At a time when the Western world is doing its best to kill free trade, some emerging markets are doing the exact opposite: fostering continent-wide enhanced trade by expanding free trade. Strange as it might seem, Africa, a continent commonly associated with seemingly unending civil strife and poverty, will soon rival the WTO and the EU while earning its stripes as home to the world’s largest free trade area….CLICK for complete article
With all the talk about electric cars and Tesla (TSLA) constantly stealing the limelight, it is easy to miss the fact that there are other auto manufacturers that offer compelling investment opportunities. The initial battle scene in Episode 3 of Season 8 of Game of Thrones showed the army of the dead essentially steamrolling over the good guys’ defenses. That is not what Tesla is doing to the other manufacturers, except perhaps in the amount of media coverage it is getting….CLICK for complete article
Before we get to looking at those three charts, let’s talk about the trade war. On Friday the Trump administration made good on its threat to raise tariffs on as much as $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 percent from the previous 10 percent. The president also said that a decision could be made soon on whether to impose the same 25 percent rate on an additional $325 billion of Chinese goods, which, all told, would cover approximately the total amount of goods the U.S. imported from China in 2018….CLICK for complete article
A recession is coming, that much we should all be able to agree on. Sure, we can debate the exact timing, but the reality is the global economy is going to have a significant melt-down soon. And when the economy falls into a recession the stock markets go down with it. It may be starting today, or start next week, or not until next year, but make no mistake, it is coming.
Not only are we sure it is coming, we are convinced that the next recession will be much deeper and far more caustic than previous recessions. We say this because the next recession will be truly global. We believe that the coming recession will make the 2007–2009 period seem like a cake walk…..CLICK for complete article