The majority of people in the industrialized world feel disenfranchised. Their life appears to be in the hands of an unaccountable elite, where corporate, political and academic leaders collude.
Peter Cavelti’s essays have been printed and quoted in papers, magazines and newsletters internationally, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The Financial Times, the Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, Money, Personal Finance and World Link. Peter releases new commentary as inspired by current events and the desire to share information with an independent, unbiased voice.
The positive effect of central bank shenanigans is that equity values, for now, are being propped up, which boosts the wealth effect and in turn makes consumers a bit more confident.
Our view is that what lies ahead is unknowable and, because of that, the only strategy that makes sense is to keep an eye firmly on downside protection.
The mechanics of financial markets frequently defy logic, which means that we cannot forecast the timing or extent of gold’s next movements.
As investors are coming to understand, chaos is frequently present in the economy, whose functioning and success is dictated by two forces: the mindset of its participants and the policy actions initiated by politicians and monetary authorities. To say the least, that makes for an extremely complex construct.
Central banks try to be “precise” in timing a rate increase, but fail to understand the overall context—politically, economically and culturally. What’s needed is a return to a world where productivity and thrift is rewarded.
Richer valuations, a super strong dollar and policy paralysis make financial markets vulnerable. Add to that a monetary regime that is out of control and a deteriorating geopolitical climate.
The dramatic decline in the price of oil will have serious unintended consequences. Expect the Middle East to be further destabilized and oil producers everywhere to be plunged into budget deficits.