Category Archives: Economics

India Hikes Duty on Imported Gold, Seeking to Bring Down Trade Deficit

By | July 6, 2022

In its attempt to relieve the pressure against the rupee, the Indian government announced on July 1 that it had hiked the duty on imported gold by five percentage points to 12.5%. However, there are fears the import duty hike will spur a resurgence in the smuggling of the commodity. India’s Worsening Trade Deficit Faced… Read More »

Zimbabwe to Hike Benchmark Rate to 200%, Central Bank Minted Gold Coins to Act as Store of Value

By | June 28, 2022

After seeing the country’s inflation rise to 191.6% in June, Zimbabwean monetary authorities said they have resolved to increase the benchmark interest rate to 200% per annum. In addition, the central bank said it will introduce gold coins which will act as an instrument that will “enable investors to store value.” Discouraging Speculative Borrowing Monetary… Read More »

Lebanon Inflation Rate Surges to 211%, Economist Steve Hanke Recommends a Currency Board

By | June 26, 2022

As political leaders in crisis-hit Lebanon bicker over positions in the yet-to-be-formed government, the country’s runaway inflation rate surged to 211% in May 2022, new data has shown. Economist Steve Hanke insists that a currency board is a solution to Lebanon’s currency woes. Black Market in Fuel Driving Inflation The inflation rate in crisis-torn Lebanon… Read More »

Goldman Sachs Sees Higher US Recession Risk Citing Concerns the Fed Will ‘Respond Forcefully’ to High Inflation

By | June 22, 2022

Goldman Sachs’ economists now see an increased risk of a U.S. recession. “We are increasingly concerned that the Fed will feel compelled to respond forcefully to high headline inflation and consumer inflation expectations if energy prices rise further, even if activity slows sharply,” they explained. Goldman Sachs on Increased Risk of Recession Goldman Sachs’ economists,… Read More »

White House Defends Trillion-Dollar Stimulus While Jamie Dimon and Larry Summers Warn of Runaway Inflation

By | May 27, 2021

On Wednesday the White House defended President Joe Biden’s trillion-dollar spending proposals despite the criticism concerning rising inflation and low-interest rates. Inflation has risen at unprecedented levels in the U.S. and the average American’s purchasing power is growing less powerful. Now critics like JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and American economist Larry Summers have blasted… Read More »

South Africa Reserve Bank Commences Retail CBDC Feasibility Study

By | May 27, 2021

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) says it has commenced a feasibility study for a general-purpose retail central bank digital currency (CBDC). The study, which the SARB expects to conclude in 2022, will focus on the issuance of a domestic CBDC that can be used by consumers in South Africa for general retail purposes. Study… Read More »

Bank of Korea Seeking Technology to Develop Digital Currency

By | May 25, 2021

South Korea’s monetary policy regulator is taking steps to create its own digital coin. Bank of Korea is now looking for a technology provider to develop a test environment for the project. The news comes after major commercial banks expressed skepticism over their cooperation with domestic cryptocurrency exchanges. Central Bank of Korea to Launch Pilot… Read More »

Data Suggests Fed’s MBS Operations and Wall Street Investors Behind Inflated US Real Estate Market

By | May 22, 2021

The Federal Reserve and America’s big banks have significantly inflated home prices across the U.S. according to a number of statistics. In many towns across the nation, home sales are facing bidding wars and certain regions are seeing property shortages. One report notes that homebuyers are bidding against “pension funds and Wall Street types,” as… Read More »

US Dollar Drops to a Three-Year Low, Greenback Could Dip 10% Lower, Fed Still Not Ready to Taper QE

By | May 20, 2021

America’s currency has been flirting with lows again, as the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) dropped to a low of 89 on Tuesday and the following Thursday. This is the third time since April 2018, the DXY has been this weak, and some analysts think the currency could drop even lower. US Dollar ‘Is a Bit… Read More »