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As cyber-thieves used SWIFT to steal $80 million from the Fed, how safe are your accounts from hackers?

The American people have been subconsciously programmed to trust both their government, and their banking systems as institutions dedicated to protecting their money and livelihoods.  However, just as we are seeing today in the race for the Presidency, and in a cyber-hack of the Federal Reserve by foreigners, security only exists to protect the establishment, and actions are only taken when their power is t ...

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Gold, Bitcoin… investors looking for everything but the dollar

Over the past 5 years, the dollar has been the primary safe haven for investors who attempted to walk through the minefields of currency wars, and quantitative easing.  And during this time the reserve currency hovered between 95 and 100 on the index, while purchases of U.S. Treasuries remained at very high levels. But since the beginning of the year a sea change has taken place, and the dollar has felt the ...

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Jobless claims jump to highest rate in two years, bringing new questions on recession

Contrary to the 'head on the sand' rhetoric that is coming from the Fed and mainstream business news regarding jobs, employment, and how the economy is really doing, the bottom line numbers have already signaled recession in the manufacturing side of the economy, and all that remains is for the service sector to hop on board.  But as the central bank Chair earlier this week pointed towards uncertainty in th ...

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Q1 GDP estimates throw Yellen’s plan for future rate hikes in the crapper

On March 29, Fed Chairman Janet Yellen spoke at the Economic Club of New York to give a little more insight to the central bank's future plans for monetary policy.  And in what was a mish-mash of contradictory points provided by the Fed Chair, where in one instance she praised the economy as being good while shortly after called for caution due to uncertainty in that same economy, it appears that data annou ...

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Too big to jail continues for bankers at Goldman Sachs and the Fed

President Obama's legacy will include many stigmas when it comes to finance and economics, but perhaps no more so than his administrations policy of 'too big to jail'.  Coined first by the former Attorney General Eric Holder (who was a Wall Street lawyer and went back to Wall Street at the end of his tenure), this policy has allowed banks to defraud the public for trillions of dollars over the past eight ye ...

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First de-pegging from the Euro, now Switzerland is voting to end private central banking

For decades, Switzerland has been known as the banking capital of the world due to their neutrality, and long history of protecting wealth from the prying eyes of governments.  And although they recently gave into U.S. pressures for transparency of accounts owned by American citizens, two major policy decisions may be separating themselves once again from the pack in the Western financial system. Back in Ja ...

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Banks take advantage of interest rate hike to raise borrowing costs without upping interest to depositors

Almost immediately after the Federal Reserve raised the discount rate from near zero to .25%, banks began to raise the cost of borrowing for mortgages, credit cards, and other loans.  In particular, Wells Fargo, PNC, and JP Morgan banks raised their prime borrowing rates to 3.5% less than five minutes after Chairman Yellen's announcement. But while the cost of borrowing from banks is increasing, the opposit ...

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The last time the Fed raised rates, credit markets collapsed and the economy went into recession

As the entire global economy waits with baited breath for the Federal Reserve's rate announcement in a few hours, analysts are looking backward to what occurred in 2006 when the central bank last raised rates.  And interesting enough, the results were not good for anyone. Greenspan used rate hikes between 2004 until June of 2006 to qualify his 'irrational exuberance' mantra as the housing bubble would reach ...

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Are foreigners moving into the safety of the dollar, or are they dumping it?

Over the past four months, it is estimated that China alone has dumped over $300 billion in their dollar based reserves, signalling a trend in which the Far Eastern economy is now using their treasuries to protect their own slowing economic conditions.  And with Japan, Europe, and the emerging markets all showing signs of recession rather than growth, one has to ask if the dollar's strength is actually base ...

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Thomas Jefferson was right again as Germany takes over Greek infrastructure because of debt

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson once said, "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered."  And in a sad but interesting 21st century version of this p ...

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Oil falls below $35 a barrel while natural gas drops to lowest level since 2002

Energy prices are not simply barometers of inflation and deflation, but they are also red flags that point towards recession in ways few other indicators can.  And when you couple the current declines in oil and natural gas with highs in inventories worldwide, the result is that the global economy is slowing way down, and no amount of hyperbole from the mainstream media can change this. A few weeks ago, Dr. ...

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Fed trapped on rate hike decision as U.S. is in recession no matter how you spin the numbers

On Dec. 5, two interesting data points that are indicating that the U.S. is now in a recession has the Federal Reserve trapped by their own rhetoric and deceptions.  First, exports by U.S. companies dropped to a three year low as they fell 'unexpectedly' due to a stronger dollar and less consumerism from country's already in their own economic downturns.  In addition, a new forecast by J.P. Morgan Chase put ...

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