Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte Resigns After Pressure from Nationalist Matteo Salvini…


Italy is one of the key economies within the EU. In the past several years, driven by both economic challenges and unfettered immigration challenges, the populist revolt has gained ground. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, a nationalist-minded politician, has won the hearts of Italian voters.  Matteo Salvini is a proud Italian populist.

Several months ago Matteo Salvini challenged current Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to hold a snap election; and followed-up with continued pressure on the Italian government by advancing populist positions of economic patriotism, sovereignty and tougher immigration rules.

Amid a revolt against globalism writ large, it was not accidental that Nancy Pelosi traveled to Italy recently with a coalition of U.S. leftist politicians to organize a strategy to fend-off Salvini and assist Prime Minister Conte. Pelosi is an opportunist. Part of the plan for Conte to hold power was a shift within his party (Five Star Movement or 5sM) to form an alliance with the Italian left-wing Democratic Party (Pelosi’s ideological allies).

To pull off their plan, Conte and the Democratic Party would align; Conte would then resign and hold the snap election where 5sM and the far-left Democratic party would re-elect him. This approach would strategically counter the 36 percent of support currently held by Matteo Salvini (the League). Today Giuseppe Conte resigned.

(Wall Street Journal) […] Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation in a speech to the Senate on Tuesday, blaming far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for causing a political crisis as Italy looks to draw up a challenging budget to keep its parlous finances on track.

[…] Leaders of 5 Star are exploring the only plausible alternative to snap elections the League would likely win: a new coalition government with their longstanding foes, the mainstream center-left Democratic Party. Talks in coming days could show whether such a coalition is possible or early elections are needed.

Italy’s power struggle is a symptom of Europe’s continuing political upheaval after a decade of crises including the economic depression in the periphery of the eurozone and the pressures of rising immigration from poor and war-torn parts of Africa and the Middle East.

[…] The political upheaval has gone further in Italy than in most other EU countries. In March 2018 elections, Italy’s mainstream parties suffered a heavy defeat. In a country tired of economic stagnation and ineffectual political incumbents, one in three Italians backed 5 Star, while the League won 17% of the vote. Since then, however, 5 Star has struggled in government and its support has halved, while Mr. Salvini’s tough stance on immigration has helped double support for the League.

If Italy holds early elections, Mr. Salvini could become the first leader of a major EU nation who comes from a self-described populist party to the right of Europe’s mainstream conservatives. Mr. Salvini, an avowed admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has challenged the EU’s rules on fiscal discipline, accusing Germany and France of hypocritically breaking the rules while imposing austerity on Italy. Some League officials have advocated Italy’s exit from the euro, although Mr. Salvini says it isn’t on his agenda. (read more)

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In the background of all of this we have: (1) Italy’s involvement in “spygate” and the U.S. intelligence operations in/around Joseph Mifsud (Malta).  (2) The pending Brexit at the end of October, a threat to Pelosi’s ideological group.  (3) The possible defeat of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, another threat to Pelosi’s ideological group; and (4) the economics of Trump’s trade strategy, more threats to Pelosi’s scheme team.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is traveling the world in an attempt to block rising nationalism, and the consequences of economic trade deals therein, wherever possible.  Her domestic political interests in the 2020 election are predicated on stopping the deglobalization process underway by President Trump.

Assets v Currency


QUESTION: Hello Mr Armstrong. I read your blog daily, and i can t say thank you enough.
on interest rate, you say market rallied when they got the rumors of roosevelt devaluating the dollar creating a currency inflation. am i wrong when i understand they feared losing money so they bought tangible assets?
best regards from France

M

ANSWER: Correct. Tangible assets are always the hedge against a decline in the currency. This is why gold has been rising more so in other currencies than US dollars.

M

The Fed’s Real Crisis – To Cut or Not to Cut


 

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You seem to be the only person who distinguishes private interest rates v public. Has the marketplace gone insane along with Trump demanding 100 basis point cut by the Fed? I find it curious how they only quote the same people in the press who seem to preach the government position all the time. They constantly try to ignore you in the press and even Wikipedia distorts everything and fails to mention the banks pled guilty and had to repay your clients. Just so biased. Now they say deep negative rates are no problem. They only say what the government wants them to say. Will this all end very badly?

KN

ANSWER: There is ABSOLUTELY no historical evidence that negative interest rates will ever stimulate the economy no less are they even viable. This wipes out pension funds where many around the world are obligated by law to buy government paper. Social Security in the USA is 100% in government bonds. It is beyond comprehension where all these people cheer negative rates as if this is a good thing. The US share market declined with the rate cut, it did not rally.

People are convinced that an INVERTED YIELD CURVE foretells of a recession. They have no idea about capital inflows. Even in Thailand, which has benefited greatly from the China-US Trade War shows that its currency has been the RARE exception rallying against the dollar. That may change now if the dollar closes above the July high here at the end of August.

I am in Asia right now. The greatest fear is that China will send in troops to squash the protests in Hong Kong. Many fear this will be another Tiananmen Square. I would not go that far. The solution would be a political one and to repeal the extradition order. People do not fear that a wanted Chinese will flee to Hong Kong and be protected, but that they could be extradited to Beijing and put on trial for things they did or said in Hong Kong.

This is sending capital to the USA and the same capital flows from Europe and doing the same thing. That capital is now incentified to buy US debt looking for more rate cuts and their bonds will appreciate. It takes a sublime idiot not to see this trade. They are punting – not actually buying negative yields for the long-term. This seems to be coming to an end in 2020.

As I have stated many times, DO NOT EXPECT the official rates to rise outside the USA. All other central banks are trapped. They cannot afford to allow rates to rise and blow up government budgets. This will widen the gap between public and private debt. Back in the ’30s, as governments defaulted, smart money fled to private AAA corporate bonds. We will see the same trend here again, but at the same time, banks will look to the future with tremendous uncertainty and will NOT be lending so easily. Expect rates to rise on credit cards where they make their money and long-term mortgages. If the banks cannot resell the long-term debt mortgages, rates will rise widening the gap with the government.

Chairman Powell is not is a nice place. He cut rates NOT for the USA, but because the rest of the world is imploding and Europe shows no signs of reversing their policy. If Powell lowers the rates 50 or 100 bp, domestically people will be taking this as confirmation a recession is coming and the stock market will continue its decline.

Powell is in a no-win situation. This is the FIRST time in history the Fed cut rates at the top of a market and instigated a decline rather than cutting rates in response to a decline. This only proves the Fed’s actions are concerned NOT for the domestic economy, but primarily for Europe and Asia second.

This going to make for a HIGHLY unusual WEC this year. We are breaking historical ground. There no way for this to end but VERY badly. They do not want people to read this blog. They want to keep people accepting the government narrative.

 

ECB Will Lend to Banks Long-Term in Hopes They Will in Turn Lend Again


Come September, Draghi at the ECB will make loans to Eurozone banks on a long-term basis at rates less than the short-term lending window. The objective is to encourage banks to lend money to businesses. Nobody thinks about letting businesses bypass the banks mainly because the banks are in such a vulnerable state because Europe never took the toxic assets out of the banks as did the USA. To do that would have meant that some countries would have been bailed out more than others so they cut rates and hoped for the best which never happened.

The world economy is crashing BECAUSE of negative interest rates. These insane people have REFUSED to consider that this entire idea of lowering interest rates to stimulate the economy will NEVER work. You are wiping out pension funds and the elderly who are a vital part of the economic base. They keep using the same theories that are decades old and have ALWAYS failed each and every time.

Just look at the Great Depression. Lowering interest rates FAILED to reverse the decline. The market rallied when the rumors proved correct that Roosevelt would devalue the dollar creating currency inflation. Lowering interest rates has NEVER worked even once, yet they keep trying the same theory over and over again because they cannot think of anything else to try.

Why the Remain Politicians Only Speak their Own Self Interest


COMMENT FROM UK: On the subject of Phillip Hammond and Brexit, this is just the latest in a long list of pro-elite politicians who are looking to protect their career interests by aligning with the globalist system.

Blair made hundreds of millions, Brown and Darling bailed out the banks and then went to work in the financial sector and failure that is Nick Clegg is now an exec at Facebook. Theresa May will no doubt have her payday coming. These politicians are selling out their country but seem to think they have morality on their side.

K

REPLY: All of these politicians who are for the REMAIN side, which included Theresa May, all have a self-interest which is counter-trend to their own country. They like the establishment of the political class to be left alone.

This is a chart that speaks 1,000 times that Britain has NEVER received a fair deal since joining the EU. This is data from your own government which I have not altered. The peak in GDP took place in 1973 just before Britain joined the EU. There was a major faction that believed joining the EU would create a global economy that would surpass the USA. That never happened because each member state can veto what any other state tries to do. There are 50 states in the USA. They have no say if Washington wishes to do a trade deal. If every state had a seat at the negotiation table as they do in the Eurozone, nothing would ever get done.

All I can say is the EU is a dictatorship for nobody at the Commission level ever stands for an election. As such, this is a politician’s greatest wish – power without accountability. And then they have the audacity to criticize China or Russia for a lack of Democracy?

The recent polls in Britain show that the people are MORE AFRAID of Labour and Jeremy Bernard Corbyn than they are about BREXIT!

BREXIT & the Yellow Hammer Propaganda Pretend Leak


The report that paints the darkest possible scenario for Britain without ever mentioning that 60% of its trade is outside the EU and that any attempt by the EU to punish Britain will destroy the German economy which is preparing for a very deep recession since Britain is its #1 trading partner in the EU particularly for autos.

This Yellow Hammer report leak is clearly a scaremongering edition and not serious research. It is just a propaganda piece for that purpose. It claims that transport disruption will be 50%-85% of lorries travelling across the Channel may not be ready for French customs. The EU is likely to harass Brits with immigration checks at border posts. Medicine supply chain may be disrupted for up to six months across the Channel. The supply of certain types of fresh food will decrease.

The EU will slap tariffs on British fuel imports so they forecast financial losses and the closure of two refineries resulting in about 2,000 direct job losses. And as far as Northern Ireland is concerned, the UK would impose the “no new checks with limited exceptions” but they report claim this will be unsustainable.

There is no mention that trade negotiations with the rest of the world cannot take place inside the EU because any member can veto a UK trade deal with anyone.

The British pound is still under pressure as the propaganda machine is in full force. A further decline in the pound into October will far outweigh any tariffs the EU could possibly impose. Everyone looks at the dire future for Europe while they fail to look at the EU. Germany is imploding economically. The German economic philosophy has always been the old-school Mercantilist view to sell more stuff to everybody else than you buy.

While Germany is all about austerity, it has over-taxed its people and has declined to create a domestic consumer market preferring the export model which has resulted in the German people having almost the lowest net worth in Europe. While the economy is #1 inside the EU, the wealth does not pass to the people. A no-deal BREXIT will hurt the EU far more than it will hurt Britain and that is the absolute TRUTH!!!!!!!!

The Rising Tensions: Kashmir – Hong Kong – Korea


The War Cycle is by far on schedule. We have tensions rising almost everywhere. In Asia, we have the Kashmir Crisis as hundreds of people took the streets in Srinagar, the main Indian city, to protest New Delhi’s decision to lift the special status of the territory.

In Hong Kong, there are fears that China will send in troops and take military action, which would trigger an international crisis as fear in Asia as a whole will rise sharply over the future of economic stability. This could send the yuan crashing and even force the break of the Hong Kong peg. The Hong Kong share market peaked in January 2018. It has not made new highs in 2019 and remains at risk of breaking the 2018 low of 24540.43. That gives way and capital is showing its concern for the future of Hong Kong.

In South Korea, the high in the share market remains that of November 2017. We are trading below the 2017 low. A closing at year-end below that warns of lower lows into 2020. Here, the concern is the economic pressure on North Korea. North Korea holds a Tree Planting Day every March. The question is whether it could help regreen a largely deforested nation whose people face food shortages, deadly natural disasters, and bitterly cold winters. These economic pressures will eventually push the Supreme Leader into perhaps an attack on South Korea or face an overthrow himself.

We have a serious crisis building in Asia on three fronts. Then there is the chaos of Europe. The Democrats are complete idiots for claiming if Britain exits the EU, they will block any trade deal to punish Britain in support of Brussels. Instead of helping to solve the crisis, they are encouraging the EU not to renegotiate. The Democrats are basically saying — screw the Irish.

Right now, I am working from Asia in the middle of a real crisis with a front-row seat.

 

The Deep State Reality


QUESTION: Dear Mr. Armstrong
Isn’t the FBI a government agency?
In this case, they are paid with “the people” tax money?
Aren’t they supposed to be neutral, I mean, they should be “incorruptible”?
They should not take a position for the left or the right. They should be there for “Justice”?
Can you explain?
Many Thanks to you and your team for all your teachings.
Have a beautiful day
MF

ANSWER: What you say is the theory of a perfect world. Unfortunately, I believe that ever since Bush Jr was elected, the power shifted from the president to the bureaucracy. I have stated before that I use to meet with people who wanted to run for president for the Republicans as a vetting process. They were told I was there to inform them of the global economy and how it functioned, but in reality, I was told to determine if I believed they could handle the job. Then I was asked to run to Texas to meet with Bush Jr, but I was told this was different. I was told he was really “stupid” and they asked me if I would accept the position of Chief Economic Advisor to the president. I was shocked. I asked, “Why would you make someone stupid president?” Particularly since it was exactly opposite of what I had been asked to do for years. I was told he had the “name” to win.

I was told at that time they needed to surround him with “good people” and that is how Cheney became the de facto president. Naturally, I declined for I could not continue my business. Ever since that point in time, the bureaucracy rose to power. They took on a mantle of authority that no one has been able to challenge. Trump has tried, but look at what they have done to him. This is what people are calling the Deep State. The idea that we are free is only an illusion. We have no rights.

Coxey & His ArmyThe first march upon Washington emerged at this time from the Panic of 1893 known as Coxley’s Army. This was a group of unemployed men who marched during the depression year of 1894. Jacob S. Coxley (1854-1951) was a businessman in Ohio whose idea was that government should provide employment through creating public works. His ideas were eventually incorporated in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and became the WPA in 1935. Coxley set out for Washington on March 25, 1894, with about 100 men and arrived there on May 1st with about 500 more who had joined. Coxley’s First Amendment rights were, of course, violated for they arrested him for walking on the grass and pretended it had nothing to do with his march.


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YellowBrickRoadNevertheless, it was this event that became the “Wizard of Oz.” Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was impressed by this movement. Off to see the Wizard was Washington. The Tin Man was industry, the Scarecrow agriculture, and the Cowardly Lion was William Jennings Bryan. The Yellow Brick Road was the gold standard. It was hoped to persuade Congress to authorize a vast program of public works, and restore the repealed Sherman Silver Purchase Act to increase the money supply – the 19th Century version of Quantitative Easing that virtually bankrupted the USA. This movement was all about financing a substantial increase in the money in circulation to provide jobs for the unemployed.