Money and Fear with Pye Ian

The True Economic Stakes Over Venezuela: Oil, Gold, Currency, Sovereignty

It’s not enough to emphasize that the West wants regime change in Venezuela because of its oil!  That’s a given.  What’s not discussed is what the oil is wanted for.  What Maduro’s Venezuela and its allies Russia, China, Turkey & others are doing is inventing new means for pricing, trading & investing oil, along with […]

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain & the Coming Global Financial Crisis!

Major financial news outlets, past heads of the US Fed & Treasury and central banks are warning about not just an approaching recession, but quite possibly another global financial crisis. Financial institutions and central banks are putting their capital and efforts into adapting cryptocurrency and blockchain protocols. The accelerated rollouts of crypto-blockchain covenants is meant […]

Brexit, Tax Havens, Money Laundering & That Missing $21 Trillion

$21 trillion in federal funds went outright missing between 1998 and 2015, with no one the wiser on where it went and more importantly, how.  A few keen minds have alerted alarm bells through their forensic research, yet government, its bought-off press & the checked-out public continue to simply walk past it.  “Nothing to see […]

Lehman and Bear Stearns-styled Repo Market Risks Remain In Banking

The more eye rollingly obscure and outright boring the financial concept or instrument, the faster most people tune out from its discussions anywhere.  ‘Just leave it to those trained to deal with that stuff’, right?  Yeah, ok, but that’s how we all get into continuous trouble, and possibly how big banks, hedge funds & so-called […]

Market Volatility Designed from the Top Down

A stock market roller coaster on par with that of a decade ago is back, and essentially for the same reasons.  No, not just economic fundamentals involving back-breaking debt, corporate profligacies and geopolitical risks, but because said volatility and the asset destruction-slash-consolidation that results are in part due to much longer-term design.  This latest design […]

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 […]