International Economic News
Perth Mint Appointed as Member of Shanghai Gold Exchange
The Shanghai Gold Exchange continues to emerge as one of the world's premier gold trading platforms. Australia's Perth Mint has been named an international member of the exchange, strengthening ties between the two regional powers.
The Problem With Venezuela's Gold
Venezuela is not only in the midst of a protracted economic crisis, but the Maduro government is also facing a growing political impasse. Where does the country's gold fit into this difficult situation?
Are Gold Mines Running Dry Around the World?
South Africa, once home to the world's top-producing gold mines, has seen a virtual collapse of the industry. New gold mining projects around the world are on the decline, as well.
How the Growth of Solar Energy Will Boost Silver Demand
The production of solar power has been increasing dramatically. Because silver is a key component of solar panels, this trend should lift silver demand.
Could a Joke Rename Australia's Currency?
A petition in Australia seeks to change the name of the country's currency, based on a joke appearing in a 1995 episode of The Simpsons.
Royal Dutch Mint's New Gold and Silver Coins
The Royal Dutch Mint is honoring the 400th anniversary of the classic leeunwendaalder design with new silver and gold proof coins.
South Africa Issues Silver, Platinum Krugerrands for 50th Anniversary
The Rand Refinery (South Africa) is expanding its bullion coin program to include one-ounce Silver Krugerrands and Proof Platinum Krugerrands.
Venezuelan Dystopia Deepens
An almost total breakdown in the electrical grid is causing scarce food supplies to spoil, making an unbearable life worse as the Venezuelan crisis deepens.