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  • Falling inflation a worry for Europe but also the world

    11/23/2014 6:55:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 23, 2014 | Ross Finley
    (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has moved closer to launching sovereign debt purchases and data this week will show just how dangerously low inflation has fallen in the $13 trillion euro zone economy. A sickly Europe has held back global economic growth for years, and now it is contributing significantly to powerful forces already dragging down inflation across the globe. A spectacular drop in crude oil prices over the past month will be the center of discussion when ministers from the world's top oil exporters meets in Vienna on Friday.
  • DRAGHI: Inflation Must Rise Without Delay(the sky is falling, only inflation can save us)

    11/21/2014 1:30:29 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    BI ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Mike Bird
    DRAGHI: Inflation Must Rise Without Delay Mike Bird   European Central Bank boss Mario Draghi is speaking today at a banking conference in Frankfurt, and he has one central message: we have to bring inflation back up, now. It’s one of Draghi’s most forthright speeches, with one exceptional snippet: “It is essential to bring back inflation to target and without delay.” Draghi added: “We have to be very watchful that low inflation does not start percolating through the economy in ways that further worsen the economic situation.” You can take a look at the full text of the speech...
  • Falling energy prices keep U.S. inflation unchanged

    11/20/2014 6:58:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/20/2014
    WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay. The steady reading for inflation last month followed a tiny 0.1 percent increase in September and a 0.2 percent drop in August, the Labor Department said Thursday. Energy prices fell 1.9 percent last month, while food costs edged up a slim 0.1 percent. Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food, rose 0.2 percent in October. For the past 12 months, overall inflation is up 1.7 percent, and core inflation is up a similarly modest 1.8 percent....
  • Seasonal Workers on Wheels: A Growing, Graying Wave of Employees

    11/13/2014 8:35:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    KSTP ^ | 11-13-14 | Beth McDonough
    Every day, 170 Minnesotans turn 65. It's supposed to be the beginning of retirement. But for many, 65 is just another birthday. Although they're old enough to retire, they can't afford to. So every year in the fall, thousands come to work in Minnesota. For them, the sugar beet harvest is a lifesaver. Although it's seasonal and short-term work, it's a paycheck. The sugar beet harvest starts at the end of September and runs for a few weeks. The work involves a lot of heavy lifting and the pay is pretty good. The starting wage is $12 an hour. The...
  • What Are The Odds In 2015: Inflation Or Deflation?

    11/13/2014 12:04:54 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    TMO ^ | 11-13-2014 | TCE
    The Cultural Economist Nov 13, 2014 TCE ( The Cultural Economist) writes: Like other Central Banks, the U. S. Federal Reserve has printed copious quantities of money. Despite better GDP numbers and positive media commentary, much of the American economy continues to be lethargic. The Eurozone appears increasingly vulnerable to recession. Financial and geopolitical risks could derail economic growth. What are the long term trends that will shape the outcome? The Case for Inflation Oil As I have documented several times, the rate of inflation is sensitive to the price we pay for a barrel of oil. Political turmoil in...
  • Canadian's letter to Americans: 'When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?' (Urp!)

    11/13/2014 1:34:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada's Political Points Blog ^ | November 11, 2014 | Andy Radia
    A Canadian's letter to the editor of the Detroit Free Press is generating buzz across the United States. In the letter, published on Monday, Richard Brunt who claims to be from Victoria, B.C. says that Canadians are confused by the outcome of last weeks U.S. mid-term elections, which saw the Republicans retake control of Congress. "Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the countrys adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6 per cent, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries," he...
  • Why a leading financial analyst believes we will see the 'final destruction' of the dollar

    11/12/2014 8:19:51 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 4 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-11-12 | Benjamin Weingarten
    "[If] the monetary authorities are intent on depreciating the currency, then I think that in the fullness of time they will succeed all too well. The important thing about QE [quantitative easing] is this idea, this radical precedent is now on the books the virus as it were is in the monetary bloodstream. ...all of this isin the books as precedent, and the monetarists and Keynesians are rather preening about the evident success of these interventions, and we can be sure I think that they will not forebear to do more still next time. There will come a time...
  • In a Multiverse, What Are the Odds?

    11/04/2014 1:05:26 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 11/3/14 | Natalie Wolchover and Peter Byrne
    If modern physics is to be believed, we shouldnt be here. The meager dose of energy infusing empty space, which at higher levels would rip the cosmos apart, is a trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion times tinier than theory predicts. And the minuscule mass of the Higgs boson, whose relative smallness allows big structures such as galaxies and humans to form, falls roughly 100 quadrillion times short of expectations. Dialing up either of these constants even a little would render the universe unlivable. To account for our incredible luck, leading cosmologists like Alan Guth and...
  • Gold Price Falls, Stocks Record Highs As Japan Goes Weimar

    10/31/2014 5:52:01 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 10-31-2014 | Gold Core
    Gold Core October 31, 2014 Stocks globally surged, while gold fell sharply today despite renewed hopes that the Bank of Japans vastly increasing money printing will fill some of the gaps left by the apparent end of Federal Reserve bond buying. The BOJ decided to increase the pace at which it expands base money to a whopping 80 trillion yen ($726 billion) per year. Previously, the BOJ targeted an annual increase of 60 to 70 trillion yen. The BOJ sailed into deeper uncharted monetary territory with the announcement that they would triple annual purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and Japanese...
  • Inflation: Not Entirely Tame (Captain Obvious Alert!)

    10/25/2014 2:54:44 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 9 replies
    The graph above shows that after years of holding back inflation rates, the rate of housing inflation is boosting the rate of inflation. Month-to-month housing inflation was up 0.3% compared with the overall inflation rate of 0.1%. It's not just a one-month phenomenon, either, as year-over-year shelter price increases were up 3.0% versus 1.7% for the overall rate of inflation. Unfortunately, shelter is the single biggest component of the CPI calculation, so big moves here are magnified. For some perspective, gasoline is 5% and food is 14% of the CPI calculation. The good news is that consumers, with locked-in mortgages,...
  • The dangers of deflation The pendulum swings to the pit

    10/23/2014 10:43:12 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 89 replies
    The Economist ^ | Oct 25th 2014 | [editors]
    [snip]The lowflation of being consistently below an already low target is bad in itself; the deflation it could easy lead to is even worse. There are several reasons. The belief that money made tomorrow will be worth less than money today stymies investment; the belief that goods bought tomorrow will be cheaper than goods bought today chokes consumption. Central bankers can no longer set real (that is, inflation-adjusted) interest rates low enough to restore demand. Wages, incomes and tax revenue all stall, undermining the ability of households, businesses and governments to pay their debtsdebts which, in real terms, will grow...
  • Here's one campaign promise that Obama has (unfortunately) kept

    10/23/2014 4:46:42 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/22/2014 | IBD Staff
    In early 2008, candidate Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that "under my plan ... electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." Obama was referring to his plan to cap greenhouse-gas emissions, which would, among other things, effectively choke off coal as an energy source. He was just as fond of high gasoline prices, telling CNBC in June 2008 as gas prices shot up to $4 a gallon that he "would have preferred a gradual adjustment." Six years later, and Obama has succeeded.
  • Leading Contrarian Economist: We Are Coming In On The End Game Here (John Williams)

    10/21/2014 9:40:27 AM PDT · by blam · 47 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10-21-2014 | Mac Slavo
    Mac Slavo October 20th, 2014 To say that the U.S. economy is in trouble would be an understatement. According to Shadow Stats economist John Williams, we may be on the very cusp of a crisis so severe that it promises to re-write the entire paradigm. Debt is out of control and foreign holders of U.S. Treasury bonds are getting antsy. Nowhere is this more obvious than in China and Russia, where leaders of the globes other super powers are feverishly working to distance themselves from the U.S. dollar by establishing new monetary relationships that completely bypass the worlds reserve currency....
  • Git-R-Done America vs. Washington

    10/13/2014 6:41:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review's Campaign Spot ^ | October 13, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    You work hard. You pay what you think is more than enough in taxes. The economy hasnt really felt good since 2008, but you managed to get by. If youve got a 401(k), its grown in the past few years but the real estate bubble burned you, and the dot-com bubble burned you before that. You know that nice sum in your 401(k) could plummet without warning. What you would really like is a nice better job, so you could feel better about the amount of income coming in every month. Youre trying to play all of your roles...
  • ALBERT EDWARDS: A $1,000 For A Wicker Basket? Sell Everything And Run For Your Lives!

    10/09/2014 7:01:06 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    BI ^ | 10-9-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles UdlandOctober 9, 2014Uber-bear Albert Edwards, a strategist at Societe Generale, is out with a new note to clients about market tops and expensive baskets. Edwards highlights the following comment from this weekend's Financial Times that said the following: Sir: The next financial apocalypse is imminent. I know this to be true because the (FT Weekend) House and Home section is now assuming the epic proportions last seen before the great crash. Twenty four pages chock full of adverts for mansions and wicker tea trays for $1,000. Youre all mad. Sell everything and run for your lives.(snip)
  • Is The US Making The Same Mistakes As Zimbabwe?

    10/06/2014 6:48:13 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge = Mises ^ | 10-6-2014 | Tyler Durden - Patrick Barron
    Tyler Durden 10/05/2014 Submitted by Patrick Barron via Mises Canada I have started reading a new book about the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollarWhen Money Destroys Nations, by Philip Haslam and Russell Lamberti. One of the main causes of the hyperinflation was the decision of the Zimbabwean government to give army veterans of its recent wars a big bonus. The promise was too much for the Zimbabwean economy to manage, so the government printed money... and lots of it. Why is this relevant? Well, look at America. We have been fighting wars around the world for twenty-five years and recently...
  • Astronomers confirm contamination by stardust in detection of sky ripples

    09/28/2014 10:47:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    The Tech ^ | 9-26-14 | Dennis Overbye
    Stardust got in their eyes. In the spring a group of astronomers who go by the name of BICEP announced they had detected ripples in the sky, gravitational waves that were the opening notes of the Big Bang. The finding was heralded as potentially the greatest discovery of the admittedly young century, but some outside astronomers said the group had underestimated the extent to which interstellar dust could have contaminated the results - a possibility that the group conceded in its official report in June. Now a long-awaited report by astronomers using data from the European Space Agencys Planck satellite...
  • An Idiotic Government with Idiotic Goals

    09/18/2014 7:42:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | John Ransom
    For folks who are trying to ignite inflation, this sure isnt working out very well. Its been hoped by the countrys central bankers that the massive quantitative easing program along with near-zero interest rates will touch off a wave of inflation that if not exactly the same thing as boom times, will at least give the appearance of a strengthening economy. However, month after month inflation in the goods that the Fed cares about seems muted. Now this month we had the horrid news that official inflation numbers are falling not rising.
  • New Record: Pound of Ground Beef Tops $4 for First Time

    09/17/2014 11:19:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    Although the overall Consumer Price Index dropped by 0.2 percent in August, the price index for food rose 0.2 percent, with the average price for a pound of ground beef rising to $4.013 per pound--the first time it has ever topped $4 per pound. In July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price for a pound of ground beef had been $3.884 per poundwhich was the record price up to that point. From July to August, the average price jumped 12.9 cents, an increase of 3.3 percent in one month.
  • In Venezuela First They Came For The Toilet Paper; Then They Came For The News Paper...

    09/11/2014 8:30:48 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    AP article copied onto Zero Hedge ^ | 9-11-2014 | Associated Press posted by Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden09/11/2014 Bidet sales across Venezuela are set to soar as just months after running out of toilet paper, AP reports that Venezuela's oldest newspaper is shutting down due to falling advertising, mounting inflation and a lack of basic materials. In addition, at least nine Venezuelan regional newspapers have stopped circulation because of the shortages. Of course, this is likely great news for President Maduro who can now manage his people's minds direct from his Twitter feed... welcome to socialist utopia. As AP reports, Venezuela's oldest newspaper is shutting down because of a lack of newsprint and a difficult economic...
  • For Wonks Only

    09/07/2014 3:22:37 PM PDT · by hripka · 48 replies
    Pimco ^ | September 2014 | William H. Gross
    A credit-based financial economy (as opposed to pure cash) depends on an ever-expanding outstanding level of credit for its survival. Without additional credit, interest on previously issued liabilities cannot be paid absent the sale of existing assets, which in turn would lead to a vicious cycle of debt deflation, recession and ultimately depression. It is this expansion of private and public market credit which the Fed and the BOE have successfully engineered over the past five years, while their contemporaries (the ECB and BOJ) have until now failed, at least in terms of stimulating economic growth.
  • Economic Forecasts for the Week of September 1st and 8th

    09/01/2014 9:21:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Peter Morici
    Here are my forecasts for upcoming economic data. Forecast Prior Observation Consensus Week of September 1 September 1 Labor Day September 2 Markit PMI Manufacturing Index - August 57.5 55.8 57.8 ISM (Mfg) - August 57.1 57.1 56.8 ISM Prices 58.0 59.5 58.0 Construction Spending - July 0.8% -1.8 0.9 September 3 Auto Sales* - August 16.60M 16.48 16.60 Car Sales 8.00 8.00 Truck Sales 8.60 8.49 *SAAR, as published by Motor Intelligence ADP Employment Report - August 120K 218 223 Factory Orders - June 11.1% 1.6 10.9 Durable Goods Orders Nondurable Goods Orders September 4 Initial Unemployment Claims 302K...
  • The FDA's New Food Regulations Are A Recipe For High Food Prices

    08/27/2014 5:33:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/22/14 | Julie Gunlock
    Food prices continue to go up and consumers are feeling the pinch. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of food has spiked to its highest rate since September 2011. Consumers are now paying more for such staples as ground beef, chicken and turkey, eggs, bacon, citrus fruit, coffee, peanut butter, and margarine. Normally, politicians would try to alleviate this financial strain on American families. Yet, this administration seems to want to make food more expensive.
  • Inflation VS The Deflationary Straw Man

    08/23/2014 2:01:10 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 8-23-2014 | Gary_Tanashian
    August 23, 2014 Gary_Tanashian No matter the debates over inflation vs. deflation, increasing employment vs. sound monetary policy or systemic health vs. fragility (and whatever else is flying around in Jackson Hole this week), the CPI marches onward and upward. That is the system and it is predicated on creating enough money out of thin air while inflation signals are (somehow) held at bay. The Straw Man* in this argument lives in the idea that inflation is not always destructive, that inflation can be used for good and honed, massaged and targeted just right to achieve positive ends to defeat...
  • How Much Is $100 Really Worth in Each State?

    08/20/2014 11:58:08 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 8/19/14 | Jason English
    How far does $100 go? Today's map, which comes from the Tax Foundation and uses data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, answers that question state by state. In Mississippi, your $100 could buy $115.74 worth of stuff relative to the national average. On the other end of the spectrum is Hawaii, where you'd only get $85.32 worth. Washington, D.C. is even lower, at $84.60. The Tax Foundation offers a little perspective on how to read the map: Tennessee is a low-price state, where $100 will buy what would cost $110.25 in another state that is closer to the national...
  • Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

    08/20/2014 5:47:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 69 replies
    CNS ^ | August 19, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents--or about 12 percent. Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of...
  • A New Interest Rates Record Is Set... And It Is Foreboding

    08/17/2014 9:08:33 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    Market Oeracle ^ | 8-17-2014 | Daily Wealth
    August 17, 2014 DailyWealth Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: A new record was set in Germany yesterday... The interest rate on a 10-year government bond in Germany fell below 1%. This number is shocking... Interest rates have never been this low in German history. What does it mean? Why would people agree to lend money to a government for 10 years with almost no return on that money? What is the message that we should take from this? Aren't things supposed to be getting back to "normal"? And doesn't "normal" mean something like this: By 2020, the Federal Reserve has short-term...
  • Fed Survey: 1/3 of Americans say they are worse off 5 years after recession

    08/08/2014 7:49:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/08/2014 | Rick Moran
    There's a lot of economic anxiety in America today, so it's no surprise that the Federal Reserve has discovered substantial pessimism about Americans' own personal financial situation. The Feds most recent survey shows that 1/3 of Americans believe themselves to be worse off 5 years after the recession ended.Wall Street Journal: More American households say they are worse off  rather than better five years after the recession, a new Federal Reserve survey found. The report, released for the first time on Thursday, found 34% of households said they were “somewhat worse” or “much worse” financially in 2013 compared to 2008....
  • Stillwater cafe now charging customers a "minimum wage fee

    08/07/2014 1:59:23 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    City Pages ^ | 8-5-14 | Aaron RUpar
    Last Friday, for the first time in nearly a decade, Minnesota's minimum wage went up. The first in a series of incremental hikes brought the wage floor from $6.15 to $8 per hour for relatively large companies, and from $5.25 to $6.50 for small ones. As you'd expect, some businesses aren't thrilled about that -- especially bars and restaurants, as the new law doesn't include a tip exception. But the Oasis Cafe in Stillwater is generating a stir for transparently including a "Min Wage Fee" on all customer checks:
  • Trendy Chipotle burritos show how pricing power belongs to the hip

    07/29/2014 6:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Dastin
    Corporate America can learn a lot from a chicken burrito. As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both. Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and PepsiCo (PEP.N) have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S. Chipotle raised chicken-dish prices by 5 percent this year after leaving them...
  • $200 Steaks, $30 Coffee? Here's Why Some Foods Could Get Vastly More Expensive

    07/28/2014 9:06:55 PM PDT · by blam · 79 replies
    BI ^ | 7-28-2014 | Leslie Baehr and Skye Gould
    Leslie Baehr and Skye GouldJuly 28, 2014Many factors could drive certain food costs up radically in the future. It could be as simple as soaring demand from new markets. It could be as complex as the effects of climate change rendering farm fields too hot or try or spreading plant-destroying pests to new areas.(snip)
  • Wage Growth Is Really Going Nowhere

    07/27/2014 9:22:30 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    BI ^ | 7-27-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles UdlandJuly 27, 2014 Wage growth is close to not being growth at all. On August 1, we'll get the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last month, the report showed that the economy added 288,000 jobs in June, with wages growing 2% year of year. Unfortunately, when taking into account the rate of inflation, "real" wage growth was flat. In Business Insider's latest Most Important Charts In The World feature, Ellen Zentner, senior U.S. economist at Morgan Stanley, highlighted the following chart, which shows how real wage growth has slowed to, well, no growth at all.(snip)(snip)
  • Based on the Non-Massaged Data, the US is Back in Recession

    07/26/2014 11:02:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/25/2014 | Phoenix Capital Research o
    Beneath all of the bogus economic data, the US economy is tanking again. One of the biggest games played by the bean counters in Washington in the US is the overstatement of GDP growth by understating inflation. Consider this simple example. Lets say that the US GDP grew by 10% last year. Now lets say that inflation also grew by 10%. In this scenario, real inflation adjusted GDP growth was ZERO. However, announcing ZERO GDP growth is a major problem politically. So what do the Feds do? They claim that inflation was just 8%, and BOOM youve got 2% GDP...
  • The Manicured Hands of D.C. and the Calloused Hands of the Forgotten Man

    07/26/2014 12:34:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    A Time For Choosing and various tweets ^ | July 26, 2014 | Whitney Pitcher
    Last weekend, Governor Palin gave a measured and thoughtful speech at the Western Conservative Summit, speaking primarily in the tone of the “forgotten man”–”the hard working middle class man who can’t catch a break”. She also used a masterful analogy of the “calloused hand that built America”. What a stark contrast between an open hand calloused from hard work and the clenched fist of socialism. What a stark contrast, too, between Governor Palin’s speech that hit a tone that resonates with middle class America and the tonedeafness and lack of self-awareness of Washington. Take, for example, the Left’s newest pivot...
  • How and Why the CPI Was Destroyed as an Accurate Measure of Price Inflation

    07/25/2014 3:11:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    EPJ - Shadowstats ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Williams
    In the early-1990s, political Washington moved to change the nature of the CPI. The contention was that the CPI overstated inflation (it did not allow substitution of less-expensive hamburger for more-expensive steak). Both sides of the aisle and the financial media touted the benefits of a more-accurate CPI, one that would allow the substitution of goods and services. The plan was to reduce cost of living adjustments for government payments to Social Security recipients, etc. The cuts in reported inflation were an effort to reduce the federal deficit without anyone in Congress having to do the politically impossible: to vote...
  • Japanese Inflation Holds Near 23 Year Highs As Food, Energy, & TV Costs Soar

    07/24/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Japanese CPI printed 3.6% in June, modestly down from May's 3.7% YoY, but hotter than the expected 3.5% YoY analysts predicted. If you don't eat food or use energy then inflation merely bit 2.3% of your income this year but if you did then you may have noticed that energy costs are 9.1% higher YoY, TVs +8.0%, and Food +4.1%
  • The weird obsession that's ruining the GOP: Benghazi? ObamaCare? Hillary? No it's inflation.

    07/24/2014 4:59:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Week ^ | July 23, 2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Call it doomsday prepper economics. For more than five years, many Republicans and conservatives have warned that catastrophe is nigh. Washington's deficit spending and the Federal Reserve's excessive money printing will lead to a financial crisis worse than the Great Recession, they prophesied. Inflation will skyrocket, the dollar will collapse, and the Chinese will dump treasuries, they swore. As Ron Paul, the libertarian former GOP congressman and presidential candidate, said back in 2009: "More inflation is absolutely the wrong way to go. We're taking a recession and trying to turn it into a depression. We're going to see a real...
  • The Brilliance of Obamanomics

    07/23/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Brace yourself Skepticism, doubt and criticism of Obamanomics (all of which are, undoubtedly, based in racism) will be cast aside. Why? Because, according to the 20-something-year-old White House intern that is in charge of the official White House twitter account, Our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months. I know, right? Pretty awesome statistic. (Gloss over the fact that the President is referring to private enterprise as our businesses.) But before you rush out to slap an Obama 16 sticker on your car (are those stickers available yet?), you may want a little bit...
  • Venezuela's Transformation To Socialist Utopia Is Nearly Complete (shortened)

    07/22/2014 1:49:53 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/22/14 | Tyler Durden
    "I can't find anything. Prices are climbing daily," said Jesus Ramirez, a taxi driver who has spent a year trying to replace the 2008 Renault he purchased new for $7,441. He sold the car for over $30,000 five years later. With inflation at 60% a year, among the highest in the world, Venezuelans protect their earnings by buying cars, among other big-ticket items. Car parts needed to keep vehicles on the road have also become difficult to find. That has led thieves to steal parts such as batteries from parked cars. The owner of a Caracas car dealership who said...
  • American Families Are Right To Be Worried About Inflation

    07/22/2014 1:41:20 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 22, 2014 | Sean Davis
    Americans should stop whining about food prices. That was the message AEIs Mark J. Perry blasted last September to families gullible enough to believe that rising food prices were a problem: Its a favorite pastime in this country Americans love to complain about rising food prices. Even when they arent. In fact, given all of the complaining you would never know that average food price inflation in recent years is actually the lowest in several generations. Below are three reasons that Americans should stop whining about food prices, and be a little more appreciative of how affordable food is...
  • High gasoline prices push up U.S. consumer prices

    07/22/2014 5:49:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/22/14
    U.S. consumer prices rose in June as the cost of gasoline surged, but the overall trend continued to point to a gradual build up of inflationary pressures. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its Consumer Price Index increased 0.3 percent last month after May's 0.4 percent gain. Gasoline accounted for two-thirds of the rise in prices last month. In the 12 months through June, the CPI increased 2.1 percent after a similar rise in May.
  • If This Keeps Up, They Will Have To Start Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks

    07/16/2014 5:24:54 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies
    TEC ^ | 7-16-2014 | Michael Snyder
    By Michael Snyder July 16th, 2014 The basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive. On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent. That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate. But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay. Last month, it was coffee. J.M. Smucker, one of the largest coffee producers in the United States, announced that it planned to raise coffee prices by about 9 percent. And Starbucks has...
  • The American Dream is alive but it will cost you $130k a year

    07/10/2014 2:17:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 07/10/2014 | By Nicole Goodkind
    The American Dream has been a focal point and topic of debate since the financial crisis of 2008: citizens and politicians alike are asking whether it's time to redefine what success looks like in the U.S. According to Howard Gold, columnist for MarketWatch and founder of GoldenEgg Investing, the white picket fence and security that hard work can bring is still alive, but it will cost you... a lot. In a USA Today article, Gold calculated that for a family of four living out the American Dream costs just over $130,000 a year. "This isnt about being rich, Gold tells...
  • These Three Charts Show Inflation Is Finally Right Around The Corner

    07/07/2014 8:22:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7-5-2014 | JOE WEISENTHAL
    1. Historically, when Capacity Utilization is as high as its now (suggesting not much industrial slack) the inflation rate has been much higher. 2. According to survey data from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, more and more companies are saying they can't find qualified applicants for job openings. 3. Survey data shows a big increase in the number of businesses who say they plan to raise wages in the future.
  • What's making US economy a world beater? 5 factors(How about those rising prices and taxes?)

    07/05/2014 9:49:57 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 38 replies
    AOL news ^ | Jul 5th 2014 | PAUL WISEMAN
    How does the U.S. economy do it? Europe is floundering. China faces slower growth. Japan is struggling to sustain tentative gains. Yet the U.S. job market is humming, and the pace of economic growth is steadily rising. Five full years after a devastating recession officially ended, the economy is finally showing the vigor that Americans have long awaited. Last month, employers added 288,000 jobs and helped reduce the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008. June capped a five-month stretch of 200,000-plus job gains - the first in nearly 15 years. After having shrunk at a 2.9...
  • Obama Gets GDP Bassackward

    06/25/2014 6:14:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | John Ransom
    This country is a bunch of lions led by donkeys, as the Germans said about the English Army in the first war. The latest Obama-related bray is the revised GDP numbers for the first quarter. Economists expected the economy to grow by 1.9% even after a discount for the cold weather. Instead the initial estimate saw a contraction of 1%. As we approached the revision to the initial estimate, we began hearing that perhaps things would be even worse in the next estimate. They were. The revision came in at a contraction of 2.9% for the first quarter. But...
  • Coffee Is About To Get More Expensive Everywhere

    06/21/2014 4:33:09 AM PDT · by blam · 53 replies
    BI, The Wire ^ | 6-21-2014 | DANIELLE WIENER-BRONNER
    DANIELLE WIENER-BRONNER, The WireJun. 20, 2014 Months after we all started fretting over the prospect of a global coffee shortage, it seems we might actually start to feel the caffeine-related effects of Brazil's massive drought and Central America's coffee fungus, in the form industry-wide retail price increases. The Washington Post reported back in February that coffee costs were expected to rise later in the year: For now, retail prices for coffee are stable. Roasters typically have enough supplies to cover themselves for a few months. But if the price of the Arabica (pronounced uh-RAB-ick-uh) beans continues to rise, consumers could...
  • Inflation? Only If You Look At Food, Water, Gas, Electricity And Everything Else

    06/20/2014 8:49:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 72 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Have you noticed that prices are going up rapidly? If so, you are certainly not alone. But Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, the Obama administration and the mainstream media would have us believe that inflation is completely under control and exactly where it should be. Perhaps if the highly manipulated numbers that they quote us were real, everything would be fine. But of course the way that the inflation rate is calculated has been changed more than 20 times since the 1970s, and at this point it bears so little relation to reality that it is essentially meaningless. Anyone that...
  • Sticker Shock: Food, Gas Prices Set to Go Higher

    06/19/2014 9:00:52 AM PDT · by xzins · 116 replies
    CBN ^ | June 19, 2014 | Caitlin Burke
    You don't have to be an expert to notice that costs for many essentials are at all-time high. From gas to food, Americans can expect to pay even more in coming months. The current national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.67 -- that's higher than it's been since 2008. The higher prices are being blamed, in part, on the instability in Iraq. According to AAA, both gas prices and global oil prices have steadily risen since ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) took control of Mosul last week. The brutal jihadist army is actually flying its flag...
  • US Gasoline Tax Increase Urged by Bipartisan Pair of Senators

    06/18/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Two U.S. senators on Wednesday proposed raising federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 12 cents a gallon [3.2 cents a liter] over the next two years to keep a road and bridge fund from going broke. The gasoline tax now stands at 18.4 cents a gallon, and the diesel tax at 24.4 cents a gallon. The politically sensitive levies have not been increased since 1993. The senators' plan faces an uphill fight this year, with congressional elections coming in November. Senators Bob Corker, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat, called for the tax increase, with the new revenue...