Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 MST

Krugman’s recipe for economic prosperity: Print more food stamps.

If you are ever in need of an example of economic fallacy in print, Paul Krugman’s blog is a great place to start. His recent offering on the economic benefits of food stamps is no exception: “Indeed, estimates from the consulting firm Moody’s Analytics suggest that each dollar spent on food stamps in a depressed economy raises

Grant Williams Part 1: Why are equity markets rising in the face of falling fundamentals?

Grant Williams, author of the newsletter Things That Make You Go Hmm, recently presented at the 66th Annual CFA Conference in Singapore. The entire presentation is available above, but in this post we’re going to deal with less than ten minutes of his presentation. Although Mr. Williams addresses stock investors, his material should be of

Massive tax increase coming

In HR 684: a disaster for gold/silver investors, I urged readers to contact their representatives in Congress to vote and work against HR 684.  The bill remains a potential disaster for gold and silver investors, and many readers, judging by their calls and emails, understand this.  But, too many respondents to the earlier post were

Bernanke: Pedal to the metal

Seems whatever financial media you go to, the discussions are about speculation that Bernanke and his cohorts at the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) are considering cutting back on quantitative easing, which is now running at $85 billion a month.  ($45 billion in Treasuries, $40 billion in mortgage debt.) The media’s chic question is

Singaporeans line up to buy gold

May 23, Richard Russell of Dow Theory Letters posted in his Daily Remarks the below email from a subscriber in Singapore. While it is anecdotal, it illustrates the growing interest for gold in Asia, which is awash in dollars. Dear Russell and Company, Yesterday, after reading your comments about gold being manipulated in the crudest way,

HR 684: a disaster for gold/silver investors

Gold and silver investors will face a real-life nightmare if a bill that recently passed the Senate becomes law. The bill would tax commerce between the states, something that has been exempt (except for certain circumstances) since the Constitution was ratified. Now, the bill is in the House, where it is known as HR 684

It’s debt ceiling time again

On Friday, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, informing him that the Treasury will begin taking “extraordinary measures” in order to keep the Federal debt below the legal limit. Such measures could include redeeming current investments in the retirement accounts of civil service workers and would keep things running

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