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The Terrible Plot of The American Economy

Franklin @ September 24, 2008 # One Comment

I am so bored with the latest installment of the movie The Big Scam. Not only we have seen it all too many times, but the casting is all wrong. I must admit that the casting of Paulson as the evil terrorist who threatens with the destruction of the American and world economies if he […]

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The Oncoming Depression

Franklin @ August 15, 2008 # One Comment

Image by Public Citizen via FlickrAs credit card lenders reduce their risk exposure by closing credit card accounts and reducing lines of credit, we will start seeing a large reduction in consumer spending. This is affecting not only middle class families, but higher income families as well. From the point of view of the lenders, […]

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Pardon our ads

Franklin @ July 26, 2008 # 4 Comments

Unless you count with Adblock Plus or other similar product, you will have noticed that I am running a banner now. I’ve avoided so far adding ads to the site, but my soon 16 year old son is starting to drive. How is that related? Well, let me explain it to you. Insurance companies charge […]

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The Myth of the Bush Administration Being Strong on Homeland Security

Franklin @ June 18, 2008 # 9 Comments

As the political campaign ramps up, the McCain cohort is trying to shape the debate of American politics around the single issue of Homeland Security. However, there is no objective reason to believe that the current administration’s policies are the way to go. There are two conflict hypothesis based on which the current two-front war […]

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Why Gann, Elliott Wave and Kondratiev Studies Fail

Franklin @ May 25, 2008 # 6 Comments

For a long time I’ve studied the works of Gann, Elliott and Kondratiev trying to gain some foresight into the economy cycles. My costly conclusion is that none of these methods work. However, before throwing them out of the window, let’s see why they fail, when they fail and to what extent they may have […]

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The Real Economy III: The People’s GDP

Franklin @ May 4, 2008 # 10 Comments

Back in November, I showed how the capital of American businesses was contracting. I said "regardless of any official announcement of recessions, US businesses have been behaving as they normally do during recessions." It is hard to understand why American businesses are becoming recession-like illiquid when the GDP numbers don’t seem to show any signs […]

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US Economy: Fit, Fat or Bloated?

Franklin @ May 2, 2008 # 2 Comments

President Bush’s refusal to admit the US economy is in a recession is just proof of his delusional state of mind. If you dismissed his idea that people were going to be waiting for the US army with flowers in the streets of Baghdad as an honest mistake, and his handling of the Katrina crisis […]

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The Richest Country On Earth

Franklin @ April 21, 2008 # 21 Comments

If you thought the richest country on earth was the United States, you were wrong. If you thought it was China, you may be right. The truth is, it is pretty damn difficult to determine which country is the richest one on earth. This is because answering that question implies answering a broader question: “What […]

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The Gold Scam

Franklin @ April 20, 2008 # 18 Comments

Every time there is an article about gold warning about a possible bubble, a cohort of gold worshipers (an activity which, by the way, is frowned upon by the Old Testament God) answer that gold has maintained its value for 3,000 years, or 5,000 years, and so on. They will give you impressive and unsubstantiated […]

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A Streetcar Named Wishful Economic Thinking

Franklin @ April 15, 2008 # 12 Comments

We are broke. We may have a couple more months of sustained living if the Fed keeps injecting liquidity into the system, but to all intents and purposes, America is broke. For the past 50 years we have been sustaining low unemployment rates (albeit not as low as the official figures show), based on a […]

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