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Are The Banksters Creating Their Own Cryptocurrency Called “Utility Settlement Coin”?

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Independently-controlled cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin may or may not survive in the long run, but blockchain technology is definitely here to stay.  This technology has revolutionized how digital financial transactions are conducted, and it was only a matter of time before the big boys began to adopt it.  Previously, I have written about how the Washington Post is hyping something known as...

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The Party’s Over For Australia’s $5.6 Trillion Housing Frenzy

Early this month, we discussed whether the world’s longest running bull market – 55 years – in Australian house prices had come to an end. This was UBS’s view following the October 2017 monthly report on Australian house prices from CoreLogic suggested that measures to tighten credit standards and dissuade overseas buyers (especially Chinese in Sydney and Melbourne) have finally begun to bite. As CoreLogic’s summary table shows, Sydney prices fell in October, for...

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1MDB Scandal Resurfaces As Singapore Cops Investigate Goldman’s Lucrative Bond Issues

We have another instalment in the investigation into the mind-boggling level of corruption at 1MDB, (1Malaysia Development Berhad), the Malaysian state-owned investment fund. Members of the Singapore police’s economic crime unit have interviewed current and former Goldman employees with respect to the 1MDB bond offerings arranged by the bank. By way of a recap into this messy saga, the fund was set up in 2009 by Prime Minister Najib Razak who headed its advisory board. The aim of the...

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Deutsche Bank Downgraded, Fitch “No Longer Expects Franchise To Recover This Year”

Fitch has downgraded Deutsche Bank to BBB+ from A- due to continued pressure on earnings, combined with concerns over the prolonged implementation of its recovery strategy. Moody's and S&P remain at A3 and A- respectively (on a like for like rating basis), and while DB bond yields had fallen to the lowest levels since March 2015, the last few weeks have seen risk picking back up (yields now at 2-month wides) and the stock remains near its recent lows... Full Statement: Fitch Ratings...

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Swiss Mystery: Someone Keeps Flushing €500 Bank Notes Down The Toilet

While there are several comments one can make here, "dirty money", "flush with cash" and "flushing money down the toilet" certainly coming to mind, perhaps the ECB was on to something when it warned that €500 "Bin Laden" bills (which it has since discontinued to print) tend to be used by criminals. The reason for this is that in recent weeks, Swiss prosecutors have been gripped by a mystery, trying to figure out why someone tried to flush tens of thousands of euros down the toilet at a Geneva...

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Russian Central Bank Bails Out Otkritie Bank, Country’s Largest Private Lender

It's been a while since the world had any bank solvency concerns; in fact, ever since the thrice botched bail out of Monte Paschi and the debacle that was Banco Popular, it has been largely smooth sailing. That changed moments ago, when the Russian central bank announced on Tuesday afternoon it has bailed out Otkritie Bank, which according to Interfax, "ranks 1st among privately-owned banks and 4th by assets among banking groups in Russia." Otkritie Bank's clients include (as of 2016), 29,000...

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“Mystery” Central Bank Buyer Revealed: SNB Now Owns A Record $84 Billion In US Stocks

In the second quarter of the year, one in which unlike in Q1 fund flows showed a persistent and perplexing outflow from US stocks and into European and Emerging Markets, a trading desk rumor emerged that even as institutional traders dumped stocks and retail investors piled into ETFs, a "mystery" central bank was quietly bidding up risk assets by aggressively buying stocks. And no, it was not the BOJ: the Japanese Central Bank's interventions in the stock market are familiar to all by now,...

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“The World’s Most Feared Investor” Lashes Out At Safe Spaces

Several days after Paul Singer released his much anticipated letter to investors (key excerpts here), the founder of Elliott Management was profiled on Bloomberg as the "most feared activist investor in the world—by hedge fund rivals, companies and even countries", and for good reason. Singer’s Elliott Management, which manages $34 billion of assets, has not only rarely been out of the headlines the past 18 months - in the process targeting the world’s biggest mining company, taking on Warren...

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$350 Trillion In Securities In Limbo: LIBOR To Be Phased Out By 2021

Unofficially, Libor died some time in 2012 when what until then was a giant conspiracy theory, namely that the world's most important reference index, setting the price for $350 trillion in loans, credit and derivative securities, had been rigged for years, was confirmed. Officially, Libor died earlier today when the top U.K. regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority which regulates Libor, said the scandal-plagued index would be phased out and that work would begin for a transition to...

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UBS Has Some Very Bad News For The Global Economy

At the end of February we first highlighted something extremely troubling for the global "recovery" narrative: according to UBS the global credit impulse - the second derivative of credit growth and arguably the biggest driver behind economic growth and world GDP - had abruptly stalled, as a result of a sudden and unexpected collapse in said impulse. As UBS' analyst Arend Kapteyn wrote then, the "global credit impulse (covering 77% of global GDP) has suddenly collapsed" and added that "as...

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