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China Struggles As Oil Losses Climb

By Michael Lelyveld China’s biggest oilfield is suffering huge losses as the government seeks to avoid layoffs despite prices that have dropped below production costs. On April 8, the official Xinhua news agency reported that the Daqing oilfield in northern Heilongjiang province lost over 5 billion yuan (U.S. $769 million) in the first two months … Continue reading

Why China Is Investing More Money In The US

By Shannon Van Sant Chinese investment in the United States is expected to break records this year, as massive amounts of money continue to flow from China. Chinese companies looking to expand and merge with U.S. firms are expected to invest $20 billion to $30 billion in many sectors. Sean Miner oversees the China program at … Continue reading

Chinese Dragon: Breathing Credit Fumes

By Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk Economic forecasting, no matter how complex the underlying model may be, is essentially about extrapolating historical trends. We showed last week how economic models completely fail to pick up on structural shifts using Japan as an example. On the other hand, if an economy doesn’t really change much, as in the case … Continue reading

Are U.S. Exchange Controls Imminent?

By Egon Von Greyerz, Goldbroker.com I have for quite some time warned investors to get out of the banking system. We believe that it is now becoming more urgent than ever. Bank stocks in Europe and the US are falling fast. The market is clearly sensing that things are looking extremely precarious in most financial institutions. … Continue reading

The Thing About Economic Bubbles

By Jeff Fitchett There are tell-tale signs of bubbles. All throughout history bubbles have been formed, popped, a depression ensued and then another bubble formed.  The characteristics of bubbles are very similar. Group think is one of the key components. Rational thinking is set aside as more and more people crowd into a purchasing frenzy … Continue reading

What U.S. Economic Recovery? — 1 Out Of Every 5 Households Have No Job

By Michael Snyder If nobody is working in one out of every five U.S. families, then how in the world can the unemployment rate be close to 5 percent as the Obama administration keeps insisting? The truth, of course, is that the U.S. economy is in far worse condition than we are being told. Last … Continue reading

The Economy As It Is, Or The Economy As It ‘Should’ Be

By Jeffrey P. Snider, Alhambra Investment Partners The mainstream view of the unemployment statistics suggest that any weakness in the US economy, manufacturing or beyond, will be temporary and shallow because employment growth remains robust. The question is not whether the statistics suggest such a trend but rather if those accounts correspond with anything real. As … Continue reading

The Collapse Of The Western Fiat Monetary System May Have Already Begun

By Peter Koenig On 19 April 2016, China was rolling out its new gold-backed yuan. Russia’s ruble has been fully supported by gold for the last couple of years. Nobody in the western media talks about it. Why would they? – A western reader may start wondering why he is constantly stressed by a US … Continue reading

Interest Rates Could Go Negative, Bank Of England’s Vlieghe Says

But the MPC member says the Bank would have to be cautious about undermining the bank funding model if savers start hoarding cash. By Katie Allen* A top Bank of England policymaker has floated the possibility of interest rates being cut below zero, meaning companies would pay to deposit their money with banks. Jan Vlieghe, … Continue reading

What Nigeria Could Tell Us About China’s ‘Dollar’ Instability

By Jeffrey P. Snider, Alhambra Investment Partners On April 12, Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, was in Beijing to negotiate Chinese aid for his ailing country. At home, the government faces an enormous budget deficit largely on the price of oil. The more immediate threat, however, is that Nigeria in large part due to oil prices … Continue reading

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