Lemmings in Full Gallup Towards Cliff

By Michael Pento – Re-Blogged From http://www.pentoport.com

Its official…the stock market has broken above 23,000, and its valuations should now scare even the most mind-numbed carnival barker on Wall Street. The forward 12-month PE ratio is 18, compared to the 10-year average of just 14. The 12-month trailing PE for Pro-forma earnings, which takes into account non-recurring items that seem to recur ever quarter, is trading at 20 times earnings. But on a reported earnings basis—the number you report to the SEC under penalty of the law and according to GAAP standards–the 12-month trailing PE is 25.5 times earnings.

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Really Bad Ideas, Part 5: An Inflation Target

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

Central banks in general and the Fed in particular are struggling to understand a world in which they’ve thrown everything they have at the economy without generating “beneficial” inflation. Their confusion can be traced back to some profoundly false assumptions.

Here’s a good overview of the current debate:

Fed ‘should defend’ inflation target or risk losing credibility: Bullard

(Reuters) – The Fed needs to mount a clear defense of its 2 percent inflation target and stop raising rates until the pace of price increases strengthens, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Thursday.

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Markets No Longer Believe The Fed

By Graham Summers – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

The Fed wants us to believe that it remains hawkish, that it will begin the process of unwinding its $4.5 trillion balance sheet next month and that it will hike rates again this year.

The markets aren’t buying it, even for a second.

The top performing asset class after the Fed concluded its announcement on Wednesday was… TREASURIES: the asset class that should DROP hard if the Fed intends to raise rates.

Apparently bonds didn’t believe that Fed Chair Janet Yellen was going to hike rates again for more than a few hours. As a result of this, the long-Treasuries ETF (TLT) actually OUTPERFORMED the S&P 500 as well as the NASDAQ post the FOMC.

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The Forthcoming Global Crisis

By Alasdair Macleod – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

The global economy is now in an expansionary phase, with bank credit being increasingly available for non-financial borrowers. This is always the prelude to the crisis phase of the credit cycle. Most national economies are directly boosted by China, the important exception being America. This is confirmed by dollar weakness, which is expected to continue. The likely trigger for the crisis will be from the Eurozone, where the shift in monetary policy and the collapse in bond prices will be greatest. Importantly, we can put a tentative date on the crisis phase in the middle to second half of 2018, or early 2019 at the latest.

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Buffett Sees Market Crash Coming

By Mark O’Byrne – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

The Sage of Omaha’s adage is “it’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

But for Warren Buffett the current environment doesn’t appear to be offering up any wonderful companies at fair valuations. The situation is so bad that the cash stockpile of Berkshire Hathaway has more than doubled in the last four years, from under $40 billion to $100bn.The infamous investor is famed for his investment approach of pouncing on companies when they run

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Another Financial Elite Goes On Record About The Bubble

By Graham Summers – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Last week former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan warned that the bond market was a gigantic bubble waiting to burst.

This week, another financial elite, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan, has said the same thing.

I do think that bond prices are high,” the chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Tuesday in an interview on CNBC. “I’m not going to call it a bubble, but I wouldn’t personally be buying 10-year sovereign debt anywhere around the world.”

Source: Bloomberg

This would be an ASTONISHING admission from ANY bank CEO. But coming from the CEO of JP Morgan, the single largest bank in the United States, it is truly incredible.

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We’re In The Final Phase Of Another Market Bubble

Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

Over the past two decades we’ve seen two major bubbles develop: the internet bubble, which burst in March 2000, followed by the real estate and mortgage bubble, which burst in 2007.

Now, we’re entering a stock market bubble in a manner we haven’t seen before, said Jim Puplava, founder of Financial Sense, in a recent podcast, Anatomy of a Bubble.

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