Now, one would expect that the operators of a publicly-held corporation would be interested in more than just arbitrage and focus more on, say, the operational health of their business and its position in its market. Is it making stuff people want to buy? Is it doing so efficiently? Is it on track to expand market share and earnings per share over the long term?
The problem is, one would be expecting incorrectly in the case of many American firms.
Marc Faber is the editor and publisher of The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report (Gloomboomdoom.com) and he is the author of Tomorrow’s Gold – Asia’s Age of Discovery. Marc Faber earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He lives in Asia since 1973. In 1990, he set up his own business, Marc Faber Ltd., which acts as an investment advisor and fund manager.
While understandable, withholding production alone is not the best way of fighting back, simply because the extremely low price of silver is not caused by overproduction, but by COMEX dealings. And forget about any illegal cartel of silver miners. As I’ve suggested previously, the best thing for the primary silver miners to do, either individually or collectively, is to openly petition the regulators to address the price manipulation on the COMEX. But wait a minute – didn’t I just say that there would never be a regulatory resolution? Yes, I most certainly did and I still believe that to be true. Please hear me out.
The Economic End Game Explained (GM_Man)
What the past proves, time and time again, is that establishment trained and educated economists are perhaps the most useless of all analysts. They are perpetually wrong. Only independent analysts have ever been able to predict anything of value as far as our economic future — not because they are psychic, but because they have the advantage of standing outside the foggy propaganda of brainwashed financial academia.
Saving As Investment Fallacy? (Wilson S.)
In a previous post, it was shown that continual Keynesian economic stimulus had led to US over-consumption (high propensity to consume) which is arithmetically equivalent to under-investment (low propensity to invest). Keynesian economic collapse would have occurred during the global financial crisis, had it not been for more saving and new credit injection into US economic flow to augment national income.
Lest anyone consider such a sweeping transition to be impossible in principle, the Danes beg to differ. They essentially invented the modern wind-power industry, and have pursued it more avidly than any country. They are above 40 percent renewable power on their electric grid, aiming toward 50 percent by 2020. The political consensus here to keep pushing is all but unanimous.
This is a twofer: Scientists in the United States and Hong Kong have not only discovered the key to improving the efficiency of organic solar cells, but they’ve done so in a way that makes them easy and inexpensive to produce on a commercial scale.
The upshot is that the research has led to an organic – i.e., carbon-based – solar polymer cell that is up to 10.8 percent efficient, meaning that it converts 10.8 of the sunshine it absorbs into electricity. Until now the record efficiency has been 9.8 percent.
“There are definitely parts that can’t be replaced by biology,” says team member Raman Nelakanti of Stanford University. For example, for its first short flight at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition in Boston, the bio-drone was equipped with propellers and controls borrowed from a regular mechanical quadcopter. It also has a standard battery.
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