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Trump, Russia and China

A likely change in attitude towards Russia and China with the incoming Trump presidency and administration would usher in some pretty farreaching new realities, both geopolitically and economically.

December 25, 2016
Finance & Economy

Monte dei Paschi: Bail-out Or Bail-in?

In the latest episode of the slowly unfolding European banking crisis, Italy is set to bailout with public money Monte dei Paschi, the country’s third largest bank, after the latest attempt to lure private investors to save the bank has failed. A €20 b …

December 21, 2016
In-depth topic: Bank bail-in
Finance & Economy

Help For Land?

Faced with a declining local population and inability to get help for their store, two sisters in a tiny town on Cape Breton Island in Canada, came up with an idea to attract people to their town.

December 21, 2016
In-depth topic: Local resiliency
Misc

Fake News and the Mainstream Media

In a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, the mainstream media is out swinging, naming a few hundred websites ‘fake news’ sites spreading Russian propaganda and costing Clinton the election.

December 11, 2016
Misc

Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story

Vancouver’s multi-modal success story – achieving a 50% sustainable mode share of bike, walk and transit, four years earlier than its goal – is demarcated by three seminal events in urban planning and spacing making.

December 6, 2016
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Transportation

Share Buybacks 2016 Q2 Udpate

The latest FactSet report on S&P buybacks show the buyback frenzy in the past several years might have peaked.

November 30, 2016
In-depth topic: Peak debt
Finance & Economy

Household Debt Hits $12.4 Trillion As Subprime Loan Delinquencies Hit Highest In 6 Years: NY Fed

Latest snapshot of the US auto loans – subprime loans continue to rise while their delinquency rate deteriorates notably.

November 30, 2016
In-depth topic: Peak debt
Finance & Economy

Wind Surges to Nearly 15 Percent of Texas Power Supply

Texas, the clear window power leader in the US, generates nearly 15 percent of its power from wind in 2016, making it third after coal and natural gas.

November 29, 2016
In-depth topic: Renewable energy
Energy

End of Growth Rattles Our Economic Constructs

Conventional economists and monetary practitioners take it as gospel that economic growth is both a necessity for our well being and something which can be projected indefinitely into the future. The end of growth as we are now witnessing, then, would fundamentally alter the constructs upon which our economy is based, with far reaching impacts.

November 27, 2016
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy

Huge free trade penalty against Canada

Government of Ontario lost its case in a private ISDS secret tribunal with its moratorium on offshore wind turbines. $28 million assessed.