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Insights September 03, 2015 Alasdair Macleod

The danger of eliminating cash

In the early days of central banking, one primary objective of the new system was to take ownership of the public's gold, so that in a crisi...

Insights September 10, 2015 Alasdair Macleod

Equity markets and credit contraction

There is one class of money that is constantly being created and destroyed, and that is bank credit. Bank credit is created when a bank len...

Insights August 13, 2015 Alasdair Macleod

Welcome to the world of ZIRP zombies

Interest rates in the US, Europe and the UK were reduced to close to zero in the wake of the Lehman crisis nearly seven years ago. Initiall...

Insights December 19, 2014 Alasdair Macleod

Derivatives and mass financial destruction

Globally systemically important banks (G-SIBs in the language of the Financial Stability Board) are to be bailed-in if they fail, moving the...

Insights April 04, 2014 Alasdair Macleod

Renewed estimates of Chinese gold demand

Geopolitical and market background I have been revisiting estimates of the quantities of gold being absorbed by China, and yet again I have...

Insights December 10, 2015 Alasdair Macleod

India and Gold

The Indian government made headlines recently with its attempts to obtain possession of the gold held by its citizens. It claims it is in t...

Insights December 03, 2015 Alasdair Macleod

The Fed’s in a bind

One can understand the Fed's frustration over the failure of its interest rate policy, and its desire to escape the zero bound. However, si...

Insights March 20, 2015 Alasdair Macleod

The new order emerges

China and Russia have taken the lead in establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), seen as a rival organisation to the Wo...

Insights November 08, 2013 Alasdair Macleod

There’s a liquidity crunch developing

This week an article in Euromoney points out that liquidity in bond markets is drying up. The blame is laid at the door of regulations desig...