Billionaire Hugo Salinas Price – Central Banks Smashed Gold

Posted in Central Banking, Gold, Silver on March 3, 2012 by JT

Today multi-billionaire Hugo Salinas Price told King World News that central banks were definitely behind the smash in the gold price yesterday. He also said people should ignore it and continue buying gold and silver. But first, here is what Hugo Salinas Price had to say when asked about the plunge in gold yesterday: “I definitely think the central banks were behind it. I look at the graph of the gold price yesterday and when it collapses down $100 in about an hour, that is not natural market action. I think people are getting used to this. This is standard procedure and it doesn’t worry me at all.”

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Gold Falls 3% in an Hour Following Bernanke Comments, Iran Trading with Bullion as “Universal Currency”

Posted in Federal Reserve, Gold, Silver on February 29, 2012 by JT

WHOLESALE MARKET Gold Bullion prices dropped 3.2% to $1727 per ounce in less than an hour Wednesday afternoon in London, after US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before Congress.

Higher gasoline prices are “likely to push up inflation temporarily while reducing consumers’ purchasing power,” Bernanke told the House Financial Services Committee.

Bernanke’s comments “eased speculation the central bank is moving closer to providing more monetary stimulus,” news agency Bloomberg reports.

The Fed chairman added however that the Fed’s policymakers judge “that sustaining a highly accommodative stance for monetary policy is consistent with promoting both objectives” of the Fed’s mandate, namely price stability and employment.

Earlier in the day, gold prices hovered around $1785 an ounce Wednesday morning London time, while stocks and commodities were also broadly flat following the European Central Bank’s latest attempt to boost the liquidity held by the continent’s banks.

Silver bullion meantime hit $37.36 per ounce, its highest level since last September, though they too fell following Bernanke’s comments.

“The next target [for silver] is $39.78, the September 2011 high,” says the latest technical analysis from gold bullion dealing bank Scotia Mocatta.

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Silver Surges 4.5% To Over $37/Oz On “Massive Fund Buying”

Posted in Silver on February 29, 2012 by JT

Silver Surges 4.5% To Over $37/Oz On “Massive Fund Buying”

Gold’s London AM fix this morning was USD 1,788.00, EUR 1,329.96, and GBP 1,120.79 per ounce..

Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,774.75, EUR 1,321.48, and GBP 1,120.42 per ounce.

Gold rose 1% in New York yesterday and closed at $1,783.90/oz. Gold rose in Asia to a high of $1,790.16 it’s highest since mid November then edged down. Europe this morning saw sideways trading until unusually volatile trading around the London AM fix saw gold rise from $1785.oz to over $1790/oz at 1030 GMT and then fall quickly to $1783/oz.

Spot silver has gained another 0.5% to $37.05 an ounce, after surging 4.5% yesterday once it rose above resistance at $35.50/oz. Silver reached a 5 month high of $37.21 but remains more than 30% below its nominal high in of April last year of $48.44.

Silver Spot $/oz – (Bloomberg)

Over 800 European banks have taken €529.5 billion from the ECB today after taking €489 billion euros at the first tender in December. The ECB’s 3 year lending is now near 1 trillion euros ($1.35 trillion) and the ECB’s balance sheet looks increasingly precarious.

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Richard Russell – Gold to Take Out $1,800 as Tangibles Soar

Posted in Gold on February 28, 2012 by JT

With many high net worth individuals continuing to exit paper money, today the Godfather of newsletter writers, Richard Russell, had this to say about gold, fine jewelry, fine art, the economy and more: “What we’re seeing now is flagrant divergence in the D-J Averages with volume sinking precipitously. This is a dangerous situation — acute divergence in the Averages on sinking volume — not good, not good at all. I feel that low volume in this case is highly significant. It’s as though the very heart of the market is whispering ‘caution,’ as the smart money pulls back on its buying. It’s notable that volume picks up on days when the market is down (a sign of institutional selling).”

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Living In A QE World | The Big Picture

Posted in Debt Collapse, Federal Reserve, Fiat Money, Gold, Inflation, Monetary Policy on February 28, 2012 by JT

All Central Bank Balance Sheets Are Exploding Higher, Or Engaged In QE

The degree to which central banks around the world are printing money is unprecedented.

The first eight charts below show the balance sheets of the largest central banks in the world. They are the European Central Bank (ECB), the Federal Reserve (Fed), the Bank of Japan (BoJ), the Bank of England (BoE), the Bundesbank (Germany), the Banque de France, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) and the Swiss National Bank (SNB). Noted on the charts are significant events or growth rates.

Shown is the size of each respective balance sheet in its local currency. Note that all are exploding higher as every chart goes from the lower left to the upper right. Most are still making new all-time highs. If the basic definition of quantitative easing (QE) is a significant increase in a central bank’s balance sheet via increasing banking reserves, then all eight of these central banks are engaged in QE.

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Turk: ‘silver price at $68-70 in two-to-three months’

Posted in Silver on February 28, 2012 by JT

At long last: the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has deemed Greece to be in “selective default”. The European Central Bank has temporarily suspended the use of Greek bonds as collateral. However, stocks have been moving higher in trading this morning following the vote in the German Bundestag yesterday to authorise the new 130 billion-euro Greek bailout deal agreed by finance ministers last week. The markets have after all had months to come to terms with the idea of Greek bankruptcy.

Moreover, as Jim Sinclair points out at JSMineSet.com: “Only the International Swaps and Derivative Association opines on what is a default as it applies to credit default swaps. S&P carries no power over the performance (or lack thereof) of CDSs.” It is this uncertainty about whether CDS written on Greek debt can be honoured that still has the serious potential to spook investors.

Many of you are by now likely sick to the back teeth with the Greek debt crisis, and the reams of ink that has been spilt by journalists and market analysts on this issue (not least at this website). But this column urges you all to read Detlev Schlichter’s cogent analysis of Greece’s problems, and the bigger picture surrounding the debates about austerity, debt, monetary union and the eurozone. Commenting on the now conventional wisdom that returning to the drachma would help Greece, Detlev notes:

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Eric Sprott: Silver Will Become a Currency Again

Posted in Silver on February 22, 2012 by JT

With the Greek crisis nearing a climax, The Doc spoke with Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management this week to discuss the Euro debt crisis, silver fundamentals, and the recent PSLV follow-on offering.

When asked about his recent efforts to convince silver mining companies to save in silver rather than cash or treasuries Eric responded:

I think we have a bit of a voice in the silver market, and the reason for the letter was just the simple analysis that the paper traders were determining the price…and why should you physical silver producers let that happen?

And that was the primary thing- would you guys please think about what’s happening in your silver market! Plus the fact that it got bombed last year, and are you just going to sit back and lose $25 an ounce that you might otherwise be making, or are you ready to take a stand here? The other very easy argument for me, is when you have your money in a bank, you get no return. You essentially have no return. In fact I think it was expressed very well by the gentleman that runs UC Resources that you actually get a negative return at the end of the year because inflation’s higher than the return you’re getting on your money! I happen to be of the view that having money in the bank is a dangerous thing!

And you know they keep bailing out the banks all the time such as the recent G6 announcement that we’ll give unlimited loans to banks: well, they had to give unlimited loans to banks, because there were some banks that were on the brink! That tells you that it’s risky having money in a bank! So not only do you have to accept the risk, you get a negative return!

Why don’t you believe in your own product that also has been a currency and also will become a currency?

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