May 22, 2018

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Gold Readies for Another Upsurge

Gold Surge

The gold price seems to have been slowly but relentlessly sliding since it peaked at $1,920 in September 2011. This has been the strongest of the four corrections in the soaring bull market that began 12 years ago, with a fall of about 13 per cent. [Read more…]

Billions moving into land buys

Farmland is essentially a long-term investment

Farmland is essentially a long-term investment

Farmland has risen in value at an average rate of 3.4 per cent a year since 1850 in the UK, and at an average of 6.2 per cent since 1967. Farm prices in the US have risen by 150 per cent in real terms over the past century. Some well-known private investors such as Jim Rogers, and some big institutional funds such as America’s TIAA-CREF, are moving billions into purchase of farmland in low-risk nations such as the US, Australia and Canada, and higher-risk areas in South America and East Europe. [Read more…]

Basic food crops evolved

Agriculture Business

Agriculture Business

Basic food crops evolved over an unusually favourable period

  • There will be increased weather instability, notably floods and droughts, but also steadily increasing heat. The climate is changing and becoming more hostile to farming.

Grains have developed over many thousands of years in an unusually moderate and stable climate (moderate, that is, over a scale of hundreds of thousands of years); and selective breeding of the last few hundred years was also done in that moderate environment. [Read more…]

Escaping tax on gains

Escaping tax on income, wealth, capital gains

Income Tax

Income Tax

Although governments have become increasingly aggressive in attacking the use of international structures to reduce, avoid or evade tax, there are still ways of using global planning to this end. [Read more…]

Liquidity, forgotten trap

Liquidity: an oft-forgotten trap

 

Liquidity: an oft-forgotten trap

Liquidity: an oft-forgotten trap

You need to plan for cashing in some or all of your investments, either for a predictable expense such as financing a child’s university education, or an unpredictable one such as bringing money back into your country to finance a business. [Read more…]

Basics of Financial Planning

The Basics of Sound Personal Financial Planning

Basics of Financial Planning

Basics of Financial Planning

Globalization has changed our personal financial circumstances dramatically in a way that was unthinkable for our grandparents. My own situation is not unusual – I am domiciled in one country, live much of the year in another, and holiday in a third, holding citizenships of two of them. [Read more…]

Numb the pain, but don’t cure

Euro Currency

Euro Currency

The problems of the banking system won’t be solved without radical reform, which is fiercely opposed by vested interests and their supportive political elites. Repeated doses of “morphine” – easy credit – will be required to prevent financial explosions. [Read more…]

A currency haven for international investors

Norway, currency haven for international investors

Norway, currency haven for international investors

Norway, like its Nordic cousins, is a welfare state with high living standards, abundant welfare benefits… and very high taxes. But it’s the richest member of the Sauna Club, thanks to its wealth of offshore oil and natural gas. [Read more…]

Lessons from the Sauna Club

The Sauna Club

The Sauna Club

Investor attention now is focused on the “Pigs” – the member-nations on the periphery of the Eurozone whose debt bubbles threaten to explode and fragment the currency union. [Read more…]

Under-exploited assets

Global political power, under-exploited assets

China Industry

China Industry

For both China and Europe, there are only strategic opportunities. A much closer partnership is clearly the route to take. [Read more…]