In the days of yore, there were kings. Everybody could agree to hate the king because he was rich and well-fed, when most of his minions were not.
Throughout the world, the media televise weekly reports on the protests in Hong Kong. Developments have remained highly visible, courtesy of regular demonstrations that take place like clockwork, every weekend in the business district of the city.
I was stupefied at what I was reading. A Bloomberg article earlier this month reported that JP Morgan and Citibank were significantly reducing their gold positions or closing them out entirely.
The U.S.-China trade dispute continues to provoke uncertainty and volatility in all markets. The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine also continues to foster division and gridlock within the U.S. government.
Just prior to a war, the majority of people in the nations that are about to become involved tend to assume that another nation is threatening theirs, whist their own leaders are doing all they can to avoid conflict. This is almost never the case.
The ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China continues to spark volatility in all markets. The first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s July 25 phone call with the President of Ukraine got underway this week but equity markets seemed to largely ignore the spectacle and the political uncertainty it could cause, choosing instead to simply shoot higher on nothing more than the tenuous hope that the U.S. and China were “close” to reaching a trade deal.
Headlines regarding the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China were again the primary drivers for market moves this week. It is increasingly odd that the mainstream media seems to find news coming out of China more reliable than their sources based in the U.S.
A half-century ago, the US was the envy of the world – the Land of the Free, where virtually anyone could prosper, if he were willing to roll up his sleeves and work.
‘Money’ is being crossed out. Not lost. Not wasted. Crossed out.
The author is aware that such words will offend the reader as absurd. True, the reader may grant that normal ‘billfold money’ does have a tiresome habit of departing too quickly. But it is certainly not dematerializing.
“Trump is doing the right thing. Without him, we have no protection against China. China doesn’t only wish to dominate Asia, but the world.” Here in Hanoi, so said my dinner companion – a major manufacturer and worldwide exporter of steel products.