Five Long Years in the Fed’s Potemkin QE Village

The term Potemkin Village comes from the story that Potemkin in order to impress the Empress of Russia constructed fake buildings Pe

The Fed’s Potemkin Village “We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.” Anonymous Soviet Union “worker” Five Long Years in The Fed’s Potemkin QE Village The term Potemkin Village is derived from the account that Prince Grigory Potemkin once constructed a fake but lavish looking village along the banks of the Dnieper River Read More →

The Labor and Real Estate Markets and Interest Rates – Podcast 11.8.13

The Labor Real Estate Markets and Interest Rates Consumer Confidence in The Housing Market Hits All Time Low Podcast Summary: Intro: 0:00-4:42 Ryan introduces the program and reviews the European decision to lower interest rates and impact on U.S. mortgage rates. Ryan notes the 3rd Quarter GDP growth of 2.8% and initial jobless claim data. Read More →

Mortgage Applications Tumble – Just a Flesh Wound, Keep Fighting!

Mortgage Applications Tumble Mortgage applications tumbled 7% last week. Real Estate News The economic and housing “recoveries” are over and have been for months. Yet hope persists (the market has taken a slight “pause”!) that recent set backs in pending home sales, rising interest rates and lackluster job reports are mere bumps in the road Read More →

The Fed Provides Future Reasons Not To Taper QE in 2014 – Podcast 11.1.13

The Fed’s Reasons Not To Taper QE The Fed’s Excuses Not To Taper Quantitative Easing Podcast Summary Ryan reviews the recent decision of the Fed to keep their interest rate policy the same along with keeping quantitative easing in place. Ryan predicts interest rates would trade within a tight range and notes that the Fed Read More →

October 2013 Fed Meeting Review

Fed Meeting October 2013 How To Buy Gold How to Buy Silver “…the Committee sees the improvement in economic activity and labor market conditions since it began its asset purchase program a year ago as consistent with growing underlying strength in the broader economy. However, the Committee decided to await more evidence that progress will Read More →

The False Housing Recovery of 2013 and How it Unraveled

The False Housing Recovery How To Buy Gold How to Buy Silver Update: The False Housing Recovery of 2014 “Declining housing affordability conditions are likely responsible for the bulk of reduced contract activity” Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist announcing that pending house sales plunged 5.6% in September The Decline and Fall of the 2013 Housing Read More →

Don’t Expect to See a Taper Tomorrow

After the September Fed meeting we heard a bunch a noise from a few Fed Presidents about how they “might” taper their $85 billion a month quantitative easing (QE) program in October, depending on the data. Then the government shut down in October and the data was unavailable. The data that we have seen recently Read More →

Why Saudi Arabia Matters in Helping to Keep the U.S. Dollar as the World’s Reserve Currency

Saudi Arabia and the Petro Dollar How the U.S. dollar obtained the world’s reserve currency status, how it abused it , how it retained it and how it might lose it. Update April 15, 2016: Saudi Arabia Threatens to Dump U.S. Treasury Bonds if 9/11 bill passes in U.S. Congress UPDATE February 2018 – The Read More →

How the Debt Ceiling “Crisis” was Averted Podcast 10.17.13

How the Debt Ceiling Crisis was Avoided How To Buy Gold How to Buy Silver Podcast Summary Ryan opens the show by discussing the recent budget deal in which the Congress agreed to extend the debt ceiling until next year. Louis notes that this is what they had predicted would happen. Louis notes that cutting Read More →

Janet Yellen and the Precious Printing Press

the dollar printing ring

Janet Yellen and QE. How To Buy Gold. How to Buy Silver One Printing Press to rule them all In the Land of The Fed where the Shadows lie. – Lord of the Rings parody My Press-ious The Fed’s printing press will be handed over to Janet Yellen early next year. How will she handle Read More →