South African brothers vanish, and so does $3.6 billion in bitcoin

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By Roxanne Henderson and Loni Prinsloo
Bloomberg News
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A pair of South African brothers have vanished, along with Bitcoin worth $3.6 billion from their cryptocurrency investment platform.

A Cape Town law firm hired by investors says they can't locate the brothers and has reported the matter to the Hawks, an elite unit of the national police force. It's also told crypto exchanges across the globe should any attempt be made to convert the digital coins.

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Fed officials say 'temporary' inflation surge may last longer than thought

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A century maybe?

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By Howard Schneider
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON -- A period of high inflation in the United States may last longer than anticipated, two U.S. Federal Reserve officials said today, prompting one to pull forward his views on when the central bank should start raising interest rates.

Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said with growth surging to an estimated 7% this year and inflation well above the Fed's 2% target, he now expects interest rates will need to rise in late 2022.

Basel 3 to trigger 'liquidity squeeze,' gold price could be $2,100 by year-end, Goldex CEO says

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By Anna Golubova
Kitco News, Montreal
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The risk with Basel III is a major shift toward allocated gold, which could trigger a liquidity squeeze in the physical metal and lead to higher prices by the end of the year, according to Goldex CEO Sylvia Carrasco.

The impact of the Basel III agreement, which will come into force on June 28, for European banks and on January 1, 2022, for British banks, is being debated by many gold industry experts, with opinions ranging from "everything will change" to "no impact at all."

Jim Rickards: The 'great reset' is here

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By James G. Rickards
Daily Reckoning, Baltimore
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

For years currency analysts (myself included) have looked for signs of an international monetary "reset" that would diminish the dollar's role as the leading reserve currency and replace it with a substitute, which would be agreed upon at some Bretton Woods-style monetary conference.

Now it looks like the move toward the long-expected Great Reset is accelerating.

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Inflation will get far worse as debt has to be inflated away with dollar, GATA's Steer says

Section: Daily Dispatches

2:40p ET Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Interviewed by talk-show host Dave Janda on WAAM-AM1600 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, GATA board member Ed Steer says inflation will get far worse as worldwide debt, which long ago became unpayable, has to be defaulted upon or inflated away, especially in U.S. dollar terms. The interview is 22 minutes long and can be heard at YouTube here:

New York Sun: The dollar lying in wait

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From The New York Sun
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Paul Krugman is out with his latest column --