Chairman of the LBMA David Gornall told the conference, “When comparing China to the U.S., it would seem that in China, gold asset allocation can only go in one direction.  The country has only 2% of its reserves in the form of gold compared with the U.S. at 75%.” The People’s Bank of China hasn’t disclosed any changes to its gold holdings since 2009, when it said they had risen a whopping 76% to 1,054 metric tons. While the U.S., Germany, Italy and France keep more than 70% of reserves in gold, China’s share is less than 2%. “Prices have recently been supported by official sector buying,” Gornall said today, without listing any central bank. “Will the gap between the amount of gold held in reserve by the developing markets and that of the developed world close?” Brazil, South Korea and Russia have all added gold reserves this year data from the International Monetary Fund show. Nations bought 254.2 tons in the first six months and may increase to 500 tons this year, the World Gold Council said in August, exceeding the 456 tons added in 2011. China has the world’s largest foreign-exchange reserves, totaling $3.29 trillion in September, according to data by Bloomberg.

By Morris Hubbartt

Silver is an ideal metal to accumulate on price weakness.  The market is currently oversold.  Please note how perfectly the price has pulled back to the green downtrend line, after staging a magnificent breakout!  Silver’s RSI and CCI indicators are currently flashing strong buy signals.  I expect the $44 price target will be acquired by January, 2013.  The “silver plane” appears to be cleared for take-off. 
Are you are on board?

By SRSrocco:

I plan on writing an in-depth article with this title when gold takes out $2,000 and silver $50.
After a while I just get sick and tired of reading the same garbage coming from so-called precious metal analysts that are intentionally confusing and misleading the would be gold and silver investor.

The three bears I am referring to are the following:

1) Jeff Christian
2) Jon Nadler
3) Ned Schmidt

Nullification The Rightful Remedy: What do we do when the federal government steps outside of it’s Constitutional boundaries? Do we ‘vote the bums out’ and hope that the new bums limit their own power? Do we ask federal judges in black robes to limit the federal government’s power? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison didn’t think so, and neither do we. The rightful remedy to federal tyranny rests in the hands of the people and the States that created the federal government in the first place. It’s called Nullification, and it’s an idea whose time has come. This documentary explores the history of state nullification, and how it is being used today to push back against the encroachment of federal power.

SD readers know that we hold our friend Eric Sprott in the highest regard as one of the few who called the secular gold bull market at the very beginning (along with Jim Sinclair).  Eric has also called this the decade of silver, first stated that the economic recovery has no clothes, and recently kicked off the gold repatriation trend in early October with his research that the Central banks have no gold left.

Eric is one of our very favorite speakers on the metals, and for those unable to attend this year’s Investorium in Manhattan, Mr. Sprott’s full MUST WATCH presentation is below:

By Deepcaster

What are the Keys to Success? It seems intuitively obvious, and is in keeping with our experiences as a practitioners operating in many countries over several decades, that four factors drive relative growth: …competitiveness, indebtedness, culture and luck. In a study that we did … we show how we measured each of these and how they predicted subsequent growth, … focus on one of the components of our ‘Formula for Economic Success; –self-sufficiency–…”

There are many commonly accepted Indicators essential to successful Investing in countries other than one’s own. They include political stability, Reasonable and Enforceable Rules of Law, Reasonable Transparency and a positive Pro-Business Climate.  But perhaps the Most Important Indicator – the degree of Self-Reliance of those nations and individuals in those Nations is not well recognized.  Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio has done Investors and Citizens of all Nations a Great Service by identifying Self-Sufficiency as the Key Trait of Economically Successful Nations and Individuals in those Nations.

The Tylers at ZH have discovered a 1968 memo from the BOE archives sent by the Bank of England to the Federal Reserve revealing that the Fed sent at least 172 bad delivery gold bars to London in the late 1960′s for safekeeping for the German Bundesbank as repayment for swaps.

The memo reveals that London assayers discovered that the Fed through Johnson Matthey sent the Deutsche Bundesbank 172 ”bad delivery” gold bars, and the ”out-turn of the re-melting showed a loss in fine ounces terms four times greater than the gross weight loss”.

The memo also indicates that the Bank of England was willing to keep the discovery private due to the fact that the gold was to be held for the Bundesbank.  A declassified report discovered several weeks ago indicates that the Bundesbank subsequently repatriated 2/3rds of this gold in question from 2000-01.

By Marshall Swing:

Silver COT Report 11/9/12

Commercial paper added a large 1,787 longs on the week but also covered a very large -2,267 shorts to end the week with 45.63% of all open interest, a decrease of -0.75% in their share since last week, and now stand as a group at 248,390,000 ounces net short, which is a decrease of just over 20,000,000 net short ounces from the previous week. 

By SRSrocco:

Well, the third quarter results are now out, and it looks like several of the primary silver miners stated a net income loss for the period.

The three primary silver miners produced 8.1 million ounces of silver during the third quarter of 2012 and all showed a net income loss.  Here we can see that for several of the primary silver miners, the break even cost now for producing silver is now $30 an ounce.

As costs rise, so will the break even price of silver.

The Royal Canadian Mint Silver ETR  is simply absurd. This security is a fractional bullion scam!

The new RCM paper form of silver has several embedded issues which can create the inability of the holder to actually receive the physical silver which they think they are investing in. At the end of the day, when you buy an RCM ETR thinking that you are investing in physical silver and thinking that you can take actual delivery if you want, the RCM has made it extremely burdensome to take actual delivery and can cancel your right to take delivery pretty much at its discretion. I don’t know about anyone else, but if I want to own physical bullion, I would not take the risks embedded in the Royal Canadian Mint ETR. It is nothing more than another version of the fractional ownership paper scam. Wash, rinse, repeat!

The Fed issued a statement Friday morning that they are delaying the implementation of the Basel III capital rules which were to go into effect January 1st. 
Apparently JPM and Goldman whined that they were not ready for the implementation of the new rules, so they have been postponed indefinitely.  Is anyone surprised?

Full Federal Reserve statement below:

U.S. regulators on Friday delayed the effective date of a global agreement on greater bank capital buffers reached in response to the financial crisis of 2008.