Incredibly, a bank in Denmark is offering home buyers 10-year mortgages at an interest rate of -0.5%. Borrowers who opt for these mortgages will pay back less than the amount borrowed. This has come about because of the massive money creation by the world’s central banks.
Before he was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan was a “goldbug.” He didn’t just believe that at times gold was a good investment. He believed that gold was the foundation of an economic system (read below).
Gold-backed ETFs and similar products added 52 tons of gold in July, in addition to the 125 tons added in June, increasing their collective holdings to 2,600 tons – a level not seen since March 2013. ETFs are preferred by many institutional and large investors, while smaller investors (and some large investors) like to buy
Record-breaking central bank and ETF buying boosted 2019’s first half demand to a three-year high, according to the World Gold Council. Also contributing to demand was a more positive environment for Indian consumers, which have always been big jewelry buyers.
Durable goods orders are one of the most watched indicators of economic activity. They comprise such items as automobiles, washers, dryers, furniture, firearms, and toys. Things that are supposed to last for years. The chart below clearly indicates the downward trend in durable goods orders, and I’m sure that members of the FOMC were well
Cryptocurrency advocates have long maintained that the primary benefit of “cryptos” is that they are not centrally controlled, actually residing on cell phones. Transfers from one holder to another do not go through a “central bank,” such as the Fed, but from one phone to another. This was supposed to be beyond the reach of
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at 2.1% in the second quarter according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ (BEA) “advanced” estimate. The first quarter saw an increase of 3.1% Both estimates are subject to change as more data is analyzed by the BEA.
Both parties are happy with the spending deal reached Tuesday night between the Trump administration and the Pelosi-controlled House. The Trump administration will see defense spending going to $750 billion while the Dems (and, admittedly, some in the GOP) will see an equivalent increase in domestic appropriations.
In March 2017, a 100-kg .99999 Gold Maple Leaf was brazenly stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum. Now, more than two years later, four men are on trial for the theft.
From 1870 to 1970, the ratio of debt to GDP in the US averaged 1.48. Today, the ratio is 3.47, which means that the economy bears the weight of three times the debt that it did up until 1970. Not coincidentally, it was August 15, 1971 that the President Nixon made the dollar no longer