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A “Great Reset” of Capitalism

The world economy is in bad shape and it can be worse. Professor Roubini predict a Great depression, not only for 2020, but for the decade of the 2020`s. What does this crisis we`re in really mean? For someone out there it means a great opportunity. It means a great reset.

«The Great Reset» will be the theme of a unique twin summit to be convened by the World Economic Forum in January 2021. In-person and virtual dialogues will address the need for a more fair, sustainable and resilient future, and a new social contract centred on human dignity, social justice and where societal progress does not fall behind economic development.

Founder and Executive Chairman of WEF, Klaus Schwab wrote in his article called «The time for a great reset» that there is a good reason to worry: a sharp economic downturn has already begun, and we could be facing the worst depression since the 1930`s.

But, while this outcome is likely, it is not unavoidable.

Furthermore, Claus wrote this; to achieve a better outcome, the world must act jointly and swiftly to rewamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions.

Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a «Great Reset» of capitalism.

The crisis we`re in, together with COVID-19, will deepen and leave the world even less sustainable, less equal, and more fragile. Incremental measures and ad hoc fixes will not suffice to prevent this scenario. We must build entirely new foundations for our economic and social systems.

Managing Director at IMF, Kristalina Georgieva also had the headline «The Great Reset» a few weeks ago. My thanks to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and th Professor Schwab for bringing us together, she wrote in the opening.

Furthermore, she wrote this in her article: Now is the time to think of what history would say about this crisis. And now is the time for all of us to define our own role. Will historians look back and say this was the moment of a Great Reversal? Today, we see very worrying signs.

One hundred and seventy countries are going to finish this year with a smaller economy than at the start of the year, and we already project that there will be more debt, bigger deficits, and more unemployment. And there is a very high risk of more inequality and more poverty.

Unless we act.

So, what would it take for historians to look back at this crisis as the moment of Great Reset?

From the persepective of the IMF, we have seen a massive injection of fiscal stimulus to help countries deal with this crisis, and to shift gears for growth to return. It is of paramount important that this growth should lead to a greener, smarter, fairer world in the future, Kristalina Georgieva wrote.

IMF and WEF see some tremendous opportunities. Heh… It seems like a New World Order is on the way…..

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China`s growth is the weakest since 1992 and the pace of global economic activity remains weak as well

The worlds fastest-growing region is slowing and show sign of a darkening global outlook. Just look at Chinas Q3 growth. It`s the weakest growth in 28 years. The Chinese economy advanced 6% YoY in Q3 2019 and that is the weakest since 1992.

China have a trade tension with the U.S, weakening global demand and alarming off-balance-sheet borrowings by local governments. IMF said on Friday that the growth can get worse, but Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said «All policy tools must e used to achieve sustainable growth.»

In its World Economic Outlook report on Tuesday, the IMF cut its economic growth forecast for the Asia-Pacific region to 5,0% for this year and 5,1% for 2020, and that is the slowest pace of expansion since the global financial crisis.

A faster-than-expected slowdown in Chinas economic growth could also generate negative spillovers in the region, as many Asian countries have supply chains closely tied to China, the IMFs Rhee said.

The IMF slashed China`s growth forecast to 6,1% for this year and 5,8% for 2020, pointing to the impact from the trade conflict and tighter regulation to address excess debt. But China is not alone.

The pace of global economic activity remains weak, and after slowing sharply in the last three quarters of 2018, momentum in manufacturing activity, in particular, has weakened substantially, to levels not seen since the global financial crisis.

Rising trade and geopolitical tensions have increased uncertainty about the future of the global trading system and international cooperation more generally, taking a toll on business confidence, investment decisions, and global trade.

A natable shift toward increased monetary policy accommodation, through both action and communication, has cushioned the impact of these tensions on financial market sentiment and activity, while a generally resilient service sector has supported employment growth.

To strengthen resilience, policymakers should address financial vulnerabilities that pose risks to growth in the medium term.

Making growth more inclusive, which is essential for securing better economic prospects for all, should remain an overarching goal.

A positive cheerleader like Trump is the right man to reach that goal. Not the Media-Mob-Clowns talking about recession ever day. What is Trump doing for his country? What about the Media Mob?

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India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is doing something right and they can surpass China very soon

Theresa May is negotiating with the European Union and investors are concerned about a hard landing on these Brexit deals. It`s difficult to know exactly the outcome of the Brexit deal but what we do know is that the British economy grew 1,7% YoY in the second quarter of 2017.

Not so much compared to Chinas 6,9% growth, which is the best G20 country followed by India at 5,7%. Britains economy fell from 2,0% to 1,7% and that is the opposite direction of India`s growth. Can India grow by a greater margin than China this year?

 

 

According to IMF, Indias economy will grow by a greater margin than China in 2017. Not only that. Indias innovation growth rate is expected to rise significantly over the next 15 years, placing it ahead of Russia and close to surpassing China, according to a new report.

China is the leading nation in terms of innovation among BRICS countries, but India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi must be doing something right. India is set to see a surge in innovation and could surpass China by the end of the next decade.

According to Chinas Science Technology Exchange Center, Indias innovation growth rate is expected to rise significantly over the next 15 years, placing it ahead of Russia.

India`s economy is expected to grow by 7,2% in 2017, according to IMF. A new study highlights the growth that can be expected in intellectual advances, such as science and technology, which are often perceived as indicators of future growth.

It`s BRICS Innovation Competitiveness Report 2017 predicted that the innovation competitiveness of India would see a significant rise with its growth rate probably surpassing China between 2025 – 2030.

What is India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi actually doing right? He has been taking notable steps forward in innovation, supported by a reform agenda.

Government schemes such as Digital India, which expands the countrys online infrastructure, and StartUp India, which promotes financial backing for entrepreneurs, have been unveiled to boost the countrys innovation and technology sectors.

India`s growing information technology and scientific expertise have also helped turn it into an increasingly dominant outsourcing hub.

So far, China is still the leader in terms of innovation competitiveness among BRICS nations, followed by Russia, South Africa, Brazil and India.

Europe is struggling to follow. Ireland is the best country with its 6,10% growth, followed by Romania with 5,9% growth and Estonia with 5,7% growth YoY.

At the bottom in Europe we find Norway with only 0,20% growth, Macedonia by its 0% and at the very bottom Liechtenstein with negative -1,9% growth.

Monaco, Liechtenstein and Luxemburg are the richest countries in the world measured by GDP per capita.

 

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Sell your shares in Zimbabwe before April 1

Chinas GDP growth were 14% a few years ago, but now the worlds second-largest economy is lowering the growth target to about 6,5% – 7% in 2016. 7% is still very good, but the economy is slowing down faster than expected.

The economic growth is slowing while China`s Central government budget deficit as a percentage of GDP is growing. The target is 3% in 2016, and China will continue to be a global economic engine. But what is the next China?

It can be Africa which is a hot commodity, but some investors are in doubt. They think it is unstable and unsafe. Some claims it is so much violence in Kenya, but the infrastructure in Kenya makes it a worthy long-term investment.

Africa

Africa is a growing economy with a huge and young population. It has so far been a daunting place to start and run a company there. Very often, it is expensive to start a new business in Africa.

Bank loans come with double-digit interest rates. The electricity grid is sub-par and diesel generators cost a fortune, but many thing are getting better according to the World Bank.

There is a lot of reform happening in Africa right now.

The World Bank publishes a parallel ranking of the countries that have pushed through the most business-friendly reforms. Five African countries are on the top-10 list, which is Kenya, Mauritania, Senegal, Benin and Uganda.

Botswana is the least corrupt country in Africa which is an important factor for entrepreneurs and their investors. This is a country that rely heavily on revenues from the diamond trade to fuel its growth.

Rwanda is an economic success story. Many years of reforms have made it much more easy to open and run a business, and it is far easier to get credit there. Only one country is better and that is Mauritius.

It has commercial links to India, China and the east coast of Africa. Mauritius is often on top of the ranking list for competitiveness and ease of doing business due to its liberal approach to regulation and taxation. What about Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe had rough days, particularly between 2005 and 2008, were hyperinflation decimated the economy. The Central Bank issued currency with expiration dates of six months, effectively longer than the actual life of the currency.

The American dollar replaced the Zimbabwean dollar as the country`s main currency, and now Zimbabwe has started to retiring it’s almost worthless local currency in favor of the U.S dollar.

35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars are equal to US $1.

Monthly inflation rate hit 3,5 million percent eight years ago, and prices doubled every 25 hours. Zimbabwe has the second-worst hyperinflation in history, behind post-war Hungary.

It all started in 2000, when Mugabe changed his economic policy and implemented land reform. Mugabe granted farmland owned by white citizens to indigenous black Zimbabweans. They turned from an agriculture exporter to an importer, which resulted  in 94 percent unemployment rate and hyperinflation.

Zimbabwe is known for its mineral resources. It has the world`s second largest deposit of chrome and platinum after South Africa, and President Robert Mugabe wants to take over all diamond operations.

Zimbabwes leader since 1987, Robert Mugabe eager to nationalize Zimbabwes diamond industry, and news from Zimbabwe leaves little to be desired about the small former British colony.

He says the country`s wealth had been looted by the existing miners.

“The state will now own all the diamonds in the country. Companies that have been mining diamonds have robbed us of our wealth. That is why we have now said the state must have a monopoly,” said Mugabe in an interview with the state broadcaster earlier this month.

Foreign investor also need to hurry up and sell their shares to blacks or close before April 1st.

Companies owned by foreigners face closure unless they sell or give up 51% of their shares to black Zimbabweans by April 1, said indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao.

“Comply by that date or close shop, comply by that date or face the full wrath of the law,” Bloomberg quotes Zhuwao, who is also President Robert Mugabe`s nephew.

IMF asked the Mugabe administration to clarify Zimbabwe`s policy on black empowerment. Zimbabwe has agreed to major reforms including compensation for evicted white farmers.

President Mugabe is known for evicting white farmers. In 2010, the Guardian reported that Mugabe used land reforms to reward his allies rather than ordinary black Zimbabweans. The newspaper`s sources reported Mugabe and his supporters owned about 40% of the land seized from white farmers.

The white farmers received no compensations after being evicted.

«If white settlers just took the land from us without paying for it, we can, in a similar way, just take it from them without paying for it,» said Mugabe.

 

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Bank Stocks and Interest Rates

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) predicted the U.S economy would grow only 2,5% in 2015, and that`s down from their previous prediction at 3,1%. IMF urged the Fed (The Federal Reserve) to wait until first half of next year to start raising short-term interest rates.

The U.S central bank has kept its key benchmark rate at a record low near zero since December 2008, and the IMF said the Fed should wait for more signs of improvement. What they will look for is «greater signs of wage or price inflation».

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said «The economy would be better off with a rate hike in early 2016», and Fed Chair Janet L. Yellen said she expects to begin raising rates by the end of the year, while some economist speculate that the Fed will start raising rates in September. They both know much better than me that deflation is more dangerous than inflation, and deflation is what they are fighting against and not inflation.

Many are bullish on bank stocks.

 

 

BKX Bank Stocks
The KBW Bank Index is up 0,86% right now. Trading at 77,96 which is up 0,66 points. That`s much better than the bottom at 18,62 on March 6, 2009, but down since the top at 118,06 on May 18, 2007.

Technically speaking, the index is breaking the resistance, and the bank stocks are increasing, while the precious metal is declining. Gold is still in a bearish territory and the price is still below $1,200 an ounce.

What`s going on? Higher rates is good for the banks because they can charge more for loans and earn more because of bigger profits on the spreads between loan rates and deposits. Buoyant outlook for the U.S economy in the second half of 2015, and the expected interest rate hikes blows up the banking index.

In the predictions for 2015 I talked about the interest rate to start to increase in 15 – 18 months, and that should be next year. I also talked about how it will start, and it is predicted to see that the rates will go up slowly.

Banks will benefit from a stronger economy and higher interest rates. The legendary investor Warren Buffett seems to see something in the banks earnings, which reflects more than their current stock valuations.

Warren Buffet and his company Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) has added much more to its holdings of Wells Fargo (WFC) and U.S Bancorp (USB), and the banks seems to have taken its reputation back since the financial scandals a few years ago.

Citibank is upgraded to buy by Goldman and the New York-based firm is showing progress in increasing earnings and returning capital to shareholders. Citibank is the only firm in the KBW index that is trading below tangible book value, but that will probably end soon.

Investors are keeping a close eye on bank stocks, especially money center banks, since the Fed has indicated a rise in the interest rate. Their key focus is Bank of America, because they will earn on the rise in interest rates.

If the rates increase 1% it is estimated that Bank of America will increase their earning by a whopping 20%.

Rising dollar means a strong economy, and stronger dollar and rising interest rates is bearish for gold, but the precious metal can go up in a rising interest rate environment, but only if an inflation problem is implied by the rise in yields.

To measure that, you can look at the spread between inflation protected U.S Treasury bonds (TIPS) and unprotected long-term bonds (TLT). The rise in yields (drop in T bonds) is due to rising concerns about inflation.

280,000 new jobs was added and that was better than expected (estimate of 226,000) in May, which created a steeper yield curve. Long-term interest rates increased more than short-term interest rates.

Rising bank stocks are signaling economic recovery.

Bank stocks are increasing because they earn money. If not, a flattering yield curve would squeeze bank net interest margins and profits, and investors would run from the banks.

IMF and the Fed said that they don`t know when to rise the interest rate. They will wait for the coming data and so should you.

 


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