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  • 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...
  • ROSENBERG: 'The Economy Is Starting To Fire On All Cylinders For The First Time This Cycle'

    09/19/2014 2:41:33 PM PDT · by blam · 80 replies
    Bi ^ | 9-19-2014 | Elena Holodny
    Elena HolodnySeptember 19, 2014 David Rosenberg, Chief Economist & Strategist at Gluskin Sheff, surprised everyone when he adopted a more bullish view in 2013. On Friday he released a research note that included a brief and pretty optimistic summary of the US economy. Here's what it said: United States In the US, the economy is starting to fire on all cylinders for the first time this cycle. The strong US dollar is a source of margin support for importers which is great news for many consumer cyclicals. Tack on stepped consumer credit growth, job and wage gains, gasoline price relief,...
  • What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative

    09/12/2014 1:54:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10 September 2014 | Tyler Durden
    If, when in February Victoria Nuland infamously launched a (not so) covert campaign to replace the ruling Ukraine president oblivious to the human casualties, resulting in a civil war in east Ukraine, NATO encroachment along the borders of Russia, and a near-terminal escalation in hostilities between Ukraine, Russian, and various regional NATO members, the US intention was to provoke the Kremlin so hard that the nation with the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources would jettison the US Dollar and in the process begin the unraveling of the USD reserve currency status (as much as Jared Bernstein desires...
  • Obama's Former Chief Economist Calls For An End To US Dollar Reserve Status

    09/08/2014 6:37:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/8/14 | Authored by Jared Bernstein, originally posted Op-Ed at The NY Times,
    There are few truisms about the world economy, but for decades, one has been the role of the United States dollar as the world’s reserve currency. It’s a core principle of American economic policy. After all, who wouldn’t want their currency to be the one that foreign banks and governments want to hold in reserve? But new research reveals that what was once a privilege is now a burden, undermining job growth, pumping up budget and trade deficits and inflating financial bubbles. To get the American economy on track, the government needs to drop its commitment to maintaining the dollar’s...
  • 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...
  • Petro-dollar era is officially over as Gazprom begins sales in Yuan and Rouble

    08/29/2014 12:43:49 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    Exeminer ^ | August 27, 2014 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    Aug. 27 will officially go down as a red letter day in the history of reserve currencies and dollar hegemony in how oil and gas are purchased throughout the world. In a new announcement from the Russian business media source, Kommersant, Gazprom has conducted the first sale of oil in a currency other than the dollar, and will henceforth open their purchase window to accept both Roubles and Yuan for the exchange of oil and gas products. Beginning today with an 80000 ton oil shipment from their Arctic fields, Gazprom Neft agreed to new terms on the sale and transfer...
  • The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan

    08/27/2014 12:25:39 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 08/27/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Several months ago, when Russia announced the much anticipated "Holy Grail" energy deal with China, some were disappointed that despite this symbolic agreement meant to break the petrodollar's stranglehold on the rest of the world, neither Russia nor China announced payment terms to be in anything but dollars. In doing so they admitted that while both nations are eager to move away from a US Dollar reserve currency, neither is yet able to provide an alternative. This changed in late June when first Gazprom's CFO announced the gas giant was ready to settle China contracts in Yuan or Rubles, and...
  • Global Panic - U.S. Federal Government Stockpiling Ammo – Here’s What We’re Going to Do

    08/24/2014 10:43:52 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    Market Oracle - Money Morning ^ | 8-24-2014 | Shah Gilani
    August 24, 2014 By: Money_Morning Shah Gilani writes: This is a warning. I’m not kidding.I heard something yesterday that blew me away. My friends know I like to target shoot. I don’t hunt, because I can’t kill anything living, but I like guns. Maybe it has something to do with wanting to be James Bond when I was a kid… OK, I still want to be 007. As other target shooters know, it’s gotten harder and harder to get ammunition. Fo a few years now, all kinds of stuff have been going around on the Internet about why ammunition is...
  • We’re going to kill the dollar. White House, DoJ & Treasury don't deny Obama staffer statement

    08/19/2014 5:29:27 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 38 replies
    When a senior Obama member allegedly told Kyle Bass, the founder and principal of the $2 billion hedge fund, Hayman Capital Management, “We’re just going to kill the dollar,” during a discussion about fixing the trade deficit and economy, was that Obama official joking or serious? I set out to find out and contacted the White House, Treasury Department and Department of Justice (DoJ). Kill the dollar. Kill a nation. Live in denial and be blindsided if what the senior Obama member allegedly said to Bass was true. Ask the Russians what life was like in the former Soviet Union...
  • De-Dollarization Accelerates - China/Russia Complete Currency Swap Agreement

    08/09/2014 5:24:13 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9 Aug 14 | Tyler Durden
    The last 3 months have seen Russia's "de-dollarization" plans accelerate. First Gazprom clients shift to Euros and Renminbi, then the UK signs currency swap agreements with China, then NATO ally Turkey cuts ties and mulls de-dollarization, Switzerland jumps in the currency swap agreements, and BRICS create their own non-US-based funding vehicle, and then finally this week, Russia's oligarchs have shifted cash holdings to Hong Kong. But this week, as RT reports, Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US...
  • Petrodollar Under Threat As Russia And Iran Sign Historic 500,000 Barrel A Day Oil Deal

    08/08/2014 3:53:46 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 20 replies
    Peak Oil ^ | August 7, 2014
    Russia Delivers Blow To Petrodollar In Historic $20 Billion Iran Oil Deal Russia signed a historic $20 billion oil deal with Iran to bypass both western sanctions and the dollar based western monetary system yesterday. President Putin Admire Gold Bar (London Gold Delivery Bar) Currency wars are set to escalate as the petro dollar’s decline continues. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Iranian counterpart Bijan Zanganeh signed a five-year memorandum of understanding in Moscow, which included cooperation in the oil sector. “Based on Iran’s proposal, we will participate in arranging shipments of crude oil, including to the Russian market,”...
  • Switzerland, China agree swap boosting role of yuan

    07/24/2014 5:30:45 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | July 21, 2014 6:51 AM
    Geneva (AFP) - The Swiss and Chinese central banks signed a currency swap agreement in Beijing on Monday, marking an important step in the development of a market for yuan in Switzerland, the Swiss central bank BNS said. The agreement, highlighting steps towards international use of the yuan, ensures that Swiss francs will be available in China and that yuan, also known as renminbi, will be supplied to financial centres in Switzerland. The BNS statement said that the agreement was "an important step" for the renminbi business in Switzerland. The agreement permits the two central banks to buy up to...
  • U.S. ally cuts off communications with Obama and seeks new trade outside dollar

    07/23/2014 8:12:42 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 33 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Staff
    On July 21, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan spoke in an interview with Turkey's ATV television, and confirmed that his office had cut off direct communications with President Obama, and in fact, were no longer even answering calls received from the White House. In addition to this startling announcement regarding a long standing U.S. ally, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development followed this up with a press release that stated that Turkey was quickly moving away from their reliance on the dollar as the global reserve currency, and is seeking increased trade with Russia in a mutually beneficial exchange of...
  • The dollar's 70-year dominance is coming to an end

    07/19/2014 1:33:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/19/2014 | Liam Halligan
    In early July 1944, delegates from 44 countries gathered at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. A three-week summit took place, at which a new system was agreed to regulate the international monetary and financial order after the Second World War. The US was already the world’s commercial powerhouse, having eclipsed the British Empire several decades earlier. America was also on course to be among the victors of “Europe’s conflict”, even though its economy was largely unscathed by war. As such, Bretton Woods was US-dominated and produced a settlement largely on US terms. Seventy years ago this...
  • Experts: America's gold is gone

    07/18/2014 6:35:46 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 91 replies
    WND and King World News ^ | 18 Jul 14 | Mark Leibovit
    Paul Craig Roberts: The entire U.S. gold hoard is now goneFormer U.S. Treasury official Dr. Paul Craig Roberts told King World News the entire United States gold hoard, including gold supposedly held at the Fed for other countries, is now gone. This is very bad news for Germany and other countries which have trusted the Fed to safely store their gold. Excerpts from the interview: Eric King: Dr. Roberts, I know you’ve seen the report on Bloomberg about Germany supposedly being happy with storing their gold at the New York Fed. It seemed to be a propaganda piece. What was...
  • 2008 Meltdown Revisited-There’s No Solution-Egon von Greyerz

    07/16/2014 12:02:12 PM PDT · by GilGil · 19 replies
    Usawatchdog.com ^ | 07/16/2014 | Greg Hunter
    We are now in a situation where every major economy in the world is in a total mess.” Greyerz goes on to explain, “Japan’s economy is going to disappear into the Pacific. China is having its problems. Europe has problems. The EU will never work and was not supposed to work. The euro is an artificial currency and, in the long run, will not survive. The U.S. stock market is at an all-time high, but that has nothing to do with the real economy which is an absolute mess. So, the world has never been in a situation where all...
  • U.S. Economy-Plunge, Stagnation & Turning Down Anew-John Williams

    07/14/2014 10:21:03 AM PDT · by GilGil · 19 replies
    USAWatchdog.com ^ | 7/1/2014 | John Williams
    Back in 2013, Williams predicted that it would be “game over” in 2014. What are the statistics showing him now? Williams says, “They are showing the economy continues to weaken, and it never recovered. A second quarter contraction here would most assuredly be recognized as a new recession, and I contend we never got out of the old recession. We had plunge, stagnation and, now, we are turning down anew.”
  • France hits out at dollar dominance in international transactions

    07/12/2014 7:11:53 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 7:28 PM ET | Michael Stothard
    France's political and business establishment has hit out against the hegemony of the dollar in international transactions after U.S. authorities fined BNP Paribas $9 billion for helping countries avoid sanctions. Michel Sapin, the French finance minister, called for a "rebalancing" of the currencies used for global payments, saying the BNP Paribas case should "make us realize the necessity of using a variety of currencies". He said, in an interview with the Financial Times on the sidelines of a weekend economics conference: "We [Europeans] are selling to ourselves in dollars, for instance when we sell planes. Is that necessary? I don't...
  • 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...
  • What To Own As The U.S. Dollar Dies

    07/05/2014 11:52:55 AM PDT · by blam · 99 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 7-5-2014 | Dr. Steve Sjuggerud - Daily Wealth
    July 04, 2014DailyWealth Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: So... if the dollar "dies"... what do you do with your money? In yesterday's DailyWealth, we looked at "The Coming Death of the Dollar." But we didn't cover what you should do with your money to protect yourself. In Jim Rickards' book, The Death of Money, he has five recommendations. More specifically, he has an asset allocation of five different investments that have stood the test of time in previous inflations and deflations. Jim says this portfolio should offer "an optimal combination of wealth preservation under conditions of inflation, deflation, and social unrest......
  • Beijing, Seoul agree to direct trade in national currencies

    07/05/2014 3:44:33 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 4 July 14 | Staff
    China designated a clearing bank in Seoul for yuan transactions in South Korea on Friday, coinciding with a visit by President Xi Jinping, as Beijing promotes greater use of its currency overseas, AFP reports. Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_04/Beijing-Seoul-agree-to-direct-trade-in-national-currencies-4477/ China's central bank has authorised the Bank of Communications, the country's fifth largest lender, to undertake yuan clearing business in the South Korean capital, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) said in a statement. The announcement came as Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a state visit to South Korea on Friday. China is seeking to make the yuan - also known...
  • Steve Forbes: Link Dollar To Gold Or Face Great Depression II

    06/03/2014 9:25:18 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6-3-2014 | Paul Bedard
    Paul Bedard June 3, 2014 Influential financial publisher and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes is out with a new warning that the U.S. faces an economic catastrophe due to the Federal Reserve's loose dollar policy, and returning to a strict “gold standard” is the only way to avoid disaster. In Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy -- and What We Can Do About It, Forbes blames President Obama's money team for the stagnant economy, high prices, declining mobility and big government. "[The Fed's] vastly misguided monetary policies are now setting the stage for a new...
  • Dollar on the Brink of Disaster-John Williams

    05/19/2014 10:30:45 AM PDT · by GilGil · 25 replies
    USA WATCHDOG.COM ^ | 5/18/2014 | Greg Hunter
    So, with another “plunge” in the economy coming, how’s the dollar going to hold up? Williams explains, “You are not seeing an annual deficit of $400 or $500 billion dollars. You are really seeing something close to $6 trillion. That is beyond control, and it raises the question of long term solvency of the U.S. It is a big concern for the global markets. It’s really the reason why nobody outside the United States wants to hold the dollar. Now, look at the U.S. economy, it is turning down. Economic strength is a big factor in the value of a...
  • The End Of America

    05/16/2014 10:39:51 AM PDT · by RichardMoore · 24 replies
    The end of America and the fall of the US dollar.
  • Benghazi: Op Zero Footprint – US & Allies Freak Over Gaddafi Demand for Gold for Oil – End Is Near

    05/05/2014 2:52:58 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 11 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 5/3/2014 | Maggie
    In March 2011, Reuters announced a secret order signed by Barack Obama to provide covert support for Libyan rebel forces. The operation became known as Zero Footprint, but after Obama finished with it, Big Foot was identified. For about 18 months before the attacks on our Benghazi Special Mission, intelligence had successfully identified terrorist factions inside the rebel factions. Those terrorists included the Muslim Brotherhood as well as al-Qaeda. Nevertheless, Senator John McCain said the rebels were his heroes. Qadhafi made a fatal mistake, literally, by working toward one currency for Africa, which threatened the West. The idea of a...
  • This Chart Shows Us How Bad The Economy Really Is: “Flashing Red Warning”

    04/14/2014 8:08:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 14, 2014 | Mac Slavo
    Recent weeks have led to a fairly significant drop in stock valuations, with many expert analysts struggling to figure out exactly why it’s happening. You’ll hear them cite the weather, or market overreaction, or any number of reasons for why stocks have seen their share prices reduced and why they’ll be rebounding in the near-term. What they won’t show you on mainstream financial channels is what’s really happening behind the scenes. Forget about all the minute-by-minute noise for a moment and take a look at the following chart. It gives a very simple overview of earnings growth trends for stocks...
  • Russian oil firm says Asian buyers willing to use euros

    04/11/2014 12:39:28 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Vladimir Soldatkin and Florence Tan
    MOSCOW/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Russian state-controlled oil producer Gazprom Neft said it had received positive responses from Asian clients about the possibility of using euros as a settlement currency instead of the dollar. Company head Alexander Dyukov said this week Gazprom Neft had broached the idea of dropping the dollar, traditionally the currency of choice for the global energy sector, in response to a possible new round of Western sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea. He said the company had discussed with buyers the possibility of switching contracts to euros and that 95 percent had said they were ready to do...
  • FAMILY DOLLAR TO SHUTTER 370 STORES; PRICES TOO HIGH IN BAD ECONOMY

    04/10/2014 3:33:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 37 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 4-10-14 | WYNTON HALL
    Deep discount retailer Family Dollar announced on Thursday it will begin laying off workers and closing 370 stores nationwide after suffering a 35% drop in profits last quarter. Analysts cite competition from Dollar General and Dollar Tree as contributing to Family Dollar's cost-cutting move. In response, Family Dollar says it plans to lower prices on 1,000 items to remain competitive with its price sensitive lower-income customers.
  • Jim Willie: US Dollar Funeral At Hand!

    04/10/2014 5:58:29 PM PDT · by Errant · 36 replies
    Silver Doctors ^ | 10 April 2014 | Jim Willie
    A global clash of nations is underway in full gear. The time is finally right. The urgency is acute. The banking system insolvency is widespread. The illiquidity has reached the surface. The geopolitical chessboard has busy movements of many pieces, even with a delayed check in Ukraine after a devious capture of the Cyprus castle but not the Syrian knight. The Saudi support via OPEC for the Petro-Dollar has fallen out of view, dragging its pummeled chin on the desert sands. The Eastern superpowers are marching arm in arm, ready to challenge the West. It seems the Western leaders, in...
  • "No more greenbacks

    04/02/2014 12:17:32 PM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 34 replies
    Fox News hannel | 3 April 2014 | Shepherd Smith
    Shepherd Smith on Fox News Channel ... NOW
  • The Euro Is Not Overvalued (Nor Is Any Other Currency)

    03/22/2014 4:24:25 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 5 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | 3/22/2014 | Frank Hollenbeck
    A common argument for dumping the Euro is that it is overvalued, and that the ECB (European Central Bank) is unwilling to correct this so-called “problem.” This overvaluation is regularly cited as being over 10 percent against the dollar. The Swiss central bank surrendered control of its money supply by fixing its currency at 1.2 against the Euro essentially on the notion that its currency was “overvalued.” Advocates of a Euro breakup consider that a country with its own currency can then follow an independent monetary policy ensuring a competitive exchange rate. Never mind that neither the USA nor Great...
  • Foreigners Sell A Record Amount, Over $100 Billion, Of Treasurys Held By The Fed In Past Week

    03/14/2014 7:20:53 AM PDT · by Errant · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 14 March 2014 | Tyler Durden
    A month ago we reported that according to much delayed TIC data, China had just dumped the second-largest amount of US Treasurys in history. The problem, of course, with this data is that it is stale and very backward looking. For a much better, and up to date, indicator of what foreigners are doing with US Treasurys in near real time, the bond watchers keep track of a less known data series, called "Treasury Securities Held in Custody for Foreign Official and International Accounts" which as the name implies shows what foreigners are doing with their Treasury securities held...
  • Bitcoin Is Not Real Money

    03/01/2014 7:33:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 123 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    Just before the bankruptcy of the Mt. Gox bitcoin digital-money (or virtual-currency) exchange, Japanese finance minister Taro Aso predicted the inevitable failure. “No one recognizes them as a real currency,” he told reporters. “I expected such a thing to collapse.” I totally agree with Mr. Aso. For weeks and weeks I have been tweeting and broadcasting that bitcoin is not real money. It is not a reliable medium of exchange, nor is it a reliable store of value. It has no central-bank regulation, network operations, or even centralized issuance. And because of its wild price fluctuations, bitcoin can never...
  • Downsize the Military, Downsize the Dollar? - vanity

    02/25/2014 12:01:35 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 11 replies
    2/25/2013 | Loud Mime
    The value of our dollar is tied to our own economy. Is our economy also tied to the power of our military? As our military shrinks to a smaller size, will this have a direct effect upon the value of our dollar? If so, where will it lead?
  • China Starts To Make A Power Move Against The US Dollar

    02/21/2014 8:11:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 21, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    In order for our current level of debt-fueled prosperity to continue, the rest of the world must continue to use our dollars to trade with one another and must continue to buy our debt at ridiculously low interest rates. Of course the number one foreign nation that we depend on to participate in our system is China. China accounts for more global trade than anyone else on the planet (including the United States), and most of that trade is conducted in U.S. dollars. This keeps demand for our dollars very high, and it ensures that we can import massive quantities...
  • World asleep as China tightens deflationary vice

    02/13/2014 10:42:42 AM PST · by mgist · 29 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 2/13/14 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    <p>World asleep as China tightens deflationary vice We keep our fingers crossed as we glimpse the first foam of a deflationary Ch'ient'ang'kian coming our way from China. The world's central banks have no margin for error Societe Generale has defined its hard landing as a fall in Chinese growth to a trough of 2pc, with two quarters of contraction. .snip. The balance of evidence is that most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong aims to prick China's $24 trillion credit bubble early in his 10-year term, rather than putting off the day of reckoning for yet another cycle.</p>
  • Is China using gold to internationalize the yuan?

    02/13/2014 7:05:29 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/12/2014 | Dhara Ranasinghe
    Concerns about high debt and an overvalued currency are sucking gold imports into China, according to a new report from Lombard Street Research. It adds that the authorities may possibly be moving in the direction of using gold in a plan to make the yuan an international currency. China's official reserves of gold stand at 1,054 metric tons, that's worth about $45 billion. This figure has not been updated since 2009 and Lombard says the number may not be accurate because since that last update imports of gold and domestic production amount to over 4,500 metric tons.
  • The Greater the Turmoil, the Stronger the US Dollar. Again.

    02/10/2014 8:30:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/10/2014 | Jeff Sommer
    Chronic problems have been flaring up in financial markets lately, and some of them may emanate from the United States. Yet none of these issues have seriously damaged the exalted status of what Washington Irving once called “the almighty dollar.” In fact, a familiar pattern has been emerging: When the world’s financial system runs into trouble, the position of the dollar as the world’s crucial currency becomes more formidable. Eswar S. Prasad, a Cornell economics professor and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has written a thoughtful new book that clarifies this counterintuitive phenomenon. Its title is “The Dollar Trap:...
  • There's a new US $100 bill in circulation.

    01/29/2014 12:39:10 PM PST · by OldNavyVet · 31 replies
    Internet search ^ | 29 January 2014 | OldNavyVet
    I ran into this new $100 bill in Las Vegas.
  • Miami Bitcoin Conference Day 1: Crime, Krugman, and BitLicenses

    01/26/2014 7:39:52 AM PST · by Errant · 4 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 26 January 2014 | Daniel Cawrey
    The temperate winter climate of Miami, Florida is serving as a pleasing backdrop for the numerous attendees of the North American Bitcoin Conference. The symposium, being held at the Miami Beach Convention Center this weekend, brought a huge crowd. Many of the talks were held with all seats full. In the afternoon, the second hall, used in the morning for merchant vendor workshops, was used as an additional seating area with the speakers being broadcasted on a large video screen.
  • Venezuela cuts dollar allowance for Florida trips

    01/25/2014 6:03:31 AM PST · by Errant · 14 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 25 January 2014 | Joshua Goodman
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro's government is slashing the amount of U.S. dollars Venezuelans traveling to Florida and other popular destinations take with them under decade-old currency controls. Travelers just to Florida will be allowed to charge a maximum of $700 annually on their Venezuelan credit cards and will be allowed to buy no more than $300 in cash. That compares with limits of $2,500 in credit and $500 in cash they were previously allowed for trips to Florida, an amount that will be maintained for the remaining 49 US states. The restrictions published Friday in the Official...
  • The Hows and Whys of Gold Price Manipulation

    01/18/2014 5:34:02 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 56 replies
    Institute for Political Economy ^ | 1/17/2014 | Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler
    The deregulation of the financial system during the Clinton and George W. Bush regimes had the predictable result: financial concentration and reckless behavior. A handful of banks grew so large that financial authorities declared them “too big to fail.” Removed from market discipline, the banks became wards of the government requiring massive creation of new money by the Federal Reserve in order to support through the policy of Quantitative Easing the prices of financial instruments on the banks’ balance sheets and in order to finance at low interest rates trillion dollar federal budget deficits associated with the long recession caused...
  • Congressional Report Warns of Potential Bitcoin Threat to US Dollar

    01/09/2014 7:16:01 AM PST · by Errant · 37 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 9 Januray, 2014 | Danny Bradbury
    A Congressional report quietly released last month suggests that bitcoin could be a threat to US monetary policy, and makes the case for continued central banking control. The report, Bitcoin: Questions, Answers, and Analysis of Legal Issues, was published by the Congressional Research Service, which produces research reports for US policy makers. It argues for the benefits of a single, incumbent currency (the US dollar), for stability. “If greater use of bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) leads to multiple monetary units, these benefits could be threatened, particularly if these new currencies continue to exhibit a high degree of price volatility,” the...
  • The Day the Dollar Dies

    01/06/2014 12:56:44 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 53 replies
    May/June 2013 Trumpet Print Edition ^ | May/June 2013 Trumpet Print Edition | Robert Morley
    The Day the Dollar Dies America’s financial Pearl Harbor is coming December 6, 2015, 3 p.m. HKT, Hong Kong Twenty-one men representing China’s most powerful institutions file into a conference room atop the ICC Tower looming over Victoria Harbor. The Politburo Standing Committee has mustered the CEOs of China’s four largest banks, Sinopec, and several other state-owned multinationals, plus officers from the Central Military Commission and a pair of academics from China’s top technology universities. The general secretary formally opens the meeting.“As you know, the United States of America continues to manipulate its currency,” he begins. “It is devaluing...
  • Aussie Bank Asks "Will Bitcoin Replace The Dollar?"

    12/27/2013 7:39:33 PM PST · by Errant · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/27/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Bitcoin is rapidly becoming part of the everyday lexicon. Following David Woo's investigation, National Australia Bank's Emma Lawson looks at its creation, use, and quality as "currency," and find that Bitcoin meets most, but not all the conditions required to be a currency. Lawson concludes Bitcoin may not be the most efficient monetary system, given the costs to create, and that the supply set-up can be seen as both an advantage (hyperinflation is not possible) but also a disadvantage (there are conditions which may create deflation). But, if enough people believe in it, and use it, it may be here...
  • Into the Bitcoin Mines

    12/23/2013 4:23:45 AM PST · by Errant · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 December, 2013 | NATHANIEL POPPER
    On the flat lava plain of Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, near the Arctic Circle, you can find the mines of Bitcoin. To get there, you pass through a fortified gate and enter a featureless yellow building. After checking in with a guard behind bulletproof glass, you face four more security checkpoints, including a so-called man trap that allows passage only after the door behind you has shut. This brings you to the center of the operation, a fluorescent-lit room with more than 100 whirring silver computers, each in a locked cabinet and each cooled by blasts of Arctic air shot up from...
  • How the Paper Money Experiment Will End

    12/13/2013 1:18:46 PM PST · by Errant · 46 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/13/13 | Tyler Durden
    A paper currency system contains the seeds of its own destruction. The temptation for the monopolist money producer to increase the money supply is almost irresistible. In such a system with a constantly increasing money supply and, as a consequence, constantly increasing prices, it does not make much sense to save in cash to purchase assets later. A better strategy, given this scenario, is to go into debt to purchase assets and pay back the debts later with a devalued currency. Moreover, it makes sense to purchase assets that can later be pledged as collateral to obtain further bank loans....
  • A Silent Chinese Invasion & Disarmament of America is Taking Place

    12/11/2013 7:28:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    America, if there was ever a time in our nation’s history that it was imperative that we as Americans separated ourselves from the constant dribble of the false paradigm of American politics, the time is definitely now. I find myself in total disbelief as I watch the obvious consequences of the corruption, massive wasteful spending, the outsourcing of the American labor force and many other ills that have plagued this nation for decades come boiling to a head like a massive pimple on a teenager’s forehead. When this pimple pops, it is going to hurt. We have to stop pretending...
  • Bitcoins vs. Greenbacks and/or Gold and Silver

    12/11/2013 8:32:59 AM PST · by Errant · 12 replies
    Market Oracle, UK ^ | 12/11 | Gary North
    There are conflicting stories among Bitcoins’ supporters about why a Japanese programmer or team of Japanese programmers, who are known by a pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, developed the original idea for the Bitcoins software. The primary justification for Bitcoins among libertarians is the prediction that Bitcoins will become an alternative currency to all existing central bank currencies. Bitcoins are seen as a first-stage revolt against central bank money. In this essay, I’m going to make a series of arguments. I’m going to tell you in advance what my arguments are. You can then judge whether or not I have been successful...
  • The U.S. Dollar Meets Mark Twain

    12/10/2013 4:01:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Bill Tatro
    Mark Twain once said, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” And speaking of an overstated demise, the same can be said these days regarding the U.S. dollar. Indeed, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t hear or read various pundits continuing to shout the praises of gold as the next currency. In fact, according to these so-called experts, it seems as though we’ll be utilizing gold in order to do our Christmas shopping sooner rather than later. Nevertheless, I must declare strong support for the highly coveted precious metal. Lord knows I bought enough...