The history of the U.S. Wild West frontier is rich with tales of gunslingers and cattle rustlers. Even though it seems like a crime of yesteryear, in fact incidents of cattle rustling have spiked in recent years, right along with the price of beef. But have you heard of pistachio and maple syrup rustling? In a nation relatively rich and well-fed, what is behind the rise in agricultural crime? Could the food insecurity that has sparked political turmoil in other parts of the world become a problem for the United States?
Wealth Cycles Video Report - February 2015
When the powers that be set up a game and you refuse to play it because you're such a moral person, you end up losing to all of the people who are immoral. This is why we all need to start pointing out moralities and immoralities and try to live better as a people.
WealthCycles Video Report - January 2015
When small and medium-sized businesses are dying faster than they're being born, so is free enterprise. And when free enterprise dies, America dies with it.
WealthCycles Video Report - December 2014
The IMF is creating an I.O.U. for currencies that are an I.O.U. for bonds that are a promise to tax the citizens of each these countries out in the future, so the Special Drawing Right is nothing but a Ponzi scheme.
Minimum Wage = Maximum Hardship
The technology for machines to replace a lot of entry-level positions isn’t that far away. Raise the minimum wage and there go another million hamburger-flipping jobs.
WealthCycles Report - November 2014
The minimum wage makes it so if you want to pay the kid down the street $5 an hour to mow your lawn, you're breaking the law.
Oct 11 2013
Bitcoin, the virtual alternate currency that has swept the tech world, made headlines again recently when a billion-dollar Bitcoin-based enterprise called Silk Road was shut down in the wake of the arrest of its operator on a variety of shocking charges. The crack-down was cheered by investors and entrepreneurs hoping to convince regulators of Bitcoin’s respectability. But even if the online currency is corralled and regulated and co-opted by the government, there’s nothing to say “miners” outside the regulatory system can’t continue transacting with non-official, free-range Bitcoins. After all, the decentralized alternative currency was designed for just that purpose.
Jul 10 2013
In a 2011 interview, hedge fund principle, Kyle Bass spoke of "when [he] asked a senior member of the administration last week, 'how are we going to grow exports if we wont allow nominal wage deflation?'"
The response was: "We're just going to kill the dollar."
"Oh, okay, more you mean," Bass retorted.
The Federal Reserve Bank hasn't disappointed.
"After such a notable correction in the past 9 months, the precious metal once again becomes a very attractive global asset if monetary policy in the largest economy of the world spins out of control," remarks Jones Trading.
Even if policy is not perceived as "out of control," surely it snaps of the 100bp tightening Fed-Chairman Ben Strong pulled in early 1928, only to back-pedal afterward, admitting his error, and reversing course with a new rule, by September of that year:
May 29 2013
The European Commission, a group self-tasked with herding cats, has proclaimed the end of “austerity” in the Eurozone for governments, granted citizens will surely continue to feel quite austere. But what does this mean for Europeans and their economy moving forward?
Before we dive into it, we would add that absolutely no austerity was obtained in any EZ national budget, except perhaps where it was forced by plummeting tax receipts as a result of all-out economic collapse (Greece). See: What Austerity Measures?
Here were the Commission’s proclamations on deficits:
Mar 08 2013
After decades of political upheaval the country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is now being hailed as a potentially lucrative market for serious investors. For a country that was, as recently as 2010, governed by a military junta, this is no small accomplishment. Like all emerging markets, however, investing in Myanmar is not without risks. To analyze the potential Myanmar offers, it is important to understand a bit of the country’s history.
Burma’s Turbulent History
Located on the Bay of Bengal and bordered by India, China, Thailand and Laos, Myanmar is a small country that was first established in 1057. The history of Myanmar has been one of turmoil and hardship, from invasion by the Mongols to years of being a province of British India.