Friday, July 20th, 2018 MST

Category: Money

A Fed rate hike in the works?

New York Fed President William Dudley said that he supports another rate hike this year if the economy “evolves as he expects.”  He also thinks it’s reasonable for the Fed to start selling part of its $4.5 trillion portfolio, which it accumulated through several quantitative easing programs.

A major danger of paper money: Rupees cancelled

The biggest problem with paper money is that it can be created at will; and history shows that whenever paper money is disconnected from gold, it is eventually printed until it is worthless.  Sometimes its destruction comes quickly,  some over decades. The second biggest problem with paper money is that it can be cancelled by

Driving the markets

Central bank actions and expectations of central bank actions are driving investment markets: the bond markets, the equity markets and the metals markets.  Economic news does not move the markets, except that markets move on how investors think that central banks will react to economic news.

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