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The International Investor

May, 2017

New Silk Road

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Somewhere on the West Coast of Korea 

 

I am spending a night with my daughter and wife in a hotel overlooking the ocean on the west coast of Korea. Like pretty much all of the coast of South Korea, there are military installations in the vicinity, but not enough to ruin the views. Since Moon Jae-In was elected President there has again been rhetoric that suggests a possible change in relations between the two Koreas. In recent weeks Trump has hinted a willingness to one day meet Kim Jong Un, and the new South Korean President said he wants to resolve the crisis and will fly to Pyongyang in North Korea if he has to.  

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Optimistic Long Term Visions

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Many of my friends have made 30% in just a few weeks trading crypto-currencies. I am not sure how to interpret this. I know that some people are buying them because they have lost faith in the financial system and fiat currencies, as I mentioned a few weeks ago. Others are just joining in on the speculation and the hype of the new economy and fintech. There is most certainly much demand from China where the macro environment remains tough.

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