Our favorite critic of the Federal Reserve, Jim Grant was back on CNBC to provide his perspective on Janet Yellen & the Fed preparing to hike interest rates. 
Grant unleashes another epic rant against the Fed, and ‘the virus of radical monetary policy‘. 
Full must see interview is below: 

What is not often covered in the media are the audits of the US official gold reserves stored at the US Mint, which is the custodian for 95 % (7716 tonnes) of the stash – also referred to as deep storage, and at the Federal Reserve Bank Of New York that safeguards the remaining 5 % (418 tonnes).
The lawful owner of the US official gold reserves is the US Treasury

Part one covered the most recent records I could find published by the US government, in this post we’ll examine more historical records and approach this matter from a more critical angle.

The current set of fiscal and monetary policies pursued by central banks and states are all based on lessons drawn from the Great Depression of the 1930s. The successful (if slow and uneven) “recovery” since the 2008-09 global financial meltdown is being touted as evidence that the key determinants of success drawn from the Great Depression are still valid: the Keynesian (or neo-Keynesian) policies of massive deficit spending by central states and extreme monetary easing policies by central banks.
Are the present-day conditions identical to those of the Great Depression?  If not, then how can anyone conclude that the lessons drawn from that era will be valid in an entirely different set of conditions?
We need only consider Japan’s remarkably unsuccessful 25-year pursuit of these policies to wonder if the outcomes of these sacrosanct monetary and fiscal policies are truly predictable, or whether the key determinants of macro-economic success and failure have yet to be identified.

The lawful owner of the 8,134 tonnes of official gold holdings of the United States is the US Treasury.  The Federal Reserve handed over the official gold reserves to the Treasury in 1934 and in return received gold certificates – which, by the way, are not redeemable for gold, only for dollars, but that’s not the point now. The point is these gold certificates are still valued on the Fed’s balance sheet at $42.22 an ounce.
The free market price of gold is currently about $1,200
.  The reason the US capped the value of gold on their books at $42.22 in the seventies is because they wanted to phase out gold from the international monetary system to increase the power of King Dollar; denying the true value of the yellow metal supported this ambition.
And so the Fed pretends until this day gold is worth $42.22, all in an effort to make us believe in the strength of the dollar. However, the US can’t pretend forever the price of gold is $42.22…

Recovering gold and other valuable metals from retired nuclear weapons had been a little-known mission of the government’s uranium enrichment plants over the past five decades.   At Paducah, the process began in the 1950s and was conducted under extraordinary security, with heavily armed guards escorting warheads into the plant under cover of darkness.
Based on available records, DOE estimates that between 2,800 and 5,300 pounds of gold from retired nuclear weapon assemblies and scrap parts was recovered and shipped from the Paducah Plant from 1964 to 1985.
The operations used to reclaim gold were kept separate from other materials and contaminated processes onsite, but were conducted in contaminated areas of two buildings.   For much of this period, recovered gold was shipped to the U.S. Department of Treasury for refinement and reuse

So, as the lights go out at the only uranium enrichment plant in the United States, there is high probability that gold bars are glowing brightly at some lucky vault
The real question is this… are they part of the remaining gold at Fort Knox, or is some unfortunate Central Bank now the owner of the HOTTEST GOLD on the planet?

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan was the keynote speaker at last week’s New Orleans Investment Conference.
When questioned as to why he left his Austrian roots, Greenspan claimed he has always remained true to Austrian economics and the principle of sound money.

He fell into his role as Fed Chairman purely by accident, he claimed, and what he did there, he did it because he had to.
He explained that the capital needs of the Federal government were so massive that the only way to prevent disaster for the rest of the economy was to keep feeding the beast with cheap money. If the Fed hadn’t created and circulated new money, the Treasury’s insatiable demand for capital would certainly have ‘crowded out’ the rest of the economy, wrecking the entire private credit system.
Political realities, he explained, in the form of entitlement spending and off-balance sheet obligations of the US government, trump the need for sound money every time.
Regarding whats in store for the US economy, Greenspan might have an inkling of something he’s not telling.
Here’s what the former Fed Chairman had to say about the direction of gold and interest rates:

Gold & silver were whacked by the cartel in the access market today as Janet Yellen and the Fed announced QE will end at the end of the month. 
Expect gold and silver to be under the weather for the remainder of the week.
Let’s head immediately to see the major data points for today:

What we saw in 2008 was a massive containment. The mainstream was taken by surprise. I remember watching it all finally unfold, thinking that this was it. Playing out exactly as expected.
The most obvious bubble, housing, was imploding. But something happened that felt strange. The real punishment.
The event that should have ended housing as a financial asset never came.
In the process they have reduced the standard of living for 90% of Americans.
Fed policy tools guarantee that everyone is so inured to their system that when they implode the whole thing to rubble next, no one will have any choice but to be under their centralized world total control system.

Or so THEY think anyway.

Something nasty is going on behind the scenes in the financial system that is not yet apparent.
Treasury futures opened in the early evening and the 10-yr traded down to 2.25%
Something has the market incredibly spooked and I find it interesting that the U.S. Treasury Secretary and the UK’s equivalent will be running a big bank fail simulation test next week.
The movement in 10-yr Treasury yields AND the blatant smashing of the gold price since mid-July is exactly what occurred in 2008 before Lehman collapsed.

Is another TBTF mega bank on the brink of insolvency??

I think this is a time where people will look back on us and see it as a period of practically central bank worship.
The central bankers – Draghi, Yellen, Bernanke – have become almost celebrities in America.  People have invested unreasonable hopes in what these central banks can know, and what they can do.   I think that, sooner or later, the investing public will become disillusioned of these ideas….
I dare say that stock prices will not continue to rise uninterrupted at the same pace.  That’s not a very interesting prediction, but the stock market is certainly a cyclical thing.  I think it’s fair to observe that today’s ultra-low interest rates flatter stock market valuations.  Stock prices are partly valued based on a discounted flow of dividend income.  To the extent that the discount rate you use to value that stream of dividend income, which depends on interest rates, is artificially low,stock prices are artificially high.
I think that the burden of proof is on anyone who would assert that we are in a new age of persistently and steadily rising stock prices.

The collapse of the Soviet Union should have been a lesson. The world should have learned that central planning cannot work, even in something simple like food or iron production. The USSR was plagued with shortages of everything.
America today does not have central planning of simple things like food. Farmers make the allocation decisions for corn, and ranchers determine the size of their herd for the most part.
We have central planning of the most complex thing of all, credit. Credit affects everything else including corn and beef.
It’s not only unstable, but it is moving inexorably towards collapse.   This disaster is way beyond the pay grades of the economists who would be our economic dictators, like Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen.
The Fed is naught but a whole pile of perceptions.
One way or the other, we are going to rediscover the use of gold as money. When that happens, the perceptions that prop up the Fed will be dispelled.   Strip those away, and there is no case for the Fed to exist at all.

Precious metal investors have long been second-guessing themselves, due to false alarms. Many, many false alarms.  They are, quite honestly, shell-shocked.  Even the mention of the next “event”, now simply makes them angry, both at those telling them about the importance of the events, and at themselves for “believing this stuff in the first place”.
They feel jaded.  They feel foolish.  They feel betrayed.
While I totally understand and empathize with those feelings, they’re forgetting to set that anger in the rightful place: right at the feet of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve.  They are failing to channel and harness that anger and outrage, and use it for something positive, like stacking.
The thought never occurs to many of them, that if they simply put even a little bit more into gold or silver at 30% and 65% discounts, respectively (from their highs 3 years ago), that their investment cost in those metals would take a dramatic plunge.  They fail to see that they could become much stronger hands than they are now.  None of that matters to them anymore, they’re tired of “being played”, by their emotions, and by “shysters”.
In fact, for many of them, stacking is now the last thing on their minds.  Many are now simply waiting for the next miraculous rally, so that they can mercifully dump those positions at the prices they bought them at.  Many will sadly do this too, just as the Bird lands, and the Great Flood washes everything else away.
The Black Swan is real, and it is coming, just don’t bother looking for it.

On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold.
On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB’s assets.
Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland’s central bank.
Will the Swiss throw a wrench into Western Central Banks’ plans by voting to get their gold back??

  • Yellen lays out Federal Reserve’s plans to “normalize” monetary policy
  • Fed to officially DC QE at next meeting if economic outlook holds
  • “Normalization” will not necessarily occur immediately 
  • Fed will use an overnight repo facility as needed during normalization process
  • Fed may raise interest rates as early as 2015
  • Committee is prepared to adjust its approach if necessary (translation- we’re going to try to pull the punchbowl, but we’ll eventually bring back MOAR QE )
  • Gold & silver smash commences on que as gold sent down a mineshaft below support at $1230

Full FOMC statement is below: 

The average gold bear already looks a bit like the wolf character from the fairy tale, “The Three Little Pigs”.
The wolf repeatedly blows hot bearish analysis air at the gold brick house, and the house just stands there, immovable.

I’ve predicted that Queen Bankster Janet” will begin raising rates by mid-year of 2015, and that’s bullish for gold.
Here’s why: 

The Federal Reserve’s third quantitative-easing campaign is on track to wind down in late October.  At that point the Fed will likely stop printing new money to buy bonds, a sea-change shift with ominous implications for the stock markets.  Their entire surreal levitation during QE3 mirrored the huge growth in the Fed’s balance sheet from QE3’s bond monetizations.  When they cease, another major selloff is likely.
Prudent investors and speculators today don’t have to guess about what the end of QE3 means for the lofty Fed-inflated US stock markets.  We have the precedent of the ends of QE1 and QE2.  This next chart looks at the flagship S&P 500 stock index superimposed over the Fed’s balance sheet.
And out of all the many thousands of charts I’ve created over the years, this probably tops the heap as the scariest.