The chaos that one day will ensue from our 35-year experiment with worldwide fiat money will require a return to money of real value. We will know that day is approaching when oil-producing countries demand gold, or its equivalent, for their oil...
The moped and its bigger, flashier cousin, the scooter, are swarming out of Jimmy Carter's America and into George W. Bush's republic - a movement propelled by soaring gasoline prices surpassing those of the late 1970s and by legions of Ameri
The euro's bid to become an alternative world reserve currency received another vote of confidence this week as more central banks diversify away from dollars, boosting the region's government bonds. The euro hit a seven-month high above $
"The US, by itself, cannot and should not be expected to resolve the problem, but we, like other major participants in the global economy have an important role to play," Treasury Sec. John Snow said. "However, the US does not have a s
Oil rose to a new peak of $75 a barrel on Friday as investment funds snapped up crude futures and tension mounted over Iran's nuclear intentions.
The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 index turned negative on Friday as crude oil prices rose above $75 a barrel, increasing worries about higher energy costs for companies and consumers.
The International Monetary Fund stepped up the pressure for far-reaching shifts in exchange rates, declaring that the dollar will have to depreciate “significantly” over the medium term if global economic imbalances are to be resolved in an orderly f
Oil hit a record $72.64 a barrel on Tuesday as Iran defied world pressure to halt its nuclear program, raising new fears of a cut in supplies from the world's fourth-biggest crude exporter.
Gold put on more than $7 an ounce on Thursday as investors bet the rally driving prices to their highest in a quarter century was gaining momentum. Record-high oil prices stoking fears that inflation will bite into the dollar's buying clout ha
European Brent crude oil held firm near its $74-a-barrel record high on Thursday after a steep drawdown in U.S. gasoline stocks fueled fears of tight summer supplies at a time of growing anxiety over Iran's exports.
States and local governments are borrowing less for the first time in four years, the result of soaring tax collections that have created budget surpluses in 42 states. Higher interest rates, which make borrowing more expensive, also played a
China is moving "agonisingly slow" in making its currency flexible, Deputy US Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said, ahead of a bilateral summit where the currency issue is expected to hog the agenda.
The American dollar’s great influence on the global economy and its dominance seems to be coming to an end.
The dollar fell sharply against the euro and yen in Asia on a media report suggesting that China might reduce its purchases of U.S. Treasury holdings, and amid speculation that U.S. interest rates may have peaked.
Depending on the commodity, China now accounted for between 20% and 30% of total global demand
What some analysts posit is the real concern for the United States is Iran's plan to open its own oil exchange — the Iranian Oil Bourse (IOB) — with the alleged goal of becoming the dominant center of the Middle East's oil trade.
The average U.S. retail price of gasoline jumped by a dime last week to $2.78 a gallon, an increase of 10 cents from the previous week. Pump prices are 54.6 cents higher than a year ago.
A pair of weaker-than-expected readings on the housing and manufacturing sectors in April sparked concerns about near-term economic strength. Tensions over Iran's nuclear ambitions struck energy markets, causing oil prices to finish above $70 a
Pressure on China to allow the nation's currency to rise faster may intensify after President Hu Jintao said yesterday that the world's fourth-largest economy grew faster than economists expected.
news.goldseek.com/DailyReckoning - There also a flurry of excitement last week, when a rumor that the U.S. Federal Reserve had printed up, suddenly, $2 trillion in cash.
n its monthly accounting of the government's books, the Treasury Department reported Wednesday that federal spending totaled $250 billion last month, up 13.7 percent from March 2005.
Yields also are rising on speculation that higher short-term interest rates and improving economic growth prospects in Japan and Europe will entice people in those regions to invest domestically rather than in U.S. Treasuries.
Nucor Chief Executive Daniel R. DiMicco sees a train wreck coming. True, Charlotte (N.C.)-based Nucor Corp., America's top steelmaker, had a banner year in 2005. But China now churns out more steel than the U.S., Japan, and Europe combined. Despi
The European single currency firmed to 1.2155 dollars from 1.2144 dollars late on Tuesday in New York. The dollar dipped to 118.19 yen, from 118.21 on Tuesday." The narrowing trade deficit is not expected to give much sustained support for the d
The US trade deficit narrowed 4.1% in February to $65.7 billion, as imports fell by the largest amount in nearly a year and the bilateral trade gap with China shrank 22.7%, the US Commerce Department said.
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Existing home sales are expected to fall 6% in 2006. Demand for new homes is expected to fall 10.9%. Prices for new and existing homes are also expected to slow from their previous rate of growth, while still maintaining steady rates of increase over
The price of copper chalked up a historic high owing to supply concerns, while gold and silver hit multi-year highs on soaring investor interest. With high crude prices raising fears about inflation, investors are rushing to invest in gold, which is
Oil prices briefly surpassed $69 a barrel Tuesday, gaining strength from a rally in gasoline futures and declarations from Iran's president that the country had successfully enriched uranium for the first time.
Gasoline prices are surging again with summer on the horizon, pushing or even passing $3 a gallon in some places. Meanwhile, drivers aren't expected to ease off on their mileage, sending demand higher than last year — but they are grumbling.