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Lira Tumbles After Zarrab Confirms Erdogan Approved “Secret Iran Gold” Trade

In somewhat of a worst-case scenario, Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab just confirmed that Turkish President Erdogan approved the "secret Iran gold" trade that enabled Iran to evade US sanctions. Full Zarrab quote: "What I’m saying is that the prime minister at that time period Recep Tayyip Erdogan and minister of the treasury … had […]


Lira Plunges As Mystery Gold Trader Exposes “Secret” Turkish Deal To Evade Washington’s “Economic Jihad”

We detailed below that TRY was selling off on US accusations that the Turkish economic minister of taking bribes.   Citi's FX desk explains why Turkish markets are watching the US trial of a banker so closely. The basics: The US government has accused Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla of helping Iran evade US sanctions. […]


Mysterious Turk At Center Of “Secret Gold” Trade With Iran, Vanishes From Federal Jail

While long forgotten for some, in the summer of 2014, we reported in detail on what appeared to be the biggest, most bizarre money-laundering scheme ever, involving Turkey trading "200 tons of secret gold" with Iran… The topic of Turkey's Oil-for-Gold 'deals' has not been far from our thoughts over the last few years (here, […]


How Central Banks Widen Wealth And Income Gaps

Authored by Hal Snarr via The Mises Institute, The Federal Reserve’s latest Survey of Consumer Finances, according to Federal Reserve Governor Brainard, shows that the share of income held by the top 1 percent of households has risen from 17 percent in 1988 to 24 percent in 2015, and that the wealth held by that […]


Visualizing America’s Disappearing Workforce

In his September 2017 paper entitled 'Where Have All the Workers Gone? An Inquiry into the Decline of the U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate', Alan B. Krueger of Princeton University explores the dramatic fall in labor force participation in the U.S. from 1997 to 2017. As Statista's Martin Armstrong shows in the infographic below, over the last twenty […]


Princeton Economist: Nearly Half Of Working Age Men Not In The Labor Force Take Opioids Daily

Esteemed Princeton professor and former Obama White House economist Alan Krueger is back with yet another prediction about why Americans, particularly men between the ages of 25-54, suddenly no longer have any interest in working.  In his report, entitled “Where Have All The Workers Gone? An Inquiry Into The Decline Of The U.S. Labor Force […]


Forget The Russians: Blame “Robot Anxiety” For Losing The Election

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com, Robots are taking our jobs says the Brookings Institute. This causes “Robot Anxiety“, but not everywhere, just in the Red states that swung the election to Trump. Robots, it turns out, are congregating densely in some places but are hardly found in others. Specifically, the map makes clear that […]