Moody’s Lowers Ratings of Four U.S. Banks After Review

Moody’s Investors Service cut its ratings on four of the biggest U.S. banks after deciding the government would be less likely to help them repay creditors in a crisis. Morgan Stanley (MS), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) andBank of New York Mellon Corp. had their senior holding company ratings lowered one level yesterday after […]

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USD as a Percentage of Global Reserves Down, then Up. What’s next for Gold?

When the euro arrived on the scene, it took over around 32% of global foreign exchange reserves from the USD, with the tacit approval of the U.S. This dropped the USD’s percentage of global reserves from 95% to around 63%. Since then [2000] its percentage of reserves dropped from 63% to 53% and now has […]

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Three Reasons Why Gold's Best Days Are Ahead

It may be hard to find someone as enthusiastic about precious metals mining as Sean Brodrick. A natural resource strategist with the Baltimore-based Oxford Club, an independent financial organization, Brodrick isn’t only filling his own portfolio with gold miners, he’s launching two new newsletters to research and vet resource stocks. While Brodrick might be putting […]

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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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Gold and Silver Price Manipulation from the Top Down

The manipulation of gold prices, along with practically every other asset class, has perfectly transparent legal precedent. The precious metals political hot potato taboo has been strong enough to make it almost impossible for the mainstream to understand. And while it is perfectly plausible and even celebrated by the practitioners, the greatest threats to economic […]

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ECB Cuts Key Rate to Record Low to Fight Deflation Threat

The European Central Bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low after a drop in inflation to the slowest pace in four years threatened its mission to keep prices stable. Policy makers meeting in Frankfurt today reduced the main refinancing rate by a quarter point to 0.25 percent. The decision was predicted by […]

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China’s yuan makes waves on international currency markets

Evidence the yuan is becoming truly global can be found in Rongrong Huo’s passport, which shows the HSBC banker bouncing from Switzerland to South Africa fielding inquiries from a growing number of clients on how they can trade China’s currency. “The market potential is huge,” Huo, who heads HSBC’s yuan business development for Europe, said […]

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BOJ Struggles to Convince on 2% as Abenomics Shine Fades

Half a year after Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda unleashed record monetary easing, economists see the bank failing to meet its inflation target, underscoring the case for stronger steps to revive the economy. While the median estimate of BOJ board members released last week showed the bank expects consumer prices to rise 1.9 percent in the 2015 fiscal […]

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Draghi’s Deflation Risk Complicates Recovery: Euro Credit

A price slowdown could turn into a negative spiral that derails the recovery in the euro region. While the 17-nation economy exited six quarters of recession in the three months through June, it still has record unemployment and shrinking bank lending. “The ECB has become unusually tolerant of low inflation, even by its own standards,” […]

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Fed Seen Avoiding Historic Loss by Holding Mortgage Debt

“The Federal Reserve can avoid unprecedented losses by never selling mortgage-backed securities from its record $3.84 trillion balance sheet, according to updated estimates by Fed economists in Washington. The Fed every month is purchasing $85 billion in Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities in a program aimed at fueling economic growth and combating unemployment, which was 7.2 percent in September.”   […]

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