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China’s Raging Against Dying Of The Light (Or Why Peak Employment Is Imminent)

Authored by Chris Hamilton via Econimica blog, China's working age population is clearly defined as those aged 16 to 50 years old for females (55 for "white collar" females) and 16 to 60 years old for males.  China mandates retirement at these outer age limits.  Perhaps of some interest should be that this working age population peaked in 2011 and has […]


This Is The Core Problem Facing Every Investor Today

Authored by Ben Hunt via Epsilon Theory blog, The Three-Body Problem As much as I dislike the chickens on our farm, I love my bees. Do they sting? Of course they sting. The swarm is a wild animal. But after a few painful years I’m no longer a ham-handed goofball with my hives, and a […]


Nikki Haley Holds “Friendship Party” For Countries That Supported US In UN Israel Vote

Though at first glance it sounds straight out of The Onion, Nikki Haley has formally invited the 64 countries who either voted 'against' or abstained (or just didn't show up) for Thursday's UN General Assembly vote on the Jerusalem resolution to a "friendship" party. Hours after Haley tweeted “We appreciate these countries for not falling to the irresponsible ways of the UN," […]


Sharing Risks To Counter Germany’s Plans Seeing Target2 Collaterilazation With Gold Reserves

Marcello Minenna, a division head at the Italian securities regulator, emailed his plan to "Cure the Eurozone". Despite being quite soft (there will not be permanent transfers between Member States), the recent proposals of the European Commission to deepen integration in the economic and monetary union could meet the opposition of Germany as soon as […]


“A Stunning Rebuke”: 128 Nations Support UN Call For Trump To Withdraw Jerusalem Decision

One day after Trump escalated his war of words with the UN, threatening to cut off foreign financial aid over today’s UN vote on the president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the United Nations on Thursday delivered what has been dubbed a “stunning rebuke” of the US President’s Jerusalem decision, voting overwhelmingly […]


Some Europeans Have Never Been Outside The EU

When it comes to holidays and travelling in general, Europe has a lot to offer. Cosmopolitan cities jam packed with culture, pristine beaches, excellent ski resorts, you name it. Given all of that, it comes as little surprise that many Europeans never travel outside the EU. As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, the most recent Eurobarometer data showing the […]


The FCC Needs To Abolish A Lot More Than Net Neutrality

Authored by Sam Estep via The Mises Institute, The end of the Obama administration's regulatory regime known as net neutrality has brought with it prophecies of impending doom from across the political spectrum. Leaving aside the hyperbole, most objections stem from concerns that Internet service providers (ISPs) will start “discriminating” by offering preferential speeds and […]


Norway Is Moving To Decriminalize All Drug Use

Authored by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org, Norway is the latest country to move toward decriminalizing drugs and promoting addiction treatment rather than punishing addicts. This week, a majority of members of the Norwegian parliament directed the national government to reform its policies. “The majority in the parliament has asked the government to prepare for reform,” a spokesperson […]


Are Markets Too Optimistic About Global Growth? (Spoiler Alert, Yes!)

Authored by Saxo Bank's Head of Macro Strategy, Dembik Christopher, via TradingFloor.com, We expect softer-than-consensus 2018 growth Lowflation structural, not transitory Housing bubbles remain a concern (Bitcoin not so much) The year 2018 starts with four main questions: Is economic growth on a solid footing? Will inflation ever come back? Should we fear higher bond […]


Global Stocks, US Futures Slide As Tax Bill Chaos Erupts In The Senate

Markets were thrown for a loop in the past 24 hours, with the Dow first soaring nearly 400 points on Thursday on expectations that tax reform was a done deal, when drama emerged just after the close when the Senate tax bill came this close to falling apart when the proposed “Trigger” was ruled as […]


Michael Hudson: America’s Monetary Imperialism

Authored by Michael Hudson via Counterpunch.org, In theory, the global financial system is supposed to help every country gain. Mainstream teaching of international finance, trade and “foreign aid” (defined simply as any government credit) depicts an almost utopian system uplifting all countries, not stripping their assets and imposing austerity. The reality since World War I […]


Lisbon’s Red Hot Property Market – Poor Madonna Can’t Even Find A House

We’ve written a lot about property bubbles in recent weeks – how the bubbles in London and Sydney are bursting, Hong Kong’s has just seen the record price paid per square foot (Twice in the same day) and Monaco is building into the Mediterranean Sea to satisfy the huge demand from frustrated millionaires. A bit […]


Which Europeans Carry The Most Cash?

How much cash do you have in your wallet right now? Historically, it has been found that the amount of cash people carry is a key indicator of their use of cash. According to research from the European Central Bank, people in the eurozone carried an average of €65 in their wallets in 2016. You will find more […]


How Corporate Zombies Are Threatening The Eurozone Economy

The recovery in Eurozone growth has become part of the synchronised global growth narrative that most investors are relying on to deliver further gains in equities as we head into 2018. However, the “Zombification” of a chunk of the Eurozone’s corporate sector is not only a major unaddressed structural problem, but it’s getting worse, especially […]


Futures Jump, Global Stocks Rebound From Longest Losing Streak Of The Year

After five consecutive daily losses on the MSCI world stock index and seven straight falls in Europe, there was finally a bounce, as investors returned to global equity markets in an optimistic mood on Thursday, sending US futures higher after several days of losses as global stocks rebounded following a Chinese commodity-driven rout.  The House […]