Forget the Shutdown, Our Next Problem is the Dollar

The chatter against the dollar as global reserve currency has ramped up in recent days. The risks are huge and largely ignored. Even allies are questioning how long the dollar can sustain its status in light of our enormous debt and deficit. Now, with the government shutdown in place and a political battle over the debt ceiling, our enemies are looking at the possibility of an attack on our currency during the confusion.

Sadly, too many believe that our dollar will remain permanently strong. Of course, these are in many cases the same people who would argue that deficits don’t matter and that the Treasury could mint $1 trillion platinum coins, essentially making up money out of thin air, and no one would complain. They are living in a fantasy world, emboldened by doctored government statistics that attempt to show there is no inflation in the system. Continue reading

Oil industry sees China winning, West losing from Iran sanctions

Russia is also who will precisely benefit from an actual war on Iran. Not only through weapons and technology sales in the prelude to war, but through the oil and gas trade. Thus, it is also in Russia’s interests to escalate tensions with their middle east proxies against the west.

(Reuters) – As the European Union prepares to ban Iranian oil and the United States turns the screw on payments, oil executives and policymakers say China and Russia stand to gain the most and Western oil firms and consumers may emerge the biggest losers.

Iran will continue to sell much the same volume of oil – 2.6 million barrels per day or around 3 percent of world supply – but almost all of it will flow to China, they reason. And being pretty much Iran’s only remaining customer, Beijing will be able to negotiate a much reduced price.

The EU will ban Iranian oil from July. The United States plans sanctions on Iran’s central bank and possibly its shipping firm. European headquartered oil firms such as France’s Total and Royal Dutch Shell have already abandoned Iranian oil purchases or are in the process of doing so.

Continue reading article: Oil industry sees China winning, West losing from Iran sanctions (Reuters)