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Hedge Funds, Derivatives, Debt, China and the Risk of Systemic Market Panic

The systemic threats to our economic system and to the current bull market both internal and external have not changed much since 2007 when this prescient article was written and is re-posted here; namely; (i) a destabilizing and growing national debt; (ii) a proliferating derivatives markets and (iii) potential fallout now emanating from China that stems from the struggle of Hong Kong chinese determined not to live under mainland tryanny.

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Inflation and the Stock Market: Does Anyone Remember the Seventies?

We live in an era of particular asset appreciation. In spite of the much ballyhooed report of the real estate bubble bursting, I just saw recently on a financial news show that an 80 million dollar home/estate for sale had attracted more than one bidder, and that the bidders were, of course, in the financial field. Stock prices are hitting records. The price of oil is still high, and even the agricultural commodities are moving now. So where is all this commodity inflation now, what will it do to our stock market, and how does this relate to our past economic experience?

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