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IOU’s: China Buys Treasury Debt

Written by Gary North on May 16, 2015

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China, meaning China’s central bank — the People’s Bank of China — started buying Treasury IOU’s again in March. It purchased $36 billion worth. It now holds over $1.2 trillion in Treasury IOU’s. China has now leaped ahead of Japan as the #1 foreign holder of U.S. government debt. Add Hong Kong to this: another […]

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Chicago Is Going Bankrupt

Written by Gary North on May 16, 2015

Rahm Emanuel was re-elected Mayor of Chicago. Lucky Rahm! He will get to oversee the official bankruptcy of the city. He will go down as the mayor who took the third largest city in the United States into financial Armageddon. The man who said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” will […]

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Peak Debt and the Looming Crash

Written by Gary North on May 2, 2015

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The phrase, “more bang for the buck,” is usually associated with the Vietnam War. It is associated with Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s focus on statistics: military expenditures vs. enemy deaths. In fact, the phrase came from Eisenhower’s Secretary of Defense, Charles Wilson. He used it in 1954 to justify the Defense Department’s reliance on nuclear […]

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Muni Bonds as AAA Bank Capital

Written by Gary North on April 25, 2015

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The Federal Reserve System is planning to issue new rules that will allow banks to buy municipal bonds as credit reserves for banks. Follow the logic: banks will supply capital to cities, which will serve as credit for banks. This is modern banking 101. This new arrangement will help provide a floor for cities’ debt. […]

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Americans Don’t Trust Washington

Written by Gary North on March 12, 2015

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Americans still think the federal government can and should solve problems. This is their default mode. At the same time, they do not think Washington is competent. This is what is sometimes called cognitive dissonance. Lack of trust is across the boards: in the presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court. Here are the latest findings. […]

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Subprime Auto Loans Take a Hit

Posted on March 5, 2015

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by Wolf Richter Wells Fargo, which originated $30 billion in auto loans last year, has for the first time put a cap on subprime auto loans, limiting the dollar volume of subprime loan originations to 10% of its total auto loan originations. The New York Times reported that the bank, “according to people briefed on […]

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A Large Order of Carnage. Hold the Mao.

Posted on March 3, 2015

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By David Stockman It is almost certain now that we are at the threshold of crossing the Rubicon which will result in a crackup of the EU and the euro.  There are just too many centrifugal forces blowing apart this experiment, which was misbegotten from the very beginning. That will then catalyze a thundering global […]

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$3 Trillion to Topple Saddam

Posted on January 8, 2015

The costs of the 2003-2010 Iraq War are often contested, as academics and critics have unearthed many hidden costs not represented in official estimates. The most recent major report on these costs come from Brown University in the form of the Costs of War, which totaled just over $1.1 trillion. The Department of Defense’s direct […]

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