Drama. There are a large number of “economic unions” of countries that voluntarily regulate a favorable trade with each other; please see Figure 1 on the right.
And almost all, but not all, of the world is covered by regulatory organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the Bank of International Settlements (BIS); and the United Nations (UN), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); and the Olympics (IOC) and the World Cup (FIFA), and so on, all of which operate seamlessly and more or less independently, and for most of us, anonymously, so that we are not even aware of their day-to-day operations, although we can be certain that there are hundreds of thousands of people, possibly millions, who work in these organizations and they are doing something every day to advance their cause and purpose.
We turned this page because the NYSE and Canadian bond and equity markets, are beginning to look “very small” to us, not so much because the money is small – several tens of trillions of dollars and most of the world’s money in market value – but because they are so predictable – even though we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.
In fact, there is nothing – except delusion – that correlates well with a stock price other than the avoidance of bankruptcy, and so the only “stock price” that we might trust is the one that’s low enough that we might think about buying the whole company, and “fixing it”, if it can be fixed.
And we also know that whatever happens tomorrow, it’s happened before, and not too long ago, and we know that because almost everything that the investors will do – and we can’t think of any exceptions absent fraud – relies on time-series, and therefore, there is an implicit yearning for the past, and the growth equation – more earnings growth, and more income, and maybe more capital gains, again.
But that’s the problem – “more” might not be in the cards because there’s already a “high price for income” after forty years of “growth” and “massive churning of the same investments”, and we need to look where the “money is dear” and the “investments are cheap”, and they ought to think about leaving the past, and forgetting it, because all that’s left in the world is “The Middle World” and the four billion people who live in it, and who are growing fast in numbers, but not resources, and how are they going to pay for it all?
The Middle World
The world looks quite different when we turn it on its end, north and south (please see Figure 1 above), and ideologies don’t seem to matter much if the polar ice-caps are melting (The Guardian, September 1, 2014, New satellite maps show polar ice caps melting at ‘unprecedented rate’) and we might soon have a lot of “new neighbors” with “new problems” that we’ve left with them for several hundred years, and which have no chance of staying there in our lifetimes (please see Figure 2 on the right, and for the full report, the recent (2011) Global Unconditional Convergence Among Larger Economies After 1998? for more information).
Moreover, as the 1st World becomes more homogeneous because of its institutions and regulatory authorities, it will begin to look like a sovereign nation with many cultures within it, and a common currency. But we know that a sovereign nation with a common currency can only develop the Company D modality, α=1/e=0.368… which we call the “Death Embrace”, and which obtains in the absence of trade outside of itself; please see Exhibit 1 below.
Exhibit 1: The World Trader’s Almanac – Where The Investments Are Cheap and The Money Is Dear
In Exhibit 1, we concluded that the $US is currently 50% “overvalued” with respect to the purchase of investments, and we would also have to conclude that the Chinese renminbi is 60% “undervalued” (0.400 = 2.074/5.182, the ratio of the “Capital Exchange”, please see Figure 1.1) – if we had the “One World” in which all commerce and investment occurred only within the “sovereign state” of the “One World”.
However, “Our World” is still far from the “One World” and the “Trade Productivity” suggests that the renminbi is only 17.2% (0.8279 = 240.132/290.033) “undervalued” with respect to the $US trade dollar, in-trade, and that in-trade, the $Euro outranks them both, and is currently 62.5% (0.375 = 108.786/290.033) “undervalued” with respect to the $US in-trade – that’s a shocking result, but it turns out that in-trade, as trade contributes to the nation’s “net worth” (GDP*), most of the world outranks the US, and the US only casts a shadow on Australia, Colombia, Japan, Argentina, and Brazil – and before we run out and convert all of our $US to $Euro, or even the $Kiribati which is pegged to the Australian dollar, we need to consider that most of the US “production” is consumed internally and is not put out to trade; please see Exhibit 2 below for all the details.
Exhibit 2: The World Trader’s Almanac – Trade Trumps All
Our view doesn’t rely on time-series, or predictions of the future based on the past, but only on “The State Equations” for Capital and Trade Productivity that explain what the potential is for growth, based only on what we know now and the implications of that for the necessary evolution of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), absent a revolution that is a random factor and might not be predicted, although it could be foreseen because our conclusion is that there isn’t any growth potential in the core economies, and not enough growth potential in the Middle World, soon enough for the four billion or so people who live in it.
For more information on the “Five Equations of State”, and an introduction to the terms that we have used here, please see our Post “(B)(N) Through the Looking-Glass“, and for the really hard rocks, the Theory of the Firm which is based on The Process.
And for more information on real “risk management” in modern times and additional references to the theory and how to read the charts and tables, please see our Post, The RiskWerk Company Glossary and “(P&I) Dividend Risk and Dividend Yield“, and our recent Posts “(P&I) The Profit Box” and “(P&I) The Process – In The Beginning“; and we’ve also profiled hundreds of companies in these Posts and the Search Box (upper right) might help you to find what you’re looking for, such as “(B)(N) TLM Talisman Energy Incorporated” or “(B)(N) ATHN AthenaHealth Incorporated” or “(B)(N) PETM PetSmart Incorporated“, to name just a few.
And for more applications of these concepts please see our Posts which rely on the Theory of the Firm developed by the author (Goetze 2006) which calibrates The Process to the units of the balance sheet and demonstrates the price of risk as the solution to a Nash Equilibrium between “risk-seeking” and “risk-averse” investors within the demonstrated societal norms of risk aversion and bargaining practice. And for more on The Process, please see our Posts The Food Chain and The Process End-Of-Process.
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