In the neverending saga of new disclosure of gold price manipulation, here is the most recent pearl, courtesy of Jesse's Cafe Americain:"In front of 3 witnesses, Bank of England Governor Eddie George spoke to Nicholas J. Morrell (CEO of Lonmin Plc) after the Washington Agreement gold price explosion in Sept/Oct 1999. Mr. George said "We looked into the abyss if the gold price rose further. A further rise would have taken down one or several trading houses, which might have taken down all the rest in their wake. Therefore at any price, at any cost, the central banks had to quell the gold price, manage it. It was very difficult to get the gold price under control but we have now succeeded. The US Fed was very active in getting the gold price down. So was the U.K." Makes one wonder just how much the gold price was pushed down today alone to make Gordon Brown's most recent budget reception a little more palatable. It also confirms yet again, that there is no such thing as an unmanipulated gold market. Lastly, it demands the question: on how many other occasions has the UK's massively unpopular prime minister sacrificed his people's interest merely to make criminal organizations such as AIG whole?
Jesse also speculates that Gordon Brown sold UK's gold at the lowest price in the past 20 years, a thorny topic touched upon earlier by the Telegraph, simply to bail out mega banking empire Rothschild and, surprise, AIG, as well as who knows how many other members of the LBMA:
There is also a credible speculation that the sale was designed to
benefit a few of the London based bullion banks which were heavily
short the precious metals, and were looking for a push down in price
and a boost in supply to cover their positions and avoid a default. The
unlikely names mentioned were AIG, which was trading heavily in
precious metals, and the House of Rothschild. The terms of the bailout
was that once their positions were covered, they were to leave the
LBMA, the largest physical bullion market in the world.
June 1, 2004 (Reuters) -- AIG International Ltd., part of American
International Group Inc., will no longer be a London Bullion Market
Association (LBMA) market maker in gold and silver, the LBMA said on
LONDON, April 14, 2004 (Reuters) —
NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd., the London-based unit of investment bank
Rothschild, will withdraw from trading commodities, including gold, in
London as it reviews its operations, it said on Wednesday.
The manner in which the sale was conducted, and the speed at which it
was undertaken, without consultation of the Bank of England, made many
of the City of London's financiers a bit uneasy.
While this had been reported previously on many times, most notably by Ron Paul back in 2002, it does beg the question under what circumstances will the Federal Reserve finally acknowledge that it is constantly manipulating gold prices lower to benefit JPM and other members of the LBMA whose short positions will likely blow them if the fair price of gold is attained, but also when will "gold bugs" finally stop being ridiculed for their assertions that the gold market is manipulated in light of glaring evidence on a day to day basis. Lastly, when will the people of the UK demand some justice from their Prime Minister, whose borderline act of treason merely to bailout a few financial institutions, set the precedent which Paulson and Geithner, not to mention the Fed, but they have always been there, have so well immitated.
As for Brown, the Telegraph says it all:
The decision to sell the gold – taken by Mr Brown when he was
Chancellor – is regarded as one of the Treasury's worst financial
mistakes and has cost taxpayers almost £7 billion.
Brown and the Treasury have repeatedly refused to disclose information
about the gold sale amid allegations that warnings were ignored.
a series of freedom of information requests from The Daily Telegraph
over the past four years, the Information Commissioner has ordered the
Treasury to release some details. The Treasury must publish the
information demanded within 35 calendar days – by the end of April.
The sale is expected to be become a major election issue, casting light on Mr Brown's decisions while at the Treasury.
Hopefully once Brown has been dethroned, the American people follow suit and get rid of all those in charge of the Fed, the Treasury, the Congress, the Senate, and White House, and the one who runs it all - our very own Wall Street.
And just because it bears bringing back to the fore, now that it is without a trace of doubt, that the NY Fed will manipulate any and every market it can get its hands on, here is Ron Paul's seminal 2002 Valentine's Day speech:
Congressman Ron Paul
U.S. House of Representatives
February 14, 2002
Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Monetary Freedom and Accountability Act.
This simple bill takes a step toward restoring Congress' constitutional
authority over U.S. monetary policy by requiring congressional approval before
the President or the Treasury secretary buys or sells gold.
Federal dealings in the gold market have the potential to seriously disrupt
the free market by either artificially inflating or deflating the price of gold.
Given gold's importance to America's (and the world's) monetary system, any
federal interference in the gold market will have ripple effects through the
entire economy. For example, if the government were to intervene to artificially
lower the price of gold, the result would be to hide the true effects of an
inflationary policy until the damage was too severe to remain out of the public
By artificially deflating the price of gold, federal intervention in the gold
market can reduce the values of private gold holdings, adversely affecting
millions of investors. These investors rely on their gold holdings to protect
them from the effects of our misguided fiat currency system. Federal dealings in
gold can also adversely affect those countries with large gold mines, many of
which are currently ravished by extreme poverty. Mr. Speaker, restoring a
vibrant gold market could do more than any foreign aid program to restore
economic growth to those areas.
While the Treasury denies it is dealing in gold, the Gold Anti-Trust Action
Committee (GATA) has uncovered evidence suggesting that the Federal Reserve and
the Treasury, operating through the Exchange-Stabilization Fund and in
cooperation with major banks and the International Monetary Fund, have been
interfering in the gold market with the goal of lowering the price of gold. The
purpose of this policy has been to disguise the true effects of the monetary
bubble responsible for the artificial prosperity of the 1990s, and to protect
the politically-powerful banks that are heavy invested in gold derivatives. GATA
believes federal actions to drive down the price of gold help protect the
profits of these banks at the expense of investors, consumers, and taxpayers
around the world.
GATA has also produced evidence that American officials are involved in gold
transactions. Alan Greenspan himself referred to the federal government's power
to manipulate the price of gold at hearings before the House Banking Committee
and the Senate Agricultural Committee in July, 1998: "Nor can private
counterparts restrict supplies of gold, another commodity whose derivatives are
often traded over-the-counter, where central banks stand ready to lease gold
in increasing quantities should the price rise." [Emphasis added].
Mr. Speaker, in order to allow my colleagues to learn more about this issue,
I am enclosing "All that Glitters is Not Gold" by Kelly Patricia
O'Meara, an investigative reporter from Insight magazine. This article
explains in detail GATA's allegations of federal involvement in the gold market.
Mr. Speaker, while I certainly share GATA's concerns over the effects of
federal dealings in the gold market, my bill in no way interferes with the
ability of the federal government to buy or sell gold. It simply requires that
before the executive branch engages in such transactions, Congress has the
chance to review it, debate it, and approve it.
Given the tremendous effects on the American economy from federal dealings in
the gold market, it certainly is reasonable that the people's representatives
have a role in approving these transactions, especially since Congress has a
neglected but vital constitutional role in overseeing monetary policy.
Therefore, I urge all my colleagues to stand up for sound economics, open
government, and Congress' constitutional role in monetary policy by cosponsoring
the Monetary Freedom and Accountability Act.
All That Glitters Is Not Gold
By Kelly Patricia O'Meara
March 4, 2002, edition
Even though Enron employees and the company's accounting firm, Arthur
Andersen, have destroyed mountains of documents, enough information remains in
the ruins of the nation's largest corporate bankruptcy to provide a clear
picture of what happened to wreck what once was the seventh-largest U.S.
Obfuscation, secrecy, and accounting tricks appear to have catapulted the
Houston-based trader of oil and gas to the top of the Fortune 100, only to be
brought down by the same corporate chicanery. Meanwhile, Wall Street analysts
and the federal government's top bean counters struggle to convince the nation
that the Enron crash is an isolated case, not in the least reflective of how
business is done in corporate America.
But there are many in the world of high finance who aren't buying the
official line and warn that Enron is just the first to fall from a shaky house
Many analysts believe that this problem is nowhere more evident than at the
nation's bullion banks, and particularly at the House of Morgan (J.P. Morgan
Chase). One of the world's leading banking institutions and a major
international bullion bank, Morgan Chase has received heavy media attention in
recent weeks both for its financial relationships with bankrupts Enron and
Global Crossing Ltd. as well as the financial collapse of Argentina.
It is no secret that Morgan Chase was one of Enron's biggest lenders,
reportedly losing at least $600 million and, perhaps, billions. The banking
giant's stock has gone south, and management has been called before its
shareholders to explain substantial investments in highly speculative
derivatives C hidden speculation of
the sort that overheated and blew up on Enron.
In recent years Morgan Chase has invested much of its capital in derivatives,
including gold and interest-rate derivatives, about which very little
information is provided to shareholders. Among the information that has been
made available, however, is that as of June 2000, J.P. Morgan reported nearly
$30 billion of gold derivatives and Chase Manhattan Corp., although merged with
J.P. Morgan, still reported separately in 2000 that it had $35 billion in gold
derivatives. Analysts agree that the derivatives have exploded at this bank and
that both positions are enormous relative to the capital of the bank and the
size of the gold market.
It gets worse. J.P. Morgan's total derivatives position reportedly now stands
at nearly $29 trillion, or three times the U.S. annual gross domestic product.
Wall Street insiders speculate that if the gold market were to rise, Morgan
Chase could be in serious financial difficulty because of its "short
positions" in gold. In other words, if the price of
gold were to increase substantially, Morgan Chase and other bullion banks
that are highly leveraged in gold would have trouble covering their liabilities.
One financial analyst, who asked not to be identified, explained the situation
this way: "Gold is borrowed by Morgan Chase from the Bank of England at 1
percent interest and then Morgan Chase sells the gold on the open market, then
reinvests the proceeds into interest-bearing vehicles at maybe 6 percent.
At some point, though, Morgan Chase must return the borrowed gold to the Bank
of England, and if the price of gold were significantly to increase during any
point in this process, it would make it prohibitive and potentially ruinous to
repay the gold."
Bill Murphy, chairman of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, a nonprofit
organization that researches and studies what he calls the "gold
cartel" (J.P. Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Bank
for International Settlements (BIS), the U.S. Treasury, and the Federal
Reserve), and owner of www.LeMetropoleCafe.com, tells Insight that "Morgan
Chase and other bullion banks are another Enron waiting to happen." Murphy
says, "Enron occurred because the nature of their business was obscured,
there was no oversight and someone was cooking the books. Enron was deceiving
everyone about their business operations C
and the same thing is happening with the gold and bullion banks."
According to Murphy, "The price of gold always has been a barometer used
by many to determine the financial health of the United States. A steady gold
price usually is associated by the public and economic analysts as an indication
or a reflection of the stability of the financial system. Steady gold; steady
dollar. Enron structured a financial system that put the company at risk and
eventually took it down. The same structure now exists at Morgan Chase with
their own interest-rate/gold-derivatives position. There is very little
information available about its position in the gold market and, as with the
case of Enron, it could easily bring them down."
In December 2000, attorney Reginald H. Howe, a private investor and
proprietor of the Website www.goldensextant.com, which reports on gold, filed a
lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Boston. Named as defendants were J.P.
Morgan & Co., Chase Manhattan Corp., Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group
Inc., Deutsche Bank, Lawrence Summers (former secretary of the Treasury),
William McDonough (president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Alan
Greenspan (chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System),
and the BIS.
Howe's claim contends that the price of gold has been manipulated since 1994
"by conspiracy of public officials and major bullion banks, with three
objectives: 1) to prevent rising gold prices from sounding a warning on U.S.
inflation; 2) to prevent rising gold prices from signaling weakness in the
international value of the dollar; and 3) to prevent banks and others who have
funded themselves through borrowing gold at low interest rates and are thus
short physical gold from suffering huge losses as a consequence of rising gold
While all the defendants flatly deny participation in such a scheme, Howe's
case is being heard. Howe tells Insight he has provided the court with very
compelling evidence to support his claim, including sworn testimony by Greenspan
before the House Banking Committee in July 1998. Greenspan assured the
committee, "Nor can private counterparties restrict supply of gold, another
commodity whose derivatives are often traded over the counter, where central
banks stand ready to lease gold in increasing quantities should the price
rise." Howe and other "gold bugs" cite this as a virtual public
announcement "that the price of gold had been and would continue to be
controlled if necessary."
According to Howe, "There is a great deal of evidence, but this is a
very complicated issue. The key, though, is the short position of the banks and
their gold derivatives. The central banks have 'leased' gold for low returns to
the bullion banks for the purpose of keeping the price of gold low. Greenspan's
remarks in 1998 explain how the price of gold has been suppressed at times when
it looked like the price of gold was increasing."
Furthermore, Howe's complaint also cites remarks made privately by Edward
George, governor of the Bank of England and a director of the BIS, to Nicholas
J. Morrell, chief executive of Lonmin Plc: "We looked into the abyss if the
gold price rose further. A further rise would have taken down one or several
trading houses, which might have
taken down all the rest in their wake. Therefore, at any price, at any cost,
the central banks had to quell the gold price, manage it. It was very difficult
to get the gold price under control, but we have now succeeded. The U.S. Fed was
very active in getting the gold price down. So was the U.K. [United
Whether the Fed and others in the alleged "gold cartel" have
conspired to suppress the price of gold may, in the end, be secondary to the
growing need for financial transparency. Wall Street insiders agree that as long
as regulators, analysts, accountants, and politicians can be lobbied and
"corrupted" to permit special privileges, there will be more
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey L. Pitt, well aware of the
seriousness of these problems, recently testified before the House Financial
Services Committee that "it is my hope there are not other Enrons out
there, but I'm not willing to rely on hope."
Robert Maltbie, chief executive officer of www.stockjock.com and an
independent analyst, long has followed Morgan Chase. He tells Insight that
"there are a lot of things going on in these companies, but we don't know
for sure because much of what they're doing is off the balance sheet. The market
is scared and crying out to see what's under the hood. Like Enron, much of what
the banks are doing is off the balance sheet, and it's a time bomb ticking as we
Just what would happen if a bank the size of Morgan Chase were unable to meet
its financial obligations? "It's tough to go there," Maltbie says,
"because it could shake the financial markets to the core."