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

Articles by Robert Shapiro

Melanesia includes island countries like Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. During World War II and other colonization eras, there developed what is called the Cargo Cult.

One main idea of the Cargo Cult was that...
The paper currencies of all countries fluctuate in exchange rate for several reasons, mostly (but not always) due to government policies.

The exchange rate for the Euro (since 1999 when the Euro was introduced) vs the US Dollar,...
Sometimes, people make stupid choices.

Wait! Let me be more kind. Sometimes, people make choices, which don’t work out as well as they had hoped.

You may have a passion for reproductions of historic horse and buggy rigs, and you...
One of the side effects of a rising CPI is that the value of our money falls. (Duh!)

No, really. The Dollar today can only buy what would have cost 2 cents in 1913, when the US FED was created. A Penny today can buy… just about...
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the US has 156 million people 16 and over, who make up the civilian labor force – 8.7 million of these are out of work. If you add in those Americans who are working part time but want...
Tiny Switzerland is an economic powerhouse of sorts. Swiss GDP is about 1/50th of US GDP, while GDP per capita is about 5% higher than in the US. Growth in the Swiss Economy is about in line with US numbers – except the US numbers are...
There have been a lot of news items lately which will / could have an impact on the US Economy and the Jobs outlook. The US currently has about 140 million people working, a rise of 2 million over the last 7 years. At less than 24,000 rise...
During the early 1970s, the US made a deal with Saudi Arabia that if they would price their oil exports only in US Dollars, we would guarantee their security. With Saudi help, all other oil exporters were convinced/coerced into...
The stock market has continued to soar, not having a decent pullback in several years. As measured by the S&P 500, US stocks have almost doubled since summer 2011.Part of the reason is the Federal Reserve, printing up new dollars like...
The Minimum Wage is going up! Chicago and Seattle are looking at raising their number to $15 an hour while the President and numerous state and local leaders want a rise to ONLY around $10.These people are nuts! These people are socialists...

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