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What Is Shadow Inflation? It Could Be More Prevalent Than You Realize

We’re all familiar with inflation. But did you know there’s another form of inflation that’s just as corrosive on our purchasing power and yet is nearly impossible to measure? Read on to learn more.

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"Uptober" Doesn't Disappoint as Bitcoin Touches $56,000

Bitcoin topped $56,000 on Friday for the first time since May as a number of positive crypto developments galvanized investors in the month of “Uptober.”

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What Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Can Learn from Christopher Columbus

There are a few important lessons that every aspiring entrepreneur should know.

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Gold Finds Support as Key Inflation Rate Hits a 30-Year High

Contrary to popular belief, what’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander.

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Gold Is Now the Second Most Liquid Asset on Earth

Gold’s average daily trading volume for the one-year period was $183 billion, compared to the S&P 500 with nearly $235 billion. That dollar amount is enough to beat currency swaps as well as all government and corporate debt.

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Does Socialism Threaten Germany's Economy?

The Berlin Wall came down 32 years ago this November, ushering in a new era of freedom and opportunity. But judging from the results of a recent local election, it looks as if socialism is trying to stage something of a comeback in Germany’s capital city.

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Gold Maintained Its Haven Status During the Evergrande Selloff

Evergrande Group, the “too big to fail” Chinese property developer, rattled markets last Monday when it missed interest payments to at least two of its lenders. This gave more than a few investors flashbacks to Lehman Brothers’ demise in 2008, which helped trigger the global financial crisis.

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Gold Passed the Evergrande "Stress Test"

Against the backdrop of a potential Evergrande failure, gold and Bitcoin look very attractive as stores of value, and both happen to be on sale right now.

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Why We're Bullish on Russia and Eastern Europe Right Now

After a challenging 2020 due to the pandemic, foreign direct investment (FDI) has been flowing into Russia this year for a number of reasons. Among them is it offers positive real rates compared to other Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

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Running a Fossil Fuel Business Isn't What It Used to Be

It’s becoming more and more difficult to be in the fossil fuel business. On both sides of the Atlantic, lawmakers and unelected bureaucrats are turning up the heat, so to speak, on companies over the issue of climate change.

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Fossil Fuels Are Under Siege. Is Misinformation to Blame?

It’s becoming more and more difficult to be in the fossil fuel business. On both sides of the Atlantic, lawmakers and unelected bureaucrats are turning up the heat, so to speak, on companies over the issue of climate change.

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Where's the Yield? Don't Look to Crypto Lending, at Least Not Yet

With real rates trading below zero right now, many yield-starved investors are being forced into riskier and riskier assets, including high-yield junk bonds. But even these are no longer offering a positive real return, what with inflation at multiyear highs.

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Remembering 9/11 on the 20th Anniversary

So much of life is managing risk. That’s true on a micro, personal-level scale as well as a macro, country-level scale. Crises often can’t be prevented. It’s how you deal with them that makes all the difference.

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What Some People Are Doing (and Not Doing) to Prepare for Retirement Without Social Security

Social Security is in worse shape than we thought. The program’s Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund is now expected to be insolvent by 2033, a year earlier than anticipated.

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When Will Social Security Run Dry? Sooner Than You Might Think

Social Security is in worse shape than we thought. The program’s trust fund is now expected to be insolvent by 2033, a year earlier than anticipated. According to the annual report, its finances have been “significantly affected” by the pandemic and 2020 recession, not to mention “rapid population aging.”