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Oct
19

MauldinEconomics  |  Patrick Watson

“There is no part of the country where the majority of middle-class older workers have adequate retirement savings to maintain their standard of living in their retirement.”

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Wall Street endlessly gushes about retirement. Its TV commercials show how wonderful life will be in our golden years—when we are old, yet still healthy and wealthy enough to go hang-gliding every day.

Meanwhile, out here in the real world, most working-age Americans don’t want to talk or even think about retirement. Often this is because they know they aren’t saving enough and probably will have to work until they drop dead.

This is the elephant in the room. 10,000 US Baby Boomers turn 65 every day. For most, life at that milestone won’t look much like the TV commercials.

That sounds dire, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s look at ways this problem could be solved.

But first, some more facts.

Retirement Shortfall Among All Income Levels

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Oct
17

Reuters  |  Rania El Gamal, Alex Lawler

“The Chinese want to secure oil supplies,” one of the industry sources said. “They are willing to take the whole 5 percent, or even more, alone.”

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DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) – China is offering to buy up to 5 percent of Saudi Aramco directly, sources said, a move that could give Saudi Arabia the flexibility to consider various options for its plan to float the world’s biggest oil producer on the stock market.

Chinese state-owned oil companies PetroChina (0857.HK) and Sinopec (0386.HK) have written to Saudi Aramco in recent weeks to express an interest in a direct deal, industry sources told Reuters. The companies are part of a state-run consortium including China’s sovereign wealth fund, the sources say.

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Oct
13

ZeroHedge  |  Tyler Durde

Gold is up almost 4% this week, surging back above $1300 as China gets back from holiday…

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Oct
13

CNBC  |  Sam Meredith

China will “compel” Saudi Arabia to trade oil in yuan and, when this happens, the rest of the oil market will follow suit and abandon the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

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  • “I believe that yuan pricing of oil is coming and as soon as the Saudis move to accept it — as the Chinese will compel them to do — then the rest of the oil market will move along with them,” Carl Weinberg, chief economist and managing director at High Frequency Economics, told CNBC
  • In recent years, several nations opposed to the dollar being the world’s reserve currency have progressively sought to try and abandon it
  • OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia is at the crux of the petrodollar

 

China will “compel” Saudi Arabia to trade oil in yuan and, when this happens, the rest of the oil market will follow suit and abandon the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency, a leading economist told CNBC on Monday.

Carl Weinberg, chief economist and managing director at High Frequency Economics, said Beijing stands to become the most dominant global player in oil demand since China usurped the U.S. as the “biggest oil importer on the planet.”

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Oct
13

MoneyMetals  |  Jim Rickards

Oct
13

SnakeHoleLounge  |  Economic and Financial Analysis Without The Snake Juice

As New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen crooned, we’re Goin’ Down.

According to the Bank of England, household unsecured credit availability sank to its lowest level in 10 years.

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While household secured credit availability was also in negative territory, it was not as bad a unsecured credit availability.  The reason?  Consumer lending curb to slowdown a hot market.

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Oct
13

SchiffGold  |  Adam Schiff

Gold also has physical characteristics crypto-curriencies lack.

Cryptocurrencies have shown a lot of resiliency. Every time doubters proclaim Bitcoin is on the mat for good, it manages to claw its way back up.

Bitcoin went into a freefall after the Chinese government announced plans to ban cryptocurrency trading on all domestic exchanges. But early Monday, the digital currency hit its highest level since early September.

The steady climb of Bitcoin and its meteoric rise this year have led to some speculation that digital currencies may usurp gold. There have been headlines proclaiming cryptocurrencies are killing the yellow metal. But there are some fundamental reasons cryptos will never replace gold.

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Oct
11

TheDailyEconomist  |  Egon Von Greyerz

400 ounce gold bars that were bought by the bank for the client in 2005, were cast in 2011, so the gold never existed.

On October 8, well respected gold trader and Managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Management, Egon von Greyerz, spoke in an interview of some very disturbing occurrences taking place in Swiss banks when it comes to individuals and organizations keeping gold deposits held in their vaults.  And Greyerz went on to give a dire warning that banks are no longer a safe repository for your assets as they will securitize them, and in some cases not return your gold to you upon request.

Egon von Greyerz:  “Don’t hold gold in a Swiss Bank or in any bank in any country. We regularly see examples both in mid-tier and large Swiss banks that should make bank clients very concerned. Here are some examples:

  • A client stores physical gold in a bank but when he wants us to organize a transfer to private vaults, the gold doesn’t exist and the bank must acquire it.

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