Friday, June 24th, 2016 MST

IMF urges Japan to double down on Abenomics

Japan’s economy has been stagnant for two decades.  In 2012, Shinzo Abe was elected Prime Minister on his promise of stimulating the economy via a scheme that economists labeled “Abenomics.”  Basically, he promised fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reforms.

He implemented all three, but Japan’s economy remains in the doldrums.  Now the IMF is urging Abe to double down.

Negative rates fillip interest in gold

One of the primary tenets of Austrian economic theory is that economies cannot be “managed,” that interference, be it deficit spending, regulations, taxing policies, central bank quantitative easing programs or negative interest rates, will send false signals that will distort decisions made by the private sector, the real driver of economic growth.  The bigger the

Snow Falcon silver coins not good buys

A telemarketing firm recently began promoting 1-1/2 oz Snow Falcon silver coins, minted by the Royal Canadian Mint.  We advise our clients to stay away from any silver bullion coins larger than one ounce. Not only would 1-1/2 oz silver coins not be practical if the need ever came to use them as money, but

North Korea linked to $81 million theft

According to Symantec, North Korea probably is responsible for the $81 million theft from Bangladesh’s central bank.  Researchers at the digital security firm uncovered “a rare piece of code” that had been seen in previous hacking cases by North Korea. The theft is believed to be the first by a nation for purely financial gain. 

ECB to stop printing €500 notes

In what is being reported as an effort to impede criminal activity and terrorism, the European Central Bank announced that it will discontinue issuing €500 notes around the end of 2018.  However, the ECB was quick to affirm that the €500 notes already in circulation “will remain legal tender and . . . always retain

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