Editorial

3 Maps of South America That Explain Its Geopolitics

December 8, 2017

BY GEORGE FRIEDMAN

From a purely geographic viewpoint, what makes South America stand out as a distinct region is that the continent resembles a large island.

Massive oceans physically separate the continent from other regions in the world by great distances. Mexico, Central America, and the…

4 Political Maps of Europe That Explain Its Geopolitics

December 1, 2017

BY GEORGE FRIEDMAN

The European Peninsula extends from Portugal and Britain in the west to Russia in the east. It stretches between the Mediterranean and Black seas in the south to the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

Access to rivers, the Mediterranean, and the North Atlantic has allowed…

The Bitcoin Bubble Explained in 4 Charts

November 13, 2017

BY JAKE WEBER

Cryptocurrencies have surely been the best-performing asset class of 2017.

The crown jewel of the crypto world Bitcoin has run up over 604% year to date. But that pales in comparison to Ethereum’s 3,562% gain this year.

Naturally, these sorts of monstrous returns in such a…

The 5 Biggest Bubbles In Markets Today

September 19, 2017

BY JARED DILLIAN

Bubbles aren’t new—they’ve been around since Dutch tulips—but it’s only recently that they’ve worked their way into the average investor’s lexicon. That’s probably because bubbles happen much more frequently these days.

We never used to get a giant speculative bubble every 7–8 years. But that…

Infographic: The Everything Bubble Is Ready to Pop

September 19, 2017

BY JARED DILLIAN

It wasn’t always this way. We never used to get a giant, speculative bubble every 7–8 years. We really didn’t.

In 2000, we had the dot-com bubble.

In 2007, we had the housing bubble.

In 2017, we have the everything bubble.

I did not coin the term…