Money and Fear with Pye Ian

China and Japan: Former Foes, Building Alliance

Wait…how is it that Japan retains the third strongest national economy on earth, yet is still more or less stuck in the same deflationary tepid growth and runaway debt which it sank into starting from the tactical implementation of the Plaza and Louvre Accords back in 1985 and 1987, respectively?  How is Japan’s historical foe […]

The US Treasury’s Hammer: The Exchange Stabilization Fund

Think back to when you saw that first Star Wars movie from 1977, and how the Death Star – this massive, cold, metal, ruthless, demonic Imperial battle station the size of a moon – was armed, mobilized & brutal enough to outright zap entire planets to bits from open space with its harnessed, martialized, concentrated, […]

The Oil Price as Rope in A Tug-of-War

Remember when the oil price shot up to an unprecedented level of nearly $150 a barrel a decade ago, right in the middle of the Global Financial Crisis?  Odd timing, huh?  How, during that general fiscal fear & mayhem, this manic run-up in price of the most important industrial commodity on earth forced you to […]

Risks to Petrodollar Growing: Circumventing Iran Sanctions & The Khashoggi False Flag Hit

The dollar is under threat as the continuing global reserve currency, as is its critical function in pricing & trading the most important commodities & other assets on earth, be they oil, natural gas, gold, silver, copper, Treasury bonds as key sovereign-held-reserves, or foreign exchange benchmarks, amongst others.  As is the increasingly indebted western banking […]

The Establishment Admits to a Second Financial Crisis

Up until very recently, there were essentially two kinds of business and economic reporting trends emanating since the 2008 Financial Crisis:  Sanguine, triumphant and motivating news in the mainstream corporate transatlantic financial press, versus pensive, probing and skeptical viewpoints in the alternative economic press.  The former was from sources tethered to the central and corporate […]

Elon Musk’s “Socialism” and the Hegelian Dialectic

Back in June of this year, tech entrepreneur and multi-billionaire Elon Musk tweeted that he’s actually a “socialist”.  He also tweeted that 19th Century philosopher Karl Marx was a “capitalist”.  Yes, you heard correctly.  Hilarity subsequently ensued online in the ‘Tweet-osphere’ and among Musk observers. Now, seeing how near-fictionally busy Musk is and has been […]

Gold, Cryptocurrencies, Oil & Shifting Alliances in Modern Currency Wars

There’s so much false media noise over tariff wars, currency manipulations, Russian poisoning charges, supposedly shifty allegiances in Washington toward Moscow and other theatrical propagandistic concoctions that there’s very little chance the wider English speaking populace will view – let alone understand – the much larger macroeconomic and thus geopolitical stakes plaguing increasingly deteriorating relations […]

Currency War on Turkey, Dollar Flight and Massive Stakes

The transatlantic financial elite are nearly throwing the kitchen sink at Turkey, as far as currency & economic war is concerned.  Since the Coup of 2016 didn’t work in making Ankara heel before Atlanticist imperial desires, the money vice is now re-deployed, as it had been over the past couple of years, and in clumsy, […]

‘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 […]