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Category: The Consumption Trap

September 16, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

Gloom and Doom: Consumer Sentiment Plunges to 31-Year Low

Consumer sentiment inched up in early September but Americans remained gloomy about the future with their expectations falling to the lowest level since 1980, a survey released on Friday showed.

July 5, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

New Government Study: ‘Difficult Choices’ Ahead for Retirees

After years of falling for the consumption trap, many aging boomers are now realizing that their dream of an early retirement is just that… a dream.

June 27, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

Americans Spend at Weakest Pace in 20 Months

Editor’s Note: There is more dreary news coming from an economic report released today by the Associated Press. Consumer spending is at its weakest pace in 20 months, unemployment is up and the stock market was down last week. We expect more bad news to come out as the month closes and the Fed’s QE2 program comes to an end.

May 23, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

The Day I Woke Up From the Consumption Trap

In today’s piece, I recall the moment that I realized the difference between consumers and producers.

May 13, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

The Mad Scramble for Iraq’s Oil Reserves

What the mainstream media never told you about the Iraq war…

May 12, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

How America’s Petrodollar System Influenced the 2003 Iraq War

One of the more sensitive, and therefore veiled, aspects of the petrodollar system is how it has impacted America’s relations with the Middle East. In life, everything boils down to incentives. If we are hoping to grasp how the world around us works, we must understand that behind every decision lies an incentive. Let’s see what role the power of incentives plays in the petrodollar system when it comes to American foreign policy in the Middle East.

May 11, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

SHOCK: Irish Government Raids PRIVATE Pensions To Pay For Spending

Editor’s Note: Ireland is in a tough financial spot. Unlike the U.S., it cannot simply print money to spend its way out of economic pain. So, with relatively few options, the Irish government is turning on its own citizens. Throughout history, governments have often sought to plunder the wealth of their own citizens through confiscation when they run out of options. It will be interesting to see how the citizens react to this one. Trust me, other governments with similar economic problems will be watching closely too. If little resistance is seen, expect more of this around the globe. It is because of stories like this one that I have been warning for years for Americans to keep their retirement funds diversified. 401k’s and traditional IRA’s are where Americans have been “trained” to store the majority of their retirement funds. For those of you who are interested in creating multiple streams of income in retirement, we are working hard to release a product just for you soon. Stay tuned!

March 31, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

Fundamental Changes Coming to Unemployment Next Year

With federal extended unemployment benefits coming to an end this year, some states are getting creative about moving people off the public dole.

March 26, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

Mr. Boehner vs. The Tea Party

Speaker of the House John Boehner has had to contend with a large and contentious Tea Party caucus since taking power. Now, he may soon be out of power.

March 24, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

Former Union Official Threatens “Economic Terrorism”

by Eric Hammer | FTMDaily Contributing Writer TEL AVIV, Mar 24 – In a move that some right wing bloggers are referring to as “economic terrorism,” a former president of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union), Stephen Lerner, gave a talk at Pace University recently where he proposed a plan to destabilize certain Wall Street […]

January 22, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

This Week’s Financial Strategy – Recognizing the Dangers of Debt

As we start the new year it has been exciting to see how many people are taking advantage of the Christian Financial Advisors Network.  I have talked with many people around the country who do not have a financial advisor or would like a second opinion on the advice they are currently getting.

January 20, 2011 Category: The Consumption Trap

The World Economic Forum Calls for More Global Debt Slavery

How will the creation of more “debt” help our debt-ridden global economy? It will not. However, it will directly benefit global financial institutions and the banking community… and that is what matters most these days. The more money they can lend, the more interest they can earn.

December 3, 2010 Category: The Consumption Trap

How to Grow Your Wealth and Pay Less in Taxes

Tom is a CPA, real estate investor, and the founder and CEO of Provision Wealth Strategists. According to Tom, taxes are one of the most powerful tools for building wealth.

November 3, 2010 Category: The Consumption Trap

Federal Reserve Announces Massive New Money Printing Campaign: Read The Fed Statement Here

“Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September confirms that the pace of recovery in output and employment continues to be slow. Household spending is increasing gradually, but remains constrained by high unemployment, modest income growth, lower housing wealth, and tight credit.

August 25, 2010 Category: The Consumption Trap

Getting Ready For A Dollar Collapse? (Wall Street Journal)

Could the Federal Reserve’s decision to restart its quantitative easing program trigger a dollar collapse?

August 20, 2010 Category: The Consumption Trap

Economic Recovery or Financial Armageddon? – LISTEN NOW!

Follow the Money Weekly radio host Jerry Robinson talks with popular author and financial commentator, Michael J. Panzner regarding the most pressing economic issues. The interview includes Panzner’s outlook on inflation in the U.S., as well as his opinion about precious metals and agriculture.

July 16, 2010 Category: The Consumption Trap

Competing currency being accepted across Mid-Michigan

Right now, you can buy a meal or visit a chiropractor without using actual U.S. legal tender. They sound like real money and look like real money. But you can’t take them to the bank because they’re not made at a government mint. They’re made at private mints.

July 14, 2010 Category: The Consumption Trap

Congress to raise retirement age?

In a rare departure from this year’s intense political posturing over the soaring budget deficit, House leaders of both parties recently signaled that they are prepared to tackle a leading long-term liability — Social Security —by raising the retirement age.

Category: The Consumption Trap

Trade Deficit Gets Even Worse

In May, the trade deficit expanded to $42.27 billion from $40.32 billion in April. Relative to a year ago, the trade deficit is up 70.0%, but May of a year ago marked the low point in the trade deficit after world trade collapsed following the 2008 financial meltdown. The May trade deficit was also significantly worse than the $39.5 billion that was expected.

July 13, 2010 Category: The Consumption Trap

The 50 most unbelievable facts about the U.S. economy

As we close on another week replete with ugly economic data and the usual bizarro counterintuitive market, here is a summary of the 50 most underreported facts about the state of the US economy, courtesy of the Coto report.