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The International Investor

December, 2016 Archives

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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Back to Europe

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Mt. Palgon, South Korea

 

I have been climbing a local mountain every day for perspective.  It’s not a huge mountain, but it’s been revered for thousands of years by pilgrims, who climb it for perspective and for worship.  Today I hopped on a bus to get back to the city and an 82 year-old Korean man sat next to me. He was incredibly friendly and we started chatting. It turns out that at the age of 16 years, he fled North Korea during the Korean War on a boat and landed in Pohang.

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