The 5 headlines below have been personally filtered this morning from over 1,200 articles canvassing economic and resource news. Reading these headlines will keep you well informed and save you time in the process. Links are included for access to each article should you wish to explore a topic more fully. Words: 285
So conveys Ian R. Campbell in edited excerpts as presented (with permission) by Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!). This paragraph must be included in any reposting to avoid copyright infringement.
- Overview: An article on U.S. State Government fiscal problems.
- Source: Mish’s Global Economic Trend Anslysis, Mike Shedlock, April 8, 2012.
- Reading time: 2 minutes.
- [Other reading: The Day of Gold-Plated Public Sector Pensions are Numbered and Why Government Employee Unions Are To Blame for Impending State Bankruptcies]
- Overview: A detailed look at the U.S. Jobs picture, with charts.
- Source: Gold Speculator Blog (from John Mauldin’s ‘Thoughts from the Frontline’), April 8, 2012.
- Reading time: 12 minutes.
- [Other Reading: Unemployed? Under-employed? Bored? Check Out These 10 High-growth Jobs]
- Overview: A thoughtful article that correlates interest rates and the gold price.
- Source: Mineweb, Adrian Ash, April 8, 2012.
- Reading time: 4 minutes.
- [Other reading: (1) “Financial Repression” May Soon Become Our Worst Nightmare! Here’s Why (2) Financial Repression: How Sneaky Governments Steal Your Money (3) Stealth Taxation in the Form of Financial Repression is Coming! Here’s Why – and How (4) Get Ready to be Financially Conscripted – and Face a Lower Standard of Living!]
- Overview: A daily summary of key economic events this week.
- Source: The Economic Watch Blog, April 9, 2012.
- Reading time: 2 minutes.
- Overview: A commentary on an April 7 New York Times article titled U.S. Defines Its Demands for New Round of Talks With Iran.
- Source: Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis, Mike Shedlock, April 8, 2012.
- Reading time: (1) Global Economic Trend Analysis article: 4 minutes, (2) New York Times article: 7 minutes.
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Editor’s Note: The above article has been has edited ([ ]), abridged (…), and reformatted (including the title, some sub-titles and bold/italics emphases) for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. The article’s views and conclusions are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original article.
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Financial Repression is a form of wealth confiscation and redistribution that is in some ways as effective as taxation – but the government never directly calls it that. It never appears in the budget (directly), and while it is dependent on a comprehensive network of laws and regulations – none of those go through the legislature with a stated intention of creating Financial Repression. So while the economic net effects are similar to a huge and comprehensive set of investor taxes being used to pay down the national debt, the “taxes” are never a campaign issue because voters and investors don’t understand what is happening – they only feel the results. [In this article I lay out for you what is slowly developing and expected to escalate dramatically in the next few years.] Words: 5800
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