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China uses paper gold smashes to drain London market, Maguire says

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 12:31 PM PDT

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Feds Falling out of Love with JP Morgan?

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 10:35 AM PDT

The following story ( click to read the article) caught my eye this morning for reasons that many in the gold community will easily understand. Ask most of those who believe that the feds closely monitor the price of gold and work to tame any price rallies when the metal is in a bullish uptrend, just who are the agents employed to actively short the metal at the Comex and you will always get two names, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.

I find the following article both interesting and revealing therefore as it introduces something which I have not heard from any who adhere to this view - namely an apparent falling out between the political authorities and the latter of these two banks, J P Morgan.

I also find it interesting, and have remarked about this many times of late, that the largest stopper of gold during the Comex delivery process in recent times has been JP Morgan for their HOUSE account. In other words, they are LONG gold at the Comex in order to take delivery of the physical metal ( I explained this when I was attempting to debunk the silly notion of bullion bank caused "FLASH CRASHES" that is currently circulating through the halls of the gold community edifice.

It sure does make one wonder does it not what is going on behind the scenes when Morgan is being targeted by federal power? Have the feds lost one of their purported allies in the gold suppression scheme?

Either way it is very interesting reading and certainly lays bare the methodology employed by the current administration which uses tactics of intimidation against all those who dare defy it.

You know that this is brazenly arrogant when even Barney Frank seems to be taken aback by this concerted federal effort being used to harass J P Morgan.

Those of you who have been reading my comments for many years know full well that there is no love  lost between myself and either of these two megabanks. I have seen enough of their antics in the commodity markets over the years to have lost any sympathy for what might happen to either or both of them. Still there is something very unseemly in this episode which smacks more of a government shakedown rather than a pursuit of unbiased justice and fair play.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/01/are-the-feds-targeting-jpmorgan-for-criticizing-obama/

Ruth Crowell to be named London Bullion Market Group CEO

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 10:04 AM PDT

Crowell has been the LBMA's deputy chief executive since June 2012 and was recently responsible the group's regulatory work

Gold Investors Weekly Review – November 1st

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 09:52 AM PDT

In his weekly market review, Frank Holmes of the USFunds.com nicely summarizes for gold investors this week’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the gold market. The price of the yellow metal went lower after two consecutive weeks of gains. Gold closed the week at $1,316.20 which is $34.6 per ounce higher (2.5%). The NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index went 8.15% higher.

Gold Market Strengths

Sell-side analysts and traders' commentaries have highlighted a noticeable pickup in generalist and fundamental accounts buying large cap gold names in recent days. According to Macquarie, the move appears to be motivated by the fact that a lot of the bad news is already out there, and it's likely for companies to surprise to the upside rather than perform negatively.

Barrick Gold reported earnings this week showing a noticeable improvement on the bottom line, with earnings per share of $0.58 versus the analysts' consensus of $0.51. Both gold and copper operations beat their operational targets, but the most significant improvement came on the cost side, where Barrick reported an 85 percent completion of its corporate downsizing program.

Gold Market Weaknesses

A recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) report shows that the gold holdings in Russia's Central Bank fell for the first time since August 2012, decreasing 0.4 tonnes in September. However, Russia has added more than 50 tonnes to its gold reserves this year alone and about 600 tonnes since 2007. It is expected that gold purchases by central banks will decrease to 350 tonnes this year from 544 tonnes in 2012. Despite the decrease, analysts agree that central banks will remain substantial net buyers of gold in years to come.

The spot gold price on the Shanghai Gold Exchange dropped below the London price this week, signaling that demand may be waning in the world's second-largest gold market. Bloomberg reports that gold was selling at a 54.14 percent discount to the London price on Wednesday on very low volume in the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

Gold Market Opportunities

Jeffrey Currie, an analyst with Goldman Sachs, suggested just under a month ago that gold miners should hedge their output and lock current prices. In his opinion, gold would be the next big short trade. Other analysts, including Tom Kendall of Credit Suisse, also followed with negative commentary on the gold market, adding their names to the short-selling list. It's interesting that this group dares to recommend that investors do the exact opposite of what asset allocation studies show: adding gold and gold stocks to a portfolio can add alpha without a significant increase to risk. Not only are these analysts ignoring proven academic research, they seem to be ignoring reality. BCA Research published a report at the end of last week highlighting that gold prices have failed to rise in recent months in spite of a weak dollar, adding that a catch-up is likely. BCA argues that gold is oversold on a technical basis, as seen in the following chart, which in itself could be enough to drive a gold rally above the $1,500 per ounce threshold.

Gold Stocks vs Gold Price November 2013 investing

Mineweb contributor Dorothy Kosich reports that in a rare show of bipartisanship, Congressional Democrats and Republicans introduced a comprehensive bill aimed at fostering and facilitating the domestic growth of critical minerals to prevent future supply shocks. This highlights the urgent need to facilitate the development of American mineral deposits. The ultimate purpose of the bill is to ensure that officials are required to set, and adhere to, timelines and schedules for completion of reviews as well as for inspection and enforcement activities in the mining sector. According to Hal Quinn, CEO of the National Mining Association, the slow and inefficient permitting system in the U.S. is the largest impediment to unlocking the full value of American minerals, adding that the U.S. relies on foreign countries such as China to supply many of these critical minerals.

This week, RBC Capital Markets published the fifth part of its study on capital and operating cost expectations in the gold market. In the report, RBC underlines that capital costs have stabilized while all-in sustaining costs could fall by $150 per ounce in 2014 alone. RBC argues that since prices have fallen by a larger extent than all-in costs, this should discredit gold producers' efforts to maintain or increase their returns on capital. After rising by 60 percent over the past three years, it appears 2014 may actually be a good time to build projects given the availability of engineering and equipment. Those companies that learned the importance of protecting balance sheet integrity and returns on capital will be the biggest beneficiaries of this new stage in capital costs, at the expense of those who were growing for the sake of growing.

Gold Market Threats

Alan Greenspan published his new book "The Map and the Territory" in which he warns, among other things, that the "Spectacle of American central bankers trying to press the inflation rate higher in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis is virtually without precedent." He follows up by commenting that this type of policy could easily trigger double-digit inflation. In light of this, David Rosenberg of Gluskin Sheff proposed a new mantra for the Federal Reserve: "Bring on inflation!" However, Rosenberg followed up by criticizing the Fed's optimistic sentiment that inflation is good for economic growth, in which there is no widely accepted evidence or studies to support the assertion. For those who still believe in the Fed's optimism after Wednesday's meeting, consider Rosenberg's list of market facts that show financial asset overheating:

  1. valuations are no longer cheap, no matter the measure;
  2. 80 percent of S&P stocks are trading above their 50 day moving average;
  3. mutual fund and ETF inflows are at dot-com bubble levels;
  4. NYSE margin debt just hit an all-time high;
  5. portfolio managers are sitting on thin, 3.5 percent cash ratios;
  6. the VIX is sitting at 13 points, showcasing how few feel the need to buy downside protection.

The list is simply too long to continue, but the point comes across easily.

David Zervos of Jefferies wrote quite an entertaining and ironic takedown on Janet Yellen's nomination to the Federal Reserve Chairmanship. According to Zervos, the most exciting part about having Yellen in the seat is her inherent mistrust of market prices and her belief in irrational behavior processes. Zervos adds that there likely will be a day in 2016 when unemployment is still well above Yellen's estimate and the headline inflation rate is above 4 percent, in which the Fed's models will still show a big output gap and lots of slack. This way, Yellen could continue talking down inflation risks. In fact, Zervos argues that Yellen's obsession with filling the output gap makes for a very real chance of policy mistakes down the road, similar to those resulting from an obsession with Keynesian mis-measuring of the output gap during the 1970s.

Insiders Are Buying MAG Silver

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 09:41 AM PDT

In this article, I will feature one mining company that has seen intensive insider buying during the last 30 days. Intensive insider buying can be defined by the following three criteria:

  1. The stock is purchased by three or more insiders within one month.
  2. The stock is sold by no insiders in the month of intensive purchasing.
  3. At least two purchasers increase their holdings by more than 10%.

MAG Silver Corp. (MVG) engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties in the Mexican silver belt.

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Insider buying during the last 30 days

Here is a table of MAG Silver's insider-trading activity during the last 30 days by insider.

Name Title Trade Date Shares Purchased Current Ownership Increase In Shares
Mason Hill Advisors 10% Owner Oct 1 56,600 6,315,770 shares +0.9%
George Paspalas CEO Nov 1 5,000 10,000 shares +100%
Larry Taddei CFO Oct

UR-Energy: A World-Class Junior Uranium Producer Right Here In The USA With Huge Potential

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 08:50 AM PDT

Finding value is getting harder and harder as the equity indexes reach new highs. Most sectors are definitely overbought. However, there are those sectors in the beat up commodity based equity world that are certainly not near the overbought zone and have been really beaten up for some time now. One of these is the Uranium mining sector.

Some background on the sector

The following 3-year chart of the URA ETF (which is a relatively good representation of the global uranium mining sector) shows the ugliness of the uranium mining industry's share price performance over the last three years:

The downtrend in the sector began immediately after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant meltdown in Japan in early 2011. The failure of this plant was as a result of a 55 foot Tsunami rather than a systemic failure of the plant itself. The massive waves knocked out the plant's redundant power

SD Weekly Metals & Markets: Finland Says Up To 50% Of Gold Leased Out!

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 07:51 AM PDT

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On this week's Metals & Markets Wrap we'll cover:

  • US Mint halting the sale of silver eagles for 4 weeks- premiums already rising
  • Blatant gold and silver bombing this week surrounding release of FOMC minutes
  • Silver market trends:  look for premiums to continue to rise
  • Finland's bombshell: Bank of Finland reveals 50% of gold reserves held at the Bank of England, other 50% have been leased out as an investment!

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WEEKEND REPORT: DOLLAR SURGE

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 06:53 AM PDT

Dollar:
A rather interesting development occurred on Friday, and one that I wasn't really expecting. The dollar sliced right through its intermediate trend line on its first attempt. I thought for sure we would see some kind of pullback from that trend line before a break. In my opinion this signals that there are a lot of people caught on the wrong side of this market.
The ferocity of the first five days out of this yearly cycle low has me wondering if the megaphone pattern isn't still in play and we're about to see a test of the upper trend line area over the next 1-2 months.
If we take a look at the euro chart we can see that the daily euro cycle is only on day 12. That implies it still has another 8-13 days before finding its next daily cycle bottom. The dollar should have those same 8-13 days to rally before this daily cycle tops.
Originally I thought we might see a test of the 200 day moving average over the next 4-6 weeks. But the explosive nature of the first five days, and taking into account this daily cycle still has another 8-13 days to go before topping, we could see a test and break of the 200 day moving average over the next 1-2 weeks. I think we would then have at least one more daily cycle higher before the intermediate cycle tops. Two daily cycles of this kind of behavior could definitely send the dollar back up to test the upper megaphone trend line over the next 2 months.
I'm starting to get the feeling that this rally out of the yearly cycle low is going to be a lot more powerful then almost anyone is expecting, including me. In order to turn this back down it may require a fundamental change in the market such as an increase in QE. I don't believe that is politically feasible at the moment unless the stock market really starts to tank in front of the Christmas holidays.
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Jim Rickards: After “Currency Wars” Comes “The Death of Money”

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:42 AM PDT

"But one day it won't. We just don't know which day that will be."

¤ Yesterday In Gold & Silver

The gold price didn't do much in Far East trading on their Friday, and was actually up three or four bucks about half an hour before the London open.  Then the high-frequency traders showed up, and that was it until the London p.m. gold fix.  The low of the day came at that point, but the subsequent rally got sold down beginning at 12:45 p.m. EDT.  After that, the gold price chopped sideways on very light volume into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close in New York.

The CME recorded the high and low as $1,327.30 and $1,305.60 in the December contract.

Gold finished the Friday session at $1,315.80 spot, which was down $6.90 from Thursday's close.  Net volume was pretty light at 126,000 contracts.

The silver price traded in a 25 cent range for most of Friday.  It got sold down a bit starting at the London open, and then rallied off it's 9:30 a.m. GMT low, right up to its New York high at 9:15 a.m. EDT.  After that, silver didn't do much of anything for the rest of the day.

The CME reported silver's high and low as $21.995 and $21.705 in the December contract.

Silver finished the day at $21.865 spot, down 4 cents from Thursday's close.  Net volume was around 33,000 contracts.

Both platinum and palladium got sold off a bit during the Friday session, but both recovered into the close and finished in positive territory.  Here are the charts.

The dollar index closed on Thursday in New York at 80.24, and the proceeded to trade more or less sideways until just before the 8 a.m. GMT London open.  The bulk of the subsequent rally was in by the London p.m. gold fix, and the index traded sideways from there into the close, finishing the Friday trading session up another 48 basis points to 80.72.

The gold stocks gapped down over 2% at the open, not helped by the horrific news out of Barrick.  And, with the exception of a small counter-rally between 11:15 and 12:45 p.m. when the gold price rallied after the p.m. fix, it was all down hill from there.  The HUI finished down 4.04%,  which was barely off its low tick of the day.

Nick Laird's Silver Sentiment Index turned in a slightly better performance, as it closed down only 2.81%.

The CME's Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday within the Comex-approved depositories.

There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday, this time an authorized participant took out 183,362 troy ounces.  And as of 9:59 p.m. EDT Friday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.

The U.S. Mint had a smallish sales report for the first day of November.  They reported selling 3,000 ounces of gold eagles, and that was it.  For the month of October, the mint reported selling 48,500 troy ounces of gold eagles; 18,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes; and 3,087,000 silver eagles.  Based on these sales figures, the silver/gold ratio for the month worked out to 46 to 1.  I have a very comprehensive story about October U.S. Mint bullion sales in the Critical Reads section further down.

For the fourth day in a row there was no reported in/out movement in gold at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.

Once again it was another big day for silver, as these same depositories reported receiving 1,116,963 troy ounces, and shipped out 603,063 troy ounces.  All the activity was at JPMorgan Chase and Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia. The link to that activity is here.

Well, the CFTC had a new Commitment of Traders Report [for positions held at the close of trading on October 22] loaded up on their Web site at 3:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon when I checked the site, and the changes I said would occur, were exactly as I predicted in both gold and silver.  And as Ted Butler said on the phone yesterday, when you can predict with certainty what the report will say in advance, it's just more proof that the markets are managed by just a few traders.

Here's what I said in The Wrap yesterday:  "If you check the 30-day gold and silver charts posted just above the Critical Reads section above, you will note that both metals rallied [nearly] every day in the October 16-22 reporting period that today's possible COT Report will cover.  It's a given it will show that the tech funds and small traders dumped their just-acquired short positions and maybe put some long contracts on as well.  On the other side of the equation, its a certainty that JPMorgan et al were doing the exact opposite, and getting set up for the next engineered price decline, which may have started at 2 p.m. on Wednesday with the FOMC news.  Aren't rigged markets just grand?"

In silver, this COT Report showed that the rally during the reporting week was driven by technical funds going long, and covering short positions.  In the process they added 3,323 long contracts and reduced their short position by 2,289 contracts.  In total, that's a swing of 5,612 contracts.  Of course, in lock-step against them the Commercial traders [JPMorgan et al] increased their net short position by the same 5,612 contracts, which is 28.1 million ounces.  They did this by selling 1,856 of their own long contracts and by buying 3,756 short contracts that were being offered for sale by the technical funds and small traders.

Ted says that JPMorgan's short position in silver [up to October 22] has now blown out to about 18,000 contracts, and they hold just under 18% of the short position in silver on the Comex futures market on a net basis.

What would the closing price of silver have been if JPMorgan et al hadn't stepped in as short sellers of last resort?  There's no law that says they have to trade exactly opposite the other two categories, but they do it in order to cap the price.  If they just stood idly by with their hands in their pockets instead, the technical funds and small traders would have to bid up the price to find a free-market short seller, or someone to sell them a long position.  If that ever happened, the silver price would be some rather large 3-digit number within a few hours.  We would experience a market-clearing event that would make your eyes water.

And that's precisely what JPMorgan et al are in the futures market for; to subvert the free-market pricing mechanism.  Because if they weren't there, the new prices of all four precious metals [plus every other commodity on Planet Earth] would be over the moon in just a few days, if that.

Some would say that JPMorgan et al provide "much needed liquidity" to the precious metal markets.  That's the biggest pile of b.s. imaginable.  They have inserted themselves in the chain of events to control the price, nothing more.  They do that, plus make a profit on the side by skinning these brain-dead technical funds as "prices" rise and fall.  What a scam!

But, I digress.

The rally in gold during the October 16-22 reporting week showed that the technical funds and small traders bought 8,678 long contracts and sold 8,646 short contracts.  This combination of buying and selling by the brain-dead technical funds [for the most part] is what cause the rally during the reporting week.

But standing in the Commercial category right beside them, JPMorgan et al happily sold them the longs they wanted and bought all the short contracts offered for sale.  By inserting themselves as "sellers of last resort" they control the price that the technical funds buy and sell at, and thus the "free market" price in the process.

As I said about silver, the mind boggles at what the real "free market" price of gold would be if  JPMorgan et al weren't providing "badly needed liquidity."

Ted said that, based on his calculation, JPMorgan Chase is long about 72,000 Comex contracts, or 7.2 million ounces as of the cut-off for the October 22 COT Report.  All 10,000 contracts that they bought from the technical funds and small traders during the prior week's engineered price decline, were sold back to them at a profit during this last reporting week as prices "rallied."  Ted figures they made a cool $50 million on that trade, and that JPM is net long about 22% of the entire Comex futures market in gold.

Here's Nick Laird's "Days of World Production to Cover Short Positions" for all physical commodities traded on the Comex updated with the COT data as of October 22.

Of the green and red bars for silver, JPMorgan's share of the short position is 43 days of world production. It's my opinion that about 90% of the rest of those bars are made up of HSBC USA, Citigroup and Canada's Scotiabank, and the same amount, if not more, can be said about the platinum and palladium short positions.

I have a decent number of stories for you today, some of which I've been saving for today's column.

¤ Critical Reads

JPMorgan Discloses Eight DOJ Probes From Asia to Madoff

The largest U.S. bank disclosed for the first time in a filing yesterday that the Justice Department is examining its energy-trading practices, which were subject to a $410 million civil settlement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in July. Investigations are also focusing on mortgage-bond sales, interest-rate rigging, the credit-derivatives market, and the bank’s trading loss last year, according to the filing.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said that it’s a priority for his department and for President Barack Obama to hold banks accountable. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon visited Holder in September to try to negotiate a settlement of mortgage-related cases against the bank.

“The scope and breadth of risky practices at JPMorgan are mind-boggling,” said Mark Williams, a former Federal Reserve bank examiner who teaches risk management at Boston University. “Some of these probes are criminal, they’re not even just civil anymore, and I think it’s very telling about the broad risk-taking culture that was allowed under.

What else is new when it comes to JPMorgan?  This Bloomberg story was posted on their website on Friday, and I thank Manitoba reader Ulrike Marx for her first offering in today's column.

Doug Noland: The May/June Dynamic

The conventional view holds that massive QE has not caused inflation because the Fed’s monetary fuel has remained unused as “reserves” on bank balance sheets.  From this viewpoint, inflation risks lurk somewhere out in the future:  when the banks eventually lend these “reserves” and the monetary fuel finally makes its way into the real economy.  Moreover, the optimistic view holds that the Fed has the tools to adeptly manage any future inflation issue.

I take a much different view.  QE is anything but benign.  The Fed’s monetary fuel certainly doesn’t just sit inertly on bank balance sheets.  Indeed, this monetary inflation is immediately unleashed upon the financial markets, with the newly created “money” setting off a chain-reaction of transactions, flows and market impacts.  Over time, this dynamic foments huge distortions in marketplace liquidity, risk perceptions, speculative financial flows, asset prices and market stability.  And, somehow, when Fed officials discuss QE they avoid any mention of what have become conspicuous inflationary effects on securities prices.

Fundamentally, the repeated injection of Fed liquidity over time – and especially at key junctures - into the financial markets has created Bubbles increasingly vulnerable to even subtle changes in market perceptions and/or changes to the risk-taking and speculative leveraging backdrop.  This is the essence of the so-called “addiction” induced by the Fed’s historic monetary inflation.

I continue to believe that the May/June period marked an important inflection point in global Credit and asset market Bubbles.  Latent market fragilities – including QE dependencies – turned widely evident, forcing both the Fed and Chinese to back-peddle from their planned somewhat less accommodative policy stance.  And, in both cases, respective Bubbles bounced right back more powerful than ever.  Still, I believe the spring period marks the initial bursting of a historic Bubble throughout the “emerging markets” (EM) – at the “periphery” of the “global government finance Bubble”.  And while speculative flows have returned to EM in recent weeks, I believe this has only temporarily masked what will remain ongoing financial and economic fragilities.

Doug's Credit Bubble Bulletin is  must read this week...and was posted on the prudentbear.com Internet site yesterday evening...and I thank reader U.D. for sending it along.

As stimulus tab rises for Fed, worries grow it may require a bailout

The Federal Reserve has taken unprecedented steps to stimulate the economic recovery from the Great Recession, but the tab has risen to such tremendous proportions — fast approaching $4 trillion — that some worry the central bank ultimately could require its own taxpayer rescue.

The Fed's total assets on its balance sheet have more than quadrupled to $3.8 trillion since 2008 amid a massive bond-buying effort. And there are few signs that the growth will stop any time soon.

That could put the finances of the world's most powerful central bank at risk if historically low interest rates were to rise sharply — something top Fed officials said they do not expect but that critics warn is very possible.

"It's really pretty cut-and-dried as far as the arithmetic goes: If you buy bonds and interest rates go up, you're going to take a capital loss on those bonds," said James D. Hamilton, an economics professor at UC San Diego. "The more they buy, the bigger their balance sheet, the bigger the loss they're going to face."

Yes, dear reader, Mr. Hamilton has it exactly right.  This article was posted on the L.A. Times website very early Tuesday morning...and it's worth reading.  I thank West Virginia reader Elliot Simon for his first offering in today's column.

Obama halted NSA spying on IMF and World Bank headquarters

President Barack Obama has ordered the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank as part of a review of intelligence gathering activities, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.

The order is the latest move by the White House to demonstrate that it is willing to curb at least some surveillance in the wake of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of programs that collect huge quantities of data on U.S. allies and adversaries, and American citizens.

The NSA's surveillance of the Washington-based IMF and World Bank has not previously been disclosed. Details of such spy programs are usually highly classified.

This Reuters piece appeared on their website early on Thursday evening EDT...and I thank Elliot Simon for sharing it with us.

NSA FILES: DECODED...and what the revelations mean for you

When Edward Snowden met journalists in his cramped room in Hong Kong's Mira hotel in June, his mission was ambitious. Amid the clutter of laundry, meal trays and his four laptops, he wanted to start a debate about mass surveillance.

He succeeded beyond anything the journalists or Snowden himself ever imagined. His disclosures about the NSA resonated with Americans from day one. But they also exploded round the world.

For some, like Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, it is a vitally important issue, one of the biggest of our time: nothing less than the defence of democracy in the digital age.

This incredible audio/visual "essay" is very long, but you can spend as much or as little time as you want with each commentator.  Just run your cursor over their respective photos, and their comments begin automatically.   This was posted in The Guardian yesterday...and it's worth spending a bit of time on if these NSA revelations interest you, which they should.  I thank U.K. reader Tariq Khan for being the first reader through the door with it.

Barclays Said to Suspend Chief FX Dealer Ashton Amid Probe

Barclays Plc has suspended three currency traders, including a chief dealer in London, amid a probe into potential foreign-exchange manipulation, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.

Chris Ashton, who was identified as global head of voice spot trading in a Barclays e-mail last month, and spot currency traders Jack Murray and Mark Clark were suspended, said the person, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter. None of the three has been accused of any wrongdoing, said the person.

Ashton didn’t respond to messages left on his work or mobile telephones, and didn’t reply to an e-mail seeking comment. Murray and Clark didn’t return messages left on their work telephones or reply to e-mails. Barclays, one of the four biggest currency traders in the world, is reviewing trading over several years and is cooperating with regulators’ requests for information, according to a statement.

This news item, filed from London, was posted on the Bloomberg website yesterday morning Denver time...and I found it embedded in a GATA release.

RBS avoids break-up with 38 billion pounds 'internal bad bank'

Royal Bank of Scotland is to create an internal "bad bank" to fence off its riskiest asse

Jim Rickards: After “Currency Wars” Comes “The Death of Money”

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:42 AM PDT

Jim Rickards: After "Currency Wars" Comes "The Death of Money"

In Currency Wars, Rickards concluded that a dangerous global financial crisis was not only in the making, but that it was inevitable. Based on that financial war game inside a top-secret facility at the APL’s Warfare Analysis Laboratory, a historical analysis of international monetary policy in the twentieth century, as well as his assessment of the events leading to and adopted after the financial debacle of 2008, Rickards laid out the endgame that would result from the global financial chaos of the first currency war of this century; the collapse of the U.S. dollar and the eventual replacement of fiat money with a return to the gold standard.

“The world is getting closer to that end game every day,” warns Rickards, who just finished writing the sequel to Currency Wars, titled The Death of Money, The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System.

Due out in bookstores next April 2014, The Death of Money picks up on the disturbing predictions outlined in Currency Wars and carries the analysis further into how the international monetary system might collapse and what new system will replace it.

This very excellent article was posted on the trumanfactor.com Internet site on Thursday...and certainly falls into the must read category.  I thank reader Harold Jacobsen for digging it up on our behalf.

Three King World News Blogs

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:42 AM PDT

Three King World News Blogs

1. Keith Barron: "Staggering Q.E. in the West...and the Ultimate Collapse".  2. William Kaye: "People's Worst Nightmares Coming - Have a Survival Strategy".  3. Andrew Maguire: "Big Banks in Trouble as Major LBMA Default Nears".

[Please direct any questions or comments about what is said in these interviews by either Eric King or his guests, to them, and not to me. Thank you. - Ed]

Gold Eagle Bullion Sales Recover, Silver Eagles Approach Record

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:42 AM PDT

Gold Eagle Bullion Sales Recover, Silver Eagles Approach Record

After two months of weakness, the American Gold Eagle bullion coins achieved stronger sales during the month of October. Silver Eagle bullion sales exceeded three million coins for the month, with the all time annual sales total quickly approaching.

For the month of October 2013, Gold Eagle bullion sales reached 48,500 troy ounces across all options. The most popular seller by both units and total weight was the one ounce size at 41,000 pieces. The latest monthly sales total breaks the streak of two uncharacteristically weak months. In August, sales were 11,500 ounces, followed by sales of 13,000 ounces in September. The total for August had marked a six year low for monthly sales.

This short but fact-filled commentary was posted on the coinupdate.com Internet site yesterday...and is certainly worth skimming.  The only statistic that this commentary doesn't mention is the fact that the U.S. Mint will use between 15 and 20 percent more silver than the U.S. will mine in all of 2013.  It's another contribution from Elliot Simon.

Mexico mining tax approved, but hits political roadblock

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:42 AM PDT

Mexico mining tax approved, but hits political roadblock

Mexico's senate approved by 73 votes to 50 the broad outline of a package of tax reforms, which included a debated 7.5% charge on resource companies, and as much as 8% for gold, silver and platinum.

The lawmakers, however, decided to set aside scores of divisive sections to be processed later.

Members of the National Action Party, the main opposition party, expressed their discontent with the decision by abandoning the session as the Senate began to work through the reservations.

Despite the senate tensions, the tax package was expected to be finalized later Wednesday or at some point today. Following senate approval the reforms only need to be enacted by President Enrique Peña Nieto to become a law.

This short story was posted on the mining.com Internet site on Thursday and is certainly worth the read.  I thank Ted Butler for pointing it out.

Alasdair Macleod: Finland admits leasing its gold, and maybe it's in Asia now

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:42 AM PDT

Alasdair Macleod: Finland admits leasing its gold, and maybe it's in Asia now

GoldMoney research director Alasdair Macleod reports today that Finland's central bank has admitted leasing much of its gold, most likely through the Bank of England. Finland's admission, Macleod writes, adds to the evidence that much of the gold heading to Asia has been coming from Western central banks, suppressing the metal's price.

Macleod's commentary is headlined "Finland's Gold" and it was posted on GoldMoney's Internet site on Friday.

South African mine strikes doing little to lift platinum

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:42 AM PDT

South African mine strikes doing little to lift platinum

Given that South Africa is the source of 75 percent of the world's platinum supply, the fact that prices have responded so little to strike action there this year has surprised investors.

Prices barely reacted to news on Thursday that the hardline AMCU union had declared a wage dispute with Lonmin, raising the possibility of an industry-wide strike that could hit half of global output.

Five years ago, the threat of production cuts in South Africa was the primary force driving platinum prices to record highs at $2,290 an ounce.

Well, dear reader, JPMorgan et al didn't have a monster short position in either metal back then, but they sure do now...and like silver and gold, they are totally in the driver's seat as far as price is concerned.  Check out Nick Laird's "Days to Cover" chart further up in this column to see how bad it really is.  Also check out the platinum and palladium's charts from the Bank Participation Report in last Saturday's column.  They tell all.

This Reuters news item was posted on the mineweb.com Internet site...and is worth skimming.  I thank Ulrike Marx for her final offering in today's column.

India forced to take its eyes off gold

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:42 AM PDT

India forced to take its eyes off gold

"You can bet that with the current state of the economy, Indians will be buying less gold and looking for alternative gifting options this Diwali season," says Arvind Panagariya, professor of economics at Columbia University and India observer.

So if Indians aren't buying gold, what are they buying?

According to the local merchants in New Delhi and Mumbai—silver. It might not carry the same prestige and status, but it is cheaper and thus a good alternative. Silver shares trade at $22 an ounce, while gold shares are trading north of $1,300.

This short story was posted on the CNBC website yesterday afternoon just after the markets closed in New York...and it's the final offering of the day from Elliot Simon.

Lawrence Williams: China imports another 109 tonnes of gold in September

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:42 AM PDT

Lawrence Williams: China imports another 109 tonnes of gold in September

There has been a fair amount of speculation in the press that Chinese gold demand may be slowing from its record levels recorded so far this year.  Well we can report that the speculation is correct – marginally!  Reading he latest Bloomberg headline relating to the newly released September figures out of Hong Kong China Gold Imports From Hong Kong Fall on Premium, Slow Demand” one could be forgiven for thinking that the tide has indeed turned, yet, in reality, the September total for net gold imports from Hong Kong into mainland China at 109.4 tonnes remains the fifth highest month’s imports on record and although a full 0.8 tonnes below the previous month’s figure this hardly shows any kind of appreciable slowdown so far. 

Indeed Chinese imports by this route over the first nine months of the year are more than double those of last year.

This must read commentary by Lawrie was posted on the mineweb.com Internet site yesterday.

My big idea… let’s create an Essential Goods Index

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:00 AM PDT

Ed Miliband has a point. When this country toppled into crisis in 2007-08, it was widely feared that the financial collapse would lead to mass unemployment on a scale that dwarfed the recession of the early 1980s. And it hasn't happened, or not quite. Yes, unemployment is really bad. Yes, the statistics are manipulated. And yes, the absence of attractive jobs will scar an entire generation. But those features of the 1980s recession – entire industries disappearing, whole towns out of work – haven't recurred.

What has happened, however, is a catastrophic loss of output, capital expenditures and savings far worse than in any post-war recession. In fact some would argue that this is a full-blown economic depression (I'm among their number). Since something has to give, average earnings are, in real terms, now at the levels they were a decade ago. Since taxation is now generally higher, as are pension contributions in the public sector, that statistic actually under-represents the injury to living standards. If we throw in the number of people working part-time, when they would prefer to be working full-time, or self-employed out of necessity rather than choice, you are looking at an economic disaster on an unprecedented scale.

Miliband likes to draw attention to these problems by flourishing a statistic of his own: that in 38 out of 39 months under the Coalition Government, real wages have fallen. He's  cleverly made that fact the central plank of his quest for election in 2015. I think he's right to do so.

Real wages are determined in part by such things as productivity, exports, investment, and the general health of the British economy. Since British firms do badly in these respects, and since the export climate is dour, there's not much help to be expected from the "real economy".

But that's only half of it. The other half is monetary policy, which has been kept absurdly slack from the very start of the crisis – and indeed years earlier too. The Bank of England has consistently overshot its inflation targets and responds by pumping yet more invented money into the hands of a disbelieving banking sector. Too much money chasing too few goods can have only one result. Fuel prices up. Transport prices up. Food prices up. Water up. Housing up. If you're a student, then the cost of education has screamed upwards. Oh, and if you think that booze or fags would be there to console you in your poverty, then alas those comforts have gone up in price more than almost anything. These things haven't simply escalated in price, they've gone up by more than "average inflation". And, as you may have noticed, you can't easily get by without food, water, fuel or housing.

Miliband's solution comes straight from the Old Labour playbook. Squeeze the rich. Price controls. Blame big business. Tunes last popular when flares were big and the Bee Gees were at the height of their careers.

Trust me -real Change, really Ed?

Trust me. Real Change, really Ed?

And the tunes are stupid. Take Miliband's Big Idea: a price freeze on energy companies. This is a policy so bad, it's actually hard to count the errors. But here are a few. One, energy companies don't actually make excess profits. SSE, for example, earns a net margin of just 1.7 per cent. The Economist estimates that across Europe power companies have lost more value than the entire banking sector. This is emphatically not an industry that's growing rich on the back of consumers.

Two, Britain faces a coming power crunch, the result of recent under-investment. If you want more private power generating capacity, you have to let the private sector earn a return on its investment. Miliband's scheme threatens that. Three, it doesn't just threaten it for the 20 months of a price freeze. By creating an uncertain regulatory climate, the deterrent starts now and doesn't end until Miliband retracts the policy in full. Four, focusing on power ignores all those other things that form part of the problem. Five, by focusing on big companies, Miliband ignores the truth, which is that quantitative easing and terrible government planning form the real heart of the problem.

So although Labour has identified the right problem, its "solution" is terrible. But there is a Big Idea available here, and any party could seize upon it. What we need is for the Office for National Statistics to draw up an Essential Goods Index, which would be just like the regular retail price index, except that its basket of goods should reflect purchases and living costs only by those on average incomes or below.

Because the index would reflect all the basic goods that ordinary families depend on such as housing costs, bread, chicken and the cost of energy, politicians couldn't game the system. As policies go, it's brilliant. It's virtually costless. It's honest. It focuses attention on the true victims of this recession.

Such an index wouldn't be hard to construct – they're my personal sphere of expertise (in 2001 I created the LEBA Power index, which remains the industry benchmark because it is incapable of being manipulated). If Miliband would like to pick my brains on creating an Essential Goods Index, I'd be happy to help.

Best of all, the only way for politicians to respond to the new index would be with policies that actually worked. Abolishing the insanity of quantitive easing, which only serves to inflate asset bubbles and prices. Encouraging housing supply without encouraging unsustainable demand. Increasing power generating capacity in affordable ways. Improving public transport without huge vanity projects (HS2, I'm looking at you).

An Essential Goods Index is so clearly necessary it's bewildering it doesn't already exist … except that politicians are no doubt nervous of the truths it would make plain. QE doesn't work. Inflating property bubbles is stupid. Fostering a banking industry whose giants are still too big to fail and which continue to lend too little to British business is even stupider. Solve those problems, Ed Miliband, and you've got my vote.

Monex precious metals review: Gold falls $39 Oz, Silver $0.72

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:00 AM PDT

Monex spot gold prices opened the week at $1,352 . . . traded as high as $1,361 on Monday and as low as $1,306 on Friday . . . and the Monex AM settlement price on Friday was $1,313, down $39 for the week

The Dollar Has Game

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 05:00 AM PDT

It appeared the US dollar was bottoming in the first half of October. We had noted the possibility of head and shoulders reversal patterns in sterling and the Swiss franc. These proved for naught, and yet, it still appears the dollar is carving out a bottom. The technical tone for the greenback has improved in recent days.

There has also been a shift in the fundamental focus toward somewhat better news from the US and somewhat poorer news from Europe. There is mounting speculation that the European Central Bank will have to have some sort of policy response to the continued decline in private lending, weak growth in money supply, and near record low inflation.

The Dollar Index, which despite the fact that it is not reflective of US trade flows (two of the US' 4 largest trading partners, China and Mexico, are not included, and it is

Indirect Exchange : The Gold Standard

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 04:30 AM PDT

Mises.org

Gold And Silver – Fundamentals Do Not Matter

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 01:29 AM PDT

If fundamentals mattered, gold and silver prices would be substantially higher. They are not, and for a reason. It is not hard to define what factors are influencing price, for they are political, even criminal under normal circumstances. These factors are, in two words: central bankers. The money changers still have a stranglehold on the financial system, and nowhere it is more evident than in the price of gold.

Will it end? Yes, but as has been the biggest mystery, no one knows when?! While the golden grip continues, it is inexorably loosening. The United States, and by extension, the United Kingdom, is fast becoming more and more isolated. First, it was the natural opposition, Russia, China, morphing into the BRICS. Unable to sustain their no longer warranted arrogance, the Western alliances are now falling apart. Note the cover from Die Zeit, symbolic of the growing attitude of the rest of the world toward the US:

die zeit 2013 price

It was not enough to give the stiff arm to Germany when its representatives came to inspect its own gold, purportedly held in New York. "Nein, nein, Sie konnen nicht es sehen." "You cannot see it, but not to worry, we will deliver half your gold in seven years," the Germans were told, after the insulting rebuke. This is evidence of the growing in- fighting going on, and the revelation of NSA spying has driven a wedge even further.

It is paramount for Western central bankers to keep the façade of owning tonnes of gold alive, for once it gives way, all control is lost. The unilateral actions on the part of the US ensures the eventual collapse of the existing fragile unity. Of course, the core reason lies in the massive creation of digital "dollars" that are now being rejected en masse by the largest creditors holding Federal Reserve [soon to be junk] bonds. The world is finally rejecting the US exporting its destructive inflation, via the Federal Reserve "dollar."

Continuing stories of one country or another increasing its gold imports has not been of significance, relative to the current price of gold. It may make for attention-grabbing articles, but the impact is nil. The direction for price is solely in the diminishing control of the New World Order via Basel down through the IMF and then central banks.

If ever a picture were worth a thousand words, it is this one of the dwindling registered gold stocks, the top graph, and the clincher graph below it showing the number of claims, almost 56 paper "owners" laying claim for each ounce of gold. This Gordian Knot cannot be resolved. It does not require much imagination to guess what will happen when 56 claims are made for each ounce.

If ever you want to see a simple graphic of supply v demand, this one encapsulates it all.

gold paper claims per ounce 2013 price

However unrealistic one may view the charts of the bogus paper pricing mechanism viewed on the COMEX, they still function as a loose barometer for the current direction of gold and silver, and by default, they will act as the weather vane until displaced by some other basis of reality.

No matter how bullishly one reads the ample news, in support of the demand for gold, it is not being translated into higher prices, as evidenced by the charts. This is why we see little value in parroting the same kinds of positive developments in the news. What is not being recognized sufficiently is the reality of the central banks maintaining control, even as it slips away, little by little.

October paints a more positive picture in the fight to rally price higher. After an attempt to decline under August and September, a rally did ensue. The negative aspect to the last bar is how sellers kept the range relatively small, proof that buyers are not able to wrest control away.

The ability to sustain the October performance is tenuous, going into November. Bulls have another month to demonstrate that the demand factors are going to translate into higher prices.

gold price monthly 1 november 2013 price

The takeaway from last week's negative outside range bar is that buyers have a few weeks to defend the swing low, at 2, and then create a higher swing high, above 1, and change the trend to the upside. Buyers are still not meeting this burden, but points 1 and 2 are a show of effort.

gold price weekly 1 november 2013 price

D/S = Demand over Supply on the rally bar attended by the highest green volume bar since mid-August. This is the kind of bar you will see buyers defend, on a retest. Three TDs later, [Trading Days], there was another relatively strong rally bar, and the low of that bar is minor support. It also coincides with a half-way retracement of the October swing low to late October swing high.

Friday's close was mid-range the bar, indicating balance between buys and sellers. Given that Friday was the third day of decline, it is a minor plus that buyers showed up to keep price from declining any further.

What is common to all three charts is the necessity for buyers to meet the burden of proof in shifting the trend from down to up. There is a degree of effort seen in the daily chart by virtue of a sideways trend. This is a first step in stopping a down trend that could possibly lead to an up trend. Time and price will tell.

gold price daily 1 november 2013 price

The relatively smaller range of October, combined with a neutral close and following a decline month for September, fits into the context of the strong, wide range rally of August, making the last two months a weak retest of that rally.

Again, fundamental news is not driving price directionally for PMs. The fact that India is on track to purchase 6,000 tonnes of silver, this year, compared to just 2,000 tonnes for all of 2012, is a clear sign that overtly bullish news is not impacting the market, at least not for now. Ultimately, it will, but for now, the charts ain't buying it.

silver price monthly 1 november 2013 price

For as long as the sideways TR, shown in the box, remains intact, holding above the TR at the lows from June/July, this has bullish connotations. That may be all well and good, for the present, but buyers need to step up their game. It is that simple.

silver price weekly 1 november 2013 price

What matters on the daily chart are the last three bars. We already know price is languishing at these lower levels. What is to happen for the near term, moving forward?

Price has been in a TR since early September. 23.50 is the upper bound, 20.50 is the lower bound. Wednesday's rally, 3rd bar from the end, was on high volume, ostensibly bullish as price rallied into recent high ground for October. Next day, price opened much lower, erasing the positive volume, and actually making it negative, for it trapped all those who were on the buy side of that volume.

Thursday's bar, 2nd from end, was even wider range down with a poor close and on equally high volume. Clearly, sellers took control, but in a trading range, it may not be as meaningful.

How to read Friday's small range bar? On the one hand, what happened to the sellers' momentum carrying price lower? It stopped, cold. On the other hand, the small range at the lower end of the bar tells us buyers were unable to rally price and extend the range higher, beyond the positive aspect of stopping the selling activity.

The mid-range close on the bar, and just about unchanged from the previous close, tells us buys and sellers were in balance. That gives a tenuous edge to buyers for showing an ability to halt the sell-off. No one knows how it will develop by Monday's opening, but we know if buyers do not show up, sellers will have another easy time pushing price lower.

The entire discussion has been focused on paper futures. We always add that continual buying of the physical metals should be an ongoing habit. It is impossible to know when instability will take over and align price with the reality of well known demand factors. When that does occur, the availability, not just of these great prices but for the metals themselves, may disappear overnight, for some period of time.

Keep accumulating physical gold and silver, and make sure you maintain physical control, as well. Do not, under any circumstances, trust banks, and for sure, not safety deposit boxes.

silver price daily 1 november 2013 price

Insiders Are Selling Synnex

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 12:12 AM PDT

In this article, I will feature one business services company that has seen intensive insider selling during the last 30 days. Intensive insider selling can be defined by the following three criteria:

  1. The stock was sold by three or more insiders within one month.
  2. The stock was not purchased by any insiders in the month of intensive selling.
  3. At least two sellers decreased their holdings by more than 10%.

Synnex Corporation (SNX) provides distribution and business process outsourcing services to resellers, retailers, and original equipment manufacturers primarily in North America.

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Insider selling during the last 30 days

Here is a table of Synnex' insider-trading activity during the last 30 days.

Name Title Trade Date Shares Sold Rule 10b5-1 Current Ownership Decrease In Ownership
Silver Star Developments 10% Owner Oct 1-31 317,488 No 5,551,764 shares 5.4%
Dwight Steffensen Director Oct 4 10,000 No 5,707 shares 63.7%

Comex Deliverable Gold Falls to 658,443 Ounces

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 11:01 PM PDT

Le Cafe Américain

SD Weekly Metals & Markets: Finland Says Up To 50% Of Gold Leased Out!

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 10:38 PM PDT

SD Weekly Metals & Markets: Finland Says Up To 50% Of Gold Leased Out!

On this week’s Metals & Markets Wrap we’ll cover: US Mint halting the sale of silver eagles for 4 weeks- premiums already rising Blatant gold and silver bombing this week surrounding release of FOMC minutes Silver market trends:  look for premiums to continue to rise Finland’s bombshell: Bank of Finland reveals 50% of gold reserves [...]

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Silver author David Morgan says new Fed chief Janet Yellen is great news for silver prices

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 08:26 PM PDT

Silver author David Morgan from the Morgan Report chats with Cambridge House Live’s Vanessa Collette about Janet Yellen’s arrival at the US Federal Reserve and what her appointment will mean for the price of silver. China and India are boosting gold demand to record levels and this will also boost silver in the long run.

Mr. Morgan was a very early buyer of silver and has already racked up some enormous profits from silver investing. But the best is yet to come…

Silver Tutorial With David Morgan

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 05:30 PM PDT

Andy Hoffman joins David Morgan to discuss gold and silver,  tapering, China, Ben Bernanke, the new Fed Chairman Janet Yellen.  They discuss the cost and production of gold and silver and the demand.  To listen to the podcast,  please click the link below:

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Top TSX gold companies swing back hard

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 04:37 PM PDT

See which gold companies did better and worse in a hard week for the price of gold. We tabulate a week of decline.

Why gold prices don't reflect fundamentals - Phillips Part 4

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 03:37 PM PDT

Gold markets are inefficient, unreflective of fundamentals & understate the metal's market value, writes Julian Phillips.

A huge adjustment at comex causes total dealer gold to fall to 20.48 tonnes/The big three dealers in gold hold only 16.425 tonnes/GLD loses a monstrous 5.7 tonnes of physical gold from its vaults/

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 03:13 PM PDT

West distorts bullish Chinese gold news, Kaye tells KWN

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 03:03 PM PDT

GATA

Jim Willie’s Stunning Claim: The Game is Over. King Dollar is Dead! – Gold to $7,000 Silver to $250+!

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 02:54 PM PDT

Jim Willie's Stunning Claim: The Game is Over. King Dollar is Dead! - Gold to $7,000 Silver to $250+!

Many analyst writers choose the Black Swan analogy to describe deeply ominous events in progress, with little forward notice. The analogy simply does not fit anymore, as an armada of black swans is more appropriate, spotted on regular and frequent sightings. The US financial fortress died in September 2008.  The Grand Paradigm Shift is in [...]

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US Mint Alerts Primary Dealers Silver Eagle Production to Be Halted for 4 Weeks!

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 02:00 PM PDT

US Mint Alerts Primary Dealers Silver Eagle Production to Be Halted for 4 Weeks!

SDBullion has learned from industry contacts that the US Mint alerted its Primary Dealers Thursday that The Mint is halting its weekly allocation of 2013 Silver Eagles, and will be suspending all sales of ASEs for 4 weeks! *Updated 2:30pm EST: Silver Eagle shortage already underway as primary dealer wholesalers have taken the rare step [...]

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China imports another 109 tonnes of gold in September

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 01:43 PM PDT

China is maintaining its high gold import levels via Hong Kong with another 109 tonnes via this route recorded in September, 0.8 tonnes down on the August figure. But is this all the gold it imports?

Porter Stansberry: What you really need to know about Ben Bernanke and the next Fed chair

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 01:23 PM PDT

From Porter Stansberry in Stansberry's Investment Advisory:
 
Last month, we lost a great friend – Ben Bernanke.
 
No other Federal Reserve chairman in history did so much to improve the fortunes of this newsletter or its founder.
 
What could have inspired more Americans to turn to a hard-money, alternative source of financial insight, than a Fed chairman dedicated to destroying the purchasing power and savings of his fellow citizens?
 
And who, besides that priceless naïf with his printing press, could have done more to provide easier, safer, and more obvious ways of increasing my personal wealth?
 
Bernanke permitted and encouraged the largest housing bubble in history. Its inevitable collapse allowed me to buy rental real estate paying yields in excess of 20% and trophy properties in Miami Beach for prices last seen 15 years ago.
 
In his first major policy speech after joining the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2002, Bernanke spelled out that an enormous inflation was on the horizon, as it was the only sensible solution to our country's massive debt load.
 

If the Treasury issued debt to purchase private assets and the Fed then purchased an equal amount of Treasury debt with newly created money, the whole operation would be the economic equivalent of direct open-market operations in private assets... essentially equivalent to Milton Freidman's famous "helicopter drop" of money.

 
Bernanke's speeches allowed anyone with ears and gray matter between them to lever up into hard assets, like gold, silver, oil, and farmland – trades that have been unbelievably profitable.
 
And for the very, very rich... Bernanke did even more, God bless him. Bernanke dropped real interest rates well into negative territory. That allowed the world's wealthiest capitalists – like renowned investor Warren Buffett and Stephen Schwartzman, head of the private-equity firm Blackstone Group – access to unprecedented amounts of capital at rates of interest that literally paid them to borrow.
 
They did the only logical thing... they responded with a wave of leveraged buyouts that dwarfed every other private-capital cycle in history. Immediately following Bernanke's ascension to the Fed chairman's seat in February 2006, U.S. private-equity firms bought out 654 U.S. companies, spending $375 billion (of mostly borrowed money) in just over a year.
 
To give you some idea of the scale of this Bernanke-led boom, this series of deals involved 18 times more money than all of the private-equity deals done in 2003. This was a massive aggregation of wealth. Almost none of these deals would have been possible without Ben Bernanke's policies.
 
And he was as good as his word. When the debt bubble finally burst, Ben did exactly as he promised he would. He matched the Treasury's deficit spending with newly created money and bought more than $3 trillion worth of Treasury bonds and mortgage bonds.
 
At the end, Ben's policies had grown so completely out of control, it was possible for Brazilian entrepreneurs to borrow immense sums at such low rates that they began buying out iconic American brands, literally our country's greatest businesses – like Budweiser and later Heinz. The Chinese, powered by the same wave of Bernanke dollars, opted to begin buying out our oilfields. Soon, we believe, they will begin buying private homes.
 
Yes, for rich people all around the world, Ben has been a living saint. Thank you, Ben! We couldn't have done it without you! None of us ever thought we'd be quite this rich... or end up owning all of those incredible assets.
 
That's why, on my plane, we say a simple prayer to Ben before every flight.
 
Dear Ben, thank you so much for providing us with nearly limitless risk-free ways of growing our capital. Please, never for a minute doubt your ability to "help the economy" by printing more money, thereby making us so, so much wealthier. Never consider whether or not it's fair or proper for the government to impoverish millions so that the very privileged few can gain so generously. And never worry that what you've done will someday lead to a massive inflation and a collapse of the whole paper money system. While gas prices are making it more expensive to fly this jet, we understand the need to do our part. You can count on us, dear Ben. Amen.
 
Meanwhile, the people whom Ben fleeced – the workers, the savers, the few Americans left with simple industry and thrift, the kind of folks who would never have believed the government would actively try to hurt them – have been wiped out. They've seen the real value of their wages, savings, and standard of living decline by huge amounts.
 
We doubt the validity of the U.S. government's various measures of inflation. They've been "adjusted" so many times over the years that they're nearly meaningless. But consider the following graphic of indicators, which are real and "unadjusted." They show in simple, stark terms exactly what Bernanke did to our economy.
 
Most of our indicators are self-explanatory. They show how much the price of some basic goods have risen since Bernanke took over as Fed chairman. And for comparison... we've also included how much the U.S. government's total obligations ("Fed Debt") have swollen. And we've included the increase in the Federal Reserve's balance sheet – our economy's monetary base. It's clear... as the number of dollars increased, each one bought less and less…
 
 
And our assets are worth less, too... Now look at a few other indicators.
 
The "S&P in Gold" is the change in the value of one share of the S&P 500, if you measured the stock index in gold ounces rather than dollars. We believe this is a better measure of the actual value of U.S. corporate assets because it measures their value in a sound currency (gold) rather than in paper.
 
And we included the share price of Citigroup. As head of the Federal Reserve, Bernanke's primary regulatory duty was to police the large banks and to protect their depositors. We think the near total destruction in equity value of what was the largest U.S. bank when he took over at the Fed speaks volumes about how well Bernanke did his job.
 
 
Bernanke gutted the dollar. He gutted the middle class. He gutted the savings of millions. And he greatly impoverished our country.
 
And yet... despite it all... Ben Bernanke is still being proclaimed a hero of the Republic.
 
"When faced with potential global economic meltdown, he has displayed tremendous courage and creativity," said Barack Obama at a White House news conference this week. "He took bold action that was needed to avert another Depression."
 
The USA Today newspaper added "Bernanke, a shy and self-effacing former Princeton professor, boldly led the U.S. economy through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression."
 
And because there's nothing genuinely good to say about the guy, as is typical with worthless government officials leaving the scene... the plaudits quickly spill over into maudlin absurdity:
 
"Guiding the economy was like brain surgery, and you needed an expert to do it," claimed Michael Gertler, a New York University professor of economics.
 
We know what to expect from the Federal Reserve. Its policies will continue to support and promote the incredible profligacy of our country's government. These policies will, in the end, cause unbelievable harm to millions of Americans. They will devastate the average standard of living in our country and leave a great many people in abject poverty.
 
We can only warn you about what is happening and what it really means.
 
Crux note: Porter will soon share the secrets of how to use Ben Bernanke's absurd policies to grow incredibly wealthy in a first-ever LIVE event.  It's unlike anything we've ever done before in the history of S&A… and unlike any event you've attended before.
 
Think of the very best TED talks, the Value Investors Conference, Berkshire Hathaway's Annual Shareholder Meeting, the Jim Grant Conference and so much more… all rolled into one blow-your-mind-away "mega-event."
 
Porter and his personal advisors, S&A analysts and editors, big-name outside entertainers, master sportsmen, and other surprise guests are all converging on Miami, Florida this February. And now you have a chance to join them...
 
The exclusive event will be limited to the first 1,000 people who respond. If you'd like to learn more about how to use Ben Bernanke's warped policies to radically improve your life and increase your wealth - from Porter Stansberry himself - click here now.
 
More from Porter:
 
 
 

Gold market report: Gold and Silver Prices Move Sideways

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 01:21 PM PDT

The event of the week was the FOMC meeting on Wednesday, which actually said nothing of any substance. This was hardly surprising, given the impending change of chairmanship; however it triggered a rally in the US dollar as dollar bears rushed to close, and gold fell $20 from $1355 to $1335 in less than half an hour.

The price continued to drift lower yesterday (Thursday) closing at $1323. The consensus now appears to expect tapering following the March FOMC meeting. However, for that to happen, the economy will have to recover, unemployment will have to fall and the Fed will have to revise its forward guidance on interest rates. Therefore, those that expect tapering must be reflecting optimism about economic prospects.
For the moment, gold appears to be capped at $1360, having failed to break through that level three times this week. However, gold has had a good run of $90 from $1252, so some consolidation makes sense. Silver must overcome supply at $23.10. Once these levels are broken there will be a good chance of a bear squeeze, forcing the shorts to close, and the bulls on the side-lines will worry about missing the rise.
Charts of the daily close for gold and silver are shown below.

There was little in the way of solid news this week, with gold being on the other side of the dollar trade: when high frequency traders and hedge funds see the dollar rallying, they sell gold, and vice-versa. The problem with this sort of trading is that it is essentially mechanistic, losing sight of deeper considerations of relative value. This is why new factors, even though they may not be very significant in themselves, can have a disproportionate effect on prices. It also explains why traders in the paper markets can ignore fundamental developments, such as the overwhelming demand for physical gold from China and Asia generally, for extended periods of time.

Besides the independent direction of paper gold and silver markets relative to bullion demand, loose thinking over the tapering issue needs to be resolved. Expect commentators in the coming weeks to address the inconsistency between expectations over tapering and the Fed's longer-term commitments to low interest rates. This has to be put in the context of the economic outlook, which for the Fed's FOMC is still far from clear.

Next week
The following announcements are scheduled for next week:

Monday.

UK: Halifax House Price Index,
Eurozone: Manufacturing PMI. 
US: Factory Orders, Quarterly Borrowing Estimates (US Treasury),

Tuesday.

Eurozone: PPI.
US: IBD Consumer Optimism Index, ISM Non-Manufacturing Index.

Wednesday.
Eurozone: Composite PMI, Services PMI, Retail Trade
UK: Industrial Production, Manufacturing Production.
US: Leading Indicator.

Thursday.

Japan: Leading Indicator.
UK: BoE Monetary Policy Announcement, Base Rate.
Eurozone: ECB Interest Rate.
US: Core PCE Price Index, GDP, GDP Price Index, Initial Claims, Consumer Credit.

Friday.

UK: Trade Balance (non-EU), Visible Trade Balance (World).
US: Non-Farm Payrolls, Personal Income, Personal Spending, Unemployment.

 

John Butler: The Real Earthquake In Financial Markets Is Yet To Come

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 01:00 PM PDT

John Butler: The Real Earthquake In Financial Markets Is Yet To Come

In part 1 of this supurb interview with Lars Schall, London based investment manager and author John Butler discussed how the dollar reserve equilibrium is breaking down as the world moves away from the US dollar as reserve currency, and towards gold and the yuan. In this MUST WATCH 2nd installment, Butler discusses the ongoing [...]

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Gold: The Medium-Term Outlook

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 12:39 PM PDT

Based on the October 31st, 2013 Premium Update. Visit our archives for more gold & silver articles.

 

In our previous essay we took a closer look at the situation in silver and mining stocks (precisely: SLV and GDX ETFs) and discussed how it may translate into the precious metals market. As we wrote in the summary:

 

(…) when we factor in the impact of (…) silver’s cyclical turning point, which is just around the corner, and the fact that the short-term resistance lines have already been reached in case of the GDX ETF, we can presume that the top of the recent upward move in the precious metals may be already in (or is very close to being in).

 

After that essay was published, silver moved slightly above the medium-term declining resistance line on an intra-day basis, but didn't manage to hold these gains. Therefore, it’s quite possible that we have already seen the impact of silver’s cyclical turning point on the white metal. Additionally, the GDX ETF quickly invalidated the breakout above the 50-day moving average and the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level. When we take into account the recent price moves in both, we can conclude that our projections from the previous essay's summary remain in place.

 

These circumstances have encouraged us to focus on the most interesting asset – gold. Does it confirm the indications for silver and mining stocks? To see what we can expect in the gold market, let us move to the world of charts. Today, we will start with the yellow metal’s very long-term chart (charts courtesy by http://stockcharts.com.)

Once again, we see that the situation hasn't changed much from this long-term perspective. It was bearish as gold had already broken below the long-term rising support line and this breakdown wasn't even close to being invalidated this week.

 

Please note that in 2008, when gold moved higher before plunging for the final time, there were several intra-week attempts to move higher after which gold finally declined. Therefore, a double top pattern should not surprise us here.

 

Actually, we've recently seen a similar pattern on a smaller scale. It's more visible on the short-term chart. Let's take a look.

On the above chart we can see two things:

 

  1. Gold reached the declining resistance line and the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level 3 times (intraday highs) in the last 3 days but failed to break it.

  2. The yellow metal has broken below the short-term rising support line (marked in red on the above chart).

 

The first point has bearish short- and medium-term implications and the second one has bearish short-term implications.

 

Either way, the outlook remains bearish.

 

Before we summarize, let's take a look at the chart featuring gold's price from the non-USD perspective.

Looking at the above chart, we see that from this perspective, the situation is quite unclear. On the one hand, we might see a post-double-bottom rally. However, on the other hand, a pullback might be nothing more than a confirmation of a breakdown that we saw begin in mid-September.

 

The non-USD gold price moved to its declining resistance line (similar to the USD gold price) and declined. In this case we are taking the weekly closing prices into account. Naturally, we could see a move up to 51 on the above chart and the medium-term outlook would remain bearish, but it's not that likely that we will see an additional rally.

 

Summing up, the medium-term outlook for gold remains bearish and, at this time, the short-term outlook is bearish as well. It seems that the precious metals sector reversed direction this week right after moving to the declining resistance lines. We can see this important event in gold, silver and mining stocks. From this point of view, it might be the case that the next major downleg has already begun and it seems likely that we will see at least a short-term downswing shortly.

 

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What Is Gold Really Worth

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 12:28 PM PDT

Al Jazeera released a TV interview with Nick Barisheff, CEO of Toronto based Bullion Management Group and author of the book “$10,000 – Why gold’s inevitable rise is the investor’s safe haven” Bullion Management Group has close to 0.5 billion of dollars worth of assets. Barisheff explains why he thinks gold could go to $10,000 in this decade and what the real value is of gold.

Coincidence or not, the video is not accessible in the US. That is why we are providing the transcript in this article of the most important elements of the interview.

Gold is not paying any dividend or interest so what is the usefulness as an investment?

Most people that really understand gold do not want to get it out of the vault in return for dividends or interests. The same would apply to physical dollars or euros in a vault; those currencies do not pay dividends. In order to get a dividend or interest, one should put its wealth at risk of not getting it back.

Is gold a commodity or a monetary asset?

There is a lot of confusion about precious metals being a commodity or a monetary asset. Gold, silver and platinum have been money for over 3,000 years. The financial statement of Western nations under their balance sheet shows monetary assets as a subcategory. That subcategory has only two items: foreign currency reserves and gold. There has not been any single fiat currency throughout history that has not ended in a hyperinflation and a complete collapse. Today, we have a different set of circumstances in that we have a global fiat currency system. It is starting to become exponential in terms of amounts of currency in circulation and amounts of new currency created. The ratio has always been in tact between total debt and the gold price.

Gold’s outlook: $10,000 gold or the inflation adjusted $720 per ounce?

If the gold price falls below the production cost ($1,200), gold exploration is done and demand totally overwhelms supply. Besides, as the gold price rises, some commodity based demand may drop but monetary demand goes up. In the new Shanghai futures exchange, the amount of gold deliveries per month is almost equivalent to total global mine supply. So it is the monetary aspect that is overwhelming; it is not the commodity aspect that makes the difference.

From a point of view of inflation, the accurate way to look at it is the wealth preservation aspects of gold. If we look at how many ounces of gold it took to buy a car in 1971, when it was depegged from the dollar, it was 66 ounces. Today it is ten. A house with 703 ounces 228. The Dow 25 today is 8. The only thing that held its value is oil: you would 12 barrels of oil for one ounce of gold in 1971, you get 12 barrels of oil today, even if the price has gone from 12 to 107. That is the true measure of wealth preserving aspects of gold.

Does the world need currencies linked to commodities?

As humans, we have not come up with the perfect system of money. In all religions, there is consistency that gold and silver are the only forms of honest money. The US Constitution says the same thing. It had its flaws but right now the problem is the ability of the central banks to print unlimited quantities of currency. In such a situation, they inevitable overprint. Once you get to the exponential curve, you get into hyperinflation. It always happened this way in the past, I believe it is where are going in the future.

Nick Barisheff was several times a guest on GoldSilverWorlds. Some excellent readings which fall in the “must read” category:
The Destruction Of Currency And Rise Of Gold
Why Mainstream Media, Main Street And Institutions Fail To See The Benefits Of Gold
Cyprus and Gold – Lighting a Candle in a Dark Room.

Did The Wall Street Journal Publish Blatant Lies About The Gold Market?

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 12:00 PM PDT

Did The Wall Street Journal Publish Blatant Lies About The Gold Market?

Over the past year or so there has been a very aggressive attempt by Wall Street and the financial media to discredit gold as both an investment and a store of value against the intentional devaluation of the U.S. dollar by the Federal Reserve and the Government. As a perfect example of this, the Wall [...]

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China’s Appetite for Gold: “Waning” or Surging?

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 11:06 AM PDT

Bloomberg's latest report on Chinese gold imports is a great illustration of a journalist's power to shape a message by extracting certain data points and ignoring others. Here's the article:

China Gold Imports From Hong Kong Fall on Premium, Slow Demand

Gold shipments to China from Hong Kong fell for a second month after the premium to take immediate delivery declined, indicating waning physical demand in the nation poised to become the largest consumer.

Net imports, after deducting flows from China into Hong Kong, were 109.4 metric tons in September, from 110.2 tons a month earlier, according to Bloomberg calculations based on data e-mailed from the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department. Still, the amount has more than doubled to 826 tons in the first nine months of the year, the data show.

Gold prices dropped in September for the first loss in three months amid speculation at the time that the U.S. Federal Reserve would slow its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases. The average premium that Chinese buyers paid to take gold for immediate delivery in Shanghai fell to $8.97 in September, compared with $13.57 a month earlier.

"Demand eased a bit in September as investment in China remained sensitive to the gold price outlook," said Wang Weimin, an analyst at Dalian Fortune Futures Co., before the announcement. "A lower premium was a good indicator that Chinese investment demand slowed after more sell-offs following the gold rout in April and in June."

Gold for immediate delivery in London traded at $1,323.91 an ounce at 10:18 a.m. Beijing time. Bullion, which dropped as low as $1,180.50 an ounce on June 28, has declined 21 percent this year as investors reduced holdings in exchange-traded products on prospects for a global economic recovery.

Overtaking India
China's total gold consumption this year may jump 29 percent to reach 1,000 tons, overtaking India to become the world's largest user, according to the World Gold Council. China and India combined account for more than half of the world's demand, according to the WGC.

Mainland buyers purchased 116.3 tons in September, including scrap, compared with 131.4 tons in August, data from the Hong Kong government showed.
China's purchases in September were 67 percent higher than the 69.7 tons a year earlier, according to the Hong Kong data. Mainland China doesn't publish such data.

Exports to Hong Kong from China were 6.9 tons in September, according to the e-mail today, compared with 21.3 tons in August and 28.2 tons in September 2012.

Bullion of 99.99 percent purity on the Shanghai Gold Exchange fell for the first time in three months in September, dropping 4.4 percent.

Now, despite including a lot of really positive stats, the article's clear message is that Chinese gold demand is headed down. But the same data could have driven a completely different slant. The title of the gold-bug version might be "Chinese Gold Demand Remains Robust," and the introductory sentence "Chinese September gold imports exceeded 100 tons for the seventh straight month." The article would then go on to highlight rather than mention in passing the massive year-over-year growth in demand.

And the gold-bug's version would definitely have included an updated version of this chart, comparing 2013 monthly gold imports to 2012's record levels. Looking at this chart, the last word that comes to mind is "waning."

China gold imports 11 13

Don’t Worry – The Government Says That The Inflation You See Is Just Your Imagination

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 11:00 AM PDT

Don't Worry – The Government Says That The Inflation You See Is Just Your Imagination

If you believe that there is high inflation in the United States, you are just imagining things.  That is the message that the U.S. government and the Federal Reserve would have us to believe.  You might have noticed that the government announced on Wednesday that the cost of living increase for Social Security beneficiaries will only [...]

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Gold Very Strong In November - Returned 4.93% On Average In Last 10 Years

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 10:02 AM PDT

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Alasdair Macleod: Finland admits leasing its gold, and maybe its in Asia now

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 10:02 AM PDT

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Get Ready for Phase Two…

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 10:00 AM PDT

China Imports 0.7% Less Gold Than August, Bloombergs Says Slowdown

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 08:53 AM PDT

China’s latest gold import figures have been published this week. It is known that China does not export its gold production. On top, it imports gold mainly through Hong Kong. The imports for the month of September were again historically high: 109.4 tonnes. Compared to August, imports were 0.7% lower.

Interestingly, Bloomberg noted in its headline that Chinese gold demand is slowing down. Bloomberg writes:

Gold shipments to China from Hong Kong fell for a second month after the premium to take immediate delivery declined, indicating waning physical demand in the nation poised to become the largest consumer.

Net imports, after deducting flows from China into Hong Kong, were 109.4 metric tons in September, from 110.2 tons a month earlier, according to Bloomberg calculations based on data e-mailed from the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department. Still, the amount has more than doubled to 826 tons in the first nine months of the year, the data show.

"Demand eased a bit in September as investment in China remained sensitive to the gold price outlook," said Wang Weimin, an analyst at Dalian Fortune Futures Co., before the announcement. "A lower premium was a good indicator that Chinese investment demand slowed after more sell-offs following the gold rout in April and in June."

It is quite astonishing that Bloomberg reads a “slowdown” in these data. The facts are that, since the year 2000, only two months saw significantly higher imports than September, i.e. March and July of this year. August and September (with a minor difference of 0.7%) were the third best months ever when it comes to gold imports to China through Hong Kong. In our previous update China Imports Another 131 Tonnes Of Gold we showed the following chart. It makes our point clear.

china gold imports august 2013 physical market

 

China's net gold imports from Hong Kong have totalled 854.2 tonnes for the first nine months of the year. To put that figure into perspective, mind the following:

  • Only 7 countries in the world have TOTAL gold reserves of more than 850 tonnes (source: gold demand trends 2012)
  • GLD, the largest [paper] gold investment vehicle in the West, has 872 tonnes of gold backing its ETF (source: SPDR website, data of today). At the beginning of 2013, the gold holdings were close to 1100 tonnes.
  • The US Mint has produced this year (in the first 10 months, up until yesterday) close to 24 tonnes of American Eagles gold coins. Past year they produced 24 tonnes over the whole year.

It is up to readers to judge, based on these facts and data, whether a slowdown is the correct summary.

Gold starts November at two-week low

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 08:18 AM PDT

Following sharp losses yesterday the gold price, thanks to profit-taking and strong U.S. economic data, is trading at two-week lows this morning.

Gold very strong in November: Returned 4.93% on average in last 10 years

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 08:15 AM PDT

Seasonally, the months of November, December and January are positive months for gold and October is seasonally a weak month for gold. November is gold's strongest month in the last ten years and it has returned 4.93% on average since 2003. Since 1975, gold has returned nearly 1.5% on average...

Important Charts On Gold & Silver Eagle Sales

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 08:00 AM PDT

Important Charts On Gold & Silver Eagle Sales

Something very interesting has taken place in the last 8 years.  Sales of Gold Eagles are estimated to be 6.5 million from 2006-2013 whereas Silver Eagle sales will hit an astounding 222 million.  This turns out to be a staggering 34/1 ratio.  In addition, the ratio will hit nearly 53/1 in 2013.  This is based [...]

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Gold demand at Indian festival seen dropping on import curb

Posted: 01 Nov 2013 07:59 AM PDT

Gold purchases in India, the biggest consumer, will probably fall in this year's festival season as import curbs reduce supplies and demand cools after surging in April, when prices slumped into a bear market.

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