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The Lowest Vol In A Lifetime

In times gone by, of course, exceptionally low financial market volatility was a source of concern for policymakers.   Such conditions, they knew, were unlikely to last but might encourage behaviour that could threaten financial stability when the volatility regime and market risk premia normalized. Fast forward to today, and while there has been the occasional brief mention of the reach for yield, there's been nary a mention of the potentially pernicious problems posed by low volatility.

Obamacare Is Rapidly Becoming The Poster-Child For American Inequality

The best thing about Obama (from an oligarch’s perspective), is his uncanny ability to push through upward redistributive wealth policies while still maintaining a phony aura of caring about the little guy amongst so many of his apparently lobotomized supporters.

The Real Existential Threats Of 2016

"If one belongs to that third of the nation that pays no income taxes but receives copious benefits, why would you vote for a party that will cut taxes you don’t pay, but take away benefits you do receive?" And so they did, and so they do. But this is a game that cannot go on forever.

Obama Administration Explains Its Own "Plagiarism" Was Merely "Inspiration"

With the 'p' word being lobbed around by Republican and Democrat today as Melania and Michelle battled to the death over who is the plagiarizer-est, we are reminded that it wasn't too long ago that the media turned a blind eye when President Barack Obama was busted plagiarizing from Deval Patrick... and today The White House press secretary explained "Obama didn't plagiarize... he was 'inspired by'" the former Massachusetts Governor.

"The Case For Donald Trump Is Simple"

The alternative is President Hillary Clinton... Fair enough to argue that Mr. Trump represents a huge risk. But honesty requires that this risk be weighed against a clear-eyed look at the certainties a Hillary Clinton administration would bring.

How Aristocracies Benefit Both From Racism And From Anti-Racism

In theocratic Iran, the clergy determine what final choices the public will have; in aristocratic-dictatorial US, the aristocracy do. Bigotry, and its natural response – anti-bigotry – both advance the cause of the aristocracy, anywhere. It’s not just divide-and-conquer. It’s also redirect-and-distract.

A Period Of Major Civil Unrest Looms – How To Win An Inevitable Confrontation With The Status Quo

It’s quite fitting that the shameless police murder below occurred on the exact same day that Hillary Clinton was set free by the top cops in the nation thanks solely to her position of power and influence... None of this will be lost upon a citizenry which is already seething with rage and very close to a tipping point. Increasingly, the general public is coming to the very unpleasant realization that they live in a corporate oligarchy in which they are subjects rather than citizens. The more they are pushed into a corner, the sooner they will lash out in all sorts of ways.

Mapping The Cost Of "Sin" Across America

As spring heads into summer across the United States, many Americans may be enjoying a frosty adult beverage. And associated with the purchase of that alcohol, Americans will pay a hefty tax. The taxes collected from so-called sin taxes serve as a major source of revenue for some states. Sin taxes can cover activities from tobacco and alcohol to casino and racing gambling. States collected over $32 billion in sin taxes in 2014.... but which state pays the most for "sin"