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Inflation and Debt Realities

By Dennis Tubbergen | Mar 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

          Ever since the updated “New Retirement Rules” book was published in 2016, I have been warning that debt excesses would lead to a severe deflationary environment.           While such an economic climate has not yet fully emerged, there are signs that we are entering such a period.  Stocks have fallen 20% from their peak, … Continue readingInflation and Debt Realities

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The Problem with Fractional Reserve Banking and an Interesting Irony

By Dennis Tubbergen | Mar 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

          Last week, I discussed the failure of Silicon Valley Bank and the harsh realities of the fractional reserve banking system.           Since I wrote that piece last week, there have been more bank failures and bank rescue packages.           Signature Bank followed Silicon Valley Bank.  Credit Suisse was propped up with a $54 billion … Continue readingThe Problem with Fractional Reserve Banking and an Interesting Irony

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“First Bank Failure of Many?”

By Dennis Tubbergen | Mar 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

As I discuss in my New Retirement Rules Class, ever since 1971, the US Dollar has been debt rather than an asset.           On August 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon eliminated the link between the US Dollar and gold, making the US Dollar a fiat currency.           Since that date, US Dollars have been loaned … Continue reading“First Bank Failure of Many?”

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Stagflation Imminent?

By Dennis Tubbergen | Mar 6, 2023 | 0 Comments

          Last week, I discussed the inevitable outcome of government overspending and central bank overprinting.           This outcome will be as ugly as it will be predictable in my view.           Eventually, inflation will give way to an ugly deflationary environment.  In the meantime, we will probably see stagflation – rising consumer prices and falling … Continue readingStagflation Imminent?

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An Artificial Economy

By Dennis Tubbergen | Feb 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

          The March “You May Not Know Report” discusses how the current economy (since the time of the Great Financial Crisis) is artificial- the result of easy money policies by the Federal Reserve and government stimulus.           History teaches us that when governments overspend and central banks over print, eventually, reality sets in.  One of … Continue readingAn Artificial Economy

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Debt Truths

By Dennis Tubbergen | Feb 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

A seldom-discussed topic that has a significant economic impact is private sector debt levels.           Ever since 1971, when the US Dollar became a fiat currency, and new currency has been created by loaning it into existence.           If banks have a 10% reserve requirement, a $100,000 deposit into a bank can be transformed into … Continue readingDebt Truths

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What is the Real Story?

By Dennis Tubbergen | Feb 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

          For many years I have written about how economic data is often ‘massaged” (or manipulated?) to make the reported numbers look more favorable.           This is true of the reported inflation rate, the reported unemployment rate, and the money supply.           Now, it seems that there is extreme manipulation as far as the jobs … Continue readingWhat is the Real Story?

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Bubbles and a Stock Forecast

By Dennis Tubbergen | Feb 6, 2023 | 0 Comments

          Ever since the time of the Great Financial Crisis, I have written about the topic of bubbles.           Whether the bubble is a price bubble in stocks, bonds, real estate or commodities, there are some ‘bubble characteristics’ that often hold true.           The first characteristic is that bubbles are often symmetrical, taking as long … Continue readingBubbles and a Stock Forecast

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Consequences of Debt Excesses and Irresponsible Currency Creation

By Dennis Tubbergen | Jan 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

          Debt has consequences.  As does currency creation to temporarily mask the economic effects of excessive debt.           While an entire book could be written on how the consequences of debt and high levels of currency creation will manifest in the months and years ahead, in this issue of “Portfolio Watch,” I will examine two … Continue readingConsequences of Debt Excesses and Irresponsible Currency Creation

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Are the Saudis Ready to Ditch the Dollar?

By Dennis Tubbergen | Jan 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

For several years now, I have been writing about the ultimate consequences of the considerable devaluation of the US Dollar.           Over the past couple of years or so, every American has felt the effects of this dollar devaluation first-hand as consumer price inflation has driven the price of nearly every necessity higher.            But … Continue readingAre the Saudis Ready to Ditch the Dollar?

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