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Alasdair Macleod - Finance and Eco.
Market Report: Economies stalling
It wasn't meant to be like this: six years of global money-printing should have guaranteed economic recovery. Until very recently, there was hope that finally the medicine was having some effect; but in the last few weeks investors have become noticeably more cautious. Is it Ukraine, or is it the slow-down in China? Whatever the story the truth is revealed in the chart of recent US bond prices shown below. The Long Bond yield is leading the way downwards, having broken below the 3.5% level, and
Friday, April 18, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Why Gold? 85% of Pension Funds Will Go Bust in 30 Years
I have not seen the scenarios run by Bridgewater Associates, but I do have respect for their name and their work.  I would like to know their assumptions. In an inflation, stocks may do quite well, as their inflated valuations keep pace with inflation. Bonds are likely to get obliterated. In a stagflation not so much.  The Fed and the Treasury would like a modest inflation to provide a controllable dilution of debts without opening the door to a debt jubilee for the hoi polloi.  The Fed serve
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Chris Powell - GATA
New York Fed contradicts its former vice president about gold accounts 
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has contradicted the assertion of its former vice president that it has provided gold accounts to bullion banks. The assertion of such accounts was made by H. David Willey, the former New York Fed vice president in charge of foreign central bank accounts and the gold vault at the New York Fed, in a speech given in May 2004 to the American Institute for Economic Reserve in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. See Page 62 here:
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
You Can’t Eat Gold… But It’s Portable, Easy To Trade and Confiscation-Proof
If you need cooking oil you have to exchange it for gold. If you need soap you have to exchange it for gold. Everything is gold, gold, gold… For everything they want gold… Residents, Zimbabwe (2009) (Watch Video Below) If you’ve conducted even a preliminary investigation into the global economic situation you’ve likely concluded that something isn’t right. As noted previously, all of the evidence points to serious economic failure in the very near future as our day of reckoning approaches. The
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Alasdair Macleod - Finance and Eco.
Market Report: Better tone to precious metals 
Gold and silver prices gained modestly over the week, during which the latest FOMC minutes were released. These were generally read to be more dovish compared with the previous month. FOMC members appear from the minutes to be confused. The previous month's conclusion, that if it wasn't for the weather the economy is improving and so interest rates will increase a little earlier than expected, is replaced with renewed anxiety about the outlook now the weather has improved. And who can blame them
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Mickey Fulp - Mercenary Geologist
My Bet That the Bud Biz is a Bitty Bubble and Not the Next Big Thing
It’s deja vu all over again and it was kick-started a couple of trading days before PDAC. That’s when a Vancouver-based shell that was once a junior “miner” but never mined anything except the stock market announced a change of business. This sort of thing happens all the time in a bear market. What was unusual in this particular instance was the nature of the business change: The company announced it was morphing into a medical marijuana merchant bank.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
China Gold Imports Through Hong Kong
Trend?  Change?  Not possible. No one is interested in gold. Nothing to see here. Move along. Chart by Data Wrangler Nick at
Friday, April 11, 2014
Clif Droke
How will gold respond to global deflation?
With economies slowing down in China, Japan, Eastern Europe and other regions of the globe, many investors wonder if 2014 will deliver another global deflationary epidemic.  As I?ll explain in this commentary, the next six months has the potential to be the most exciting period for investors since the 2010 financial crisis in Europe.After the disappointment of last week?s European Central Bank (ECB) meeting, investors continue to wait in vain for a policy shift announcement from the bank?s presi
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Dan Popescu - GoldBroker
Gold and the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) 
There is no doubt that our actual international monetary standard based on the US dollar, in place since the breaking of the Bretton Woods accords in 1971, is living its last days. What will replace it? On August 15, 1971, Richard Nixon, United States President, addressed the nation announcing the "temporary" suspension of the dollar's convertibility into gold. In the address, he also stated, “In full cooperation with the International Monetary Fund and those who trade with us, we will press fo
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Egon von Greyerz - Matterhorn AM
Max Keiser Interviews Egon von Greyerz about Fed Policy, Dollar Devaluation and Gold Pri
Max Keiser interviews Egon von Greyerz of Matterhorn Asset Management in Switzerland about Fed policy, dollar devaluation, gold price manipulation and wealth preservation.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Mike Maloney - Goldsilver
Bail-In Protection 
Regardless of unprecedented central bank measures since the 2008 financial crisis, such as Quantitative Easing (QE) and Zero Interest Rate Policies (ZIRP), many major banks and financial institutions still remain vulnerable to insolvency today. In the next major market meltdown, rather than the public again bailing-out the too big to fail banks... the private sector will likely be called upon to bail-in insolvent banks and financial institutions.           What is a Bank Bail-in?
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
James West - Midas Letter
  Markets are Rigged and the Media Acts Like That’s News
Michael Lewis’ new book Flash Boys is causing a bit of a ruckus, and he’s being paraded out onto mainstream media stages everywhere as if the book’s message is nothing short of a brilliant revelation. The premise – that High Frequency Traders’ exploitation of deficiencies in electronic trading systems constitutes a rigged market – is neither revelatory nor relevant, in the big picture. Its funny, but the sound bite that is the summary of the book’s content – “Markets are rigged” stands more as a
Monday, April 07, 2014
Hugo Salinas Price -
We Have Seen This Play Before 
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in “The Telegraph” (, April 2, 2014) is quite worried about deflation in the Eurozone; he says it may become entrenched, which would lead to economic disaster for Europe. What we are seeing is a repeat performance, on the world stage, of a previous failed experiment with fiat money, as documented by Andrew Dickson White, in his classic book: “Fiat Money Inflation in France 1790 -1797”, reprinted in 1933, when a great believer in monetary tinkering was j
Monday, April 07, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts - Pop Go the Weasels - Thank You To Zerohedge et al. 
Stocks dumped hard on post end of quarter selling, even though the economic news was not too hot and not too cold. The metals came roaring off their oversold conditions with gold leading the push higher. There was little activity in the Comex gold warehouse, and a few more traders stood for delivery. I explained again the other day that not all those who stop a futures contract for delivery actually end up taking the physical gold. And further, if they do take it, that may not be reflected
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Adam Hamilton - Zealllc
Contrarian Gold Stocks 4
Gold stocks have lapsed back to despised status after late March?s sharp selloff.Thanks to their strong 2014 rally before that, traders were slightly warming to this abandoned sector.But despite the rekindled extreme bearishness, gold stocks remain the greatest bargain in all the stock markets.Their prices are still absurdly undervalued relative to gold which drives their profits, fantastic buys for brave contrarians.The precious-metals miners and explorers are just reviled these days, the laugh
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Perth Mint Blog - Perth Mint Blog.
Infographic - Unearthing The World's Gold Supply 
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS Where does gold come from and how much is actually left? Check out Part 2 of the Gold Series of infographics from Visual Capitalist.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Intensifying Financial War ? Opportunities & Threats
“– Washington has apparently fomented or supported a coup in the Ukraine that increases the likelihood of war in Europe dramatically therefore sending the gigantic pools of liquid financial assets in the world scurrying into the greenback and US Treasuries, which the Chinese have stopped gobbling up;…“Guest Post: How Monetary Policy Drives Foreign Policy,” Tyler Durden, 03/11/2014The Chinese sold a record Amount of U.S. Treasuries in December, 2013.The WAR in The Key Financial Sect
Friday, March 28, 2014
Miguel Perez-Santalla - Bullion Vault
Silver, Buffett & the Hunt Brothers
Warren Buffett took a shine to silver. So did the Hunt brother oil barons... WHY have there been two major corners of the silver market in recent history? asks Miguel Perez-Santalla at BullionVault. In 1980, the year I started working in the marketplace, the price of silver had reached $50 per ounce, only to collapse a few days later. The Hunt brothers, two oil baron brothers with powerful financial means, were behind much of the rise in the market at that time. In a book by Stephen Fay, e
Friday, March 28, 2014
James West - Midas Letter
US Market Manipulation Continues to Undermine Canadian Market Health
The Canadian dollar, gold, silver, copper, oil and gas are down dramatically as we on into Q2 of 2014. Under the media-ballyhooed but nonetheless fake recovery of the U.S. economy, the Canadian economy exhibits symptoms of anemia. Hundreds of mining and exploration companies out there are still inching forward in the various endeavours while the majority of them adopt a position best described as “fetal”. There are only two things that could happen that might cause a reversal in mineral commodit
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Chris Powell - GATA
Zero Hedge: How China imported all that gold without exploding the price
Zero Hedge has just outlined the scenario by which China and its many not terribly scrupulous entrepreneurs may obtained huge volumes of gold while selling gold futures to prevent the price from taking off over the last year. The mechanism for the undertaking, Zero Hedge writes, was commodity funding deals in which any particular lump of a commodity may have been essentially mortgaged a few times simultaneously -- sort of like the Western central bank gold leasing system in which any particular
Sunday, March 23, 2014
David Morgan - Silver Investor
  My Two Bits about Bitcoin 
Some have asked our view on Bitcoin, and my response is simply -- I view these things from a Free Market perspective. I have often stated that "The Market knows more than any of us". I would not want to be labeled a hypocrite by stating my conviction that the "real" free market is capable of making decisions that are in the best interest of masses, and then proceed to disparage Bitcoin through a personal bias. However, I do have a personal bias as to the basic construct of money, or what I
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Ron Paul
If Spying on Senate is So Bad, Why is it OK For Them To Spy On Us? 
The reaction of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to last week's revelations that the CIA secretly searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers reveals much about what the elites in government think about the rest of us. "Spy on thee, but not on me!" The hypocrisy of Sen. Feinstein is astounding. She is the biggest backer of the NSA spying on the rest of us, but when the tables are turned and her staff is the target she becomes irate. But there is more to it than that. There is an att
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Jeffrey Lewis - Silver-Coin Investor
Precious Metals, Blind Men and Golden Elephants
"The first rule of mainstream financial journalism and, particularly, financial journalism about gold is never to put a specific critical question about the monetary metal to any of the primary participants in the gold market, central banks. That is, nearly all gold market reporting is, by design, irrelevant distraction at best, disinformation at worst.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Julian D. W. Phillips - Gold Forecaster
Will Renewed Indian Demand Drive Gold Prices much Higher? Revised ?dramatic difference!
Current SituationSince last August, the Indian government placed a stranglehold on gold imports into the country by requiring that 20% of all gold imported be exported as jewellery. This forced the amount of gold imported to drop to 30% of former levels until October of last year. Then the amount imported rose to 38 tonnes a month and has been at that level since then. The amount of gold that was expected to be imported for the year was north of 1,200 tonnes. It only achieved an imported total o
Monday, March 17, 2014
Richard Mills - Ahead of the Herd
Two Bullets 
I’ve read the following article so many times I can just about recite it from memory. I found the article years ago, there was no author’s name attached, no credit was given, just anon, but thank you, you’ve helped keep me focused. I hope readers find ‘Two Bullets’ as useful as I still do. Two Bullets Several years ago, I met someone, Trader Joe, who was an expert technical trader. I call him an expert because he lived off of his profits, he was financially independent, and he frequ
Friday, March 14, 2014
Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
  Goldman Sachs on Bitcoin
On the subject of Bitcoin, I find myself in odd agreement with the folks at Goldman Sachs who, while they think the payment aspects of the crypto-currency are quite novel and could ultimately see widespread adoption, it will never succeed as money. That’s the gist of this story over at Tech Crunch that begins by suggesting that Bitcoin devotees might be advised to “take a cold shower, drink some coffee, and sober up”. On the subject of commodity money (i.e., what the world had for thousands of y
Friday, March 14, 2014
James Turk - Goldmoney
The Future of Money and Gold - James Turk Interview
Click on this link to hear James Turk's interview with Andy Duncan of SmartMetals Radio. They talk about James' new book - The Money Bubble, the future of money, and the future of gold. You can also watch the video interview here.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 -
Shale, the Last Oil and Gas Train: Interview with Arthur Berman 
How much faith can we put in our ability to decipher all the numbers out there telling us the US is closing in on its cornering of the global oil market? There's another side to the story of the relentless US shale boom, one that says that some of the numbers are misunderstood, while others are simply preposterous. The truth of the matter is that the industry has to make such a big deal out of shale because it's all that's left. There are some good things happening behind the fairy t
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
James West - Midas Letter
PDAC Epilogue and More Bullish Gold Signals 
I haven’t seen the official numbers yet, but I’m betting the PDAC saw substantially fewer delegates than in years past – a sure sign that the great unwashed have yet to comprehend that the TSX Venture in general and precious metals stocks in particular are in the early stages of a bull market. The newsletter writer’s hall was half full, the aisles in the investor exchange were un-crowded, and you could fly into Toronto any night of the show and find a downtown hotel room. Most of the writers I l
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Jeffrey Lewis
Precious Metals and the Paradox of Over-Optimization 
Disaster, by over-optimization, is another important way to frame the much-heralded "just in time" inventory practices which are used broadly by industry and grafted to monetary assets like precious metals. The overgrowth of the financial system and serial bailouts are akin to allowing fuels to build up in the forest, preventing the natural burn off needed to replenish the soil and pave the way for new growth. Superficially, intentions are certainly good. But many suffer despite the well-intende
Saturday, March 08, 2014