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.

‘Video Game’ Finance: Oil, Sanctions, Tariffs, Currency Wars & Reckonings

Hey.  Did you play video games 35 years ago in the local arcade or on your Atari set at home?  Remember how thrilled you felt zapping into oblivion those enemy spaceships in Galaga, or slicing up the snakes & other obstacles in Dragon’s Lair?  I don’t care that I’m aging myself, stick with me.  I […]

AMLO and Mexico’s Eurasian Energy & Development Tilt

The recent victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador – or simply, “AMLO” – as the next President of Mexico has raised red flags in certain, mostly Washington Consensus, circles, while triggering praise in others, mostly from Eurasia and left-leaning, independent Latin American nations.  There are a few curious outliers, but for the most part, there is a pall […]

The Never-ending Alchemy of Hidden Debt

Corporations hide their balance sheet debt routinely, with their lenders, advisors, auditors, rating agencies and media sycophants abetting their collective efforts in maintaining the image of not only solvency, but of nonstop growth.  Trouble is, sometimes this banal financial alchemy catches up with them, and then crises happen, whether limited to the firm, or in […]

OF COURSE Bitcoin is Manipulated

A couple of sharp, consistent academics recently outed what had been rumored for a while – that Bitcoin’s historically unprecedented price spike throughout 2017 …. resulted in significant part – perhaps in whole! – from price and market manipulation.  Um.  Yeah!?!  This program more than hinted at it all last year.  Jumping 22 times in […]

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 […]