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Squeezing The Philippine Peso

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

In the first quarter, the Philippine peso depreciated against the US dollar. Internationally, this was attributed to President Duterte's policies. In reality, it has a lot to do with the expected US rate hikes. But there is a reason why misguided geopolitics now overshadows Philippines.

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Trump Just Imposed A New Tax On Lumber

by Mark J. Perry, Carpe Diem

There are a lot of news reports today about Trump's decision to impose stiff tariffs on American companies (home builders) who buy Canadian lumber.

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The Euro Is Stronger Than You Think

from Daily Reckoning

-- this post authored by James Rickard

The euro is the currency of the largest economy in the world, but it gets little respect.

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Reducing Inequality Could Be A Matter Of Survival

by The Indian Economist

-- this post authored by Kaushik Basu

Global inequality today is at a level last seen in the late nineteenth century - and it is continuing to rise. With it has come a surging sense of disenfranchisement that has fueled alienation and anger, and even bred nationalism and xenophobia. As people struggle to hold on to their shrinking share of the pie, their anxiety has created a political opening for opportunistic populists, shaking the world order in the process.

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America's Gilded Age 2: On The Rocks

Written by Danielle DiMartino Booth, Money Strong

Some movies beg to be one and done.

No sequel. No Part II. No Redux. 1981's smash hit Arthur is a classic example of what happens when well is not left alone. There was never going to be a way to replicate the hilarity born of sublime scripting and delivery to say nothing of the perfectly unconventional combination of casting and direction.

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What Does The Strong Q1 Growth Mean For China?

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

China announced a growth surprise last week. After this solid first quarter performance, the central government may be in the unique position to achieve its growth target - even while tightening. In the first quarter, China's economy grew 6.9 percent; slightly faster than expected and led by strong expansion at factories.

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Marx, Orwell And State-Cartel Socialism

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds

When "socialist" states have to impose finance-capital extremes that even exceed the financialization of nominally capitalist economies, it gives the lie to their claims of "socialism."

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Will France Change The European Landscape?

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

This weekend sees the first round of the French national election. President Hollande's utter failure to foster broad consensus for structural reforms has paved the way for a contested election. While public debate focuses on Emmanuel Macron as the savior of France, the real story is that Marine Le Pen's agenda has shifted the French political landscape.

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G20 Confliction: Soaring Markets, Declining Trade, Looming Contraction

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

Last month there was a conflicted meeting of the G20 nations in Germany's Black Forest region. There is a deep chasm between America's historical rebuff of G20 efforts, which seek to re-ignite trade, and markets, which remain at record heights. This rift is untenable.

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