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Negative interest rates are coming to America

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American savers have had it hard enough, earning next to nothing on bank deposits and money market funds. But could it get worse, with banks here charging depositors interest to hold their money and high-quality bonds yielding nothing at all? It might seem a curious question, given broad expectations for …

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Reserve Bank of Australia quietly increases banks’ bailout buffer

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In a globally unique policy, the Reserve Bank of Australia will supply banks with a permanent bailout facility worth up to $380 billion by 2015. The policy has been designed by the RBA to help banks satisfy stringent new liquidity tests which simulate “acute stress scenarios” that deny banks funding …

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ECB to launch €1.1 trillion of quantitative easing

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Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, has announced that he will pump €1.1tn at a rate of €60bn a month into financial markets until September 2016, in an attempt to prevent the fragile eurozone economy from grinding to a halt. In a keenly anticipated announcement at the ECB’s headquarters in …

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Fed president: US banks have “half the equity they need”

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In a scathing editorial published in the Wall Street Journal today, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, blasted US banks, saying that they still lacked sufficient capital to withstand a major crisis. Kashkari makes a great analogy. When you’re applying for a mortgage or business loan, sensible banks are supposed to …

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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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China calls for new global currency to replace US dollar

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China is calling for a global currency to replace the dominant dollar, showing a growing assertiveness on revamping the world economy ahead of next week’s London summit on the financial crisis. The surprise proposal by Beijing’s central bank governor reflects unease about its vast holdings of U.S. government bonds and …

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India cuts interest rates more than expected

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India’s central bank on Tuesday cut its key interest rate more than markets expected amid optimism that inflation will remain low and fears that Asia’s third-largest economy is slowing. Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan cut the repurchase-agreement rate by 0.5 percentage point to 6.75%. That brings the total easing by …

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US economy moves toward recession as eurozone crisis widens

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Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen may have missed her window of opportunity to raise interest rates. The economic data no longer paint a picture of even a tepid recovery. Since the start of the year, key indicators for the economy began pointing toward recession. Add to that the recent Eurozone …

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Top trends for 2013

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What a year 2012 was! The economic and geopolitical problems plaguing much of the planet at the beginning of last year have, without exception, intensified as we move into 2013. Never in our 33 years of trend forecasting have we experienced a year that rang out on such a downbeat note and …

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4 ways to reach financial independence

Simply put, financial independence is defined as having enough wealth to sustain your lifestyle for the foreseeable future. You can achieve financial independence by having enough saved up to last you a lifetime or by having sufficient passive income streams to support you. In this post, we’ve highlighted the four …

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The Federal Reserve cartel: The Eight Families

(Part one of a four-part series) The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly …

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Citigroup braces for global recession, calls for QE in China

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China has bungled its attempt to slow the economy gently and is sliding into “imminent recession”, threatening to take the world with it over coming months, Citigroup has warned. Willem Buiter, the bank’s chief economist, said the country needs a major blast of fiscal spending financed by outright “helicopter” money …

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Russia reduces US debt holdings by 40% over past year

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Russia held $66.5 billion in US treasury securities in April 2015, down from $116.4 billion in April the previous year. The amount of US government bonds held by Russia reduced by more than 40 percent in one year, according to figures released by the US Treasury on Monday. In April 2015, Russia held $66.5 billion in US government debt, down from …

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China and Russia launching new credit rating agency in 2015

The new Universal Credit Rating Group (UCRG) is being set up to rival the existing agencies Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, and its first rating will be issued this year. The setting up of UCRG is in its final stages, ready to challenge the ‘Big Three’ that currently dominate the industry, …

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A new run on the banks? Spaniards pulling cash out at record rates

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Spanish consumers are pulling their cash out of banks at record levels, according to figures released on Tuesday. Private sector deposits fell by nearly 5 percent in July to €1.509, the Telegraph reported, citing European Central Bank data, as public confidence in the banking system reached all-time lows amid a worsening economic …

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Forget that S&P 500 e-mini futures plunged to four-month lows at 1290; or Treasury yields crashed back to their record lows; or Gold and Silver’s surge today; or WTI’s plummet to almost a $90 handle; or Citi joining Morgan Stanley in the red year-to-date; or credit markets continuing into the …

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