Politics and History

Our editors look back to previous periods in politics and history to discover the parallels with today’s market and how this can help your investing.

History doesn’t repeat, as writer Mark Twain once wrote, but it rhymes. For an entertaining and informative romp through financial disasters and bull markets of yesteryear, plus the legendary investors who made a fortune and the foolish knaves who lost their shirts, read on…

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Gold’s War of Words
The yellow metal’s soared 13% this year. Fundamentally, the story for gold hasn’t changed. It has rallied recently on geopolitical threats and a weaker US dollar. The US dollar remains in a downtrend and global tensions, while lessening, are still there.
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Prepare For a Financial Crisis Even If It May Never Come
During both booms and busts, there is always a group of investors who believe things could get worse. It’s probably not the worst mentality to have. While you might not achieve the highest returns in booming years, you also don’t lose your pants in a financial crisis either.
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America Is Going Broke…and Nobody Cares
Now, there is more debt than ever. The same people who caused the crisis are still running the banks, the regulatory agencies, the corporations, and all the other institutions that made the crisis possible. We’re going broke…and no one cares.
Republicans Have Lost the White House
Republicans Have Lost the White House
Is it possible that President Trump will start his own political party? Yes, it is. He may do so partly because he will be rejected by the Republicans, who are getting tired of pulling knives out of their backs.
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Military Presence Introduced Into Australian Law
Until recently, there was a clause in the Defence Act that limited local law enforcement in calling on the Australian Defence Force (ADF) if they felt they couldn’t control the situation. However, we now live in a country where the military can be called in at the request of police.
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Conservatives’ Last Bullet
The debt ceiling is the one and only thing that might prevent the bankruptcy of the US government. It is the only ammunition fiscal conservatives have left. Mr Trump may shake things up after all — in a way almost no one expected. To take away true conservatives’ last bullet.
Congress Is a Carnival of Claptrap
Congress Is a Carnival of Claptrap
On Tuesday, President Trump tossed a grenade into Congress. It should have been fairly easy for the people’s representatives to bat it back out to the White House. Instead, they fumble…they tumble over one another in silly grandstanding…and mumble incoherent and irrelevant comments.
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What to Buy In Times of War
Hedging your portfolio against political risks is one thing. Hedging against nuclear war is a completely different ball game. If things ramp up between the US and North Korea, what will be the safe haven? Real estate? Bonds?
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The One Promise Trump Can Keep
Mr Trump has already given up his America First foreign policy pledge. Next, he will turn over tax reform and monetary policy to the Goldman Group — led by Cohn and Mnuchin. That will leave him with only one wall left: trade policy.