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Feb 15, 2024 - 10:29:38 PST

Zimbabwe Announces Plans to Introduce Gold Backed Currency

In a bold move to revive their economy, Zimbabwe has announced plans to launch a gold-backed currency. Will they succeed?

Feb 21, 2024 - 07:55:26 PST

From 68 Cents to $18: The Inflation Shockwave at McDonald's

Explore the shocking price hikes, the impact on low-income customers, and how currency devaluation is affecting consumer behavior.

Feb 22, 2024 - 07:38:30 PST

Why Have Central Banks Been on a Gold-Buying Spree?

Central banks globally have been on a notable gold-buying spree, significantly ramping up their acquisitions of the precious metal. This trend raises the question: why is gold so appealing to these monetary powerhouses, and does its allure extend to American investors? In the latest episode of U.S. Money Reserve's exclusive video series, "In Conversation," a panel including former U.S. Mint Directors delves into the reasons behind central banks' unprecedented interest in physical gold.

Feb 22, 2024 - 07:33:56 PST

UBS: Silver Poised to “Dramatically” Outperform Gold This Year

Analysts at UBS say silver is posed to "dramatically" outperform gold this year...

Feb 22, 2024 - 07:20:19 PST

Goldman Sachs: Gold Prices Are Forecast To Rise 6% in the Next 12 Months

Goldman Sachs predicts a 6% increase in gold prices over the next 12 months, driven by robust central bank acquisitions and vigorous retail demand in emerging economies. This anticipated rise would elevate gold to $2,175 a troy ounce, according to Nicholas Snowdon and Lavinia Forcellese from the bank's Commodities Research team. While the near-term outlook suggests gold prices may fluctuate due to uncertainties surrounding the Federal Reserve's interest-rate decisions, the appeal of gold, a non-yielding asset, diminishes as interest rates climb.

Feb 22, 2024 - 07:14:12 PST

Leading Economic Index Suggests U.S. Recession Fears Receding

The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index, a predictor of future economic conditions, has decreased by 0.4% to a score of 102.7 in January, reaching its lowest point since the initial COVID-19 lockdowns in April 2020. Despite this being the 23rd consecutive month of decline, the rate of decrease has notably slowed, and the majority of the index's ten components are now indicating positive signs. Now, for the first time since summer 2022, the Conference Board says the United States is not on the verge of a recession. This shift in outlook, amidst a long period of downward trends, suggests a potentially more stable economic future than previously anticipated.

Feb 22, 2024 - 06:54:18 PST

Gold Inches Higher, Supported by Soft Dollar and Rising Middle East Tensions

Gold prices saw a modest increase on Thursday, influenced by a combination of a dipping dollar and rising tensions in the Middle East. This uptick comes as investors are on the lookout for upcoming U.S. economic data, which is expected to provide further insights into the Federal Reserve's stance on interest rates. The spot gold price rose by 0.1% to $2,026.7 per ounce early in the morning, reaching its highest level since February 9. Similarly, U.S. gold futures also experienced a slight rise of 0.1%, marking a price of $2,036.9 per ounce.

Feb 21, 2024 - 14:08:39 PST

Markets underestimate risk of inflation re-accelerating, says PIMCO

Amid the financial community's growing optimism about interest rate cuts and economic recovery, PIMCO, the U.S. bond behemoth, throws in a word of caution, suggesting that both equity and fixed income markets might be underestimating the looming threats. Despite expectations for the Federal Reserve to lower rates within the year, PIMCO warns that the pace of these changes might not be as swift as markets hope. Dan Ivascyn, PIMCO’s group chief investment officer, highlights a strategic shift from lower-rated credit to higher-quality, securitized assets over the past year, aiming for resilience and value in uncertain economic waters. This move underscores a broader concern: the risk of an economic downturn or inflation re-accelerating remains a significant threat, contrary to the market's current pricing.

Feb 21, 2024 - 11:32:51 PST

15 Weakest Currencies in 2024

The global foreign exchange market, with an estimated value of $752.7 billion in 2023, is on a trajectory to reach $1023.91 billion by 2028, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.5%. This expansion is attributed to the dynamic roles of reporting dealers who ensure liquidity by continually offering buy and sell prices for foreign currencies, thus significantly influencing daily forex market capacities. This article analyzes the 15 weakest currencies in the world in 2024.

Feb 21, 2024 - 11:27:23 PST

Biden Administration Erases $1.2 Billion in Student Debt for 150,000 Americans

President Joe Biden's administration has made another significant move by cancelling $1.2 billion in federal student loans, benefiting over 150,000 borrowers. This action is part of the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) plan, introduced in January, aimed at providing relief to Americans who have been repaying their student loans for at least ten years. Specifically targeting individuals who borrowed under $12,000 for their education, this initiative marks a step towards alleviating the financial burden of higher education. This latest cancellation brings the total student loan relief under the Biden administration to nearly $138 billion, affecting nearly 3.9 million borrowers. With 6.9 million people enrolled in the SAVE program, the number of beneficiaries is expected to rise, although the exact figure remains undetermined.

Feb 21, 2024 - 11:12:00 PST

Fed Minutes: Patience Prevails as Officials Await Clearer Inflation Trend

In their latest meeting, Federal Reserve officials struck a cautious tone on the prospect of lowering interest rates, emphasizing a balanced approach towards inflation control. Despite acknowledging a significant reduction in inflation from its peak in mid-2022, the highest in over four decades, officials underscored the necessity of more evidence before considering policy easing. The minutes revealed a consensus that, although the period of rate hikes might have concluded, any reduction in the federal funds rate would be premature without solid assurance that inflation is on a steady decline towards the Fed's 2% goal.

Feb 21, 2024 - 09:54:36 PST

Higher Inflation Challenges South Africa's Economic Stability

South Africa's inflation rate edged up for the first time in three months this January, primarily driven by escalating fuel and food costs, marking a modest uptick to 5.3% year-over-year from December's 5.1%. This increase, though slight, has inflation continuing to exceed the central bank's preferred midpoint target of 4.5% for nearly three years, suggesting that the current key interest rate of 8.25%—a peak not seen in almost 15 years—may remain unchanged for some time. Central Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago emphasizes the ongoing challenge of curbing inflation, indicating that rate cuts are off the table until inflation not only approaches but also consistently meets the 4.5% goal.

Feb 21, 2024 - 09:45:23 PST

Mortgage Markets Shudder as Interest Rates Soar Past 7%

Mortgage demand is dropping as interest rates breached the 7% threshold, marking a significant setback for prospective homebuyers and refinancers alike. Last week witnessed a sharp 10.6% drop in total application volume, as reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association, driven by the steepest interest rate spike since early December. The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage ascended to 7.06%, dampening the spirits of many, with refinance applications falling 11% from the week prior and purchase applications plummeting by 10%. The current scenario places potential homeowners and those looking to refinance in a challenging position, as the cost of borrowing climbs higher, significantly impacting the housing market's dynamics.

Feb 21, 2024 - 09:35:06 PST

Oil Markets in a Tightrope Walk: Supply Scarcity and Economic Woes

Oil prices are caught between tight supplies and the gloomy shadow of economic uncertainty. The tug-of-war in the oil market is evident as Brent Crude nudges just over $82 per barrel, and West Texas Intermediate hovers around $77.50, both encapsulated within a $10 trading range that has defined this year's market dynamics. While the specter of high interest rates and the potential for subdued economic growth push traders to shy away from riskier assets like crude oil, the physical markets tell a different story. Here, shortages in refined products have lent strength, with Brent's prompt spread reaching three-month highs, a clear sign of market tightness.

Feb 21, 2024 - 07:34:35 PST

Investors Eye Fed Minutes for Gold Price Guidance, as Precious Metal Surpasses $2,000 Mark

This week, gold has consistently stayed above the $2,000 mark, a sign of the market's high anticipation for insights that could shape the monetary policy landscape. Analysts from ING suggest that the Federal Reserve's policy decisions will be pivotal for gold's price trajectory in the coming months, noting that higher borrowing costs usually have a negative impact on gold prices. Meanwhile, base metals showed mixed performance, with aluminum dropping by 0.5% to $2,186 a ton, whereas copper saw a slight increase of 0.2%, reaching $8,442.0 a ton, reflecting a varied market response across different commodities.

Feb 21, 2024 - 07:28:02 PST

The Largest Gold Reserves by Country Visualized

Gold, known for its enduring value and role as a financial safety net, has once again proven its mettle amid fluctuating U.S. interest rates and persistent geopolitical tensions, reaching new heights in December 2023. A graphic created by Sam Parker, utilizing comprehensive data from authoritative sources like Central Banks, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Gold Council, showcases the top 11 countries boasting the largest gold reserves as of September 2023.

Feb 21, 2024 - 07:18:35 PST

Asda Report Highlights Significant Rise in British Families' Disposable Incomes

In the UK, households are experiencing an increase in disposable income, reaching a nearly two-year high, according to a survey published by the supermarket chain Asda. The report indicates that the average UK household's disposable income rose by 6.1% year-on-year to £230 ($182) per week last month, marking the highest level since March 2022. This positive shift in disposable income has been attributed to several factors, including sustained earnings growth, a slowdown in food price inflation, and recent cuts to National Insurance contribution rates. The Asda income tracker, developed in partnership with the Centre for Economics and Business Research, measures the financial health of UK households by assessing the amount left after taxes and essential bills.

Feb 21, 2024 - 07:12:13 PST

Barkin Admits January's Sticky Inflation Rates Complicate Fed's Path Forward

January's inflation data has intensified the complexity of upcoming interest rate decisions for the U.S. Federal Reserve, according to Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin. In a recent interview, Barkin highlighted the persistent issue of inflation, particularly noting the sustained inflation in shelter and services despite a general slowdown in goods prices. While he expressed caution about overemphasizing the January figures due to potential seasonal distortions, he acknowledged that the latest data certainly did not simplify the Fed's task but rather compounded the challenges faced in tempering inflationary pressures.

Feb 20, 2024 - 11:19:38 PST

Inflation No Match for Casino Wins: U.S. Gaming Industry Sees Historic Highs in 2023

U.S. commercial casinos hit a jackpot in 2023, raking in $66.5 billion from gamblers, the industry's most lucrative year to date. This figure represents a significant 10% increase over the previous record set in 2022, an impressive feat considering the economic challenges of the time, including persistent inflation affecting everyday costs like groceries and energy. According to the American Gaming Association, this surge reflects an unprecedented demand for gaming, spanning both traditional casino floors and online platforms. Even the holiday season, typically a time when consumers tighten their belts, saw record-breaking casino wins in December and the final quarter of the year, further emphasizing the robust appetite for gambling among American adults.

Feb 20, 2024 - 11:18:15 PST

Cash's Comeback: Investors and Corporates Bet Big Despite Rate Cut Delays

Despite predictions of its demise earlier this year, cash remains a powerhouse in the financial landscape. As the Federal Reserve postpones interest rate cuts, a robust influx of investment is evident in money-market funds, with investors adding a staggering $128 billion since the year's start. Corporate treasurers are also on a cash accumulation spree, holding a record $4.4 trillion by the end of the third quarter. This trend is further amplified by the market's seamless absorption of over $1 trillion in Treasury bills since mid-2023, signaling not just the resilience but also the potential for further growth in cash holdings.


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