Make money, not war

A new book, a new perspective
by Rui Martins dos Santos

An easy, provocative read, written for non-economists

Karl Marx predicted the collapse of capitalism but his prophecy failed. Is he now smiling in his grave?
Poor economic growth, high unemployment (almost 40 million unemployed in developed countries), rising inequality and the flight of the electorate to abstention or to populist candidates, constitute a significant challenge.
The future of capitalist or social democratic regimes will have to involve the creation of money to stimulate the global demand for goods and services.
Without any prospects for stronger consumption growth artificially stimulated by the creation of money, there won’t be enough investment. And without sufficient consumption and investment, we can go into a recessionary and deflationary spiral of serious proportions.
Not all problems have solutions. But the lack of demand for goods and services always has a solution: money creation. With rules, distribution of benefits and without inflation.
See how this can be done in this book.

English edition available at Amazon.com and Amazon.es.

Um novo livro, uma nova perspectiva
por Rui Martins dos Santos

Leitura fácil e provocadora, para não-economistas

Karl Marx previa o colapso do capitalismo mas a sua profecia falhou. Estará agora a sorrir no túmulo?
O fraco crescimento económico, o elevado desemprego (quase 40 milhões de desempregados nos países desenvolvidos), o incremento dos indicadores de desigualdade e a fuga do eleitorado para a abstenção ou para candidatos populistas, representam um desafio significativo.
O futuro dos regimes capitalistas ou sociais-democratas terá de passar pela criação de moeda para estímulo da procura de bens e serviços.
Sem perspectivas de crescimento do consumo estimulado artificialmente pela criação de moeda, não haverá investimento suficiente. E sem consumo e sem investimento suficientes, poderemos entrar numa espiral recessiva e deflacionária de proporções graves.
Nem todos os problemas têm solução. Mas a falta de procura de bens e serviços tem sempre solução: a criação de moeda. Com regras, com distribuição de benefícios, sem inflação.
Saiba como, neste livro.

Edição portuguesa disponível na Amazon.com ou na Amazon.es.

A política de transportes em Londres; e Lisboa?

Em Londres:

Healthy Streets for London
Prioritising walking, cycling and public transport to create a healthy city

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E em Lisboa?

As obras recentes (e em curso) são aquilo de que necessitamos?
É uma opção certa municipalizar o transporte público? Com importantes fluxos intermunicipais, mudando o paradigma anterior, não faz mais sentido pensar e gerir de forma integrada, metropolitana?
E interfaces para bicicletas e transportes públicos?
E estacionamentos seguros para bicicletas em espaços comerciais?
Podemos começar a pensar tendo 2040 e para lá disso como horizonte? Ou vamos continuar a reagir, sem planear?
Onde estão os recursos financeiros para uma verdadeira política de transportes?
E a electrificação dos transportes? E a integração da rede eléctrica doméstica com o transporte individual?

E nas outras cidades?
E no país profundo?

Sim, hoje o tema sai do habitual.
Não, não é a minha praia.
Mas vivo aqui.

 

Atractividade do investimento na produção de diamantes de origem aluvionar

Escrevi esta tese de mestrado (MBA) em 1993, há quase 25 anos.

A idade da tese nota-se nalguns tópicos; continua, no entanto, a ser uma referência útil em língua portuguesa para quem tenha interesse no tema. Como acredito que não seja fácil de encontrar, disponibilizo-a em formato pdf: basta seguir o link.

Acredito que possa ser útil, especialmente para quem, em Angola ou noutros países de língua portuguesa, se inicia nesta actividade.

Mais tarde, na tese de doutoramento, continuei a explorar o tema (embora numa outra perspectiva) – irei também disponibilizar em breve este documento. Finalmente, publiquei em final de 2013 um relatório sobre a indústria dos diamantes de Angola – disponível neste blog, One century of Angolan diamonds (em inglês).

Neste momento, co-oriento duas teses de mestrado e uma de doutoramento ligadas à exploração de diamantes em Angola. Assim estejam concluídas, serão também aqui divulgadas.

 

Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference, New York 2017

SME – Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
5th Annual Current Trends in Mining Finance (CTMF) Conference
New York, April 30th – May 3rd, 2017

Managing through the Cycle,
Investing for the Future

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Intended for senior executives and mining industry specialists, bankers, financial analysts, investors, portfolio managers, and engineers, the CTMF Conference bring influential experts together to discuss opportunities, current trends and issues that affect mining and project finance, investment, raising capital, and project management, smart use of data and technology to manage project costs and risks.

The New York Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration is the host and organizer of the SME’s annual Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference. In the heart of New York (where else?), the CTMF Conference format encourages networking and discussions  with colleagues, fellow professionals and key experts – at the Sunday Dinner, breakfasts, breaks, lunches and evening receptions and workshops.

Read the 2017 Conference’s Agenda here.
Please note, schedule and content is subject to change.
To check for any updates, revisit the Conference’s website.
Register here. Questions, comments, suggestions: Tim Alch.

The organisation thanks Shearman & Sterling LLP, the host of the 2017 CTMF Conference again at its conference facilities in  Midtown Manhattan. We also thank the Government of Quebec as a returning as Sponsor of the Monday May 1st Lunch – a Senior Official from Quebec will be a Key Note speaker.

Quebec will  also host an evening reception on Monday May 1st at their offices in Rockefeller Center to which  conference delegates will be invited.
Quebec is also returning with a delegation of mining companies.

At the dinner on Sunday April 30th, 2017 Neal Rigby, PhD, CEng, AIME, MIMMM, Corporate Consultant (Mining) at SRK Consulting will be one of two Guest Speakers. The Sunday dinner – after two pre-conference workshops – is an enjoyable time to meet others, including members of the New York finance, investment and analyst community.

 SME also thanks the other sponsors including:

Newmont Mining Corporation, EnviroSuite, Dassault Systemes, SRK Consulting,
Ernst & Young LLP, Hatch Ltd., Matamec Explorations,
Nemaska Lithium, Abernathy MacGregor, Golder Associates,
BDO USA LLP, Agapito Associates and others

Contact Tim Alch if you have questions and or would like to join in the support of CTMF with these  and other leading firms. Start improving your ROI by registering before March 31st: REGISTRATION.

Registration includes breakfasts, lunches and receptions on Monday, May 1st and Tuesday, May 2nd. The dinner on Sunday, April 30th and workshops are separate fees.

Feira de Vitória cancelada; Vitoria Stone Fair cancelled

A feira de Vitória, uma das mais importantes feiras de pedra natural no mundo, certamente a mais importante no continente sul-americano, tem sua edição deste ano cancelada devido à situação de insegurança vivida no Estado do Espírito Santo, Brasil.

The Vitoria Stone Fair, one of the key natural stone fairs in the international calendar has been cancelled due to the current insecurity situation in Espirito Santo (Brazil). This situation arose due to a police force strike.

Gold trends last year

For those that missed it, World Gold Council released a report a few days ago about the gold trends in 2016. World Gold Council report highlights:

  • 2016 was the second best year for ETFs on record. Global demand for gold-backed ETFs and similar products was 531.9t – the highest since 2009. Q4 saw outflows.

  • The gold price ended the year up 8%. Having risen 25% by the end of September, gold relinquished some of its gains in Q4 following Trump’s conciliatory acceptance speech and the FOMC’s interest rate rise.
  • 2016 saw a 7-year low for jewellery demand.bRising prices for much of the year, regulatory and fiscal hurdles in India and China’s softening economy were key reasons for weakness in the sector.
  • India’s shock demonetisation policy brought the market to a virtual standstill. An initial rush for gold following the policy announcement came to a swift halt in the ensuing cash crunch.

You may download the full report report here.

Updated editions of all Blue Books of gemmological standards and nomenclature on CIBJO website

The six CIBJO Blue Books are definitive sets of grading standards and nomenclature for diamonds, coloured gemstones, pearls, coral, precious metals, and gemmological laboratories. They are compiled and then are consistently reviewed and updated by the relevant CIBJO Commissions, whose members include representatives of trade organisations and laboratories active in the respective areas of the industry. In the almost complete absence of jewellery industry standards endorsed by the International Standards Organisation (ISO), the CIBJO Blue Books are the most widely accepted set of globally accepted standards.

The updated versions can be downloaded from the following page on the CIBJO website: http://www.cibjo.org/introduction-to-the-blue-books/.

For individuals who are not members of a CIBJO-member organisation, each individual download will cost 9.90 Swiss francs. All six Blue Books (Diamond Book, Gemstone Book, Pearl Book, Coral Book, Precious Metals Book and Gemmological Laboratories Book) can be downloaded as a single package at a discounted rate of 49.90 Swiss francs. For individuals who are members of an organisation that belongs to CIBJO, he or she is entitled to receive the CIBJO Blue Books free of charge. They should contact the organisation of which they are members to arrange delivery of the relevant Blue Books by email.

(excerpts from a FEBRUARY 13, 2016 CIBJO press release – the underlining is ours)