Central banks like blockchain because they can control you

By: C.Jay Engel The recent news in the Bitcoin world is China's building attempt to regulate and oversee its use to a point where it is rendered nearly useless for Chinese consumers. They've realized that they can't truly kill it per se, but … [Read more...]

Can Janet Yellen keep the Fed-induced boom going?

By: Brendan Brown Yellen, like notorious previous Fed chiefs including Strong, Martin, and Greenspan, can now claim success in having prolonged and strengthened an asset price inflation which otherwise may well have been about to enter its … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Feb. 27 to Mar. 5

In case you missed any of this week's articles, here is a round-up of some of the most read pieces written by the Economic Collapse News staff: When Government Acts, Unintended Consequences Follow Uh oh: Donald Trump wants to increase military … [Read more...]

Odds of March Federal Reserve rate hike hits 80%

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will hold its next meeting on March 14 and 15. This is when the Federal Reserve will decide if it will pull the trigger on its third increase to interest rates in a decade or if it will postpone it until June, … [Read more...]

Video: A look at what the Federal Reserve really does

Since the inception of the Federal Reserve System in 1913, the United States dollar has lost 95 percent of its value as more paper money circulates throughout the economy. This has happened because of a wide variety of reasons: debt machines, cozy … [Read more...]

Boom & Bust: What causes economic bubbles?

By: Frank Shostak It has become almost mainstream that bubbles are an important cause of economic recessions. The main question posed by experts is how one knows when a bubble is forming. The common view is that if the central bankers knew … [Read more...]

Ron Paul: Federal Reserve, not bitcoin, will destroy U.S. dollar (video)

Bitcoin is dominating the business news cycle once again. After making record gains like it did a few years ago, the media have renewed its interest in the peer-to-peer digital currency. Businesses are still looking to accept bitcoin, while a bitcoin … [Read more...]

17 signs a recession is coming

The United States economy, for the most part, has been riding high since the economic collapse. Due to the policies of the Federal Reserve, the stock market has reached record highs, the labor market hovers around a five percent unemployment rate and … [Read more...]

Study: Auto loan delinquency rates surge to eight-year highs

A growing number of Americans are falling behind on payments for their automobile loans, says a new study by the Federal Reserve. These numbers haven't been this high in eight years, the height of the economic collapse. New data from the Federal … [Read more...]

Debt Isn’t a Problem — Easy-Money Policies Are the Problem

By: Frank Shostak According to the flow of funds data published by the Fed, the US debt to GDP ratio remains at a lofty level. Non-financial sector debt as a percentage of GDP stood at 251.7% in Q3 2016 against 230.1% in Q1 and 184.3% in Q1 … [Read more...]