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POLL: Who would you like

*photo credit: Guyra Argus We would like to know who would you like to see as the next Mayor of Armidale Regional Council! In 2017, when the ARC held a Secret Ballot, our poll showed that 22.4% of survey respondents preferred Ian Tiley as Mayor, 13.4…

Why We Won’t See Inflation

In 2017, Janet Yellen, the then Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of America, which is arguably the most prominent and influential financial positions to be held by anyone throughout history, boldly stated that “another financial crisis not li…

Damn Parking Fines, Price Elasticity

We’ve all experienced that moment when a business meeting, a dental appointment or a shopping trip took slightly longer than expected only to escape a while later to find a small white piece of paper sitting under the windscreen wipers of our c…

Housing Prices in the Cities

Not to blow my own trumpet… too much … in April last year, I was writing about how Australia was heading to a mortgage crisis. The issues that I saw unfolding were that politicians on both sides of the political fence had misplaced prior…

Chaos Finance

“The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for…

Is Bitcoin a Bubble or

‘The chance of gain is by every man more or less overvalued, and the chance of loss is by most men undervalued.’ – Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations. 2017 marked the year that Bitcoin, a virtual “cryptocurrency”, exploded in value with rece…

The Next GFC Already Here?

“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.” – John Kenneth Galbraith   Abstract: The numbers are astronomical. The worldwide debt is beyond comprehension. The great ‘recovery’…

Quick Thoughts: Why Economies Fail

An abstract from an upcoming essay. The main problem with most economic theorists isn’t that they fail to produce plausible theories to continue infinite growth on a finite planet, it isn’t that so many of them promise wealth and riches …

Our Inhuman Future

It’s been some years since I seriously attempted to study software development in any degree of detail, however, I still remember vividly thinking “humans will never make a viable AI (artificial intelligence)”. Having a basic unders…

POLL: Secret Ballot. Who would

Vote for who you wanted to see as Mayor! Armidale Regional Council has just elected Cr Simon Murray (Independent) as Mayor for the newly formed Armidale Regional Council by secret ballot along with Dorothy Robinson (The Greens, NSW) as Deputy Mayor. …

Pension Disaster Approaching the World

Illinois is only the beginning.

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” Thomas Jefferson Democracy is projected by many as the pinup boy of a truly liberated society.…

Why Venezuela Should be a

Economic books are written throughout the times of prosperity and generally re-written after a crisis. Venezuela is no exception. For a while Politicians, Actors and Nobel prize-winning Economists alike praised Venezuela’s President Hugo Chav…

Welcome to the Desert of

“Truth, of course, must of necessity be stranger than fiction, for we have made fiction to suit ourselves.” Gilbert K. Chesterton As a child I would spend large amounts of time playing with mirrors. I know, I know. It’s a strange choic…

Why the West will Fall

This is my philosophical rant for the week. Slightly off topic from the usual local or national economic issues that I like to discuss but every so often you need to get your philosophy on especially when it seems to be a field so often neglected. I …

Local Governments Need to Make

  The advent of a fourth technological revolution combined with a struggling Australian economy means that decisions made at the national and international level will have dramatic impacts on our everyday lives. In this talk we briefly discuss …

Housing Affordability is Not the

Housing is a hot topic at the moment as city housing prices skyrocket. While many monotonously drum the bell against negative gearing, the question arises: why are prices skyrocketing to the extent that they are? Population growth, combined with you…

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POLL: Who would you like

*photo credit: Guyra Argus We would like to know who would you like to see as the next Mayor of Armidale Regional Council! In 2017…

Why We Won’t See Inflation

In 2017, Janet Yellen, the then Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of America, which is arguably the most prominent and influentia…

Optimism on the Global Front

Over the past 2 years or so, I may have been described as a little on the bearish side… I know shocking! Especially when I t…

Our Mystery Trader Walked Away

The recent Stockmarket turmoil that rocked the start of 2018, the causes of for which are still unknown, meant that although stock…

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