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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 between the Russian ruble and Chinese yuan. In terms of ... Read More »

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 are expected to be banned as well. According to Russian ... Read More »

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 already China’s biggest trading partner and this is a major ... Read More »

New ad from Australian bank will shock you

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If you’re looking around right now for a new bank account that pays a reasonable rate of return, ANZ bank has a hell of a deal for you: 0%! That’s right. ANZ is offering its depositors absolutely zero interest. Now, a bank paying 0% isn’t exactly abnormal in today’s banking environment. But what’s really strange is that ANZ actually took out an ... Read More »

Ecuador to replace the US dollar with its own digital currency

Ecuador Central Bank

Ecuador is planning to create the world’s first digital currency issued by the country’s central bank, in what is seen by many as a step to abandon the US dollar, the currency now used by the Central American country. The currency is expected to start circulating in December, according to the country’s Central Bank. The technical details or the name ... Read More »

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 national currency swaps has been agreed by the parties,” and ... Read More »

BRICS establish $100bn bank and currency reserves

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The group of emerging economies signed the long-anticipated document to create the $100 bn BRICS Development Bank and a reserve currency pool worth over another $100 bn. Both will counter the influence of Western-based lending institutions and the dollar. The new bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike the IMF or World Bank, ... Read More »

US Defense Department: Bitcoin a potential terrorism threat

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The US Defense Department is conducting a counterterrorism program investigation of virtual currencies like Bitcoin and other new technologies, including smartphones and social media, to better understand if they pose security threats. Run by the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), a division of the Pentagon that analyzes terrorism and irregular warfare capabilities, the program recently ended its open call ... Read More »

Ukraine to buy $1 billion of gold with IMF money

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A month ago, it was alleged, that Ukraine – under cover of night – loaded its gold reserves onto a plane and shipped them off (for safekeeping) in the US, as the potential price of ‘liberation’. So how ironic that, given the massive gas debts that Ukraine owes to Russia (and prepayments pending), and sizable bond maturities pending, the first thing ... Read More »

USD is dead: China caps its dollar holdings & plans crude oil futures priced in yuan

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China’s central bank has said it no longer sees any benefit in increasing its $3.66 trillion foreign currency reserves – already the world’s largest. China will cap its purchases of US dollars in an effort to limit the depreciation of the yuan. “It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves,” Bloomberg quoted Yi Gang, a deputy governor at the ... Read More »