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CoCo bonds, debt for equity swaps, and now Italy’s Monte Dei Paschi bank is having to sell shares to avoid insolvency

As the new market week begins over in Asia and Europe, Italy's insolvent banking system continues to spiral downward.  And where last week the world's oldest bank was trying to convince 2nd tier debt holders to exchange their bonds for equity in the bank, on Dec. 19 Monte Dei Paschi is preparing to push their share price down even further by issuing and selling new shares to try to completely avoid bankrupt ...

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Iran looking to forge even stronger ties with Russia as they finalize a trade agreement with the EEU

With Russia already having strong ties to the Shiite sect of Islam through their military pact with Syria, it is only natural that Iran would also find them a willing ally within the divided Middle East.  And with the work they have already done together in building Iran's nuclear facilities, Tehran is now looking to increase that partnership by forging a trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EE ...

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Nobel prize winning economist joins Euro architect in declaring the currency a mistake and failure

On Dec. 12, Nobel Prize-winning economist Oliver Hart told European media source Euractiv that the Euro currency, as well as forcing 28 different homogeneous states into a centralized union, was a mistake and that the only real solution was to get rid of the currency and move authority out of Brussels and back to their original sovereigns. The foundation behind Britain's regaining of their sovereign power f ...

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As city mayors fight to protect illegal aliens living in their midst they are also passing laws to vilify American homeless

With the election of Donald Trump as the new President, mayors around the country who have designated their dominions as sanctuary cities are rushing to the media to tell the incoming President-Elect how they will fight to protect their law breaking foreigners.  Yet perhaps what is even more disconcerting is how these same elected officials are now passing laws that make it illegal for people to actually ai ...

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Eat, drink, and be merry for in all things you will be taxed

It is said that the three primary things a government is good for is growing itself, rewarding favored patrons, and taxing its citizens.  And whether it is the European Commission, the state of India, or even the United States, money is the fuel that helps those in leadership accomplish these primary goals. Many people have chuckled at the myriad of ways governments have used tax laws to try to scrounge up ...

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German finance minister Schauble seeks to save EU by demanding Italy and Greece continue austerity or leave EU

Now that the people of Italy have spoken through their rejection of a national referendum to restructure the government on Monday, the rest of the European Union is on high alert for what could be the next Exit event from the coalition.  And while it appears that the European Central Bank (ECB) earlier today followed the Fed's lead in bailing out and backstopping negative markets as was done following the e ...

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Deutsche Bank settles on gold manipulation case which now opens door for investors to sue other banks for fraud

Despite thousands of hours of investigations, and a mountain of evidence compiled by organizations such as GATA, one major bullion bank has finally been convicted of rigging the precious metal markets. On Dec. 2, Germany's Deutsche Bank finally settled on a $60 million agreement to pay investors financially wronged from their actions in manipulating gold prices in the commodity markets.  This settlement com ...

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November jobs report takes fake news to its ultimate end as rate goes down but people without jobs goes up

On Dec. 2 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published their second to last jobs report for the Obama administration and the results are something even George Orwell would cringe over.  This is because the modest increase of 178,000 new jobs isn't even the real story within the report,  but rather the fact that the unemployment rate fell a whopping .3% simply because the government erased 446,000 people f ...

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UK’s ‘Warren Buffet’ predicts the end of the euro currency

Billionaire Jim Mellon is considered by some to be the UK's 'Warren Buffet' of finance and investing, and has a pretty good track record of prognostications for economic events.  In 2008 he correctly forecast the Great Recession, and earlier this year he backed voters (Although he thought it would fail) in choosing a YES vote for Britain to leave the Eurozone. And now on Nov. 28 Mellon is forecasting the en ...

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New study shows that the Reworking of trade deals with China is not just a luxury, but now a necessity

The beginning of the end for America's middle class began during the late 1990's and is now on life support following eight years of Barack Obama as head of the country.  And in that time the one nation who has benefited the most from NAFTA and GATT is the one with the largest rising middle class in the world. China. Yet coupled with this decline in high paying jobs because of corporations offshoring labor, ...

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Like in the EU, U.S. tax authorities now going after Bitcoin users to track their transactions

As most users of the world's biggest crypto-currency know, anonymity and de-centralization from government controls are two of the most important fundamentals that Bitcoin provides to individuals.  And in recent months around the world these protections having been at the center of much legislative discussion, especially in the wake of a growing loss of confidence in fiat currencies, and the inevitable comi ...

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Donald Trump’s ‘swamp draining’ populist movement could see next change occur in Italy

The fact that the majority of America's media resides in the ivory tower known as the 'beltway' is in large part as to why they never saw the Trump phenomenon coming, and why no mainstream media source picked The Donald to win on Nov. 8.  And perhaps one of the greatest examples of how ignorant to reality those who are isolated but consider themselves educated can be found is in one of the scenes from the m ...

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