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Politics

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Fed's "Operation Twist". Europe and America. Grim Economic Prospects / Politics / US Economy

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSeven months after the official announcement on 9/21/11 of “Operation Twist” not much progress has been made at the long end of the market to reduce yields. The yield on the 10-year T-note has gone from 1.88% to 2.3% and the 30-year bond went from 3.03% to 3.41%. The episode has been marred by hedge fund and sovereign selling, which has left the short end a little higher, but the long end much higher. The question now is how much did this cost the Fed for such disappointing results?

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Politics

Friday, March 30, 2012

Stormtroopin' USA, Redention, Indefinite Detention, Creeping Facism / Politics / US Politics

By: Richard_Mills

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNo term generates more confusion or misunderstanding than fascism, too many people believe that fascism exists solely in images on the History Channel - storm troopers pounding thundering jackboots down cobblestone streets of occupied countries while throwing up the Roman salute. But fascism is not defined by clothing, symbolism or salutes.

Fascism is a totalitarian system of government that bases its economy on capitalism, it's a marriage of government authority and military/police power managed by corporate influence.

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Politics

Friday, March 30, 2012

Who Captured the Fed? / Politics / Central Banks

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFuture generations will look back and ask themselves, 'How could they not see what was happening? Were they blind?'

The Fed is not the only problem here, but a key enabler. White collar crimes and fraud flourished amongst the robber barons even in the days of the gold standard. It just was not as convenient, as easy, to defraud the people en masse through the debasement of the currency.

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Politics

Friday, March 30, 2012

How to Prevent the Next Financial Crises / Politics / Financial Crash

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNassim Taleb presents a very simple principle for avoiding financial crises.

But sometimes the simplest principles are the most difficult to implement.  For example:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with your whole heart, and your whole mind, and your whole strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.  This is the whole of the law.

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Politics

Friday, March 30, 2012

Germany Monetary Policies Openly Working Against the ECB… What’s Next? / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile the mainstream financial media and 99% of investors continue to believe that Germany will align itself with the EU, we’ve been pounding the table Germany will in fact look after its own interests rather than the EU’s and that it might in fact leave the Euro temporarily.

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Politics

Friday, March 30, 2012

Europe's Monetary Bazooka Will Fire Blanks / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEurope continues to take a page out of Hank Paulson’s “Crisis Combat” booklet, by unveiling one monetary “bazooka” after another. Obviously, EU leaders didn’t notice that Paulson’s “bazooka” completely failed to stop the 2008 Crash.

Even more strangely, they keep pulling out bazooka after bazooka, first unveiling the EFSF which was supposed to raise €1 trillion but failed to raise even €10 billion without having to intervene in its own bond auctions.

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Politics

Friday, March 30, 2012

Europe's Nuclear Exit Strategy / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAt this time in April 2012 the nuclear industry has springcleaned its rhetoric and is making predictable rearguard action, claiming it isn't dead yet. What almost any honest observer will say is that just one more Fukushima type disaster will totally seal the fate of nuclear power, relegating the nuclear industry back to only the domains of weapons, medicine, engineering and research. As the Japanese government is obliged almost daily to up the estimate of costs that it and taxpayers will have to bear for the Fukushima disaster - the latest estimate is for a total of around 11 trillion yen to 2020 - Japan moves further to a probable complete exit from nuclear power. The costs were simply too high, like the risks which are perceived by public opinion as far too high.

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Politics

Friday, March 30, 2012

Before Making That IRA Contribution, Make Sure Your Pension Plan Assets are Safe / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: The middle of April is fast approaching and everyone knows what that means - time to get those 2011 income tax returns filled out and filed.

What few people realize is that they also have until Monday, April 16, to open a new individual retirement account (IRA) for 2011 or make your annual contribution to an existing one.

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Politics

Friday, March 30, 2012

Are High Taxes About to Make Silicon Valley Pack Up and Leave? / Politics / Tech Stocks

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: California Governor Jerry Brown is at it again.

He's cut a deal with the teachers' unions that would take the top rate of state income tax from 10.3% to 13.3%.

If passed on the November ballot, that would increase taxes on the top tier by a hefty 29%.

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Politics

Friday, March 30, 2012

Secret China Coup Could Send These Stocks Higher / Politics / China Stocks

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: Reports of a coup in the past week have startled many long-time China watchers.

Of course, we've seen next to nothing in the Western media about it despite the fact that what is going on behind the scenes now may be the biggest political play we've seen in decades.

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Politics

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Goldman Sachs Should 'Stop Saying' It Puts Customers First / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFormer SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt, who serves as a senior policy advisor for Goldman Sachs, spoke to Bloomberg TV's Erik Schatzker this morning on "Inside Track." Levitt said that Goldman should "stop saying" the firm puts customers first and that Lloyd Blankfein's "future is determined really by what the business is over the course of coming months."

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Politics

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Washington Obsesses Over Syria Whilst Mexico Burns / Politics / Mexico

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile the foreign policy elite in Washington focuses on the 8,000 deaths in a conflict in Syria -- half a world away from the United States -- more than 47,000 people have died in drug-related violence since 2006 in Mexico. A deeply troubled state as well as a demographic and economic giant on the United States' southern border, Mexico will affect America's destiny in coming decades more than any state or combination of states in the Middle East. Indeed, Mexico may constitute the world's seventh-largest economy in the near future.

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Politics

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Death of the Entertainment Industry / Politics / Sector Analysis

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere are things that many people in the developed world take for granted, especially in the states and Western Europe. Jobs, health benefits, social safety nets, affordable credit for homes/cars/etc. and cheap energy certainly rank among the most vital expectations, but even those things have been called into question within the mainstream consciousness, if for no other reason than the fact that they have simply evaporated in many locations. What hasn't really disappeared, though, are the [mindless] entertainment industries - i.e. sports, movies and video games.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

From Obamacare to Taxes: 5 Hot Topics Politicians Love to Lie About / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: Political lies are as old as the Republic, but that doesn't make the practice any less of an insult to the American people.

Whether they are about Obamacare or taxes, political lies are a special kind of deception.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Explaining Central Banking to the Publicly Educated / Politics / Central Banks

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDon't understand economics?  And the thought of even trying makes your eyes cross?

That's what they want.  Government, which is an artificial, unnecessary construct has made a concerted effort to make economics sound as difficult as possible for decades.  The reason?  They can use your programmed ignorance as the publicly "educated" to confuse you about how they manipulate the economy for their benefit.

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