May 21, 2018

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Risk of an Attack of Nerves

Wall Street

Wall Street

April is the month when stock markets usually fall out of bed, starting major corrections that last sometimes till just July, other times dragging on into the foothills of Christmas. [Read more…]

Just a matter of time

 

Currency Reserves

Currency Reserves

There are reasons why major nations haven’t done this yet. But the probability is that they will be driven into doing so in time, as global economic growth remains sluggish, governments fail to implement the radical reforms needed to kick-start higher growth, annual borrowings required to finance fiscal deficits stay high, and the private sector becomes increasingly unwilling to lend money to governments at derisory rates of interest. [Read more…]

Profligate money creation in Europe

European Central Bank - Mario Draghi

European Central Bank – Mario Draghi

Japan’s central bank is under pressure from the newly-elected government to step up its easy-money policies. [Read more…]

Multi-asset strategies essential

Multi-asset strategies

Multi-asset strategies essential as volatility continues, say Barings

– Barings’ annual study of best and worst performing asset classes shows sharp swings in performance
– While European equities top the 2012 list, the class was one of the worst performing in 2011 and 2010

Annual research from Baring Asset Management (“Barings”) into the best and worst performing asset classes over the past five years has revealed that sharp swings in performance for mainstream investment sectors continued in 2012, underscoring the benefits of a multi-asset approach to investing. While European equities lead the way in terms of 2012 performance, returning 17.8%, the asset class was one of the worst performing in 2011 as well 2010 and 2008 (see table below). [Read more…]

Prepare for a Mania

American commentator John Dizard

American commentator John Dizard

Gold: Earlybirds Prepare for a Mania

The continuing avalanche of digitally-created money and nearly-free credit provided to the megabanks “means that a hyperbolic, 1979-1980 style blow-off in the gold market is becoming more likely,” says the FT’s well-known American commentator John Dizard. [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…]

Opportunities in This Developing Crisis

We are five years into a severe global food crisis that is very unlikely to go away, says the well-known US fund manager Jeremy Grantham of GMO.

Food Needs in Agribusiness

Food Needs in Agribusiness

This developing problem is badly underestimated by almost everybody, he argues. It will threaten poor countries with increased malnutrition, starvation, even collapse. Resource squabbles and waves of food-induced migration will threaten global stability and global growth. [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…]