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 : Draghi Devaluing Euro Cheers ECB as Inflation Seen Fading

Mario Draghi’s strategy for reviving the euro area looks like devaluation. While the European Central Bank president says the exchange rate isn’t a policy target, officials aren’t secretive about their approval of the currency’s almost 10 percent slide. The depreciation increases the cost of imports and boosts exporters’ competitiveness, aiding the effort to revive inflation […]

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LATEST NEWS : SNB Won’t Exclude Negative Interest Rates, Spokesman Meier Says

The Swiss National Bank is willing to take further measures such as negative interest rates if pressure on the franc intensifies, spokesman Walter Meier said today. “If needed we would take extra measures, with a negative rate a conceivable option,” Meier said by phone from Zurich, adding that this was the SNB’s standard comment. The […]

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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 : Inflation – Crash Course Chapter 11

For close to 300 years, inflation in the US remained very subdued. Small spurts occurred around major wars (Revolutionary, Civil, WW1, etc), but after each, inflation quickly trended back down to its long-term baseline. If you lived during this stretch of time, your money had roughly the same purchasing power your great-grandfather’s did. But something […]

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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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LATEST NEWS : A Brief History of US Money – Crash Course Chapter 9

Looking at the past 100 years of the US dollar’s history, one theme becomes abundantly clear: in times of crisis, the US government has no issue with changing its own rules or breaking its own laws. And those “temporary” emergency measures have a nasty habit of quickly becoming permanent. Among the more notable milestones of […]

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LATEST NEWS : Gold climbs above $1,320/oz ahead of US Federal minutes

LONDON: Gold prices firmed on Wednesday, climbing back above $1,320 an ounce, as fresh inflows into bullion-backed funds indicated rising investor confidence the metal ahead of the release of the latest Federal Reserve minutes.continue reading at economictimes.indiatimes.com

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LATEST NEWS : We Are So Not Prepared For Another Oil Shock

In one sense, energy doesn’t matter all that much to what’s coming. Once debt reaches a certain level, oil can be $10 a barrel or $200, and either way we’re in trouble. But the cost of energy can still play a role in the timing and shape of the next financial crisis. The housing/derivatives bubble […]

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LATEST NEWS : Draghi Poised to Keep Rate-Cut Option Even After June Move

Mario Draghi is likely to signal that any interest-rate cut this week won’t necessarily be the final one, according to two euro-area central bank officials. The European Central Bank president will probably reiterate his commitment to keep borrowing costs at present or lower levels, the people said, asking not to be identified because the talks aren’t […]

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