It’s Super Bowl weekend! Just for the record, I’m one of those people who enjoy watching the commercials more than the game.
And away we go …
Credits and Debits
Debit: Check out what $2.4 million will get you in Vancouver, British Columbia these days. Nope … there’s no housing bubble in Canada, eh:
Debit: Then again, it’s probably a good thing that house is for sale in Canada because it looks like US layoffs are on the rise. In fact, they’re now at the highest level in six months — and 42% higher than the same time last year.
Debit: There is a growing, unsettling din among those who make their living in the financial world. Just this week, the Financial Times warned of “financial catastrophe” while a strategist for Citi opined that the world economy “appears to be trapped in a death spiral.” Uh huh. Try putting a silver lining around that.
Debit: A large majority of “financial experts” regularly scoff and mock those who point out and cogently explain why the international monetary system is on its death bed. Does anybody else wonder why some of those same experts are now openly sounding similar alarm bells — and with increasing frequency?
Credit: After all, I don’t remember ever hearing similar dire pronouncements from the financial industry during past recessions — except by the “tin foil hat” crowd, of course. Hey … Why are you looking at me?
Debit: Proponents of fiat money — the mother’s milk of Big Government — are desperate to keep the current Ponzi-based gravy train going. No matter the cost. This week Germany’s Social Democrat party proposed a ban on all cash transactions above $5500. And Bloomberg went a step further, calling for the end of cash. Period.
Debit: Meanwhile, the current system is clearly collapsing and the world’s central banks are resorting to increasingly desperate measures to stave off the inevitable, including the folly of negative interest rates, as the Bank of Japan recently did.
Credit: But as Bill Holter notes, “a real and functioning (financial) system cannot exist with negative rates.” At least not for long.
Credit: I suspect the Bank of Japan found this out the hard way after they had to cancel a 10-year bond offering for the first time ever because of a lack of demand due to their negative interest rate policy (NIRP). Imagine that.
Credit: Or, as financial analyst Andy Hoffman observed: “In other words, the nation with the world’s highest debt/GDP ratio can (no longer) service its debts because its central bank didn’t realize no one will buy bonds guaranteed to lose money, in a currency it is purposely destroying.” Well … yeah.
Credit: Just how crazy is NIRP? Franklin Sanders reminds us that: “Negative rates mean that you have to PAY to hold cash or government bonds, while holding silver or gold costs nothing. Think long and hard on that. Long and hard.” Go ahead, readers. I’ll wait.
Debit: Despite existing evidence that proves negative interest rates turn economic laws on their head — and assault common sense too — the Fed asked US banks this week to consider the possibilities if they implement NIRP. I know. And you think the financial world is crazy now? Just you wait …
By the Numbers
This year’s big game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers marks the golden anniversary of the NFL Super Bowl:
2.4 Points per possession averaged by Carolina this season — that was tops in in the NFL this year.
1.38 Points per possession given up by Denver — that was the best defensive figure in the NFL in 2015.
6.7 Weight, in pounds, of the Vince Lombardi trophy that is awarded to the Super Bowl winner.
8 Super Bowl appearances by Denver. That ties Pittsburgh, Dallas and New England for most appearances in the big game.
67 Percentage of teams that won the Super Bowl after scoring first.
$4,200,000,000 According to the American Gaming Association, the amount of money that will be bet on the Super Bowl this year.
97 Percentage of Super Bowl bets that will be made illegally this year.
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After reading my article giving 41 reasons why I won’t loan money to friends — including my refusal to loan money to anyone who owns the latest iPhone — Super Dweeb had this to say:
An iPhone isnt a luxury item in this day and age. Its an investment.
You’re confused. Apple stock is an investment — not the latest iPhone.
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