Bill Bonner's Diary

The Fatal Flaw at the Heart of Modern Economics

Unlike a machine, an economy was neither designed by anyone nor built in a factory. There are no plans... no owner's manual... no guide to troubleshooting problems... and no website where owners go to talk about the problems they've had and the tricks they've used to fix them.

An Update on Our New “Trade of the Decade”

First, stocks hit new highs on Friday. Gold lost $22 per ounce. But believe it or not, our new Trade of the Decade is going well. As you may recall, we began a "Trade of the Decade" back at the start of the 21st century. "Buy Gold. Sell Stocks." That was it.

Has Dr. Bernankenstein Created a New Monster?

Even dumbbell economists believe lower deficits are bad news... but for an entirely different reason. They believe lower deficits will reduce GDP and jobs. They think the only reason the economy is doing so well is that the feds have been willing to spend money they didn't have on things they didn't need.

What TARP Boss Neil Barofsky Told Me Yesterday Should Shock You

A friend in Washington had promised to introduce us to Neil Barofsky, inspector general of the TARP program. You remember TARP? It was the feds' $700 billion program to rescue the US economy from a correction. Neil Barofsky was in charge of it. So we decided to go down and ask him how it turned out...

We’re All Going to Die!

We may all be doomed! Not just you... not just us... but the whole friggin' human race may soon be on the endangered species list. Boohoo! We're going extinct. So says an article in Newsweek. (More below...)

World War Z

If you're a movie goer, you've probably seen trailers for Brad Pitt's zombie movie, World War Z. Pitt plays a United Nations employee forced to deal with a global zombie pandemic of epic proportions. Hollywood is picking up on a theme we've been discussing in these pages at some length...

The Phony Recovery

Not much action following the new Dow high. Not much follow-through. But no big breakdown, either. As near as we can tell, the Fed's EZ money has driven up stock prices. Investors expect more EZ money. So they think stocks will go up more.