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More Unofficial Capital Controls: PFIC Rules

More Unofficial Capital Controls: PFIC Rules

By Nick Giambruno

It ranks at the very top of potential tax nightmares, especially if you invest internationally.

This nightmare could become a reality if you happen to invest in what the IRS deems a Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC), which are taxed at exorbitant rates and have highly complex reporting rules. Most foreign mutual funds are PFICs, as are certain foreign stocks.

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Doug Casey: Signs of a Resource Sector Bottom

Doug Casey: Signs of a Resource Sector Bottom

By Doug Casey

Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator

L: Well, Doug, we’ve seen another quarter of high volatility and significant world events. What strikes you as most important at present?

Doug: Everything is still held together with chewing gum and baling wire, for which I’m grateful, considering what’s coming. It’s very clear to me that the global economy is in very much the same space as it was in 2007—in other words, on the edge of a precipice.


L: On the global economy, my question is this: If Obama and Yellen have saved the US and Merkel and Draghi are saving the EU, why are commodities selling off so dramatically? Iron, copper, oil—just about everything is selling off. How can an economy be recovering if

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Gold’s Bull Market In Europe and Japan Remain Unnoticed

The sentiment towards gold remains at very low readings. It currently stands at 26 (on a scale from 0 to 100). Readings below 30 indicate extreme pessimism.

Intuitively, this seems to make sense, because precious metals prices and miners are beaten down in the last 3 years. Admittedly, this is one of the worst corrections in the last decades (since gold started trading freely), and there is almost no sign of life in gold and silver since the price crash in April and June of 2013.

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A Cure for Metals Investor Malaise

A Cure for Metals Investor Malaise

By Louis James

Markets fluctuate. Sectors cycle. Investors love and hate these facts, but we all know that if it were not so, it would be impossible to buy low and sell high.

The problem, of course, is that no one can time the market consistently. That makes it hard to know when low is low enough to make buying a likely one-way street and when it’s high enough to make selling a stroke of genius.

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Gold In Fed Vault Drops Under 6,000 Tons For The First Time, After 10th Consecutive Month Of Redemptions

Two months ago, when looking at the most recent physical gold withdrawal numbers reported by the Fed, we observed something peculiar: between the publicly reported surprise redemption by the Netherlands (122 tons) and

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Breakdown of Debt


Mr. Armstrong, I have been eagerly awaiting your Solution and am trying to wrap my head around it. Can you explain more about the debt to equity swaps? What exactly would the debt be swapped for?

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RT, March 27, 2015 – ‘Max Keiser interviews Egon von Greyerz

In this double interview for Russia Today (the Keiser report) and StartJoin TV, from his production office south of Tower Bridge in London, the brilliant broadcaster,

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Yes, The War In Gold Is Continuing To Rage But Gold Is Now Winning The War

Rick Rule

Today one of the wealthiest, street-smart professionals in the markets, who is also business partners with billionaire Eric Sprott, told King World News that, yes, the war in gold is continuing to rage but gold is now winning the war.

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BofA's Modest Proposal For Greece: "A Negative Shock May Be Necessary"

Via BofAML's Athanasios Vamvakidis,

Time for Tsipras to be Greece’s Lula?

Greece has less than two weeks to persuade the rest of Europe of its commitment to reforms. 

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"Belief That European QE Will Work Is Far-Fetched," Bill White Warns This Will "End Very Badly"

As the title of Hinde Capital's latest note ascribes, we are on "The Road to Nowhere," and this excellent discussion with former BIS Economic Adviser (and teller-of-the-truth) William White explains it all..  

"I'm not sure [European QE] is going to do anything - certainly, nothing that's good.

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