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CNBC Is Hazardous to Your Financial Health

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If you want to lose all of your money, you could do worse than tune in to CNBC on a regular basis.

The network is a cheerleader for an overvalued stock market and the Federal Reserve policies that have pumped it up - and which are steering the economy straight into another recession.

Seven years after the financial crisis ripped across the globe, the world is mired in debt. This is particularly worrying since the "Debt Supercycle" that began 30 years ago is now supported only by the largesse of increasingly shaky central banks.

Today the world is buried in more than $100 trillion of debt. Hanging over that is another roughly $700 trillion of derivatives. Is it any wonder many economies can't grow when they have to service all of that debt and face such systemic risk?

Of course, the cheerleaders on CNBC have absolutely no clue about what is going on... and the dangers of this ignorance are too important to ignore.

Yes, there are some thoughtful, experienced journalists working at CNBC like David Faber and Steve Liesman- whose pained expression when enduring his colleagues' hyperbole tells a story in itself. And Rick Santelli continues to point to the dangers of what the Fed is doing.

Unfortunately much of the substance of Mr. Santelli's excellent reporting gets lost in his proclivity for ranting rather than reporting.

But much of the rest of the staff just engages in mindless cheerleading of the markets or soft-pedaling questioning of equally clueless guests...

This "Rising Rate" Play Could Make You a Quick 55%

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According to Bloomberg Business, people collectively waste an hour a day on Facebook debating everything from Kim Kardashian's hair to the now infamous gold/blue dress.

After last Wednesday, I've got to wonder how much time they're going to blow talking about what Fed Chair Janet Yellen said... or didn't.

At the end of the day it doesn't matter.

I say that because one of the most fundamental investing truisms of all is that "money moves to where it's treated best."

Simply put, a rise in interest rates is a sign that money is going to be treated better. It's a capital attractor, not the deterrent hyperactive day traders think it is...

Use This Strategy to Profit Before the Markets Head South

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For the last six months, I have been warning that economic growth is faltering. In November of last year, I predicted that the U.S. economy would experience a "growth scare" in 2015.

This week, we learned that the Atlanta Fed is tracking first quarter GDP growth at a mere 0.3% and that the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee (FOMC) has significantly downgraded its growth forecast.

Bond yields have plunged and commodity prices have collapsed. Only stocks have failed to figure out that low growth is a recipe for coming disaster.

After Fed Meeting Today, Make Money in These Three Assets

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today (Wednesday) continued to fuel discussions about when the U.S. Federal Reserve is going to finally raise interest rates.

After all, labor market conditions have cleared up - at least by the Fed's metrics. The economy added 295,000 jobs in February, and the unemployment rate sits at an impressive 5.5%. But the other side of the Fed's dual mandate paints a grimmer picture. The U.S. is in deflation.

The real question is how to invest for deflation. Here's how...

Bank Stress Tests Prove the Worst History Repeats Itself

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Two out of 31 big banks failed the Fed's bank stress tests. One was Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB), and the other was Santander Holdings USA Inc (NYSE: SOV-C).

But Santander's biggest U.S. unit manage to sell a boatload of subprime auto loans - worth $712 million.

Here's why this bond deal matters - and how it proves that the worst history always repeats itself...

Unheeded Signs of the Times

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There was news last week of two negative indicators we haven't seen since the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008: the low level of the inventory-to-sales ratio - a key measure of future corporate profits - andretail sales falling, in February, for the third consecutive month.

We also learned the Atlanta Fed lowered its real-time 1Q GDP estimate to a moribund 0.6%, while jobless claims were back above 300,000.Lumber sales - animportant leading economic indicator - plunged, and technology bellwether Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) lowered its revenue estimate for the first quarter by $1 billion on plunging PC sales.

On Thursday, March 12, just as we learned this discouraging news, thestock market saw its largest rally in months, with the S&P 500 jumping by 1.24% (25.31 points)....

Why is this not surprising?

The Truth Behind Central Banks' Machinations

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Central bankers disguise themselves as friendly shepherds. But really it's more of a "wolf guarding the henhouse" situation...

You see, we've been experiencing deflation, not inflation...on a global scale. Why aren't prices rising? Why aren't wages rising? Why is global demand so lackluster?

Well, the answer has to do with central bankers' and how they treat your money...

Federal Open Market Committee Minutes Today Proved One Thing

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes today did little to quell confusion over when the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates.

The expectation is that the Fed will raise rates sometime in the summer. But the direction of Fed monetary policy has become more complicated than simply pegging a rate increase to what has become an arbitrary consensus estimate.

That's because there are so many potential policy directions, and Fed ambiguity makes nothing certain.

Here's how you should read today's latest round of Fed uncertainty.

FOMC Meeting Today: A Tale of Two QEs

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meeting today marks 2015's inaugural meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy makers.

It's only been a month since the last meeting convened. But a lot has changed. It's following big stories in the way of global central, particularly from the European Central Bank.

Here's how this QE story will play out, and why today's FOMC meeting will just be noise in a much more troubling outlook for central banking...

The Brave New World of Central Bank Tyranny

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Thanks to U.S. Federal Reserve policies that are holding market rates down near zero, you're barely getting one one-hundredth of a percentage point on your cash deposits.

It's bad enough that you're getting practically no yield on your savings. But now the big banks - those greedy fellows that we taxpayers bailed out from a crisis they actually caused - are about to start charging you to deposit money with them. All thanks to policies enforced by the central bankers.

Welcome to the brave new world of central bank tyranny...

Understanding Gold's Massive Impact on Fed Maneuvering

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Just about everyone knows Alan Greenspan. As central bankers go, he may just be the most famous ever. Even today, 1 in 6 Americans still think he's the current chair of the Federal Reserve.

As Fed chief from 1987 until 2006, Greenspan oversaw the latter part of the greatest stock bull market in history.

For that, some called him "The Maestro."

From other quarters, the names are far less flattering. Many blame him for inflating massive stock and real estate bubbles, resulting in financial devastation across the economy.

Well, these days Greenspan is acting rather schizophrenic. In fact, you won't believe what he's saying now, unless you understand where he's coming from.

Given the havoc its wreaking on market stability (while ostensibly doing the opposite), it's absolutely critical to look back at Greenspan's handiwork to try to make sense of today's Federal Reserve maneuvering...

Here's What the Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes Really Mean (NYSE: GS)

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"The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra" was broadcast on NPR's "This American Life" on Sept. 26. Carmen Segarra, a former Fed examiner in the bowels of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), secretly recorded some of the goings-on there.

And what was revealed in those tapes speaks a lot to who's really running the show there - the Fed or the big banks.

We’re all screwed. Here’s why…

The Truth Behind the Dangerous "Helicopter Money" Delusion

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Seeking out major trends and power shifts in the global economy is a part of my work that I enjoy most.

It's a lot of work, and needless to say, it involves constant research.

That's why a piece I recently read in Foreign Affairs absolutely shocked me...

The piece is a bit revolutionary, as its authors speak to a drastically different way of stimulating an ailing economy than the path we're on today.

Full story...

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