Bitcoin 2022: We’re Still So Early

An estimated 30,000 people attended this week’s Bitcoin 2022 conference in Miami, which is rapidly becoming a major global crypto-finance hub. Miami mayor Francis Suarez, who takes his salary in Bitcoin, kicked off the event by unveiling a giant cybernetic, laser-eyed bull statue modeled after the iconic Charging Bull installation […]

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Is This the End of Globalization?

Globalization in all its forms, from social to economic to political, has been on the rise since about the 1970s, and I genuinely believe it’s had more benefits than drawbacks on average. Although it may seem like an April Fool’s joke right now, the real cost of finished goods has […]

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If Covid Management Were the Olympics, This Country Would Have Won Gold

I was speaking with a friend from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently, and he had an interesting observation I want to share with you. Some countries have climates and athletes that are better suited for the Winter Olympic Games, and others for the Summer Olympic Games. Every country on […]

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Elon Musk Sold His Houses, But Not His Bitcoin And Ethereum

Own physical things instead of cash. That’s the high-level advice Elon Musk has for those seeking advice on where to store their wealth when inflation is running rampant. The Tesla chief was tweeting in response to MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor’s prediction that inflation would persist at 40-year highs, and that […]

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Sanctions Have A Spotty Record. Can They Stop Russia?

One of the very first recorded examples of a government imposing economic sanctions against another occurred as far back ago as the fifth century BC. In brief, Athens blocked the city-state of Megara from gaining access to ports and harbors throughout its empire for a number of reasons, including Megarians’ […]

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With Ukraine Under Siege, We’ve Dramatically Reduced Our Exposure to Russia

“Ukraine’s glory has not yet died, nor her freedom,” begins the beleaguered Eastern European country’s national anthem. It goes on to promise that Ukraine’s “enemies will perish, like dew in the morning sun, and we too shall rule, brothers, in our own land.” These words are being challenged like never […]

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The Crackdown on Canadian Truckers Shines a Spotlight on Bitcoin and Gold

History has shown us that the more socialist a country is, the more authoritarian it risks becoming. If you’ve been following the events of the Canadian trucker convoy protests against vaccine mandates, and the Trudeau administration’s crackdown on demonstrators’ basic liberties, you know this to be true. The prime minister […]

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Travel and Tourism Boom to Outperform 2019 Levels this Year

Investor Alert Travel and Tourism Boom to Outperform 2019 Levels this Year Author: Frank Holmes Date Posted: February 11, 2022 Read time: 34 min Travel and tourism in the U.S. will outpace pre-pandemic levels this year, with the sector projected to generate $2 trillion, or 6% more than it did […]

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The Price You Pay for Climate Policies

Author: Frank Holmes Date Posted: February 4, 2022 In January 2020, a little-known rule went into effect that today regulates the kind of fuel maritime shipping vessels are allowed to use. Conceived of by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO), the rule, known as IMO 2020, caps the amount […]

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Real Assets Like Gold Are Poised to Benefit From Fed Tightening Cycle

Judging by the stormy volatility we’ve seen in financial markets so far in 2022, you’d think the Federal Reserve was getting ready to hike rates. In all seriousness, it now appears that liftoff will happen as soon as March, after which the Fed will reportedly start unwinding its $9 trillion […]

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Consider the Humble Shipping Container

Malcolm McLean may be the most important person you’ve never heard of. His claim to fame? Inventing a box. But not just any box. McLean—a high school-educated truck driver from North Carolina—came up with the idea of creating a series of standardized, intermodal steel containers that could neatly be stacked […]

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Commodities Notched Their Best Year Since 2009, Despite Precious Metals Weakness

Every year around this time, we update our always-popular Periodic Table of Commodities Returns. I invite you to compare the returns to previous years, download a PDF of the table and more by clicking here. Commodities as a whole had their best year in over a decade, due in large […]

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These Were the Biggest Investment Stories of 2021

Any way you look at it, 2021 was an eventful year—from a new president to new virus variants to new all-time highs for Bitcoin and the S&P 500 (70 record closes!). We even saw the rise of a whole new asset class: non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, with annual trading volume […]

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The Metaverse Is a $1 Trillion Revenue Opportunity. Here’s How to Invest

The metaverse is part of the next iteration of the internet some are calling Web 3.0—and it promises to upend everything as we know it. Quick: What do Mickey Mouse, the Gucci bee and Snoop Dogg have in common? Besides being animal-themed, all three are coming to a metaverse near […]

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Bitcoin Could Fix Turkey’s Currency Crisis

It’s December 2021, and the Turkish lira just hit a fresh all-time low against the U.S. dollar as President Recep Erdogan continues to implement what the Wall Street Journal calls “unconventional economic policies.” Turkish households saw the value of the national currency plunge nearly 30% last month alone, making everything […]

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3 Charts I’m Thankful for This Week

I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, love and laughter. Even if that wasn’t your experience, there’s still much to be grateful for. Below are three charts for which I happen to be most thankful this week. 1. Americans appear to be flying again. The […]

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Brace Yourself for Higher Prices this Thanksgiving

Investor Alert Brace Yourself for Higher Prices this Thanksgiving Author: Frank Holmes Date Posted: November 19, 2021 Read time: 42 min Over the past year, inflation has turned up in everything from household items to used cars. Now it’s coming for your turkey and cranberry sauce. Thanksgiving is next week […]

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Reports of Gold’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Back in December 1997, the Financial Times ran a now-infamous article titled “Death of Gold.” In it, the author Kenneth Gooding claimed that as an investment, “gold is a goner.” The crises of the past 10 years—the 1987 stock market crash, the Gulf War, Asia’s financial meltdown—had not resulted in […]

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Walmart Now Has Bitcoin ATMs? Five Bitcoin Developments from the Past Week

  Before I get around to Walmart, I want to address the recent pullback in Bitcoin and Ether prices since Bitcoin hit a new record high. Shares of publicly listed crypto miners also fell this week. It’s important for investors to remember that the crypto ecosystem remains, and is expected […]

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What Is Shadow Inflation? It Could Be More Prevalent Than You Realize

  We’re all familiar with inflation, whether it’s at the grocery store or gas pump. What cost you $10 last year might cost you $12 or more today, representing a hidden “tax” that steadily corrodes your purchasing power like rust on iron. But did you realize there’s another form of […]

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