Economics

ECB Nominee Blames Resistance to Negative Rates on Financial Illiteracy

</header> <strong> European Central Bank (ECB) executive board nominee and member of the German Council of Economic Experts, Isabel Schnabel, recently remarked at a European Parliament hearing that “This scapegoating [of the ECB] is extremely dangerous: it may damage the trust in the euro.” Schnabel was speaking out in defense of negative deposit rates being …

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The Fed’s Money Creation System Is Fueling One of the Biggest Heists in History

</header> <strong>Since mid-September, the Federal Reserve has injected three trillion U.S. dollars into the hands of private banks and Wall Street. Despite the fact that massive amounts of money was created out of thin air, the central bank still believes repurchase agreements (repos) are needed to tame the turbulent economy. Nearly every day the Federal …

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‘In Small Steps’ China Cuts Benchmark Interest Rates

</header> <strong>Careful not to rush too much with stimulus, the Chinese government nevertheless realizes that its behemoth economy is invariably slowing down. New loan interest rate cuts have been announced recently to encourage bank lending and borrowing in the private sector. With a brewing liquidity crisis, however, not all effects might in the end turn …

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Crisis Fears Rise as Global Debt Hits a Record $250 Trillion

</header> <strong>The world’s total liabilities continue to grow rapidly as a new report reveals global debt is now over a record $250 trillion. For many investors and market watchers this raises the specter of another potential major economic crisis triggered by a collapse of the global financial system. Despite this, the central bankers who are …

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Germany Barely Avoids Recession, Economy Remains Stagnated

</header> <strong>The German economy, the largest and most influential in Europe, narrowly missed falling into recession last quarter. But with quarterly GDP growth averaging a little over 0% since the third quarter of last year, the Old Continent’s economic powerhouse is facing stagnation. </strong> Also read: Germany’s Financial Crisis Invokes 5-Year Rent Freeze Dodging Recession …

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6 Months Before Halving Signs Indicate Bitcoin Miners Are Hoarding

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>The great bitcoin reward halvings are coming and many newcomers have not experienced a halving event unless they joined the crypto community prior to 2016. A few speculators believe bitcoin miners and whales are hoarding coins right now until after the adjustment so prices will be driven up. Moreover, for the first …

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QE Infinity: 37 Central Banks Participate in Stimulus and Easing Practices

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>Since the last week of October, a great number of central banks have been slashing interest rates, joining the massive synchronization of monetary easing worldwide. This year more than two dozen banks have used easing tactics and in the last two weeks alone central banks from Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, …

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No Inflation? Here It Is – Hidden in Plain Sight

</header> <strong>Popular among politicians, media, and central bankers alike is the claim that in spite of all the quantitative easing (QE) and zero-leaning or negative interest rates of current times, inflation is under control. As the statistics show, nothing could be further from the truth. There are some very sly ways governments attempt to mask …

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Crypto Secularizes Wealth by Returning Power to the People

</header> <strong>Secularization is the process of converting something from a religious status to a nonreligious one. In its usage here, the word “religious” has no necessary connection to a deity. The word refers to the mystification of a thing in order to elevate it to the status of the divine where it becomes unquestionable.</strong> Also …

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Bad Loans at Big British Banks Jump Over 50% in a Year

</header> <strong>Shaken by the never-ending saga around Brexit and the global slowdown, the British economy is now showing signs that point to an upcoming crisis. The U.K.’s biggest banks have been dealing with a growing number of loans companies are struggling to pay off. At the same time, low interest rates on mortgages are limiting …

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