Finance

Gold’s Been on a Tear This Year and 2020 May See More Reward

(Bloomberg) — Gold’s impressive advance in 2019 — aided by trade war frictions, easier monetary policy across the world’s leading economies and sustained central-bank buying — may be set to spill into the new decade. As 2020 looms, BlackRock Inc (NYSE:BLK)., the world’s largest money manager, remains constructive on bullion as a hedge, while Goldman …

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Blanketed in ash, no survivors: Paramedic describes New Zealand volcano devastation

(Reuters) – A paramedic who flew to help victims of the New Zealand volcanic eruption said on Tuesday what he saw was a “shocking experience”, likening the scene on White Island to the recent TV drama mini-series “Chernobyl”. “Everything was just blanketed in ash. It was quite an overwhelming feeling,” said Russell Clark. The intensive …

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Hong Kong leader does not rule out reshuffle, says focus is restoring order

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam did not rule out a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday but said restoring law and order was her top priority, as the Chinese-ruled city grapples with more than six months of sometimes violent anti-government protests. Beijing-backed Lam was speaking two days after the largest anti-government rally in …