Author archives: Nick OConnor

  • Are You Entitled to the Income of Others?

    23.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Are You Entitled to the Income of Others?

    If you’re trying to answer that question based on ethics, legalities or some sort of social theory, you’re not thinking like an economist. You’re arguing about moving water around the bathtub. Good luck to you.

  • Don’t Buy Japanese: Watch the Widowmaker

    19.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Don’t Buy Japanese: Watch the Widowmaker

    Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme collapsed for one primary reason – he had more investors exiting his scheme than entering. As soon as this happened it was over. According to this most recent census, the Japanese population peaked within the last few years

  • Why You Should Be Suspicious of Portfolio Diversification

    18.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Why You Should Be Suspicious of Portfolio Diversification

    Apart from being legally mandated to promote diversification, financial advisers benefit from it. It increases the amount of things they need to be doing for you and can charge you for. But does it work?

  • How Blockchain Could Have Prevented the Recent Cyberattacks

    17.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on How Blockchain Could Have Prevented the Recent Cyberattacks

    Hacks like this make the way we currently think about data security seem increasingly obsolete. Having a “centralised” system whereby all data is accessible if you break in is crazy. It’s like a bank robbery: once you’re in the vault, you can

  • New Underwater Discovery Could Change Energy Forever

    17.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on New Underwater Discovery Could Change Energy Forever

    Today, we’re going to be looking at a somewhat different energy commodities story – tellurium. This element is vital for many solar power projects. It’s topical right now, because of a huge new underwater discovery.

  • Peak Oil: What Comes Next?

    16.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Peak Oil: What Comes Next?

    Imagine if you were a bronze investor at the end of the Stone Age. Or an iron ore investor at the end of the Bronze Age. Or you bought oil stocks before the Royal Navy was refitted from coal to oil by order of Mr Churchill before the First World War. Which

  • China Looks to Build a New Silk Road

    15.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on China Looks to Build a New Silk Road

    While US President Donald Trump threatens countries with protectionism, China is offering cash to open up markets. International rail, ports, airports and everything else are expected to be on the to-do list. China’s direction isn’t just trade but a trade

  • The 5 Problems of Central Banking and How to Profit From Them

    12.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on The 5 Problems of Central Banking and How to Profit From Them

    Central bankers are tasked with making our economy run smoothly. But what if central bank policies are the cause of economic problems, not the solution to them? Let’s take a look at the flaws of central banking and how they turn into investment

  • New Reports Reveal Alarming Cracks in Chinese Financial Markets

    11.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on New Reports Reveal Alarming Cracks in Chinese Financial Markets

    It’s interesting to think about how China has gone from being a production powerhouse to a housing bubble to a debt bubble in the space of only a few years. It took the Americans decades.

  • Smugglers Send Cost of Bitcoin Soaring

    10.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Smugglers Send Cost of Bitcoin Soaring

    Bitcoin is nationless. Its payment infrastructure is decentralized. This means it challenges the US government’s control over the international financial infrastructure. Smuggling is alive and well in our modern world, and bitcoin is the currency of choice.

  • Three Simple Tips to Making You and Your Family Rich

    10.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Three Simple Tips to Making You and Your Family Rich

     By Nick O’Connor – Capital and Conflict (Great Britain) – How do rich families get rich, and stay rich? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself for the last few weeks. As part of it, I’ve conducted a pretty exhaustive study

  • Three Simple Tips to Making You and Your Family Rich

    05.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Three Simple Tips to Making You and Your Family Rich

    I’ve conducted a pretty exhaustive study of pretty much every way a private investor like you can approach the markets. I’ve looked at how family offices operate. And I’ve tried to figure out what sets wealthy families apart from wealthy people.

  • The Absurdity of Central Banks

    02.05.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on The Absurdity of Central Banks

    We all accept central banks and their inflation targets blindly, as though they are a cog in the wheel of the economy. But in the UK, we used to control coal, electricity and many other prices that would seem absurd now. Why doesn't this absurdity apply to

  • Central Banks Abruptly Change Course

    25.04.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Central Banks Abruptly Change Course

    The European Central Bank and Bank of Japan’s recent activity has masked that the Federal Reserve is turning the worm. Others will follow. If, or when, central banks on the whole start to reverse their policies, all sorts of new phenomenon could begin.

  • EU Negotiators Have Turned to Childish Threats

    24.04.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on EU Negotiators Have Turned to Childish Threats

    Companies that do not move into the EU can no longer do business there, they tell the newspapers. It’s a straightforward dystopian threat that, once again, exposes the EU for what it is – a protectionist bloc, not a free-trade zone

  • North Korea Isn’t Trump’s Target – China Is

    18.04.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on North Korea Isn’t Trump’s Target – China Is

    Think about it: North Korea is essentially China’s client state. Militarily and economically, North Korea is bound to China – without Chinese aid it’d collapse. The Chinese support and shield North Korea in numerous ways... and now the Americans are

  • Akhil Patel: The Global Frontier Has Shifted

    17.04.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Akhil Patel: The Global Frontier Has Shifted

    Akhil believes that India and the China will lead the next economic uptrend... leaving Brazil, Russia, and other commodity-based-economies in the dust.

  • Minsky vs Akhil: Debt Levels vs Economic Rent

    13.04.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Minsky vs Akhil: Debt Levels vs Economic Rent

    A reader writes in to pit the ideas of economist Hyman Minsky, who found a direct correlation between debt levels and financial instability, against our expert Akhil Patel. Akhil argues that Minsky failed to grasp the value of economic rent (the price of

  • A Road Map for the Future of the Market.

    12.04.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on A Road Map for the Future of the Market.

    It’s a simple but powerful idea. The stock, bond, and commodity markets moves in an 18-year cycle. That consists of a 14-year uptrend and a four-year downtrend. Where does that put us now? Smack bang in the middle of a 14-year uptrend. It’s the stage of

  • How You Can Exploit Cracks in the U.S. Pot Market

    10.04.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on How You Can Exploit Cracks in the U.S. Pot Market

    Marijuana is legal in many states, but remains illegal on the federal level, making institutional financing, or a stock listing, or even a bank account (in some extreme places) difficult to get. What’s happening instead is that financing is coming from

  • Can Robots Liberate Spanish Sex Workers?

    27.03.2017 • Great BritainComments Off on Can Robots Liberate Spanish Sex Workers?

    The world’s oldest profession is under threat from technology. Sex workers in Barcelona’s red light district complained recently about the evils of competition from plastic mechanized fiends. But is this a bad thing? The prostitutes who miss out on

  • Is Bitcoin Headed Toward a Civil War?

    17.03.2017 • TechComments Off on Is Bitcoin Headed Toward a Civil War?

    It’s been the best performing currency in the world. It’s been the worst. It’s been the most volatile. It’s turned teenagers into millionaires without them leaving their bedrooms. It’s even threatened to overtake gold as a vote against the

  • Time for You to Take Solar Seriously

    10.03.2017 • TechComments Off on Time for You to Take Solar Seriously

    Welcome to the age of the sun rush. Solar power installations had another massive year last year – growing by 50% year on year.That growth is mostly down to the USA and China. But the shift to solar and other renewables is a broader, global trend. The

  • What Does Trump Mean for Legal Weed?

    27.02.2017 • Politics and WarComments Off on What Does Trump Mean for Legal Weed?

    Who knows exactly what he’ll do? Perhaps he’s now vehemently anti-cannabis. Perhaps he’s all for it. Figuring out actual policy from amidst the ramblings is difficult. It’s a risky play. But some risks are worth taking.