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Swiss Parliament Pushes Back On U.S. Banks Deal

Swiss Parliament Pushes Back On U.S. Banks Deal

The lower house of Switzerland’s parliament voted against adopting a plan for banks to step around the Alpine nation’s banking secrecy laws and hand information about their dealings with suspected American tax evaders to U.S. authorities in an attempt to reach a sweeping resolution.

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Does America Still Know Rule Of Law – Nationally, Internationally, Or At All

Does America Still Know Rule Of Law – Nationally, Internationally, Or At All

What is this all about anyway? Is America in such bad shape that it needs to criminalize its citizens and its supposed Swiss friends? Is complete citizen transparency and so-called “tax justice” really important enough to throw our long-time values and principles of freedom overboard?

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Are Central Banks Losing Control Over Interest Rates?

Are Central Banks Losing Control Over Interest Rates?

This article points to the potential effects of the “debt trap.” Debts have mounted to record highs. The associated financing costs become unsustainable when interest rates are high (or start rising). Record low interest rates have one characteristic in common: they have much more upside potential than downside.

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Can Central Banks Really Keep Interest Rates Down?

Can Central Banks Really Keep Interest Rates Down?

The primary conclusion for any prudent investor should be to not be lulled in by the soothing talks of Ben, Mario and Shinzo. Granted, they may be doing their best, and doing so in good faith. Only you should not rely on their being able to succeed. Ultimately, the interest rates and inflation expectations of financial markets are fickle. They can turn on a dime. And, irrespective of all their good intentions, the good men at the central banks will not be able to control the loss of confidence in the markets.

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Good News For Gold: Too Bearish Is Bullish

| March 14, 2013 | Articles: General
Good News For Gold: Too Bearish Is Bullish

Since last October, at BFI, we have hedged our clients’ core holdings in gold. We are now watching gold and silver prices closely, as we get closer to the end of the correction. We expect to lift our hedge very soon.

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The Fine Line Between Truth And Lie

| January 18, 2013 | Articles: Insights

We are all molded by the information kit we are fed as we grow up and as we grow old. And, unless we actively take the effort and find the energy to question all the commonly shared ‘truisms’ – the spoon-fed facts of others, the things that “everyone knows” and that all take for granted – we stand to be easy prey for those in possession of the means for mass propaganda.

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Money Is Neutral – The Great Keynesian Fallacy

| November 7, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Money Is Neutral – The Great Keynesian Fallacy

This article is an excerpt from the Mountain Vision newsletter. We stronlgy encourage you to subscribe to the service. In this week´s edition of Mountain Vision, I will dig deeper into a subject I have only indirectly touched upon in some of my previous postings. Basically it is one of the greatest fallacies in both the Keynesian and Monetarist theoretical framework that will ultimately help decide your optimal portfolio allocation! Both Keynesians and Monetarists build their models on the assumption that money is neutral with regard to the economic outcome. In other words, the mainstream economists believe that monetary policy should be used to increase aggregate demand in the short run […]

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Last Call Before $ 2,000 Gold – Prospects Of Gold And Confiscation

| September 28, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Last Call Before $ 2,000 Gold – Prospects Of Gold And Confiscation

This article is an excerpt from the Mountain Vision newsletter. We stronlgy encourage you to subscribe to the service. As I write this Update, the price of gold has risen back to US$ 1,775 per troy ounce. The bull market trend has been, once again, forcefully confirmed. It is alive and well both technically and fundamentally. Until the root problems of the global fiat currency and banking system are addressed and solved sustainably, I expect this trend to go on. However, what has occurred in gold markets over the past few weeks is not merely a continuation of the same. I observed a change in tides of the speech and […]

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Does China Plan a Gold-backed Renminbi?

| August 19, 2012 | Articles: Insights
Does China Plan a Gold-backed Renminbi?

We expect the Chinese central bank to continue gradually accumulating gold, and we think that it might be planning a gold backing for the renminbi. If that were to happen, international acceptance would soar. Not for nothing was the enormous amount of gold reserves in the United States (N.B. the US reserves were at 29,663 tonnes in 1953) along with military dominance a central reason for the US dollar becoming the global reserve currency. Since the Chinese current account surplus has been on a steady decline, the widely held opinion of the massive undervaluation of the Yuan seems to become more susceptible to questioning as well. Therefore, a quick internationalisation would […]

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