The extraordinary power of central bankers and how they used it during the great financial crisis
Jim welcomes author and Washington Post columnist Neil Irwin to discuss his new book, “The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire”. The book focuses on the world’s most powerful men never elected to public office; Ben Bernanke of the Federal Reserve, Mervyn King of the Bank of England, and Jean-Claude Trichet of the European Central Bank. Mr. Irwin initially looks at the origins of central banking and then takes the reader into the Great Financial Crisis and its aftermath with the story of these three men and the extraordinary power they have over our collective fate, and that of the global economy.
In an urgent follow-up to his best-selling Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller, Jeff Rubin argues that the end of cheap oil means the end of growth. What it will be like to live in a world where growth is over?
How we can fix this mess and revitalize our economy−is anybody listening?
Economist Laurence Kotlikoff, (co-author with Scott Burns) of the new book, "The Clash of Generations" joins Jim to discuss the book, as well as potential solutions to our critical debt and deficit issues. Professor Kotlikoff believes the US is actually in worse financial shape than the PIIGS countries. He also notes that investors should avoid long-term Treasury bonds, and now is the time to sell them if you own them.
How to Prepare for the Coming Global Gold Standard
A reserve currency can only function as such if there is a general consensus that it provides a stable store of value. Without this trust, money, no matter what form it takes, will be abandoned—either suddenly in a crisis, or gradually over time—in favor of something else. "The Golden Revolution" looks at how the world is rapidly moving toward some form of global metallic standard, in which money, at least in official, international transactions, is linked directly to gold, silver, or both.
The Breakdown of the Paper Money Economy
When the United States stopped backing dollars with gold in 1968, the nature of money changed. All previous constraints on money and credit creation were removed and a new economic paradigm took shape. Economic growth ceased to be driven by capital accumulation and investment as it had been since before the Industrial Revolution. Instead, credit creation and consumption began to drive the economic dynamic. In "The New Depression: The Breakdown of the Paper Money Economy," Richard Duncan introduces an analytical framework, The Quantity Theory of Credit, that explains all aspects of the calamity now unfolding: its causes, the rationale for the government's policy response to the crisis, what is likely to happen next, and how those developments will affect asset prices and investment portfolios.
The Folly of Elastic Money and the Coming Monetary Breakdown
All paper money systems in history have ended in failure. Either they collapsed in chaos, or society returned to commodity money before that could happen. Drawing upon novel new research, Paper Money Collapse conclusively illustrates why paper money systems—those based on an elastic and constantly expanding supply of money as opposed to a system of commodity money of essentially fixed supply—are inherently unstable and why they must lead to economic disintegration.
How Cheap Money Will Destroy the World
In Leverage: How Cheap Money Will Destroy the World, well-known market commentator Karl Denninger literally follows the money, tracing the path it has taken through history and discovers a shocking truth—the power to control a nation's purse strings is addictive, and when that power falls into the hands of only a select few, they will pull the levers of government and policy to enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else. History is littered with the stories of collapsed monetary systems, and in every case the debasement of the currency in question, and the disasters that followed, can be directly blamed on excessive leverage, deployed in ill-intentioned and fraudulent ways by the elite.
How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison
How China's growing prosperity threatens the American way of life
"The Limits to Growth" (Meadows, 1972) generated unprecedented controversy with its predictions of the eventual collapse of the world's economies. First hailed as a great advance in science, "The Limits to Growth" was subsequently rejected and demonized. However, with many national economies now at risk and global peak oil apparently a reality, the methods, scenarios, and predictions of "The Limits to Growth" are in great need of reappraisal. In "The Limits to Growth Revisited," Ugo Bardi examines both the science and the polemics surrounding this work, and in particular the reactions of economists that marginalized its methods and conclusions for more than 30 years.
Adapting to Our New Economic Reality
Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.
Global Investment Strategies for Inflation, Deflation, and the Middle Ground
Trading for Exceptional Returns
Do you ever think the stories you hear about great trading, and the gains produced, sound like luck? Do ever wonder if there is a real method and philosophy behind the success stories? The concepts condensed into Trend Commandments were gleaned from Michael Covel's 15 years of pulling back the curtain on great trend following traders.
The CPM Silver Yearbook 2011
CPM Group's Silver Yearbook 2011 is the most comprehensive source of information, statistics, and analysis on the international silver market. The report begins with a thorough review of silver market trends and fundamentals. It continues with an in-depth analysis of each silver market segment, including mine production, secondary silver recovery from scrap, government disposals, fabrication demand by region and by use, and investment demand. The CPM Silver Yearbook 2011 is used by active silver market participants globally as both a statistical reference guide and tool for understanding the fundamentals and expectations for the international silver market.
The CPM Gold Yearbook 2011
CPM Group's Gold Yearbook 2011 is the most comprehensive source of information, statistics, and analysis on the international gold market. The report begins with a thorough review of gold market trends and fundamentals. It continues by assessing the impact of economic and financial market trends on the gold market. The Yearbook concludes with an in-depth analysis of each gold market segment, including mine production, secondary recovery, bullion and futures market activity, central bank holdings and transactions, fabrication demand, investment demand, prices, and other important aspects of the gold market.
Taming the Unreliable Price of Oil to Secure Our Economy
The price of oil is negatively impacting both companies and consumers. In Oil's Endless Bid: Taming the Unreliable Price of Energy to Secure Our Economy, energy analyst Dan Dicker recalls his experiences as an oil trader and reveals the changes that have taken place in the oil markets during the past twenty years, and particularly the last five, as investment banks, energy hedge funds, and managed futures funds have come to dominate energy trading and wreak havoc on prices.
It has been a bloody few years for investors. First, the stock market, which had been tooling along like a roadster down the Autobahn on a sunny day, hit the brick wall that was the global credit crisis. Bloodied and broken, investors dragged themselves from that wreck, only to be flattened by the sixteen-ton semi of the sovereign debt crisis. Then, just when it seemed as if things couldn't get any worse, along comes the fifty-megaton blast of the 2011 bond bear market.
In Super Boom, Jeffrey Hirsch, President of the Hirsch Organization and Editor in Chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac, unveils the next market expansion. Building on his father's research from 1976, Hirsch has discovered that meteoric rises in stock indices are due to specific catalysts predominantly outside of the financial markets. Step-by-step, Hirsch puts together the pieces of this puzzle by revealing the central drivers of a super boom.
The next twenty years will be completely unlike the last twenty years. The world is in economic crisis, and there are no easy fixes to our predicament. Unsustainable trends in the economy, energy, and the environment have finally caught up with us and are converging on a very narrow window of time—the "Twenty-Teens." The Crash Course presents our predicament and illuminates the path ahead, so you can face the coming disruptions and thrive--without fearing the future or retreating into denial. In this book you will find solid facts and grounded reasoning presented in a calm, positive, non-partisan manner.