Purchasing Power

Trump Left Saudi Arabia Off His Immigration Ban... Here's Why

It’s hard to overstate how much the petrodollar system benefits the US dollar. It’s allowed the US government and many Americans to live beyond their means for decades. And it’s the reason the media and political elite give the Saudis special treatment...

What Will Trump Do About The Central-Bank Cartel?

Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to be an “internationalist,” seeking to build a new world order by political and military means. If that is so, he will sooner or later have to come to grips with the Fed’s policies - most notably with its liquidity swap agreements.

Carlson Capital: Border Adjustment Tax Would Lead To "Global Depression"

"If the border adjustment mechanism is implemented as proposed we think it will cause a global depression and a major equity market decline. It is still unclear whether it will happen but at the very least we expect that US trade policy will put downward pressure on global growth. When this becomes apparent commodities will correct meaningfully and we will reinvest in inflation beneficiaries."

The Central Banks Pull Back: Now It's Up To Fiscal Policy To "Save The World"

The reason central bankers are pulling back from their previous "we can do no wrong, we're saving the world" expansion is those policies have failed to bolster the real economy. Even conventional economists who never met a central bank expansion they didn't love are grudgingly conceding that quantitative easing and all the other monetary expansions did little but make the rich richer and everyone else poorer.

A Self-Described "Permabull" Explains Why He Is Worried

In recent years, I’ve been chided for being eternally optimistic, or a perma-bull, when it comes to markets. I’ve seen the ever-present fear that has pervaded markets as a positive. But now complacency abounds and it seems to hinge on not much more than hope and a prayer - I’m worried.

Paul Craig Roberts On "The Demise Of The Left"

The European and American left, which traditionally stood for the working class and peace (bread and peace) no longer exists. The cause championed by those who pretend to be the “left” of today is identity politics.  The “left” no longer champions the working class, which the “left” dismisses as “Trump deplorables,” consisting of “racist, misogynist, homophobic, gun nuts.” Instead, the “left” champions alleged victimized and marginalized groups - blacks, homosexuals, women and the transgendered.

What Is This "Crisis" Of Modernity?

We have an economic crisis - centered on the persistent elusiveness of real growth, rather than just monetized debt masquerading as 'growth'; and a political crisis - in which even ‘Davos man’, it seems, according to their own World Economic Forum polls, is anxiously losing his faith in 'the system' itself.

Policy Makers - Like Generals - Are Busy Fighting The Last War

It's long overdue to acknowledge we face a future absent net growth and likely a future with fewer consumers, fewer homebuyers, fewer taxpayers, fewer employees.  We face a battle where higher productivity leads to ever more being done by ever fewer people... and if we aren't thoughtful, honest, and creative in how we adapt to this new reality... terrible consequences could await us.