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Chinese Stocks Spooked By Apple iPhone X Forecast Cut, Nikkei Boosted By BOJ Hopes

With most global markets closed for Christmas, the only overnight action was in Asia, which saw Chinese equities fall with tech stocks and names linked to Apple the worst performers after a report that Apple cut forecast iPhone X sales forecasts, while property firms surged on speculation of coming consolidation. As a result, after opening […]


Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement – Current Annual Rate 4651%

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worth less, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing today the world’s worst inflation.  As […]


Yes, Cash Is An Asset Class Again!

Authored by Steven Vannelli via Knowledge Leaders Capital blog, In a US Dollar bull market with interest rates at zero, cash is rightfully dismissed as a non-asset class. But, when the US Dollar is in a bear cycle, things change, irrespective of what US interest rates are. There are a handful of indicators we use […]


Is It Tuesday? Time For Another Banking Scandal…

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, Another day, another major banking scandal. It’s getting to the point where you can practically set your watch to these things. The latest involves our old friend Wells Fargo. The Wall Street Journal reported last night that Wells has been screwing its customers on foreign currency exchange rates. According […]


Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement – Current Annual Rate 2800%

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worthless, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing the world’s worst inflation.  As the bolivar […]


The World’s New Reserve Currency? Everything You Need To Know About PetroYuan

Earlier this week, we pointed out that the 'PetroYuan' is on the verge of becoming reality with Graticule's Adam Levinson noting that the birth of a yuan-denominated oil contract will be a “huge story” in the fourth quarter, and will be a “wake up call” for investors who haven’t paid attention to the plans. As […]


China Launches Yuan-Ruble Payment System

The monetary regimes of China and Russia, two of the world’s most resource-rich nations, are drawing closer with every passing day. In the latest push for convergence, China has established a payment versus payment (PVP) system for Chinese yuan and Russian ruble transactions in a move to reduce risks and improve the efficiency of its […]


“Game Changer”

Authored by Paul Brodsky via Macro-Allocation.com, Investors understand that asset markets are experiencing dynamic change (think ETFs), but have not yet broadly recognized that the fundamental nature of wealth itself is changing too. Before the decline of active asset management runs its course there will be an imperative to focus on active currency management. Wealth […]


Venezuela’s Grim Reaper: A Current Inflation Measurement

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. The Grim Reaper has taken his scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the following chart. A bolivar is worthless, and with its collapse, Venezuela is witnessing the world’s worst inflation.  As the bolivar […]


Global Stocks Hit Fresh Record High As Dollar Rally Fizzles

It’s deja vu all over again. In a repeat of yesterday’s session, where US equities and the dollar levitated in a one-way trade, Tuesday’s muted session – where in addition to closed China and South Korean markets, Germany’s Dax is also shut for holiday – has seen early dollar and European equity strength, while the […]


Dollar Ends Best Week Of The Year With A Whimper As Global Stocks Push All Time Highs

The dollar rally paused on Friday and looked poised to finish its best weekly gain of the year with a whimper, when in a repeat of the Thursday session the, Bloomberg dollar index first rose more than 0.1% during Asia hours before slumping around the European open as month and quarter-end flows came into play […]


The Demise Of The Dollar? Smith Warns “Don’t Hold Your Breath”

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, So let's look at currency flows, reserves and debt. The demise of the U.S. dollar has been a staple of the financial media for decades. The latest buzzword making the rounds is de-dollarization, which describes the move away from USD in global payments. De-dollarization is often equated […]


Global Stocks Pull Back From All Time Highs On Poor Chinese Data; All Eyes On CPI

Global stocks backed off from all time highs, and S&P futures are unchanged ahead of the much anticipated US CPI report, which is expected to break a streak of five consecutive misses, while eyeing disappointing overnight Chinese economic data which missed across the board. European stocks and Asian markets were also modestly in the red, […]


Draghi’s Dilemma – Why Is the Euro Still Gaining Against the Dollar?

Authored by Daniel Lacalle via The Mises Institute, The primary purposes of the incorrectly named “unconventional monetary policies” are to debase the currency, stoke inflation, and make exports more competitive. Printing money aims to solve structural imbalances by making currencies weaker. In this race to zero in global currency wars, central banks today are “printing” more than […]


FX Week Ahead: It Could Be Time To Lay Off The USD A Little

Submitted by Shant Movsesian & Rajan Dhall MSTA at fxdaily.co.uk It could be time to lay off the USD a little, but inflation midweek could delay any major correction. After a week of arguing if the EUR is overvalued and whether the ECB will pinpoint this, we get back to the crux of the matter, […]