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Posted On December 13, 2017By Bullion TigerIn Articles

Four reasons why you shouldn’t count gold out just yet!

Remember gold? It seems like only six years ago the shiny metal was flavor of the month, hitting a record $1,900 a troy ounce while its backers prophesied the end of the fiat money system.  With bitcoin sucking up all the crazy in financial markets, gold looks to have lost its luster. The CBOE/Comex Gold Volatility Index, a rough proxy for the amount of fun and profit available for precious metal traders, touched a record low of 10.17 last month, from levels north of 37. That may be overdue aRead 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

Posted On October 26, 2017By BlackbeardIn Articles

Iran Should Go For Gold, Not A Currency Reform Illusion

Last December, the Iranian government of Hassan Rouhani passed a bill to change the name of Iran’s national currency from the rial to the toman. This would require a redenomination in which one zero was lopped off Iran’s unit of account, as 1 toman is equal to 10 rials. Without a change in the monetary and exchange rate regime, the proposed changes amount to a great illusion. Iran’s currency is, of course, one of the many reasons for Iran’s economic dysfunction. Indeed, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the rialRead More

Posted On October 26, 2017By BlackbeardIn Articles

Venezuelans turn to Bitcoin to escape currency crisis

By now, most Americans are familiar with the economic basket case that is Venezuela. The country’s economy has collapsed, leaving the population desperate and starving. The human cost is highly visible and tragic, but what gets less attention is the way in which the government has destroyed the country’s currency, thereby making it impossible for citizens to buy basic necessities. It’s a common story in socialist countries. Unable to sustain massive levels of government spending, the state prints more and more money, trading short-term gains for massive inflation. It’s oneRead More
This is akin to a family of five selling their home, cars, and personal belongings, in order to finance Dad heading off to Vegas in order to play the fucking slot machines. What can go wrong, after all? Bitcoins only go higher. Source: CNBC Didi Taihuttu, his wife, three kids and their cat bet all they have on bitcoin. The Dutch family of five is in the process of selling pretty much everything they own — from their 2,500-square-foot house, to their shoes – and trading it in for theRead 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

Posted On June 21, 2017By HoudiniIn Articles

What Is The Market Telling Us?

The entire global economy now depends on this stripped-of-information “market” for its stability. Ho-hum, another day, another record high in the S&P 500 (SPX). What is this market telling us? If you’re long, the market is screaming “you’re a genius!”: But other than that, what else is the market telling us? Is it telling us anything about the real-world economy and the open market for equities based in that real-world economy? Before we can answer “what is the market telling us?” we must first ask, “what can the market tell us?” That is, what isRead More
The “fixes” to the stagnation of postwar Capitalism in the 1970s were financialization, globalism, and the sustained expansion of debt–all have run out of steam. Many of us have written about cycles in the past decade: Kondratieff economic cycles, business/credit cycles, the Strauss–Howe generational theory (an existential national crisis arises every four generations, as described in their book The Fourth Turning), and long-wave cycles of growth and decline, as described in seminal books such as The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History and War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires.Read More
LONDON (May 17): The global economic, financial and political landscape has never been shakier, but the world’s rich are confident they can steer through the fog of uncertainty in the coming year “without so much as a dent in their finances”, a survey showed on Wednesday. The findings of UBS Wealth Management’s survey of more than 2,800 millionaires in seven countries show a high degree of worry about the global financial system on the one hand, and supreme self-confidence and optimism on the other. Some 82 percent of those surveyedRead More