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Alternative Visions – Central Banks, Negative Rates & Helicopter Money

Today’s show focuses on the recent decision by the European Central Bank to re-introduce QE and drive Europe’s more than $7 trillion in interest rates further into negative territory. Another $22b per month in QE and rate reduction to -0.5% when, over the past 5 yrs QE and negative rates have not stimulated the European economy. Reasons why QE and …

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Alternative Visions – US-China & Stock Market Lemmings; Fannie-Freddie Privatization, Brexit Observations, US Jobs

Dr. Rasmus explains why US stocks gyrate on every public announcement concerning US-China trade. Why US financial institutions and markets no longer focus on economic fundamentals. What’s behind the Trump plan to privatize the quasi-government mortgage companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Why hedge funds and speculations will reap big windfalls and how the home buyer rates on 30 yr. …

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Alternative Visions – Labor Day 2019: Debunking Myths of Rising Wages & Jobs

What’s the condition of Labor this Labor Day 2019? The official Trump estimate of 3.1% increase in wages this past year is really between -0.8% and 1.1% according to independent bank and other research companies. 3.1% is unadjusted for inflation, is an ‘average’ skewed by big gains for professionals and managers, and refers to only full time workers—leaving out the …

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Alternative Visions – Trump’s Other Wall

Trump brags about the ‘Wall of Money’ coming into the US from abroad. But what it represents is a global economy deteriorating fast and offshore investors sending their money to US safe haven of Treasuries. How the ‘wall’ is driving up the $US, negating Trump’s tariffs, and negating any trade deal with China. Trump turns up the ‘blame game’ for …

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Alternative Visions – US Recession Next (This) Time

As more and more independent research arms of banks, big investors, and even economists are now predicting recession is coming (as I have been for the past year), what we hear increasingly from the Trump administration and its apologists is that ‘the US economy is strong and doing fine’. Or, other sources less optimistic are increasing saying recession is coming, …

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Alternative Visions – Global Currency War Accelerates

Dr. Rasmus reviews events associated with the US-China trade war, from the Shanghai meeting of early August to today’s announcement by Trump that he expects no deal with China. Why China is not manipulating currency but the opposite. Why there’ll now be no further Trump tariff hikes. Why the trade war is really a war over nextgen technology between US …

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Alternative Visions – US GDP, Europe’s Next Recession, & Pelosi-Shumer Ineptitude

Dr. Rasmus reviews today’s preliminary 2nd Quarter US GDP stats compared to 1st Quarter’s.  Why Housing, manufacturing, investment are now all weakening & consumer spending increasingly dependent on credit. IMF’s latest global forecasts and why Draghi’s pre-announcement of Euro central bank returning in September to lower rates and more QE are doomed to fail. Brexit this fall, now a certainty, to push …

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Alternative Visions – Global Central Banks, Stock Markets & Big Pharma

Dr. Rasmus reviews the imminent interest rate cuts coming next week by the US central bank, the Fed. Why it’s all about subsidizing financial markets, driving down the value of the US dollar, and protecting US multinational corporations’ offshore profits. Why other central banks are now following in step. The consequences in negative rates worldwide and their effect. How Fed …

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Alternative Visions – Is Deutschebank the Next Lehman Brothers? + SCOTUS Gerrymandering & Census Decisions

Dr. Rasmus examines today’s US Jobs report and other reports suggesting US job creation may be mostly 2nd jobs, per Bankrate.com and Payscale.com surveys. How Labor’s share of income has declined -$1.5 trillion a year, while stock buybacks and dividend payouts have risen +$1.5 trillion. The crisis at Germany/Europe’s largest bank, Deutschebank, is discussed and its comparison to the 2008 crash …