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The World Now Has $13 Trillion of Debt With Below-Zero Yields

The investment world has truly gone mad when it prefers to put money into negative yielding bonds rather than just stuff it under the mattress for a guaranteed zero percent return. This is an ominous sign for the global economy. (Bloomberg) — The universe of negative-yielding bonds grew about $1.2 trillion this week after dovish […]

Regime Change For the Fed — Honest Rates

James Grant was one of three recipients of the 2019 Bradley Prize. Roger Kimball and Judge Janice Rogers Brown were likewise honored. At the May 7 award ceremonies at Washington, the famed editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer had this to say: * — Read on www.nysun.com/national/regime-change-for-the-fed-and-honest-rates/90694/

Wealth concentration near ‘levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties,’ study finds | The Seattle Times

The shift is eroding security from families in the lower and middle classes, who rely on their small stores to finance retirement and to smooth over shocks like the loss… — Read on www.seattletimes.com/business/wealth-concentration-near-levels-last-seen-during-the-roaring-twenties-study-finds/

Emerging Markets’ Oil Shock is Here

Brent crude recently hit $85 a barrel on its way higher, possibly towards $100, a level some analysts expect by the end of the year. Although it is still a long way from the 2008 record of $147.50, prices in emerging market currencies, which have strongly devalued against the US dollar, are already exceeding the […]