The US Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are investigating at least 10 major banks for possibly rigging the precious metals markets. According to the Wall Street Journal, the CFTC has opened a civil investigation into the matter while prosecutors from the DOJ simultaneously examine the price setting process for gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. Precious metal benchmarks have been under increased regulatory scrutiny ever since the 2012 scandal over Libor rate manipulation broke. Erin weighs in.
Then, Erin is joined by Peter Schiff – CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and host of the Peter Schiff Show. Peter gives us his take on Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s remarks to the Senate and tells us if there’s a chance of a hike. He doesn’t see the Fed raising interest rates primarily because it fears the risk of markets suffering. He thinks other markets outside the US offer more value at this time, especially due to the strong dollar, which he sees as vulnerable.
After the break, Erin sits down with George Magnus – former chief economist at UBS and author of "Uprising: Will Emerging Markets Shape or Shake the World Economy?" George tells us what he seems as major economic themes leading up to the UK elections and gives us his take on why emerging markets haven’t been in the spotlight recently. Overall, he is cautious on emerging market because of the large increase in non-financial corporate debt.
And in The Big Deal, Erin and Edward Harrison discuss the big tech stories of the day. Take a look!
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