Author Archives: John Thomas

The Moral and Economic Woes of Sweden Widen

One could take a look at the recent economic figures released in Sweden and be convinced that the economy is on sound footing. Swedish GDP increased by 1 percent quarter-on-quarter in the three months up to June, according to data from Statistics Sweden, twice the pace analysts in a Thomson Reuters’ survey expected and the largest increase in a year. ...

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Inverted Yield Curve Could Signal Recession

The most important chart you need to know today is the yield curve. But don’t yawn, it has huge implications for the economy and your portfolio. Financial markets are nervously watching the slope of the yield curve, specifically from the 2-year treasury to the 10-year treasury. These are the bellwether federal debt securities that lie at the slope of the yield ...

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Gen Z will enter Workplace with a Bang

As the parent of a child who is considered “Gen Z” as well as a child who is a “Gen Y” (also known as “millenials”) there are differences in the space of just 5 years between them. However, the landscape is dominated by the millennials. The workplace is salivating to push the millennials up the corporate ladder, while actively recruiting ...

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Emerging Markets Falling like Dominoes

In the never-ending desire for an increased rate of return, investors will follow the money trail around the globe to catch the rising stars before they nova out. The celestial reference may be more of a supernova perhaps, as there is nowhere left to hide for these nations whose currency is falling, inflation is rising, and GDP is in levels ...

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Small Businesses are Fed up with Facebook?

Uncertainty in the financial markets creates volatility. Volatility can create wild fluctuations and price swings in securities. Uncertainty and lack of control is never really a good thing. Especially when it comes to your business. If you have a presence on Amazon, eBay, Facebook or the like, you know what I am talking about. Amazon and eBay can be grouped ...

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Should Catastrophe Bond Holders be Nervous?

This is the world where high risk investors meet high risk insurance companies, and in recent years it has been a win-win scenario for both. This is an investment vehicle you probably won’t find on TDAmeritrade or the like, as it is beyond the risk/reward profile of all but the very well-funded and those who live on antacids during hurricane ...

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Italy and the EU on Deficit Collision Course

One wonders why this is an issue, when nations of the European Union freely gave up sovereign control of their fiscal affairs. Does it come as any surprise that a nation would want to put the well-being of its people before the politics of a coalition? That is exactly what is happening in Italy at this moment. The leaders of ...

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Bernie Sanders Takes Aim at King of Capitalism: Amazon

As the 2020 rumor mills again circulate the likely presidential run of socialist Bernie Sanders, he takes a big step to solidify his comrades with attacking the pinnacle of capitalism; Amazon. Will wonders never cease? The fiefdom of college students and other “safe space” lemmings will again be out in droves to support free college, free healthcare, free condoms, etc. ...

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The U.S. Dollar Heavily Involved In Iranian Black Market

As much as the Iranian’s loathe the United States, there is a healthy underground economy going on in Iran for the U.S. dollar. Like Venezuela, Syria, South Africa, et al., Iran is high on the economic misery list. Of course, there are similarities and differences as to how these pitiful economies get to where they are, but the one common ...

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Venezuela Taking another Step in the Wrong Direction

We can empathize with the proletariat of Venezuela as the failed attempts at Marxism by the bourgeois have utterly engulfed the nation and have enslaved the citizenry to a hellish life for the most part. Sir Thomas More was surely read by Maduro and the likes, as it was thought of as a guide for the masses, but not the ...

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