It has been over a year, but finally the initial jobless claims figure is below that witnessed during the depths of the GFC. In aggregate, regular state unemployment and PUA claims came in at a combined 599,000 for the week ending 1 May. The peak during the GFC was around 660,000. The prior combined figures for around an entire year stood north of 900,000 on a weekly basis! Regular state claims came in at 498,000 and the prior week was revised upward by 37,000 to stand at 590,000. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims came in at 101,000. In aggregate, amongst all forms of unemployment insurance, some 16.2 million Americans continued to file claims. This gives a de facto unemployment rate of 11.6 percent. The official unemployment rate is currently at 6 percent. The jobs report for the month of April will be released tomorrow by the BLS.
The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet stands at $7.81 trillion, which is a week-over-week increase of $30 billion, and is just shy of a new-all time high. The Fed remains committed to purchasing at least $120 billion of US Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities per month. This will take the balance sheet to around $8.5 trillion by the end of the year, and The Kapital News expects that number to be closer to $10 trillion. This policy of QE continues onward despite record high equity prices, record high housing prices, sky-rocketing commodity prices, rising food prices, et cetera. If the jobs report provides a strong number, then the Fed is going to find themselves to be trapped even more than what they currently are. How can they continue to justify their policies and interventions if everything is looking healthy? Of course things are not healthy. It is a smoke and mirror show provided to us via trillions in fiscal and monetary policies. But the Fed will never admit to this, so they will continue with some made up narrative to justify their reckless actions. Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #Jobs #Inflation #Protests #FoodPrices #EndTheFed #bananarepublic #FireCongress #Liberty #USA #Leadership #Gold #Silver #Commodities #Debt
Evidently one does not need a job in order to receive a paycheck in the new America. As stated by President Biden yesterday evening, Americans should not have to choose between a job or a paycheck. So presumably, one can go to work and earn a paycheck, or one can simply decide that they would prefer to just receive a paycheck by doing nothing. It would have to be assumed that the government will be sending out the checks. This is beyond ridiculous, but this is what was said. As The Kapital News has been stating for the last couple of years and especially last year, with all of the stimulus checks that were sent out, was how the American people were being conditioned to accept money from the government. This is a trial run at universal basic income or UBI, which is part of modern monetary theory, or MMT. The overall belief is that money grows on trees, deficits and debts do not matter, and if inflation should ever be of concern, just raise taxes. A terribly flawed idea and it should not even be considered an idea – that is how bad it is. Nonetheless, many Americans have grown accustomed to and fond of these checks from the government, not realizing the true cost that awaits them on the other side. This will take the form of much higher prices, higher taxes, lower living standards, and the loss of opportunities.
Initial jobless claims came in at 553,000 for the week ending 24 April. The prior week was revised upward by 19,000 to now stand at 566,000. While the regular state unemployment number is now below the figures we saw during the depths of the GFC, when taken together with the federal program of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, which came in at 122k, in aggregate still keeps us above those GFC figures for over a year. While trending lower, there is still along way to go as prior to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, claims were between 200-300k. In aggregate, some 16.6 million Americans continue to claim some form of unemployment insurance. This gives us a de facto unemployment rate of 11.9 percent, which is still about 2x as high as the official rate at 6.0 percent. Next Friday will be the release of the official jobs report for the month of April.
The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet retreated by $40 billion from last week’s all-time high and now stands at $7.78 trillion. The Fed remains committed to their QE policy of purchasing at least $120 billion per month of US Treasuries and mortgaged-backed securities. This will take their balance sheet to around $8.5 trillion by the end of the year and The Kapital News is projecting it may be closer to $10 trillion. For perspective, the balance sheet was just shy of $900 billion prior to the GFC. Monetary measures of M1 and M2 were also released. These figures used to be updated weekly, but are now refreshed on a monthly basis. M1 and M2 both hit new all-time highs, at $18.68 trillion and $19.89 trillion, respectively. These were month-over-month increases of $280 billion and $250 billion, respectively. The ultimate narrative that matters is this one that pertains to central bank actions and the injections of liquidity into the system. Should markets continue to buy into it, then markets likely continue grinding higher. But should they cease to buy into it, or the system hits exhaustion, or an endogenous or exogenous event occurs, they it is likely game, set, and match for this decade plus long bull market.
Lastly, several active military officials in France are warning of a civil war breaking out in the country. The rush of immigrants into the country over recent years is one such reason cited by the officials, along with other government policies that they believe are leading to the downfall of the country. The French government will be dealing with these individuals via military council, but their message has already been heard. With all of the actions and policies that have been implemented by governments and central banks around the world, the global system has been materially weakened. This type of rhetoric, along with the global protests, riots, revolutions, civil wars, conflicts, and coups will only pick up steam from here. The true costs of all of these policies have yet to be fully felt and once they are, global flare ups will be the norm in countries large and small, weak and powerful. Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #Jobs #Inflation #FoodPrices #Debt #Spending #bananarepublic #EndTheFed #FireCongress #Liberty #USA #Leadership #Bailouts #Protests
Global protests and riots were occurring throughout 2019, which must not be forgotten. These movements were emblematic of a weakening world economy prior to the pandemic. The subsequent lockdowns and restrictions only made things worse. Yet due to the restrictions, these protests were muted. However, given the responses by federal governments and central banks, The Kapital News believes that the setting is ripe once again for such protests to take shape.
The country of Chile was on the list of countries protesting in 2019 and given the current environment, copper miners in the country are on strike. The people want the ability to tap into their pensions to act as a bridge to help support themselves and their families financially until conditions improve. They have done this twice before already and were looking for the opportunity to do so for a third time. However, the President of the country declined – thus the strikes. Chile is a major copper producing country and world markets have already been contending with higher commodity prices and supply chain disruptions. This action will only serve to aggravate current conditions, which was witnessed earlier today with the price of copper reaching near $4.50 per pound. And despite one large price increase after the next in one commodity after the next, we are routinely told that there is no inflation. What a joke! And this is one of the many reasons as to why protests will gain momentum.
Another source for youth frustration is in the real estate market. Take South Korea for example where young people in their 20s and 30s are all but priced out of the market and rents keep climbing higher as well. In the capital city of Seoul, apartment prices have risen nearly 58 percent since President Moon has been in office. The young people have recently shown their frustration in political elections, which led to the government implementing a program to cap rent increases at 5 percent. The Kapital News is against rent controls as they tend to backfire, as the caps are usually below where market forces would naturally clear, thus generating shortages, which in turn leads to higher prices. Nonetheless, several politicians are suspected to have front-run the legislation with respect to their investment properties. Meaning that before the 5 percent cap increase went into effect, these politicians increased their rents by as much as 14 percent! So much for looking out for their constituents. It appears that politicians are politicians whichever country you may find yourself.
Such actions undertaken prior to the pandemic, currently, and what will likely transpire in the future, will all serve as fuel to the growing fire that is youth revolts. Young people know all too well that it is they who will be paying the bulk of the bill for all of these asinine and criminal policies. The price will be paid in a number of ways of such as, increased direct taxation, higher rates of inflation, lower living standards than previous generations, fewer opportunities, and less prosperity. All of the actions undertaken today are simply to give the false façade of economic strength and vitality. Printing and spending trillions of dollars will buy you time, and make things look good for a short period of time, but when the bill comes due as it always does, it will be extremely expensive. Younger generations will nearly be forced to demand major structural changes if they are to have a future for themselves and their families. This is just getting underway and will likely be a decades long phenomena before the dust settles. Let us pray that these movements are as peaceful as possible and that equal justice under law and free-market capitalism are adopted. If so, the best days may be ahead of us, if not, then more of the same under a different name. Youth revolts are coming. Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #Protests #Peace #Inflation #FoodPrices #Commodities #Gold #Silver #Liberty #Leadership #EndTheFed #bananarepublic #FireCongress #Revolution #USA
For the second consecutive week, initial jobless claims came in under 600k to stand at 547,000 for the week ending 17 April. While this figure is below that which was witnessed during the depths of GFC, we cannot forget the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that was created by the Federal government. This figure came in at 133,319, which means in aggregate, weekly claims were 680,000 – still higher than the GFC, yet trending lower, and that is good news. The prior week was revised higher by 10k to now stand at 586,000. In aggregate, across all forms of unemployment insurance, some 17.4 million Americans continue to claim benefits. This gives us a de facto unemployment rate of 12.5 percent, which is more than double the official unemployment rate of 6.0 percent.
The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet hit another all-time high and now stands at $7.82 trillion, which was a week-over-week increase of $27 billion. The Fed remains committed to their QE program of purchasing at least $120 billion of US Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities per month. This will take their balance sheet to at least $8.5 trillion by the end of the year, and The Kapital News is projecting that it will be closer to $10 trillion! For context, their balance sheet was just shy of $900 billion during the GFC. This is nearly a 10x increase in just a little over a decade! And do recall that when QE was announced that it was going to be temporary. This program is a couple of years away from applying for a driver’s license – so much for short-lived. It is important to note this because current Fed members are stating that inflation will only be transitory. The same people who said QE would be temporary are saying the same about inflation – see where we are going with this?
As The Kapital News has been mentioning since we have been online starting in 2019, is to get ready for tax hikes. We were running trillion dollar deficits prior to the pandemic, the subsequent lockdowns, and massive spending programs. It is basic math at the end of the day. We are all for cutting taxes, in fact, we want to see the income tax abolished, along with the Federal Reserve. However, if policymakers are going to cut taxes, then they need to cut spending as well. Only solving for half of the equation is asking for trouble – i.e. large deficits. These deficits bring about the hidden tax of inflation, and now because of the size of our deficits, tax increases are coming. It was only a matter of time, but now the Biden Administration is discussing raising taxes. Their first target is capital gains taxes in a show to target the rich, but make no mistake that they will also be broad-based when the dust settles. We are dealing with a $28.2 trillion national debt. We are on the path to spend nearly $8 trillion this year alone, which gives us a deficit of over $4 trillion! Our deficit alone is higher than all of the tax revenue that is brought in annually, which is currently around $3.5 trillion! How sustainable do you think this is? And unfortunately, there is not much to show for it. So it is another double whammy as usual as we have to contend with the inflation tax and an increase to direct taxation. It should also be stressed that confiscating the entire net worth of the country’s wealthiest individuals would only cover expenses for several months. Point being, we are in a lot of trouble and attempting to tax and spend our way out of it, is not the solution. Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #Jobs #Inflation #Taxes #Debt #Spending #Gold #Silver #USA #Bailouts #Liberty #Leadership #Justice #Truth #EndTheFed #bananarepublic #FireCongress
Were we not just informed last Friday with the release of a “stellar” jobs report that the economy and namely the jobs market recovery was well underway? Well then how can we have another 744,000 Americans filing initial jobless claims for the week ending 3 April? Furthermore, you have to understand that this figure only represents regular state unemployment benefits. However, due to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns and restrictions, federal government programs were established to assist those who would not traditionally qualify for state benefits. So, taking into consideration such a program, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, we see that nearly 152,000 Americans filed an initial claim for the week ending 3 April. This means in aggregate that nearly 900,000 Americans filed an initial claim last week! Talk about recovery, as this is now over one full year since such draconian measures have been implemented. Last week’s figure of 719,000 was revised upward to now stand at 728,000 for the week ending 27 March. In aggregate, across all unemployment programs, some 18.2 million Americans continue to file claims. This is little changed from the prior week, and gives us a de facto unemployment rate of 12.7 percent. This is more than double the official unemployment rate, which now rests at 6.0 percent.
In other news, the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet sits at $7.708 trillion, which is a week-over-week increase of $20 billion and is just shy of hitting a new all-time high. The Fed remains committed to their QE program of purchasing at least $120 billion per month of US Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities. They continue to purchase MBS despite the fact that housing prices are at all-time highs and continue to climb, even as lumber and other construction materials prices continue their ascent.
And lastly, major geopolitical risks are taking shape around the globe. Whether it is increasing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, China, Taiwan, and the Philippines, Northern Ireland rioting against Brexit, how the US is involved in all of these areas, or leaders in Italy and Turkey doing some name-calling, one thing is certain, the globe is on very unstable ground. With so much taking place, it increases the likelihood of mistakes being made or it creates the perfect environment for a false-flag attack, which will then be used as justification for conflict or even war. And oh yes, the Middle East and Africa remain hot spots for conflict as well. And if enough people in poorer and middle-income nations does not constitute enough financial strife, add Canada to the mix. A new survey released indicates that 53 percent of Canadians are on the verge of insolvency as they are only $200 away from not being able to pay their monthly bills and debt obligations. This figure includes the 30 percent of Canadians who are already insolvent. And despite all of this or perhaps because of it, real estate prices in Canada continue to skyrocket, with many homes selling well above their asking price, site unseen! But remember, our fearless leaders inform us that there is NO inflation. What a joke. Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #Debt #Inflation #Geopolitics #Protests #Peace #USA #Liberty #Leadership #EndTheFed #bananarepublic #FireCongress #China #Russia #Germany #Ukraine #Taiwan #Philippines #Italy #Turkey #Canada
If the incompetence of central bankers was not enough to deal with, now we have to contend with their arrogance. European Central Bank, ECB, President Christine Lagarde, remarked in a recent interview that central banks remain steadfast in achieving their goals and dared the markets to test their resolve. What is she talking about? Is the ECB President openly admitting that central bank policy and natural market forces are at odds with each other? If this is the case, which The Kapital News believes to be true, then Lagarde has just declared that equity and bond prices would be quite lower compared to current levels.
Of course this is the open secret about global monetary policy, yet no one dares to say it, especially not a central banker. Quite the contrary, as central bankers attempt to attribute equity and bond price gains to fiscal support or a more resilient global economy. Rarely, if ever, do central bankers want to stand in the center of the stage and take all the credit nor do they ever openly taunt the markets. Global equity prices are at their outrageous valuations, especially in the United States, because of the monetary measures that were undertaken since the pandemic and even prior. So it is a simple thought experiment to ask oneself the following, if such measures and liquidity were removed from the system, would equity and bond prices be at their current levels? The answers is a resounding, NO! Prices would be much lower and interest rates much higher. This is what needs to occur in order for markets to find fair value, for zombie corporations to be liquidated or restructured, and for all other malinvestments to be liquidated or restructured as well.
This will be a lengthy and painful process, but it is one that is needed and required in order to establish a solid foundation on which to build a sustainable future economy and society. But we will never hear this from central bankers or politicians. Instead they give us their lethal combination of incompetence and arrogance. And while the top 1 and 10 percent of the population see trillions of dollars added to their net worth in the midst of a pandemic, these same central bankers inform of us a growing wealth inequality problem. Yet they never seem willing or capable of placing the blame at their own feet for such inequality. This type of rhetoric from Lagarde and other central bankers is concerning to say the least. This is now open warfare between free-market capitalism and central planning. Let us hope for the sake of freedom, sound economics, individualism, and posterity that free-markets win the day. Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #CentralBanks #Inflation #Markets #Debt #Protests #Riots #Liberty #USA #Leadership #EndTheFed #bananarepublic #FireCongress #Pandemic #Gold #Silver #Commodities
Despite being one full year into lockdowns and restrictions, initial jobless claims remains higher than even during the depths of the GFC. For the week ending 20 March, initial claims came in at 684,000, which happens to be the lowest reading since last year. Last week’s figure was revised upward by 11,000 to stand at 770,000. In aggregate, amongst all unemployment insurance programs, some 18.9 million Americans continue to file claims. This gives a de facto unemployment rate of 13.3 percent, which is more than double the official rate at 6.2 percent.
The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet hit another all-time high to now stand at $7.719 trillion. The Fed remains committed to its policy of QE, by purchasing $120 billion per month of US Treasuries and mortgage-backed-securities. This will likely take the balance sheet above $8.5 trillion by year end, which would be a 10x fold increase to the balance sheet since the GFC! Other monetary measures such as M1 and M2 also hit all-time highs. And lastly, the Suez Canal traffic jam continues into the weekend. Some estimates state that this blockage is costing the global economy $400 million per hour! A staggering figure no doubt and highlights the vulnerabilities that exist within some of these trading routes and the sizes of some of these vessels. Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #Jobs #SuezCanal #FoodPrices #Protests #Inflation #Leadership #USA #EndTheFed #bananarepublic #FireCongress #Taxes #Gold #Silver #Liberty
If it is not a pandemic or a social justice cause, then it shall be a climate crisis. This will very likely be the next emergency that is sprung around the globe and assuredly, urgency will be stressed. We are not so concerned in today’s podcast to discuss the actual environment, but rather how policymakers act and respond.
Today the House Financial Services Committee heard testimony from Federal Reserve Chair, Jay Powell, and Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen. A topic that was discussed by both was of course the climate. So let us understand something, these two supposed economic experts cannot even handle the economy and now they are going to help manage the climate? We are sure in their twisted world that this makes perfect sense to them, but in the real world it does not. However, the narrative cannot be destroyed. The narrative is rooted in panic, uncertainty, urgency, and crisis. This serves to provide policymakers with an environment to always do something – regardless as to what that something may or may not be. As we have clearly witnessed over the past year and continue to observe to this day, central banks stand at the ready to flood the system with liquidity and federal governments continue with their ludicrously expensive fiscal policies. These will prove destructive in time and are already having negative consequences that are being felt the world over. Protests, riots, coups, civil wars, and conflicts are not all of a sudden just happening out of nowhere. On the contrary, this is a highly predictable result from reckless and irresponsible monetary and fiscal policies.
Furthermore, we discuss the wealth inequality that exists within the United States and how a significant disproportionate amount is being accumulated by the top 10 percent. Meanwhile the middle class continues to shrink and the bottom 50 percent, while seeing an increase, continues to suffer as well. This is a direct result of a centrally planned economy, with politicians, bureaucrats, and central bankers picking winners and losers. The top 1 percent added $4 trillion to their net worth over the last year. Let that number sink in for a moment within the context of a pandemic and one of the worst global economies ever seen. Yet this should come as no surprise as the whole purpose of QE, is to inflate financial asset prices – and that is exactly what has been happening. Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #ClimateCrisis #Inflation #FoodPrices #USA #Protests #Gold #Silver #Commodities #Leadership #Liberty #EndTheFed #bananarepublic #FireCongress
Volcanoes, floods, and printing presses, oh my! Just when you thought it was a relief to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, we now start to see that 2021 may end up in a similar fashion. Whether it is once in a millennia volcanic eruption (Iceland), or the worst flooding in 60 years (Australia), one thing is certain, nature is unpredictable and very powerful. It will not be a surprise to The Kapital News if nature should continue to throw us several curveballs throughout this year.
Onto the trillions! So you thought the Nobody CARES Act 3.0 that just passed with a price tag of $1.9 trillion was going to be the cherry on top, well guess again. The ink is barely dry on that spending bill and President Biden is allegedly about to propose further measures amounting to nearly $3 trillion. How many times have we said that they are just getting started? We know that we have lost count. It would be one thing to say that while it is reckless and irresponsible to spend like this, we could at least point to several major accomplishments that resulted from this spending – like infrastructure, better education results, improved health, less financial systemic risk, etc…However, we unfortunately cannot even do that. This continues to be one major bailout after the next with the taxpayer paying the bill. And the worst is yet to come in the form of higher inflation, lower living standards, and loss of opportunities. These trillions also have an impact on the housing market. The median US existing home price increased by 15.8 percent year-over-year and now stands at $313,000. People are simply being priced out of the market. The ensuing correction, just like its increase, will be epic.
Social unrest is unfortunately a near daily theme, but it is the reality of our time. The country of Turkey has been on our radar for months and has been discussed on occasion. Turkey is back in the news due to the recent firing of their central bank head. The nation is dealing with runaway inflation and recent actions undertaken by the central bank were attempting to contain it by increasing their benchmark interest rates. Apparently, President Erdogan was not too fond of this monetary maneuver and decided to oust the top banker. Markets did not like this action as Turkish stocks suffered their worst one day decline in eight years, as equities fell by nearly 10 percent. Furthermore, the Turkish Lira declined by over 9 percent. What makes Turkey an interesting situation is that they are a larger economy than say Lebanon or Venezuela, but that Turkey is also an important geopolitical player. Turkey is being wooed by both western and eastern nations, due to the size of their economy and geographical location. This is something to most definitely pay close attention to. As the economy weakens and is at the hands of a “strong man,” in President Erdogan, the environment is ripe for social unrest to occur. The weakest links of the global economy are breaking down and now those ripple effects are grabbing larger economies. This story and trend is likely to continue throughout this year and into 2022. Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #Inflation #Protests #FoodPrices #USA #Turkey #China #Brazil #Liberty #Gold #Silver #Commodities #Revolution #Leadership #EndTheFed #bananarepublic #FireCongress
One day after the Federal Reserve gave the markets a pot of gold, it appears that it was just as quickly taken away. The major US indexes all closed in the red, with the tech heavy Nasdaq leading the way. This is also on the continuation of rising yields, with a focus on the US 10 year note, which hit levels above 1.7 percent during the trading session. With equity prices at or near all-time high valuations, rising yields and interest rates could pull the rug out from under this massive bubble. Recent history suggests that it can happen, as we witnessed such an episode in Q4 of 2018. This is why so much attention is being paid to rising global bond yields, and the rhetoric and actions of central bankers are being closely monitored. This in and of itself indicates how centrally planned the financial markets and economy have been – as the world, and trillions of dollars of financial assets await the words of only a handful of people. This is dangerous and will end in destruction.
Initial jobless claims for the week ending 13 March were 770,000, which remains over 100k higher than the figures we witnessed during the depths of the GFC. And this has been the case for one full year! The numbers from the prior week were revised upward by 13k and now stand at 725,000. In aggregate, there still remains 18.2 million Americans collecting some form of unemployment insurance. This gives us a de facto unemployment rate of 13 percent as opposed to the official rate at 6.2 per cent. And lastly, the Fed’s balance sheet has hit a new all-time high and now stands at $7.69 trillion. New highs are to be expected on a near weekly basis as the Fed remains committed to purchasing $120 billion per month of US Treasuries and mortgage-backed-securities. Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #Jobs #Inflation #FoodPrices #Protests #USA #Liberty #Leadership #Gold #Silver #EndTheFed #bananarepublic #FireCongress
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