Greek Stocks Reopen with a Thud

The Greek stock market very likely represents an emerging opportunity, as many stocks are sporting extremely low valuations these days. However, when we last discussed the Greek market, we pointed out that there was probably no hurry and more importantly, that using ETFs to play the Greek market would pose a difficulty at the current juncture.

 

arquitectura-del-pasado-7161Greek ruins – emblematic for the country’s situation.

Photo credit: fondos7.net

 

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A Parade of Errors

You cannot understand gold if you think it goes up and down, that the dollar is money and therefore the measure of all things, including gold. This is a very bold statement, so let’s look a little closer.

Mainstream articles often ask the question if gold is a good inflation hedge, which means: does gold go up as much as consumer prices. You know what comes next. They trot out a chart of the Consumer Price Index with the price of gold overlaid on it. And guess what. Gold fails to protect against inflation (i.e. its price does not go up with CPI). Therefore, you should buy stocks and real estate. QED.

 

perth-gold-ingotsCast gold bars from the Perth Mint in Western Australia

Photo credit: istara

 

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Spectacular Growth

We spent much of January on the beach at Rancho Santana in Nicaragua. The longer we stayed, the more we liked it. It was warm and dry on the Pacific coast… but we woke up to the sound of rain on the roof this morning.

“Lake Arenal has a different climate,” our overseas real estate scout, Ronan McMahon, explained. Ronan is a young Irishman with long dark hair, a sunny disposition and a thick County Cork accent. He also advises members of our family wealth advisory, Bonner & Partners Family Office, on where to find the best real estate deals.

 

na-lake-arenal-sunsetThe Arenal volcano near Lake Arenal in Costa Rica, an artificial lake at the bottom of which the two old towns of Arenal and Tonadora lie abandoned. The lake is surrounded by a rainforest that is home to an estimated 2,000 plant species, 300 bird species and 120 different mammals, including jaguars and tapirs.

Photo via vacationscostarica.com

 

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The Asset They Love to Hate …

Back in the 1960s, Alan Greenspan wrote a well-known essay that to this day is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand the present-day monetary and economic system (which is a kind of “fascism lite” type of statism, masquerading as capitalism) and especially the almost visceral hate etatistes harbor toward gold. Greenspan’s essay is entitled “Gold and Economic Freedom”, and as the title already suggests, the two are intimately connected.

 

Alan GreenspanAlan Greenspan in the mid 1970s – although he later turned out to be a sell-out, his understanding of economics undoubtedly dwarfed that of his successors at the Fed (and we are not just saying this based on the essay discussed here).

Photo credit: Charles Kelly / AP Photo

 

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What’s Really Killing Capitalism

VANCOUVER, Canada – Hillary is taking the bull by the horns… and putting the knife between her teeth. She is a “take-charge” candidate and aims to let us know.

Yes, earlier his week, she promised to improve capitalism. Now, it’s the climate of planet Earth that has her attention. She’s going to make it better by decreasing carbon emissions – by force, of course.

 

ClintonSaints preserve us! Now she wants to “save the planet” too. Ironically not even the reds and professional scaremongers are happy with her “climate change” contortions (as seen in the Guardian, a hotbed of climate alarmism and a preferred medium of assorted limousine socialists).

Photo credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

 

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The British Referendum Looms

For the last couple of months (and years, for that matter) Greece has become synonymous with trouble in the euro zone and the European Union. As we’ve previously mentioned, in the absence of an extraordinary event, the risks in connection with Greece are limited.

The country contributes less than 2% to the European Union’s GDP and state institutions or institutions backed by the state now hold over 80% of the Greek debt. A debt restructuring or even a Grexit would pose neither a risk to the financial system, nor to the European economy.

 

britain and europeDavid Cameron and Nigel Farage, as seen by Steve Bell

 

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Diehards and Last-Ditch Campaigns

TORONTO – “This is the worst I’ve seen in 30 years.”

The scene was the recent Sprott-Stansberry Natural Resource Symposium in Vancouver. The subject was mining equities. And the opinion was becoming familiar …

 

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Golden pet rock as found in nature … the Camel Gold Nugget – 9,3 kg

Photo credit: Arthur Lukyanov

 

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Austria’s Constitutional Court Decides to Uphold Property Rights

To everybody’s vast surprise, Austria’s constitutional court has decided not to side with the government in the infamous Hypo Alpe Adria (HAA) case. The bank went belly-up after the 2008 crisis and slowly but surely it emerged that it represented a financial catastrophe of truly stunning proportions.

Incompetence on a rarely seen scale, but probably also fraud (although that angle has yet to be pursued by the judiciary) ultimately produced the biggest de facto (if not de iure, yet) insolvency in Austria’s history.

 

Hypo_Centar_7_downloadHypo Alpe Adria – a giant house of cards that imploded in the course of the financial crisis.

Photo credit: hypo-alpe-adria.hr

 

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Taxpayer-Funded Garbage

The Federal Reserve recently released a research article titled “How Sensitive Is Housing Demand to Down Payment Requirements and Mortgage Rates?

 

ben-bernankeFormerly ruling over rooms full of really smart guys: ex-Fed chairman Ben Bernanke

Photo credit: Karen Bleier / AFP

 

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Greece’s Citizens Know More than Paul Krugman

One of the interesting dynamics in Greece is the continued attachment of the Greek population to the Euro. All the polls show 60-70% majorities for staying in the euro zone, notwithstanding the ravages of austerity. But there is a very simple explanation for this paradox. As much as the Greeks blame the rest of Europe, and especially the Germans, for their problems, they understand very well that nothing is worse than their home-grown politicians.

 

091926b1-b5eb-4886-ba1a-cf61b07e64eb-2060x1236We generally don’t make the mistake of overestimating the competence of Paul Krugman on this site (PT) …

Photo credit: David Levene

 

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