Central banks are institutions that manage a nation’s currency, money supply, and interest rates. Central banks also oversee a nation’s banking system and are the lenders of last resort in a time of crisis. Central banks are normally a separate body from the political establishment. The goal of central banks is to create stability and low inflation in the system.
Irrationality prevails in global stock markets and I believe it’s because of the actions of central banks. What’s happening with central banks and their involvement with equity markets not only is unprecedented, but it also will not end well.
Japanese Stock Market Topping 20,000
Just look at the chart below of the Tokyo Nikkei Average—a key measure of Japanese stocks…. Read More
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Is Gold Bullion at a Crossroads?
Gold has had a remarkable run since it started its nascent rise in early 2001, climbing more than 650% between April 2001 and September 2011. Since then, gold prices have either taken a breather or are preparing for another upswing. Based on the gold purchases made by central banks over the last three years, it appears as though many are preparing for the worst…. Read More
With 20 central banks indicating they may lower interest rates even further, a world economic slowdown underway, and bellwether copper prices collapsing, U.S. multinational companies (and their stock prices) will not escape the malaise facing the global economy.
Central Banks Concerned Regarding Global Economic Slowdown?
The mainstream media will have you believe central banks across the global economy are slashing their benchmark interest rates…. Read More
The amount of pessimism towards gold companies is severe. If you have been listening to the mainstream financial outlets, you may be convinced by now that they are the worst investment you can add to your portfolio. But I disagree with this notion. In fact, I believe mining companies are setting up to provide investors with solid returns in the long-term…. Read More
As it stands, we are seeing wild swings in the currency markets. The only currency that’s performing well is the U.S. dollar. Other currencies, like the Canadian dollar, euro, Japanese yen, Australian dollar, and British pound, are in a definitive downtrend. The Swiss franc is seeing historical moves due to its central bank’s interventions.
How long these trends will last is hard to tell, but from my experience, I know that trends in currencies can last much longer than those in the stock markets and commodities…. Read More