Category Archives: Nicole Foss

Nicole is an expert on the intersection of how finance and peak resources combine to make a perfect storm

Nicole Foss: Negative interest rates and the war on cash

Nicole Foss, September 4-8, 2016, theautomaticearth.com Part 1 is here: Negative Interest Rates and the War on Cash (1) Part 2 is here: Negative Interest Rates and the War on Cash (2) Part 3 is here: Negative Interest Rates and … Continue reading

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Cash is King in a deflation — but there are dangers

Risk 1: Capital controls Restrictions on bank withdrawals (no ATM withdrawals, no bill payments, etc) Restrictions on money market fund redemptions Greater restrictions on retirement fund liquidations Fixing an official exchange rate and criminalizing market rate transactions Banning the conversion … Continue reading

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Have Cash by Nicole Foss July 3, 2010

Since we at The Automatic Earth generally tell people to hold cash or cash equivalents, it makes sense to expand on that a little, and to point out some of the location-specific risks of doing so. Eventually you should get … Continue reading

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The need for trust

Beyond the Trust Horizon  Oct 1, 2010  Nicole Foss   theautomatic earth Relationships of trust are the glue that holds societies together. Trust takes a long time to establish, and much less time to destroy, hence societies where trust is wide-spread, … Continue reading

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Automaticearth World View

Here is an updated distillation of our worldview. The Resurgence of Risk, which appeared at The Oil Drum Canada in August 2007 provides the background to how we came to be in our present predicament. It is by far the … Continue reading

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Money versus Credit or Hyperinflation versus Hyperexpansion

I’ve put in several articles by Nicole here on these topics. Resurgence of Risk – A Primer on the Develop(ed) Credit Crunch The Inverted Pyramid – Money versus Credit (or Hyperinflation versus Hyperexpansion) Money and credit are not the same … Continue reading

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Why is oil production peak the problem and not when the oil runs out?

First, a little history The exponential growth of population from 1 billion to 7 billion in less than 200 years was fueled by fossil fuels, especially oil, which does the actual work of a society and is as necessary as … Continue reading

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Nicole Foss: Notes from videos, radio shows, newsletters

FSN Top Interviews 2010: Nicole Foss & Richard Russell at Financial Sense. Rural areas will be the first to lose access to electricity,with  less priority than cities in a deflation, plus there’s no money to build up the grid, which … Continue reading

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40 ways to lose your future

Nicole Foss on 40 ways to lose your future.  June 17 2009  theautomaticearth.com Deflation is inevitable due to Ponzi dynamics (see From the Top of the Great Pyramid) The collapse of credit will crash the money supply as credit is … Continue reading

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Treasury Bills

Short-term treasury bills are the safest place to put money now.  See my book review of “The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide.  How to Protect Your Savings, Boost Your Income, and Grow Wealthy Even in the Worst of Times” by Martin … Continue reading

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