Russia is boosting its gold reserves as prices plunge

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Russia has been building its gold reserves as part of a continuing effort to reallocate its reserve portfolio.

“Russia has been aiming to diversify its forex reserves for some time, but that process was accelerated by sanctions against the country last year,” said Martina Bozadzhieva, head of research for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Frontier Strategy Group. Continue reading

China’s Silk Road strategy ‘draws interest from over 50 countries’

China’s initiative to build the Silk Road economic belt and the 21st century maritime Silk Road has received interest from more than 50 countries, an official said Saturday. Continue reading

Who Is The New Secret Buyer Of U.S. Debt?

On the surface, the economic atmosphere of the U.S. has appeared rather calm and uneventful. Stocks are up, employment isn’t great but jobs aren’t collapsing into the void (at least not openly), and the U.S. dollar seems to be going strong. Peel away the thin veneer, however, and a different financial horror show is revealed.

Employment has been boosted only in statistical presentation, and not in reality. The Labor Department’s creative accounting of job numbers omits numerous factors, the most important being the issue of long term unemployed. Millions of people who have been jobless for so long they no longer qualify for benefits are being removed from the rolls. This quiet catastrophe has the side bonus of making it appear as though unemployment is going down. Continue reading