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China hoarding gold to challenge U.S. dollar

November 10th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/21539

Alan Greenspan: if China converted only a “relatively modest part of its $4 trillion foreign exchange reserves into gold, the country’s currency could take on unexpected strength in today’s international financial system.”China boosted its gold reserves by 454 tonnes over the previous five years.

Pepsi and FedEx among Hundreds of Companies Using Luxembourg to Avoid Taxes

November 7th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Pepsi_and_FedEx_among_Hundreds_of_Companies_Using_Luxembourg_to_Avoid_Taxes/39005/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The tiny European country of Luxembourg has become a tax haven for hundreds of international corporations seeking ways to reduce their tax obligations by billions of dollars. Discovery, made by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) from thousands of pages of leaked documents, involves at least 340 companies, including PepsiCo and FedEx.

JPMorgan’s foreign exchange business under criminal investigation

November 7th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/JPMorgan%E2%80%99s_foreign_exchange_business_under_criminal_investigation/39007/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into JPMorgan Chase‘s foreign exchange business, similar disclosure by Citigroup. Banks in the U.S. and abroad are facing allegations that they manipulated foreign-exchange rates. Civil enforcement authorities and foreign regulators also investigating its foreign exchange business.

Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for 30,000 part-timers

November 6th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.newsforage.com/2014/11/wal-mart-cuts-health-benefits-for-30000.html

The cut applies to part-timers who work fewer than 30 hours a week -- about 2% of the company's U.S. workforce. More of Wal-Mart's employees signed up for health benefits this year than the company expected, which boosted the company's costs.

Finance experts call for a new global financial order at Beijing conference

November 6th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Finance_experts_call_for_a_new_global_financial_order_at_Beijing_conference_/38987/0/38/38/Y/M.html

On Nov. 5, top financial experts concluded a conference held in Beijing, China to discuss economic reforms and how the current global financial system could be adapted or changed to function in a rapidly evolving monetary environment

ROLLINGSTONE BLOCKBUSTER: Main Witness In JPMorgan Case BREAKS HER GAG ORDER

November 6th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025776965

Alayne Fleischmann; securities lawyer, central witness in one of the biggest cases of white-collar crime in American history. As a deal manager at the gigantic bank, witnessed, then tried to stop, what she describes as "massive criminal securities fraud" in the bank's mortgage operations.

Strike Back: Russian government may ban circulation of US dollar

November 6th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/21516

The State Duma submitted a bill banning and terminating the circulation of USD in Russia. If the bill is approved, Russian citizens will have to close their dollar accounts in Russian banks within a year and exchange their dollars in cash to Russian ruble or other countries’ currencies

Gleam is gone as gold prices sink to 4-year low

November 6th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014937911

"I think the big reason gold has lost so much ground is because confidence is coming back," says Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management in Minneapolis

Ottawa, Beijing strike deal on yuan trading hub

November 4th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/ottawa-beijing-strike-deal-on-yuan-trading-hub/article21438028/

Ottawa and Beijing have struck a deal that will see this country designated as a trading hub for China’s yuan currency, a benefit that will lower the cost of doing business for Canadian companies seeking Chinese markets.

Qatar to become Middle East clearing hub for China’s yuan

November 4th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/21488

Qatar will become the Middle East’s first hub for clearing transactions in the Chinese yuan, that could over help Gulf oil exporting countries reduce their dependence on the US dollar. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s Doha branch has been appointed as the clearing bank for yuan deals in Qatar.

Global oil prices plunge after Saudi discount to US buyers

November 4th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/04/384762/saudi-discount-to-us-cuts-oil-prices/

Global oil prices have plunged to their four-year lows following reports that Saudi Arabia has offered discount to its US crude customers, price of benchmark crude 2.6-percent drop, reaching USD 76.79 per barrel the lowest since September 2010.

10 giant corporations that don’t pay taxes

November 3rd, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/10_giant_corporations_that_don%E2%80%99t_pay_taxes/38927/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Exxon Mobil: $19 billion in profits paid no federal income taxes, received $156 million rebate from IRS. Bank of America $1.9 billion tax refund; $4.4 billion in profits received $1 trillion bailout. General Electric: $26 billion profits paid no taxes. Citigroup $4 billion in profits paid no federal income taxes received $2.5 trillion bailout. Goldman Sachs profit of $2.3 billion received $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.

It Will Take 6.25 BILLION “Man Years” To Pay Off Federal Government Liabilities: “A Mathematical Impossibility”

November 3rd, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/It_Will_Take_6.25_BILLION_%E2%80%9CMan_Years%E2%80%9D_To_Pay_Off_Federal_Government_Liabilities%3A_%E2%80%9CA_Mathematical_Impossibility%E2%80%9D/38935/0/38/38/Y/M.html

It will take roughly 139 million Americans working non-stop sending 100% of their income to the government for 45 years to cover the government’s unfunded liabilities at their current levels. Repaying our national debt and unfunded liabilities is a mathematical impossibility. It will never happen.

Bank of Japan’s shock stimulus further destabilizes global economy

November 3rd, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/03/econ-n03.html

Bank of Japan to increase its purchases of government bonds in an attempt to lift the country out of its deflationary spiral, moving in the opposite direction to the Fed, will impact adversely on economies in the Asian region, notably South Korea and China, will also hit the euro zone.

Oregon to charge drivers by the mile

November 3rd, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/oregon-to-charge-drivers-by-the-mile/

Oregon will soon be the first state in the nation to charge drivers by the mile for maintaining the state’s roads, moving ahead with the road use fee; 1.5 cents a mile to replace the gasoline tax. As cars get more fuel efficient, gas tax revenue is going down.

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