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Davos and Trump

by Benjamin J. Butler

If we’re in one of those periods now, if 2016 is like 1932 or 1979 — then you not only have to change your portfolio, you have to change your lifestyle. That’s one of the things we’ve been telling clients. If this is a major shift to populism, nationalism, greater state involvement, and less globalism, then you really have to rethink almost everything in your life.

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The Eve of a New World

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Some pretty dramatic statements are being said by people around the world at this time as we move into 2017. The end of Western civilization, some say.

 

A Financial Times journalist wrote:

It is not true that humanity cannot learn from history. It can and, in the case of the lessons of the dark period between 1914 and 1945, the west did. But it seems to have forgotten those lessons.

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New Year's Resolutions

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Daegu, South Korea   

 

Happy New Year!

  

I was pondering New Year's resolutions this week. I kind of cheat because I celebrate both the Solar New Year (what we celebrate in the West) and the Lunar New Year (which China, Korea and some other Asian nations follow). The solar New Year gets me thinking but I really consider my year kicking off a month later. This gives me a transition period in which to ponder.

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Collecting Nickels

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

It’s been an interesting week. Despite being in between national holidays, I managed to have chats with a few different people from a virtual reality expert to an advisor to a person knowledgable about Chinese financial institutions.

 

I will try and keep it simple.

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The Pain Trade

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Mt. Palgon, South Korea

 

A Time of Great Innovation

I had a wonderful, but tiring, day. I was up at the crack of dawn to do a webinar and also to speak with a fellow futurist in Washington DC, did several hours of research and admin, and I still managed to do my daily mountain climb. It’s very easy to beat oneself up for what you haven't done each day, but I think it’s healthy to just feel gratitude for what one has achieve. There is something powerful about gratitude.

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Don't Forget Japan

by Benjamin J. Butler

 

Daegu, South Korea

 

I am sure a year ago many people would not have expected Trump to win the Whitehouse, be named TimeMagazine's “Person of the Year” and for markets to have significantly moved up on the back of it. But this is where we are. In the last week Trump has been trying to make all the right economic moves, and his pragmatic stance might well help bring back some industry to the US. He’s certainly good at the photo opportunities with business people, like Japan’s Masatoshi Son this week. Arthur Laffer, the economist behind the Reagan tax cuts, was in London explaining the tailwinds that Trump’s plans will create. 


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