Welcome to the XXVII69 Issue

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BE YOU, BE FREE, THINK FOR YOURSELF


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MORE CHEAP MONEY = MORE CHEAP TRICKS

Another week, another stream of mainstream media headlines that simplify complex economic and geopolitical facts and factors, distilling them down to a reason or two as to why markets move and…
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ECONOMIC FEAR FACTOR

It was reported the week of 7 October that Kristalina Georgieva, the new Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, asked staff members to analyze the risks of a prolonged period of…
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INDIA’S BANK HOLIDAY?

One of India’s most popular banks, Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative Bank, with deposits of nearly $1.5 billion, lent most of its money to a Mumbai real estate company now in bankruptcy. As a…
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BUBBLE, BUBBLE, OIL AND TROUBLE

Following the drone strike on Saudi oil fields by Houthis on 14 September, Brent crude spiked some 15 percent to over $66 per barrel, the largest one-day increase ever recorded. As we go to press on…
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STATESIDE STATISTICS

The Average Joe’s Main Squeeze The U.S. labor market is trending down. The number of jobs created in August fell 4 percent from the same time a year earlier, to 7.1 million.  The job numbers in…
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BYE BYE BUCKS?

IMF data show that central banks are subtly ditching the dollar.  Goldman Sachs reports dollar reserves slipped 4 percentage points in 2017 and 2018. Still the coin of the global realm, two-thirds…
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TURKEY INVADES, TRUMP FEELS POLITICAL HEAT

Last Wednesday, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan launched a military offensive into Northern Syria.  He said the attack was “to crash the terrorist organization in a couple of days in all of…
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OCCUPY PEACE? NOT FOR TOP DEMOCRATS

Joe Biden, a Democratic frontrunner in The Presidential Reality Show, with “More Murder, No Peace on Earth” as his mantra, he, too, attacks President Trump’s Turkish/Syrian policies. Biden, with his…
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WELCOME BACK 9/11?

Almost immediately after pulling out troops from Syria and pledging to “end the endless wars” and that it was “time for us to get out” of Middle East conflicts, President Trump got America in deeper…
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HONG KONG UPDATE AND CRACKDOWN

Week 19: Massive anti-government protests continue to escalate and turn more violent. Stores, banks, and properties perceived to be connected with Beijing were vandalized, and a subway station was…
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OVER EIGHT MILLION IN ZIMBABWE FACE FAMINE

The UN World Food Program has issued a warning that Zimbabwe is “marching towards starvation.”  Decades of dictatorial rule and government mismanagement, and now faced with severe drought conditions…
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ECUADOR: HIDE AND SEEK

As reported in the 8 October Trends Journal, thousands of Ecuadorian workers, indigenous people, and students took to the streets to protest rampant government corruption and lack of employment.  …
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ROMANIAN GOVERNMENT TOPPLED

The ruling Social Democratic Party of Romania suffered a no-confidence motion by opposition parties, who have claimed rampant corruption and attacks the rule of law.  The party has faced accusations…
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READY TO EXPLODE, READY TO IMPLODE

One of our Top 10 Trends for 2019, “Ready to Explode” is getting bigger. According to a study published in The Lancet earlier this year, over two billion people – nearly 30 percent of the world’s…
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FIRST GAS STATION GOES ELECTRIC

A U.S. first but not the last: a gas station in Takoma Park, MD, has taken out its gas pumps, ripped up its underground fuel tanks, and replaced that infrastructure with electric car chargers. The…
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FROM GENES TO CURES

In September, more than 150 geneticists from 19 countries convened – in Cambridge, MA and on-line – to strategize about speeding research from spotting genes associated with specific common illnesses…
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NEW FAMILY OF SUPER-HARD MATERIALS

Scientists at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania have used data science, also known as informatics, to create a new class of super-hard alloys that could lead to crash-resistant vehicles and better…