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China Working Quietly to Buy Up Gold

The Fed’s preferred measures of inflation are so low they’re in the Fed’s panic zone. What gives? “There’s an ideal playbook, and it would look something like this,” James Rickards, author of the New York Times bestseller Currency Wars,explained. “You’d have higher inflation than we have today, but not…

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Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production. The Ukrainian military’s showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced…

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Why Central Banks Worry about Ukraine

Investors seem hopeful that Russia and the West can step back from their standoff over Ukraine. There are still plenty of reasons, though, for central bankers to be concerned. Markets around the world rallied this week, helped by indications of reduced tensions in Ukraine. Russia withdrew troops from the border.

Palestinians wait to receive food supplies from a United Nations food distribution center in Khan Younis

Gaza Truce Collapses, Israel Orders Negotiators Home

A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel, prompting Israeli airstrikes that health officials said killed a woman and a young girl. Accusing Gaza Islamists of breaking the truce, Israel promptly recalled its negotiators from talks in Cairo, leaving the fate of Egyptian-brokered efforts to secure a lasting peace hanging in the balance.…