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  • ISIS introduces ‘Golden Dinar’ currency, Hopes it will collapse U.S. dollar

    07/06/2016 5:12:05 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 45 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 07/06/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    ISIS is now issuing its own currency referred to as the ‘Golden Dinar,’ with engravings bearing the words “Islamic State.” The coins, currently being released in limited quantity, are to primarily be used by traders in the oil industry in areas under Islamic State control, according to reports on jihadi online forums. Activists in Deir ez-Zor, Syria reported oil traders have been ordered to use the new Dinar when purchasing from ISIS-held oil fields. Reports from the Iraqi city of Mosul have indicated the Golden Dinar is being introduced to the currency market as part of a serious attempt to...
  • April 16, 2012 Vilnius, Lithuania : $7 Gasoline. Thanks Ben.

    07/05/2016 4:36:48 PM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies
    SovereignMan.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | simon black
    The consistent theme from my travels so far in Europe– the UK, Scandinavia, Lithuania– has been noticeably higher prices. Shockingly so, in some instances. London, where I spent a rather pleasant and rare sunny weekend with friends and colleagues, has gone from being ‘stupid’ pricey, to just plain absurd. Tube prices, taxi fares, food prices, restaurant bills, train fares… it all keeps going up. And to cap it all off, the British government’s VAT increases have ensured that absolutely everyone is paying a little bit more. Here in Lithuania, the buzz around town is the spiraling gasoline prices, which have...
  • How Fiat Money Destroys Culture

    06/21/2016 2:38:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Mises Wire ^ | 07 June 2016 | Jörg Guido Hülsmann
    It may seem unusual that an economist would talk about culture. Usually, we talk about prices and production, quantities produced, employment, the structure of production, scarce resources, and entrepreneurship. But there are certain things that economists can say about the culture, and more precisely, that economists can say about the transformation of the culture. So what is culture? Well, to put it simply, it is the way we do things. This can include the way we eat — whether or not we dine with family members on a regular basis, for example — how we sleep, and how we use...
  • Potential Political, Market Fallout From Brexit (video)

    06/20/2016 7:28:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 17, 2016 | Mornings with Maria (Bartiromo)
    Fairfax Global Markets CEO Paul Dietrich on the potential market implications of a British exit from the European Union, the state of the U.S. economy and the 2016 presidential race.
  • Saudi Authorities Panic As Speculators Drive Currency Down

    06/06/2016 1:26:43 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-06-2016 | ZH
    With Saudi Riyal forwards plunging back below 3.81, dramatically weaker than the current peg, Bloomberg reports that Saudi authorities are cracking down on currency traders as speculation mounts that the world’s biggest oil exporter won’t be able to maintain the riyal’s peg to the dollar as revenue plunges. Saudi Arabia ordered banks in the kingdom to stop selling some products that allow speculators to bet against its currency peg just days after demanding information from lenders on the offerings, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The Saudi Arabia Monetary Agency sent a circular to banks this week saying...
  • Saudi central bank bans use of options against riyal: executive

    06/06/2016 1:22:30 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05 June 2016 | Faisal Al Nasser
    Saudi Arabia's central bank has told banks it is banning the use of options and other derivatives to speculate against the riyal, in a new effort to reduce pressure on its currency peg, a senior executive at a Saudi bank told Reuters on Sunday. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency "wants to make sure that there is no snowball effect against the riyal in the forwards markets", the executive said, declining to be named because of commercial sensitivities. "So now banks in the country are banned from accepting any options against the riyal." Non-speculative trade in the riyal forwards market is...
  • Donald Trump, The Gold Standard, Maynard Keynes, And Our Madmen In Authority

    06/06/2016 4:56:40 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jun 5, 2016 | Ralph Benko
    Today, June 5th, is the anniversary of the birth of John Maynard Keynes, once upon a time the great foe of the gold standard. Today also, coincidentally, happens to be the anniversary of the date celebrated of FDR’s “taking America off the gold standard.” These events are not mere historical curios. The current presidential campaign, and underlying political climate, shows we are finally, maybe definitively, emerging from the academic economists’ anathema on the gold standard... ...Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is on record as strongly appreciating the gold standard... ...The “interwar gold standard” in fact was a barbarous relic....
  • Today, June 5, 1933: FDR Ends Gold Standard, Bans Private Ownership of Gold [VIDEO]

    06/05/2016 4:03:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | June 5, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    Prior to the election of AmericaÂ’s longest serving socialist president, our money was backed by gold. Anyone holding our paper currency could demand to exchange it for gold at a set price. In 1913, the gold standard was officially made part of the Federal Reserve and the price of gold was fixed at $20.67 per ounce. The same law mandated that the Federal Reserve kept enough gold on hand to equal 40% of the currency issued at the time.On March 4, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sworn into office for the first time. The day after his inauguration, Roosevelt closed...
  • Alan Greenspan Warns That Venezuelan Style Martial Law Will Soon Come To The US

    05/31/2016 10:32:00 AM PDT · by blam · 70 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 5-31-2016 | Jeff_Berwick
    May 31, 2016 Jeff_Berwick It seems barely a day passes now without some big name person warning of imminent collapse. The latest is Alan Greenspan. In an interview on Thursday he told Fox News that Venezuela is now under martial law and that “America is next.” He said that what was happening in Venezuela was inevitably going to take place in the US. I agree with this. In fact, we said this exact thing just last week with our article, “Venezuela Descends Into Chaos… Europe and US Next.” Funny enough, a few brainwashed sheeple said we were crazy for saying...
  • Video: Ron Paul confirms he is NOT supporting Donald Trump for U.S. president

    05/29/2016 4:18:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Economic Collapse News ^ | May 23, 2016 | Andrew Moran
    Former Texas Republican Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul confirmed in an interview with the Fox Business Network that he will not be supporting Donald Trump for United States president. He said in jest that he’s waiting for Trump to become a libertarian. When asked if there’s anything that Trump could say that would help change his mind, Paul replied that he wouldn’t know what to believe since “he’s all over the map.” The entire four-minute interview is embedded below: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) This is different from his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who said he will support the GOP nominee,...
  • “Print the Money”: Trump’s “Reckless” Proposal Echoes Franklin and Lincoln

    05/16/2016 2:25:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 14 May 2016 | Ellen Brown
    Another left publication seemingly vetting some of Trumps positions. Yesterday I saw Steve Keen on the Keiser report reluctantly agreeing with Trump on financial issues.
  • This Is The End: Venezuela Runs Out Of Money To Print New Money

    04/27/2016 5:29:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/27/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Back in February, when we commented on the unprecedented hyperinflation about the be unleashed in the Latin American country whose president just announced that he would expand the "weekend" for public workers to 5 days...... we joked that it is unclear just where the country will find all the paper banknotes it needs for all its new physical currency. After all, central-bank data shows Venezuela more than doubled the supply of 100-, 50- and 2-bolivar notes in 2015 as it doubled monetary liquidity including bank deposits. Supply has grown even as Venezuela has fewer U.S. dollars to support new...
  • Venezuela is shipping gold to pay debt

    02/25/2016 5:44:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    krcrtv ^ | 02/25/2016 | Patrick Gillespie
    Venezuela sent $1.3 billion worth of gold bars to Switzerland in mid-January, according to data from the Swiss Federal Customs Administration. That gold was shipped out just weeks before two big debt payments due this month, totaling $2.3 billion. On Friday alone, Venezuela has to pay bondholders $1.5 billion. Venezuela is running out of cash and many experts believe there's a high chance it will default by this fall when a string of big debt payments are due. "It's a question of when Venezuela will default, not if," says Russ Dallen, managing partner at LatInvest, a firm that invests in...
  • Official: Treasury Removes Andrew Jackson From $20 Bill, Will Replace Him With Harriet Tubman

    04/20/2016 11:49:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 130 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/20/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Presenting an artist's impression of what your new $20 bill will soon look like. It's official.Moments ago Politico reported that the U.S. Treasury will announce that it plans to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the sources said. There will also be changes to the $5 bill to depict civil rights era leaders.Not every dead president is being scraped however: treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday will announce a decision to keep Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill and put leaders of the movement to give women the right to vote...
  • Kyle Bass On The Resurgence Of Gold And The Looming "Run On Cash"

    04/17/2016 7:46:42 AM PDT · by dennisw · 11 replies
    .zerohedge. ^ | 04/16/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Central Banks China Federal Reserve Hayman Capital Kyle Bass Kyle Bass Lehman Monetary Policy Reality Recession Yuan Hayman Capital founder Kyle Bass sat down recently for a conversation with Maria Bartiromo and Gary Kaminsky on Wall Street Week. He covered a variety of topics such as NIRP, income inequality, and the U.S. presidential race. As our regular readers know, Kyle correctly predicted the housing crisis, and is now calling for the yuan to be dramatically devalued. On the growing use of negative interest rates as a central bank policy tool, he pointed out that while the central planners have their...
  • Central banks are already doing the unthinkable - you just don't know it

    03/20/2016 5:22:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 19 March 2016 | Mehreen Khan
    The lords of finance are losing their touch. Institutions which dragged the world from its worst depression since the early 20th century are finally seeing their magic desert them, if conventional wisdom is to be believed. Eight years on the from the Great Recession, voices as authoritative as the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of International Settlements - dubbed the 'central bank of central banks' - have called time on the era of extraordinary monetary policy. Having hoovered up $12.3 trillion (£8.5 trillion) in financial assets and carried out 637 interest rate cuts since 2008, central banks have been stunned...
  • It's Official: Canada Has Sold All Of Its Gold Reserves

    03/03/2016 10:29:50 AM PST · by blam · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden March 3, 2016One month ago, when looking at the latest Canadian official international reserves, we noticed something strange: Canada had sold nearly half of its gold reserves in one month. According to the February data, total Canadian gold reserves stood at 1.7 tonnes. That was just 0.1 per cent of the country’s total reserves, which also include foreign currency deposits and bonds. As we noted, the decision to sell came from Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office. “Canada’s gold reserves belong to the Government of Canada, and are held under the name of the Minister of Finance,” explained a...
  • Gold ETF Market Breaks: BlackRock Suspends ETF Issuance Due To "Surging Demand For Gold"

    03/04/2016 7:29:51 AM PST · by amorphous · 3 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4 Mar 2016 | Tyler Durden
    BlackRock's Gold ETF (IAU) has seen fund inflows every day in 2016 (no outflows at all) and with the stock trading above its NAV for most of the year, the world's largest asset manager has made a significant decision: •*BLACKROCK SAYS ISSUANCE OF GOLD TRUST SHARES SUSPENDED• *BLACKROCK SAYS SUSPENSION DUE TO DEMAND FOR GOLD ... It appears the huge demand for physical gold (and lack of supply) is finally catching up with the manipulation of paper prices. If this is anything other than a brief technical suspension, it could well unleash panic-buying as we already pointed out - there...
  • Why Trump and Cruz Aren't Forbes or Cain

    12/22/2015 10:45:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Bloomberg View | December 22, 2015 | Albert R. Hunt
    Link only: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-12-22/why-trump-and-cruz-aren-t-forbes-or-cain
  • 21 New Numbers That Show That The Global Economy Is Absolutely Imploding

    02/21/2016 11:36:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/21 | Michael Snyder
    After a series of stunning declines through the month of January and the first half of February, global financial markets seem to have found a patch of relative stability at least for the moment. But that does not mean that the crisis is over. On the contrary, all of the hard economic numbers that are coming in from around the world tell us that the global economy is coming apart at the seams. This is especially true when you look at global trade numbers. The amount of stuff that is being bought, sold and shipped around the planet is falling...
  • The Recession Isn’t a Few Months Away ... It's Already Started

    02/21/2016 11:29:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Economy and Markets Daily ^ | 02/21/2016 | Harry Dent
    So the S&P 500 is out of correction for now and the coast is clear. NOT! This is exactly what we've been predicting would happen – after reaching new lows, stocks would have to bounce before they inevitably resume their longer-term trend, which is down. But stocks haven't been the only victims of late. Just a couple weeks ago the January nonfarm payroll report came in at 151,000 jobs. So much for the expected 190,000! And of the ones reported, they were mostly low-wage jobs. Pile that on top of the disappointing Christmas and retail sales in December. Not to...
  • There will be another crisis. It’s just a question of when

    02/17/2016 3:51:40 AM PST · by expat_panama · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16 Feb 2016 | Ben Wright
    Financial bubbles are inevitable and their pathologies virtually identical. The only variable is timing. This is why financial crises appear so obvious in hindsight yet remain frustratingly difficult to predict... ...Markets are, Harding argues, human constructs. As such, they are prey to every human foible. His comprehensive chronicle of speculative mania and panics was meant to hammer home the point... ...Such financial crises tend to occur every two to three years on average, according to Danske Bank, which helpfully points out that the last one, the European sovereign debt crisis, ended more than three years ago. The pattern is always...
  • Why So Many Historians Agree With Ted Cruz On Gold

    02/09/2016 11:40:04 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 82 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nathan Lewis
    Echoing the recent sentiments of Steve Forbes, this week Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz told a group in New Hampshire: "Money is ... a unit of measurement. So, the reason why we see these rapid oscillations in commodities markets, it's because of unstable currencies. And it's why I think we should look at going toward rules-based money supply, ideally tied to gold, so you have stability." Perhaps this will trigger another flood of disagreement in the mainstream press, such as the recent New York Times item which reported that 40 out of 40 "leading economists" said that a gold standard...
  • Hold on Ex-Im nomination keeps cronyism crimped

    02/09/2016 4:29:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2015 | Diane Katz
    The president has nominated attorney J. Mark McWatters for the bank board. However, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, has said he's "in no hurry" to hold a hearing or a vote on the nomination. Other pending confirmations take precedence, he said.The last of the 2015 lobbying reports are in, and the top corporate spender turns out to have been the Boeing Company, at $21.9 million. Not coincidentally, the aerospace giant also outranks thousands of other firms in profiting from the subsidies doled out by the Export-Import Bank. Last year, Boeing benefitted...
  • Greece Now Operating With Two Currencies

    01/17/2016 12:19:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Friday, January 15, 2016 | Yanis Varoufakis
    Greece today (and Cyprus before it) offers a case study of how capital controls bifurcate a currency and distort business incentives... Once euro deposits are imprisoned within a national banking system, the currency essentially splits in two: Bank euros (BE) and paper, or free, euros (FE). Suddenly, an informal exchange rate between the two currencies emerges. Consider a Greek depositor keen to convert a large sum of BE into FE (say, to pay for medical expenses abroad, or to repay a company debt to a non-Greek entity). Assuming such depositors find FE holders willing to purchase their BE, a substantial...
  • Ignore Hillary's Health, America, and Watch Your Freedom Go Down the Garbage Disposal

    01/09/2016 7:05:23 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 15 replies
    Freep | 1/9/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    America, if you don't stop all this obsession with Bubba's pee-pee and start focusing your short attention span onto Hillary's HEALTH and the question of who will be her Vice-presidential pick--you know, the person who will really rule you for eight more years?--then you've been dead so long, you don't even stink anymore. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's physical weakness due to polio was stifled in the press, but it was well know to the domestic ruling class and to hostile world leaders. Stalin was well aware of FDR's physical weakness, and whether or not Stalin used it to manipulate FDR, hundreds...
  • The History of "Gold" Is Really The History Of The Gold/Silver Complex

    12/30/2015 4:02:25 AM PST · by expat_panama · 46 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 26, 2015 | Nathan Lewis
    Sometimes, funny-money promoters like to dangle the idea that the "gold standard," in U.S. or world history, was a short-lived episode dating from about 1870 to 1914, a period of only forty-four years. I take a rather different viewpoint, that gold (and its adjunct, silver) was the primary basis of monetary affairs around the world for millennia, stretching up to 1971. When we look at the history of monetary arrangements, we find that gold and silver were usually used together, in what I sometimes call the "gold/silver complex." The reality was that silver and gold traded in a tight band...
  • Ted Cruz’s ‘Big Problem’ (Gold Standard)

    12/26/2015 12:25:25 PM PST · by Isara · 33 replies
    New York Sun ^ | December 26, 2015 | Editorial of The New York Sun
    ...So what is Mr. Cruz's "one big problem"? It turns out to be that he's for honest money, ideally a dollar defined in terms of gold. That is, he's got the same problem that dogged those notorious losers like, to name but a few, Geo. Washington, John Adams, Thos. Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland, Wm. McKinley, Thos. Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.This is a bizarre argument that puts the Huffington Post - the dispatch is by its senior political economy reporter, Zach Carter - in the company of, say, Richard Nixon. It was Nixon...
  • IMF PREDICTS SAUDI ARABIA BANKRUPT BY 2020

    10/22/2015 1:51:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 22, 2015 | Chriss W. Street
    The IMF just confirmed Breitbart News’ October 5 warning that Saudi Arabia’s cash reserves are in free-fall, with a new estimate that the world’s richest kingdom may be bankrupt by 2020. Each October, the International Monetary Exchange issues its World Economic and Financial Regional Surveys. For the first time since the 1960s, the region set to suffer the worst financial agony over the next five years is the Middle East. Ground Zero for that pain is Saudi Arabia.
  • Experts think jobs on Wall Street will take a plunge in 2016

    12/13/2015 9:56:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/12/2015 | By John Aidan Byrne
    There's a pall over the financial markets this holiday season, and it has little to do with the shortage of daylight this time of year. The lifeblood of the street -- bonuses -- will be cut, and if you survive, there's no guarantee of a better 2016. That's because Wall Street is bracing for merciless job losses that could total 100,000 in the US alone by June. By this estimate, Wall Street head count in New York City -- some 170,000 today -- could shrink by as much as 17,000, with the downsizing hitting everyone from million-dollar backers to middle-class...
  • Stocks are more overvalued now than at 2000 and 2007 peaks

    12/13/2015 9:51:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 12/12/2015 | Mark Hulbert
    The stock market currently is even more overvalued than it was at the bull market peaks of both March 2000 and October 2007 -- according to not just one, but two, valuation measures. That at least is the message of an analysis released earlier this week by Ned Davis Research, the quantitative research firm. What caught my eye in the firm's analysis was that, unlike virtually all others that conclude that stocks are overvalued, this one was not based on the so-called Shiller P/E -- the cyclically-adjusted P/E ratio championed by Nobel laureate Robert Shiller of Yale University. That's noteworthy,...
  • Why Blockchain is Still a Decade from Mainstream

    12/12/2015 3:27:36 AM PST · by Another Post-American · 2 replies
    CoinDesk ^ | 12/12/15 | Chris Skinner
    hris Skinner is a banking and technology and technology veteran who serves as the chairman of the Financial Services Club, a group created in 2004 to address the future of companies that serve financial markets. I’m often asked how quickly the changes I outline will take place, and my answer is between 10 and 20 years. The building of the real-time, almost free financial network on the Internet using blockchain and mobile will take about a decade at least before it becomes mainstream. "Oh," some go. "That's a way off. Can we talk about something happening sooner?" That's an interesting...
  • Will Next Week Be The Start Of The Crash Of The US Dollar?

    11/29/2015 5:11:54 PM PST · by Rockitz · 38 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 29 November 2015 | SecularInvestor
    The year 2015 is coming to an end and we’ve seen a lot this year. Not only did we see a much stronger dollar, the gold price also weakened despite the dire economic situation in, well, everywhere in the world, terrorist attacks and additional tensions between a NATO member and Russia. Additionally, the Federal Reserve seems to be on track to increase the interest rate before the end of this year. In fact, as you can see on the next chart, gold has now almost reached a 6 year low, but two important indicators are indicating the yellow metal might...
  • Gold prices plummet to 6-year low

    11/28/2015 11:20:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 28, 2015 at 1:55 PM | marilynn malara
    Due to what industry analysts say is a strengthening U.S. dollar, an expected rate hike from the Federal Reserve and an apparent Chinese stock market slump, the precious metal's prices temporarily fell to a longtime low of $1,051 an ounce. The commodity's price closed at $1,055.90 on the New York Mercantile Friday, CNN reports. The price indicates gold's decline in popularity since reaching its highest price of $1,890 in 2011.
  • Doubters question 'strange' stock market rebound

    11/06/2015 11:05:02 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    Reuters and Yahoo News ^ | 6 Nov 15 | Alistair Smout and Danilo Masoni
    The double-digit stock-market rebound after a bruising summer has put European shares back into positive territory for the year, but sentiment around the central-bank-fueled rally remains fragile. Weak trading volumes, a so-far disappointing earnings season and a focus on reliable dividend payouts rather than blockbuster growth have all contributed to the view that investors are being sucked into a market updraft rather than enthusiastically betting on a cyclical upturn. Even with European shares getting a fresh lift from a weaker euro on Friday - after U.S. data smashed expectations and fueled bets on tighter U.S. rate policy in contrast with...
  • Steve Forbes: Ted Cruz's Golden Rule

    11/04/2015 12:22:09 PM PST · by Isara · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | Nov 4, 2015 | Steve Forbes
    LOST AMID all the fireworks in that CNBC debate of the GOP presidential candidates was the answer Texas Senator Ted Cruz gave to a question about the Federal Reserve, advocating that the dollar be tied to gold. Other than Ron Paul, who has long been a gold-standard advocate, and his senator son, Rand, no other presidential candidate has pushed serious monetary reform since yours truly ran 16 years ago. This is stunning, given the immense damage our central bank has inflicted on the U.S. and the global economy. In fact, few economists, politicians or pundits are even aware of the...
  • The smartest economist you've never heard of

    10/04/2015 2:13:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, October 3, 2015 | Steven Pearlstein
    When David Lipton, a promising economist, was finishing his graduate work at Harvard in the early 1980s, he faced one of those potentially life-changing choices. He had one job offer from the International Monetary Fund in Washington, the multinational institution that for 70 years has served as a lender of last resort and dispenser of orthodox economic advice to countries that get into financial trouble. There was also an offer of a teaching job from the University of Virginia. Unsure of which path to take, he turned for advice to an intellectually restless and charismatic assistant professor, a Frenchman named...
  • Dying Petrodollar Ripples Through Markets As Asset Managers Bemoan Loss Of Saudi Bid

    09/29/2015 11:25:20 PM PDT · by RC one · 4 replies
    Dying Petrodollar Ripples Through Markets As Asset Managers Bemoan Loss Of Saudi BidOne of the key things to understand about China’s liquidation of hundreds of billions in US paper is that far from being a country-specific phenomenon, it actually marks the continuation of something that’s been taking place in other emerging markets for some time.As we outlined in “Why It Really All Comes Down To The Death Of The Petrodollar,” the forced sale of Beijing’s UST reserves is simply the most dramatic example of what Deutsche Bank has called “quantitative tightening.” For years, reserve managers in the world’s emerging economies...
  • Sovereign Debts: How Defaults May Unfold

    09/18/2015 10:14:48 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 16 replies
    armstrong economics ^ | September 18, 2015 | Martin Armstrong
    In the Middle East, the banks are trying to convince the Gulf States to begin issuing debt even if there is no need to borrow, simply so they have a market to trade. Governments should never listen to bankers for this always becomes a conflict of interest with respect to national debts. The sooner government wakes up to the Sovereign Debt Crisis, the soon their particular country will be saved. When you say we are entering a “Sovereign Debt Crisis”, people automatically assume that debt will just default. Governments NEVER like to admit a mistake, so an outright default may...
  • Crossing Borders with Gold and Silver Coins - a Glimpse of Things to Come

    09/13/2015 8:46:23 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 50 replies
    Internationalman.com ^ | September 2015 | Doug Casey
    It’s well-known that you have to make a declaration if you physically transport $10,000 or more in cash or monetary instruments in or out of the US, or almost any other country; governments collude on these things, often informally. Gold has always been in something of a twilight zone in that regard. It’s no longer officially considered money. So it’s usually regarded as just a commodity, like copper, lead, or zinc, for these purposes. The one-ounce Canadian Maple Leaf and US Eagle both say they’re worth $50 of currency. But I’ve recently had some disturbing experiences crossing borders with coins....
  • The Central Bankers’ Malodorous War On Savers

    08/28/2015 8:23:19 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 10 replies
    David Stockman's Contra Corner ^ | August 28, 2015 | David Stockman
    To wit, artificial suppression of free market interest rates by the central bank is designed to cause households to borrow more money than they otherwise would in order to spend more than they earn, pure and simple. Its nothing more than a modernized version of the original, crude Keynesian pump-priming theory—–except it dispenses with the inconvenience of getting politicians to approve spending increases and tax cuts in favor of the writ of a small posse of unelected monetary mandarins who run the FOMC and peg money market interest rates at will. But the whole enterprise is a crock. The consumer...
  • This 2 Day Stock Market Crash Was Larger Than Any 1 Day Stock Market Crash In U.S. History

    08/23/2015 12:02:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 59 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 08/21/15 | Michael Snyder
    This 888 point crash comes in the 8th month of our calendar We witnessed something truly historic happen on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 530 points, and that followed a 358 point crash on Thursday. When you add those two days together, the total two day stock market crash that we just witnessed comes to a grand total of 888 points, which is larger than any one day stock market crash in U.S. history. It is also interesting to note that this 888 point crash comes in the 8th month of our calendar. Perhaps that is just a...
  • Sinking currencies point to jitters about emerging economies

    08/22/2015 11:50:18 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    myway ^ | Aug 21, 3:18 PM (ET) | PAUL WISEMAN and JOSHUA GOODMAN
    In "emerging markets" worldwide, currencies are falling because "emerging markets" are on the verge of a fall. Hyped until recently, "emerging markets" are now designated casualties of slower growth in "emerging market". Investors worry that the "emerging markets" monster China currency manipulation will surpass the "us lobby" capacity to buy off politically correct response. Many "economists" are confident that the U.S. economy can continue to be milked just like Europe's economy. Even so, the trouble in (non China) "emerging markets" is surprising and unsettling. "It's remarkable Three years ago Lima, was chosen to host an International Monetary Fund's meeting of...
  • Seven dead, 300 hurt as huge blast hits China's Tianjin: reports

    08/12/2015 3:21:56 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    A massive explosion at a warehouse in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed seven people and sent a fireball ripping through the sky, state media reported Thursday. The blast, which could be felt kilometres (miles) away, was triggered when a shipment of explosives detonated in the container where it was being stored, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
  • This Isn't The Time To Ditch Commodities

    08/16/2015 8:44:53 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI - The Alliance Bernstein Blog ^ | 8-16-2015 | Michelle Dunstan and Henry S. D'Auria
    Michelle Dunstan and Henry S. D'Auria August. 16, 2015 Commodities haven’t been kind to investors in recent years. But we believe that shifting the frame of reference away from underlying price trends of metals and raw materials can reveal surprising opportunities in select commodity stocks. The MSCI ACWI Commodity Producers Index has declined by 28% from the beginning of 2013 to the end of July 2015. Nonenergy commodities have fared even worse—the MSCI World Metals and Mining Index has dropped nearly 50% over the same period. Prices have plummeted because of concerns about slowing Chinese demand, coupled with continued supply...
  • Gold Jumps After China Reveals It Bought Another 19 Tons In July

    08/14/2015 6:28:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/14/2015 | Tyler Durden
    One month ago, when everyone suspected that the PBOC's dramatic, 57% jump in gold holdings after a 6 year silence, to a "record" 1658 tons would be a "one-and-done" event, meant to facilitate China's admission into the SDR, we disagreed. This is what we said: ... now that the seal has been finally broken after so many years, and since today's update indicates that Chinese gold numbers are clearly goal-seeked with a specific policy purpose - to boost confidence - we await for the PBOC to start leaking incremental gold holding data every month (and especially in months when...
  • Chinese Devaluation Extends To 3rd Day - Yuan Hits 4 Year Low, Japan Escalates Currency Race

    08/12/2015 9:03:30 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 8-12-2015 | Durden
    The "one-off" adjustment has now reached its 3rd day as The PBOC has now devalued the Yuan fix by 4.65% back to July 2011 lows. The PBOC seeks to reassure... -CHINA PBOC SAYS YUAN REMAINS STRONG CURRENCY IN LONG-TERM -PBOC SAYS THERE IS DEMAND FOR DEVALUATION OF YUAN VS USD -PBOC CHANGE OF YUAN MECHANISM RELATED TO JULY CREDIT: ZHANG -PBOC SAYS YUAN CHANGE IS BENEFICIAL TO LONG TERM STABILITY -PBOC SAYS YUAN EXCHANGE RATE ADJUSTMENT ALMOST COMPLETED *YUAN RATE ADJUSTMENT POSITIVE TO CONFIDENCE IN YUAN: PBOC'S YI *NEW YUAN MECHANISM `POSITIVE' TO INTERNATIONALIZATION: PBOC YI *PBOC SAYS NO BASIS...
  • Letter to Editor PREDICTED COLORADO EPA SPILL So EPA Could Secure Superfund Status

    08/12/2015 6:44:52 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 90 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 12, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Last Wednesday, a small EPA-supervised work crew inspecting the Gold King mine accidentally knocked a hole in a waste pit, releasing at least three million gallons of acidic liquid laden with toxic heavy metals. (ABC) This letter to editor, posted below, was published in The Silverton Standard and The Miner local newspaper, authored by a retired geologist, one week before EPA mine spill. The letter detailed verbatim, how EPA officials would foul up the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money. It the Gold King mine was declared a superfund site it would essentially kill future development...
  • EPA Employees Load Obama, Dems With Dough

    08/12/2015 8:54:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 11, 2015 | KATHRYN WATSON
    Environmental Protection Agency employees are supposed to work in a non-partisan way but that hasn’t kept them from donating more than a quarter of a million dollars to Democrats in recent elections, a Daily News Caller Foundation analysis has found. Data compiled by OpenSecrets.org shows that in the 2012 and 2014 election cycles, contributors who listed EPA as their employer gave 90 percent, or $331,174, of their total federal campaign donations to Democrats, and just nine percent, or $32,891, to Republicans. Those numbers may actually understate the number of EPA employees making political contributions because the analysis doesn’t include those...
  • China Is Hiding 9,500 Tons Of Gold

    08/07/2015 5:26:04 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    BI - Money Week ^ | 8-7-2015 | Dominic Frisby
    Dominic Frisby, MoneyWeek August 7, 2015 How much gold does China have? The question won’t go away, because the answer is vital. The answer could define, in no uncertain terms, how important or irrelevant gold is in the modern world. Is gold obsolete, or does it still have a significant role to play?Today we consider that question, and look once again at China’s gold... Gold – useless shiny pet rock or the very essence of money? Some people argue that gold is just an inert, useless metal, good for little more than jewellery. Its role in finance is as obsolete...