Tag Archives: economy

Are we evolving beyond capitalism?

Evolving beyond capitalism

The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of ...

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Low retail sales numbers hint to economic problems ahead

Going out of business

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group Despite optimistic expectations, recent reports show that U.S. retail sales for April were flat. Many had expected that the lower-than-average gas prices would provide a lift, but even with prices plummeting by close to a whopping 50% over last year, there was no reflection in the retail ...

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Major US retailers closing over 6000 stores

Radioshack

If the U.S. economy really is improving, then why are big U.S. retailers permanently shutting down thousands of stores? The “retail apocalypse” that I have written about so frequently appears to be accelerating. As you will see below, major U.S. retailers have announced that they are closing more than 6,000 ...

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80 richest people have more wealth than poorest 3.5 billion

Davos Switzerland

Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%. Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World ...

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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 ...

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European Central Bank cuts interest rate to below zero

ECB euro symbol

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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