Sorry CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News and Wall Street but the reason for the slowdown is not the weather. The real reason is the structural deterioration in the income and wealth of the middle class. Real disposable income per capital dropped from $37,265 in 2012 Q4 to $36,941 in 2013 Q4. And those numbers do not include the additional expense/person for Obamacare that will phase in this year, nor do they include the fact that the price of a gallon of gas is the highest it’s ever been for this time of year. In addition, the savings rate plummeted 16% between September 2013 and January 2014 (link for both disposable income and savings rate data). In other words, the ability of the middle class to spend, consume and buy new homes and cars is quickly declining. It’s likely that the real economy hit a wall in November 2013. By the end of 2014, the National Bureau of Economic Research will likely have announced that the U.S economy entered a recession in the first half of 2014. [Read more...]
Is the U.S. economy steamrolling toward another recession? There are an increasing number of indications that we are rapidly plunging into another major economic slowdown.
While it appears that Putin may have already initiated sanctions against the US with the halting of Russian ammunition exports to the US, let us hope that a full-blown economic war between the United States and Russia is averted. Our economy is hurting enough as it is.
But no matter how things with this crisis in Ukraine play out, it looks like hard times are ahead for the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, most Americans never learned the lessons that they should have learned back in 2008.
They just assume that the federal government and the Federal Reserve have fixed our problems and have everything under control, so they are not preparing for the next great crisis.
In the end, tens of millions of Americans will be absolutely devastated when they get absolutely blindsided by what is coming.
The following are the top 12 signs that the U.S. economy is heading toward another recession…
Will The Cartel price suppressors win out when it comes to Precious Metals and other Tangible Assets prices, or will increasingly Bullish fundamentals propel them further up?
Whatever the answer, the mounting evidence is that the Fed-led Cartel is knowingly creating conditions designed to force the U.S (and, indeed, the entire industrialized world), to eventually choose between a Hyperinflationary Depression and the Cartel‘s ominous “End Game.”
As Jim Rogers and David Stockman have recently pointed out, Fed Policy is impelling us to such a Climax.
If you listen to the mainstream media, you would think that happy days are here again for America.
However, if the economy is really “getting better”, then why have millions upon millions of formerly middle class Americans been pushed to the point of utter despair?
The U.S. economy is definitely not getting any better. For example, if you assume that the percentage of Americans that want to work is about at the long term average, then the official unemployment rate in the United States would be above 11 percent. And compared to six years ago, 1,154,000 fewer Americans are working today even though our population has gotten significantly larger since then. Behind all of these numbers are real flesh and blood people, and you are about to hear from some of them. The following are 10 stories from the cold, hard streets of America that will break your heart… [Read more...]
Doug Casey: We Are Going to Have a Fantastic Depression, Gold/Silver More Important to Own than 1971 or 2001!
Doug Casey of CaseyResearch.com warns, “Were going into what I call ‘The Greater Depression.’ It’s going to be much more serious than what happened in the 1930′s. . . . A depression is a period of time when most people’s standard of living drops significantly.” Casey explains, “There is a gigantic amount of debt in the U.S. at all levels—governmental, corporate and individual. Debt is a sign you have been living above your means. It’s a debt bubble, and this is a major reason the government wants interest rates low. When interest rates rise, it makes it harder for people in debt to service that debt. They are simply delaying the inevitable at this point, but it is inevitable what is going to happen, and we are going to have a fantastic depression.”
On physical gold and silver, Casey says, “Gold is more important to own and perhaps a better bargain now than in 1971 or 2001, and the same is true of silver.”
Join Greg Hunter he goes One-on-One with investor Doug Casey. [Read more...]
Did you know that there are more than 102 million working age Americans that do not have a job? Right now, there are more than 11 million Americans that are considered to be “officially unemployed”, and there are more than 91 million Americans that are not employed and that are considered to be “not in the labor force”. When you add those two numbers together, the total is more than 102 million. Overall, the number of working age Americans that do not have a job has increased by about 27 million since the year 2000. But aren’t things getting better? After all, the mainstream media is full of headlines about how “good” the jobs numbers for October were. Sadly, the truth is that the mainstream media is not being straight with the American people. As you will see below, we are in the midst of a long-term unemployment crisis in America, and things got even worse last month. [Read more...]
The U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate Is At A 35 Year Low: 101 Million Working Age Americans Without a Job!
The percentage of Americans that are participating in the labor force is the lowest that it has been in 35 years. During the 70s, 80s and 90s, the labor force participation rate consistently rose as large numbers of women entered the workforce. It peaked at 67.3 percent in early 2000, and just before the last recession it was sitting at about 66 percent. Since the start of the last recession, the labor force participation rate has not stopped falling and it is now at a 35 year low. In September, 11,255,000 Americans were considered to be “unemployed”, and an astounding 90,609,000 Americans were considered to be “not in the labor force”. The number of Americans “not in the labor force” has increased by more than 10 million since Barack Obama entered the White House. When you add the number of unemployed Americans to the number of Americans “not in the labor force”, you come up with a grand total of more than 101 million working age Americans that do not have a job. [Read more...]
The more things change, the more things stay the same. The Great Depression actually started in 1929, but as you will see below, as late as 1933 the Associated Press was still pumping out lots of news stories with optimistic economic headlines and many Americans still did not believe that we were actually in a depression. And of course we are experiencing a very similar thing today. The United States is in the worst financial shape that it has ever been in, our economic infrastructure is being systematically gutted, and poverty is absolutely exploding. Since the stock market crash of 2008, the Federal Reserve has been wildly printing money and the federal government has been running trillion dollar deficits in a desperate attempt to stabilize things, but in the process they have made our long-term economic problems far worse. It would be hard to overstate how dire our situation is, and yet the mainstream media continues to assure us that everything is just fine and that happy days are here again.
The mainstream media was doing the exact same thing back during the days of the Great Depression. The following are actual Associated Press headlines from 1933… [Read more...]
Smart Knowledge U’s JS Kim has released an interview with World Bank whistle-blower Karen Hudes discussing the criminality of the global banking cabal, the coming financial crisis, and gold backwardation. Hudes states to JS Kim:
“We have fired these Central Bankers. And there is going to be more and more accountability…A lot of these [bankers] understand that there will be a day of reckoning” for them because more and more of the world’s citizens are awakening to what bankers really are up to these days, and they are not happy with what they are discovering about the banking industry.
Hudes predicts that one day soon the citizens of the West will wake up and will dump their fiat paper currencies, and will flock to the sound money of gold and silver to store their wealth, and that if gold backwardation remains a permanent fixture, a world depression will result:
“Paper has no intrinsic value. It is only valuable if people agree that it has value. Fiat currencies are now under siege and we have a limited amount of time to set up alternative monies. If we have permanent gold backwardation, international trade will simply stop and we will have a world depression that will make what happened in the 1930s and 2008 look like nothing.”
World Bank whistle-blower Karen Hudes full interview with JS Kim is below: [Read more...]
Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts says, “The country is not being run by the President. It is being run by spy agencies and private interest groups, Wall Street and military security complex . . .They run the country. The President is a puppet, a figurehead.” Dr. Roberts contends, “If you are a lawless state, which the United States is, it obeys no international law. It does not obey the Geneva Convention . . . It tortures people. It doesn’t obey the Constitution. It doesn’t obey anything. It does what it wants. . . . If you are a lawless state, you disguise yourself as a democracy.” Former President Jimmy Carter agrees. Just last week, Carter said, “The U.S. has no functioning democracy at this moment.” Why hasn’t the mainstream media picked up this astounding comment from a former Democratic President? Dr. Roberts says, “Five firms now own what used to be a large dispersed independent media. Nobody can open their mouth, they’d get fired. They have become a propaganda ministry for government and corporations.” Dr. Roberts goes on to say, “My prediction or expectation is by winter, the second downturn of the Great Recession will be in place. Unemployment will explode, more foreclosures are coming. It’s going to be worse than the Great Depression.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. [Read more...]
Top trends forecaster Gerald Celente says NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a non-event. Celente charges, “What did Snowden say that we didn’t write about over a year ago.”
Celente says the real stories are the imploding economy and coming war. Another crash is coming, and Celente predicts, “It will be worse than the panic of ’08. It will be deeper. It will be more painful because they will not be able to pull off the stimulus game again.” Celente goes on to say, “We are going into the Greatest Depression, but they will try to boost it in some way, and that’s when gold and silver prices will skyrocket.” Celente also predicts war in the Middle East is a lock. Celente says, “When all else fails, they will take us to war. We are seeing war drums beating louder and louder throughout the Middle East as the Middle East is collapsing.” As far as a real recovery is concerned, Celente boldly states, “The business of America has become war, and as long as business is war, there is not going to be any recovery.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Gerald Celente. [Read more...]
The next Great Depression is already happening – it just hasn’t reached the United States yet. Things in Europe just continue to get worse and worse, and yet most people in the United States still don’t get it. All the time I have people ask me when the “economic collapse” is going to happen. Well, for ages I have been warning that the next major wave of the ongoing economic collapse would begin in Europe, and that is exactly what is happening. In fact, both Greece and Spain already have levels of unemployment that are greater than anything the U.S. experienced during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Pay close attention to what is happening over there, because it is coming here too. You see, the truth is that Europe is a lot like the United States. We are both drowning in unprecedented levels of debt, and we both have over-leveraged banking systems that resemble a house of cards. The reason why the U.S. does not look like Europe yet is because we have thrown all caution to the wind. The Federal Reserve is printing money as if there is no tomorrow and the U.S. government is savagely destroying the future that our children and our grandchildren were supposed to have by stealing more than 100 million dollars from them every single hour of every single day. We have gone “all in” on kicking the can down the road even though it means destroying the future of America. But the alternative scares the living daylights out of our politicians. When nations such as Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy tried to slow down the rate at which their debts were rising, the results were absolutely devastating. A full-blown economic depression is raging across southern Europe and it is rapidly spreading into northern Europe. Eventually it will spread to the rest of the globe as well.
The following are 20 signs that the next Great Depression has already started in Europe… [Read more...]
April 5th, 1933, FDR confiscated every gold coin, bar, or certificate and people had to turn in their gold to the Federal Government or else they would face a fine of $10,000 or 10 years in jail. That is about $179,000 in today’s money. You were able to keep a small amount or some rare coins and those that did give up their gold received about $20/oz. “Why would the government do that?” asks Ms. Steel. They did this for the following reasons:
- To prevent hoarding.
- To devalue the dollar during the Great Depression.
- The government set the gold price at $35/oz and pegged it to the dollar.
“But this could never happen again, right?” asks Ms. Steel. “Well tell that to Texas.” [Read more...]
Legendary gold trader Jim Sinclair, who this week called a bottom in gold, has sent out an email alert to subscribers stating that the MSM’s attempts to control the nation’s understanding of our economic crisis through propaganda and MOPE has now failed, and we are now beginning a LATER & GREATER DEPRESSION as a result of the failed attempt to kick the can further down the road rather than addressing our systemic issues.
Sinclair states that QE must go to infinity here and now or the entire house of cards collapses, and that gold will be the final tool used to rebalance the balance sheets of the worst deficit-debt offenders such as Japan, the Euro-zone, the UK, and the US.
Sinclair’s full alert is below: [Read more...]
The International Monetary Fund’s paper, “The Chicago Plan Revisited” by Jaromir Benes and Michael Kumhof highlighted a means to wipe out debt by legislation by using state created money to replace the private banking system and was commented on in The Telegraph by journalist Ambrose Evans-Prichard. In sum, the paper illuminates on a plan created in 1936 by professors Henry Simons and Irving Fisher during the aftermath of the US Depression. It examines how money created by credit cycles leads to a damaging creation of wealth.
Authors, Benes and Kumhof argue that credit-cycle trauma – caused by private money creation – has been around forever and lies at the root of debt catastrophes as far back as ancient Mesopotia and the Middle East. They claim that not only harvest cycles lead to defaults but rather the concentration of wealth in the hands of lenders would have augmented the outcome. [Read more...]