Wednesday, December 31, 2014

China and Russia Financial Tools to Swap Local Currencies Now In Place

China and Russia have effectively switched to domestic currencies in trading using financial tools as swaps and forwards, as they seek to reduce the influence of the US dollar and foreign exchange risks.

The agreement signed in the end of October comes into force Monday, December 29, and provides a currency swap of CNY150 billion (up to US$25 billion).

The country’s Foreign Exchange Trade System will carry out similar transactions with the Malaysian ringgit and the New Zealand dollar.

From now on yuan swaps are available for 11 currencies on the foreign exchange market.

These countries are mainly from the Asia-Pacific region. Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, Argentina, and Malaysia which are actively involved in transactions with China.

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Billionaires George Soros and John Paulson increased Their Stakes in Gold

Billionaire investors George Soros and John Paulson increased their stakes in gold as gold prices are “on the cheap,” and rumors of a massive inflation storm are heating up.

Soros Fund Management more than doubled its investment in the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) to 884,400 shares, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing for the quarter holdings showed.

Paulson & Co. increased its holdings by 26 percent to 21.8 million shares.

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