Musical Chairs

The US Is About To Hit $20 Trillion In Debt: Here's How It Affects You

As the vulture pundits in the mainstream media pick apart hollow political scandals, the essential bankruptcy of the federal government looms just ahead. The national debt is creeping toward 20 trillion dollars, and the United State’s largest problem is once again staring the world in the face.

Mother Nature Massacres Natural Gas Bulls

"It’s been kind of worst-case scenario for the bulls... Mother nature continues to be bearish, ultra-bearish... The utter lack of (heating) demand is, in my opinion, 99.9 percent of the natural-gas story."

2017: Change Can Be A Bitch

The political establishment has tricked itself into believing in the same illusion it’s been promoting to voters, that it’s possible to stave off, for a number of years, a deeper crisis, depression, by borrowing and printing ‘money’. But in the end no amount of fake or false news on the economic front will allow you to continue the facade for too long, because people know when they can’t afford things anymore.

5 Urgent Warnings From Big Banks That The "Economy Has Gone Suicidal"

The economy has gone suicidal. It is working against the very people who need its energy to survive. It is collapsing on its own weight, and the weight of literally incalculable levels of toxic debt. And it is going to create the greatest disaster of our time, if the warnings from the world’s most powerful bankers are any indication.

Americans' 2016 Choices: Lesser-Able Or Lesser-Evil

In less than five weeks we’ll find out whether Lesser-Evil is reelected or Lesser-Able is to assume the reins. In either case we’ll have to resign ourselves to having made a choice for a commander-in-chief of a declining empire, instead of a capable First Citizen ready to tackle our nation’s economic and social ills.

Dennis Gartman: "We Are Entering The “Zimbabwe-isation” Of The Global Capital Markets"

"We are, it seems to us, entering the period we shall call the “Zimbabwe-isation” of the global capital markets and we say that with all sincerity… and requisite trepidation.  This will end badly of course. These things always do, but until they end… until the music finally stops… the game has to be played and the music, as it plays, has to be enjoyed."

Musical Chairs

Economics is a bit like musical chairs. In a recession, the economy takes a hit and there are some casualties. Some players fail to get a chair in time and are out of the game. The game then goes on without them. The economy eventually recovers. But a depression is a different game entirely...

Frontrunning: August 3

  • European bank rebound not enough to save world stocks from further losses (Reuters)
  • Republican rift widens as Trump declines to endorse Ryan, McCain (Reuters)
  • New Rough Patch for Trump Campaign Roils Republicans as Defections Grow (WSJ)
  • Obama says Trump unfit to be president (FT)
  • World’s Largest Oil Hedge Set to Make Billions for Mexican State (BBG)

Is Being Unemployed Just "Bad Luck"? (Spoiler Alert: Don't Be Stupid!)

Washington Post writer Matt O’Brien proposes Getting Stuck Without a Job is Mostly a Matter of Bad Luck. That notion is ridiculous. While there may be instances of 'bad luck', in general, the employees with the weakest skills were the first to be let go and the last to be rehired.