Economy

Maduro planning to swap Venezuela’s gold for dollars

Nicolas Maduro Venezuela gold dollars

It was almost exactly two years ago when a cash-strapped Venezuela quietly conducted its first, little-noticed gold-for-cash swap with Citigroup, as part of which Nicolas Maduro converted part of his nation’s gold reserves into at least $1 billion in cash courtesy of the US bank. As Reuters reported then, the …

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Steve Keen: “Can we avoid another financial crisis?”

Steve Keen Can we avoid another financial crisis

Economic theory is like a layer cake: Explanations within one layer make sense, but once you move to another layer, they no longer apply. Economist Steve Keen‘s new book “Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?” is an illustrative example. The good news is that Keen accurately describes the current economic …

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Brexit-proof your savings with a stocks and shares ISA

ISA Brexit

Whether you are for or against it, Brexit poses uncertainty regarding what the effects will be on the UK economy and the wealth of the individual. Will Theresa May continue with her hard Brexit approach if the conservatives win the general election, or will a surprise result mean we go …

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Stock market and dollar under pressure following soft US economic data

Stock market US dollar economic data

Shares and the U.S. dollar dipped on Monday while U.S. bond yields slumped to five-month lows after soft U.S. economic data hurt investor sentiment already frayed by worries over North Korea and coming French elections. That dwarfed any relief for market players after the U.S. Treasury department did not name …

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Saxo Bank: 60% chance of global recession within 18 months

Saxo Bank global recession

While markets are forecasting only a 10 percent chance of a global recession, Danish investment firm Saxo Bank puts the odds at over 60 percent. “Our main global macro outlook still maintains that recession is more likely than not in the near future (12 to 18 months) based on the …

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Trump’s dollar warning sends US currency tumbling

Dollar warning Trump US currency tumbling

President Donald Trump has triggered a sharp decline in the US dollar by criticizing the currency’s strength on the back of increased confidence in his presidency. “I think our dollar is getting too strong, and partially that’s my fault because people have confidence in me. But that’s hurting – that …

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Trump’s missiles blow investors into safe havens

Investors safe havens Trump

Even before missiles flew out of America’s warships to bomb Syrian military bases, gold was slowly increasing in value in anticipation of the Trump-Xi summit. After the bombs landed, gold has hit a 5 month peak as investors look for safe havens. Other safe havens such as the Japanese Yen …

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Ukraine’s National Bank receives another $1 billion from the IMF

Ukraine IMF International Monetary Fund

The fourth tranche of the International Monetary Fund credit of $1 billion to Ukraine has entered the reserve of the National Bank of Ukraine, Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk said Wednesday. The IMF approved a four-year program of financial aid to Ukraine in March 2015. Kiev has already received three tranches of aid totalling …

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Japan legalizes cryptocurrency as form of payment

Japan cryptocurrency Bitcoin

New legislation authorizing digital currency as a legal payment method has come into force in Japan. The text of the law was released by Japan’s Financial Services Agency on March, 24. Earlier this week, the Accounting Standards Board of Japan said that it would begin work on the creation of a …

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