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  • IMF: Risks rise as dollar hits emerging markets

    04/15/2015 11:16:57 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 4-15-2015 | Andrew Mayeda Bloomberg News
    Risks to the global financial system are rising, as emerging markets face a squeeze from the strong U.S. dollar and weak commodity prices, the IMF said. While the strengthening greenback and lower oil prices are boosting the world recovery, the changing landscape is putting pressure on countries and firms that export crude and other commodities, the International Monetary Fund said in its semiannual Global Financial Stability Report released Wednesday. "Further rapid dollar appreciation and an abrupt rise in U.S. interest rates, coupled with a rise in geopolitical risks, could put added pressure on emerging-market currencies and asset markets," the IMF...
  • 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...
  • Fears of a new global crash as debts and dollar’s value rise

    03/29/2015 6:19:27 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 13 replies
    the guardian ^ | Saturday 28 March 2015 12.00 EDT | Heather Stewart
    Greek ministers are spending this weekend, almost five grinding years since Athens was first bailed out, wrangling over the details of the spending cuts and economic reforms they have drawn up to appease their creditors. As the recriminations fly between Europe’s capitals, campaigners are warning that the global community has failed to learn the lessons of the Greek debt crisis – or even of Argentina’s default in 2001, the consequences of which are still being contested furiously in courts on both sides of the Atlantic. As Janet Yellen’s Federal Reserve prepares to raise interest rates, boosting the value of the...
  • How Pastor Creflo Dollar Manipulates A Lower-Class Community Into Giving Him Millions

    03/19/2015 8:14:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 15, 2015 | Peter Mosley
    The headlines were surprising. Creflo Dollar (yes, that’s his real name), a pastor at World Changers Church International headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, actually had the nerve to ask his congregation and watchers, nationwide, of his program on the Internet, to replace his broken-down private jet with a state of the art model. And the plane Dollar requested, the Gulfstream G650, is not just your run-of-the-mill private jet. It’s, according to a quote on the Gulfstream website, “The biggest, fastest, most luxurious, longest range and most technologically advanced jet — by far — that Gulfstream has ever built.” Indeed, its writeup...
  • Demise of The Petrodollar

    03/16/2015 2:44:13 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    MoneyTellStories ^ | March 16, 2015 | Staff
    We've all heard this before. If the petrodollar is not the currency in which the world trades in oil. the US will collapse economically. There's nothing new except for the fact that according to the video the US overthrew Qaddafi and Saddam because they threatened to stop trading oil in dollars. Not that it is the definitive cause for the invasion of Iraq or even the truth of why we invaded,it does give me some rationale however fictitious it may be for why we did in fact overthrow Saddam.
  • $100 Trillion American Economic Collapse with Jim Rickards

    12/11/2014 8:11:12 AM PST · by Ghost of SVR4 · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | Oct 21, 2014 | Jim Rickards
    I don't know too much about Jim Rickards, just found this to be an interesting video about the overall economy and some tidbits about what our government agencies are up to. The video is a 45 minutes long interview of sorts and discussion. Just posting in the event other are interested.
  • The Surging Dollar Is A Signal That A Colossal Financial Event Is Just Around The Corner

    03/13/2015 9:26:10 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    BI ^ | 3-13-2015 | Mike Bird
    Mike Bird March 13, 2015 The dollar is set for its strongest quarterly strengthening since 1992, according to Bank of America, a good sign that a rate hike is around the corner. When markets expect that US interest rates will be hiked, it typically strengthens the dollar. That's because people rush to change other currencies into dollars — they can make more money in dollar-denominated investments. The higher demand for the US currency drives its value up. In the past, significant dollar gains against other currencies have pretty much happened only during periods of extreme financial or geopolitical distress. The...
  • Euro could fall to 85 cents against US dollar

    03/12/2015 7:53:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11 March 2015 | Michelle Fox
    As analysts were waiting to see how fast the euro reaches parity against the U.S. dollar, one foreign exchange pro told CNBC he saw the common currency dropping even further, with the dollar strengthening another 20 percent. George Saravelos, global co-head of FX research at Deutsche Bank, said the euro could fall to 85 U.S. cents against the greenback.
  • Euro slips to new 12-year low against US dollar ($1.05)

    03/11/2015 9:09:49 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 3-12-2015 | Reuters
    The euro slipped to a fresh 12-year low against the US dollar on Thursday as the common currency continued to buckle under pressure felt since the European Central Bank launched its massive quantitative easing scheme at the start of the week.
  • 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...
  • Dollar Hits Fresh Highs Against Euro, Yen

    03/10/2015 1:27:34 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/10/15 | HIROYUKI KACHI
    The dollar set fresh multiyear highs against the euro and the yen in Asian trade Tuesday, as market participants bet on the continuing divergence in monetary and economic conditions in the U.S., the eurozone and Japan.
  • Euro hits 12-year low, parity with dollar looms

    03/06/2015 5:20:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 03/06/2015 | By PAN PYLAS
    LONDON (AP) — The euro could soon be doing something it's only done a couple of times in its 16-year existence — trading 1-to-1 with the dollar. Europe's single currency has since May been on a downward trajectory against the dollar, mainly because of the divergence in economic performance between the eurozone and the United States. Where the eurozone's recovery from the global financial crisis has been at best anemic, the U.S. economy appears to be going from strength to strength. And that divergence is hurting the euro's fortunes. From $1.40 last spring, it is now trading below $1.10 for...
  • Federal Reserve Insider Alan Greenspan Warns:There Will Be a “Significant Market EventSomething Big

    With the Federal Reserve printing trillions upon trillions of dollars to keep the economic system afloat, many investors and financial pundits have surmised that the fundamental economic problems facing the United States during the crash of 2008 have been resolved. Stocks are, after all, at historic highs. But the insiders know different. And if there’s any single person out there who understands U.S. monetary policy and its long-term effects on domestic and global affairs it’s former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. As the head of the world’s most powerful central bank for nearly two decades he’s privy to the insider...
  • The American People Are Utterly Clueless About What Is Going To Happen As We Enter 2015

    01/01/2015 6:27:40 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 103 replies
    Invesment Watch ^ | 12/30/2014 | Michael Snyder
    The American people are feeling really good right about now. For example, Gallup’s economic confidence index has hit the highest level that we have seen since the last recession. In addition, nearly half of all Americans believe that 2015 will be a better year than 2014 was, and only about 10 percent believe that it will be a worse year. And a lot of people are generally feeling quite good about the people that have been leading our nation. According to Gallup, once again this year Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America and Barack Obama is the...
  • Iran Is Ditching The Dollar In Foreign Trade [Ezekiel 38]

    01/27/2015 3:29:03 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/27/2015 | Elena Holodny
    (Vladimir Putin, right, with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in 2014.) Iran is ditching the dollar. Iran is no longer using the US dollar in foreign-trade transactions and is replacing it with other currencies, t he deputy governor at the Iranian Central Bank Gholami Kamyab said, according to Sputnik News. "In trade exchanges with the foreign countries, Iran uses other currencies including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble, and South Korean won," Kamyab reportedly said. He also reportedly added that Iran was considering bilateral currency-swap agreements, which would allow partners to exchange one foreign currency for the equivalent...
  • This Report Is A Terrible Sign For The Economy

    01/27/2015 7:35:52 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies
    BI ^ | 1-27-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland January 27, 2015It is officially a horrible morning for the economy. After the global manufacturing giant Caterpillar had poor fourth-quarter results and gave a gloomy outlook for 2015, economic data from the US has added to more bad news for the economy Tuesday morning. Durable goods orders were a HUGE miss, declining 3.4% against expectations for a 0.3% increase. Durable goods orders excluding defense and transportation orders, referred to as "core" capex, declined 0.6% in December. Last month's numbers were also revised sharply lower, with November's orders revised down to -2.1% from a prior number of -0.7%. Following...
  • 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...
  • On This Day in 1933

    06/16/2013 5:40:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | June 13th, 2013 | Christopher Westley
    You were considered a hoarder and a slacker if you still resisted turning over your gold to the government. ... most of those who voted for FDR never expected him to confiscate private holdings of gold coins, bullion, and certificates. Roosevelt called the measure a temporary one (it wasn’t), and he followed it up by invalidating gold clauses in private contracts that obligated payment in gold dollars, which had the effect of devaluing the assets of bond and contract holders. ... By January 1934, Roosevelt increased the dollar price of gold from $20.67 to $35, thus devaluing the dollar by...
  • Boom Goes The Dynamite: Oil's Price Crash Is Going To Rip The Global Economy To Shreds

    01/14/2015 5:41:59 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 298 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 13 Jan 15 | Michael T. Snyder
    If you were waiting for a “black swan event” to come along and devastate the global economy, you don’t have to wait any longer. As I write this, the price of U.S. oil is sitting at $45.76 a barrel. It has fallen by more than 60 dollars a barrel since June. There is only one other time in history when we have seen anything like this happen before. That was in 2008, just prior to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. But following the financial crisis of 2008, the price of oil rebounded fairly rapidly. As you...
  • Russia Just Pulled Itself Out Of The Petrodollar

    01/14/2015 10:37:04 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 30 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1-14-2015 | Durden
    Back in November, before most grasped just how serious the collapse in crude was (and would become, as well as its massive implications), we wrote "How The Petrodollar Quietly Died, And Nobody Noticed", because for the first time in almost two decades, energy-exporting countries would pull their "petrodollars" out of world markets in 2015. This empirical death of Petrodollar followed years of windfalls for oil exporters such as Russia, Angola, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. Much of that money found its way into financial markets, helping to boost asset prices and keep the cost of borrowing down, through so-called petrodollar recycling....
  • Dollar Surges to 11-Year High Against Biggest Rivals

    01/02/2015 6:38:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Jan. 2, 2015 6:55 p.m. ET | Ira Iosebashvili and Ian Talley
    Propelling the rally is anticipation of the Fed’s first interest-rate increase in almost a decade, a move widely expected to come this year. The Fed is preparing to raise rates from near zero amid steady improvement in the U.S. economy and labor market since the financial crisis.
  • 2014 "End of Year" report and a look into what 2015 might bring

    01/01/2015 1:16:58 PM PST · by GilGil · 12 replies
    The Vineyard of the Saker on Blogspot.com ^ | Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | The Saker and "Marina"
    2014 has been a historic year and so will be 2015, if only because 2014 set a great deal of things in motion, but resolved none of them. I have come to the conclusion that there is a 80% chance of a massive Ukrainian attack on Novorussia next year, probably in the first part of the year. My best guesstimate is that Novorussia will probably be able to beat back this attack, albeit with great effort and big losses. The Russian economy will continue to suffer and appear to be sinking for the next six months or so at which...
  • 2015 Will Be The Year Of Dollar Danger For The World

    01/01/2015 7:11:51 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    BI - The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-1-2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph (UK) January 1, 2015America’s closed economy can handle a surging dollar and a fresh cycle of rising interest rates. Large parts of the world cannot. That in a nutshell is the story of 2015. Tightening by the US Federal Reserve will have turbo-charged effects on a global financial system addicted to zero rates and dollar liquidity. Yields on 2-year US Treasuries have surged from 0.31pc to 0.74pc since October, and this is the driver of currency markets. Since the New Year ritual of predictions is a time to throw darts, here we go: the dollar will...
  • Gold Surges Above $1200 On Heavy Volume As USDJPY, Treasury Yields Tumble

    12/30/2014 7:18:57 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-30-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 12/30/2014 USDJPY has tumbled overnight back below 119.50, dragging stocks (equity futures now at session lows) and Treasury yields with it. But it appears the Gold/Yen trade that is reacting most significantly as a huge volume flushes through futures markets spiking Gold back above $1200...(snip)
  • Fed and Congress Signal Trouble, Putin Defends Russia, ISIS War

    12/19/2014 12:38:05 PM PST · by GilGil · 10 replies
    USAWatchdog ^ | 12/19/2014 | Greg Hunter
    My top story is the economy, and I think the Fed and Congress just signaled that something is seriously wrong, and it’s going to get worse. First off, the Federal Reserve just came out and said that it was going to be “patient” when normalizing the monetary policy. I know Wall Street is jubilant and the stock market spiked on the news, but I think this is really ominous, and it is nothing to be celebrated. To me, that means don’t expect the Fed to raise interest rates anytime soon because the economy is much worse than what they are...
  • A Downhill Run for the Dollar in 2015

    12/18/2014 7:37:48 AM PST · by GilGil · 15 replies
    Gold-Eagle ^ | 12/17/2014 | John Williams
    "I'll give you a couple of things to look for in 2015. Fundamental economic activity as measured in areas such as retail sales, industrial production, housing starts, payroll numbers and the broadest measure of unemployment—all those numbers are going to deteriorate. The economy is going to head down as we get into reporting in early 2015. Along with that will come renewed expectations of action by the Federal Reserve to accommodate the financial system, particularly the banking system, and the combination of those factors will, I believe, help to trigger a massive decline in the U.S. dollar. As a result...
  • Is Ruble Collapse Act of War-Paul Craig Roberts

    12/17/2014 12:58:34 PM PST · by GilGil · 48 replies
    USAWatchDog ^ | 12/17/2014 | Paul Craig Roberts
    On the teetering economy and possible economic collapse, Dr. Roberts says, “We know something serious is wrong. The only provision of Dodd-Frank that has any teeth is the provision that says if the big banks are going to be casinos and gamble on derivatives, they cannot do that in the depository institution where depositors have their accounts. They have to farm it out into subsidiaries. So, if the subsidiaries get into trouble, the subsidiaries have no access to depositors’ money. This is the only real reform part of Dodd-Frank. Citigroup got put into the recent spending bill, the repeal of...
  • Russia Is Throwing The Kitchen Sink At The Ruble To Try To Stop Its Collapse

    12/17/2014 5:18:08 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies
    BI ^ | 12-17-2014 | Mike Bird
    Mike Bird December 17, 2014 After a brutal sell-off Tuesday, the ruble shot up in early trading Wednesday morning, rising by nearly 7%, from 68 to the dollar to 63.16 at 8:09 a.m. GMT. The rise came as the Russian finance ministry intervened in the currency market, according to Bloomberg. That means it's selling off a chunk of its dollar reserves to buy rubles, driving the currency's value up. By 9 a.m., though, the exchange rate fell back to where it started, and the ruble is falling again: down 0.68% at 68.51 as of 10:15 a.m. GMT. Here's how the...
  • Lower Oil and King Dollar Are Unambiguously Good: Don't Listen to the Naysayers

    12/13/2014 5:43:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/12/2014 | Larry Kudlow
    We all know that the American energy revolution, led by the new technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, has created a flood of new shale-oil and natural-gas production that has overwhelmed world markets and driven prices down by roughly 40 percent. End-of-week crude oil closed near $57 a barrel, and the national average gasoline price finished at $2.60. No matter what the naysayers are trying to sell, the new energy reality is unambiguously good for the U.S. and global economies. There may be some dislocations among countries, sectors, or companies, but the overwhelming impact is positive. In fact, the...
  • Big Banks Will Take Depositors Money In Next Crash -Ellen Brown

    12/11/2014 11:14:26 AM PST · by GilGil · 87 replies
    USAWathdog ^ | 12/10/2014 | Ellen Brown
    "... if you had a big derivatives bust that brought down JP Morgan or Bank of America, there is no way there is going to be collateral left for the FDIC or for the secured depositors. This would include state and local governments. They all put their money in these big banks. So, even though we are protected by the FDIC, the FDIC is not going to have the money. . . . This makes it legal for these big 30 banks to take our money when they become insolvent. They are too-big-to-fail. This was supposed to avoid too-big-to-fail, but...
  • Congressman Seeks to End Program He Calls ‘More Dangerous’ Than IRS Scandal

    11/20/2014 9:08:15 AM PST · by PapaNew · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal/The Heritage Foundation ^ | November 19, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Calling a secretive government operation to strangle politically out-of-favor businesses “more dangerous” than the IRS targeting scandal, a congressman with a background in banking is preparing to introduce legislation to kill the Obama administration initiative. “I believe this activity is probably more dangerous and more disastrous than that of the IRS scandal because this is running people out of business for no reason and it’s harming livelihoods, incomes [and] families,” Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., said today in an interview with The Daily Signal. Luetkemeyer, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, was comparing the Department of Justice’s Operation Choke...
  • U.S. dollar will "get a lot stronger than anyone can imagine"

    11/14/2014 7:14:51 AM PST · by Minsc · 64 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/14/2014 | Joanna Campione
    The U.S. dollar is on a roll. The dollar index, which measures its value versus a basket of other world currencies, is at a four-year high. John Mauldin, best-selling author and chairman of Mauldin Economics says, get used to it. Mauldin believes the dollar is going to keep rising and “get a lot stronger than anyone can imagine.” He says, “We are going to be trading stronger against nearly every currency.“ In other parts of the world, currencies are slipping as the U.S. dollar strengthens. Central banks in Europe and Japan are shifting policies to fight slowing growth and fend...
  • Canada, China sign currency deal aimed at boosting trade[Canada dumps dollar]

    11/09/2014 12:37:40 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    CBC News ^ | 11/08/14
    Allows direct business between Canadian dollar and Chinese yuan, cutting exchange costs. Canada and China have signed a reciprocal currency deal that's expected to dramatically boost exports. The hub will foster far easier trade between the Canadian dollar and the Chinese yuan, also known as the renminbi. It makes Canada the first country in the Americas to have a deal to trade in the renminbi.
  • 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.
  • Gold Is Getting Destroyed ($1140 Oz)

    11/05/2014 6:17:31 AM PST · by blam · 67 replies
    BI ^ | 11-5-2014 | Elena Holodny
    Elena Holodny November 5, 2014 Gold is getting crushed. Again. The yellow metal is at $1,140 per ounce, down by about 2.3%. It got as low as $1,137. This is the lowest level since April 2010. Gold has been dropping to new lows for several weeks as the dollar has strengthened. Oil is another commodity that is tumbling again. WTI crude oil prices dropped as low as $75.84 per barrel shortly after 5 a.m. ET. Brent crude touched $81.63. While this is great for consumers, this is troubling for the oil producers, who may be forced to idle unprofitable projects....
  • Republican gains push dollar to seven-year high versus yen

    11/05/2014 6:40:53 AM PST · by BenLurkin
    reuters.com ^ | Wed Nov 5, 2014 8:36am EST | Marc Jones
    Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to secure control of the U.S. Senate and strengthen their grip on the House of Representatives in a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his power in his last two years in office. Financial markets saw the election results as a cause for optimism. Similar situations in the past have often sparked U.S. stock market rallies.
  • If The Dollar Breaks This Trend, It Could 'Create Havoc On The Unprecedented $5-Trillion Carry Trade

    11/01/2014 9:28:33 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    BI ^ | 11-1-2014 | Julia La Roche
    Julia La Roche October 31, 2014The Federal Reserve ended quantitative easing this week. And soon it'll start tightening monetary policy with interest rate hikes. This is coming as central banks in the rest of the world maintain loose monetary policy or even go as far as to loosen monetary policy further. All of this is bullish for the US dollar relative to other major currencies. Business Insider recently asked the smartest people in finance for what they considered to be the "most important charts in the world." Without hesitation, former global macro fund manager Raoul Pal sent us a long-term...
  • Where is this economic collapse so many are saying will happen?

    10/19/2014 10:20:36 PM PDT · by eekitsagreek · 78 replies
    If you go to different websites or listen to certain radio hosts, there is a lot of discussion of "economic collapse", "dollar collapse" or "petrodollar collapse" and so forth. They make it sound like we will end up like the Weimar Republic with people carrying their worthless money in wheelbarrows. I am not an economics expert (nor do I play one online), but are we really heading for collapse or is it all a bunch of talk? I know we have a huge debt problem, but we keep printing money. How long can this keep going? I am confused! Any...
  • Grandma Yellen And The Economic Mushroom Cloud On The Horizon

    10/05/2014 6:48:12 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 10-5-2014 | Tony_Caldaro
    October 05, 2014 Tony_Caldaro Beautiful Indian summer imitation where I’m presently located in western Europe. Good time to start out with an empty sheet of text file (for lack of a better term), and stream some consciousness. Most people must have figured out that things in the economic sphere haven’t gotten any quieter lately. That’s at least something. Stock exchanges in the developed world jumped from a -1%+ loss one day to a 1%+ gain the next. Volatility, nerves, and probably ritalin, have returned. You have to wonder what that means in markets reigned supreme by high-frequency robot traders and...
  • 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...