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Argentina abolishes income tax

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Date: September 15, 2023

Argentina's government, ahead of a critical October 22nd election, has surprised many by announcing a tax exemption for millions of citizens, sparing them from income tax payments.
This move, amidst rampant inflation, directly contradicts Argentina's IMF deal, causing controversy.
It's seen as a political strategy to win favor in the election, but critics worry about its impact on fiscal responsibility and economic stability.
This decision underscores the intricate relationship between economic policy and politics in Argentina and raises questions about the nation's global financial reputation.

Qatar boosted gold reserves to record levels

Qatar boosts gold reserves to record levels after buying 14.8 tonnes in July.
The Qatar Central Bank is the latest bank to announce an increase in its holding of precious metals.
Reserve data from the central bank shows it bought 14.8 tonnes of gold last month.
Source: kitco.com

Basel III endgame strikes the Federal Reserve

U.S. Federal Reserve officials, led by Fed Vice Chair Michael Barr, are exploring changes to the 'Basel III endgame' overhaul for bank capital regulations.
This includes reconsidering operational risk calculations and potential offsets for mortgage servicing.
It marks a significant shift as the Fed acknowledges concerns from the banking industry about the policy's impact on lending.
Here is Michael Barr's statement:
'We want to make sure that the rule supports a vibrant economy that supports low - and moderate-income communities, that gets the calibration right upon things like mortgages.
So the public comment that we're getting on this is really critical for us getting it right. We take it very, very seriously.
That program was really designed in that emergency situation. It was designed for that emergency to say, we want to make sure that banks and creditors of banks and depositors banks understand that banks have the liquidity they need.'

Russian MF proposed an independent financial system for BRICS

On February 27, 2024, the first in-person meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors from BRICS countries took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of Russia's chairmanship.
The event marked a significant milestone for BRICS, emphasizing its growing importance globally with an increased number of participants.
During the meeting, Russia's Minister of Finance, Anton Siluanov, and First Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Russia, Vladimir Chistyukhin, presented the key focus areas, highlighting the theme of the chairmanship: improving the international monetary and financial system.
The participants, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, generally supported these priorities, signaling a collective commitment to addressing the role of developing countries in the global economy.
a crucial step is creating an independent financial infrastructure to bolster the autonomy and financial sovereignty of developing countries.
To enhance the global financial system, it's crucial to create practical opportunities for an independent financial infrastructure, reinforcing the autonomy and financial sovereignty of developing nations.
"The current system based on the existing Western financial infrastructure and the use of reserve currencies has a number of fundamental flaws. Such infrastructure should be available to everyone.
Financial infrastructure must be accessible to everyone and independent of the will of individual countries. Otherwise, we are faced with artificially created barriers to trade, investment and technology, even in transactions between third countries. This leads to a slowdown in global economic growth."
Siluanov said.

More BRICS and Bretton Woods 3

Expanding BRICS to create an alternative power bloc is enticing for many countries.
Talk of the BRICS nations creating a new reserve currency introduced the idea of 'Bretton Woods 3.0'.
The Bretton Woods Agreement was negotiated in July 1944 by delegates from 44 countries at the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference held in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
Thus, the name 'Bretton Woods Agreement'.
Under the Bretton Woods System, gold was the basis for the U.S. dollar and other currencies were pegged to the U.S. dollar's value.
The Bretton Woods System effectively came to an end in the early 1970s when President Richard M. Nixon announced that the U.S. would no longer exchange gold for U.S. currency.
Sources: investopedia

Central banks gold reserves switch

The central banks are increasingly concerned about inflation, and the major ones start giving out signals that they won't let inflation run too hot, even if it means slower growth.
In commodities, the upside potential in gold is more than just a safe haven hedge, as the rising geopolitical tensions and the latest sanctions imposed on the Russian central bank will bring the central banks around the world to reconsider their FX holdings, and start shifting towards a nationless gold.
Source: youtube.com

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