Global Economy

Globalisation has brought interconnectedness and a wealth of opportunities. Yet developed countries are growing weary of globalisation and starting to increasingly move towards protectionism. China, the emerging country powerhouse, is slowing its growth.

Latest News On The Global Economy

Since the global financial crisis in 2008, recovery has been timid, developed countries are struggling with the effects of long term low interest rates and high debt. Asset prices have been growing, while salary growth has remained stagnant.

Will the global economy fully recover? Are asset prices overvalued, or will they keep increasing?

In a world with low growth, what are the best and worst countries to put your money in? After all, any country can turn from a booming powerhouse into a stagnant economy. We all watched it happen in 2008…

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Infrastructure spending
The Great Global Infrastructure Arms Race
One of the most popular ‘alternative’ investments in recent years has been infrastructure. These projects generally provide great long-term returns. And they benefit society by contributing to and facilitating future economic growth. In the next few months, this exposure to infrastructure could grow even more…
russia meddling
Forget the Russia Meddling Story
The Russian meddlers spent a trivial amount of money putting out dumb messages, most of which were never delivered and never read. They organised protest marches, to which no one showed up…and must have had zero impact on the election. And now that Mr Mueller has brought the heavy hammer of justice down on their heads, we can all sleep more soundly.
US fed
Is This the Most Absurd Government Agency?
The feds will tell us when it is safe to buy…and when we should run for the hills. But what’s this? Now, 10 years later, stocks are three times as expensive. Debt is far higher, too. The feds alone have borrowed an additional $10 trillion. And the Office of Financial Research (OFR) was specifically charged with warning us about coming volatility spikes. But here we are… And no warning.
US stock market
Here’s Why the Stock Market Correction Could Be Over
Bitcoin is a failure. Few people use it as a currency. It’s too volatile, the transaction costs are too high, and it’s difficult to store and secure. That’s why we keep on saying that you should stick to what’s known to work: stocks. In a world influenced by central banks, we should expect the unexpected. That’s why it’s worth asking: Is the stock correction over or are we due for another dip?
trade war china and US
The Nanny State’s Crowning Glory
This latest ‘no sex with staffers rule’ to pretty much stop ministers from being immoral jerks is the Nanny State’s crowning glory. Meanwhile, politicians elsewhere threaten to bring an end to the first decent bout of post-2008 coordinated global growth by starting a trade war.
Investment opportunity
A New Silk Road Paved with Investment Opportunities
They’re calling it the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. It will cover 65 countries, touching more than 4.4 billion people. It’s China’s answer to opening up trade with the rest of the world. This project is a massive opportunity for Aussie businesses. And that means it could also be a massive opportunity for you.
stocks
China Could Wreak Havoc on Stocks Everywhere
It’s still not clear if China will start selling US bonds. In fact, it could be that China can’t help but buy more US bonds. So what can you do if the second largest US bond holder goes haywire? Reduce losses as much as possible. It’s probably one of, if not the most important rules when investing.
US economy consumers unhappy
Vignettes from Ireland
As you no doubt remember, average numbers — and government statistics — have created a phony picture of the real condition of the country. According to the Fed, the White House, and the press, we are at the beginning of a period of strong, synchronised growth around the world. The bigger the picture, the more likely it is to be fraudulent.
US inflation leaving consumers money out of their pockets
Americans Are ‘Skint’
We used to count on the Republicans to push back on deficits. They believed in small government and balanced budgets. But now, most of them lack all conviction — except in getting re-elected! And the worst are full of passionate intensity… eager to snatch away every penny of other people’s savings.
cash - how safe is it?
How Safe Is Your Cash?
‘How safe is my money?’ If I had a dollar for every email I received about that, I’d be a helluva lot wealthier. The only problem is, where would I put all these extra dollars? In the bank? Under my bed? Buy gold? Cryptos? What a dilemma. There are no guarantees with ANY investment. However, I’m fairly certain the government will do all it can to guarantee its survival.
US budget proposal
Bye-Bye, Balanced Budgets
This budget proposal comes from a Republican president, faced with neither war, nor recession, nor financial emergency. It comes also at the late stage of a business cycle…with unemployment about as low as it ever gets, stock and bond prices near record highs, and inflation already making a comeback.
stocks
Selling Cryptocurrencies and Buying Stocks
Cryptocurrencies are a terrible investment, in my view. They are difficult to buy, attacked by governments and hackers worldwide, and in a major downtrend. So, with too many risks to worry about, I suggest sticking to the stock market. That’s where you can sleep at night, while making potentially massive gains during the day.
How Dumb Is the Fed?
Most likely, interest rates will rise…and speculators will begin front-running the Fed. For the last 10 years, the fool was easily identifiable. It was the Fed. The US central bank slashed interest rates to near zero to juice up the stock market.
Stock market graph
This Bull Run Still Has Legs to Run
Stock markets can be volatile. You’ve been reminded of that over the last week. It’s led some to make sweeping statements about a market crash. Just keep a couple of things in mind when reading such analysis. One, the US economy remains strong.