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Reason For Bitcoin Sudden Plunge Revealed: UK Plans Regulatory Crackdown On Cryptocurrencies

Just after 430pm ET we showed that bitcoin, and the entire crypto space, tumbled, with Bitcoin plunging from session highs just under $12,000 to a low of $10,600 on what appeared at first sight to be no news.

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Gold Coins and Bars Saw Demand Rise 17% to 222T in Q3

- Gold coins and bars saw demand rise 17% to 222t in Q3, driven largely by China
- Chinese investors bought price dips, notching up fourth consecutive quarter of growth
- Jewellery, ETF demand fell while gold coins and bars saw increased demand 
- Central banks bought a robust 111t of gold bullion bars (+25% y-o-y)
- Russia, Turkey & Kazakhstan account for 90% of 111t of central bank demand
- Turkey increased gold purchases and saw broad based physical gold demand
- Gold demand in Q3 at eight-year low as ETF inflows slowed sharply 
- Gold demand saw 9% year-on-year (y-o-y) drop in to 915 tonnes (t)
- Total global gold supply fell 2% in Q3

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Pound Flash Crashes After Moody's Downgrades UK To Aa2

In an otherwise boring day, when Theresa May failed to cause any major ripples with her much anticipated Brexit speech, moments ago it was Moody's turn to stop out countless cable longs, when shortly after the US close, it downgraded the UK from Aa1 to Aa2, outlook stable, causing yet another flash crash in the pound.

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What Share Of Bond Markets Do Central Banks Own: Deutsche Bank Answers

With the latest ECB statement due out in just two days, traders are curious to see how Mario Draghi will escape from the trap in which the European central bank has found itself: on one hand, seeking to temper the recent dramatic rise in the Euro, on the other running out of QE eligible private-sector debt to monetize, especially in its largest captive market, Germany. While we don't know how Draghi will succeed (or fail) in this endeavor, overnight Deutsche Bank has released a useful analysis breaking down what share of bond markets the biggest central banks currently own.

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Gold Has Yet Another Purpose - Help Fight Cancer

- Gold has yet another purpose and may help fight cancer
- Gold increases effectiveness of drugs used to treat cancer cells by acting as catalyst - research shows
- Use of gold in technology and health growing each year
- Tech use to increase- number of patent applications in 2017 grew
- Industrial applications such as solar and bio-metrics reduce availability of above ground supply and gold for investment
- Another string to the bow of gold and potential impact on sentiment towards gold and on the gold price
- 'Could gold finally have a purpose?' bizarre headline ignores gold's 2,500 plus year history as a means of exchange, money and a store of value

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Shocking Admission From Global Head Of Strategy: "Our Clients Have Given Up On Valuation As A Metric"

For all the recent concerns about an "imminent" nuclear war with North Korea (not happening, according to the head of the CIA), which prompted a stunned reaction from Morgan Stanley which earlier today observed the "70% rise in the VIX index over three days, 2% drop in global equities, and more than a few holidays disrupted", leading it to conclude "Well, That Escalated Quickly", the market continues to ignore the real risk: the upcoming central bank balance sheet taper which will have a dire and drastic impact on markets according to Citi's global head of credit product strategy, Matt King:

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