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View the complete Fed meeting minutes from March 18, 2015

Fed comments are in GREEN. Catherine Austin Fitts’ translation follows:

“Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in January suggests that economic growth has moderated somewhat.”

The global economy is slowing. The domestic economy is not doing as well as the Fed had expected.

“Labor market conditions have improved further, with strong job gains and a lower unemployment rate.”

U.S. employment has increased. Many people have temp positions, minimum wage services jobs, or they have dropped out of the job market entirely. The goal is a strong corporate economy without growth in wages.

“A range of labor market indicators suggests that underutilization of labor resources continues to diminish.”

The Fed seeks higher levels of employment without labor inflation. All productivity increases in recent decades have accrued to investors; not labor. Fed policies will help this to continue.

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“What we’re doing here will send a giant ripple through the universe.” ~Steve Jobs

By Catherine Austin Fitts

The market valuation of Apple passed $700 billion in February, 2015.

Let’s put that in perspective. As it passed the $700 billion mark, Apple was:

  • nearly twice as large as Exxon
  • nearly five times larger than Citigroup
  • more than ten times larger than General Motors
  • (206) times larger than Sears Holdings

If Apple rises another 10%, its market capitalization will be larger than the entire market capitalization of all the stocks on the Brazilian exchange.

It is an interesting comment on global valuations when one company is larger in value than the entire exchange float of major nations.

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What we think of as 3D printing, says Joseph DeSimone, is really just 2D printing over and over … slowly.

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New VA Loans Available

Just received a notification in my VA network that Obama has waived requirements for military members to meet any criteria for getting a loan, and beyond no requirements for sign up, there is no down payment required… Wow – where was this for me in my younger days in the military ?

Sending this as another indicator of housing to be used as a political tool in the next Presidential election… Not to mention as a new recruiting tool – any kid who comes in can get a house !!!

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“”As time goes on, I get more and more convinced that the right method of investment is to put fairly large sums into enterprises which one thinks one knows something about and in the management of which one thoroughly believes.” — J.M. Keynes

By Catherine Austin Fitts

We are still chewing on more investments. The market response to the Fed’s communique gave us opportunities to consider. And we have decided to move our simulation from Yahoo Finance to a game at Investopedia. Instead of collaborating on one portfolio, we will each trade our own individual portfolio and the game will track and rank performances.

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Click on the map to see the world’s top 20 arms exporters for the period 2010–2014.


Click on the map to see the world’s top 20 arms importers for the period 2010–2014.

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German Foreign Minister Steinmeir: Germany Must Take Up The Mantle of Being A World Power

by Dr. Joseph Farrell

Where have we heard this before?

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeir recently gave a speech to a group of assembled German businessmen that recalls similar meetings and statements of eighty years ago: the Freundenkreiz of Heinrich Himmler, a “circle of friends”, major industrialists, armaments producers, and of course chemical cartelists, that included Fritz Thyssen and I.G. Farben’s Herman Schmitz. Ponder this one carefully:

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s Great Power Speech to Big Business

Now I do not for a moment believe that these elitists’ views are those of most Germans, but at least it’s refreshing to note that Germany’s power elites are as nuts as those of Great Britain, France, the USA, and so on. But in all seriousness, there is much to note in this article.

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And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” ~Isaiah 59:14

By Catherine Austin Fitts

The latest story from CalPers is chilling:

California Public Workers May be at Risk of Losing Promised Pensions

We are increasingly seeing articles about risks involving pension funds commitments to their beneficiaries – pension funds that determine they have overpaid benefits, and claw monies back; pension funds that can not meet their obligations; or municipalities or companies that can not meet their pension fund obligations. In addition, there are companies that declare bankruptcy to simply escape their pension fund obligations. And pension funds are poorer as a result of the transfer of wealth from pension funds to governments as a result of lower interest rates, currency debasement and financial fraud.

What we need are pension funds that are not drained by covert means and monetary policies and that work to ensure that the overall economy is governed on a sound basis. The amount of money in US pension funds is so great that their success depends on the overall health of the domestic and global economy. This means that the pension funds need to do more than optimize return on investment. They need to make sure to do it in a manner that contributes to optimizing the economic impact of their investments – the total economic return. If their return on investment comes at the cost of shrinking the economy on a long term basis, returns will ultimately suffer.

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By Trey Garrison

New emails contradict earlier claims Cuomo adviser recused himself

Emails have come to light from 2007 and 2008 that show an influential mortgage industry lobbyist played a big role in then-New York Attorney General (now Governor) Andrew Cuomo’s signature financial investigations into the housing finance crisis.

The emails show that longtime Cuomo adviser Howard Glaser, was involved in an investigation of mortgage industry professionals, including some that were clients of Glaser’s lobbying firm.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were both clients of Glaser’s firm. The claims in the emails contradict Glaser’s previous account, wherein he minimized any involvement in Cuomo’s financial investigations.

The Times Union of New York has the full story:

In one email, Glaser touted his influence over a Cuomo deal that weakened rules to prevent misdeeds in the mortgage market. That deal, with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reflected Glaser’s “significant, critical and current input,” he wrote in an email, “a fact to which current (Fannie and Freddie) employees and the NYAG’s office are prepared to attest.”

ProPublica and the Times Union reported last year that Glaser had worked simultaneously as a consultant for the attorney general’s office and for a bevy of mortgage industry firms. Glaser said at the time that he only gave general advice to Cuomo’s office, that he did not represent clients with the attorney general, and that he was “not involved” in specific mortgage industry cases.

The emails, however, suggest Glaser was involved in mortgage industry cases, and traveled to Cuomo’s office repeatedly over the course of nearly two years while the investigations related to Glaser’s clients unfolded.

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To read the full story, at Times Unionclick here.

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