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Analysis Topic: Economic Trends Analysis

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Economics

Monday, June 16, 2008

Fed Failure has Put United States on the Path to Hyper-inflation / Economics / Stagflation

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMan is his own worst enemy – this truism has proven itself over and over in history – and is doing so once again in our handling of economy. As you undoubtedly know the consumer is on the ropes and in need of relief due to excessive credit. True to form however, and consistent with our title today, just when this is happening, commodity prices have lit-up, and are showing no signs of retreat, especially energy prices. This has created a very big problem for central planners they can actually identify within their incompetence, that being, in order to tackle the effects of inflation, they will genuinely (a few choice words in the Fed Minutes won't do the trick) need to show fiscal restraint, or crude oil will go to $200, the dollar will break 70, and it's hyperinflation here we come.

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Economics

Monday, June 16, 2008

Economic Calendar Forecasts and Analysis: Week Ahead In US Financial Markets (June 16-20 2008) / Economics / US Economy

By: Joseph_Brusuelas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe market will observe a healthy amount of macroeconomic data to be released during the upcoming five trading days. The major data that have the capacity to move the market will be the release of the PPI and housing starts data for May, both of which will be released on Tuesday. Fed talk for the week will be light and Fed Chair Ben Bernanke will speak before a Senate committee on healthcare and US competitiveness on Monday.

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Economics

Sunday, June 15, 2008

INFLATION Means the Choice Between Stagflation and Recession- Part 2 / Economics / Inflation

By: Prieur_du_Plessis

Click here for Part 1 - Jim Sinclair (Mineset): Bernanke has painted himself into a corner
“The euro is down hard today on the premise that this is the start of increased interest rates in the US, a statement that is totally ludicrous.

“There are two possibilities here:

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Economics

Sunday, June 15, 2008

INFLATION Means the Choice Between Stagflation or Recession / Economics / Inflation

By: Prieur_du_Plessis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Electric Light Orchestra lyrics “… you took me ohh, higher and higher baby, it's a living thing, it's a terrible thing …” have been mulling through my head over the past week as central bankers' inflation-fighting rhetoric moved to centre stage.

A succession of hawkish comments from US policymakers persuaded pundits that the US rate-cutting cycle was over, resulting in a stronger US dollar, plummeting government bonds, predominantly lower global stock markets (with Asia seeing the most red), and non-agricultural commodities coming off the boil.

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Economics

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Recession Required to Defeat Inflation? / Economics / Inflation

By: John_Mauldin

  • Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhip Inflation Now
  • Where Can We Get Help on Inflation?
  • The Patient Died Anyway
  • Inflation in Asia and Europe
  • There Are No Good Solutions

President Nixon instated price controls on the 15th of August, 1971. Inflation was a little over 4% at the time. Price controls manifestly did not work (resulting in shortages of all sorts and a deep recession) and were rescinded a few years later. President Ford went to Congress with programs to fight inflation that was running closer to 10% in October of 1974, with a speech entitled "Whip Inflation Now" (WIN). He famously urged Americans to wear "WIN" buttons. That policy too was less than effective, and the buttons, in a history replete with silly gestures by governments, should stand on anyone's top ten list of such silly gestures.

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Economics

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Consumer Price Index: Inflating the Money Supply / Economics / Inflation

By: Adrian_Ash

"...With the cost of living always rising, not falling, it's a good job there's so much more money around to help pay for things. Right...?"

SURELY the 20th CENTURY'S greatest marketing coup – besides making cigarettes taste of freedom and youth rather than the Sandakan death-march – was kidding the world that "inflation" meant rising prices.

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Economics

Friday, June 13, 2008

Bernanke's Open Mouth Operations Attempt at Halting Inflationary Dollar Slide / Economics / Inflation

By: Joseph_Brusuelas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the past fortnight Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has engaged in “open mouth operations” to shape market expectations regarding future monetary policy out of the US Federal Reserve. Mr. Bernanke rhetorically intervened in the global currency markets to prop up a beleaguered dollar, explicitly expressed unease over the current course of inflation and signaled that the Fed would not tolerate a breakout of inflation expectations. Not bad, for a Fed Chairman fighting multiple crisis on multiple fronts.

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Economics

Friday, June 13, 2008

China's Geopolitic Imperatives and its Current Economic Position / Economics / China

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNo matter where in the world I am, in South Africa, in Europe, in La Jolla, there's one question I get asked over and over, "What about China?" And small wonder. The increasing impact of China in the last generation is just staggering and seemingly accelerating every day. If you're in the market for oil, minerals, arable land, equities or debt, you're bidding against Chinese government-sponsored entities with a $1 trillion warchest. And the list of markets where China is a key player grows every day. Bottom line: whether you're filling up your gas tank or trading credit default swaps, China's decisions impact your pocket book.

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Economics

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Consumption and Investment Fallacy / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Gerard_Jackson

For years I have been stressing the media's lousy economics. For those readers who think I have been exaggerating the situation allow me to introduce you to Bernard Salt, a partner in the well known accounting firm of KPMG. According to Mr Salt

It was a no-brainer in the 1950s: half the working age population was not engaged in the paid workforce. Change based on the role of women was always going to transform our society over the course of a generation.

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Economics

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Manipulated, Corrupted and Unreliable Government Data Points to Hyperinflation / Economics / Stagflation

By: Stephen_Lendman


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWalter "John" Williams thinks out of the box. He makes disquieting reading, but you won't find him in the mainstream. At least not often. He runs a "Shadow Government Statistics" site with an electronic by-subscription newsletter. Anyone can access some of his data and occasional special reports. They can also assess his reasoning. In his judgment, government data are manipulated, corrupted and unreliable. He's not alone thinking that.

First, through technical changes over time in how data are collected and/or interpreted. The intent is to portray a more rosy scenario and ignore real world experiences of ordinary people. Calculating the CPI is an example:

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Economics

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Inflationary Demand Destruction Delusion  / Economics / Inflation

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDemand destruction refers to the effect of a rising price on a good, service, or commodity, where a rising price has the increasing effect of curbing demand. Central planners live under the assumption the above condition set applies to commodities within current circumstances, which we categorize as quasi-hyperinflationary times at present. Here, the understanding is monetization efforts aside for definitional purposes; along with recognizing True Money Supply (TMS) growth rates have been contracting in the States, and nowhere near what could be even be considered high levels, the theory is lags associated with accelerated gains witnessed previously are still working through the system sufficiently to export reactionary inflation in emerging markets that reside on the very cusp of potential hyperinflationary conditions.

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Economics

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Friday's US Employment Report and the Stock Market / Economics / US Economy

By: Paul_J_Nolte

Friday's reaction to the employment report was somewhat of a surprise, given that fewer job losses were “created”, however what spooked everyone was the big jump in the unemployment rate. The report left a sour taste in investor's mouths, given the good news from the merger front (Verizon and Alltel) as well as good numbers from Wal-Mart (the “main” recipient of the rebate checks). Energy prices were in full retreat earlier in the week, but that reversed with a vengeance by the end of the week, as oil prices rose by their largest daily amount ever.

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Economics

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

UK Producer Price Inflation Soars Suggesting Stagflationary Recession / Economics / Stagflation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUK Producer Price inflation soared in May to 8.6% for the price of output of manufactured goods to levels not seen since the early 1980's stagflationary recession. The trend not only signals a halt to further rate cuts but increasingly the expectations are that despite sharply lower economic growth, UK interest rates will be forced higher as inflationary forces make themselves visible in the CPI data that currently stands at the Bank of England's upper limit of 3%.

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Economics

Monday, June 09, 2008

The Wealth Effect Goes into Reverse / Economics / Liquidity Bubble

By: Chris_Ciovacco

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn our current global economic environment, the number of moving parts for the individual investor to track and attempt to analyze is often overwhelming. Without a systematic approach to the global asset markets, it is virtually impossible to discern the relative importance of an almost infinite number of inputs. While it is a tall order, we'll attempt to highlight the some of the key moving parts of the economic engine in terms of the possible long-term impact on your portfolio and purchasing power.

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Economics

Monday, June 09, 2008

UK Heads for Stagflation as Factory Price Inflation Soars to New Record / Economics / Inflation

By: Mark_OByrne

Gold closed at $895.50 in New York Friday and was up $23.30 and silver closed at $17.37 and was up 30 cents. In the New York Globex market gold subsequently rallied to $902.20 late Friday. Both traded sideways in Asia this morning prior to rallying higher in early European trading.

The gas explosion in Western Australia will further curtail supply of gold from that part of the world. It has led to the loss of some 30% of the state's gas supplies and is already creating serious problems for Western Australia's massive gold mining industry and will curtail supply for months, rather than weeks.

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Economics

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Bernanke Cries "It's all China's Fault!" / Economics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHe's at it again. Bernanke, that is. Thursday the Fed chief delivered a rambling 45 minute speech at the International Monetary Conference in Barcelona, Spain laying out all the reasons why the Federal Reserve is NOT responsible for the present crisis in the financial markets. Here's what he said:

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Economics

Friday, June 06, 2008

Inflation One Year Ahead - A Look at the Inflation and the Consumer Price Index / Economics / Inflation

By: Joseph_Brusuelas

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe recent rise in inflation has not yet been properly captured by the variety of inflation indexes used by the market to assess the pricing environment. The publication of the April Consumer Price Index elicited howls of derision from the market due to the very dubious -2.0% decline in the price of gasoline suggested by the report. At the time, our reaction was that it did not pass the “laugh test” and that once the seasonal adjustments made by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are “adjusted” we are quite confident that the actual increase in headline prices will be accurately accounted for and the increase in core prices that most individuals have observed will also work their way into the data.

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Economics

Friday, June 06, 2008

May Jobs: US Unemployment Skyrockets to 5.5% Confirming Recession / Economics / US Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYahoo!Finance is reporting Unemployment rate jumps to 5.5 percent in May .

The nation's unemployment rate jumped to 5.5 percent in May — the biggest monthly rise since 1986 — as nervous employers cut 49,000 jobs. The latest snapshot of business conditions showed a deeply troubled economy, with dwindling job opportunities in a time of continuing hardship in the housing, credit and financial sectors.

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Economics

Friday, June 06, 2008

The Spin On Jobs Statistics- Non-Farm Payrolls Friday / Economics / US Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Given that it takes 150,000 jobs to keep up with birthrate, anything under 100,000 jobs is a weak showing. Numbers under 50,000 are actually pathetic. However, it's easy to put a positive spin on things when expectations are in the gutter.

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Economics

Friday, June 06, 2008

Ben Bernanke Soaking the Rich at Harvard / Economics / Money Supply

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week I watched Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke charm the rain soaked graduating class of Harvard, my Alma Mater. As he spoke, I was reminded of an anecdote that President Franklin Roosevelt was alleged to have made during the commencement speech he gave at Harvard in 1936. Amidst a similar downpour, Roosevelt apparently said, “Well, Harvard sure knows how to soak the rich!” Fittingly, Bernanke graduated from Harvard in 1975, and his current policies are doing just that. 

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