Get ready. IBM about to layoff 26% of its employees starting next week.

Last October, IBM (IBM) chief executive Ginni Rometty vaguely hinted the company’s self-styled makeover to analytics, cloud, mobile and security specialist could mean yet another round of layoffs, following last year’s firing of 10,000 workers with another 1,700 shown the door in 2013.

But that was small potatoes compared to what might hit IBM next week amid one report the vendor is prepping to lay off what could amount to […]

Anti-bailout party wins in Greece… ‘The Left’s time has come!’ PAPER: European dream dying, state by state

Greek Election: Syriza Party Leads Exit Poll

A victory for the leftist Syriza party on an anti-austerity platform would set the stage for a clash with European creditors.

Polls have closed in the Greek elections which could see the radical leftist Syriza party take power, which has pledged to ditch painful austerity measures imposed during the economic crisis.

It is leading exit polls ahead of the […]

Iran Ditches US Dollar: Joins Growing List of Countries Dumping Dollar In Foreign Trade

Iran no longer uses the US dollar in foreign trade transactions, replacing it with other currencies, the deputy governor at Iranian Central Bank told the Tasnim News Agency Saturday. “In trade exchanges with the foreign countries, Iran uses other currencies, including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble and South Korean won,” Gholamali Kamyab told the news agency.

The official added that Iran was considering bilateral currency swap agreements, […]

Winter Storm Juno has been named, and this one could be huge for the Northeast:

Winter Storm #Juno has been named, and this one could be huge for the Northeast: http://t.co/N3RpwTg5qD pic.twitter.com/azpSoQBX0y

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) January 25, 2015

Winter Storm Juno will be a major snowstorm for the Northeast Monday and Tuesday. Blizzard watches have already been issued for parts of southern New England and Long Island.

Juno was named by the winter storm naming committee at The Weather Channel on Sunday […]

The global economy has degenerated into one massive currency war. This is not sustainable nor a rising tide that lifts all boats…

Europe just started waging currency war on the U.S.

U.S. hedge fund manager Ray Dalio pointed out in Davos yesterday that talk of purposeful currency devaluation to make up for an economy’s inefficiency — the engine of currency wars — is a “conversation that is not polite to have.” He is, perhaps, a little behind the times. World leaders increasingly feel comfortable talking openly of their plans to drive down exchange rates.

Italian […]

MUST READ: Oil plunge to siphon Gulf petrodollar from global markets

MUST READ: #oil plunge to siphon Gulf #petrodollar from global markets http://t.co/co43z7fJpM #OPEC #energy pic.twitter.com/Yq6VwqPM9J

— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas2) January 19, 2015

(Reuters) – Plunging oil prices could prompt Gulf Arab sovereign wealth funds to pull tens of billions of dollars out of global markets this year, with much of the money expected to come out of U.S. dollar debt and deposits with banks abroad.

But – in a […]

With so much uncertainty, one thing is certain: gold has stood the test of time as the ultimate form of money and is recognized globally as a store of great value.

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Gold is now one of the hottest commodities in the global financial markets, thanks in large part to a series of fundamentally bullish events. The precious metals complex was first lifted past 1300 by a surprise announcement by the Swiss National Bank, which stated that it will discontinue its policy of artificial currency devaluation and thus triggering radical strategy adjustments amongst the […]

Auto sales have become the latest subprime finance scheme: Auto buyers will be underwater… in their cars. They have, in effect, “taken out” the equity from their wheels just as they once did their bedrooms.

By BILL BONNER, CHAIRMAN, BONNER & PARTNERS on JANUARY 22, 2015

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Dear Diary,

The best things in life are free But you can keep them for the birds and bees Now give me money That’s what I want

– “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Berry Gordy

We have high hopes for 2015. It is starting off so well. Only three weeks in and […]

On the front lines: Europe, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland, Peru and India. Each of their central banks has taken unprecedented and dramatic action to ease policy and weaken their currencies in the past few days.

Central banks are in combat mode.

On the front lines: Europe, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland, Peru and India. Each of their central banks has taken unprecedented and dramatic action to ease policy and weaken their currencies in the past few days.

Central bankers may say they’re ramping up the fight against worryingly low inflation, exacerbated by the dramatic plunge in oil prices. But the immediate, and perhaps most effective, impact of the […]

Chris Martenson’s predictions: Peak central bank credibility; Trillions of unregulated, interest-rate sensitive derivatives are threatening to topple the global economy; over $250 trillion of CDS sit on the top 5 US bank’s balance sheets.

Chris Waltzek, Goldseek Radio, Released on 1/22/15

Dr. Martenson says price forecasting has been compromised by market intervention. Nevertheless, manipulation schemes will come to an abrupt halt in 2015-2016; he’s coined a new phrase to describe the event: peak central bank credibility, which will mark the zenith of totalitarian control and a new beginning of personal freedom. Trillions of unregulated, interest-rate sensitive derivatives are threatening to topple the global economy; […]

DRAGHI/MERKEL BREAKING…..SPLIT GOING PUBLIC AS MUTUAL SUSPICION BETWEEN GERMANY & ECB BOSS GROWS

BY JOHN WARD

No longer in step, the two powers in Europe must clash – or the Eurozone will become a de facto Dollar colony

As a senior Russian banker hinted yesterday that Russia is building a global alternative to the Swift bank-transfer system, Angela Merkel has allegedly been telling David Cameron that she thinks the Draghi QE “a very, very bad thing”.

Merkel is the last person on […]

This chart says the next recession is approaching

From Tom McClellan’s Chart in Focus:

Last week I wrote about how big federal deficits are good for the stock market. They are bad for total indebtedness that we are leaving for our grandchildren to deal with, but they are great for stock market investors. In a similar way, when there is a very small deficit or even a surplus, it tends to be a big negative factor for […]

Earning for US companies continue to decline.UPS takes a hit this holiday season as earning drop. US manufacturing slows. Baltic dry index falls again. Existing home sales fell 3.1% in 2014.

Earning for US companies continue to decline.UPS takes a hit this holiday season as earning drop. US manufacturing slows. Baltic dry index falls again. Existing home sales fell 3.1% in 2014. Bill proposed to allow non citizens to vote. Ukraine pushing war agenda and keeps the shelling up against Donetsk region. Yemen government has fallen and the propaganda begins with the Islamic State gaining ground in Yemen. The Islamic […]

Caution: Cartel Setting Up PM Classic Raid On Next Week’s FOMC?

In this week’s Metals & Markets, The Doc & Eric Dubin break down the ECB’s massive €60 billion a month QE announcement Thursday, and discuss whats next for the global markets and gold & silver in particular:

Gold & silver’s strong January continues with silver $4 off its lows and gold nearly $200 off its December lows Cartel setting metals up for a Classic Gold & Silver raid on next week’s options […]

Global downsides: 1 high debt; 2 Lack of growth and deflation; 3 Fragile EM; 4 Technology displacing job: 5. Rising inequality…

Rajan: “Today, debt is making it difficult for developed countries to resume pre-2008 growth rates” http://t.co/hi4QoAqSA8

— Project Syndicate (@ProSyn) January 18, 2015

Today, debt is making it difficult for developed countries to resume pre-2008 growth rates, let alone restore the levels of GDP that would have been attained if the subsequent Great Recession had not happened. Meanwhile, industrial countries’ overall debt/GDP ratios are continuing to grow.

In emerging […]

It is so easy to poke holes in the government/media storyline of economic recovery. Government data is like the American Dream, you’d have to be asleep to believe it.

by James Quinn

I tend to ignore most of the data spewed by the government and regurgitated by the compliant MSM. I saw the blaring headlines about housing starts hitting seven year highs, blah, blah, blah. The cheerleaders in the MSM sure did make it sound like things were rosy in the housing market. Yippee. They don’t mention that 30% of all the starts are for apartments, because young people […]

$43.50 Hot Dogs And $55.00 For A Chicken Caesar Salad At Davos

Full of global leaders, policymakers, business gurus and the odd music star, the attendees at the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davosaren’t short of a dollar or two. But they might well be at the end of the week — with some of the food prices around town proving to be a little hard to stomach.

At the posh Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère, a conference hotspot, even humble menu items can […]

Staggering Amount Of Debt Throughout The World. The Cause? War Is At Our Footsteps, And Countries Splurge To Do Whatever It Takes to Win

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— trutherbot (@trutherbot) January 20, 2015

Japan approves record defence budget, record $42b budget is to boost defences of disputed islands amid China’s assertiveness in the region

Japan’s cabinet has approved the country’s largest defence budget, with plans to buy surveillance aircraft and F-35 fighter jets to improve defences of disputed islands amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the region. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet endorsed on Wednesday a nearly […]

House Bill 2168, the Defend the Guard Act: W. Virginia Bill Would Block Guard Deployments

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Unhealthy Food Cravings, Sign of Mineral Deficiency

Intense food cravings….

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GMO Pigs are coming: Scientists try to minimize possible ramifications …

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U.S. Supreme Court in Lockstep with Police State: probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip…

probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip…

(this is a long report, if anyone does not wish to listen to the entire broadcast, please use the link provided)

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Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol?

Palcohol ….

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UPDATE: Suspect shot dead inside Home depot in Manhattan. One person transported to the hospital.

UPDATE: Suspect shot dead inside Home depot in Manhattan. One person transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/MIky2pqNiZ

— Breaking News Feed (@PzFeed) January 25, 2015

Oil Drilling Cut Fastest Since Stock Market Crash, US Oil Rig Count Swoons 11% In Three Weeks

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US oil rig count swoons 11% in three weeks

The decimation of drilling activity in the US oil patch is getting serious. The number of rigs drilling for oil dropped by another 49 rigs to 1,317 in the latest week, after having dropped by 55 and 61 rigs respectively in the prior two weeks. The rig count is now down 18.1% from the second week of […]

Bad news for people who sit at their desk all day: It might be killing you!

Read More: Why sitting all day is killing you http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-sitti… “Warnings about the adverse health impact of sedentary workplace behaviors have been all over the news lately.”

Sitting for long periods increases risk of disease and early death, regardless of exercise http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/… “The amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, regardless of regular exercise, […]

This is an amazing exchange between a State Department spokeswoman and a reporter. Gets pretty testy.

State Dept Confirms Iran Backed Gunmen Fired on US Vehicle in Yemen But Won’t Comment Further (January 21, 2015)

CBS Panel Blasts Obama’s ‘Extraordinary Disconnect,’ ‘Question if WH Knows What’s Going On’

CBS Panel Blasts Obama’s ‘Extraordinary Disconnect,’ ‘Question if WH Knows What’s Going On’ (January 25, 2015)

Only 10 cents a day: A simple device to heat your home

only 10 cents a day…

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