Money Matters

The US Dollar is particularly strong at the moment – especially against emerging markets currencies. Whilst currency exchange tends to ebb and flow like any other market, this may just…
Friday August 21 - August 27, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 34)

In Gold we Trust?

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
Gold prices recently hit a five-year low. So what’s happened to the precious metal and how are its chances of recovery? How the mind plays tricks. If I think of…
Friday August 14 - August 20, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 33)
From last week: In contrast to Greece’s total lack of control over economic policy, the Chinese government thinks it’s in complete charge. The government has gone all-out to limit the…
Friday August 7 - August 13, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 32)
By 1911, The Great Lafayette was such a renowned illusionist that when an oriental lantern from the set caught fire during a performance, the audience thought it was part of…
Friday July 31 - August 6, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 31)
On 1st May a Royal Decree was published,1 implementing incentives for companies establishing their international headquarters (IHQ) and international trading centres (ITC) in Thailand. The idea behind the scheme is…
Friday July 24 - July 30, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 30)
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. - Aristotle Austerity is not the answer Despite its co-operative rhetoric,1 the IMF and its Troika…
Friday July 17 - July 23, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 29)
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. - Aristotle After five years of negotiation, Greece has defaulted on its payment to the IMF…
Friday July 10 - July 16, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 28)
As the summer holiday season approaches, the Chinese economy looks in rude health - the IMF measures it as the world’s second largest and predicts it will remain so at…
Friday July 3 - July 9, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 27)
According to the Thai Board of Investment, Thailand is a Gateway to Asia. Yet can Thailand really compete with low-tax countries, strong neighbours and the economic might of southern China?…
Friday June 26 - July 2, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 26)
In Part 1, I compared Greece’s current predicament with the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997. In the second part of the article, I look at how the IMF helped Asia…
Friday June 19 - June 25, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 25)
With the breakdown of money economy the practice of international barter is becoming prevalent. - John Maynard Keynes, the Economic Consequences of the Peace, 1920 Every October in Greece, blue-and-white…
Friday June 12 - June 18, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 24)
Benchmark for recovery? Once the Great Depression took hold in the 1930s, FD Roosevelt famously promised a “New Deal for the American people.”1 Attempts to regulate the financial system and…
Friday June 5 - June 11, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 23)
In Parts 1 & 2, I looked at how the Roaring Twenties led to the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression. In Parts 3 & 4, we discover how…
Friday May 29 - June 4, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 22)
Despite all the warning signs, including stock market prices dropping in March and May 1929, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained around 28% between June and September 1929. In fact…
Friday May 22 - May 28, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 21)
Predicting the future is always a risky business. Accurately forecasting when changes will happen is impossible. However if, like Kondratieff, we look at the economy as a series of cycles1,…
Friday May 15 - May 21, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 20)

A seventh year of bulls?

Friday, 15 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 20 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
March signalled the sixth anniversary of bulls dominating the S&P 500 - and the run may have some more fuel in it yet, but for how long? Six years of…
Friday May 8 - May 14, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 19)
Recently, China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), reduced its reserve-requirement ratio (RRR) by a record-equalling 1% (or 100 base points). RRR is the percentage of depositors’ balances…
Friday May 1 - May 7, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 18)

Thailand Tax Changes

Friday, 01 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 18 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
There have been a number of changes to Thailand’s economic and business environment since the current government took power last May; not least in the area of taxation. Here’s a…
Friday April 24 - April 30, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 17)
As well as ‘getting more exercise’, one of the items that can be difficult to achieve in a To Do list is setting - and more importantly, sticking to -…
Friday April 17 - April 23, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 16)

Preparing for the Digital Afterlife

Friday, 17 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 16 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
I’ve long held in great importance the concept of helping clients make sure their affairs are in order should anything happen to them. The right planning can ensure loved ones…
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