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Authored by Golem XIV, I am one of those who thinks that democracy is being destroyed.  I know its fashionable to play cynical one-upmanship and say – ‘we’ve never had democracy’, or, ‘it was destroyed long ago’,  but that game aside, I think its worth actually thinking about how, many forms of democratic expression, effective dissent and peaceful self-determination are being buried. In “The Next Crisis” I argued that the

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Published on Dec 31, 2015 Tom catches up with Rob Arnott, CEO/Chairman of Research Affiliates, on the 10 year anniversary of his firm’s release of the index that comprised the first smart-beta ETF to learn how he thinks its changed […] The post Rob Arnott – The Birth of Smart-Beta ETFs appeared first on ValueWalk.

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One year ago, when oil was trading in the mid-$50s, and when MarketWatch released an article saying "Now’s time to consider energy stocks: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley" (from December 15), we took the other side and on January 29 we explained why "Either Oil Soars Back To $88, Or Energy Stocks Have To Tumble By Over 40%." Oil stocks did indeed slide, if not as much as we expected, although out other forecast was virtually spot on: we said that the implied price of oil one year out would

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The Supreme Court’s ruling Hepburn v. Griswold reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1869, five years after the war had ended. The Court ruled in favor of Griswold, holding in a 4-3 decision that legal-tender laws violated the U.S. Constitution. […] The post Monetary History: Should Legal Tender Laws Be Abolished? appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Gamers are already murmuring about the release of the PlayStation 5, yet the giant Sony corporation has yet to give much indication about its next generation video games console. There is a huge amount of anticipation about the PlayStation 5, […] The post Is Sony Ready To Reveal The PlayStation 5? appeared first on ValueWalk.

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``As a matter of fact, putting aside the fact that this directive legalises the looting of depositors' savings, as we've said before, one could consider, at least, that the BRRD could quickly solve a banking crisis -- in a bloody fashion but, nevertheless, in an efficient manner. In reality, this is true only if all of a country's banks are going under at the same time (as in Cyprus in 2013). But the case of Italy is showing another scenario: when one or several regional banks (or a large systemic bank) go bust, implementing the BRRD leads to the spoliation of hundreds of thousands of
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100% Value Stocks: Why What Looks Good On Paper May Not Be Great For Real Life by GersteinFisher In the world of quantitative investing, value strategies have been a dominant focus since Eugene Fama and Kenneth French published their seminal […] The post 100% Value Stocks: Why What Looks Good On Paper May Not Be Great For Real Life appeared first on ValueWalk.

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``As 2016 begins, there are clear signs of serious debt/default squalls on the horizon. We can already see the first white-capped waves... From a historical perspective, the emerging economies seem to be headed toward a major crisis. Of course, they may prove more resilient than their predecessors. But we shouldn't count on it.''

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``How did other Western governments react to the violation of one of the most sacred legal principles in our entire financial system? They simply nodded their heads in unison, and, as a single chorus, called the Cyprus Steal "a precedent" -- a template for future systemic financial crime in their own regimes.''

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Happy New Year, everyone! This week we're kicking off 2016's Awesome Stuff posts with another round-up of three crowdfunding projects for interesting new gadgets and gear. The TESLA Electronic Lighter Over the years, there have been lots of pie-in-the-sky dreams of a future where induction charging lets us power our smartphones and laptops by simply walking around with chargers in our shoes, but that's not going to be happening anytime soon. But, the technology still has the potential to

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Via The Financial Repression Authority, We believe the Credit Cycle has turned and with it will come some massive unexpected shocks. One of these will be the fall out in the Bond Market, centered around the dramatic growth explosion in Bond ETFs coupled with the post financial crisis regulatory changes that effectively removed banks from making markets in corporate bonds.  It is a ‘Witch’s Brew’ with a flattening yield curve bringing it to a boil. 2000 – Flat

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``The Address Downtown Dubai hotel will be closed indefinitely after suffering extensive damage, according to Emaar Properties.'' -- This is going to add to the woes of the local property market, for sure...

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Silicon Valley hierarchy of needs.. So true   Silicon Valley hierarchy of needs.. So true, except burning man should be on a higher step than yoga. pic.twitter.com/YSOSZzxPAN — Annie (@anniebtc) December 28, 2015 The post LOL – Silicon Valley hierarchy of needs [CHART] appeared first on ValueWalk.

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It’s no secret that relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated the post-Cold War lows.  The annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Ukraine have pushed the two sides to the brink of a Baltic battle while Russia’s intervention in Syria changed the West’s calculus when it comes to pushing for regime change in the Mid-East.  Earlier this year, in a hilariously accurate assessment of US foreign policy, Vladimir Putin’s Security Council issued a statement entitled

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It’s that time of year when the media is filled with all manner of terrible investing advice: “10 ETFs to own in 2016!” “Give up lattes to get your budget in order.” “The stocks/sectors/countries you MUST invest in!” “Who was the best mutual fund manager of the year?” And that’s before we even get into...Read More

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Prepare to be taxed.   Behind the veneer of “all is well” being promoted by both world Governments and the Mainstream Media, the political elite have begun implementing legislation that will permit them to freeze accounts and use your savings to prop up insolvent banks.   This is not conspiracy theory or some kind of doom and gloom. It’s basic fact.   In the last 16 months, Canada, Cyprus, New Zealand, the US, the UK, and now Germany have all implemented

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While we wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s possible to find a “silver lining” in the San Bernardino massacre, the fact that Tashfeen Malik’s connection to Saudi Arabia has focused the world’s attention on Riyadh’s role in promoting Sunni extremism means the tragedy will at least serve a kind of utilitarian purpose.  As we and others have documented extensively, Saudi Arabia’s promotion of Wahhabism makes the kingdom the number one state sponsor of terror almost by default

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