UK Royal Mint Working On Plans To Issue Gold-Backed Physical Bitcoins

The implicit, and ever more explicit, institutional acceptance of the dominant cryptocurrency Bitcoin (we say dominant because as we pointed out last week, there has been an unprecedented spike of digital currencies one can pick and choose from) contin… [...]

Macro Considerations

The macro picture remains largely unchanged. Janet Yellen is expected to lead the Federal Reserve into a new phase by beginning to taper its long-term asset purchases early next year. The ECB is expect to move in the other direction, leaning against th… [...]

Visualizing Abenomics – Japan’s Dangerous Experiment

The early effects of the reform program have triggered a surge in the Japanese stock market, accelerated by the anticipation of growth revival. So far, so good for the markets and traders. But how will Abenomics accommodate public debt of over 200% GDP… [...]

Frontrunning: November 29

So much for the euphoria: Stores open early on Thanksgiving but shoppers in no rush (Reuters) Get to work Mr. Chairwoman: Do-Nothing Congress Dithers on Budget as Deadline Nears (BBG) FX to Libor Probes Leave U.K. Traders Looking for Lawyers (BBG) Pro… [...]

No Red Futures On Black Friday

A hungover America slowly wakes up from a day of society-mandated consumption and purchasing excess to engage in even more Fed-mandated excess in the equity markets. The only difference is that while the “90%” was engaged in the former and depleting th… [...]

Thanksgiving Frontrunning And Market Summary

European shares remain higher though are off intraday highs. Italian, Spanish markets are the biggest gainers among larger bourses, Swiss the worst. Euro is stronger against the dollar. Commodities decline, with soybeans, zinc underperforming and wheat… [...]

The Global Leverage Cycle: You Are Here

While one can make an argument that the central banks have now destroyed all traditional “cycles”, including the economic “virtuous cycle”, the business cycle and even the leverage cycle, the question remains how much longer can the Fed et al defy mean… [...]

“Wave Of Disaster” Threatens U.S. Mortgage Market

Today’s AM fix was USD 1,250.75, EUR 919.80 and GBP 767.99 per ounce.Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,250.75, EUR 923.88 and GBP 773.69 per ounce. Gold fell $6.70 or 0.54% yesterday, closing at $1,242.10/oz. Silver slid $0.17 or 0.85% closing at $19.85… [...]

“Wave Of Disaster” Threatens U.S. Mortgage Market

Today’s AM fix was USD 1,250.75, EUR 919.80 and GBP 767.99 per ounce.Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,250.75, EUR 923.88 and GBP 773.69 per ounce. Gold fell $6.70 or 0.54% yesterday, closing at $1,242.10/oz. Silver slid $0.17 or 0.85% closing at $19.85… [...]

Frontrunning: November 27

Winter storm lashes eastern U.S., threatens Thanksgiving travel (Reuters) Fed Reveals New Concerns About Long-Term U.S. Slowdown (BBG) Private equity keeps $789bn of powder dry (FT) – because they are “selling everything that is not nailed down” Merke… [...]