The Fragile Australian Economy

Australia’s last recession was in 1991. The Australian government believes that the long run of growth shows they are doing a great economic job and the country is in good shape. But looking a little deeper tells a somewhat different story. The state of the Australian economy is directly related to the…

The Gold Silver Ratio

For hundreds of years the gold silver ratio was around 15, that is, 15oz of silver buys 1oz of gold. This stability was important because both metals were used as currency (read the history of silver as a currency here and here). In fact, during the 19th century the ratio…

Conglomerate Gold in the Pilbara – Part III

On Friday, Novo Resources Corp (TSXV: NVO) released a rather disappointing report on recent results from work on their Pilbara conglomerate gold project. The stock closed down 18% on the day and is now about 38% off its high. Read more about the Pilbara gold rush here and here. In…

A Concerning Chart on Automation

Once, not so many years ago, it was thought that automation would lead to more leisure time and more time to pursue education and other intellectual endeavours. But this has not happened. Automation has benefitted the owners of the technology and their financiers, but not those who have been replaced.…

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