Customs officials in India may have a serious problem on their hands. Beyond the illicit trade of gold in the informal economy (i.e. the “black market”) and rampant gold smuggling in response to restrictive laws and duties related to the precious metal, the outright theft of gold from India’s customs agency now seems to be […]
In finance and investing, a “Black Swan” is a symbol for an unexpected event or factor that causes a sudden shock to markets. An unforeseen shift in political power, a war breaking out, or any number of troubling events could result in the market disruptions and dislocations that characterize a Black Swan. Investors (as a […]
Trading in Italy’s Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank was halted indefinitely by government regulators late Thursday, after shares fell 7.5%. Markets were reacting to news that the troubled bank’s last-ditch effort to remain solvent had fallen through. The nation’s third-largest bank, the 544 year-old Monte dei Paschi will now be nationalized by the Italian […]
Metallon Corp. is the largest gold miner in Zimbabwe. It operates the Redwing mine in the city of Mutare, which finally came back online last November after sitting idle for the previous eight years. The firm recently approved a noble initiative as Redwing boosts its output: allocating mining claims to small, artisanal miners in the […]
A great deal of news coverage has focused on the legislative war that the Indian government has engaged in against its domestic gold market, especially over the past two years. The unpopular effort seems to finally be having a noticeable impact, however, according to the latest data on gold smuggling from India’s Ministry of Finance.
In a storied history that spans more than an entire millennium, the Royal Mint—the official state mint of the United Kingdom—has actually never issued anything in platinum bullion before. That is all appearing to change in the near future now that the mint has partnered with the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) to bring platinum […]
Along with Russia, South Africa is one of the world’s main sources of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs)—namely, platinum and palladium. In terms of the proportion of the annual global supply of these metals that South African mining provides, the totals are 40% for palladium and a staggering 70% for platinum. Nonetheless, it’s been a trying several […]
India’s campaign to reduce the astronomical level of its gold imports has continued, and now one of the country’s biggest banks is getting into the act.
Last week, Germany’s Deutsche Bank (DB) finalized a $60 million settlement in a case that involved the manipulation of both gold prices and silver prices. The discovery process in that lawsuit has now revealed “smoking gun” evidence that the bank did not act alone in rigging the London fixes.
Due to remarkably consistent high volumes from year to year, India’s gold imports have the effect of a double-edged sword: the influx of gold puts tangible wealth in the hands of urban and rural dwellers alike yet makes the country’s current account deficit (CAD) balloon larger and become increasingly unmanageable.
The massive German lender Deutsche Bank (DB) has been struggling mightily this year, watching its stock price crater roughly 30% year-to-date. (In fact, DB has lost more than 50% of its value in the past five years.) The company has been plagued by one round of bad news after another in 2016, drawing negative attention […]
Over the last month, the Japanese yen has seen a sharp devaluation against the U.S. dollar. As we continue through the first week of December, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 stock index has also taken a hit. Yes, this is largely due to the dollar being on a tear during the post-election “Trump Rally.” However, the eventual […]
It is often the case in the financial markets that investors and traders attempt to jump into a successful trade only to find they are too late to reap most of the gains. When the “hot money” (trades that are merely following a trend) flows into any particular bet on Wall St, the “smart money” […]
The West African nation Ghana is known as one of the top gold-producing countries in the world. From the most recent data, it ranks as #10 on the planet, and is second in the continent of Africa behind only South Africa. On an annual basis, the national gold output of Ghana is consistently above 90 […]
Many finance experts and market analysts have been scratching their heads in the days following the U.S. presidential election. As quickly as gold prices rose, they fell even further than where they started the week. Rather than marching toward $1,400/oz as many had predicted, gold is now threatening to fall to $1,200/oz. Why? One explanation […]
Swiss precious metals refiner Argor-Heraeus SA is renowned all over the world for the exceedingly high quality of its gold, silver, platinum, and palladium products. The firm upholds Switzerland’s reputation for mastery over the gold refining process while also being one of the leading innovators in new security measures for its products. Now, the company’s ownership […]
In the West, the general public tends to trust the strength and integrity of our financial system with the unquestioned faith of, frankly, a cult. If this wasn’t the case, fiat currencies like the U.S. dollar would already have succumbed to their inevitable death. This faith holds despite the increasingly frequent financial crises and good […]
Perhaps even more so than its major counterparts in North America and the Asia-Pacific region, the European Union (EU) has been unable to escape from its years-long economic conundrum.
Zimbabwe’s shattered economy and massive trade deficit have caused a dollar shortage which has paralyzed the nation. The government hopes to reduce the current cash shortage by introducing the first domestic paper money since the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar in 2009. The public reaction was what you would expect.
Today, Germany is recognized as Europe’s largest economy. This has generally been true since the German states became industrialized and unified at the end of the 19th century. However, prior to unification, the cultural region home to the German nation was a group of separate—and often competing—states of the former Holy Roman Empire. One consequence […]