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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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Gold backed ruble and yuan to trigger global de-dollarization

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A gold-backed ruble and gold-backed yuan could start a ‘snowball exit’ from dollar F. William Engdahl notes, adding that it will diminish America’s ability to use the reserve dollar role to finance Washington’s perpetual overseas wars. The irony of the situation is that the central banks of China, Russia, Brazil and other …

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Russia could ditch US dollar in 2-3 years

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Two to three years would be enough time for Russia to switch to international settlements to the ruble, Andrey Kostin, head of Russia’s second-biggest bank VTB, said. “Two to three years is enough, not only to launch [settlements in rubles], but also to complete these mechanisms. But much will depend …

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Putin seeks to ditch US dollar from Russia’s domestic trade

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Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted the government for turning a blind eye on US dollar payments in the domestic oil trade. “I would like to mention one crucial issue in the development of the energy industry, and the economy as a whole. It is a question of finally stopping the …

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Putin drafts bill to dump the dollar and euro

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has drafted a bill that aims to eliminate the US dollar and the euro from trade between CIS countries. This means the creation of a single financial market between Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and other countries of the former Soviet Union. “This would help …

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Russia & China sign currency swap deal worth $25 billion

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The central banks of China and Russia have signed a 3-year ruble-yuan currency swap deal up to $25 billion, in order to boost trade using national currencies and lessen dependence on the dollar and euro. On Monday, China’s Central Bank announced the 150 billion yuan (815 billion ruble) currency swap …

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Iran and Russia officially ditch the dollar

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Bank officials in Iran said on Sunday that a mechanism to transfer money to the country’s banks from Russia is now on stream. Gholam-Reza Panahi, the deputy governor for currency affairs of Bank Melli of Iran (BMI), said the mechanism enables Iranian exporters to transfer payments in rubles from their Russian …

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Russia rapidly increases its gold reserves

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Russia’s appetite for gold accelerated last month, with the country adding the most to its reserves since at least March. The nation increased holdings to 42.4 million ounces from 41.4 million ounces in July, the central bank said on its website Friday. The amount bought was about the same as the 30.5 …

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Moscow stock exchange suspends trading

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Trading has been suspended on the Moscow Stock Exchange due to the unstable operation of the computer server. The Exchange says it will resume trading using a backup after the failure of the network equipment. The main indices were trading higher on Tuesday. The dollar-denominated RTS index was up 2.37 …

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Russia buys 900,000 ounces of gold worth $1.17 billion in April

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The Russian central bank has again increased its gold reserves by another 900,000 ounces worth $1.17 billion in April. Russia’s gold reserves rose to 34.4 million troy ounces in April, from 33.5 million troy ounces in March, the Russian central bank announced on its website yesterday. The value of its …

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Brazil, Uruguay move away from US dollar in trade

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Brazil and Uruguay have switched to settling bilateral trade with local currency to stimulate turnover, bypassing the US dollar. Payments in the Brazilian real and Uruguayan peso started on Monday. The agreement was signed on November 2 by the head of Brazilian Central Bank Alexandro Tombini and his Uruguayan counterpart …

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Russia & Iran to establish joint bank to bypass sanctions

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Iran and Russia plan to establish a joint bank as an effort to multiply bilateral trade and bypass sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s banking sector. Head of the Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce Asadollah Asgaroladi said that Tehran and Moscow are studying the possibilities of opening a new chapter in …

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Russia and China planning to dump the US dollar

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The Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US dollar in bilateral payments. “The draft document between the Central Bank of Russia and the People’s Bank of China on …

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

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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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Russia’s GDP shrinks 4.6% due to oil prices and sanctions

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Russia’s economy suffered a 4.6-percent fall in GDP in the second quarter of 2015 against the same period last year, the worst performance in six years, according to official statistics. A collapse in oil prices and Western sanctions were largely to blame, however improvement is forecast in 3Q of 2015. …

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Chinese renminbi is now directly tradable with the euro

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The Chinese central bank, People’s Bank of China, issued a press release announcing the authorization of direct trading between the renminbi and the euro on the inter-bank foreign exchange market. This is huge. The euro is the second most traded currency in the world, after the US dollar. The European Union is …

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Russia seeking to ban Bitcoin and other surrogate currencies

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It may soon be against the law for Russians to possess Bitcoin (BTC) or other digital currencies. Legislation put forward by Russia’s Ministry of Finance would ban all digital currencies and impose a range of financial penalties on individuals and companies caught creating, generating, or using “quasi-money.” Websites associated with the digital currency market …

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China devalues its currency for three days straight

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From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group Former President George Bush is famous for once saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me… you can’t get fooled again.” Most of us know that it’s supposed to end, “Fool me twice, shame on me.” But what’s said when you get fooled …

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Congress to cut 9/11 first responders’ benefits

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Only days after a national health care act was expanded to provide coverage to September 11 first responders that have been diagnosed with cancer in the wake of the terrorist attacks, the future of the federal plan is now up in the air. When US President Barack Obama signed his …

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