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Alasdair Macleod

Alasdair Macleod

Contributor since: 23 Jul 2012

Biography

Alasdair Macleod runs FinanceAndEconomics.org, a website dedicated to sound money and demystifying finance and economics. Alasdair has a background as a stockbroker, banker and economist. He is a Senior Fellow at the GoldMoney Foundation.

  • The False Perception of Living in a World of Infinite Credit

    Published 25 November 2015 | viewed 0 times

    FRA co-founder Gordon T. Long deliberates with Alasdair Macleod, head of research at GoldMoney on the Austrian School of Economics in an Era of Financial…

  • End-Quarter Influences

    Published 02 October 2015 | viewed 0 times

    In a generally quiet week, gold and silver prices were marked down in thin trade towards the quarter-end, when traders make up their books, with…

  • NIRP, its Likelihood and Effect on Commodities

    Published 01 October 2015 | viewed 0 times

    In last week's article I pointed out that negative interest rates should lead to a general shift in consumer preferences from money towards essential goods.…

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    Published 25 September 2015 | viewed 0 times

    I shall briefly address the impact of negative interest rates, should they occur, at the end of this report, after looking at this week's trading.…

  • From ZIRP to NIRP

    Published 25 September 2015 | viewed 0 times

    The sudden end of the Fed's ambition to raise interest rates above the zero bound, coupled with the FOMC's[1] minutes, which expressed concerns about emerging…

  • Silver Sold, Then Squeezed

    Published 28 August 2015 | viewed 0 times

    While gold consolidated its recent gains, silver was sold down this week along with other metals and energy. The whole commodity complex suffered badly in…

  • Economics of a Crash

    Published 28 August 2015 | viewed 0 times

    This month has seen something that happens not very often: it appears to be the early stages of a global stock market crash. For the…

  • Risk On

    Published 24 August 2015 | viewed 0 times

    This week market relationships underwent a sea-change, with a sudden realisation that the global economy is in a deepening crisis. Equity valuations in the developed…

  • The War Between Physical and Paper Hots Up

    Published 10 August 2015 | viewed 0 times

    Gold and silver traded in a tight range this week on low futures volumes. Last Friday the gold price rallied from $1,080 to $1,101, last…

  • Markets in Limbo

    Published 31 July 2015 | viewed 0 times

    Gold and silver remain close to their lows for the year, discouraged as usual by dollar resilience. Precious metals appear to be in limbo: speculative…

  • Gold and Gibson's Paradox

    Published 23 July 2015 | viewed 0 times

    There is a myth prevalent today that the gold price always falls when interest rates rise. The logic is that when interest rates rise it…

  • Extremes Become More Extreme Weekly

    Published 17 July 2015 | viewed 0 times

    Gold and silver continued to drift lower over the course of the week, with gold trading at $1,145 and silver at $15.02 in early European…

  • Credit Deflation and Gold

    Published 16 July 2015 | viewed 0 times

    There is a common view in financial markets that credit deflation is bad for gold prices, because gold nowadays is regarded as an asset to…

  • Two Horsemen of The Apocalypse

    Published 13 July 2015 | viewed 0 times

    If we can reassign meanings given to the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the original, we can then say financial markets saw two…

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    Published 09 July 2015 | viewed 0 times

    In the media warm-up for Wednesday's UK budget, we were told of Britain's poor productivity and Chancellor Osborne subsequently confirmed that his priority is to…

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    Published 03 July 2015 | viewed 0 times

    Gold and silver had a poor week, with no relief from drifting prices after the end of the second quarter. The gold price opened on…

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    Published 02 July 2015 | viewed 0 times

    This coming Sunday Greece will hold its referendum. The question to be asked is not, as the foreign press initially reported it, about leaving the…

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    Published 29 June 2015 | viewed 0 times

    Hedge funds and high-frequency traders have finally forced gold into a US dollar loss this year as shown in our introductory chart, but silver is…

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    Published 25 June 2015 | viewed 0 times

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  • All Eyes on The Half-Year

    Published 19 June 2015 | viewed 0 times

    Window-dressing or the management of prices for a favourable mark-to-market valuation at year-ends, half-years and quarters has long been a distorting feature in financial markets.…