Economic Insight

Social Security will cross another dangerous milestone next year

In the year 1890, according to census records, my great-great-grandfather was spending the final years of his life living with one of his children on a farm in Choctaw County, Oklahoma. I’ve spent most of the last twenty years doing some hardcore research into my family history– and I’ve identified records going all the way […]

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Bangladeshi Banks Need Bonds Back

In Bangladesh, analysts contend with interest ranges instead of interest rates because of a well-intentioned savings program gone wrong. Sloane Ortel and Asif Khan, CFA, take a look at what’s happened and what can change.

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RIAC :: Russia’s State Migration Policy Concept 2019–2025

Russia understands it has a current demographic crisis, especially in regions in Siberia and the Far East. It has set up the State Migration Policy Concept 2019-2025, which is designed to attract foreigners and migrants to re-populate these areas with low populations. Russia will actively support skilled workers to live in these areas of low […]

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The Most Medicated Country In The World: 46% Of Americans Have Taken A Pharmaceutical Drug Within The Last 30 Days

If it seems like about half the country is on drugs, that is because it is actually true.  According to a new survey from the National Center for Health Statistics, almost half of all Americans have taken a pharmaceutical drug within the past 30 days, and that officially makes us “the most medicated country in […]

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Here’s a lesson from the 108,000 millionaires who left their home countries last year

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, more than 108,000 millionaires left their home countries last year in search of greener pastures. Most emigrated from countries like China and Russia… no surprise there. India also saw a large outflow of millionaires as tax authorities tightened their grip. And Turkey continues to see an exodus, in […]

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Meanwhile, over on Planet Japan

It was only a few days ago that the Japanese government’s Financial Services Agency published its oddly-titled “Annual Report on Ageing Society”. (Like everything in Japan, English translations often hilariously miss the mark…) This is a report that the Ministry of Finance puts out every year. And as the name implies, the report discusses the […]

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New Survey: 69% Of U.S. CFOs Believe That A Recession Will Start “By The End Of 2020”

Throughout 2017 and most of 2018, U.S. corporate executives were generally very optimistic about the future of the economy, but now that optimism has been replaced by a deep sense of doom and gloom.  And of course there are very good reasons for all of the doom and gloom.  The trade war with China looks […]

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What I’ve learned being an ‘insider’

I’ve been in Australia for a little while now as part of my many professional responsibilities. In addition to running Sovereign Man and several other businesses, I am also the Chairman of the Board of Directors a company that’s listed on the stock exchange here in Australia. I’ve been on the Board for almost two […]

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Hong Kong’s Clout as a Global Financial Center Clouded by Uncertainty

The controversial prospect of extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China has thrown fresh doubt on the city’s status as a global financial hub.

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Central banks are buying gold at the fastest pace in six years

Earlier this month the World Gold Council published its quarterly report– and it shows that central banks and foreign governments from around the world are buying up gold at their fastest pace in six years. This is pretty big news, and it says a LOT about the future of the dollar. Remember, central banks and […]

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