Author Archive | John Rubino

Car Sales Have A Long Way To Fall

The past decade’s historically low interest rates convinced millions of Americans to buy cars they could only afford with hyper-cheap credit. This made auto sales one of the drivers of the recovery, but it also left far too many people with underwater “car mortgages” that will limit their spending on other things and prevent them […]

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The Middle East Is Blowing Up

Every day brings another scary headline from the Middle East — which makes it easy to treat them as background noise rather than a clear and present danger. But the latest batch is reminiscent of the Balkans circa 1914, which means it may be time to tune back in. Some examples: A US Navy jet […]

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Is Amazon/Whole Foods This Cycle’s AOL/Time Warner – A Sign That The Party’s Over?

Towards the end of the 1990s tech stock bubble, “new media” – i.e., the Internet — was ascendant and old media like magazines, newspapers and broadcast TV were yesterday’s news. This was reflected in relative stock valuations, which gave Internet pioneer AOL the ability to buy venerable media giant Time Warner for what looked (accurately […]

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Next Generation Risks, Part 1: “Super EMP” Attack

The global financial system’s ever-increasing leverage pretty much guarantees another crisis in coming years — unless it’s pre-empted by new weapons that can, in theory, shut down entire national banking systems, thus screwing up the best-laid plans of today’s savers and investors. This series will consider some of them, beginning with the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) […]

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Electric Cars Go Exponential

Until very recently, consensus opinion has viewed electric cars as at best a niche market and at worst a passing fad. That’s changing as production and sales take off: Electric Car Sales Are Surging, IEA Reports (Bloomberg) – The number of electric vehicles on the road rocketed to 2 million in 2016 after being virtually […]

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