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Asian Stocks Slide On iPhone X Demand Fears; US Futures Flat In Thin Holiday Trading

For the second day in a row, most Asian markets – at least the ones that are open – were dragged lower by tech stocks and Apple suppliers, with the MSCI Asia Pacific Index down 0.2% led by Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing in response to the previously noted report that Apple will slash […]

Visualizing The Global Rush To Build Skyscrapers

As the creator of today’s visualization, Alberto Lucas López, points out, “the world’s tallest buildings have acted as barometers”. Another way of putting it? Our biggest architectural accomplishments are highly visible symbols of what society values most, and those values have changed over time. Today, the paramount belief system in many parts of the world is […]

The Most Outlandish Gold Products You Can Buy

Submitted by BullionStar.com BullionStar would like to thank all our friends and customers for supporting us during 2017, and to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! To wrap up the year, we have published this light-hearted article about outlandish products made from gold. Throughout the world, many luxury good […]

Crypto Traders Spooked After Korean Exchange Files For Bankruptcy

A cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea collapsed on Tuesday after it suffered a second cyberattack in eight months and lost a large amount of its digital-currency reserves. This spooked Asian investors who sold Bitcoin (and other cryptos). As The Wall Street Journal reports, Yapian, the company that operates a Seoul-based exchange called Youbit, suspended digital-currency […]

Cyberattacks: The Biggest Threat To OPEC

Authored by Irina Slav via OilPrice.com, Oil and cybersecurity in one sentence certainly makes for a thrilling read, and there will be an increasing amount of information on the topic as the Internet of Things expands and the global oil industry adopts automation and digital technology. OPEC is no exception in this digitalization drive, but […]

Revolutionary Guard Commander Says Iran Will Support Palestinian Forces In Fight Against Israel

With US forces in the middle-east in chaos and disarray, with Saudi Arabia unsure if it wants to side with Israel or other Arab nations, and with its ally Russia increasingly more influential in the region, Iran is not only increasingly flexing its muscles, but is hardly ashamed to show it off. Over the weekend, […]

How Amazon and Google Smart Speaker Competition Reveals The Future of Government

Via The Daily Bell I wouldn’t invite the Amazon Echo or the Google Home into my home. These smart speakers listen to everything that happens around them. Ostensibly this is to make shopping, playing music, and finding information easy. But the internet of things presents way too many risks to our privacy. Internet-connected technologies are already used to incriminate their owners […]

Secret Buyer Of $450 Million Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Revealed

Ever since someone paid a staggering, and record, $450 million for Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” at a Christie’s auction in November, the entire world has wanted to know just one thing: the identity of the buyer. To that end, we got a big clue this afternoon when Bloomberg reported that the Louvre Abu Dhabi […]

Mysterious Gold Dealer’s Testimony Puts Erdogan On Shaky Ground

Authored by M K Bhadrakumar via The Asia Times, As on the soccer field in his youth, so in a tumultuous political career spanning four decades: Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has consistently shown his mettle as a fighter who won’t be satisfied with anything short of total victory.  But in the battle that is […]

What Gives Cryptocurrencies Their Value

Authored by Peter St.Onge via The Mises Institute, The value of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, just like any other kind of money, comes fundamentally from what you can do with it. As a follow up to What Backs Bitcoin, I want to dig into that value. The idea, which comes from Austrian economist Carl Menger, is that […]

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. […]

Anarchy: How a Region of Somalia Just Solidified Its Independence

Via The Daily Bell If you hate the government so much, why don’t you move to Somalia? That might soon be a great option. The truth is Somalia is not without government. It actually has multiple governments. In the south, you see corruption, crime, and gang-like government oppression. This is what the United Nations and […]

Dubai Security-Chief Unleashes Tweet-Storm Demanding Bombing Of Al-Jazeera

On Friday, Dubai Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan unleashed a tweet-storm to millions of his followers – calling for the bombing of Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based media network. Khalfan’s tweet-storm was in response to the horrific terrorist attack in northern Sinai that killed more than 300 people, including at least two dozen children. Interesting enough, Al Jazeera was […]

Gold Fund: Bitcoin Will Make Gold “Global Money” Again

The manager of Old Mutual Gold & Silver Fund, a precious metals fund with over $220 mln under control has said Bitcoin is “paving the way” for a global gold comeback. Speaking to Bloomberg in an interview published today, Ned Naylor-Leyland said that the marriage of Bitcoin and gold was essentially a logical one given the characteristics […]