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Did You Make Janet Yellen Rich?

  The Stress of Losing Billions Up until the WallStreetBets crowd short squeezed Melvin Capital for a $7 billion loss, Robinhood had it made. But losing billions is stressful. And when your product blows up your customer the clucking that follows comes hot and heavy. A surprise revival of business at Game-Stop… [PT] One of the sweetest displays in the world, we’ve been told, is the bursts of digital confetti that shower down...

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Reddit Residue on Silver

  Silver Yo-Yo The price of silver is going up and down like a yo-yo. On Sunday and into the first part of Monday, the price skyrocketed on news that Reddit was touting the metal. But as the data clearly showed, the price was not driven up by retail buying of physical metal. Silver, March futures from Jan 27, 30 minute chart: a lot of volatility, but silver seems to have established a higher low after coming down from the initial...

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Crypto-Mania Resurrected

  The Investment Asset of the Century Makes yet another Comeback Even the most ardent cryptocurrency bulls are probably slightly slack-jawed at this juncture and can hardly believe it. To be sure, many people were undeterred by the vicious bear market that saw BTC melt down from just below $20,000 in Dec. 2017 to less than $3,300 in Dec. 2018, but we doubt that even these steadfast believers in the grand-daddy of cryptocurrencies...

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Grantham’s ‘Real McCoy’ Bubble in a World Gone Mad

  The Lure of Easy Money Right now happens to be an attractive time to do something stupid.  What’s more, everyone is doing it.  Maybe you are too. Stock valuations and corporate earnings growth no longer appear to matter.  Why not buy an S&P 500 index fund and let it ride?  Or, better yet, why not buy shares of Nvidia? NVDA, weekly, over the past 6 years. The stock really started to take off after the 2016 election surprisingly...

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Death of an Inter-Market Correlation

  A Curious Development in Japan For a long time Japanese stocks have been little more than a mirror image of the yen – they would rise when the yen lost ground and fall when it strengthened. This has changed rather noticeably of late as the chart below illustrates. Incidentally, the Nikkei has broken out over a resistance level that has held it back since early 2018. Whether this breakout will hold remains to be seen, but so far it...

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Janet Yellen: Too Dumb To Stop

    Autographing Funny Money The United States Secretary of the Treasury bears a shameful job duty. They must place their autograph on the face of the Federal Reserve’s legal tender notes. Here, for the whole world to witness, the Treasury Secretary provides signature endorsement; their personal ratification of unconstitutional money. Janet Yellen – first she got to print a lot of funny money, now she gets to autograph it. The Titanic...

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“In America Money Does Grow on Trees”

    Full Commitment This week provided additional confirmation that America is fully committed to a program of currency destruction.  Decades of terminal intelligence have gotten us to this special place.  We will have more on this in a moment.  But first some words on being fully committed. Say hello to the provider of bacon… lots of bacon, in this case. [PT] We have never gutted a hog.  But we hear it is a bloody mess.  The volume...

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In The Long Run We Are All Alive

  Prophet of Doom In 1976, economist Herbert Stein, father of Ben Stein, the economics professor in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, observed that U.S. government debt was on an unsustainable trajectory.  He, thus, established Stein’s Law: “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” Herbert Stein, looking worried about the budget deficit. [PT] Stein may have been right in theory.  Yet the unsustainable trend of U.S. government debt...

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Central Planners At Work

  Consumption without Production “Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer”, observed 19th century philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.  “He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich.” Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), who inter alia opined on consumers and the need to not only consume, but also produce. The latter activity has recently become even more severely hampered than it already was. And yet,...

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What You Will Find When You Follow the Money

  Lockdown Disaster It has been a rough go for California Governor Gavin Newsom. Late last week it was revealed that the state Department of Public Health had tickled the poodle on its COVID-19 record keeping. Somehow the bureaucrats in Sacramento under-counted new corona-virus cases by as many as 300,000. Governor Newsom gesticulating his way through the pandemic…  [PT] Perhaps this oversight prompted Newsom to imbibe a little...

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