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  • Citi Economist Says It Might Be Time to Abolish Cash [Zech 5]

    04/17/2015 2:48:36 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    YaLibnan ^ | 4/17/2015 | Staff
    The world's central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut — they can bring interest rates to zero, but reducing them further below that is fraught with problems, the biggest of which is cash in the economy. In a new piece, Citi's Willem Buiter looks at this problem, which is known as the effective lower bound (ELB) on nominal interest rates. Fundamentally, the...
  • The Soaring dollar puts the world on sale for Americans

    04/10/2015 4:38:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/10/2015 | Tom Petruno
    Americans have long complained that the dollar doesn't buy much anymore. Suddenly, the dollar's problem may be that it buys too much — a change that has huge implications across the global economy for consumers, businesses, investors and governments. The U.S. currency's value has surged over the last nine months, reaching levels against some world currencies last seen more than a decade ago. In Europe, it now costs just $1.09 to buy one euro, down from $1.37 a year ago and almost $1.50 four years ago. To put it another way, an American tourist strolling the streets of Paris this...
  • Vladimir Putin calls for 'Eurasia' currency union

    03/24/2015 5:42:51 AM PDT · by mykroar · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/20/2015 | Reuters
    Vladimir Putin proposed on Friday creating a regional currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia's partners in a political and economic union made up of former Soviet republics. Mr Putin made his proposal at a meeting with the Belarussian and Kazakh presidents which highlighted the challenges facing the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union following the fall in global oil prices and the decline of the Russian rouble. "The time has come to start thinking about forming a currency union," Mr Putin said after the talks in the Kazakh capital Astana with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.He gave...
  • Currency Wars Continue As IMF Concedes End To Dollar Hegemony

    03/10/2015 9:07:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    GoldCore ^ | March 9, 2015 | Mark O’Byrne
    Currency wars and the growing trend away from dollar dominance in international finance, particularly in emerging markets, was highlighted in an interesting CNBC article this morning entitled “Is the Dollar Losing its Clout Among EMs?” It refers to the deliberate and stated policy of “de-dollarization” around the world, the decline in the use of the dollar in international trade and as a reserve currency, and the emergence of the new BRICS bank. The article quotes best-selling author and Pentagon insider, Jim Rickards. Rickards says that the status of the dollar as a reserve currency is still solid despite its decline...
  • Japan Now Spends 43% Of Tax Revenue To Fund Interest On Debt

    03/05/2015 3:45:06 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3-5-2015 | Simon Black - Tyler Durden
    03/05/2015 Simon BlackTyler Durden It’s entirely possible that we may see interstellar space travel in our lifetime. And what a dream that would be. But in the meantime, for anyone that’s losing patience with space technology, I would recommend you visit Japan. Because for anybody that has been here, this place is as close as it gets to being on another planet.Japan is a land of irony and dichotomy. It is one of the most conservative cultures in the world, while simultaneously being one of the most perverted. Business culture here is yet another thing that seems totally alien. Creativity...
  • Ukraine Enters Hyperinflation: Currency Trading Halted

    02/25/2015 9:42:33 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 2-25-2015 | durden
    Yesterday we summarized the most recent economic, political and social situation in Ukraine as follows: "A year or so on from the last coup in Ukraine, Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Sergey Arbuzov told TASS, with growing popular discontent, "another state coup can’t be ruled out in Ukraine." As the cease-fire deal hangs torn and tattered in the Debaltseve winds, the nation is a mess, a new gas dispute looms as Gazprom demands upfront payments, capital controls have been tightened as the $17.5bn IMF loan may not be enough; and the central bank governor faces prosecution as the economy craters. All...
  • Sweden cuts rates below zero as global currency wars spread

    02/12/2015 3:34:09 PM PST · by NRx · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 Feb 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Sweden has cut interest rates below zero and launched quantitative easing to fight deflation, becoming the latest Scandinavian state to join Europe’s escalating currency wars. The Riksbank caught markets by surprise, reducing the benchmark lending rate to minus 0.10pc and unveiled its first asset purchases, vowing to take further action at any time to stop the country falling into a deflationary trap. The bank presented the move as precautionary step due to rising risks of a “poorer outcome abroad” and the crisis in Greece. Janet Henry from HSBC said the measures are clearly a “beggar-thy neighbour” manoeuvre to weaken the...
  • Currency warriors get a boost at G-20 meeting

    02/11/2015 8:01:41 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 02/11/2015 | Ian
    ISTANBUL--The world's top finance leaders on Tuesday in effect backed currency depreciation as a tool for promoting growth by signaling strong support for aggressive easy-money policies aimed at boosting the fragile global economy. The support by finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 largest economies for mass monetary easing--policies that have weakened exchange rates from Europe to Japan--is at odds with the traditional view that currency depreciation could have damaging effects on other economies. It also reflects worry that economies in much of the world could get stuck in a low-growth rut without decisive cash injections from...
  • The Global Currency Reset is Real & in Motion.

    02/09/2015 1:23:45 PM PST · by alexmark1917 · 8 replies
    Jim Willie: The Global Currency Reset is Real and in Motion JIM WILLIE INTERVIEW (PART ONE) http://www.oneradionetwork2.com/mp3/money/economy/01.26.15_willie_jim_one.mp3 JIM WILLIE INTERVIEW (PART TWO) http://www.oneradionetwork2.com/mp3/money/economy/01.26.15_willie_jim_two.mp3 -Willie says there is a strong contingent of powerful “Good Guys” ex military who are tired of the status quo; and there are extremely wealthy Chinese Elders who are sick and tired of “The Boys” andtheir destruction of the Planet. -There are three major factions who run the world….for now; who are they? -Germany is actively looking for credible ways to exit the Euro Zone, political and currency -The dollar is losing market share, as we speak,...
  • Russians advised to pull their money out of banks and prepare for 'black market in cash'

    02/06/2015 8:26:31 AM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 06, 2015 | Tomas Hirst
    A columnist for Russia's Vedomosti newspaper, a joint venture between the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, has advised readers to pull their savings out of banks and convert them into physical dollars. The ruble has tanked over the past year, falling over 50% from 33 rubles to the dollar to 67 rubles at market open Friday. The collapse in the currency's value has helped drive up prices in the country, which is heavily reliant on imports, with inflation surging to 15% in January. Now, it seems, it is affecting sentiment on the streets. Andrey Panov, a freelance columnist...
  • U.S. companies face billions in Venezuela currency losses, Reuters analysis shows

    02/02/2015 11:43:06 AM PST · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02 February 2015 | Tim McLaughlin
    At least 40 major U.S. companies have substantial exposure to Venezuela’s deepening economic crisis, and could collectively be forced to take billions of dollars of write downs, a Reuters analysis shows. The companies, all members of the S&P 500, and including some of the biggest names in Corporate America such as autos giant General Motors (GM.N) and drug maker Merck & Co Inc (MRK.N), together carry at least $11 billion of monetary assets in the Venezuelan currency, the bolivar, on their books. The official rate is at 6.3 bolivars to the dollar and there are two other rates in the...
  • Top 10 Reasons George Soros is Dangerous

    04/02/2011 4:34:49 PM PDT · by opentalk · 23 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 2, 2011 | Human Events
    Human Events’ readers, in an online poll, recently voted billionaire financier George Soros “the single most destructive leftist demagogue in the country.” Here are the Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous1. Gives billions to left-wing causes: Soros started the Open Society Institute in 1993 as a way to spread his wealth to progressive causes. Using Open Society as a conduit, Soros has given more than $7 billion to a who’s who of left-wing groups. This partial list of recipients of Soros’ money says it all: ACORN, Apollo Alliance, National Council of La Raza, Tides Foundation, Huffington Post, Southern Poverty...
  • The World's Next Mortgage Crisis? (Europe)

    01/31/2015 5:03:40 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 29 January 2015 | David Frum
    My breakfast companion looked gloomy. He’d flown into Washington from Vienna the day before. When he deplaned, he found a shocking email waiting for him: a demand from his banker for immediate payment of €12,000. Although a resident of Austria, he had taken a home mortgage in Swiss francs, which carried a lower interest rate than mortgages in euros. But 48 hours before he had arrived in the United States, the Swiss franc had surged by 20 percent against the euro. That currency appreciation had wiped out his equity in the house. His frightened banker wanted a new infusion of...
  • The United States Is Imploding, On The Eve Of Destruction.

    01/24/2015 6:04:06 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 45 replies
    The United States is gradually, but unrelentingly, destroying part of itself. The facts to support this are well-documented, told in many ways from past to present. The most egregious example of Americide is our country's treatment of African-Americans. Almost everyone agrees about the evils of slavery, once dismissed simply as a Peculiar Institution. But a debate goes on about reparations, with passionate arguments on both sides, ranging from a demand for a Reparations Superfund for jobs and education, to a claim that blacks actually benefited from slavery because of the years of 'reparations' received through poverty programs. Reparations opponents insist...
  • As Euro Slides, Strategists Cut Forecasts

    01/24/2015 3:51:11 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 Jan 15 | Tommy Stubbington and James Ramage
    Rip up your euro forecasts. A day after the European Central Bank unveiled its bond-buying program, the single currency still was in free fall, blowing past analysts’ expectations for how low the euro can go. Some investors now say the euro could fall to the point where it is on equal footing with the U.S. dollar for the first time since it climbed above the buck in late 2002. “If you would have asked me a few months ago, I would’ve said that parity could be in the cards in the years ahead. Now, we can’t rule it out anymore...
  • This Is What Gold Does In A Currency Crisis, Euro Edition

    01/23/2015 1:19:26 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-23-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 01/23/2015 Submitted by John Rubino via Dollar Collapse blog Yesterday the European Central Bank acknowledged that the currency it manages is being sucked into a deflationary vortex. It responded in the usual way with, in effect, a massive devaluation. Eurozone citizens have also responded predictably, by converting their unbacked, make-believe, soon-to-be-worth-a-lot-less paper money into something tangible. They’re bidding gold up dramatically.(snip)
  • While You Were Sleeping, Lehman Just Happened...

    01/21/2015 2:51:17 PM PST · by alexmark1917 · 24 replies
    The "Deflationary Vortex": Global Dollar Economy Suffers Biggest Plunge Since Lehman, Down $4 Trillion One of the macroeconomic observations that has gotten absolutely no mention in recent months is the curious fact that while global economic growth has not imploded in recent quarters, it is because GDP has been represented, as is customary, in local currency terms. Of course, this comes as a time when local currencies (at least those which are not the USD) have been plunging against the greenback on the back of the expectations that the Fed will hike rates some time in the summer or later...
  • Rickards: Brace For Financial Storm 6x Larger Than 2008

    01/21/2015 12:09:48 PM PST · by alexmark1917 · 38 replies
    Over the coming months, I believe we could see an economic meltdown at least six times the size of the 2007 subprime mortgage meltdown... The next financial collapse, already on our radar screen, will not come from hedge funds or home mortgages. It will come from junk bonds, especially energy-related and emerging-market corporate debt. The Financial Times recently estimated that the total amount of energy-related corporate debt issued from 2009-2014 for exploration and development is over $5 trillion. Meanwhile, the Bank for International Settlements recently estimated that the total amount of emerging-market dollar-denominated corporate debt is over $9 trillion. Energy-sector...
  • Everest Macro Hedge Fund Blows Up After Nearly $1 BIllion In Swiss Franc Losses

    01/17/2015 8:18:02 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1-17-2015 | Durden
    Yesterday, when we got the first news of huge P&L losses at various publicly-traded banks not to mention the collapse of several retail brokers culminating with the bailout of FXCM by Jefferies, we reminded that seconds after the SNB shocker, we tweeted what was quite obvious to anyone who realized that speculators were most short the CHF since the summer of 2013. We also added that "We have yet to find out just which hedge funds were blown up yesterday", for the simple reason that unlike public banks who have an obligation to reveal news, especially bad, to their shareholders,...
  • Switzerland brings in negative interest rates to keep Swiss franc weaker as Russia mayhem prompts

    12/18/2014 7:09:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 18, 2014 | Tanya Jefferies
    The Swiss central bank plans to charge depositors a 'negative' interest rate of -0.25 per cent to discourage spooked investors from using it to shelter their cash. Money has flooded into Switzerland as market turbulence caused by the Russian rouble collapse and oil price slide has prompted a desperate search for safe havens in recent days. The Swiss National Bank said it would slash its interest rate on balances of over 10million Swiss francs from January 22 - effectively imposing a charge on depositors wanting to hold francs in a bid to keep its currency artificially weak against the euro.
  • Swiss mess could make oil plunge seem like minor hiccup

    01/16/2015 5:46:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 15 Junuary 2015
    One day, it’s gold. The next, it’s equities. Most days, it’s crude. On Wednesday, it was copper. On Thursday it was the Swiss franc and Swiss stocks. And the move in those two makes those others look like minor-league hiccups. While you were sleeping, all hell broke loose in Switzerland, as the central bank ditched its currency cap against the euro after four years and slashed interest rates to negative 0.75%. The Swiss franc is rallying wildly, while the Swiss stock market is cratering and U.S. stock futures are mostly on the losing side as investors figure out this latest...
  • Swiss Franc rockets…Hedgies taken out to the woodshed and shot

    01/16/2015 7:05:52 PM PST · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    China Money Report ^ | 16 January 2015
    Europe is deflating….The Swiss banking established, normally always a pillar of private property and free capital movement have decided to stop pegging their currency which has been an affront against free markets. Hedge Funds piggy banking off government manipulation and mostly short the currency were taken out to the woodshed and shot as the currency shot up 30% in minutes.
  • It's Carnage-Swiss Franc Soars Most Ever After SNB Abandons EURCHF Floor-Macro Hedge Funds Crushed

    01/15/2015 5:13:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1-15-2015 | Durden
    "As if millions of macro hedge funds suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced" Over two decades ago, George Soros took on the Bank of England, and won. Just before lunch local time, the Swiss National Bank took on virtually every single macro hedge fund, the vast majority of which were short the Swiss Franc and crushed them, when it announced, first, that it would go further into NIRP, pushing its interest rate on deposit balances even more negative from -0.25% to -0.75%, a move which in itself would have been unprecedented and, second, announcing that the 1.20...
  • U.S. Equity Futures Flat as Franc Soars on Swiss Move ("Extremely violent and totally unexpected")

    01/15/2015 6:00:23 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 27 replies
    Reuters and Fox News ^ | 15 Jan 15 | Reuters and Fox staff
    Global markets were thrown into turmoil on Thursday as a shock move by Switzerland to abandon its more than three-year-old cap on the franc sent the currency soaring and Europe's shares and bond yields tumbling. The franc jumped by almost 30 percent in a chaotic few minutes after the 1.20 per euro cap in place since late 2011 was lifted, surging past parity to trade as high as 0.8052 francs per euro. It was trading at 1.02600 at just after 1200 GMT. The move reversed an earlier rebound in risk appetite following an overnight recovery in commodity prices. Over 100...
  • It's Like We're In The Panic Phase Of A Financial Crisis

    01/06/2015 5:41:10 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    BI ^ | 1-6-2015 | Sam Ro
    Sam Ro January 6, 2015Over the past few days, we've seen stocks plummet and oil prices crash. But the most interesting moves have been occurring in the global bond markets where government bond yields have been plunging to historic lows. "2015 starts off with the average of G3 10 year government yields below 1%," wrote Steven Englander, Citi's global head of G10 FX Strategy. The G3 currency group consists of the US dollar, the euro, and the yen. On Tuesday, the US 10-year yield got as low as 1.959% and Japan's 10-year yield fell to as low as 0.288%. In...
  • ‘Correction: $1 Trillion bill’? Prediction: Obama will be on the $20 bill in 50 years (Mega Hurl)

    12/17/2014 10:59:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 17, 2014 | Staff
    President Obama still has two years left as president, but that’s not stopping some of his biggest fans from thinking about his legacy. Here’s Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic: 10 years world will long for "pragmatic" Obama. 25 years--will be considered one of America's "greatest presidents." 50 yrs on the $20 bill.
  • Russian ruble suffers new fall but the collapse slows

    12/17/2014 4:01:33 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 17 Dec 14 | Vladimir Abramov and Alexander Winning
    The dramatic fall in Russia's ruble slowed on Wednesday, with the government selling foreign currency to prop it up after a 50 percent fall against the dollar this year. Losses were partly contained by exporters selling dollars in preparation for paying their monthly tax bills but the slide was less precipitous than in the past two days when it fell about 20 percent against the dollar. At 0508 ET, the ruble was down around 1.6 percent against the dollar at 68.58 rubles per dollar and was 0.3 percent weaker versus the euro at 85.40.
  • Apple temporarily halts Russian online sales over currency issues

    12/16/2014 7:34:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    C/NET ^ | 12/16/2014 | by Shara Tibken
    Russian customers waiting for Apple's iPhone 6 will have to wait longer. The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant on Tuesday temporarily shuttered its online store in the Eastern European country because of the instability of Russia's currency. Apple doesn't operate physical stores in the country, and the company declined to say when it would resume online sales there. "Due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble, our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing. We apologize to customers for any inconvenience," Apple said in a statement. The ruble has been dropping sharply in recent days...
  • Currency Brokers: The Russian Ruble Is Hereby Halted Until Further Notice

    12/16/2014 2:18:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/16/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier, we reported that various currency brokers such as FXCM and FxPro, would - as a result of the soaring liquidity in the USDRUB pair - suspend trading in the Russian Ruble (while other merely hiked margins to ridiculous levels). It appears things have escalated again, and as FXCM just reported, instead of just politely advising clients not to open new USDRUB position tomorrow, it has advised anyone long, or short, the USDRUB that their positions will be forcibly shut in moments. So for those curious why there appears to be a collapse in Ruble volatility in the past...
  • Russian ruble suffers steepest drop in 16 years

    12/16/2014 4:41:16 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 81 replies
    (Reuters) - The ruble plunged more than 10 percent for the second day on Tuesday and recorded its worst fall since the Russian financial crisis in 1998 as confidence in the central bank evaporated after an ineffectual overnight rate hike. The rouble opened around 10 percent stronger against the dollar following the overnight 650-basis-point rate hike, but it reversed gains in early trade and fell to record lows, pushing losses this year against the dollar to over 50 percent. At 0637 ET, the rouble was down over 11 percent against the dollar at 73.00 after dipping past 74 rubles per...
  • Russia heading for crash as ruble plummets

    12/15/2014 2:41:40 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 81 replies
    money.cnn.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Mark Thompson
    Russia's economy is crashing and its currency appears to be in free fall. The ruble plunged by about 12% Monday, meaning it's lost nearly 50% against the dollar this year. Early Tuesday in Russia, the central bank hiked its key interest rate for a sixth time this year to 17% from 10.5%.
  • Steve Forbes: Why That Swiss Referendum On Gold Deserved To Fail

    12/02/2014 7:35:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/02/2014 | Steve Forbes
    SWISS VOTERS overwhelmingly rejected a so-called gold standard referendum. They were right to do so. The wording of the referendum revealed a major obstacle to any return to a genuine gold standard: ignorance of what makes such a system work. The proposition was actually focused on the levels of Switzerland’s gold reserves, not on an actual return to a gold standard. But it was seen as a step in that direction. The purpose of a gold standard is to keep a currency stable in value. Other currencies not on a gold standard may go up or down vis-ŕ-vis the gold-linked...
  • The Clock is Ticking in Switzerland

    11/25/2014 2:01:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/25/2014 | Peter Schiff
    For most of my career in international investing, I had always placed a great deal of faith in Switzerland's financial markets. In recent years, however, as the Swiss government has sought to hitch its wagon to the flailing euro currency and kowtow increasingly to U.S.-based financial requirements, this faith has been shaken. But this week (November 30th) a referendum in Switzerland on whether its central bank will be required to hold at least 20% of its reserves in gold, will offer ordinary Swiss citizens a rare opportunity to reclaim their country's strong economic heritage. It's a vote that few outside...
  • ISIS Unveils Its New Gold-Backed Currency To Remove Itself From "The Oppressors' Money System"

    11/13/2014 8:32:33 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 45 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11/13/2014 | Tyler Durden
    . It appears the rumors are true. Islamic State is set to become the only 'state' to back its currency with gold (silver and copper) as it unveils the new coins that will be used in an attempt to solidify its makeshift caliphate. ISIS says the new currency will take the group out of "the oppressors' money system." As Zaid Benjamin notes, ISIS releases details of its new currancy with golden 1 & 5 dinar, silver 1, 5, 10 dirham and copper 10 & 20 fils It seems Alan Greenspan may have been on to something after all... "Remember what...
  • Greenspan's Stunning Admission: "Gold Is Currency; No Fiat Currency, the Dollar, Can Match It"

    11/07/2014 2:40:45 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    Zero hedge ^ | 11-7-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 11/07/2014 For some reason, the Council of Foreign Relations, where ex-Fed-Chief Alan Greenspan spoke last week, decided the following discussion should be left out of the official transcript. We can perhaps understand why... as Gillian Tett concludes, "comments like that will be turning you into a rock star amongst the gold bug community." Greenspan (Uncut):(Click to the site to see the video) TETT: Do you think that gold is currently a good investment? GREENSPAN: Yes... Remember what we're looking at. Gold is a currency. It is still, by all evidence, a premier currency. No fiat currency, including the...
  • Ruble Rout Accelerates as Russia's Central Bank Stands Aside(free fall?)

    11/06/2014 6:46:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 06 2014
    Ruble Rout Accelerates as Russia's Central Bank Stands Aside Reuters Nov. 06 2014 18:15 Last edited 21:33 The Russian currency plunged almost 4 percent against the U.S. dollar Thursday amid relentless selling pressure after the Central Bank announced it was limiting market interventions to defend the ruble. The ruble dropped to 46.7 versus the dollar early evening in Moscow, a historical low, while also falling below the mark of 58 to the euro for the first time ever. The declines mean the ruble has fallen over 40 percent against the greenback since the start of the year.
  • Why John Hussman Is Right On About The Economy

    11/03/2014 7:00:52 AM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    BI ^ | 11-3-2014 | Greg McKenna
    Greg McKenna, Business Insider Australia November 3, 2014I was listening to one of my favourite bands, The Smashing Pumpkins, over the weekend. And it struck me that the opening chorus to “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” is probably how noted stock market bears around the globe feel right now after the massive rally from the October lows and the BoJ’s extra stimulus on Friday which sent stocks and the US dollar much higher. In “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” lead singer Billy Corgan opens up with haunting lyrics: The world is a vampire, sent to drain. Secret destroyers, hold you up to...
  • Hyperinflation - When Money Dies: Germany And Paper Money After 1910

    11/03/2014 5:59:17 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    Marketoracle.co.uk ^ | Nov 02, 2014 - 04:35 PM GMT | Mises
    November 02, 2014 MISES Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna writes: The story of the destruction of the German mark during the hyper-inflation of Weimar Germany from 1919 to its horrific peak in November 1923 is usually dismissed as a bizarre anomaly in the economic history of the twentieth century. But no episode better illustrates the dire consequences of unsound money or makes a more devastating, real-life case against fiat-currency: where there is no restraint, monetary death will follow. "It matters little that the causes of the Weimar inflation are in many ways unrepeatable; that political conditions are different, or that it is almost...
  • “Common People Do Not Carry This Much U.S. Cash…” – - How Police Justify Stealing Citizens’ Money

    10/07/2014 2:24:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Liberty Blitzkrieg ^ | 10/07/2014 | Michael Krieger
    Police confiscating Americans’ hard earned cash, as well as a wide variety of other valuables, without an arrest or conviction is a disturbing and growing practice throughput these United States. Since cops get to keep the seized funds and use the money on pretty much anything they want, the practice is becoming endemic in certain parts of the nation. The theft is often referred to simply as civil forfeiture, or civil asset forfeiture. Incredibly, under civil forfeiture laws your property is “guilty until you prove it innocent.”The extent of the problem came to my attention last summer after reading an...
  • The Return of King Dollar: Are the markets anticipating a GOP November sweep?

    09/20/2014 6:15:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/20/2014 | Larry Kudlow and Stephen Moore
    Maybe the U.S. economy, a weakling for the last six years, is finally starting to flex some muscle. We’re referring to the return of King Dollar. For those who haven’t been paying attention, the greenback is in the midst of a rally not seen since the 1990s. It’s racing past the euro, the yen, and other currencies. Investors worldwide are buying the equivalent of stock in America, Inc. If the rise in the dollar’s valuation is sustainable, it’s welcome news for the stock market, for fighting inflation, and for U.S. growth prospects. Ronald Reagan said it best: A strong dollar...
  • Moscow warns against panic as ruble plunges to historic lows

    09/16/2014 12:16:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | September 16, 2014 | Anna Smolchenko
    Russian authorities told people not to panic on Tuesday as the battered ruble plunged to record lows, floored by tensions with the West over Ukraine, new sanctions and falling oil prices. The national currency fell to 38.82 rubles per dollar after weakening on Monday to below 38 against the dollar for the first time. It also broke through the symbolic level of 50 rubles per euro for the first time in several months. The ruble has slumped as investors fret about the impact of ever more stringent Western sanctions on the economy, which is already teetering on the verge of...
  • Elections in Sweden Could Destroy 20 Years of Progress

    09/10/2014 2:28:12 PM PDT · by SovereignSociety · 20 replies
    The Sovereign Investor ^ | September 9th, 2014 | Jeff Opdyke
    I’m sure you’re familiar with the famous quip, erroneously attributed to Einstein: Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. Well, this Sunday, Swedish voters have the chance to go insane — or to prove that they learned their lesson the first time around.Swedes are going to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government. And there is a very real chance — let’s call it what it is: a very real risk — that the country’s former government, the Social Democrats, will reclaim ultimate power in the Nordic nation.If so, the change in leadership would...
  • Crackdown on US dollar money laundering boosts Chinese renminbi bid to replace dollar

    09/03/2014 4:59:59 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 15 replies
    Banking Technology ^ | 3 September 2014 | Banking Tech
    Money launderers will increasingly move away from the US dollar to the renminbi as US authorities continue to crack down on international banks’ AML systems [says] Freddie McMahon, director of strategy & innovation at Anomaly42, a specialist in AML and terrorist financing. “The dollar is becoming increasingly high risk and it’s a level of risk money launderers are proving less willing to take...the renminbi is off the beaten track and affords a new level of camouflage for criminal transactions." “The irony is that proactively countering the money launderers represents an unprecedented opportunity for the Chinese authorities to make the renminbi...
  • The Morning After: What Happens When A Government Destroys Its Currency

    09/04/2014 4:16:23 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 28 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 09/02/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Imagine this scene: “Everyone in the country was in shock. People’s net worth had devalued more than 53% overnight.” “The value in savings accounts dropped in half and neither merchants nor consumers knew how to react because they had never been through something like it before…” This is how an American business executive described living through Mexico’s devaluation of the peso exactly 38 years ago on September 1, 1976. Looking back, it was so obvious. Mexico had a mounting debt, destructive policies, and a woefully unsustainable fixed exchange rate with the US dollar. All the writing was on the wall....
  • Europe could have a new problem on its hands: Pro

    09/05/2014 5:49:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | 04 September 2014 | Europe could have a new problem on its hands: Pro
    On Thursday morning, the European Central Bank surprised markets with a raft of stimulative measures including cuts in interest rates and the commencement of asset purchases. The news sent the euro currency much lower, but currency expert Boris Schlossberg of BK Asset Management identifies another reason why the euro could call even further: fresh concerns over a European Union breakup. ECB president Mario Draghi, in announcing the measures, mentioned that the vote was not unanimous. The strongest economy in the eurozone, Germany, is widely expected to have dissented. "It's a very, very tenuous union in many ways, and we see...
  • As Argentina Peso Plummets To Record, BofA Warns Of Looming Economic Crisis

    08/26/2014 10:03:45 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-26-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/26/2014 After spending time in Argentina, BofA's Marcos Buscaglia is concerned... The perception of many locals is that the risks of an economic/currency crisis before year-end have increased significantly. This compares to a view they had before of a muddle-through till the 2015 presidential elections. Policy decision-making is ever more concentrated, and the administration has radicalized, but the severe economic downturn will change political incentives in 2015, in BofA's view. With the official peso rate at record lows once again, the black-market Dolar-Blue tumbled to over 14/USD - a record low indicating dramatic devaluation ahead (which of course,...
  • Ukrainian Hryvnia Sinks To Record Lows Against US Dollar

    08/13/2014 11:38:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    BI ^ | 8-12-2014 | Myles Udland
    The Ukrainian hryvnia just made a new low against the U.S. dollar. On Tuesday, one dollar bought 13.4 hyrvnias, with the hryvnia losing more than 4% against the dollar just today. The latest drop in the currency comes amid reports that Russia is sending a convoy of 280 humanitarian aid trucks into Ukraine, according to Reuters.
  • Mexican Peso to be backed With Silver: “Would Unleash a Global Power Shift”

    07/11/2014 6:28:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 11, 2014 | Mac Slavo
    For many Americans the country of Mexico conjures up images of a third world nation. The poverty, lack of basic services, and extreme violence has left the populace so desperate that thousands of people on a daily basis head to the United States for a better life. But according to Future Money Trends, all that could change in the near future as key Mexican financial leaders and politicians have been working to institute sweeping monetary change that, if implemented, could unleash a global power shift of epic proportions. “Take just three or four men out of the ‘anti’ group,” says...
  • Mike Maloney: The Dollar As We Know It Will Be Gone Within 6 Years

    07/06/2014 8:14:24 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7-6-2014 | Mike Mahoney - Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 07/06/2014 Submitted by Adam Taggart via Peak Prosperity, This week's podcast sees the return of Mike Maloney, monetary historian and founder of precious metals broker GoldSilver.com. Based on historical patterns and the alarming state of our current monetary system, Mike believes the fiat US dollar is in its last years as a viable currency. He sees its replacement as inevitable in the near term -- as in by or before the end of the decade: All of this is converging with the crazy experiments the Federal Reserve has done. I absolutely believe that there are economic consequences to...
  • Richard Branson Is About to Destroy the Final Edge Bitcoin Has

    06/10/2014 12:42:23 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | June 10 2014 | Economic Policy Journal RW
    Bitcoin fanboys have long cheered the fact that Bitcoin global transfer capabilities at cheap prices make using Bitcoin, as a method of global money transfer, superior to any other transfer system, on the basis of cost. Enter Richard Branson. Sir Richard Branson is providing funding for London-based money transfer start-up TransferWise, reports FT. It has raised $25m to expand its marketing efforts, with Sir Richard contributing a significant but undisclosed share of the funds. He was joined by existing shareholders including Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, venture capitalists Index Ventures and Kima Ventures, the investment group co-founded by the...