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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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Unemployment Rises in Most U.S. States in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in 30 U.S. states last month, even as employers in two-thirds of the states stepped up hiring. The trends reflect an increase in job-hunters nationwide as an improving economy has encouraged more people to seek work. The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates fell in eight states in…

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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.

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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.…

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Three Geopolitical Risks Investors are Ignoring

From Ukraine to Gaza, geopolitical risks are weighing heavily on investors’ minds. But there are plenty more out there that may not be getting headlines.   US mid-term elections Risk: Republican victory in the Senate and House results in lame duck presidency, derailing the US recovery. Obamacare and a general ennui with the presidency means…