Category: Finance & Economy

Meet The “Bionic Barrista” Whose Mission Is To Terminate Millions Of Minimum Wage Jobs

Meet Cafe X which just introduced its first robotic cafe in San Francisco.

February 15, 2017
In-depth topic: Automation

Utah Bill Would Set Stage For State Gold and Silver Depository, Further Encourage Use of Metals as Money

Following Texas’ footsteps, Utah introduces bill that would build on the state’s Legal Tender Act, creating a foundation for further action to encourage the use of gold and silver as money, and take another step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

February 12, 2017
In-depth topic: Monetary reset

Online Grocer Debuts “Fruit-Picking Robot” In Latest Blow To Minimum Wage Proponents

An online grocer in the UK debutes a fruit-picking robotic arm for its assembly line.

February 8, 2017
In-depth topic: Automation

Here Are The Countries Where Millennials Will Struggle The Most To Support Retirees

Bloomberg’s Sunset Index, which tracks the number of working age people per retiree, by country, paints a global picture of the demographic onslaught which will put severe strains on government budgets and the younger population.

February 6, 2017
In-depth topic: Demographics

The Dallas Pension Fiasco Is Just the Beginning

The recent blow-up of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, an event which is mathematically predictable and preordained, is just an opening act of what is to come for dozens of US local and state government pension plans in this coming decade.

February 1, 2017
In-depth topic: Monetary reset

Peak Savings: Wall Street Faces 20 Years Of Retirement Withdrawals As Boomers Hit 70 1/2

2013 will go down as the first year in which retirement accounts have greater distributions than contributions (i.e. net outflow) on a continuous basis.

February 1, 2017
In-depth topic: Demographics

The Hidden Trend Behind Population Growth

Even as the world’s population continues to expand, a significant countertrend has been evolving for decades below the surface with far-reaching implications for the global economy and our assumption on economic growth.

December 30, 2016
In-depth topic: Demographics

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

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

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