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Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
Why The Next Oil Boom Will Be Fueled By Blockchain
Big Oil is due for a disruption. The world’s most important industry has been carrying on without any significant changes in its day to day routine for far too long. But now, the new tech on the block has its sights set on the multi-trillion-dollar oil and gas sector. It’s official: Blockchain technology has infiltrated Big Oil. The hype behind blockchain has reached a full-blown frenzy. And for good reason. The technology, which creates secure ledgers for digital transactions and rapidly accele
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Alasdair Macleod - Finance and Eco.
A Roman lesson on inflation
“While it is the duty of the citizen to support the state, it is not the duty of the state to support the citizen” – President Grover ClevelandThe point President Cleveland made back in the 1880s was that individuals and vested interests had no rights to preferential treatment by a government elected to represent all. For if preference is given, it is always at the expense of others.Those days are long gone, and the last president to take this stance was Calvin Coolidge in the 1920s. He was foll
Friday, February 23, 2018
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Did The Office Of Management And Budget Just Throw In The Towel
At some point you really have to begin to wonder if the U.S. government has simply given up on the idea of even pretending to have any sort of fiscal plan. It’s almost as if they’ve stopped trying to even bother to maintain the appearance of solvency, and are just wondering how long it will take before the market notices and ends the charade. A quick review is that the publicly stated debt is now over $20 trillion, with unfunded liabilities like Social Security and Medicare raising the real tota
Friday, February 23, 2018
Rick Ackerman
Stocks Plunge on News of Nell's Death
Stocks dove late in Wednesday’s session on news that the minutes from the January FOMC meeting were more than a little hawkish. From where we were sitting, the selloff looked like a brazen shakedown. It amounted to a 475-point reversal in the Dow, but that’s the kind of plunge that Wall Street’s thimble-riggers engineer whenever they are hungry for shares at bargain prices. For their part, the Fed governors seem convinced that U.S. economic growth is strong enough to handle who-knows-how-many mo
Friday, February 23, 2018
Bullion Vault
Gold Bullion Steadies from Fed Minutes Fall, Banks Tip Commodities vs. Inflation
GOLD BULLION rallied just $3 off a 1-week low versus the rebounding Dollar on Thursday as world stock markets fell after notes from the Federal Reserve showed the US central bank expects to keep raising its key interest rate in 2018. China's stock market opened sharply higher on the first trading day of the new Year of the Dog, but Hong Kong fell hard with the rest of Asia. Shanghai's gold marke
Friday, February 23, 2018
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
5 Record Breaking Gemstones Even Billionaires Can’t Buy
As Elizabeth Taylor once said: “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can't possess radiance, you can only admire it.” It’s a good philosophy, because when it comes to the world’s biggest, rarest and most extraordinary gemstone discoveries, no one—not even billionaire President Donald Trump—could afford the possession. We’re not talking about the average diamond engagement ring that sets you back $4,000 and was probably grown in a lab. And we’re not talking about the $3,000 ru
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
Silver Price Optimist or Pessimist
DISCLOSURE:  This article was written for Miles Franklin by Gary Christenson. Miles Franklin sells silver and believes that silver is under-valued. Prices will rise in coming years. I share that belief. Regardless, this article presents both optimistic and pessimistic interpretations for future silver prices. SILVER  PRICES  OPTIMIST: DEMAND:  Silver demand increases every year and will push prices higher. Our modern world depends upon electronics, computers, missiles, fighter jets, cruise missi
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Four Percent 10-year Note Yield Will Be a Floor No...
The two most important factors in determining the level of sovereign bond yields are the credit and inflation risks extant within a nation. When determining a country’s ability to service its debt investors must analyze not only the absolute debt level, but also the ratios of debt and deficits to GDP. In addition, the current rate of inflation must also be viewed within the context of debt in order to make an accurate assumption as to the level of future inflation. When analyzing historical meas
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Bullion Vault
Gold Prices 'Hit by Deep Link' to Real Yields But 'Should Gain' on Inflation
GOLD PRICES struggled to recover from yesterday's sharp drop against the rallying US Dollar in London on Wednesday, halving last week's 2.2% gain as world stock markets fell, bond prices steadied and commodities edged higher. Retreating 2.6% from last Friday's 3-week high at $1361 per ounce, the gold price in Dollar terms has now cut its 2018 gains to date to just 2.2%. Priced in Eu
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Adrian Ash - Bullion Vault
London Gold Trading Up, Physical Flows Down in 2017
4-year high in London bullion trading as gold bar holdings grow... GOLD TRADING in the world's central wholesale market of London rose to a four-year high by volume and value in 2017, but physical flows of bullion bars through the UK fell by one quarter, down for the first year since 2014, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault. Data reported by industry body the London Bulli
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Mark O'Byrne - gold.ie
Bitcoin or British Pound ‘Pretty Much Failed’ As Currency
– Bitcoin has ‘pretty much failed’ as a currency says Bank of England Carney– Bitcoin is neither a store of value nor a useful way to buy things – BOE’s Carney– Project fear against crypto-currencies or an out of control investing bubble?– Bitcoin will likely recover in value but is speculative and not for widows and orphans– British pound has been a terrible store of value – unlike gold– Pound collapsed 30% in 2016 and down 11.5% per annum versus gold in last 15 years– Fiat currency experiment
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Stewart Thomson - Graceland Update
Gold's Golden Week
I’ve noted that when China’s markets go quiet during the “Golden Week” holiday, the gold price tends to soften. This is the key gold chart. Price softness is expected during this holiday, and the good news is that it is occurring on very light volume. The bears would argue there’s a small double top in play, while the bulls have an inverse head and shoulders bottom pattern on their team. A bull flag pattern may also have formed. I’ve told investors to expect a substantial battle between the
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
China Rating Agency Downgrades U.S. Debt
While U.S. government and Federal Reserve officials continue to pretend as if all is well in the economy, apparently a rather important counter-party doesn’t share the same view. A few weeks ago there was a story about how the Chinese government is considering reducing its allocation of U.S. treasuries. Now, one of the Chinese rating agencies (Dagong Global Credit Rating) has gone ahead and downgraded the U.S. credit rating. Based on the financials, it’s hardly a surprise to see the U.S. get dow
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Bullion Vault
Gold Prices Find 'Support', Silver 'Improving' as 40 of GLD Held by Institutional Investors
GOLD PRICES rallied from a brief dip below $1340 per ounce in London trade on Tuesday, rising against a firm US Dollar as New York traders returned from the long Presidents Day weekend. With China's markets still closed for the New Year of the Dog celebrations, Asian stock markets closed lower while European equities edged higher. Benchmark UK Gilt yields rose above 1.60%, up near t
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Gary Tanashian - Biwii
Semi Bearish
Over the last several years, beginning in 2013 I’ve made post titles like ‘Semi Bullish‘ in response to the bullish leading edge economic cycle indicator, the Semiconductor Equipment sector and its implications for broad stocks and the economy. Those implications of economic acceleration were along these lines… Semi Equipment Book-to-Bill (b2b) → Broad Semi → Manufacturing → Employment → Firm Economy. Shortly after the b2b was noted as bullish the SOX index and the S&P 500 broke out to new highs
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Bullion Vault
Comex Silver Speculators Turn Net Bearish, Gold Prices Steady as Russia, Turkey Warn US Over Syrian 'Fire'
GOLD and SILVER PRICES remained steady on Monday morning in London against a rebounding US Dollar, write Steffen Grosshauser and Adrian Ash at BullionVault. With New York shut for Presidents Day – and ahead of meeting minutes due Wednesday from the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting – global equity markets were mixed as non-US government bond prices fell once more, nudging interest rates higher.
Monday, February 19, 2018
James Howard Kunstler
  Thirteen Russians ands a Ham Sandwich 
Remember that one from 1996? Funny, that was the American mainstream media bragging, after the fact, about our own meddling in another nation’s election. WASHINGTON — A team of American political strategists who helped [California] Gov. Pete Wilson with his abortive presidential bid earlier this year said this week that they served as Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin’s secret campaign weapon in his comeback win over a Communist challenge. —The Los Angeles Times, July 9, 1996 The beauty in Rob
Monday, February 19, 2018
Mark O'Byrne - gold.ie
US-China Trade War Escalates As Further Measures Are Taken
– Trade war between two superpowers continues to escalate– White House likely to impose steep tariffs on aluminium and steel imports on ‘national security grounds’– US may impose global tariff of at least 24% on imports of steel and 7.7% on aluminium– China “will certainly take necessary measures to protect our legitimate rights.”– China is USA’s largest trading partner, fastest-growing market for U.S. exports, 3rd largest market for U.S. exports in the world.– If the U.S. continues to escalate
Monday, February 19, 2018
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
The Floating Pound and Dollar, 1790-1830
Here is a bit of new data, regarding the floating pound during the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1821, and also the floating dollar during the War of 1812, 1812-1819. The source of the data is here: http://www.centerforfinancialstability.org/hfs.ph The data here is somewhat intermittent, so I plotted it as points rather than as lines. It is the gold price in London, in pounds. Convertibility was officially suspended in 1793, but as we can see there was not much change in the value of the pound vs. gold,
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Peter McKenzie-Brown - Language Instinct
Village of Widows
Canada has become a leader in the movement against the racism practiced against indigenous peoples that has so long been common practice in much of the world. Is it possible that Ottawa will really follow the lead of Alberta and other provinces by recognizing the rights given to aboriginal people in the Constitution without hassle? Such an act would shift cases out of courts into nation-on-nation negotiations. It’s taken 36 years since repatriation of our constitut
Friday, February 16, 2018
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