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The Great Divide Between Cause and Effect

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Cause and effect is the principle of causality, establishing one event or action as the direct result of another or where the cause is partly responsible for the effect, and…
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Where does the stock market and economy meet?

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This idea of buying and selling stock in a company was originated by the Dutch in 1602. As the practice spread to other countries the volume of shares increased.  At…

The Ticking Trust Bomb

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Of all the principle forces that hold our world together the one that acts as the glue of society is called trust. Trust is what keeps relationships in tact by…
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Boeing Brand Battered

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The Boeing saga is an excellent example of the essence of branding and marketing. Marketing is not simply coming up with clever ways for somebody to buy your product. It…

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Do Profits Matter?

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This question is starting to be asked once again. In this recent NYT article, “A Hard Lesson in Silicon Valley: Profits Matter” they write,  “Start-up investors are warning of a…
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The Game of Financial Market Predictions

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As humans have evolved, the ability to predict events days, months or years into the future has never been relevant to survival. Rather, our DNA has been equipped with the…
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In a Negative Rate World, Cash is King

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If you don't understand how negative interest rates work yet then you should probably learn quickly.  The stock markets are, once again, close to an all time high and the…
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Focus on the Positive or Negative?

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Telling someone to focus on the negative may sound strange and counter to what we are used to hearing, particularly from a positive mindset self help industry that generates revenues…
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Expert-Tease

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We seem to have an ever increasing amount of experts online which begs the question, “What classifies a person as an expert?” The Oxford Dictionary defines expert as “A person…
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The joy of earning billions…and paying no taxes!

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Our previous article focused on the ways in which companies are moving away from generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and towards non-GAAP adjustments in order to manipulate their balance sheets…
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Mind the GAAP!

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With the earnings season upon us we now go through the same dog and pony show. Companies report earnings, then the success of those earnings are based mainly on whether…
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The Battle for Venezuela – Maduro vs. Guaido

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Self-proclaimed President of Venezuela, Juan Guaido has now been stripped of his parliamentary immunity.  The National Constituent Assembly voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a measure that strips Guaido of…
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Drowning in Nestle

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Did you know that the human right to safe drinking water was first recognised by the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council as part of binding international law…
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A Web of Lies

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Soon we could see online polygraph technology that is capable of identifying lies and deceit.
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Netflix – What is the truth behind their metrics?

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Every media company wants to know how many viewers Netflix has but Netflix has nothing to gain by providing them.
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Trump News Network – The Master Plan

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The 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump was formally launched on June 16, 2015, at Trump Tower in New York City. However, some wonder if becoming president was Trump’s main…

Does Trump have a socialist agenda?

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Trump may have a socialist agenda, but only when it benefits himself. Everyone who lives in a capitalist society wants capitalism to work for them, but when it doesn’t they…
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The Fate of Blockchain

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Nasdaq reported today that they are investing in blockchain technology, and pushing for crypto and blockchain adoption. According to an official press release, Symbiont successfully closed a $20m Series B…
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The Great Gold Consolidation

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It seems that the merger activity amongst gold miners is continuing. On Monday, January 14, 2019, gold miner Newmont Mining said that it would buy smaller rival Goldcorp in a…
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The Yin and Yang of 5G

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2019 is set to be the year where we will see the launch of actual 5G wireless networks, and just like with 4G, mobile devices are set to be a…
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The New Economic Hitmen

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John Perkins original book, “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” and his current book, “New Confessions of an Economic Hitman” brought to light some of the strategies the US has used…
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The Slippery Slope of Oil

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WTI Oil has been falling steadily from the October high of $76.9, trading currently at $50.96. That is a 33.7% decline in just over a month and a half. Although…
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Vancouver Real Estate – Is the bubble deflating?

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“It is different this time,” “This is the place everybody wants to be,” has been the talking points when referring to the impressive rise of Vancouver and its real estate…
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Welcome to the Jungle

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Music is a powerful force in life. Not only is it a dominant art form, a form of entertainment that goes back to the beginnings of human history, it has…
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“Extremely Dangerous to Our Democracy”

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Another day, another day of mud slinging. The media is after Trump and Trump is after the media. Trump cries fake news on one hand, yet on the other he…
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A Day of Carnage in the Trading Rooms

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Thirty-one years ago, on Oct. 19,1987, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 22.6%, its largest one-day percentage-point drop ever. You may have noticed that the financial media has started to…
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Understanding the Face of China

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The current Trump trade war with China and the fact that The Shanghai Composite Index is off roughly 24% for the year has placed a lot of the recent news…
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The Deadly Market Sin – Complacency

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What may go wrong if you are right? The debate around the stock market’s performance continues to rage on. On one side the argument is that the market gains are…
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Could we see the end of Google?

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According to futurist George Gilder the era of Google could be coming to an end. In his recent book “Life after Google”, Gilder explains why Silicon Valley is suffering a…
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The Ghostly Budget

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It appears that the dark halls of the US Military Complex could teach Trump, Cohen and Manafort  a few things about shadow budgets and hiding money. Anybody reading this may have…

The Payments War: Who will the winner be?

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When mentioning Payments War, some people think of Shopping Wars and fist fights at Walmart on Black Friday. This article is not about that. The Payments Wars are actually multiple…
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Anchors Away! Is the US retail boat sinking?

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If you put one or more buildings together and form a complex of shops representing merchandisers, add to that interconnected walkways enabling visitors to walk from unit to unit, you…

The US Economy – Miracle or Mirage?

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The economy of a country is a key talking point of most politicians, and rightly so. If you preside over a strong and growing economy, your political reign is reflected…
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The Debt Jubilee – “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”

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It should be no surprise to anybody who has been reasonably informed about what has gone on in the last 15 or so years that debt is becoming a burden.…
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Is Hammurabi’s Code the key to fixing the banks?

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Over the years there have been a chain of events that have led us to where we are now. This is true not only for the US but for the…
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Will Turkey be the first domino to fall?

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There has been many financial crises over the past century, yet few of those provided much of a warning that they were about to hit.  It only becomes clear after…
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Data – The New Biological Nerve Gas

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Data is fast becoming the new weapon of choice. Those who dominate data will dominate power because power comes from insight into other nation’s activities. Harness that insight and you…
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Is a strong middle class the key to a strong economy?

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In our previous article titled “Where did the US go off track?” The article was meant mainly to revisit Bernanke’s planned wealth effect from quantitative easing and indicate that it…
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The Top 10

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If you are like most people these days then you probably have lost your sense of discovery and prefer to rely on the opinions of others as you roam the…
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Where did the United States go offtrack?

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While the war between Trump supporters, anti-Trump protestors and the media rages on over everything from Trump policies to Trump tweets, there is an evident truth lurking beneath the surface…
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Energy – Social media’s missing link

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Have you ever walked into a room of a small group of people and felt a blast of negative energy?  Everything looks normal enough but you have an uneasy feeling.…
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Market Forecasting is Dead

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The ability to forecast the markets is dead. It can also be argued that it never existed. Regardless of that oversight, we are entertained by a constant stream of “experts”…
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6 Companies that track your actions – Predictive Analytics

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From the time you wake up in your Nest operated home or apartment until Sundown, you have probably made a number of Google searches on your iPhone, used any number…
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Process Audit: How to Prepare Your Team for AI

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(This article first appeared on Tenfold.) Today, it is no longer a question of adopting AI or not. Instead, ask yourself if you and your sales team are ready for…
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Learning from Google’s Mistakes

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Everybody uses Google's search engine daily, however, in addition to using their tools people should be learning from what Google does as a company, especially when it comes to failure.…
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The Russians Did It! (or did they)?

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The Russians completely destabilized the US political system and skewed the vote of the American public in favour of Donald Trump. They used platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, who…
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Discovery Lost – 4 Ways to Get It Back

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Have you lost your sense of discovery? The number of developments and innovations that have taken place in recent years have been no less than stunning. I don’t think even…
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Has the quest for marketing data gone too far?

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As consumers we love to purchase goods. We purchase basic needs and necessities and we purchase any item that renders our lives more comfortable or interesting. Companies love to sell…
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Can the Real Estate Industry Be Remodelled?

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We have become more accustomed to the idea of industry disruption since the internet and technology revolution took off but it is nothing new. In fact, industry disruptors have been…
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WMD – Words of Mass Destruction

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On April 23, 2013, I was sitting at my desk watching the stock markets on my screen. I happened to be in a chat room with a number of other…
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Maslow and the New Economy

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Abraham Maslow was a pioneer in humanistic psychology. He devoted much of his career to describing human needs and defining human potential. He believed that people have two kinds of…
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The Fear of Choosing

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I moved to Europe years ago from Canada and although I made the move to embrace the change and experience another way of life, the first thing I noticed was…
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We have seen the future and it is DNA storage!

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Technology advancements in the last 10 years alone have made our world more connected than it has ever been, providing people a simpler and faster means of documenting and sharing…
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The Dark Side of Email

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The invention of e-mail created huge efficiencies in the world. Messages that used to take weeks to receive now arrive instantaneously. However, with every great step foreword there always seems…