As China’s wealth and power grow, so do its government’s demands on foreign companies and nations wishing to do business there. And when you’re talking about a totalitarian regime like China’s, caving in to these demands is a perilously slippery slope.
China has been busy wooing Taiwan’s friends away. And the Dominican Republic caved in to China’s ‘soft diplomacy’ this week. This came in the form of a US$3 billion (AU$4 billion) low interest loan to fund much needed infrastructure in the impoverished country.
The massive increase in US production caught the market flatfooted in late 2014. Oil prices fell off a cliff into 2016, when WTI traded below US$30 per barrel. And it looks like history might repeat.
Governments around the world are determined to do everything in their power to keep this house of cards standing. However, this extraordinary asset inflation and unparalleled income inequality won’t end well.
Enjoy the extra 0.5% of your money the government has decided not to take from you this year. Despite Scott Morrison’s optimistic outlook, the Medicare levy — plus all the new levies the government has yet to dream up — are likely to be back on the table soon enough.
Despite what his own ego might be telling him, Trump cannot dictate the global oil price with a few tweets. However, he does have a large number of levers he can pull to increase supply…
Kim Jong-un’s sudden openness to giving up his cherished nukes is the really powerful image here. This comes after many pundits insisted the only good outcome was for the world to simply accept a nuclear armed North Korea.
Here’s the most important takeaway. One you’re not going to read in the mainstream media: The poor, naïve customers are not without blame.
Saudi Arabia is pulling out of its plans to list their state-owned oil giant Aramco in the US in what would have been the world’s biggest initial public offering (IPO). Time will tell if the Saudis open their oil taps wider now that the IPO looks to be off the table.
In case you missed it, the US government is almost out of money…again. If a deal isn’t reached by midnight this Friday (US time), some government agencies will be shuttered…again.
Trump didn’t need Tillerson, a dovish Secretary of State at his side. He needs Pompeo, a fellow hawk, willing to stare down Jong-un. And to back tough words with action, if need be.
Trump’s plan will introduce a levy of a 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminium. Analysts and investors have been doubting Trump’s resolve to follow through on his bluster since day one. That’s a mistake.
You would think the French police have enough to keep them occupied without enforcing politically correct behaviour. Now, five politicians submitted proposals to criminalise ‘comments, behaviour or pressure of a sexist or sexual character’.
If Australia continues on its current path, the population is expected to grow by 11.8 million people by 2046. Abbott is not pointing the finger at recent immigrants. He is sounding the alarm about the negative impacts of continued rapid population growth.
If the mountainous levels of debt accumulated by Aussie home owners is anything to go by, that Ponzi scheme may be alive and well right here in the housing market.
After a decade of central bank driven ‘cheap money’, the world is awash in debt. And the debt problem goes way beyond Australia and the US.
If you believe the mainstream media, Victoria is descending into crime-fuelled chaos. It makes for frightening headlines. There’s just one problem. It’s not true.
The global war on marijuana began in the US. And now, by virtue of its superpower status, the US is leading the way to end that war…one state at a time.
There’s a particular part of Victoria’s proposed Firearms Amendment Bill 2017 that should concern you. Regardless of how you feel about guns.
There’s nothing wrong with a little patriotism. If you watched Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, you may have noticed that Americans remain obsessed with three such symbols.
Did you feel let down by Donald Trump’s presentation at the World Economic Forum in Davos? Here, after all, is a president who shoots from the hip. Often poorly. It’s what makes him so darned entertaining.
When was the last time you were in a bar or at the bottle shop and thought, ‘Wow, these drinks are cheap’? Most likely, your answer is ‘never’.
2018 was less than a day old when the nanny staters lobbed their first salvo. The nanny staters decided to kick off the New Year with a fresh stab.
We discuss Venezuela’s idea to rid the county of their currency and launch its own cryptocurrency. The consequences for international trade and relations could be huge. Could this happen?
While the markets are looking complacent, they could easily crash if a war were to break out. How would gold play into this, as the ‘safety’ commodity?
People are plenty happy to invest and consume if the dollar in their pocket today would be worth the same next year…instead of less.
RBA governor Philip Lowe is not a fan of bitcoin. Bitcoin, and cryptos in general, are proving to be a big headache for central and commercial bankers.
Did you ride the retail euphoria on Tuesday? Investors, thrilled that Amazon’s much publicised Australia launch appeared to fizzle, piled into Aussie retail stocks.
This could be an endorsement for the sweeping changes wrought by bitcoin. Or a sign of how desperate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has become. Likely, it’s both.
After reaching a peak of over US$11,400 on Wednesday, bitcoin plunged to under US$9,100. Roughly a 20% loss in less than 12 hours.