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Why the Price of Silver Will Rise 21.5% in 2017

The price of silver is coming off a volatile week thanks to Janet Yellen and a swinging dollar. The post Why the Price of Silver Will Rise 21.5% in 2017 was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Rickards: Gold as the New Currency Standard

Jim Rickards joined the Business News Network, a Canadian based channel focused on finance and markets, to discuss his views on markets and why the gold standard would offer stability. The bestselling author offered highlights on his...Show More Summary

The Criminalization of Financial Independence

Independent enterprises are a source of political and financial independence--and any independent class is dangerous to the ruling elites. Just as the "war on drugs" criminalized and destroyed large swaths of African-American and Latino...Show More Summary

Gold Price Predictions for 2017 Show Gains as High as 18%

The gold price predictions of a group of top precious metals analysts foresee significant gains in 2017. The post Gold Price Predictions for 2017 Show Gains as High as 18% was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

The Great Disrupter Strikes Again

The talking heads are close to having coronaries on live cable TV owing to the international ramifications of the Donald’s bombast — as displayed again late last week at his now famous press conference. This is allegedly causing grave...Show More Summary

French Presidential Contender Macron Backs Tough Stand on Brexit

Macron, who has taken a recent hit as a result of a campaign blunder, took a forceful position on Brexit in a meeting with Theresa May.

How the Fed's Rate Hikes Might Play Out

Tim Duy: How the Fed's Rate Hikes Might Play Out: The U.S. economy is poised to deliver on the Federal Reserve’s economic forecast for this year. That means a baseline outlook for three interest-rate increases remains in play -- though...

You have got to be kidding me

If I did not know the source, I might have thought that this report was from The Onion : The Trump administration is considering changing how U.S. trade deficits are calculated, a move that would make the deficit look larger on paper, the Wall Street Journal reported. Show More Summary

Procrastinating on February 21, 2017

Over at [Equitable Growth](http://EquitableGrowth.org): Must- and Should-Reads: Dani Rodrik: _[Global Citizens, National Shirkers][]_: "I know what a 'global citizen' looks like... Raj Chetty et al.: _[Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility][]_: "We characterize rates of intergenerational income mobility at each college in the United...

Democratic development lowers the cost of credit

The positive relationship between democratic development and economic outcomes is well established. Using three decades of international data, this column identifies a new channel for this effect – the cost of credit to corporations....Show More Summary

European integration and populism: Addressing Dahrendorf's quandary

With its current competences lacking the ability to address distribution effects, the EU is seen as an agent of globalisation rather than a response to it.  At the same time, it is charged with undermining national autonomy, identity, and control. This column sets out five guiding principles for policy articulation at the EU level for a new positive EU narrative.

How San Diego Built a Bridge Over the Wall

(February 21, 2017 09:58 PM, by David Henderson) That's the title of a great article in Politico by Ethan Epstein. There's so much interesting in there: 1. How forward-looking San Diegans figured out how to get a better airport without using a military base--and why. (On the latter,... (0 COMMENTS)

Wednesday: Existing Home Sales, FOMC Minutes

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Inch Higher Ahead of Fed MinutesMortgage rates were just slightly higher today, leaving them roughly in the center of a range that's persisted since mid-November. During that time the average top-tier conventional 30yr fixed rate has been briefly as high as 4.5% and as low as 4.0%. Show More Summary

Homeland Security Just Revealed the Trump Administration’s Roadmap for Cracking Down on Undocumented Immigrants

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security officially released two memos, first reported by McClatchy and others on Saturday, that outline the Trump administration’s strategy for deporting undocumented immigrants and other aliens...Show More Summary

As Walmart tries to catch Amazon, profits prove elusive

World's biggest retailer has invested heavily to close the gap with the e-commerce king, and is seeing some results

Wells Fargo fires 4 execs over bogus accounts

Dismissals are the first since bank admitted employees opened up to 2 million sham accounts without customers' approval

Unemployment versus Underemployment: Assessing Labor Market Slack

John Robertson at the Atlanta Fed's macroblog: Unemployment versus Underemployment: Assessing Labor Market Slack: The U-3 unemployment rate has returned to prerecession levels and is close to estimates of its longer-run sustainable level. Yet other indicators of slack, such as...

Trump and Trade: He’s Largely Right

There are an awful lot of things to really dislike about Donald Trump and his conduct as president to date, but that doesn’t mean everything his administration does is wrong. In particular, there is considerable truth to what he hasShow More Summary

7 Signs of Tyranny As tyrants take control of democracies, they...

7 Signs of Tyranny As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically do 7 things: 1. They exaggerate heir mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a “landslide” even after losing the popular vote. They criticize any finding that they or co-conspirators stole the election. Show More Summary

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