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Out of Egypt: Protests are Headed for America

Filed in BP, Debt, frontline, Gold, Gold Market, inflation, Lear, o, Quantitative Easing by on February 12, 2011 0 Comments
Out of Egypt: Protests are Headed for America

Don’t think that what happened in Egypt can not possibly happen here. Because the truth is when a big swath of the population is no longer served by the festering status quo, they wake up one day and decide not play ball after all. And once that faith is lost, it is gone forever. I actually think we are much closer to that moment than most people would think. You see, I work all day in an office full of 20-somethings. They are a diverse bunch. They’re smart and they work hard. But the one thing they all have in common is they are stuck on a ladder with no where to go.  Buried in debt from student loans and various other sources, they are trapped in time unable grab the next rung. Among them the most common refrain is: “I can’t” They would like to further their education…but they can’t. They would like to buy a house…..but they can’t. They would like to buy a car….but they can’t. They would like to have children….but they can’t. There’s more to the list…but you get the picture. Of course, when you look at their list of wants you realize that what they want is no different than what everyone else has wanted at one time or another. The difference is in their world it’s a lot harder to attain—if not impossible in some cases. The reason for this is pretty simple: The cost of their dreams can’t be met with their incomes and adding more debt for them is not much of an option . Everything single thing on their list and then some simply costs too much. As a result, they go without. One day I suspect they will take to the streets. By the way, here’s a great video I found this morning on zerohedge.  It’s your life according to the government… The status quo cannot possibly be maintained. Related Articles: Government Run Amok: Unintended Consequences Trouble in Retail: Three Charts from the Frontlines How Uncle Sam Fiddles with the Figures Quantitative Easing For Dummies To learn more about Wealth Daily click here Advertisement Samurai Super Alloy It was the secret ingredient that turned an ordinary sword into the legendary Samurai Katana — the deadliest weapon before the arrival of modern rifles. Today, it’s crucial to the $987billion/year global steel industry… And the world’s supply is quickly running out. Find out how a tiny mining company sitting on one of the last untapped deposits of this metal could hand you 2682%  — in the next 12 months! Out of Egypt: Protests are Headed for America originally appeared in Wealth Daily . Wealth Daily is a free daily newsletter featuring contrarian investment insights and commentary.

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Recovery Chronicles: Tales From the Modern Food Line

Filed in BP, frontline, Gold, GOld juniors, inflation, Lear, o, Quantitative Easing by on February 4, 2011 0 Comments
Recovery Chronicles: Tales From the Modern Food Line

Here’s one from the recovery chronicles: food stamp usage is up 14% from last year. Today, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves about one in seven Americans. Of these, about half are children USDA officials say. From the Wall Street Journal by Sara Murray entitled: Some 43 Million Use Food Stamps “Nearly a year and a half into the economic recovery, some 43.6 million Americans continued to rely on food stamps in November. More than 14% of the population drew food stamps in November to purchase groceries as high unemployment and muted wage growth crimped budgets. The number of recipients was up 0.9% from October, according to the new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Compared to a year ago, the number of people receiving food stamps was up 14.2%. In both Washington, D.C. and Mississippi more than a fifth of residents received food stamps — the highest recipiency rates of any state. But demand has grown stronger in the past year in a handful of other states that recorded significant increases on a per capita basis. In New Mexico, 19.4% of the population tapped into food stamps. That’s up 3.2 percentage points from the same month a year ago, the largest increase for any state. Idaho reported a similar jump: 14% of residents received food stamps, up 3.1 points from a year ago. Washington, D.C., Florida, Delaware and Texas all experienced similar year over year increases.”  For comparison sakes here’s how the food stamp roles have grown

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Bob Janjuah Sees a 10% Correction.

Bob Janjuah Sees a 10% Correction.

Here’s great video from Bloomberg with Bob Janjuah. In it Bob discusses what we have known all along: Without the helping hand of the Fed, the market would have ended the year much lower. Start to finish, Janjuah pretty much nails it. Related Articles: Government Run Amok: Unintended Consequences Trouble in Retail: Three Charts from the Frontlines How Uncle Sam Fiddles with the Figures Quantitative Easing For Dummies To learn more about Wealth Daily click here Advertisement History is About to be Made… As one tiny Nevada-based mining exploration company rewrites the rules on gold mining. And as the global economy gears up for what may be the biggest gold rush in history… Their timing couldn’t be better. Turn $1,000 into $108,000 with this once-in-a-lifetime gold investment. Bob Janjuah Sees a 10% Correction. originally appeared in Wealth Daily . Wealth Daily is a free daily newsletter featuring contrarian investment insights and commentary.

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Big Ben’s Stimulus Party: Only the Top 20% Received an Invite

Big Ben’s Stimulus Party: Only the Top 20% Received an Invite

What if they threw a recovery party and only the top 20% showed up? It looks like we are about to find out….. From the Telegraph by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard entitled: Deepening crisis traps America’s have nots “ The US is drifting from a financial crisis to a deeper and more insidious social crisis. Self-congratulation by the US authorities that they have this time avoided a repeat of the 1930s is premature. There is a telling detail in the US retail chain store data for December. Stephen Lewis from Monument Securities points out that luxury outlets saw an 8.1pc rise from a year ago, but discount stores catering to America’s poorer half rose just 1.2pc. Tiffany’s, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue are booming. Sales of Cadillac cars have jumped 35pc, while Porsche’s US sales are up 29pc. Cartier and Louis Vuitton have helped boost the luxury goods stock index by almost 50pc since October. Yet Best Buy, Target, and Walmart have languished. Such is the blighted fruit of Federal Reserve policy. The Fed no longer even denies that the purpose of its latest blast of bond purchases, or QE2, is to drive up Wall Street, perhaps because it has so signally failed to achieve its other purpose of driving down borrowing costs. Yet surely Ben Bernanke’s `trickle down’ strategy risks corroding America’s ethic of solidarity long before it does much to help America’s poor. The retail data can be quirky but…

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Trouble in Retail: Three Charts from the Frontlines

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Trouble in Retail: Three Charts from the Frontlines

Here’s one for the bears…. December retail sales came in on the soft side this morning as the all important Christmas numbers failed to meet analysts’ expectations. In all, 52% of the big retailers fell short as they posted only a 3.2% increase overall vs expectations of a 3.5% rise. November,as it turns out, was stronger than December. Despite the miss, that is actually an improvement over the last two years when same store sales fell 2.5% in December 2009 and dropped 0.7% in December 2008. Of course, this is one the bulls are more than happy to blame on the snow. It’s the rationalization du jour. However, these three charts from a slice of Americana would seem to point to something else.           Just another sign that the bulls may be getting ahead of themselves. Related Articles: Best Buy Sales Stink, Stank, Stunk Black Friday Madness   The American Illusion Consumer’s Revolt, Shun the Chains of Debt The Middle Class Recession To learn more about Wealth Daily click here Advertisement I Just Witnessed the Impossible Not far from the U.S. Capitol, a tiny $0.62 tech firm unlocked the secret to harnessing solar energy — at ANY time, from ANY window! It’s so efficient and affordable that CNBC is calling it energy’s “Silver Bullet.” Before the first big ticket contract comes, through — doubling the share price — click here for your exclusive video footage.   Trouble in Retail: Three Charts from the Frontlines originally appeared in Wealth Daily . Wealth Daily

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Frontline (NYSE:FRO) Finds Support in Seaborne Oil Trade

Filed in dividend, earnings, FBR Capital, frontline, o, price-target, silver by on November 29, 2010 0 Comments

Frontline Ltd (NYSE:FRO) no doubt faces some short-term challenges, the expanding role of oil transportation using the sea should help Frontline over the longer term.FBR said, “Frontline reported a softer quarter due to weak rate realizations, as we expected. Concerns over 4Q10 earnings as well as the dividend level also drove the stock lower. While the near term is proving to be challenging, we

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