Category Archives: Current Politics

The Post-Election Gold Rush

November 9th, 2016 by

After more than a year of tireless campaigning and unprecedented invective, this election cycle has finally come to a close. While many voters are relieved to have the vitriol and controversy behind them, the financial markets have not taken kindly to the lack of clarity that a transition to a Trump administration in the White […]

How Gold Responds to a Contested Election

November 8th, 2016 by

With the presidential election finally upon us, investors have been clamoring for trades that will prove especially effective following the results of today’s vote. Yet, with negative news and controversy swirling around the Clinton camp, the presidential race has tightened considerably. This has thrown expectations for a loop. Aside from how the markets—particularly for gold—will […]

HSBC: Buy Gold No Matter Who Wins Election

November 3rd, 2016 by

In most cases, the uncertainty over which party will occupy the White House in a presidential election year is a cause for some anxiety in the financial markets. Certain industries or asset classes are more sensitive to a victory for one candidate over the other, depending on the Republicans’ or Democrats’ proposed policy platforms. (For […]

Election-Proof Your Portfolio

September 19th, 2016 by

We’re nearing the end of another election year. If you haven’t already been exhausted by the wall-to-wall news coverage and attack ads on television, you only have about six more weeks to reach an appropriate level of disgust. More importantly, the clock is running out on getting ahead of the curve to election-proof your portfolio. […]

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India’s Gold Monetization Schemes (GMS) Struggling

March 25th, 2016 by

There’s definitely some truth to the claim that once the public has gold in their possession, you’ll find it hard to take it back from them! This is apparently no truer any place else than India, where a government initiative known as GMS has been almost entirely ineffective.

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Super Tuesday Looms

March 1st, 2016 by

The frenzied presidential election event affectionately known as “Super Tuesday” is upon us! Although all of the media focus has been all over this momentous day when over 20% of the states in the Union will cast their votes in each party’s primary election, the affect on the markets is equally important. Super Tuesday could […]

What the 2016 Election Might Mean for Gold

February 6th, 2016 by

As I’m sure you’ve already noticed, we’re in the midst of an election year. It’s hard to avoid the constant, wall-to-wall media coverage of the political circus surrounding the Democratic and Republican Party nomination contests. This places a wedge between two groups in the country: one group is energized and excited to support their favored […]

Former Pentagon Official Outlines Russia Strategy

January 26th, 2016 by

You have heard the statement “All is fair in love and war” before. This principle could apply just as well to geopolitics. Spying, interfering, and using leverage against one’s opponents are necessary tactics in one big game between global powers. The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was seen as the […]

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Is This the End of the Tax Extenders?

December 30th, 2015 by

Since the creation of the first tax extender provisions in 1988, Congress has been able to forgo the process of actual budgeting as the provisions made costs appear lower in the short term. Is that day coming to an end? Amendments to tax legislation, brought forth by the $680 million bill recently passed by lawmakers, […]

GOP Field Shrinks Suddenly

December 30th, 2015 by

The GOP field in the 2016 Presidential race shrank suddenly this week, with the news that Senator Lindsey Graham and former three-term New York Governor George Pataki had both ended their campaigns. Neither had been able to grab voters’ attention in a crowded field where outsiders and far-right candidates grabbed the spotlight. Their moderate views […]

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Sanders Demands “Fundamental Change” to Federal Reserve

December 23rd, 2015 by

It’s not often that a self-avowed “Democratic Socialist” makes much sense when speaking about economic matters. This may be an exception. In an opinion piece published by the New York Times, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders derides the Federal Reserve bank, arguing that it is subject to the whim of corporate America, an entity it […]

GOP Candidates Sharpen Attacks on Hillary Clinton

December 22nd, 2015 by

Despite the differences among them, Republican candidates have succeeded in finding a variety of reasons to attack a common target, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.  With Donald Trump’s recent jabs at Clinton making headlines, we decided to examine other instances in which Clinton was publicly maligned by the competition.

Highlights From Democratic Debate in New Hampshire

December 21st, 2015 by

With the number of candidates whittled down to three—Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’ Malley—audiences were privy to a more issue-focused exchange. Yes, this debate lacked some of the pandering and bellicose rhetoric that characterized the preceding ones but that did not make Saturday’s discourse any less interesting.

Recap: The Republican Debate

December 16th, 2015 by

There were certainly some fireworks at last night’s GOP debate. In the preliminary round, the attacks were levied mainly at the Obama Administration and the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. These themes also came up in the prime time debate, but the leading candidates spent a bit more time sparring with one another, largely ignoring […]

What to Expect in Tonight’s GOP Debate

December 15th, 2015 by

Tonight is the 5th Republican Party debate thus far in the election cycle. It will air on CNN at 8:30 pm ET. The so-called “undercard” debate for candidates that don’t meet a certain threshold in the polls will begin at 6 pm ET. Here’s your rundown of the main narratives heading into the showdown.

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Trump vs. the Super PACs

December 14th, 2015 by

The presence of big money from lobbyists, interest groups, and the like in politics—especially election campaigns—is one of the inextricable realities of the modern political system. This overriding presence of influential donors and campaign contributors is part of why so many voters are defecting from the whole process. If nothing else, Republican presidential candidate Donald […]

Does Winning The Iowa Caucus Matter?

December 11th, 2015 by

The Iowa caucus, and, to a lesser extent, the New Hampshire primary have long held a dominant role in Presidential politics. A win in Iowa can lead to a boost to a candidate’s campaign, or it can be a blip that the candidate is never able to capitalize on. With this in mind, we take […]

Trump Triumphant?

December 3rd, 2015 by

The GOP political machine has gone beyond crisis mode, and is now in a full-scale panic over the prospects of Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination. No matter how outlandish some of his comments have been, he refuses to back down, and his poll numbers refuse go down. Wealthy donors are banding together, no […]