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Those who actually create value as opposed to chasing yield with nearly-free money will actually have some traction once the swamp of excess liquidity drains.

When those closest to the money spigots of the Federal Reserve can borrow billions for next to nothing, cash--laboriously saved from years of paychecks--is reduced to trash.  What...
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The Department of Defense has launched an investigation into its airdrop program for Syria after a video surfaced on youtube showing ISIS fighters going through an airdrop package meant for Kurdish forces. The airdrop occurred around the contested city of Kobani and included weapons intended to help Kurdish fighters defend the city from ISIS....

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A German stimulus package may now be too late, and too small, to revive the euro area economy, according to a report by ratings agency Standard & Poor's....
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Dear Reader,

600. That’s roughly the number of fiat currencies whose value has gone to zero.

The most common cause of paper-money death? Overissuance, of course.

Frank Trotter , currency expert and executive vice president of EverBank , joins us today to talk failed currencies. Frank takes us on a quick, fun trip through history to examine some of

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Saudi Arabia Ramps Up Beheadings As US Condemns ISIS For Beheadings

In the two months since the US and gulf state allies have begun attacking ISIS in Iraq and Syria the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has had a wave of executions . Like ISIS, the Saudis use the method of beheading for execution. The US has condemned ISIS’ use of the practice yet has remained silent on whether the Saudis’ use of beheading as a...

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Business Minister Matthew Hancock tells company chiefs referendum would end uncertainty over Britain's relationship with Brussels...
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Dear Reader,

Two weeks ago, gold dropped almost back to where it was last December. The resulting negative sentiment gripping the precious metals market and indeed the whole metals and mining sector is profound and far reaching—as bad as last December, or worse.

Which is odd, because the better stocks have not returned to their December lows.

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This is the net result of commoditization: there's no premium for commoditized capital, labor, goods, services or content.

As I noted in  Our New Robot Overlords & The Third Type of Capital , profits flow to whatever inputs are scarce.  Unfortunately for musicians, writers, filmmakers and others producing creative content, creative...
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Not with a Bang but a Whimper: DOJ Says it Cannot Prosecute “Rocket Science” Frauds

By William K. Black

This is the way the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) greatest strategic prosecutorial failure ends, not with a bang but a whimper that it is too hard to prosecute “rocket science” frauds.  The context is the ritual Bloomberg exit interview with the...

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Krugman’s Bashes Progressives for Criticizing Obama on Grounds that He Criticizes Obama

By William K. Black

Paul Krugman’s admirers would never list modesty as one of his characteristics. He has written a column “In Defense of Obama” that begins by explaining that his criticisms of President Obama were correct, but that unidentified others’ criti...

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