Robert Shapiro

Robert (Bob)  Shapiro is self-taught in Austrian Economics and has consulted briefly for the governments of Mexico, Greece, Portugal and Spain. He has traded Gold & Silver and their stocks since 1970. Bob Shapiro’s blog is http://us-issues.com

Robert Shapiro Articles

Venezuela used to be a relatively rich country. Today, it has a nominal GDP around $100 Billion, a population around 32 million, a labor force of 14 million, and unemployment over 30%. GDP fell last year by 14%, and inflation is so high...
The relationship between currencies on the FOREX market has a lot to do with the trade balances between countries. If a country consistently runs a trade surplus against a second country, most likely its currency will rise. Certainly,...
Precious Metals have been referred to as the Anti-Stock Market. Looked at over long periods of time, it’s easy to see that when Stock indices are in Bull Markets, gold and silver generally move downward. And, when stocks go into Bear...
The Stock Markets often predict the outcome of Presidential elections. If stocks are up – or even if they just are flat – the party which holds the White House tends to win the election. If stocks are down – especially if they’re down big...
The real after inflation yield on US Treasuries is NEGATIVE all the way down the maturity yield curve. As I write, the 30-Year T-Bond is listed at 2.14%. The May CPI came in at 0.2% – in line with the recent trend – showing the CPI rising...
It’s official – UK voters have chosen to take themselves out of the European Community and to resume taking responsibility for their own economic fate.
Several days ago, IM Vronsky wrote that the big banks are in deep trouble. Since the financial reporting of these companies leave out much of the data necessary to evaluate these companies, he pointed to the price history (and technicals)...
Crude Oil prices broke down from $100+ about a year and a half ago. Since then, there has been minimal fallout in the US oil patch, mostly due both to price guarantees built into many contracts and to the availability of loan money.
Several statistics were reported this week, and in large measure, they disappointed analysts. Personal Income was up, but Personal Spending was up even more. This means that Americans were adding even more debt to their balance sheets....
I read an article by Keith Weiner, which highlighted the evil that is interest rate suppression – sometimes called financial repression. He points out that, after a lifetime of saving, a senior earning near zero interest return on his...

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