Category Archives: International

The World Now Has $13 Trillion of Debt With Below-Zero Yields

The investment world has truly gone mad when it prefers to put money into negative yielding bonds rather than just stuff it under the mattress for a guaranteed zero percent return. This is an ominous sign for the global economy. (Bloomberg) — The universe of negative-yielding bonds grew about $1.2 trillion this week after dovish […]

NASA Says Earth Is Greener Today Than 20 Years Ago Thanks To China, India

NASA has some good news, the world is a greener place today than it was 20 years ago. What prompted the change? Well, it appears China and India can take the majority of the credit. — Read on www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2019/02/28/nasa-says-earth-is-greener-today-than-20-years-ago-thanks-to-china-india/amp/

The Investor Seth Klarman, in a Rare Interview, Offers a Warning. Davos Should Listen | The New Yorker

Seth Klarman, often called the “Oracle of Boston” because of his value-based investing style similar to that of Warren Buffett, criticizes current shortsighted business practices because they not only erode public confidence in capitalism, but also exploit our global human and environmental resources for the benefit of the elite “owner” class. Source: The Investor Seth Klarman, […]

Wall Street whiplash: Stocks’ volatility looks here to stay

Recent volatility in equity markets has sparked concern among investors as they have watched all of 2018’s returns vanish without a trace. This has been particularly nerve-racking for new investors who entered the market after the Great Recession and have never experienced a bear market or even a major correction for that matter. They have […]

Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns – CNN

At a time when many Americans are distracted on a long holiday weekend, the Trump administration released a federally mandated report on climate change that delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts on the country’s health and economy. — Read on edition-m.cnn.com/2018/11/23/health/climate-change-report-bn/index.html

Ray Dalio Sees Parallels to 1930s in Today’s Markets

Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, believes current economic conditions are similar enough to those in the 1930’s to warrant significant portfolio reallocations, including holding at least five to ten percent in gold. — Read on finance.yahoo.com/news/ray-dalio-sees-parallels-1930s-170410932.html

Emerging Markets’ Oil Shock is Here

Brent crude recently hit $85 a barrel on its way higher, possibly towards $100, a level some analysts expect by the end of the year. Although it is still a long way from the 2008 record of $147.50, prices in emerging market currencies, which have strongly devalued against the US dollar, are already exceeding the […]

Argentina Falls Further into Crisis

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Soup kitchens are over capacity and barter markets have sprung up throughout communities as Argentines try to cope with a worsening economy and a currency that won’t stop spiraling down against the US dollar. Source: Argentines seek soup kitchens, barter markets amid crisis

Is the U.S. in an “Everything Bubble?”

The U.S. is experiencing one of the greatest wealth booms in history, but data is making it more clear that it is founded on unsustainable economic bubbles that appear ready to burst in the near future. Source: U.S. Household Wealth Is Experiencing An Unsustainable Bubble

Are We Rats in a Cage?

  Chris Martenson, Co-Founder of Peak Prosperity and author of “The Crash Course” provides us a science-based explanation for the apparent escalation in extremism and aggression around the globe, even in the US where we have always assumed that different ideas should not only be accepted but also celebrated as part of our diverse heritage […]