Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tag: Investors

China’s Army of Global Homebuyers Is Suddenly Short on Cash

China's escalating crackdown on capital outflows is sending shudders through property markets around the world. In London, Chinese citizens who clamored to purchase flats at the city’s tallest apartment tower three months ago are now struggling to transfer their down payments. In Silicon Valley, Keller Williams Realty says inquiries from...

Saudis, China Dump Treasuries; Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $375 Billion In US...

One month ago, when we last looked at the Fed's update of Treasuries held in custody, we noted something troubling: the number had dropped sharply, declining by over $22 billion in one week, one of the the biggest weekly declines since January 2015, pushing the total amount of custodial...

Trump Allies Urge Fed to Cut Balance Sheet and Revive Credit

Bond investors may have another reason to worry after Donald Trump's election last week: Some of his allies are not fans of the Federal Reserve’s big balance sheet of bonds and want the central bank to shrink it. They argue that the Fed's debt portfolio has damaged the economy by...

Bonds bloodied as Trump spending plans spur dollar

Routs in global bonds and emerging markets intensified, while the dollar climbed with base metals as investors positioned for the wave of fiscal stimulus that Donald Trump has pledged to unleash. The yield on 30-year Treasuries rose to the highest since January, with last week’s record debt selloff bleeding into...

Beware Donald Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

We don’t know much about Donald Trump's plans for this new toy he’s inherited called the world’s only superpower. But we know that he likes to put his name on things, which is why his prioritizing of an infrastructure program makes a lot of sense. He can barnstorm the...

James Rickards: The Petro Dollar Is Dead, Dollar Devaluation, Pensions Lost, World Currency

James Rickards is the Editor of Strategic Intelligence, a financial newsletter, and Director of The James Rickards Project, an inquiry into the complex dynamics of geopolitics + global capital. He is the author of The New Case for Gold (April 2016), and two New York Times best sellers, The...

While You Weren’t Looking, Donald Trump Released a Plan to Privatize America’s Roads and...

So this is kind of cute. While most of us were tearing our hair out over the FBI and Hillary Clinton's emails last weekend, Donald Trump's campaign quietly released a plan to privatize new infrastructure development in the United States. I know, that's not very sexy on the surface....

Saudis, China Dump Treasuries; Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $346 Billion In US...

One month ago, when we last looked at the Fed's update of Treasuries held in custody, we noted something troubling: the number dropped sharply, declining by over $27.5 billion in one week, the biggest weekly drop since January 2015, pushing the total amount of custodial paper to $2.83 trillion,...

HSBC: There’s Now a Very High Chance of a Severe Fall In U.S. Stocks

The technicals don't look good. Yesterday's big stocks drop may have just been the beginning. Or so says HSBC Holdings Plc technical analyst Murray Gunn. In a new note, Gunn says he is now on alert for a big dip in U.S. equities. "With the U.S. stock market selling off aggressively...

Understanding Deutsche Bank’s $47 Trillion Derivatives Book

Size of figure can be misleading, but some of those assets are hard to value, stoking concern among investors. Shares in Deutsche Bank AG have fallen by more than 48% this year amid concerns that the lender faces a hefty fine from the Justice Department and as its core lending...

Deutsche Bank Charged Over Paschi Accounts as Legal Hits Mount

Deutsche Bank AG was dealt a fresh blow on Saturday when an Italian court charged the company, an employee and five former executives for colluding with Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA to falsify the Italian lender’s accounts in 2008. Michele Faissola, who oversaw global rates at the time,...

Saudi Arabia Injects $5.3 Billion Into Banks to Ease Crunch

Saudi Arabia's central bank stepped up efforts to support lenders in the Arab world’s biggest economy as they grapple with the effects of low oil prices. Banks’ shares advanced. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, as the central bank is known, is giving banks about 20 billion riyals ($5.3 billion) of time deposits...

Profit Slump for S&P 500 Heads for a Sixth Straight Quarter

Analysts have been cutting estimates for U.S. earnings, after earlier projecting a return to growth during the third quarter. The third quarter was supposed to be when earnings growth returned to U.S. companies. Not anymore. Companies in the S&P 500 are now expected to report an earnings decline for the sixth...

Merkel Rules out Assistance for Deutsche Bank, Focus Reports

Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out any state assistance for Deutsche Bank AG in the year heading into the national election in September 2017, Focus magazine reported, citing unidentified government officials. The German leader also declined to step into the Frankfurt-based bank’s legal imbroglio with the U.S. Justice Department, which...

The Weird New Normal of Negative Interest Rates

The United States, Germany, and other economic powerhouses haven't learned the dire lessons of Japan's lost decades. In 1998, when I was a reporter in Tokyo, an event happened that economists once thought impossible. Japan was at the height of its banking crisis, and as panic swelled, short-term market interest...

Dividends Are What Matter Now

Many investors turn to high-yielding shares as interest rates slide, but risk could increase. Dividends are playing an unusually large role in the stock market’s run to record highs, adding to investors’ concerns about stretched valuations and soft corporate earnings. The five-year rolling correlation between S&P 500 companies’ dividend yield and...

It’s Gone – Why Foreign Demand For US Treasuries Has Disappeared

Last week's TIC data confirmed something the Fed's Treasury custody account has indicated for the past several months: foreign demand for US government bonds has not only tumbled, but there has been aggressive selling. So much so, in fact, that in the past 12 months foreign central banks have sold...

What China’s SDR Bond Issue Really Means

This is the first step toward one world currency. They promised, they delivered. The World Bank will issue a $2.8 billion SDR bond, or Special Drawing Rights bond, in China in August. Separately, the China Development Bank will also issue between $300 million and $800 million of SDR notes. China, the...

Trillions in Murky Investments Could Rock China’s Economy

A Shanghai investment firm is offering a fat return of up to 10 percent a year, handily beating both the local stock market and the paltry payouts from bank accounts. It requires a minimum deposit of about $15, making it accessible to just about anyone. Investors can pull out...

Mystery Buyer Revealed: Swiss National Bank’s US Stock Holdings Rose 50% In First Half,...

In a month, quarter and year, in which many have scratched their heads trying to answer just who is buying stocks, as both retail and smart money investors have been aggressively selling... In the second quarter, the Swiss National Bank added $7.3 billion to its US equity portfolio, and according...

Europe’s Future Will Be Decided at a Quaint Renaissance Italian Bank

Italy's third largest bank needs a bailout. What happens next could mean a revolution in Rome – or in Brussels. Italy's Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena would seem to be the archetype of a good, locally based, non-exploitative financial institution. The oldest bank in the world, with headquarters located...

Inside the Corporate Utopias Where Capitalism Rules and Labor Laws Don’t Apply

Under Cambodian law, the right to organize is supposed to be ironclad. No employer, government agent or citizen may impede union activity. Inside the walls of Cambodia's largest special economic zones (SEZs), however, In These Times’ reporters saw a system designed to tightly control the workforce by keeping workers...

Why is the gold price rising? Five forces driving the precious metal

Hoarding gold is a centuries-old reaction to times of crisis, and the aftermath of the EU referendum vote is no different. The yellow metal has soared in value since Britain voted to leave the European Union as investors shoot towards traditional "safe haven" assets. Prices have reached a three-year high as Brexit worries intensify. An ounce of gold is now worth...

How Central Banks Inverted the World

Murray Rothbard would be turning in his grave. The American economist wrote in his 1983 book 'The Mystery of Banking' that central bank intervention was often disastrous. Whether the latest round of stimulus, which has generated a slew of negative rates globally, will end badly is yet to be...

Selling spree: Price spike dulls gold’s luster for Indian buyers

While high-end jewelry shops in Mumbai's Zaveri bazaar are scratching for customers after a jump in local gold prices, Jitendra Jain, a scrap gold buyer in India's biggest bullion market, is doing brisk business. "Since prices have risen, I decided to sell old jewelry that I stopped using long back,"...

Silver Up 44.7% in First Half of 2016

While investors have primarily focused on gold’s bull run, silver has quietly outperformed the yellow metal. Between Jan. 1 and July 11, the price of silver increased 44.7%, according to the Silver Institute. The price of gold increased 27.7% in that same time period. The Silver Institute said the surge in...

Meet the Motley Crew Charged With Seeing Britain Out of the EU

The new government has no fewer than five officials appointed to implement the Brexit. And no one — including them — knows how they’re going to do it. The prime minister who took power because of the Brexit just formed a cabinet shaped by the Brexit — but it’s not...

Sorry, gold and silver lovers, the party’s almost over

The precious metals may be in a bear market for another 10 to 15 years. Precious metals have been one of the best places to be in the market in 2016. As of July 8, gold had surged 31% from its December 2015 lows, while silver had skyrocketed by 50%. During...

Pound sterling could slide below $1.20 because of Brexit, Goldman Sachs warns

Analysts have said the pound still has further to slide. The pound fell as low as $1.28 against the dollar in overnight trading after warnings about the financial stability of the UK after Brexit spooked investors. Sterling was trading at $1.29 in mid-morning trading on Tuesday, down 0.63 per cent on...

Here’s why silver is shining brighter than gold

Silver prices hit a two-year high Monday, climbing above $21 an ounce, as the precious metal continues to gain from the safe-haven rally following the UK referendum, driven mostly by a sudden jump in Chinese demand. Asian buyers scooped up vast volumes of physical silver overnight, with the Shanghai Futures...

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