August 20, 2018

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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…]

Investing in Bonds: Is It Crazy

Treasury Bonds

Treasury Bonds

Most advisers say it’s crazy to invest in bonds. But then they would, wouldn’t they? Nearly all of them, and their clients, missed out on what has been one of the greatest bull markets in history for this asset class. [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…]

Tackling the crisis head-on

Tallinn - Estonia

Tallinn – Estonia

Estonia, across the Baltic, with close linguistic, historical and economic ties with Finland and Sweden, is a nation of just 1.3 million. After it regained its independence in 1991, it opted for free trade, flat taxes, fiscal and monetary restraint and stable exchange rates. Its economy grew fast, and Estonia sought close ties with its neighbours to the west, entering both the European Union and NATO. [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…]