In Need of Repairs: Profits Collapse at Lowe’s

Written by Gary North on November 16, 2011

Profits at Lowe’s, one of the two major home repair suppliers, fell by 44% in the third quarter. Lowe’s sells to customers who are improving their lifestyle by upgrading their homes. This is necessary when selling a home. But homes are still not selling. Owners are out of money to make repairs. They sense that […]

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Why We Will NOT Get Hyperinflation, Unless. . . .

Written by Gary North on November 15, 2011

Hyperinflation is triple-digit annual price inflation. I think it’s anything above 25%. Mass inflation is anything above 15% but below 25%. We are going to get mass inflation. We are not going to get hyperinflation. Why am I so “optimistic”? Because I see that the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is now caught in a […]

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God, Gold, Groceries, and Guns

Written by Gary North on November 15, 2011

These are the Big Four. I first wrote about this in 1980. Most of the time, we muddle through. We bump along. But a wise person has reserves. I mean reserves in the broadest sense. Faith in God is more reliable than faith in gold. As for groceries, they are cheap, especially for wise shoppers […]

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These PIIGS Won’t Fly: Goodbye Euro

Written by Gary North on November 15, 2011

The official New World Order party line in Europe is this: (1) the euro will survive; (2) the eurozone will prosper; (3) the European Union is forever. None of this is true. When Greece defaults and leaves the eurozone — or is booted out — the experiment will unravel. This was the grand experiment of […]

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Small Businessmen Remain Grimly Pessimistic.

Written by Gary North on November 15, 2011

The National Federation of Independent Business reports on business sentiment. It is bad. With 1986 as 100, October’s sentiment was 90.2. In January 2009, almost three years ago, it was 89.1. That was in the recession. This recovery is the weakest in post-Word War II history. Sentiment is a little better than in August, but […]

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Europe: Like Drunks With Hangovers and Big Bar Tabs

Written by Gary North on November 15, 2011

If you think of the European debt crisis in terms of taverns (banks), drunks (governments), and a distillery (the European Central Bank), you will begin to understand the reasons why it is getting worse. The governments are like drunks who have run up large tabs as the local tavern. Some drunks have huge tabs: the […]

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A Little Good News on Housing

Written by Gary North on November 14, 2011

Inventories of existing homes fell 16% over the last 12 months. This means that the number of sellers of homes competing with each other has fallen. This points to stabilization of prices. Problem: this does not count “shadow inventory”: repossessed homes, abandoned homes, and other non-traditional sources of housing. But this does point to some […]

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Why the Goverment Will NOT Confiscate Your Gold

Written by Gary North on November 14, 2011

People who buy gold worry because they think the government may confiscate their gold. There are reasons — a lot of reasons — to think that this fear is way overblown. For one thing, gold has no monetary function in the modern economy, except for central banks. It is not 1933, when American used gold […]

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