As the towering forces that are prevailing against failing global economic architecture and the pit of debt beneath that structure, as laid out below, it is clear that the 'Epocalypse' - encompassing the roots "economic, epoch, collapse" and "apocalypse" - is here, and it is everywhere. The Great Collapse has already begun. What follows are the megatrends that will increasingly gang up in the first part of 2016 to stomp the deeply flawed global economy down into its own hole of debt.
For imprisonments, the US really does have no close second: it’s the unquestionable global market-leader, for prisons and prisoners. And this gets us to the market-leader for prisons within America itself, and to the stunning corruption that stands behind it. So, here’s that extraordinary example, and the story behind its corruption, which will provide a close-up view of America’s general corruption, from the top (including the government itself) on down.
"Panic is building, most likely setting the stage for a rally, but the missing ingredient here is growth. With analysts cutting estimates at an accelerating rate, increasing China risks and no apparent floor for oil prices, we remain cautious on our near term outlook for stocks."
"... after four long years without any profits growth, the risk is that MSCI World mean-reverts to its original 2011 PE multiple, which would imply a further 50% decline from here. Even decline back to average would imply a 15% drop."
On Sunday, Washington responded to Kim Jong-Un's nuclear sabre rattling by flying a B-52 over South Korea in a show of force that's sure to infuriate Pyongyang. Next up: Ash Carter may be set to send in an aircraft carrier.
South Korea - which Kim Jong-Un says is "jealous" of the North's "H-bomb" test - has resumed blaring anti-Pyongyang propaganda over loudspeakers installed on the two countries' border, a move the North says has once again brought the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of war."
Once, there was a time when Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Tojo ruled almost all of Eurasia. And another time when a monolithic Sino-Soviet Communist bloc ruled from the Elbe to the Pacific. As those times are long gone, is it not time for an exhaustive review of the alliances we have entered into and the war guarantees we have issued, to fight for nations and interests other than our own?
The mainspring of Islamic extremism and militancy isn’t the moderate and democratic political Islam, because why would people turn to violence when they can exercise their right to choose their rulers? The mainspring of Islamic militancy is the despotic and militant political Islam of the Gulf variety. The Western powers are fully aware of this fact, then why do they choose to support the same forces that have nurtured jihadism and terroris?
The half-life of the latest "market supporting" intervention by the Chinese government: just about 12 hours.
- China turmoil sends oil, stocks sliding (Reuters)
- China's Stock Traders Go Home After 29 Minutes (BBG)
- Yuan hits weakest since Feb 2011 on fresh low midpoint (Reuters)
- Stocks Extend Rout, Oil Slides on China as Soros Warns of Crisis (BBG)
- China's 29 Minutes of Chaos: Stunned Brokers and a Race to Sell (BBG)
- North Korea Uses Bomb Test to Boost Dictatorship (WSJ)
Once China set the Yuan fixing some 0.5% lower, the biggest drop since the August devaluation, all hell broke loose and unleashed a global selling panic after China's stock market was promptly shut down less than 30 minutes into trading, then European shares dropped the most in more than 4 months as Asian equities plunges, as did US stock futures, the dollar weakened against the euro and the yen; crude plunged to fresh 12 year lows. Gold rose.
Gold has has been one of the best months for gold in terms of monthly performance in the last 10 years. Bloomberg confirms that today.
"America Is A Gang Of Cruel Robbers": North Korea Boasts Of "Successful" Nuke Test As Skeptics LaughSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 01/06/2016 12:16 -0400
- Obama, wiping tears, makes new push to tighten gun rules (Reuters)
- Global stocks hit by China worries, North Korea nuclear test (Reuters)
- Oil hits 11-year low, Saudi-Iran row cuts chances of output restraint (Reuters)
- North Korea says successfully conducts first H-bomb test (Reuters)
- Valeant Planning to Appoint New Leader as CEO Remains Hospitalized (WSJ)
- Treasuries Extend 2016 Winning Start With Growth Outlook Clouded (BBG)