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Saxo Bank CIO Warns “It’s Time To Be Defensive… Very Defensive”

zerohedge.com / Via Saxo Bank’s Steen Jakobsen of TradingFloor.com / 08/27/2014 16:31

Lee Iacocca, one of the true greats of the motor industry and a prolific author on leadership and management, once noted:“What is wrong with changing your mind because the facts change? But you have to be able to say why [...]

Time to Short the US Dollar? Go Long Commodities?

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / By Michael Shedlock / August 22, 2014

Is it time to short the dollar?

Saxo bank chief economist Steen Jakobsen thinks so. Via email from Steen …

What is wrong with changing your mind because the facts changed? But you have to be able to say why you changed [...]

World Reserve Currencies: What Happened During Previous Periods Of Transition?

zerohedge.com / by Chris Ferreira of Economic Reasonon 08/14/2014 13:56

World Reserve Currencies: What Happened During Previous Periods of Transition?

The decline of the US dollar hegemony is ever so clear today and this article aims to provide the reader with what exactly happened during past periods of reserve currency [...]

Gold demand in China slumps 52% as buying frenzy subsides, WGC says

gata.org / by cpowell on Thu, 2014-08-14

Gold demand in China shrank in the second quarter as consumers in the biggest user bought fewer bars, coins, and jewelry amid a clampdown on corruption and as the buying spurred by last year’s price slump wasn’t sustained.

Purchases in Asia’s largest economy [...]

Switzerland Has Exported A Shocking Amount Of Gold To Asia

kingworldnews.com / July 23, 2014

With the war in the gold and silver markets heating up, today gold analyst Frank K. out of the Netherlands sent King World News two shocking charts which reveal the massive flow of gold from West to East. The charts show gold is literally hemorrhaging from Western central bank [...]

Singapore to launch gold contract as Asia eyes price alternatives

gata.org / By A. Ananthalakshmi / July 24, 2014

By A. Ananthalakshmi Reuters Tuesday, July 24, 2014

SINGAPORE — Singapore is set to announce the launch of a gold futures contract on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the matter said, joining a race in Asia to provide a viable alternative to [...]

Great Graphic: Higher Oil Prices and Impact on Developing Asia

marctomarket.com / By Marc Chandler / June 19, 2014

The Federal Reserve understands that an increase in oil prices drags the economy more than it lifts inflation. The ECB seems of two minds. Under Trichet, the ECB did hike rates in mid-2008 as oil prices were racing higher and the euro zone economy was [...]

Friends not Enemies Pose the More Difficult Challenge

marctomarket.com / By Marc Chandler / May 27, 2014

What ultimately led US President Nixon to close the gold window was not its Cold War rival Russia. Rather it was US European allies who wanted to exchange their dollars for gold beyond levels that the US was prepared to accept. This has been a [...]

China warns U.S. over forming military alliances in Asia

utopiathecollapse.com / via koreaherald.com / May 21, 2014

May 2014 – SHANGHAI – Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a veiled warning to the United States on Wednesday, saying countries should not build up military alliances in Asia, even as Beijing feuds with several neighbors. Speaking at an Asian regional security forum in Shanghai, Xi said [...]

Desperately Seeking Walter White

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 05/20/2014 21:45 -0400

Asia’s exploding demand for methamphetamine has left them with a problem… too few cooks and not enough ingredients. As AFP reports, strong and growing demand for drugs in Asia is driving up global production of methamphetamine, with seizures in the region tripling in five years to [...]

How The Debt Trap Swallowed Asia In Three Charts

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 05/14/2014 22:09 -0400

When it comes to the topic of the marginal utility of debt, or how much GDP does a dollar of debt buy (an example of which can be seen here), most people are aware that the developed world is facing ruin: with debt across the west [...]

The bubble expands: “no money down” loans come to Asia

sovereignman.com / By Simon Black / May 8, 2014

Remember all of those credit card and loan offers you used to receive in the mail?

Bad credit? No credit? No problem. 0% APR for the first six months. Free balance transfers. No money down. And my personal favorite– no credit check.

These were all classic [...]

Beware “The Distortions Of The Ministry Of Truth” Warns A Cash-Heavy Marc Faber

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden on 05/08/2014 19:06 -0400

“Stocks in the advanced economies are basically fully priced,” Faber pronounces, and adds that, given their low yields, government bonds are also expensive. The true contrarian play is the “most under-appreciated asset – cash.”

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Great Graphic: Asia’s Decline as an Export Machine

marctomarket.com / By Marc Chandler / April 30, 2014

This Great Graphic was posted on Barry Ritholtz’s Big Picture blog. He found it in the Wall Street Journal, which it got from Thomson Reuters. The chart depicts year-over-year growth in quarterly exports from the four large East Asian economies. Using quarterly instead of monthly data [...]

NUMBERS DON’T LIE: US & UK SUPPLYING NEARLY ALL THE GOLD HEADING TO ASIA- VIA SWITZERLAND

silverdoctors.com / by Market Update / APRIL 30, 2014

In the first quarter of this year, the United Kingdom was the largest net exporter of the precious metal to Switzerland, bringing in 270,3 tonnes of gold. The second largest supplier of gold to the Suisse vaults was the United States, exporting a net amount of [...]

Numbers Don’t Lie: US & UK Supplying Nearly All the [Gold] Heading to Asia- via Switzerland

silverdoctors.com / By Frank Knopers via Market Update / April 30, 2014

In the first quarter of this year, the United Kingdom was the largest net exporter of the precious metal to Switzerland, bringing in 270,3 tonnes of gold. The second largest supplier of gold to the Suisse vaults was the United States, exporting a [...]

Obama in Asia – Pivoting can Make you Dizzy

lewrockwell.com / By Eric Margolis / April 26, 2014

Small wonder President Barack Obama’s hair is rapidly greying. Most second term presidents age rapidly from the constant pressure, tension, and need to make tough, painful decisions.

This past week, Obama finally managed, after two cancellations, to get to Asia – [...]

The Richest Man In Asia Is Selling Everything In China

sovereignman.com / By Simon Black / April 16, 2014

Here’s a guy you want to bet on– Li Ka-Shing.

Li is reportedly the richest person in Asia with a net worth well in excess of $30 billion, much of which he made being a shrewd property investor.

Li Ka-Shing was investing in mainland China [...]

Head Of Asia’s Largest Clothing Retailer: “I Don’t Have An Optimistic View About Consumption In Japan”

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/11/2014 14:43 -0400

Previously we observed that when it comes to discretionary spending, if not so much staples, Japan’s sales tax hike has been an absolute disaster, sending sales at some department stores such as Takashimaya plunging by 25% in the week since the April 1st roll out [...]

What’s Abuzz About Gold?

news.goldseek.com / By Frank Holmes / 7 April 2014

Recently I visited the breathtaking city of Hong Kong to speak at the seventh-annual Mines and Money conference, Asia-Pacific’s premier event for mining investment deal-making and capital-raising. During my time in Asia I had the additional privilege of addressing the audience of the Asia Mining Club, [...]