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Week End Blog – A Week of Gold & Currencies

This week in financial markets was a lot about gold and currencies. In what was considered a sideshow for quite some time, the upcoming Swiss gold referendum suddenly made its way to the headlines. 685 more words


Notes From Underground: A Short Hiatus Before Year-End Volatility Rises

For the next few days I will be resting, hoping to enjoy some peace before the potential storms that face the financial markets at the end of 2014. 740 more words


Notes From Underground: Another G-20 Communique ... Yada, Yada, Yada

The gathering in Brisbane, Australia provided a backdrop for the world’s leaders to reveal their warm and fuzzy sides to the cameras as koalas were distributed… 1,054 more words


Is the SNB on New York’s leash?

“Is the SNB on New York’s leash?” this is the question once rethorically asked by well known Swiss banker, financial adviser and author of ‘Gold Wars’ 3,839 more words


Week End Blog – With Slow Growth, Oil Scares and Currency Wars

The Euro zone only grew 0.2% in the third quarter, and yet this was a positive surprise. And to make clear just how slow growth has been, that same 0.2% was also higher than the average GDP growth in the last ten years of 0.18%. 670 more words


Notes From Underground: Let's Skip to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

It is not often that investors are treated to the wisdom of U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. I am sure that Mr. Lew is a fine man but he is an example of a political appointment serving in a role beyond his pay grade. 702 more words


Notes From Underground: Solid Unemployment Report Yet Perplexing Market Reaction

In the recent blog post I opined that the nonfarm payrolls (NFP) would be above the long-hoped for 300,000. The actual number was a “tepid” 214,000. 731 more words