Category: Economics

17
Feb
2009

Quantitative easing: Classic case of treating the symptom and not the patient

The answer to this global credit debacle is transparency. There are enormous sums of investor money waiting in the sidelines. The reason they have not been invested yet is due to a lack of transparency within the balance sheets of those institutions that constitute the global financial landscape. Make no mistake; capital needs to be deployed in order to create a return. With such uncertainty surrounding the global capital markets it is entirely normal that investors would pull back until a sense of clarity itself develops.

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30
Jan
2009

Global recession – where did all the money go?

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07
Jan
2009

The Madoff Ponzi Scheme’s Parallels with the US Social Security System

There are interesting parallels between the Madoff Ponzi scheme and the US and many other social security schemes internationally.

As the huge bulging demographic that is the Baby Boomers retire, the smaller demographic of the next generation will have to fund their retirement. As the Baby Boomers retire and begin to withdraw their funds from Social Security system there will be huge redemptions from US and other stock markets as much of their retirement funds are invested in the stock markets.

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11
Dec
2008

Diamonds and Jewelry as “Rock Solid” Investments

There have been a spate of articles in the press recently including the Personal Finance section of the Irish Times touting jewellery and diamonds as safe haven “rock solid” investments.

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This is dangerous nonsense and irresponsible journalism of the highest order.

Investors have lost enough money in recent years due to appalling investment “advice” regarding equities and property and it is important they do not compound that by “investing” in diamonds and jewellery.

As ever real diversification in all asset classes is essential.

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09
Dec
2008

Gold in Backwardation; talk of a run on the COMEX

It wouldn’t be suprising if you had never heard of backwardation. Though many commodities markets are frequently in backwardation, especially for seasonal or perishable/soft commodities, it has only happened twice in history in precious metals.

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26
Nov
2008

Is the Great Bear Bullish on Gold?

On the foot of recent reports that China is planning to diversify some of its massive foreign exchange reserves into gold, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation has released its latest

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21
Nov
2008

The Bailout Squared (Comic)

Or is that Bailout to the power of Bailout?

 

Or is that Bailout to the power of Bailout?

 

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20
Nov
2008

Jim Rogers: The dollar is a flawed currency

Excerpts from The Financial Times’ View from the Markets online interview with Jim Rogers:

FT: It’s a year since we last interviewed you.

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17
Nov
2008

Obama’s Golden Opportunity – Return to Gold Standard

The Washington Times’s Lawrence Hunter wrote last week that U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has an opportunity to reset the economy and restore the U.S. dollar to its preeminence as the world’s reserve currency by reestablishing the gold standard.

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11
Nov
2008

I.O.U.S.A.: Byte-Sized – The 30 Minute Version

I.O.U.S.A. is a documentary film released earlier this year, and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film focuses on the shape and impact of the United States national debt and features Robert Bixby, director of the Concord Coalition, and David Walker, the current U.S.

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