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AFP

Prime Minister Brown announced a 16-billion-pound sale of state assets including a high-speed railway and a betting service to cut soaring debt. The 16-billion-pound figure was equivalent to only a weeks' worth of borrowing

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Zero Hedge

Some ominous moves out of the Hang Send and the Shanghai Composite overnight which may have everything to do with the latest piece from Caijing, which notes that according to banking sources September lending by China's four largest banks was the low

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Jim Rogers for LewRockwell.com

"The next bubble that I see developing is in the United States government bond market. It is inconceivable to me that anybody would lend money to the U.S. government for 30 years in U.S. dollars at 3 to 6 percent interest rate," he said.

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CNBC

Investor Jim Rogers, a prominent commodities bull, said Thursday the U.S. government bond market will be the next bubble to burst due to unsustainable borrowing, and agricultural commodities and precious metals are among his favorite investment picks

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dailyreckoning.com

Meanwhile, Americans’ per capita wealth has fallen from $172,000 in September from $212,000 two years earlier. And the UN reports that the quality of life in America has gone down too…from #5 on its list in 2000, it fell to #13 in 2007. No doubt it i

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Guest Blog for CNBS by Charles Goyette

There is no reasonable prospect of the federal debt being paid down. Nor can anyone possibly believe that today’s government bonds can be paid except by issuing new bonds tomorrow.

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David Galland

The Fourth Turning is an amazingly prescient book Neil Howe wrote with the late William Strauss in 1997. The work, which describes generational archetypes and the cyclical patterns created by these archetypes, has been an eye-opener to anyone able to

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Bloomberg

The Federal Housing Administration, which insures mortgages with low down payments, may require a U.S. bailout because of $54 billion more in losses than it can withstand, a former Fannie Mae executive said.

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Lew Rockwell (HT Liberty Pulse)

There is a reason for this. Bankers for five centuries have benefited from a grant of privilege from the state: a legal privilege. Banks are allowed to write contracts that are prohibited to all other profit-seeking agencies. They are allowed to prom

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Digital Journal

Students attending St. John's Girls National School in Carrigaline, Ireland have been asked to bring their own toilet tissue with them to school as part of a cost-cutting measure due to dwindling government funding.

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Daily Reckoning

Where have all the jobs gone long time passing Where have all the jobs gone long time ago Where have all the jobs gone Gone to graveyards everyone When will they ever return Oh when will they ever return – Sung to the tune of “Where Have Al

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Reuters

Australia's central bank raised its key cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.25 percent on Tuesday and heralded more to come, saying it was safe to row-back on stimulus now that the worst danger for the economy had passed. The Australian dollar jumpe

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Washington Post

Take a look around the corner. Millions of adjustable-rate mortgages are going to reset in the coming years, possibly to higher interest rates, creating the prospect of a new round of foreclosures.

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Independent

In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning - along with China, Russia, Japan, and France - to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese Yen and

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Doug Hornig

Rare earth elements (REEs) have been the mystery metals of the mining world for years. Now, suddenly, everyone’s heard about them. Before we delve into the reasons behind all the publicity, here’s the basic skinny on REEs: One, they are rare, at leas

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http://papatodd.com

As economic numbers continue to plummet in the United States, some countries of the European Union have seen the errors of their ways and are now returning to free-market capitalist principles. The story starts with our own bad news… WASHINGT

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http://papatodd.com

As economic numbers continue to plummet in the United States, some countries of the European Union have seen the errors of their ways and are now returning to free-market capitalist principles. The story starts with our own bad news… WASHINGT

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Telegraph

The offshore centre of choice for the world's hedge funds has admitted it may have to begin a new life -- as a tax haven with taxes. After lengthy wrangling, the British overseas territory on Wednesday confirmed that it has finally secured permissio

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