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Feb 16, 2015

Interviews to Gerald Celente - Hudson Valley Focus Live -WWKIP on February 13, 2015.

Gerald Celente - Hudson Valley Focus Live - WKIP - February 13, 2015

Published on Feb 14, 2015
Gerald Celente gives us his perspectives for 2015

Official Gerald Celente channels: "Gcelente" & "TrendsJournal".

The Economist Selected New Articles - February 16, 2015.

New on Economist
The Economist

A selection of new stories from
Terror in Copenhagen: Shooting at cartoonists, again
Ukraine's ceasefire: Pseudo-peace
Starbucks in Britain: A loss-making machine
Greece's financial crisis in charts: Agony in Athens
A new museum for Pamplona: Being bullish
Terror in Copenhagen
Shooting at cartoonists, again
Terror in CopenhagenA religious and cultural battle that began in Denmark makes a bloody return
Ukraine's ceasefire
Pro-Russian rebels are still fighting for a key town, and Ukrainians are waiting for the ceasefire to fail
Starbucks in Britain
A loss-making machine
Starbucks in BritainWhy is Starbucks so unprofitable in a coffee-loving country?
Greece's financial crisis in charts
Agony in Athens
Greeks want to stay in the euro. They have also elected a government that has made a Greek exit, or "Grexit", more likely
A new museum for Pamplona
Being bullish
A new museum for PamplonaThe Spanish city tries to offer tourists something more than the opportunity of a near-goring

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - February 16, 2015: Lawrence Williams: Is China hiding its central bank gold in its commercial banks?

Lawrence Williams: Is China hiding its central bank gold in its commercial banks?

Submitted by cpowell on  Monday, February 16, 2015.
 Monday, February 16, 2015

Examining the huge offtake from the Shanghai Gold Exchange, Mineweb's Lawrence Williams today speculates that the government of China may be holding massive amounts of gold on the books of the country's government-owned commercial banks to avoid reporting them officially to the International Monetary Fund. If so, Williams writes, China's gold reserves could have reached four or five times the 1,054 tonnes the country claimed in its last report to the IMF, in 2009. Williams' commentary is headlined "Is China Hiding Its Central Bank Gold in Its Commercial Banks?" and it's posted at Mineweb here:
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

European Markets at Close Report on February 16, 2015: European stocks slip as Greek debt talks begin.

European stocks slip as Greek debt talks begin




LONDON (MarketWatch) — European stock markets slipped Monday, with investors striking a cautious tone as eurozone finance ministers took another stab at ending the standoff between Greece and its lenders.
The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, -0.14%  edged down 0.1% to 375.55, pulling back after posting a 1% gain last week. Greece’s Athex Composite index GD, -3.83% slumped 3.8% to 859.70, with banks posting the biggest slides. National Bank of Greece SA ETE, -12.41%  and Piraeus Bank SA TPEIR, -12.22%  each tumbled 12%, and Alpha Bank AE ALPHA, -8.86%  dropped 8.9%.
Greece remained in the spotlight as Eurogroup finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss the new Greek government’s demand to change the terms of its bailout program. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has refused to ask for an extension of the current rescue plan — which expires at the end of the month — unless Greece’s lenders agree to greater leniency on debt repayments and on austerity measures. Earlier negotiations ended in a deadlock, raising fears that Greece could end up leaving the eurozone, a move that could unnerve financial markets.
Eurozone finance ministers on Monday continued to turn up the pressure, saying little progress had been made in talks over the weekend and that a deal at Monday’s meeting is unlikely.

Asian markets at Close Report on February 16, 2015: Japanese stocks hit nearly eight-year high after data.

Japanese stocks hit nearly eight-year high after data


HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Japanese stocks marked their highest closing level in nearly eight years on Monday as data showed the nation’s economy pulled out of recession, while a record close on Wall Street at the end of last week also helped boost markets.
The Nikkei Average NIK, -0.41%  ended up 0.5% at 18,004.77, closing above the key 18,000 mark for the first time since July 2007. The broad Topix I0000, -0.27%  closed 0.7% higher.
The first read of Japan’s gross domestic product showed an annualized 2.2% growth, or a 0.6% increase on quarterly basis, for the October-December period, after two straight quarters of contractions. However, the results were less than what many economists has expected.
The yen USDJPY, -0.12%  strengthened against the greenback, trading at ¥118.59 compared with ¥118.72 shortly before the data release.
Also boosting the markets was a record close in the U.S. markets on Friday.
Chinese markets also finished higher, with both Hong Kong and Shanghai markets adding to recent gains. The Hang Seng Index HSI, +0.18%  edged up 0.2% to 24,726.53, rising for a third day in a row, while the Shanghai Composite IndexSHCOMP, +0.58%  improved by 0.6% to 3,222.36, extending a six-day winning streak.
Earlier in the day, data showed China’s foreign direct investment surged 29% in January from a year ago.
Elsewhere, major Asian markets showed broad advances, with Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, -0.23%  tacking on 0.2% 5,888.70. Seoul’s Kospi Composite IndexSEU, -0.20%  nudged higher by less than 1 point at 1,958.23.