Deepcaster: Bogus Official Statistics Offer Profit Opportunities

Submitted by Deepcaster:

There is no paper money in 2014 or 2015 that will be worth much of anything. – Jim Rogers

Investors are increasingly concerned, understandably, about the Reliability of Official or Quasi-Official (e.g., those emanating from Too-Big-To-Fail Banks and Ratings Agencies) Statistics and other Financial and Economic News.

Understandably so, given that the actions of Participant Mega-Financial Institutions in the LIBOR Scandal cost Borrowers Billions.
Understandably so, if the allegations in the Ratings Agency litigation are proven true, Investors in deceptively “Rated” Mortgage-Backed Securities, and other commercial Paper have taken a Financial Bath there also.
Understandingly so, given the continuing Flood of Bogus Official Economic Statsitics.

But the Mismatch between Bogus “Statistics” and “News” on one hand and the Real Numbers and Real News on the other provides Opportunities to Profit and Protect. This is because Bogus Statistics and Disinformation give rise to inherently Unsustainable Trends and misallocation of Capital.

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Eric Sprott: Weakness Begets More Weakness- Weekly Earnings Have Been in Contraction for 17 Years!

MAAG_Oct2012-FIG2.gifEric Sprott’s Sprott Asset Management has just sent subscribers it’s monthly Markets At a Glance newsletter.  As always, Sprott’s latest is a MUST READ!!

The figure to the right is courtesy of Shadow Government Statistics, and shows US Average Weekly Earnings adjusted for inflation using two versions of inflation measurement. It is a sobering chart. The blue line shows inflation-adjusted earnings using government CPI, and shows a small but steady increase in real earnings since the mid-1990s. The green line, however, shows what inflation adjusted earnings would be today had the US Bureau of Labour Statistics not made changes to the CPI in the early 90s, and reveals that average weekly earnings have actually been in contraction for over 17 years. Forget blaming our current woes on the hangover from 2008-2009. The average American worker has been losing income in real terms since the late 1990s. This is clearly a long-term trend which has compounded itself over the last ten years. Weakness begets more weakness. [Read more...]