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Japan: The Forgotten Asian Market

Over the past year, investors have had plenty to distract them from actual market news. You have the ongoing trade disputes between the U.S. and China, the U.S. and the European Union, and the U.S. and its NAFTA partners. There have also been meetings between the U.S. and North Korea and between North Korea and South Korea. There is the ...

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Global Stocks Shake Off Escalating Trade Dispute

The U.S. and China have traded their latest barbs in the trade dispute with President Trump announcing new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods and China firing back with new tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods. But global equity markets shrugged off the latest round of tariffs with indices around the globe moving higher. This suggests that either ...

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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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Argentina is in a State of Emergency

While the list of countries with overdue loans to the IMF is long, noting that almost all of those loans were issued in times of war. Defaulting on loans to the IMF is unheard of. Argentina is the latest in the list of fiscal losers to come to the IMF for help. Harsh rhetoric, but unlike the others on the ...

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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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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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Potential Racial Violence Aside, South Africa’s ‘Land Reform’ is a Disastrous Failure

While the media spotlight has just now begun to shift to South Africa in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s lambasting accusations of white genocide, those of us who have been following the African nation’s ‘Land Reform’ policy implementation have been watching the problems escalate for some time. The verdict? South Africa’s Land Reform is a complete economic catastrophe, ...

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Iranian Navy Claims it Controls Strait of Hormuz

Iranian officials on Monday claimed they had full control of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz – an international waterway south of Iran that serves as a gateway for more than 40% of the world’s sea-traded oil. “We can ensure the security of the Persian Gulf and there is no need for the presence of aliens like the ...

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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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South African Gov to Take Land from White Owners Without Compensation

South African lawmakers in February voted 241-93 on a proposal to amend the country’s constitution to enable the government to expropriate land without paying for it. The proposed changes to section 25 of the constitution are undergoing review and will be submitted to lawmakers by August 30th.  Land ownership is a sensitive issue in South Africa, as roughly 72% of ...

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