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Posted by Larry LaBorde

on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 07:58

arows1I have been watching the parade march by and after months of contemplation I have the following comments concerning the next 2 to 3 years.

1.US Presidential election:

The election itself was not as important as the fact that a large percentage of the population has come to realize that we are on a course that cannot continue.  Middle American decided that things must change.  Dissatisfaction with the status quo is really what the 2016 election was all about.  It was not republicans vs. democrats so much as it was globalist against nationalist.  

2. The EU (European Union)

It appears that the euro was doomed from the start.  Monetary policy was centralized but fiscal policy was not.  Merkel’s immigration policy is just the last straw for many Europeans.  Rules and regulations pouring out from Brussels are strangling the economies of all the EU countries.  There are over 1,200 regulations on a “spoon”.  There are over 1,000 regulations on “cabbages”.  These regulations are coming from the central government from unelected bureaucrats that answer to no one.  Many of the unelected ministers make over 300,000 euros / year along with their expenses.  This new mandarin class of overseers can make regulations over the objections of the elected governments in the individual countries.  The Italian banks have 18% of their loans in the non-performing category (US banks are about 2%).  Italy cannot continue much longer without some sort of change.  President Holland in France is on the way out and change is in the air for the coming election there.  The EU will collapse as more countries pull out and quit paying for the central government.  Wealth will flee Europe in the coming chaos and much of that wealth will find its way into the US markets.  It will purchase blue chip stocks, high-end real estate, bonds and precious metals.  This will cause the USD, precious metals, real estate and the stock market in the US to all go up together.  Our balance of trade will become even more lopsided as our exports become more expensive.  

3. Retirement and Life Insurance companies:



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Incredible opportunities in a hidden corner of the world

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Posted by Simon Black - Sovereign Man

on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:42

"for individual investors, the Republic of Georgia is ripe with opportunity" "when the Georgian government abolished its previous Byzantine tax code and adopted a simple, low, flat tax model, government tax doubled" investors are "still earning over 7% on their US dollar deposits"

GeorgiaSimon Black sent me to the former Soviet republic of Georgia to spend some time on the ground conducting due diligence on some potential private investments.

Georgia is a fantastic country that Simon has been to several times, and the opportunities here are simply amazing.

It’s not that Georgia has more opportunities than Europe, the US, and the rest of the world. Investment opportunities are everywhere.

The difference here is that Georgia is totally off the radar of most investors.

It’s a tiny country of 4 million people with a GDP of roughly $36 billion. That’s about half the size of the economy of New Hampshire.

And the total stock market capitalization is just a fraction of Uber’s most recent market value.

This means that it’s very difficult for large, institutional investors to put money to work in this country.

They need big scale… economies where they can easily deploy billions of dollars. There simply aren’t enough of those supersized opportunities here.

That’s why you won’t see a bunch of hedge fund managers on CNBC talking about their investment positions in the Republic of Georgia. It’s too small for them.

But for individual investors, Georgia is ripe with opportunity.

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5 Tried and True Strategies For Building Wealth

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Posted by InvestorJunkie.com

on Monday, 28 November 2016 16:24

build-wealthThere are hundreds of resources available that claim to help you build wealth. From smart stock market strategies to investing in startups as a venture capitalist, there are numerous ways to make your money work for you.

So how do you know which ones really work? Here are five tried and strategies for building wealth, that have stood the test of time.

....read all 5 HERE

 

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How to Turn Any Company into a Well-Oiled Machine

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Posted by Eamonn Percy - The Percy Group

on Friday, 25 November 2016 08:28

“Well done is better than well said.” - Benjamin Franklin
 
abf5432ff85fb47e70add110021e8704A poorly performing company is in a state of constant and unmitigated chaos, where uncertainty abounds, communication is poor, and frustrations among employees, managers, and owners are high. Obstacles, both small and large, are throwing the company off kilter and there is no systematic approach to achieving order. Without intervention, long-term prospects are poor and its demise is inevitable.

There can be a number of reasons for this chaos.  For instance, the company may be attempting to grow by expanding into new markets, but still using an old markets business model. Competitive threats could be driving industry changes but the company is in reactive mode, rather than leading those changes with innovation and new thinking. The company may have an insufficient focus on achieving sales, margins, and profit growth, and therefore be starved for capital and unable to make the necessary reinvestment in products, people, and infrastructure. Finally, the company may lack the resilience to withstand significant shocks, common in today’s economy, such as Brexit, abnormally low-interest rates, sluggish global growth, or technological change. Whatever the cause, this chaos must be acknowledged and dealt with.

The solution to taming this chaos, creating order and building a more resilient company, lies in implementing a systematic approach to building the business. In my more than 25 years of experience in transforming and building companies, as an executive, advisor, and board member, I have found that the best companies are built by leaders who work not only in the company but on the company. They have a clear sense of the difference between great products and a great company that produces great products.

For your benefit, I have summarized the six steps I believe are necessary to help reign in chaos and restore order, based on my real-life experience in running and advising companies.  They are:



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SWOT Analysis: Where Will Gold Go From Here?

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Posted by Frank Holmes - US Global Investors

on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 08:07

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  • The best performing precious metal for the week was palladium with a 7.14 percent gain.  Bloomberg highlighted that automotive production in China grew 34 percent in September and 18 percent in October. As other gold investors are heading for the exit, billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson has maintained his holding in the world’s biggest ETF backed by gold, reports Bloomberg. Even as gold prices posted their first quarterly loss this year, Paulson & Co. kept its holdings unchanged from June through the end of September.
  • According to Bloomberg calculations, mine supply may fall about a third in the 10 years to 2025, with the number of newly discovered primary gold deposits already falling to three in 2014 from 37 in 1987, writes Mark O’Byrne. CEO of Randgold Resources, Mark Bristow, says gold production may peak in the next three years as miners fail to replace their reserves. The silver market is in the same boat, reports Reuters, with 2016 marking the fourth consecutive year in which the market has realized a physical shortfall. In Russia, in fact, silver production fell 9.4 percent year-over-year from January to September, and gold output declined 1.4 percent.
  • BonTerra Resources announced this week that it has significantly extended its Gladiator Gold Zones by over 250 meters with “multiple intersections of high grades and meaningful widths.” The Drill Hole BA-16-39 generated gold bearing horizons including an intersection of 70 g/t over 5.5 meters  at the eastern extent of the deposit and over 600 meters in depth below surface.

 

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