In this episode Tony explains how he think about structuring a portfolio taking into consideration your appetite for risk and volatility. We also answer some listener questions about the process of buying shares, how to work out the most undervalued Top 10 stock, and the NEFF ration. Oh yeah, and I sing Tony a song.
WWII had created a strong US economy, mostly for military spending coming out of the public treasury.
Lots of industrialists made a fortune during that period.
And it was going away after the war.
In the aftermath of World War II, US armed forces had not merely been reduced – they had been allowed to crumble to the brink of collapse.
Truman’s new Defense Secretary, Louis Johnson, had cut the military to the bone.
It makes sense that they needed to find a way to keep the country on a war footing in the absence of a real war.
Korea – and NSC-68 – provided exactly that.
We talk about America’s history of using tariffs as a weapon—why it outsourced its manufacturing to China and how that forced China to become America’s largest banker while U.S. manufacturing employment has steadily declined—how the US went from controlling 80% of the world’s gold reserves at the end of WWII to having the largest external debt in the world—and how being the world’s reserve currency since 1945 has given it an exorbitant privilege.
The death of Agrippina came soon after that of her son. There are more majestas trials, trouble with the Parthians, and, despite the assurance from his favourite astrologer that he had many years left, Tiberius addresses his own mortality. With Drusus dead, the only remaining heirs to the throne were Gemellus, son of Drusus, and Gaius, son of Germanicus – aka Caligula.
Born 1401 as Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone, “Masaccio” (his nickname) was regarded as the first great Italian painter of the Quattrocento period of the Italian Renaissance. According to Vasari, he was the best painter of his generation. The first painter in the Renaissance who really understood linear perspective. He died age only 26, in 1428. “Masaccio,” said Leonardo da Vinci, “showed by perfect works that those who are led by any guide except Nature, the supreme mistress, are consumed in sterile toil.”
There’s been lots of talk in the media about Trump’s trade war with China. One aspect about it that I find interesting is that I never see any talk, in this context, about the fact that China is a Communist country – a Communist country that seems to be a major economic threat to the USA, the world’s leading Capitalist country. Didn’t the West win the Cold War? So over the next few episodes we’re going to be trying to understand what’s going on with China’s economy. Are they Communists? Capitalist? Or something different entirely?