Are Banks Finally Ready To Start Lending?

In normal times, today’s combination of record low interest rates and massive infusions of capital into the banking system would ignite the mother of all expansions. That it hasn’t has confused the economists whose textbooks clearly state that it should. And it has convinced the Fed to just keep upping the ante with QE after QE.

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The Number That Matters

Friday was one of those days when so many markets move so dramatically that it’s hard to know what to focus on. But in this case the headline numbers – US stocks way up, gold way down, foreign markets all over the place — matter less than the interest rate on 10-year Treasuries, which spiked.

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As Trust Evaporates…

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi has once again put the world’s major news organizations to shame by describing, in comprehensible terms, the pervasive corruption at the heart of the financial system. Below are his concluding paragraphs from a much larger article that everyone with money at risk in a bank, brokerage account or business should read.

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When Hedge Funds Go Short, Gold Goes Up

This article illustrates how a news organization can shape the tone of a story. Bloomberg chooses to focus on the bear market in precious metals, framing the record level of bearish hedge fund bets as, well, bearish. But the data could just as easily be the basis of a bullish story, since whenever hedge funds get massively short the price of gold and silver soar.

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The Long Wave Versus the Printing Press: Another 2008?

Marc Faber of the Gloom Boom Doom Report was interviewed by Bloomberg on Friday, and of course topic number one was the brutal takedown of gold. Not all that surprisingly, he likes the resulting buying opportunity and expects “a major low in gold within the next two weeks.”

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“Risk-Free” Is So 2012

So you’ve got this pile of cash and you’re not sure what to do with it. Nice problem, as problems go, but definitely not trivial, especially if you’re more concerned with keeping what you have than trying to make it grow.

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