The Choice Before Europe - By Paul Craig Roberts (7/5/15) PDF Print E-mail
Paul Craig Roberts   
Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:13

The Daily Bell

Washington continues to drive Europe toward one or the other of the two most likely outcomes of the orchestrated conflict with Russia. Either Europe or some European Union member government will break from Washington over the issue of Russian sanctions, thereby forcing the EU off of the path of conflict with Russia, or Europe will be pushed into military conflict with Russia.

In June the Russian sanctions expire unless each member government of the EU votes to continue the sanctions. Several governments have spoken against a continuation. For example, the governments of the Czech Republic and Greece have expressed dissatisfaction with the sanctions.

US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged growing opposition to the sanctions among some European governments. Employing the three tools of US foreign policy – threats, bribery, and coercion – he warned Europe to renew the sanctions or there would be retribution. We will see in June if Washington's threat has quelled the rebellion.

Europe has to consider the strength of Washington's threat of retribution against the cost of a continuing and worsening conflict with Russia. This conflict is not in Europe's economic or political interest, and the conflict has the risk of breaking out into war that would destroy Europe.

Since the end of World War II Europeans have been accustomed to following Washington's lead. For awhile France went her own way, and there were some political parties in Germany and Italy that considered Washington to be as much of a threat to European independence as the Soviet Union. Over time, using money and false flag operations, such as Operation Gladio, Washington marginalized politicians and political parties that did not follow Washington's lead.



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Obama Is the Detonator For World War - By Jeffrey Steinberg (6/5/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 07:21

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The Long Bull Market In Stocks And Bonds Is Ending - By Bill Gross (6/5/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 07:19

Bloomberg

Bill Gross said the bull market “supercycle” for stocks and bonds is approaching its end, as the unconventional monetary policies that have kept it alive since the financial crisis are running out.

The attempt by global central banks to cure a debt crisis with more debt doesn’t have much further to run, which will end a rally that’s lasted three and a half decades, the 71-year-old manager wrote in an investment outlook for Janus Capital Group Inc. Investors should stop focusing on price appreciation and instead look to “mildly levered income,” such as his recommendation to short German government debt, he said.

“Credit-based oxygen is running out,”
Gross wrote in the outlook, titled “A Sense of an Ending,” in which he compared the final stages of the market cycle with his own mortality. “I merely have a sense of an ending, a secular bull market ending with a whimper, not a bang.”

Gross, the manager of the $1.5 billion Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, acknowledged that his calls for the end of the bond rally in both February and April of 2013 were too early. This time around, he noted that he’s in prominent company, as investors including Stanley Druckenmiller, George Soros, Ray Dalio and Jeremy Grantham have cautioned that financial markets may be overpriced or bubbly, potentially setting the stage for lower returns.

Gross, who referenced Julian Barnes’ novel “The Sense of an Ending” in his outlook, said he continues to see a subdued interest rate environment for a prolonged span. He advised investors last month to leverage returns in an environment of persistently low interest rates and inflated asset prices.

The former chief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co. until his sudden departure in September, Gross has produced a 1.5 percent return this year through the end of April in his new fund at Janus, beating 56 percent of peers, according to data from research firm Morningstar Inc. Since he began overseeing the fund on Oct. 6, it returned 1 percent, outperforming 66 percent of peers.

Gross, a billionaire who had more than $700 million of his wealth invested in his fund at year-end, also took a swipe at his own industry.

Active asset managers “conveniently forget” that their fees haven’t fallen even as assets have multiplied by a factor of 20 since 1981, Gross wrote.



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SEC Commissioner Furious At Deutsche Bank's "Decade Of Lying, Cheating, And Stealing" - By Tyler Durden (6/5/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 07:18

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US “Grand Strategy” For War Against China Laid Out - By Nick Beams (5/5/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:13

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