Alan Greenspan

Former Fed President: "All My Very Rich Friends Are Hoarding Cash"

Fisher’s most telling comment came during the Q&A session when he was asked how his personal portfolio was positioned. Fisher’s response: “In the fetal position.” Moreover, he also said that “all my very rich friends are hoarding cash.” 

"It's 2000 All Over Again!"

Mark Yusko pours cold water on whatever bullishly warm feelings the most optimistic folks may have clung to, warning "it's year 2000 all over again." Here are four major parallels he pointed out that make it clear we are heading for another ugly recession—or are already in one without realizing it.

How Central Banks Created "Trumpism"

Trump is only a symptom of a far larger problem. The economic conditions that have paved the way for “Trumpism” are really a result of decades of monetary disorder brought to us by central banks. In the 18th century, British economist John Stuart Mill wrote “most of the time the machinery of money is unimportant but when it gets out of control it becomes the monkey wrench in all the other machinery of the economy.” There should have been a second sentence about how the dysfunction of the invisible hands attributable to the monetary disorder endangers political liberalism.

American Worker Productivity Drops (Again)

For the second quarter in a row, US worker productivity fell in Q1 (down 0.6% QoQ). Outside of 2015's weather-driven debacle, this is the weakest two quarter tumble in productivity since Q4 2012. Unit labor costs rose 4.5% QoQ in Q1 (revised up from 4.1%) as output actually fell 0.6% (implying a 3.9% rise in compensation). This is the 3rd quarterly drop in output in a row.

Don't Expect Much From Yellen's Speech Today

Anyone hoping for some clarity on the Fed's next steps from Yellen's speech later today, don't hold your breath. If anything, Yellen will do more of the same, which as BofA summarizes, is the following: "It is fair to say that many clients are a bit confused and frustrated with Fed communication. The Fed seems to be constantly changing its focus from one meeting to the next. They seem to regularly promise hikes, only to back off at the last second."

It's Like Magic: Obama Calls For More "Generous" Social Security Benefits

“And not only do we need to strengthen its long-term health, it’s time we finally made Social Security more generous and increased its benefits so that today’s retirees and future generations get the dignified retirement that they’ve earned... We could start paying for it by asking the wealthiest Americans to contribute a little bit more.

Alan Greenspan: "We're Running To A State Of Disaster"

"Entitlements are crowding out savings, and hence capital investment. Capital investment is the critical issue in productivity growth, and productivity growth in turn is the crucial issue in economic growth. We're running to a state of disaster unless we turn this around."

Disillusioned Democrats & The Demise Of Democracy In America

Democracy in America, we ask: is it our destiny, or political curse, to have to choose between the lesser of two evils at election time? Why? Are we terminally incapable of acknowledging a fundamental truth: that democracy will never take hold until we change the undemocratic process that keep us in chains... and learn to govern ourselves, selflessly, for the welfare of all?

With 'Recovery' Disproved, There Is Every Need To Examine The Worst Case

There is a great deal that is wrong with mainstream economic commentary, starting with its unwavering devotion to orthodox economics and unshakable faith in their “stimulus.” No matter how little is actually stimulated there is never any doubt that the media will simultaneously forget the last one while lavishing praise on the next one. It is, however, the actual economic commentary itself that may be the most damaging. Because nothing works, every news story is printed from the shallowest, narrowest perspective. It is a grave disservice to the public and journalism.

The Humungous Depression

We are not in a recession. We are in a depression, and have been since the turn of the century.