Tag Archives: economy

Ecuador hands Goldman Sachs half its gold reserves

Ecuador flag flying

This is a great example of how the game works. In a world in which every government on earth needs “liquidity” to survive, and the primary goal of every government is and always has been survival (the retention of arbitrary power at all costs), the provider of liquidity is king. So what is liquidity and who provides it? In the current ... Read More »

Australian pensioners and savers have bank accounts raided by government

Pensioners

The federal government has bagged an unprecedented $360 million from household bank accounts since a controversial change to unclaimed money laws, figures from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission show. Pensioners and others saving for a rainy day have reported trying to access their savings only to discover their money had been seized by the government because it had been ... Read More »

European Central Bank cuts interest rate to below zero

ECB

The European Central Bank lowered its deposit rate to -0.10% as the continent battles deflation after many failed monetary policy attempts. The bank said more extraordinary tools can can be used to prevent the derailment of economic recovery. The European Central Bank (ECB) cut its main refinancing rate to 0.15 percent from 0.25 percent, and the deposit rate from zero to -.10 ... Read More »

Poll: 47% of unemployed have ‘completely given up’ looking for a job

Unemployment claim form

A new poll suggests that finding employment, particularly for the long-term unemployed, continues to be a struggle for Americans. The poll, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals, asked questions of 1,500 unemployed adult Americans last month. “This survey shows that millions of Americans are at risk of falling into the trap of prolonged unemployment, and it ... Read More »

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

Swiss gold

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 gold holdings rose to $44.30 billion as of May 1, ... Read More »

Ukraine to buy $1 billion of gold with IMF money

Ukraine flag

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 »

BRICS to create alternative to IMF and World Bank

BRICS leaders

The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have made significant progress in setting up structures that would serve as an alternative to the IMF and the World Bank (which are dominated by the U.S. and the EU), according to RBTH. As WSJ reports, the U.S. would lose its veto power on the International Monetary Fund’s executive board under a plan being ... Read More »

Why the hell is Belgium buying so much US debt?

Belgium flag

The tiny country of Belgium – my beloved hunting grounds for three years a while back – with a GDP of $484 billion, a country which you can cross by bicycle in a single day if you’re really fit, a country that became famous to the chagrin of some people because it did just fine for a couple of years without a national government ... Read More »

Why banks are no longer needed

Bank

What else can we do with the $1.25 trillion we’ll save by eliminating these obsolete financial middleman parasites? A lot. Technology has leapfrogged the banking sector, rendering it as obsolete as buggy whips. So why are we devoting 9% of our economy to an obsolete parasite?  Financial sector profits now total a staggering 4.5% of GDP (gross domestic product), while ... Read More »