The world economy can’t handle even one US rate hike, strategist Sri-Kumar says

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Even one small interest rate increase by the Fed could have a sweeping impact on U.S. and world economies, Komal Sri-Kumar told CNBC on Monday.

“I think they are going to hike” on March 15, Sri-Kumar said on “Squawk Box,” echoing a theory shared by many analysts. “But that is going to prompt capital outflows from the euro zone, especially with the political risk. It is going to increase the capital outflow from China, and the U.S. economy will feel the impact.”

These moves would strengthen the dollar against other currencies, putting downward pressure on the euro, said Sri-Kumar, president of Sri-Kumar Global Strategies. Continue reading

China currency war fears causing collapse in U.S. stock market

(NaturalNews) Americans and people all over the world are still traumatized from the 2007 and 2008 crash that altered world economies. In many ways, we are still recovering from that crisis and countless people and regions worldwide are still recovering. Think Greece, and Brazil; these countries have never fully recovered. So when the headlines today are sounding the alarm about U.S. stock markets taking a plunge, people everywhere are bracing themselves for the worst possible scenario. Can we really weather another 2008 crash? (Article republished from Collapse.news.) Continue reading

What sanctions? Top five countries buying oil from Iran.

Third-world economies have no bottom, therefore sanctions are unlikely to be as hard hitting as most believe. There will always be another customer for oil.

Iran is the third-largest exporter of crude oil in the world, behind Saudi Arabia and Russia. Its economy relies heavily on oil exports. Recent Western sanctions have targeted Iran’s oil industry in hopes of pressuring Tehran to address international concerns about its nuclear program.

However, the effect of the sanctions could be limited if Iran’s top customers keep buying oil, or even increase their imports. According to tallies from June 2011, here are the top 5 importers of Iranian oil:

1. China

2. India

3. Japan

4. South Korea

5. Turkey

Full article: What sanctions? Top five countries buying oil from Iran. (The Christian Science Monitor)

Showdown: Iran stockpiling oil by the millions of barrels in tankers

Sanctions, while having somewhat of an impact on the Iranian economy, are not effective enough. History tells us that third world economies have no bottom — especially those with a solid oil revenue foundation and a long list of alternative clientele. They have also stopped trading oil in dollars.

LONDON — Iran, facing Western sanctions and attack threats, has been
quietly storing millions of barrels of crude oil in the Gulf.

Industry sources said the Teheran regime, which oversees production of 3.5 million barrels per day, was preparing for an international embargo on fuel exports to Iran.

Full article: Showdown: Iran stockpiling oil by the millions of barrels in tankers (World Tribune)