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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 August 20, 2015 Alasdair Macleod

China chooses her weapons

China's recent mini-devaluations had less to do with her mounting economic challenges, and more to do with a statement from the IMF on 4 Aug...

Insights August 27, 2015 Alasdair Macleod

Economics of a crash

This month has seen something that happens not very often: it appears to be the early stages of a global stock market crash. For the moment...

Insights September 21, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

The forthcoming global crisis

The global economy is now in an expansionary phase, with bank credit being increasingly available for non-financial borrowers. This is alway...

Insights August 24, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

Gold – crossing the Rubicon

Gold is challenging the $1300 level for the third time this year. If it breaks upwards out of this consolidation phase convincingly, it coul...

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 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 June 06, 2014 Alasdair Macleod

Asian gold strategy clarifying

The Russians came up with an extraordinary statement recently, central to why Russia and China are buying gold, the importance of which was...

Insights August 06, 2015 Alasdair Macleod

Gibson’s paradox: the consequences

We now have an explanation for Gibson's paradox (posted here), a puzzle that has defeated mainstream economists from Fisher to Keynes and Fr...

Insights July 06, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

Time for a new gold standard for Asia

Over half the world’s population, living in the Eurasian land mass, understands that gold is money. The leaders of the Asian nations also...