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John Browne

John Browne

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010


John Browne is the Senior Economic Consultant for Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. Mr. Brown is a distinguished former member of Britain's Parliament who served on the Treasury Select Committee, as Chairman of the Conservative Small Business Committee, and as a close associate of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Among his many notable assignments, John served as a principal advisor to Mrs. Thatcher's government on issues related to the Soviet Union, and was the first to convince Thatcher of the growing stature of then Agriculture Minister Mikhail Gorbachev. As a partial result of Brown's advocacy, Thatcher famously pronounced that Gorbachev was a man the West "could do business with." A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Britain's version of West Point and retired British army major, John served as a pilot, parachutist, and communications specialist in the elite Grenadiers of the Royal Guard.

  • Germany's Inner Struggle Stifles EU Action

    Published 26 September 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The leaders of Europe have been criticized for their inability to deal expeditiously with the Eurozone debt crisis. Many view the paralysis through the prism…

  • Big European Leaders Flex Muscle

    Published 16 September 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Last Wednesday in a conference call followed around the world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicholas Sarkozy and Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece…

  • German Court Opens Door to Uber-Empire and Uber-Collapse

    Published 12 September 2011 | viewed 0 times

    In the early days of September, financial markets worldwide were nervous. Investors and governments were waiting for a crucial ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court…

  • German Court Wields Huge Economic Power

    Published 25 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    With investors now emerging from a state of panic after the harrowing losses of late July and August, stock markets are now rising and gold…

  • Paper Currencies Finally Redeemed for Gold

    Published 21 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The basic unwillingness of politicians to face economic and financial realities has caused the United States and European Union to face currency collapse. The politicians…

  • Gold is Antidote for Treasury Trap

    Published 10 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Last week Fed Chairman Bernanke raised eyebrows and denied history when he asserted in front of Congress that gold doesn't qualify as money. Yesterday he…

  • Gold Faces Short-Term Price Trap

    Published 29 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Although I believe gold still faces a very rosy future, an agreement in Washington that avoids default and growing concerns of a global economic slowdown…

  • Obama Demagogues Default

    Published 25 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    President Obama has continued and increased the reckless spending of the previous Administration. Now, as the federal debt reaches its statutory limit, he is spreading…

  • Sovereign Debt Blows Big Holes in Big Banks

    Published 13 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The past few days have been very bad for the world's largest banks. American behemoths Citigroup and Bank of America are down about 7% each.…

  • Greeks Buy Time for Insolvent Bankers and Delusional Politicians

    Published 05 July 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Last week, the Greek parliament voted by a narrow margin to pass an economically crippling austerity plan of some $40 billion in return for some…

  • Hard to Take a Bone from a Dog

    Published 17 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Most people, provided they have a minimum of experience, know that taking a bone from a dog is a risky proposition. In terms of political…

  • Fed Stimulus Leads to Stagflation

    Published 03 June 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Despite the full onslaught of Keynesian economic policies, including the injection of unheard of sums of printed money into the financial system, state sanctioned accounting…

  • Bernanke Double Talk Creates Opportunity

    Published 13 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    When Fed Chairmen speak, the public is supposed to listen; and, historically, they have. Yet, Chairman Bernanke's remarks at his historic first press conference were…

  • Silver Takes it on the Chin

    Published 06 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    This week saw the type of downside volatility in the precious metals market that will be remembered for years to come. For those of us…

  • Bernanke Falls Flat

    Published 29 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Despite loud huzzahs from a variety of boosters who proclaimed that Chairman Bernanke spoke with gravitas and wisdom at the first ever Federal Reserve press…

  • Silver Set to Soar as Paper Folds?

    Published 21 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As a result of active "demonetization" efforts by the IMF and its member central banks, gold and silver have experienced the type of volatility that…

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    Published 14 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    It is rare in recent history for precious metals to appreciate in parallel with the broader stock market. Yet, this has been the case in…

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    Published 25 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    As revolution spreads throughout North Africa and the Middle East, many fear that the forces that toppled regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and possibly Libya, will…

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    Published 23 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    While the world's attention has been focused on the physical destruction wrought by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the desperate attempts to contain the fallout…

  • Japanese Fallout May Hit Treasuries

    Published 17 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Japan is facing two meltdowns in the wake of its devastating earthquake. The first, and more critical, is the meltdown at the Fukushima I Nuclear…