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Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
Gold Holdings of Central Banks and Governments 2: The Larger View, 1850-2000
We've been looking at some history of the gold holdings of central banks and governments. August 10, 2014: Gold Holdings of Central Banks and Governments, 1913-1941 August 3, 2014: The Reichsbank, 1924-1941 July 27, 2014: The Bank of France, 1914-1941 July 20, 2014: The Bank of England, 1914-1941 July 18, 2014: Foreign Exchange Rates 1913-1941 #8: A Brief Summary June 22, 2014: Forei
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Jeff Clark - Casey Research
Top 7 Reasons I’m Buying Silver Now 
I remember my first drug high. No, it wasn’t from a shady deal made with a seedy character in a bad part of town. I was in the hospital, recovering from surgery, and while I wasn’t in a lot of pain, the nurse suggested something to help me sleep better. I didn’t really think I needed it—but within seconds of that needle puncturing my skin, I WAS IN HEAVEN. The euphoria that struck my brain was indescribable. The fluid coursing through my veins was so powerful I’ve never forgotten it. I can e
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Chris Martenson
On the Path To War 
The US is clearly now pushing Russia towards war. But if you read the signs correctly, Russia has been preparing for exactly this outcome for many years. Out of several reasons that US power brokers specifically -- but western power brokers more generally -- are deeply unhappy with Russia right now is that Russia is committing a cardinal sin: it is openly, brazenly calling for an end to dollar dominance and has moved aggressively with China to achieve that aim. No oil-rich country that has tried
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Charleston Voice
  Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory Of Federal Tyranny! - "General Sherman has silver and gold enough to s 
~ Railroad Depot Charleston, South Carolina, 1864 ~  THE LETTER from Union Lieutenant Thomas J. Myers: Feb 26, 1865 of the Morrill Tariff "Camp near Camden, S. C. My dear wife--I have no time for particulars. We have had a glorious time in this State. Unrestricted license to burn and plunder was the order of the day.  The chivalry [meaning the Honourable & Chivalrous people of the South] have been stripped of most of their valuables. Gold watches, silver pitchers, cups, spoons, forks,
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Ron Paul
US Sanctions on Russia May Sink the Dollar 
The US government's decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the US economy itself. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the long run these sanctions are just another step toward the dollar's eventual demise as the world's reserve currency. Not only is the US sanctioning Russian banks and companies, but it also is trying to strong-arm
Monday, August 11, 2014
Stewart Thomson - Graceland Update
Gold 2014: The Year Of Transition
Graceland Updates By Stewart Thomson1.In any market, but especially precious metals, price pullbacks rarely proceed according to expectations.2.Most “buying opportunities” are perhaps better defined as gulags and torture chambers.Regardless, it’s almost impossible to build retained wealth without enduring a significant amount of pain, so please click here now. 3.That’s the weekly CRB general commodity index chart.I’ve suggested that 2014 is a key year of transition, away from system risk and def
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Capital
Gold Videocast: Jim Rickards & Peter Schiff on Gold & Currency Wars
In his latest Gold Videocast, Peter Schiff meets with Jim Rickards, author of The Death of Money, for an exclusive interview about gold?s role in the international currency wars.Jim Rickards is Chief Global Strategist at the West Shore Funds, and Director of The James Rickards Project, an inquiry into the complex dynamics of geopolitics + global capital. In The Death of Money, Rickards shows why another monetary system collapse is rapidly approaching ? and why this time, nothing less than the in
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Keith Weiner - Monetary Metals
How Can the State Bank of India Pay Interest in Gold?
An article caught my eye this week. The Tirumala Tirupati Temple in India has deposited gold at the State Bank of India, and is getting paid interest on their deposit. There is something unique about this. The interest is paid in gold. To understand why no one else is paying interest in gold, let’s first look at how one can use any asset class to make a dollar income: speculation. Buy something. Wait. Sell it at a higher price. You can use bonds, stocks, real estate, artwork, or classic Ferraris
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Dan Popescu - GoldBroker
Interview with Ronald-Peter Stöferle: Monetary Tectonics and Gold
My exclusive interview with Ronald-Peter Stöferle, Incrementum Liechtenstein AG, co-author of the In Gold we Trust 2014 report. “We are currently on a journey to the outer reaches of the monetary universe. We believe that the monetary experiments currently underway will have numerous unintended consequences, the extent of which is difficult to gauge today. Gold, as the antagonist of unbacked paper currencies, remains an excellent hedge against rising price inflation and worst-case scenarios. T
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Michael J. Kosares - USAGold
Stanley Fischer speaks out : Can central bankers succeed in getting global economy back on track?
Reuters/AnatoleKaletsky/8-15-2014 “Year after year, we have had to explain from mid-year onwards why the global growth rate has been lower than predicted as little as two quarters back. … This pattern of disappointment and downward revision sets up the first, and the basic, challenge on the list of issues policymakers face in moving ahead: restoring growth, if that is possible.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
Don't "Kitchen Sink" the Monetary Debate. Gold-Based Money Is Simple.
What is a “gold standard system”? Since the United States had a gold standard policy for most of its history, 1789-1971, you would think a basic question like this would be easy to answer. But, I think most people – and even, sadly, most supposed experts – would struggle even with this. The answer is simple: A “gold standard system” is one in which gold is the “standard of value.” In other words, it is a value link. The currency’s value has a certain parity
Monday, August 11, 2014
Jeffrey Lewis
Price Fixing - A Shed of Broken Tools 
"The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it." -Goebbels Despite hearing it over and over, the meaning of "all markets are rigged" is completely lost on the most hopeful. Of course, hope is fear gone badly. Investors want desperately to believe that the real market exists. They believe that the pricing mechanism is legitimate - a fair expression of the markets. And that if t
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Stewart Thomson - Graceland Update
Bullion Banks: Unexpected Allies
Graceland Updates By Stewart Thomson1.Most investors buy gold because they are nervous about the financial system, government debt/bureaucracy, central bank money printing, and dangerous geopolitical developments.In a nutshell, that’s the “fear trade” for gold.2.The fear trade is a great reason to own a core position in gold now, and forever.Gold should be the first item bought in any investment portfolio.That’s because lowest risk assets must be bought first, not the ones that appear to offer t
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Mark O'Byrne -
Peak Gold? Russia To Surpass Australia As World No 2 Gold Producer
Today’s AM fix was USD 1,294.50, EUR 973.75 and GBP 777.76 ounce. Yesterday’s AM fix was was 1,300.25, EUR 973.75 and GBP 781.17 per ounce. Today’s LBMA Silver Price was USD 19.42 per ounce. Yesterday’s LBMA Silver Price was USD 19.66 per ounce. Gold and silver fell yesterday - gold fell $3 to $1,295.90 and silver fell 19 cents to $19.49 per ounce. Russian central bank acquired another 300,000 ounces worth $3.9 billion in July Gold and silver have fallen below the $1,300/oz and $20/oz levels re
Friday, August 22, 2014
Steve Saville - Speculative Investor
Future “inflation” and the Fed’s madness
Prior to 2002 the Fed would tighten monetary policy in reaction to outward signs of rising "price inflation" and loosen monetary policy in reaction to outward signs of falling "price inflation", but beginning in 2002 the Fed became far more biased towards loose monetary policy. This bias is now so great that it seems as if the Fed has become permanently loose.The following chart comparing the Fed Funds Rate (FFR) target set by the Fed with the Future Inflation Gauge (FIG) clearly illustrates the
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Bill Murphy - Le Metropole Café
  It Is Much Bigger Than You Think 
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth - not going all the way, and not starting." ... Buddha - The gold price manipulation scheme will go down as the biggest financial market scandal in US history for numerous reasons. They include the destruction of the free market system in the United States. The manipulation of the gold and silver prices eventually led to the manipulation of US interest rates via the Fed, the stock market via the Plunge Protection Team, and to the c
Monday, August 04, 2014
Dan Popescu - GoldBroker
Gold and Silver - The Eternal Monetary Couple
Roy W. Jastram, in his book, The Golden Constant, says, “When we go so far back into price history as I do here we are like the archeologist. We nurse together the evidence that has survived with as much test of its validity as is available to us. Statistics, like archeology, is an inexact science when practiced on numbers that are remote and fragmentary.”(1) This should always be kept in mind when analyzing economic data of any kind. Just when they announced the end of gold and silver in 2000,
Monday, August 11, 2014
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
Gold Holdings of Central Banks and Governments, 1913-1941
We're continuing our look at monetary conditions in the 1913-1941 period. August 3, 2014: The Reichsbank, 1924-1941 July 27, 2014: The Bank of France, 1914-1941 July 20, 2014: The Bank of England, 1914-1941 January 26, 2014: The Federal Reserve in the 1930s #2: Interest Rates January 19, 2014: The Federal Reserve
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Jeff Clark - Casey Research
  The Single Most Important Strategy Most Investors Ignore 
“If I scare you this morning, and as a result you take action, then I will have accomplished my goal.” That’s what I told the audience at the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium in Vancouver two weeks ago. But the reality is that I didn’t need to try to scare anyone. The evidence is overwhelming and has already alarmed most investors; our greatest risk is not a bad investment but our political exposure. And yet most of these same investors do not see any need to stash bullion outside their hom
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Jeffrey Lewis
Monetary Versus Political Stability - When Day Turns into Night
Wherever plunder is less burdensome than labor, it prevails; and neither religion nor morality can, in this case, prevent it from prevailing.- From Bastiat's "The Law"Representing all things big, institutional investors believe there is no inflation.The market "behaves" as if there is none. This undercuts value at risk.But reality is very different. Across the board, price is determined by a broken system fueled by an unsound economy. (The developing Ebola pandemic may serve as an example and a
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
We Are Still In a Financial Crime Wave 
In his recent column The Opposite of Stagflation Paul Krugman says that: "One of the truly amazing (and disheartening) things about the Great Recession and its aftermath has been the continuing insistence of many economists that it’s somehow a supply-side slump, driven by the evils of Obamacare or something. This tends to come from people who view stagflation in the 1970s as having permanently refuted all things Keynes. So I guess it’s worth pointing out repeatedly
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Fabrice Drouin-Ristori -
What Are the Potential Implications of the End of the Silver Fix in London? 
These last few months have brought confirmation of an acceleration in geo-political and macro-economic events, and they all have mid-term implications for the precious metals markets and, more globally, on the future of the international monetary system. Even though certain events might seem isolated, some links can be established, and this is the object of my analysis. I remain, in my analysis, of the opinion that the current fiat monetary system will collapse, as has been the case throughout
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
  Interest Rates at their Lowest: Another Reason to Buy Gold 
One of the main arguments used by your banker to dissuade you from buying gold is that “it’s not generating anything”, either interest or dividends. It has been true, in a way, for some time. But, now that interest rates are at their lowest and that savings accounts and life insurance policies practically yield close to zero, you could use the same argument against his products. But I don’t think your banker will reply by telling you to keep your money because his products are worthless... This
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Jordan Roy Byrne - The Daily Gold
Miners Next Move: Breakout or Breakdown? 
We've been very bullish on the miners since January but became concerned recently with the poor technical action in the metals (specifically Gold). Last month the mining indices were very close to a major breakout yet couldn't punch through. This signaled that Gold could begin a deeper decline and the miners would be vulnerable. However, Gold failed to break below $1280 while the miners have continued to digest their early summer gains and hold support. In addition, Gold
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Ron Paul
  What The Media Won't Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 
Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim - even before an investigation - that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council - just one day af
Monday, July 21, 2014
Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Capital
  The Belgian Connection 
One of the biggest questions at the end of 2013 was how the Treasury market would react to the reduction of bond buying that would result from the Federal Reserve's tapering campaign. If the Fed were to hold course to its stated intentions, its $45 billion monthly purchases of Treasury bonds would be completely wound down by the fourth quarter of 2014. Given that those purchases represented a very large portion of Treasury bond issuance at that time, it was widely assumed by many, me in particul
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Stewart Thomson - Graceland Update
Gold Charts Eye Candy
Graceland Updates By Stewart Thomson1.Technically, all sectors of the gold market look bullish.2.Regardless of whether a daily chart, weekly chart, or a monthly chart is used, all technical lights are green.3.Please click here now. Note the bullish position of my stokeillator (14,7,7 Stochastics series) on this daily gold chart. 4.On a historical basis, crossover buy signals on this key daily chart oscillator are typically followed by $50 -$150 gold price rallies.5.Silver looks stronger than gol
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Jay Taylor - Kitco
Gibson’s Paradox Requires Gold Manipulation

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Ty Andros - traderview
  Useful Idiots and the Something For Nothing Society - Part 1 of 3 
This week's TedBits is as important a commentary as any I have ever written in my 10+ years writing Austrian analysis of the unfolding world macroeconomics and geopolitical situation. It covers the origins, causes and destinations we are headed for, the participants, historical context and the future based upon past episodes: Past, present and future so to speak. I hope you enjoy it. Best wishes Ty. Adam Smith in his seminal book, Wealth of Nations, outlined how all great empires res
Friday, July 25, 2014
Jeff Clark - Casey Research
The Birth of a New Bull Market
If I asked you why you think I’m bullish on platinum and palladium, you’d probably point to the strikes in South Africa, the world’s largest producer of platinum. Or maybe the geopolitical conflicts with Russia, the largest supplier of palladium. Maybe you’d even mention that some technical analysts say the palladium price has “broken out” of its trading range. These are all valid points—but they’re reasons why a trader might be bullish. When the strikes end, or Russia ends its aggression, or
Tuesday, May 20, 2014