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What to Make of the Recent UK Economic Growth Numbers

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The United Kingdom looks to be getting back on track.

Recent UK economic growth numbers this week revealed that UK GDP is expected to grow 0.7% in the second quarter.

But this just shows that the UK is grappling with many of the same issues as the U.S. right now...

Will the Fed Meeting Today Ignore This Reality?

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The U.S. Federal Reserve will adjourn its two-day Fed meeting today (Wednesday) as the Fed mulls over rate hikes.

What's spooked markets over a potential rate hike is the possibility that with so much global stimulus, the United States will sink into deflation should it raise rates.

Though this is a flawed assessment of how U.S. monetary policy is working and has worked over the last seven years...

Federal Reserve Approves Capital Surcharges for Nation's Largest Banks

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Yesterday (Monday), the U.S. Federal Reserve System approved a rule to require the nation's largest banks to hold a larger capital buffer.

These "capital surcharges" are in addition to the 7% capital requirements set forth in the Basel Accords in 2010.

There are two takeaways from this action....

How the U.S. Debt Works

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Policymakers need to start being more honest about how the U.S. debt works.

It's an age-old debate among the members of Congress. How do we cut the budget? How do we reduce the debt?

But that debate is being framed in the wrong way.

Here's what no one in Congress is telling you about how the U.S. debt works...

Navigating the Shoals of an Overvalued Market

1. IPOS

Stocks have struggled to rally in recent weeks, but that hasn't stopped the IPO market from offering investors the chance to leave reason behind.

Last week, two particular deals demonstrated that while the overall market is expensive, pockets of it are undeniably in a bubble.

Here's what you should know about the IPOs and the week...

Here's what you should know about the IPOs and the week...

The Ugly Truth Behind the Fed's Quantitative Easing

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Editor's note: In this groundbreaking analysis, Shah reveals how quantitative easing - a misguided multi-trillion dollar central bank policy and the greatest financial disruptor of our time - has distorted the global economy, made many traditional investments unprofitable, and stoked wealth and income inequality. But Shah says there are steps we can take to limit some of the damage - if we act now.

The growing income and wealth gap between the rich and poor, most of whom used to be called middle class, has many fathers. But behind the scenes one primary cause emerges. It's the greatest financial disruptor of modern times: Quantitative Easing (QE).

While the jury's out on whether QE will eventually be the step-ladder that lifts us out of the lingering Great Recession, as its proponents argue, the facts demand that the verdict on QE's egregious enrichment of the rich and subjugation of everyone else is: "guilty."

And the trouble won't stop now that the United States has begun winding down its quantitative easing - the Eurozone and Japan each have massive QE programs.

Here are the facts. Policymakers and struggling middle class and poor people must take a strong stand to fight this financial plague. Here's how...

Catalyst #5: The Fed Can No Longer Stop a U.S. Dollar Collapse

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Since November 2008, the Federal Reserve has used quantitative easing to keep the U.S. dollar from collapsing.

But the Fed’s safety net is no longer available to prevent a U.S. dollar collapse.

This video explains what has changed at the Fed that would keep it from performing its role…

The "Unnatural Disaster" Ravaging Global Markets

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The tide is turning for crude oil prices. Following some nice recent gains and despite a dip on Tuesday, the market currently remains at just below $60 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures in New York. The recent rise in prices would seem to be just what the smaller operators in the U.S. need to avoid a sector meltdown. A few months back, when prices were pushing lows of $40 a barrel, there was widespread talk of a wave of bankruptcies coming in the oil patch. The picture is now better, given a recovery in crude prices.

The tide is turning for crude oil prices.

Following some nice recent gains and despite a dip on Tuesday, the market currently remains at just below $60 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures in New York.

The recent rise in prices would seem to be just what the smaller operators in the U.S. need to avoid a sector meltdown.

A few months back, when prices were pushing lows of $40 a barrel, there was widespread talk of a wave of bankruptcies coming in the oil patch. The picture is now better, given a recovery in crude prices.

But there is another shoe about to fall in the ongoing fight by smaller companies to survive. Here's my take on the disaster that's brewing - and the opportunities it may bring...

The Fed FOMC Meeting Minutes Release Today

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The Fed FOMC meeting minutes release today (Wednesday) was yet another in a long line of U.S. Federal Reserve communications that had financial pundits abuzz but delivered nothing new.

The Fed minutes released today - documenting the discussions of the Fed's Federal Open Market Committee three weeks ago - indicated that the Fed has progressed little on pinning down a timeline for raising the Fed funds rate from its 0% to 0.25% target.

But as usual, these Fed minutes skirted the real issues...

Proof of Federal Reserve Stock Market Manipulation

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The fact that the U.S. banking system is awash with $2.6 trillion in excess reserves points to nothing more than U.S. Federal Reserve stock market manipulation.

For years, the amount of reserves in the banking system was flat, at least relative to the relentless surge Bernanke's tenure brought with it. Excess reserves were at $1.5 billion in February 2006 when Ben Bernanke stepped in as chairman. Under Bernanke, it grew $2.5 trillion.

Here's why that can be nothing more than Fed stock market manipulation...

The Money Illusion: What This Picasso Tells Us About the Dollar

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With the purchase of Picasso's <em>Les Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement</em> (Version O) for $179 million, the world was served up another piece of evidence that money has lost all value.

Some will argue that such a price is justified for such a one-of-a-kind object, but what is really going on is not that the value of art is increasing but that the value of the paper currencies being used to buy it is being destroyed by central banks who print trillions of dollars of money around the clock.

This phenomenon - which the economist Irving Fisher named "the money illusion" - is causing massive inflation in financial assets around the world - stocks, bonds, real estate and yes, art.

Should We Abolish the Federal Reserve?

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Should we abolish the Federal Reserve?

Millions of Americans assume the Fed acts in the nation's best interest and that our nation has always had a Fed.

In fact, neither is true. You see, the Fed's original, century-old purpose no longer applies to modern day markets.

Far worse than that, the Fed's actions actually damage the U.S. economy...

What the Fed Meeting Today Was Really Hiding from Us

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The Fed meeting today (Wednesday) delivered on another humdrum statement soaked in predictable Fed speak.

The decision? The U.S. Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee is considering rate hikes on a meeting-by-meeting basis. Something we already knew.

But it's what the Fed is NOT talking about that really frightens us...

What the Fed Meeting Today Will Ignore

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The Fed meeting today (Tuesday) will adjourn tomorrow with a predictably vague statement about how the U.S. Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee is considering rate hikes on a meeting-by-meeting basis.

But what won't be discussed at the Fed meeting today or tomorrow is that it's that very FOMC that has been setting the stage for the next global financial crisis.

All while allowing the same bad practices to continue unabated and to, ultimately, pave the way for a collapse...

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