LATEST NEWS: Savings accounts are at risk as long as JP Morgan CEO gets everything he wants

If you want to understand what’s wrong with the US financial system, start by asking this question: why does Jamie Dimon always get his way? Dimon is the charismatic chief executive of the nation’s biggest bank, JP Morgan. JP Morgan has $2.5tn in assets and holds more than 10% of all the savings deposits in […]

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LATEST NEWS: Fears that ‘dangerous’ Switzerland referendum could spark gold rush

The Swiss like referendums: there were 11 last year and there have been nine more this year, on subjects ranging from who pays for abortions to whether the state should buy a certain type of new fighter aircraft. This Sunday there are three more, but one has attracted more attention than most – because there […]

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LATEST NEWS : The Exaggerated Death of Inflation

Is the era of high inflation gone forever? In a world of slow growth, high debt, and tremendous distributional pressures, whether inflation is dead or merely dormant is an important question. Yes, massive institutional improvements concerning central banks have created formidable barriers to high inflation. But a significant part of a central bank’s credibility ultimately derives from […]

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LATEST NEWS : JAPAN ECONOMY STALLS AS INCOMES, SPENDING LANGUISH

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world’s third-largest economy. Data released Friday showed the inflation rate was unchanged from the previous month. The core price consumer index that excludes volatile fresh food prices rose 3.3 percent in July, […]

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The truth is out: money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling in it

Back in the 1930s, Henry Ford is supposed to have remarked that it was a good thing that most Americans didn’t know how banking really works, because if they did, “there’d be a revolution before tomorrow morning”. Last week, something remarkable happened. The Bank of England let the cat out of the bag. In a […]

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With 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to era of austerity

President Obama’s forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits. With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much […]

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China Buys, Produces Record Amounts of Gold

BEIJING—China’s output and consumption of gold rose to record levels last year, entrenching the country’s position as the world’s largest producer and an opportunistic buyer of bargain-price commodities. The unprecedented level of Chinese purchases came as prices of the precious metal tumbled 28% to end the year at $1,205.99 an ounce, its lowest level since […]

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2014: Investing in a World of Hyperaggressive Monetary Policy

The growth of the U.S.’s bigger and broader productive economy has been stunted by bad policies and bank bailouts benefiting rent-seeking financiers siphoning off an outsized percentage of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). Rent-seeking companies lobby Congress for subsidies for activities that do not benefit society. Moreover, beneficiaries of Congressional largesse damaged society by […]

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The hidden costs of ObamaCare

ObamaCare has delivered another sucker punch to the middle class. This time it’s sticker shock. Now that most people can get past the tech problems of HealthCare.gov and actually see the real cost of insurance plans available, they are finding that Affordable Care is a big hit to the family budget. And when the family […]

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Sterling to go plastic, Bank of England decides

The Bank of England will announce plans on Wednesday to press ahead with switching to plastic banknotes, starting with the new Sir Winston Churchill £5 note in 2016. The decision on polymer notes will mark the beginning of the end for 320 years of paper notes from the Bank. The move by Threadneedle Street follows Bank governor Mark […]

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