Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Browder, China and Why Lindsay Graham Has Already Outed Himself

There comes a point sometimes when you reach the limit of exasperation.  In this very NSFW edition of the Gold Goats 'n Guns Hour, I channel my inner Kevin Smith to simply go off on the entire L'affair Browder and the latest moves by the who I'm calling the "Magnitsky Trio" to block President Trump … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Browder, China and Why Lindsay Graham Has Already Outed Himself

China Hits Trump Back As Trade War Escalates

President Trump is using all of his financial weapons in his trade war.  China is as well.  And since the crisis in the Turkish Lira broke out a few months ago, I expected to see China to move to counter the intense dollar diplomacy Trump is engaging in. The devaluation of the Yuan was serious … Continue reading China Hits Trump Back As Trade War Escalates

Turkey is Getting off the U.S. Reservation

This year's BRICS Summit was a big show.  No question.  The main event was provided by Turkish President cum Dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan wants to a a "T" to the acronym, making them the BRICTS. Erdogan also made it very clear Turkey's shift away from the West will proceed faster if the bullying and … Continue reading Turkey is Getting off the U.S. Reservation

Is China’s Day of Reckoning Coming?

Lost in all of the geopolitical noise are some basic concepts of economics.  It's no secret that China's economy has been built by their openly mercantilist economic policies. Mercantilism is, oddly enough, President Trump's dominant economic philosophy.  It involves protection of domestic producers through high barriers to foreign investment and a cheap currency created through … Continue reading Is China’s Day of Reckoning Coming?

Record Deficits, Stronger Dollar Equals Record China Trade Deficit

Sometimes math is a real bitch.   Donald Trump is a smart guy.  I know he knows math. Too bad he's ignoring it. Here's the gig.  The title says it all.  Government spending is rising rapidly.  More actual money is flowing into the US economy.  Where is that spending going?  To buy cell phones, computers, cars, … Continue reading Record Deficits, Stronger Dollar Equals Record China Trade Deficit

Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Putin/Trump Summit Should be About Syria

Building on yesterday's blog I covered a number of the reasons why I feel when President Trump and Russian President sit down to talk they should focus their attention on solving the ever-complicating problem in Syria, Over the weekend I wrote up my initial thoughts on this for an article published this morning by Strategic … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Putin/Trump Summit Should be About Syria

China’s Oil Trade Retaliation is Iran’s Gain

I've told you that once you start down the Trade War path forever will it dominate your destiny. Well here we are.  Trump slaps big tariffs on aluminum and steel in a bid to leverage Gary Cohn's ICE Wall plan to control the metals and oils futures markets.   I'm not sure how much of this … Continue reading China’s Oil Trade Retaliation is Iran’s Gain

Another Sanctions Own Goal – Russia and India Ditch Dollar in Defense Deals

The World Cup isn't the only good thing happening in Russia today. Everyday new avenues of escape from dollar belligerence hit the headlines.  Today's is the announcement that Russia and India finally agreed to conduct military hardware business now under sanctions from the US Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) in bilateral currency swaps -- … Continue reading Another Sanctions Own Goal – Russia and India Ditch Dollar in Defense Deals