Ivan Mastagarkov (12)

  • Covid-19 stifles gold, diamonds, luxury goods supply

    Covid-19 stifles gold, diamonds, luxury goods supply

    The global Covid-19 pandemic triggered an economic crisis that was unknown to humanity. Besides supply and demand, all markets had to figure the unfamiliar lockdown factor. Investors and even common individuals searched for the known safe heavens in the face of the crisis. But rules had changed. Supply was no longer tied to demand, expensive was no longer valuable and valuable was not at all vital.

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  • To pay or not to pay?

    To pay or not to pay?

    You can spend decades building a serious business but everything can go down the drain with a single click of a button. There is no long-term cure, no final solution. And like the Terminator, they always come back. The reason is simple - billions of dollars in easy profits. Welcome to the age of ransomware. It all started like a game but now we are talking fortunes. The modes of the attack don't change much. Usually, the targeted person or company receives an infected email.

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  • Revenge spending drives EU out of Covid-19 slump

    Revenge spending drives EU out of Covid-19 slump

    The pandemic is slowly cooling off with vaccine roll-out gaining pace in most industrial countries. Now the world is ready to retaliate to the virus with the most powerful weapon - money. And we are not simply talking money, we are talking all-time high cash volumes slated to be spent. The total volume of stimulus packages totals the unthinkable $29 trillion.

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  • US needs strong EU to contain expanding China

    US needs strong EU to contain expanding China

    US President Joe Biden arrives in Europe in a complicated and risky mission to summon allies and put pressure on enemies. And here comes the time for him to prove that he is more than “not another Trump”. Biden's visits, to NATO on 14 June and then the European Union for brief summits, following his attendance at the G7 in Britain, will be more than symbolic.

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  • EU fails with Belarus sanctions

    EU fails with Belarus sanctions

    The European Union vowed to launch a new round of sanctions against Belarus linked to the forced landing of Ryanair flight FR4978, which was followed by the arrest of an opposition journalist who was on board of the carrier. The message is simple - no one is allowed to simply hijack an airplane because there could be a political opponent travelling or for another personal reason. The lesson was supposed to be taught to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

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  • Pandemic wars vs vaccine diplomacy

    Pandemic wars vs vaccine diplomacy

    The Covid-19 pandemic opened new opportunities both for business and politics. Vaccination roll-out is very far from moving at equal speeds in all countries. The greedy West rushed to stockpile billions of jabs, lock down all ingredients for vaccine production, halt all exports of vaccines and speed up vaccination of its own population. Now the countries that lead the mass vaccination process are mulling Covid-19 passports and a wide range of bureaucracy tools, aimed to switch the pandemic exit into economic supremacy.

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  • End of the free lunch

    End of the free lunch

    A large portion of the modern world's wealth has been siphoned away by the Covid-19 pandemic. A logical step to internationally offset that could be the redistribution of global resources. Such actions have been widely supported by the World Bank and the UN, with the two organisations proposing that the biggest winners from pandemic-driven processes share some of their accumulated profits. It is still unclear if and to what extent such an appeal would be heeded as in the real world policies based on logical links are rarely pursued.

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  • Trapped in deadly hazard over bitcoin safe heaven

    Trapped in deadly hazard over bitcoin safe heaven

    The Covid-19 pandemic has changed life as we knew it. It has changed values, economies, freedom, etc. Almost all industries suffered from the severe slowdown, caused by the pandemic. Almost, but not all. Sectors linked to the crypto industry enjoyed robust growth. Of course, the crypto economy always means crypto currency.

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