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Posted On December 18, 2017By Bullion TigerIn News

Second Bitcoin Futures Debut Could Lure Volume To Wild Market

NEW YORK  – Bitcoin investors expect futures volumes to perk up when CME Group Inc, the world’s largest derivatives exchange operator, launches its own contract to wager on the cryptocurrency on Sunday. The second U.S. bitcoin futures launch is seen as another step towards big institutional investors warming up to a volatile asset that had until recently been accessible only via largely unregulated markets. Like the futures contract launched last week by rival Cboe Global Markets, CME’s will be cash settled. But it will be priced off an index ofRead More

Posted On October 26, 2017By BlackbeardIn News

Malaysia 2018 Budget: Is there any financial restraint?

PETALING JAYA: The Government is expected to exercise financial discipline even though the coming budget, which will be unveiled tomorrow, is the last one before the next general election. Economists said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was expected to target a lower federal government budget deficit compared with 3% this year. “The overall debt levels are also expected to be lower, considering that there is a cautious outlook on the global economy and oil prices are still soft,” said an economist. Towards this end, the International Monetary FundRead More
Low rate environment puts banks under pressure, ING CEO says from CNBC. The CEO of a major European bank offered a stark warning for his industry on Thursday, suggesting that years of accommodative policy by global central banks could quickly turn sour. Low interest rates have been supportive for the world economy, according to ING Group’s Chief Executive Ralph Hamers, but banks have to be “very cautious” at this moment in time because “this is exactly when things may go wrong,” he said. “You have to be careful and very cautious notRead More

Posted On October 12, 2017By BlackbeardIn News

Here’s Why Malaysians Can’t Afford a House

Malaysia’s central bank has a response to those saying it needs to do more to spur home loans: houses simply aren’t affordable. Bank Negara Malaysia has created a website packed with data aimed at debunking the “myth” that access to financing was deterring home ownership, showing that loan approvals for key cities are near 70 percent or higher. The central bank has resisted calls to loosen mortgage lending, instead saying the property industry should boost efforts to cut costs and accelerate supply. Rising home prices have added to the grievancesRead More
As the Federal Reserve prepares to begin paring the size of its $4.5 trillion balance sheet next month, analysts at Deutsche Bank on Wednesday warned that what they have dubbed the “great central bank unwind” is one of several candidates for creating the next financial crisis. “When looking for the next financial crisis, it’s hard to escape from the fact that we’re seemingly in the early stages of the ‘great unwind’ of global monetary stimulus at the same time as global debt remains at all-time highs following an increase overRead More
The world’s central banks can’t sit back and ignore the growth in cryptocurrencies as it could pose a risk to the stability of the financial system, according to the Bank for International Settlements. It said central banks will need to figure out whether to issue a digital currency and what its attributes should be, though the decision is most pressing in countries like Sweden where cash use is dwindling. Institutions need to take into account of not only privacy issues and efficiency gains in payment systems, but also economic, financialRead More

Posted On August 16, 2017By HoudiniIn News

Is your wallet getting lighter and lighter?

A think tank sees larger loan-to-deposit ratios in banks as indicating that Malaysians are finding it harder to save money.  PETALING JAYA: The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) has voiced concern that the average Malaysian may be in a worse financial strain that previously thought. Referring to a recent Bloomberg report that the loan-to-deposit ratios in the nation’s banks are at an all-time high, Ideas external relations manager Azrul Khalib said this could indicate that disposable incomes were decreasing and Malaysians therefore had less to save. “It isRead More
Even with all the hand-wringing about bubbles in stock and bond markets, it’s hard to ignore what’s going on in the world of cryptocurrencies and bitcoin. The value of the largest digital currency continues to soar to record highs after weathering a split last week. It has increased more than threefold this year, compared with a doubling in the value of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, the best performer in the S&P 500 Index. At the record price of $3,486.73 reached Tuesday, one bitcoin could probably fund a nice vacation. By comparison, one share ofRead More
SHANGHAI (July 7) Virtual currencies like bitcoin are assets but bitcoin in itself does not have the fundamental attributes needed to be a currency that could meet modern economic development needs, a Chinese central bank adviser said. Sheng Songcheng, adviser to the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), made the comments in an interview with financial magazine Yicai published late Thursday. “Bitcoin does not have the fundamental attributes needed to be a currency as it is a string of code generated by complex algorithms…But I do not deny that virtual currenciesRead More
How long can it last? That’s what watchers of Hong Kong’s markets are asking as the gap between local and U.S. interbank rates widens to the most since 2009. The city’s currency peg to the greenback effectively ties its monetary policy to that of the U.S., making the growing differential all the more curious. Now things may be changing, with forward points and interest-rate swaps in Hong Kong’s dollar starting to bottom out. The reasoning is simple: with the currency having fallen to the middle of its permitted band andRead More