Author archives: Selva Freigedo

  • The Fear That Keeps Elon Musk Up At Night

    17.04.2017 • AustraliaComments Off on The Fear That Keeps Elon Musk Up At Night

    Tesla is on the path to losing $950 million this year, but that’s not what's worrying Musk. What’s haunting him is the possibility that artificial intelligence (AI) will turn rogue.

  • What’s Odd About a Purple Gorilla Staring at You?

    10.04.2017 • AustraliaComments Off on What’s Odd About a Purple Gorilla Staring at You?

    By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider Extra (Australia) – ‘Hello there! I don’t think we have been properly introduced — I’m Bonzi,’ said the purple gorilla as he waved. Bonzi is an interactive cartoon, a gorilla that lives in the

  • UK Brings European Security to the Bargaining Table

    03.04.2017 • AustraliaComments Off on UK Brings European Security to the Bargaining Table

    By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider Extra (Australia) – Brexit begins. Last Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. She ended the 44-year marriage through a six-page hand-delivered letter — who

  • Brazilian Beef Takes A Drubbing

    27.03.2017 • AustraliaComments Off on Brazilian Beef Takes A Drubbing

    By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider (Australia) – It was just before the start of the weekend — prime time weekend barbeque planning — when the news broke. Last Friday, 17 March, the Brazilian Federal police launched a massive raid on

  • How Long Will The Party Last?

    20.03.2017 • The EconomyComments Off on How Long Will The Party Last?

    By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider Extra (Australia) – It was late 1996. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was writing a speech while in his bath tub — where he spent much of his time due to back pain — when he came up with the

  • Aussie Barbecue Tip: Keep the Housing Market Talk to Yourself

    20.03.2017 • InvestingComments Off on Aussie Barbecue Tip: Keep the Housing Market Talk to Yourself

    By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider (Australia) – Last weekend, I (Selva Freigedo) made a big mistake. During a barbeque at a friend’s house, I brought up the Australian property market. Friendly chatter turned into a heated argument, and

  • The Biggest Data Breaches Don’t Always Get Reported

    13.03.2017 • TechComments Off on The Biggest Data Breaches Don’t Always Get Reported

    The Yahoo and Dropbox hacks are part of an increasing trend. That is, companies are not disclosing the full extent of their attacks because they worry they will lose business. You could already be collateral damage, and not even know it.

  • Auto Industry Turns to Cyber Defense

    06.03.2017 • TechComments Off on Auto Industry Turns to Cyber Defense

    By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider Extra (Australia) – Have you heard of Black Hat? Black Hat is a computer security/hacker conference that takes place every year in Las Vegas. If you’re thinking Black Hat is just a bunch of nerds getting

  • Mexico Turns From U.S. To Argentina For Corn

    27.02.2017 • Emerging MarketsComments Off on Mexico Turns From U.S. To Argentina For Corn

    By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider (Australia) – Latin America is key to the US economy. Mexico and Brazil are the largest Latin American trading partners, receiving 18% of the total US exports. To give you an idea, the US exports three

  • Is Russia the Big Investment Story of 2017?

    21.02.2017 • Politics and War

    By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider Extra (Australia) – Russia is the 10th largest export economy in the world. Its top exports are gas and oil. It also exports metals like nickel, palladium and iron. Yet in recent years, Russia has become

  • Argentine Inflation and How America Avoids It

    13.02.2017 • Emerging Markets

    By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider Extra (Australia) – During the 2017 Agora Economics Roundtable meeting I recently attended in Baltimore, one of my international colleagues, Ivan Carrino, voiced a question. This was something that had been

  • Why Greenspan is Right to Fear the Eurozone and TARGET 2

    06.02.2017 • Central Banks

    Simply put, Target 2 is an accounting system that keeps a tally of what bank owes what during transfers happening between European central banks. Does it matter if those electronic euros are stored in Germany or any other country? Not unless one of the

  • A Global Perspective: the 2017 Agora Economics Roundtable

    23.01.2017 • Investing

    By Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider Extra (Australia)  I am in rainy Baltimore, in the US, attending the 2017 Agora Economics Roundtable. The Agora group, of which Port Phillip Publishing is a part of, is one of the world’s largest financial

  • As the U.S. Turns Mexico Away, China Steps In.

    09.01.2017 • The Economy

    Selva Freigedo – Port Phillips Insider Extra (Australia) – There is a common misconception — popularised by ex-US president John F Kennedy — that ‘crisis’ in Chinese means both danger and opportunity. Well, that is not exactly right. You

  • Divorce: A Luxury You Might Not Be Able to Afford

    05.01.2017 • The Economy

    Selva Freigedo – Gowdie Family Wealth (AUS) My friend, a successful businessman, and his wife decided to divorce after 15 years of marriage. They kept their separation amicable for the sake of their two children. Yet my friend’s desire to maintain the

  • 2017: The Year of Cryptocurrencies

    02.01.2017 • Tech

    Brexit, Donald Trump, high debt, China’s yuan devaluation, the war on cash, European banks…you name it. All these 2016 events have pushed Bitcoin higher…. 89% since this time last year.

  • New Chinese Train to Europe Opens up 21st Century Silk Road

    28.12.2016 • Emerging Markets

    Selva Freigedo – Port Phillip Insider Extra (AUS) Christmas is all around. There is festive music playing alongside piles of fake Christmas trees, ornaments and flashing lights. The horizon is a blur of wreaths, artificial snow and red felt. I’m not