Reality Catching Up With Expectations

by Kurt Kallaus
Financial Sense

The stock market is a major leading indicator that rallies on optimism in the economy. Stocks represent the sum progress of companies in the present with a premium for what is expected in the future. Often these economic expectations mirror stock prices, but eventually, the stock market leans ahead of its skis requiring commensurate “realized” economic growth and profits to avoid faltering. With economic sentiment surging to 11-year highs despite 8 years of slow GDP growth, we are now witnessing signs of economic acceleration to justify some of this ebullience.

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Another Bubble? Bring it On!

by Clif Droke, Gold Strategies Review
Gold Seek

Anytime the Dow makes a new high you can be reasonably assured of hearing the B-word bounced around in the media. Memories of the last bubble are still vivid and painful enough to trigger flashbacks of the bubble’s collapse. It’s only natural then that investors fear a return of irrational exuberance. Despite these fears, the evidence of a newly formed bubble is surprisingly lacking, as we’ll uncover here.

Asset manager Jeremy Grantham famously defined a bubble as any asset whose price has moved at least two standard deviations above its longer-term statistical mean, or norm. This definition is too rigid, however, and can sometimes be misapplied to see bubbles where none actually exist. Markets can sometimes exceed the 2 standard deviation rule in non-bubble environments, as when the utilities sector last year experienced a 3 standard deviation event.

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Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – No Breakouts or Breakdowns Yet

from Jesse’s Café Américain

After the bell the Trump Administration’s DOJ rescinded the ban on the use of private prisons for Federal prisoners. Progress!

Perhaps they can explore the use of private workhouses and poorhouses for those who will continue to become impoverished by policies that favor a redistribution of the wealth to the top few percent.

Oh wait, they already have those. It is called working for below poverty wages while having to compete with near slave labor working in deplorable conditions in authoritarian and plutocratic regimes.

Stocks were weak to sideways today. Unless something happens to trigger selling, I suspect we will see the major market indices hanging in there until at least the SNAP IPO comes out in early March.

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We Are Headed for Something Disastrous on This Earth That No One Has Ever Experienced

from King World News

With the Dow hitting new all-time highs, one of the greats in the business told King World News that we are headed for something disastrous on this earth that no one has ever experienced.

“Fueled By A Tide Of Central Bank Money”

John Embry: “Eric, the charade continues as the global economy struggles with an unsustainable debt load, but stock markets worldwide rise fueled by a tide of central bank money…

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Syria’s “White Helmets” Go to Hollywood

by Rick Sterling
Global Research

The netflix movie “The White Helmets” may win an Oscar in the “short documentary” category at the Academy Awards on Sunday February 26. It will not be a surprise, despite the fact that the group is a fraud and the movie is a contrived infomercial.

The White Helmets are a “feel good” story like a Disney hero movie: 90% myth and fabrication. Most of what is claimed about the Syrian rescue group is untrue. They are not primarily Syrian; the group was initiated by British military contractor James LeMesurier and has been heavily funded by the USA, UK and other governments.

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Harvey Organ’s Daily Gold & Silver Report – 2017.02.22

Feb 23/Gold rises on Mnuchin indecision/Silver breaks out of the 18.00 dollar stranglehold/Open interest in silver climbs close to 215,000 contracts (1.07 billion oz) despite yesterday’s drop/the volume at the comex exceeds 150,000 contracts which is humongous/gold/silver equity shares flounder s the bankers dig in their heels with respect to the silver onslaught/Huge drop in gasoline demand: lowest reading in 16 years/Mnuchin indecision sends gold and silver higher/Border tax now back into favour with Trump!/

by Harvey Organ
Harvey Organ’s Blog

Gold at (1:30 am est) $1247.00 UP $15.00

silver was : $18.14: UP 20 CENTS

Access market prices:

Gold: $1249.50

Silver: $18.18

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Higher Education: The Higher You Go, the Dumber You Get

from Michelle Obama’s Mirror

First they came for the notebooks, and I did not speak out — Because I did not use notebooks.

Then they came for the Post-it Notes, and I did not speak out — Because I did not use Post-its.

Then they came for the whiteboards, and I did not speak out — Because I did not use whiteboards.

Oh those whacky universities! They’re at it again, attempting to save the Snowflakes from themselves. I’m sorry to report that while this news comes from Michigan State University it could just as easily been from Anywhere U, even the venerable University of Michigan, political correctness being more valued than knowledge these days:

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Shock Poll: Is Russia Friend or Foe?

from RonPaulLibertyReport

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Global (Economic) Warming

by Alasdair MacLeod
Gold Money

If the economy was on its uppers, Trumpenomics could be reasonably compared with Reaganomics. But that is not the case. The economy is operating close to capacity, ….any further fiscal and monetary expansion will begin to create …. economic overheating.

A failure to understand the credit cycle

Few, if any macroeconomic commentators, seem to be aware of how the global economy is performing. Their selective reliance on duff and out-of-date statistics forces them to anticipate what lies ahead by looking backwards. This approach to economic forecasting and planning gives as little hint of what lies ahead as it does for driving along a winding country road, and has only encouraged closer scrutiny of the past. Ignorance itself is increasingly ignored as the causative factor behind the manifest failure of modern macroeconomics.

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How Trump Will Reshape Foreign Policy

from ReasonTV

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The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

by Andrew P. Napolitano

Last week, The Wall Street Journal revealed that members of the intelligence community — part of the deep state, the unseen government within the government that does not change with elections — now have acquired so much data on everyone in America that they can selectively reveal it to reward their friends and harm their foes. Their principal foe today is the president of the United States.

Liberty is rarely lost overnight. The wall of tyranny often begins with benign building blocks of safety — each one lying on top of a predecessor — eventually collectively constituting an impediment to the exercise of free choices by free people, often not even recognized until it is too late.

Here is the back story.

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Two Simple Steps to Make a Difference in the World – Learn Liberty

from Learn Liberty

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