Turkey Will Be Ground Zero in the Next Global Debt Crisis

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Turkey is a beautiful country with a rich history including Greek, Roman and Muslim influences that make it one of the most fascinating places on Earth. It is literally a bridge between East and West: The mile-long Bosporus Bridge just north of Istanbul connects Europe and Asia across the Bosporus Strait.

Turkey has been a magnet for direct foreign investment from abroad and dollar-denominated loans by international banks to local enterprises. This investment enthusiasm is understandable given Turkey’s well-educated population of 83 million and its rank as the 17th-largest economy in the world, with a GDP of just under $1 trillion. Continue reading

Cyberthieves loot $65m worth of bitcoins in Hong Kong

This is exactly why you don’t want a cashless society. It’s not only hackers you have to worry about, but corrupt governments who can wipe away your entire life savings on command if you don’t fall in line with the regime.

 

HONG KONG — A major bitcoin exchange headquartered here reported Wednesday that roughly $65 million worth of the virtual currency had been stolen from client accounts by hackers.

After Bitfinex made the announcement, the bitcoin exchange rate against the dollar plunged more than 20% at one point.

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Russia Breaking Wall St Oil Price Monopoly

Russia has just taken significant steps that will break the present Wall Street oil price monopoly, at least for a huge part of the world oil market. The move is part of a longer-term strategy of decoupling Russia’s economy and especially its very significant export of oil, from the US dollar, today the Achilles Heel of the Russian economy.

Later in November the Russian Energy Ministry has announced that it will begin test-trading of a new Russian oil benchmark. While this might sound like small beer to many, it’s huge. If successful, and there is no reason why it won’t be, the Russian crude oil benchmark futures contract traded on Russian exchanges, will price oil in rubles and no longer in US dollars. It is part of a de-dollarization move that Russia, China and a growing number of other countries have quietly begun. Continue reading

Russia Might Implement Gold Standard to Boost Economy: Expert

The recent accumulation of gold by Russia’s central bank has sparked a discussion on whether gold standard would be an appropriate monetary policy measure for the struggling economy.

MOSCOW, December 4 (Sputnik) — Russia’s Central bank has demonstrated an increased scale of gold-buying this year, triggering diverse speculations both in the media and the expert community on whether it is a simple measure of supporting the price for the domestically produced metal, or part of a complex strategy in the economic standoff with the developed world. This way or another, there are voices suggesting its high time for Russia to introduce a gold exchange rate for the nation’s currency amid the prolonged ruble’s plunge in order to boost living standards, consumer demand and spur manufacturing sector. Continue reading