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Syrian Conflict: Australia Could Run Out Of Fuel In 43 Days, Would Be ‘MAD MAX World’

Australia is at risk of running out of fuel in the next few weeks due to the ongoing conflict in Syria. The escalating situation in the war-torn country threatens to cripple the supply chains that keep Australia going. While the International Energy Agency mandates that countries hold a stock reserve “equivalent to 90 days of […]

2018: The Year Central Banks Begin Buying Cryptocurrency

Authored by Eugene Etsebeth via CoinDesk.com, Behind closed doors, G7 central banks are sluggish traders that buy and sell the same foreign currencies, marketable securities, special drawing rights (SDR) and gold day in and day out. Central bank traders follow the investment policy enforced by the executive committees with specific asset allocation targets. In order […]

The WTO: Useless For Trade, Useful For The State

Authored by Carmen Elena Dorob?? via The Mises Institute, This week WTO officials will gather in Buenos Aires for their 11th ministerial conference. There is very little hope that any of the deals on the agenda will be reached, as both the WTO’s negotiations and its dispute settlement system have long been paralyzed by political bickering […]

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 […]

China Slashes Import Tariffs on Consumer Goods In Boost For Trump And Western Exporters

China announced it is slashing import tariffs on 187 consumer products starting next month. The Finance Ministry pointed to the cuts being concentrated in products in short supply domestically which, it believes, will prompt local producers to improve quality. The items in the list which, includes baby formula, diapers, electric toothbrushes, medicines, cosmetics, coffee machines […]

Zimbabwe’s Inflation Monitor: A Weekly Update

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. In 2008, Zimbabwe suffered the second most severe episode of hyperinflation in recorded history. The annual inflation rate peaked in November 2008, reaching 89.7 sextillion (10^23) percent (see table below). At the peak of Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation episode in November 2008, Zimbabweans […]

In APEC Speech, Trump Slams China, WTO And TPP For Holding Back His “Indo-Pacific Dream”

Trump may have sensed that he appeared too conciliatory towards President Xi and China during his visit to Beijing, and so shortly after doubling down on his parting message to China by tweeting that “I don’t blame China, I blame the incompetence of past Admins for allowing China to take advantage of the U.S. on […]

Could A Commodity Rally Help Spark Silver?

  Could A Commodity Rally Help Spark Silver? Written by Craig Hemke, Sprott Money News and TF Metals Report    While it is widely believed that commodities are one of the few “undervalued” sectors, sustained rallies have been hard to find over the past few years. Could all that be finally beginning to change?   […]

Zimbabwe’s Inflation Monitor: A Weekly Update

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. In 2008, Zimbabwe suffered the second most severe episode of hyperinflation in recorded history. The annual inflation rate peaked in November 2008, reaching 89.7 sextillion (10^23) percent (see table below).  At the peak of Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation episode in November 2008, […]

Chinese Capital Outflows Return As Soon As PBOC Halts FX Intervention

Since the addition of the Chinese renminbi (RMB), i.e. Yuan, to the IMF’s SDR basket of reserve currencies last October, more than 60 countries and regions have added and adopted the renminbi as a new reserve currency, according to the latest report on renminbi internationalization by the People’s Bank of China. As a reminder, one […]