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Bye Bye Brazil

by John Rubino on September 4, 2015 · 11 comments

For about a decade there, Brazil was the Latin American country that got it right. Under a socialist but apparently reasonable government they kept their budgets under control, managed the population shift from farm to city, and developed some efficient export industries that brought in plenty of hard currency. The Brazilian real held its own […]

 

Eleven Crazy Days — Many More Coming

Twelve months ago the world was happily sailing along in the Great Moderation, with financial markets that moved gracefully higher most of the time but even in their rare negative moments didn’t cause too much angst. The eleven trading days leading up to September 3 saw not a single triple-digit move on the Dow, and […]

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Donald Trump Versus Bernie Sanders?? The Political Bubble Is Bursting

Now it’s not just Europe where formerly-fringe candidates are suddenly vying for power. The US presidential primaries, which were supposed to be coronations for the latest Bush/Clinton snoozfest, have turned interesting and in some cases surreal, as Donald Trump, who a few short months ago was viewed as a kind of circus clown by most […]

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Here’s The Argument That Wins In 2016

Vox is a fairly new website with a mission to not just report the news but explain it. A typical article will lead with a lot of background, bringing readers up to speed on what the subject is and why it matters before moving on to current events. All things considered, this is a great […]

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Okay, We’re Awake Now

It’s safe to say that most of the world is riveted by the news pouring out of the major (and minor) stock markets. Record declines followed by near-record spikes — besides being disorienting for anyone with a preferred direction — are uncomfortably reminiscent of early 2008 when volatility in pretty much every asset class soared, […]

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