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US Federal Reserve Dealing in Magic and Secrets

Bob Chapman
The International Forecaster
March 15, 2010

The dramatic and costly undertow of deflation continues unabated, as government via fiscal policy and the Federal Reserve, by creating money and credit out of thin air, proceed to overpower this deflation with massive inflation.

Unbeknownst to most the Fed and the Treasury have been maintaining this program for the past several years, accompanied by most major countries, all of which have taken the path of least resistance rather than address the underlying problems.

The current stage of problems had to be addressed 2-1/2 years ago in what has become known as a credit crisis. This continuing crisis has been accompanied by 22-1/8% current unemployment that has resulted in a perpetual fall in tax revenues and a resultant enlargement of government deficits. We might add that this condition is being experienced by many countries worldwide, which followed America’s leadership into this terrible financial and economic morass. These policies have led to massive sovereign debt policies, a hangover of the policies of 1933 and 1971.

The financial system in America is on the edge of default. A recent poll found that 92% of those surveyed wanted to unseat their current representative or Senator in Washington and only 21% believed that government enjoyed the consent of the governed. It’s very obvious people are not happy with the political, economic and financial situation presently. Eighty percent believe that government is enmeshed in partisan infighting. Not only between parties, but within parties as well. Politicians are very aware of these numbers and are frantic to get reelected. The public has recoiled in disgust. People are demanding that the power of government be curbed. People are sick and tired of paid off corrupt politicians, more than half of whom have been in office for more than ten years.

It is not healthy for a nation to have $3.3 trillion in Treasury bonds held by foreigners. China holds about $900 billion and Japan about $800 billion. We also understand that hedge funds and others also are fronting both countries, so the figures are not really reflective in their total positions. These nations for the most part are rolling their positions, but have not injected new capital into US Treasuries. That is why the Fed had to fund 80% of new Treasury debt last year.

Presently the Fed is fighting and pulling out all stops to halt legislation to audit the Federal Reserve, a private corporation, which has managed our monetary policy since 1913, under the Federal Reserve Act. On Monday the Treasury held a media conference for financial reporters and bloggers in which the Fed was discussed. The meeting had some very strange conditions. Mr. Geithner, Mr. Krueger and Mr. Sperling could be paraphrased but not quoted and what was paraphrased could not be connected to a specific official. Again, the element of secrecy to protect the guilty. One blogger said, “Did they get the ground rules from Al Qaeda?” The meeting was a travesty. How can government officials demand secrecy in public briefings? It is no wonder that 90% of the public and 317 members of Congress want more Treasury transparency and an audit and investigation of the Fed. This is the same gang run by Geithner and Bernanke that are currently running the gold suppression scheme. When you have a criminal cabal involved you have no transparency. That is why the audit of the Fed is so important. Such an exercise would expose exactly what both have been doing in the markets. The Fed and Treasury have lied for years about what they have been up too in behalf of their Illuminist friends. It is not only about the actions of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, but the funding of Watergate, Saddam Hussein, who they supposedly conveniently hung, the countries that secretly received loans, how much, who got them and what was the collateral? Were currency swaps with foreign control banks used to strengthen the dollar by the Fed and for those foreign control banks to purchase Treasury and Agency paper? How about all the inside information funneled to Wall Street and banking for almost a century from both the Fed and Treasury ? Their lies are legion. They both are manipulating every market in the world 24/7 and the American people want it stopped. We also want an audit of America’s gold and the testing of the gold bars held. There is much we want to know, so we can save our country and our freedom.

Investors continue to chase yields, which is a dumb practice. Interest rates are at 80-year lows and can only stay the same or rise. People are grabbing junk bond yields that will come back to haunt them.

At least for now Greece and euro problems are being shuffled into the background. You can imagine this is not the last of the eurozone problems. The PIIGS will be back one by one to cause never-ending problems until they are forced to leave the eurozone. That will cause a eurozone breakup, probably by the end of next year.

This is the first real threat to the eurozone since its beginning ten years ago, and we think they will find that their rules are so restrictive that weak members will be forced to leave. The monetary policy and interest rates may be singular, but fiscal policy is not. Exchange rates for the euro must fit all members, but rates and methods of growth vary widely. With one currency sovereignty has effectively been lost. Public debt to GDP has to be under 3%, while most are over 3%: Greece is at 10.7%. There is also a public debt limit of 60% of GDP, which all nations in the zone have broken. All precepts have not and cannot be met. There is no effective policy because there is no way to enforce the rules. In addition most have current account deficits and the zone effectively has been carried by Germany from this aspect. The bottom line is a few have growth, the rest do not. As a result there is pressure, due to poor growth in some of the nations, for austerity measures to reduce fiscal deficits at the worst possible time. Greece comes first along with Ireland and the rest will follow.

Just as an example, Spain has a fiscal deficit of 10% of GDP that has to fall to 3% within three years, which is virtually impossible just as it is in Greece. Their current account deficit is 4.5% of GDP. In a recessionary/depressionary world getting into the plus column is a tall order. This dilemma is the result in part of the housing collapse caused by Spanish banks and inattention by the Bank for International Settlements. We see consumption continuing to fall in the face of 20% unemployment, which worsens by the day. The PIIGS and a present total of 19 nations are effectively bankrupt. We do not believe they can survive without devaluation and debt default. That is why we expect that to happen next year.

Historically banks have kept loan loss allowance ratios at $1.33 for every dollar of debt. Today it is 0.58%.

The commercial paper market rose $11.2 billion last week to $1.145 trillion.

The Treasury sold $21 billion in 10-year T-notes. The bid-to-cover was 3.45 to 1, which is average vs. 2.85 to 1. This was the highest since 1995. Indirect bidders, which include foreign central banks, bought 35.1%, compared to an average of 41.7% at the last four re-openings.

Almost 39 million Americans received food stamps in December, the most ever, as the jobless rate hovered near a 26- year high, the government said.

Recipients of the subsidies for food purchases climbed 23 percent from a year earlier and rose 2.1 percent from November, the U. S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a statement on its Web site. The number receiving the benefit has set records for 13 straight months.

Food aid climbed as the national unemployment rate reached 10.1 percent in October, the highest since June 1983, and remained at 10 percent through December before easing to 9.7 percent in January.

An average of 40.5 million people will get food stamps each month in the federal fiscal year that began Oct. 1, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said last week. The figure is projected to rise to 43.3 million in 2011.

Nevada had the biggest increase in the percentage of the population receiving the coupons, up 49 percent from December, USDA figures show. Texas had the most recipients, at 3.31 million, topping California’s 3.11 million.

The U.S. government recorded a budget deficit of $221 billion in February, the Treasury Department reported Wednesday, even as its income posted a big increase for the month.

Income totaled $107.5 billion in February, a 23% increase over last February’s total, and marking the first monthly year-over-year increase since April 2008.

Spending was $328 billion in February, up 17% year over year. That was the largest February total on record, a Treasury official said.

February was the 17th consecutive month that the government recorded a deficit. It was a little less than expected: last week the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the deficit would be $223 billion in February.

Year to date, the deficit is $652 billion, according to the Treasury data.

SEVEN HOUSE members, including Northern Virginia Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D), collected more than $840,000 in political contributions from employees and clients of a lobbying firm, Paul Magliocchetti and Associates Group (PMA), during a two-year span. In that same period, the lawmakers, strategically situated on the Appropriations defense subcommittee, directed more than $245 million in earmarks to clients of PMA.

If you think those two facts are unrelated, you are qualified to be on the House ethics committee. The panel recently found that “simply because a member sponsors an earmark for an entity that also happens to be a campaign contributor does not, on these two facts alone, support a claim that a member’s actions are being influenced by campaign contributions.”

The ethics committee acknowledged that “there is a widespread perception among corporations and lobbyists that campaign contributions provide enhanced access to members or a greater chance of obtaining earmarks.” Gee, how could anyone have gotten that impression? Maybe because the lawmakers targeted those seeking earmarks for campaign contributions? Sent their key appropriations staffers to fundraisers?

For instance, in 2008, the appropriations director for Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) told corporations interested in obtaining earmarks that they needed to submit requests by Feb. 15. On Feb. 27, Mr. Visclosky’s campaign manager sent a letter to companies that had sought his help on defense matters inviting them to a fundraiser on March 12. Mr. Visclosky’s political committees received $35,300 from clients of PMA that month, plus another $12,000 from the lobbying firm and its employees. A week after the fundraiser, which was focused on defense contractors and attended by his chief of staff and appropriations director, Mr. Visclosky requested earmarks for six PMA clients, totaling more than $14 million.

House leaders understand that voters may not be quite as obtuse as the ethics committee seems to assume, and their extreme embarrassment — over this and other scandals — may lead to useful action. The House is right to ban lawmakers from earmarking government funds for for-profit companies. It should go further, and extend the prohibition to nonprofit and educational institutions as well. Some nonprofit institutions spend enormous sums on lobbyists, who dispense campaign donations in hope of obtaining earmarks. More important, the Senate must follow suit, as much as it appears disinclined to do so. A system that aligns campaign cash and earmarks is inherently unseemly, if not outright corrupt, and the Senate is tainted by this setup as well.

We say this fully aware that the Constitution grants Congress the power of the purse and that earmarks are not close to the biggest reason for out-of-control spending. And that lawmakers have taken steps in recent years to reduce the number of earmarks and make the process more open. And that eliminating earmarks would not end every instance in which private interests lobby for — and make campaign contributions in hope of obtaining — particular favors.

It would, however, eliminate the worst such abuse. The House Ethics Manual cautions members “to avoid even the appearance that solicitations of campaign contributions are connected in any way with an action taken or to be taken in an official capacity.” The ethics committee, dismissing that caution and a recommendation by the newly created independent Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate two of the seven representatives, decided there was nothing to worry about in the PMA case. With standards this lax, the only reasonable choice is to end the earmarks that fuel this sleazy process. [This dramatically shows you why campaign contributions have to end.]

The dramatic and costly undertow of deflation continues unabated, as government via fiscal policy and the Federal Reserve, by creating money and credit out of thin air, proceed to overpower this deflation with massive inflation.

Unbeknownst to most the Fed and the Treasury have been maintaining this program for the past several years, accompanied by most major countries, all of which have taken the path of least resistance rather than address the underlying problems.

The current stage of problems had to be addressed 2-1/2 years ago in what has become known as a credit crisis. This continuing crisis has been accompanied by 22-1/8% current unemployment that has resulted in a perpetual fall in tax revenues and a resultant enlargement of government deficits. We might add that this condition is being experienced by many countries worldwide, which followed America’s leadership into this terrible financial and economic morass. These policies have led to massive sovereign debt policies, a hangover of the policies of 1933 and 1971.

The financial system in America is on the edge of default. A recent poll found that 92% of those surveyed wanted to unseat their current representative or Senator in Washington and only 21% believed that government enjoyed the consent of the governed. It’s very obvious people are not happy with the political, economic and financial situation presently. Eighty percent believe that government is enmeshed in partisan infighting. Not only between parties, but within parties as well. Politicians are very aware of these numbers and are frantic to get reelected. The public has recoiled in disgust. People are demanding that the power of government be curbed. People are sick and tired of paid off corrupt politicians, more than half of whom have been in office for more than ten years.

It is not healthy for a nation to have $3.3 trillion in Treasury bonds held by foreigners. China holds about $900 billion and Japan about $800 billion. We also understand that hedge funds and others also are fronting both countries, so the figures are not really reflective in their total positions. These nations for the most part are rolling their positions, but have not injected new capital into US Treasuries. That is why the Fed had to fund 80% of new Treasury debt last year.

Presently the Fed is fighting and pulling out all stops to halt legislation to audit the Federal Reserve, a private corporation, which has managed our monetary policy since 1913, under the Federal Reserve Act. On Monday the Treasury held a media conference for financial reporters and bloggers in which the Fed was discussed. The meeting had some very strange conditions. Mr. Geithner, Mr. Krueger and Mr. Sperling could be paraphrased but not quoted and what was paraphrased could not be connected to a specific official. Again, the element of secrecy to protect the guilty. One blogger said, “Did they get the ground rules from Al Qaeda?” The meeting was a travesty. How can government officials demand secrecy in public briefings? It is no wonder that 90% of the public and 317 members of Congress want more Treasury transparency and an audit and investigation of the Fed. This is the same gang run by Geithner and Bernanke that are currently running the gold suppression scheme. When you have a criminal cabal involved you have no transparency. That is why the audit of the Fed is so important. Such an exercise would expose exactly what both have been doing in the markets. The Fed and Treasury have lied for years about what they have been up too in behalf of their Illuminist friends. It is not only about the actions of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, but the funding of Watergate, Saddam Hussein, who they supposedly conveniently hung, the countries that secretly received loans, how much, who got them and what was the collateral? Were currency swaps with foreign control banks used to strengthen the dollar by the Fed and for those foreign control banks to purchase Treasury and Agency paper? How about all the inside information funneled to Wall Street and banking for almost a century from both the Fed and Treasury? Their lies are legion. They both are manipulating every market in the world 24/7 and the American people want it stopped. We also want an audit of America’s gold and the testing of the gold bars held. There is much we want to know, so we can save our country and our freedom.

Investors continue to chase yields, which is a dumb practice. Interest rates are at 80-year lows and can only stay the same or rise. People are grabbing junk bond yields that will come back to haunt them.

At least for now Greece and euro problems are being shuffled into the background. You can imagine this is not the last of the eurozone problems. The PIIGS will be back one by one to cause never-ending problems until they are forced to leave the eurozone. That will cause a eurozone breakup, probably by the end of next year.

This is the first real threat to the eurozone since its beginning ten years ago, and we think they will find that their rules are so restrictive that weak members will be forced to leave. The monetary policy and interest rates may be singular, but fiscal policy is not. Exchange rates for the euro must fit all members, but rates and methods of growth vary widely. With one currency sovereignty has effectively been lost. Public debt to GDP has to be under 3%, while most are over 3%: Greece is at 10.7%. There is also a public debt limit of 60% of GDP, which all nations in the zone have broken. All precepts have not and cannot be met. There is no effective policy because there is no way to enforce the rules. In addition most have current account deficits and the zone effectively has been carried by Germany from this aspect. The bottom line is a few have growth, the rest do not. As a result there is pressure, due to poor growth in some of the nations, for austerity measures to reduce fiscal deficits at the worst possible time. Greece comes first along with Ireland and the rest will follow.

Just as an example, Spain has a fiscal deficit of 10% of GDP that has to fall to 3% within three years, which is virtually impossible just as it is in Greece. Their current account deficit is 4.5% of GDP. In a recessionary/depressionary world getting into the plus column is a tall order. This dilemma is the result in part of the housing collapse caused by Spanish banks and inattention by the Bank for International Settlements. We see consumption continuing to fall in the face of 20% unemployment, which worsens by the day. The PIIGS and a present total of 19 nations are effectively bankrupt. We do not believe they can survive without devaluation and debt default. That is why we expect that to happen next year.

Historically banks have kept loan loss allowance ratios at $1.33 for every dollar of debt. Today it is 0.58%.

The commercial paper market rose $11.2 billion last week to $1.145 trillion.

The Treasury sold $21 billion in 10-year T-notes. The bid-to-cover was 3.45 to 1, which is average vs. 2.85 to 1. This was the highest since 1995. Indirect bidders, which include foreign central banks, bought 35.1%, compared to an average of 41.7% at the last four re-openings.

Almost 39 million Americans received food stamps in December, the most ever, as the jobless rate hovered near a 26- year high, the government said.

Recipients of the subsidies for food purchases climbed 23 percent from a year earlier and rose 2.1 percent from November, the U. S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a statement on its Web site. The number receiving the benefit has set records for 13 straight months.

Food aid climbed as the national unemployment rate reached 10.1 percent in October, the highest since June 1983, and remained at 10 percent through December before easing to 9.7 percent in January.

An average of 40.5 million people will get food stamps each month in the federal fiscal year that began Oct. 1, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said last week. The figure is projected to rise to 43.3 million in 2011.

Nevada had the biggest increase in the percentage of the population receiving the coupons, up 49 percent from December, USDA figures show. Texas had the most recipients, at 3.31 million, topping California’s 3.11 million.

The U.S. government recorded a budget deficit of $221 billion in February, the Treasury Department reported Wednesday, even as its income posted a big increase for the month.

Income totaled $107.5 billion in February, a 23% increase over last February’s total, and marking the first monthly year-over-year increase since April 2008.

Spending was $328 billion in February, up 17% year over year. That was the largest February total on record, a Treasury official said.

February was the 17th consecutive month that the government recorded a deficit. It was a little less than expected: last week the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the deficit would be $223 billion in February.

Year to date, the deficit is $652 billion, according to the Treasury data.

The Senate approved a $140 billion package of tax breaks and aid to the unemployed Wednesday, the most substantial effort by the chamber to boost the nation’s economy since passing the stimulus bill last year.

Six Republicans joined 56 Democrats to pass the “tax extenders” measure, 62 to 36. The package faces an uncertain future in the House, where Democrats have taken a markedly different approach to the “jobs agenda” than have their Senate colleagues.

The American Eagle Silver Dollar Coin

American Eagle Silver Dollars are authorized by Congress and produced by the United States Mint at West Point, New York and are legal tender coins with a face value of one dollar (though they are worth considerably more since the market price of one ounce of silver has been many times greater than one dollar for more than four decades). Unlike silver medallions, silver bars, or art bars, American Eagles are Official Legal Tender guaranteed by the U.S. Government as to silver weight and silver purity.

Since the first day American Eagle Silver Dollars were released in 1986, they’ve been the most highly prized and most popular Silver Bullion Coins in the world! Many consider the design of the coin to be one of the most beautiful coins ever produced. Requiring no assaying, American Eagles are easily converted to cash at any time.

American Silver Eagle

The obverse (front) of the coin features Adolph A. Weinman’s stunning Walking Liberty design originally used on U.S. Silver Half Dollars from 1916 through 1947. The reverse design is a rendition of a heraldic eagle by John Mercanti and also features a shield, with 13 stars, representing the 13 original American colonies, positioned above the eagle’s head.

Highly prized for their historical beauty and pure silver content, American Eagle Silver Dollars are the largest Silver Dollars ever issued by the U.S. Mint. (These are impressively large and substantial coins.) By law, each coin contains one full troy ounce of pure silver. Each coin contains 1.0000 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver and is 40.6 mm (1.598 inches) in diameter.

Every Silver Eagle is a work of art, minted to exacting standards by the United States Mint. These classic coins are among the most affordable ways to own government minted bullion coins.

These coins are commonly used as investments or gifts or collected or as protection in case of national disasters or bank failures.

Note: SILVER COINS ARE STANDARD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALMOST ALL SURVIVAL AND NATIONAL DISASTER SITUATIONS WHEN BANKS MAY FAIL OR CLOSE AND PAPER MONEY IS USELESS – ONLY SILVER AND GOLD IS ACCEPTED EVERYWHERE IN EVERY EMERGENCY.

NIA on Silver Short Squeeze

How much over spot is a good price for silver and gold?

A good price for a 1 oz silver coin like an American Eagle or Canadian Maple Leaf is 12% over spot, and a good price for a 1 oz silver bar is 6% over spot.

For gold, a good price for a 1 oz gold coin like an American Eagle or Canadian Maple Leaf is 4% over spot, and a good price for a 1 oz gold bar is 2% over spot.

The larger premium for silver compared to gold indicates a shortage in the physical silver market.

Now that GATA has blown the doors off the LBMA ponzi scheme, and we know there is only 1 oz of silver for every 100 oz represented on paper, why hasn’t there been a panic to dump paper and go into physical? What will it take to trigger a short squeeze?

We don’t believe there is only 1 oz of physical silver for every 100 oz represented on paper. Most likely, there is 1 to 3 times more paper silver than physical silver. This is still a major problem that will ultimately result in a major silver shortage and short squeeze, once a large number of COMEX holders begin to demand physical delivery of silver. This is a topic that we will be covering extensively in our new documentary coming out next month.

If the silver market is controlled by JP Morgan and others, how does the little guy stand a chance of making money?

The manipulation by JP Morgan through naked short selling is providing an opportunity for normal everyday investors to purchase silver at dirt-cheap prices. Without JP Morgan’s naked short selling, it’s possible silver would already be well above $30 per ounce right now.

Remember, JP Morgan is not manipulating silver up, they are manipulating it down and the manipulation can’t last forever. When investors around the globe call for physical delivery of their silver, there will be a shortage of physical silver and JP Morgan will be forced to cover their naked short position, causing silver prices to explode to the upside.

NIA believes silver will eventually see the biggest short squeeze in the history of all commodities.

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Western Economies Face Hyperinflation

There will be no double dip. It will be a lot worse.

The world economy will soon go into an accelerated and precipitous decline which will make the 2007 to early 2009 downturn seem like a walk in the park. The world financial system has temporarily been on life support by trillions of printed dollars that governments call money. But the effect of this massive money printing is ephemeral since it is not possible to save a world economy built on worthless paper by creating more of the same. The hyperinflationary depression that many western countries, including the US and the UK, will experience is likely to mark the end of an era that has lasted over 200 years since the industrial revolution,” reports Egon von Greyerz of Matterhorn Asset Management.

Hot money in inflation mode
Tuesday the government reported producer prices rose for the first time in four months, while industrial production rose more than expected. That’s it, inflation is back! The Fed’s cheap money, or near-zero interest rates, after having failed to inspire much lending and borrowing from banks and consumers, is for sure leading investment banks and hedge funds to make big bets on such things as gold. Eton Park Capital Management LP, a hedge fund, revealed it took a big stake in the SPDR Gold Trust ETF on Monday with a regulatory filing,” reports Marketwatch.

Is Silver Ready to Move Higher ?
There are several compelling reasons to consider adding physical silver to your precious metal portfolio, but why isn’t silver receiving the same attention as gold? Silver is still in stage one of its bull market, while gold is already in stage two. Bull market first stages are always marked by apathy….and disbelief that any uptrend is sustainable. Those conditions explain what happened to gold, when it was under $1,000/oz. Only when it hurdled that psychological barrier did gold start receiving widespread attention of its attributes and upside potential,” reports James Turk at GoldMoney.

Protect yourself from inflation with silver bullion coins.

2010 Year of the Tiger – 1 oz Silver Coin (Series 2)
2010yearofthetiger2010yearofthetigerobverseCreated due to popular demand from international investors, the Perth Mint’s Lunar design theme is secure for another 12 years with the introduction of the Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coin Series II.

Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Struck from 99.9% pure silver, the 2010 releases are available as individual 1 kilo and 1oz coins and in a Three-Coin Set comprising 2oz, 1oz and 1/2oz coins. (1 kilo denomination shown in obverse illustration.)

Year of the Tiger Design
The reverse of each coin depicts a tiger lying under a tree. As well as the inscription ‘Year of the Tiger’ and the Chinese character for ‘tiger’, the design also incorporates The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.

Gold and Silver Explode as Banksters Abandon Market Manipulation

Gold has surged to a new high as the prospect of inflation reared its ugly head in the United Kingdom on bad news from a report indicating a weaker-than-expected eurozone industrial production. Germany and France, despite sovereign debt fears, have been able to manage anemic growth but today’s data signals a slow down.

On Tuesday the gold price traded as high as $1,261.90 and as low as $1,246. “The U.S. dollar index was adding 0.03% to $81.90 while the euro was losing 0.19% to $1.28 vs. the dollar. The spot gold price was rising $14.30, according to Kitco’s gold index,” writes Alix Steel for The Street.

Silver also experienced a boost today. The precious metal was up 14 cents to $20.31. Earlier this month, spot silver trading reached its highest point since March 2008.

“While silver has many of the same investment attributes as gold, it enjoys the added advantage of industrial demand. And as a currency alternative, silver is more practical. It’s been used as a currency, most notably by the United Kingdom (pound sterling). The French word for money is argent, or silver. In fact, the United States and Great Britain were both on a silver standard up until the 1800’s,” explains Gabriel Wisdom, writing for Forbes on September 8.

Market observers believe silver prices will soon rise on speculation that JP Morgan is in the process of winding down its proprietary trading operations. “In the past years, compelling evidence of silver and gold price manipulation by JP Morgan has been found,” writes Elisheva Wiriaatmadja.

“JP Morgan was not just an accommodative good corporate citizen in the illegal transfer of the manipulative silver (and gold) COMEX short position. In addition to undisclosed government guarantees against loss, JP Morgan was given free reign to liquidate the COMEX short position at their discretion, knowing full-well the regulators would look the other way, no matter what dirty tricks were necessary to cause the price to collapse,” MarketWatch noted over two years ago.

Now that the banksters have decided to abandon their artificially low price scheme, the price of silver will rise, making it an excellent investment.

Article written by Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com

Gold Leaps to New High

Gold prices shot to their highest level in history today touching a high of $1,297.40.

As you may well be aware of, the gold prices that you are quoted is heavily dependent on the fluctuations in the demand for this precious commodity and the future seems rosy because there are increasing numbers of people investing their money into buying gold. The reason why you should also consider putting your money into buying gold is that it becomes an asset that is solid, and which has bright chances of appreciating which will make your money grow for you.

Effect Of Weakened Dollar

What’s more, things are even more interesting with the gold prices as the relative weakness of the US dollar has impacted these prices. That means that investors are turning to buying gold in order to offset the weakened dollar’s impact on gold prices which has only pushed these prices northwards.

The U.S. dollar has been hit hard by Tuesday’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting statement from the Federal Reserve. While the Fed did not specifically detail quantitative easing measures, most analysts said the statement strongly suggests such due to the very accommodative stance of the Fed, amid a still-anemic U.S. economy. Fresh quantitative stimulus from the Fed, which basically means increasing the U.S. money supply by buying of U.S. securities by the Fed, is significantly dollar-bearish.

And, given that oil prices too are heading north, the fear that inflation will also show no signs of abating which will have the effect of eroding the value of your money; it means that buying gold is a good safeguard for the future.

As we’ve seen in recent weeks, gold prices have been soaring, and with the ever looming threat of a currency crisis, investors are finding it expedient to put their money into assets such as gold that are solid and good value for the future as well. A reason for such thinking is that gold prices will ride over any turmoil in the US economy which may come about as a result of a war in Iran which could otherwise bring stock and property prices crashing down.

Silver prices also hit another fresh 30-month high of $21.26 an ounce. The sinking U.S. dollar and the record-high gold prices have boosted silver. Prices are still in a steep four-week-old uptrend on the daily bar chart and there are still no early technical clues to suggest a market top is close at hand.

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Some Tips On Collecting Canadian Silver Coins

More and more people are now becoming actively involved with Canadian silver coin collecting, and one of the reasons is that like the American Dollar, Canadian paper money has deflated in value by as much as between twenty-five to thirty percent over a relatively short period of time. This increased interest in Canadian silver coin collecting has led manufacturers of Canadian coins into making a variety of coins that it is hoped will make up for the loss in value of paper money.

Canadian Maple LeafCanadian Silver Maple Leaf coins are one of the world’s most recognized silver bullion coins. First minted in 1988 and struck every year since, silver Maple Leaf coins contain one troy ounce of pure silver. Minted in .9999 fine silver, Canadian Silver Maple Leafs are among the purest of all silver dollar-sized coins minted by any government. Maple Leafs are magnificently designed, with attention to every intricate detail. This has made the Silver Maple Leaf highly desirable by investors and collectors alike.

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Silver Shines as an Economic Solution

Here’s another interesting article written by Cassandra Anderson and posted on MORPHcity of another State government working towards bringing back Constitutional money into our economy.

Idaho State Representative Phil Hart authored the Idaho State Silver Gem Act earlier this year which allows for the Idaho State Treasurer to issue silver medallions and make them available to the public; people may use them for any purpose they want and will have the option of paying their State taxes with the silver. The benefits of the Silver Gem Act are:

  • Silver can be used as an alternative currency, outside of the banking system
  • Jobs will be created in the metal refining industry in Idaho
  • Silver- and gold- are a protection against inflation for both the public and Idaho State

The Idaho Silver Gem Act serves as a model that other states and local governments can use. If the bill passes, people can use silver with confidence because the government of Idaho will accept it, too. The Idaho Silver gem Act will also help to prevent possible federal precious metal confiscation.

According to G. Edward Griffin, America’s monetary system is based on fiat money, it has no intrinsic value and it is not asset- backed. Federal Reserve notes have value because of government regulations (the Legal Tender laws) that mandate their use under the threat of fine or imprisonment. The Legal Tender laws require people and businesses to accept Federal Reserve notes for payment, if Federal Reserve notes are offered as payment. However, people, businesses and even governments can also accept payment in the form of gold, silver or any other thing of value- they are not tied to accepting only Federal Reserve notes.

Mr. Griffin said that the bankers DO NOT own most of the gold- most of the gold is still in the ground! And even if the bankers did own all of the gold, but the monetary system was based on gold, such a commodity backed money system would prohibit the bankers from using fractional reserves to make loans and collecting interest on money created from nothing, thus limiting their primary stream of income.

Representative Hart’s Idaho Silver Gem Act, fully endorsed by G. Edward Griffin, is a first small step toward a competing currency. Instead of creating sweeping banking reforms Hart’s legislation is practical, incremental and it can be put into place immediately. For example, Georgia had a bill that would have made it mandatory for silver and gold to be used in all State business. Georgia’s bill failed because the implementation of the bill would have been monumental- imagine the difficulty of all businesses and entities trading with Georgia State’s government having to convert all payments into precious metals.

Representative Phil Hart’s Silver Gem Act passed the Idaho House vote (51 to 14) but it died in a Senate committee earlier this year. Two of the senators who were outspoken critics of the legislation were defeated in the 2010 primary election, improving the bill’s chances for next year. The Silver Gem Act is the only competing currency bill to get this far and Phil Hart will re-introduce it again next year if he is re-elected.

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Representative Phil Hart

Fed Hints It Will Print and Inflate Dollars as Gold Hits New Record

Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans says the Fed will probably “overshoot” its “informal” two percent inflation target in a desperate effort to jump-start the economy and get credit moving again.

“In the last several months I’ve stared at our unemployment forecast and come to the conclusion that it’s just not coming down nearly as quickly as it should,” Evans told the Wall Street Journal. “This is a far grimmer forecast than we ought to have,” he said, so Evans favors “much more accommodation than we’ve put in place.”

In other words, the Fed will continue its destructive policy of “quantitative easing.” It will create money ex nihilo — out of nothing — and further devalue the dollar. The Fed will use funny money created out of thin air to purchase government bonds, mortgage-backed securities and corporate bonds. Zombie banks will feed this funny money into the stock market casino.

The Fed knows “that they can use the stock indices as a ruse to dupe the dopes into thinking all is well while promulgating the belief that the Fed is here to help,” writes Barry M. Ferguson. “In real terms, the US dollar has lost more than 50% of its value since 2001 while the Dow has remained at the same level of ten years ago.”

For those not fooled by the Fed and the corporate financial media, the only safe haven is in gold and silver. So long as the Fed continues to destroy the dollar, gold and silver will follow an inverse trend reaction to dollar devaluation, as Ferguson notes.

Article written by Kurt Nimmo
Prison Planet.com
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FED Chairman Bernanke says The United States is on the Brink of Financial Disaster

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently spoke at the the Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in Providence, Rhode Island, warning about the current state of the government finances. His conclusion, the situation is dire and “unsustainable”.

Ben_BernankeHe said, “The recent deep recession and the subsequent slow recovery have created severe budgetary pressures not only for many households and businesses, but for governments as well. Indeed, in the United States, governments at all levels are grappling not only with the near-term effects of economic weakness, but also with the longer-run pressures that will be generated by the need to provide health care and retirement security to an aging population. There is no way around it–meeting these challenges will require policymakers and the public to make some very difficult decisions and to accept some sacrifices. But history makes clear that countries that continually spend beyond their means suffer slower growth in incomes and living standards and are prone to greater economic and financial instability.”

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What are Commemorative Coins?

Commemorative coins have become very popular with some people who want different kinds of coins in their collections or for souvenirs. Many times they are used as gifts for special occasions.

There is a strong demand for these coins among people who are collectors as they may have significant meaning to them. Others will want them to remember an important day or occasion. The mint date and the event celebrated by the coin could be one factor people consider them collectible items.

Commemorative coins have been minted since the days of the early Greeks and the Romans. But no nation has surpassed the splendor and the beauty of the designs of American commemorative coins. From the first commemorative coins issued for the 1892-1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to the modern commemorative coins of today, the diversity of themes and designs is unmatched. Some of the most talented sculptors of their day have designed these coins.

Commemorative coins in the United States were issued to honor significant historical events and noteworthy people from American history. That fact alone gives commemorative coins an appeal well beyond those interested in numismatics. In the classic commemorative coin series (1892 to 1954) there are 50 different design types and 144 different date and mintmark combinations. Many collectors attempt to complete either or both of these sets.

There are countries that have produce commemorative coins and used these coins for propaganda. There were monarchs who issued coins to commemorate past or current events and/or celebrations that recognized their authority.

The half dollar was produced in 1892 to commemorate the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This was a celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of the expedition of Christopher Columbus and his discoveries in the world.

During the following year, the first quarter dollar commemorative was introduced to signify the Exposition as well, but it also gave honor to queen Isabella of Spain. She was the one who “back-pedaled” the political agendas on Women Rights.

The first commemorative coins that were made of silver were introduced in the 1900s. The coins were minted in honor of Lafayette and George Washington. In the following years, the half dollar coin was denominated, and the legal tender commemorative coins were created to mark celebrations rather than historical events. These coins are recognized today as classical sets of special coins of historical events between the years 1892 – 1954.

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It was in 1932 that the Washington quarter dollar was released as the United States’ second commemorative coin in its denomination. It was issued for the 200th birth anniversary of George Washington. The coin also continues its circulation as a commemorative coin because of its popularity.

It was uncharacteristic to circulate a commemorative coin of the 1892 – 1954 era in the United States because the government had not intentionally put them into circulation, (they were not legally approved by the government for public use) so collectors will not pay the premium costs of these coins that are still in the market.

In 1975, that the Bicentennial quarter was introduced. It became the second circulating commemorative coin in the country, while the silver dollars and half dollars (1776 – 1976) were reissued as a special collector’s edition.

Many collectors have different agendas when collecting these coins. Some prefer commemorative coins from 1892 – 1954 while most collectors choose the modern editions. They know that these coins have different values depending on the series and/or editions.

Although there have been different series released, a proposal was submitted to congress that would mark the Lincoln cent for his birth anniversary. No one knows whether or not the 1-cent denomination commemorative coin will be minted.

The confusing part of these commemoratives that are circulating is the pattern of the denomination. The 1776-1976 commemorative half-dollar and silver dollar may not be included in collections because of their scarcity. Most of the coins that are circulating are the quarter dollar coins. It should be an interesting development for the proposed circulation of the one cent commemorative coin.

Silver VS Gold – Disconnected price ratio

Silver, at its current price is trading for only 1.78% the price of gold. We have a gold/silver ratio of 56, despite the fact that only ten times more silver has been produced in world history than gold.

On December 11th, 2009, NIA declared silver the best investment for the next decade. On December 21st, 2009, in NIA’s top 10 predictions for 2010, NIA predicted a sharp decline in the gold/silver ratio, which was 64 at the time.

NIA was right, the gold/silver ratio has declined by 12.5% so far this year.

Silver should be selling for over $80 per ounce right now with Gold over $1300 per ounce.

The time is RIGHT to be accumulating more of this precious metal. I really like Silver Snowball for accumulating silver because with it’s incredible affiliate program, you can actually get your silver at below spot prices. I recommend it.

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Crash JP Morgan, Buy Physical Silver

Over the past 11 years, the Gata (Gold Anti-Trust Action) committee has worked to reveal the silver/gold price suppression scheme; thanks to whistleblower Andrew Maguire in London, an investigation has been opened. As part of the ongoing exposé, it has now become clear that JP Morgan is sitting on what is estimated to be 3.3bn ounce “short” position in silver (which they have sold short, meaning they don’t own it to begin with) in an attempt to keep the price artificially low in order to keep the relative appeal of the dollar and other fiat currencies high. The potential liability for JP Morgan has been an open secret for a few years.

Why it did not work in 1980.
In 1980, the Hunt brothers bought silver contracts on leverage. They also borrowed money against the value of their real silver. When silver values were manipulated lower, the Hunts were bankrupted, and they lost their silver hoard back to the manipulators. Also, interest rates on paper money were high enough to trick people into going back into paper. If people continue to try to buy paper silver, or buy silver with borrowed money, or let their silver be stored with the bankers and brokers, it will not work. People must be responsible enough to take possession of their silver, and they must choose to avoid borrowing money.

More effective than urging all people to buy 1 oz. of silver, would be to urge only a few people to buy all the silver that they can afford.

How many people? Perhaps it will only take reaching 1% of people in the USA with this message, or even less!

As it is, about 100 million oz. of silver per year are being purchased for investment. With silver prices at $26/oz., that’s barely $2.6 billion invested into silver per year. Even the purchase of silver by any one of several thousand billionaires could be enough to reach a major tipping point. Silver demand by investors is increasing naturally anyway, as the effects of the bail outs are obvious. Buying silver for protection is the less obvious choice, but more and more are seeing the need to buy silver.

Right now, silver eagle sales for the month of November hit an all-time record high and the availability of silver on a wholesale level is drying up. The most important indicator is the price itself – holding just under a 30-year high. With each uptick JP Morgan gets closer to going bust or requiring a bailout.

Crash JP Morgan, Buy Physical Silver

Here’s how the campaign works: wealth tied to a fiat currency is easily overwhelmed by wealth tied to silver and gold. And the world is waking up to the fact that they have the ability, without government assistance or other interference, to create a new precious metals-based backed currency system by simply converting their fiat paper into real money.

This campaign has 100% chance of working; it falls into the category of a self-fulfilling prophecy. As more individuals buy silver and gold, all attempts to replenish the system with more paper money will only cause the purchasing power of the silver and gold to increase – thus prompting more people to buy more. Any attempts to bail out JP Morgan would have the same effect. If the US Fed was to flood the system with bailout money for JP Morgan to cover their silver short position (as they did after the collapse of Long-Term Capital Management), more inflation will ensue and the price of silver and gold will rise more, triggering more purchases. A virtuous circle is born.

Silver Bullion Bars

At no time has silver been worthless. While that may seem like a silly statement, if you really think about it, stocks and bonds, real estate, many other types of investments may become less than stable, but at no time in history has precious metal been worth nothing at all, or been hard to sell.

5oz Apmex Silver BarFor thousands of years silver was the weight by which wealth was measured. It was cheaper than gold, but has been the basis for entire civilizations.

Even the renowned Warren Buffet did his bit with the precious metal.

In the late part of the 1990’s Buffett bought more than 100 million troy ounces (a few thousand metric tons) of silver. He did so at a price of about 4 dollars per troy ounce or a bit more. The silver price doubled and Buffet apparently sold, announcing in 2006 that he no longer held silver as an investment.

Pricing plummeted in 2008, as did many others but since then has continued to rise, slowly but steadily. Silver bullion prices can fluctuate quite widely dependent upon the supply and the demand for it. Silver is currently enjoying a very wide popularity as an investment item because the prices have been relatively good and they are steady prices.

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The Truth behind Rare Coin Collecting

Are you interested in coin collecting? Have you ever tried collecting rare coins?

Today, coin collecting, especially of those coins that are considered rare, is considered to be one of a few hobbies that are not just a mere pastime or leisure activity.

Coins have long been known as works of art because of the way the manufacturers carefully engrave the designs on the surface. Coins of a particular nation often portray the history of that nation with the engraving of the design on the coin.

Few people know that coin collecting can also be a profitable venture. Rare coins that are extremely hard to find are often valuable and when found can be a good investment. The rare coin collection market in the United States has boosted their sales in recent years from 348% to 1,195%. According to the U.S. Rare Coin Market, the average price of $1,000 spent by an individual during the 1970s would be valued at almost $57,977 today.

What is the secret behind these rare coins that their value continues to increase with age?

Rare coins were able to maintain even when the economy is unstable. They have been able to stabilize the wealth of the nation by serving as “inflation fighters.”

Experts contend that through these rare coins, the economic wealth of a nation is sheltered from possible harm by functioning as an investment much like “gold bullion”. This is applicable during the times when the value of the paper money continues to depreciate.

The rarity of these coins is not constrained by being merely collector’s items but they can also be considered a work of are and just like any work of art, may be priceless.

Rare coin collecting is not just like any other hobby. The concept of collecting such treasures is considered exceptional by itself and the monetary value can equal its distinctive character.

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