Gold prices up as US dollar loses ground after Trump sacks Rex Tillerson


Gold costs turned positive on Tuesday as the US dollar lost ground after news that US PresidentDonald Trump supplanted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, while US expansion information was in accordance with estimates.Spot gold was up 0.3 for every penny at $1,326.49 an ounce by 1:42 p.m. EDT (1742 GMT), while US goldfutures for April conveyance settled up 0.5 for each penny at $1,327.10.

Trump let go Tillerson after a progression of open breaks over arrangement on North Korea, Russia and Iran, supplanting him with follower Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo.”The dollar is lower and gold is higher off the Tillerson news. We’ve been seeing this example (ofgold following the dollar) in light of the fact that there’s no other solid factor prompting purchasing gold now,” said Bill O’Neill, prime supporter of Logic Advisors.

The US dollar list surrendered its additions and fell against a container of monetary forms, making items valued in the greenback less expensive for purchasers utilizing different monetary standards.Likewise weighing on the dollar was news that USconsumer costs cooled in February, the most recent sign that a normal get in expansion is probably going to be just slow.

A few financial specialists had been concerned more grounded than-anticipated CPI information could feed desires that the US Federal Reserve will raise loan costs four times instead of three this year…Read More



Trump talks to Xi, pledges more North Korea sanctions 

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday addressed his Chinese partner Xi Jinping, encouraging him to utilize “every single accessible lever” to persuade North Koreato end its incitements and come back to the way of de-nuclearisation after Pyongyang tried an ICBM that can reach anyplace in the US.

Amid the telephone call, Trump underscored the assurance of the US to protect itself and its partners from the developing danger postured by the North Korean administration, the White House said.

The two pioneers examined North Korea’s most recent intercontinental ballistic rocket (ICBM) dispatch, it said.

The rocket was propelled from Sain Ni, North Korea on Tuesday, and went around 1,000 km before sprinkling down in the Sea of Japan, inside Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone.

“Just addressed President Xi Jinping of China concerning the provocative activities ofNorth Korea. Extra real endorses will be forced on North Korea today (November 29). This circumstance will be dealt with!” Trump tweeted.

The White House said that President Trump underscored the requirement for China to utilize “every accessible lever” to persuade North Korea to end its incitements and come back to the way of de-nuclearisation.

Inside hours of the North Korean rocket dispatch, Trump addressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in to talk about their aggregate reaction to the most recent provocative conduct by Pyongyang.

“We will deal with it. It is a circumstance we will deal with,” Trump told correspondents in the Roosevelt room of the White House not long after North Korea’s ballistic rocket test.

China is North Korea’s just real partner and greatest exchanging accomplice… Read More

India, US, Japan, Australia hold 1st quad talks in Manila to counter China

Modi holds first 'quad' meet with US, Japan, Australia

Offering shape to their security participation under the proposed quadrilateral coalition, India, the United States (US), Japan and Australia on Sunday held their first authority level talks here with an emphasis on keeping the Indo-Pacific district “free and open”, seen as a move to counter China’s forceful conduct in the zone.

Not long after the meeting, India, Australia and Japan issued isolate articulations posting the Indo-Pacific as the significant zone of the consultations and made plans to grow collaboration to maintain a guidelines based request and regard for worldwide law in the deliberately vital locale.

The meeting comes in front of the ASEAN summi there on Tuesday that is additionally liable to talk about the security challenges confronting the Indo-Pacific region and China’s military extension in the South China Sea.

In an announcement, the service of outside issues (MEA) said the discussions were hung on issues of regular enthusiasm for the Indo-Pacific district with an attention on participation in light of meeting vision and qualities for advancement of peace, strength and success in the zone.

“They concurred that a free, open, prosperous and comprehensive Indo-Pacific district serves the long haul interests of all nations in the area and of the world on the loose. The authorities additionally traded sees on tending to normal difficulties of psychological oppression and expansion linkages affecting the area and in addition on upgrading availability,” the MEA….Read More

Attempts to derail GST have failed: Arun Jailtey

Arun JaitleyIndia’s change to the Goods and Services Tax administration has been “genuinely smooth” in spite of endeavors by “not well educated” Opposition pioneers to wreck its usage, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has stated,

Jaitley, who is on seven days in length visit to the US to go to the yearly gatherings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, said under the GST the administration has divulged alluring plans to guarantee that the resistant in Indiabecome agreeable.

“Many endeavors have been made by political gatherings to crash the GST, however I am happy that their own state governments are not tuning in to them since they know 80 for every penny of the cash will come to them so they don’t need to mollify a poorly educated focal pioneer of the gathering and let the incomes of their own state suffer,”Jaitley told a New York group of onlookers.

“Along these lines, the state governments are being savvier,” Jaitley said because of an inquiry amid an occasion titled ‘Indias showcase Reforms: The Way Forward’ sorted out by the Confederation of Indian Industry in relationship with the US Chambers of Commerce.

The undeniable issue in the GST, he stated, will be that the resistant are going to inevitably come in to the net.”And in this way there will be diverse protests – some authentic some fabricated hurled by the non-dissension how GST is making an issue for them,” he stated, adding that the administration needs ability to recognize a honest to goodness and a made….Read More

US will continue to put pressure on North Korea, says White House

US will continue to put pressure on North Korea, says White HouseThe US will keep on putting most extreme monetary and discretionary weight on North Korea even as President Donald Trump stays predictable in his position of keeping “every one of the alternatives on table”, theWhite House has said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump had a fantastic group around him and has accomplished enormous achievements on the universal stage by working with partners and going up against foes.

“We will keep doing that, and we will keep doing that as a group with the president driving that exertion,” she said yesterday.”We’re proceeding to put greatest monetary and strategic weight on nations like North Korea.We will keep on doing that, yet in the meantime, the president will keep the greater part of his choices on the table. Our position has not changed. It’s been extremely reliable,” she said.

North Korea terminated a rocket over Japan a month ago and tried a nuclear bomb, provoking Trump to demand that “all alternatives were on the table” in an inferred risk of pre-emptive military activity. In his lady deliver to the UN General Assembly a month ago, Trump said that no country on Earth had an enthusiasm for seeing “this band of lawbreakers” arm itself with atomic weapons and rockets.

The UN Security Council has collectively passed a US-drafted determination that forces most grounded authorizes ever on North Korea, with measures focusing on its final significant fares and decreasing around 30 for every penny of oil gave to it….Read More

Will North Korea sell its nuclear technology?

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Over the years North Korea has earned millions of dollars from the export of arms and missiles, and its involvement in other illicit activities such as smuggling drugs, endangered wildlife products and counterfeit goods.Still, there are only a handful of cases that suggest these illicit networks have been turned to export nuclear technology or materials to other states.

North Korean technicians allegedly assisted the Pakistanis in production of Krytrons, likely sometime in the 1990s.Krytrons are devices used to trigger the detonation of a nuclear device. Later in the 1990s, North Korea allegedly transferred cylinders of low-enriched uranium hexafluoride (UF6) to Pakistan,where notorious proliferator A.Q. Khan shipped them onward to Libya.UF6 is a gaseous uranium compound that’s needed to create the “highly enriched uranium” used in weapons.

The most significant case was revealed in 2007 when Israeli Air Force jets bombed a facility in Syria.The U.S. government alleges this was an “undeclared nuclear reactor,” capable of producing plutonium, that had been under construction with North Korean assistance since the late 1990s.A U.S. intelligence briefing shortly after the strike highlighted the close resemblance between the Syrian reactor and the North Korean Yongbyon reactor. It also noted evidence of unspecified “cargo” being transported from North Korea to the site in 2006.

More recently, a 2017 U.N. report alleged that North Korea had been seeking to sell Lithium-6 (Li-6), an isotope used in the production of thermonuclear weapons. The online ad that caught the attention of researchers suggested North Korea could supply 22 pounds of the substance each month from Dandong,a Chinese city on the North Korean border.





Market falls 4% in 7 sessions: Is it a good time to buy


Markets have been on a downward spiral since August 2 when the Nifty50 hit a high of 10,137 levels in intra-day deals. Since then, the index has tanked nearly 4%, or around 400 points to 9,737 levels in intra-day deals on Friday.

The recent fall has been triggered by rising geopolitical tension across the globe – one, between India and China on the Doklam standoff, and two the developments with North Korea and the United States. That apart, Sebi’s order to ban trade in 331 suspectedshell companies also dented sentiment, as did sub-par second quarter results of select companies.

Given the developments, analysts say there could be more pain in store for the markets that have recently taken cognizance of the developing geopolitical situation. Though they do not wish to predict how deep and long this correction could last, experts do caution that the fall is beyond anyone’s control as it is driven by geopolitical reasons.

“Global events that are beyond market control have triggered the recently fall. If there is more action over the weekend, the markets will continue to fall in the coming week as well. A lot depends on the geopolitical front and to that extent predicting the road ahead for specific index levels is risky,” says Jayant Manglik, president retail distribution at Religare Securities.

Since its recent high on August 2,investor wealth as measured by market-capitalisation (market-cap) of the Nifty 50 companies till August 10 has dipped by over Rs 1,47,600 crore, ACE Equity data show.

Google firing sparks debate over sexism in Silicon Valley

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A Silicon Valley culture war pitting liberal-leaning tech firms against a small conservative cohort took on new intensity on Tuesday after Google fired a male engineer for a memo that decried the company’s commitment to hiring women.

Memo author James Damore, 28, received jeers, cheers and a couple of job offers, while the debate raged on social media and some tech firms took steps to prevent similar episodes from embroiling their companies.Damore confirmed his dismissal from Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday, after he wrote a 10-page memo that said the company was hostile to conservative viewpoints and that women on average have more neuroticism.

Many in Silicon Valley found his views, which argued that men in general may be biologically more suited to coding jobs than women, offensive and destructive. The manifesto was embraced by some, particularly on the political right, who branded him a brave truth-teller. The episode recalled past examples of the wide gulf between US conservative activists and the tech sector.

In 2014, Brendan Eich was forced out as Mozilla’s chief executive after his opposition to gay marriage became public. Most technology executives held the opposite view, and tech companies often gave benefits to same-sex couples well before gay marriage was legalized.

US plans trade measures against China

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The Trump administration is planning trade measures to force Beijing to crack down on intellectual-property theft and ease requirements that American companies share advanced technologies to gain entry to the Chinese market.

The administration is considering invoking a little-used provision of U.S. trade law to investigate whether China’s intellectual-property policies constitute “unfair trade practices,” according to people familiar with the matter.

That would pave the way for the U.S. to impose sanctions on Chinese exporters or to further restrict the transfer of advanced technology to Chinese firms or to U.S.-China joint ventures.

American business frustration with Chinese trade and market-access practices has mounted in recent years, with U.S. business groups urging the government to take a tougher trade line with China. Many organizations have complained that the Trump administration hasn’t pushed hard enough in areas like intellectual property, as it has focused more on Chinese manufacturing and China’s $347 billion trade surplus with the U.S. last year.

Once ‘fragile’ India gets thumbs up from foreign investors 

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When Fed taper fears jolted emerging markets in 2013,India was one of the worst hit and was forced to raise interest rates to underpin its tumbling markets. Fast forward to this year, and history has been turned on its head. Not only is the US central bank raising rates, but India is widely expected next week to be the first country in Asia to cut policy rates this year.

being concerned at India’s falling policy rate premium over the United States, foreign investors are giving the country’s markets the thumbs up.The rupee is rallying and the country’s bonds are in demand,offering some of the best inflation-adjusted returns in Asia. Inflation, long a thorn in the economy, is at its lowest in five years, economic growth is picking up and the current account deficit is a fraction of its old self.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a national goods and services tax on July 1, India’s biggest tax reform since independence in 1947, raising confidence among investors that other measures to boost the economy would follow.

“The structural story for India remains pretty strong,” said David Cornell, chief investment officer of London-based Ocean Dial Asset Management, which argues India and other emerging markets will outperform over the next 12 months.