China heeft in maart 80,6 ton goud geïmporteerd, zo blijkt uit cijfers die vandaag bekend werden gemaakt door het Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department. Chinezen kochten in maart iets minder goud. Ook daalde de premie op goud aan de Shanghai Gold Exchange.
Cyprus and Russia - what's the difference (aside from the fact that the former was a money laundering offshore center of the latter until last year of course)?
If you said one is a lackey to statist, selfish banker interests, and after having its economy thoroughly destroyed by the great doomed European sociopolitical (and pathological) experiment, came crawling back to its Eurozone masters, while the other couldn't care one bit about Pax Petrodollariana and the global central bank cabal, you are right. In which case it will also be clear why a few hours ago that joke of a rating agency, Standard & Poor's, which also earlier announced it was "affirming" France at an AA rating making it very clear it will no longer accept being sued for telling the truth and downgrading sovereigns or otherwise have its offices abroad raided, not only upgraded Cyprus from B- to B (please deposits your funds in Cyprus banks now: they are safe, S&P promises), but - far more IMPORTantly - delivered a political message to the Kremlin, and downgraded Russia from BBB to BBB-, one short notch away from junk status. This was the first downgrade of Russia by S&P since December 2008.
Europe’s second largest gas producer, the Netherlands, could shift from exporter to IMPORTer within a decade, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). The study suggests seeking alternative energy sources in nuclear, unconventional fuels or renewables.
Declining production at the large Groningen gas field will turn the Netherlands into a net IMPORTer of natural gas, the IEA report says.
Het drukken van de Yen pakt dramatisch uit, zegt BNR’s Kees de Kort. De export stijgt nauwelijks en de IMPORT juist hard. Een dikke min voor de Japanse economische groei.
Goud dat Chinezen kopen via Hong Kong wordt nauwkeurig bijgehouden en gepubliceerd, maar goud dat rechtstreeks het land binnen komt niet. Beijing wordt de derde Chinese stad waar men rechtstreeks 'onder de radar' goud mag invoeren.