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Buying Gold: Why Are The Chinese Gobbling Up Gold Like There Is No Tomorrow? ~ End of the American Dream
December 24, 2010 
Issue 89


SGS Notes: As is frequently the case, there is much being written on the subject of the increasing intensity of the manipulation by JP Morgan, and availability of silver supply, the potential for upward mobility of prices, as well as potential for short-term pullback... It's a challenge to sift through and bring you the most important of the news and analyses... Here are the articles selected for this week. I encourage you to dig further into these resources and others from previous weeks...

Buying Gold: Why Are The Chinese Gobbling Up Gold Like There Is No Tomorrow?
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Why are the Chinese buying so much gold? In 2010 it has been demand out of China that has been one of the primary factors for the dramatic rise in the price of gold. Gold is up approximately 26 percent this year, and most analysts expect it to go even higher in 2011. So is China buying gold at a breathtaking pace because they view it as a good investment, or are there other factors at work here? Do the Chinese view gold as a hedge against inflation? Is China seeking to get out of U.S. Treasuries? Has gold simply become much more attractive than paper currencies such as the euro and the U.S. dollar? Or could China be preparing for the coming financial collapse that so many economists see coming? It is always difficult to tell exactly what China is up to, but one thing is for sure - they are buying gold like there is no tomorrow.

It recently was announced that China imported 209.7 metric tons of gold during the first ten months of 2010. That was five times more gold than China imported during the first ten months of 2009.

So what can account for such a dramatic increase?

Does China need all of that gold for domestic use?

Without a doubt gold is becoming much more popular in China, but it is not as if China does not produce a massive amount of gold on their own. In fact, since 2007 China has been the number one producer of gold in the entire world. They are certainly not suffering from a shortage of gold.

If that is the case, then what else could explain why China is buying gold so rapidly?

Well, there seem to be four primary theories for why China is buying up so much gold right now.

#1 A Hedge Against Inflation

Already we are starting to see some very serious inflation in China. In particular, food inflation threatens to spiral out of control. In an inflationary environment, gold is always a good investment.

#2 An Alternative To U.S. Treasuries

Over the past decade, China has invested very, very heavily in U.S. Treasuries. In fact, the U.S. government owes China nearly a trillion dollars at this point. However, over the last year or two China has dramatically slowed down their purchases of U.S. Treasuries and they have been actively seeking out alternative investments. Gold has always been a very safe investment, and with the world financial system so unstable right now it makes a lot of sense to invest in gold.

#3 A Lack Of Faith In Paper Currencies

Over the past decade, China has accumulated a gigantic pile of foreign exchange reserves, but lately paper currencies such as the euro and the U.S. dollar have become increasingly unstable. The European sovereign debt crisis threatens to collapse the euro at any moment. Quantitative easing 2 and the tax cut deal that Barack Obama and the Republicans are trying to push through Congress are causing the rest of the globe to lose a tremendous amount of faith in the U.S. dollar. In this type of environment, holding paper currencies has become much less attractive.

#4 Preparing For The Coming Financial Collapse

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that we are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world and that at some point the world financial system is going to crash. When that happens, the safest place to be will be in precious metals and other commodities. The Chinese have been busy gobbling up gold, silver and many other commodities, and so whether they mean to or not, they are positioning themselves to weather the coming financial storm better than most other nations.

Once again, it is always hard to tell exactly what China is doing. Perhaps in six months or a year China will change course again. But right now China is gobbling up huge amounts of gold, and if this continues it is going to create a huge imbalance in global financial markets.

In fact, if all of this Chinese gold buying goes on long enough, it could blow out many of those who are holding significant short positions in gold.

But it is not just the Chinese government that has caught "gold fever" these days.

Chinese citizens are buying gold at a rate that has never been seen before.

On the Shanghai Gold Exchange, trading volume soared 43 percent during the first 10 months of 2010.

As the Chinese middle class has grown, gold has become much more popular. Amazingly, Chinese households have purchased almost half as much gold since mid-2007 as all the investors in the West combined.

This is yet another sign of how far China has come. China is not a minor player on the world stage any longer. The truth is that China is now a major economic superpower.

In a previous article entitled "China #1, United States #2? 25 Facts That Prove The Transition Is Really Happening", I detailed some of the statistics that prove that China has become an absolute powerhouse. The following are just a few examples of those statistics....

*The United States had been the leading consumer of energy on the globe for about 100 years, but this past summer China took over the number one spot.

*Over the past 15 years, China has moved from 14th place all the way up to 2nd place in the world in published scientific research articles.

*According to one recent study, China could become the global leader in patent filings by next year.

*China now possesses the fastest supercomputer on the entire globe.

*China now has the world's fastest train and the world's largest high-speed rail network.

*Back in 1998, the United States had 25 percent of the world’s high-tech export market and China had just 10 percent. Ten years later, the United States had less than 15 percent and China's share had soared to 20 percent.

Other Articles of Interest

Let's Get Physical!

James Turk discusses backwardation, contago and why physical metals are important

The Great Silver Caper
Eric Fry discusses the JP Morgan
naked short position and ongoing impacts
on silver investors.

Gold Or Stocks?
Bill Bonner discusses the rationale
for choosing gold over stocks


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"Gold bears the confidence of the world's millions, who value it far above the promises of politicians, far above the unbacked paper issued by governments as money substitutes. It has been that way through all recorded history. There is no reason to believe it will lose the confidence of people in the future."

 

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Silver Primer & Silver Report

 

*Nobel economist Robert W. Fogel of the University of Chicago is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040 if current trends continue.

So what about the United States?

Well, the truth is that Americans have become so dumbed-down that only about 70 percent of them can even find China on a map.

How sad is that?

On the global chessboard, China seems to constantly be four or five moves ahead of the United States these days.

So if China is busy buying gold at a feverish pace perhaps it is because they know exactly what they are doing.

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Past Wisdom And a Return To A Reality-based Monetary System ~ Larry Myles
December 10, 2010 
Issue 88


SGS Notes: This week's video is important to listen to. We are seeing increasing delays in obtaining inventory. I had a conversation with one of our suppliers today who informed me that they are starting to see delays in getting the silver to mint...EVERYONE PLEASE UNDERSTAND : it's beginning to 'hit the fan'... there is a very real silver shortage... You may see some dramatic dips that happen in conjunction with the manipulations going on, but the duration is getting shorter and shorter... the prices are quickly returning to free market rates... Gold/Silver ratio is now down to 48:1... still has a long way to go...

Past Wisdom And a Return To A Reality-based Monetary System
Larry Myles

"Precious metals alone are money. Paper notes are money because they are representative of metallic money."

Samuel Jones-Loyd, 1st Baron Overstone. (1852)

We can thank Baron Overstone for his words of wisdom; although it appears many of our modern leaders have forgotten the foundation of true wealth - prosperity through production and fair trade, along with a value-consistent currency based on gold and silver. True wealth… sustainable wealth cannot come about through the printing of air-backed fiat currency, followed by sophisticated multi-layered financial scheming that makes the collection of fiat an end unto itself. Sooner or later the inflationary factor will erode the wealth right out of those air-backed paper notes.

Worth noting: Prior to 1914, each of the above mentioned in-country paper notes were representative of a certain weight of gold. The U.S. Dollar equalled 1/20th of a gold ounce. The British Pound Sterling was representative of ¼ of an ounce of gold. I for one am not interested in debating the alleged absurdity of returning to the gold standard; other than to say the fiat-only model is clearly not working.

Making the case is the frequency of the recent spate of (unsuccessful) G20 meetings. In 1944 the Bretton Woods system of monetary management established the rules for commercial and financial relations among the world's major industrial states. The agreement lasted almost forty years. In 1971 Richard Nixon removed the U.S. from the gold standard and commented on the success reached by world leaders (Smithsonian Agreement): "The greatest single monetary agreement in the entire history of world civilization and will guarantee global prosperity." A little over a year later, the agreement collapsed in total failure.

Both of those agreements came after months of careful planning and were trumpeted as a final solution to monetary stability. Fast forward to the present; we are now enjoying G20 meetings that are becoming almost monthly events, replete with wrangling and finger-pointing. Yet no amount of trickery or shadowy alliance-building is working. Why? Trying to sculpt a coherent policy based on the irrational printing of air-backed fiat currency is a fool's game. Again, the futility of the Glass Bead Game comes to mind; especially when a monetary formula for success and prosperity is readily available - but it would mean wresting control away from the world's bankers!

Basing the worth of any and all currencies on the weight of gold would bring much-needed reality to a world awash in worthless paper money. Believing in a gold-based system too hard to swallow? Okay, what is your solution? That we remain rooted in the world of Reductio ad absurdum? That is no solution and I think you know it.

A personal solution; and one being practiced globally, is the growing number of people who are shunning paper money and turning to gold and silver. China is one nation that is openly encouraging its 1.3 billion citizens to get out there and accumulate the currency metals. It is the same story in India where you can even buy or order gold from neighbourhood postal outlets. You do not have to tell the Europeans twice; they are buying gold like there is no tomorrow. America? Two years ago we did not succumb to the scandalous falsehood that 'buying gold is un-American'. That whisper campaign failed miserably. Last year, the 'phony gold bubble' story enjoyed even less success. In 2010, the current administration in Washington, has proven itself to be pathologically stubborn. I am certainly not expecting an endorsement from our Keynesian enamoured leaders to buy gold. They will go down with their ship; but that does not mean you have to join them.

If Washington attempts to outlaw gold and silver, we will respond with scoffing defiance, followed by anarchy and lawlessness. As I have stated many times, the collapse of currencies is coming.

Hopefully, out of the rubble, a system may emerge based on two radical ideas; we will embrace a monetary system based on gold, and the world governments will adapt a plan that includes a schedule of debt forgiveness. Think about it. This is not a position of destructive radicalism; more a case of remorseless logic and a valid attempt to at least move the dialogue in a different direction.

When it comes to the demise of fiat currency throughout the ages, I am not just talking through my hat. I do have history on my side. Debauching the in-country currency toppled Rome and lead to the French Revolution. The audacity to think our system cannot collapse is almost laughable.

In the interim, fasten your seat belts and prepare for the global carnival of madness to continue! Expect currency swings, sovereign debt defaults, the collapse of national governments, isolationism and trade wars becoming the order of the day. The carnival show is already in progress. For those in the know, some are comparing this to a fiscal Greek Tragedy. Please, do not take yourselves that seriously. Looking back over 2,000 years of currency default, we are merely watching a repeat performance of a not very original, hackneyed misadventure in Black Comedy.

Other Articles of Interest

2012 IRS Rules Change

David Nguyen Activist Post

Silver Supply Crisis Looms
Part I

Part 2

Jef Nielsen Bullion Bulls Canada

Bernanke: 60 Minutes,
2 Big Lies

Michael Pento
Euro Pacific Capital

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NIA Interview with Bill Murphy
Note: Bill Murphy & Andrew Maguire testified at the CFTC Hearings in the spring regarding the
Fraud of naked shorting of precious metals. He is the world's top expert on the manipulation and price suppression scheme that has been taking place in the gold/silver markets.

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Shock And Awe in Precious Metals ~ Jeff Nielson
December 3, 2010 
Issue 87


SGS Notes: I trust you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend... If you've been following silver and gold pricing since the weekend, you know that there has been a rapid rise in price of both metals... silver is now pushing $30 per ounce spot and gold is almost at $1415 per ounce...

Shock & Awe in Precious Metals
Jeff Nielson
December 1, 2010

Earlier this month, precious metals investors witnessed arguably the most concerted take-down of the precious metals sector since the Crash of ’08. First, investors were lathered-up into a mania, after World Bank head Robert Zoellick planted a piece in the Financial Times where he feigned interest in having a gold standard re-instituted.

Then the ambush took place.

This time, China was clearly participating as the ‘tag-team’ partner of the U.S. government. It began by raising reserve requirements for its banks – a move always seen as restraining the growth of an economy (and reducing commodities demand). Then the Chinese government leaked word that it was “planning interest rate increases” (even more bearish for commodities), all within the span of a couple of days.

What launched the “ambush”, however, was the utterly unprecedented move by the CME Group (owner of the Comex exchange) to radically increase margin requirements for silver halfway through a trading session. Clearly, the intent was to get precious metals investors as over-extended as possible – and then to “drop the hammer” on them at literally the best (i.e. most-damaging) moment.

This was immediately followed by yet another increase in bank reserves by China’s government, mere days after the previous reserve-increase was announced. With the U.S. having already taken radical action to curb commodities markets, it is simply not plausible that the Chinese government suddenly decided that further tightening was necessary. Instead, this was a move purely intended to generate more downside momentum in commodities by China, the world’s largest consumer of those commodities (including precious metals). And when those moves still did not generate the downward momentum desired by these market-manipulators, the CME Group announced yet another reduction of “margin” – this time for both gold and silver.

In previous years, a premeditated, orchestrated take-down of precious metals of this magnitude would derail the market for many weeks, if not months. However, that era is over.

Following the inevitable plunge of these commodities markets (as margin players were driven out), gold and silver quickly bottomed and firmed. This epitomizes the entirely different attitude of precious metals buyers. Whereas before such ambushes would create fear among investors that a “top” had occurred in the market, today all that goes through the minds of investors when precious metals go lower is “gold and silver are on sale!”

Buyers gleefully soaked-up every ounce of cheap bullion which the bullion banks chose to bestow upon them (as an early Christmas present). And now, with the month over, and “delivery” due in the Comex, those buyers are saying “give us our gold and silver.” While the numbers bounce around day-to-day, at present these buyers are wanting to take delivery on a large portion of total, available gold inventories and nearly ¾ of all available silver in Comex inventories.

Though it was the bankster cabal which launched this ‘shock’ on the precious metals market (and precious metals investors), the only ‘awe’ that was experienced was that of the banksters, themselves, as buyers are now holding out their hands and demanding that the bullion banks deliver most of their dwindling supplies of real bullion. Much like pointing a bazooka at someone – and not noticing that you were holding it backwards – this ambush has now blown up in the faces of these bankers.

If these manipulative buffoons had the slightest understanding of these markets, the spectacular failure of their attempt to (once again) “cap” precious metals would have come as no surprise. As I write regularly, anything under-priced (like precious metals) will be over-consumed. Push the price even lower, and inventories will disappear that much quicker.

The example I have used previously is chocolate bars. Price chocolate bars at 10 cents each (which was their price before 40 years of banker-produced inflation destroyed the value of our currency) and store shelves will be quickly stripped bare. Yet in the convoluted fantasy-world of the bullion banks, if they saw store shelves being cleaned-out with chocolate bars at 10 cents apiece, their “strategy” would be to attempt to kill demand by pricing them at 5 cents.

In previous years, the banksters could avoid being punished for their total ignorance of commodity fundamentals. Armed with countless tons of bullion which Western central banks had foolishly leased to them, when the cabal drove down precious metals prices and buyers stepped in to load-up, they would simply drive prices even lower (by dumping yet more bullion onto the market) – until even the most ardent bulls capitulated.


Other Articles of Interest

The Dumping Begins:
Chinese Reserve Managers Notified That Any Non-USG Guaranteed Securities Must Be Divested

Zerohedge

China, Russia Quit Dollar
China Daily

Why Governments Will
Buy Silver

SilverSeek


 


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The Day The Dollar Died

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Those days are gone, because the bullion is gone. Today, when bullion prices are driven down, and buyers step in to buy, it is the bullion banks who are now forced to capitulate. Much like a thug who points a revolver at someone – after the sixth shot is fired – the banksters now frighten no one in the precious metals market.

In the case of silver, the only “gun” now pointing at anyone is the gun which the bullion bankers are holding against their own temple (with a “silver bullet” in the chamber). As regular readers know, most of the total global stockpiles of silver (accumulated over roughly 5,000 years) are now gone. Used-up (in tiny amounts) in an infinite number of consumer and industrial goods, that silver can now never be economically recovered – unless/until the price rises to many multiples of the current price. Put another way, with gold now priced at roughly 50 times the price of silver, at some point before silver reaches $1400/oz, it will finally become valuable enough that industrial users will take measures to recover this silver, much like virtually 100% of all gold is recovered/recycled.

At the present time, the only message being sent (by the bankers) to silver’s multitude of industrial users is “silver is cheap”. With the bankers ensuring that silver is grossly under-priced, industrial demand is predictably soaring – up 18% year-over-year.

Readers must realize that these industrial users can obviously never be “frightened off” by cheap silver, but instead will simply increase their buying (as they have done). Having gotten industrial users ‘addicted’ to cheap silver, it is now up to the bullion banks to produce enough real bullion to satisfy the rabid appetite for industrial silver – or face the consequences: their own economic annihilation.

“Short” 100’s of millions of ounces of silver, JP Morgan is already facing $billions in losses on that part of their holdings, alone. However, after squandering their bullion inventories, the banksters turned to the derivatives market to use paper leverage to continue to manipulate prices.

Thanks to the CPM Group’s Jeffrey Christian, we have a rough idea of precisely how leveraged is that short position: about 100:1. So when JP Morgan starts with $billions in losses, and leverages that 100:1, the bottom-line is bankruptcy. And the harder these knuckle-draggers push-down on the market (thinking they are limiting their losses), the sooner the last bar of silver is gone – and with it, JP Morgan.

With available silver now nearly gone, we are very close to (if not already at) the point in time where industrial users make a frantic effort to buy and hoard every ounce of silver that they can lay their hands on, and soaring prices will only make them buy faster. Understand that the pretext of raising margin requirements in the silver market was to restore “order” to that market. Instead, because this move was motivated by corruption and malice rather than market fundamentals, raising margin requirements (and creating a “sale” for silver) is creating much more disorder – and rapidly setting the stage for an actual default (a fail to “deliver”) in the silver market.

It is because of this total reversal in attitudes (and the depletion of bullion inventories) that I continue to urge investors to “think like the big buyers”. They want to see bullion prices fall, because they know inventories are depleted, and any pull-backs will be shorter and shorter.

When bullion prices fall, gold and silver are “on sale”. Period. And as we are always reminded when any retailer advertises a sale, buy now – because quantities are limited.

 

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