What effect will the tragic ISIS strikes on Paris have on the world economy?  Nicholas Wells offers analysis and a forecast for the long term.  In spite of fear provoked by the terrorist attacks, the popularity of the Islamic state is starting to wear out, even as it still poses a threat.  In other news, a new table listing monthly Medicare premiums for 2016 was reported last week.

The Economic Consequences of Paris.  We’ve already started to see what effect the Paris terrorist attacks will have on the markets.  Shares have risen in what some call a “patriotic rally”.  Nicholas Wells reports on the long-term effects.  Click here to read the full article


A Weakening Islamic State Still Poses a Threat.  Factors responsible for the Islamic State’s stunning rise in popularity over the last year are starting to wear out, despite its ability to hit soft targets in Paris, according to Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm. Though weakening, the group will continue to pose a terrorist threat. Terrorist attacks ultimately require far fewer resources than holding and governing territory, and historically has been employed by weak militant organizations against militarily stronger opponents.  Republished with permission of Stratfor. Click here to read the full article


2016 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced.  Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2016 premiums and deductibles for the Medicare inpatient Hospital (Part A) as well as physician and outpatient hospital services (Part B) programs.  The news release includes a user-friendly table listing monthly premiums by annual income level. Click here to read the full article


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