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Meltdown 2015 – 7 Reasons It May Happen

By Shlomo   Maital


 IMD (a leading European business school based in Lausanne, Switzerland) Professor Arturo Bris offers eight reasons why a financial and economic meltdown in 2015 is likely.  He may be wrong – but we should all be aware of the underlying danger signals.  Forewarned is forearmed, or, as the Boy Scouts say,  “be prepared”.

  • Stock market bubble: equities rose 18 percent between June 2013 and June 2014.  Bob Shiller (Yale) says the gap between stock prices and corporate earnings is larger than it was in the crisis periods of 2000 and 2007. Why the bubble? Because there is just so much money, those who hold it are desperate to put it SOMEwhere… no matter what.
  • Chinese banking system:   Need more be said?
  • Energy crisis:   If the US Congress allows energy exports, it could crash the price for oil, and sink Russia and other oil-reliant countries. This could lead to violence.
  • New real estate bubble:   The housing bubble is back – low interest rates, rising real estate prices in many markets.
  • Corporate failures:   Corporate debt is now rated, on average, BBB. This means that in the next 5 years about 16 companies in the S&P 500 will go bankrupt. This could have major impact.
  • Geopolitical crisis: The world is a huge mess, with civil wars raging in the Mideast and elsewhere.
  • Poverty crisis: The number of people in the world living in abject poverty grows.   This is dangerous; because desperate people may do desperate things.
  • Cash crisis: There is simply too much money out there. Central banks have printed enormous amounts of cash, and it is floating around the world. Some banks and some companies are so rich they could buy entire companies (anyone want to buy Israel? Jamaica?).   Right now that money is just sitting. If it starts to move, if its velocity rises, we may get huge problems.
  • It is possible to prevent a meltdown, if a) politicians are aware it could happen, and b) begin taking action NOW.   But both a) and b) are highly unlikely. We the people should therefore try to be aware of the meltdown danger, and begin taking our own steps to protect our families our incomes and our assets

 Geopolitics: The enemy of my enemy is my enemy? My friend? Both?

By Shlomo  Maital   


  Are you having trouble understanding what’s going on in the world today?  Global geopolitics?  You’re not alone.  Most of us are out to sea. 

   Writing in the International New York Times today, Peter Baker explains why.

  ●  America battles Russia over the Ukraine, but joins with Russia to get Iran to de-nuke. 

● America tangles with Iran over its nukes, but supports Iran in its battle against the Sunni ISIS insurgency in Iraq.

 ●  America battles Egypt over its lack of democracy, but John Kerry flies to Cairo to get Egypt’s help in arranging a Hamas-Israel cease-fire. 

● Israel bashes Hamas, but, not TOO much, because removing Hamas would bring Salafi or Sunni ISIS extremists, who might be worse. 

● America spies on Germany, but seeks Germany’s help in battling Russia in the Ukraine. 

    The list is endless.   Is the enemy of my enemy my friend?  Well, sometimes – that’s an Arab proverb, it is said, and it doesn’t always work.  Who is my enemy anyway?  My enemy is sometimes my friend, on some occasions.  And my friend is sometimes my enemy.  As Tom Lehrer once sang, the Letts hate the Latts, and…I don’t like ANYone very much…

     How in the world do you run a coherent foreign policy in this jumbled complex confusing world?

      If you think President Obama looks rather tired and perplexed these days,  perhaps you can understand why.   

       Two more years, Barack.  And then, you can REALLY improve your golf game.

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