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POSTED ON June 7, 2024  - POSTED IN Exploring Finance

The analysis below covers the Employment picture released on the first Friday of every month. While most of the attention goes to the headline number, it can be helpful to look at the details, revisions, and other reports to get a better gauge of what is really going on.

POSTED ON June 7, 2024  - POSTED IN Original Analysis

Public schools are losing students to charter education, and government officials are doing whatever they can to bail them out.

On March 6th, Colorado House Bill 1363 was proposed. The legislation included several anti-charter school reforms, including decreasing funding and allowing public schools with declining enrollment to prohibit new charter schools within the district. However, with the proposal being denied, public schools remain helpless to the rampant success of charter education.

POSTED ON June 7, 2024  - POSTED IN Original Analysis

The real estate market is responsible for anywhere from 20% to over 30% of China’s GDP (depending on who you ask). And with the latest meltdown that began with the implosion of Evergrande, the situation just keeps getting worse, inspiring a slew of government interventions beyond the scope of what would be possible in a country like the US.

POSTED ON June 6, 2024  - POSTED IN Original Analysis

Food has gotten big. Literally. A walk through the produce aisle of a 21st-century grocery store would enthrall people of any historical period other than our own. The size of tomatoes and heads of lettuce is unprecedented in the history of humankind. In just a few short generations we have become accustomed to increasingly genetically modified food. This new food is much more tasteless and durable than food of the past.

POSTED ON June 5, 2024  - POSTED IN Original Analysis

On one hand, the Band of Japan says that it wants long-term interest rates to be dictated by market forces. But on the other hand, the BoJ has been spending 6 trillion yen per month buying bonds to prop up its currency. In other words, it’s doing everything in the world to control short-term interest rates with bond-buying programs and yen interventions, free markets be damned. 

POSTED ON June 3, 2024  - POSTED IN Original Analysis

Trading on the NYSE has just been halted due to a ”technical glitch” that sent Berkshire Hathaway to zero, and they’re claiming it’s because of issues with the limit up and limit down bands that are used to halt trading when a stock becomes too volatile. But as ZeroHedge is reporting, it may actually be due to an AI-generated analysis published to Bloomberg terminals that claimed the stock dropped 100% — causing the real-life price to respond, and manifesting the automated report’s false claims into reality:

POSTED ON June 2, 2024  - POSTED IN Guest Commentaries

Fiat money is intrinsically worthless and yet people still value it. Where does this value come from? Our guest commentator cites Austrian thinkers Menger and Mises. He traces the purchasing power of paper money back its historical root: real money, i.e. physical gold.

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