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Experts: Emerging Markets will Outpace Developed Markets in 2020

Watching and listening to the various investment analysts, traders, and portfolio managers that have appeared on Bloomberg Television over the last week or so, there is a common theme in their outlooks for 2020. Many of these experts have expressed their opinion that they see emerging markets outpacing developed markets in the coming year. Because I haven’t been keeping a ...

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Central Banks Around the World: No Action, Lots of Hints

The last 48 hours have seen numerous central bank announcements around the globe and what we have seen for the most part is very little action, but lots of hints as to which way they are leaning. It started with the Federal Reserve keeping the Fed Funds target rate between 1.5% and 1.75%. This is what investors expected so this ...

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Chinese Government to Stop Using Foreign Hardware, Software

The Chinese Government has ordered all government offices and public institutions to stop using foreign-made hardware and software within three years (a decision that will require the replacement of up to 30 million pieces of equipment). The order is not public, but was described to American reporters by employees from cybersecurity firms who heard about it from clients. The directive, ...

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Henry Kissinger: Armed Conflict with China is Possible

Speaking at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Beijing, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said the current trade war between the US and China could explode into an armed conflict larger than World War I. “A discussion of our mutual purposes and an attempt to limit the impact of conflict seems to me essential,” says Kissinger, who engaged in ...

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Auto Industry Mega Mergers – Saving Grace or Short Term Fix?

Like Band-Aids on a skinned knee or a finger in the dyke, large scale mergers between automobile manufacturers is the latest methodology in the path toward salvation. It’s really only a matter of time until the perfect storm of confluences sinks car makers. This isn’t something the economy looks forward to by the way. A robust auto manufacturing sector is ...

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Saudi Arabia’s Aramco – The Largest IPO in History

Remember when Apple eclipsed the $1 trillion market cap mark and it made headlines across the financial media? Yeah, it was a big deal and Microsoft eclipsed the trillion market cap back in April. Now the investment banking world is gearing up for an Initial Public Offering that is being priced between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion. Saudi Aramco, the ...

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Are You the Victim of Chinese Counterfeit Products?

From golf clubs to sneakers, the Chinese have been counterfeiting our patented products for years. The advent of the internet allowed people like me to find what looked to be Ping golf clubs made under a different name in China for a fraction of the price. The same holds true with Nike Jordon’s and Chanel handbags. Most purchasers are unaware ...

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Save Auto Industry? Cripple the American Middle Class

There was a time thirty or forty years ago where the thought of paying for a car with anything other than cash was an illusion. As the Japanese dumped their Datsuns and Hondas into the U.S. in the ’70s and ’80s, American manufacturers had to innovate. Not only with design, style and gas efficiency, but making their brands financially affordable. ...

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