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Under a CBDC, a time-stamped ledger of every single transaction by every single individual and/or firm would create threats to privacy.
    Everything Is as It Isn't in the News
Jun 6, 2023 - 12:43:21 PDT
Pretending things were not as they really were left us all with a worse world — just as the media did with the Fed when it pretended the Fed was right about inflation being transitory and all simply parroted the narrative they were force-Fed.
For many, the jobs data is just too good to be true. The BLS has a long history of cooking the data to paint a rosy picture.
Gensler has been in the spotlight for months, as his agency ramps up enforcement against crypto companies. When he testified before Congress back in April, Gensler refused to answer whether ether was a security or a commodity.
Gensler didn’t hold back his feelings on the industry’s significance: “We don’t need more digital currency. We already have digital currency. It’s called the U.S. dollar, it’s called the Euro, it’s called the Yen. They’re all digital right now […] so what’s the real underlying value of these tokens?”
Two Federal Reserve decisions next week will shape a global economy whose growth the World Bank predicts will slump this year and remain “frail” through 2024.
The last time UPS workers walked of the job more than two decades ago, it crippled the shipping company. An emboldened union is threatening to do the same and this time the disruption would be far greater. The 24 million packages UPS ships on an average day amounts to about a quarter of all U.S. parcel volume, according to the global shipping and logistics firm Pitney Bowes. UPS says they deliver the equivalent of about 6% of nation’s gross domestic product. The Teamsters, representing about 350,000 UPS workers, say they'll strike if there's no deal by the time the current contract expires July 31.
The Fed’s man-made housing market downturn has been so sharp that when the Fortune 500 list was unveiled on Monday, it was missing four major real estate companies, which had been on the list last year. That includes Rocket Companies (which was No. 282 on the Fortune 500 list unveiled in June 2022), Zillow (No. 424 last year), Anywhere Real Estate (No. 427 last year), and Compass (No. 495 last year).
As a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Tesla Inc., revolutionized the electric car industry and is sending rockets into space, Elon Musk isn’t known for being a real estate guru. But lately, the billionaire has been sounding the alarm for the sector. “Commercial real estate is melting down fast,” Musk said in a recent tweet. “Home values next.”
Blackstone real estate investment trust (BREIT) is known as one of America’s largest and most dependable privately held REITs when it comes to delivering investor returns. However, 2023 has proven to be a difficult year for real estate investors, and Blackstone is not immune. As of May 1, 2023, Blackstone announced it is limiting investor withdrawals from its REIT, which is worth an estimated $70 billion. This move is not a new trend, as Blackstone has been limiting monthly investor withdrawals
Virginia-based REIT Park Hotels & Resorts has opted to cease payments on a $725 million loan, as the SF Business Times reports today, essentially surrendering over 2,900 hotel rooms and hospitality facilities to its lender. This includes the 1,921-room Hilton San Francisco Union Square, which is San Francisco's largest hotel, occupying an entire city block, and one of the country's largest hotels outside of Las Vegas.
The market had frozen over. There were no transactions because no one knew what anything was worth as San Francisco’s office market has morphed in just a few years from being one of the hottest office markets in the US with a vacancy rate of 7% in 2019 and some of the highest rents in the US, to being put on ice by working-from-home. About 33% of all office space is now on the market for lease – worse even than Houston, which was for years the worst office market in the US.
Phil Hall reports that Fitch Ratings reduced its 2023 outlook for the U.S. real estate investment trust (REIT) sector outlook from “Neutral” to “Deteriorating,” citing the tumult in the commercial real estate space.
A Gallup asset class survey conducted in April 2023 finds that 26% of the American public think that gold is the best long-term investment.
The World Bank said on Tuesday that the global economy remained in a “precarious state” and warned of sluggish growth this year and next as rising interest rates slow consumer spending and business investment, and threaten the stability of the financial system.
    Pushback Heightens Against Exorbitant US Dollar
Jun 6, 2023 - 06:18:47 PDT
lmost everyone talks about moving away from the US dollar as the world’s main currency for trade and finance. Those supporting this idea argue that diversification of currency reserves and increased use of regional currency arrangements could contribute to a more balanced international monetary system. From the major economic formations such as Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) to smaller players such as Kenya, all have added their voices to the debate.
    US Dollar Regathers Strength Amid Fed Blackout Period
Jun 6, 2023 - 06:17:25 PDT
The US Dollar (USD) lost its strength in the American session on Monday but didn't have a difficult time on finding demand early Tuesday. The US Dollar Index (DXY), which tracks the USD's valuation against a basket of six major currencies, stays in positive territory above 104.00 as investors look for the next catalyst during the Federal Reserve's (Fed) blackout period.
The U.S. securities regulator alleged that the exchange was offering 13 different assets that were considered securities and operating as a broker and exchange.
Investors have pulled around $790 million from the crypto exchange Binance and its U.S. affiliate in the last 24 hours, data firm Nansen said on Tuesday, a day after a top U.S. regulator sued both exchanges.
SEC Says Binance Misused Customer Funds, Ran Illegal Crypto Exchange in U.S. The SEC seeks to shut down Binance.