• Steve H. Hanke
    05/04/2016 - 08:00
    Authored by Steve H. Hanke of The Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. A few weeks ago, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sprang a surprise. It announced that a...

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A Very Bearish Stanley Druckenmiller Blows Up At The Fed; Reveals His Biggest "Currency" Position

If anyone had wondered if Stanley Druckenmiller's recent bearishness had dissipated, or transformed into at least modest bullishness as a result of the market meltup, we have bad news.


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China Warns 'Will Respond To Trump Presidency'

Speaking through its mouthpiece Global Times, China has published its first reaction to "unpredictable" Trump's position as presumptive Republican nominee and their expectations of a Trump vs Clinton fight for The White House... "This scenario is becoming increasingly serious..."


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Will The (Falling) Buck Stop Here?

The recent decline in the U.S. Dollar has people wondering where it might stop; its chart suggests right here is as good a spot as any.


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Turkish Lira Plunges Most Since 2008 As Yet Another Political Crisis Appears Imminent

As another political crisis appears ready to grip Turkey, moments ago we got confirmation that the latest scandal, this time one involving the president and the prime minister, is about to become acute and will likely lead to a party Convention as well as the resignation of the Prime Minister. The immediate response: the biggest crash in the Turkish Lira since October 2008.


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As UK Housing Bubble Bursts, Barclays Unleashes 100% LTV Mortgages Again

Just a month after the UK's luxury housing bubble burst, it appears the nice friendly bankers at Barclays are looking for some scapegoats to flip their condos to. That the housing recovery has been driven primarily by a steady flow of foreign investment, and not necessarily the underlying economic fundamentals improving is becoming clear to everyone and so in what appears a desperate act of deja vu, Barclays has brought back the 100 per cent mortgage - the first major bank to do so since the last financial crisis - to keep the ponzi dream alive just a little longer.


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Obama Chugs A Glass Of Flint Water, Says It Is "Drinkable"

Behold the leader of the free world: "Obama drinks water in Flint, Michigan. Says the water is 'drinkable'."


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This Incredibly Reckless Policy Is Gaining Momentum

Let’s be honest, free money sounds great. And you might agree if you start daydreaming about what you’d buy with additional $1,000 or $5,000 in your bank account. The truth is, nothing is free...


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The War On Paper Currency Officially Begins: ECB Ends Production Of €500 Bill

Following the denial in February that this action is in any way about reducing cash, Mario Draghi has made his decision: ECB ENDS PRODUCTION AND ISSUANCE OF €500 BANKNOTE. And just like that the second highest denominated European bank note in circulation is dead, driving everyone into the CHF1000 Bill, and implicitly weakening the euro.


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"Nothing Has Been Fixed" - Citi's Five Reasons Why This Sucker Is Going Down

"none of the structural headwinds that seem to have plagued the global economy in recent years (a mix of excessive indebtedness, deteriorating demographics, rising political uncertainty as well as the end of the China growth miracle and the commodity supercycle) have been resolved."


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Saxo Warns Further Upside For Crude Hard To Achieve After Market "Change Of Focus"

The dollar's gyrations remain a key source of inspiration for traders with the fundamental focus continuing to switch between falling US and rising OPEC production, according to Saxo Bank's Ole Hanson. Having seen calendar 2017 almost hit $50 last week the realisation that further upside may be hard to achieve may has helped trigger increased demand for protection.


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With Jim Chanos Short, Is SolarCity The Next SunEdison? The Full Bear Case

One year ago, SunEdison was the darling of the hedge fund world. It is now bankrupt. Moments ago, Jim Chanos revealed that (in addition to Tesla) he is also short Elon Musk's SolarCity, sending the stock sliding.  But what is the bear case? Courtesy of Axiom's Gordon Johnson, here are some very specific reasons why Chanos may once again have a home run on his "short" hands.


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China Unleashes SPR (Strategic Porcine Reserve) As Pork Price Surge Threatens Social Unrest

Porkflation is a very delicate, and very concerning issue for China. The massive amounts of layoffs that China has experienced as a result of a slowing economy has already lead to some social unrest, and pork prices exploding higher for those unemployed will only add fuel to that simmering fire. As such, Beijing has announced that it will release 3.05m kilograms of frozen pork reserve into the capital's market between May 5 and July 4, in an attempt to lower prices. The impact on prices may be short lived however, as China may not have the sows to be able to continue the subsidy.


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Over Half of Americans Now Believe the Voting System Is Rigged

Like it or not, on some level the entire system is rigged to a degree and apparently the majority of American citizens now agree. According a new study conducted by Reuters News, “more than half of American voters believe the U.S. system is rigged.


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Kasich Out: Trump Challenger To Make 5PM Statement Suspending Campaign

Update: as expected, Kasich's announcement will be that he is indeed suspending his campaign, and with that Trump is the official presidential candidate of the Republican party.


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