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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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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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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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Russian lawmaker seeks to ban US dollar, predicts 2017 collapse

Mikhail Degtyarev

To protect Russians against the “collapsing US debt pyramid”, a Russian legislator has filed a draft bill to ban circulation of the currency in Russia. Once a Moscow mayoral hopeful, Mikhail Degtyarev, 32, likens the US dollar to a worldwide ponzi scheme which he says is scheduled to end in …

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Australian Bitcoin bank hacked, $1.3million stolen

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An Australian bitcoin bank holding over US$1 million of the crypto-currency has been hacked, leaving an unknown number of users with nothing – one of the largest thefts in the currency’s four-year history. The incident took place on October 26, when the bank was hacked, with 4,100 bitcoins valued at …

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Israel looking to become the first cashless society

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The government on Tuesday authorized establishment of a committee that will examine ways to eliminate cash from the Israeli economy – the better to prevent citizens from cheating on their taxes. The committee will be chaired by Harel Locker, director of the Prime Minister’s Office. Cash is easily passed from …

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America’s debt vizualized

We kicked butt in the Olympics and landed on Mars. It’s been a pretty good month of the United States but with the elections coming up around the corner our economy has become a major battle between Romney and Obama. The fact is our great country owes a lot of …

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Greece back to the Drachma?

Traders around the world have been staring at their Bloomberg screens, hardly believing their eyes. The electronic information platform has been showing details for possible Greek Drachma trading. The Bloomberg helpdesk described it as “an internal function which is set up to test.” The news comes in the wake of the …

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ISIS declares the US dollar as its official currency

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ISIS may threaten violence against the United States and aim to rid the Islamic world of U.S. influence and U.S.-backed regimes, but if you want to do business in the group’s ersatz caliphate, you’d better have money backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. The AP reports : Within …

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Currency wars: China threatens bond attack on Japan

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A senior advisor to the Chinese government has called for an attack on the Japanese bond market to precipitate a funding crisis and bring the country to its knees, unless Tokyo reverses its decision to nationalise the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Jin Baisong from the Chinese …

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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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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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China warns Soros against ‘declaring war’ on its currency

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China’s official newspaper warned billionaire investor George Soros not to bet against the Yuan in a front-page opinion piece, as China tries to boost confidence in its home currency, also known as the renminbi, which has dropped 5 percent since August. “Soros’s war on the renminbi and the Hong Kong …

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China fires back in currency war, devalues yuan for second day running

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China stunned the world’s financial markets on Wednesday by devaluing the yuan for the second consecutive day, triggering fears that the world’s second largest economy is in worse shape than investors believed. The move sent fresh shockwaves through global markets, pushing shares sharply lower and sending commodity prices further into reverse …

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Dollar collapse: 7 of 10 Asian countries turn to yuan

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A “renminbi bloc” has been formed in East Asia, as nations in the region abandon the US dollar and peg their currency to the Chinese yuan — a major signal of China’s successful bid to internationalize its currency, a research report has said. The Peterson Institute for International Economics, or …

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From currency debasement to social collapse: 4 case studies

At its most fundamental level, SocGen’s Dylan Grice notes that economic activity is no more than an exchange between strangers. It depends, therefore, on a degree of trust between strangers. Since money is the agent of exchange, it is the agent of trust. Debasing money therefore debases trust. Grice emphasizes that …

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IMF set to add Chinese yuan to SDR currency basket

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China’s currency, the yuan seems to be on track to be included in the International Monetary Fund‘s benchmark currency basket, putting it on par with the dollar, euro and pound sterling. A draft report by IMF staff who have been assessing the yuan’s technical criteria seems to be favourable. Three …

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