Archive for January, 2011


The Broken American Middle Class

A fixture on the American scene, the middle class, might be irretrievably broken, victim of the soaring home prices that allowed them to finance a certain lifestyle on the back of a belief that times were good and would always remain that way. Unfortunately, high prices never last, and millions of people found themselves trying […]

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AMA 25 – James West: America’s Crime of the Century

Throughout the world, businesses are failing, families are losing their homes, their livelihoods and their futures. Is the financial system and its so-called leaders to blame? James West and his film, Crime of the Century, seek to illuminate the players, methods, history and present configuration of financial disaster that prevents the average citizen from investing […]

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They're Messing With the Value of Your Dollar

As our nation on the verge of possibly historic hyperinflation, it’s easy to flip on the television and pay no heed to knee-jerk reactionaries like those at the American Monetary Association who are always yapping away about the how the inflation boogey man is going to get you. Sometimes our logical interpretation of history compared […]

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4 Sure Bets for Super Bowl Sunday

American Monetary AssociationAs America and the world get ready to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers face off against the Green Bay Packers for Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011, we at the American Monetary Association can’t help but talk a little currency about the game. Professional sporting events are big business and nothing is bigger than a Super Bowl. Plus this one is being played in Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones’s, futuristic vision of a football stadium on the outskirts of Dallas.

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Steve Jobs and Apple Cult of Personality

AmericanMonetaryAssociation.orgPerhaps more than any company in recent memory, the fortunes of one mega-corporation are tied to the creative impulses of a single man. We are, of course, talking about Steve Jobs and Apple. Talk to anyone who owns a Macintosh computer, iPad, iPhone, iPod – the list goes one. Devotees of products created and marketed by the Apple Chief Executive Officer cling to them with an almost religious intensity. That’s why when news came down the line a few weeks back that Jobs was taking an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons, you could almost hear the stock price dropping, and drop it did.

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United States / China Summit – Thanks for the Bread and Circuses

While the only person on this planet naive enough to think a summit between the world’s two superpowers actually means anything might be Community Organizer in Chief (COC) Barack Obama, we must admit that trading words face-to-face is preferable to lobbing nuclear missiles over the horizon at one another. The spin doctor administration hacks can […]

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What Exactly is the Federal Debt Limit?

The national debt has grown by $3.4 trillion dollars since Mr. Obama assumed office. Public debt now comprises 62% of the economy, a percentage predicted by some experts to grow to 87% within ten years. Should we be worried that our entire way of life is going to disappear in a puff of insolvency? That’s […]

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Obama and Bernanke Fiddle. America Burns.

Past periods of unemployment in America have often been resolved by a program of matching up people to jobs, but this time around, we wonder if there is something more intrinsic or structural that has created a 10% (some say higher) national unemployment rate. It may no longer be a case of simply encouraging workers […]

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America's Credit Rating Headed for a Fall?

The thought would have been unfathomable to previous generations but, for us at the American Monetary Association, we wonder why it hasn’t happened yet? We’re talking about our nation’s credit rating which, so far, continues to hold firm at the highest possible ranking, even though mutterings from two large credit rating services about our economic […]

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The Source of Our Economic Stress

Our recent post on which counties around the United States were mired in the worst level of economic stress begs the follow up question: What are they so stressed about? The source material for the original post was collected by the Associated Press, which also contributed the follow up information that high unemployment and the […]

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Is Your County Stressed Out?

Back in November 2010, the Associated Press released a list of the 20 most (and least) economically stressed counties in the United States, a listing we found illuminating, though not surprising. If you happen to live in one of the following counties, that stress you’re feeling between your shoulder blades might not be your imagination. […]

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AMA 24 – Elliott Wave Theory: Predicting The Future

Jason interviews Robert R. Prechter, Jr., CMT, President of Elliott Wave International (EWI), the world’s largest market forecasting firm. EWI’s 20-plus analysts provide around-the-clock forecasts of every major market in the world via the internet and proprietary web systems like Reuters and Bloomberg. Mr. Prechter began his professional career in 1975 as a Technical Market […]

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California's Governor Recycling Program is the Ultimate Environmental Decision

Former terminator, body builder, and recent leader of Cali, Governor Arnie, swept into power two terms ago with a quasi-conservative reputation and a belief by the people that he was going to set things right. After all, that”s what action heroes do. The reality is that the governator tried to chart a centrist course along […]

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China's Superpower Status Not A Done Deal Yet

For year’s, the idea has been bandied about in financial headlines around the world. The Chinese rise to superpower status on the global stage was a mere formality, along with the eventual decline of the United States into “also ran” status. And if not also ran, then the American experiment in freedom and individual expression […]

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Average NFL Ticket Going UP – And You'll Pay It (Probably)

Like death and taxes, American pro football fans can expect an annual rise in ticket prices to their favorite sporting event. And why not? Through player strikes and owner lockouts, prima donna athletes and dog fights, hideous play and taxpayer funded stadiums, a single fact remains – the National Football League is head and shoulders […]

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Reality TV is Lauren Conrad's Business Model

Reality TV as a business model. Don’t laugh. There have been more than a few Survivors launched to fame, as well as Bachelors, Bachelorettes, and the odd freak show mom – thank you, Kate Gosselin – but for every fame whore that reaches the brass ring, there are dozens of flash-in-the-pan corpses littering the sidewalk […]

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Life in Hyperinflation

We hope faithful readers realize that our frequent focus, some would say obsession, with the prospect of hyperinflation comes not from an Enquirer mindset determined to create unrest among the populace, but rather takes the form of a warning bell to an American nation often lulled to complacency by political flim-flammery, the narcotic effect of […]

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The Weimar Republic: A Case Study in Hyperinflation

Once upon a time, at the end of the first world war, a little country by the name of Germany was beset by a government that demonstrated a startling inability to manage the nation’s finances. Since there was not enough gold mined throughout history, and likely not enough residing in the crust of the earth […]

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Gold and Silver Stay Strong as Fiat Currency Puffery Continues

As the calendar turns from 2010 to 2011, gold and silver show no sign of relenting in their charge up the price charts, and who could blame them? With the United States stalwart determination to continue printing fiat currency, investors, and even average citizens, have felt the urge to stock up on something that has […]

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AMA 23 – Harry Dent’s Outlook on Demographics, Debt, and Inflation

Narrator: Welcome to the American Monetary Associations Podcast where we explore how monetary policy impacts the real lives of real people and the action steps necessary to preserve wealth and enhance one’s lifestyle. Jason Hartman: Welcome to the podcast for the American Monetary Associations Podcast. This is your host, Jason Hartman, and this is a […]

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