous truth: no matter what the data says, the economic elite are wary of returning to a “normal” economy because, quite frankly, people are easier to rule over when they're scared.

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The Ratings Game

June 28th, 2014
By James Corbett

Rating agencies as the secret weapon of 21st century warfare. For years critics have made the argument that the entire 2008 financial crisis would never have happened without the active collusion of the ratings agencies in giving their AAA prime rating to the toxic mortgage-backed securities that were at the heart of the subprime meltdown.

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Germans Want to End the Fed

June 25th, 2014
By James Corbett

That the German people seem to be better informed about the evils of the Fed than Americans may be surprising... but there may be a logic to it. After all, this is the country where a growing grassroots movement called “Repatriate Our Gold” arose in 2012 to force the Bundesbank to announce that they would indeed repatriate 674 tons of their gold holdings at the New York Fed by 2020.

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The Pipes That Bind

June 21st, 2014
By James Corbett

How pipelines will determine economics and geopolitics in the next decade...  Confused? Overwhelmed? Dizzy? Don't worry, you should be. In fact, if any of this makes sense to you you might want to consider becoming a consultant, because there are plenty of politicians, foreign policy analysts, geopolitical commentators and others whose radar these stories don't even appear on.

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The Hidden Hand Behind the Bull Market

June 18th, 2014
By James Corbett

...Average investors are taking money out of stocks even as the bull market continues apace. Global investment in stocks is down even as the major indices are hitting record highs. What gives? Where is this money coming from?

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