Category: Economics

ECB Keeps Subzero Interest Rates and Open-Ended QE Worth €20B a Month But Launches Policy Review

ECB Keeps Subzero Interest Rates and Open-Ended QE Worth €20B a Month But Launches Policy ReviewThe European Central Bank (ECB) has launched an extensive review that will examine a wide range of its policies by the end of this year. Under its new president, Christine Lagarde, the bank will try to establish why its monetary stimulus has failed to achieve the Eurozone’s goal of close to 2% inflation. Sharing few […]

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Trump ‘Loves’ Negative Rates and ‘Could Get Used to’ Them, Criticizes Fed at World Economic Forum, China Trade Deal

Trump 'Loves' Negative Rates and 'Could Get Used to' Them, Criticizes Fed at World Economic Forum, China Trade DealU.S. President Donald Trump spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Tuesday saying the U.S. and other nations are “forced to compete … with nations that are getting negative rates, something very new.” Trump took direct shots at the U.S. Federal Reserve, claiming they’ve not lowered rates quickly enough. The harsh words echo […]

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IIF Report Predicts Global Debt Will Reach New All-Time High of $257T in 2020

IIF Report Predicts Global Debt Will Reach New All-Time High of $257T in 2020Global debt records were broken in 2019, but that likely won’t be the end of such ominous economic milestones, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) predicts. The number could reach $257 trillion sometime in Q1 2020, according to a recent report by the group. Economies worldwide are struggling to address pressing issues such as stimulation […]

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Low Interest Rates Provide Precarious Protection Against Crisis, World Bank Warns

Low Interest Rates Provide Precarious Protection Against Crisis, World Bank WarnsThe latest global debt wave is the largest in the past five decades, the World Bank has acknowledged in a new report. The international institution notes that previous waves of broad-based debt accumulation lead to widespread financial crises. Historically low interest rates this time might not be sufficient to avoid the next meltdown. Also read: […]

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Stablecoins Are Crypto’s Version of Fractional Reserve Banking

Stablecoins Are Crypto's Version of Fractional Reserve BankingStablecoins provide much sought after stability in the volatile crypto markets. They are sometimes even said to affect the price of bitcoin in drastic fashion. Tether (USDT) in particular continues to be widely scrutinized for this, with recent lawsuits about conflicts of interest and price manipulation being hotly contested. More important to dive into, however, […]

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Grassroots Bitcoin Cash House Movement Expands to Ghana

Grassroots Bitcoin Cash House Movement Expands to GhanaWith one Bitcoin Cash House now established in Venezuela, the grassroots movement is independently spreading to other locations. Read.cash user ‘Koush’ has announced that the new BCH House Ghana has secured and paid for its location and will launch sometime this month. The independent movement to establish informational centers for those interested in peer-to-peer electronic […]

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Central Bank Gold Hoarding Hits 50-Year High

Central Bank Gold Hoarding Hits 50-Year HighWhile dozens of the world’s economic leaders participate in extreme monetary easing policy, central banks have also been hoarding gold. Central banks accumulated over 668 tons in gold purchases this year, which is more than 2018’s record numbers. In fact, the key drivers in gold demand this year stemmed from central bank purchases, most of […]

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Crypto’s Counterpunch to U.S. Hegemony and Empire

Crypto’s Counterpunch to U.S. Hegemony and Empire“The Muslim world should be designing measures to save themselves from the domination of the United States dollar and the American financial regime.” —Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran Also Read: Crypto Confronts Social Justice Warriors Hegemony and Muslim Resistance Hegemony refers to the leadership or dominance of one country or group over others. A nation […]

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Bailouts From Asia to the EU Signal Recession and Potential Crypto Opportunity

Bailouts from Asia to the EU Signal Recession and Potential Crypto OpportunityChina’s Hengfeng Bank is set to get a $14.2 billion bailout from both Chinese government and foreign investors. An emergency decree has been approved to bail out southern Italy’s biggest lender, Banca Popular di Bari. Germany continues to struggle with bailout pains, as regional bank Nordlb finds itself now depending on another capital injection. None […]

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The Country With Europe’s Highest Interest Rate Has Cut It 5 Times This Year

The Country With the Highest Interest Rate in Europe Has Cut It 5 Times This YearAround half of European countries, over 20, now have 0% interest rates and a few are already in negative territory. Ukraine, which has the highest benchmark interest rate on the continent, has just reduced it again, for the fifth time this year. The race between central banks to cut rates, when there is inflation, has […]

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China’s Inflation Hits a Record 4.5% as Beijing Prepares to Test Digital Yuan

China’s Inflation Hits a Record 4.5% as Beijing Prepares to Test Digital YuanChina has been confronted with multiple economic and financial problems this year amidst an ongoing trade war with the United States. Authorities in Beijing have been trying to overcome the challenges with administrative measures in what has become a market economy over the years. Inflation of the yuan just rose to its highest level since […]

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The Coolest Jobs in Crypto

The Coolest Jobs in CryptoMeme Lord. Street artist. Unique startup founder. Feeder of the hungry. There’s no end to the amount of cool jobs in crypto, and new uses for decentralized, peer-to-peer cash are limited only by the bounds of one’s imagination. Whether finding new and innovative solutions for longstanding societal or technological problems, just having fun, or both, […]

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ECB Nominee Blames Resistance to Negative Rates on Financial Illiteracy

ECB Nominee Blames Resistance to Negative Rates on Financial IlliteracyEuropean Central Bank (ECB) executive board nominee and member of the German Council of Economic Experts, Isabel Schnabel, recently remarked at a European Parliament hearing that “This scapegoating [of the ECB] is extremely dangerous: it may damage the trust in the euro.” Schnabel was speaking out in defense of negative deposit rates being employed as […]

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The Fed’s Money Creation System Is Fueling One of the Biggest Heists in History

The Fed's Money Creation System Fuels One of the Biggest Heists in HistorySince mid-September, the Federal Reserve has injected three trillion U.S. dollars into the hands of private banks and Wall Street. Despite the fact that massive amounts of money was created out of thin air, the central bank still believes repurchase agreements (repos) are needed to tame the turbulent economy. Nearly every day the Federal Reserve […]

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‘In Small Steps’ China Cuts Benchmark Interest Rates

‘In Small Steps’ China Cuts Benchmark Interest RatesCareful not to rush too much with stimulus, the Chinese government nevertheless realizes that its behemoth economy is invariably slowing down. New loan interest rate cuts have been announced recently to encourage bank lending and borrowing in the private sector. With a brewing liquidity crisis, however, not all effects might in the end turn out […]

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Crisis Fears Rise as Global Debt Hits a Record $250 Trillion

Economic Crisis Fears Rise as Global Debt Hits a Record $250 TrillionThe world’s total liabilities continue to grow rapidly as a new report reveals global debt is now over a record $250 trillion. For many investors and market watchers this raises the specter of another potential major economic crisis triggered by a collapse of the global financial system. Despite this, the central bankers who are causing […]

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Germany Barely Avoids Recession, Economy Remains Stagnated

Germany Barely Avoids Recession, Economy Remains StagnatedThe German economy, the largest and most influential in Europe, narrowly missed falling into recession last quarter. But with quarterly GDP growth averaging a little over 0% since the third quarter of last year, the Old Continent’s economic powerhouse is facing stagnation. Also read: Germany’s Financial Crisis Invokes 5-Year Rent Freeze Dodging Recession by a […]

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6 Months Before Halving Signs Indicate Bitcoin Miners Are Hoarding

6 Months Before Halving Signs Indicate Bitcoin Miners Are HoardingThe great bitcoin reward halvings are coming and many newcomers have not experienced a halving event unless they joined the crypto community prior to 2016. A few speculators believe bitcoin miners and whales are hoarding coins right now until after the adjustment so prices will be driven up. Moreover, for the first time, crypto proponents […]

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QE Infinity: 37 Central Banks Participate in Stimulus and Easing Practices

Since the last week of October, a great number of central banks have been slashing interest rates, joining the massive synchronization of monetary easing worldwide. This year more than two dozen banks have used easing tactics and in the last two weeks alone central banks from Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, […]

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No Inflation? Here It Is – Hidden in Plain Sight

No Inflation? Here It Is - Hidden in Plain SightPopular among politicians, media, and central bankers alike is the claim that in spite of all the quantitative easing (QE) and zero-leaning or negative interest rates of current times, inflation is under control. As the statistics show, nothing could be further from the truth. There are some very sly ways governments attempt to mask inflation […]

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Crypto Secularizes Wealth by Returning Power to the People

Crypto Secularizes Wealth by Returning Power to the PeopleSecularization is the process of converting something from a religious status to a nonreligious one. In its usage here, the word “religious” has no necessary connection to a deity. The word refers to the mystification of a thing in order to elevate it to the status of the divine where it becomes unquestionable. Also Read: […]

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Bad Loans at Big British Banks Jump Over 50% in a Year

Bad Loans at Big Banks in Britain Jump Over 50% in a YearShaken by the never-ending saga around Brexit and the global slowdown, the British economy is now showing signs that point to an upcoming crisis. The U.K.’s biggest banks have been dealing with a growing number of loans companies are struggling to pay off. At the same time, low interest rates on mortgages are limiting opportunities […]

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Andrew Yang’s ‘Freedom Dividend’ Is Not Only Unnecessary, It’s Unethical

Andrew Yang’s 'Freedom Dividend' Plan Is Not Only Unnecessary, It’s UnethicalAndrew Yang has taken to Twitter in dynamic fashion as of late, advertising his universal basic income (UBI) proposal known as the “Freedom Dividend.” While throwing money at people out of pocket always generates a buzz, there’s a mathematically and ethically broken side to the plan few are talking about. Also Read: Do You Know […]

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ECB President: ’We Should Be Happier to Have a Job Than to Have Our Savings Protected’

ECB President: ’We Should Be Happier to Have a Job Than to Have Our Savings Protected’Newly installed European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde made controversial remarks in a recent statement prior to assuming her new role. The former IMF Managing Director implored: “isn’t it true that ultimately we have done the right thing to act in favour of jobs and of growth rather than the protection of savers?” Regarding former […]

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