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Pyongyang’s Hydro Bomb rattles Korea’s Kospi Rally

     South Korea’s economy has demonstrated incredible strength and resiliency over the past 65-years, to become the eleventh largest economy in the world, and the fourth largest in Asia, behind China, Japan, and India. Much of the country’s infrastructure was destroyed during the Korean War that followed in 1950-1953. After the war, South Korea became heavily dependent on US-aid. In the 1960’s, GDP per capita was comparable with levels in the poorer countries of Africa and Asia. Yet in 2004, South Korea joined the trillion-dollar club of world economies.

Sep 05, 2017

Who deserves the Credit for US Stock market Rally into the Stratosphere?

     Gauging by the performance of stock market indexes, Donald Trump’s Presidency has been a smashing success in its first six months. US-Stocks rose sharply in the first six months of 2017, with the S&P-500 index <SPX> rising +8%, outstripping the return most Wall Street strategists predicted for the full year and doubling the average +4% January-thru-June gain since World War II. The Dow Jones industrial average topped 20,000 for the first time and made 24 record highs. US-companies posted their best quarterly profit growth…

Jul 17, 2017

ECB chief Draghi Rocks Global Markets – Signals Tapering of QE

     On January 31st, 2017; the Trump administration fired the first shot in a “Currency War’ with the Euro-zone, when Trump’s top trade adviser Peter Navarro accused the German finance ministry of using a “grossly undervalued” Euro to “exploit the US and its EU partners”, in written comments in the Financial Times. Navarro, the head of Mr Trump’s new National Trade Council, told the Financial Times the Euro is like an “implicit Deutsche Mark” whose low valuation gave Germany an advantage over its main partners. While not necessarily novel – Germany…

Jun 27, 2017

No Recovery in Sight for Crude Oil prices, from Great Crash of 2014-15

    Three years ago, on June 12th, 2014; after four days of fighting, Iraq’s security forces abandoned their posts in Mosul as ISIS militiamen took over army bases, banks and government offices. The jihadists seized huge stores of American-supplied arms, ammunition and vehicles, apparently including six Black Hawk helicopters and 500 billion dinars ($430-million) in freshly printed cash. Some 500,000 people fled in terror to areas beyond ISIS’s sway.

    The scale of the attack on Mosul was particularly audacious. But it did not…

Jun 05, 2017

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