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US Policy Paradox: How To Lose Friends And Influence Nothing

"...while pundits argue over whether [actions] are part of a larger American geo-strategic plan to sow confusion or simply an inexperienced Trump administration that cannot decide if it is coming or going, the wider world is more concerned with the effect than the cause..."

The Future Of The Third World

"...the hope among people in the World Bank, the IMF, and other armchair intellectuals was that once the correct incentives were in place and institutions were organized, these structures imposed from on high would put the third world on a path to perpetual growth. They couldn’t have been more wrong..."

FX Week Ahead: Jackson Hole, And A Chance For Yellen To Fend Off Some USD Bashing

Coming off a mixed week for the USD, traders focus their attention on the Jackson Hole symposium which starts on Thursday, running through to Saturday.  Within this, Friday's address by the Fed chair will take centre stage, and for all the 'will she, won't she' talk about monetary policy, the market will be hanging on Janet Yellen's words, as the third rate hike for 2017 remains in the balance. 

Marc Faber: In The Age Of Cyber-Terrorism, Every Investor Must Own Gold

"...the biggest geopolitical risk for Americans today is not a conventional war but rather cyber-attacks that could take down the US power grid...In such a scenario, gold would become an irreplaceable medium of exchange. But it’s not the only reason to own gold today..."

Morgan Stanley: Here Comes "The Three-Headed Policy Monster"

"Congress will return Labor Day to face what my colleague Michael Zezas calls a “three-headed policy monster”: Raising the debt ceiling, passing a budget and embarking on tax reform. None are easy, but we see the debt ceiling as the most immediate test."

Gavekal On The Coming Clash Of Empires: Russia's Role As A Global Game-Changer

Just when China is starting to offer an alternative—an alternative that the US should be trying to bury—the US is moving to “weaponize” the dollar and pound other nations—even those as geo-strategically vital as Russia—for simple domestic political reasons. It all seems so short-sighted.