Chinese Gold Lease Market And Chinese Commodity Financing Deals Explained

BullionStar This post is part of the Chinese Gold Market essentials series. Click here to go to an overview of all Chinese Gold Market Essentials for a comprehensive understanding the largest physical gold market globally. The main arguments presented by Western consultancy firms, such as GFMS and the World Gold Council (WGC), to explain the difference between SGE withdrawals and Chinese consumer gold demand relate to Chinese Commodity Financing Deals (CCFDs). However, this analysis is incorrect as I will demonstrate in this post. CCFDs are used by Chinese speculators to acquire cheap funds using commodities as collateral. When it comes to using gold as collateral for CCFDs there […]

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Krugman, Bowman and the monetary financing of governments

Krugman says central banks can’t create inflation. When interest rates are at zero, expanding the monetary base makes no difference. This is, of course, anathema to dedicated believers in the omnipotence of central banks. But Krugman is in good company. I recently heard Richard Koo speak on lessons from Japan for the Eurozone. Koo questioned QE’s effectiveness when the private sector is refusing to take on more debt because it is determined to deleverage. Koo’s and Krugman’s scenarios are actually the same, though they attack the problem from different angles. In both cases, interest rates are zero, though Krugman explains […]

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