If left to their own devices, people will tend to come up with a society in which residents treat each other with equanimity and respect each other’s property. They’ll tend to help their neighbours, yet will otherwise respect each other’s privacy.
It was another shortened trading week due to the timing of the New Year holiday period this year. Despite the shortened week, there was no lack of market-affecting news.
A decade or more ago, I began to discuss with associates the possibility of governments and banks colluding to eliminate physical cash. Back then, the idea struck most everyone as poppycock, that governments could never get away with it.
It was a shortened trading week due to the timing of the Christmas holiday period this year. The impeachment of Donald J. Trump was pushed to the back burner as Congress left Washington, D.C. for its Christmas break and media outlets began their usual year-end reviews of the markets.
In 1260, Kublai Khan created the first unified fiat currency. The jiaochao was made from the inner layer of the bark of the mulberry tree. It’s of interest that the mulberry tree was quite common in Mongolia.
1. It was a historic week as the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach just the third sitting president since the United States of America formed as a republic. 2. The seasonally adjusted number of Americans filing initial claims for state unemployment dropped by 18,000 claims from the previous week’s unrevised level to 234,000…
The U.S.-China trade negotiation continues to be the top factor for market volatility. The impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine also resumed this week, and it appears that the House will proceed with drafting formal articles of impeachment.
I’ve never been much of a gambler. On the rare occasions I’ve played poker, I almost always came out ahead, but I almost never bluffed and, probably more important, I always played with amateurs like myself, never with players who really knew what they were doing.
Despite the shortened trading week due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., and seemingly positive progress in the trade talks between the U.S. and China earlier in the week, uncertainty surrounding the U.S.-China relationship continues to be the primary driver for market volatility.
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.