Central Bank of Russia raises rates by 6.5%

Stacy Summary: Holy moly! Rate rises are better than throwing away your foreign exchange reserves; wonder if it will force the currency speculators away?

At the same time, part of the same story in the High Yield Energy Sector:

This Is Why the Oil-Price Crash Will Maul the US Economy

The plunge in the price of oil that began in July acts like a tax cut, it is said, and will boost spending by consumers and businesses, and thus goose the US economy. Among the voices propagating this view is the UBS macro strategy team. It found that if the current prices persists on average in 2015, you can expect a boost to US GDP of 0.5%, which would be big for the otherwise crummy US “recovery.”

I don’t know what these good folks have been smoking, but I want some of it too.

Read…   This Is Why the Oil-Price Crash Will Maul the US Economy



How NYC’s Biggest Real Estate Project in a Generation is Being Financed by Selling Green Cards to the Chinese

The selling of U.S. green cards to foreigners, particularly the Chinese, has grown exponentially in 2014, and represents a significant public policy debate very few Americans are aware of. I covered the surging issuance of EB-5 immigrant visas a couple of weeks ago in the post: How the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is Selling Residency to Chinese “Investors” at $500k a Pop.

While that article focused on a turnpike in Pennsylvania and mentioned a few other projects, it didn’t clarify how widespread the use of these visas has become in 2014. Specifically, there were 10,928 applications for EB-5 visas in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. This was up a stunning 72% from fiscal year 2013. Even more shocking, the number of applications in 2006 was 486. So the 2014 figure is up 22x in less than 10 years. That’s not normal…

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Subscription QE as Anal Feeding

Stacy Summary: Well, by now you will all have heard of the CIA Torture Report and the anal feeding as part of that rape/torture. We liken QE to a similar ...

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Silver Eagle Coin Sales Very Robust – Record High For Second Consecutive Year

Silver Eagle Coin Sales Very Robust – Record High For Second Consecutive Year

Silver bullion demand remains very robust as silver stackers continue to stack. 2014 has been another record-breaking year at the U.S. Mint which has sold 43.3 million silver eagle coins – up from 42.7 million coins last year.

Record demand in 2014 was seen despite the U.S. Mint running out of Silver Eagles early last month due to very high demand throughout October. As a consequence of this lack of supply, November sales of the coins were down 40.8% according to Reuters.

Silver prices fell 36% last year and, despite obvious shortages in the supply of physical silver, they have declined a further 12.5% this year. This demonstrates the degree to which naked shorting of the market – the selling of paper contracts for gold which the seller is not actually in possession of – is determining price of the physical metal.


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“End RTÉ propaganda now”

Music to my ears protester on live prime time Irish TV calling it like it is when it comes to the Irish Media and government. Kenny  is the name of the  crony corporatist  friendly Prime Minister.

It all happened at the end of the show as presenter Brendan O’Connor tried to wrap things up to the sound of “Kenny, Kenny, Kenny, Out, Out, Out.”
O’Connor did engage with the protester asking, “Who do you want out?”
The protester then went on to shout, “End RTÉ propaganda now” –’

The Shocking Data Proving Shale Oil Is Massively Over-hyped


Hooray, oil is suddenly much cheaper than it used to be. That’s great news, right?

Not so fast. For certain it’s not good news for those counting on a continued rise in US oil production from the “shale miracle”. Many drillers were challenged to operate profitably when oil was above $70 per barrel. Very few will remain solvent with oil in the $50s (as it is as of this writing).

So, expect US oil production to suffer from these lower prices if they persist. But even if oil prices rise and rise soon, there’s new data that indicates the total amount of extractable oil from America’s shale plays is less — much less — than what we’re being told (or better put, “sold”).

Click here to listen to the full interview

[KR692] Keiser Report: Debt Meteor Approaching Earth

We believe that ‘something’s gotta give’ as the real world continues to tumble while equity markets continue rising – and not everyone is ‘lovin’ it.’ We also compare the debt curse to the oil curse. In the second half, Max interviews equity crowdfunding pioneer, Simon Dixon of BankToTheFuture.com, about the latest in CrowdFunding 2.0 as both the political and financial space is disinter mediated.

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Jamie Dimon’s latest financial terrorist weapon: “Banks would use customer savings to make bets on derivatives”

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