Ralph Nader: Corporate coercion and the drive to eliminate buying with cash

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By Ralph Nader
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

"Sorry, we’re not taking cash or checks," said the clerk at the Fed Ex counter over a decade ago to an intern. "Only credit cards."

Bitcoin profits may be converted to monetary metals purchases, GATA chairman says

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8:50a ET Friday, January 12, 2018

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GATA Chairman Bill Murphy, interviewed this week by GoldSeek Radio's Chris Waltzek, discusses the improving prospects for monetary metals prices and speculates that bitcoin investors may start to convert their profits into gold and silver. The interview is 10 minutes long and can be heard at GoldSeek Radio here:

China sets record for gobbling up the world's commodities

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By Pratish Narayanan
Bloomberg News
Thursday, January 11, 2018

China continues to gobble up the world's commodities, setting new records for consumption of everything from crude oil to soybeans.

South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, rattling markets

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By Cynthia Kim and Dahee Kim
Reuters
Thursday, January 11. 2018

SEOUL -- South Korea's government said today it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.

Goldman says cryptocurrencies may succeed as money in some backward places

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By Lily Katz
Bloomberg News
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bitcoin may seem like a solution in search of a problem in the United States, where transaction costs are already low and the dollar stable. But in developing countries, digital currencies could succeed as a real form of money, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. says.

Craig Hemke: The three major themes for gold in 2018

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12:07p ET Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Writing for Sprott Money, the TF Metals Report's Craig Hemke offers predictions for the new year, perhaps foremost among them being a quickening of the pace of retreat from the U.S. dollar around the world. Hemke's commentary is headlined "The Three Major Themes for Gold in 2018" and it's posted at Sprott Money here:

South African gold miners near silicosis lawsuit settlement

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From Reuters
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The class action brought by thousands of mineworkers who contracted lung diseases while working for South African gold miners has been postponed because the parties are close to a settlement, lawyers for the companies said today.

Asian central banks push back, sending dollar bears a warning

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By Katherine Greifeld, Robert Fullem, and Liz McCormick
Bloomberg News
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dollar bears take heed: Asian central banks may be putting the brakes on the greenback's slide.

Russia-China gold reserves could shake U.S. economic dominance, expert tells RT

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From Russia Today, Moscow
Monday, January 8, 2018

The gold accumulated by China and Russia could be seen as part of a strategy to move away from international trade denominated in U.S. dollars, according to Singapore's Bullion Star precious metals expert Ronan Manly.

Join GATA at Singapore conference in March and Hong Kong conference in April

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8:40p ET Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Your secretary/treasurer will make presentations again at this year's Mining Investment Asia conference in Singapore, to be held Monday through Wednesday, March 26-28, and the Mines and Money Asia conference in Hong Kong, to be held Tuesday through Friday, April 3-6.