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The moment of truth for U.S. stocks will take place in the next two weeks

“Using a combination of societal norms and natural lifetime investment patterns, The Investment Rate tells us in advance where current natural demand levels are” writes Thomas H for marketwatch.com. Natural demand levels defined by the Investment Rate are declining, but the fabricated demand coming from stimulus efforts have been consistent.This natural flow of money is defined by The Investment Rate, my longer-term macroeconomic model.Natural demographic demand is declining aggressively, and it will compound the adverse impact of the end of stimulus and the lower demand levels.That is simple supply and…

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White House unveils ‘new strategy’ for Iran

“The Trump administration announced a “new strategy” for dealing with Iran that involves issues falling outside of the “myopic” nuclear agreement, the White House said Friday ahead of Trump’s announcement of his plan for the deal” reports tehrantimes.com. Trump is expected to decline to certify the Iran nuclear deal during a speech on Friday, although he is not expected to scrap the deal altogether.”The Trump administration’s Iran policy will address the totality of these threats from and malign activities by the Government of Iran and will seek to bring about…

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with the trends most stark in electric cars, solar and nuclear energy

“U.S. politicians have been warning for years that America couldn’t let China win the clean energy race” writes Sam Baker for axios.com. TerraPower, a company founded by Bill Gates, decided to test and ultimately deploy its new advanced nuclear technology in China.That’s exactly what has happened, with the trends most stark in electric cars, solar and nuclear energy. Source: axios.com Share This:

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Rex Tillerson: Allies will be ‘very supportive’ of Iran strategy

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson predicted Friday that European allies would be “very supportive” of President Trump’s new Iran strategy, despite their preference for the previous policy” writes Joel Gehrke for washingtonexaminer.com. Trump’s Iran strategy depends, at least in the short-term, on European cooperation.”I fully expect that our allies and friends in Europe and in the region are going to be very supportive in efforts undertaken to deal with Iran’s threats,” Tillerson said Friday at the State Department. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Trump’s Iran Strategy Would Be Smart—If He Were Credible

“The Iran deal will not be canceled, it will be continued” writes David Frum for theatlantic.com. The deal returned tens of billions of frozen assets—including upwards of $1 billion in literal cash —to the Islamic Republic.At the same time, new actions will be taken to deal with urgent U.S. security concerns that the deal ignored. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Trump Has an Iran Strategy — But It Might Be Too Tough to …

“If I have read the tea leaves correctly, the Trump team has a strategy, albeit a strategy that is very difficult to pull off successfully” writes Justin Hastings for foreignpolicy.com. The enemy still gets a vote and, in this case, Iran has plenty of gambits of its own to play to frustrate the strategy.Managing all of those contrary signals requires a fully integrated strategy that coordinates the diplomatic, political, and communications lines of action.The Trump administration is betting that Congress will not do so because, in the interval, the White…

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Trump’s new Iran strategy somehow ignores the lesson he should have learned from North Korea

“But the updated strategy, while acknowledging the legitimate threat Iran poses to US foreign policy goals and the region, has a fatal flaw” writes Alex Lockie for businessinsider.com. The White House released its new Iran strategy on Friday morning, ahead of an expected announcement by President Donald Trump that current policy isn’t working.Denying funding, working with regional allies, and deploying forces to counter North Korea’s threat have not stopped the rogue nation from going nuclear.But the strategy somehow ignores Trump’s own foreign policy on North Korea. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Trump’s Iran strategy: Business deals on the line?

“The U.S. lifted sanctions against Iran in 2015 as part of an agreement that the country would scale back its nuclear program” reports foxbusiness.com. British-Dutch multinational company Royal Dutch Shell signed a provisional agreement last December with Iran to explore future energy projects in the region.Trump is widely expected to “decertify” the Iranian nuclear deal, he has until Oct. 15 to confirm Iran’s compliance.Reinstating sanctions could potentially impact a variety of business efforts in the region, including a deal struck by Boeing (BA) for $8 billion to sell 80 jets…

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Trump is expected to say he won’t certify Iran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal

“The measure’s backers said their intention was to set conditions to halt Iran’s nuclear program and provide time “for diplomacy and pressure to work.”” writes Joshua Roberts for cnbc.com. Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful and denies it is developing nuclear weapons.In a big shift, he is expected to say he will not certify Iran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear accord negotiated by world powers including Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. “Most importantly, we will deny the Iranian regime all paths to a nuclear weapon,” it said. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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