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Top Video Game Stocks to Buy Now

Video game stocks continue to grow with the gaming industry. More people are playing games online and this is pushing sales higher.
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Video game stocks have come a long way. From the earliest days of pong to today’s most sophisticated virtual reality gaming, video games have captured the attention of the public for decades.

Video games reach almost every single demographic and it’s relatively safe to say that everyone has at least one video game that draws them in. For hardcore gamers, this might be playing Call of Duty online. For sports fans, it might be NBA 2k or Madden. For corporate clock punchers, it could even be online solitaire or pinball. For me personally, it’s Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart.

Since video games are so beloved, it should be no surprise that the global video game market was valued at $151 billion in 2019. This number also most likely spiked in 2020, where people were forced to stay indoors for hours on end. With little else to do, video games were an obvious choice to pass the time. Due to this, one video game CEO believes that the total addressable market (TAM) for video games will be larger moving forward than it was pre-Covid.

So does all of this mean that video game stocks should be a key piece of your portfolio? Maybe!

Let’s take a look at some of the top video games stocks to buy.

Best Video Game Stocks to Buy

NOTE: I’m not a financial advisor and am just offering my own research and commentary. Please do your own due diligence before making any investment decisions.

Take-Two Interactive Software (Nasdaq: TTWO)

When looking at the top video game stocks to buy, there are three major players in the industry. The third-biggest by revenue is NYC-based Take-Two Interactive Software. Take-Two owns two major publishing labels, ROCKSTAR and 2K. Between these two labels, it owns the rights to popular franchises like:

  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Red Dead
  • Midnight Club
  • Bully
  • Max Payne
  • BioShock
  • NBA 2K
  • Borderlands

Notably, it recently hired 700 new developers to bring its total team of game developers to over 5,000. It is also currently sitting on $2.7 billion in cash and short-term investments. This will give it the structure that it needs to meet its ambitious goal of churning out 20 new titles per year for the next several years.

In 2020, Take-Two pulled in revenue of $3.09 billion (a record) and netted a total income of $404 million. Over the past five years, its revenue has grown at a pace of just under 20% per year.

When you combine popular franchises with financial results, it’s no wonder that Take-Two Interactive software made the list of video game stocks to buy.

Its stock was up over 50% in 2020 and is up more than 200% over the past five years.

Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: EA)

The second-largest publicly traded video game company by revenue and market capitalization is Electronic Arts (“it’s in the game!”).

A few of EA’s most popular titles are:

  • Army of Two
  • Battlefield
  • FIFA
  • The Simpsons
  • Star Wars
  • Madden
  • The Sims

In 2020, Electronic Arts pulled in revenue of $5.54 billion and netted a total income of $3.04 billion. In the most recent quarter, its revenue has grown at just over 5% year-over-year.

In June 2021, Electronic Arts acquired Glu Mobile which shows that it’s aggressively expanding into mobile games. This acquisition aligns with its push to bring its most popular titles to mobile gamers. It’s already announced that it’s bringing FIFA, Madden, UFC and NBA Live to mobile and will likely keep bolstering its mobile offerings over the coming years.

Its stock was up 30% in 2020 and is up more than 50% over the past five years.

Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI)

Activision Blizzard is the largest video game software company by revenue and is made up of three main divisions. King Digital develops and publishes mobile games, Activision develops gaming consoles and Blizzard produces games for PC gaming.

A few of Activision Blizzard’s most popular titles are:

  • Call of Duty
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Spyro the Dragon
  • Tony Hawks
  • Overwatch
  • World of Warcraft
  • Candy Crush

Activision Blizzard brought in a 2020 revenue of $8.09 billion and a net income of $2.2 billion. Over the past five years, its revenue has grown by an average of 13.05% annually. It has also consistently paid a dividend since 2010 and currently has a dividend yield of about 0.6%.

The three main profit drivers for Activision Blizzard are Call of Duty (Activision) and Warcraft (Blizzard). In Q2 of 2021, Activision brought in $789 million while Blizzard generated $433 million. King, who derives most of its income from Candy Crush and Farm Heroes, brought in $635 million. It’s also notable that all three of these companies enjoy fairly cushy operating margins of 46% (Activision), 33% (Blizzard) and 39% (King).

Activision’s stock was up 55% in 2020 and is up more than 70% over the past five years.

Those are the three largest video game stocks in terms of revenue and market capitalization. However, there are still a few other video game stocks to take a look at. Namely, the creators of my favorite games.

Also, before we dive into more gaming stocks, you might want to check out these VR stocks. Virtual reality is opening up doors for unique gaming opportunities. Investing early might lead to some big long-term returns.

Nintendo (Otcmkts: NTDOF)

Nintendo first gained major recognition when it released Donkey Kong in 1981. This success was closely followed by Super Mario Bros in 1985. Since then, Nintendo has released some of the most successful gaming consoles of all time such as the Game Boy, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, the Wii and the Nintendo Switch.

Some of its most popular franchises are:

  • Mario
  • Donkey Kong
  • Pokemon
  • Metroid
  • Kirby
  • Star Fox
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Smash Bros

In 2020, it reported revenue of just under $12 billion and a net income of $2.35 billion. In recent years, it has also had major success in boosting its top line. Its revenue has been growing at a rate of 34% annually over the past five years.

More so than most other video game companies, Nintendo seems to have an “it factor” that allows it to outshine others at certain times. For example, while the Xbox 360 was still an incredibly popular gaming console, it didn’t quite capture the attention of the public that the Nintendo Wii did. The 360 also ended up falling short of the Wii in terms of consoles sold.

Another example is the global phenomenon of Pokémon Go. For a brief period, it was commonplace to see people wandering around aimlessly on the hunt for virtual Pokémon.

Nintendo’s biggest talking point in its most recent earnings release was the Nintendo Switch. Sales of the Nintendo Switch have so far exceeded its expectations and given it a favorable cash position. Although sales of the entire Nintendo Switch family were down 21.7% in 2020, the Nintendo Switch itself still saw sales rise year-over-year.

This is encouraging news since COVID-19 and computer ship shortages put a lot of strain on Nintendo’s supply chains. With its recently acquired excess cash, Nintendo is instituting a stock buyback. It hasn’t announced how it’s planning to invest the rest of its excess cash yet.

Nintendo’s stock was up 57% in 2020 and is up more than 60% over the past five years.

Video Game Console Stocks

When it comes to video games, there are two main categories that make up the business. First, there’s software which is the actual game that you play (Mario Kart, CoD, FIFA, etc.). Second, there’s hardware, which is the actual console that you use to play the game. So far, we’ve mainly discussed software.

When it comes to hardware, the two companies are responsible for the most popular consoles are Microsoft (Xbox) and Sony (Playstation). These two consoles are the Apple and Android of video game consoles. However, keep in mind that both Sony and Microsoft are major conglomerates. Sales from video game consoles represent just a sliver of their total income.

Microsoft’s stock was up about 40% in 2020 and is up more than 400% over the past five years.

Sony’s stock was up about 50% in 2020 and is up moreo than 200% over the past five years.

Which Video Game Stocks to Buy?

So far, this article has been quite a bit to digest as there are tons of moving parts. Some companies create mobile games only, some create games for Xbox, others create gaming consoles. With so much going on, how are you supposed to know which video game stocks to buy?

After doing some digging into these video game stocks, the main strategy with video games seems to be this:

Create video games until you find a game and characters that resonate with people and then pump out as many sequels as possible.

For example, Activision struck gold with Call of Duty (CoD), which was (and is) incredibly popular. Today, there are currently 24 Call of Duty games and eight CoD games focused on World War 2 alone.

Nintendo has done the same thing with its cast of characters. The original Mario Kart came out in 1992. Can you guess what just came out 29 years later for the Nintendo Switch? Another Mario Kart game. This brings the total number of Mario Kart games on the market to 14. It also goes without saying that there’s a new Madden, NFL, FIFA or NBA game every single year to account for updated rosters.

Due to this, the best strategy for finding a video game stock to buy is probably to do your best to monitor what video games are rising or falling in popularity. If you notice a significant trend then you can buy or sell the video game stock accordingly. For example, if you notice that World of Warcraft is starting to fall out of favor rapidly in favor of another game then this could put a significant dent into Activision Blizzards’ revenue and hurt its stock price.

Another ongoing trend is the Name, Image and Likeness bill that Congress passed for college athletes. College athletes are now able to profit off their name and likeness. So, will this lead to a resurgence in the incredibly popular NCAA football games? That would certainly be a profit-driver for whichever company owns the rights. Only time will tell!

Note: One of the most popular video games right now is Fortnite. Fortnite is owned by Epic Games, which is a privately held company.

Another Note: Netflix recently announced that it’s planning to offer video games in the next year or so. It’s brought on a veteran from EA and Facebook to lead this division.

I hope that you’ve found this article valuable in learning what the best video game stocks to buy are! As usual, all investment decisions should be based on your own due diligence and risk tolerance. Also, consider checking out my research on the best VR stocks.

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China Coal Prices Soar To Record As Winter Freeze Spreads Across The Country

China Coal Prices Soar To Record As Winter Freeze Spreads Across The Country

One week ago we discussed why the "worst case" scenario for China’s property crisis is gradually emerging; to this we can now add that China’s worst case energy…

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China Coal Prices Soar To Record As Winter Freeze Spreads Across The Country

One week ago we discussed why the "worst case" scenario for China's property crisis is gradually emerging; to this we can now add that China's worst case energy crisis scenario is also about to be unleashed as cold weather swept into much of the country and power plants scrambled to stock up on coal, sending prices of the fuel to record highs.

Electricity demand to heat homes and offices is expected to soar this week as strong cold winds move down from northern China, according to Reuters with forecasters predicting average temperatures in some central and eastern regions could fall by as much as 16 degrees Celsius in the next 2-3 days.

Shortages of coal, high fuel prices and booming post-pandemic industrial demand have sparked widespread power shortages in the world's second-largest economy. Rationing has already been in place in at least 17 of mainland China's more than 30 regions since September, forcing some factories to suspend production and further disrupting already broken supply chains.

On Friday, the most-active January Zhengzhou thermal coal futures closed at a record high of 2,226 per tonne early. The contract has risen almost 200% year to date.

China's three northeastern provinces of Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning - also among the worst hit by the power shortages last month - as well as several regions in northern China including Inner Mongolia and Gansu have started winter heating, which is mainly fuelled by coal, to cope with the colder-than-normal weather.

Meanwhile, even though Beijing has taken a slew of measures to contain coal price rises including raising domestic coal output and cutting power to power-hungry industries and some factories during periods of peak demand, so far all measures have failed with coal surging by 40% in just the past three days. Beijing has also repeatedly assured users that energy supplies will be secured for the winter heating season, and went so far as to order energy firms to "secure supplies at all costs." Well, the energy firms heard it, because on that day, thermal coal closed at 1,436 yuan. Two weeks later it is some 800 yuan higher.

Unfortunately for Beijing, the power shortages are expected to continue into early next year, with analysts and traders forecasting a 12% drop in industrial power consumption in the fourth quarter as coal supplies fall short and local governments give priority to residential users.

Earlier this week, we reported that China undertook its boldest step in a decades-long power sector reform when it allowed coal-fired power prices to fluctuate by up to 20% from base levels from Oct. 15, enabling power plants to pass on more of the high costs of generation to commercial and industrial end-users. read more

Steel, aluminium, cement and chemical producers are expected to face higher and more volatile power costs under the new policy, pressuring profit margins.

Meanwhile, the latest Chinese "data" on Thursday showed factory-gate inflation in September hit a record high; but since thermal coal is the one commodity that correlates the closest to PPI, absent a sharp drop in coal prices in the next few weeks, expect the next PPI print to be far higher. Meanwhile as the power crisis leads to further shutdowns in domestic production, some banks - such as Nomura - have gone so far to predict that China's GDP is set to shrink in coming quarters.

China, which laughably aims to be "carbon neutral" by 2060 even as its president announced he will skip the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, has been "trying" to reduce its reliance on polluting coal power in favor of cleaner wind, solar and hydro. But coal remains the source for some 70% of China's electricity needs.

Of course, China is not the only nation struggling with power supplies, which has led to fuel shortages and blackouts in many European countries. and threatens to send US heating bills up as much as 50% this winter. he crisis has highlighted the difficulty in cutting the global economy's dependency on fossil fuels as world leaders seek to revive efforts to tackle climate change at talks next month in Glasgow.

China will strive to achieve carbon peaks by 2030, Vice Premier Han Zheng said in a video message at the Russian Energy Week International Forum, according to state-run news agency Xinhua late on Thursday. He also said that China and Russia are important forces leading the energy transition and they should cooperate and ensure smooth progress of major oil and gas pipeline and nuclear power projects.

Translation: Russia better save that nat gas and not ship it to Europe as China will soon be needed even BCF Russia an provide. As for China

 

Tyler Durden Fri, 10/15/2021 - 22:50

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Distraction As Policy While Our Economic Rome Burns

Distraction As Policy While Our Economic Rome Burns

Authored by Matthew Piepenberg via GoldSwitzerland.com,

Desperation and distraction are masquerading as economic policy. Below we see how and why…and at what cost…

COVID: The Great..

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Distraction As Policy While Our Economic Rome Burns

Authored by Matthew Piepenberg via GoldSwitzerland.com,

Desperation and distraction are masquerading as economic policy. Below we see how and why...and at what cost...

COVID: The Great Economic and Political Hall-Pass

If every time I stole a cookie from the jar in front of my mom (age 8), or drove dad’s car (sometimes into a tree) without permission (age 16), failed a dorm-room inspection (age 17), broke a lawnmower for driving over a fence post (each year) or forgot a key anniversary (eh-hmm), it would have been so convenient to have a universal “hall pass” to excuse what is/was otherwise just plain stupid behavior.

Luckily for the grown children running our global financial system into the ground, the COVID pandemic is becoming precisely that: “A global hall pass for excusing decades of stupid.”

As we’ve written many times, inexcusably high debt levels, tanking growth data, struggling work force figures, embarrassing wealth disparity and insider market rigging between Wall Street and DC was well in play long before COVID made the headlines.

But now, the architects of such “pre-COVID stupid” have the current COVID narrative to justify and excuse even, well… more stupid.

The Latest Jobs Report “Explained” …

Take, for example, the latest job reports data from those DC-based creative writers at that comic-book publication otherwise known as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Known for years on Wall Street as mathematical magicians capable of turning 12% inflation into a 2% CPI lie, that same BLS is operating yet again to fib away the latest (and otherwise telling) jobs data.

The September jobs report was the second consecutive and disappointing report from the BLS, which they were quick to blame on “pandemic-related staffing fluctuations.”

Hmmm. That’s a nice phrase, no? “Pandemic-related staffing fluctuations.”

But the real description boils down to something more PRAVDA-like under the new Biden Vaccine Mandate, namely: “Obey or we take your job away.”

Needless to say, not everyone is obeying.

Since 2020, employment in local government education is down by 310,000; in state government education, employment is down by 194,000 jobs, and in private education the numbers are down by 172,000.

Ouch.

Why such “staffing fluctuations”?

The answer is simple: Many educated folks in the education sector don’t like being mandated to inject a vaccine into their bodies which by all reports from vaccinated infection rates, is no vaccine at all, but a debatable form of treatment at best.

Thankfully for all of us, I’m not interested in debating the hard vaccine data here, as folks like me should not be proffering unwanted medical expertise, which I clearly lack.

No one, myself included, really knows everything about mutating virology, but I’d wager to say that many of us are more mathematically dubious than Fauci is medically honest…

Jefferson (and History) Ignored

For followers of American history and markets, however, certain ideals and facts are easier to track despite distraction-as-policy tactics.

We are reminded, for example, of how passionately Thomas Jefferson warned us circa 1776 that a private central bank would eventually destroy our nation, and that only an educated population could save it.

Sadly, the new President is taking the inverse approach: Firing teachers and propping bankers.

Fast-forward some 240+ years from our founding fathers to our semi-conscious Biden, and we discover a nation wherein a private central bank effectively finances our national debt while the teachers, students and institutions charged with making citizens wiser, educated and free now find themselves locked out of their offices, classrooms and lecterns.

Seems a little upside down, no?

Red or blue, most of us can agree than nothing coming out of the White House in recent memory remotely resembles the vision or freedom-driven intellect of founding fathers like Jefferson, despite his known flaws.

Instead, we have seen red and blue administrations whose grasp on coherency, let alone math, history, economics or even Afghan geography is questionable at best.

Biden’s Response

And what does Biden (or his “advisors”) have to say about the recent and scary numbers within a gutted and “locked-out” educational labor force?

Well, you’ll have to see it to believe it..

Really? Really? Really?

That’s right folks.

The President of the United States, home to the world’s reserve currency and former beacon of global freedom, is telling Americans not to worry about the slow death of genuinely informed dissent (as well as educational access and jobs) or the attempted popularizing of otherwise tyrannical mandates, but to focus instead on the vaccine rates at United Airlines?

Yes. Really.

The leader of the free world is boastfully telling us that the “bigger story” is a fully vaccinated United Airlines (who were forced to choose between a jab or job), so why worry about the problems in that silly ol’ educational sector or outdated Bill of Rights?

Playing with Minnows While Ignoring Whales

Where ever one stands on the understandably divisive vaccine issue, how can anyone compare a private airline’s vaccine rate to a national education, civil liberty and employment crisis?

Why are politicians, Davos dragons, statisticians, media bobble-heads and central bankers focusing our/your attention more on a virus with a case fatality rate of less than 0.5% than they are on openly addressing whale-sized issues like unsustainable debt, rising inflation, embarrassing labor inequality, a dying currency or even more declining GDP?

Deliberate and Desperate Distraction as Policy

Well, history tells us why.

As anyone not banned from a classroom knows, the history of desperate leaders seeking to distract, censor and control the masses in times of a self-inflicted and debt-induced cycle of internal economic rot is long and distinguished.

As Biden doubles down on the bad (yet deliberately distracting) hand of what was hoped to be an optically humanitarian policy of vaccine mandates, the masses are getting restless as well as fired…

Solution?

Criminalize the non-consenting as anti-vaccine, anti-science or anti-American “flat-earthers” while denying open discussion on such otherwise relevant topics as basic math, constitutional law, calm science or individual rights…

Meanwhile, those who won’t tow Biden’s increasingly incoherent mandate (or Don Lemmon’s always coherent ignorance) are losing jobs and/or forced to prioritize (in a Jeffersonian way) individual liberty over financial security.

Ben Franklin, of course, said those who surrender liberties for security deserve neither.

In such a polarized backdrop, everyone, pro or anti-vaccine, loses.

Informed, open and calm debate has been replaced by a contradictory, censored, sanctimonious and hysterical autocracy from prompt-readers to political puppets.

So much for leading the free world… Let me remind Biden to consider the words of another founding father, Thomas Paine:

“I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.”

As someone who studied and practiced constitutional law, worked within a rigged Wall Street and read nearly every book I could find on America’s founding fathers, I can say without hyperbole that I no longer recognize the country (or values) of my birth nation.

As Franklin also noted, “All democracies eventually die; usually by suicide.”

Hmmm.

But let’s get off my high-horse and back to those job reports…

Conviction vs. Employment

As Bloomberg recently noted, the result of these “pandemic-related staffing fluctuations” is a bit alarming.

The following critical industries are witnessing the following job-loss percentages: Nursing and Residential Care (-1.26%); Local Government Education (-1.83%); Community Care for the Elderly (-2.20%) and lodging (-2.25%).

But thank goodness that despite a deliberate weaning of nurses, teachers and elderly care experts, United Airlines is nearly fully vaccinated and our Motion Picture Industry (universally known for its astounding political and financial wisdom) is seeing a +4.21% job increase.

Awe, but as Johny Mellencamp would say, “Aint that America?”

Now instead of more employed and free-thinking nurses, teachers and students allowed to gather, speak and think freely at their own campus or clinic, we can be glad that jobs in Hollywood, like DC, are growing to keep us living on more fantasy rather than actual, informed and hard-earned knowledge.

Oh, and the Economy…

But rather than just rant otherwise rhetorical sarcasm, let’s get back to those other barbaric (and soon-to-be empty) old-school disciplines like economics…

Biden’s mandates are more than just evidence of distraction as policy and constitutional interpretation/usurpation, they have direct impacts on our financial lives outside of the deliberately exaggerated vaccine debacle/debate.

Let’s go down the list of what economics taught us years ago, when we were allowed to enter a classroom:

  1. Stagflation Ahead.

As more and more folks are locked out of work, the entitlement costs for these “un-American” free-thinkers will rise, placing greater inflationary pressures upon a deliberately constrained rather than open economy.

Rising inflation + slowing economic activity = stagflation.

Prepare for this, as that’s what’s coming.

Inflation, by the way, is an invisible tax on those who can afford it the least. Thanks again Powell et al for shafting the middle class…

  1. A Divided States of America

A country which once revered open rather than censored debate, investigative rather than complicit journalism, and respected rather than polarized differences of opinion, is becoming increasingly factionalized, divided and angry.

Jab or no jab, I fully respect both views. Can’t we all do the same without a “mandate”?

Like Thomas Paine, I hope so, because as Thomas Jefferson warned, we face far greater economic and political threats ahead than COVID.

Rather than accountability, transparency and cooperation, leadership today is defined by fantasy and magic, from magical money created at the Fed to magical employment and CPI data downplayed at the BLS.

Such left or right fantasy-as-policy is as old as history—it’s darker side, that is. Just ask Lenin, Castro, Nixon or Greenspan.

Whenever backed into a debt corner of their own design, leaders employ a familiar combo of boogeyman and salvation narratives to divert the masses away from the slow-drip erosion of their personal liberties, dying currencies and debt-driven stagnation.

This distraction-as-policy is happening right now. The rise of the COVID narrative in 2020 is more than a coincidence. It’s a conveniently exploited opportunity for political and financial opportunists.

  1. More Centralized Controls and Fake Markets

With debt levels far beyond the Pale of productivity levels (i.e., embarrassing debt to GDP ratios), the U.S. and other developed economies are mathematically and factually unable to ever grow their way out of the debt hole they have been digging us into for years.

Period. Full stop.

If I know this, and if you know this, well…they certainly know this too in DC.

The only difference is that these policy makers, like most kids caught with a hand in the cookie jar, are incapable of admitting fault.

Instead, today’s “leadership” can blame their economic and policy failures (and self-preservation rather than “service” instincts) on something else—i.e., “COVID did it.”

But as we’ve voiced elsewhere, the debt time bomb, growth declines, social unrest, wealth disparity and failing political credibilities in play today were already a major problem BEFORE COVID.

Now, as then, the empirical data objectively confirms that tanking manufacturing data, jobs growth, economic productivity, broken supply chains, scary transport numbers and political mistrust can never service the over $28.5T in public debt sitting on Uncle Sam’s bar-tab.

As a natural result, we can therefore expect far more “accommodation” (i.e., monetary expansion) from the Fed, and far more “Fiscal Stimulus” (i.e., deficit spending) from our comical legislature ahead.

Stated otherwise: Get ready for more real debt, fake money, centralized controls and hidden wealth destruction.

Zombie Stocks, Bonds and Bankers: Too Big to Fail 2.0

Sadly, one of the only forms of income which Uncle Sam enjoys today is the capital gains receipts from a bloated, rigged and artificially Fed-supported stock market.

This means we can anticipate more “stimulus” for a zombie, crack-up-boomed market well past its natural expiration date.

The same is true of for government IOU’s.  No one wants our bonds. 2020 saw $500B in foreign outflows rather than inflows for US Treasuries.

So, who will pay Uncle Sam’s bar tab now?

Easy:  Uncle Fed at the Eccles Building down the avenue from a Treasury Department now led by a former Fed Chairwoman.

One really can’t make this crazy up. It’s all that real, that rigged and that true.

The U.S. debt crisis is now being “solved” by a circular loop of a Wall Street and a White House children tossing their hot potatoes of bad debt (MBS and sovereign) around until they are bought with money created out of thin air by the Fed.

And yet despite such insider support, rigged markets and “accommodated” securities, even the rising tax receipts from these bloated markets are not enough to cover the interest expense on Uncle Sam’s bar tab.

In short, US Treasury bonds and stocks are openly supported Frankenstein-assets kept alive by a central bank and White House cabal (sorry, Mr. Jefferson…) who blame every problem (and justify every expenditure) on a virus rather than confess to the cancerous reality of over 20+ years of their open and obvious mismanagement of a rigged banking and distorted financial system.

But rather than account for such sins, we can expect a bigger bail-out rather than an honest confession…

In 2008, for example, the response from DC and NYC to bankers gone mad was to declare bankrupt banks as “Too Big to Fail.”

Fast-forward some 13 years later and that same toxic duo of bankers and politicos have now effectively telegraphed that bankrupt government bonds and private stocks are also “too big to fail.”

That ought to anger an informed population. But instead, we are fighting about masks, vaccine shaming and Prince Harry’s sensitive upbringing.

So far, the distraction-as-policy technique seems to be working in favor of the foxes guarding our financial henhouse.

Signal More Currency-Debasing “Miracle Solutions”

Which brings us right back to a harsh but increasingly undeniable yet ironic reality.

If objectively broken bonds, stocks and financial regimes are too big to fail, then the only way to “save” them is with more mouse-click-created currencies which are too debased to succeed.

As precious metal and other long-term, real-asset investors long ago understood, currency expansion is just another name for currency debasement.

In other words, eventually, all that “system saving” new money simply drowns the system it was allegedly designed to save in ever more debased dollars.

Again, it’s just that tragic and just that simple.

Yes: More monetary and debt expansion can buy time and rising markets.

But those markets are measured in currencies which time has equally taught us lose their value with each passing second.

And the only ones paying for that time are you and I–with dollars, euros, yen and pesos whose purchasing power and inherent value are tanking faster than the credibility of the folks who brought us to this historical and debt-driven turning point.

Stated bluntly: The financial and political leadership of the last 20+ years has placed the global financial system into a debt corner for which there is no exit other than deliberate inflation (and hence currency debasement).

This foreseeable disaster, however, is now conveniently blamed on a current pandemic rather than a grotesque history of equally grotesque mismanagement by policy markets who have confused debt with prosperity and double-speak with accountability.

Wouldn’t it be nice if such economic topics were making at least as many headlines as the latest infection rates?

Meanwhile, the mainstream media pursues plays chess with context-empty headlines, bogus job data and ignored debt bombs as our economic Rome (and currencies) burns silently around us all.

Tyler Durden Sat, 10/16/2021 - 10:30

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Huge Dock Worker Protests In Italy, Fears Of Disruption, As Covid ‘Green Pass’ Takes Effect

Huge Dock Worker Protests In Italy, Fears Of Disruption, As Covid ‘Green Pass’ Takes Effect

Following Israel across the Mediterranean being the first country in the world to implement an internal Covid passport allowing only vaccinated citize

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Following Israel across the Mediterranean being the first country in the world to implement an internal Covid passport allowing only vaccinated citizens to engage in all public activity, Italy on Friday implemented its own 'Green Pass' in the strictest and first such move for Europe

The fully mandatory for every Italian citizen health pass "allows" entry into work spaces or activities like going to restaurants and bars, based on one of the following three conditions that must be met: 

  • proof of at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine

  • or proof of recent recovery from an infection

  • or a negative test within the past 48 hours

Via AFP

It's already being recognized in multiple media reports as among "the world's strictest anti-COVID measures" for workers. First approved by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi's cabinet a month ago, it has now become mandatory on Oct.15.

Protests have been quick to pop up across various parts of the country, particularly as workers who don't comply can be fined 1,500 euros ($1,760); and alternately workers can be forced to take unpaid leave for refusing the jab. CNN notes that it triggered "protests at key ports and fears of disruption" on Friday, detailing further:

The largest demonstrations were at the major northeastern port of Trieste, where labor groups had threatened to block operations and around 6,000 protesters, some chanting and carrying flares, gathered outside the gates.

    Around 40% of Trieste's port workers are not vaccinated, said Stefano Puzzer, a local trade union official, a far higher proportion than in the general Italian population.

    Workers at the large port of Trieste have effectively blocked access to the key transport hub...

    As The Hill notes, anyone wishing to travel to Italy anytime soon will have to obtain the green pass: "The pass is already required in Italy for both tourists and nationals to enter museums, theatres, gyms and indoor restaurants, as well as to board trains, buses and domestic flights."

    The prime minister had earlier promoted the pass as a way to ensure no more lockdowns in already hard hit Italy, which has had an estimated 130,000 Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

    Meanwhile, the requirement of what's essentially a domestic Covid passport is practically catching on in other parts of Europe as well, with it already being required to enter certain hospitality settings in German and Greece, for example. Some towns in Germany have reportedly begun requiring vaccination proof just to enter stores. So likely the Italy model will soon be enacted in Western Europe as well.

    Tyler Durden Sat, 10/16/2021 - 07:35

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