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John Browne

John Browne

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

Biography

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.

  • Annus Horribilis

    Published 06 January 2010 | viewed 2,822 times

    Now that 2009 has passed into history, analysts have flooded the public with their opinions on how the events of the past year will impact…

  • Bernanke Presses His Luck

    Published 23 December 2009 | viewed 3,713 times

    The vast majority of economists now say that the recession is over. Many expect nominal GDP growth as high as four percent in 2010. Now,…

  • As Good As Gold

    Published 16 December 2009 | viewed 2,994 times

    As the price of gold has pulled back from its recent run up to $1,200, many investors are left to ponder what exactly drives the…

  • The Buck Stops Where?

    Published 08 December 2009 | viewed 2,643 times

    Last week, we witnessed Ben Bernanke's Senate confirmation hearings for a second term as Fed Chairman. The air was thick with hypocrisy, as Senators vied…

  • Mirage in the Desert

    Published 02 December 2009 | viewed 3,951 times

    In recent days, world attention has focused on the potential debt default of Dubai World, the main government-owned corporation in the emirate of Dubai. The…

  • Big Players Get Physical with Gold

    Published 25 November 2009 | viewed 2,985 times

    Over past years, we at Euro Pacific have taken an increasingly jaundiced view of paper currencies and written repeatedly about gold as an alternative. Along…

  • Country at a Crossroads

    Published 18 November 2009 | viewed 3,153 times

    The U.S. economy is in uncertain times. Analysts are split between those seeing recovery and those fearing a second downturn. This confusion is being echoed…

  • A Toxic Cocktail

    Published 11 November 2009 | viewed 3,491 times

    Last week, the Fed extended its emergency economic powers, which include lending to the money center banks at zero interest. A few days later, the…

  • Boasting of Glory

    Published 04 November 2009 | viewed 2,970 times

    Last week, to the delight of its media cheerleaders, the government announced that economic growth had returned and the recession had ended. But before we…

  • Inflation by Stealth

    Published 28 October 2009 | viewed 2,523 times

    Over the past two years, the federal government and the Federal Reserve have dispersed trillions of public dollars, run up enormous deficits, and kept interest…

  • Media Litmus Test

    Published 21 October 2009 | viewed 2,964 times

    In a small bit of Washington irony, a government panel convened this week under the guise of ensuring 'expressive freedom' on the Internet, while at…

  • U.S. Stock Markets Disconnected from Reality

    Published 14 October 2009 | viewed 4,043 times

    Earlier this year, I predicted that the 2009 rally in U.S. stocks could bring the Dow Jones Index as high as 10,000. It looks like…

  • The Currency Cabal

    Published 07 October 2009 | viewed 3,909 times

    On October 6th, The Independent newspaper of London set off shock-waves around the world with a report that secret meetings were held between the OPEC…

  • A Somber G-20

    Published 30 September 2009 | viewed 2,638 times

    As a part-time member of the press corps, I had the good fortune to attend many of the public sessions at last week's G-20 meeting…

  • Trade Battle Explained

    Published 23 September 2009 | viewed 2,534 times

    The Obama Administration waited until the wee hours of September 11th, 2009 to quietly inform Americans of its decision to slap new tariffs against low-end…

  • Bullish Stance Wears Thin

    Published 16 September 2009 | viewed 4,885 times

    Readers familiar with my views know that I believe that the current stock market rally is a bullish chapter in an otherwise bearish novel. In…

  • Money Talks, Gold Shouts

    Published 10 September 2009 | viewed 2,769 times

    In the second quarter of 2008, when it became clear that bankrupted financial institutions would be bailed out by the federal government, gold did a…

  • A Failure of Capitalism?

    Published 04 September 2009 | viewed 3,195 times

    Politicians often find scapegoats for America's economic woes. It is rare - if ever - that they point the finger at themselves. Yet, the basic…

  • Bernanke's Victory Lap

    Published 31 August 2009 | viewed 2,422 times

    Despite vocal criticism of the Federal Reserve's stewardship of the economy over the past decade, President Obama's renomination of Ben Bernanke to a second term…

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    Published 19 August 2009 | viewed 3,087 times

    Despite growing concerns about the growth in Federal spending, voiced this week by none other than Warren Buffett, Washington seems determined to keep its foot…