Archives for January, 2015

Thoughts from the Frontline: The Swiss Release the Kraken!

  “Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee…. “There hath he lain for ages, and will lie Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep, Until the latter fire shall heat the deep; Then once by man and […]

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Outside the Box: A War Between Two Worlds

  The terrorist attacks in Paris have fixated the world’s attention on the contrast between competing worldviews and what constitutes acceptable behavior in modern society. What are the principles by which society should be organized and run? Who gets to set those rules, and to what standards should others who do not believe in them […]

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The Most Overlooked Threat to Your Buying Power

Decades ago, one of the first things I did when I started looking after our aging parents’ money was move a substantial sum from their checking account to an interest-bearing account. When I asked why they had so much sitting in their checking account, they answered, “You never know. We may want to buy a […]

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Five Financial Keys to Fatherhood, Not Friendship

My oldest grandson, Justin, has cerebral palsy. When he was in middle school, my daughter and her husband invited me to attend a parent-teacher conference. Justin’s teacher told us that one of his classmates had announced to the whole class that, according to his mother, all of the kids would be moved along no matter […]

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Is Obama Losing the Energy War Before It’s Even Started?

3 Reasons Why Vetoing Keystone XL Spells Environmental and Economic Disaster “If Obama vetoes the Keystone XL pipeline, he’s putting the American population at greater risk than ever before,” says Marin Katusa, best-selling author of The Colder War and chief investment strategist of the Casey Research energy team. For years, the debate has been raging: […]

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The New Normal for Oil?

You may have come across the word “contango” in an oil-related news report or article recently and wondered, “What’s contango?” It isn’t the Chinese version of the tango. Contango is a condition in a commodity market where the futures price for the commodity is higher than the current spot price. Essentially, the future price of […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: A Five-Year Global Financial Forecast: Tsunami Warning

  It is the time of the year for forecasts; but rather than do an annual forecast, which is as much a guessing game as anything else (and I am bad at guessing games), I’m going to do a five-year forecast to take us to the end of the decade, which I think may be […]

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Outside the Box: Stray Reflections

  ’Tis the season for making forecasts. I will be sending my own five-year projections this weekend, but today for your Outside the Box reading pleasure we look at some similarly longer-term prognostications from the newest member of the Mauldin Economics writing team, Jawad Mian. Jawad writes a monthly global macro advisory publication called Stray Reflections, […]

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Keystone XL Veto Is Partisan Political Disaster for America

The controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline is proof positive that American politics have gone from debate to pure partisan propaganda – at the expense of business and even common sense.  With over half a million miles of pipeline already, failing to replace that aging infrastructure only means more oil flowing via crumbling pipelines – […]

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Gold Was Up 73% Last Year!

Dmitry sipped his coffee drink at his favorite café in Moscow, flipping through the newspaper in front of him. It was full of bad news: currency troubles, ongoing sanctions from the West, rising inflation, and more. But he ignored all that. He turned to the investment section and began to scan the page, looking for […]

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