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).
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.
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
It’s crazy enough when government debt sells at negative yields. But there are 14 junk bond issues in the eurozone trading at subzero rates.
By many measures, the world’s economy is slowing, and some CBs — namely New Zealand, India, Malaysia, and the Philippines — have already lowered rates. Australia lowered June 4, the largest developed country to cut rates this year. In May, China lowered reserve requirements for small- and medium-sized banks, which pushed interest rates there to
Trump is committed to tariffs. If he were levying tariffs on only China, that would be bad enough as China is one of the tech manufacturing centers of the world. But, Trump is not going after only China. He has implemented tariffs on products imported from nations that have long been friendly, such as Canada,
After having said on TV that gold is “his favorite investment” over the next 12–24 months, Paul Tudor Jones bought $82 million in gold shares, as reported by Bloomberg. Earlier in June, Jeffrey Gundlach, known as the “Bond King,” said, “I am certainly long gold.” Gundlach sees a recession on the horizon, and he expects
Herbert Hoover’s name is generally held with derision because he is blamed for the Great Depression. However, here’s one HH statement that all should agree with: “We have gold because we cannot trust governments.” Basically, a gold standard fails as a monetary system because the government is involved.