May 24

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–  Traders Are Buying Gold & Silver At Fastest Pace In Over A Decade (ZeroHedge, May 24, 2015):

The last time large speculators were as aggressively buying silver as last week was September 1997. The net long non-commercial positioning in Silver futures, according to the CFTC rose almost 22,000 contracts last week to a 3-month high (which is closing in on the ‘longest’ since 2005). Gold, not be out-precious’d also saw major buying. Net speculative longs in gold added over 45,000 contracts – the most since July 2005 – lifting net long positions to their highest in 3 months. Perhaps, just perhaps, as Alhambra’s Jeffrey Snider notes, this is due to Yellen putting the ‘dollar’ back on suicide watch.

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May 24

China Establishes World’s Largest Physical Gold Fund (ZeroHedge, May 24, 2015):

Overnight Xinhua also reported that a gold sector fund involving countries along the ancient Silk Road has been set up in northwest China’s Xi’an City during an ongoing forum on investment and trade this weekend. (read more about the “New Silk Road” which could change global economics forever here). The fund, led by Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), is expected to raise an estimated 100 billion yuan (16.1 billion U.S. Dollars) in three phases. The amount of capital allocated to nothing but physical gold purchases (without plans for financial paper intermediation a la western ETFs) will be the largest in the world.

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May 18

Gold Hits 3-Month Highs Amid “Frenetic Liquidity” (ZeroHedge, May 18, 2015):

Gold topped $1230 this morning – breaking to 3-month highs and up over 4% year-to-date – up 5 days in a row for the best run in 4 months. The surge comes causally or correlatedly coincidental with China’s explicit shift into extraordinary measures (LTROs) but, as The FT reports, market participants are concerned that algo-based funds have created a “frenetic liquidity” environment as everyone from real money to central banks “aren’t trading the gold market the way they used to.”

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May 15

Gold Breaks Key Technical To 3-Month High, Silver Surging  (ZeroHedge, May 14, 2015):

The last 3 days have seen precious metals surging. Silver is up over 7% – its biggest such rise since Aug 2013, and Gold up 3% – its largest in 4 months. Volume is heavy also. A specific catalyst is unclear but USD weakness is being cited, weak macro data suggesting further easing, China demand ahead of SDR-backing, and finally the realization that the Chinese shift to unconventional monetary policy (LTROs) is a slippery slope to full-blown QE from which few (if any) have ever escaped.

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May 15

–  Ray Dalio: “If You Don’t Own Gold, You Either Don’t Know History Or Economics” (ZeroHedge, May 14, 2015):

Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio explains in under 120 seconds why everyone should allocate some of their portfolio to gold

“If you dont own gold…there is no sensible reason other than you dont know history or you dont know the economics of it…”

Of course, few ‘status quo’ believers will pay heed to the $150 billion AUM fund manager, despite his imploring that to be successful, “Think Independently, Stay Humble”

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May 09

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Russell Napier Explains What’s In Store For Gold If Cash Is Outlawed (ZeroHedge, May 9, 2015):

Why we didn’t have negative nominal yields in the Depression and the end of QE

Oh the time will come up
When the winds will stop
And the breeze will cease to be breathin’,
Like the stillness in the wind
’Fore the hurricane begins —
The hour when the ship comes in.

And the words that are used
For to get the ship confused
Will not be understood as they’re spoken,
For the chains of the sea
Will have busted in the night
And will be buried at the bottom of the ocean.

–  When The Ship Comes In (Bob Dylan 1963)

The Napier Euro High Yield Capital Guarantee Fund (discussed in the November 12th edition of The Solid Ground) is almost ready for launch. It offers a unique combination of attributes to investors. It has significantly better risk/reward characteristics than both deposits and government debt securities. In short, it is a room full of Euro banknotes. Continue reading »

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May 07

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China To Establish Yuan-Denominated Gold Fix In Bid To Upend London Benchmark (ZeroHedge, May 6, 2015):

A long time ago, in a financial galaxy far, far away, a “fringe” blog raised the topic of gold market manipulation during the London AM fix. Several years later (which, incidentally, is about average in terms of the lag time between when something is actually going on and when the mainstream financial media finally figures it out and reports on it), it was revealed that in fact, shenanigans were likely afoot and indeed, regulators are still trying to sort out what happened.

Via WSJ earlier this year: Continue reading »

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May 06

7 Person CFTC Team Charges Gold Manipulators Identified First On Zero Hedge With Gold And Silver Spoofing (ZeroHedge, May 6, 2015):

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced the filing of a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Heet Khara and Nasim Salim, residents of the United Arab Emirates.  According to the CFTC’s Complaint, Defendants engaged in unlawful disruptive trading practices known as “spoofing” in the gold and silver futures markets by placing bids and offers with the intent to cancel them before execution.

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May 06


May 5, 2015

Related info:

US Trade Deficit Soars To Worst Since Financial Crisis; Will Push Q1 GDP Negative

US Economy Grinds To A Halt, Again: Q1 GDP Tumbles Below Expectations, Rises Paltry 0.2%:

Without this epic stockpiling of non-farm inventory which will have to be liquidated at some point (and at a very low price) Q1 GDP would have been -2.5%.

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May 05

Gold Withdrawals From NY Fed Vault Refuse To Stop: 200 Tons Of Gold Repatriated In Past Year (ZeroHedge, May 5, 2015):

One month ago, when we commented on the latest monthly withdrawal from the gold vault lying on New York’s bedrock some 90 feet below the NY Fed building, which then saw another 10 tons quietly repatriated by unnamed foreign central bank(s) bringing the total held on behalf of foreign governments to below 6,000 tons for the first time in the 21st century, we made an observation:

… it means that all of the 207 tons in Dutch and German withdrawals are now accounted for with a matched and offsetting “departure” at the Fed. Which is why the next monthly update of the Fed’s earmarked gold will be especially interesting: if March data shows that the withdrawals continue, it will mean that either Germany, or some other sovereign, has continued to redeem their gold which for some reason they no longer trust is safe lying nearly 100 feet below street level on the Manhattan bedrock. Continue reading »

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May 01

Gold Manipulators Busted After Zero Hedge Report On Flagrant Gold Spoofing (ZeroHedge, May 1, 2015):

On April 28, Zero Hedge presented what was unmistakable evidence of manipulation by spoofing in the gold market in “Dear CFTC: Here Is Today’s Illegal “Spoofing” In Gold Futures.” Two days later, the CME said it bas suspended two traders for placing precisely the trade we profiled previously intending to manipulate the gold market. Dear CME – you are welcome. Now if only you pursued all those other documented instances of S&P futures manipulation with the same speed and resolve…

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May 01

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What Happens When You Hand Over Your Gold To The Bank Of England For “Safekeeping” (ZeroHedge, May 1, 2015):

“The Bank for International Settlements is the bank which sanctions the most notorious outrage of this generation— the rape of Czechoslovakia.”

— George Strauss, Labor MP, speaking in the House of Commons, May 1939

“the Bank for International Settlements should be liquidated before it
furnished any more sinews of war to Germany, and that the odd
relationship between the British government and the Bank of England
should be re-examined without delay.”

— “Sees British Hands Tied on Czech Gold,” New York Times, June 6, 1939

When Nazi Germany annexed the Czechoslovak border province of the Sudetenland in September 1938, it immediately absorbed a good part of the country’s banking system as well as most of Czechoslovakia’s strategic defenses. By then the country’s national bank had prudently transferred most of its gold abroad to two accounts at the Bank of England: one in the name of the BIS, and one in the name of the National Bank of Czechoslovakia itself. (Countries had deposited some of their gold reserves in a sub-account at the BIS account in London to ease gold sales and purchases.) Of the 94,772 kilograms of gold, only 6,337 kilograms remained in Prague. The security of the national gold was more than a monetary issue. The Czechoslovak reserves, like those of Republican Spain, were an expression of nationhood. Carved out of the remains of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, the Czechoslovak Republic was a new and fragile nation. A good part of the gold had been donated by the public in the country’s early years. Josef Malik, the governor of the national bank, and his fellow Czechs believed that, even as the Nazis’ dismembered their homeland, if the national gold was safe, then something of the country’s independence would endure. Continue reading »

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Apr 30

FOMC Is Bluffing; Prepare for QE4 and No Rate Hike (Video) (SchiffGold, April 28, 2015):

The Federal Reserve has a two-day meeting this week. CNBC World asked Peter Schiff what he expects the results of the meeting will be. Peter argued that the Fed will continue to bluff about raising interest rates. He believes a fourth round of quantitative easing is more likely in the next year.
Follow along with this transcript:

Peter: The bigger problem for the US market is the softening US data that came out today. And now the weakening US dollar, which I think is about to get a lot weaker as people get their arms around the real predicament that the US economy is in. Continue reading »

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Apr 30

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(Flashback) Watch the video here:

The Gold Conspiracy (History Channel Video)

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However, I prefer physical silver.

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Apr 27

Gold Flows East – China, India Import Massive Quantities of Gold from Switzerland (GoldCore. April 27, 2015):

– Singapore, India and China continue to import staggering volumes of gold from the West
– U.K. exports of bullion to Switzerland increase 6 fold to a very large 97 tonnes
– Gold exports from Switzerland to both China and India doubled in March
– Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) becoming most important centre for physical gold trade
– LBMA says London gold trade will not move to exchange
– Gold price languishes at all time inflation adjusted lows despite robust demand …
– Gold will protect Asian peasants and western middle classes …

Swiss Gold Imports

In what future generations will likely see as a major, potentially catastrophic blunder of monetary policy, the West and particularly the City of London continues to hemorrhage huge volumes of gold which is flowing Eastwards to Singapore, India and China from London via Switzerland.

“Gold exports to China from the refining hub of Switzerland almost doubled to 46.4 metric tons in March”, up from 23.6 tonnes in February” according to Bloomberg. India’s gold imports from Switzerland doubled to 72.5 tonnes in the same period. Continue reading »

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Apr 25

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The Rehypothecation of Gold, and Why It Matters (Of Two Minds, , April 23, 2015): 

Claiming to own X quantity of gold is one thing, and reporting how many times the gold has been pledged as collateral is another.

When correspondent Scott A. Batten offered to write an explanation of the rehypothecation of gold and why it matters, I quickly accepted. Like many others, I have breezed over the word rehypothecation with the basic understanding that it means assets pledged by counterparties (such as the infamous copper stored in Chinese warehouses) are reused as collateral/repledged–in effect, the same assets are pledged as collateral multiple times.
But beyond this, I have not had a clear understanding of how the rehypothecation of gold reserves threatens the whole shaky edifice of Infinite Greed, oops, I mean neoliberal capital markets.
Here is Scott’s commentary: Continue reading »

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Apr 21

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– The Mystery Of China’s Gold Holdings Is Coming To An End (ZeroHedge, April 21, 2015):

Back in 2011, Zero Hedge first asked the key question that matters to the gold market: what are China’s true holdings of physical gold.

As is well known, the last time China did provide an update of its official gold inventory was in early 2009 when it disclosed to the IMF some 1,054.1 tons of gold held at the PBOC headquarters (or elsewhere).  The problem is that this number is now very outdated, and substantially undercuts China’s true gold holdings. Continue reading »

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Apr 11

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Meet The Secretive Group That Runs The World (ZeroHedge, April 11, 2015):

Over the centuries there have been many stories, some based on loose facts, others based on hearsay, conjecture, speculation and outright lies, about groups of people who “control the world.” Some of these are partially accurate, others are wildly hyperbolic, but when it comes to the historic record, nothing comes closer to the stereotypical, secretive group determining the fate of over 7 billion people, than the Bank of International Settlements, which hides in such plain sight, that few have ever paid much attention.

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This is their story.

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First unofficial meeting of the BIS Board of Directors in Basel, April 1930

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The following is an excerpt from TOWER OF BASEL: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World by Adam LeBor.  Reprinted with permission from PublicAffairs.

The world’s most exclusive club has eighteen members. They gather every other month on a Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in conference room E in a circular tower block whose tinted windows overlook the central Basel railway station. Their discussion lasts for one hour, perhaps an hour and a half. Some of those present bring a colleague with them, but the aides rarely speak during this most confidential of conclaves. The meeting closes, the aides leave, and those remaining retire for dinner in the dining room on the eighteenth floor, rightly confident that the food and the wine will be superb. The meal, which continues until 11 p.m. or midnight, is where the real work is done. The protocol and hospitality, honed for more than eight decades, are faultless. Anything said at the dining table, it is understood, is not to be repeated elsewhere. Continue reading »

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Apr 10

Wiping out creditors by inflation is the easy part. Re-establishing money to restart the world economy is the harder one.


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Spelling Out The Big Reset (Zerohedge, April 9, 2015):

Written by LK in Hong Kong, Courtesy of Bullionstar Blogs

Spelling Out The Big Reset

As economies age, debt builds up. Advanced economies – those with the highest borrowing ratings by the reputable agencies they developed – have it clogging up inside all their arteries. The Big Reset will finally become inevitable, as has been acknowledged by the IMF head Largarde, mentioning the year 2020. But what must an Armageddon debt reset necessarily involve? Few have spelled it out, not even in the famous book with the same title “The Big Reset” by Willem Middelkoop. Continue reading »

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Apr 06

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A Global Financial Reset Is Coming: ‘A Deal Is Being Made Between All The Central Banks’ (SHFTplan, April 5, 2015):

There is an unprecedented reset coming to world financial markets and if you’ve been paying attention it’s impossible to ignore the signs. In fact mega-investment funds, governments and central banks have been secretly buying up and storing physical gold in anticipation of an event that will leave the U.S. dollar effectively worthless and governments around the world angling for a new global currency mechanism, according to mining executive Keith Neumeyer.

But before the reset can happen Neumeyer, who recently founded First Mining Finance and has partnered with billionaire alternative asset investors like Eric Sprott and Rick Rule, says that foreign creditors must first deleverage their U.S. dollar debt, a move that is happening right now and is evidenced by the recent strength of the U.S. dollar. Continue reading »

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