Economy

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’s petroyuan set to knockout the petrodollar

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From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group This week the petrodollar was struck with a mighty blow. Russia’s third largest oil producer, Gazprom, announced that it will settle all crude sales to China in yuan, and thus officially ditch the dollar. With relations between China and Russia growing stronger by the day, …

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Zimbabwe phases out local currency at 35 quadrillion to US$1

Zimbabwe starving billionaires

Zimbabwe has started retiring its almost worthless local currency in favor of the US dollar. Today, 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars are equal to US $1, as a result of hyperinflation which hit the country in 2009. The demonetization process of the Zimbabwe dollar started on Monday and will run till …

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HSBC to axe 50,000 jobs

HSBC jobs

Just days after JPMorgan revealed it would fire another 5,000 by the end of the year in a “scalpel” headcount reduction, overnight the world’s favorite drug money laundering bank HSBC unleashed the “machete” and announced it would cut almost 50,000 workers, or one in five bankers, a move which would shrink the …

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Texas wants its gold back from the Federal Reserve

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From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group In the past few years, we’ve seen a groundswell of nations demanding their gold back from the New York Federal Reserve. Already, that list includes Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium and Venezuela. Now another place is joining the list, but it isn’t a country: It’s …

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Deutsche Bank headquarters raided by police in tax fraud probe

Deutsche Bank tax fraud probe Franfurt

German prosecutors raided Deutsche Bank AG’s Frankfurt headquarters Tuesday morning in connection with a criminal tax-fraud probe, according to officials and other people familiar with the matter. The raid came two days after the bank said its co-chief executives would resign but the timing appeared to be unrelated to the management change, people familiar …

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Deutsche Bank CEOs resign following Libor manipulation scandal

Juergen Fitschen Anshu Jain, co-CEOs of Deutsche Bank

The two joint chief executives of Deutsche Bank are to step down, in an unexpected move that comes shortly after the investment bank was fined for its role in Libor manipulation and criticised for its conduct. After an unscheduled meeting held by the bank’s supervisory board on Sunday, the German lender said …

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Fed Vice Chair says bankers should be punished for financial crimes

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said bankers who have engaged in wrongdoing should be punished, and he chided the industry for pushing back against financial regulations adopted to prevent another conflagration. “Individuals should be punished for any misconduct they personally engaged in,” Fischer said in a speech to bankers …

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Government is preparing to seize 401(k) retirement plans

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From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group In what may soon prove to be a landmark case, last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers have a duty to protect their employees from mutual fund companies whose fund options for 401(k)’s underperform or charge unnecessarily high fees. The case, Tibble vs …

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Bankers plan secret London meeting to ‘end cash’

War on cash fire

Economist Martin Armstrong claims there is a “secret meeting to end cash” set to take place in London before the end of the month involving representatives from the ECB and the Federal Reserve. Armstrong, who is known for successfully predicting the 1987 Black Monday crash as well as the 1998 …

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