5 Territorial Disputes To Watch For In 2017

For several places around the world, 2017 could be a watershed year, as various territorial disputes threaten to boil over amidst a climate of global uncertainty.

In Last Farewell, Russia Slams Obama Whose "Dumb" Actions "Claimed Tens Of Thousands Of Lives"

"Everyone is aware that the United States has always tried to" steer" almost all global processes, brazenly interfering in the internal affairs of various countries and waging multiple wars on foreign soil. Iraq, the Arab Spring, Ukraine, and Syria are just a few examples. We can still see their consequences, which range from the complete collapse of the political systems in these countries to wars which claimed tens of thousands of lives."

Dear Europe, Trump's Just Not That Into You

"Guys! You lost! You lost big. Get a grip. It’s a different world out there. Adapt accordingly or fade away. Something tells us the adaptation process will prove too much for most of Europe’s current leaders. That will necessarily mean that most won’t be leaders for long."

Trump Versus The CIA

"The CIA is a sitting duck for Trump. He has every reason to abolish the agency that has traditionally operated on behalf of narrow interests. There is no reason for Trump to tolerate spurious charges against him by the CIA. At best the CIA is incompetent. At worst the agency is complicit in, or organizer of, terrorist events."

"He Wants To Be Emperor" – How Mark Zuckerberg Is Scheming To Become President

"Increasingly, a number of influential people in Silicon Valley seem to think that Mark Zuckerberg will likely run for president of the United States one day. And some people, including myself, believe that he could indeed win. “He wants to be emperor” is a phrase that has become common among people who have known him over the years."

Chinese Investors Exit Bitcoin, Flood Into Gold ETFs

Amid a weakening yuan and a tumbling Bitcoin (amid crackdowns on 'virtual' capital outflows from China), Chinese money is moving to bullion as investors seek an alternative to the 'managed' fiat paper offered by the PBOC. In the week through Monday, China attracted $52 million, the biggest inflow into commodity-linked exchange-traded funds of all countries tracked by Bloomberg.

Socialism, Not Oil, Is The Cause Of Venezuela's Problems

Venezuela’s economy has collapsed. Unfortunately, most people mistakenly believe Venezuela’s policies created a successful economy prior to the collapse in oil prices. The truth is that Venezuela’s socialist policies held back its economy during the oil boom and are the direct cause of its economic collapse today.

Obama Fails To Breach $20 Trillion

On Obama's last day in office, total Federal debt was some $39 billion below the key "psychological level", clocking in at precisely 19,961,467,137,973.64. This means that both "Dow 20,000" and "Debt $20,000,000,000,000" accomplishments will belong to Trump.

Trump Team Preparing "Dramatic Cuts To Government Spending"

According to a report from The Hill this morning, President-elect Trump's transition team is already working with career staff at the White House on plans to slash federal spending with significant cuts expected to the budgets of the Department of Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Justice and State, among others, totaling $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

Will Real Estate Investors Take Over Airbnb?

In only 8 years, Airbnb has become a $25 billion company. Co-founder Brian Chesky often talks about how anyone can turn extra space in their home into an asset that helps them pay their rent, but the economics of short term rental sites Airbnb and VRBO also appeal to people who do not live in the house or apartment they rent out. This increasingly includes professional real estate investors.