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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Economist Harry Dent honorably pays off bet between a Bull and Bear in the argument to predict direction of gold prices

In the gold sphere there are a ton of different analysts making predictions on where the price of gold is going in light of the Fed's half-decade long policies of quantitative easing, and near zero interest rates.  And of the more well known and popular analysts on either side of the fence, the one who stands out the most on the bearish side of gold is none other than Harry Dent.

Harry Dent is an economist who specializes in trends and demographics, and has a better than average track record of success in many areas of his analysis.  However he became the butt of many criticisms when a few years back he publicly predicted that the price of gold was going down to below $700 an ounce, and likely to reach around $250 before beginning a trend back up.

And the primary premises for his bearish outlook for gold?  That assets were going to hit a deflationary cycle and that gold is more of a commodity than it is money.

So with Dent's analysis out there for all to see in hear, it was not surprising that someone in the gold industry would take his forecasts as a challenge and seek to put Harry on the spot for his future price predictions.  And that someone was Jeff Clark from Goldsilver.com, and an associate of the site's founder Mike Maloney.

So what was the bet you might ask?  Well it was fairly straight forward... within two years time of the agreed upon bet, the price of gold itself would determine who won.  And if it crossed below $700 (or very close to that number) anytime intra-day or closing, then Harry Dent would be considered the winner.

If it did not, and of course we know that it never even dropped to three figures during that period, then Jeff Clark was determined the winner.

And the prize?  A single ounce of gold.

Two years ago I bet economist Harry Dent an ounce of gold that the price wouldn’t fall to his prediction of $750/ounce. 
He had made some noise in the gold community that year about how gold was going to crater. He advised selling your gold and buying dollars. He even stated that $750 wasn’t the stopping point, that the price would fall to as low as $250. 
I couldn’t pass it up. I wrote an open letter to him, citing why I thought he was wrong, and offered to bet him a one-ounce gold Eagle. I even raised the target to $800 and gave his prediction two full years to come to fruition. He accepted. 
My bet was a bold one at the time… if you remember early 2015, the gold price had been falling for two years, and showed little sign of stabilizing. Almost no one thought the bottom was in. Market participants had been decimated. Gold showed some life in January that year, but by the time we finalized our agreement in March the price had fallen another 12%. It dropped below $1,100 that summer, and by December hit $1,049. My wager was not looking so good. 
But gold never fell to $800—never even cracked three figures. I won. And yes, he paid up. (He kept his word and sent me a check for the proceeds, including a little extra for a purchase premium; you may not agree with his predictions, but this speaks highly of his character). - Gold Silver
In the end there is one thing to remember among all the forecasting that is and has taken place over the past several years, and that is that as we go through this current cycle of declining prices in the gold sphere, the price of gold has ended each year higher than the same time as the prior year going back to 2015.  And that trend is likely to continue as long as the economy needs to rely upon the central banks having to pump out more and more credit just to survive.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

As European countries rush headlong towards the cashless society, the Swiss still consider cash to be king

Like with most central bankers and politicians, their justifications for nearly any new monetary agenda is steeped in the foundation of imposing greater controls over people, and removing their freedoms to conduct commerce as they see fit.  And perhaps no greater example of this can be seen in the global movement to ban cash, and usher everyone into a completely digital society.

Several European countries like Sweden, Norway and Denmark are already well on their way towards the banning of physical cash, and many other EU nations have imposed capital controls disallowing the use of cash in large transactions.  And even the advent of crypto-currencies has helped spawn the idea of a cashless Africa, with nations like South Africa and Rawanda working hard towards forcing everyone onto a digital banking model.

But one country is remaining defiant in the wake of this global move to take away physical currency from the hands of the people, and that nation is the one who's history is steeped in banking, and the right of individuals to do with their money as they see fit.

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When it comes to cash and its future, Swiss authorities seem to have a totally opposite view to that of their Indian counterparts -- for them cash is "more reliable" and enjoys a low opportunity cost. 
Among other benefits over cashless payments, cash provides "more effective budget control" and can be used without any technical know-how, while it also offers a comprehensive protection with regard to financial privacy, a top official of Swiss National bank (SNB) has said. 
Amid a debate on future of cash globally and the ambitious demonetisation move carried out by India, SNB's deputy head Fritz Zurbruegg said there remains a continuing robust demand for cash among general public and banknotes are like the country's 'calling cards' in case of Switzerland. - India Times
The truth of the matter is, the recent push for a cashless society has little to do with convenience, and more with the failed banks and central banks who have leveraged their monetary systems to the point of insolvency.  And they believe that their last chance at survival is to eliminate the one factor that keeps them from expanding money supplies even more through a digital system, and that is the anchor of physical cash and the fear that individuals could bankrupt them in a day if they called for a run on their institutions.

If politicians and establishment economists really wanted to 'stop' money laundering, and the funding of drug cartels or terrorism, then all they would need to do is shutdown or nationalize the banks themselves for they are the ones who are committing this avenue of crime.  But since the West has almost completely merged into a fascist state, where governments and corporations act as one in their own common interests, then that leaves the people who have done nothing wrong to become their scapegoats, and this means that their agenda is really dedicated towards taking away our money so that they can take their fraud and theft to even greater and higher levels.

Monday, March 13, 2017

New report shows that Bitcoin is not a primary currency for terrorist funding and money laundering

As a modern day axiom likes to say, 'Don't steal, the government hates competition.'.  And this is exactly why both governments and central banks despise monetary forms and systems that are outside their control.

Bitcoin of course was created to be a completely de-centralized form of money through which governments and central banks could not destroy using their well oiled processes of monetary expansion, devaluation, and inflation.  And now that it has become an ever growing part of the mainstream, one of their new fears is that because they cannot control its price in the open markets, Bitcoin is acting in the aspect that gold used to by revealing how insolvent the dollar and other world currencies really are.

So if governments and central banks are unable to control, regulate, manipulate, or even co-opt the crypto-currency, this leaves one final arrow in their quiver to try to dissuade the masses from moving into it.  And that of course is propaganda.

Over the past few years governments have used their controlled mainstream press to try to label Bitcoin as the currency of drug dealers, money launderers, and of course, terrorist groups.  But a new report out on March 2 shows that in fact the use of Bitcoin in financing terrorism or in laundering money for illicit groups is nothing more than a canard.

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Ever since bitcoin started gaining popularity, claims have been made as to how this “anonymous” currency facilitates terrorist financing. That has always been a very disturbing claim, even though there was never any solid evidence to back up these claims by any means. In fact, this particular UK report goes to show how cryptocurrency is not used by terrorists, and most likely never will. 
It is evident government officials overreact when they are greeted with new and innovative technologies. Particularly when these innovations take place in the financial sector. Terrorist financing has been a thorn in the side of government officials for quite some time now, yet they are no step closer to finding out where the money is coming from. Blaming bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for this issue is a logical conclusion, even though officials are incapable of providing this is happening. - The Merkel
Ironically over the past few years, it has been proven that it is more likely that highly regulated global banks participate in money laundering, illicit activities, and aiding in terrorist funding far more than any other type of alternative banking or currency mechanisms.  And there is even one report that suggests that the major Western banks would have gone insolvent if it weren't for their participation in laundering money for the drug cartels during the 2008 financial crisis.

The rise of Bitcoin has almost moved in tandem with the rise of populism and the growing rejection of fascist government controls and central bank monetary destruction.  And when you include the growing rebellion coming against the mainstream media, who are today seen as little more than a propaganda arm of each, the labeling of Bitcoin as a currency for criminals by governments no longer holds any water, and the facts are now coming out to prove it.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Gold demand soaring to four year highs across the world as central banks and individuals pile into metals

There were a number of different stories published this week that validate why gold demand is not only increasing, but hitting four year highs as currency and economic fears push both central banks and individuals into the precious metals.


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A couple of weeks ago, I was in Toronto meeting with gold industry experts. One night, I spoke with a man who has been in the gold business for over 45 years.
For over four decades, this man has bought and sold gold. He has bought and sold gold mining shares. He has bought and sold gold mines. During this time, he has also worked with the Chinese government, Chinese industry and Chinese investors. He knows a few things about gold, and about Chinese gold. 
Here’s what he said to me: “I’ve seen estimates out of China that over 375 million Chinese want to buy gold. But they can’t. They live in the remote interior of the country, not the more open, coastal cities. These Chinese have little or no access to gold markets. And even if they did have access, there’s not enough gold.” 
The man explained that any Chinese with means and access is buying gold. He told me that just the Shanghai Gold Exchange has over 10 million customers. 10 million separate, account-holding customers. Just for gold. - Daily Reckoning
Gold demand rose 2% in 2016 according to World Gold Council
The Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump drove global demand for gold to a four-year high in 2016, as pension funds and other institutional investors piled into the precious metal while higher prices put consumers off jewellery purchases. 
Global gold demand rose 2% last year to reach 4,309 tonnes, the highest level since 2013, according to a report from the World Gold Council, which represents gold miners. - The Guardian
Gold price continues to climb following inaction by the Fed
Gold hit an 11-week high on Thursday after the U.S. Fed eral Reserve gave no clear signal on the likelihood of a March interest rate increase in its latest statement, prompting another drop in the dollar
The U.S. currency slipped to a 12-week low against a basket of currencies and an eight-week low versus the euro after the U.S. central bank gave an upbeat view on the economy, but no hint of accelerating rate hikes. Spot gold struck its highest level since Nov. 17 at $1,225.30 an ounce, and was up 0.9% at $1,219.96. - Fortune
Gold backed bank deposit accounts in Turkey skyrocket
The price of gold, considered a safe haven in investments, has broken records one after another since last year, while the number of precious metal deposit accounts kept in banks are on a rise in parallel with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's call on people to convert their foreign exchange savings into gold or Turkish lira in an attempt to help boost the value of the Turkish lira. Having broken successive records since last year, gold became one of the favorite investment instruments in 2016 again. 
According to Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) data, gold deposit accounts in banks soared to TL 16.964 billion ($4.54 billion) at the end of 2016 from TL 10.624 billion at the end of 2015. As far as the last one year's transactions are concerned, this figure corresponds to 51.6 tons of gold, based on the average gold price of TL 122 per gram. 
A total of TL 15.922 billion worth of gold deposit accounts belonged to natural entities, while TL 1.042 billion worth of them belonged to commercial institutions and others in 2016. - Daily Sabah
As more and more individuals, pension funds, hedge funds, and investors come to the realization that historic asset classes like bonds, currencies, and real estate no longer provide sufficient yield for the risk involved, it would only take 1% of the money currently dedicated to these assets to completely wipe out gold and silver supplies, and create the environment where gold no longer has a definable value since it will become priceless.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Astounding correlation between gold and yen may show reasons for manipulation as being tied to carry trade

It is now a given fact that the United States government, as well as the central banks, manipulate gold pricing going back at least as far as when President Richard Nixon removed the dollar from the gold window.  But what many may not realize is that the reasons for rigging the gold markets have changed periodically over the past 45 years.

In recent times, and in particular since the 1990's, Wall Street has used the Japanese Yen as a tool for creating vast profits through a mechanism known as the Yen carry trade.  This trade is done by using dollars to purchase the much weaker Japanese currency, then using that money to buy Treasury Bonds at a larger discount.

Japan of course has been most helpful in facilitating this trade by the fact that they have kept their interest rates down near zero for almost 25 years at the same time the dollar has remained strong minus the period following the 2008 financial crisis.  But missing from this well known financial mechanism is how gold fits into it, and how the price of the precious metal needs to be rigged to ensure the carry trade continues at full capacity.


As you can see in this chart going back to 2012 when the Fed began to implement Zirp and QE, the price of gold has run nearly perfect with the actions of the USD/JPY currency trade.  And this barometer is almost flawless to utilize for gold traders as when the Yen strengthens against the dollar, gold prices rise, and when it weakens, gold prices fall.


Not known to many traders, gold is positively correlated to yen. Let’s take a look at the first chart where we compare yen futures to gold futures on a monthly time frame. You can see how gold’s peaks and troughs correspond to that of the yen’s peaks and troughs. 
Why is gold correlated to yen? 
In reality, there is no proper explanation to this. Although the fact that gold and yen both share the status as a safe haven does in a way validates this correlation. But it is merely scratching the surface. Correlations in the markets come and go. A more recent example that traders can recollect was the short term correlation between oil prices and stocks in the first half of the year, which soon faded. This brings an important point to mention, which is that with any correlation you cannot take it for granted. Therefore traders need to constantly, and at regular intervals check on the correlation between gold and yen. For example, Gold and USDJPY have a -94% correlation on a weekly basis. However, this fluctuates and therefore traders should always keep an eye out on any significant changes. - Orbex
Yet contrary to the assessment of 'no proper explanation', the reality is that the correlation between gold pricing and the USD/JPY is intrinsically tied to the Yen carry trade.  And when we are taking about a financial mechanism that encompasses trillions of dollars in derivatives and other Wall Street financial instruments, protecting this trade at all costs is a perfect reason as to why the banks would purposely manipulate and rig the gold markets.
What is the carry trade? It’s the borrowing of a currency in a low interest rate country, converting it to a currency in a higher interest rate country and investing it in the highest rated bonds of that country. The big trading outfits do this with leverage of 100 or 300 to one. This causes important moves in the financial markets, made possible by the trillions of dollars of central bank money creation. - Forbes

Friday, December 9, 2016

Why gold and Bitcoin are freedom: EU's new plans to eliminate cash are not about convenience, but about control and tax confiscation

As countries as diverse as India, Sweden, Denmark, and Spain begin to work towards the banning of physical cash and instituting a completely digital monetary system, one entity is seeking to trump them all by formulating a program that would not only eliminate cash and atm machines, but would entirely change banking as we know if for all of Europe.

And if their goals are reached, it could become the new standard across the Eurozone as early as late 2017.

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The European Payments Council (EPC), a subdivision of the European Central Bank, are taking steps in their quest to fully eliminate all cash. The reason is not to lift the burden off retailers or to make transactions more convenient but in reality to raise desperately needed taxes. 
Highly respected ‘ArmstrongEconomics‘ reports that the EPC are going full steam ahead to enable immediate payment systems throughout not just the Eurozone but the entire European Union. The Single European Payments Area (SEPA) has been devised with the ultimate goal of eliminating ATM cash machines and force everyone to use their mobile phones or plastic cards, the project starting as early as November 2017. 
In the absence of confirmed information on this point, it is likely that tourists and business people will be forced to pre-pay Euro’s onto an App if they come from a country outside the eurozone, currently made up of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. 
The final goal of the EU Commission is best described in their own words: “The Single Euro Payments Area (or “SEPA” for short) is where more than 500 million citizens, over 20 million businesses and European public authorities can make and receive payments in euro. SEPA also means better banking services for all: transparent pricing, valuable guarantees ensuring that your payments are received promptly and in full, and banks assuming responsibility if something goes wrong with your payment.” 
This year, meetings and conferences called “Towards a cashless society” were started to get the information transfer across to the infrastructure, supported very heavily by the banks. 
It looks as though the initial battleground for banning cash will be … Greece. - Global Research
Perhaps it is not a coincidence now that earlier this week European Central Bank head Mario Draghi announced that their QE program would be extended until December of 2017, just one month after the EPC hopes to have Europe completely in a cashless society.

The majority of people in the West already function in an environment without cash as online banking, and the use of debt or credit cards, outweighs the number of transactions taking place using physical currency.  However, underlying this trust is the fact that for now, if someone desired to take out their wealth stored in a bank they could do do and have it distributed to them in physical cash notes.

All along the war on cash that has emerged in 2016 has never been about stopping drug cartels, black markets, or the myriad of other excuses those in power have used to justify the banning of physical money.  No, the real reasons stem from the fact that nearly all monetary systems in the West run on a leveraged system where there are upwards of 100 times more money created in digital form than there is actual cash available, and any strong run on the banks could collapse the entire financial system.

Additionally, eight years of failed central bank policies have driven the Western monetary system to the brink of another collapse, and it is forcing these institutions as well as governments to seek never before heard of measures such as negative interest rates, and beyond 100% debt to GDP.

The truth of the matter is that the desire to institute a cashless society is not for the benefit of the 7 billion members who inhabit planet earth, but for the .001% of the 1% who want to use a cashless society to have utter control over money, and everyone's use of it.  And it is why the need to store your wealth in some other vehicle than cash or in a bank is vital, and this means an alternative form of wealth protection such as gold, silver, and bitcoin which banks, nor governments, can readily steal.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Former Goldman Sachs analyst who predicted 2008 crisis now telling investors to get into gold as we enter new recession

Despite the recent pullbacks in the gold price over the past month, one well respected analyst and investor stated in an interview on Oct. 19 that gold will not only go much higher during the next financial crisis that is inevitable because of negative interest rates and geo-political uncertainty, but that it is the most stable 'currency' to have your wealth stored as in what is to come.

Raoul Pal is a former Goldman Sachs analyst and trader who now owns a proprietary company called Global Macro Investor.  And while admitting he is and has never been a gold bug, he and many of his investment peers are all recommending gold as a necessity in the world's current and fragile monetary environment.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which asset is most mispriced of all? According to a Goldman Sachs alum who predicted the financial crisis in 2008, it’s gold. 
The precious metal should be a lot more expensive when the likelihood of a global financial collapse and a move toward negative interest rates is accounted for, says Global Macro Investor founder Raoul Pal, who now sees a U.S. recession within 12 months. 
Uncertainty about Brexit and the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike triggered a rush into the dollar, which often moves inversely to the metal. (Higher rates can work against gold, but the metal becomes a safe haven if the economy slows.) 
“As we get to negative interest rates, gold is a good place to park your cash,” said Pal, who discussed his outlook with MarketWatch in a September interview and a follow-up conversation over email. 
“I’m not a gold bug,” the former GLG Global Macro Fund co-manager — who is also watching the dollar closely — “but this is the currency I would choose now.”
Pal, an economist and strategist, also co-founded Real Vision TV, which conducts interviews with prominent investors. Many of his recent guests share his enthusiasm for gold, according to Pal. 
“All the really serious thinkers are interested in gold,” he said. - Marketwatch

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Federal judge rules in favor of a lawsuit against the LBMA and bullion banks for fraud and manipulation in gold and silver prices

Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, most regulators for all markets have worked with, rather than against the banks that have been found guilty of committing dozens of crimes in the financial system.  From the rigging of currency and Libor rates, money laundering to drug cartels and terrorist organizations, mortgage fraud, and even the most recent instance of millions of cases of identity theft, no one is ever charged with the crimes individuals in these banks commit, and at best are simply fined a small amount compared to the profits they garnered from their fraud.

But on Oct. 3 an interesting ruling came down from a Federal judge for the Southern district of New York where the court ruled in favor of investors that a civil case against central and bullion banks could go forward due to strong evidence of fraud and manipulation in the rigging of gold and silver prices.

MarketSlant has obtained documents regarding the London Gold Fix Scandal currently being litigated in the New York Southern District Court.
They include the Judge's initial findings in the class action suit pitting the LBMA and its member Banks vs. Entities and Individuals that trade Gold and allege they were victims of price manipulation and suppression from January 1, 2004 to June 30, 2013.
In the document dated Oct 3, 2016, presiding Judge Valerie Caproni of the US District Court, Southern District rendered her Opinion and Order in the matter. Judge Caproni has validated that much of the claims have been substantiated and therefore is recommending litigation for many of the claims brought. - Market Slant

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Comex uses Chinese bank holiday to crush gold below $1300 and silver below $18

In recent history the West has used bank holidays, or low volume periods in Asia, to dump futures contracts worth millions and sometimes billions of ounces despite the fact that these bullion banks never provide the physical metals to support their trades.  And it is through this mechanism that the central banks often use bullion banks, and the shorting of paper contracts, to prop up the dollar when it comes under pressure.

However, it is this week in particular, from Oct, 2 - 7, that the Comex and London Gold markets can get their biggest bang for their buck in driving down gold prices thanks to little opposition from Asian buyers.

Live New York Gold Chart [Kitco Inc.]

Live 24 hours silver chart [Kitco Inc.]

With several black swans hanging over both the economy and the markets, central banks are using every measure possible to protect the dollar, especially in light of the fact that the Chinese Yuan has now become a global currency that is in direct competition with the U.S. reserve.  And unless something significant occurs between now and the end of this trading week, look for the precious metals to fall under even more extreme pressure, and be beaten down for no particular reason other than through the manipulations imposed by the bullion banks.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Perfect storm for gold is now in place as asset bubbles created by central banks are on the cusp of imploding

Central banks around the world no longer are tied to their original mandates of stemming inflation, and formulating monetary policies that aid in keeping unemployment at low levels.  Instead, their 'new' mission has been to prop up assets at all costs, even if this means buying them hand over fist in every market available.

Leading up to the 2008 Credit Crisis, central banks had used low interest rates to create artificial bubbles in housing, equities, and securities.  And when they burst in October of that year, their reactions were to simply double and triple down on these failed policies, and add in tens of trillions of dollars in money printing to ensure these types of assets not only rose to new highs, but would be protected from ever crashing again.

Ahhh... the folly of men.

Unfortunately for economies, the natural laws that govern the Invisible Hand of markets will always have the final say, just as nature is always more powerful than any technology humanity can create to try to stop its exponential power.  (See New Orleans and Katrina)  And despite the Fed, ECB, and Bank of Japan using every tool they could dream up, including outright buying of stocks, mortgage backed securities, sovereign bonds, and corporate bonds, they have been unable to stop the specter of deflation and stand on the threshold of seeing the mother of all bubble implosions about to take place.

Gold will likely soar to a record within five years as asset bubbles burst in everything from bonds to credit and equities, forcing investors to find a haven, according to Old Mutual Global Investors’ Diego Parrilla. 
The metal is at the start of a multi-year bull run with a “few thousand dollars of upside” in a world of “monetary policy without limits” where central banks print lots of money and low or negative interest rates prevail, said Parrilla, who joined the firm as managing director of commodities last month. He’s worked at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 
“As some of the excesses in other asset classes get unwound, gold will perform very strongly,” said 43-year-old Parrilla, who has almost 20 years experience in precious-metals markets. The “perfect storm scenario will mean that gold will perform best when other classes are doing worst.” - Bloomberg
We saw this month that neither the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, nor the Bank of Japan could come up with any new monetary policies that could sate the market's thirst for more, nor their demand for higher and greater yields.  Which means that unless these 'Masters of the Universe' are willing to initiate ultimate protocols, such as taking the banning of cash from the blackboard to the boardroom, the inevitable result will be a bursting of all these asset bubbles and an explosion for gold that will make its $1940 high in 2011 look like pocket change.

Monday, September 5, 2016

As central banks funnel fiat wealth to the 1%, gold is becoming the opposite trade to funnel wealth to the 99%

Last week, the world's 'Bond King' Bill Gross continued his message where he proclaimed that stocks and bonds were invariably crap, and that the only true wealth protection right now is in gold and silver.  And at the heart of this clarion call is the fact that he believes the central banks are now in an unavoidable abyss where they not only have to continue to print massive amounts of new money, but also buy up every possible paper asset simply to keep the system going.

But in doing this, the central banks have also had to reverse a trend they were following last year when a large portion of them were out buying physical gold on the open market.  And since the majority of them are now net sellers of the metal at the same time they are net buyers of paper assets, it is creating a unique dichotomy where instead of simply using their policies to funnel wealth to the 1%, they are also opening the opportunity to funnel wealth down to the other 99%.

Not only is gold an auspicious color, culturally, on the mainland, but the People’s Bank of China has long been a major hoarder of its bullion form. Less so, though, as central bankers from Beijing to Brasilia cut gold purchases - by 40% in the second quarter alone. 
While monetary authorities still hold almost 33,000 metric tons of the precious metal, that marks the third consecutive quarterly drop and the longest streak in five years.
And yet, the gold price is rising - up 24% so far this year - even as the biggest buyers back away. What gives? For central banks, waning demand seems partly technical in nature. Weak global exports mean China and other major nations have recorded fewer cash inflows of the kind that normally drive gold purchases. The bigger question, though, is whether G20 leaders are internalizing the three reasons why negativity about the global outlook is driving gold. 
One, of course, is genuine concern about a global financial system still working through the trauma of 2008. Bond guru Bill Gross is making the rounds to explain the second: how central banks, including the Federal Reserve, “all have mastered the art of market manipulation” at the same time the Ph.D. economists on which they rely for advice “have lost their way.” In other words, lingering fear from 2008 and too much money chasing too few investments are combining to pump up safe-haven assets, and excessively so. - Barrons
Central banks are now selling physical assets to protect the new fiat money they are printing which is then being used to buy overvalued paper assets that invariably profit the 1%.  But in doing this they have kept the price of gold down where it can be affordably purchased by the 99%, and where the masses outside the ponzi paper scheme can have a choice and option to both protect and grow their wealth as the bank's failing policies come to a climax.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Financial analyst known as the 'Wall Street Whiz Kid' says mother of all gold bull markets is just beginning

Following the 2008 Credit Crash, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stated that "I wish I'd been omniscient and seen the crisis coming."  Of course, this is also the academic who claimed the central bank didn't see the United State in a recession when we were already a year into one.

And despite the fact that Bernanke had access to historic data going back to the beginning of the nation's history, and hundreds of Ivy League economists working for him at the Fed, it was not the man whom the U.S. relied primarily upon for determining monetary policy that accurately called out the crash in 2008, but a Wall Street analyst who would become known as 'The Wall Street Whiz Kid' who did so a year in advance.  And his track record speaks for itself since he also correctly predicted the 1987 stock market crash, and the ending the dot com bubble in 2000.

So when Peter Grandich speaks on a coming market trend, the world definitely listens.  And on Aug. 18, the Wall Street Whiz Kid wrote on his blog that we are just starting in the 'Mother of all gold bull markets'.

There are many reasons to believe that “the mother of all bull markets has only just begun” for gold. 
So believes Peter Grandich, the market analyst dubbed the “Wall Street Whiz Kid” whose track record speaks for itself. He called the Wall Street Crash in 1987 and subsequent sharp stock market recovery, the end of the bull market in stocks in 2000 and the global financial crisis in 2008. 
I’m not going to write some long dissertation but rather just highlight some of the reasons I personally believe gold is in the earliest stages of what can turn out to be its biggest bull market ever. 
The bullish fundamentals for gold ownership grow almost daily. Again, I could write pages of why, but I will just point out a few key ones: 
1 - The severe gold correction literally wiped away every ounce of bullishness. It had come to last one out of the bullish camp, please turn off the lights. While bullishness is off the canvas now, we still see little or no interest in gold overall while its main rival, financial assets, are now in a full bullish blow-off mode. Being a supporter of gold is like being the “Maytag Repairman” when compared to what most investors and professional are loaded to the gills with (financial assets). 
2 - We’re now just about 180 degrees where we were in 1980. Back then, financial assets were called “dead” and investment “war rooms” preaching gold ownership were widespread. Gold is the ultimate contrarian play and on a valuation basis compared to stocks and bonds, relatively cheap. 
3 - Whether its debt bombs all around the world, paper currencies being debased faster than “Grant took Richmond”, or Central Banks getting ready to launch funny money from helicopters in a last futile attempt to correct their quantitative easing failures, take your pick on the inevitable ignitor that will lead to a blow up of financial systems. It’s not if, but when! - Goldcore

Sunday, August 14, 2016

India to start tracking cash purchases of gold by its citizens

India's central government is implementing a new policy to deter citizens from purchasing gold using cash.

Under the guise of stopping 'black market' gold purchasing, jewelers are now being required to document cash purchases of gold by anyone, and not to allow annual purchases using cash of over Rs 2 lakh, which is around $3000 U.S. dollars.

Every gold purchase+ made through cash will now have to be tracked by jewellers, irrespective of the bill size, as part of the central government's drive against black money. 
Jewellers are to keep track of the total cash purchase+ made by a customer's during the year, to check if it exceeds the threshold limit of Rs 2 lakh. What's more, the income tax department will keep a close tab on each jeweller to see if any such purchase is going unreported. 
According to current rules, a jewellery buyer will have to produce PAN card+ only when the purchase is over Rs 2 lakh+ . But PAN card is not mandatory for purchases below Rs 2 lakh. "This has led to scopes for a section of people who keep purchase below Rs 2 lakh to avoid any surveillance. Instead of buying gold in bulk, they go for repeated cash purchases and much of it gets unnoticed," said Priyabrata Pramanik, additional director (Income Tax, intelligence and criminal investigation). Such incidents of evading regulatory radar has prompted the central government to ask jewellers to be more proactive. - Times of India
India has been using capital controls such as these to put pressure on its people to deter gold buying in lieu of alternative consumer spending using the Rupee currency.  This of course has led to a massive black market smuggling operation to try to bring more gold into the country.

Gold is the enemy to fiat currencies and the current global financial system which has allowed governments to expand monetary supplies far beyond fiscally responsible levels.  And the biggest fear to central banks today is that people will suddenly awaken to their schemes of quantitative easing and negative interest rates, and decide to rush headlong into the metal causing a financial collapse that would not only destroy most global currencies, but also bring down governments that rely upon infinite money printing to protect their establishment, and keep themselves in power.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Gold rises and investors lose complete faith in central bankers following the Fed and BoJ's failed guidance

Gold prices have recovered from recent pullbacks following this week's less than insightful messages from both the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.  In fact, faith in the central banks has dropped to a near record low, and investors are becoming extremely wary that the monetary controllers will be unable to do the right things for interest rates and increased stimulus as the economy moves closer towards another crisis.

On Wednesday the Federal Reserve gave a lukewarm message and chose not to raise rates despite high job numbers from the May report.  And last night, the markets completely rejected Kuroda's promises of new stimulus, sending gold higher, and the Yen back towards 102 to the dollar.

Individual investors like Kudo drove a 60 percent jump in sales of the precious metal in June from May at Tanaka Holdings Co., the operator of Japan’s largest bullion retailer, as the yen’s rebound against the dollar made it more affordable. While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party scored a convincing victory in July 10 upper house elections, confidence in his economic policies is flagging. A July 2-3 Asahi newspaper poll showed 55 percent of those surveyed support a new direction versus 28 percent for maintaining course. 
Strong Yen 
The yen’s 17 percent gain this year is a reflection of Japanese investors fleeing from overseas markets due to pessimism about global growth rather than confidence in their own economy. Gold sales more than tripled at Tanaka’s shops on June 24, when the Japanese currency jumped to an almost three-year high against the dollar after the U.K. decided to exit the European Union. Japan’s Topix stock gauge dropped the most in five years the day after the Brexit referendum, while 10-year sovereign bond yields tumbled further below zero. - Bloomberg

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Recent gold manipulation by the banks may actually be a good thing for the gold price and bull market

In any market, the worst thing that can happen is for a particular asset to rise or increase too fast because this normally indicates that the move is either speculative or bubble driven.  And quite often when assets like stocks or gold move up too quickly, price movement down can be just as volatile as market forces seek to 'fill the gap' between buyers and sellers.

For years gold and silver owners have lamented the obvious and brutal manipulation that has suppressed metal price and values to protect the dollar and other central bank created fiat currencies.  But in the case of gold price manipulation over the past month, it might actually be a good thing, and will ensure that the gold bull market continues forward in the months and years to come.

The manipulators are making it easier for us to accumulate gold at a cheap price.  Every time they hit gold I buy. 
I exchanged emails with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts yesterday about the  sell-off of the price of gold this week caused by the obvious “invisible” hand of the Fed.  Note this was a week in which Japan was supposedly going to drop $100 billion in helicopter money at Ben Bernanke’s behest - an announcement which should have sent gold soaring: 
Me:   I agree this was a manipulated take-down of the price but,  you know as well anyone, markets never go straight up except the Dow/S&P 500 when the Fed wants to make those indices go straight up - like now.    Gold was overdue for a trading correction. I agree there’s some idiots out there who think the Fed is powerless now over gold - that’s ignorance or sensationalism. 
Dr. Roberts:   Is there such a thing as a trading correction when the price is controlled and manipulated? Is it a trading correction when the bullion banks dump, as we have shown numerous times, massive paper shorts in the futures market? 
Me:  I agree with your point there - but to be honest, I like to see any market pullback after it has the type of run that gold has had since early February. Should it be pulling back from a much higher price platform? Yes.  But gold was on the verge of going parabolic, which is never healthy in any market. The Fed is doing us a favor. I have been moving a lot of money from my checking account into my Bitgold account this week every morning. If gold was not being pushed down, I might not have added any. 
The other interesting aspect of your point there is the amount of paper the Fed is needing to throw at gold to keep the price down. The open interest has been more or less at an all-time high on the Comex for a few weeks now. The last time the open interest was this high was when gold was pushing $1900. 
In other words, it is requiring a much bigger relative effort for the Fed to prevent the price of gold from spinning out of its control now than it did when gold was about to launch over $2000. - Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Yes Virginia, central banks do manipulate gold prices according to new White Paper

Despite having overwhelming data that the price of gold is manipulated in both the Comex paper markets, and through an elite body of people at the London Gold Fix, economists and central bankers have continuously lied about their involvement in depressing gold as a means to protect their currencies and prop up derivative markets.

But on July 20, a White Paper published by Dirk G. Bauer at the University of Australia School of Business was revised to show just how much central banks use gold price manipulation and the gold carry trade to protect their paper fiat currencies, and keep their managed systems from imploding due to normal market forces.

Central banks hold gold reserves that are designed to build confidence in fiat currency. This confidence is undermined if the price of gold falls significantly or rises significantly. Central banks thus have an incentive to manage the price of gold. Such management is evident in fixed gold prices in the early 20th century, in Central Bank Gold Agreements more recently and in the asymmetric correlation between monthly central bank gold reserve changes and gold price changes. The empirical analysis further analyzes gold lending by central banks, linkages between central banks, bullion banks and mining companies and the gold carry trade. We conclude that coordinated and shadowy gold operations by central banks are necessary for successful gold price and gold reserves management and demonstrate the power of market forces relative to central banks. - SSRN
There are no such things are markets anymore, only interventions.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This could be the greatest time in history to own or invest in gold

For the most part, gold has not been seen as a pure investment over time because in the annals of history, it had been primarily owned and controlled by governments who used the metal as money in most societies.  In fact, people easily had access to gold, or through their gold backed paper currencies, and used it for purchasing things rather than as a wealth protector, or as an investment.

But when the world went completely off the gold standard in 1971, the monetary properties of gold changed.  And 45 years later, one analyst believes that right now could be the greatest time in history to own and invest in gold because the financial system has never been in a worse place than it is today, and the world is about to enter what will be known as the era of perpetual bonds.

I’ll dare to suggest this is the greatest time in history to own gold, and not because it is going “vastly higher”. It’s because gold now has more institutional respect than it has in decades. 
“Perpetual Bond Thunder” is the new gold price driver in play, and it has the potential to influence major markets for many years into the future. 
Japan may lead the world with a sizable launch of perpetual bonds that feature no interest rate and no maturity date. 
Ben Bernanke is probably the biggest money printer in the history of America. He is now working hard to convince Japan to lead the world with a huge launch of perpetual bonds. 
It’s a scheme to monetize the huge Japanese government deficit. 
Perpetual bonds are known as “perps” amongst institutional money managers. If they are used in the manner suggested by Ben Bernanke and other top bank economists, they have the potential to allow Western governments to continue to operate huge fiscal deficits, with the only cost of running those deficits being the “minor inconvenience” of destroying the purchasing power of most fiat currencies. - Stewart Thompson of Graceland via Silver Doctors

Monday, July 18, 2016

Economist who called for banning cash now says he would buy gold

One of the banking cartel's most outspoken economists is suddenly singing the value of owning gold.  And in an interview over the weekend, the chief economist for Citi said that in today's negative rate environment, owning gold as part of a currency portfolio is a must.

Citi economist Willem Buiter was one of the first to call for a banning of cash last year as central banks stood on the precipice of lowering interest rates into negative territory in the hopes of stimulating consumer spending.  But as the outcry against eliminating physical currency created the backlash that helped drive gold prices up since the beginning of the year, Buiter is now backtracking and seeing gold ownership as an important hedge to central bank policies.

In the books of most gold lovers, Citigroup’s chief economist Willem Buiter is noted down as the man who thinks gold is a “6,000 year bubble.” 
However, in a recent interview with Epoch Times [Skip to 38:00 in the video], he presented a much more nuanced position and said he would even own gold as part of a diversified portfolio of currencies.  
“It competes with other fiat currencies, the dollar, the yen, the euro. And if these currencies now yield negative interest rates or are at risk of negative yields in the U.K. and the United States, then the currency that at least has a zero interest rate, looks better.” 
“Gold, in times of uncertainty and especially in days of uncertainty laced with negative rates, looks pretty good. “ - The EpochTimes

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

European banking system ready to implode unless the ECB comes up with $150 billion or more in bailouts

Over the weekend, Europe’s most toxic and insolvent bank (Deutsche Bank) came out with an announcement that if the European Central Bank (ECB) didn’t come up with $150 billion or more in new funding to bailout the continent’s banking system, then it could potentially face an ‘accident’ similar to 2008’s ‘Lehman moment’.
And it is not the largest German bank that is the sole institution in need of recapitalization by the ECB.  In Italy, nearly all the major banks are on the cusp of insolvency, and appear now in the process of a government sponsored bailout coupled with a small customer bail-in.  Added to this, British banks are running into major problems over their bursting housing bubble, and while the UK no longer has the security of going to the ECB for emergency lending, they may receive it anyway since other EU banks hold long derivative positions on the island nation’s securities and could implode if Britain goes the way of default.
BANKERS-COPS

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Gold has unlimited potential as central banks confused about which way to go with monetary policy

It is a given that gold is the counter-weight to fiat currencies as its price and value nearly always goes up when a nation's paper money goes down in value and purchasing power.  But what is now different, and what is suddenly being revealed is how gold is also a counter balance to central banks and monetary policy, and according to one Wall Street trader, the potential for higher gold prices is unlimited due the fact that the Fed, ECB, and BOJ are at an impasse on what to do to stave off financial calamity.

Starting in 2015, the Federal Reserve board of governors announced that there would be several rate hikes to the Fed funds rate over the next few years.  But each time they met to look over the data and seek to implement a hike, all they reported were excuses as to why they couldn't raise the cost of borrowing money.  And ever since June of this year when the Fed elected once again not to raise rates despite the fact that market sentiment was over 70% in the rate hike camp, the central bank has lost a great deal of credibility and this has been seen by the continuing rise of the gold price.

On CNBC's "Futures Now" this week, Tom Colvin said that gold will remain in a bull market that will only come to an end "when central banks take their hands out of the cookie jar." The Federal Reserve is unlikely to hike rates in the foreseeable future, despite a blockbuster June employment report on Friday. 
"The year-to-date rally in gold has been nothing short of spectacular, benefiting from what we have seen as a 'confused Fed' or a Fed lacking action," the senior vice president of global institutional sales at Ambrosino Brothers explained. 
Gold prices have rallied 28 percent in 2016, hitting a two year high earlier this week. Even as the yellow metal has pulled back from those highs in the last two sessions, Colvin expects these dips to arise as buying opportunities for investors. 
"The market can take good news and bad news," Colvin told CNBC. However, "a confused Fed, saying one thing but doing another over and over invites buyers of gold to jump into the pool with both feet and they have." - CNBC
Validation of this price action was also be seen on Friday, when the BLS announcement a monster rise in job creation that knocked down the gold price at the start of the trading day, only to see that price not only recover its initial losses, but close out the day in the green.

Live New York Gold Chart [Kitco Inc.]