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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 […]


The Dollar’s Reign As The Global Reserve Currency Is Running Out – Fast

The dollar’s hegemony over the global financial system can’t last forever. Like all things, it will eventually come to an end. The only question left, as MacroVoices' Erik Townsend puts it, is whether we’re in the second inning and there’s going to be another hundred years of the dollar serving as the world’s global reserve […]


Are Governments Running Out Of Candy?

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com, By now, many readers will have seen the popular American YouTube video by Mark Dice in which he stands on a city sidewalk and offers passers-by a free gift. They may choose between a 10-ounce silver bar or a large Hershey’s candy bar. Each taker chooses the candy – […]


FX Weekly Preview: Dollar Squeeze A Growing Concern, But Longer Term Bears Likely To Temper It

Submitted by Shant Movsesian and Rajan Dhall MSTA from fxdailyterminal.com Over the past week, the argument that the tax reform aimed at corporates specifically could prompt a period of USD repatriation – much like an amnesty – has been growing in sentiment, and whether one believes in this, remains an upside risk we shouldn’t ignore.  […]


The Latest Crazy Idea From Economic Experts: Abolish Cash (But Don’t Tell The People)

Via GEFIRA, In a recent paper – The Macroeconomics of De-Cashing, Alexei Kireyev of the International Monetary Fund advises abolishing cash without having the citizens aware of the process. First, large banknotes are to be withdrawn from circulation, next limits on cash transactions are to be imposed, then computerization of the world’s financial system and […]


The Best Tax Incentive In The World

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, In a move almost destined to prove that laws and policies have absolutely zero meaning, the European Union released a list of “tax havens” last week… with a massive, giant, highly conspicuous omission. The blacklist contains the names of the usual suspects– Panama, United Arab Emirates, etc., along with […]


FX Weekly Preview: Looking For A Rise In Vol As The Fed Finally Makes Their Move – So We Can All Move On

Submitted by Rajan Dhall MSTA and Shant Movsesian from fxdailyterminal.com In the absence of key economic data, we tend to see heightened levels of containment in the FX markets, where the heavy presence of system (algo) traders require constant direction in order to drive price action one way or the other.  We have also been […]


De-Dollarization Continues: China, Iran To Eliminate Greenback From Bilateral Trade

The more Washington lashes out in anger at those who will not bow to the unipolar world order, the more the rest of the world fights back. As the launch of its Yuan/Gold-settled oil futures looms, China is escalating its de-dollarization scheme further by seeking a bilateral rial-yuan agreement with Iran. As a reminder, nothing […]


FX Weekly Preview: Tax Cuts, Rising Debt, Fed Hikes And More “Fake” News; USD Vol Rising

Submitted by Shant Movsesian and Rajan Dhall MSTA fxdailyterminal.com After a week when little other than politics has been 'running' the currency and rates markets, we expect more of the same but with the (now) backdrop of tier one data in the US to look to towards the latter end of this week.  US payrolls […]


Michael Hudson: America’s Monetary Imperialism

Authored by Michael Hudson via Counterpunch.org, In theory, the global financial system is supposed to help every country gain. Mainstream teaching of international finance, trade and “foreign aid” (defined simply as any government credit) depicts an almost utopian system uplifting all countries, not stripping their assets and imposing austerity. The reality since World War I […]


Russia Plans First-Ever Sale Of Yuan Bonds

As Russia braces for further sanctions from Washington D.C. over their alleged role in “meddling” in the 2016 U.S. election, they are reportedly prepping a $1 billion yuan-denominated bond issuance in an effort to preemptively diversify financing risks away from the West.  According to Bloomberg, the sale will total 6 billion yuan and could come […]


Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold

  Russia & China Use Logic When it Comes to Gold Posted with permission and written by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin       As we reported both here and here, gold is the answer going forward. How we the people will access physical gold or if we will be able to access physical […]


Forget The Bogus Republican “Reform”: Here’s What Real Tax Reform Would Look Like

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The point is to end the current system in which billionaires get all the privileges and financial benefits of owning assets in the U.S. but don't pay taxes that are proportional to the benefits they extract. As has been widely noted, the Republicans' proposed "tax reform" is […]


Class Warfare: People Are Out For Blood

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, Roughly two thousand years ago, the government of ancient Rome was facing a serious problem. The tributium capitus, or poll tax, that they had imposed across their provinces was becoming unpopular. And there was among a growing minority of Roman subjects who felt they were being forced to pay […]


Italy Target2 Imbalance Hits Record €432.5 Billion As Dwindling Trust In Banks Plunges

Authored by Mike Shedlock via www.themaven.net/mishtalk, Contrary to ECB propaganda, Target2 imbalances are a direct result an unsustainable balance of payment system. The imbalances represent both capital flight and debts that can never be paid back. If you think Italy can pay German and other creditors a record €432.5 Billion, you are in Fantasyland. The […]