Recent events in Cyprus show just how far banks and governments may be willing to go to justify their policies -- and at whose expense.
The distortions created by the misguided policies of central bankers have inverted the investing world and hurt the precious metals. But investors will wake up.
While most eyes are focused on Italy, France may be the bellwether for Europe's prospects, with implications for our own economic future.
If it all weren't so absurdly familiar, the money-printing-fueled rally in stocks underwritten by faith the Fed will fix the economy would be unbelievable. And yet many doubt more-tangible assets.
The global economy is suffering from a third massive misallocation of capital. And when each stage means a larger and larger distortion of our financial system, the third time is definitely not the charm.
The most recent Barron's Roundtable shows that while the market is celebrating, smart money folks who've been right about past busts see the next breakdown dead ahead.
The stock market's strong start to the year tells us more about the investing crowd's need to believe that all the big problems are behind us than it does about the potential for a strong economy.
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