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John Browne, a financial analyst and former member of the British Parliament, is a financial columnist for the Tribune-Review. John Browne can be reached via e-mail

Putin threatens ‘new’ cold war for Americans

By John Browne
Plunging oil prices, combined with NATO’s sanctions for military incursions into Ukraine and spreading international recession have contributed to Russia’s escalating financial hardship. President Vladimir Putin, aiming to protect his huge popularity, used his version of the State of the ...

No abundance of retailer gratitude this Thanksgiving

By John Browne
Despite earlier openings on the holiday, Thanksgiving retail sales were disappointing for the second straight year. Preliminary figures for what is normally America’s big holiday retail sales weekend point to a significant decline in this year’s sales and suggest some ...

John Browne: Faltering economies put tactics in doubt

By John Browne
Japan has fallen into recession, Europe continues to stagnate economically and even China has been forced to lower interest rates to stem the tide of faltering economic growth. These developments follow almost universal economic stimulus and zero-interest policies by the ...

Economy offers mixed outlook for gold

By John Browne
Gold investors might be encouraged by a small rally that sent the metal to its highest level in three weeks Friday, but caution is a word they should not forget. The metal climbed as high as $1,207.60 an ounce before ...

Alibaba highlights challenge

By John Browne
China’s huge online retailer, Alibaba, claimed sales of $9.3 billion from its recent annual Valentine-style “Singles Day” event. Although offering big discounts, Alibaba’s historic online sales event was comparable to those of Black Friday and Cyber Monday that occur on ...

John Browne: Yen can be borrowed for a canary song

By John Browne
In many ways, Japan is the canary in the coal mine for the world’s central bankers. Starting in 2001, Japan was the first major nation to introduce quantitative easing and zero interest rate policy. Proportionate to the size of its ...

Dollar, debt can be threat

By John Browne
The Federal Reserve decided last week to end its stimulus program that has pumped trillions of dollars to prop up the economy. The Fed bought $1.6 trillion in bonds in the third round of its program, quantitative easing. Instead, it will ...

John Browne: Dollar in demand internationally

By John Browne
Evidence of global recession continues to spread. With an “official” economic growth rate of 2.5 percent, the United States is perceived as an investment haven. International investors are converting foreign currency into dollars, much of it for investment here. Those ...

John Browne: Ebola fears infect markets

By John Browne
The World Health Organization announced last week that Ebola cases in West Africa could reach 10,000 a week by December — 10 times the current rate. They confirmed 8,914 cases, mostly in West Africa, in which 4,447 people had died. ...

Gold melt favors stockpiling

By John Browne
By the end of September, gold had fallen some 9.5 percent on the year to $1,192.20 a fine ounce on the COMEX market. To short-term investors in gold, it was a depressing picture. For long-term “accumulators,” however, it suggested a ...

Inversions signal flaw

By John Browne
At 40 percent, the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. Companies have used loopholes to lower their tax bills by merging with foreign firms and moving their corporate addresses overseas in a ...

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