75 years ago this month, a group of 744 delegates from around the world gathered at the very posh Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire to build a brand new global financial system. The year was 1944. World War II was still raging in Europe and the Pacific. But with the successful invasion of Normandy… Read More
There seems to be an unwritten rule with lawmakers that, every time they create a terrible piece of legislation, they give it the most noble-sounding name. The USA PATRIOT Act from 2001 was a great example. It sounds great. Who wouldn’t love a law named for Patriots? And yet that was easily among the most… Read More
Here’s our weekly roll-up of the most absurd and concerning articles we came across this week from both sides of the Atlantic. 8th grader gets 3-week suspension for picture of airsoft gun Airsoft guns are toy guns which shoot little plastic BBs. As long as kids are wearing safety glasses, these guns pose no actual… Read More
Imagine a place where you could spend all day sitting on a beautiful beach, sipping piña coladas, mingle with some of the most fascinating people you’ll ever meet, and not pay any taxes… It’s the classic dream of the offshore tax paradise. Unfortunately, that dream is largely dead due to Uncle Sam’s aggressive policies of… Read More
I remember the day like it was yesterday. Fifteen years ago, I received my Italian passport in the mail, shipped to me directly by the Italian consulate in New York. A few years prior, I found out I was eligible for an Italian passport through ancestry. My grandparents are of Italian descent…so Italy deemed me… Read More
Every time I come to Singapore I can’t help but marvel at its spectacular rise. I have a number of local friends who have been living here since independence in the 1960s, and they tell me the most incredible stories about how impoverished and underdeveloped Singapore was back then. Things were so backward back then… Read More
Here’s our Friday roll up of the most absurd and concerning articles we came across this week. UK bans advertisement with “harmful gender stereotypes” UK bureaucrats will now decide if ads and commercials are too offensive. New regulations ban advertisements with gender stereotypes “that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence.” So… Read More
In an interview on CNBC on Oct. 11, economist Carl Weinberg told the business network that China is going to compel Saudi Arabia to sell them their oil in the Yuan currency, which will have a serious consequence to the dollar and the Petrodollar system.
Beijing is likely to “compel” Saudi Arabia to sell crude oil in yuan, and others will follow, according to the chief economist and managing director at High Frequency Economics Carl Weinberg. This will hit the US dollar, he says. In an interview with CNBC Weinberg said China has become a key player in the oil market since overtaking the US to become the world's largest importer. Saudi Arabia has “to pay attention to this because even as much as one or two years from now, Chinese demand will dwarf US demand,”Weinberg told the media.
“I believe that yuan pricing of oil is coming and as soon as the Saudis move to accept it — as the Chinese will compel them to do — then the rest of the oil market will move along with them,” he added. A..
My father was Hugo Salinas Rocha -“Salinas” was his father’s surname, and “Rocha” was his mother’s surname; the custom of using both parents’ surnames is universal in Latin America. Father was a successful merchant in Mexico City, and in the 1930’s he ran a store in downtown Mexico City. The store belonged to a company… Read More
The global economic activity has been falling since the end of 2010. The chart below, called the Baltic Dry Index, measures shipping activity around the world. Due to company and personal debt being too high, global trading is on the decrease, thus affecting the GDP growth. Capital (money) and not debt creates growth. Daily essentials… Read More