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In The Global Economy Rises In Interest Rates Will Be Hard To Sustain

In The Global Economy Rises In Interest Rates Will Be Hard To Sustain

In response to the financial crisis of 2008 and the resulting economic downturn, the major central banks of the world responded by lowering interest rates dramatically. At the time it was determined that this would be the way to restore confidence in the markets and to keep enough liquidity in the economy. It would also prevent a massive wave of bankruptcies and foreclosures. It was hoped that in time, investors would feel reassured enough to return to the marketplace. Since that time […]

Canada Facing Economic Recession And Political Hard Choices

Canada Facing Economic Recession And Political Hard Choices

Earlier this month the government of Canada was finally forced to admit that the country had been in recession for the first half of 2015. The news could not have arrived at a worse time for the incumbent conservative Prime Minister Harper, facing upcoming national elections in October. A number of investors have recently soured on the Canadian economy, reeling from low crude prices and a general global collapse in commodity prices. National statistics indicate that Canada’s economy contracted 0.08% in the […]

The Refugee Crisis In Europe: The Price For A Failed Foreign Policy

The Refugee Crisis In Europe: The Price For A Failed Foreign Policy

One only has to observe the chaos occurring in Southern and Southeastern Europe to understand the something has gone seriously wrong. Hundreds of thousands of refugees began migrating from the Middle East and North Africa this summer in numbers unseen in Europe since the end of the 1940’s. The citizens of Europe are now discovering the price that will be paid, as a result of the failure of their governments in the conduct of foreign policy over the last few years. The […]

The Politics Of Appeasement In The Age Of Obama

The Politics Of Appeasement In The Age Of Obama

Historically, we have been in this present predicament before. A time when the world, particularly the western democracies are weary of war. The populace soon chooses to elect leaders that reflect that sentiment in the hope that there will be a return to normalcy. These politicians came to power with the promise to end war and to engage in policies that will prevent future conflicts. It is little wonder that these leaders will cling to their line of reasoning, even as it […]

The End Of Rapid Growth In China

The End Of Rapid Growth In China

An end of an era arrived in China during the summer of 2015. For investors the ongoing downward trend in the domestic market, finally culminated in a massive sell off that occurred on August 24th. Chinese officials watched in disbelief, as 8.5% of stock valuation disappeared in a matter of hours. It has since been identified as Black Monday. It was the largest one day drop in the Chinese Stock Market since 2007. It provided a signal to global investors everywhere that […]

The Economy Of Brazil: Where Is The Growth?

The Economy Of Brazil: Where Is The Growth?

The beginning of the 21st century was full promise for Brazil. This was going to be the time when the country would move from being an emerging market to the status of developed first world nation, within the first two decades. Economic growth accelerated from 3% in 2002 to 6% by 2007. After a brief interruption as a result of the financial crisis and resulting economic downturn in 2009, growth surged in 2010 approaching 8%. Foreign investment was pouring in. The boom in […]

The Next Round Of Quantitative Easing In The United States Is Coming Soon

The Next Round Of Quantitative Easing In The United States Is Coming Soon

As the controversy about raising interest rates slightly continues to dominant the headlines and investors worry about the impact this would have on the markets, little attention is being given to the rapid slowdown in global growth. In the developed world only two countries are making plans to raise interest rates in 2015. Both the United States and the United Kingdom believe it is time to move away from historic low rates, that have created numerous distortions in their domestic economies. Although […]

The Bear Market Is Almost Here

The Bear Market Is Almost Here

The bear began to circle global markets last Tuesday, which proved to be the beginning of a major downturn. By the end of the trading week stocks and equities would be officially in correction territory, having lost 10.1% valuation since last May. In the United States the DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average) alone lost 5.8% in four days. Markets abroad were no better, with both Asia and Europe reporting big declines. Investors were optimistic that the new week would bring recovery. Their […]

The Economy Of Japan Remains Mired In Recession

The Economy Of Japan Remains Mired In Recession

Despite the massive quantitative easing and stimulus spending the country of Japan remains mired in recession. The economy shrank at an annualized pace of 1.6% from April to June. Consumers are cutting back on spending and exports seem to be in a new slump, as the world economy slows further. The question for the reformist government of Japan is what to do next, to rekindle growth and investment in the world’s second largest developed economy? Japan is the third largest economy in […]

Russia Moves To Expand War In Europe

Russia Moves To Expand War In Europe

Although the war in eastern Ukraine has been simmering for months, the escalation in violence is continuing as summer turns into fall. There has been a false sense of complacency in the West, that the situation on the ground has been frozen and that the danger of a major war has been mostly averted. Nothing could be further from the truth. President Vladimir Putin from Russia knows his window of opportunity is closing and that he must move forward, to achieve his […]