LATEST NEWS : Currency Wars Are Back: 'Export Your Deflation to Someone Else'

Currency wars are back, though this time the goal is to steal inflation, not growth. Brazil Finance Minister Guido Mantegapopularized the term “currency war” in 2010 to describe policies employed at the time by major central banks to boost the competitiveness of their economies through weaker currencies. Now, many see lower exchange rates as a […]

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LATEST NEWS : Global Equities Fall on Signs of Europe Weakness, Russia

U.S. stocks followed European equities lower amid growing signs of economic weakness in the euro area and rising tensions over Ukraine. Treasuries rose as investors weighed American labor data. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : MegaFon Shifts Cash to Hong Kong Dollars on Sanction Risk

OAO MegaFon (MFON), billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s wireless operator, said it has been shifting cash holdings into Hong Kong dollars, a move people say metals producer OAO GMKNorilsk Nickel (GMKN) is also undertaking, as the U.S. and Europe ratchet up sanctions against Russia. MegaFon decided to keep about 40 percent of its cash in Hong Kong dollars given the global […]

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LATEST NEWS : They're Dying at Their Desks in China as Epidemic of Stress Proves Fatal

Chinese banking regulator Li Jianhua literally worked himself to death. After 26 years of “always putting the cause of the party and the people” first, his employersaid this month, the 48-year-old official died rushing to finish a report before the sun came up. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Gold’s Flow East Seen for 20 Years as Incomes Increase Demand

The global flow of gold from west to east that helped to make China the world’s largest user will probably last for up to two decades as rising incomes spur demand, according to the China Gold Association. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Gold Set for Weekly Gain on Haven Demand Amid Iraq Tumult

Gold futures capped a second straight weekly gain as escalating violence in Iraq boosted demand for the precious metal as a haven. Silver posted the longest rally in almost four months. Crude oil jumped to the highest in more than eight months on concern that a civil war looms in Iraq, OPEC’s second-biggest producer. Gold gained 6 […]

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LATEST NEWS : Gold Set for First Back-to-Back Weekly Gain Since April

Gold was little changed near the highest in more than two weeks as investors weighed whether escalating violence in Iraq will increase demand for the precious metal as a haven. Gold rallied this week while oil extended gains today and European equities fell as Iraq’s Shiite-led government struggled to retain control of Sunni-majority regions, after army units […]

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LATEST NEWS : Xi Says China Must Adapt to ‘New Normal’ of Slower Growth

Chinese President Xi Jinping said the nation needs to adapt to a “new normal” in the pace of economic growth and remain “cool-minded” amid a slowdown that analysts forecast will lead to the weakest expansion since 1990. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Europe Deflation Risk Seen by 74% in Global Investor Poll

Financial professionals are optimistic about the global economy, just not as fervent about it as they were at the start of the year. That’s the message from the latest Bloomberg Markets Global Investor Poll, which shows concern about risks ranging from the turmoil in Ukraine to the threat of deflation in Europe. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : China’s Income Inequality Surpasses U.S., Posing Risk for Xi

The income gap between the rich and poor in China has surpassed that of the U.S. and is among the widest in the world, a report showed, adding to the challenges for President Xi Jinping as growth slows. A common measure of income inequality almost doubled in China between 1980 and 2010 and now points to a “severe” disparity, […]

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