News by tag: US

21.07.2017

Petrodollar under Attack

It is ironic that the fate of the US dollar depends on whether Saudi Arabia will continue to insist on accepting only US dollars for oil. The Free Thought Project had a good article by Jay Syrmopoulos on this subject on 16th July 2017, Russia and China Declare All Out War on US Petrodollar — Prepare for Exclusive Trade in Gold, which was picked up by Activist Post. It is the position of the US dollar as the main world reserve currency that has made it possible for the US to continue in its role as the global policeman or, as some would have it, the imperialist bully.

 
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21.07.2017

Former Credit Suisse banker pleaded guilty in a US trial over Tax case

A Swiss citizen pleaded guilty on Thursday this week for conspiring to defraud the U.S government while she was working at Credit Suisse.  Susanne D. Ruegg Meier admitted to a Virginia court that while working at Credit Suisse's North American desk in Switzerland from 2002 to 2011, she aided and conspired to help U.S taxpayers evade paying taxes on their incomes. She did this by concealing the earnings and assets of potential taxpayers in secret Swiss bank accounts.

 
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21.07.2017

Expert Commentary: outlook on G20 summit

Some experts suggest that environmental regulations, such as the US decision to quit the Paris Climate Agreement, are likely to have a zero impact on the US economy. Do you share this point of view? Why? It depends on a period of time that you are talking about. I think that in the long run it has a negative impact. I believe that the energy sector, especially alternative energy sources, hold tremendous opportunities for economic growth. If the US is not going to push in that direction, then other counties will take that growth away. Thus, I think that within the next two years there may be no effect, but, going forward, it has a negative impact on the US economy.

 
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18.07.2017

FED fined BNP Paribas $246 mln over forex trades

The Federal Reserve on Monday slapped BNP Paribas S.A. and some of its U.S. subsidiaries with a $246 million fine for what it said were the firm’s unsafe and unsound practices in foreign exchange markets. The Board levied the fine after finding deficiencies in BNP Paribas's oversight of, and internal controls over, FX traders who buy and sell U.S. dollars and foreign currencies for the firm's own accounts and for customers.

 
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17.07.2017

Remain invested, favor Eurozone - First part

Trumponomics: what has been done? Not much… so what?

 
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17.07.2017

Crash or No Crash?

Should the Fed continue with two more interest rate hikes in 2017, many commentators are of the opinion that the US will have a recession in 2018. The Fed`s intention to trim its balance sheet, if put into practice, will mean turmoil in the bond market as the Treasury will have to issue more bonds to cover the deficit of $670B with the national debt currently at $19.96T. The Fed will probably end up having to buy some of the new debt, thereby foiling its efforts at rebalancing its balance. October is at present the most likely month for a stock market correction or crash according to some observers.

 
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17.07.2017

Visa offers $10000 for restaurants which avoid cash

Visa has declared war on cash and its "opening salvo" is to start paying restaurants $10,000 to go completely cash free. The credit card giant is this week announcing a new plan to hand out thousands of dollars to up to 50 small food and restaurant vendors if they agree to stop taking cash. If a restaurant opts in, it'll get a $10,000 gift from Visa, which can be used to pay for technology upgrades and marketing. Those tech upgrades could mean installing platforms that that accept payments from phones, smart watches or other devices. In return, Visa wants the merchant to agree to stop accepting cash, the company said

 
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17.07.2017

US survey reveals the best tippers for your shop

Only half of restaurant tippers fall within the gratuity sweet spot of 16 to 20 percent, according to a new report by CreditCards.com. The study, a survey conducted last month, examined tipping behavior at restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and hair salons. It sampled 1,002 adults who used cash, credit or debit cards.  It found that the most generous tippers in the U.S. are Republican men who live in the Northeast and use a credit or debit card. They generally tip at a median of 20 percent when dining at a sit-down restaurant.

 
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13.07.2017

HSBC, UBS settle US litigation over rigging interest rates

HSBC and UBS  have each agreed to pay $14 million to settle private U.S. litigation accusing them of rigging an interest rate benchmark used in the $483 trillion derivatives market, Reuters reported. Switzerland’s largest lender was one of 10 banks accused of having rigged the Isdafix index, which is used to price swap transactions, commercial real estate mortgages and structured debt securities.

 
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11.07.2017

Nevada declared "state of emergency" for marijuana sales

Legalized recreational marijuana is a hit in Nevada, so much so that the state’s pot stores are almost out of supply after just 10 days. On Friday, Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed the department's call for a "statement of emergency," which would allow for more licensed distributors, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. The problem is pretty simple: there’s no supply for a booming demand. Nearly 50 dispensaries in the state have licenses to sell marijuana for recreational use. Those sales got underway on July 1. But those same retailers do not legally have the authority to restock their inventories.

 
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