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Ukraine bans currency trading due to hyperinflation

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The National Bank of Ukraine has banned banks from buying foreign currency for their clients until the end of the week in a fresh attempt to halt the national currency’s free fall. Hours after the measure was announced, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called for an emergency session of parliament to …

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Russia seeking to ban Bitcoin and other surrogate currencies

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It may soon be against the law for Russians to possess Bitcoin (BTC) or other digital currencies. Legislation put forward by Russia’s Ministry of Finance would ban all digital currencies and impose a range of financial penalties on individuals and companies caught creating, generating, or using “quasi-money.” Websites associated with the digital currency market …

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Iranian rial currency targeted for destruction

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Effective July 1st, the United States has authorized new sanctions directly targeting the already-devalued Iranian rial with penalties for transacting or holding the currency outside of Iran. This represents the first time that the U.S. has focused specifically on the Iranian monetary unit itself and the ninth set of sanctions …

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Bitcoin invades mainstream banking system

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Digital Currency Exchange, Bitcoin-Central, has been authorized by the French government to conduct bank style operations. In an announcement last month on bitcointalk.org, Paymium, the organization behind Bitcoin-Central said this: We’re announcing today that Bitcoin-Central.net is getting, through a partnership with Aqoba, allowed to operate like a bank, (or more precisely like …

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China, Russia and Iran planning gold backed currency

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A Eurasian Golden Triangle is emerging with China, Russia and Iran as the three key points, F. William Engdahl notes. The latest Sino-Iranian rapprochement has prompted a lively debate regarding the new Eurasian “world order.” “Sometimes profound tectonic shifts in the global politics arise from the least noticed events. Such is the …

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Barcelona plans to introduce its own currency and bank notes

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The city of Barcelona is preparing to move forward with a plan to introduce its own currency, despite warnings from Spain’s central bank. The new so-called “social currency” would be used to buy local goods and services at a discount while having a one to one parity with the euro. …

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New ad from Australian bank will shock you

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If you’re looking around right now for a new bank account that pays a reasonable rate of return, ANZ bank has a hell of a deal for you: 0%! That’s right. ANZ is offering its depositors absolutely zero interest. Now, a bank paying 0% isn’t exactly abnormal in today’s banking environment. But …

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BRICS dumping euro amid simmering EU banking crisis

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People withdraw money from Bank of Cyprus ATM’s while employees gather outside the bank’s headquarters in Athens. Brussels has been forced to eat a generous slice of humble pie: A massive sell-off of the euro is underway in the wake of a persistent financial crisis, as holdings in the European …

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The evolution of the world’s currencies (infographic)

The evolution of currency systems over the past two centuries, as it turns out, is far more exciting than is usually let on (think political thriller as opposed to economic textbook!). GoldMoney presents, in all its glory, the quixotic history of exchange-rate regimes from 1821 to the present day. Source: http://www.goldmoney.com/gold-research/alasdair-macleod/a-history-of-exchange-rate-systems.html

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How long will the dollar remain the world’s reserve currency?

We frequently hear the financial press refer to the U.S. dollar as the “world’s reserve currency,” implying that our dollar will always retain its value in an ever shifting world economy.  But this is a dangerous and mistaken assumption. Since August 15, 1971, when President Nixon closed the gold window …

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Moody’s strips the UK of its AAA rating

Moody’s Investors Service has today downgraded the domestic- and foreign-currency government bond ratings of the United Kingdom by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa. The outlook on the ratings is now stable. The key interrelated drivers of today’s action are: 1. The continuing weakness in the UK’s medium-term growth outlook, …

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Russia to start pricing oil in their own currency

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It appears Russia is close to taking the next big step towards de-dollarization and killing the petro-dollar as Vladimir Putin‘s “dream” of ruble-based pricing of its domestically-produced oil is on the verge of realization. SPIMEX (The St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange) is actively courting international oil traders to join its emerging …

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Trump’s impulsive rhetoric and its impact on the currency markets

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Trump’s campaign trail was filled with nauseating rhetoric on the nations, policies and business approaches he did not look. He employed a hair raising combative approach to reign hell on those he despised, those he felt were less humans and policies he claimed meant everything wrong for the ordinary Americans. …

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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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BitCoin seen through the eyes of a central banker

To us, the ECB’s superficial, amusing take on BitCoin was merely a source of (Friday) humor. To others, such as Tuur Demeester, the ECB’s report on “Virtual Currency Schemes” which was merely a confused attempt to validate the Euro by bashing a prototype electronic currency that others have written far more informed articles …

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Currency wars for dummies

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When it comes to global currency warfare, one can read countless books (all of which professing to be the definitive reference guide for a process that started in the… 1930s), or one can fast forward, save lots of time, skip all the repetitive verbiage and simply observe the following charts which summarize the …

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G20 & IMF push for global Fed, global currency

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While headline stories about averting the dangers of an international “currency war” dominated news coverage of the recently concluded G20 meeting in Moscow, the real unreported story is that the global gathering of central bankers and finance ministers is pushing forward with their plan for “supersizing” the International Monetary Fund. The end goal is …

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IMF set to include Chinese yuan into SDR currency basket

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From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is set to meet in just over a week – on November 30 – to discuss what will almost certainly see the Chinese yuan added to the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) currency basket. IMF Chief Christine Lagarde has already …

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Petrodollar exports negative in 2014, first time in 18 years

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Two years ago, in hushed tones at first, then ever louder, the financial world began discussing that which shall never be discussed in polite company – the end of the system that according to many has framed and facilitated the US Dollar‘s reserve currency status. The Petrodollar, or the world …

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Russia & China sign currency swap deal worth $25 billion

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The central banks of China and Russia have signed a 3-year ruble-yuan currency swap deal up to $25 billion, in order to boost trade using national currencies and lessen dependence on the dollar and euro. On Monday, China’s Central Bank announced the 150 billion yuan (815 billion ruble) currency swap …

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