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Negative interest rates and QE4 is coming

Janet Yellen Federal Reserve

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group Despite the Federal Reserve running a zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) for 80 months straight and Quantitative Easing programs that have ballooned its balance sheet over $3.5 trillion, US GDP has struggled to reach 2%. It’s plain for all to see: They are running out of options to …

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German bank hits savers with ‘negative interest rates’

Mario Draghi ECB

Deutsche Skatbank, a division of VR-Bank Altenburger Land, which was founded in 1859, is not the biggest bank in Germany, but it’s the first bank to confirm what German savers have been dreading for a while: the wrath of Draghi. Retail and business customers with over €500,000 on deposit as …

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Negative interest rates are coming to America

Obama Bernanke Yellen

American savers have had it hard enough, earning next to nothing on bank deposits and money market funds. But could it get worse, with banks here charging depositors interest to hold their money and high-quality bonds yielding nothing at all? It might seem a curious question, given broad expectations for …

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Japan joins negative interest rate club

Haruhiko Kuroda governor Bank of Japan

In a surprise move, the Bank of Japan has introduced a negative interest rate. The benchmark rate of -0.1% means that commercial banks will be charged by the central bank for some deposits. It is designed to encourage them to use their reserves to lend to businesses in an attempt …

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Federal Reserve tests negative interest rates as Japan goes to -0.1%

Bank Of Japan BOJ negative interest rates

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group In a shocking move last Friday, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) slashed its interest rate to -0.1%. However, the surprise doesn’t end there. Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said there will be “no limit” to the monetary easing, and that rates would be cut even …

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Federal Reserve is unable to raise interest rates

Federal Reserve interest rate decision

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group The Federal Reserve has announced that it will keep rates as is for the time being, at 0.5%. Previously, the Fed said it would carry out four increases in 2016, each by 25 basis points. However, as the months pass, the Fed seems to be stalling. …

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Federal Reserve can’t raise interest rates

Janet Yellen Federal Reserve QE4

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group On Thursday, the Federal Reserve announced that it will leave interest rates as is, right near zero percent. Fed Chair Janet Yellen cited recent volatility in markets and uncertainty overseas as reasons to hold off from a rate hike. Since December 2008, the Federal Reserve has lowered the interest …

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The Libor scandal explained

Libor Scandal

According to news reports, UK banks fixed the London interbank borrowing rate (Libor) with the complicity of the Bank of England (UK central bank) at a low rate in order to obtain a cheap borrowing cost. The way this scandal is playing out is that the banks benefitted from borrowing …

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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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Crisis spreads to China, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Sweden

Financial crisis

Earlier today, we posted an excerpt from IceCap Asset Management’s latest letter to investors focusing on the farce that is the Greek bailout #3. Which can be summarized simply by the following table… … and Keith Dicker’s assessment which was that “for Greece, it’s mathematically impossible to repay its debt” and that …

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Australia joins list of nations selling bonds with negative yield

Flag Australia

Australia has this week joined the illustrious list of governments that have been able to borrow money at negative interest rates. The Australian Office of Financial Management, which manages the government’s debt programme, sold $200 million of inflation-linked bonds maturing in 2018 to 13 investors on Tuesday at a yield of …

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NatWest bank may start charging customers to hold cash

NatWest bank charge customers hold cash

NatWest has said it may start charging customers to hold cash if the economy takes a tumble. The bank warned more than one million of its customers it could introduce negative interest rates if that were to happen. This would mean customers are effectively paying the bank to hold their …

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The globalists are losing control

Bank of Japan BOJ

The central planners are in a state of fear and panic. They are trying everything and anything to create market validation for their policies, watching with trepidation as their favored economic metrics fail to respond to all of their frenzied efforts. They are so far over the tips of their …

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Are global market trends pointing to a recession?

Stock market gold

2016 has been one year that has seen a mixed reaction in both the commodities and the stocks market since the beginning in January. Stock prices have been fluctuating due to the uncertainty in the market as to the effect of the slowing growth in the Chinese economy. Moreover, the …

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Jim Rogers issues a warning to all investors

Jim Rogers central banks

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group Legendary investor Jim Rogers has issued a stern warning to people around the world that the central banks have no idea what they are doing. This week on CNNMoney, Rogers claimed, “We’re all going to pay a horrible price for the incompetence of these central bankers… we’ve …

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The War on Cash advances

War on cash

The War on Cash is advancing on all fronts. One region that has hogged the headlines with its war against physical currency is Scandinavia. Sweden became the first country to enlist its own citizens as largely willing guinea pigs in a dystopian economic experiment: negative interest rates in a cashless …

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Gold price soaring as economic crisis looms

Gold bars American flag

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group What a start to 2016 it has been for the financial markets! Increased volatility appears to be the new norm. With reports of people lining up around the block in London to get their hands on physical gold, it’s little wonder that the precious metal is …

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Federal Reserve cries wolf on interest rates yet again

Federal Reserve Janet Yellen

The Federal Reserve has once again found a convenient excuse for why they again won’t raise rates, but “may do so in December“. Time after time in recent months, they say they will raise rates in the future — most likely to give the illusion that the economy has recovered from the …

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War on cash: Japan to introduce fingerprint currency

Japan fingerprint currency

The war on cash just got serious, and of course, it is the extreme policy experimenters of Japan that are pushing the boundaries. Having dived headlong into negative interest rates, Japanee policymakers recognize full well the historical reaction of “hording cash” will not ‘create’ the nirvana of 2% inflation and …

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Loan Market Predictions for 2017

Loan market predictions 2017 house

The repeated nationalist victories in 2016 elections have shaken investors and left many afraid for 2017. Let’s look at loan market predictions for 2017 based on the information we have and trends we can safely project into the future. Continued Deflationary Pressures Drive Investor Decisions Institutional debt is deflationary. When …

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