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Billionaire George Soros dumps US stocks, buys gold

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Billionaire George Soros has cut investment in US stocks by one-third and acquired a $264 million stake in the world’s biggest bullion producer, Barrick Gold, Bloomberg reports, quoting the investor’s fund data. Overall, in the first quarter of 2016 the value of publicly disclosed holdings of Soros Fund Management fell by 37 …

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95% of Greek ‘bailout’ money went to European Banks

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I simply cannot stress enough how important Greece is to freedom, liberty and civilization across the globe. Greece is not a one-off, or merely a small nation in big trouble that holds little relevance for the rest of us. Greece is everything. What is happening to Greece follows the exact same …

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Goldman Sachs fined $5.1 billion over mortgage-backed securities fraud

Goldman Sachs fined 5.1 billion

Goldman Sachs said it agreed to a $5.1 billion civil settlement to resolve federal and state probes into its handling of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis. The proposed deal, which the Wall Street giant announced in a Thursday statement, would settle “actual and potential civil claims” by the US Justice Department and …

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IMF warns global economy is slowing

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IMF chief Christine Lagarde has warned that the global economy could be sinking into a prolonged period of “mediocre” growth which could endanger efforts to bring down unemployment worldwide. Lagarde said on Thursday that the world’s economy has weakened in the past six months, despite the efforts of leading central …

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Argentina and China sign $1b currency swap deal

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Argentina will receive the first tranche of yuan worth up to $1 billion in a massive currency swap with China before the end of this year. The deal will boost the troubled economy’s foreign reserves. It comes as part of a loan worth $11 billion signed in July by Argentina’s …

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Ecuador to replace the US dollar with its own digital currency

Ecuador Central Bank

Ecuador is planning to create the world’s first digital currency issued by the country’s central bank, in what is seen by many as a step to abandon the US dollar, the currency now used by the Central American country. The currency is expected to start circulating in December, according to …

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Bank run fears in Bulgaria

Dozens of depositors have withdrawn savings from Bulgaria’s third biggest bank despite assurances from the government and the European Union that their money was safe after a similar run shut down another major lender last week. Bulgarian authorities have arrested four people suspected of trying to destabilise the banking system in a concerted …

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Germany to repatriate gold from US and France

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Germany’s Bundesbank plans to store half the national gold reserves in its own vaults by 2020. It will mean the return of 700 tons of the precious metal from the US and France This year the Bundesbank got back about 37 tons of gold from the US and France. The …

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“We are in a financial holocaust” – Max Keiser says in Parliament

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The economic crisis has led to a “financial holocaust” which will lead to millions of deaths, said Max Keiser, the outspoken activist and financial presenter for the Russia Today television channel. On invitation from Respect MP George Galloway to deliver an address on “the coming currency collapse” on Tuesday night in Parliament’s …

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ASX favours charging for high-frequency trading

ASX Elmer Funke Kupper

The head of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) says charging for certain high-frequency trades is the best way to manage problematic behaviour. ASX Ltd CEO Elmer Funke Kupper estimates that about 15 to 25 per cent of trading on the Australian market is done through high-frequency transactions. “When it comes …

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The $1.25 trillion US national security state budget, taxpayers money wasted

US national security state budget taxpayers money wasted

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and …

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United States puts its crosshairs on Russia

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Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity. The New Chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, Andrew Lack, has declared the Russian news service, RT, which broadcasts in multiple languages, to be a terrorist organisation equivalent to Boko Haram …

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Fed raises interest rates…now what?

Federal Reserve interest rate rise

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group This week, the Federal Reserve voted to raise interest rates a quarter of a percent to 0.5%, the first rate rise since 2006. But this wasn’t the only bold announcement the Fed made. In a report released the same day, titled “Economic Projections“, they predicted that by 2018 they …

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Goldman Sachs buys $5.7 billion in toxic mortgages

Goldman Sachs toxic mortgages delinquent loans

Most banks hear “delinquent loans” and run, but Goldman Sachs is not most banks. The massive investment bank is greedily betting that it can squeeze value out of delinquent mortgages with a multi-billion dollar purchase of auctioned loans that have unpaid loan balances of $5.7 billion. The Wall Street Journal reports that the investment bank …

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Cui Bono: who benefits from the Federal Reserve?

Does the Federal Reserve benefit the nation, or just the banks? Cui bono–to whose benefit?–is a skeptic’s scalpel that cuts through the fat of propaganda and political expediency to the hard truth. Since the world has been trained (in Pavlovian fashion) to hang on every word issued by America’s privately owned …

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Loan Market Predictions for 2017

Loan market predictions 2017 house

The repeated nationalist victories in 2016 elections have shaken investors and left many afraid for 2017. Let’s look at loan market predictions for 2017 based on the information we have and trends we can safely project into the future. Continued Deflationary Pressures Drive Investor Decisions Institutional debt is deflationary. When …

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The Libor scandal explained

Libor Scandal

According to news reports, UK banks fixed the London interbank borrowing rate (Libor) with the complicity of the Bank of England (UK central bank) at a low rate in order to obtain a cheap borrowing cost. The way this scandal is playing out is that the banks benefitted from borrowing …

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Economic facts: America headed for total collapse

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According to the major polls, at least 2/3 of Americans think, “things will get better”. Yes, they are that stupid. Let’s look at some plain facts: 48% of Americans are considered either “low income” or living in poverty by the government. 20% of households are on Food Stamps. 1 in every …

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Venezuela ditches the US dollar and prices its oil in Chinese yuan

Venezuela US dollar oil price Chinese yuan

President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has made good on his promise to forsake the US dollar and publish their oil prices in yuan, which is the currency of China. This highly controversial move is likened to Venezuela giving the US “the middle finger”. Former Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez has threatened …

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Sears Holdings Corp Announces More Store Closures

Sears Holdings Corp is cutting costs by any means. The corporation’s latest efforts to save a dollar, and itself, involves closing eight of its namesake department stores along with 35 Kmart locations throughout the nation. Sears executives believe that such a move will reduce the cost of square footage the company …

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