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The International Investor

February, 2016 Archives

Even Mao Recoiled

by Benjamin J. Butler

 

United Kingdom


Markets around the world have staged a predictable rally. Personally I don’t think that this will last: we are in a bear market for most risk assets including stocks.  Hilsenrath’s comments in the Wall St Journal today suggesting that the Fed will probably not raise rates in March is absolutely no surprise to us.

 

Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is quoted in the article as saying “a more gradual approach is an appropriate response to headwinds from abroad that slow exports, and financial volatility that raises the cost of funds to many firms.”


 

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Alchemical Fire

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Daegu, South Korea

 

The Alchemical Fire of the Fire Monkey has been unleashed since Chinese New Year with riots in Hong Kong, stock markets in Asia crashing, financial stocks globally plummeting, the North Korean situation intensifying and an increasingly unpredictable presidential race in the USA.

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