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Hong Kong is famous for its status as a financial hub and for the industriousness of its people, but now [...]

A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bank Bail-Ins Begin

By: Ellen_Brown At the end of November, an Italian pensioner hanged himself after his entire €100,000 savings were confiscated in a bank “rescue” [...]

Some Countries See Migrants as an Economic Boon, Not a Burden

MONTREAL—Lined with cafes and bustling with newcomers, the streets of this eclectic port city, where French and English are spoken [...]

Key things to know about federal land ownership in the West

__ HOW MUCH LAND DOES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OWN? It controls about a million square miles, mostly in the West, [...]

The Only China Play To Make Now

 By StreetAuthority Shutterstock photo   For decades now, investors and companies have been trying to position for an emergent China. Foreign [...]

How to End Homelessness in New York City

Supportive housing can help get people who have cycled through jail and emergency rooms off the streets permanently. Mark Lennihan [...]

Russia and China May Be Creating Their Own Jason Bourne Super Soldiers

By Eric Tegler, The United States’ most powerful geopolitical adversaries are already working on something America is reluctant to: Enhanced Human Operations [...]

Emerging Markets 2016 Outlook

By Mark Mobius, Franklin Templeton Blog, In many respects, 2015 was a challenging year for investors in emerging markets. However, [...]

Betting on Deflation May Be a Huge Mistake. Here’s Why…

Precious metals investors heading into 2016 worry the dollar will continue marching ahead, right over the top of gold and [...]

Gold’s Artificial Price Lows

By: Zeal_LLC Gold’s latest slide to new secular lows has amplified the hyper-bearish sentiment long plaguing it.  More than ever, traders [...]

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