India's relentless search for hydrocarbons to fuel its booming economy has managed the rather neat diplomatic trick of annoying Washington, delighting Tehran and intriguing Baghdad, all the while leaving the Indian Treasury fretting about how to pay for its oil imports.
The United States government is to rigorously enforce a ban on gold sales to Iran from July 1. They are planning to block sales of gold to Iranians in order to undermine the Iranian currency, the rial, and to step up pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.
Gold is hovering unchanged ahead of the US FOMC policy statement that takes place at 1730 GMT and Ben Bernanke’s news conference is at 1915 GMT. Investors believe that the Fed will reveal more bond purchases and a continued loose monetary stance.
Much like the Republican attempt to force Keystone XL to fail early on and force a vote loss on the Obama, the issuance of the first Texas permit for the southern extension is but a Democratic bone to big oil and a job-hungry public. It has little marrow.
Washington misses the point about rare earth element supply, says the founder of J.A. Green & Co. while explaining the fragmented policy developments in pending WTO action and arguing that the US needs to develop a domestic supply chain in order to remain competitive
For the very first time in our history all money, all currencies, are now fiat. The US dollar used to be gold backed and it was the rock to which all of the world's currencies were anchored. Our 41-year experiment with paper money is almost over.
Carbon is the stuff of life. It is the foundation, the chemical basis, of every living thing on Earth. Yet because of its pervasive familiarity we all take it for granted. As investors we might want to rethink that.