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Brexit, Germany and Asia

Brexit will accelerate Germany’s shift toward Eurasia and the globe at large into a multi-polar world.

June 17, 2017
Finance & Economy

Visualizing the Jobs Lost to Automation

Infographic showing how different job categories will be affected by automation. Frey and Osborne: about half of today’s jobs will likely by done by computers in a decade or two.

June 6, 2017
In-depth topic: Automation
Finance & Economy

Shock Waves Spread from Spain’s New Banking Crisis

The shares of Spain’s sixth biggest bank, Banco Popular, plunged 36% this week to €0.43, causing senior officials of the ECB to warn that the bank could be wound down if it fails to find a buyer. Should that happen, it would be the first major test of …

June 3, 2017
In-depth topic: Bank bail-in
Finance & Economy

Ecuador Terminate All Its Bilateral Investment Treaties

On the heels of the publication of a report by the country’s Investment Treaties Audit Commission, Ecuador became the fifth country to terminate all its bilateral investment treaties (BITs). Among the findings prompting the government towards its decis …

Arizona Governor Signs Bill to Repeal State Capital Gains Taxes on Gold and Silver

Arizona Governor signed a bill into law that eliminates states capital gains taxes on gold and silver specie, a first step to facilitate their use as currency and undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

May 26, 2017
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Gold

Puerto Rico Placed in Bankruptcy Protection

The governor of Puerto Rico just petitioned for relief under Title III of a new federal law for insolvent territorial governments. There is no provision for state bankruptcies under Chapter 9 law, but that does not mean some of the states in the US can …

May 14, 2017
In-depth topic: Peak debt
Finance & Economy

Naysayer Reality Check: Waymo’s Self-Driving Taxi Debuts in Phoenix, for Free

Residents of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area can now sign up to go for a ride in a self-driving minivan, thanks to a newly announced trial by Waymo, the self-driving car startup spun off from Google late last year – for free and as often as they …

April 30, 2017
In-depth topic: Automation
Finance & Economy

Meet The Robots That Will Build Your Next House

Robotics is going to disrupt the residential construction industry in a serious way.

April 23, 2017
In-depth topic: Automation
Finance & Economy

From Max Spenders To Max Social Burdens

A visualization of how the baby boomers move from being max spenders, then max savers to ultimately max social burdens as this population bulge traverses through the python, as illustrated by Mike Maloney. Where are they now? Transitioning into max sav …

April 12, 2017
In-depth topic: Demographics
Finance & Economy

How Great Streets Revitalized Downtown Austin, Texas

Project Great Streets chronicles how the city of Austin, Texas, revitalized their once dying downtown by reclaiming its public realm for people and rebuilding its downtown grid as walkable and livable great streets.

April 7, 2017
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Urban development