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Norwegian Mining Company Launches First Asset-Backed Initial Coin Offering

While the world debates whether blockchain-based Initial Coin Offerings are a fraudulent pyramid scheme, meant to take advantage of gullible investors who are desperate to get rich quick, or a revolutionary "post-equity" way of raising capital, a Norwegian mining company, Intex Resources ASA, has taken the next step in the latter, and last week announced it was issuing the world's first asset-backed Initial Coin Offering, with the resulting tokens being exchangeable for the physical collateral.

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Venezuela's Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement, Including a Note on the IMF's Musings on Inflation

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke.

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Eric Peters: "This Is The Nightmare Scenario For The Next Fed Chair"

While we will have much more to share from the latest weekend letter by One River's Eric Peters shortly, we found the following section on inflation vs asset bubbles - a topic which BofA's Michael Hartnett has been focusing extensively on in the past year and which serves as the basis for the "Icarus Rally" - particularly notable as it explains all of today's comments from Janet Yellen and other central bankers, discussing why it is only a matter of time before inflation returns, as the alternative, as Peters' explains, is a world in which yields simply refuse to go up, leading to a nightmare scenario for the next Fed chair, who will be forced to pop the world's biggest asset bubble.

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Hussman Eyes The Market's "Remarkable Moment Of Blissful Delusion"

"The present moment of blissful delusion is remarkable to witness. Take it in..." says John Hussman of Hussman Funds.

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Stocks Up, Bonds Up, Gold Up, & Dollar Down But 'Middle-Class-Miracle' Fades

Odd day. Low volume, small range in stocks. Good macro. Some questions over just how 'miraculous' Trump's tax plan will be for the middle-class... but the day's trend across FX, bond, and commodities was set early on when Asia closed and dollar-sellers, bond-buyers, and precious-metal-purchasers came back to play...

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Deutsche Bank: "This Is The $2.5 Trillion Question"

Next Wednesday, the Fed is widely expected to officially launch its balance sheet reduction or "normalization" process, as a result of which it will gradually taper the amount of bonds its reinvests in the process modestly shrinking the Fed's balance sheet.

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