Central Banks Seek Greater Control Of Markets After Losing Control of the Economy -Smaulgld On Future Money Trends

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Central Banks Seek Greater Control Over Financial Markets as Global Economy Collapses A Robust Stock Market is no Substitute for Solid Economic Growth Smaulgld breaks it down on a Future Money Trends Podcast Check out all the Smaulgld podcasts here. Please consider making a small donation to Smaulgld.com. Thanks! What if 1% of the U.S. Read More →

The Dark Side of Central Bank Intervention

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Smaulgld on X22 Spotlight – Podcast Central Banks Buying Bonds, Equities & Other Assets Won’t Lead to Collapse, but Total Control Last week I sat down with Dave of the popular X22 Spotlight You Tube Channel to discuss the state of the real estate and stock markets. Pleaee have a listen and a look at Read More →

Why Are New Home Sales Still Far Below Those of Prior Decades?

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New home sales during the housing “recovery” of the past few years are roughly equal to the lows of new home sales of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. More new homes were sold in many months in the 1960’s and 1970’s than were ever sold during any month during the period of 2010-2016. Three Factors Read More →

Are Entrepreneurs Really Tricked by Artificially Low Interest Rates?

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Do Artifically Low Interest Rates Trick Entrepreneurs into Making Malinvestments? There is an Austrian School of Economics tenet that states that one danger of artificially low interest rates is that they “trick entrepreneurs” into making “malinvestments’; ones that in retrospect don’t make any economic sense had the entrepreneur not been tricked by the “false signal” Read More →

What Does The Rate Hike Mean For Real Estate?

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What Does The Fed Rate Hike Mean For Real Estate? The rate hike itself will have neglible impact on the real estate market. Existing and other factors influenced by the rate hike will slow the housing market. The Fed Raises Interest Rates Last December, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in Read More →

New Car Sales vs New Home Sales

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New Car Sales vs New Home Sales. New Car Sales at Record Highs/New Home Sales at Multi-Decade Lows. New auto sales were up 13.6% in October year over year. New home sales fell 11.5% in September. Zero Interest Rate Policy has helped new car sales but done little for new home sales. Earlier this year Read More →

Got Housing Recovery?

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Got Housing Recovery? The homeownership rate is down. New and existing home sales remain far below their 2005 peaks. Housing starts for single family homes are flat. What went wrong? For the past few years the media has trumpted a housing “recovery”. In the “False Housing Recovery of 2013” (and again in 2015), we noted Read More →

Loss of Trust in Markets

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Loss of Trust in Markets. This week’s podcast reviews the market distortions on display across the globe. Introduction 0:00-11:10 The general public and Wall Street believe that there is a recovery and the economy is doing well. Recently, however, some obvious signs of cracks in the story have emerged. Greece Events in Greece make it Read More →

Consumer Confidence Conditioning

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Podcast Summary 0:00-7:21 Introduction Consumer Confidence Conditioning 7:21-13:13 the recent high reading of the Michigan consumer confidence survey is discussed in the context of the media’s insistence that the economy is improving. The Gallop consumer survey, however, is down. Consumer confidence is not a good barometer for predicting future economic activity. Consumer confidence and other Read More →

Markets Can Remain Manipulated Longer Than You Can Remain Solvent

Markets can remain manipulated longer than you can remain solvent In this week’s podcast: Podcast Summary 0:00-3:28 Introduction So What if the Fed Raises Rates? 3:28-6:20 discussion of Janet Yellen’s comments about raising rates after the Fed’s June Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Ms. Yellen noted that a rate hike is no big deal Read More →