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This Has Gone Too Far « The Financial Physician

This Has Gone Too Far « The Financial Physician | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it

We are truly living in George Orwell’s book “1984″ (a must read and if the last time you read the book was in High School read it again now, it will blow your mind). A 7 year old boy gets in trouble  (“dispended”-cute) for mimicking soldiers in war trying to “save the world” while in the real world American citizens can be murdered by circling drones simply on the President’s order, with no due process or protection of law. This is mind programming of children to get them to act and think the way the government wants them to. Guns are not to be held by the people, only the government should have that right. That is what is happening. This PC stuff has really gone too far. Scotty beam me up!-Lou

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De-Dollarization Continues As Russia Seeks AIIB Membership | Zero Hedge

As we noted a week ago, Vladimir Putin’s calls for a Eurasian currency union clearly demonstrate that the Russian President is acutely aware of the fact that the unipolar world of the 1980s is long gone. Putin’s security council also made it clear this week that the Kremlin is well aware that the sole aim of US foreign policy is preserving Western hegemony via an implicit (and sometimes explicit) policy of containment aimed at perpetuating the idea of US exceptionalism. Moscow then took the rhetoric up a notch on Thursday, accusing the US of attempting to take the “mutual” out of “mutually assured destruction” (i.e. Moscow thinks Washington is trying to tip the nuclear power balance). 

Given all of this, we weren’t surprised to learn that Putin is now backing a Russian bid for membership in China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (for a summary of AIIB developments, see here).
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Middle East Revolution & Inflationary Depression Coming-Paul Craig Roberts | Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog

Middle East Revolution & Inflationary Depression Coming-Paul Craig Roberts | Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts thinks the Middle East violence is going to get much worse.  Dr. Roberts contends, “Unless the Islamic State somehow collapses, you are going to see a new wave of revolutionary developments in the Middle East.  I suspect all the oil dictatorships will be overthrown because there is a tiny handful of people we installed there and they are mega-billionaires, and there isn’t anybody else that’s got anything. . . . I think they are all headed down the drain.”

Why does the foreign policy of the U.S. in the Middle East look so confusing and scattered?  Dr. Roberts says, “The administration has different elements with different agendas.  So, different elements in the administration are pursuing different agendas.  Some still want to overthrow Assad; so, they want to support ISIS.  Others think ISIS has gotten out of control and is doing something we didn’t expect.  So, you have various blocks inside our government in conflict with one another.”
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oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: Will Cash Always Be Trash, Or Will It One Day Be King?

oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: Will Cash Always Be Trash, Or Will It One Day Be King? | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it

When the phantom wealth evaporates and risk assets go bidless, cash will once again be king, for the simple reason there will be so little of it.

Occasionally it's a good idea to step away from the daily grind to consider the larger issues we all face--for example, the future of the money we earn and the bits we invest in something we hope holds or increases its value.

At present, cash is trash: cash earns almost no yield, and in some countries it now earns a negative interest rate, meaning it costs you to park your cash in a bank.

Even cash equivalents such as one-year Treasury bonds pay almost nothing.

Those who avoided debt and risky assets since 2009 have seen their cash lose value when adjusted for inflation, while those who borrowed to the hilt and bought risk-on assets such as stocks, junk bonds and high-end housing have skimmed monumental gains for doing what the central banks incentivized: ...

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China eases Gold import norms; premiums may come down

China eases Gold import norms; premiums may come down | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
At present only 15 banks are allowed to import Gold. Chinese consumers had to pay high premiums to ensure fast delivery of the yellow metal. The new move is likely to bring down premium on Gold. More competition can be expected which may lead to the dip in premiums.
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Data shows Chinese Gold demand up ahead of the Lunar New Year

Data shows Chinese Gold demand up ahead of the Lunar New Year | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
According to Macquarie's calculations of Chinese customs data, the country imported 122 tonnes of gold in February, up 10% compared to January but 33% lower compared to February 2014.
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USA opposing AIIB and may oppose Yuan participation in SDR basket

These are seen as gold positive long term by julian Phillips in his latest analysis of the gold and silver markets and the geopolitical factors impacting them

New York closed yesterday at $1,193.70 up $3.10. Asia held it at $1,192 before London opened, where it held that level up until the “LBMA Gold price” setting. It was set at $1,192.55 down $0.65 which was the euro equivalent of €1,085.57, down €1.18. Ahead of New York’s opening, gold was trading in London at $1,194.40 and in the euro at €1,087.55.

The silver price closed at $17.00 down 6 cents. Ahead of New York’s opening it was trading again at $17.00.
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UK to build $1.5 million plasma facility to recover precious metals from e scrap - Shanghai Metals Market

A syndicate of UK firms led by Swindon, UK-based Tetronics has announced construction of gigantic plasma arc facility to recycle unwanted and used electronics appliances and devices.
UK to build $1.5 million plasma facility to recover precious metals from e-scrap
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The world's next credit crunch could make 2008 look like a hiccup

The world's next credit crunch could make 2008 look like a hiccup | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
A solar eclipse, a super moon, the FTSE 100 breaching 7,000 and the US Federal Reserve speaking in tongues - truly some kind of financial apocalypse must be nigh. Well, maybe.
We are certainly living in strange times. An unprecedented monetary experiment is coming to a staggered end and no one knows the potential repercussions - a plague of frogs cannot be entirely ruled out.
For the time being, the markets remain sanguine, expecting, for example, a gentle increase in the Bank of England’s main interest rate to just 1.5pc by the end of the decade. And, who knows, maybe the markets are right.
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What history says about gold now

What history says about gold now | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
From Casey Research:

Have you noticed that some gold investors don’t seem very concerned about the current behavior of gold?

While the price remains weak and range-bound, some gold investors don’t seem worried about it at all.

The natural reaction to an asset you own losing a third of its value, with seemingly little motivation to move higher, is cheerless and maybe even depressing. So why aren’t they?

Are they out of touch? Perhaps have nothing at stake? Are they the kind of investors that would go down with the ship?

Or do they know something we don’t?

Gold’s Cycles

The resource markets are well known for moving in cycles, probably more than most other markets. Raging bull market, crippling bear market, repeat. This includes gold and silver.
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Why we need to stop ignoring the U.S. debt problem? - YouTube

Former Reagan Budget Director David Stockman on why we need to stop ignoring the U.S. debt issues. Watch Neil Cavuto talk about Economics, Government Spendin...
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Big gold SPDR ETF sale has no impact on price confirming underlying strength

Julian Phillips’ take on the current gold and silver markets and geopolitical effects impacting on them

There was a large sale of gold from the SPDR gold ETF on Friday of 5.373 tonnes but there were no sales or purchases of gold into or from the Gold Trust on Friday. The holdings of the SPDR gold ETF are at 744.401 tonnes and at 164.71 tonnes in the Gold Trust.  This size sale would ordinarily have hurt the gold price in New York, but it didn’t, as you can see. This confirms underlying strength. The dollar weakened with the dollar index falling to 98.22 after its high of over 100. The euro recovered to $1.08 in Asia, slipped back to $1.0772 ahead of London’s opening then rose to $1.0887.
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The New Order Emerges | Alasdair Macleod | Safehaven.com

The New Order Emerges | Alasdair Macleod | Safehaven.com | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
China and Russia have taken the lead in establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), seen as a rival organisation to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, which are dominated by the United States with Europe and Japan. These banks do business at the behest of the old Bretton Woods[1] order. The AIIB will dance to China and Russia's tune instead.
The geopolitical importance was immediately evident from the US's negative reaction to the UK's announcement this week that it would join the AIIB. And very shortly afterwards France, Germany and Italy also defied the US and announced they might join. In the Pacific region, one of America's closest allies, Australia, says she is considering joining too along with New Zealand. The list of US allies seeking to join is growing. From a geopolitical point of view China and Russia have completely outmanoeuvred the US, splitting both NATO and America's Pacific alliances right down the middle.
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What the Federal Reserve will do when the next crisis comes

What the Federal Reserve will do when the next crisis comes | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
In the U.S., older voters control both political parties. They control most major corporations. They dominate all major industries. They have their pensions… their health care programs… their stocks… their bonds… their place in the sun.

Naturally, they want the benefits and rewards they believe they have been promised. More than that, they don’t want the sun to move!

This puts central-bank policies in a new light. They are intended not to create an open, entrepreneurial, and growth-oriented economy. Instead, they are meant to protect today’s wealth distribution, including today’s asset values. This can only be done by keeping the credit expansion going; it is the only way to keep the promises alive.

Central bankers are confronted with a dreadful reality. They know that markets don’t fear death. Markets can take their lumps and bounce back. Some people win. Some lose. Businesses are born; businesses die. Markets don’t care. They reward the winners, punish the losers, and move on.
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oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: How Many Slots Are Open in the Upper Middle Class? Not As Many As You Might Think

oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: How Many Slots Are Open in the Upper Middle Class? Not As Many As You Might Think | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Not only are there not that many slots in the upper middle class, the number of open slots is considerably lower.

If America is the Land of Opportunity, why are so many parents worried that their princeling/princess might not get into the "right" pre-school, i.e. the first rung on the ladder to the Ivy League-issued "ticket to the upper middle class"? The obsessive focus on getting your kids into the "right" pre-school, kindergarten and prep school to grease the path to the Ivy League suggests there aren't as many slots open as we're led to believe.


Let's set aside the endless debate over what qualifies a household to be "middle class." Most people define themselves as middle class, with little regard for their income. Let's cut to the chase and ask: how many young people aspire to joining this ill-defined middle class? Does this mean a rising standard of living and security? Not any more.

If you want those things, you must aspire to join the upper middle class.
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JP Morgan joins the 'Usual Suspects' in LBMA gold benchmarking process

JP Morgan joins the 'Usual Suspects' in LBMA gold benchmarking process | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
The ICE Benchmark Administration now shows that JP Morgan Chase has become the seventh Direct Participant in setting the twice daily LBMA Gold Price benchmarks – a selection which will be indeed inflame those gold price manipulation believers who reckon that JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are behind almost any irregularity in global financial markets.

Lawrie Williams

If any selection could be seen as inflaming the gold price manipulation believers, it would be the addition of JP Morgan as one of the new participants in the LBMA Gold Price benchmarking process.  And guess what?  ICE Benchmarking Administration (IBA), which runs the new benchmarking process, confirms that indeed JP Morgan has joined the Direct Participants in the new benchmarking process – not by any announcement, but just by the inclusion today of JP Morgan on its website as being among the members of the panel which now sets the twice daily London benchmark gold price to replace the old Gold Fix.
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Richard Russell - China, IMF, World Bank, Blood In The Streets And A World In Turmoil - King World News

Richard Russell - China, IMF, World Bank, Blood In The Streets And A World In Turmoil - King World News | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Richard Russell:  "Gold, gold, you are making me old. Today could be the day gold closes above resistance at 1200. The anti-gold propaganda voiced to the American people by the Fed has been long lasting and ingrained.



"He Who Owns The Gold Makes The Rules"

On other subject, China is forming a bank to rebuild and refinance the world. China is sick of the US led IMF and World Bank and is slowly moving towards the point where it will own the world’s next reserve currency.
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Is the tide turning for Precious Metals? - American Hard Assets

March 26 (Silver Seek) — Has the tide begun to turn for the precious metals, notably silver and gold? In our view the turn began last year and if pressed to pinpoint one event, it would be following the failure of the Swiss referendum when the SNB de-pegged the franc from the euro. The Swiss National Bank was frustrated with the continued depreciation of the Euro. This had as much to do with sentiment as it did with the SNB clearing seeing the Euro might be going the way of the Rentenmark.

 

Around this timeframe, investors received a flurry of news regarding worldwide demand for both silver and gold. This news continues to pore in, that multiple factions that are unsure of the longevity of the U.S. dollar continue to buy precious metals. For example, net silver imports into India in November, set an all-time monthly record. This would be followed by a record setting year of net silver imports, amounting to 7,063 tons.

 

As for gold, a recent publication by Koos Jansen put’s SGE gold withdrawals at a whopping 505 tons year to date. Koos goes onto discuss that netting out mine supply and scrap/recycling, 378 tons of gold were imported. This is meaningful because China is the largest gold producer so having imported 378 tons in just 10 weeks is speaks loudly of the Chinese view about gold. To put in simpler terms, Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) withdrawals are on pace to reach 600 tons in the first quarter, importing 450 tons. ...

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CHART: Gold-silver ratio nearing trend reversal | MINING.com

CHART: Gold-silver ratio nearing trend reversal | MINING.com | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it

by Frik Els:

 

When the ratio is falling as it is now, both silver and gold usually go up.

 

The gold price added to recent gains on Tuesday, finding support from a slump in the dollar following dovish comments from the US Federal Reserve and a diminishing likelihood of an early rate increase.

 

At $1,192.70 an ounce by late afternoon in New York gold investors can boast of a nearly 4% or more than $40 gain over the past week fortnight. ...

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LBMA Gold Price direct participants may all be being investigated by U.S. DoJ for gold price rigging

A month-old, and very hard hitting, article by Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge, has new relevance given the make-up of the initial six direct participants in the LBMA Gold Price benchmarking system as all of them have been reported as being under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for possible gold price rigging.

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We make no apologies for re-examining a month-old article from Zero Hedge given the recent selection of the six banks now involved in the new London gold benchmarking process.  Never one to mince his words, Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge really climbed into whether the gold market is rigged, and if so (he reckoned it is beyond doubt that it is), who is doing the rigging.  The answer:  virtually everyone with the financial clout to get involved.
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Gold Prices Still Cheap vs Falling Dollar, ETFs Shrink Again, Seasonal Demand Seen in India - Shanghai Metals Market

Gold Prices Still Cheap vs Falling Dollar, ETFs Shrink Again, Seasonal Demand Seen in India - Shanghai Metals Market | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Gold prices ticked higher against the Dollar following last week's 2.2% rally in London trade Monday, but slipped against the Euro as the US currency fell towards 2-week lows on the FX market.
Gold Prices 'Still Cheap' vs Falling Dollar, ETFs Shrink Again, 'Seasonal Demand' Seen in India
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Is The Fed Still Fabricating Loan Creation Data? Bank Of America Would Like To Know | Zero Hedge

Is The Fed Still Fabricating Loan Creation Data? Bank Of America Would Like To Know | Zero Hedge | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
As the chart below shows, there very dramatic, and very glaring discrepancy between what BofA started experiencing one year ago (when we first noted it) when it comes to loan creation, and what the Fed represents every Friday in its weekly H.8 statement, has never been greater!
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Gold Could Push To $1,200 Next Week If U.S. Dollar Remains Weak – Analysts - Shanghai Metals Market

What a difference a few days can make as the gold market sees renewed optimism, ending the week solidly positive on the back of a weaker U.S. dollar and lower U.S. treasury yields.
Gold Could Push To $1,200 Next Week If U.S. Dollar Remains Weak – Analysts
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The Biggest Central Bank In The World Is Now Scared To Death - King World News

The Biggest Central Bank In The World Is Now Scared To Death - King World News | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
By Michael Pento of Pento Portfolio Strategies



March 21 – (King World News) – The Fed removed the word “patient” from its statement made following the FOMC meeting that concluded on Wednesday.  But, taking out that one word proved to be mostly irrelevant. The removal of the patient language was more than offset by the Fed’s lowering of its GDP growth estimates and its projection for when and how high it will raise rates based on its previously incorrect assessments of inflation and growth. 

Ms. Yellen said in the FOMC press conference that removing “patient” did not mean she would become impatient with raising rates. It is clear that the dollar's strength and the cascading economic data reported since the start of 2015 caused the Fed to push out its timing for its first rate hike and the overall level for which it will finally reach equilibrium….
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Next Crash Already Started-Bix Weir | Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog

Next Crash Already Started-Bix Weir | Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Financial writer and analyst Bix Weir predicts, “When we have our next crash, and it is coming, I believe it will be here this year, and that’s my final conclusion.  I am looking around September, but I believe it has already started.  When it does come, people will have a different mindset because they have learned so much.  It won’t take too many people to stand in front of an ATM machine and not get their money to be really angry at these people who have rigged our markets and basically stolen our country over the last hundred years.”

Weir, who just released a book titled “Silver, Gold, Bitcoin . . . and God,” goes on to say, “People talk about the government taking us over, and they are going to have the police strong arm us.  That’s only as long as the system is up and running.  When the system fails, and it’s obvious that these people have screwed up the world, the police are not going to knock on doors taking houses.  They, more or less, will not even be working because who is going to be paying them?
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Gold Price To Double By 2030 Thanks To Asia - American Hard Assets

Gold Price To Double By 2030 Thanks To Asia - American Hard Assets | Gold and What Moves it. | Scoop.it
Asia’s financial system liberalization and its population’s growing wealth are two key factors expected to boost demand for gold and push the price of the key commodity over US$2,400 an ounce by 2030, a report published Wednesday claims.
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