Bernanke taperIs the Fed “tapering”?  Did the Fed really cut its bond purchases during the three month period November 2013 through January 2014?  Apparently not if foreign holders of Treasuries are unloading them.
From November 2013 through January 2014, Belgium with a GDP of $480 billion purchased $141.2 billion of US Treasury bonds.
 
 Did Belgium’s central bank print $141.2 billion worth of euros in order to make the purchase?  No, Belgium is a member of the euro system, and its central bank cannot increase the money supply.
So where did the $141.2 billion come from?
There is only one source. The money came from the US Federal Reserve, and the purchase was laundered through Belgium in order to hide the fact that actual Federal Reserve bond purchases from November through January 
were $112 billion per month, necessitated by the actions of an unknown country or countries who dumped $104 billion in Treasuries in a single week. 


GeithnerBut it is now clear that Geithner never believed his own talking points. To him, too-big-to-fail and the so-called moral hazard, or safety net, that it would create can’t really ever be fully taken away. During his lecture to Summers’s class, one student asked a question about “resolution authority,” a provision of the reform laws that is supposed to let the government wind down a complex financial institution without creating a domino effect. The question prompted Geithner onto a tangent about too-big-to-fail. “Does it still exist?” he said. “Yeah, of course it does.” Ending too-big-to-fail was “like Moby-Dick for economists or regulators. It’s not just quixotic, it’s misguided.”  - From The New York Times Magazine article, What Timothy Geithner Really Thinks

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GLDTFMetalsReport’s T. Ferguson joins the show this week to discuss: 

  • The Vaults Are NEARLY EMPTY- why claims of a physical gold shortage is not stacker hysteria, but rather the COLD HARD TRUTH!
  • PM Sentiment sucks by design: Cartel fears Western investment demand with vaults vastly depleted- vigorously capping any and all price rallies
  • Big picture outlook:  Summer stock market decline & tapering halt
  • Doc sees the first signs of renewed PHYSICAL SILVER SHORTAGE- 90% silver premiums leap as supply dries-up

The SD Weekly Metals & Markets With The Doc, Eric Dubin, & T. Ferguson is below!

yellenJanet Yellen inherently understands that the U.S. is a corrupt, shameful oligarchy, but as head of the institution most responsible for this transformation, she simply cannot tell the truth.
It is incredible that things have fallen so far that a U.S. Senator felt compelled to ask such a question, and even worse that such a powerful official couldn’t vehemently and decisively deny the claim.

20121003_grant_0The Interest Rate Observer’s Jim Grant, one of our personal favorite critics of the Fed, was back at it this week on CNBC, blasting Janet Yellen and the Fed’s long-held doctrines as “Heresies!“. 
Regarding Yellen’s claims that the US economy is improving, Grant eloquently pointed out that she “did not touch on the moral quandary that low interest rates introduce into our country - grandmothers, grandfathers, savers are figuratively on their hand and knees and rooting around in bushes and between sofa seats for lose change on which to sustain themselves.”
Well said Jim, will said.  
Grant’s full MUST WATCH interview is below: 

fiscal cliffJim Rickards joined FoxBusiness for an excellent interview regarding Janet Yellen’s first months as Fed Chairwoman. Rickards informed the MSM viewers that The Fed has tapered into weakness, and explains why counter to what the BL(B)S report would have one believe, the labor force is falling off a cliff. 
Perhaps Rickards tunes into the SD Metals & Markets, as he informs Diedra that he expects the Fed to end the taper by July, and increase asset purchases by 2014- something we have been predicting for over 6 months. 
Rickards full interview is below:

Bernanke-Dimon-Fed-TunnelItaly’s central bank, the Banca d’Italia, has recently published an important document detailing the storage locations and composition of the country’s gold reserves. The document confirms that Italy’s gold is held across four vault locations, three of which are outside Italy.
This is a significant announcement given that the Banca d’Italia is the world’s third largest official holder of gold after the U.S. and Germany. Italy officially holds 2,451.8 tonnes of gold, worth more than €72 billion (US$ 100 billion) at current market prices [1].
In the detailed three page report focusing exclusively on its gold reserves (and only published in Italian), the Banca d’Italia reveals that 1,199.4 tonnes, or nearly half the total, is held in the Bank’s own vaults under its Palazzo Koch headquarters on Via Nazionale in Rome, while most of the other half is stored in the Federal Reserve Bank gold vault in New York.

  • Bernanke taperFed meets expectations, Tapers another $10 billion, down to $45 billion in asset purchases/ month
  • Beginning in May, the Committee will add to its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $20 billion per month rather than $25 billion per month, and will add to its holdings of longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $25 billion per month rather than $30 billion per month

Gold & silver spiking on the release…we suspect the smash is imminent

Full April FOMC Statement is below:

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Congressional candidate Dennis Linthicum joins Metals & Markets to discuss the blueprint to ending the Fed, as well as:

The SD Weekly Metals & Markets With special guest Dennis Linthicum is below:

Image: Jonny O'Callaghan

Image: Jonny O’Callaghan

The next crisis is going to be bigger than the Fed.   It is like they build a five foot sea wall and here comes a forty foot tsunami. There is only one clean balance sheet left in the world and that is the IMF. So the only way you are only going to reliquify the world in the next liquidity crisis is by the IMF printing their world money, these Special Drawing Rights or SDRs, and that is going to be the end of the dollar as a global reserve currency. 
The problem with the US is that the Treasury and the White House want a weak dollar.
I mean, what good does it do you when your own country wants to trash the currency? What happened to the strong dollar policy? It’s over now and we’re in the currency wars. That is going to lead to a collapse and ultimately we are going to see either gold or the SDRs the new store of value on a worldwide basis. 

bank-holidayThe catalyst will not be how much gold China owns.  The catalyst will be the fall of the petrodollar Once that happens, checkmate elites.  Game over US.  Gold and silver, rise to your natural relationship between supply and demand, no longer being
artificially suppressed.
Watch out for weekend surprises.  When people least expect, and/or are in a position to least react, some kind of announcement could be made that devalues the fiat Federal Reserve Note
These are the reasons why we keep exhorting everyone to buy gold and silver.  Price is immaterial, having it is all that mattersHaving gold and/or silver is what will keep you financially viable when this country falls apart, and fall apart it will.  

If the Fed is so powerful, why is it so cowardly and fearful that it has to cloak its theft of our money and its transfer of the wealth to the banks?
What’s it so afraid of?  That we might wake up to the fact that we’re being fed to the sharks, every day, one morsel at a time?

Jim Rickards ChinaIn an excellent interview with Bloomberg, Jim Rickards correctly states that the Fed is completely insolvent on a mark to market basis, that the stock market is up over gold since 2010 because The Fed is manipulating stocks up and gold down, and urges investors to prepare for a dollar collapse by rotating OUT of stocks, and into PHYSICAL assets. 

china bank runIn the rest of the world and particularly Asia, people do not think like we do. As far as they’re concerned, gold is the only long term asset worth holdingIt is the family pension fund… the financial press in the West, the mainstream media, basically rely for their information on analysts in the bullion banks. And the bullion banks are always short… Now whether the West is right or wrong is not the point. The point is there are 4 billion people in Asia who have got a very old-fashioned view of gold, and they have become wealthy over the last twenty years. And their view is likely to prevail against the <1 billion of us in North America and Western Europe. I mean it really is as simple as that. It’s not a question of Austrian economics, or Keynesian, or whatever. We’re outnumbered.

cartel raidFormer Assistant Treasury Secretary, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts says, Gold and the dollar are in a fight to the death.”  Dr. Roberts explains, “The Fed, in order to save a handful of banks too big to fail that are the mindless deregulation of the 21st century, the Fed has had to create a tremendous number of new dollars.  Despite the fact the price of gold has been pushed down since 2011, it still has about the highest rate of return of just about anything in the 21st century.   The Federal Reserve, in order to protect quantitative easing, which is necessary to save the banks, began manipulating the gold price in a new and more intense way.  They used their bullion banks to short the gold in the COMEX futures market.  The trouble with this policy is that it’s been going on long enough that it’s being recognized by people who formerly thought ‘the Federal Reserve would never do anything like that.’  Of course they would and people are catching on.”
Dr. Roberts goes on to say, “This is why the Federal Reserve is so irresponsible.”  So are the Fed and Obama Administration trying to crash the dollar on purpose?  Dr. Roberts says, “No, they are just stupid and arrogant. . . .  If you add up the IQ of the White House and you add up the IQ of the Fed and multiply it by a thousand trillion it might equal 50.  These are stupid policies designed to completely destroy the U.S. dollar. . . . I don’t think the United States can win the war against gold.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.