Archive For: February 2016

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Retail Apocalypse: 2016 Brings Empty Shelves And Store Closings All Across America

Major retailers in the United States are shutting down hundreds of stores, and shoppers are reporting alarmingly bare shelves in many retail locations that are still open all over the country. It appears that the retail apocalypse that made so many headlines in 2015 has gone to an entirely new level as we enter 2016. As economic activity slows down and Internet retailers capture more of the market, brick and mortar retailers are cutting their losses. This is especially true in areas that are on the lower portion of the income scale. In impoverished urban centers all over the nation, it is not uncommon to find entire malls that have now been completely abandoned. It has been estimated that there is about a billion square feet of retail space sitting empty in this country, and this crisis is only going to get worse as the retail apocalypse accelerates.

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The War On Cash Is Intensifying... But They Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Now that the Bank of Japan has joined other central banks such as Denmark, Sweden, the ECB, and Switzerland into pushing its rates into what until just two years ago was considered the monetary twilight zone below the zero bound, and in the process sending a record $5.5 trillion in government bond yields negative...

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The Stock Buyback Craze: How Corporate America Is Cannibalizing Itself

NEW YORK – When Carly Fiorina started at Hewlett-Packard Co in July 1999, one of her first acts as chief executive officer was to start buying back the company’s shares. By the time she was ousted in 2005, HP had snapped up $14 billion of its stock, more than its $12 billion in profits during that time.

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Apple, Cisco And IBM Prove That Stock Buybacks Are a Sham

As Warren Buffett famously said in his 2012 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders: “In repurchase decisions, price is all-important. Value is destroyed when purchases are made above intrinsic value.” Apple apparently hasn’t gotten that memo.

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More Monetary Insanity----How To Play The Bubble

Bank of Japan head Haruhiko Kuroda aimed his kamikaze plane straight at the global economy last week, and scored a direct hit by imposing negative interest rates in Japan for the first time in this cycle.

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Thelma and Louise Economics------Racing Toward The Financial Cliff In China And The USofA

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Why would anybody suppose that the Peoples Bank of China might want to tell the truth about anything that was within their power to lie about? Especially the soundness of any …

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The Misadventures Of Governments And The Folly Of Their Wars

  No Coincidence BALTIMORE – The Dow rose 126 points on Thursday – just shy of 1%. Not enough to reverse the market’s apparent downward bias [ed note: the rebound gathered pace on Friday]. Stocks are most likely headed down because the thing that sent them up has come to an end. Here is a […]

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Hillary Clinton's Other Liberation--------Crime, Anarchy And Thuggery In Kosovo

In Pristina, the capital of the make-believe country of Kosovo, there is a street named after Bill Clinton, and a statue of Bill – done in the Socialist Realist style – towers over the main square. They also named a boulevard after George W. Bush, perhaps to hedge their bets after the Republicans took the […]

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