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from The Great Debate:

Turkey cashes in on the Iran talks

By Jonathan Schanzer
December 12, 2013

You may have thought the Geneva deal struck last month between Iran and the P5+1 nations (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) was a sweet one for Tehran -- getting billions in sanctions relief in exchange for mere promises to halt its nuclear program.

from Breakingviews:

Gold miners no longer leveraged play on the metal

August 31, 2011

By Martin Hutchinson
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Felix Salmon:

How to get $12 billion of gold to Venezuela

By Felix Salmon
August 23, 2011

Ever since the news broke last week that Hugo Chávez wanted to transport 211 tons of physical gold from Europe to Caracas, I've been wondering how on earth he possibly intends to do such a thing.

Is there such a thing as a real safe haven?

August 5, 2011

By Kathleen Brooks. The opinions expressed are her own.

There are traditional relationships that the financial markets respect. For example, when the markets are tanking the world wants to own safe havens like the yen, the Swiss franc, U.S. debt and gold. If volatility spikes investors go into auto-mode and are almost pre-programmed to purchase these asset classes.

from Breakingviews:

Hoarding gold makes sense only for the hopeless

July 19, 2011

By Robert Cole
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Gold as an each-way bet is fantasy

April 20, 2011

By Ian Campbell
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Private sector should lead gold standard adoption

November 8, 2010

A proposal from the president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, to use gold as a reference point could prove destabilizing. Like the Bretton Woods system, such a government-run peg would break under stress. A better approach would flip the monetary order and use gold as a private means of global exchange.

from MacroScope:

Did France cause The Great Depression?

November 1, 2010

Economist Douglas Irwin of Dartmouth College has stirred up a bit of a fuss by concluding in some academic research that it was France, not the United States, that was most to blame for The Great Depression.

from MacroScope:

Should central banks now sell gold?

July 5, 2010

Central banks in debt-strapped countries have a golden opportunity ahead of them, if you will excuse the pun, to help their countries' finances by selling their yellow metal holdings.

from Global Investing:

What fund managers think

June 16, 2010

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch's monthly poll of around 200 fund managers had a few nuggets in the June version, aside from the usual mood-taking.