Posts filed under “Currency”

FR, ECB, BoJ: Central Banking’s Grand Experiment

Central bankers, most of them versed in the history of the Great Depression and deflation, haven’t been exactly reading from the same hymnal for the past few years. There are signs, though, that this might be changing.

Perhaps it is merely a coincidence, but the U.S., with the most activist central bank and after more than five years of quantitative easing and a zero interest rate policy, has the best looking economy in the developed world. Europe, where Germanic austerity and central-bank timidity prevails, looks the worst. Japan is somewhere in the middle, both in terms of its economic recovery and QE.

Preliminary results of these grand monetary experiments are now in and the results are clear: More monetary stimulus equals a strongest economic recovery.

Hey, maybe this isn’t a coincidence after all?

Although the U.S.’s recovery hasn’t been ideal, it is far better than what we see in Europe and Japan. Sure, it has been slow, unevenly distributed, with soft spots and blemishes. But it is a recovery nonetheless, one that is the envy of the developed world . . .


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Category: Currency, Federal Reserve

US & the EuroZone

The 2 major data points during the week were December CPI data for the EuroZone (EZ); and US December non-farm payrolls. EZ December CPI came in at -0.2% Y/Y, weaker than the decline of -0.1% Y/Y and below Novembers +0.3%. However, core inflation rose to +0.75%, up from +0.67% in November. The data is yet…Read More

Category: Currency, Data Analysis, Think Tank

BIS: Currency movements drive reserve composition


Category: Currency, Think Tank

The Russian Laundromat

Source: OCCRP From OCCRP: Call it the Laundromat. It’s a complex system for laundering more than $20 billion in Russian money stolen from the government by corrupt politicians or earned through organized crime activity. It was designed to not only move money from Russian shell companies into EU banks through Latvia, it had the added…Read More

Category: Crony Capitalists, Currency, Digital Media, Finance, Legal, Politics

Category: Currency, Technical Analysis, Think Tank

The Return of the Dollar

The Return of the Dollar John Mauldin November 13, 2014     Two years ago, my friend Mohamed El-Erian and I were on the stage at my Strategic Investment Conference. Naturally we were discussing currencies in the global economy, and I asked him about currency wars. He smiled and said to me, “John, we don’t…Read More

Category: Currency, Think Tank

Currency Markets Are Rigged

Big Banks Busted Massively Manipulating Foreign Exchange, Precious Metals … And Every Other Market Currency markets are massively rigged. And see this and this. Reuters notes today: Regulators fined six major banks including Citigroup (C.N) and UBS (UBSN.VX) a total of $4.3 billion for failing to stop traders from trying to manipulate the foreign exchange…Read More

Category: Currency, Gold & Precious Metals, Legal, Think Tank

1933: Colombia Experts Oppose Gold Plan


Category: Currency, Inflation, Really, really bad calls, Think Tank

King Dollar vs Euro, Yen Renminbi

click for giant graphic Source: FT   The U.S. dollar is still king of global currencies. The dollar made up 60.9 percent of foreign exchange reserves and was used in 42.1 percent of global payments. Some countries, though, contest how much influence the U.S. dollar really has. The term “exorbitant privilege,” coined by former French…Read More

Category: Currency, Digital Media, Politics

The Money Multiplier — A Rite of Passage for the Wrong Reason

The last time I taught college-level Money and Banking, over five years ago, the textbook I was  coerced into assigning (but didn’t use) still had a section on the mechanics of how the banking system in a fractional-reserve regime could expand deposits (a component of “money”) by some multiple of cash reserves provided by the central bank. The Federal Reserve…Read More

Category: Currency, Think Tank