Pye Ian

Pye Ian
Newsbud Senior Analyst & Commentator

Pye Ian is an independent economic and geopolitical researcher as well as a strategic planning and business development advisor. His articles and analyses on international affairs, economic trends and cultural topics have been published in various mainstream and alternative press sources. Mr. Ian’s wider intellectual interests are reflected in his writings on the convergence of foreign affairs, political philosophy, history, global finance and energy policy. He has undergraduate degrees in economics and political science from the University of California and a Master’s degree in finance from Cambridge University. In addition to English, Mr. Ian has proficiency in Farsi.

Italy, the EU, Banking & Systemic Risks Rising

Recent Italian political turmoil triggered telling volatility in stock markets globally, yet much is at stake regarding wider economic stability in this, a decade after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. I.E. We’re not out of the woods yet from the debt-drenched mayhem of ten years ago, if you go by true, rather than assigned & […]

The Oil “Price” Is A Key Political Tool

Times are tight enough … aaaand then fuel prices start to rise, further harming your pocket book, imminent travel plans, any sense of remaining monthly savings, and your general outlook for the future.  Sound familiar?  We’re in the thick of it yet again, just like a decade ago.  And yet the trend of rising oil […]

Tariffs & Trade Wars Are Initiated Out of Weakness

The Trump administration is applying aggressive trade tariffs against friend and seeming foe alike in these days of heightened yet manufactured global economic “events, dear boy, events”, to quote former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.  China’s getting the brunt of the tariff abuse, and is returning tariff pressures in kind while ramping up its drive […]

Western Sanctions Against Iran vs Expected Eastern Blowback

Western Sanctions Against Iran vs Expected Eastern Blowback Iran’s currencies, the rial and the toman (collectively referred to here as the “rial”), have been plummeting in perceived value for months now – nay, years, nay, decades – against the US dollar.  The rial’s aggressive drop in value Since December 2017 is neither due to core […]

How and When Will the Establishment Pull the Alchemical Plug on Deutsche Bank?

For several years now, on and off rumors about the general financial health of behemoth German-based Deutsche Bank have sent everything from a nagging unease to outright panic across international financial and political circles.  At times it would be described in mainstream corporate press as “the next Lehman Brothers” – meaning a major global bank […]

Pending Pensions Crisis: How, Why and High-Grade Tsunami Warning

Last year, the World Economic Forum referred to the growing pensions crisis as “the financial equivalent of climate change.”  That’s because retirement nest eggs, whether in the public or private sectors, have been in dire circumstances since at least as far back as the 2008 Financial Crisis, and there are no credible signs of correcting them […]

Perennial Wealth is not Paraded in Magazine Billionaire Listings

Alright.  Year in, year out, popular financial and lifestyle magazines and networks – such as Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN, CBS, Vanity Fair and others – put out these ostentatious rich people lists in issues dedicated to profiling the stated fortunes, backgrounds & future projects of the world’s most obscenely hyper-wealthy people.  You know, elites such as […]

Venezuela’s “Petro” Cryptocurrency: Money in Revolt

The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro is desperately attempting to reverse the entire nation from teetering on outright state collapse.  In a bold response to western sanctions pressures which have significantly contributed to Venezuela’s severely damaged economy, the Maduro government has launched an oil and gold-backed cryptocurrency platform as means of both defense against hyperinflation […]

Controlled Demolition: Heightened Financial Market Risks and the Planned Impending Recession

The second longest bull market in stocks was brutally interrupted in early February 2018 with some serious volatility, including the largest single day point drop in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  I mean, why would something like that happen if the economy is otherwise doing so well, investors are so clearly exuberant, […]

The Rockefellers and Rothschilds in China: A Long, Intimate Relationship

The history of Wall Street and Anglo-American finance in China is one that is rarely discussed in western media or even academia, whereas knowing it would explain much about both China’s stunning economic rise over the past 70 years, as well as certainly seemingly rising tensions between China and the US today.  It’s hard to […]

The Yuan Dynasty: China’s Bid to Replace the Dollar

Chinese government officials recently informed Washington of intentions to ‘slow’ or outright ‘halt’ state purchases of US Treasury bonds.  The economic realities underlying Beijing’s report caused noticeable effects on the bond and stock markets.  Wider geopolitical considerations were certainly felt among analysts, government officials and within industry.  With the Trump Administration’s looming trade war against […]

Real Estate Crisis 2.0 What You Need To Know

As is now common knowledge, the 2008 Global Financial Crisis was triggered within the US mortgage and real estate markets.  What’s not so commonly known, however, is that the state of said real estate market – both residential and certainly commercial – remain precarious, with information opaquely presented by sell-side industry cheerleaders, foremost realtors themselves […]

The 2018 Economy? What They Don’t Want You to See

In this latest episode of Money and Fear, we’ll gauge a sense or three of what to expect next year by reemphasizing economic realities today.  We’ll review data and charts that neither the Fed, nor the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nor the mainstream corporate business press want you to see, for fear of any dilution […]

The “Pricing” of Bitcoin vs. Gold Is Meant to Herd the Masses

Based on core global economic fundamentals, the gold price should be well north of $10,000 an ounce. Yet because gold is rare, is hoarded by governments and very wealthy, very private plutocrats, because it is intimately related to the value of interest rates and the perception of paper currencies themselves, its price is tactically suppressed.  […]

Global War on Cash and The Blockchain: A One-Two Punch for Complete Control

“Cold hard cash”.  Paper currencies and coinage have been around for centuries.  So why is there a “war” against cash, all of a sudden?  Sure, governments and the central and private banks which control them can claim that this war is meant to prevent crimes and illicit activities, but are there deeper, longer term reasons […]