- Sales Of Silver American Eagles Rise To Record High For Second Consecutive Year (ZeroHedge, Dec 14, 2014):
One month ago, shortly after we reported that “Silver Coin Sales At US Mint Soar To Highest In Two Years” we learned that the “US Mint Sells Out Of Silver Eagles Following “Tremendous” Demand.” That, however, did not prevent the mint from selling just about 5 million ounces in the period since the announcement, and as Reuters reported last week, “Strong investor demand lifted American Eagle Silver Bullion coin sales to a record for the second straight year, the U.S. Mint said on Tuesday.”
Silver Bullion coin sales have reached 42.9 million coins so far this year, up from the previous record 42.7 million coins last year, the U.S. Mint said in a release. The coin sales on Dec. 8 reached 495,500, lifting them above the 2013 record, the Mint said.
Reuters added that “silver coin sales fell 40.8 percent in November to 3.43 million ounces” which perhaps was to be expected considering the Mint had just sold out of Eagles and the delay associated with coining more and putting them into inventory.
In any event, since the Reuters announcement, another half a million American Eagles have sold direct from the mint, and the total now stands at an even record-er 43.3 million ounces. Continue reading »
Just when global financial markets had shrugged off Ukraine as yet another ‘storm in a teacup’, it appears events are escalating rapidly once again. This morning saw European Parliament’s Vice President Saryusz-Wolski warn “Russia’s pressure on Ukraine is mounting high, further war imminent,” to which Ukraine’s President Poroshenko rapidly responded (via Twitter) rather ominously that a “third world war does not scare us,” having noted earlier than Ukraine needs to achieve NATO membership. This then prompted NATO’s top military commander to warn, he is “very concerned” that Russia’s military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region; leaving the alliance confirming that NATO plans to deploy tanks in Eastern Europe.
With Ukraine, according to President Poroshenko, on the verge of World War III, it appears the people of the divided nation face another all too familiar war… on their living standards. As Hyrvnia continues to collapse to record-er lows, Ukraine’s Central Bank warns of further stress and FX (think USDollar or EUR) demand because the “population is in panic.” With a 19.8% inflation rate last month and a 48% devaluation in the currency this year, Bloomberg reports the costs of imported goods from gasoline to fruit and from medicine to meat is soaring. One store-owner reflected that she “feels the hryvnia devaluation everywhere,” and another noted “I can’t imagine how people survive on a single pension. We can’t even go to the drug store. We try to use herbs instead.” The Central bank expects inflation to keep rising (having previously peaked at 10,256% in 1993 as the Soviet economy was dismantled). “Inflation is the same as the war,” warns one analyst, “it may lead to protests if people blame the authorities for failing to conduct proper policies.”
– Plans for UCLA visit give rare glimpse into Hillary Clinton’s paid speaking career (Washington Post):
When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school had one request: Could we get a reduced rate for public universities?The answer from Clinton’s representatives: $300,000 is the “special university rate.”…
Recently we posted the following article commenting on the impact of USD appreciation and dollar circulation among oil exporters, as well as how the collapsing price of oil is set to reverberate across the entire oil-exporting world, where sticky high oil prices were a key reason for social stability. Following today’s shocking OPEC announcement and the epic collapse in crude prices, it is time to repost it now that everyone is desperate to become a bear market oil expert, if only on Twitter……
“Gold is the world’s most persistent bubble: 6,000 years old and going strong” - Citigroup’s Willem Buiter.
Dear Willem, thank you for that valiant effort. After reading a few thousands words of shallow propaganda we understand your “confusion”: our advice, if you want to understand what gold really is, read the following from Kyle Bass: “Buying gold is just buying a put against the idiocy of the political cycle. It’s That Simple.” Because if there is a bubble that is even bigger and longer than the “6000-year-old gold bubble” it is that of human corruption, greed, and idiocy. And that doesn’t even include the stupidity of those who don’t grasp this simple truth.
While not hyperinflating, the slow and insidious diminishment of the fiat US Dollar’s purchasing power (and thus the living standards of lower- and middle-class Americans – who are not balls deep invested in the US stock ‘market’) is nowhere more evident than in the soaring costs of Thanksgiving Day dinner during the Fed’s 100 year reign…
- INFLATION MAKES TURKEYS OUT OF US ALL (The Burning Platform):
Central bankers always seem worried about deflation. The cost of Thanksgiving dinner is about the same as last year. Is it a bad thing that your costs didn’t go up? If we hadn’t experienced Federal Reserve created inflation over the last 18 years the cost of your Thanksgiving dinner would be about $21. But thank Greenspan, Bernanke and Yellen for the increase to $50. Everyone give thanks to central bankers for costs more than doubling in the last 18 years.
- Vaccines Don’t Work: Malignant Mumps In MMR Vaccinated Children (Activist Post):
A new study finds highly malignant mumps infections in those successfully vaccinated against the virus…
A provocative new study titled, “Epidemic of complicated mumps in previously vaccinated young adults in the South-West of France,” reveals that the MMR vaccine, despite generating high rates of presumably protective IgG antibodies against mumps, does not always translate into real-world immunity against infection as we have repeatedly been told. To the contrary, the study details cases where, despite finding the presence of high levels of antibodies against the mumps virus, patients contracted a malignant form of mumps that only rarely follows from natural, community acquired infection.
Vaccine Failure Is Well Established In the Scientific Literature
As we warned yesterday, the last time that U.S. oil drillers got caught up in a price war orchestrated by Saudi Arabia, it ended badly for the Americans. OPEC’s decision not to cut production, and Nigeria’s comments on the need for burden-sharing among non-OPEC members, ensures a crash in the US shale industry according to Leonid Fedun (Russia’s Lukoil board member). The Russian finance minister’s comments that oil at $80 in coming years is moderately optimistic and as Fedun ominously warns, this is a “major strike against the American market.” Isolated, much?
In a recent article, full of insight, Professor Bill Quigley identified ten different illegal actions police often take ‘to prevent people from exercising their constitutional rights’ to take nonviolent action to address a grievance. He noted that these police tactics are commonly used by law enforcement agencies in big protests across the US. See ’10 Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson’.
- List of countries overthrown by the CIA. Is America next? (InvestmentWatch)
H/t reader M.G.:
“An incredibly intelligent, measured and wise response to the Ferguson grand jury decision by the Florida ACLU. This is one of the best responses I have read, and I thought it would interest you.
Happy gobble day……”
- ACLU of Florida Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision (Common Dreams):
MIAMI, FL – The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The following reaction is from Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida:
- What the Fake Syria Sniper Boy Video Tells Us About Media Experts (Activist Post):
Many mainstream media websites helped a fake video go viral this month. The video showing a young Syrian boy running through sniper fire to save a little girl was exposed as a fake when the Norwegian producer, Lars Klevberg, made the fact public.
One of the stated aims of the Norwegian film makers was to “see how the media would respond to a fake video.” This article examines how that experiment went.
The Western press very quickly accepted the video as real and used it to support the US administration’s narrative on Syria. Many top US news sources began to spread the story. Even though the producer said he explicitly added big hints that the video was fake, like the children surviving multiple gun shots.
So we had two outside reversal Fridays in a row, this was followed by the action this past Wednesday. 80 tons of gold was sold over a 15 minute timespan which knocked gold down $20 in the blink of an eye.
80 tons! Let me put this in perspective. 80 tons is equal to two weeks worth of global gold production …sold in just 15 minutes! This is nearly 2.8 million ounces. The interesting thing is, COMEX only claims to have 865,000 ounces of gold available for delivery so more than 3 times the amount of ounces were sold in 15 minutes than is even claimed as available for delivery! What followed however was the real stunner, very shortly afterward gold dug in its heels and started to recover …recover to unchanged in price! Do you see the importance here? Though this was not another outside reversal day, it may have been even more important. The “paper” market absorbed two weeks worth of production in just 15 minutes without breaking! I’ll get back to this shortly and tie it in to the rest.
Since 2011, 151 financial institutions worldwide have invested £17 billion in firms that produce deadly cluster bombs, which are banned under international law. Seven of these financial institutions are British.
A report entitled ‘Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions’ conducted by Dutch peace and security NGO PAX reveals the sheer scale of British and global investment in companies producing these outlawed weapons.
The deadly arsenal have been deployed in Syria and Ukraine in recent times, and continue to cause casualties in Laos half a century after they were dropped on civilians.
– Fukushima Engineer: Officials covering up how badly groundwater is contaminated — Scientist: “We’re measuring higher levels off Japan” — Radiation near California already exceeds expectations, will be rising for years to come — TV: “Cleanup can’t be done… They lied from the start, Tepco is a den of inequity” (VIDEOS) (ENENews)
- CDC Official: “Public health emergency in the US” from Fukushima radioactive material — Gov’t wanted to quarantine people contaminated with radiation, but had no authority — Emergency Operations Center activated for first time ever due to nuclear incident (ENENews)
- Are You Better Off This Thanksgiving Than You Were Last Thanksgiving? (Economic Collapse)
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- Big Banks Busted Massively Manipulating Foreign Exchange, Precious Metals … And Every Other Market (Washington’s Blog, Nov 12, 2014):
In other news:
- “Global Scramble” For Silver – Coins “Hard To Get,” “Premiums Likely To Jump” (Goldcore, Nov 5, 2014)
From the article:
“And since everything else in the New Normal is now flipped on its head, it only makes sense that the continued price collapse for precious metals is, as it turns out, driven by ever greater demand!“
- US Mint Sells Out Of Silver Eagles Following “Tremendous” Demand (Zerohedge, Nov 5, 2014):
When it comes to buyers of physical assets as opposed to traders of paper representations of such assets, there is one key difference: the latter, more than anything, enjoy looking at “heatmaps”, chasing trends and jumping on momentum, the result being the most recent massive selloff in such “paper” representations of precious metals as the GLD and SLV ETFs, and various gold futures.
On the other hand, those who prefer to hold the metal in their hands, as well as others such as China whose ravenous apetite for gold over the past 4 years has been extensively covered here in the past, take every advantage of selloffs, and – inconceivably – demonstrate how Econ 101, namely supply and demand, really works, leading to ever greater demand the lower the price. Demand so high, in fact, that the underlying commodity that is being sold through paper conduits, sells out. Continue reading »
- Because Nothing Says “Best Execution” Like Dumping $1.5 Billion In Gold Futures At 0030ET (Zerohedge, Nov 5, 2014):
For the 5th day in a row, “someone” has decided that 0030ET would be an appropriate time (assuming the ‘seller’ is an investor who prefers best execution rather than the standard non-economically-rational share-repurchaser in America) to be dumping large amounts of precious metals positions via the futures market. Tonight, with over 13,000 contracts being flushed through Gold – amounting to over $1.5 billion notional, gold prices tumbled $20 to $1151 (its lowest level since April 2010). Silver is well through $16 and back at Feb 2010 lows. The USDollar is also surging.
- U.S. Mint Temporarily Sold Out of Silver Eagles on “Tremendous Demand” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Nov 5, 2014):
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
TREMENDOUS DEMAND = PRICE COLLAPSE
Should be good for another $2 down.
The U.S. Mint said on Wednesday it has temporarily sold out of its American Eagle silver bullion coins following “tremendous” demand in the past several weeks. Continue reading »
- Silver Coin Sales At US Mint Soar To Highest In Two Years (ZeroHedge, Nov 2, 2014):
It never fails: any time there is a dump in precious metals through their paper representation (GLD, SLV, or futures) typically as a hedge to a rally in the dollar (because last week Japan materially increasing its fiat monetary base was also somehow negative for gold and silver) or to meet margin demands from cross-asset liquidation, demand for physical PMs soars confirming yet again that any connection between paper prices and physical demand no longer exists. As reported on Friday, sales of American Eagle silver coins by the U.S. Mint jumped 40 percent in October to the highest in 21 months, defying a slump in New York futures to the lowest in more than four years.
- Ted Butler: The Silver Nightmare Will Be Over Soon (Peak Prosperity, Nov 1, 2014):
Halloween couldn’t have been more terrifying for silver investors. The gray metal cracked under $16/oz on Friday, a price not seen for nearly half a decade.
For years now, it has seemed like silver has been beaten down so badly its price couldn’t go lower. But then it has.
Why has silver seen such a gut-wrenching price decline? (now down 2/3 compared to its high in late 2011). And will it ever see brighter days again?
This weekend, Chris has a long discussion with silver expert Ted Butler on the real culprit behind the wild price slams that have plagued silver: unfairly concentrated positions within the derivatives market: Continue reading »
– India Gold Demand Surges 450% and Bank of Russia Demand At 15 Year High (Goldcore, Oct 22, 2014):
Demand for gold continues to be robust and has indeed increased significantly in recent weeks despite gold’s most recent paper driven gold weakness.
Demand in China and India surged again and gold reserve diversification by the central bank of Russia hit a new record high in September as geopolitical tensions rose.
The seemingly insatiable appetite of the growing Indian middle class for gold is causing the government in India to again consider imposing sanctions on the importing of gold. Continue reading »
And yes, TPTB are testing who is exposing them and is standing up to them.
V, the Guerrilla Economist, walks us through the labyrinth of the current economic crisis – yes, there is one, and gives us possible dominoes that might fall first, an event or series of events that will ultimately bring down the U.S. Dollar.The Guerrilla Economist, who has a proven near perfect accuracy rate, is the founder and operator of his website, Rogue Money at www.RogueMoney.net. We’ll explore the proxy war going on between Russia (and China) versus the United States, and how this proxy war is laying the groundwork for a potential shooting war, or WW III. Sound ominous? It is, more than most people realize. The Guerrilla Economist will also discuss the Silver and Gold manipulation, and where both metals are expected to be trading in the next 3, 6, 12 and 18 months. Also, Mike Rosecliff will be interviewed with the Guerrilla.
Tags: Banking, Barack Obama, Collapse, Dictatorship, Economy, Fed, Federal Reserve, Global News, Gold, Government, ISIL, ISIS, New World Order, Obama administration, Politics, Silver, Stock Market, terroism, U.S.
- The Big Picture For Gold And Silver (ZeroHedge, Sep 20, 2014):
With precious metals back at 4-year lows against a backdrop of gold migration from west to east, paper vs physical divergences, ‘disappearing’ Comex positions, dark pools in London, collateral grabs, and massive monetary policy extremist actions; we thought the following two presentations worth considering. Tocqueville’s John Hathaway delves into the darker corners of today’s gold markets while Mike Maloney reminds us of the big picture behind gold and silver as wealth insurance. The failure of a monetary system is never a smooth road – it is rocky and undulating, with twists and turns that don’t appear on any map. But the destination is always without question, despite suppression efforts: Gold will inevitably respond to an expanding fiat currency supply. That simple. Continue reading »
- How To Test For Fake Gold And Silver(ZeroHedge, Sep 11, 2014):
Many precious metals investors like the idea of physical bullion because, unlike paper money, it is difficult to counterfeit. That said, when there is a will, there is a way. In recent years, there have been extremely concerning cases of gold counterfeit, and investors that are not fully prepared can get duped. That’s why we worked with our friends at Silver.com to put together this handy infographic list of ways to test for fake gold or silver.
You know it’s bad when …
- Former Mafia Boss Who Did a Lot of Business with Wall Street: Buy Physical Gold and Silver, Because Wall Street Steals Your Money (Washington’s Blog, Aug 21, 2014):
Crime Boss: Wall Street Has No Ethics
The Colombo crime family’s former boss – Michael Franzese – says even he doesn’t trust Wall Street.
Franzese – played by Joseph Bono in the 1990 Martin Scorsese movie “GoodFellas” – spent 10 years in prison after he was convicted on federal racketeering charges.
When he was 35, Franzese ranked No. 8 on Fortune Magazine’s list of the 50 most wealthy and powerful mafia bosses (44 of those on the list are now dead, and three are doing life in prison without parole). He reportedly raked in up to $8 million a week. Franzese is the only surviving high-ranking member of a major crime family to publicly walk away and refuse protective custody. Continue reading »
In 2002 one of Dr. Rima E. Laibow’s patients, a head of state, told her:
“It’s almost time for the great culling to begin.”
Dr. Rima E. Laibow’s husband is Albert “Bert” Newton Stubblebine III a retired Major General in the United States Army. He was the commanding general of the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command from 1981 to 1984, when he retired from the Army.
- FDA, mainstream media denounce nano silver as ‘bogus cure’ for Ebola virus (Natural News, 17, 2014):
There’s a very interesting showdown taking place right now in the realm of Ebola treatments and cures. At stake is billions of dollars in potential vaccine profits as well as potentially tens of millions of lives of an Ebola pandemic outbreak takes place.
Here’s a summary of what’s happening so far, as best I can tell:
• The world of conventional medicine currently has ZERO proven treatments, vaccines or cures for treating Ebola.
• The recent Ebola media panic resulted in tremendous FDA pressure to authorize Ebola vaccine trials run by a company called Tekmira, whose stock price skyrocketed nearly 100% after the announcement.
• As Ebola news continued to spread, some websites began to claim they had various cures or treatments that could treat or prevent Ebola. For example, this web page claims something called “Monolaurin” is the answer to Ebola.
• The New York Times published an article explaining that the FDA had “issued warnings over Ebola cures.” This article specifically named Dr. Rima Laibow for asserting that nano silver can kill Ebola. Continue reading »
In 1920 gold fell, then it soared!
- Gold/Silver Prices Under the Weimar Republic’s Inflation (Daily Paul, Dec 21, 2010):
Stole this from another article/blogger.
“On a closing note, because I forgot last week, I would like to share with everyone just how the price of silver and gold escalated in German Mark terms, through the Weimar experience:
Hyperinflation: Wiemar, Germany January 1919 to November 1923
[Expressed in German Marks needed to by an oz. of ag. or au.]”
Gold 30,381 Continue reading »
- Blythe Masters’ Ex-Husband Launches Bitcoin Hedge Fund from the Island of Jersey (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 11, 2014):
Blythe Masters is perhaps the most maligned human being on earth by silver investors due to suspicions of JP Morgan’s manipulation in the silver market. Well she’s back in the news, but it has nothing to do with silver. Rather, the news relates to the fact that her ex-husband and commodities traders, Daniel Masters, has just launched a Bitcoin hedge fund from the island of Jersey, a British Crown dependency.
- Russell 2000 Slumps Into Red For 2014; Gold Best Year-To-Date (ZeroHedge, July 11, 2014):
The Russell 2000 closed down almost 4% from last Thursday’s early close – its worst week in 3 months (and in the red year-to-date). The Nasdaq miraculously scrambled back to unchanged from Payrolls but all major indices closed red for the week. Away from stocks, the USD closed unchanged (with notable CAD weakness and JPY strength). Treasury yields tumbled 13bps on the week – the most in 4 months. Gold and silver rose 1.3% on the week to new 4-month highs (6th green week in a row) as WTI Crude slumped back under $101 (-3.3% on the week). VIX rose around 2 vols back above 12 as “most shorted” stocks plunged over 5% – the biggest weekly drop in 25 months! VIX was slammed lower late-on to give the impression of confidence in stocks into the weekend but credit was notably not buying it at all.
The “most shorted” stock double-top appears to have confirmed… with the worst week in over 2 years!!
Gold is the best performing asset of the year as oil tumbled (and silver overtook stocks)
- CME, Reuters Picked To Replace Silver Fixing In Process Supervised By Former Gold Fixer (ZeroHedge, July 11, 2014):
The person in charge of navigating the “transition” from the old fixing mechanism, of which he was part as recently as April, was a person who was, drumroll, supervising said transition. Surely, his “consulting” was fair and impartial. Naturally, Mr. Spall is no longer at gold-rigging Barclays, a bank which is for all intents and purposes, falling apart but at GCubed Consultants: enjoy perusing the company at the following link.Said another way, one of the Barclays guys who was accountable in the Gold Market Fixing Company for the price manipulation of his trader (the infamous Daniel Plunkett) is then rewarded by the LBMA to conduct an independent review of the applicants to run the Silver fix!
We’ve been here before:
By January 1934, Roosevelt increased the dollar price of gold from $20.67 to $35, thus devaluing the dollar by 70 percentwhile increasing the value of gold that the government now owned.
Only this time it will be much easier since the US dollar is backed by NOTHING.
Published on Jul 1, 2014
- Official 2014 IMF Forecast Based on ‘Magic Number Seven’-Steve Quayle (USAWatchdog, July 2, 2014):
Radio talk show veteran and 10 time published author, Steve Quayle, says dark powers are at work in the financial markets at the highest levels of global government. Quayle contends, “First of all, the illuminati and the occult are one in the same with hidden meanings to the general population, but announcements to people on the inside.” At the beginning of 2014, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, gave a primer on numerology to an audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. She did it as a set up to an official IMF forecast for “what we should expect for 2014.” Why is this important now? The IMF forecast was based on what Lagarde called the “magic 7,” and July is the seventh month of the year. Lagarde is overtly using numerology to forecast big changes this year and this month. For example, Lagarde pointed out that 2014 will “mark the 7th anniversary of the financial market jitters” that started in 2007. If you individually add up the numbers of the year 2014 (2+0+1+4=7), you get the number 7. Lagarde also said that 2014 “will mark the 70th anniversary, 70th anniversary, drop the zero, seven, of the Bretton Woods Conference that actually gave birth to the IMF” (7 + 0 = 7). Lagarde also said, “And it will be the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 25th” (2 + 5 = 7). Lagarde also brings up the G-20 out of nowhere. Is that a reference to a date? (G is the 7the letter of the alphabet and this might be a reference to 7/20/2014.) Quayle explains, “People have to understand the number 7 to realize why this is critical. The number 7 is used 287 times; it’s used in the Old and New Testament. What is critical about this is these people rule their lives by the stars and numerology. Never in anything have I monitored in my 25 years being on talk radio that I have witnessed such a blatant presentation of the number 7. When she says it’s ‘quite a number,’ yes, it’s God’s number, but these people worship their god and their god is Lucifer.” Continue reading »
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