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Government Shutdown & Debt Limit Questions Answered

A federal shutdown due to a funding lapse looks no less likely than it did two weeks ago. The Senate is expected to begin voting later this week on a funding extension, but the House looks unlikely to act until shortly before the September 30 deadline. Here are some attempts to answer the main questions surrounding the shutdown, debt limit & ramifications.

The Birth of a Monster - The Federal Reserve

The monster was the natural outgrowth of an increasingly troubled banking system. The Panic of 1857 was the spark that set in motion ever more destabilizing policies, caused by the lending activities of fractional-reserve banks. This original sin of the banking system concluded with the birth of a monster in 1914: The Federal Reserve.

Full-Time Pain: Most Americans "Wouldn't Call This A Recovery"

Most people will have the impression that the 288,000 jobs created last month were full-time. Not so. And more directly, “most Americans wouldn’t call this an economic recovery.” There are 48 million people in the U.S. in low-wage jobs, resulting, as Mort Zuckerman concludes, “Faith in the American dream is eroding fast.”

Employment Is A Reflection Of Economic Activity And Growth

With the system of measuring employment being overly complicated & subject to a wide degree of interpretation & manipulation, it is not surprising that the monthly reports draw such emotional arguments. In reality what we all want to know is whether employment is getting better or worse?

The Four Pillars of Poverty - Marc Faber

The increase in poverty rests on four pillars: Cultural & social factors, educational issues, excessive debt & government handouts, which encourage people not to work. Other factors: International competition – keeps wages down; Monetary policies – create bubbles & impoverish the majority.

The Trends To Watch For In 2014

The Trends to Watch For in 2014: Government overreach, economic stagnation & civil discontent – Trends are inconsequential until they reach a critical mass of 4% of the populace, at which point the “vital few” exert outsized influence on 64% of the populace.

Is The Deficit Reduction Just Another Mirage?

As the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) weighs on consumptive spending, current entitlements continue to expand, and economic growth weighs on future tax revenues the deficit will likely worsen in the future.

Why The Fed Likely Won't Taper...Anytime Soon

Its unlikely the Fed will taper its purchases in Dec as government once again begins to debate over raising the debt ceiling. A March taper is also unlikely as the Fed will be dealing with two primary issues then – Evaluating impact of Debt ceiling deal & transition of control at the Fed.

The Biggest Fear in Retirement and the Golden Solution

For those nearing retirement I would recommend you be positioned at 10% in precious metals by the time you stop working full time. Think of your core holdings as insurance and as you know, gold and silver are ideal for this type of insurance.

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