So, what’s going on with India? Somehow this huge country, with a large and growing economy, and a member of the BRICS to boot, is often missed in our articles and reports. This will be changing soon.
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EARTH SHIFT WEBINAR 4
Based on the Ancient Eastern System of Earth Cycles. Lada has worked very hard to produce a unique, multi-dimensional Webinar full of profound insight and practical event predictions.
EARTH SHIFT WEBINAR 4 DESCRIPTION
As our planet’s Earth Keeper, as a keeper of precious and rare knowledge, Lada Ray wants to introduce to you one of her valuable wisdom systems, and share one of the many secrets behind the success of her predictions.
This webinar combines ancient wisdom, numerology, the secret Eastern System of 180-Year Periods, plus Lada’s practical and to-the-point predictions everyone should know in order to properly plan their future.
COMPLETE EARTH SHIFT WEBINAR 4 LENGTH: 5 hours 40 minutes
Subdivided into 9 Segments (+ No.10 – announcement)
SCHOOLS & THEORIES OF FENG SHUI
How I studied Feng Shui and Eastern Philosophy in Asia
The secret ancient school of Feng Shui and why it was kept hidden
Why we all need to know this and why it is best to go with the flow…
Schools and Theories of Feng Shui:
1. Compass School
3. Five Elements
4. 8 Aspirations
5. Flying Star Feng Shui
6. Small and big (micro and macro) Feng Shui
Lada Ray Schools:
7. Earth Feng Shui (macro/global Feng Shui)
8. Personal Feng Shui (including Lada’s Feng Shui Empowerment & Success Reports)
CHINESE/EASTERN NUMEROLOGY. COMPARISON WITH WESTERN NUMEROLOGY
Flying Star Feng Shui
The super-auspicious White Numbers
The significance of Number 8
How Chinese Numerology differs from Western Numerology
HOW 180-YEAR CYCLES and 9 PERIODS WORK?
PAST PERIODS 6 & 7: THE TIME OF THE WEST
The theory of 180-year cycles and 9 Periods
How it works; the timelines; when and how the period change occurs
What is a 20-year period and what kind of energy it carries. How the energy of each period is different
Why the West was in advantageous position in Periods 6 and 7, why this advantage is waning
What was the predominant energy of past Perioda 6 and 7: The Time of the West
What was happening and why during Period 6 – timeline
What was happening and why during Period 7 – timeline
Why did the West have 2 periods of clear advantage? Is this unfair? How it allowed the West to really get ahead
Why Lada calls Period 8: ‘The Time of Russia’
Why now is ‘The Period of Young Man’
What happens when the again energy shifts in 2024
PRESENT PERIOD 8: THE TIME OF RUSSIA
Russia on fast track
China – also on fast track
How do New Silk Road, Eurasian Union, SCO and BRICS fit into Period 8?
How it works from the standpoint of 5 Elements, Yin-Yang, 8 Aspirations and other theories
What is the predominant energy of Period 8
The timeline of events in Period 8
Why there is so much emphasis on natural resources
TRADEMARKS OF PERIOD 8:
~What is happening with the West and neo-liberal agenda?
~Why mass migration?
~Why big government, big military, wars (including info and cyber wars)?
~Why extremism, religious fanaticism, terrorism, ISIL?
PERIOD 8 PREDICTIONS, BEST PROFESSIONS and BEST PLACES TO LIVE 2017-2023
More about THE TIME OF RUSSIA and THE TIME OF CHINA
Why the West, and specifically USA and EU, are weakened in PERIOD 8
Why the energy of Period 8 is still supportive of the West. Why the only way the West can decline in Period 8 is in ‘slow motion.’ Why no fast collapse is possible for now.
WHAT TO EXPECT, HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS & HOW TO BENEFIT FROM PERIOD 8! WE DISCUSS:
Gold/silver/metals and investments from the point of view of Period 8
What continents, regions and countries are ahead and what are behind?
What countries are at a disadvantage?
What industries, careers, investments are good, and what aren’t:
You won’t believe the list I have for you! From military and security, to hacking and government. Truth-telling, helping people awaken, as well as revealing the biggest mysteries of the past, present and future, and guiding humanity towards the Great Earth Shift.
PERIOD 9 PREDICTIONS: The usually overlooked Global South and Third World in HUGE FOCUS!
Where to live, best professions, energy, investments, what to avoid
WARNING! The abrupt shift in Period Energy will start early! Pay attention to the timing, how and why!
What is the predominant energy of Period 9 and its main characteristics?
What continents, regions and countries will be on the fast track? You won’t believe the list!
Why I’m talking about areas of the world customarily overlooked: Latin America, including Mexico, Central and South America; Africa, including S. Africa; SE Asia and India; Australia and Japan?
Why the Global South will be in huge focus during Period 9?
How will Period 9 be for Russia and China?
Which countries and regions of the world will be especially hard hit in this shift in energy?
How and why the energy of the West will decline precipitously even before Period 9 begins?
Why I say that the possibility of civil war in the US increases exponentially by 2021?
What industries, careers, investments are good, and what won’t be good
FINAL Prediction for the future of gold/silver/metals in Period 9 — what is the best course of action
What will be happening with real estate, agricultural land, and more?
How will the following fare: elder care, resorts, retirement communities, health, vacation and second homes, moving to sea and tropical countries?
The future of alternative and holistic health care and rejuvenation
Predictions on types of energy that will be in favor during Period 9, plus energy as investment (nat. gas, oil, solar & more!)
Best places to relocate to around the world
Plan to stay in your own country? No plans to relocate to another continent? I tell you the best areas in your own country to live during Period 9!
Bonus Question from Az
LADA RAY PREDICTIONS: DECLINE OF CALIFORNIA, SILICON VALLEY & HOLLYWOOD, RISE OF YOUTUBE
The rise and fall of the West
Why California is an important symbol of the West — past glory?
What does the future hold for California: Period 8 and Period 9 predictions
The waning of Silicon Valley?
Why tech companies from Silicon Valley are moving to Texas
The decline of Hollywood. How it confirms the theory of 180 cycles and 9 Periods
How do I see the present and future of TV/Silver Screen entertainment?
China, Canada, India — rising stars of Big and Small Screen entertainment?
Will YouTube bury Hollywood?
AUGUST 21, 2017 ECLIPSE and TRUMP ASTROLOGY
What does it mean for the US and the rest of the world? How long will its effect last? Why and how is Trump directly influenced by this eclipse. Plus, Mercury Retrograde
Lada answers question from James:
The August 21, 2017 solar eclipse seems likely to have a significant effect on the USA and on the dark state. Do you have any comment on this, anything we should know or do in advance of this date? Thank You.
EARTH SHIFT WEBINAR 4: LADA RAY BIG Q&A!
(8 more questions answered: this Q&A is 1 hr 16 min total)
1. Multiple people asked this question: How to cope with mass migration in Periods 8 and 9 and what to expect for the West in that regard?
Emil says this: ‘My country is being flooded by low IQ, low calibration people from the third world. In the current 3D economic system, low IQ does not go along well with economic productivity and “democracy”, Islam does not go well along with western civilization, and people who detest your way of life do not go well in your country. On the other hand humanity is one. Lada, please explain and give your prediction on this topic.’
2. Question from 1EarthUnited Maddie:
Lada, I listened carefully several times to your informative Webinars: ESW2 Inverted Collapse and ESW3 The Future of Money. Many of my questions were thoroughly answered, thank you! One more question. As you know, I want to relocate overseas, but so far I see other countries I’m considering seem to be weaker than the US. Will there be more turmoil outside of the US before the COLLAPSE. If so, where and what is the timeframe?
3. I was born in Brazil and live in the USA, so I would like to know how Brazil will be doing during the earth shift. Thanks and I regard your work very highly.
4. Apparently cycles can be broken. What can be done to break the cycle of warfare, have more peace and start to nurture our planet?
5. I wonder if you have any advice for balancing out our yin/yang and increasing consciousness towards 5D.
6. Lada, can you talk more about the role of the Vatican in all of this. As it seems the Jesuits are behind all of these wars to this day. I have read that they were behind Lenin, Stalin and Hitler. They were pitting one side against the other with their intrigues. It would be good to know where Russia stands on this Vatican agenda?
7. What is going on in AntArctica and when will the general population finally be aware of it?
8. Will there be an event that will reveal some great truth, and if so, what is the timeline?
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and what can you do to be prepared
Dark State and the secret mechanisms that rule USA
The real truth about the USSR, its goals and structures
Why and how did the USSR really collapse
Geopolitical-economic parallels and distinctions: the USSR collapse vs. the USA collapse
Geopolitical-economic parallels and distinctions: the 1980s-1990s situation in Eastern Europe vs. today’s EU
Why I call it the ‘INVERTED COLLAPSE’
How it all fits into Lada Ray Multi-Dimensional and the 3D Yin-Yang World theory
How it all fits into the Great Earth Shift — Great Balancer theory
How will Russia, China, EAU, SCO and BRICS fare; why are they not more aggressive in advancing the Earth Shift
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Journey through authentic Uzbekistan in pics!
Pictures and excerpts from Lada Ray’s latest Earth Shift Report 14:
SILK ROAD-ISLAMISM-MAIDAN-EURASIAN UNION
Where Uzbekistan falls on the new Eurasian map (2014)
Map of the Soviet Union: Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) is in purple, below Kazakh SSR
1. Uzbek SSR flag with Uzbek SSR crest superimposed (both based on the USSR flag and crest)
2. Today’s Uzbekistan flag (with decided influences from Muslim and US traditions)
Uzbekistan was always famous for its cotton and its food: cotton harvest
Famed Uzbek Plov, a very delicious dish, consisting of rice, meat, garlic and spices; carrots, raisins or other dried fruit could be added as well.
Vibrant Central Asian / Uzbek bazaars haven’t changed much since the times of the old Silk Road: local breads, vegetables and spices are sold.
The only difference: now women sell produce, while in medieval times only men were allowed to trade. A woman’s place was at home, cooking, cleaning, rearing children, while her face and body had to stay hidden at all times underneath a burqa.
It has to be strongly emphasized that this was a life of a woman in Central Asia before the 1917 Russian Revolution.
With all its shortcomings, the Revolution and new ideas by Lenin brought a true social revolution to backwards areas like Central Asia. Women suddenly could go to school, vote, gain professions and work outside of home.
Per Muslim custom, only males are allowed at President Karimov’s lavish funeral ceremony inside the historic Samarkand cemetery
PM Dmitry Medvedev, who has represented Russia at the late President Karimov’s funeral, consoles Karimov’s wife Tatyana Karimova and younger daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva.
Notice that Karimov’s wife is Russian, and his daughter is married to a Russian, which we can tell by their names. Like in Kazakhstan, despite 25 years of ‘independence’ and attempts to distance away from Russia, national elites remain Russian-speaking and largely connected to Russia via education, culture, wives and various relatives.
The USSR invested untold billions into meticulously restoring and preserving the historic Silk Road city of Samarkand and another gem, Bukhara. If not for Soviet restoration and preservation, today little would be left of both.
Today, Samarkand is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Beggars in Samarkand, 1905
Painting: 19th century Samarkand, remnants of the Silk Road
Restored Samarkand today: UNESCO World Heritage site
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Pro-US and Anti-Russian Japan: Eyewitness Overview and Predictions (Striking parallels between Japan and Poland)
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTIONS RE. JAPAN
Politically, I do not foresee any improvement between Russia and Japan at this time. Economically, there is a little bit of positive, mutually interested development.
The propaganda has very deeply penetrated Japanese society. The future of bilateral relations is murky and uncertain – that’s why Patricia is seeing a confusing picture: it is undecided and confusing; it’s one step forward, two steps sideways. Distrust by average Japanese towards Russia will continue, heated up by the US-supported MSM and political propaganda.
I have to say, average Russians also don’t feel so hot towards Japan. These are very old suspicions. Pity – there is so much both Russia and Japan could accomplish together and learn from each other! Attempts are being made by Russia, but all this goes nowhere. Russia and Japan still don’t have a signed peace treaty after WWII. Imagine that!
The way Japanese MSM and politicians present it, Russia is the biggest enemy, while it was actually their ‘official protector’ the US that dropped A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and still has bases on Japanese territory. In favor of creating the image of the arch-villain out of Russia they even forget their other eternal arch-enemy No. 1.5 – China. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so sad!
I am not advocating Japan becoming an enemy of the US – just the opposite. For Japan it’s crucial to make up with all neighbors, including Chinese, Vietnamese and Russians, while maintaining good relations with everyone else. The thing is, historically speaking Japan is considered the biggest bully and aggressor in Asia, where just about every country distrusts and has a grudge against them. This is why Japan doesn’t feel like an Eastern nation, preferring to side with the West. No one really accepts them in the East, and their own policies and uncompromising, arrogant attitudes towards neighbors only reinforce that alienation.
From this perspective, Japan is a perfect vibrational match to the USA. No wonder they are such good friends, despite all the latest frictions. Some of the friction is for show, while certain agreement on issues still exists. The rest is Japanese politicians playing off the populist nationalistic sentiment of their countrymen. Either way, Japanese politicians are hardly doing any favors for the long-term development of their country.
US will continue keeping Japan under tight control for at least another 5-7 years, or more (depends on economic interests and how soon Europe swings to Russian side). Russian – Japanese business will be developing a little, as it has, because it’s mutually beneficial. But nationalism will persist and authorities will continue playing anti-Russian and anti-Chinese cards to keep their power.
PM Abe is really inconsequential. It doesn’t matter who will come after him as they will act like twins. This is the time for ANY PM who is nationalistic; yells about returning the Kuril Islands (um… excuse me, ‘northern territories’) – which, by the way, will never happen; escalates military spending, while behind the scenes takes orders from bosses across the ocean, etc.
Kuril Islands and Sakhalin were Russian territories before the 20th century, and they became part of Japan after Russia lost Russo-Japanese war in 1904. As a result of WWII, Russia got the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin back as part of Japanese reparations after Japan lost on the side of Hitler.
It is important to understand one crucial thing about Japanese politicians. It is imperative for them to scream about Kuril Islands and Russia as aggressor in order to divert attention from the true problems inside the country. And these are: 1. the de-facto occupation by the US, complete with US naval bases; 2. Fukushima consequences; 3. economic situation and debt problem; 4. unresolved historic issues, including Hiroshima; 5. social dissatisfaction of a very closed-up society.
Of course Japanese MSM, like MSM almost everywhere in the world, is under the US thumb.
Former Japanese PM Hatoyama is known for his recent surprise visit to Crimea, which he accomplished despite the heat such visit drew in Japan. He is a surprisingly decent and brave guy for a Japanese politician, but he has no chance right now. Maybe in a few years. Being thought of as associated with Russia in any way (even though there is really no association) only hurts his chances of being heard. Pity, but this is the reality.
Still, what Hatoyama has done wasn’t only brave, but also was necessary to shutter the so-called “unified Western front” in relation to Crimea. Actually, his very courageous feat caused a European shift. Since then, a French parliamentary delegation has visited Crimea, and I believe a German Bundestag delegation is next.
Striking parallels between Japan and Poland you would never imagine existed!
In some ways, Japan as far as its political composition and views go, reminds me of Poland. But I think even in Poland there are more people who see the world situation with clearer eyes. This is because more Poles speak Russian and still remember the old days when Russia/USSR did absolutely everything to extend the hand of friendship to Poland, forgetting the old grudges.
You all know my view on this: perhaps the USSR and Russia have overdone the forgiveness thing. Not only the USSR liberated Poland in 1945 at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives, but Stalin also made sure Poland received a huge chunk of German territory after WWII, as part of German reparations. USSR also saw to it that Polish economy did well, investing resources and money USSR should have kept for its own after-the-war reconstruction and development.
Meanwhile before the war, Poland under its virtual dictator Pilsudski had been a pretty vicious aggressor. Using Hitler’s aggression as a distraction, Poland tried to bite off pieces of Czechoslovakia, Austria, and any country they could get their hands on. This was Polish attitude historically, including attempts to invade Russia to replace Russian tsars with usurpers. Not to mention that since 18-19th century Poland was consistently engaged in molding Malorussia, aka, Malorossia (known today as Ukraine) into anti-Russia.
The USSR, preferring to sweep the truth under the rug, caused Poland to feel they didn’t have to pay the price for past misdeeds, encouraging in turn more arrogance, playing victim, and bolder aggression, which we are observing today.
As we know, Japan did pay a dear price in the form of territories, lives and humiliation, for the WWII and pre-war aggression, as did Germany. In that, Japan and Poland are very different.
Poland and Japan are also very different in terms of culture.
Finally, Japan is a much more economically developed country, with infinitely larger economy, which once was the engine of global growth, and substantially higher standard of living than Poland. (But both countries are very similar in a sense of embracing the Western lifestyle and capitalist economic principles based on US ‘advice’ – Japan after WWII and Poland after the breakup of the USSR – and paying for their capitalist development by raking in insurmountable level of debt, which is now coming back to haunt them.)
Yet, both Poland and Japan, being so different in just about every sense, are:
- Thoroughly and willingly under the US thumb;
- Have a lot of historic distrust relative to ALL neighbors;
- This causes them to rely on alliance with the US against closest neighbors, US being the only country their selective memory forgives for any wrongdoing;
- Both countries have substantial territorial disputes with more than one neighbor;
- MSM/politicians in both are engaged in pretty vicious anti-Russian propaganda, while being supported by the US, and in fact, serving as US Trojan Horses in their respective regions;
- Additional very strong countries in their vicinity, which they regard with jealousy and extreme distrust: Germany for Poland and China for Japan;
- Both countries secretly dream about restoring their failed empires.
I can tell you with absolute confidence – this is a way to nowhere.
Economy will eventually cause both countries to reconsider and back off. But before that happens, both Japan and Poland – so easily manipulated due to their ulterior motives, such as nationalism and imperial ambitions – will cause a lot of trouble for Russia, Eurasia and for themselves.
My QUANTUM CALIBRATIONS will give you an additional layer of clarity!
Japan as a whole country presently calibrates at: 150 – anger; Chi: 180 – pride
Tokyo as a whole city calibrates at: 180 – pride; Chi 189 – pride.
Fukushima situation in reality calibrates at: 110 – fear; Chi 85 – grief — in other words, real disaster; although it’s better than a couple of years ago.
Real state of Japanese economy calibrates at: 95 – grief. See, THIS is the truth – this is what they are really trying to hide by yelling about Russia as enemy No. 1! Japanese economy isn’t doing so hot.
Real state of Japanese-Russian relations: 150 – anger
State of China-Japan relations: 85 – grief
Real state of Japanese-US relations: 198 – yearning/striving. Isn’t that interesting! What are they striving and yearning for? To be accepted by the US as equals? Or they are desperately trying to keep the front, while the deep-seated cracks start appearing?
Read all posts in this series: Ask Lada
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Everyone in the world knows the famous Trans-Siberian Railroad (Trans-Sib), built in the 19th century and connecting Europe through the expanse of Siberia, along the southern shore of Lake Baikal, to the Pacific Ocean and China.
Old rails along the shore of the pristine Lake Baikal
Old railroad tunnel, Baikal
But few abroad know about another, equally famous in Russia, railroad called the simple abbreviation, BAM. BAM means Baikal-Amur Railway, or in Russian: Байкало-Амурская магистраль.
It is also called Baikal–Amur Mainline. “The Baikal–Amur Mainline is a 1,520 mm broad gauge railway line in Russia. Traversing Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East, the 4,324 km long BAM runs about 610 to 770 km north of and parallel to the Trans-Siberian railway.” Wikipedia
Map of BAM and Trans-Siberian Railroad. BAM is in green and orange. Trans-Sib is in red.
The construction of BAM began 40 years ago today, July 8. It was dubbed the ‘construction of the century.’ Many young enthusiastic people moved to Siberia to build this railroad. The excitement was tremendous, reminiscent of the earlier Soviet industrialization years. The young people formed many of the so-called ‘stroy otriad,’ which means a ‘construction band’ as in ‘a band of brothers and sisters,’ and would go together to the cold Siberia. After they had completed the construction, they would often stay there, start a family and man the railroad they had helped build.
I remember some pretty awesome songs that were written especially for BAM. Here is one of them. It is called Яростный стройотряд, 1979 – The Roaring Construction Band. This video contains some authentic photos from that period. Performed by the legendary Alexander Gradsky and well-worth listening to! Gradsky has one of the best voices you would ever hear – I promise; and the song is cool, too. I’ve translated a couple of verses:
I’m the fresh wind, the soaring flame,
And it’s our time, my friends.
I wish us luck on our quest
To save ourselves from the indifference.
The joyful tune of the guitars,
A roaring construction band,
As if a fire in the steppes,
The campfires of songs ablaze.
Have a listen:
In the 19th century, the Russian Empire had plans to build the railroad covering the northern part of Lake Baikal and Eastern Siberia and running parallel to the Trans-Siberian. This was a super-ambitious project as such railroad would go through the wild permafrost lands that no man had ever traversed. The project never materialized.
Only in the second part of the 20th century USSR dared it again. On July 8, 1974 the very first rail was set into Siberian permafrost, and BAM was born. Baikal-Amur Railroad went parallel to the Trans-Siberian, but much further north, by the northern shore of Lake Baikal and further into the Far East, towards the Amur River.
BAM was finished before 1991. At that point, USSR collapsed and the new rulers decided BAM was a waste of time and money. The ambitious project was criticized and maligned. BAM was neglected and its enthusiastic, but aging population was forgotten.
However, the times have changed. On July 8, 2014 Russia has celebrated the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the famous construction by starting a new, even more ambitious, line of the BAM railroad.
Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia will spend over $150 bln in order to add another 7,000 kilometers of rails to BAM by 2030. This will complete the railway coverage of the entire Far East. The money for the new mega-project comes out of the Russian reserve fund (specifically, the Russian Commonwealth Fund), which until recently Russia invested in the US Treasuries.
This effectively signals 3 very important things:
1. Russia’s ambitions are back – this is the signal that the country expects growth and robust development.
2. Russia is confirming its Asia pivot – as I’ve been predicting since February 2014. BAM connects Trans-Siberian and Baikal with the Far East/Pacific Ocean and various points in Asia and Siberia. This includes the resource-rich points of the north, as well as potential hard-to-reach tourist destinations.
3. Russia re-affirms that it will stop the silly practice of financing US dollar (which is a form of economic slavery) and will instead use its hard-earned reserves to finance projects inside the country. Finally – it’s about time!
This is a massive shift, and yet another confirmation that the US dollar is approaching its point of no return!
Below is Putin’s Skype with BAM engineers and railroad workers for the 40-year anniversary of BAM. He congratulates them with the anniversary and talks about the $150 bln investment at 13:10. Towards the end, the new leg of BAM is symbolically initiated:
What BAM looks like today – report from the BAM capital, Tinda starts at 0:30 (includes some historic footage from 1970s). Map of BAM starts at 1:34:
Another map of BAM and Trans-Siberian Railroad here.
More awesome pics of Sacred Lake Baikal: THE EARTH SHIFTER Mystical Setting: Lake Baikal, Siberia
from THE EARTH SHIFTER
On multiple prior occasions I have predicted that any sanctions against Russia by the West will only backfire, expediting Russia’s re-orientation to the East and the unavoidable re-molding of the Western financial/economic model.
Russia’s re-orientation and subsequent creation of the independent financial system is what the banksters of Wall Street and London City fear most. This will eventually result in a catastrophe for the US/UK and EU, except for those European countries that succeed in re-orienting their economies to the East. Meanwhile, Russia, China and other countries in the Eurasian space, will benefit tremendously. Read: Ukraine Part 7: Russia’s Geopolitics, USA’s Bluff and EU’s Big Mistake.
The US and EU can be proud: as a result of their aggressively provocative behavior and the double standards galore, they managed to expedite the process by at least ten years. Read the rest of this entry
Famed investor, who was born in Switzerland and lives in Asia, Dr. Marc Faber of the Gloom Boom and Doom Report. His new interview covering #oil, #stocks, #gold, #globalgrowth prospects, #China #USeconomy, US dollar, yen, dollar, euro, government expenditures, geopolitical tensions in #Asia, 2014 predictions, and more.
I respect Marc Faber a lot. He’s one of the good guys in investments. However, I must point out that the so called “growth model” of the global economy is faulty and unsustainable and as such, it is now crumbling. Eventually, it MUST be replaced, and it will be replaced.
Marc Faber is good, but he is still of the old school as he still talks about “slowing growth.” That notwithstanding, he makes a lot of good points and he is an insider, therefore has useful stuff to share when it comes to investments. First minute of the recording is an advertisement. Interview starts at 1:06. Have a listen!
Jim Rogers is a famed investor and he is VERY enamored over China. He’s been right a lot and I agree with him about quite a few things. On the other hand, he’s certainly been wrong quite a bit as well. One of the best examples of his bloopers was his eternal pessimism about Russia, even as Russian economy advanced 200-400% a year , due to his prejudices. He has since changed his stance on Russia and now believes Russia has one of the biggest investment potentials in the world, as he mentions in this talk. Hmm…
Still, he is pretty good, and worth listening to, about China and Asia. He is also very good with commodities and is worth listening to on that count. I agree with his analysis on Asia and Africa. Disagree in part about South America (again his prejudices talking).
And I must say, I agree with his bearish stance on Ukraine – despite lots of great (perhaps the best in the world) agricultural lands there, the prospect is bleak. I grew up in Ukraine and I can attest how rich and buttery the Ukrainian soils, called “black soils” or “chernozem,” are from personal experience. Unfortunately, as current Ukrainian turmoil confirms again and again, both the economic and political situations in Ukraine are not viable or conducive of development and growth. Pity…