Tuesday , 12 December 2017


Banking

Details of U.S. Gold Reserves Policy (and links to those of 7 other countries)

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The U.S. gold reserves create intrigue and controversy due to their claimed size, and also because the U.S. gold stocks have never been physically audited and verified by a entity independent of the U.S. Government. [This article highlights what little is known about the U.S. Government's policy and provides links to articles on the policies of Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Russia & Austria.

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New Shariah Gold Standard Now Gives 1.6 Billion Muslims Greater Access to the Gold Market

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There has been a need for clarification for how gold bullion can be used for investment purposes by Muslims for a long time and this uncertainty has kept Shariah-compliant offerings at a minimum, and many investors restricted by the type of gold bullion transactions they are able to partake in, with most focused on jewellery and coin offerings. The introduction of the Shariah Gold Standard now gives as many as 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, 25 per cent of the population, far greater access to the gold market than they have had since the birth of modern finance.

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Bank Stock Recommendations Are Only 43% Accurate! Here’s A Ranking

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When holding their stock picks for the year, banks were only 43% accurate with their predictions. That’s right! Flipping a coin would have been potentially more effective than buying bank stock picks, which ended up down -4.79% on the year. The S&P 500 finished down only -0.69%. Simply just making any interest in a savings account would have been more effective as well. [This article ranks] the banks, from best to worst, based on accuracy of their calls and also based on the performance of their recommendations.

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If Trump Truly Wants To Fix the Economy He Should Shut Down the Federal Reserve – Here’s Why

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An unelected, unaccountable group of central bankers has far more power over our economy than anyone else does but, with the election of Donald Trump as President, we now have an opportunity to get free from this insidious system because, if he truly wants to fix the economy then shutting down the Federal Reserve would be the thing to do. It would take someone very bold to make such a move so it begs the question, "Is he up to the task?"

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Central Banks Creating A Looming Bubble in Long-Term Debt

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In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2007–2009, analysts and prognosticators have argued over what will likely be the next big bubble: will it be in auto loans, in equities, government bonds, or even in housing again? In fact, the biggest risk facing financial markets may be the financial asset duration bubble. Let me explain why that may well be the case.

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What the Heck Is Going On With the Chinese Yuan?

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If you think that China's currency is a little confusing, you're not alone. Sometimes China devalues its currency on purpose and other times, China hoards gold or dumps U.S. bonds to prop it back up and protect its value. What gives? Today's infographic demystifies the Chinese Yuan.

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