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By: Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. - 21 November, 2008

As the Federal bailout bonanza prepares to spread beyond the mortgage and financial sectors to fill Detroit's depleted coffers, few economic or policy analysts have spared a thought for the destitution of the U.S. government itself. Put simply, our government doesn't have enough spare cash to bailout a lemonade stand let alone a bloated and failing industry that is losing tens of billions of dollars per month. Full Story

By: Peter Degraaf - 21 November, 2008

In this fast-moving age, it is so easy to take your eye of the prize. Short-term trends can easily throw one ‘off track’. For every analyst who will tell you a stock or commodity is going up, there is another one who will tell you it is going down in price. Who to believe? When in doubt, consult the longer term charts! Full Story

By: The Gold Report and Kevin Bambrough - 21 November, 2008

In this interview with The Gold Report, Sprott Resource Corp. President and CEO Kevin Bambrough—who is also Market Strategist for Sprott Asset Management Inc. —talks about signs of decoupling he sees, commodity price fundamentals he doesn’t see, and a catalyst to reignite the markets he hopes to see. Full Story

By: Bill Bonner & The Daily Reckoning Crew - 21 November, 2008

-Brace yourself - this correction's gonna hurt…almost all of the gains made by investors in this century have been corrected…
-Oil is regressing to the mean…the Chinese propose to buy GM…the feds are in full inflation mode…
-The signs of a financial apocalypse…welcome to the era of frugality…and more! Full Story

By: Julian D. W. Phillips, Gold/Silver Forecaster - Global Watch - 21 November, 2008

Deflation is a particularly pernicious economic condition. It is far worse than inflation. Prices decline in deflation. The impact of this is that a person with cash sees the buying power of that cash increase, whereas the owner of assets with declining values sees the cash value of those assets decline. This is the superficial picture. Full Story

By: Adrian Ash, BullionVault - 21 November, 2008

ALPHA used to be what hedge-fund managers promised their clients. Better still, portable alpha – defined in the easy bed-time reading of finance MBAs as the "generation of excess return over a benchmark while maintaining the desired asset allocation to traditional market exposures" – offered to meet and beat whatever returns everyone else was making, thus proving the manager's genius and justifying his infamous fees. Full Story

By: James West - 21 November, 2008

The demand pressure slowly yet consistently building over the last year has created some remarkable pressure to the upside on the price of gold. With recent announcements by Iran that their foreign reserve holdings are being converted to gold, and the record purchase of $3.5 billion by unidentified Saudi Arabians over a two week period, it seems remarkable that gold continues range-bound trading in the low 700’s. Full Story

By: Donald Grove, Casey Research Washington Correspondent - 21 November, 2008

This should have been a contest focused on the real, underlying issue facing Americans and the world: will we choose more or less government? Instead, the contest was over more government or much more government. It appears voters chose the latter. They know something is wrong, but like a drunk taking “a hair of the dog that bit you” to ease the pain of a hangover, Americans are hoping to cure their ills with another dose of the same poison that made them ill. Full Story

By: Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. - 21 November, 2008

Peter Schiff talks with the Fast Money crew on 11-20-2008 about gold and recent events in the financial markets. Full Story

By: Adam Hamilton, Zeal Intelligence LLC - 21 November, 2008

Since silver has fallen off a cliff and even its best producers have cratered, silver investors and speculators are feeling tremendous anxiety. Me too, this crisis situation is just unreal. Like so many things in these crazy markets, today’s horrific silver environment would’ve seemed impossible not too many months ago. So this week I decided to take a look at silver in crisis and see what insights we could glean. Full Story

By: Deepcaster - 21 November, 2008

The Outrageous Bailouts of recent months are, notwithstanding their long-term Systemic Harm, creating short-term Opportunities in key sectors. To understand how this is so, consider the current situation. Today, investors seeking to protect wealth and generate profit face an unprecedentedly daunting task, but not an impossible one. Yet considering all the Negatives makes that task less daunting and, indeed, points the way to potential Profit Opportunities. Full Story

By: Rob Kirby - 21 November, 2008

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the work of John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics fame; this missive should prove to be quite an eye opener. For those who are familiar with Williams’ work – this is nothing more than logical extension[s] and conclusions. Full Story

By: Christopher G. Galakoutis - 21 November, 2008

I continue to get questions about deflation, with comparisons to the 1930’s and more recently of Japan. Although each of those cases, much like today, dealt with bubbles that blew up due to easy money, neither of their outcomes provides us with a case study of what to expect in our unfolding crisis today. Full Story

By: Douglas V. Gnazzo - 21 November, 2008

Although I have written on this subject before Honest Money: Scylla & Charybdis: The Scourge of Mankind, I would like to revisit the topic, as it has once again become a popular theme. A financial crisis is occurring around the world. Few seem to know why or how to fix it. This paper attempts to answer these questions. First, some definitions are in order. Full Story

By: Michael Kilbach - 21 November, 2008

We have recently noticed many newsletter writers and commentators who were formerly calling for “Inflation” and are now switching their analysis to the growing popular theory of “Deflation”. This very well may be ‘The’ great debate of our time. Why is this significant and how does this effect investors? Full Story

By: Eric Janzen - 21 November, 2008

December 27, 2007 we warned of a major bear market in US stocks coming in 2008. The cause? Debt deflation following a 27 year credit bubble, much as occurred in the US starting in 1930 after the 1920s credit bubble and in Japan since 1990 after a credit bubble in Japan that ended in 1989. We forecast for 2008 a decline similar to the Nikkei in 1990, the first year of Japan’s debt deflation, of around 40%. We called it the Debt Deflation Bear Market. Today in our forecast for 2009 we see the Debt Deflation Bear Market continuing but with a Fiscal Stimulus and Reflation Trade operating within it. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The MOGAMBO GURU - 21 November, 2008

I run to the tables in Barron's, and I see that the earnings of the S&P500 - the 500 biggest corporations in the country - went down again last week to $46.10 from $51.37, a drop of about 10%! Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 21 November, 2008

We forecast an 1800-point plunge in the Dow Industrials here yesterday, but an even scarier prediction appeared in the Touts section of yesterday’s edition – i.e., that Citigroup’s shares would fall to $3.58 -- accompanied by the sound of “trumpets from on high.” The way the stock has been crashing though Hidden Pivot supports lately, there was little reason to doubt it eventually would reach the target. But we did not imagine it would happen as early as this week. Now it seems likely. In just the last two days, Citi has plummeted 48%. Full Story

By: Bill Bonner & The Daily Reckoning Crew - 20 November, 2008

-The Dow takes a major tumble…the FOMC predicts the recession will be around for over a year…
-Unblocking the credit markets…why the United States' biggest concern is not deflation…
-A look at the Federal Reserve…another exclusive webinar for our dear readers…and more! Full Story

By: Ira Epstein - 20 November, 2008

If you watched the Capital Hill Hearings this week with guest stars Fed Chairman Bernanke and Secretary Paulson, you had to come away with the view that we’re screwed. Mr. Paulson’s decision to give back $350,000 of the approved $700 Billion Bailout Measure is his way of saying “let the next administration figure out this mess”. He’s done all he can do. Full Story

By: Max Keiser and Alex Jones - 20 November, 2008

Max Keiser and Alex Jones discuss a possible Comex default in December, short selling, Goldman Sachs, the bailout package, and other recent events surrounding the financial markets. Full Story

By: End the Fed! - 20 November, 2008

End the Fed! activists believe that the Federal Reserve Bank, through its inflation of the money supply and the distortion of free markets resulting from its intervention, is responsible for the current financial and economic crisis. They also hold that the current round of "bailouts" and federal government nationalization of large segments of the financial sector further inflates the US dollar and disrupts the proper funtioning of the markets and will ultimately serve to plunge the nation into an even more severe crisis, quite possibly even into a serious depression. Full Story

By: David Coffin and Eric Coffin - 20 November, 2008

If you think you have just been through a month like no other in the market, you’re right. One thing separating this market from any in our memories is the level of absolute panic and despair. You can usually count on some of the popular financial media to be bullish in the face of contrary evidence. Not this time. We’ve been amazed by the total negativity from every corner. Full Story

By: Clive Maund - 20 November, 2008

Gold has remained in a narrowing trading range since the last update late in October, which is looking increasingly like an intermediate base area that will lead to a significant advance. In the last update a relief rally was predicted on the basis that the preceding steep downtrend had exhausted itself, and this is what we saw, although it didn't get very far. Full Story

By: Peter J. Cooper - 20 November, 2008

The revelation of the purchase of $3.5 billion worth of gold by a group of Saudi Arabian investors over the past month is a huge gold deal when you consider that total record third quarter spending on gold by consumers was $6.5 billion. Full Story

By: Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster - 20 November, 2008

What you are now witnessing is the slow motion destruction of the CRIMEX, formerly known as the COMEX, a commodities futures market which is supposed to provide a means for producers to hedge their products, but which has morphed into a rigged casino where commodities that don't exist are traded as if they did for prices that exist only in the fairytales woven by the Illuminati, who control the exchange. Full Story

By: Jim Willie CB - 20 November, 2008

A major challenge looms large on the immediate horizon. The USEconomy must be reflated in order to avoid collapse. Debts have become a crippling factor. Liquidation of speculative trades coincides with economic retreat, and hedge funds are under attack by their creditors (largely Wall Street firms) while major companies shed workers by the tens of thousands. When asked about economic prospects, a standard answer lately of mine has been to observe important signals not of recession but of potential disintegration. Full Story

By: Richard J. Greene - 20 November, 2008

Amazingly, while gold and other commodity related stocks continued to be sold off to levels that are at deep discounts to their intrinsic value in October, gold continued to break to new all time highs in most major currencies. On October 9th and 10th gold recorded new all time highs in many currencies including the Euro, the Australian Dollar, British Sterling, the Indian Rupee, the Russian Ruble, the South African Rand and many others. Full Story

By: Nick Barisheff, Bullion Management Group Inc. - 20 November, 2008

Gold. People either love it or hate it. There aren’t many who feel ambivalent toward it. Unfortunately, gold is deeply misunderstood by investors, and that misunderstanding is hurting their portfolio returns. Many in the investment community trot out the old myths about gold: that it is a bad investment; that it is very risky; that it is not a good inflation hedge. But is there anything behind these assertions? Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The MOGAMBO GURU - 20 November, 2008

I gasp in amazement that the total sum of Fed-supplied credit to the banks, accumulated bit by bit since the Fed was founded in 1913, totals $2.19 trillion, more than half of which was added in the last 9 weeks alone! Hahaha! We are so freaking doomed! Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 20 November, 2008

If the Dow Industrials fail to hold above 7995, we’re projecting a whopping 1800 points more downside over the near term, to at least 6195. The target comes from a forecast that went out to subscribers on October 22, when the blue chip average was trading above 8500. At the time, we projected downside to at least 7995, a Hidden Pivot “midpoint” associated with the lower target at 6195. Full Story

By: Bill Bonner & The Daily Reckoning Crew - 19 November, 2008

-The losses keep piling up - close to one trillion in stocks, and almost $5 trillion in U.S. homes…the Dow gives a pathetic shot to try to buck the downward trend yesterday…
-The Fed is going into the wild…Ron Paul takes on Big Ben…
-A revolutionary breakthrough in modern medicine…don't miss out on your winter fuel payments…and more! Full Story

By: Jason Hommel, Silver Stock Report - 19 November, 2008

There has been a recent flurry of news articles saying China may begin to diversify into Gold. But the articles conclude that China will move slowly, over years, so as to not disturb the markets. Funny. It's funny because it's like they don't know basic math. China wants 4000 tonnes of gold, to help "diversify" their $1.9 trillion in U.S. bonds. It's quite a joke. Please bear with me as I explain. Full Story

By: John Browne, Senior Market Strategist, Euro Pacific Capital - 19 November, 2008

As Peter Schiff and I have long warned, America's reliance on borrowing and consumption to fuel economic activity would result in the wholesale destruction of national wealth. Until recently, the dissipation was largely invisible to most consumers. However, the ongoing plunge in real estate and equity prices and newly released statistics concerning retail sales, consumer confidence and employment have now made it plain to most Americans that their own wealth has been seriously, and perhaps permanently, degraded. In response, they are now hoarding cash and reevaluating their spending habits. Full Story

By: David Galland, Managing Director, Casey Research, LLC - 19 November, 2008

Of late, I have read a number of analysts, Jim Rogers even, who have expressed the view that gold could dip to the mid- to low $600 level. Could happen, but I think not. Already, buyers of physical gold are finding anything near $700 to be cheap and so are helping to build a floor under the monetary metal. Full Story

By: Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. - 19 November, 2008

The best part of the video is not Peter's predictions but the way other “experts” reacted to them. Full Story

By: Peter Grandich - 19 November, 2008

Sorry to say it but the U.S. stock market is getting uglier. The “bounce” off of the October lows has been feeble while breath is far uglier on down days versus up. Meanwhile, the fundamental news is getting worse. I believe Paulson’s “switch” from using the bailout monies to buy up toxic mortgages to ejecting it into banks, has been perceived as a slap in the face to Congress and that he continues to be flying by the seat of his pants. Full Story

By: Axel Merk, Merk Hard Currency Fund - 19 November, 2008

When just about all economists agree, should we rejoice or be scared? During the Weimar Republic, economists at the Reichsbank argued that printing money to finance a war was "exogenous" to the economy and thus not inflationary. Hyperinflation in the ensuing years proved them wrong. We tend to think we are so much smarter today. Economists know how to run regression models; in the absence of a historic precedent, some economists know how to draw shifting supply and demand curves. But common sense seems to be missing in the toolbox of all but a few. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The MOGAMBO GURU - 19 November, 2008

Buy gold, silver and oil as fast as you can, you morons, or die a horrible death by inflation like the people of Zimbabwe! Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 19 November, 2008

What’s the one factor most likely to boost the performance of students at grade schools and highs schools around the world? Is it small class size? Lavish spending per student? A supportive home environment? All of those things undoubtedly help raise students’ scores on standardized tests, but the correct answer may surprise you: The students who perform best are those who were taught by teachers who themselves were top students. Full Story

By: The Gold Report and Dudley Baker - 18 November, 2008

His pitch is irresistible: “Buy a basket of juniors with warrants and it could be the easiest 500% you’ll ever make.” In this exclusive look at one of the most overlooked and misunderstood investment vehicles, Dudley Baker of explains to The Gold Report exactly what warrants are and how they increase the odds of winning vastly higher returns. With a little arm-twisting, Baker even reveals some of his most prized “unbelievable” opportunities.” Full Story

By: Bill Bonner & The Daily Reckoning Crew - 18 November, 2008

-So much to correct, so little time…companies that make 'stuff' are facing a world of hurt…
-First the bubble pops…the demand collapses - and takes stocks down with it. But never fear, it's all part of Nature's plan…
-Seeing the world through Dr. Richebächer's eyes - or at least, his chair…the only cure for bubbles…I.O.U.S.A. on the short list for the Academy Awards…and more! Full Story

By: Gary Dorsch, Editor, Global Money Trends - 18 November, 2008

Amid the worst financial crisis and market meltdowns since the 1930’s, the world’s top-20 central bankers and finance ministers are busy at work, inflating the world’s money supply, slashing lending rates, and crafting stimulus packages, in order to prevent a normal recession from morphing into a Great Depression. The ECB has cut interest rates by 100-basis points to 3.25% since early October, and is telegraphing another 50 basis point cut at the next policy meeting in December. Full Story

By: Theodore Butler - 18 November, 2008

My greatest fear in writing about silver is that I will miss clear-cut evidence that silver is no longer a great investment. That’s why I’ve carefully examined my premises. I’ve gone over every aspect of the bullish argument I’ve made over the past years. There is no question that some facts have changed, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have changed for the worse. I won’t beat around the bush. My examination leads me to the conclusion that silver is a better buy today than ever before. Full Story

By: Dr. Ron Paul, U.S. Congressman - 18 November, 2008

Fiat Dollar Reserve System Dead?
New World Reserve Currency?
Does the Subject of Gold Ever Come Up? Full Story

By: Steven Saville, Speculative Investor - 18 November, 2008

When considering the outlook for the next 6 months or longer, the only gold-bearish argument that currently holds any water is the deflation-related one. If the forces of deflation overwhelmed the efforts of central banks such that the total supply of money began to contract, then gold would probably keep performing well in terms of most other commodities but would perform poorly in terms of the deflating currencies. Full Story

By: Peter J. Cooper - 18 November, 2008

The Dubai Multi Commodities Center is understood to be putting the finishing touches to an exchange traded fund for silver with a launch likely next month as demand for silver has surged in the past six months. Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 18 November, 2008

We may have to raise the odds that Citigroup will survive the collapse of the banking industry. Clearly, any firm that can lay off 75,000 employees is gearing for survival in tough times. “We will be the long-term winner in this industry,” vowed CEO Vikram Pandit. Who could doubt such resolve? Even so, when the layoffs already announced have taken effect, the bank will still have 300,000 workers. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The MOGAMBO GURU - 18 November, 2008

I have two objections to this crap, one being that the People's Daily is wrong; the United States did NOT 'plunder' anybody; rather, the U.S. just took advantage of a bunch of ignorant rubes and hustled them out of their money! Full Story

By: Howard S. Katz - 17 November, 2008

This concept has been trumpeted all over the country. It has thrown the financial markets into terror. Both stocks and commodities plunged from late Sept. to late October. The Fed has responded to this terror with the greatest issues of paper money in American history. In the past 9 weeks, Federal Reserve Credit (the Fed’s contribution to the money supply) has increased by 150%. Full Story

By: Bill Bonner & The Daily Reckoning Crew - 17 November, 2008

-The Dow keeps losing ground - how much more of this can investors take?…everyone has their hands outstretched for a bailout…
-Who needs college when you can take Mr. Market's Advanced Seminar on Economic Corrections?…the propensity to save…
-Thomas L. Friedman is back - let the games begin!…is Dubya starting to make sense to anyone else?…and more! Full Story

By: Ceri Shepherd - 17 November, 2008

What we need and what we have always needed is a vibrant free market with some base rules like any other good game. The American Constitution did a very good job of identifying many of these base rules, it was only mans subsequent “amendments” usually for self interest purposes that have caused so many of the problems that we face today. Full Story

By: Adrian Ash, BullionVault - 17 November, 2008

"MONEY IS TRUST, not metal," says Niall Ferguson, Harvard egghead and knit-browed global media star, in his latest book and TV series, The Ascent of Money. Or rather, that's what the TV schedulers are claiming here in London. Ferguson actually says that "Money is not metal. It is trust inscribed." But Latinate words – like the Latin root of "credit", meaning "I believe" – make for gawky soundbites, all out-sized limbs and acne-scars where smooth straight-to-camera head-shots are required. Full Story

By: John Peterson - 17 November, 2008

The objective of these articles is to determine if there is any quantitative evidence that supports the perception that selling forces in the international Gold bullion trade have a greater tendency to appear on a regular basis during certain times of the 24 hour trading day. An examination of the corrected hypothetical price series suggests that there are indeed time periods of the day that sometimes do have a tendency towards buying and others that sometimes have a tendency towards selling. Full Story

By: Captain Hook, Treasure Chests - 17 November, 2008

In his genius, E.F. Schumaker foresaw the eventual demise of present day central banking long ago, and offers a workable solution that can both co-exit and operate within transition from failing fiat currency based economies flaming out due to accelerating inflation. And make no mistake about it – the global economy is flaming out – with all strata of economies soon to begin the decentralization process. Full Story

By: James West - 17 November, 2008

The reason GM should be allowed to fall is because in its current state, its production overcapacity, if maintained by government money, can only churn out even more cars that nobody wants or can afford to buy. In other words, it would only prolong the inevitable. Full Story

By: Gary Tanashian - 17 November, 2008

Every week brings new financial and economic chaos and further cementing of perceptions (that should have been adopted years ago) that all is not right in Oz. The wizard is simply human and he is not an evil overseer. He is worse than that. The wizard is incompetent and that is what scares the hell out of people, or at least it should. Full Story

By: Peter J. Cooper - 17 November, 2008

Once the hedge funds stop selling, and you always do eventually run out of assets to sell, then gold and silver prices will rally, and the rush out of cash and into precious metals will do something pretty spectacular to the price. Gold and silver stocks, languishing at a 40-year low, should jump and deliver phenomenal performance for new investors and repay the patience of long-term holders. Full Story

By: David Chapman, Union Securities - 17 November, 2008

We are not sure who coined the above phrase. Some say it was Baron Rothschild, the scion of the Rothschild banking family. What it means is that when fear is at its highest, one must toss aside the bearish feeling and turn bullish. Of course the $64 million question is, “Are we there yet?” As the market sank this past week one could be forgiven if even the most optimistic amongst us turned out to be wrong as well. Full Story

By: John Mauldin, Millennium Wave Advisors - 17 November, 2008

So, this week I take another look at my Muddle Through stance. We look at some of the recent data on unemployment and retail sales, think about the implications of a falling trade deficit and a rising US government deficit, speculate about the potential for a serious stock market rally, and also comment on the potential for a GM bailout. There is a lot to cover, so let's jump right in. Full Story

By: Peter J. Cooper - 17 November, 2008

Vice-governor of the Saudi Arabian Central Bank Mohammed Al Jasser told journalists in Dubai yesterday that the Kingdom’s $343 billion in foreign reserves were held in ‘very liquid, safe, minimal risk’ international assets. ‘Our bank exposure to international markets is extremely small’ he added. Full Story

By: Rick Ackerman, Rick's Picks - 17 November, 2008

Whatever illusions Americans may have about prospects for Change under Obama, they are about to be shattered by a Congressional bailout for U.S. automakers. Politics-as-usual all but guarantees that Washington will wind up throwing quite a bit more good money after bad -- not so much rescuing the car makers as postponing their day of reckoning for yet another six months, or perhaps a year or two at most. Full Story

By: Douglas V. Gnazzo - 17 November, 2008

Gold was up about 1% for the week closing at $743.10 (spot). The daily chart of GLD shows price breaking just above its upper downward sloping trend line. The gap up may need to be filled – sooner rather than later. Full Story

By: - 16 November, 2008

1st Hour:
Headline news & Market Weatherman Forecast.
Spotlight Stock Picks with big dividends.
The International Forecaster and Host Chris Waltzek answer listeners' questions.
2nd Hour:
Harry S. Dent Jr. Full Story

By: Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster - 16 November, 2008

The Illuminati are double-dipping. Every time Congress raises the debt ceiling and issues new treasuries that are then sold to the Fed, at interest, in order to fund the various bailouts which taxpayers are having stuffed down their throats, another shadow bailout occurs that no one has taken note of. Full Story

By: Jason Hommel, Silver Stock Report - 16 November, 2008

I'm auctioning silver to buy more silver. I'll try to use the proceeds to buy more silver in the form of the cheaper 1000 oz. bars, while they last, and have it fabricated into more 1 oz. rounds or bars. The 100 oz. bars command a high premium at or elsewhere. Full Story

By: Sol Palha, Tactical Investor - 16 November, 2008

The current fear and state of turmoil in the market is creating incredible long term buying opportunities in the commodities (Palladium, Silver, Copper, Platinum, Coffee, soybean etc) sector. Investors should treat such extreme conditions as opportunities rather than take the herd mentality and view them as disasters; historically the masses have always been on the wrong side of the equation and there is no reason to expect anything different this time either. Full Story

By: Peter J. Cooper - 16 November, 2008

The revelation on this blog, actually sourced from what appears to be a reliable story in the Gulf News, the leading regional newspaper, that Saudi Arabia has spent a total of $3.5 billion on gold over the past two weeks has naturally attracted huge worldwide interest. Full Story

By: Warren Bevan - 16 November, 2008

The candy hoard seems to have disappeared finally, except for my private hidden stash, leaving only a wrapper here or a wrapper there as evidence to what once was...FREE CANDY!! . This week the markets behaved like a kid on candy up down bounce hard off this wall then bounce hard off the other wall. But in the end we all know that too much sugar makes you crash. The markets found that out again this week. Will they ever learn? Full Story

By: Julian D. W. Phillips, Gold/Silver Forecaster - Global Watch - 16 November, 2008

A long and deep recession, possibly a depression is being forecast across a broad front. But the real picture is different. Governments and central banks are not only committed to doing all in their power to resurrect growth and give their different economies ‘traction’ but have begun the vigorous implementation of reflation. They will do “whatever it takes” to get growth and confidence re-established globally. Full Story

By: Ty Andros, TraderView - 16 November, 2008

As the G7 banking systems continue their plunge into the abyss, so do the world’s economies. Public servants, governments and central banks are firing every policy option they have to keep the confidence of consumers and business from collapsing. NOTHING is working as the dominoes of confidence fall faster then they can run ahead of the game. The US and G7 governments are still trying to PICK winners and losers so confusion reigns supreme. Full Story

By: John Rubino - 16 November, 2008

It took a few decades longer than it should have, but the world has finally figured out that leveraged speculation is not the path to lasting prosperity. Investment banks and hedge funds are dying, and the concepts upon which they were built--derivatives, gullible pension funds, sycophantic financial media--are being shoveled into the landfill of history. Full Story

By: Richard Daughty, The MOGAMBO GURU - 16 November, 2008

Apart from the fact that the English philosopher Herbert Spencer said, 'The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools', the joke is actually on me, as these Asian investors actually think that they deserve compensation for their stupidity by using the stupidity of us Americans as a model… Full Story

By: Joseph Brusuelas - 16 November, 2008

The week in Fed talk will see heavy week of discussion on the economic outlook. Fed Vice-Governor Kohn and Richmond Fed President will speak at a conference on the subprime crisis Wednesday. The following day Treasury Secretary Paulson and St. Louis Fed Bullard will speak on the US economy. The week will close with Richmond Fed's Lacker and Chicago Fed President Evans addressing the economic outlook, with Philadelphia Fed President Plosser speak on financial conditions and the overall outlook for the economy. Full Story

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