The Economic Pie Is Shrinking!

By Bill Holter – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

No matter how you look at it, the global economic pie is shrinking.  One might be able to argue this is not so based on individual statistical reports issued by various nations.  The problem though is this, many reports do not line up with real world reports.  For instance, how can “retail sales” in the U.S. grow when retailer after retailer reports worse than expected and contracting sales?  The answer is what your own eyes, common sense and of course “individual companies” added together tell you.

On a broader scale, we are told the world is in recovery.  Never mind contraction in Europe or bogus reporting in the U.S., China and elsewhere, “we are in recovery dammit!”.  The best way to look at this fallacy for yourself to divine the truth is to look at trade.  Or better, “trade rates”.  I have mentioned this before, the Baltic dry index has been crashing and now is very close to where it was back in the late 1980’s.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-17/baltic-dry-index-crashes-near-record-low

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The Shadow Rate Casts Gloom

By Peter Schiff – Re-Blogged From EuroPacifi Capital

Nearly 92% of economists surveyed this week by the Wall Street Journal expect that our eight-year experiment with unprecedented monetary easing from the Federal Reserve will come to an end at the next Fed meeting in December. Since we have had the monetary wind at our back for so many years, at least a few have begun to question our ability to make economic and financial gains against actual headwinds. But in reality, the tightening cycle that the forecasters are waiting for actually started last year. Sadly, the markets and the economy are already showing an inability to handle it.

While it’s true that we have yet to achieve “lift-off” from zero percent interest rates, rates have not been the only means by which the Fed has provided stimulus. We also have to account for the effects of Quantitative Easing (QE) and forward guidance of the Fed. Changes in those inputs over the past year have already created conditions of monetary tightening.

QE has been the process by which the central bank expands its balance sheet (otherwise known as printing money) to buy government and asset-backed bonds on the longer end of the duration spectrum. In so doing, it is able to help hold down long-term interest rates, a result that it would be difficult to achieve by changes in the federal funds rate. Zero percent interest rates represent a loose monetary policy, but once at the zero lower bound, QE is the way the bank eases even further.

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Payrolls +271,000; Is the Game Changing?

[Recent “Non-Farm” Payrolls were up nicely last month. However, much more than half the rise came from the Business Birth/Death Model, which guesses an adjustment based on a guess of how many new businesses were started as opposed to how many shut their doors. These out-sized make-believe adjustments are one reason that government provided statistics must be taken with a grain (or more) of salt.  -Bob]

By Gary Tanashian – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

Given the October Payrolls data, its effect on interest rates and the US dollar we seem to be back to a point similar to where we were 1 year ago when we used a strong USD (and corresponding weak Yen and Euro) to plot bullish trade possibilities in Japan and Europe, and a bearish environment for US exporters.

But first, with the help of the highly recommended Floatingpath.com let’s continue to break down the particulars of the Payrolls report (we reviewed monthly ‘jobs’ growth by industry in a post at nftrh.com): Inside Jobs.

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How Obama’s “Green Legacy” Will Shut Down the Economy

By Mack Stetson – Re-Blogged From http://politicaloutcast.com

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with support from President Obama, is heading up a move that would make the cost of electricity skyrocket and do unprecedented damage to the economy.

President Obama is supporting the EPA’s move as a part of his own plan to leave a “green legacy” when he leaves the White House.  The cost of Obama’s legacy to the country may be worth it to him, but to average Americans who already pay too much for electricity, the prospects of these new policies are frightening!

According to Foxnews.com, the battle to stop the EPA and President Obama is underway:

The legal barrage to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s radical Clean Power Plan has begun.

A broad coalition of U.S. industry and business, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,  the National Association of Manufacturers, and an armada of other business and industry organizations, has  asked the D.C. District of the federal Court of Appeals to prevent any further action on the Plan until the court can decide its overall legal status.

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Numbers Lousy – FED Scared Witless

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Several statistics were reported this week, and in large measure, they disappointed analysts. Personal Income was up, but Personal Spending was up even more. This means that Americans were adding even more debt to their balance sheets. Since Saving is where the Capital comes from to help grow our Capitalist system, this means negative growth down the road.

PCE Prices were up only 0.1% in August (same as July), but these numbers generally are in the fairy tale category. Looking instead at the CPI, the way it used to be calculated in 1980 (via http://www.ShadowStats.com), inflation is running at around 7½%.

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The Fed’s Alice In Wonderland Economy – What Happens Next?

By Nick Giambruno – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

After the President of the United States, the most powerful person on the planet is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Ask almost anyone on the street for the name of the US president, and you’ll get a quick answer. But if you ask the same person what the Federal Reserve is, you’ll likely get a blank stare.

They don’t know – partly due to the institutions deliberately obscure name – that the Fed is really the third iteration of the country’s central bank. Or that the Fed manipulates the nation’s economic destiny by controlling the money supply.

And that’s just how the Fed likes it. They’d prefer Boobus americanus not understand the king-like power they wield.

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Bear Markets, Recessions and the Bewildered Fed

By Michael Pento – Re-Bloggd from Pento Portfolio Strategies

A popular Wall Street myth is that bear markets are caused by recessions. The contention is as long as the economy isn’t in a recession, stock prices won’t drop by more than 20 percent. And since the cheerleaders who dominate Wall Street never predict a recession, it should come as no surprise they never foresee the bear market that always precedes two negative quarters of GDP growth. The truth is Bear markets and recessions do not occur simultaneously, bear markets both predict and help engender a recession to occur.

Typifying this myth is Capital Economics’ Chief Economist John Higgins as he recently argued, “Major declines in the S&P500 — that is to say, bear markets in which prices drop by at least 20%, which is roughly twice the drop that occurred between 10th and 24th August–have only tended to occur in, and around, recessions…And we doubt very much that one of those is around the corner.”

But the truth is bear markets always precede a recession–those who argue otherwise have it exactly backwards. The stock market is a forward looking indicator: it anticipates economic activity yet to come, it doesn’t report on economic conditions that are occurring.

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