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14 Reasons Why The U.S. Economy's Bubble Of False Prosperity May Be About To Burst

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

Did you know that a major event just happened in the financial markets that we have not seen since the financial crisis of 2008?  If you rely on the mainstream media for your news, you probably didn't even hear about it.  Just prior to the last stock market crash, a massive amount of money was pulled out of junk bonds.  Now it is happening again.  In fact, as you will read about below, the market for high yield bonds just experienced "a 6-sigma event".  But this is not the only indication that the U.S. economy could be on the verge of very hard times.  Retail sales are extremely disappointing, mortgage applications are at a 14 year low and growing geopolitical storms around the world have investors spooked.  For a long time now, we have been enjoying a period of relative economic stability even though our underlying economic fundamentals continue to get even worse.  Unfortunately, there are now a bunch of signs that this period of relative stability is about to end.  The following are 14 reasons why the U.S. economy's bubble of false prosperity may be about to burst...

#1 The U.S. junk bond market just experienced "a 6-sigma event" earlier this month.  In other words, it is an event that is only supposed to have a chance of 1 in 500 million of happening.  Billions of dollars are being pulled out of junk bonds right now, and that has some analysts wondering if a financial crash is right around the corner.

#2 The last time that we saw a junk bond rout of this magnitude was back during the financial crash of 2008.  In fact, as the Telegraph recently explained, bonds usually crash before stocks do...

The credit market usually leads the equity market during turning points, as happened when credit markets cracked first in 2008.

Will the same thing happen this time around?

#3 Retail sales have missed expectations for three months in a row and we just had the worst reading since January.

#4 Things have gotten so bad that even Wal-Mart is really struggling.  Same-store sales at Wal-Mart have declined for five quarters in a row and the outlook for the future is not particularly promising.

#5 The four week moving average for mortgage applications just hit a 14 year low.  It is now even lower than it was during the worst moments of the financial crisis of 2008.

#6 The tech industry is supposed to be booming, but mass layoffs in the tech industry are actually 68 percent ahead of last year's pace.

#7 According to the Federal Reserve, 40 percent of all households in the United States are currently showing signs of financial stress.

#8 The U.S. homeownership rate has fallen to the lowest level since 1995.

#9 According to one survey, 76 percent of Americans do not have enough money saved to cover six months of expenses.

#10 Rumblings of a stock market correction have become so loud that even the mainstream media is reporting on it.  For example, just check out this CNN headline from earlier this month: "Is a correction near? Wall Street on edge".

#11 The civil war in Iraq is spiraling out of control, and Barack Obama has just announced that he is going to send 130 troops to the country in a "humanitarian" capacity.  Iraq is the 7th largest oil producing nation on the entire planet, and if the flow of oil is disrupted that could have serious consequences.

#12 As a result of the conflict in Ukraine, the United States, Canada and the European Union have slapped sanctions on Russia.  In return, Russia has slapped sanctions on them.  Will this slowdown in global trade significantly harm the U.S. economy?

#13 The three day cease-fire between Hamas and Israel is about to end, and Hamas officials are saying that they are preparing for a "long battle".  If a resolution is not found soon, we could potentially see a full-blown regional war erupt in the Middle East.

#14 The number of Ebola deaths continues to grow at an exponential rate, and if the virus starts spreading inside the United States it has the potential to pretty much shut down our entire economy.

Meanwhile, things look even more dire in much of the rest of the globe.

For example, the economic slowdown has gotten so bad in some nations over in Europe that they are actually experiencing deflation...

Portugal has crashed into deep deflation and Italy’s inflation rate has fallen to zero as the eurozone flirts with recession, automatically pushing these countries further towards a debt compound spiral.


The slide comes amid signs of a deepening slowdown in the eurozone core, with even Germany flirting with possible recession. Germany’s ZEW index of investor confidence plunged from 27.1 to 8.6 in July, the sharpest fall since June 2012, during the European sovereign debt crisis. “The European Central Bank has to act now,” said Andrew Roberts, credit chief at RBS.

And in Japan, GDP just contracted at a 6.8 percent annual rate during the second quarter...

Japan's economy suffered its worst contraction since 2011 in the second quarter as consumer spending on big items slumped in the wake of a sales tax rise.


Gross domestic product shrunk by an annualized 6.8% in the three months ended June, Japan's Cabinet Office said Wednesday. The result was actually better than the 7% contraction expected by economists.


On a quarterly basis, Japan's GDP dropped by 1.7% as business and housing investment declined. Japan's economy last suffered a hit of this magnitude after the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster.

There is no way that this bubble of false prosperity was going to last forever.  It was never real to begin with.  It was just based on a pyramid of debt and false promises.  In fact, the condition of the global financial system is now far worse than it was just prior to the financial crisis of 2008.

Sadly, most people do not understand these things.  Most people just assume that our leaders have fixed whatever caused the problems last time.  And when the next crisis arrives, they will be totally blindsided by it.


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Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:52 | 5095160 Cattender
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as long as the Fed prints it's all good....

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:56 | 5095473 LooseLee
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Straight from the mouth of a PINKO COMMIE! Move to N Korea where your kind still think they have the answer!

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:52 | 5095163 Dr. Engali
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I was going to link to this article earlier just for Fonz. I know just how much he loves his lists.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:53 | 5095166 fonzannoon
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Doc look where things are at. Does this blow your mind and make you want to crawl out of your skin at the same time?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:59 | 5095187 BeetleBailey
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Fellas....STOP watching/listening to/even muting cnbc....

brains.....into moosh

please......for the love of God....stop....

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:00 | 5095200 fonzannoon
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read the article. You are on here reading snyder who references cnbc all the time may as well read that link anyway. It summarizes where things are at pretty well.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:35 | 5095373 espirit
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Roaches check in, but...

Sounds like "Hotel California".

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:22 | 5095601 LordEffingtonTh...
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Never fear!  Obama the clueless is on the job!

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:21 | 5095602 LordEffingtonTh...
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Never fear!  Obama the clueless is on the job!

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:51 | 5096093 Theosebes Goodfellow
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~"Obama the clueless is on the job!"~

No, he's not. He's on Martha's Vineyard shaking his hotness into the night with the mavens. The rest of the time he putts.


(Who gives a shit?)

Yasidis on a hill?

(We've got it bombed.)

Fiasco in Ferguson?

(He's sent in the Holder. Got it covered!)

Putin's convey in white?

(Breaker-breaker this, rubber ducky!)

The Border issue?

(What issue? We've finding them homes on military bases. I'd like to see those Tea Party people get pesky photos of them there!)

What, me worry?


Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:51 | 5096266 California Nigh...
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Obama seems like a sulky teenager. He can't have his way in Washington, so he says FUCK IT. From now on, I'll just play golf and party.


BTW. Pretty impressive list.

So what am I supposed to do?

Save cash and await deflation?

Or spend cash while I can still spend it?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:02 | 5095204 sixsigma cygnus...
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"#1 The U.S. junk bond market just experienced "a 6-sigma event" earlier this month."

What the hell, are they trying to pin this on me? Oh, er, uhm...

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:22 | 5095597 Keyser
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It depends, do you ride a Pale Horse? 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:05 | 5095216 NoDebt
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We're gonna do it all over again.  Like nothing was learned.

The only thing that keeps me sane is knowing that the high levels of banking, finance and politics know this, too.  It's not just us.  They will never speak about it, but they must know.  It would be impossible for them not to.

They're not turning us into a surveillance state with a militarized police force for shits and giggles.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:07 | 5095230 fonzannoon
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they barely got anyone back into the market as it is. I dunno that they can tank this thing again and then prop it up and tell everyone the water is warm. Meanwhile zirp is imploding the pension etc system as it is. If you "do it again" those things blow up and that is a very different "again".

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:19 | 5095300 BobPaulson
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Aren't we already at the last iteration?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:20 | 5095309 fonzannoon
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just because 50% of us on here have mentally tapped out and the other 50% are just about to does not mean they will let us out of the headlock.

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 19:15 | 5106451 BobPaulson
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One of my themes has been that we are possibly stuck in what is called a an eschatalogical trap here, where we keep thinking it is the end times, simply because we are tired with the current situation and optimistically keep telling ourselves this crooked self destructive cycle will end and a new day will dawn. I was just being facetious saying perhaps this is actually steady state. Maybe were are in a painful repeating cycle like Gabriel Garcia Marqez's 100 years, where we perrenially keep making the wrong decisions and end up where we started over and over.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:42 | 5095405 messymerry
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Not yet, and I think the next iteration will be quite a bit different from the '08 slammer.  Remember, we are on the vertical part of the popuilation and technology curves.  Things are moving way faster than the PTB can manage these sorts of events.  I will stick by my assertion that it will hapeen while Yobama (the man who would be king) is still in office.  

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:26 | 5095621 LordEffingtonTh...
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It would be delicious to see how his massive ego will be totally incapable of dealing with his failure.  He will be unable to fathom that he has failed.  ( he already has but he's too clueless to know )

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:57 | 5095751 lasvegaspersona
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yes it would

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:14 | 5096611 messymerry
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A glitch in the Matrix?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:27 | 5095622 LordEffingtonTh...
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It would be delicious to see how his massive ego will be totally incapable of dealing with his failure.  He will be unable to fathom that he has failed.  ( he already has but he's too clueless to know )

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:58 | 5095755 lasvegaspersona
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yes it would

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:22 | 5096506 brushhog
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"Remember, we are on the vertical part of the popuilation and technology curves. "

When talking about exponential growth, we are ALWAYS on the verticle section of the curve. Thats sort of the deceptive part about j curves, there really is no 'verticle' as opposed to horizontal the curve is continuously in one direction. You can freeze any point on the curve and, in that proportion make it look verticle.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:10 | 5096604 messymerry
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I'm not sure exactly what you mean.  We have time on one axis and magnitude on the other.  If you look at population, it was barely rising for forever and then over the last two centuries, it has really taken off...just like technology.  At any rate, these curves look a lot like asymptotes and only one thing is certain:  The other side is going to be one hell of a ride.  Thanks for the reply.  ;-D

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:07 | 5095526 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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In the mornin you go gunnin'
For the man who stole your water
And you fire till he is done in
But they catch you at the border
And the mourners are all singin'
As they drag you by your feet
But the hangman isn't hangin'
And they put you on the street

You go back Jack do it again
Wheel turnin' 'round and 'round
You go back Jack do it again

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:08 | 5095234 Dr. Engali
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They're going to do it all over again because they know they can get away with it and this is their last hurrah.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:10 | 5095243 fonzannoon
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you think? So we get the ekm triple lehman? That whole scenario all over again? Wow.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:13 | 5095252 Dr. Engali
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How long do you think they can keep selling garbage like that?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:16 | 5095285 fonzannoon
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as long as the other hand is buying it?

I don't see it. I know you remember 2008 well. By this point in the year Bear had blown up and everyone was screaming about all the firms behind them. This time around it is one portugese bank which was folded nice and calmly.

I just am surprised to see you guys going for the triple lehman. I did not expect that

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:35 | 5095380 NoDebt
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The problem isn't 2008.  It's 2008 only seven years after 2000/2001.  That wasn't some "once in a lifetime" event.  Not twice in seven years.  We've replaced the business cycle with the fiat cycle.  Central banks are playing God (complete with Papal Indulgences for the select few who run big financial institutions).  But they're not nearly as smart as God.  Frankly, they're not any smarter than the SEC or the CFTC, and I think we can agree those institutions have significant "blind spots", whether naturally occurring or "assisted" by being so close to those they are supposed to regulate.

Greenspan was "shocked" that institutions of finance could be so badly compromised by a small few who ran them onto the rocks for comparatively small personal gains.  The Fed should be prepared to be "shocked" again.  Their entire world is banks.  They only see the world through the persepctive of banks.  And banks spend a lot of time and treasure making sure their perceptions are favorable to them.

This thing will get out of control.  It will get out of control and we'll all be lucky to live through it.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:40 | 5095400 fonzannoon
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btfci (buy the fuckin crazy ivan)

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:23 | 5096309 doctorZH
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Here's a link to my book, TURN OUT THE LIGHTS.  The thesis is that Nature is rational.  We see that Earth revolved around the Sun every 365 days.  Over and over again.  The Earth alternates between Day and Night over a 24 hour period, again and again.  Jupiter makes a complete circle in space every 12 years.  Saturn every 28 years.  The Moon has a 28 day cycle..... History on Earth has a 36-year cycle; 18 years of Growth/Expansion, Ego Expansion, Evolution of Matter; this is always followed by 18 years of deflation, rest, gestation, the destruction of matter. 

My book follows these cycles back to the 1700s in America.  These cycles this century:

1911-1929: Growth/Inflation Cycle

1929-1947: Deflation Cycle (this deflation cycle was a debt cycle)

1947-1965: Growth/Inflation Cycle

1965-1983: Deflation Cycle (this deflation cycle was a non-debt cycle, meaning that attempt to reinflate resulted in both inflation and deflation at the same time)

1983-2001: Growth/Inflation Cycle

2001-2019: Deflation Cycle (this deflatio cycle is a debt cycle)

Manuscript at:

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:41 | 5095406 espirit
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Problem is that there are increasingly fewer players in the pension ponzi.

All recent jobs created with no bennies means last one out is handed a steaming bag of wookie doo.

It's a fools game to be the bagholder.  WTFU. 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:22 | 5095598 KnuckleDragger-X
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I saw today that one of the Cali pension funds has gone full retard so it won't be much longer.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:29 | 5096149 Bananamerican
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Why so cryptic?
Which one?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:49 | 5095712 Muppet
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Foz: "I just am surprised to see you guys going for the triple lehman".

I saw Rodney Dangerfield do that once.    Its extremely dangerous.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:16 | 5095276 sixsigma cygnus...
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Last time around, right after Bear Stearns, I was betting on whether Lehman or UBS would be next.  Who will it be this time? 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:18 | 5095293 fonzannoon
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that's my point exactly. Last time we started with someone. There is no "this time' because we have not started with anyone yet. This time around it actually seems like the consumer is taking out the retailers directly. Their margins are imploding. The banks seem recapped and stuffed full of QE cash and are just hangin out.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:08 | 5095431 Quus Ant
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The threat this time is outside of the system- BRICS- but the triggerman will be Europe.  Eventually they will rediscover self interest- after a measure of pain.

The rest from the WEST?  Smoke and mirrors. 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:32 | 5095649 Anusocracy
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The Europeans love their government more than Americans do.

They will be rewarded appropriately for their stupidity.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:04 | 5095953 Quus Ant
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They also love warm houses.

after a measure of pain.


Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:58 | 5095481 LooseLee
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They will pay dearly for their compliance...

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:09 | 5095229 Dr. Engali
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I know, it's fucked up. I had a client bring me and a prospectus for a market linked CD from Goldman Sachs. Right in the prospectus it said, and I'm paraphrasing, "you should assume that we are betting against you". I'm getting sales shit from all the big banks for market link CDs right now.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:26 | 5095338 toady
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I've been pitched 'market linked' CDs three times in the last four months, more times than i've been pitched any financial product in recent memory.

They must be getting a good reception. Probably a lot of boomers longing for the interest rates of their youth.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:01 | 5095193 Carpenter1
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The junk bond market was surgically imploded by the FED in order to send scared money fleeing to nice safe, happy US treasurys.

FED must be so pleased with itself.

Makes their victory so much sweeter when they get to watch the trained seals do their bidding by trading with the FED

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:16 | 5095284 Dr. Engali
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I put some money to work in junk bonds on that implosion too. It's worked out pretty good so far.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:34 | 5095366 mt paul
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trained seals....

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:14 | 5095177 fonzannoon
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someone should show this to snyder

This is too much fun....

"If you want to track how close we are to the next financial collapse, there is one number that you need to be watching above all others.  The number that I am talking about is the yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries, because it affects thousands of other interest rates in our financial system.  When the yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries goes up, that is bad for the U.S. economy"

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:43 | 5095378 mt paul
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unless you're long TBT

3x  treasury short ETF

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:56 | 5095178 Shizzmoney
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Things have gotten so bad that even Wal-Mart is really struggling.  Same-store sales at Wal-Mart have declined for five quarters in a row and the outlook for the future is not particularly promising.

Good, the economy won't get better until it dies

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:57 | 5095179 TeamDepends
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Because Yellen ain't getting any younger?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:58 | 5095182 F0ster
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They're pulling out of HY bonds and reinvesting those funds into USTs, Bunds etc en Masse. Talk about jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:01 | 5095203 Bilderberg Member
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Otherwise known as the "Wall of worry"

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:02 | 5095208 Aussiekiwi
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The US leaves on the trees so goes the days of our lives.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:10 | 5095238 EveningInAmerica
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Same stats, different day. Look Mike, we respect you and we appreciate the work you're doing, but enough with the lists. You'd think the Buzzfeedification of the internet wouldn't have infected the red pill sites, but here we are. Stop with this shit. It's low brow and you're better than this. 

As for the content...well that is a different story. None of this stuff matters anymore. The boomers are holding on to their stocks and they hold the purse strings. Until they start selling this little stock market bubble can get a lot crazier. We all need to just jump on and enjoy this ride because why the fuck not? People started calling it a real estate bubble in 2005 and guess what? The last two YEARS were fantastic. People started calling it a dot com bubble in 98. Again, a couple more years of hot action. Jump in and enjoy this bitch.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:01 | 5095496 LooseLee
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Straight from the mouth of a PINKO COMMIE! Move to N Korea where your kind still think they have the answer!

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:14 | 5095267 Temerity Trader
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Oh please, the pain! Berkshire ‘A’ shares at $200,000. How many shares does the average American own? Zero? How did it get to $200K?  Genius at work?  NO, the Fed! All the Fed.  The lemmings see their 401K’s go up by $1k and they are thrilled and remain docile. So, they don’t stir up any trouble. The bottom dwellers have EBT cards and welfare, they are kept mostly under control, except an occasional rare flare-up like in MO.

So, what about that trickle-down theory? The wealthy are laughing at the masses while thanking Ben and Janet for riches beyond their wildest dreams. The middle class is living on debt, that great “bridge” that takes them from prosperity to poverty. The bankers are again lending to anyone who can fog a mirror. They now know with 100% certainty they will get bailouts as soon as it gets ugly again. There are still foreclosures and walkaways everywhere, but many buyers are paying cash…WTF?  Maybe this really is ‘The Matrix’ and I should have taken the blue pill? This has all got to be a f ***ing illusion.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:05 | 5095510 LooseLee
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They are going to get much, much more than a bailout. Can you say 'wailing and knashing of teeth"? Yep. That's what awaits them after the next crash...

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:09 | 5095534 Groundhog Day
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You can't take the blue pill once you've come to zerohedge. Look at my avatar. I was happier being ignorant, now I am out of the matrix and miserable waiting for something to happen which may never happen

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:50 | 5095722 Keyser
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SSDD brother... I'm not sure which is better at this point, being ignorant and happy, or being awakened and suffering while watching the decay take place... 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:57 | 5095753 Muppet
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Very profound.  And very familar. 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:19 | 5095294 smokescreen
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Doesn't matter we all know that sooner or later its gonna implode...but is it sooner or later. At some point rates will go up the pv on bonds will crash the stock market will also react negatively but gold will rally...but when and whats the trigger.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:24 | 5095327 Jack Burton
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Europe is officially in a no growth state. That happened before the Ukraine sanctions band wagon really kicked in. France by all accounts is going negative. Finland is deeply negative. Germany has some banking problems, and they have the GOOD banks, supposedly.

The two nations that defy reality and all the lwas of physics are th USA and the UK. The two great money printers have so far printed their way to a prosperity for the elites and a failrly stable low grade economic security for most others.

We all know markets are not the economy, but the QE wealth effect has pumped untold billions into the elites stocks and the 401K holders retirement accounts.

Will there be a 2008 crisis, but only worse? All the laws of physics say so, but the USA operates on the laws of Fed money printing, and so far they trump economic and physical law.

All I do know is, that when this mega bubble blows, it will end the very idea of an American middle class for the rest of this century. Will the top suffer, probably not, they are the ones cashing out as I type this. And they will go to congress and get their bail outs again. It is the bottom 90% who will have their economic lives ended.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 23:19 | 5095832 Tuco Benedicto ...
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"And they will go to congress and get their bail outs again. It is the bottom 90% who will have their economic lives ended."

As usual, I agree with you Jack, except I think we will see "bail ins" not bail outs this time around alah Cyprus.


Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:25 | 5095336 buzzsaw99
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borrow at zirp and buy the 30y. problem solved.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:31 | 5095356 Dead Canary
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But...but....PROMISE ZONES!

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:34 | 5095364 smokescreen
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Well atleast...we still have football...maybe???  ahh shit...we are all effed...roll a joint pop a beer rent some love and wait for the pain.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:31 | 5095638 KnuckleDragger-X
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The road goes on forever and the party never ends...

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:50 | 5095449 LooseLee
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Sounds like a PINKO COMMIE BULLTARD's (TheRideNeverEnds)BTFD Nirvana....

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:59 | 5095761 Keyser
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You're starting to sound like a broken record... 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 23:52 | 5095931 directaction
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What's a "broken record?" Is it like when someone runs faster than anyone else has? 


Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:03 | 5095498 FreeNewEnergy
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OK, I got the Michael Snyder "XXX reasons" article, but where is the brucewilds blog pimp post?

This must be a sign that the end is near?/.!

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:04 | 5095513 ramacers
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most people don't want to say as much, but they feel as if they've been walkin' on egg shells since '08. it'll sursprise no one.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 23:00 | 5095764 Keyser
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Not so much eggs, but the 23% loss in real wages since 2008 that have people on edge... 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:19 | 5095586 BringOnTheAsteroid
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The Top 1 Reason To Stop Publishing Articles About the Top Number of Reasons For Something

1. They're lame 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:42 | 5095684 The Magus
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Snyder is full o'shit. As always.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 23:05 | 5095784 AdvancingTime
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 After a major crash if one does occur the majority of people will look back and say, it happened so fast and with so little warning that they could only go along on the ride. We do indeed live in interesting times. In my book Advancing Time I focus on how change is occurring at an increasingly faster rate. One of the biggest changes over the last few decades is in the speed and way we communicate, this will have a massive bearing on the effect and speed of a great unraveling.

To many of us, as with the occurrence of other unseemly events that take place in history it is merely a question of when and not if. While we have learned much during the last two hundred years about economics and how to manage our economy we should not be so arrogant as to think we can control greed or change the nature of bankers and politicians. More about how people will look back on this in the article below.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 23:37 | 5095885 adr
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Change is happening faster than the ability to react to it. Trends are haphazard and can no longer be predicted. Something becomes popular essentially by accident.

Retail sales are down because nobody knows what to make or buy. If you design something to follow a current trend it will be outdated before it hits the shelf. 

The Flappy Bird syndrome. Something absolutely dumb, that never should have been popular becomes a sensation for reasons nobody can explain.

I guess it is a symtom of the overall state of the economy. Stocks go up for reasons nobody can really explain. But like Flappy Bird we are just supposed to accept it and be glad it happened.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:13 | 5095983 therearetoomany...
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 Something absolutely dumb, that never should have been popular becomes a sensation for reasons nobody can explain"


i can...people in the us, anyway are so hooked into the opiate that is our enemy....TeeVee...our people are poorly educated and all their opinions are spoon fed to them, and they think they came to those opinions themselves.    look at what is popular and see how intelligent our society is....kardashians, honey boo boo, judge judy, cnbc, twitter, facebook...all bringing the intelligence quotient for the red team, msnbc, cnn, cbs, abc, nbc for the blue team.    our true enemy is TeeVee.   valuable if you know what it can be and is used for but most are just like the old chinese rotting in the opium dens at the turn of the 20th.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 23:29 | 5095858 adr
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TV told me everyone is going to rush and buy a Tesla. By the time the Model 3 comes out Tesla is going to be the largest automotive company in the world, or at least has the potential to be.

Rush to buy the stock. Even if Tesla hits $1200 a share it is undervalued because of future prospects. If you miss getting in at this level, you'll never be able to get in again.

Because your house doubles in value every five years and stocks double every two. To be rich all you have to do is invest.

You don't want to be stupid and miss making the easy money. Come on, open that bank account and transfer everything to a broker. He has your best interest in mind.

Seriously, I was reading a comment on an automotive site. The guy said how awesome Tesla is and that he's loving $260 a share, but he'll love $500 a share more. Do these people even have a concept of reality?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:33 | 5096453 honestann
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Of course, if what those people say is true, everyone who was going to buy a Tesla car will instead buy Tesla stock.  At which point Tesla sales drop to zero.  At which point Tesla stock will collapse and everyone who followed this advice will lose their shirt (and not even have an exploding Tesla car to enjoy).  At which point the federal reserve will lend Tesla $20-billion.  At which point Tesla stock will explode.  At which point the reasons to own Tesla stock instead of Tesla cars is even greater.  At which point people finally shake their heads and say... WTF is going on here?  Not that it matters in this 100% fiat, fake, fraud, fiction, fantasy, fractional-reserve debt-pyramid economasterphony.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:11 | 5095971 FearedDevil
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#14 is retarded

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:26 | 5096006 therearetoomany...
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how does putin, china, brics, shutting down the petro dollar affect this avalanche of bad economic info?


"like putting out fire....with gasoline"  david jones aka bowie

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:27 | 5096007 therearetoomany...
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double post

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:27 | 5096014 presidentsarkozy
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Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:02 | 5096114 bid the soldier...
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Dude, all you have to do is listen for the warning horn they honk 2 minutes before they ring the bell at the top.

Problem solved.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:34 | 5096452 Notsobadwlad
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In earlier times when there was at least thee pretense of an actual market, there would have been negative price action as a result of the above. However, now that price is apparently completely computer controlled (from who the heck knows where ... probably the same place the drones will be controlled from):

A. They will not let price drop until they are ready
B. When price drops, you will absolutely know that it has been planned.

If you made money in the so called markets over the past years, be assured that you did so by supporting those who have killed the free markets to support their own parasitic life. They of course believe they own the markets and the world and so you are lucky they let you live in it.

If you lost money in the so called markets over the past years, be assured that it was LITERALLY stolen from you by those who control the markets.

Frightening, eh? There are greater implications (about your very existence) ... but enough for now.

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