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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.

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    Published 18 August 2014 | viewed 0 times

    All commodities and near-commodities are priced internationally in dollars, and the dollar is used for over 80% of cross-border trade settlements. Consequently the dollar is…

  • Markets: Keep Calm and Carry On

    Published 11 August 2014 | viewed 0 times

    At the end of July global equity bull markets had a moment of doubt, falling three or four per cent. In the seven trading days…

  • Like Watching Paint Dry...

    Published 01 August 2014 | viewed 0 times

    That was how it felt watching all markets this week until yesterday when they sprang into life. Gold fell from $1304 at the London opening…

  • USD FMQ Carries on Growing Despite Tapering

    Published 01 August 2014 | viewed 0 times

    June's FMQ components have now been released by the St Louis Fed, and it stands at a record $13.132 trillion. As can be seen in…

  • Corrective Action

    Published 25 July 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Precious metals drifted lower over the week in quiet trading. The bears took comfort in the lack of a positive price reaction to political news…

  • The Coming Slump

    Published 25 July 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Governments and central banks have made little or no progress in recovering from the Lehman crisis six years ago. The problem is not helped by…

  • Sharp Consolidation

    Published 18 July 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Before yesterday's (Thursday) rise in bullion prices, precious metals were in corrective mode this week after recent rises. There were two big stand-out sales of…

  • Monetary Discord

    Published 18 July 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Last Monday's Daily Telegraph carried an interview with Jaime Caruana, the General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements (the BIS). As General Manger, Caruana…

  • The Ghost of Bail-Ins Past Returns to The Financial Stage

    Published 11 July 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Gold and silver had a good week after the US holiday last Friday. From a low of $1312 on Tuesday, gold rose to a high…

  • Unwinding Unallocated Gold Accounts

    Published 11 July 2014 | viewed 0 times

    The debate in precious metal markets today is whether or not the three-year bear market is over and a new uptrend is establishing itself. But…

  • Underlying Strength

    Published 04 July 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Gold and silver spent most of the week consolidating recent gains by moving broadly sideways, but their underlying strength was a notable feature. The first…

  • A Tale of Two Certainties

    Published 04 July 2014 | viewed 0 times

    It is common knowledge that Japan is in extreme financial difficulties, and that the currency is most likely to sink and sink. After all, Government…

  • Taming the Markets

    Published 27 June 2014 | viewed 0 times

    A recent report by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) entitled Global Public Investor 2014 discussed the investment strategies of 400 government investors…

  • Precious Metals Building a Base

    Published 27 June 2014 | viewed 0 times

    It is three weeks since the managed money category on Comex placed their biggest bet ever recorded in recent times that silver was going lower,…

  • Firmer Tone in Precious Metals

    Published 20 June 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Following on from last week when Iraq hit the headlines and the price of oil firmed up, gold was steady for the first three trading…

  • Blaming Deflation

    Published 20 June 2014 | viewed 0 times

    With the Eurozone going to the extreme of negative interest rates and the IMF belatedly revising downwards their expectations of US economic growth, deflation is…

  • Bottoming Out?

    Published 13 June 2014 | viewed 0 times

    The signs are good. With record short positions in gold and silver, hedge funds and algorithmic traders should be worried at the lack of price…

  • Market Volatility Grinds to a Halt

    Published 13 June 2014 | viewed 0 times

    There is uneasiness across a number of markets with moment-to-moment volatility grinding almost to a halt. It contributes to a feeling that this is the…

  • Gold in Near-Death Experience on Comex

    Published 06 June 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Well, it's a bit of an exaggeration, but for the first three days of this week daily turnover in the gold future fell to about…

  • Asian Gold Strategy Clarifiying

    Published 06 June 2014 | viewed 0 times

    The Russians came up with an extraordinary statement recently, central to why Russia and China are buying gold, the importance of which was missed by…