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A Few Recent Provocative Posts

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / OCTOBER 22, 2014

While on an extended business trip in Asia, updates on the blog will be sporadic. Rather than focus so much on the price action, I have been sketching out a broader interpretative framework. Here are some recent posts in this vein.

1. How much of a [...]

Big nations snub Beijing bank launch after US lobbying

gata.org / by Jamil Anderlini via Financial Times, London / 2014-10-23 02:03

Jamil Anderlini Financial Times, London Tuesday, October 22, 2014

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/41c3c0a0-59cd-11e4-9787-00144feab7de.html

BEIJING — China will officially launch a new $50 billion Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank on Friday as it steps up its challenge to global financial institutions like the World Bank that it feels [...]

Just how low can the Japanese yen go?

arabianmoney.net / 22 October 2014

Japan remains the sick man of Asia. Devaluation is one way out and that is where Japan appears to be heading next. But just how low will the yen have to go?

In today’s ‘Global Outlook,’ Bloomberg’s Shery Ahn takes a look at the weakening yen on ‘On The Move’…

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World’s Busiest Freight Route Rates Plunge To 2014 Lows

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/10/2014 14:00

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe – the world’s busiest route – fell 10.2% to $738 per container in the week ended on Friday, according to Reuters. This is the 4th weekly drop in a row and is the lowest [...]

Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts – Like a Land War In Asia

jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com / 11 SEPTEMBER 2014

There was the usual London-New York hit applied to the precious metals earlier this morning. Nothing new in that.

There was a bit of a bounce into the close for gold, and some action in the mining stocks as well.

Shown below are the Comex reports for both gold [...]

Citi Warns Every FX Trade Is The Same Carry Trade Now

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 09/03/2014 14:15

In Citi’s Steven Englander’s latest note, he notes that every major FX trade in place right now is a carry trade in one form or another, differing only in their scope and in the risk they entail. This has 5 significant implications…

Asian Property Prices Are Falling “As If There’s A Global Financial Crisis”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 09/01/2014 19:00

With China’s property developers slashing prices, piling on incentives, and still seeing sales slump; it is no surprise that demand from the top to the bottom across Asia is falling. As Reuters reports, even Singapore’s Sentosa Cove (the man-made island resort billed as Asia’s Monte Carlo) [...]

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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