China says it is on a fast track to liberalizing its tightly controlled and state-dominated banking system, according to statements by Chinese central bank authorities earlier this year. The push to approve privately owned banks, widely viewed as a logical next step in China’s economic reform efforts, seems to be developing more quickly than expected. But at the end of the day, China’s banks, private or state, will still be part and parcel of a doomed global central banking system hopelessly addicted to ballooning debt and paper money.
Flimsy Fiat Financial Foundations Fail Frequently
Once dynastic China turned to paper fiat currency, their destiny was set: They simply kept creating more and more. Hyperinflation followed, until finally the government abandoned paper, and silver became legal currency for the next 500 years.
May 03 2014
American hero, Nobel prize winner and physicist Richard Feynman comments on his expectations on data in a democracy.
Quite appropriate, as it must be mentioned that with Nicholas Metropolis, he assisted in establishing the IBM punched cards system used in cataloging enemies in Nazi Germany (Wikipedia).
Today Feynman teaches physics the world-over, every day (recorded lectures on the Internet), as he sadly passed away Feb 15, 1988.
May 26 2013
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s central bank, holds a vast amount of foreign currency in reserve. At the end of 2012, China’s hoard stood at $3.3 trillion and rising, a 700% increase since 2004 and enough to purchase the gold reserves of every central bank on Earth twice over. China’s reserves are far and away the largest of any central bank.
Most of China’s foreign exchange reserve comes from the country’s huge trade surplus. Global demand for Chinese goods provides a stream of foreign currency into manufacturers and suppliers. Businesses in turn deposit the dollars, euros, pounds or yen in exchange for Chinese yuan, and the foreign notes end up at the People’s Bank of China. China also accumulated foreign currency to maintain the yuan at an artificially low rate of exchange. A low exchange rate keeps the price of Chinese exports low and reinforces trade surpluses. Through 2010, China pegged the renminbi to the dollar. Since then, valuation is tightly controlled within a small range.
Apr 27 2013
For every technological advance that man makes, there occurs a concurrent, or sometimes subsequent, shift in how humans interact with their world. This was true when fire was discovered, when the automobile was invented and, most recently, when the Internet became ubiquitous in most households.
For some, the Internet is the path to freedom, understanding and knowledge. For others it is feared, suspected and requires intense scrutiny and control.
Of all the issues raised by the advent of the Internet, security and privacy are two of the most divisive. For technology companies like Google and Yahoo, the need to increase and mine ever increasing amounts of personal data on individual users is preeminent. For governments, the fear of subversive activities motivates a desire for increased regulation and oversight. For users the fear of loss of privacy is a constant worry.
The current battle between Google and the European Union (EU) illustrates the tug-of-war between these three parties.
Jan 28 2013
When the word is spoken, the United States of America comes to mind. Yet America titles an entire hemisphere, divided into both north and south, which is promptly forgotten by the legacy media. Not only are the lesser-debt-riddled western countries richer, they are many times more exciting. Then outgoing Chinese president Hu Jintao originally called “the present U.S. dollar-dominated currency system a product of the past,”and the “dictatorship” of the dollar swipe came from Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.
Despite varying cultures and geographic locations, nations of all stripes are encouraging one another to move away from trade in dollars. Southern American nations in particular, just like families globally, have sought independence from the silent tax of the ubiquitous dollar, a tax which is currently set to increase alongside the rate of increasing supply.
Jan 21 2013
It is possible with the same freedom of choice in money that U.S. citizens struggle for, North Korea could meet the new ambitious goals laid out by its new young leader, including to become an “economic giant.” As the U.S. already achieved this goal decades ago, it is worth considering how it was done: A foundation of sound money was the most important factor in both U.S. development and now its degradation. As F.A. Hayek would say to the North Koreans:
Jim Rogers, a fund manager with a classical economics perspective, often speaks of how quickly lines on a map change, and he has expected good to come for the Korean Peninsula. In many ways, Rogers has been right again; good has come to pass.
Dec 14 2012
The Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society (CGSE) recently announced its intention to initiate another deliverable physical silver contract, with trades denominated in the Hong Kong dollar.
GSGE is the authorized spot market in Hong Kong for physical gold and silver, and delivery will have a 956 oz. (30kg) minimum compared to the 5000oz. minimum at the COMEX in New York.
Nov 30 2012
Do you know what Canada, the U.S., China and Ireland all have in common? If you guessed that they have all experienced, or are currently experiencing, a housing bubble, give yourself a gold star. As all bubbles ultimately do, the Canadian housing bubble is on the path to bursting. The good news, according to recent CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) reports, is that Canadians are in much better shape than their neighbors to the south—despite the fact that the U.S. household debt as a percent of disposable income barely touched 130% at the peak of the bubble, whereas the Canadian ratio is above 160% and climbing.
According to CIBC economist Benjamin Tal, the thing that makes Canada’s housing bubble different from the catastrophic U.S. real estate bubble that burst in 2006 is borrower profiles.