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The gold price manipulation article the Financial Times removed

Financial Times gold

Two days ago the FT released a clear, informative and fact-based article, titled simply enough “Gold price rigging fears put investors on alert” in which author Madison Marriage, citing a report by the Fideres consultancy, revealed that global gold prices may have been manipulated on 50 per cent of occasions between …

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Australia has no gold

Reserve Bank of Australia

After a campaign throughout 2012 to seek clarity in regards to the location of Australia’s Gold Reserves the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has confirmed today in an email to me that 99.9% of their Gold Reserves are held in the gold vault of the Bank of England. Please read …

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Central banks now asking governments for help

People’s Bank of China Gov Zhou Xiaochuan ECB President Mario Draghi Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen Bank of Japan Haruhiko Kuroda

Central bankers in charge of the vast bulk of the world’s economy delved deep into the weeds of money markets and interest rates over a three-day conference here, and emerged with a common plea to their colleagues in the rest of government: please help. Mired in a world of low …

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Saxo Bank: 60% chance of global recession within 18 months

Saxo Bank global recession

While markets are forecasting only a 10 percent chance of a global recession, Danish investment firm Saxo Bank puts the odds at over 60 percent. “Our main global macro outlook still maintains that recession is more likely than not in the near future (12 to 18 months) based on the …

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Deutsche Bank fined $258m for conducting business with Iran, Syria and Libya

Deutsche Bank

German Deutsche Bank has been fined $258 million by American regulators for conducting business with US-sanctioned countries including Iran, Syria and Libya. The fine will be paid to the Federal Reserve and New York State Department of Financial Services. The ruling against Deutsche Bank also stipulated that the people responsible …

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Deutsche Bank is headed for collapse in Germany

Deutsche Bank

Is something about to happen in Germany that will shake the entire world? According to disturbing new intel that I have received, a major financial event in Germany could be imminent. Now when I say imminent, I do not mean to suggest that it will happen tomorrow. But I do …

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Bank runs in Greece, bank holidays coming next

Greece bank run ATM queue

The writing has been on the wall for quite sometime. Deposit flight from Greece‘s ailing banking sector has been running north of €500 million per day this week as the threat of capital controls casts a pall over the Greek government’s efforts to reassure the public and head off a …

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Deutsche Bank CEOs resign following Libor manipulation scandal

Juergen Fitschen Anshu Jain, co-CEOs of Deutsche Bank

The two joint chief executives of Deutsche Bank are to step down, in an unexpected move that comes shortly after the investment bank was fined for its role in Libor manipulation and criticised for its conduct. After an unscheduled meeting held by the bank’s supervisory board on Sunday, the German lender said …

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Deutsche Bank fined a record $2.5bn for Libor rate-rigging

Deutsche Bank

German banking giant Deutsche Bank will pay a record $2.5 billion for rigging interest rates in a multi-bank conspiracy that undermined global financial markets, US and British authorities said Thursday. “Deutsche Bank secretly conspired with its competitors to rig the benchmark interest rates at the heart of the global financial …

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They’re coming for your money

Pockets empty

Nearly all of us grew up thinking that we registered ourselves to prove that we were safe and responsible. We advertised our services as “registered” or “licensed,” and we never thought about it beyond that point. After all, that was the way things were done, and we knew that it …

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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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Spain to tax bank deposits

Bank robbing depositors

Spain on Friday said it would introduce a blanket taxation rate of 0.03 percent on all bank account deposits, in a move aimed at harmonising regional tax regimes and generating revenues for the country’s cash-strapped autonomous communities. The regulation, which could bring around 400 million euros ($546 million) to the …

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French bank to pay $8.8 billion for violating US sanctions

BNP Paribas

French banking giant BNP Paribas has agreed to plead guilty to two criminal charges of violating US sanctions, and will pay a record-breaking $8.8 billion settlement. Prosecutors allege BNP conducted “long-term, multi-jurisdictional conspiracy.” A lawyer representing the bank appeared in New York state court on Monday to answer for both charges, reports …

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This time had better be different: Australian Housing Prices and the Banks

In last week’s post I showed that there is a debt-financed, government-sponsored bubble in Australian house prices (click here and here for earlier installments on the same topic). This week I’ll consider what the bursting of this bubble could mean for the banks that have financed it. Figure 1 Betting the House For two decades after …

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Italian government to bail out two more banks for 5.2bn euros

Italy government bail out banks

Italy’s government is bailing out two banks in the Venice region at a cost of 5.2bn euros (£4.6bn; $5.8bn). The move comes two days after the European Central Bank warned that Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca were failing or likely to fail. The banks’ “good” assets will be …

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Major banks under investigation for ties to Mexican drug cartels

Charles Schwab Corp. founder and chairman Chuck Schwab

Federal regulators in the United States are reportedly investigation no fewer than two major American banks with regards to their relationships with clients believed to be tied to Mexican drug cartels. Reuters reported exclusively on Wednesday this week that the US Securities and Exchange Commission is probing both Charles Schwab …

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Do western central banks have any gold left?

Bank of England gold vault

Somewhere deep in the bowels of the world’s Western central banks lie vaults holding gargantuan piles of physical gold bars… or at least that’s what they all claim. The gold bars are part of their respective foreign currency reserves, which include all the usual fiat currencies like the dollar, the …

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