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The Reluctant Economic Recovery in Europe

The Reluctant Economic Recovery in Europe

The European economy was stagnating in 2014. A number of the major economies in the region were on the verge of recession and deflation was haunting the continent. Austerity was being pursued with a vengeance in a number of countries, in an attempt to pay down debt and bring national budgets back into balance. Unemployment stubbornly refused to move down with joblessness among European youth approaching 50%. Economic growth meager at best, was limited to just a number of countries that had […]

A Wider War In The Middle East Is Now More Likely Than Ever

A Wider War In The Middle East Is Now More Likely Than Ever

The news that Russia was going to sell Iran advanced S-300 surface to air missiles at the beginning of the week, raised the stakes for the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. In essence, it ends the international arms embargo against Iran and underlines the failure of the United States in trying to manage the deteriorating situation in the region. The news also in reality sets a deadline for Israel, to launch a preemptive strike against the nuclear installations in Iran. It […]

Nigeria: Will The Changing Of The Guard Help Investment?

Nigeria: Will The Changing Of The Guard Help Investment?

Nigeria for investors has always been a nation with great potential since independence from the United Kingdom in 1960. The Civil War from the years 1967 to 1970 dashed the earlier hopes for a stable and prosperous economy. This was the end result of corruption and a series of military coups that culminated into violence on a massive scale. The era of the military juntas from 1970 to 1999 would then follow. Only in the 21st century, did the country painfully make […]

China’s Next Move And Triumph: Reserve Status For The Yuan

China’s Next Move And Triumph: Reserve Status For The Yuan

China is gaining increasing prestige and influence in the world by carefully working within Western established institutions, when it is to their advantage and going around them when it does not support the Chinese drive towards great power status. China has been largely successful in garnering enough world wide support in the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, over the objections of the Japan and the United States. Now the Chinese are working to make the yuan also known as the […]

The United States Economic Recovery Continues To Sputter

The United States Economic Recovery Continues To Sputter

Despite the constant assurance by the United States government to investors, that all is well with the domestic economy there are a number of government reports and other statistics that say otherwise. The March jobs announcement is an example of this. Economists had expected non-farm payrolls to rise to 245,000. Instead the numbers came in, at a mere 126,000. It was the worst report since December of 2013. It is another clear indication that there are a number of underlining weaknesses that […]

The Dangerous Nuclear Charade With Iran Continues

The Dangerous Nuclear Charade With Iran Continues

The second diplomatic deadline has now passed and once again there is no agreement. The United States government continues to insist that a nuclear deal is possible and almost appears desperate to get one. The nations of France, China, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom along with the United States are attempting to delay what many analysts predict is inevitable. That is that Iran will become the second nuclear power in the region, after Israel. The only way to prevent an Iranian […]

China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: The Passing Of The Torch

China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: The Passing Of The Torch

At first glimpse a new investment bank for infrastructure, would seem like a totally noncontroversial occurrence that will benefit Asian nations in desperate need of additional funding. In reality, is has become the latest challenge to American and Western hegemony over international finance and investment. The Asian bank is a massive new initiative by China to partially circumvent existing Western institutions like the World Bank, which is controlled by the United States and Europe. The Americans have been attempting to dissuade other […]

Federal Reserve Bank Of The United States: The Lion In Winter

Federal Reserve Bank Of The United States: The Lion In Winter

The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States which is the American equivalent of a central bank, has been the major driver of artificial economic growth not only at home but around the globe. The historic low interest rates that have been in place since 2008, have created a distortion in the domestic economy that in turn has created bubbles in certain sectors. The same can be said internationally where the overabundance of American dollars has had a similar effect in various […]

Invest In The Mineral Wealth Of South Africa

Invest In The Mineral Wealth Of South Africa

Making an investment in the mineral wealth of South Africa while precious metals are low in price globally, is one way to capitalize on the general decline in value for commodities at the present time. The country is a world leader and virtual treasure house of a number of valuable minerals. South Africa has become a key player in the global mining industry and has been so for generations. It has been the driving force behind making the country the richest and […]

The Impact On Investment With The Reelection Of Netanyahu In Israel

The Impact On Investment With The Reelection Of Netanyahu In Israel

Elections have consequences and the reelection of Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu will be no different. This stunning electoral upset will have an impact on investment, that will reach far beyond the borders of Israel. There were various factors that lead to a landslide victory for an unprecedented nonconsecutive 4th term for Netanyahu, who has been Prime Minster since 2009. It had become a referendum on his policies. The last minute turn around, was most likely due to a sharp turn to the […]