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Chris Powell - GATA
Leonid Bershidsky: Authoritarian cryptocurrencies are coming
With Russia and China both embracing the idea of sovereign cryptocurrencies, it's time to ask a simple question: Why is a technology threatening to decentralize money so attractive to highly centralized, authoritarian regimes? Last weekend Argumenti i Fakti, a pro-government newspaper, quoted Russian Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov as saying President Vladimir Putin had ordered the swift launching of a "crypto-ruble." According to the report, Nikiforov said the currency would use "Russi
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Rory Hall - Sprott Money
China and Russia: Full Steam Ahead Towards a Cashless Society - Rory Hall
We reported back in November 2016 – Cashless World: 1 out of 3 People Never Use Cash – fewer and fewer people understand the importance of using cash to protect themselves from an overarching government warlord. At the time, China’s use of digitized currency was growing at about 40% per annum. This means millions of people each year freely hand over their cash and opt to use their cell phone, online currency transfers or a plastic debit/credit card to make 100% of their purchases. We see t
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The Central Planners Lullaby
We seem to be in a lull in market moving news, or is it more the gyrations within the market that have been put to sleep?  The question offers an implication that the exchanges and human emotions “used” to be connected, which in the past, these major events would have caused market fluctuations in price. It is most famously known as market volatility. We have mentioned previously how the damages to an entire string of islands and flooded land masses seem to mean nothing to the markets, but are t
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Richard Mills - Ahead of the Herd
Lithium Supercycle
The truth, in regards to the world’s mineral resources, is that we in the western developed countries are usually not in control of supply. “The spectre of resource insecurity has come back with a vengeance. The world is undergoing a period of intensified resource stress, driven in part by the scale and speed of demand growth from emerging economies and a decade of tight commodity markets. Poorly designed and short-sighted policies are also making things worse, not better. Whether or not resou
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Ronan Manly - Bullion Star
  Neck and Neck: Russian and Chinese Official Gold Reserves 
Official gold reserve updates from the Russian and Chinese central banks are probably one of the more closely watched metrics in the gold world. After the US, Germany, Italy and France, the sovereign gold holdings of China and Russia are the world’s 5th and 6th largest. And with the gold reserves ‘official figures’ of the US, Germany, Italy and France being essentially static, the only numbers worth watching are those of China and Russia. The Russian Federation’s central bank, the Bank of Russia
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Mark O'Byrne - gold.ie
Puerto Rico Without Electricity, Wifi, ATMs Shows Importance of Cash, Gold and Silver
– Puerto Rico without electricity, wifi, ATMs shows importance of cash, gold and silver – Most of Puerto Rico remains in the dark and without power three weeks after storm – With widespread power failures, Puerto Rico remains cash only with retailers only accepting cash and few consumer having cash – Shortages of food, fuel and medicine with infrastructure repairs delayed – Power could be ‘out for months’ as 85% of people remain off the grid – Around 75% of ATMs disconnected – Electronic forms o
Monday, October 16, 2017
Adrian Ash - Bullion Vault
LBMA 2017: Spain, Silver and 'Lower Forever'
Precious metals history and macro-outlook from LBMA conference... LITTLE so far on precious metals prices or supply and demand at LBMA 2017 here in Barcelona, writes Adrian Ash at BullionVault. Not directly at least. But the market itself cares little about price direction. The refiners, carriers, vaulters, dealers, brokers and bankers meeting at the London Bullion Market Association's annual conference focus instead on volumes, margin and – most of all – get
Monday, October 16, 2017
Koos Jansen - Bullion Star
  The Gold-Backed-Oil-Yuan Futures Contract Myth
On September 1, 2017, the Nikkei Asian Review published an article titled, “China sees new world order with oil benchmark backed by gold”, written by Damon Evans. Just below the headline in the introduction it states, “China is expected shortly to launch a crude oil futures contract priced in yuan and convertible into gold in what analysts say could be a game-changer for the industry”. Not long after the Nikkei piece was released ‘the story’ was widely copied in sensational analyses throughout t
Monday, October 16, 2017
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
  The Silliness of the Bretton Woods Years
We’re continuing our look into One Nation Under Gold (2017), by James Ledbetter. October 2, 2017: One Nation Under Gold (2017), by James Ledbetter Ledbetter glided quickly over the period from 1914 to 1931, taking up the story again in earnest with the British devaluation of 1931 and, especially, the U.S. devaluation of 1933. This was treated with some interesting detail. However, Ledbetter made almost no mention of the fact that the U.S. returned to gold at the beginning of 1934 at $35/oz., and
Monday, October 16, 2017
Phoenix Capital - Gains Pains & Capital
Zimbabwe Inflates, Again…
In November 2008, Zimbabwe experienced the second highest recorded inflation rate in history, and with that, it entered the Hanke-Krus World Hyperinflation Table. That’s when the annual inflation rate reached a peak of 89.7 sextillion (10^21) percent (see table below). At this point, prices were doubling every 24.7 hours. During Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation episode (2007-2008), the Reserve Bank of Zim
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Alasdair Macleod - Finance and Eco.
Oil for gold – the real story
Following an article in the Nikkei Asia Review, which reported China will shortly introduce an oil futures contract priced in yuan, there has been some confusion about what it means. The article pointed out that in combination with existing gold futures priced in yuan, an oil exporter to China contracting to accept yuan could use these two futures contracts to take delivery of physical gold in payment for oil.I was quoted in that article as follows:"It is a mechanism which is likely to appeal to
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Chris Powell - GATA
The Economist: The internationalization of China's currency has stalled
On October 18 President Xi Jinping will preside in Beijing over the most important political event in five years. At the Communist Party's 19th congress much will be made of the triumphs achieved in nearly four decades of reform and opening up. So expect a glossing over of one part of that process where progress has largely stalled: the “internationalisation” of China's currency, the yuan. This seems odd. Just a year ago the yuan became the fifth currency in the basket that forms the IMF's Speci
Saturday, October 14, 2017
John Butler - Goldmoney
Common commodity misconceptions 
Commodities are the most basic economic goods, providing essential inputs into progressively more complex goods at advanced stages of production. Yet the economic mainstream generally fails to understand commodities, treating them as distinct from the processes whereby they are created and the processes they subsequently enable, when in fact they are an integral part of a dynamic, complex, adaptive economic system. A correct understanding of commodities is essential if we are to understand what
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Przemyslaw Radomski CFA - SunshineProfits
Tokenization of Gold
The Blockchain technology enables tokenization of gold. What does it mean for the precious metals market? Usually, investors consider precious metals and cryptocurrencies as substitutes, as the value of both asset classes depends on the level of faith in the national fiat currencies. However, a few cryptocurrencies backed by gold exist, potentially creating some synergies. For example, there is OneGram, which is a sharia-compliant cryptocurrency backed by gold. It means that each token is backed
Friday, October 13, 2017
Przemyslaw Radomski CFA - SunshineProfits
Yuan and Gold
In the previous editions of the Market Overview, we have already analyzed the relationship between gold and some major world currencies, such as the U.S. dollar, the euro, or the Japanese yen. But what is the link between the Chinese yuan (officially: renminbi) and the yellow metal? Let’s check it out. Chart 1: The USD/CNY exchange rate (red line, right axis) and the price of gold (yellow line, left axis, London P.M. Fix) from January 1981 to September 2017. As one can see in the chart above,
Friday, October 13, 2017
Chris Powell - GATA
Alasdair Macleod: Oil for gold -- the real story
Developing trade in oil and gold with the yuan is part of China's careful plan to internationalize its currency and escape the political control the United States imposes on the world with the dollar, GoldMoney research director Alasdair Macleod writes today. He adds that while the plan anticipated gradual implementation, international events seem to be hastening it. Macleod's analysis is headlined "Oil for Gold -- The Real Story" and it's posted at GoldMoney here: https://www.goldmoney.com/rese
Friday, October 13, 2017
Jason Hamlin - Gold Stock Bull
Gold, Gold Stocks, and Gold Favorable News
Recent News: Four hurricanes arrived in six weeks.  Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate have caused hundreds of billions in damage to the US.  Repairs and human misery will continue for months or years.  Many will never return to Puerto Rico, Houston, and Florida. Where will they go and what will it cost? Regardless, it means higher deficits, more debt, a weaker dollar and higher gold prices! Wildfires, literal and figurative: California wine country is burning out of control as of October 11.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Przemyslaw Radomski CFA - SunshineProfits
Is It Right Time for Reversals in EUR/USD and GBP/USD?
Earlier today EUR/USD and GBP/USD extended gains and reached their important resistance areas. Will currency bears use them to push the exchange rates lower? EUR/USD Quoting our Monday alert: (…) taking into account Friday drop to the green horizontal support line (based on the mid-August low) and the buy signals generated by the daily indicators, it seems that we may see a short-lived rebound (…) in the coming days.Will such price action change anything? In our opinion, it’s doubtful, bec
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Bullion Vault
Gold Price Hits 2-Week Dollar, Euro High Ahead of Catalan 'Independence' as Shanghai Premium Leaps, Turkish Lira Sinks
The GOLD PRICE touched 2-week highs for Dollar and Euro investors on Tuesday, extending the metal's rally from Friday's 8-week low to 2.4% as world stock markets slipped further from last week's new record high. Major government bond prices also slipped with stocks, edging yields higher. Betting on the likelihood of a US interest-rate rise when the Federal Reserve meets in December
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Przemyslaw Radomski CFA - SunshineProfits
Catalan Declaration of Independence and Gold
Yesterday, Catalan leaders signed a declaration of independence. What does it mean for the gold market? So it really happened. On Tuesday, the Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, signed a document declaring Catalonia’s independence from Spain. He also delivered a speech in the regional parliament saying that the recent referendum gave his government the mandate to create a sovereign state: “I assume the mandate that Catalonia should become an independent state in the form of a republic.” (By t
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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