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Also this at Gold-Eagle: Gold Prices This Week And Next Week’s Forecast
On to stocks: Greenspan’s warning went deeper than the stock market
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Next, some commentary from Alan Brugler: Storm Clouds
Economy and Finance (Underfunded Pensions):
There are a huge number of underfunded pensions in America. Private pensions are underfunded by around $1.8 trillion. Meanwhile, public pensions are underfunded by about $7 trillion. Worse yet, many organizations won’t even admit to the true gap in their funding versus their long term liabilities.
Of course, the Federal government can make up for their shortfalls with taxation. Or alternatively their Quantitative Easing infinite printing press. In contrast, city, county, and State governments simply don’t have that recourse. In the long term the best that they can hope for is declaring bankruptcy. Then of course they’ll come begging for some sort of bailout from Uncle Sugar. Pitiful.
One Cause of Underfunded Pensions
Part of these shortfalls can be attributed to the Federal Reserve’s fanatasyland strategy of artificially suppressing interest rates. They’ve been held at near zero for many years. So it is impossible for a pension fund to have an adequate return on investment in today’s market. (At least not unless they want to plunge into junk bonds. And that would of course be foolish.)
Here are a few informative articles on the looming pension crisis:
- Government Public Pension Liabilities Are Understated By Trillions: New Study
- Forbes: The Disturbing Trend That Will End in a Full-Fledged Pension Crisis
- World’s Major Economies to Come up $400 Trillion Short on Retirement Savings
- White Paper: 2017 Corporate Pension Funding Study
Seeing The Big Picture:
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Moving on to this insightful piece: The Perfect Robbery, The Cashless Society (A hat tip to DSV for the link.)
On to a link suggest by longtime reader H.L.. It is a piece by Martin Armstrong: Governments to Control Large Cash Transactions
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Gary Christenson had some great observations on the destruction of the U.S. Dollar, through inflation: Debt, Dollars, DOW, War, Silver and Shirts
Finally, over at The Spruce: Today’s Top Flea Market Trends
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