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Why Owning Gold is Absolutely Essential - Charles Ponzi Meets Cassandra | GE Christenson | Safehaven.com

Why Owning Gold is Absolutely Essential - Charles Ponzi Meets Cassandra | GE Christenson | Safehaven.com | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it

"I willingly accept Cassandra's fate
To speak the truth, although believed too late."

~ Anne Killigrew

One fine day on the streets of Washington D.C. the ghost of Charles Ponzi struck up a conversation with the ghost of Cassandra. He was a charming devil and assumed she would find him irresistible so he began with "It is ironic, I think, that I am a thief, while you see and speak the truth, but the people believe me and scorn you."

 

Cassandra was not impressed and replied, "It is true. Most people would prefer a charming falsehood to the severity of truth. Since no one believes me anyway, you might as well tell me what scam you are currently promoting. I am truly interested. Please, do tell."

 

Never one to miss an opportunity, Senator Ponzi replied, "I am finding great success with central banking, paper money, and ever-increasing debt. Frankly, they are an easy sell, and people come to me begging to be part of the scam. It has been quite profitable so far and looks to be good for a long time." ...

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Rising global liquidity is positive for Gold - Shanghai Metals Market

Market participants have been focused on U.S. monetary policy since Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s testified before congress last week.
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Richard Russell - The Shocking Secret Central Planners Are Hiding From The World - King World News

Richard Russell - The Shocking Secret Central Planners Are Hiding From The World - King World News | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Richard Russell: "I scour the newspapers for hints of coming turning points. By my calculations, the markets remain bullish. Massive amounts of money have gone into the US dollar and US Treasury Bonds. New record highs in the Dow attract the retail public.

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I follow numerous gold items daily. Something is going on with gold. There’s a secret that’s causing every central bank plus Russia and China to be buying gold.
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Could Apple Buy a Third of the World’s Gold? - Frank Holmes

Could Apple Buy a Third of the World’s Gold? - Frank Holmes | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Frank Holmes picks up on Apple's new watch for which the top end model may contain as much as two ounces of gold and for which Apple reckons it may sell as many as 1 million units a month!  That's ...
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What Happened To Gold And Silver Last Night? | Investment Research Dynamics

What Happened To Gold And Silver Last Night? | Investment Research Dynamics | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
The western Central Banks - especially the Fed - manipulate ALL markets ALL the time. - Off the record conversation I had recently with a very high profile
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Where Did The Gold In Fort Knox Come From? Part One

Where Did The Gold In Fort Knox Come From? Part One | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
The gold in the Fort Knox depositary has not for the most part been supplied by gold coins in circulation in the US before the Great Gold Confiscation...
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$4.8M in gold bars stolen in armored truck heist on highway

$4.8M in gold bars stolen in armored truck heist on highway | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars.
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“That Couldn’t Possibly Be True”: The Startling Truth About the US Dollar

“That Couldn’t Possibly Be True”: The Startling Truth About the US Dollar | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it

For years I had heard people talking about “the fraud of the Federal Reserve.” But I was busy trying to survive and the dollars I was paid with bought food at the grocery store, so I didn’t give those reports a great deal of attention.

The more I began to study economics, however, the more I understood that this was an essential issue: that if I didn’t understand the foundation, I’d never really understand what was built upon it. So, little by little, I began to pay attention to the question, “Where do dollars come from?”

One of my first discoveries was that almost no one knew anything about this. Shocking though it may seem, they don’t teach this in general economics programs. I’ve had econ grads from well-respected programs come to me and say, “I’m kind of embarrassed to ask, but they never taught it to us in school: Where do dollars come from?”

“No, That Can’t Be True”
That’s what I said when I first understood where dollars came from. I said, “No way. That couldn’t be what it is.”

Unfortunately, I was wrong; it really is this way.

The secret to understanding the creation of dollars and of the operation of the Fed lies in two quotes from economist John Kenneth Galbraith:

The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it.

The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.

I must give the Fed credit for one thing: it has admitted to what it does. A publication called Modern Money Mechanics identifies how the Fed creates dollars. It cloaks that admission in unnecessarily difficult accounting and a convoluted discussion (confirming the first Galbraith quote), but still, it does admit it. ...

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HK January gold exports to China confirm strong demand - Mineweb

HK January gold exports to China confirm strong demand - Mineweb | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
The latest figures for net gold exports from Hong Kong into China confirm the latter nation’s strong demand in the run up to the Chinese New Year holiday. The figure for January was 76 tonnes, up from 71 tonnes in December, but it should be realised that this Hong Kong figure relates specifically to Chinese gold imports – not total demand – and then only to a diminishing proportion of the Asian dragon’s total gold imports.  If one views known export levels from the U.S. and Switzerland, where official statistics differentiate between gold going to Hong Kong and to mainland China direct, then the percentage moving in via Hong Kong is perhaps only 60% of total Chinese gold imports – still significant, but well below earlier years when Hong Kong will have accounted for perhaps 90% or more of total Chinese gold imports and was thus used as a proxy by Western analysts for the total figure – a pattern which continues today in much mainstream media coverage of Chinese gold import figures.  Last year China relaxed import controls to allow far more direct shipments via other ports of entry – notably Shanghai and Beijing which has reduced the amounts routed through Hong Kong.
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A Peek at the Markets @Grandich

A Peek at the Markets @Grandich | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Gold – Despite an onslaught of bear attacks and the usual hate commentaries in the media, it continues to build a massive base that should allow much higher prices in the second half of the year.
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The Disease – Deflation And A World Drowning In Debt - @KingWorldNews

The Disease – Deflation And A World Drowning In Debt - @KingWorldNews | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it

The Disease – Deflation And A World Drowing [sic] In Debt

Richard Russell:  "The world’s balance sheet is heavily skewed toward debt and loans. On the asset side of the balance sheet we have gold and silver currencies.

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Kick-The-Can Has Morphed Into A Blatant Farce

Kick-The-Can Has Morphed Into A Blatant Farce | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Kick-the-can has morphed into a blatant farce. Everywhere in the world central banks and financial officialdom are engaging in desperate, juvenile maneuvers to buy time—–amounting to hardly a few weeks at a go. Never before has the debt-saturated, speculation-ridden global casino rested upon such a precarious foundation.

This week, for instance, Janet Yellen will again waste two days of Congressional hearings in forked-tongue equivocations about an absolutely stupid issue. Namely, the exact date when money market interest rates will be permitted to blip upward from the zero bound by even 25 basis points.

But this “lift-off” drama is flat-out surreal. How could it possibly matter whether ZIRP will have been in place by 80 months or 83 months from its inception point way back in December 2008? There is not a single household or business on main street America which will change its behavior in the slightest during the next year regardless of whether the federal funds rate is 5 bps, 30 bps or 130 bps.
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CHARTS: Gold vs Fed debt shows fair price today is $1,800

CHARTS: Gold vs Fed debt shows fair price today is $1,800 | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it

by Frik Els:

 

On Tuesday the gold price continued to lose ground as money rotates into riskier assets like stocks. In thin volumes on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for April delivery ended the day at $1,1999.30 an ounce, down slightly from Monday's close after earlier slumping to near its lowest for the year at $1,190.60.

While the gold price struggles equity markets continue to reach new highs. London's FTSE-100 hit an all-time record on Tuesday, while US stock markets did the same after comments from Chair Janet Yellen reassured investors about the timing of rate hikes.

California-based investment site Gold Eagle interviewed noted gold market commentator Nick Barisheff who provided some insights into the disconnect between the economy and capital markets and between paper and hard assets. ...

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Roberto Presotto's curator insight, February 25, 6:43 PM

Lo spread tra bond e stock-market suggeriscono un ritracciamento degli indici nel breve periodo. 

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What Top Hedge Fund Managers Really Think About Gold

What Top Hedge Fund Managers Really Think About Gold | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals Analyst
In the January BIG GOLD, I interviewed a plethora of experts on their views about gold for this year. The issue was so popular that we decided to republish a portion of the edition here.

Given their level of success, these fund managers are worth listening to: James Rickards, Chris Martenson, Steve Henningsen, Grant Williams, and Brent Johnson. Some questions are the same, while others were tailored to their particular expertise.

I hope you find their comments as insightful and useful as I did…

James Rickards is chief global strategist at the West Shore Funds, editor of Strategic Intelligence, a monthly newsletter, and director of the James Rickards Project, an inquiry into the complex dynamics of geopolitics and global capital. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller The Death of Money and the national best-seller Currency Wars. He’s a portfolio manager, lawyer, and economist, and has held senior positions at Citibank, Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), and Caxton Associates. In 1998, he was the principal negotiator of the rescue of LTCM sponsored by the Federal Reserve. He’s an op-ed contributor to the Financial Times, Evening Standard, New York Times, and Washington Post, and has been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, and the Wall Street Journal.

Jeff: Your book The Death of Money does not paint an optimistic economic picture. What will the average citizen experience if events play out as you expect?

James: The end result of current developments in the international monetary system will almost certainly be high inflation or borderline hyperinflation in US dollars, but this process will take a few years to play out, and we may experience mild deflation first. Right now, global markets want to deflate, yet central banks must achieve inflation in order to make sovereign debt loads sustainable. The result is an unstable balance between natural deflation and policy inflation. The more deflation persists in the form of lower prices for oil and other commodities, the more central banks must persist in monetary easing. Eventually inflation will prevail, but it will be through a volatile and unstable process.

Jeff: The gold price has been in a downtrend for three years. Is the case for gold over? If not, what do you think kick-starts a new bull market?

James: The case for gold is not over—in fact, things are just getting interesting. I seldom think about the “price” of gold. I think of gold as money and everything else as a price measured in gold units. When the dollar price of gold is said to be “down,” I think of gold as a constant store of value and that the dollar is simply “up” in the sense that it takes more units of gold to buy one dollar. This perspective is helpful, because gold can be “down” in dollars but “up” in yen at the same time, and often is when the yen is collapsing against the dollar.

The reason gold is thought to be “down” is because the dollar is strong.
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World Headed for a Meat Grinder-Rob Kirby | Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog

World Headed for a Meat Grinder-Rob Kirby | Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Rob Kirby By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Rob Kirby gives what he calls “proprietary macroeconomic research” to people around the world with billions of
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Man Who Predicted Collapse Of Euro Against Swiss Franc Warns Of Next Shock To The World - King World News

Man Who Predicted Collapse Of Euro Against Swiss Franc Warns Of Next Shock To The World - King World News | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it

Egon von Greyerz:  “Eric, it's now totally clear to me that the hyperinflation I've been expecting is becoming more persistent and is now engulfing country after country.  We are already seeing it in the periphery but it's on its way to engulfing the developed countries of the world….

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Jesse's Café Américain: Nine Out of Ten Non-Regulators MIght See a Trend In Intraday Precious Metal Trading

Jesse's Café Américain: Nine Out of Ten Non-Regulators MIght See a Trend In Intraday Precious Metal Trading | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
'What is truth?' said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for the answer.

Francis Bacon

Here are the intra-day averages for the price of gold and silver for February.
 
Can you detect any pattern intraday? 
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Fed will be Forced to Punish the Dollar-Gregory Mannarino | Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog

Fed will be Forced to Punish the Dollar-Gregory Mannarino | Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Trader and financial analyst Gregory Mannarino says, “I think things are looking very bad in the immediate future here.  Just this month, the ECB is going to start their Japan style quantitative easing, and that is going to make the U.S. equity market look a little less desirable . . . . I think we are going to see some cash leave the U.S. stock market.”  Mannarino goes on to say, “What’s even scarier . . . I think these games we have seen in the dollar could take off parabolic from here, and that is not good. . . . The digits cannot keep up with how fast the Federal Reserve is printing cash out of thin air, right at this moment, to try to combat this deflationary environment. . . .  The Federal Reserve did not see this dollar strength coming and how it would affect Wall Street.  You can expect the Federal Reserve to be forced to act to punish the dollar at some point, and that is going to hurt the Federal Reserve’s credibility. . . . When a world central bank becomes so desperate that it has to engage in this type of behavior, you know things are very, very bad.”
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India Budget 2015: GJF lauds Gold monetising scheme, concern on import duty kept intact

India Budget 2015: GJF lauds Gold monetising scheme, concern on import duty kept intact | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
All India Gems and Jewellery Federation (GJF) lauded various measures outlined in the India Budget 2015 to realise the value of gold but is disappointed over retaining 10% import duty on gold
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Gold Getting Support from Rising Physical Demand and Euro QE

Gold Getting Support from Rising Physical Demand and Euro QE | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
The U.S. Comex gold futures rebounded over one percent in the past two days to $1,210.10 on Thursday while the Dollar Index also rose 0.85% and the Euro/Dollar plunged 1.25% in the same period. This week, the Euro Stoxx 50 Index jumped 2.42% while the S&P 500 Index was flat and the crude oil futures were down 4.31%. The U.S. ten-year Treasury yield fell 8bp this week to 2.03% on Thursday while the ten-year German Bund yield fell 4bp to 0.323%.
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China and the Dragon Tail of Marx

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The dragon tail of Marx's end-game of overcapacity and finance capital is about to shred China's fantasy that the state can micro-manage both capitalism and financialization with no contradictions or consequences.

Longtime readers know my one expertise is annoying the entire ideological spectrum in 1,000 words or less. Today is one of those days, so strap on your blood pressure monitor and prepare for full-spectrum annoyance, regardless of your ideological leanings.

Marxism is typically considered discredited outside of a few protected fiefdoms of academia which tend to engage in obscure debates over the labor theory of value and other signifiers of membership in the inner circle of deep Marxist thinkers. ...

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Platinum Dives to 5-Year Low - American Hard Assets

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If we look back in time, periods of economic concern do not always translate into higher rising precious metals price.
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Will Asia take the gold price higher?

Julian Phillips’ latest daily commentary on what is happening in the gold and silver markets and geopolitical factors affecting the prices of gold and silver.

Ahead of London’s opening Asia made the play once again, as the gold price was lifted over $1,214 ahead of London’s opening. When we look back to last week, we saw the gold price unwilling to fall below $1,200 and that was in the absence of Chinese demand. Technical buying in the States was sufficient to hold it there, as the rest of the world was unwilling to push it down, despite the temporary resolution of the Greek bailout crisis. Now that robust demand is back in China and ahead of the Indian budget in the next week we are watching to see if Asia is simply buying at bargain prices or willing to take the gold price higher.
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Here's what Janet Yellen should have told Congress

Here's what Janet Yellen should have told Congress | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it

by John Crudele:

 

Janet Yellen spoke to Congress again this week. She spoke and spoke. And some people even think they know what she said. Or at least, what she meant to say.

 

Federal Reserve chairmen traditionally have had a problem clearly communicating. Alan Greenspan was so vague and evasive when he was in charge of the central bank that he should have been charged with obstruction of Congress.

 

I think the reason for this lack of clarity is simple: The Fed, first and foremost, thinks Congress is a nuisance. Audit the Fed? How dare anyone in Congress even think about doing that! Those morons couldn’t possibly understand what the Fed is doing. ...

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Kick-The-Can Has Morphed Into A Blatant Farce

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by David Stockman:

 

Kick-the-can has morphed into a blatant farce. Everywhere in the world central banks and financial officialdom are engaging in desperate, juvenile maneuvers to buy time—–amounting to hardly a few weeks at a go. Never before has the debt-saturated, speculation-ridden global casino rested upon such a precarious foundation.

This week, for instance, Janet Yellen will again waste two days of Congressional hearings in forked-tongue equivocations about an absolutely stupid issue. Namely, the exact date when money market interest rates will be permitted to blip upward from the zero bound by even 25 basis points.

But this “lift-off” drama is flat-out surreal. How could it possibly matter whether ZIRP will have been in place by 80 months or 83 months from its inception point way back in December 2008? There is not a single household or business on main street America which will change its behavior in the slightest during the next year regardless of whether the federal funds rate is 5 bps, 30 bps or 130 bps. ...

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oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: Why It's So Difficult to Repair Stuff: It's Made That Way

oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: Why It's So Difficult to Repair Stuff: It's Made That Way | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Everything made with cheap, unreliable parts/components will break down long before the entire assembly has lost its utility.

In Here's What's Wrong with Corporate America--and the U.S. Economy (December 17, 2014), I concluded that once Corporate America books the sale, they're done with customers. Customer service after the sale (when the upfront profits are booked) is a Kafkaesque tragicomedy of Orwellian narratives: Corporate America publicly worships customer service but delivers none of the real thing. Instead, customers are abandoned in a frustrating Circle of Intermediary Hell, where phone calls are shunted elsewhere and third-party repair crews show up weeks later with the wrong information and leave broken appliances disassembled.
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