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I have written a lot of vetted articles that are exclusive** to Talkmarkets. Sorting a portion of them by subject will give the reader an opportunity to make sense of it all. I am adding a glossary of terms at the bottom of this page.

For readers interested in economic subjects of the day, these top 30 themes are my efforts to make understanding economics easier:

1. China!

China Could Be the Next Basel Victim or Not

Trump May Shrink Shipping and Air Shipping Capacity Utilization

Trump's Punishment of China: The Start of a Radical Rejection of Foreign Capital?

Scott Sumner Destroys Financial Times Fear of China

2. Housing and AI Bubble Causes:
Fed Premeditated Mispricing of Risk in Housing, Oil, Junk Bonds and Other Markets 

Yes there WAS A Housing Bubble

The Great Artificial Intelligence Bubble and Scam

3. Great Recession causes:
The Federal Reserve Knew LIBOR Was Exploding in 2007 and Did Nothing
LIBOR Destroyed Subp…

Where Does Japan's Economy Stand?

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This article was first published by me on Talkmarkets: http://www.talkmarkets.com/content/global-markets/where-does-japans-economy-stand?post=135762&uid=4798

Where does Japan's economy stand? Well, we know from Scott Sumner that employment is high, unemployment is very low, and stimulus appears to be working. We can see that capacity utilization is quite high in Japan compared to the mid 70's for the United States:

So, based on low unemployment and high capacity utilization, where does Japan stand? Edward Lambert of Effective Demand Research said this in general about economies:

Let me boil this down… There is an equilibrium point between supply and demand that determines the scale of output and employment, all at the aggregate level. As Keynes saw it, supply and demand both increase as output increases, with more demand than supply. But demand increases at a slower rate than output, so that there is a point at which they cross and are in equilibrium. At this point, output…

The Trump Coup Could Impact Stocks

Update: Donald Trump's antiSemitism was muted so that he could gain favor with Israel. He gave Israel the embassy in Jerusalem, and Zionism appeals to POTUS as it is a powerful regime. Trump seems to like powerful regimes, mostly either undemocratic or lacking compassion, and Netanyahu posted a dreadful tweet on the official site that fits what Trump wants. Netanyahu said on August 29, 2018:

The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong. This, of course, is a dreadful statement. Fascistic in tone. It was published to the official PM Twitter account on August 29, 2018.

So, there is a current Trump coup. Israel got what it wanted from Trump, an embassy. But Trump is a criminal in his own right, and it appears that Israel is staying clear of the controversy. With the conviction and guilty plea of Paul Manafort, t…

Crucial Economic Issues in the Age of Trump

I sent this email to Ellen Brown's public banking group. She had asked how I knew that the Fed tested counterparties by raising rates a bit. That was in response to this article I shared. http://www.talkmarkets.com/content/financial/feds-andolfatto-powell-and-the-secret-goal-of-the-fed?post=173896&uid=4798

It was a good question.

In response, I shared this. It doesn't answer all the issues, but gives an understanding of them and maybe a few questions that need to be discussed are revealed:


Good question, Ellen. Well, it is (testing the counterparties) because 1. the Fed is raising rates slowly, and 2. the long bond operates within a strict channel. Get much above 3 percent on the 10 year and it drifts lower. Art Cashin has said that going over 3 percent is a worry, and historically, he was very concerned about collateral in the past. I write about it here: http://www.talkmarkets.com/content/bonds/bond-vigilantes-liberty-street-fed-collateral-study-and-art-cashin?post=1675…

Should Cable TV Fear AT&T DirecTV Now?

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This article was first published by me on Talkmarkets: http://www.talkmarkets.com/content/services/should-cable-tv-fear-att-directv-now?post=134589&uid=4798

Should cable TV fear AT&T's DirecTV Now? Well, the answer is probably. If people need around a hundred dollars per month in savings, it makes sense to go with DirecTV Now. After all, it is not expensive anymore like the pure satellite service once was. It is a streaming service.

However, it streams to devices. If you don't have a device for your TV, it won't stream to your TV. But AT&T, which took over DirecTV in 2015, is not adding satellite fees to the service as long as you are under contract.

But there are a few issues with DirecTV Now. The service is only a few months old and there have been bugs. Frozen screens are a possibility. Improvement is likely. But for people who can afford the constant rise of cable prices, it may not be the best choice. That is not to say that cable is perfect when it comes…

Interest Rates Are Not a Leading Indicator

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This article was first published by me on Talkmarkets: http://www.talkmarkets.com/content/economics--politics-education/interest-rates-are-not-a-leading-indicator?post=133305&uid=4798

Interest rates are not a leading indicator. Or at least they are not a dependable leading indicator. Scott Sumner posts that that bond market was a leading indicator of the 1st quarter GDP decline to .7 percent. He went on to comment about hard data. More on that later.

However, we should take a look at the graph showing the overlapping 10 year and the real GDP:


It is certainly true that in the Great Recession and in other recessions, the decline in real GDP was in no way preceded by a decline in the 10 year yield. And it is true that in in the Great Recession, the decline in the 10 year was a lagging indicator. And, the decline in the 10 year yield between 1980 and 1998 took place while real GDP was actually increasing.

Sumner would have difficulty making a case for the 10 year yield being a leadin…

The Teetering State of Retail

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Retail is experiencing problems. Those problems relative to auto sales and restaurant activity which have been covered by the main stream media. Make no mistake, these sections of retail are leading indicators of problems ahead. They need to be watched carefully and they could cause fear and risk off in stocks.

 There are mixed signals regarding the state of retail, especially regarding job openings. According to economist Tim Duy, job openings seem to be strong:

But there is a definite slowdown in hiring and this is showing a bad trend in retail:

So, layoffs have not started. But that doesn't mean that retail is not slowing. It is. And for the auto industry, the sales force is making fewer commissions. That is like a partial layoff. Waiters and waitresses make money through tips. If there are fewer customers and fewer tips, those act as a partial layoff as well. 

We can see the trend happening over years, that labor is being crushed by the capitalists, eventually resulting in di…

Top Ten Reasons Self Driving Cars are Useless

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It is time to tell it like it is. Self driving cars are practically useless. They are dangerously useless too. I have looked at the top ten major reasons they are useless and the case to be made is strong. I personally believe self driving cars are a scam, and we will see that they are so useless that you have to consider the scam angle when deciding where to put your money. The government should consider that as well. It is difficult to see how driverless cars are any more than a money grab and a con of immense magnitude.

The immensity of the scam is obvious when we see hundreds upon hundreds of articles supporting self driving cars. Self driving cars are a totalitarian concept. Totalitarian minds will do everything in their power to impose self driving cars on the populace. It is how they think, and it is similar to making cash obsolete. The totalitarian nature of both is easy to spot. Totalitarianism is not progress.

An example of this is the first reason why self driving cars are…