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A New “Pink Tide” in Latin America?

Latin America tilted further left this week as Colombian voters elected Gustavo Petro as president. Come August, the former Bogotá mayor and member of the M-19 guerrilla organization will join the region’s growing list of leftist leaders in a political shift some are likening to the “pink tide” of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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Gold Has Been One of the Few Bright Spots in 2022 (So Far)

The yellow metal has managed to stay positive since the start of the year, skirting pressure from surging yields and a strong U.S. dollar. Meanwhile, nearly every other asset class has fallen into either correction or bear market territory.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Bear Markets

Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina opens with one of the most famous lines in world literature: “All happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

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Are We Headed for Recession? Gold and Bitcoin Could Offer Some Cover

There’s no way of knowing for certain whether a recession is imminent, but for many Americans, it’s sure starting to feel that way. According to Google, more people in the U.S. searched for the term “recession” than at any other time in the past two years.

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Global Luxury Sales Expected To Recover As Shanghai Ends Lockdown

Shanghai, the Chinese commercial hub with 26 million residents, ended its two-month citywide pandemic lockdown last week, a sign that the world’s second largest economy may be ready to return to business-as-usual.

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The Upside to Record High Gas Prices

It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Due to stratospheric oil and gas prices, energy stocks have been the one bright spot in an otherwise dour market this year. Through the end of May, the S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Index gained an incredible 60%, compared to the S&P 500, which fell about 13%.

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3 Airline Stocks to Consider as We Head into the Busy Summer Travel Season

Summer is right around the corner, and traditionally that’s when families pack their bags and get away for a well-deserved vacation. Since this is the first summer travel season in three years that feels like the before times, airlines and airports are bracing for what is expected to be a particularly busy three months.

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Texas Is Now Home To More Fortune 500 Companies Than Any Other State, And I’m Not Surprised

Texas now leads the nation in the number of Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered in the state.

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Which Investments Worked 40 Years Ago When Inflation Was This High?

The U.S. was experiencing some of the highest inflation in its history.

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Crypto Winters Have Been Great Times to Buy. Today, Bitcoin Is Half Off

Some big-name investors forecast that Bitcoin will eventually hit $100,000, $1 million or more. It could very well do that, but for now, its price is closer to $0. That’s both a risk and an opportunity.

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OnlyFans Offers a Lesson for Protesting Historically High Home Appraisals

The major market indices finished mixed this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.63%. The S&P 500 Stock Index rose 0.40%, while the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.02%. The Russell 2000 small capitalization index lost 0.28% this week.

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Physical Gold And Gold Equities Have Helped Offset Market Losses

The U.S. economy contracted 1.4% in the first quarter, leading some investors and analysts to raise the specter of the dreaded “R” word: recession.

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Decentralization Is Winning the War Against Centralization

The push-and-pull between centralization and decentralization is the great contest of our times. And decentralization is winning out.

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Colombia at Risk of Electing Its First Socialist President

On May 29, Colombia could elect its very first leftist president should Gustavo Petro receive a majority of the vote. The former congressman and mayor of the capital city of Bogotá, Petro is an unabashed admirer of and Hugo Chávez.

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The “Putin Price Hike” Is Fake News

The war in Ukraine has contributed to inflation in the short term, but there’s much more to the story, which began way before Russia invaded its neighbor.