After a period of historically aggressive rate hikes, the Fed has again hit the pause button, opting to hold rates steady for a second consecutive meeting. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell cryptically explained, “Slowing down is giving us, I think, a better sense of how much more we need to do if we need to do more.”

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Imagine you’re sipping your morning coffee in your living room on a Saturday morning. That was the reality for thousands of Israelis on Saturday, October 7. Yet, this mundane normalcy changed forever in the blink of an eye.

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The U.S. dollar has been the dominant force in global finance for years. But a recent declaration by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 15th BRICS summit in Johannesburg heralded a potential shift.

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Gold may be carving out a renewed path to prosperity in a financial landscape rattled by bank collapses and poor earnings. Combined with the audacious move by the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) to launch a gold-backed currency could be converging into a perfect storm.

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There’s a touch of optimism permeating the equity markets as of late. The Federal Reserve recently halted its streak of rate hikes, having notched up 10 back-to-back increases in 15 months. Additionally, in May 2023, U.S. inflation dipped to 4%, and the S&P emerged from its longest bear market since 1948.

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Rewind to a few months back when Argentina basked in the glory of a World Cup triumph, their native son Leo Messi at the helm. Fast forward to mid-May 2023, and we find ourselves yet again riveted by Argentina, but this time, for a grimmer reason – an economic shocker.

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