QE: Quantitative Easing or Questionably Effective

Gold Prices - 20 YearsQE looks like it produced a toxic cloud of dangerous mal-investment, debt and currency bubbles, higher consumer prices, and a weakened economy. 
But there is a golden lining in that toxic cloud. 

The price of gold has increased over the past 15 years, and will, thanks to the good folks who are bringing us more debt and QE, probably increase much more in the next few years.  [Read more...]

Jim Rickards: No Exit For The Fed

FarageThe Federal Reserve, the central bank of the U.S., is nearing the end of its ability to manipulate the U.S. economy without producing consequences worse that those it set out to avoid in 2008.
The Fed has no good exits from seven years of market manipulation.  If it continues its current policy of reducing purchases of assets, the so-called “tapering,” it risks throwing the U.S. into a recession.
If it reverses course and pauses the taper and later increases asset purchases, it risks destroying confidence in the dollar among foreign creditors of the U.S.
Both outcomes are potentially disastrous, but there are no good outcomes on the horizon.   This is the result of manipulating markets to the point where they no longer function as markets providing useful price signals and guiding the efficient allocation of capital. Today markets are a mirage, created by the Federal Reserve, which is caught in a prison of its own device. [Read more...]

Sprott’s Thoughts: ‘Tapering’ Is Good for Gold

goldBack in 2002, I was talking about $1,000 gold. When we hit that mark in ’05 and ’06 I began predicting that gold would rise to $2,000.
Now, I’m saying gold will probably go to $5,000 in the next move up.
Looking at the performance of gold from 1976 to 1980, the metal went up eight times.   If we repeated that performance, gold would be at over $8,000 from today by the end of the decade.   I don’t know if the same thing will happen this time, but it tells you that $5,000 per ounce is not unthinkable.

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Fed Tapers Another $10 Billion!

Bernanke taperYellen continues QE taper down to $35 billion/month:

  • Fed to taper QE an additional $10 billion beginning in July
  • Beginning in July, the Committee will add to its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $15 billion per month rather than $20 billion per month, and will add to its holdings of longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $20 billion per month rather than $25 billion per month. 
  • Waiting on the inevitable Gold & silver smash to commence…

Full FOMC Statement is below:  [Read more...]

Eric Sprott Asks: Did I Lose $10 Million From the Barclays Gold Take-Down?

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In this EXCLUSIVE, MUST LISTEN interview with The Doc, Eric Sprott dissects the fundamentals in the gold and silver markets, coverage of manipulation finally reaching the mainstream, and reveals his updated outlook on gold & silver.
Eric discusses why the precious metals options markets always expire at MAX PAIN for the customers, and why he urges all PM investors to STAY OUT of the futures options markets, and simply accumulate physical metal.
Sprott explains how PM manipulation shifted from being conducted solely by the Central banks to the dealers active daily participation that we see now, and discusses how much he personally lost when a Barclays trader manipulated gold down into the London fix.  

Regarding his price outlook for the metals, with silver trading under $20 and gold trading near $1250, is Eric still looking for new highs in 2014?
His answer might shock you.

The Doc’s full Exclusive interview with Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management is below: [Read more...]

Jim Willie: Global War Has Begun, Russia/China Alliance Will DESTROY the US Dollar!

PutinIn this MUST LISTEN interview with Paul Sandhu, the Hat Trick Letter editor Jim Willie discusses why the yuan is destined to replace the US dollar as reserve currency, and why the quickly growing Russian/Chinese alliance will DESTROY the US dollar.
Willie digs into the recent string of bankster deaths, his thoughts on the implications of the London silver fix ending in August, & the Fed money laundering funds through Belgium in order to prevent a collapse in T-bonds due to Russian liquidation.
Willie states that due Chinese & Russian liquidation, US Treasury bonds have gone NO-BID, and that a dollar-collapse looms!

Grab several cups of coffee as the Golden Jackass is at the top of his game throughout the entire 80 minute interview below:
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More on The Fed’s Money Laundering Through Belgium

cashIn response to our account of the mysterious large rise in Belgium’s Treasury purchases , it was suggested that the transaction would show up on the Fed’s balance sheet. However, the Fed is under no obligation to show the transaction.
The $141.2 billion in Treasuries purchased into the Belgium account represents 3.2% of the total current size of the Fed’s balance sheet.   The Fed is a private corporation and is therefore not beholden to GAAP accounting standards.
However even with GAAP standards applied, a corporation does not have to itemize and disclose the details of any event that represents less than 5% of its assets. In other words, the Fed can easily bury a 3% transaction in its financial statements. [Read more...]

PM Fund Manager & Former Treasury Official: Fed is Money Laundering to Cover Up True QE Purchases

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. 


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T. Ferguson on The Curious Case of the GLD

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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! [Read more...]

Jim Grant: Fed’s Doctrines Are Heresies!

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:  [Read more...]

Jim Rickards: Fed Will Increase Asset Purchases by 2015!

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:
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Fed Tapers Another $10 Billion to $45 Billion/Month

  • 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: [Read more...]

Jim Sinclair: Yellen To Get A Shock Of A Lifetime, Will Respond With Hyper QE of $4 Trillion!

bernankeLegendary gold expert Jim Sinclair has sent an email alert to subscribers warning that new Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen will soon get the shock of a lifetime as the economy collapses in response to her convoluted forward guidance at the March FOMC meeting, resulting in the Fed being forced to kick quantitative easing into hyper stimulation of at least $4 trillion a year!

Sinclair’s full MUST READ alert is below: [Read more...]

Taper On! Fed Cuts QE Another $10 Billion A Month!

Bernanke taperJanet Yellen’s first FOMC statement is out:

  • Fed tapers another $10 billion/month beginning in April
  • Beginning in April, the Committee will add to its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $25 billion per month rather than $30 billion per month, and will add to its holdings of longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $30 billion per month rather than $35 billion per month. 
  • Gold & silver smash commences on que

Janet Yellen’s first Full FOMC release is below: [Read more...]

Watch Janet Yellen’s First FOMC Press Conference LIVE at 2:30pm EST!

YellenFOMCWith the Fed announcing an additional $10 billion taper moments ago, bringing monthly asset purchases down to $50 billion a month (still a pace of $.6 Trillion a year), ultra-dove Janet Yellen is preparing to take to the podium to deliver her very first FOMC press conference & Q&A session.
Watch it LIVE here at SD at 2:30pm EST [Read more...]