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U.S. Labels China “Currency Manipulator,” Gold Soars

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By John McDonald In the wake of breaking news that the United States had formally labeled China a “currency manipulator” and China had retaliated by dropping the price of its currency to a near-historic low, gold prices skyrocketed the night of August 5, 2019.  Even after the upward momentum stabilized the next morning, gold bulls gleefully noted the yellow metal had hit another six-year high overnight. With Asian and European markets volatile and the U.S. stock indexes positioned to open higher the next morning, gold buyers had eased up on activity somewhat as the trading day began.  However, gold and...

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Leading Market Strategist Warns: Central Banks are Insane, an Impediment to Progress

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By John McDonald As more and more players on the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average up the ante on their year-end-returns predictions, analysts like Sven Henrich, founder and lead market strategist of NorthmanTrader.com, are getting nervous. In a recent op-ed posted on MarketWatch, Henrich asked: “Why does the global economy need rescuing after 10 years of non-stop monetary stimulus?” The answer, he warned, is unsettling. According to Henrich, investors are becoming so afraid of any market “pain” that central banks now feel too much pressure from politicians and their associated governing bodies. The banks, which were created...

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The U.S. Treasury Could Run Out of Cash in September

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By John McDonald The U.S. Treasury could run short on cash before Congress reconvenes in September if the legislature fails to raise the debt ceiling before Congress leaves for the end-of-summer recess.  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mid-July, warning, “Based on updated projections, there is a scenario in which we run out of cash in early September, before Congress reconvenes.” Mnuchin is hoping his letter will spark a spirit of cooperation between the left and right sides of the aisle so that the White House does not have to offer a one-year continuing...

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President Labels Fed the United States’ “Most Difficult Problem”

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By John McDonald President Trump is not known for making a secret of his opinions on how various facets of the federal government operates. It is one of the things his supporters love most about him and one of the things his critics find most distasteful.  Perhaps among the most-covered commentary when it comes to presidential critiques of federal entities is the president’s outspoken criticism of the Federal Reserve.  For everyone who dislikes the current monetary policies in the United States, President Trump’s ongoing attacks on Fed policy certainly fit the bill. Recently, the president tackled Fed policies in the...

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Russia Continues to Add to Gold Reserves

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By John McDonald The Russian central bank has been investing heavily in gold this summer, adding 6 tonnes of the precious metal to its reserves in May 2019. This put the country’s total gold holdings at nearly 2,200 tonnes as of June 1, 2019, up by 0.3 percent in May. Russia has added 77 tonnes to its gold reserves since the beginning of this year. About 40 percent of that was purchased this past February. The country’s central bank is not hiding its activities. In fact, it released information about its latest acquisition via a press release shortly after the...

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