Friday, October 18, 2013

Gold World News Flash

Gold World News Flash


U.S. debt ceiling is more than raised -- it is entirely suspended until Feb. 7

Posted: 18 Oct 2013 01:13 AM PDT

There's No Actual Debt Ceiling Right Now

By Alex Pappas
The Daily Caller, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, October 17, 2013

http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/17/theres-no-actual-debt-ceiling-right-no...

There's no actual debt ceiling right now.

The fiscal deal passed by Congress on Wednesday evening to re-open the government and get around the $16.4 trillion limit on borrowing doesn't actually increase the debt limit. It just temporarily suspends enforcement of it.

That means Americans have no idea how much debt their government is going to rack up between now and Feb. 7, when the limits are supposed to go back into place and will have to be raised.

... Dispatch continues below ...



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There is no dollar amount set for how much debt the government can accumulate between now and then. The suspension strategy was employed first earlier this year during previous fiscal battles in Congress.

Such tactics infuriate anti-government waste groups.

"Suspending the debt ceiling without a dollar amount is further proof that Congress is taking a major step backward in fiscal responsibility," David Williams, the president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, told TheDC on Thursday. "A real dollar figure is a constant reminder to taxpayers and Congress that the country is broke. This was done to hide the real debt from taxpayers."

To critics, lawmakers have gotten away with allowing the country to rack up more debt and avoid the threat of default without actually voting for debt limit increase.

The conservative Heritage Foundation has criticized the practice as a "smokescreen."

"Suspending the debt ceiling is less transparent to the American people. It allows members of Congress to avoid debate on the specific dollar amount increase in the debt limit, making their vote politically much easier to cast," the organization wrote in October. "A calendar date is not nearly as scary to constituents as a figure in the trillions of dollars."

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China Leads Campaign to Replace the Dollar as Reserve Currency

Posted: 18 Oct 2013 01:00 AM PDT

by Sasha Cekerevac, Investment Contrarians:

A very interesting item appeared through the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, in which the Chinese government is effectively calling for the end of the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency, stating that the world should "…start considering building a de-Americanized world." (Source: "Commentary: U.S. fiscal failure warrants a de-Americanized world," Xinhua web site, October 13, 2013.)

In my view, the commentary was intended to voice the opinion of Chinese leaders that they are fed up with the political fighting in Washington, leaving China's trillions of dollars in U.S. debt in the hands of ineffective leaders.

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Lurching gold prices mystify traders -- and Reuters

Posted: 18 Oct 2013 12:56 AM PDT

As usual the news agency questions nearly everyone except the biggest participants in the gold market, central banks.

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Lurching Gold Prices Mystify Traders, Undermine Confidence

By Frank Tang
Reuters
Friday, October 18, 2013

NEW YORK -- In the early hours of the New York morning on Thursday, when scarcely a few hundred lots of gold futures are usually traded, a wave of buy orders worth over $2.3 billion surged into the market.

Prices soared 3 percent in just 10 minutes, setting the tone for the next 12 hours of trade -- and puzzling many traders and investors who have been rattled by a series of similarly abrupt, and largely unexplained, trade surges over the past two weeks. ...

A few suggested darker causes: the deliberate gaming of the market, whether by a rogue trader or a computer-driven algorithm that seeks to maximize market impact by overwhelming the system with a large number of orders in milliseconds.

Whatever the cause, the trades risk undermining confidence at a time when electronic trading glitches and flash crashes have roiled other U.S. financial markets in recent years and will fuel concerns that algorithmic trading systems have undue influence over prices.

"Clearly, whoever is out to sell is looking for high impact. It's somebody who is either running a big short position or would like to see a lower gold price for other reasons," said Ross Norman, Chief Executive Officer of London-based bullion broker Sharps Pixley, referring to an abrupt $30 drop on Oct 11.

For the complete story:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/18/us-gold-tumble-analysis-idUSBR...



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The Jim Rogers view on gold

Posted: 18 Oct 2013 12:43 AM PDT

Clif Droke

Gold Spikes 3% After Debt Ceiling Rises & U.S. Downgrade

Posted: 18 Oct 2013 12:42 AM PDT

Today's AM fix was USD 1,308.50, EUR 959.87 and GBP 813.09 per ounce.
Yesterday's AM fix was USD 1,278.25, EUR 944.75 and GBP 797.71 per ounce.

Gold fell $1.80 or 0.14% yesterday, closing at $1,279.50/oz. Silver slid $0.06 or 0.28% closing at $21.27. Platinum climbed $14.80 or 0% to $1,395.20/oz, while palladium rose $7.25 or 1% to $712.55/oz.

Gold prices jumped $36 in 15 minutes and it surged as high as $1,321 per ounce or as much as 3.6% at one stage. Silver jumped by an even greater margin, by 5.1%, and rose as high as $22.18/oz.

Gold rose for the first time in four days after U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement to increase the debt ceiling and increasingly important Chinese credit ratings agency, Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. cut its credit rating for the U.S.

This led to short covering and some safe haven demand for gold as the dollar fell against all major currencies.

Gold in USD and Debt Ceiling - Quarterly, 1933-2013 (Bloomberg)
Gold in USD and Debt Ceiling - Quarterly, 1933-2013 - (Bloomberg)

The smart money is scooping gold bullion up at these depressed levels. Gold is down 23% this year despite robust demand from central banks and especially from India and China.

Global sales of bullion bars and coins gained 78% in the second quarter, according to the World Gold Council, showing that demand actually accelerated.

The U.S. government has avoided default but remains essentially insolvent and its appalling fiscal state has deteriorated once again due to the debt ceiling being raised above $16.7 trillion. Although the U.S. national debt has already surged well above that and as of writing, the U.S. National Debt is actually nearly $16.97 trillion and rising at roughly $1 trillion every year.

It is worrying that the recent debate has again been superficial and revolves around the theatre and political chicanery of the Republicans versus the Democrats and the usual partisan support for opposing 'teams' rather than the substantive issue of America's likely insolvency and the fact that the actual national debt is actually between $100 trillion and $200 trillion and there is little sign of political or economic will to tackle this fundamentally important issue.

The U.S. is engaged in fiscal and monetary policies that are akin to a Banana Republic.

In addition to electronically creating out of nothing $85 billion every month to buy its own debt in the form of bonds, the U.S. is also borrowing more money than it is authorized to borrow, from itself again.

The extra $264 billion or so in borrowing — the difference between the actual real time $16.964 trillion national debt and the $16.7 trillion debt limit — was lent to themselves - by one section of government to another - in recent weeks.  Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, ex COO of Citigroup Bank, has been using "extraordinary measures" since the U.S. ran out of money a few months ago and has been using government retirement programmes to make up the difference.

This is a form of shell game or confidence trick used to perpetrate what is a dangerous accounting practice that tends to end in tears.

 


Gold and Silver in USD and Debt Ceiling - Quarterly, 2000-2013 - (Bloomberg)

These unusual, some would say fraudulent, accounting practices and the fact that the U.S. is borderline insolvent, contrary to copious amounts of denial globally, are extremely dollar bearish and gold and silver bullish.

The risks posed to the dollar, but also to the pound, euro, yen and other electronic and fiat currencies is why we remain confident that both precious metals will reach real (inflation adjusted) record highs in the coming months.

Silver will likely continue to outperform after its most recent period of under performance.

JP Morgan Chase has issued letters to its business account holders notifying them that as of November 17 the bank will limit all cash transactions, including deposits, withdrawals and ATM usage, to $50,000 per month, and will prohibit all outgoing international bank wires.

Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending international wire transfers. This has caused speculation that the bank is preparing for a looming financial crisis in the United States by imposing capital controls.

Some have suggested the drastic measures were designed to push business clients into more costly premium business accounts. Bank officials confirmed yesterday that the new capital limits apply to all business account holders but could not say why the measures came about and whether they were bank driven, due to profit motives or government regulations.


Gold in USD and Debt Ceiling, 2011 - (Bloomberg)

The bank will stop processing any outgoing international bank wire, and that any monthly cash transactions in excess of the new $50,000 limit will be subject to penalties and fees.

JP Morgan is embattled after a series of scandals including allegations of manipulation in many markets including LIBOR, foreign exchange, oil and energy markets and of course in the gold and silver markets.

It has received some enormous 'slap on the wrist' fines as it attempts to clear up the mess created by the London Whale trading scandal. The bank will pay $100 million to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), conceding "reckless" behavior led to the trading debacle that generated about $6 billion in losses.

There remains the real risk of capital controls and it will be important to own gold bullion in the event of capital controls.

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“Stimulate and Hope”: Empire at a Turning Point

Posted: 18 Oct 2013 12:30 AM PDT

by Greg Canavan, Daily Reckoning.com.au:

This year, 2013, represents another turning point in the demise of the American Empire. If you view it in economic (rather than ethical or moral) terms, the high water mark of Empire was probably in the late 1990s.

But the Internet bubble and bust marked an important turning point. It coincided with the birth of the euro, a competing reserve currency that no doubt encouraged capital to flow back out of the world's greatest economic empire. Before the euro come about, the U.S. enjoyed unrivaled capital inflows. It pushed up the value of the ("King") dollar and inflated equity markets to historic levels.

Read More @ DailyReckoning.com.au

Gold Resurrection from Financial Disaster

Posted: 18 Oct 2013 12:00 AM PDT

by Jim Willie, SilverBearCafe.com:

China has imported two thirds of GLD inventory in the first seven months of this year. They use the Hong Kong route. In fact, the emerging giant is on course to import over 1000 tons in 2013, compared to 2750 tons in global annual mine output. China & India are taking the majority of gold and silver straight from output.

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The Frightening Reality About What Is Happening In The US

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 10:30 PM PDT

from KingWorldNews:

Today a man who has lived in 18 countries around the world, and witnessed collapses in many of these countries firsthand, spoke with King World News about the frightening reality of what is really happening in the United States. Keith Barron, who consults with major companies around the world and is responsible for one of the largest gold discoveries in the last quarter century, also spoke with KWN about what people should expect to see in the United States going forward, and it wasn't pretty.

Barron: "Gold is soaring today as a result of the chaos which has been taking place in Washington, but mostly because of the Chinese downgrading the United States. The Chinese know that all the US did was defer this crisis and not solve anything.”

Keith Barron continues @ KingWorldNews.com

Guessing game starts on timing of Venezuela's next devaluation

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 09:58 PM PDT

By Andres Schipani and Robin Wigglesworth
Financial Times, London
Thursday, October 17, 2013

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f1976846-372e-11e3-9603-00144feab7de.html...

Beauty pageants are to Venezuela what football is to Argentina or baseball to Cuba -- a spectacle that allows people to forget their everyday woes. Yet at the Miss Venezuela competition last week, even the contestant from the capital Caracas had a gritty message for the audience, saying she wanted her country "to fight in the face of adversity."

Not even under the lights could the brunette model dodge the reality that Venezuelans are battling an economic crisis that threatens the legacy of Hugo Chavez and his "Bolivarian revolution" and which is coming to the boil as the overvalued exchange rate drains foreign reserves.

... Dispatch continues below ...



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"The big warning sign for Venezuela is its plummeting foreign exchange reserves," says Michael Riddell, a bond fund manager at M&G Investments in London.

The OPEC nation's $95 billion of annual oil revenues mean default on its more than $45 billion of foreign debt remains improbable. Nonetheless, analysts say the country could face financing issues, as only a small percentage of its foreign reserves are liquid.

Headline foreign reserves have fallen to $21 billion from $30 billion at the start of the year; furthermore, because of large gold holdings, only some $2 billion of that is fully liquid.

Still, after including off-budget funds, such as a development fund that is partially Chinese financed and the foreign currency account of PDVSA, the state oil company, total available reserves are approximately $48 billion, analysts estimate.

"Venezuela is not broke,"" says Efrain Velazquez, president of the National Economic Council, a government watchdog. Instead, the country "has had inappropriate international reserves management."

That mismanagement is now flaring up, however, ahead of municipal elections on December 8 -- a poll widely seen as a referendum on the popularity of Nicolas Maduro, the president. Central to the economic problems he faces is the exchange rate, officially fixed at 6.3 bolivars to the US dollar but trading on the black market at close to 50 bolivars.

That widening gap has led to a flourishing arbitrage by insiders who have access to dollars at the official rate and can then sell them at the street rate, pocketing the difference. Currency restrictions have also exacerbated shortages of essential goods, fuelling inflation running at almost 50 per cent a year. Toyota announced that it will this month shut its Venezuelan plant for two weeks because of delays in getting dollars needed to buy materials.

Investors outside the country have been watching worriedly. The yield on Venezuela's benchmark 2027 dollar bond has risen to more than 12 per cent from under 9 per cent at the start of the year. The annual cost of insuring $10 million of Venezuelan debt against default for five years, as measured by credit default swaps, has also risen to $983,000 versus $600,000 in January.

Nonetheless, Francisco Rodríguez, Venezuela economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, shrugs off the market concerns, saying total foreign reserves of $48 billion can cover some 10 months of imports and four years of debt service.

"The excessive focus on the country's short-term liquidity situation runs the risk of missing the forest for the trees," he wrote in a recent note to investors. While $2 billion cash reserves might seem little, "this is not an abnormal number by Venezuelan standards -- it is near the average for the past four years -- making it hard to understand recent concerns with liquidity levels."

One reason for that concern is lack of action by Mr Maduro's administration to face up to problems. Behind the scenes, his ruling Socialist party faces internecine fights between radical ideologues and pragmatists, a tug of war that has led to a stalemate which has only worsened the economic situation.

A devaluation, for example, would boost the local currency value of Venezuela's dollar oil receipts -- the country's time-honoured solution to closing a fiscal deficit -- and remove the need for currency restrictions.

But doing so before the December 8 elections would damage Mr Maduro, who has to decide whether his administration "wants to be politically popular or economically sustainable," as Stratfor, the risk consultancy, puts it.

"We see little scope for President Maduro to re-engineer a new path for the economy of Venezuela," says Paolo Batori, Morgan Stanley's global head of sovereign strategy. He has "little flexibility for any diversion from the populist oil-financed government spending policies of his predecessor."

Nonetheless, analysts agree a large devaluation seems all but inevitable at some point. Indeed, planning minister Jorge Giordani recently said Mr Maduro would outline changes to macroeconomic policy at "an appropriate moment."

In the meantime, or at least until after the election, Mr Maduro has taken to blaming Venezuela's problems on corruption, sabotage, speculation, and hoarding, and has asked lawmakers for decree powers to fight graft and an "economic war."

Co-incidentally, when his mentor Chávez presided over maxi-devaluations in 2002 and 2010, the government also claimed that the country's foreign exchange and broader economic problems were due to economic sabotage.

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GoldSeek Radio interviews GATA Chairman Murphy

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 09:48 PM PDT

3:46p AEST Friday, October 18, 2013

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GoldSeek Radio's Chris Waltzek today interviews GATA Chairman Bill Murphy about the wild week in the monetary metals market. The interview is not quite 8 minutes long and can be heard at GoldSeek Radio here:

http://radio.goldseek.com/nuggets/murphy.10.17.13.mp3

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.



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Join GATA next week at the Silver Summit in Spokane

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 09:44 PM PDT

3:34p AEST Friday, October 18, 2013

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Metals consultancy CPM Group Managing Director Jeff Christian plans to tell the Silver Summit next week that everything GATA says is a lie and that there is no manipulation in the gold and silver markets, according to a press release from the conference.

GATA Chairman Bill Murphy will be present to disagree and to note that if the gold and silver markets are not manipulated, they may be the only such markets these days.

The conference's press release is posted at GoldSeek here:

http://news.goldseek.com/FeaturedPR/1381928520.php

The conference, to be held Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington, also will feature presentations by GATA favorites Jeff Berwick of The Dollar Vigilante letter, GoldSeek and SilverSeek proprietor Peter Spina, and Bix Weir of the Road to Roota letter. Dozens of mining companies will be exhibiting.

The conference's Internet site is here:

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CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.



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Half of all proceeds from the sale of this report will be donated to the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee to support its efforts exposing manipulation and fraud in the gold and silver markets.

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2 Tailwinds

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 09:40 PM PDT

by Bill Holter, MilesFranklin.com:

Gold and silver now have 2 tailwinds at their backs and I'm not sure which one is more important. The first one is that the U.S. will again raise the debt ceiling and take on more debt. If you look at a chart of the price of gold and the debt ceiling, they are VERY correlated…until this last year. The price of gold in dollars are at the $1,700-$1,800 area which was priced very closely in accordance to our debt ceiling until 1,000′s of tons of paper gold magically hit the market. Now we know that the debt ceiling will be raised…but by how much? We haven't been told that but I suppose it could be termed "unlimited" until they actually announce some number presumably leading up to the January extension fiasco. In fact, the Chinese were so impressed that "Dagong" (the Chinese equivalent of Fitch, Moody's or S+P) downgraded the U.S. to an "A-" rating in response to our Congressional "success."

The gold "very positive" event is the onset of capital controls announced yesterday by Chase bank and then seconded by Citi.

Read more @ MilesFranklin.com

What the Republican Civil War Means For Gold

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 09:03 PM PDT

In one sense, the past couple of weeks' debt ceiling debate was just one more in a long line of annoying-but-otherwise-pointless pieces of bad political theater. But in another sense it was a turning point, one that may have put the democrats completely in charge. Consider:

In a system with two viable parties, each side has to pretend to be more reasonable than it really is in order to attract just enough moderate votes to win the next election. So democrats pay lip service to fiscal responsibility and deficits – occasionally even signing bills like welfare reform that they find repugnant – when they'd much rather spend their days indiscriminately tossing other people's money at new entitlement programs. Republicans, meanwhile, pretend to empathize with people they privately view as prey when they'd rather be cutting taxes and invading places that have oil.

We only rarely get to see the major parties' true selves because the 20% of voters in the middle are turned off by displays of naked avarice, and in a two-party system elections go to whoever carries a majority of that block.

That's why the latest debt ceiling debacle is such a big deal. Government shutdowns and related turmoil have become a standard bargaining chip lately, without affecting the make-up of either party. But this time the main conflict was not between republicans and democrats, but between mainstream, log-rolling, back-scratching, career-politician republicans and a handful of representatives and senators elected with Tea Party – i.e., highly ideological – support. The latter have no interest in raising the debt ceiling under any circumstances and see a government shutdown as a positive end in itself. Defunding Obamacare was just the excuse.

They got rolled, of course, as regular republicans chose to raise the debt ceiling without condition (as everyone always knew they would). But the cost of reopening the government is a republican civil war with only two likely outcomes: 1) The two groups stay in the big tent but challenge each other in primaries and intrigue over committee seats, etc., making a united, coherent policy front impossible and handing the next few elections to the democrats. 2) The Tea Party/libertarian republicans leave and either join the existing libertarian party or start one of their own, siphoning just enough votes from republicans in future elections to keep the democrats in charge.

Already, it has started. See this from today's Bloomberg:

Republican Civil War Erupts: Business Groups v. Tea Party

A battle for control of the Republican Party erupted today as an emboldened Tea Party is moving to oust senators who voted to reopen the government, and business groups began mobilizing to defeat allies of the small-government movement.

"We are going to get engaged," said Scott Reed, senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "The need is now more than ever to elect people who understand the free market and not silliness." The chamber spent $35.7 million on federal elections in 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based group that tracks campaign spending.

Meanwhile, two Washington-based groups that finance Tea Party-backed candidates said today they're supporting efforts to defeat Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, who voted this week for the measure ending the 16-day shutdown and avoiding a government debt default. Cochran, a Republican seeking a seventh term next year, faces a challenge in his party's primary by Chris McDaniel, a state legislator.

McDaniel, who announced his candidacy today, "is not part of the Washington establishment and he has the courage to stand up to the big spenders in both parties," Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said in a statement supporting him. Read more

 

Once the civil war costs the republicans control of the House of Representatives (November 4, 2014), the democrats will be relieved of the need to fool the middle about their commitment to fiscal sanity. The incoming Clinton administration and its congressional majorities will ramp up domestic spending and finance it with higher taxes, more borrowing and way more money printing. Janet Yellen (the perfect Fed chair for this transition) will expand QE and make it permanent. The Fed's balance sheet will grow in trillion-dollar chunks as it buys up all the bonds issued by the government and the mortgage packagers and pretty much anybody else with paper to sell.

The resulting tidal wave of hot money will swamp emerging markets and drive Europe and Japan crazy, but the democrats won't care because they'll be favored by 20 points in the polls and in any event will be too busy hiring more staff to handle the upcoming legislative season to listen to non-believers. Oh, and they’ll counter any dissent with capital controls and stepped-up surveillance.

Could there be a better environment for gold? Not at first glance. But then almost the same could have been said two years ago when the Fed started buying $85 billion of bonds each month and bubbles began to form in stocks and houses. Some of that cash certainly should have found its way into precious metals. Instead the result was an epic correction. So logic isn't necessarily our best guide here.

Still, the republican implosion/democrat ascendance comes after a two-year precious metals correction (during which China, India, and Russia bought something like 4,000 tons of gold, an amount greater than Germany's entire gold reserves). So coming when it does, the combination of democrat dominance, an even more accommodating Fed and a growing shortage of Western gold to be shipped East…well, at the risk of being wrong again, this really does look like precious metals paradise.

The Scary Chart That Has Everyone In Washington Terrified

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 09:01 PM PDT

On the heels of some wild trading in global markets, and the Chinese downgrading the US, today top Citi analyst Tom Fitzpatrick sent King World News the scary chart that has everyone in Washington terrified. Fitzpatrick also discusses an incredible price target for gold, along with 3 incredible gold and silver charts he sent KWN.

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Precious Metals: Today's Similarities with 1976

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 08:56 PM PDT

From 1974 to 1976 the Barron's Gold Mining Index declined 67%. From 2011 to 2013, the HUI Gold Bugs Index declined 66%. The chart below is an updated chart of all of the worst cyclical bear markets in gold stocks, dating back to 1938. Read More...

You've Been PUNK'D - What Are You Gonna Do About It?

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 07:01 PM PDT

The Urban Dictionary defines punked as a way to describe someone humiliating you, tricking you, and ripping you off. At the subversive and deceptive hands of those issuing the world reserve currency aka the fiat "dollar," individual Americans and ... Read More...

Draghi On Gold "I Never Thought It Wise To Sell"

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 06:37 PM PDT

While Ben Bernanke would prefer not to discuss the barbarous relic, having noted in the past that "nobody really understands gold prices," it would seem his European brother-in-arms has a different opinion. When asked this week, by the ironically named Tekoa Da Silva, his thoughts on precious metals as reserve assets (and central banks around the world increasing their allocations), none other than the ECB head himself Mario Draghi explained "I never thought it wise to sell [gold], because for Central Banks this is a reserve of safety." But Draghi did not stop there, and perhaps enlightened by the farce in Washington this week, the unusually truthful central banker explained, "in the case of non-USD countries, it gives you good protection against fluctuations of the USD." Perhaps that is why China continues to import gold at a record pace? Oh, and don't fight the ECB...

 

The Hidden Secrets Of Money Part 4: The Biggest Scam In The History Of Mankind (In 7 Easy Steps)

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 05:22 PM PDT

From the seven stages of empire to the dollar crisis (and golden opportunity) Mike Maloney moves on to expose the system that is ultimately responsible for most of the inequality in the world today. As Mike explains, most people can feel deep down that something isn't quite right with the world economy, but few know what it is. Gone are the days where a family can survive on just one paycheck...every day it seems that things are more and more out of control, yet only one in a million understand why.

The powers that be DO NOT want you to know about this, as this system is what has kept them at the top of the financial food-chain for the last 100 years...

Learning this will change your life, because it will change the choices that you make. If enough people learn it, it will change the world...because it will change the system . For this is the biggest Hidden Secret Of Money. Never in human history have so many been plundered by so few, and it's all accomplished through this...The Biggest Scam In The History Of Mankind.

 

Barron, Griffiths, Pento, and Ing comment at King World News

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 04:47 PM PDT

10:45a AEST Friday, October 18, 2013

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

King World News has collected gold-related reaction to the temporary resolution of the debt ceiling issue in Washington.

From mining entrepreneur Keith Barron:

http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/10/17_T...

From Cazenove Capital's Robin Griffiths:

http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/10/17_T...

From market analyst Michael Pento:

http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/10/17_C...

And from John Ing of Maison Placements in Toronto:

http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/10/17_C...

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.



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Guest Post: America The Reckless

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 04:43 PM PDT

Authored by Michael Spence, originally posted at Project Syndicate,

The world’s developed countries face growth and employment shortfalls, while developing countries are confronting huge challenges in adapting to increasingly volatile capital flows while adjusting their growth patterns to sustain economic development. And yet America’s political dysfunction has come to marginalize these (and other) crucial issues. It is all very difficult to fathom.

The threat of a default on US sovereign debt has been lifted – for now – but the deeper problem persists: For America’s Republicans and Democrats, negotiating a fiscal grand compromise appears to carry higher costs than playing a game of brinkmanship, even at the risk of default. Surely this involves a collective miscalculation of the longer-term costs.

Setting aside the external impact on the global economy, the damage to domestic stability and growth from anything other than a short-term technical default would be so severe that the political system (and both parties with it) could not withstand the backlash. Domestic and foreign holders of US Treasury bills would regard a deliberate, unforced default as a betrayal of trust.

Some are reassured by this fact, because it suggests that a real default will not happen. And that means that the fragile global economy, dependent (for now) on a single country for its main reserve currency, can withstand America’s political shenanigans.

That may be true, and it may be the only practical choice in the short run. But the US pattern of decision-making (or non-decision-making) has already created additional risk. It will surely be reflected in upward pressure on interest rates, at which point the Federal Reserve will enter the picture.

Far from tapering its monthly purchases of long-term assets, one can easily imagine a scenario in which the Fed’s already substantial balance sheet would have to expand even more quickly to counter the negative economic effects of an unplanned – and rapid – rise in borrowing costs. And this comes at a time when many (including me) believe that strengthening US economic growth makes an orderly withdrawal from policy-assisted growth the wise course, both domestically and internationally.

Outside the US, even a technical default would have profound effects. The eurozone still faces rebalancing and structural challenges, but it has managed to create a window of stability in sovereign-debt markets. In the case of a US default, however, it would start to attract capital inflows, causing the euro to rise, adding to already-substantial headwinds to growth and employment, and making recovery in its damaged peripheral economies nearly impossible. Measures to counter “excessive” capital inflows – of the type introduced in Brazil and Malaysia – might be needed.

China and other sovereign holders of US debt face capital losses over and above those implied by the inevitable appreciation of their currency. One is reminded of the external consternation expressed during the 2008 crisis at the possibility of a default on debt carrying an implicit government guarantee.

In March 2009, Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of the People’s Bank of China, argued that the dollar’s role as the main international reserve currency was not in the interest of the global economy or of the US itself. In an expanding global economy, the supplier of the reserve currency is pushed to run current-account deficits – and hence toward a leveraged-growth model that systematically erodes its strength and independence as it becomes increasingly reliant on foreign capital and foreign asset ownership.

Now we can see that the global economy is dependent not only on the strength of the reserve-currency country, but also on its values – particularly, on its continued willingness to put critical international commitments ahead of domestic disputes. America’s governance crisis has called this into question.

The long-run effects of the US default threat will be overwhelmingly negative.

For starters, it will reinforce the notion that policies and policy disputes are to be conducted with a view to domestic issues and interests, independent of the systemic global effects – even as those effects grow larger. Indeed, some factions within the US political system do not appear to understand the large adverse feedback effects on the domestic economy from a disruption in the global financial system.

Second, external holders of US sovereign debt will almost certainly begin to view Treasuries as risky assets and, where possible, to diversify away from them. That is not necessarily bad – wholesale dumping of US sovereign debt is highly unlikely, as that would be self-destructive for many countries, including China – but the transitions could be bumpy.

Third, the willingness to hold America’s creditworthiness hostage for domestic political purposes will almost surely accelerate the decline of US influence in global economic governance and management. In the short to medium term, that decline may create a vacuum and lead to volatility and heightened risk, because, as many have noted, there are few candidates to replace the US.

To be fair, the trend toward diminished US influence – and, ultimately, shared responsibility for global economic governance and stability – was already underway, and in a sense is inevitable. The hope was that the transitions would be gradual and stable, with the US playing a leadership role as it has in most of the postwar period.

Finally, the US default risk may revive Zhou’s 2009 agenda (perhaps premature at the time) and accelerate the search for a workable alternative to the single-country reserve-currency model, which has outlived its usefulness. In the end, no one wants the global system to be vulnerable to a single country’s domestic political fights.

The global economy faces tremendous trials in the coming years: growth, employment, and distributional challenges in many advanced and developing countries; far-reaching institutional reform in Europe; the complex middle-income transition in China; and the continuing need to reduce poverty worldwide. Managing them effectively requires designing a system of global governance in which one country’s internal politics cannot jeopardize all countries’ prospects.

The immediate threat is gone. But this is no time for a sigh of relief and business as usual.

Today the Gold Price Closed Above it's 20 DMA at $1,322.70

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 04:10 PM PDT

Gold Price Close Today : 1322.70
Change : 40.70 or 3.17%

Silver Price Close Today : 21.903
Change : 0.583 or 2.73%

Gold Silver Ratio Today : 60.389
Change : 0.258 or 0.43%

Silver Gold Ratio Today : 0.01656
Change : -0.000071 or -0.43%

Platinum Price Close Today : 1431.90
Change : 36.70 or 2.63%

Palladium Price Close Today : 736.80
Change : 24.25 or 3.40%

S&P 500 : 1,733.15
Change : 11.61 or 0.67%

Dow In GOLD$ : $240.24
Change : $ (7.66) or -3.09%

Dow in GOLD oz : 11.621
Change : -0.371 or -3.09%

Dow in SILVER oz : 701.81
Change : -19.29 or -2.68%

Dow Industrial : 15,371.65
Change : -2.18 or -0.01%

US Dollar Index : 79.613
Change : -0.855 or -1.06%

Oh, I want to crow really hard, but I'm choking it back. In the aftermath of the debt-ceiling deal, the GOLD PRICE jumped $40.70 (3.2%) to $1,322.70. That leaves the impression that the $1,251 intraday low on Tuesday was THE low for this move and the start of a new rally. That needs to be confirmed by gold closing over $1,330.80, the October high, followed by more higher prices.

The GOLD PRICE did more. Today it closed above its 20 DMA at 1,309.33. 50 DMA hovers above at $1,342.76. A close above $1,375 will send the bears scurrying for their dens and the security of a government lunch.

For the time being, absent a close below $1,272, today's movement confirms that the upside down head and shoulders we've been watching really is at work. The gold price will hit the overhead neckline about $1,410. A breakout through that point turns all forces in gold's favor.

Here's a little more icing: on the weekly chart, gold closed today above its 18 week moving average (1,318.32). Barely, but above. That upside-down HandS targets $1,675.

Blast! I nearly forgot. Gold also broke out of its falling wedge formation. That bullish formation, remember, usually resolves with an upside breakout.

The SILVER PRICE proved that EoD chart key reversal on Tuesday by jumping 2.7% today or 58.3 cents to 2190.3 -- comfortably above the 20 DMA at 21.70, and within clipping distance of the 50 DMA at 22.42.

Silver also escaped its falling wedge. The neckline of silver's upside down HandS stands about 2490c, and it could make that jump lightning fast.

Unless we see closes below $1,272 and 2090c, silver and GOLD PRICES have again begun rallying. In the next few days they need to advance sharply to confirm that.

The debt-ceiling farce forespoke the future loud and clear: spending by inflation will continue and grow. Reform is impossible and default inevitable, whether outright or by inflation. I asked a friend today why people can't understand that. He answered,

"Because the consequences are too devastating." Too devastating for most people even to ponder. Let him who has ears to hear, hear.

Y'all ever been around a married couple who were always contradicting each other? She no more than opens her mouth to say something than he corrects her. He starts to say something and she nay-says it. Doesn't take much of that to make you start looking for the exits, because this is gonna end in a scrap and maybe even a cutting.

So it is when markets that ought to agree -- "confirm" -- instead gainsay. Behold, that happened loudly in stocks today when the S&P500 closed at a new all-time-since-the-cosmos- was-formed high at $1,733.15 (up 11.61 or 0.67%) but the Dow closed d-o-w-n 2.18 (0.01%) at 15,371.65, below its 18 September 2013 all-time high by 305.29. This is not the stuff from which beautiful marriages --or rallies -- are built.

But shucks, what do I know? I'm just a natural born fool from Tennessee.

Today's big jumps in silver and gold brought down the Dow in Gold and Dow in Silver once again. Both stand a gnat's eyebrow from falling through their 20 DMAs. Dow in gold today closed down 3.09% at 11.621 oz (20 DMA is 11.60 oz). Dow in silver lost 2.68% or 19.29 oz and closed at 701.81 oz. 20 DMA standeth at 699.85 oz. Relative Strength Index and MACD have also turned down. Unless the DiG and DiS suddenly reverse and shoot sunward, this lower peak of the last 10 days confirms the reversal downward in June.

S&P500 today hit and slightly punctured its overhead trendline. It gained 0.67% or 11.61 for a 1,733.15 close. Dow closed down 2.18 at 15,371.65, nowhere near its last high. It appears the debt-ceiling driven rally yesterday was a classic case of "sell the news."

US dollar index slammed down 1.1% or 85.5 basis points to 79.613. To give you an idea what that means, the last low was 79.72. If the dollar falls past that mark, it could flutter through the air all the way to 73.

Euro finally worked up enough courage to close unequivocally higher. It gapped up and ended at $1.3676, 1.07% higher. Minimum target is probably at least $1.3710, the last high. Yen gapped up, too, but not as enthusiastically. Oh, it was enough to jump over the 20 and 50 DMA's, but just to the middle of the last nine weeks trading range. Ended at 102.15, up 0.88%.

Argentum et aurum comparenda sunt -- -- Gold and silver must be bought.

- Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger
The-MoneyChanger.com

© 2013, The Moneychanger. May not be republished in any form, including electronically, without our express permission. To avoid confusion, please remember that the comments above have a very short time horizon. Always invest with the primary trend. Gold's primary trend is up, targeting at least $3,130.00; silver's primary is up targeting 16:1 gold/silver ratio or $195.66; stocks' primary trend is down, targeting Dow under 2,900 and worth only one ounce of gold or 18 ounces of silver. or 18 ounces of silver. US $ and US$-denominated assets, primary trend down; real estate bubble has burst, primary trend down.

WARNING AND DISCLAIMER. Be advised and warned:

Do NOT use these commentaries to trade futures contracts. I don't intend them for that or write them with that short term trading outlook. I write them for long-term investors in physical metals. Take them as entertainment, but not as a timing service for futures.

NOR do I recommend investing in gold or silver Exchange Trade Funds (ETFs). Those are NOT physical metal and I fear one day one or another may go up in smoke. Unless you can breathe smoke, stay away. Call me paranoid, but the surviving rabbit is wary of traps.

NOR do I recommend trading futures options or other leveraged paper gold and silver products. These are not for the inexperienced.

NOR do I recommend buying gold and silver on margin or with debt.

What DO I recommend? Physical gold and silver coins and bars in your own hands.

One final warning: NEVER insert a 747 Jumbo Jet up your nose.

Today the Gold Price Closed Above it's 20 DMA at $1,322.70

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 04:10 PM PDT

Gold Price Close Today : 1322.70
Change : 40.70 or 3.17%

Silver Price Close Today : 21.903
Change : 0.583 or 2.73%

Gold Silver Ratio Today : 60.389
Change : 0.258 or 0.43%

Silver Gold Ratio Today : 0.01656
Change : -0.000071 or -0.43%

Platinum Price Close Today : 1431.90
Change : 36.70 or 2.63%

Palladium Price Close Today : 736.80
Change : 24.25 or 3.40%

S&P 500 : 1,733.15
Change : 11.61 or 0.67%

Dow In GOLD$ : $240.24
Change : $ (7.66) or -3.09%

Dow in GOLD oz : 11.621
Change : -0.371 or -3.09%

Dow in SILVER oz : 701.81
Change : -19.29 or -2.68%

Dow Industrial : 15,371.65
Change : -2.18 or -0.01%

US Dollar Index : 79.613
Change : -0.855 or -1.06%

Oh, I want to crow really hard, but I'm choking it back. In the aftermath of the debt-ceiling deal, the GOLD PRICE jumped $40.70 (3.2%) to $1,322.70. That leaves the impression that the $1,251 intraday low on Tuesday was THE low for this move and the start of a new rally. That needs to be confirmed by gold closing over $1,330.80, the October high, followed by more higher prices.

The GOLD PRICE did more. Today it closed above its 20 DMA at 1,309.33. 50 DMA hovers above at $1,342.76. A close above $1,375 will send the bears scurrying for their dens and the security of a government lunch.

For the time being, absent a close below $1,272, today's movement confirms that the upside down head and shoulders we've been watching really is at work. The gold price will hit the overhead neckline about $1,410. A breakout through that point turns all forces in gold's favor.

Here's a little more icing: on the weekly chart, gold closed today above its 18 week moving average (1,318.32). Barely, but above. That upside-down HandS targets $1,675.

Blast! I nearly forgot. Gold also broke out of its falling wedge formation. That bullish formation, remember, usually resolves with an upside breakout.

The SILVER PRICE proved that EoD chart key reversal on Tuesday by jumping 2.7% today or 58.3 cents to 2190.3 -- comfortably above the 20 DMA at 21.70, and within clipping distance of the 50 DMA at 22.42.

Silver also escaped its falling wedge. The neckline of silver's upside down HandS stands about 2490c, and it could make that jump lightning fast.

Unless we see closes below $1,272 and 2090c, silver and GOLD PRICES have again begun rallying. In the next few days they need to advance sharply to confirm that.

The debt-ceiling farce forespoke the future loud and clear: spending by inflation will continue and grow. Reform is impossible and default inevitable, whether outright or by inflation. I asked a friend today why people can't understand that. He answered,

"Because the consequences are too devastating." Too devastating for most people even to ponder. Let him who has ears to hear, hear.

Y'all ever been around a married couple who were always contradicting each other? She no more than opens her mouth to say something than he corrects her. He starts to say something and she nay-says it. Doesn't take much of that to make you start looking for the exits, because this is gonna end in a scrap and maybe even a cutting.

So it is when markets that ought to agree -- "confirm" -- instead gainsay. Behold, that happened loudly in stocks today when the S&P500 closed at a new all-time-since-the-cosmos- was-formed high at $1,733.15 (up 11.61 or 0.67%) but the Dow closed d-o-w-n 2.18 (0.01%) at 15,371.65, below its 18 September 2013 all-time high by 305.29. This is not the stuff from which beautiful marriages --or rallies -- are built.

But shucks, what do I know? I'm just a natural born fool from Tennessee.

Today's big jumps in silver and gold brought down the Dow in Gold and Dow in Silver once again. Both stand a gnat's eyebrow from falling through their 20 DMAs. Dow in gold today closed down 3.09% at 11.621 oz (20 DMA is 11.60 oz). Dow in silver lost 2.68% or 19.29 oz and closed at 701.81 oz. 20 DMA standeth at 699.85 oz. Relative Strength Index and MACD have also turned down. Unless the DiG and DiS suddenly reverse and shoot sunward, this lower peak of the last 10 days confirms the reversal downward in June.

S&P500 today hit and slightly punctured its overhead trendline. It gained 0.67% or 11.61 for a 1,733.15 close. Dow closed down 2.18 at 15,371.65, nowhere near its last high. It appears the debt-ceiling driven rally yesterday was a classic case of "sell the news."

US dollar index slammed down 1.1% or 85.5 basis points to 79.613. To give you an idea what that means, the last low was 79.72. If the dollar falls past that mark, it could flutter through the air all the way to 73.

Euro finally worked up enough courage to close unequivocally higher. It gapped up and ended at $1.3676, 1.07% higher. Minimum target is probably at least $1.3710, the last high. Yen gapped up, too, but not as enthusiastically. Oh, it was enough to jump over the 20 and 50 DMA's, but just to the middle of the last nine weeks trading range. Ended at 102.15, up 0.88%.

Argentum et aurum comparenda sunt -- -- Gold and silver must be bought.

- Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger
The-MoneyChanger.com

© 2013, The Moneychanger. May not be republished in any form, including electronically, without our express permission. To avoid confusion, please remember that the comments above have a very short time horizon. Always invest with the primary trend. Gold's primary trend is up, targeting at least $3,130.00; silver's primary is up targeting 16:1 gold/silver ratio or $195.66; stocks' primary trend is down, targeting Dow under 2,900 and worth only one ounce of gold or 18 ounces of silver. or 18 ounces of silver. US $ and US$-denominated assets, primary trend down; real estate bubble has burst, primary trend down.

WARNING AND DISCLAIMER. Be advised and warned:

Do NOT use these commentaries to trade futures contracts. I don't intend them for that or write them with that short term trading outlook. I write them for long-term investors in physical metals. Take them as entertainment, but not as a timing service for futures.

NOR do I recommend investing in gold or silver Exchange Trade Funds (ETFs). Those are NOT physical metal and I fear one day one or another may go up in smoke. Unless you can breathe smoke, stay away. Call me paranoid, but the surviving rabbit is wary of traps.

NOR do I recommend trading futures options or other leveraged paper gold and silver products. These are not for the inexperienced.

NOR do I recommend buying gold and silver on margin or with debt.

What DO I recommend? Physical gold and silver coins and bars in your own hands.

One final warning: NEVER insert a 747 Jumbo Jet up your nose.

The Mother of Central Banks Warns Markets To Respect Independence

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 03:39 PM PDT

In a speech given earlier this week in Mexico, Mr Jaime Caruana who is the General Manager of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) talked about the increasing pressure from the market on central banks. In fact, it was more of a plea to get more independence to unwind the massive monetary expansion and normalize interest rates.

“My main message is that the nature of the challenges to central bank independence has evolved in recent years. [...] Against the backdrop of extraordinary monetary easing, central banks will need insulating from a new set of forces if they are to achieve a timely normalisation of policy, when that is required.

The first set of forces emanate from financial markets and the highly indebted parts of the private sector. One may think of this as the threat of "financial dominance", broadly defined. This is akin to the more traditional concept of fiscal dominance. And, of course, the threat of fiscal dominance also looms large, unless governments get their finances under control.

The second set of forces reflects unrealistic expectations about what central banks can deliver. It stems from the view that prolonged monetary accommodation is the only answer to the pathologies we currently face. One may term this "expectations dominance".

Central banks should be in a position to decide the timing and pace of the inevitable normalisation without being unduly constrained by these pressures. What is ultimately at stake is their credibility in fulfilling their mandates.”

The General Manager continued by explaining that he believes those measures were a “success” as they did contain the crisis and soften the recession. But, clearly, even the mother of central banks is aware that the limitations of monetary policy are increasingly being questioned. Or, in our own words, the question is being asked if indeed those policies have been a “success” or rather a “failure.”

“Accommodative monetary policy measures can buy time for the balance sheet repair and structural reforms that are critical to restoring strong, balanced and sustainable growth. But it cannot substitute for them. Worse, excessive monetary accommodation can make it too easy to postpone necessary repairs and reforms.”

The General Manager goes to the heart of the problem, i.e. unsustainable debt levels, but unfotunately only slightly touches the issue. He points out that “The relentless rise in total debt is not reassuring. Since the end of 2007, the total debt of the G20 non-financial sector, both private and public, has risen by almost $35 trillion dollars.”

Clearly, the BIS is not willing to see the elephant in the room. The institution is performing non-stop research and has access to all possible data. Yet, there is no sign of questioning their own policy. The following chart (source: Debt Bear Market In 50 charts) shows that every incremental unit of debt (measured in dollar, but you can replace the dollar with any currency) is creating 0.08 dollar in economic value. Or, the other way around, to achieve one dollar of economic growth, one needs 12.5 dollar of debt. In half a century ago, the effectiveness of debt has decreased with a factor 50 ! Unfortunately, this is not one of their charts.

gdp increase per dollar debt 2013 money currency

Although admitting that “in some cases, central banks are now seen as the marginal buyer of longer-term bonds,” a basic level of self criticism would have been suitable. By contrast, the vision of the BIS is that markets must allow independent central bank decision making.

“In all this, clear communication and forward guidance can help; but, as we have seen, this is no panacea. Moreover forward guidance creates its own difficulties. For example, term premia will have to normalise, and this will occur regardless of how effective communication is, at a pace largely dictated by markets. All this has implications for the various parties involved.

As they normalise their policy stance, central banks will need to have a thick skin when facing the forces of financial and fiscal dominance. In other words, they will need to prevent their operational independence from being constrained by jittery markets and highly indebted constituents. Decisions will be difficult, uncertainty will be high and it will not be possible to wait for incontrovertible evidence before acting.

Central banks and policy authorities at the receiving end of the spillovers will need to strengthen their defences, adopting prudent macroeconomic and financial policies.

Market participants will need to recognise that normalisation is inevitable and prepare accordingly, even if its timing and evolution are hard to predict. They need to behave prudently and stay aware that markets will not always remain liquid under stressful conditions.”

The return to normal monetary conditions (“normalization”) has not started yet; there was only a slight caution of a potential upcoming minimal decrease in June of this year by the US Fed which caused a panic sell of in a matter of days. Stocks went quickly down, bond rates exploded higher, gold got sold off with a deflationary fear. The warning signs were loud and clear.

Our view is that the tragedy of this story is the central bank “ivory tower” attitude. They behave like if they have some sort of special rights for a free lunch. Anybody with a sound logic knew that their measures would not come without consequence. Moreover, when this monetary experiment got out of hand, what central banks in essence did was trying to solve a solvency problem by creating even more debt (which was the initial problem). Also, there was no empirical evidence in history that such measures would solve the problem. With the absence of results from their policies, they wonder why the pressure to exit is so high.

You Either Believe In Magic Or You Believe In Math

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 03:22 PM PDT

While Santiago Capital's Brent Johnson believes "anything is possible," he warns "there's a catch." While it may be true for the individual (climb Everest, win a gold medal, walk on the moon), it is not true for the world at large because, as he so eloquently notes in this brief presentation, "the best thing we can learn from history is... that the world does not learn from history." And there is indeed plenty that is occurring once again - in oh-so-predictable cycles - that we have seen time and time again... and apparently choose to ignore the conclusion. As Johnson concludes, "you either believe in magic, or you believe in math."

 

 

Something here for everyone... 4th Turnings, Kondratieff Waves, Dalio's beautiful deleveraging, the unsustainable nature of the current cycle and the pulling forward of our demand... "you either believe in magic... or you believe in math"

 

The Frightening Reality About What Is Happening In The US

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 03:17 PM PDT

Today a man who has lived in 18 countries around the world, and witnessed collapses in many of these countries firsthand, spoke with King World News about the frightening reality of what is really happening in the United States. Keith Barron, who consults with major companies around the world and is responsible for one of the largest gold discoveries in the last quarter century, also spoke with KWN about what people should expect to see in the United States going forward, and it wasn't pretty. Below is what Barron had to say.

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Silver’s Summer Rally Fizzles Out

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 01:46 PM PDT

The euphoria that heralded the summer rally in silver prices has now dissipated and is as good as dead as silver prices drift lower. Silver made a valiant attempt to breach the $25.00 level in August but could not maintain its momentum and has since drifted lower to trade at around $21.00/oz today. Its big sister, gold, has also ran out of steam having peaked at around $1420/oz, it is now struggling to get above $1300/oz level.

silver price 2010 2013 price

Since the heady days of almost $50.00/oz, silver has suffered through a number of false dawns with this summer's effort now sadly joining that list of failed attempts to rally and challenge old highs.

We are aware that the demand for physical silver is alive and well and needed for such industrial purposes as solar panels and that various mints around the world are from time to time sold out of their offerings of silver bars and coins for investment purposes. We are also aware of the paper market, as represented by the COMEX, frequently suffers from sellers who dump large amounts of paper contracts at odd times throughout the trading day, thus sending prices lower.

We can shout about this situation all day long but we do not have the power to change it and investing against it has been a disaster for some. As gold and silver bulls we need to recognize that nothing goes up in a straight line and that there are bumps along the way. This current bull market in the precious metals sector is going through a downturn, a bear phase within a bull market if you wish. This year alone silver has fallen from around $30/oz at the beginning of 2013 to around $21/oz today, that's a 30% loss in value, so silver now requires a 50% increase in the price to get it back to the $30/oz level. This is not impossible, but at the moment it is a big ask for any commodity.

So you have a choice; you can fight it or recognize that the trend is your friend and go with the flow. There will come a time when this bear phase exhausts itself and we can hit the acquisition trail with some gusto, so we must remain vigilant and look for those indicators that will alert us to a future change of direction. Until you are confident about silvers direction, keeping a fair amount of cash on the side-lines is not such a bad idea, after all the US Dollar started the year at around 80.5 on the US Dollar Index, which is where it stands today, so those dollars will buy you a lot more silver now than they would have in January 2013.

Taking a quick look at the chart we can see that the summer rally has fizzled out with silver looking as though it will re-visit its summer lows. The trend is still downward despite the physical demand being buoyant. The MACD, RSI and the STO are more or less neutral, suggesting that silver could go either way.

For what it is worth we think that silver will trade in the teens before we see a resumption of the rally in silver prices or their associated stocks, so go gently out there.

 

Bob Kirtley (bob@gold-prices.biz)

www.skoptionstrading.com | www.silver-prices.net

Markets Pop On Weak Dollar Events

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 01:46 PM PDT

Global trade has an enormous impact on both the financial markets and worldwide economy. Therefore, when the currency that serves as the guidepost for valuing assets drops 1%, it impacts investor decisions across all asset classes. Read More...

Chinese Credit Agency Downgrades U.S. Debt (Again)

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 01:46 PM PDT

China's Dagong Global Credit Rating just downgraded the U.S.'s credit rating from A to A-minus, according to Zero Hedge.

Dagong pulled no punches in its announcement this morning. "Since the outbreak of the U.S. debt crisis in 2008, the deviation between the federal government’s sources of debt repayments and the country's real wealth creation capacity has been constantly broadened," they grumbled. "The huge amount of government debts that lack the basis of repayment always stands on the brink of default, and this situation is difficult to change in the long term."

American-based Fitch still rates U.S. sovereign debt at AAA… they did, however, downgrade the outlook to negative, following the horn-locking in Congress. Fitch's explanation explicitly blamed political problems and the recent risk of default.

Perhaps the most interesting element is that Dagong doesn't lay the same blame at the feet of the recent debt ceiling debacle and government shutdown. Instead, it indicated that the recent congressional pandemonium "highlights the deterioration of the government's solvency, pushing the sovereign debts into a crisis status."

China holds a boatload of U.S. Treasury securities: about $1.3 trillion, at last check. It is certainly getting squeamish about the money it holds. Dagong now estimates that the "depreciation of the U.S. dollar caused a loss of $628.5 billion on foreign creditors over the years of 2008-2012."

With U.S. ratings agencies held in the grip of vengeful government regulators and in the cross hairs of the Justice Department, Dagong is the only noteworthy ratings agency remaining that might produce some sort of realistic assessment of the U.S. credit situation. That can was just kicked to January, when it will assuredly be kicked again. And again.

If there's one thing Congress works hard it, it is insolvency.

Jason Farrell

For The Daily Reckoning

P.S. We've been covering the slow-burn collapse of the American dream for several years now. While the media have been laser-focused on the drama in Congress, what they're not telling you is that the first stage of a massive new crisis has already begun. In fact, America has been in a state of perpetual crisis for the past six years, and it is gradually worsening by the day. To get the real story behind the flashy headlines, subscribe to The Daily Reckoning by clicking here.

Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts - Blow the Man Down

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 01:21 PM PDT

Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts - Blow the Man Down

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 01:21 PM PDT

The Jim Rogers View On Gold

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 01:05 PM PDT

If October has held any surprises for anyone so far, it has to be the bears. While volatility has been in evidence, the crash that some analysts were predicting has so far failed to materialize. Read More...

“There Is No Question This Will End In Disaster”

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 11:43 AM PDT

On the heels of the Chinese downgrading the United States, the US Dollar Index has plunged back below the key psychological level of 80, and the gold market has soared. Today one of the top strategists in the world told King World News that "there is no question this will end in disaster."  Cazenove Capital is the appointed stockbroker to Her Majesty The Queen, and their acclaimed strategist, Robin Griffiths, also warned that global stock markets may now be set to plunge. Below is what Griffiths had to say in his timely and powerful interview.

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Ted Butler: JP Morgan’s Perfect Silver Manipulation Cannot Last Forever

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 11:36 AM PDT

Silver manipulation – a lot has been written about the subject, not many have grasped how it works exactly. The age of algorhythm trading (best known as High Frequency Trading, or HFT) allows for manipulative tricks to be rolled out in a very clever way. The “intuitive” way to manipulate the price of a commodity to the downside is to go short when prices are rising. Not so with JP Morgan. It is no coincidence that their manipulation strategy is so clever that most do not understand the mechanics; it is a perfect manipulation.

This article brings clarity in the precise mechanics of JP Morgan’s silver price manipulation. It goes to the heart of the manipulative tricks. The author is obviously Ted Butler, with four decades of experience in the precious metals markets, specialized in the paper (futures) market. The mechanics described in this article have rarely before been explained. It makes it a must read for precious metals enthusiasts, but also for professional and individual investors because the ongoing manipulation must come to an end resulting in much higher prices.

I think the most important comparison of the London Whale case to the COMEX silver manipulation is in the differences. In basic terms, JPM's London Whale manipulation was a simple price rig in extremely complex securities. In silver, JPMorgan's price rig is complex in a simple commodity. Let me try to explain.

The London Whale manipulation was simple in that it followed the rigid blueprint of every previous manipulation, including the Hunt Brothers silver manipulation and the Sumitomo copper case, in that positions were added continuously which moved the price to the manipulators' advantage. Then, because the resultant prices became so out of line with what normal supply and demand forces would dictate, the whole thing collapsed leaving the manipulators with great losses and exposing the manipulative attempt.

In COMEX silver, JPMorgan has behaved differently. Instead of selling short silver at declining prices, as it did in the London Whale case, JPMorgan has only sold short additional quantities of silver on increasing prices. After these additional short sales have satiated all new buying interest, JPMorgan then causes prices to decline (through the manipulative device of HFT) and buys back its short sales at lower prices and great profit.

While the key to the silver manipulation is JPMorgan's dominant market share or market corner on the short side (same as in the London Whale case), there have been some important outside factors that have contributed to the silver price-rigging. The most important have been in the modern mechanics of trading, from HFT to the presence of technical traders and funds which mechanically and consistently buy and sell on price signals; buying as prices move higher and selling and selling short as prices decline. These technical funds are the enablers which allow JPMorgan to sell high and buy low in silver. These technical funds and traders are important contributors to the perfect market manipulation.

I realize that every time the price of silver and gold get smashed down, the intuitive reaction is that JPMorgan or other commercial traders are bombing the market lower by selling thousands of contracts. But that's only partially true. Yes, JPMorgan rigs the price lower on those big down days, but not by selling enormous quantities of COMEX silver contracts short. JPM does get the price snowball rolling down the hill by selling a small quantity of contracts short at critical times and prices with the intent of inducing the technical funds to sell much larger quantities of contracts short (which JPM and other commercials then buy).

This is an important feature of the perfect market manipulation in silver and the reason it has lasted so long; JPMorgan can always proclaim it was a net buyer of silver (and gold) on the big down days as is consistently proven in COT reports. By itself, it is a significant defense against allegations that JPMorgan is manipulating the price of silver, as how the heck can you be accused of manipulation if you buy on big down days? More than any other factor, this has been the prime impediment to ending the silver manipulation. But it doesn't tell the whole story.

JPMorgan's real crime resides in its ability to sell unlimited quantities of COMEX silver contracts short on the way up in price to the point of creating unprecedented levels of market share and concentration. In December 2009, JPMorgan held more than 40% of the entire short side of COMEX silver and close to that market share on other occasions. To my knowledge, there has never been a greater market share or corner in any major market in history. These unlimited short sales by JPM inevitably satisfy technical buying interest and then that technical buying turns to selling at some point, with JPMorgan then working to induce the tech funds into selling. The buying back by JPMorgan is the illegal ringing of the cash register and closing out of the manipulative silver short positions sold at higher prices.

What I've described today and for many years appears to be the perfect market crime that could last forever – except it can't. How can I be so sure? Well, for one thing, this London Whale case itself. While JPMorgan's army of lawyers hammered at the exact wording of the agreement so as to limit additional civil lawsuits, the point is clear – JPMorgan was guilty of manipulating the securities in an important credit market. After the electricity manipulation case by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this year, it can now be said without question that JPMorgan is a serial market manipulator. And the manipulations have the same common denominator – an excessive and dominant market share enhanced by dirty trading tricks.

But the most important assurance for the coming end to the COMEX silver manipulation is what the artificially depressed price of silver has done to real supply and demand. The Commission's order in the London Whale case (above) placed great importance on the impact of price manipulation on legitimate forces of supply and demand. Silver is now ground zero for what can happen if prices are manipulated, now that the COMEX rigging has forced the price below the cost of production for many silver miners. In time, silver prices must rise above the cost of production. But it may not take a long time, given the current circumstances for JPMorgan.

For years, I have distilled the issue down to this – whether JPMorgan adds new short contracts on the next silver price rally as the bank has done on every silver rally for the past five and a half years. More than ever I believe this to be the critical element now. Simply put – if JPMorgan doesn't add new short positions in silver, the manipulation is over. Someday, JPMorgan won't add to silver short positions and there are indications that day may be at hand. Yes, I know the CFTC has weaseled out on their silver investigation by not charging JPMorgan, but I am still convinced that was due to concern of the legal liability that would accrue to JPM and the financial system.

This is an excerpt from Ted Butler’s premium service. Readers are highly recommended to subscribe to the service on www.butlerresearch.com as it contains the highest quality of gold and silver market analysis. Ted Butler is specialized in precious metals markets analysis for 4 decades.

Matières à Réflexion for Thursday, 17 October - Larry Summers Flinches At Gold Question

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 11:30 AM PDT

Matières à Réflexion for Thursday, 17 October - Larry Summers Flinches At Gold Question

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 11:30 AM PDT

QUEST UPDATE

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 11:00 AM PDT

Still hanging in. Closed another trade in the Quest portfolio this afternoon. Current total stands at $3055. Up 1000% over the last two months. 

If by some miracle gold is forming an intermediate bottom here it will get a lot easier to keep the quest portfolio in the green and making money. If gold hasn't made an intermediate bottom then it's still going to be very tough to keep our streak alive and the odds will be good that the quest is going to miss a trade soon and quickly go back to $0.

In The News Today

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 10:57 AM PDT

Jim Sinclair's Commentary Courtesy of CIGA Tekoa Da Silva, Tekoa@BullMarketThinking.com.   Forget the short term – gold is for the long run Gold's recent poor performance has somewhat dampened the outpourings of the out and out gold bulls, but as a long term wealth protector then its prospects remain undiminished. Author: Lawrence Williams Posted: Wednesday... Read more »

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Hydro-Fracking Grows a Set of Billion-Dollar Balls

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 10:37 AM PDT

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must know at least something about hydro-fracking in the U.S…. Come to think of it… if any person in the U.S. actually does fancy living under rocks, I’m sure they know about it too.

As of 2010, according to the Society of Petroleum Engineers, 60% of all new oil and gas wells on the planet are being hydro-fracked. The result: an unrivaled U.S. energy boom.

Side Note: If you want a brief crash course on fracking, check out this short animated video:

As you know, fracking injects high pressures of water, sand and chemicals to crack open saturated rock for energy. Rigs can now tap into wells, both old and new, for oil and natural gas — not to mention shale — trapped underneath the Earth. And the juice is definitely worth the squeeze.

The U.S. in particular has benefited greatly from being ahead of the game on this. Since 2012, 2.5 million fracks have occurred worldwide, with over 1 million in the U.S. And that’s a very conservative estimate. Places that are tapping into this new energy, like North Dakota, have effectively been sheltered from the Great Recession. Employment rates in these areas are the best in the country.

But what you may not know is that this fracking revolution, along with the economic advantages it brings, is all thanks to new technology. And now this revolutionary tech is getting an upgrade.

Upgrading the tech and special materials that comprise frack balls is something all companies in this sector will be forced to do.

In short, this upgrade is turning fracking into “super-fracking”…

And “super-fracking” has a brand-new way of dropping balls.

I’m talking about fracking balls, of course. What else?

See, right now, for companies to frack, they have to do something kind of funny…

Before real energy production can begin, rigs have to drop down these big balls into wells. They are commonly made from plastic, aluminum or various composite materials.

These frack balls usually measure 1-12 inches in diameter. Their purpose?

These things act as plugs that isolate different areas of the wells. That way, it’s easier to pressurize and extract the goodies you want from underneath the ground. They’re used a lot — in 20 to even 30 different stages throughout the entire process.

But the problem is it can take several days for a rig to go out, sit there and fish out frack balls.

And that means these energy companies are cost two valuable things: time and money (time is money, right?).

If companies could find a new way to handle their frack balls, they would be able to focus more on production…

Upgrading the tech and special materials that comprise frack balls is something all companies in this sector will be forced to do. Here are a couple that have innovations in the works…

The first company that’s working on “super fracking” is Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI). They branded a tech called “DirectConnect” that is undergoing field tests by select customers, according to a Bloomberg interview.

Baker Hughes also invented their own frack balls that disintegrate in wells like an Alka-Seltzer tablet does in your stomach. The fix takes a mere 1½ days.

The result is a big cut in two very valuable things: time and money (time is money, right?)

As I said before, any company that wants to remain competitive in this field will have to go in a similar direction.

Take Halliburton (HAL). Halliburton is implementing something similar called RapidFrac. It’s all a part of a plan the company calls “frack of the future” that aims to use better tech to pump up production, faster, with less dependency on materials and labor for each well.

RapidFrac is a little different but accomplishes the same goals as high-tech frack balls. RapidFrac uses a series of sliding sleeves that slip into a horizontal well and isolate zones for fracking. According to a JPMorgan Chase & Co. investor note on Sept. 19, these sliding sleeves can cut costs in the Bakken from as much as $2.5 million per well to $750,000.

Other companies, which our researchers are on top of but haven’t yet published, really take frack balls to a whole new level. These companies make their frack balls out of strong, ultra lightweight, “reactive” materials. That means “intelligent” material that responds to its environment, such as changes in fluid, pressure, temperature, electrical or magnetic fields… and other things that could trigger a desired disintegration while it’s in the well so rigs don’t have to fish them back up.

Ultimately, as frack balls are made from these special materials through new technology, they will be able to withstand deeper and higher pressure wells of 15,000-20,000 pounds per square inch (psi). To give you a comparison, typical dissolvable frack balls made from polymers and salts are limited to 5,000 psi-range wells. There are other advantages to high-tech frack balls, such as 40% less water consumption and easier chemical distribution.

Best,

Josh Grasmick
for The Daily Reckoning

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Was There Gold on Columbus Santa Maria? - Kitco News

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 10:32 AM PDT

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The Daily Market Report

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 09:29 AM PDT

Gold Surges on Can Kick


17-Oct (USAGOLD) — Mission accomplished. Can kicked. Crisis averted. At least for another several months…

Gold rebounded sharply on the deal to end the government shutdown and boost the debt ceiling, just as it did when the 2011 debt ceiling deal was struck. As we discussed in yesterday’s DMR, the market realizes that the debt ceiling is more a target than any real attempt to limit the amount of debt accumulated.

At this point we don’t even know what the new debt ceiling might be, the ceiling has simply been suspended until February 7. Treasury can borrow whatever it needs — unhindered for the time being by a pesky ceiling — putting us ever-deeper in debt and moving inexorably toward that as yet to be determined new debt “target”.

The Fed of course has been the buyer of the majority of Treasury’s new debt issuance in recent years, and they will likely continue to step up to the plate. The prospects of tapering have dimmed even further.

The day after the 2011 deal, our debt exploded by $238 bln. It was the largest one-day increase in the history of the United States, which took our debt/GDP ratio beyond 100% for the first time since World War II. S&P downgraded the U.S. a couple days after that.

Although the threat of imminent default has been averted, China’s Danong ratings agency quickly downgraded U.S. sovereign debt to A- from A. In a press release Danong said: "The [U.S.] government is still approaching the verge of a default crisis, a situation that cannot be substantially alleviated in the foreseeable future."

This move came days after China Daily ran an op-ed calling for China to “gradually reduce its current dollar holdings as a matter of financial prudence and steadily work with others toward a new global financial architecture.” The financial press is indeed rife with stories these days about the decline of dollar supremacy and our mounting debt burden, propensity to try and paper over our problems by printing more dollars, along with political intransigence are to blame.

Jim Grant of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, summed it up on BloombergTV yesterday by saying “The U.S. govt is persistently, chronically and abidingly cash flow negative. We Can’t get along without more debt.” Indeed, the U.S. debt is expected to reach $23 trillion in the next five-years and if the economy takes another turn for the worse, I fear it could be much worse than that.

There’s a requirement in the deal that calls on Congress to hammer out longer-term tax and spending policies for the next decade and report by December 13. We need look back no further than the so-called “super-committee” that begot the sequester to deduce the likely success of that endeavor.

So, sometime early next year, this whole nonsense will begin all over again, further diminishing our already eroded standing as the global economic superpower and keeper of the world’s reserve currency.

Given that the Fed has been the buyer of most of Treasur

I’m not surprised in the least that the dollar has tumbled to a new eight-month low and gold is up nearly 3% today. In the aforementioned Bloomberg interview, Jim Grant said he still believes in gold “fundamentally and over the long-term as the legacy and final monetary asset.” It would seem I share more than a last name with Mr. Grant…

Complete Collapse & Economic Meltdown Will Shock The World

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 09:08 AM PDT

Today one of the top economists in the world predicted that over time the US economy will "complete collapse." He also stated that this economic collapse will "create an upside explosion in gold that will shock the world." Michael Pento, founder of Pento Portfolio Strategies, wrote the following exclusive piece for KWN.

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Gold Resurrection From Financial Disaster, Gold Trade Settlement $7000

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 08:37 AM PDT

Take a whirlwind tour with graphics and photos. Absorb the images. They are profound, broad, and ugly. The central bank concept is the Matrix in embodiment, but the Eastern nations led by BRICS and G-20 have a key to unlock the USDollar prison. A quick look at the Australian banking system reveals four global banks who own outsized portions, their reach extending to the largest gold producer in Oz as well. Incest is best. The fast decline in Money Velocity is the most convincing proof of the failure of monetary policy. It does not provide stimulus, but rather capital destruction. The foreign dumping of USTreasury Bonds actually accelerated this past summer, amidst the Taper Talk trial balloon offered by the hapless desperate Bernanke Fed. His legacy will be one of disproving his own PhD Thesis, since liquidity in torrents does not repair insolvency, and no traction comes to soaked ground. A grand game of shuffling gold bars has begun, actually accelerated in a final phase.

U.S. Debt Deal Reached, Republicans Got Nothing, Now 90 Days Until Next Crisis

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 08:21 AM PDT

What idiocy! As I told you yesterday, the damage is done. Extending the crisis past Christmas doesn't make it go away and the Dollar fell 1% today on the "great' news that we "fixed" the debt ceiling. So Congresses "fix" cost you 1% of EVERYTHING you EVER earning in your ENTIRE life. It's all worth 1% less now – happy?

China Converting U.S. Dollar Debt Holdings Into Gold At Accelerating Rate

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 08:03 AM PDT

China, Russia and other nations are exiting their dollar-denominated holdings inMultiple-forms-of-gold-bullion favor of gold. This action should put pressure on the dollar and U.S. treasuries, pushing not only central banks, but mainstream investors towards the safety of precious metals and other tangible assets that cannot be defaulted on. There will be a rush out of dollars and into assets with no counter-party risk, it is just a matter of how soon it happens.

So says Jason Hamil (goldstockbull.com) in edited excerpts from his original article* entitled China Hints at Dumping U.S. Debt, Saying De-Americanized World is Needed.

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Hamil goes on to say in further (and perhaps paraphrased in some places) excerpts:

China's official news agency has published an op-ed commentary [see details at end of article] calling for the 'de-Americanising' of the world economy. They specifically mentioned the threat to nations with large amounts of dollar holdings, suggesting that one nation should not have the ability to impact the rest of the world economy so powerfully. In other words, one nation should not be able to print the world reserve currency or issue so much outstanding debt.

China holds roughly $1.3 Trillion in U.S. treasury bonds, so if they decide to follow their words with action, we may see an accelerated selling of U.S. debt and dollars in the East. I don't foresee an outright dumping of debt as many are anticipating, but I would not be surprised to see China's treasury holdings cut in half within the next year or two.

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The Chinese move from U.S. dollars to gold has been very aggressive, yet under-reported by the mainstream media. At the current pace, Hong Kong will send, just to Mainland China, an amount of gold roughly equivalent to 50% of the rest of the world's mined supply. Gold imports from Hong Kong to mainland China are set to double the imports from 2012.

Not only are exports from Hong Kong to mainland China skyrocketing, but Hong Kong itself will likely import over 2,000 tonnes for the year. Considering that global mined supply (excluding China) is only 2,400 tonnes, this leaves the rest of the world scrapping for the remaining 400 tonnes.

[Editor's Note: The following chart shows that through August, China has imported 994 tons of gold through Hong Kong, versus 511 tons in the year-ago period - and that doesn't include the production of China's domestic gold mines (300 or so tons, all of which stays within the country) and whatever else finds its way in through other ports. Assume monthly imports for the rest of the year average 100 tons, add in domestic gold production, and China will have accumulated at least 1,700 tons of gold in one year.

China gold imports

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One then has to ask where all of the gold is coming from that enters Hong Kong. It is coming from Western nations at a staggering pace. In fact, some have estimated that the United States is exporting more than they produce, quietly selling gold reserves in order to keep a cap on the price. Inventories are down sharply on the COMEX, as can be seen in the chart below.

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Whatever the exact truth may be, it is evident that China, Russia and other nations are exiting their dollar-denominated holdings in favor of gold. They have also been busy buying up energy resources around the globe and expanding their own reserves. This slow transition out of dollars and into real assets makes sense and allows them to get a good price for the debt they are selling.

This action should put pressure on the dollar and U.S. treasuries, pushing not only central banks, but mainstream investors towards the safety of precious metals and other tangible assets that cannot be defaulted on. There will be a rush out of dollars and into assets with no counter-party risk, it is just a matter of how soon it happens.

The move out of U.S. dollars and debt is well underway, with a series of bilateral trade agreements being established in local currencies and the FED needing to step in and buy an increasing amount of government debt to stabilize the economy and avoid a default but the true panic has yet to set in, as many continue to have full faith in the ability of the U.S. government to service its debt.

Greenspan famously said that the FED can guarantee cash benefits as far out as needed, but they can not guarantee their purchasing power. The same can be said of the U.S. servicing its debt, so long as the FED continues to assist. So while a standard default may not occur anytime soon, the slow eroding of the dollar's purchasing power amounts to a default nonetheless. It is simply occurring at a pace slow enough to keep investors and the masses placated or unaware. There are a number of factors that could cause this pace to quicken:

  • the words and actions of China or
  • a failure of politicians to raise the debt ceiling in time to avoid a default.

Conclusion

Whatever the spark that ignites the fuse, I believe it is wise to have some insurance against the possibility of a panic out of dollars. Gold and silver are the best insurance for this type of event and they happen to be on fire sale right now with some of the lowest dealer premiums seen in years.  

From Xinhua: U.S. fiscal failure warrants a de-Americanized world

As U.S. politicians of both political parties are still shuffling back and forth between the White House and the Capitol Hill without striking a viable deal to bring normality to the body politic they brag about, it is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world…

Most recently, the cyclical stagnation in Washington for a viable bipartisan solution over a federal budget and an approval for raising debt ceiling has again left many nations' tremendous dollar assets in jeopardy and the international community highly agonized.

Such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated, and a new world order should be put in place, according to which all nations, big or small, poor or rich, can have their key interests respected and protected on an equal footing. To that end, several corner stones should be laid to underpin a de-Americanized world.

  • All nations need to hew to the basic principles of the international law, including respect for sovereignty, and keeping hands off domestic affairs of others.
  • The authority of the United Nations in handling global hotspot issues has to be recognized. That means no one has the right to wage any form of military action against others without a UN mandate.
  • The world's financial system also has to embrace some substantial reforms.
    • The developing and emerging market economies need to have more say in major international financial institutions including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, so that they could better reflect the transformations of the global economic and political landscape.
    • What may also be included as a key part of an effective reform is the introduction of a new international reserve currency that is to be created to replace the dominant U.S. dollar, so that the international community could permanently stay away from the spillover of the intensifying domestic political turmoil in the United States.

Of course, the purpose of promoting these changes is not to completely toss the United States aside, which is also impossible. Rather, it is to encourage Washington to play a much more constructive role in addressing global affairs.

And among all options, it is suggested that the beltway politicians first begin with ending the pernicious impasse.

[Editor's Note: The author's views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.]

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Is U.S. Dollar Decline Going To Spike Gold and Silver Prices?

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 06:53 AM PDT

Gold and silver are on the verge of a major move higher as the dollar is showing signs that it could crash into new lows.

Even though the U.S. Government averted default, the potential uncertainty and deleterious ramifications on the economy could force the Fed to increase Quantitative Easing.

Look for volume to reenter the gold, silver and junior mining market as investors look to get out of their dollars into traditional inflationary hedges.  Investors may soon realize that Congress may avoid a debt default for now, but it is only a temporary solution as the economic problems are nowhere near solved.

Be prepared for a “V” shape reversal in gold, silver and the junior miners which have been basing for close to three years and are very oversold.  Investors may be a little early in claiming good times are here again.  The global economy and debt situation remains challenging.  Gold and silver appear to have found support and may be on the verge of a major reversal higher.  Look for a reversal above $1300 to break the recent seven week consolidation.

I like silver even more than gold as demand is increasing for this white metal as an alternative to fiat currency and for its rising industrial applications.  A breakout could occur past $22.  Silver is in a three month uptrend which has stayed intact.

A correction in the overbought equities especially biotech, housing and banks could cause precious metals to regain its luster.  We have been seeing an outflow from the gold and silver ETF’s as investors may be looking to the miners which are historically discounted compared to the bullion price.  The miners may be making a double bottom here.  Gold and silver may successfully bounce off the June lows.

I expected this last minute agreement which will kick the debt can down the road.  People may begin to think, do our representatives really know what they are doing?  Is this all just a show?  Are they playing with the masses minds?

For many months, we have heard that the Fed may taper quantitative easing through many mainstream media outlets.  Now the time has come when the masses may have already priced in a reduction of quantitative easing, not realizing that quantitative easing may actually increase and is ongoing.

The Fed may have used the taper terminology as a tactic to keep inflation and precious metals subdued.  I believe there are growing concerns of a reinflated housing and financial bubble on the verge of a double dip.

The equity markets have moved way ahead of the economy where we see a record numbers of Americans who are exiting the labor force and are becoming unfunded liabilities.   The U.S. debt crisis is not over.

Look at Detroit and many other cities in or on the verge of bankruptcies due to unfunded liabilities.  All across the U.S. deficits are rampant.  Debts are strangling cities and municipalities.   How soon investors forget that only a few months ago Detroit, the industrial and auto manufacturing center of the U.S., became the largest municipality in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy with unpaid debts of over $18 billion.

The Fed needs to protect these cities on the verge of bankruptcy by manipulating interest rates lower.  This is done through quantitative easing.  Talks of taper over the past few months have crushed U.S. bonds with yields doubling over the past year.

I called the top in treasuries back in July of 2012 as I realized the Chinese, Russians and many other emerging nations holding U.S. debt want to sell and avoid a decline in the United States.  The Fed does not want this and will try its utmost to prevent a rise in interest rates as more cities and states could possibly file bankruptcy.  More municipalities going under could put a lot of pressure on unemployment.

Over the past fifty years the U.S. has sent its industries offshore resulting in a massive transfer of workers from manufacturing into government.  The jobs number was awful with the unemployment rate going down for the wrong reason.  More employees are leaving the work force.

Rising interest rates could initiate the next decline in housing.  The Fed must be very careful as they fear rising rates could spark more bankruptcies, higher unemployment and pop the reinflated housing bubble.

Look for gold and silver to bounce higher, which have been correcting since the July-August rally due to fears of tapering.   However, I expect a bounce to occur.

There are just too many black swans, the Middle East crisis with Syria and Iran is not over and the risk of rising inflation globally is greater than ever as countries deal with debts gone wild.  Look for a rally in high quality junior miners advancing top notch gold and silver assets in friendly mining jurisdictions.

What we may be witnessing now is just the beginning of a major rally in gold as local, state and now the federal government deals with bad debts brought on by years of reckless spending.  Acts of terrorism and violence are becoming more commonplace around the world.  Gold and silver has proven itself throughout the history of mankind to be one of the only assets that is stable in a shaky world.

Gold may have bottomed at the end of June after going below $1200 as shorts began to cover their positions and as tensions with Syria heated up.  Recent weak economic data combined with debt woes should continue to support an accomodative Fed.

This recent shutdown should push off any taper indefinitely as unemployment numbers are not improving. Equity markets could correct from these overbought levels and gold and silver could outperform towards the end of this year.

Watch silver which is forming a bullish cup and handle pattern.  A breakout could be imminent.  Look for a Bullish MACD crossover and a break above the 6 week downtrend.  The three month uptrend should hold here.  We can observe that the June and August gap has been closed.  This could be an area of support.

Remember a credit downgrade and/or further weakness in the U.S. dollar and bonds could lead to a precious metals frenzy.  Gold and silver have now been basing for over two years since the last debt debacle in Washington when gold hit $1900 an ounce.

Don’t be surprised to see economic uncertainty cause a parabolic rise in both gold and silver possibly into new highs in early 2014.

This decline over the past three years was prompted by the end of QE2 when the media programmed the public that The Fed will end quantitative easing and dollar devaluation.  Just the opposite occurred. QE to infinity was announced and still The Fed and the media try to jawbone the public to believe that they will exit quantitative easing.

The Fed has made it appear the markets have recovered but I am still very skeptical.  Between the gridlock over Syria and Obamacare, investors may be growing weary of their faith in the U.S. dollar and bonds.  This is a divided country.

Astute investors may begin moving to precious metals and mining equities which are reaching historic oversold levels.  For over a month I have alerted my readers to prepare for a rally in precious metals following the Mid-October deadline over the debt ceiling which could put gold and silver back into the limelight as Central Bankers prepare more QE.

Gold and silver have been manipulated lower by fear-mongers who claims that the gold bubble has burst and that the Fed will tighten.  I continue to disagree with this view.  The long term trend in precious metals remains higher and tapering should not occur as the U.S. deals with gridlock and needs to pay off soaring debts and the costs of Obamacare with cheap dollars.  It may be time to continue buying the highest quality junior miners trading at historical lows.

Only the best mining stocks who are active in stable jurisdictions will survive as this has been the worst decline in mining equity history.  The top ones will thrive and actually benefit from this environment.

One of our featured stocks that I am a shareholder and that I am proud to have on as a sponsor is already listed on the NYSE and in the prestigious Russell 2000 index.  Paramount just hit a major discovery at its San Miguel Deposit adjacent to Coeur’s Palmarejo world class producing gold and silver mine.  Paramount Gold and Silver (PZG) recently announced that a major new structure has been found which traces for more than 4 km.

The company put in two preliminary drill holes which showed impressive results intersecting several veins.  The best intercept averaged 0.61g/T of gold and 31.6 g/T of silver of 11 meters.  This new structure runs onto the ground of Fresnillo, the world’s largest silver producer.  In addition to Fresnillo, Paramount’s property surrounds Coeur D’alene’s Palmarejo Mine.

Christopher Crupi, Paramount's CEO, commented in the Press Release: "… San Miguel remains an outstanding exploration project as well as a robust mining opportunity at even lower than current metal prices."

Paramount Gold and Silver (PZG) has been very busy this summer exploring its world class San Miguel Project which completely encompasses one of the top operating silver mines in the world operated by Coeur D’Alene.  I intend to visit the project in the near future.

Paramount’s San Miguel Property is located in The Sierra Madre Gold-Silver Belt.  This area of the world is attracting major interest from the big boy miners such as Pan American Silver (PAAS), Goldcorp (GG), Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), Alamos Gold (AGI), Argonaut Gold (ARNGF) and the world’s richest man Carlos Slim’s Minera Frisco who recently acquired the 4.6 million ounce Ocampo Mine.

Paramount’s high grade 3.3 million ounces are extremely desired by the major players especially their next door neighbor Coeur D’alene.  When this market turns I believe Paramount could be one of the best takeover targets for a major looking to expand in one of the best and low cost areas to mine in the world.

Paramount’s San Miguel already has a published Preliminary Economic Assessment which showed an asset highly competitive and arguably more economic than some of the other miners that were acquired or are currently producing in the Sierra Madre Belt.  The PEA at San Miguel showed an impressive average gold equivalent grade of 3.18 g/t and positive metallurgical recoveries of over 90% for the gold open pit and 80% for the silver open pit.  Even in a lower gold case scenario the mine would be economic with a 24.5% IRR at $1300 gold and $25 silver.  Cash costs are around $513 at that level.

In addition, there is a lot of potential to improve these numbers in the near term.  Paramount has not yet updated the numbers with the more than 50 drill holes from the high grade Don Ese Vein.  Several zones are being expanded and the new resource update will take into account these high grade intercepts, which should garner the attention of the smart major miners or billionaires like Carlos Slim.

In addition to San Miguel, Paramount controls the famous Sleeper Gold-Silver Mine three hours from Reno, NV near Winnemucca.  I had the pleasure to visit the property a couple of weeks ago with some other strategic investors.

The Sleeper Project impressed me with its infrastructure as it has gravel roads, a flat terrain and power lines running through the property.  The market is not valuing Paramount’s Sleeper Project at all, however they soon may be aroused from their slumber.  The best time to buy a mine is when the market is asleep.

Paramount controls approximately 30 square miles surrounding the historic Sleeper Pit which began production in 1986 and ended in 1996.  Sleeper produced 2.3 million ounces of silver and 1.6 million ounces of gold.

Currently, Paramount has defined a massive NI 43-101 inferred resource of over 5 million ounces of gold and 61 million ounces of silver.  The basic infrastructure is there such as a gravel road and connection to the electrical power grid and all weather highways.  Sleeper is near the city of Winnemucca which has an available labor pool of experienced mine operators.

The Sleeper Mine has a great history.  When it first opened it produced gold at less than $60 per ounce making it one of lowest cost mines in the world at that time.  Armed guards had to stand in the pit to guard against theft as there was high grade visible gold nuggets.  In the picture I am standing on top of the Sleeper Pit which was mined for a decade.

I met Nancy Wolverson at the project.  She is the head geologist on the Sleeper Project for Paramount and has over 30 years of worldwide exploration experience.   Nancy believes that these veins do not occur in isolation and more of these high-grade bonanza zones could occur on the property.  Nancy is enthusiastic about the new South Sleeper Zone and the West Wood discovery.

In addition to the exploration potential, in September of 2012 the company published a Preliminary Economic Assessment on Sleeper, which showed incredible leverage to rising gold and silver prices.  Sleeper is probably one of the largest undeveloped gold-silver assets in Nevada and the United States.  At the base case of $1384 gold and $26.33 silver the current deposit prior to all the recent drilling showed an IRR of 26.8%.  Should gold move higher to $1900 the Net Present Value jumps exponentially from $1.2 billon to $2.7 billion.  These are large numbers considering the market is not valuing it at all.

Paramount has a strong treasury with close to $12 million in cash and a low burn rate.  Insiders have a large stake with control of close to 16% of the float.  Paramount CEO Chris Crupi has bought over $400,000 in the market over the past two years and recently bought 20,000 shares at $1.28  according to insider filings.  Chris now has over 4 million shares.  This is a vote of confidence by the CEO as he puts his money where his mouth is and believes a turn higher is coming sooner rather than later for PZG.

Paramount trades a lot of volume and has great liquidity.  Close to 22% is controlled by institutions led by Albert Friedberg’s FCMI who controls close to 17 million shares.  Paramount is in the major indices such as the Russell 2000 and Van Eck Junior Gold Miners Index.  Over 89 institutions own Paramount stock and the stock trades close to 700k shares a day.

There is a large short of 14 million shares who may soon need to look to cover as Paramount is actively advancing the top mining projects in Nevada and Mexico.  The shorters will grow increasingly nervous as Paramount may be on the verge of major advancements in both Mexico and Nevada.

Paramount appears to be finding strong support at the $1.25 area at three year lows and what I believe could be a major bottom as the momentum is increasing.  Look for a breakout above $1.70 and the 200 day moving average to confirm bullish trend reversal.

Paramount’s San Miguel Project already has a Preliminary Economic Assessment which is economic even in today’s environment and it is located in the Sierra Madre Belt where there has been a lot of M&A activity over the past couple of years.  Paramount may be the next big takeout target.

Check out my recent interview with Paramount Gold and Silver CEO Chris Crupi where we discuss all the recent exploration developments at San Miguel and Sleeper and upcoming catalysts in 2013 by clicking here… or watching the video below.

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Update: ECB Chief Mario Draghi On Central Bank Gold Reserves

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 06:44 AM PDT

As a footage and material update to Monday's post on my Q&A with ECB President Mario Draghi on Gold, Central Bank power and more, here is a video recording of the dialogue concerning central bank gold reserves:

I also had the chance to speak with former ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet this week as well, and was afforded the opportunity to ask his thoughts on the picture and growing likelihood of a financial collapse à la late-1700's French Revolution. Post coming shortly.

Gold Price Forecast to Hit $2,500 Before End of 2014

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 06:03 AM PDT

Peter Krauth writes: Gold is currently extremely out of favor. But anyone who cautions you to let go of your gold is missing an unfathomably huge capital undercurrent - one that's forming right now. What we're seeing - and what I will show you today - is the unstoppable chain-reaction of conditions that's about to unfold in the gold market.

Big Money in the Beer Can Sector

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 05:59 AM PDT

Miners and metal suppliers have had a tough year.

Share weakness reflects low commodity pricing, poor global prospects for basic materials and entire investment sectors that are simply out of favor just now. Many investors seem to prefer bonds and tech, if not plain-old cash.

So what does the future hold for investors in basic materials? Can we identify any secrets to success? Can we get in ahead of the turning wheels of the business cycle?

In the past two years… aluminum pricing has been shaky on the best of days and weak on most others.

Today, let’s look at a “basic” material supplier that has apparently found the bottom. Shares may be poised for a strong comeback — but beware on that last point, because you might have to wait awhile.

The company I’m about to discuss is NOT a "buy" just yet. But it definitely ought to be on your radar screen because of its importance to global industry and as a barometer for market sentiment.

The other day, I listened in on a conference call by Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO of Alcoa (AA.) The aluminum company’s shares trade at $8 — a four-year low — which is far down from the high of $18 about two years back. I followed Alcoa in the portfolio for my Outstanding Investments newsletter a few years ago, but sold out before the shares drifted into the current doldrums.

I’ve always liked aluminum. It’s a very useful, versatile metal. It’s abundant in the Earth’s crust, but hard to obtain. Indeed, in the olden days, aluminum was so rare and valuable that Napoleon had a set of serving tableware made from it, which he only used when he wanted to impress visiting royalty.

Basically, you manufacture aluminum metal by passing large amounts of electric current through the mineral bauxite. So aluminum is energy intensive, such that it’s like “storing” electricity for future application. Winners in the aluminum biz are usually players with the lowest-cost electricity.

Despite the energy cost factor, the global aluminum business is highly competitive. There are many players and plants scattered across the world, from the Middle East to Russia to Iceland (yes Iceland, based on cheap geothermal energy).

Aluminum prices crashed in the recession of 2008-09, and then rebounded. In the past two years, since about 2011, aluminum pricing has been shaky on the best of days and weak on most others.

"You can’t put beer in an ingot."

Alcoa has survived all through the crummy metals market. In fact, Alcoa just announced surprisingly strong earnings to the upside. Alcoa booked third-quarter net income of $24 million, up from a loss last year of $143 million. A metal play that's turning a profit? I'm all ears.

According to Alcoa’s Kleinfeld, two things helped improve profitability. Management has focused on restructuring the company away from primarily supplying commodity metal, while also adding value to every molecule of alloy that it ships.

In fact, Alcoa is making its best money downstream this year, with a 22% gain in after-tax operating income for the company’s engineered products and solutions. That is, you can smelt aluminum and cast it into ingots. But in the words of former Alcoa CEO Paul O’Neill (who left the company to become Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush), “You can’t put beer in an ingot.”

Alcoa is much more than a “beer can” company, however — and don’t discount for a second the advanced tech that goes into making things like aluminum cans.

Part of Alcoa’s secret to success is the continuing stream of ideas that comes out of the company’s well-regarded technical center, near Pittsburgh. This includes things ranging from super-high-strength alloy for military aircraft to lightweight drill pipe for the oil and gas industry. The technology is simply stunning, when you get into it.

Adding value helps make Alcoa “independent of commodity pricing,” Kleinfeld said. Thus, the company can “win in the market” through its organic technical capabilities.

According to Kleinfeld, Alcoa has generated “$825 million in productivity gains” in 2013, based on management initiatives and willingness to adopt suggestions from employees, vendors, customers and outside consultants. Looking ahead, Alcoa has over 14,000 more “productivity-enhancing ideas” in the pipeline. So internal improvements have every possibility of continuing despite the external market and/or overall economic environment.

Kleinfeld stated, “I think all of our businesses have found a way to push back against headwinds” — meaning weak commodity pricing and slow global growth. The key idea is to grow productivity, which is “part of [the Alcoa] operating process.” Plus, this style of internal evolution is deeply ingrained and “only limited by the creativity of our employees.”

Kleinfeld foresees the average automobile holding 135 pounds of aluminum by 2025. That’s not quite a 10-fold increase in the next decade.

Looking ahead, the aerospace industry is growing over 10% annually, with associated demand for more and higher-quality aluminum alloys. Boeing and Airbus both have a solid backlog of over eight years of commercial airliner production — and that’s if zero new future airline orders come in, which is unlikely.

On the defense side, military procurement is already cut back to the bone. Yes, things could get worse… but actually, not by much. If there’s a turnaround due to the need to rebuild military capacity in the face of new threats, Alcoa is poised to deliver all manner of high-end, high-value products to aircraft and ship builders.

Meanwhile, on the ground, the automotive sector uses more and more aluminum. In 2012, for example, the average U.S. car contained about 14 pounds of aluminum. But looking ahead, that number is destined to increase to over 55 pounds by 2015, based on industry designs that are already fixed and contracts that are already signed. So this is demand that will happen, and the only limit is the end-market for automobiles at the showroom floor.

Looking out even further, the news from the auto sector is stunning. Kleinfeld foresees the average automobile holding 135 pounds of aluminum by 2025. That’s not quite a 10-fold increase in the next decade.

Alcoa has three major expansion projects in progress to meet growing automotive demand. These include a $300 million expansion in Davenport, Iowa; a $257 expansion at Alcoa, Tenn.; and a $380 million project in energy-rich Saudi Arabia, with output destined for the global auto industry.

Another upbeat business sector for aluminum is in commercial buildings and construction. According to Kleinfeld, “This is not the same market that it was before the recession.” Across the U.S., Europe and the rest of the world, Alcoa sees building energy requirements increasing. This opens up all manner of new ideas for engineered aluminum products in exterior surfaces, windows, elevators and more.

When you step back and take it all in, Alcoa is operating in the same price-challenged, investment-challenged marketplace as everybody else — gold and silver miners, copper miners, you name it. But Alcoa has focused on what the company can control and done well even during otherwise hard times.

The secret sauce is controlling costs internally and building that aspect of operations deep into company culture. Then there’s adding value to the output.

In the end, for management, it’s all about finding more and more value in the products that the company makes and sells.

That’s all for now. Much more to discuss in the weeks to come. And aren’t you glad that I didn’t digress into some discussion of the government shutdown? As if there’s not enough of that in the news!

Best wishes…

Byron W. King
for The Daily Reckoning

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Palladium, the Other Precious Metal Can Double Your Money Now

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 05:54 AM PDT

Peter Krauth writes: At times like this, gold and silver typically grab all the attention... and attract all the "safe" money. But there's another metal that could blast past both of these, virtually overnight. That's because it has unique physical properties for which there is just no substitute - something its biggest consumers lose quite a bit of sleep over.

Gold Prices Jump to $1320 on US Debt-Ceiling Deal as Foreign Creditors "Review Dollar Diversification"

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 05:53 AM PDT

GOLD PRICES leapt at the start of London trade Thursday, rising $45 per ounce to hit 1-week highs above $1320 after the US Congress reached a short-term deal on the government's debt ceiling.
 
Avoiding a debt default set to hit today, the deal extends new borrowing to New Year 2014.
 
Asian and European shares failed this morning to follow US stocks higher on the news, while the Dollar fell hard and US bond yields also eased back.
 
Silver prices rose over 5% this morning to trade above $22 per ounce for the first time in a week.
 
Shortly before the jump in gold prices, but after the US debt-ceiling deal, the Indian government revised its import tariff for gold bullion – seen as a key part of this year's collapse in legal imports to the world's No.1 consumer – to reflect lower values.
 
Cutting the tariff value to $418 per 10 grams from $436, the Central Board of Excise & Customs acted "in line with global rates" according to NDTV, whilst maintaining the 10% duty.
 
By the end of Indian dealing on Thursday however, the gold price had recovered to $425 per 10 grams for London settlement, the international benchmark.
 
For Indian consumers, premiums to buy gold over and above London prices have jumped this week to record highs of $100 per ounce amid falling supply and growing demand for autumn festive season.
 
"The markets had anticipated a last-minute compromise of this kind," says a note on the debt-ceiling deal from German investment bank and bullion dealers Commerzbank.
 
"What is more, this also means that the scaling back of Fed bond purchases will be further postponed. A renewed sell-off of precious metals thus failed to materialize."
 
Issued before the debt-ceiling deal, "Resistance lies between 1301 and 1307," said Scotiabank's technical analysis Wednesday night, pointing to the gold price's 50% retracement of both the 2008 to 2011 uptrend and this year's June-August rally.
 
Longer-term, however, "Desire to buy gold as a hedge against the consequences of monetary policy has diminished," reckons Credit Suisse analyst Tom Kendall, who in February announced the "beginning of the end of the era of gold".
 
"When you've got other asset classes, equities in particular, doing so well, then it's hard to divert investments out of them and into something like gold, which is falling."
 
"A lot of gold," agrees Robin Bhar at Societe Generale, also speaking to Bloomberg today, "has been held for speculative purposes, investment and a store of value, and that's less of a reason going forward.
 
"If you sell your gold and put your money into equities, other fixed-income assets or real estate, you're going to show a return. The gold bull market is definitely over."
 
But "although the US has managed to avert a default," counters Nic Brown's commodity team at French investment and bullion bank Natixis, "[it] has clearly lost some credibility" with foreign creditors led by China.
 
Not only did Washington's behavior annoy T-bond holders, says Natixis, "a concrete long term solution has once again failed to emerge."
 
As a group, Natixis noted last week, central banks have turned net sellers of gold since May, cutting 20 tonnes from the 10-year record-high gold reserves. But countries holding US debt "may [now] begin to revisit long term plans to diversify away from the Dollar into other currencies or gold," it said Thursday.
 
Chinese rating agency Dagong today downgraded US government debt from single A to A-minus this morning, regardless of the debt-ceiling deal.
 
"A potential Fitch downgrade," says Citigroup analysis, pointing to the major US ratings agency's warning over the debt-ceiling deadline on Wednesday, "[would mean] the US will no longer be AAA on average."
 
Losing that status could see US debt forbidden to many central banks worldwide, says Citi.
 
The Swiss National Bank, for instance, "insist on investing [only] in high-quality government bonds" with their $430 billion of reserves, one quarter of which s currently in US Dollar assets.

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