* Brazil is facing the perfect storm: demands of their oil and ores are reduced from China and now Zika in the bad timing for the Olympics. For security reason, most South American countries are not good for tourists. My friend's hotel safety deposit box was opened and some cash was stolen. Crimes are everywhere. Prostitution is a dangerous occupation with Zika.
* I had a lot of gold coins
bought at $400 range. It did not appreciate for over 20 years. When it
reached $900 or so, I unloaded most. My human nature did not let me to
time it right. Should have a mental stop order.
Some genetic modified seeds are good (to save a lot of starving folks)
and I hope I will not read from the newspaper a decade from now that
they cause some serious health problems.
is making a lot of influences in Asia and Africa. They have two modern
Silk Roads, one via land and one via sea financed via the infrastructure
bank. They are helping the Africans to build railroad to port the ores
to the seaports. They're facing the same problems the West/US faced
* 5% is not full employment mathematically
but it is for practical yardstick. Another yardstick is the median salary that has not reached
to the pre 2008 level even the stock market is fully recovered. It is
another hint that the economy and the market has not been correlated.
Far too many news on China.