John Rubino

Articles by John Rubino

As China’s massive (and massively corrupt) real estate developer Evergrande circles the drain, an anxious world is wondering if this is an isolated and therefore manageable problem, or the first in a cascade of failures that threaten to...
Not so long ago, companies that make recreational vehicles were great indicators of market tops. Since RVs were frequently the final pointless toy that people bought (after motorcycles, boats, and massive pickup trucks) in the debt orgy...
Pretend you’re a country that over the past decade has engineered the mother of all real estate booms, in the process encouraging your citizens to load up on houses, apartments, raw land, anything related to the property sector. Your...
China’s Evergrande has been in the news lately, but not always in an understandable way. The real estate developer is just too big and its financial arrangements too obscure to be easily grasped by people with a lot of other things on...
The prices of a lot of things are up these days, which fits the common definition of “inflation.”Meanwhile, an increasing number of products are appearing at the same price but in smaller packages.This is inflation’s slippery first cousin...
From Pento Portfolio Strategies: The U.S. central bank has metastasized from an institution that was originally designed to assist distressed banks, to one that believes its purview now includes perpetuating asset bubbles, fighting...
One of the emerging trends in the almost-post-covid economy is companies suddenly having to pay way up to find new employees. Restaurants, truckers, even Uber and Lyft, are now struggling to track down and re-hire the people they and their...
The Fiat Currency Age is nothing if not repetitious.There are dozens of charts that illustrate how closely today’s financial bubble resembles its predecessors. But simple is better when expressing a hard truth, so let’s go with...
So a single political party gains control of a lockdown-battered country desperate for any and all forms of government spending. Direct payments, loan forgiveness, infrastructure, all of these and more are not just possible, but popular....
One of the flaws in the revolutionary mindset is a tendency towards overconfidence. Combine absolute belief in a new idea with a couple of early wins and you get an absurd level of cockiness. This leads the would-be revolutionary to...

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