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Apr 30, 2015

The Economist Editor's Picks - April 30, 2015.

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The Economist
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Editor's picks

Our cover this week looks forward to Britain’s general election on May 7th. The union with Scotland, Britain’s membership of the European Union and the global role of the City are all at stake. But our vote is decided by the economy. Best for Britain would be a second Conservative-led coalition under David Cameron 

Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief
The Mexican gamble
In spite of a history of boom-and-bust, Mexico has asked investors to place a 100-year bet on its debt
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The new war on drugs
The rich world is softening its line on illegal highs. Everyone else is getting tougher
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How to down drones
In criminal hands small drones could be a menace. It is time to find ways of forcing them out of the sky
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Politics this week
At least 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Nepal, one of Asia’s poorest countries. Aid agencies struggled to reach remote areas in Gorkha district, near the border with Tibet, where many more bodies are expected to be found. The tremor triggered avalanches on Mount Everest, killing 18 climbers
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DealBook P.M. Edition - April 30, 2015: China Rethinks Safety Net for Its Banking System



THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
TOP STORY
The government's deposit insurance system is an attempt to introduce risk into China's financial system.
China Rethinks Safety Net for Its Banking System The government is introducing a deposit insurance system, hoping to force a more market-driven approach to lending.

Wall Street at Close Report by CNBC on April 30, 2015: Nasdaq plunges 1.5%; Dow slides triple digits, clings to gains for 2015

Nasdaq plunges 1.5%; Dow slides triple digits, clings to gains for 2015

U.S. stocks closed down more than 1 percent on the last day of trade for April as investors weighed mixed economic data and continued weakness in the dollar. 
The major indices closed below their 50-day moving averages.
The Nasdaq closed down 82.22 points, or 1.64 percent, at 4,941.42, recovering slightly from a 2 percent dip. Biotechs weighed on the index, with the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) ending more than 3 percent lower.

FRB Press Release - April 30, 2015: Agencies issue final rule on minimum requirements for appraisal management companies.


http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/20150430a.htm

Released by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

CMI Spot Prices as of Close of Trading in New York on April 30, 2015.


CMI Gold & Sliver



SPECIALS

 

Gold Eagles


1 oz American Gold Eagles (random years)
3 coin minimum - $30.00 S&H on orders less than 10 coins
$39.00 over spot

Gold Krugerrands


1 oz South African Gold Krugerrands
3 coin minimum - $30.00 S&H on orders less than 10 coins
$29.00 over spot

Spot Prices as of close of trading in New York

Thursday, April 30, 2015

GOLD

TODAYCHANGEWEEK AGOMONTH AGOYEAR AGO
$1,183.70-$27.80$1,194.90$1,183.70$1,283.90

SILVER

TODAYCHANGEWEEK AGOMONTH AGOYEAR AGO
$16.16-$0.54$15.87$16.64$19.05

PLATINUM

TODAYCHANGEWEEK AGOMONTH AGOYEAR AGO
$1,145.00-$18.70$1,139.80$1,143.80$1,431.50

PALLADIUM

TODAYCHANGEWEEK AGOMONTH AGOYEAR AGO
$780.60-$5.15$773.35$738.00$816.90

GOLD/SILVER RATIO

73.25

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Organization Press Release - April 30, 2015: Agency MBS Transaction Summary

Agency MBS Transaction Summary
Gross purchases from April 23 through April 29: $6,856 million
Sales (dollar rolls) from April 23 through April 29: $0 million
Net purchases from April 23 through April 29: $6,856 million

All amounts reflect current face
Purchases summarize all trades executed during the indicated period including purchases associated with dollar rolls.*
Transactions ($ million)
Maturity
Coupon
Settlement Month
FHLMC
FNMA
GNMA
GNMA2
30 Year
3May38260800
 3Jun39460501,119
 3.5May33846500
 3.5Jun3685250770
       
15 Year
2.5May38551600
 3May15322800
       
Total  2,0202,94701,889
*Does not include trades associated with small value exercises.
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