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  • Meanwhile, South Korean Industrial Production Crashes

    With South Korean stocks soaring in the face of nukes from their northern neighbor and a credit-crunching China, it appears the South Korean economy just caught down to reality…
    South Korean Industrial Production crashed 5.9% YoY in October – the biggest plunge since Feb 2013 – driven by a 17.5% collapse in auto production.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 29, 2017.


  • Japan, Inc. Rocked Again: Toray Admits To Falsifying Data After Internet Post Exposes Fraud

    Corporate Japan’s credibility, already teetering after a barrage of corporate fraud and falsification scandals in recent months, hit another low after Toray Industries, one of Japan’s biggest materials manufacturers, joined a list of companies admitting to falsifying data. On Tuesdaty, Toray announced it had uncovered 149 cases of data fabrication at its subsidiary, Toray Hybrid Cord, in three products sold to tire companies and autoparts makers: tire cords, cords for car hose belts and cords for paper making. According to Nikkei Asian Review, the subsidiary made the products look as though they met customer requirements. The company admitted that 13 domestic and overseas companies, including at least one South Korean company, are affected.
    In a statement issued roughly around the time president Akihiro Nikkaku was bowing to news reporters as Japanese management tends to do when caught engaging in criminal activity, Toray maintained that the “amount by which the data was adjusted to fit customer contract standards was insignificant.” The company believed there were no safety issues involved. Toray Hybrid Cord discovered the problem during a July 2016 internal compliance check, with Toray president Akihiro Nikkaku being informed of the matter the following October.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 28, 2017.


  • US to Import Inflation from Japan, China, South Korea

    Even from Japan – whose export producer prices are soaring.
    The oil price collapse that started in 2014 pushed down input costs that companies – the ‘producers’ – faced. And producer price indices, which measure inflation further up the pipeline, plunged. But this is over. And the biggest export powerhouses in Asia that have ballooning trade surpluses with the US, show how.
    The Producer Price Index in Japan – the ‘Corporate Goods Price Index,’ as it’s called there – jumped 3.4% in October compared to a year ago, after already climbing an upwardly revised 3.1% in September, the Bank of Japan reported on November 13. It was the tenth month in a row of year-over-year gains and the highest annual rate since September 2014, by which time the collapsing energy prices were mopping up any inflationary pressures (chart via Trading Economics):

    This post was published at Wolf Street on Nov 12, 2017.


  • Japan Rocked By Violent Stock Plunge As Nikkei Tumbles 850 Points Before Recovering Losses

    Something snapped in Japan today.
    With Asian stocks finally breaking out a decade-long doldrum, and hitting record highs earlier in the session, and with Japanese equities starting off the session on the right foot and continuing their recent ascent which until Wednesday had seen them rise on 23 of the past 25 days, Japanese shares suddenly lurched on Thursday, plunging sharply lower after dramatic intraday swings took the Nikkei and Topix indexes to multi-decade highs only to drop in the afternoon on futures-driven trading ahead of the following day’s options settlement. All told, in a little over an hour, what had been another solid rally in Japanese stocks turned into some rather sharp clear-air turbulence, with the Nikkei 225 Stock Average plunging about 3.6% from the afternoon-session high to its low for the day.
    It all started off well enough: in the morning session, the Topix notched a new 26-year high and the Nikkei 225 broke the 23,000 level for the first time since January 1992, as financial and securities shares rallied.
    Then something flipped and in a gut-churning rollercoaster of a move, the Nikkei lurched from an over 2% gain which took it to a fresh 25 year high at the end of the morning session, to a loss of as much as 1.7%. The sudden reversal quickly spread to the currency market, with the yen surging before spreading across Asia: South Korean and Hong Kong equities also tumbled in sympathy. As Bloomberg snarks, “Sydney traders could count themselves lucky their market had already closed before the worst of the sell-off.”

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 9, 2017.


  • Gold And The Big Four: Slam Dunk

    The synergistic relationship between gold and economic growth is quite healthy, and poised to become even more healthy in 2018 – 2019. Please click here now. Double-click to enlarge this fabulous South Korean stock market ETF chart. Big name Western money managers are finally racing to move money into Asian markets, and this is great news for both gold and global stock markets. For several years I’ve recommended that the gold community slightly reduce (but not drop) their focus on gold’s Western world fear trade and increase their focus on the Eastern stock markets and the love trade for gold. South Korea’s stock market sports 50% earnings growth and a P/E ratio of just 10! Japan’s market is also red hot, and so are the markets of China and India. US markets have risen strongly, but with anemic economic growth and nosebleed valuations. Growth is vastly stronger in Asia, but without European and US money manager participation, Asian stock markets have previously languished. This situation has changed dramatically in 2017, and 2018 should see an acceleration of this new trend. The bottom line: American markets are hot but overvalued. Asian markets are red hot but not overvalued. I own ETFs (and some individual stocks) in the ‘Big Four’ Asian markets; India, China, Japan, and Korea. I urge all Western gold bugs to ‘get with the (good) times’. The fear trade for gold will never disappear, but it’s a new era, and this new era is dominated by Asia. Investors should be very comfortable owning Asian stock markets and gold…at the same time. The bottom line: America isn’t out, but Asia is in! When times are good (and they are now very good in Asia), Asians buy more gold. Exponentially more. Chinese demand reflects this fact. It’s rising again; demand is up almost 20% over 2016, and poised to rise even more strongly in 2018.

    This post was published at GoldSeek on 7 November 2017.


  • Asian Metals Market Update: November-7-2017

    Higher crude oil prices are supporting gold and silver. Gold and silver have always flourished in an inflationary environment. Focus will shift to inflation. If crude oil prices continue to rise then one should use sharp dips to invest for the short term. I see a direct correlation between gold prices and crude oil prices. Trump’s South Korea visit and China visit will be closely watched. Ways to deal with North Korean nukes will affect gold and silver prices.
    Rising crude oil prices can change the balance sheet of emerging markets like India. Governments will be caught between the choice of fiscal management and inflation management. Most of the emerging markets have enough reserves to withstand an energy shock. I see emerging market currency weakness, if Nymex crude oil continues to rise to $80 and consolidates at $80. Under the current scenario crude oil looks headed for $100 in the next twelve months as long as it trades over $46. Emerging market stock markets will form a medium term top and could move into a bearish phase if crude oil prices rise and consolidate around $80. As long as crude oil prices do not break $80, emerging markets are in a safe zone.
    Historically crude oil prices have always zoomed under republicans. The current rise in crude oil price is an early signal of history repeating itself.
    COMEX GOLD DECEMBER 2017 – current price $1280.10
    Bullish over $1275.50 with $1291.40 and $1296.30 as price target.
    Bearish below $1270.40 with $1264.60 and $1257.30 as price target.

    This post was published at GoldSeek on 7 November 2017.


  • The End Is Near… Depopulation Is Out Of Control… So Buy Stocks (Seriously)

    Authored by Chris Hamilton via Econimica blog,
    The world economy is premised on a ludicrous idea – that Asia, then India, and then Africa will continue to drive economic growth.
    So as not to turn this article into a book, lets consider this idea focusing on East Asia consisting of China, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, and minor others. This region consists of 1.6 billion persons or about 22% of earths inhabitants. However, since 2008, it is this region that is responsible for nearly 100% of the global increase in demand for oil (best proxy available for true economic growth) and having primarily driven global economic growth. My point in this article is that the growth in this region is entirely a credit driven supernova against collapsing populations which will never be able to fill the 100+ million newly added apartments or pay back the debt incurred to achieve the “growth”. Contrarily, from an investor standpoint, this weakness is the green light to “invest” as aggressively as possible because as long as central banks exist, they have your back.
    Consider, since 2000, China’s debt outstanding has risen something like 14x’s to 17x’s or from about $2 trillion to something between $30 to $35 trillion presently. As for Japan, who knows Japan’s true debt as Japan’s central bank is buying much or most of the debt and essentially throwing it in a black hole, never to be seen again(…monetization with a capital “M”).
    Why the massive debt creation and central bank monetization? Depopulation with a capital “D”. First off, consider the collapse in fertility rates for these nations (chart below). To maintain a constant, zero growth population, the childbearing population needs to produce 2.1 children in order to replace themselves (dashed line, below). However, as the chart below shows, E. Asian nations have seen negative fertility rates for decades (Japan turning negative in ’74, S. Korea in ’83, China in ’92, and N. Korea in ’96).

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 3, 2017.


  • Frontrunning: November 3

    House GOP Readies for Tax-Bill Battle (WSJ) GOP’s United Front on Tax Cuts Masks Divisions (BBG) Republican tax plan a blow to Democratic states, officials say (Reuters) As Trump Embarks on Asia Tour, North Korea Looms Large (WSJ) Apple Store Lines Return as iPhone X Debuts (WSJ) There’s Some Good News About 401(k)s in the Tax Bill (BBG) iPhone Xs Are Already Being Resold in Hong Kong (BBG) CNN to Launch Subscriptions for Digital News (WSJ) Mr. Ordinary: Who Is Jerome Powell, Trump’s Fed Pick? (WSJ) U. S. bomber drills aggravate North Korea ahead of Trump’s Asia visit (Reuters) Bitcoin Is the ‘Very Definition’ of a Bubble, Credit Suisse CEO Says (BBG) Goldman Retreats From Options as Stock Derivatives Trading Struggles (WSJ) Here’s a Juicy Tax Break. Now, How to Keep Everybody From Claiming It? (BBG) Dark Side at Fidelity: Women Describe a Culture of Revenge (BBG) Get Ready for an Appalachian Gas Bonanza (BBG) PDVSA Bonds Slump After Venezuela Calls for Restructuring: Chart (BBG) Drug Deaths Rose More Last Year Than in the Previous Four Combined (BBG) Overnight Media Digest
    WSJ
    – Two U. S. B-1B bombers flew near North Korea on Thursday, alongside Japanese and South Korean jet fighters, provoking anger from Pyongyang ahead of President Donald Trump’s closely watched trip to Asia. on.wsj.com/2gZ02qP
    – The Justice Department is laying the groundwork for a potential lawsuit challenging AT&T Inc’s planned acquisition of Time Warner Inc if the government and companies can’t agree on a settlement, according to people familiar with the matter. on.wsj.com/2ipyGuh
    – T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp are working to salvage their potential blockbuster merger, people familiar with the matter said, days after Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son appeared to call off the talks. on.wsj.com/2gZNq2Q

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 3, 2017.


  • Trump Departs For Longest Asian Tour Since Bush Vomited On Japan’s PM

    President Donald Trump is leaving his administration’s push to pass comprehensive tax reform before year’s end in the hands of his trusted deputies while he embarks this morning on a 10-day tour to Asia, where he’s expected to discuss, among other topics, the security threat that North Korea poses to both the region and to the world more broadly.
    As Reuters points out, it will be the longest Asia tour by a US president since George H. W. Bush vomited on Japan’s then-prime minister, Kiichi Miyazawa, during a trip to Asia in 1992 just weeks before the New Hampshire primary. While Trump, whoso gastro digestive system is in far better shape, will likely not suffer the same embarrassment, the possibility of a diplomatic fiasco is high for obvious reasons. Meanwhile, tensions run high: to underscore the seriousness of the biggest problem at hand, two US strategic bombers carried out military drills over South Korea Thursday, the U. S. Air Force said, raising tensions with North Korea, which accused the US of carrying out simulated bombing drills near its territory. In a move that is sure to further trigger the Kim regime just as Trump touches down in the region, the US has sent three aircraft carriers to participate in unprecedented 3-way drills off the Korean penninsula. Thursday’s drills were first reported by North Korean state news agency KCNA on Friday, which described the exercises involving South Korean and Japanese fighter jets were a ‘surprise nuclear strike drill,” Reuters reported.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 3, 2017.


  • “More Than 200” Dead After Tunnel Collapses At North Korean Nuclear Test Site

    North Korean nuclear scientists apparently ignored warnings from a group of Chinese colleaugues who briefed them back in September that the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site was slowly imploding following the country’s sixth nuclear test, which involved a 100-kiloton hydrogen bomb roughly seven times more powerful than the weapon dropped by the US on Hiroshima in 1945.
    As Japanese TV station Asahi TV reported Tuesday, more than 200 North Koreans were killed earlier this month when several tunnels in the underground complex collapsed, killing more a crew of laborers and a crew of rescue workers sent to save them. As we’ve reported previously, scientists in the US, China and South Korea have warned that further tests at the site could blow the top off the mountain, causing it to collapse. Meanwhile, it could send a plume of radioactive particles into the atmosphere that could deleteriously impact population centers in Northern China and across the region.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 31, 2017.


  • OCT 16/2017/GOLD AND SILVER FALL ON NEWS THAT TRUMP IS CONSIDERING JOHN TAYLOR AS FED GOVERNOR/KIRKUK FALLS TO IRAQI GOVERNMENT/SPECIAL FORCES LAND IN SOUTH KOREA/BREXIT TALKS GOING NOWHERE

    GOLD: $1302.35 DOWN $1.64
    Silver: $1733 DOWN 6 cents
    Closing access prices:
    Gold $1295.50
    silver: $17.24
    SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: FIRST FIX 10 15 PM EST (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
    SECOND FIX: 2:15 AM EST (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
    SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1309,55 DOLLARS PER OZ
    NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1301,50
    PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $8.05 (premiums getting larger)
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    SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1311.55
    NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1303.50
    Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$8.60(PREMIUMS GETTING LARGER)
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    LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1305.10
    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1304.10
    LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1299.60
    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1299.60
    For comex gold:
    OCTOBER/
    NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR OCT CONTRACT MONTH: 19NOTICE(S) FOR 1900 OZ.
    TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 2353 FOR 235,300 OZ (7.318TONNES)
    For silver:
    OCTOBER
    9 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR
    45,000 OZ/
    Total number of notices filed so far this month: 562 for 2,810,000 oz
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    Bitcoin: $5659 bid /$56 79 offer up $171.00

    This post was published at Harvey Organ Blog on October 16, 2017.


  • Jimmy Carter Offers To Meet With Kim Jong-Un To Prevent War With North Korea

    With tensions once again flaring up between the United States and North Korea, it was reported Tuesday that former U. S. president Jimmy Carter has offered to meet with leader Kim Jong-un to discuss ways to achieve peace.
    The revelation comes by way of South Korean news outlet JoongAng Ilbo, which spoke with Park Han-shik, a prominent scholar on North Korean-related issues. Park previously helped Carter plan diplomatic trips to the country in 1994 and 2010.
    JoongAng Ilbo writes that Park met with the former president at his home in Georgia on September 28, and it was there that Carter reportedly expressed his wishes.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 11, 2017.


  • OCT 10/GOLD AND SILVER ADVANCE: GOLD UP $8.90 AND SILVER IS UP 23 CENTS/CATALONIA DELAYS DECLARING INDEPENDENCE BUT MADRID STATES THAT THEY DID DECLARE AND THUS WILL INSTITUTE ARTICLE 155/SOUTH K…

    GOLD: $1291.40 UP $8.90
    Silver: $17.16 UP 23 CENT(S)
    Closing access prices:
    Gold $1288.10
    silver: $17.11
    SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: FIRST FIX 10 15 PM EST (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
    SECOND FIX: 2:15 AM EST (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
    SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1294.21 DOLLARS PER OZ
    NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1285.95
    PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $8.26 (premiums getting larger)
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    SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1304.05
    NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1287.05
    Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$17.00 (PREMIUMS GETTING LARGER)

    This post was published at Harvey Organ Blog on October 10, 2017.


  • Global Markets Bounce As Germany, China, Spain Lift World Stocks, Turkey Crash Ignored

    With no North Korean nuclear test over the weeknd contrary to a Friday morning rumor, S&P futures rebounded and edged higher as European stocks gain, led by Spanish shares after mass demonstrations in favor of Spanish unity and speculation Catalonia may back down on unilateral independence demands, while Chinese mainland stocks reopened catching up to gains missed during the holiday week following last weekend’s RRR cut.
    World shares rose to start the week, with Chinese stocks hitting 21-month highs and the German index setting a new record, while political uncertainty triggered big moves in sterling, the Turkish lira and Spanish debt. US futures are also pushing higher in anticipation of the start of Q3 earnings season which begins later this week, with a number of Wall Street banks including JPMorgan, BofA and Citi set to report. While equities are open, the US bond market is closed today for the Columbus day holiday, while Asian markets were relatively quiet following holidays in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
    European stocks climbed at the start of a week in which investors were closely watching developments in Catalonia as well as U. S. earnings season kicks off. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index adds 0.23%, following four straight weeks of gains. All industry groups except miners climb. The IBEX 35 Index is up 1% as a senior member in the Catalan administration calls for dialogue with Spain, although the gauge is still down 1.2% since Catalans voted for independence in an illegal referendum. After a weekend of mass demonstrations in favor of Spanish unity, Raul Romeva, foreign affairs chief for the separatist government in Barcelona, insisted that the door was open for talks if Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was willing to grasp the opportunity
    As Bloomberg breaks down local markets, 18 out of 19 Stoxx 600 sectors rise; 407 Stoxx 600 members gain, 171 decline. Top Stoxx 600 outperformers include: CaixaBank +2.6%, Centamin +2.5%, TDC +2.4%, Man Group +2.4%, Metro Bank +2.0%. The Stoxx Euro 600 Index also received a boost from data showing German industrial output rebounded from a summer lull with its best month in six years. The euro nudged higher, while most European bonds rose. Gold climbed and crude oil erased earlier gains.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 9, 2017.


  • Market Talk- October 6th, 2017

    The end of a holiday week for markets in Asia. We have to wait until Monday to see mainland China, South Korea and Hong Kong’s reaction to the US NFP’s release and also the reaction to the turn of the US Dollar Index. Markets that were opened were seeing futures initial response trading firmer as the US number is ‘accepted’. Lets just concentrate on the afternoons events, as it only feels the markets just smelt the coffee and woken-up – now that the weekend is upon us!
    The alarm clock came in the shape of a negative headline number to the US No-Farm Payrolls at -33k, with a 13k upward revision to previous release. Unemployment rate (September) came in 4.2%, participation rate 63.1% and a +0.5% average hourly earnings increase. The response was higher bond yields, stronger US Dollar, weaker oil (probably because of the USD strength), marginally weaker gold price – although the bias remains negative. Still, many question this US rally and even more are awaiting (or hoping for) a pullback. This remains the most unloved rally in years and now the market questions, ‘Is the FED about to get the blame for ending the anguish’! We won’t hear until December, but meanwhile the continued speculation on who gets next FED Chair remains a top talking point.

    This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Oct 6, 2017.


  • Earthquake Detected Near North Korea Nuclear Test Site; China “Suspects Explosion”

    In what may be the latest major escalation involving North Korea – and potentially the nation’s 7th nuclear test – China’s earthquake administration said it detected a magnitude 3.5 earthquake in North Korea, which it suspects “was caused by an explosion”, raising fears that the rogue state has tested another nuclear bomb. The Chinese administration said in a statement on its website that the quake was recorded at a depth of zero kilometers, while Xinhua said the epicenter was in roughly the same place as a similar shallow earthquake on 3 September, which turned out to be caused by North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test.
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    However, in analyzing the same earthquake, South Korea came to a different conclusion, and said it was likely to be natural or man-made such as a nuclear test. South Korea’s weather agency assessed the seismic activity as a natural event.
    “The quake is presumed to have occurred naturally,” an agency official said, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. “A sound wave, which is usually generated in the event of an artificial earthquake, was not detected.”

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 23, 2017.


  • LIES, LIES & OMG MORE LIES

    ‘There are three types of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics.’ – Benjamin Disraeli
    Every month the government apparatchiks at the Bureau of Lies and Scams (BLS) dutifully announces inflation is still running below 2%. Janet Yellen then gives a speech where she notes her concern inflation is too low and she needs to keep interest rates near zero to save humanity from the scourge of too low inflation. I don’t know how I could survive without 2% inflation reducing my purchasing power.
    This week they reported year over year inflation of 1.9%. Just right to keep Janet from raising rates and keeping the stock market on track for new record highs. According to our beloved bureaucrats, after they have sliced, diced, massaged and manipulated the data, you’ve experienced annual inflation of 2.1% since 2000. If you believe that, I’ve got a great real estate deal for you in North Korea on the border with South Korea.
    ‘Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to mis-recognize the truth.’ ‘ DaShanne Stokes

    This post was published at The Burning Platform on Sept 17, 2017.


  • North Korea – The Crazy Boast Nobody Takes Seriously Anymore

    Gold has now declined with the constant threats from North Korea. The lastest missile was fired over Japan and reached an altitude of about 770km (478 miles), travelling 3,700km past the northernmost island of Hokkaido before landing in the sea, according to South Korea’s military. The UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting, and unanimously condemned the missile launch as ‘highly provocative’but did not add new sanctions which do not seem to do anything anyway.

    This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Sep 16, 2017.