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by MachineGhost
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Trump's Effect on the PP
Replies: 91
Views: 30958

Re: Trump's Effect on the PP

For the past year or so I have been saying here that Tight Money is impossible to imagine now. Therefore throwing the 25% cash into question. I don't agree that it is the same as the Liquidity Crisis. That was deflation. IMO. But they're both the same thing. Cash becomes more valuable relative to a...
by MachineGhost
Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Trump's Effect on the PP
Replies: 91
Views: 30958

Re: Trump's Effect on the PP

Yes - I'm referring to Congress not raising the debt ceiling. I suspect the Tea Partiers will continue to try to prevent this, not to get concessions from the "normal" Republicans but because they're zealots who believe increasing the federal debt is inherently evil. The question is whether the rat...
by MachineGhost
Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Trump's Effect on the PP
Replies: 91
Views: 30958

Re: Trump's Effect on the PP

On the other hand, I'm skeptical of the PP's ability to withstand an idiot congress led by an ignoramus who together seem like the perfect storm that may end up with the US defaulting on Treasuries and/or the US dollar losing its worldwide reserve currency status. Are you referring to Congress not ...
by MachineGhost
Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Trump's Effect on the PP
Replies: 91
Views: 30958

Re: Trump's Effect on the PP

I had a spark of inspiration this morning and am mulling over a fix for the PP's Achilles' Heel. What most of us didn't realize until just this very atomic moment is that "Tight Money" is the same thing as "Liquidity Crisis" aka 2008. The PP got destroyed in 2008 before just barely recovering on a c...
by MachineGhost
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Permanent Portfolio Discussion
Topic: Trump's Effect on the PP
Replies: 91
Views: 30958

Re: Trump's Effect on the PP

Use trend following on T-Bonds and stop worrying about it.
by MachineGhost
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Government [Non]Accountability Scream Room
Replies: 7
Views: 2417

Re: Government [Non]Accountability Scream Room

Here's a U.S. Pension Tracker showing market/acturial pension debt/household, capita, etc.

http://us.pensiontracker.org/
by MachineGhost
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Government [Non]Accountability Scream Room
Replies: 7
Views: 2417

Re: Government [Non]Accountability Scream Room

Get ready for more emigration! Only the poor and super-rich politicians will be left behind. The series of tax and fee hikes pushed by Emanuel and approved by aldermen adds up to about $1,692 a year once they take full effect. Here's a breakdown: *About $994 in property tax hikes for City Hall and C...
by MachineGhost
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Variable Portfolio Discussion
Topic: P2P Lending
Replies: 75
Views: 29428

Re: P2P Lending

U.S. Consumers Are Increasingly Defaulting on Loans Made Online

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... ne-lenders
by MachineGhost
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Big, Open, Green, Wasted, Space!
Replies: 23
Views: 6953

Re: Big, Open, Green, Wasted, Space!

Good riddance to those malls! Online shopping is not just the future, it's the present. Introverts like me are never going to go hang out in a mall with sleazy sales people when we can just add it to the cart. It seems like the blacks with their pants backwards, down to their knees and/or chains da...
by MachineGhost
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ACA (Obamacare) v2.0
Replies: 27
Views: 5431

Re: ACA (Obamacare) v2.0

What's the point you're trying to make with this graph? It apparently shows the average cost of employer sponsored policies, not policies from the exchanges. The rate of growth is (approximately) 100% from 2000 to 2008, and more like 50% from 2008 to 2015. Is your point that ACA is a good thing sin...
by MachineGhost
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: ACA (Obamacare) v2.0
Replies: 27
Views: 5431

Re: ACA (Obamacare) v2.0

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