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EUROPE BUYS SOME TIME….

Let’s not sugarcoat tonight’s “resolution” – this is merely a temporary measure that will buy them more time to resolve the true cause of the currency crisis.  Let’s take a brief look at some of the key points of tonight’s statement (read it in full here): “All Member States of the euro area are fully… Read More

THE CASE FOR HIGHER OIL PRICES BY 2012, PART 2

The physical oil market continues to show a remarkable strength even if futures prices are lagging amid worries about the impact of an economic slowdown on crude oil demand. The latest signals of supply and demand tightness come from Asia and the Middle East.

WHY IS THERE DEFLATION IN HYPERINFLATION FORECASTS?

If you cite inflation statistics these days you inevitably run into the same counterpoints from those who have long been predicting hyperinflation in the USA. And despite the fact that there are still no signs of hyperinflation (or even high inflation) in the US economy the hyperinflationists remain convinced that they will one day be… Read More

A LOOK INSIDE THE FED’S LIMITED TOOLKIT

By now, we all know that QE2 wasn’t all that effective in helping the economy.   And after extraordinary measures, ZIRP, bank bailouts, endless loans, etc, some are saying that the Fed is completely out of bullets.  Still, like a group of masochists, we are looking to Jackson Hole and Bernanke’s speech to shed some… Read More

THE INNOVATION INITIATIVE

Let’s leverage our greatest resources and understanding of the monetary system in an effort to unleash a whirlwind of innovation of the likes that mankind has never witnessed before.