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Gold rises as negative inflation keeps Fed rate hike on the ropes

“The crash of 2016 really is coming,” MarketWatch columnist warns

Gold prices got a lift Thursday as Chinese consumers returned from their multiday Lunar New Year holiday. Bullion hit about $1,220 in a 1% surge before paring gains as the trading day progressed. | More

Gold News

Gold skyrockets in Ukraine’s currency as hyperinflation sets in

Eurozone loads up on bullion in January, IMF reports

The eurozone just loaded up on gold in January, according to new data from the International Monetary Fund, and it’s easy to see why given the economic turmoil in Greece. | More

Blanchard Economic Research Unit

Rand Paul’s “Audit the Fed” Crusade: Greater Transparency or Dangerous Meddling?

Passage Could Be Bad For U.S. Stocks And Good For Gold Prices

In January, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky reintroduced the so-called “Audit the Fed” bill (officially named “The Federal Reserve Transparency Act”) with 30 co-sponsors, among them fellow Republican presidential hopefuls Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida. | More

Gold News

Austria sees high “risk” in storing gold at Bank of England

Will Vienna be the next to launch a recall of bullion in foreign vaults?

Last year Austria started getting concerned about the state of its gold reserves held at the Bank of England, and it demanded an audit. Its skittishness about whether the reserves are all there is part of a growing trend that has seen nations from Venezuela to The Netherlands to Germany acte to recall their gold reserves held in foreign vaults. | More

Gold News

Ex-Fed chief Greenspan warns U.S. economy is “not strong”

Slowing 4th-quarter GDP is another reason to be long gold “and adding,” exec says

Gold made another push back toward $1,220 on Friday as the latest estimate of fourth-quarter U.S. GDP showed that the economy is growing more slowly than thought. | More

Gold News

“Gold may take a shine to $1,700 an oz. by 2016,” MarketWatch says

CNBC also files its own optimistic report for longer-term bullion prices

Impatient with gold’s recent performance after its new-year breakout? Two major financial news organizations have just issued positive stories about gold’s longer-term prospects. | More

Investment News

Steady on

John Paulson maintains gold exposure as other hedge funds exit

Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson, the largest holder of the SPDR Gold Trust, held his position of 10.23 million shares in the three months ending December 31, 2014. It was the sixth consecutive quarter that Paulson made no change to his position, according to Bloomberg. | More

Investment News

Why aren’t lower gas prices aren’t boosting retail sales?

Maybe because consumers are spending more on heating

Gas prices have headed up lately, but still remain more than a dollar a gallon lower than this time last year. Economists have been waiting for the savings to show up in increased consumer spending, but demand continues to be weak. | More

Investment News

Which banks could take the whole system down?

JPMorgan Chase, Citi, B of A rank highest in potential hazard

A new study from Treasury’s Office of Financial Research finds that the United States’ largest banks still pose substantial risks. | More

Gold News

Negative interest rates come to U.S. via J.P. Morgan

Meanwhile, Israel becomes 20th central bank to cut rates this year

Add the Bank of Israel to the growing list of central banks that are slashing – not raising – interest rates. In yet another “surprise” hike in the financial sector, the Tel Aviv bank cut its benchmark rate to just above zero Monday. | More

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