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Soybeans

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Chris Kimble sent me a price chart compilation of a commodity that is doing poorly like the rest of commodities — soybeans. The left image shows soybean prices essentially falling off a cliff; the right image shows the Teucrium Soybean ETF (SOYB) doing the same.

The charts provide an idea [Continue Reading]

How Goes the War?

How Goes the War?

Courtesy of James H Kunstler

Oh, you didn’t notice that World War Three is underway, actually has been for more than year? Well, that’s because most of it has been taking place in the banking sector, [Continue Reading]

Fed Is Like A Mother Who Still Breastfeeds Her 6 Year Old

Fed Is Like A Mother Who Still Breastfeeds Her 6 Year Old

Courtesy of Lee Adler of the Wall Street [Continue Reading]

If Debt Was The Problem…

Courtesy of John Rubino.

Confounded Interest just posted a nice summary of a McKinsey report on the growth of global debt during what some persist in calling the “great deleveraging.” Turns out that since the crisis of [Continue Reading]

Farmers Walk Away From Leases Due to Plunging Grain Prices

Courtesy of Mish.

Walking Away Farmer Style

The price of corn is at a price seen in late 2006, wheat late 2005, and soybeans 2004. Land prices, lease prices, equipment prices, and fertilizer are much higher.

This has put the squeeze on many farmers, especially those who lease land. The result [Continue Reading]

How Greece Got Outmaneuvered

How Greece Got Outmaneuvered 

By John Cassidy at the New Yorker

Excerpt:

To the surprise of nobody except a few alarmists, the finance ministers of the European Union reached a deal with Greece on Friday, extending [Continue Reading]

Google Chrome Approaching World Domination?

Courtesy of Mish.

A few moments ago a reader who was having difficulty with an ad on my blog. I occasionally get complaints, and most of the recent ones involve non-US ads. The reader said the problem went away when he switched over to Chrome from Internet Explorer.

That got [Continue Reading]

Why the Workforce Still Shrinks as Job Growth Rises

Why the Workforce Still Shrinks as Job Growth Rises

By Elliott Wave International

Editor's note: This article was adapted from the February issue of The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast, a publication of Elliott Wave International. All data is as of Jan. [Continue Reading]

Giuliani’s Hypocrisy: How Can You Love America But Not Its Bill of Rights?

Courtesy of Pam Martens.

Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City

Let’s hope this latest rant by former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, ends once and for all that preposterous moniker of “America’s Mayor” that he claimed solely because of 9/11.

While [Continue Reading]

If Debt Was The Problem…

Courtesy of John Rubino.

Confounded Interest just posted a nice summary of a McKinsey report on the growth of global debt during what some persist in calling the “great deleveraging.” Turns out that since the crisis of 2008, [Continue Reading]

Tspiras Claims to have “Won a Battle, Not the War”; Greece to Combat Tax Evasion; Illusion Shattered; Another Bailout?

Courtesy of Mish.

On Friday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras backed down on nearly every promise made to the Greek electorate except one, to stay on the euro. After so much tough rhetoric, the question is why?

I believe the answer is the Greek primary account surplus vanished, making it [Continue Reading]

50 Shades of Greece

Courtesy of The Automatic Earth.


John M. Fox Window display of imported and domestic cheeses, New York 1948

When it comes to the ongoing Greek question, I see a lot of people eagerly jump to conclusions, after [Continue Reading]

Three Questions to be Answered this Week

Courtesy of Marc To Market

The Greek issue has been sufficiently resolved for now that investors' focus will shift elsewhere in the [Continue Reading]

“Prepare for Full-Scale War” says Former Envoy to Canada

 

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"Prepare for Full-Scale War" says Ukraine Deputy Foreign Minister. "With What?" asks Mish. Ukraine Lie of [Continue Reading]

Who Decides What Is Money?

Courtesy of John Rubino.

The following is an edited excerpt from The Money Bubble: What To Do Before It Pops:

During a 2011 congressional banking subcommittee hearing, Texas congressman Ron Paul asked Federal Reserve [Continue Reading]

Tesla: Bonfire Of The Money Printers’ Vanities

Courtesy of David Stockman at Contra Corner

The trouble with the money printing madness in the Eccles Building is that it generates huge deformations, misallocations and speculative excesses in the financial markets. Eventually these bubbles splatter, as they have twice this century.  The resulting carnage, needless to say, is [Continue Reading]

Peace? Ukraine “Preparing For Full-Scale War” With Russia, Demands The West Supply Lethal Weapons

 

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Peace? Ukraine "Preparing For Full-Scale War" With Russia, Demands The West Supply Lethal [Continue Reading]

Dollar Bulls to Yellen: A Little Help Here, Please

Courtesy Marc To Market

Anxiety over Greece seemed to offset the dovish read of the FOMC minutes.  The US dollar was little higher [Continue Reading]

What Uber Could Teach the American Economy

Outside the Box: What Uber Could Teach the American Economy

By John Mauldin

When I travel around the country, one of the questions that comes up often in conversation is, where will the jobs of the future come from? I have a [Continue Reading]

A Nation Of Truckers

Courtesy of Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform

Oh how the country has changed in the last 36 years. We were a nation of farmers, secretaries, and machine operators in 1978. The family farmer was still the backbone in the Northern Plains and Midwest. The internet [Continue Reading]

5 Things To Ponder: Salmagundi Introspections

Courtesy of Lance Roberts via STA Wealth Management

This past week has been a virtual tennis match watching the evolution of the Greek bailout negotiations. No Deal, Deal, No Deal, Deal.

However, despite the fallout that would likely come from a Greek "exit," the markets have largely [Continue Reading]

Greece Is Fixed! Oh, Wait…

Courtesy of John Rubino.

Minutes ago, eurozone finance ministers announced that they’ve agreed to give Greece four months of breathing room in which to get its financial house in order. In that [Continue Reading]

Lacy Hunt on Financial Repression; Deleveraging Not

Courtesy of Mish.

In another of his series on Financial Repression, Gordon Long of Market Research and Analytics interviewed Dr. Lacy Hunt, Executive Vice President of Hoisington Investment Management Company.

Previously Lacy Hunt was with the Federal Reserve in Dallas. He was also the chief economist for the largest [Continue Reading]

Bailout Blueprint: Deal or Capitulation? ECB Prepares for a Greece Exit from Euro Zone

Courtesy of Mish.

Bailout Blueprint: Deal, Capitulation, or Neither?

At the 12th hour Finance Chiefs Draw Up Greek Bailout Blueprint.

Negotiations led by Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who chairs the eurogroup of 19 eurozone finance ministers, [Continue Reading]