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Tag Archives: 6a) Gold & Bitcoin

IMF Warning: ‘World’s Financial System Is More Stretched, Unstable and Dangerous Than It Was On the Eve of the Lehman Crisis’

◆ The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has again warned that the world’s financial system is more stretched, unstable and dangerous than it was on the eve of the Lehman crisis ◆ Quantitative easing, zero percent interest rates and massive financial repression has pushed investors – and in the case of pension funds or life insurers, actually forced them – into taking on ever more risk ◆ Ambrose Evans-Pritchard analyses the IMF warning in The Telegraph and concludes...

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Libra cryptocurrency soldiers on despite key departures

Can Libra survive without partners such as Mastercard and Visa? (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This Material May Not Be Published, Broadcast, Rewritten Or Redistribu) Facebook’s cryptocurrency payments project, Libra, has suffered a major blow with the withdrawal of seven key partners. But the Geneva-based Libra Association continues to battle on against a regulatory onslaught by adopting a charter and forming an executive team. Set in...

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Dutch Central Bank: Gold Bars ‘Always Retain Their Value, Crisis Or No Crisis’

◆ “Gold is the perfect piggy bank – it’s the anchor of trust for the financial system” says the Central Bank of the Netherlands ◆ “If the system collapses, the gold stock can serve as a basis to build it up again” astutely and prudently observes the Dutch Central Bank ◆ The Dutch people “hold more than 600 tonnes of gold. A bar of gold always retains its value, crisis or no crisis” ◆ “Gold bolsters confidence in the stability of the central bank’s balance sheet and...

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Motte and Bailey Fallacy, Report 13 Oct

This week, we will delve into something really abstract. Not like monetary economics, which is so simple even a caveman can do it. A Clever Ruse We refer to a clever rhetorical trick. It’s when someone makes a broad and important assertion, in very general terms. But when challenged, the assertion is switched for one that is entirely uncontroversial but also narrow and unimportant. The trick is intended to foreclose debate of the broad assertion, not really to...

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Gold ETFs See Holdings Reach All Time Record Highs In September

◆ Global gold ETF holdings reach all time record highs, increasing by 13.4% so far in 2019 on hedging and safe haven demand ◆ Global gold ETFs, ETCs and similar products had US$3.9bn of net inflows across all regions, increasing their collective gold holdings by 75.2 tonnes(t) to 2,808t, the highest levels of all time in September ◆ Gold ETF holdings have surpassed late 2012 levels, at which time the gold price was near US$1,700/oz, 18% higher than current levels. ◆...

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China’s Central Bank Buys 100 Tons Of Gold As Trade and Dollar Tensions With U.S. Escalate

◆ China has added more than 100 tons of gold bullion bars to its gold reserves since it resumed buying in December; China’s gold holdings rose to 62.64m ounces in September, an increase of 190,000 ounces in one month ◆ The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) increased it’s gold reserves for a 10th straight month in September, reinforcing its standing as one of the major official accumulators as many creditor nation central banks stock up on the precious metal ◆ China and...

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Chinese Buy Gold In Large Volume In Holiday Week as Gold Jewelry Sales ‘Soar’

◆ Gold is marginally lower today at $1,503/oz and stocks are mixed ahead of what are set to be tense U.S. and China trade negotiations. ◆ Gold sales are expected to accelerate through the end of the year due to weakening global economic conditions, according to Mike McGlone, a Bloomberg Intelligence senior commodity strategist as quoted by China Daily (see below) ◆ Gold buying in China has fallen 3.3 (yoy) to 523.54 metric tons as safe haven buying of gold bars and...

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A Wealth Tax Consumes Capital, Report 6 Oct

It seems one cannot make a name for one’s self on the Left, unless one has a proposal to tax wealth. Academics like Tomas Piketty have proposed it. And now the Democratic candidates for president in the US propose it too, while Jeremy Corbyn proposes it in the UK. Venezuela finally added a wealth tax in July. A Wealth Tax So how does a wealth tax work? The politicians quibble among themselves, as if the little implementation details that differ between them are...

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The Purchasing Power of Capital, Report 29 Sep

We discuss capital consumption all the time, because it is the megatrend of our era. However, capital consumption is an abstract idea. So let’s consider some concrete examples, to help make it clearer. Flipping Homes, Consuming Capital First, let’s look at the case of Timothy Housetrader. Tim has a small two-bedroom house. Next door, his neighbor Ian Idjit, owns a four-bedroom house which is twice the size. For some reason, Ian offers to trade houses with Tim. Both...

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World’s Largest Gold ETF Sees Holdings Rise 1.8 percent to 924.94 Tonnes In One Day

◆ Gold prices have inched 0.3% higher today as a sharp drop of nearly 2% yesterday has attracted bargain hunters ◆ Gold tested support at $1,500/oz after another peculiar sell off in the futures market saw prices fall $30 in two hours on the COMEX yesterday with most of the selling coming after European and London markets had closed ◆ The sell off came despite robust demand for gold globally as seen in the world’s largest gold ETF seeing yesterday, in just one day,...

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