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I have written a lot of vetted articles that are exclusive** to Talkmarkets. Sorting a portion of them by subject will give the reader an opportunity to make sense of it all. I am adding a glossary of terms at the bottom of this page.

For readers interested in economic subjects of the day, these top 30 themes are my efforts to make understanding economics easier:

I have pinned the following article to the top because it is an insight into my personal life, as well as a commentary on isms. Capitalism is still the greatest system for creating wealth. However, it is often mixed, and mixturism is a factor in its success or failure:

Dangerous History Repeats

1. China! 


Trump May Be Wrong About Winning a Trade War
Keynes and Trump Tariffs
The Achilles Heel of Trump Tariffs
Trump's Punishment of China: The Start of a Radical Rejection of Foreign Capital?

Scott Sumner Destroys Financial Times Fear of China

Is the USA Too W…

Tim Duy's Fascinating Take on the State of the Economy

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This article was first published by me on Talkmarkets: https://talkmarkets.com/content/education/tim-duys-fascinating-take-on-the-state-of-the-economy?post=142523&uid=4798

Tim Duy has a fascinating take on the state of the US economy. I will hopefully try to make sense of his viewpoint and offer another point of view. First, notice his charts above showing the tech economy in what appears to be a slight contraction.

The professor makes this interesting conclusion:

High asset prices alone do not imply that a fall in those prices will bring the economy down. Those asset prices need to be linked in a very tangible way to a fairly significant and widespread imbalance in the economy for their decline to bring about a broader economy collapse. Duy makes the case that a tight Fed brought down the economy in the early 1990's, not a fall in asset prices. One wonders why the Fed is interested in clipping asset prices if they won't impact the economy if the economy is balanced! You m…

Trump Administration's Strange Response to Ford Relocating to China

This article was published to my personal blog at Talkmarkets: https://talkmarkets.com/contributor/gary-anderson/blog/us-markets/trump-administrations-strange-response-to-ford-relocating-to-china?post=139558&uid=4798

Ford is going to establish its new Focus plant to China. The plant was going to Mexico, a nation that has prospered recently, causing fewer Mexicans to seek economic survival in the United States. One would think that is a good thing and should be encouraged.

So it is perplexing to me that regarding the Ford Focus, Donald Trump's administration said this:

“The Ford decision shows how flexible multinational companies are in terms of geography,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in response to Ford’s news. “I believe that as President Trump’s policies and reforms take hold, more companies will begin to locate their facilities in the U.S. as several German and Japanese automakers already have.” The perplexing thing about this is that Donald Trump has spent a lot of…

Amazon's Jeff Bezos Doesn't Understand Female Shoppers

Update: After the takeover, so far, Whole Foods has dispensed with Amazon's online return policy and does accept poor quality vegetable returns.

This article was first published by me on Talkmarkets: https://talkmarkets.com/content/services/amazons-jeff-bezos-doesnt-understand-female-shoppers?post=139096&uid=4798

While it may seem like a bold statement, that Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos does not understand women shoppers, the truth is in some areas he doesn't.

When it comes to grocery shopping, there are a few things that he will have to understand. With the acquisition of Whole Foods, it is expected that a delivery service could arise. For some people, this could be an important service. Amazon may increase the Whole Foods market share. There is no doubt about it. But it is not without significant risk.

But, Bezos underestimates the power of the female shopper. I know people with disabilities who shop in store and online, for store pickup. These services are available in …

The Cult of Tesla's Elon Musk

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This article was posted to my personal blog at Talkmarkets. It is my opinion only:
http://www.talkmarkets.com/contributor/gary-anderson/blog/the-cult-of-teslas-elon-musk?post=163389&uid=4798

Americans want to belong. This sense of belonging is often mingled with their political and economic desires. If you worship Elon Musk and support Tesla you will become rich, or support Amazon or Apple, or if you hitch your future to Trump you will reap financial rewards.

In the short run those scenarios are all proving to be true, some are long term successes, and who knows how long the others will last. With the Tesla experiencing one if its self driving cars running into a stopped firetruck on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, it is necessary to focus on Elon Musk. Musk appears to be using technology and a cult of himself to impact the American business world in ways rarely seen.

I focus here on Musk, because he is likely the the most powerful cult leader in America, other than perhaps Donald…

Trump and The Big Renewable Energy Effort

This article was first published by me on Talkmarkets: http://www.talkmarkets.com/content/commodities/trump-and-the-big-renewable-energy-effort?post=137386&uid=4798


With Donald Trump in the news for pulling out of the Paris Accord, we should look at this renewable energy scam and be concerned. Awhile back I wrote about the self driving auto scam. It was pretty easy to prove. But the Renewable Energy Scam is more complex to decipher. The entire green movement cannot be characterized as a scam. But there are elements of it that clearly pass the threshold of fraud.
The most obvious fraudulent statements come regarding job creation. Even authors use the following quote to defend the net gain in jobs. But reading the quotation carefully, we see that the authors of the study cited are talking about temporary, not permanent, jobs:

There is a reasonable degree of evidence that in general, renewable energy and energy efficiency are more labor-intensive in terms of electricity produced than…

Trade Deficits, Trump Tirades, Paris Accords

This article was first published by me on Talkmarkets: http://www.talkmarkets.com/content/global-markets-education/trade-deficits-trump-tirades-paris-accords?post=137234&uid=4798

With Donald Trump facing government and media pressure for his unusual behavior in Europe as well as with the ongoing Russian probes, we at least can interpret his views about Germany and the Eurozone and regarding the Paris Accords on climate change. It is possible to see where he is right and where he is wrong, and where he has no solution other than what could be considered a hostile act.

Donald Trump is partially right about Germany. Germany does use the Euro as a hammer to increase trade. If we were dealing with the German Mark, it would be stronger than the Euro, and Germany would not be able to dominate trade like it does. 
However, there are other issues at work with the German trade deficit and with trade deficits in general that make the issue more complex. Asset prices and inflation are affect…

Fiat Money, Helicopter Drops, Zuckerberg and the Big Myth

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This article was published by me on Talkmarkets: http://www.talkmarkets.com/content/financial/fiat-money-helicopter-drops-zuckerberg-and-the-big-myth?post=136694&uid=4798

How do we weigh the debate about money, whether it is fiat or  something else? This question has been at the forefront of economic debate since President Richard M Nixon took US currency off of the gold standard. After this discussion of fiat money we can see at the end of the article how this applies to helicopter money in US history as well as a real comprehensive HM for America.

Helicopter money has big advantages over universal basic income which is being pushed by Silicon Valley leaders and Mark Zuckerberg. More on that later. But back to fiat currency concepts.

It is true that US currency cannot be redeemed for gold and many say that qualifies it for the label of "fiat currency".  It is not convertible. But is it backed or secured? At least some of the currency is secured. Federal Reserve notes a…