Gold Vault Opens in China as Bullion Goes From West to East

A gold vault that can store 2,000 metric tons, double China’s projected consumption this year, opened in Shanghai this month as owner Malca-Amit Global Ltd. seeks to benefit from rising demand in Asia’s largest economy. The facility is the biggest for the Hong Kong-based company, and it can also store diamonds, jewelry and art, Joshua Rotbart, […]

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Internationalizing the Internet

Recently, the former Director of the NSA and the CIA, (retired) General Michael Hayden, attended a forum in Washington, DC. In a speech entitled “The Tension Between Security and Liberty,” General Hayden argued that section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which grants the NSA access to certain forms of communications of US citizens, […]

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Germany Summons U.S. Ambassador to Explain Merkel Phone Tapping

Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over reports ChancellorAngela Merkel’s mobile phone was monitored by U.S. spy agencies as European Union leaders prepared to discuss tighter data protection. Ambassador John B. Emerson was called in for talks with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwellein Berlin this afternoon, a ministry spokeswoman said, speaking under customary condition of anonymity. France summoned […]

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Yuan Gains for Sixth Day as Central Bank Sets Record Fixing

China’s yuan advanced for a sixth day, the longest winning streak since May, after the central bank strengthened the currency’s reference rate to a record. The government called for “unrelenting” implementation of its economic policies and reforms to consolidate the nation’s recovery from a slowdown, according to a State Council statement released over the weekend. Asia’s largest […]

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Moscow Exchange Plans Gold to Silver Trading to Broaden Appeal

“OAO Moscow Exchange will introduce trading of gold and silver as early as this month as part of plans to make metals more accessible to smaller banks by reducing transaction costs. The exchange will quote gold and silver in Russian rubles per gram, with minimum trades starting at 10 grams of gold and 100 grams […]

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Biggest US Foreign Creditors Show Concern on Default Risk

“China and Japan, which together hold more than $2.4 trillion in U.S. Treasuries, raised pressure on the U.S. to resolve a political impasse on its debt ceiling that threatens to destabilize global financial markets. Japan must consider the impact of any default on its bond holdings, even as the U.S. will probably avoid a fiscal […]

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Gold Bulls Raise Wagers Most in Month on Stimulus: Commodities

“Hedge funds’ combined holdings in gold futures rose the most this month as continued U.S. monetary stimulus spurred investors to sell short contracts and sent prices toward the first quarterly advance in a year. The net-long position in bullion jumped 12 percent to 78,654 futures and options in the week ended Sept. 24, the most […]

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Russia to Brazil Intervention Adds to U.S. Debt Distress

“Investors suffering the worst losses in Treasuries since at least 1978 can add dollar sales by emerging-market central banks to their list of challenges. Speculation that the Federal Reserve, the biggest buyer of Treasuries, will reduce its purchases sent U.S. debt down 4.1 percent this year and boosted the dollar against developing-nation currencies for four […]

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Gold Imports to China From Hong Kong Climb on Physical Demand

“Gold shipments to China from Hong Kong increased in July as importers took advantage of local prices that were an average 2.1 percent higher than global markets and as mainland investors bought jewelry and coins. Net imports, after deducting flows from China into Hong Kong, were 113 metric tons, from 101 tons a month earlier, […]

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Obama-Putin Rift Over Syria Widens as G-20 Summit Starts

“The diplomatic dialogue between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin has featured the U.S. president comparing Putin to a bored schoolboy and the Russian leader forcing an irritated Obama to wait a half-hour for a meeting. And that was before warships from the two nations drew near in the Eastern Mediterranean amid a widening rift over […]

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