Macro Briefing: 22 May 2019

US: Syria may be using chemical weapons again: Reuters Pressure on House Speaker rises to begin Trump impeachment: The Hill St. Louis Fed Chief lays out case for cutting rates: WSJ US...

How Much Oil is in an Electric Vehicle?

In the modern context, cities create somewhat of a paradox. While cities are the main drivers for improving the lives of people and entire nations, they also tend to be...

A Brief History of Financial Entropy

A Brief History of Financial Entropy The global economy began an experiment with fiscal and monetary alchemy when it exited the gold standard almost 50 years ago. In 1971 the USD...

The Beginning of a Bitcoin Bull Run?

The global financial system has created massive wealth, but its centralized nature means the spoils have gone to the people who are best connected to the financial centers of...

Liquidity Stress Fractures Begin to Show in the Federal Reserve System

In my January Premium Post, “An Interesting Interest Conundrum,” I laid out how the Federal Reserve was losing control over the Fed funds rate — a loss of control...

Macro Briefing: 17 May 2019

China’s state media downplays odds for resuming trade talks with US: Bloomberg Is US inflation too low? Yes, according to Fed officials: NY Times Fed official: inflation-jobless rate link ‘has broken...

Macro Briefing: 16 May 2019

GOP lawmakers raise questions on Trump’s Iran policy: The Hill Alabama passes law criminalizing nearly all abortions: CBS Trump bans US firms from using tech gear from China’s Huawei: CNN US suspends...

Macro Briefing: 15 May 2019

US birth rate fell to 32-year low in 2018: WSJ Iran officially ends parts of 2015 nuclear deal: CNBC US orders partial evacuation of embassy in Baghdad: NBC China’s retail sales growth...

The Hydrogen City: How Hydrogen Can Help to Achieve Zero Emissions

It took five years to sell the first million electric cars. In 2018, it took only six months. The Tesla Model 3 also passed a significant milestone in 2018, becoming...

Global Monetary Policy Outlook – The Tides Are Turning

Last year saw something exceedingly rare. For a period of 9 months there were exclusively rate hikes by the major central banks we monitor. But this period of tightening...

US-China Trade War Confirms Political Risk Is Now A Key Factor...

There are few real surprises in life, and President Trump’s decision to launch a full-scale trade war with China wasn’t one of them.  He had virtually promised to do...

The eSports Boom, and the Numbers Behind the Sector’s Explosive Growth

The oldest professional sport teams can trace their start back to the mid-19th century, a period when casual past times such as baseball or football transitioned into more organized...