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Gold Slides Even As Ongoing South African Gold Miner Strike Means No Production On The Horizon

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Anyone wondering what the reason for today's dramatic gold price dump is, look no further than South Africa, where we learn that after nearly two months of endless strikes in the metals and mining complex, the country - the world's fifth largest producer of gold - is nowhere nearer to restoring its mining output. This of course means that less and less gold will hit the market. Which in centrally planned and regulated markets, means gold will collapse far more than the 1% so far, and likely close limit down, with Bernanke's compliment (don't worry that none of this makes logical sense: Heidelberg toner cartridge did a hostile take over of logic long, long ago).

From Reuters:

Striking South African gold miners have refused the industry's latest pay rise offer despite an extended deadline to respond, the Chamber of Mines said on Monday, dimming hopes that the illegal strike in the industry will come end anytime soon.


"The unions have indicated that there have been mixed reactions by their members to the Chamber's proposals, and that they are unable to confirm a return to work," it said in a statement.


The chamber also said the industry was unable to make any further proposals and companies in the sector, which include AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Harmony , would explore other avenues to stabilise the industry.

One avenue, naturally, would be to raise wages. Problem with that avenue is that the industry would then have to form a cartel like OPEC and sell gold at increasingly higher artificial prices. There is one problem with this plan: Bernanke will make sure it never works, because as is known to kindergarteners everywhere, soaring gold means collapsing fiat faith. And in a synthetic world such as this one, production of physical gold is irrelevant if one can producer 10 times as much paper gold. Which one can, especially if one is located at Liberty 33. The other avenue is to simply do nothing, and go out of business, taking out excess capacity out of the industry not on a temporary but permanent basis, and thereby sending gold to even more bizarro lows.


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Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:40 | 2890835 Abraxas
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It looks like gold is looking for the firm bottom to me and that it's finding it as we speak. Perhaps that's just wishful thinking.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:54 | 2890883 This just in
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I've always liked a good firm bottom.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:57 | 2890894 lineskis
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Again, annual world wide gold production accounts for ~1-2% of total supply...

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:05 | 2890924 sunaJ
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Those that buy gold as a medium-to-long inflation hedge should rejoice:  Lower prices for you.  Unless you are looking to sell your physical before the impending collapse, expect wide fluctuations.  If you are not leveraging or rehypothecating it, you have nothing to worry about.  Eventually, the physical demand will outstrip the supply.  I hope this will cause the central planning crisis I am looking for.  It is one of only many scenarios that will shatter the increasingly ceramic structure of fiat economies.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:48 | 2891356 Pladizow
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Did Million Dollar Bonus become a Tyler?

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 15:24 | 2891655 caconhma
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The greatest myth of the last 70 years was and still is that China and other major developing countries need the USA to sell them their products and services for “close to nothing”. Otherwise, their economies will collapse and their people will be unemployed.


Is this really the truth?

Let us look at China. Selling their goods to America allows their country to get US $$$. These US dollars allows China to keep their people employed and to buy from the West

·        Natural resources for petro-dollars

·        High technologies

·        Food


Now, China is diversifying itself from petro-dollars by buying natural resources from Russia, Middle Asia former Soviet republics, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, and African countries. Dealing with these countries, China does not really need petro-dollars.



·        The West allows China a very limited access to its high technologies. This is why China started heavily investing in development of their own high-tech capabilities. Taking into account the latest sharp decline of US and EU economies, high-tech development in the West will be highly slowed down

·        Presently, the major China sources and partners for acquiring/buying high-tech are Germany and Japan

·        By reducing shipments of their products to America and EU, China can employ their people to raise their own people standards of living by redirecting their labor force to the internal needs

·        And finally, the USA and EU are extremely heavily dependent on Chinese goods from clothing, shoes, PCs, and almost everything American buy for daily needs. America and EU do not have any of these manufacturing capabilities anymore and there are no other sources to get these products in large quantities in for seeable future.


The summary: China is less and less needs US dollars and America has no other places to exchange China for other suppliers.  This leads us to a major the West and China major economic and military confrontation in a not so distant future.


Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:14 | 2890929 akak
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I've always liked a good firm bottom.

I guess that rules out your liking for Barney Frank --- definitely a bottom, but certainly not firm and very probably not very good.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:38 | 2891321 malikai
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One thing you can say about Frank regarding firm bottoms is that he definitely is a firm bottom-feeder.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:39 | 2891515 ParkAveFlasher
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The two of you, do us all a favor, go back and delete those comments.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 17:52 | 2892276 akak
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And why don't you grow a pair, you pansy-ass.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 18:54 | 2892424 RockyRacoon
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C'mon guys.  I came here to read about gold... not more political snarking.  Got no time for that.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:29 | 2891481 Gringo Viejo
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Ive followed the COMEX paper rigging for so long (20 years), I can see these cocksuckers comin' a mile away. LMAO

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 20:10 | 2892565 Michigan
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How does the papper rigging work?

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:33 | 2891497 Silver Bug
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The bullion banks are winning in the short term. This isn't going to work for them much longer. They are running out of physical.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 18:44 | 2892393 BigJim
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This isn't going to work for them much longer. They are running out of physical.

As a PM holder, I certainly hope that's true.

However, I've heard people saying that since I first started getting into this whole business back in '98. It wasn't true then, and, in all likelihood, it probably isn't true now, either.

And whenever I've read James Turk he's always breathlessly bullish. In fact, whenever I'm feeling a bit downcast about the metals (and miners) I head over to KWN for a bit of hyperbole to steady my nerves. I don't know how much longer that's going to do the job, though, I think I'm building a tolerance to it.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 18:56 | 2892428 RockyRacoon
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Gold bullishism has infinite marginal utility.  We can always use a little more!

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 19:10 | 2892452 fourchan
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its funny, my ounces are completly unimpressed with this pull back of the dollar,

they are all just as shiny and beautiful as ever, and i do mean ever, as in from the big bang till today.

pms have no equal as a store of value.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 20:08 | 2892549 Jungle Jim
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I certainly hope so too. ALL my Au and Ag is physical. The Au would maybe fill an ordinary  soap dish if all melted down into that shape. The Ag would be very hard for one man to lift and carry.

What that mostly seems to mean now is that I can't quickly trade out of it or take profits whenever even I can plainly see a "correction"/paper raid-blood bath coming.

I keep adding ounces, and losing money. I mean losing money FAR out the @$$.

It got real old some years ago. Waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more for that Great and Glorious New Day of True Price Discovery and Eldorado or Silverado or whatever, I mean.

Yeah, yeah, my stack is just as tall and just as shiny as ever. Whoop-de-friggin-do.

But it's worth a LOT less on the market, if I should need to liquidate it to pay medical bills or the rent or my car payment or whatever. If I flash a Gold Eagle at Wal-Mart, the checkout girl is going to ask me if it has chocolate in it.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 21:00 | 2892672 Spitzer
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when did u start buying gold ? September 6 2011 ?


ive been buying since late 09, certainly no early bird but even my casey research portfolio is a few percent ahead in this market.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 21:55 | 2892841 HamFistedIdiot
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Catherine Austin Fitts has argued that if the banksters lose control of gold and silver, and they start to skyrocket (in nominal terms) with faith in US dollar collapsing, they will play the war card. Big war. Nukes. Whatever it takes to gain control again. So while $10K gold sounds good, it might mean catastrophe for many of us. I know that Marc Faber has said on more than one occaision that he hopes for a steady rise in the metals (15% per year or so) and thereby avoid the risk of too much notice and likely confiscation.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:41 | 2890842 Conax
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Epic sarcasm-  appropriate for today.  5 stars for you.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:46 | 2890847 VonManstein
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Some profit taking no doubt but also a simple takedown today. Cartel action. Soon to reverse. commodity complex hammered even though NZD AUD held up, EUR flttish DXY flattish. Not a sustainable move. Shorts will be covered and we'll be rocking again shortly.

However im an extremely bad market timer and im buying right now. XAG and PHYZ

see what tomorrow brings

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:14 | 2890961 viahj
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CPI tomorrow, housing Wed, revised higher jobless on Thur and existing homes on Fri.  sounds like a take down to me.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:31 | 2891494 whotookmyalias
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If we all know that markets are subject to manipulation, we should not be surprised when something happens that smells of manipulation.  Just sayin....

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:42 | 2890848 CPL
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Did someone just print a trillion dollars...Market is moving against all fundementals again.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:54 | 2890886 CPL
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Looks like the PPT blew it's load and there are no suckers to pick up their mess.


They just LOVE painting the corner tighter and tighter.  RSI just shit the bed again and the Russell cares not for manipulation and ignores puny manipulated markets.


Although once the twist get in to Russell indexes the game is over and the USD is meaningless.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:22 | 2890980 disabledvet
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The author meant to say production in SOUTH AFRICA is irrelevant. Not "production." which leads (or is it lead?) to the question "can gold suddenly flood the market too?" it's not like all available mines and production numbers aren't already known....what if there is in fact a billion tons stored in the massive "underground cities" of the North?

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:56 | 2891389 CPL
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There is, but it's in landfills, attached to computers, LCD screens and cell phones.  There's mountains of gold.  No safe and effective ways to extract it without heavy manual labour and sorting.


It's the reason a scrap market exists now.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:50 | 2890851 Quinvarius
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I didn't realize they were mining paper gold.  I thought gold came from banker paper accounting statements.

But really, no one knows the real price of gold.  What is the real price of size in delivery?  No one dares find out what 100 tons of real gold costs.  All we know is the paper print and what that lets us get until the retailers run out.  Try to buy 100 tons of physical and get the real price.  It is only $5.5 billion in undeliverable paper.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 15:09 | 2891608 mick_richfield
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Oh, very well.  I'll report back.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 20:17 | 2892578 Michigan
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Do you think China didn't pay spot for their buys?

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:44 | 2890854 SilverDoctors
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A few months back Andrew Maguire informed us that a large physical silver purchase in the range of 10 million ounces took weeks before the LBMA would agree to deliver outside the LBMA system.  Our friend SRSrocco has discovered that in the same timeframe, the US exported an astonishing 169 metric tons of silver to London.
Co-inkidink?  I don't think so.

Just more evidence that the PHYSICAL silver shortage is real and the midst of the endless paper games and raids.


Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:46 | 2890861 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, shit gets real when the contracts to deliver start to default.  Not before.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:56 | 2890892 CPL
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That requires the people holding the paper to be aware that they can recieve their gold or silver.  Ever read the prospectus's on the paper ETF's.  Stereo instructions come to mind.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:10 | 2890950 LawsofPhysics
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ETFs are for sheeple and irrelevant.  Page Mr. Sprott,  go ahead regulators raise marigns to 100% I double dog dare you.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:58 | 2891394 CPL
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They are such garbage aren't they?


Seemed like a good idea once, but that savage and terrible leveraged decay built into them is lethal to the wallet.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:22 | 2891459 Lore
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"Seemed like a good idea once."

There's a good motto for the next 50 years.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:30 | 2891484 whotookmyalias
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I trade short term in ETFs in order to make more paper money.  I use said paper money to buy hard assets.  Baaaah!

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:53 | 2890877 SafelyGraze
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I will never forget the name "Andrew Maguire!"

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:17 | 2890967 JustObserving
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in the same timeframe, the US exported an astonishing 169 metric tons of silver to London. 

That translates to 5.43 million troy ounces.  So it replensihed just about half the silver sold.  World production is about 800 million ounces a year with about 600 million ounces used up in industrial uses.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:45 | 2890855 Duke Dog
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Bot the week before Bernake's QEInfinity and waiting for guaranteed margin hikes to buy again - hopefully soon.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:46 | 2890857 Haager
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And - of course - it's hitting mining stocks, even those which are NOT located in SA.

I expect commodities to rise on wednesday. Paper is not demand driven -> there is no free market.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:46 | 2890860 LongBalls
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People need to learn how to stomach the up's and down's. Remember...we are in a debt based system. Expanding the money supply is the only way to pay back previous loans. Don't use leverage, buy physical, and sleep soundly. See you at gold $1,800.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:16 | 2891326 crusty curmudgeon
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For those who are still having trouble stomaching these downers, rather than enjoying these buying opportunities, here are some comforting words from James Turk.  Everyone who purchases gold and silver without worrying about the price in dollars, agrees with these words:

"In contrast to national currencies, all of which circulate only because of government fiat, Gold's value derives from everyone who understands that it has usefulness as money.  And governments and banks don't like the fact that while they can manipulate gold for a time and as have we have seen in recent years, even a long time; they cannot in the end control the price of gold anymore than they can control the price of a Picasso painting.  The value of a Picasso is determined by the free-market, and so too is gold.  In short, you and I give gold its value not the central banks, not the US government or any other government, either acting alone or together.  But the US government either has not yet learned or refuses to admit this reality that its power to control gold is limited, which is an inexplicable conclusion unless you accept the notion that governments have short memories and need to relearn what logic says they should have learned from experience. If logic prevailed, the US government would have learned from its ill-fated attempt in the 1960's to keep the price of gold abnormally cheap at $35 per ounce that the market determines gold's value.  But instead, the US government is about to learn that it cannot keep a manipulated 'floating-rate' gold price from rising any more than it was able to keep the manipulated 'fixed-rate' gold price from rising thirty years ago.  The free-market rate of exchange between dollars and gold will prevail, eventually repeating today what happened in the 1970's after the artificially low $35 rate was no longer tenable the gold price will skyrocket higher. It is well worthwhile keeping in mind that the gold price rose nearly three-fold in the eighteen months after the fixed-rate price was abandoned in August 1971."

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:47 | 2890863 DoChenRollingBearing
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Shorter-term production problems are not a problem, as there is a 60 year overhang of stock of gold vs. flow.  But, most of that gold is being held by very strong hands, and much of the (physical) gold that IS being bought is going to China.  I learned that in Italy!

I posted this aalmost two weeks ago (about Italians selling their gold), THIS is one reason among many why I believe gold will soar to almost unimgainable heights:

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:57 | 2890898 Quinvarius
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It is not possible to have an overhang in gold unless it is also possible to have an overhang in fiat paper.  In that case, the overhang in fiat is much worse.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 15:50 | 2891722 Lore
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Fascinating. Thanks. Makes me want to travel. :-)

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:47 | 2890864 ruffian
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Bullion Banks tried to run the stops but the specs and hedgies wont budge, so it's a failure. BB's covering now and bottom is in. Specs are wisre to BB's midnight antics and paper pounding. Delivery failure right arounfd the corner, probably dec.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:48 | 2890865 rosethorn
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The US Treasury reported on May 31, 2011 that US gold holdings amounted to 261,498,899 troy ounces.

Per the Federal Reserve website this gold is valued at roughly $42 per ounce for reporting purposes.

At $1770 per ounce(today's price roughly), US gold holdings would be worth $462.8 billion; however at the current "book value" of $42 an ounce used by the Federal Reserve the valuation would be only $11 billion.

The US should clearly raise its "book value" for its gold holdings to at least a three digit number; the current book number is absurdly low.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:53 | 2890878 Winston Churchill
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About right for salted bullion bars though.

40:1 , damned if that doesn't ring a bell.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:01 | 2890912 LongBalls
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Now you are getting it. The BIS Basel III agreement eliminates Tier 3 capital. This is where gold is classified on bank balance sheets currently. It is marked 50% to market. Why then are Central Banks buying it like it's going out of style? Because gold is moving from Tier 3 to Tier 1 as loan collateral. This revaluation of gold is what will ultimatley repair the bank balance sheets and reserve requirement mandates. This is the reboot of the system that is on the way. BTFD!!

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:25 | 2890994 rosethorn
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Makes sense to me. 

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 20:18 | 2892579 Jungle Jim
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When? Time is NOT on my side.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:49 | 2890869 Kaiser Sousa
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what a fucking Joke....

Gold down...

Silver down....

and the Dow up 100 on "better than expected" retail sales attributed to IfuckingPhone sales...

r u fucking kidding me????

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:00 | 2890887 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Its the new "normal" ... didn't you get the memo?  Now be a good little drone and go buy some APPL at a major discount.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:55 | 2890890 agent default
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Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:59 | 2890905 Kaiser Sousa
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yes, i will buy Iphone...

and sell all my real money...

u almost had me there for a moment....NOT....

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:56 | 2890893 Dr. Engali
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And Apple is down. Don't try to make sense of it all. You will just go bat shit crazy.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:22 | 2890949 crusty curmudgeon
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Having trouble making sense of this?  Several years ago, with the Maestro as my inspiration, I put together THE explanation (below) -- the beauty of it is that it proves anything you want.  I hope it will prove useful for you as well. 

I have meticulously reviewed and researched the issue and, as I more or less see it, there is a general tendency to exhibit, without de-regionalizing or marginalizing, the veritable foundational universality and rectification after having assiduously conducted a synchronized, prospective non-fragmentary tactical visionary analysis in a tertiary period of phenomenological foundation presupposed on a micro-cosmic dialectic synthesis as a primary function of quality institutional constructs, integrated primarily through the forced deployment of a categorical yet dynamic, irreducible joint-phased plenary digital infrastructure established effervescently and maintained through a bilateral-type mechanism for sustainable output and exemplary architecture, and implemented objectively via a strategic, post-positive constitutional dialogue vis-à-vis the interactive normative simulation space rendering transformational synergistic modality within operational protocols tantamount to organic if not principal outlays, having a concomitant natural and reactionary triumvirate throughput effect of transparent processes and hegemonic enterprise concepts prescribed from a tactical perspective, the macro-oriented nodal frameworks input through paradoxically theoretical collocations aimed at a bifurcated but deracinated center-of-gravity approach simulate a virtual if not subaqueous, homogeneous paradigmatic real-world incremental shift in the analog sphere.  Of course, the dual commentary reflecting all of its apropos characteristics are more subtle than this analysis and opinion would lead one to believe.


Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:32 | 2891076 Dr. Engali
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Makes about as much sense as anything else. Can you say it all in one breath when you use this explanation in conversation?

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:01 | 2891405 CPL
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I'm going to start using that as a form to answer people I don't want to talk to anymore.



Mon, 10/15/2012 - 17:04 | 2891901 silverserfer
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you copied that out of the zerohedge forum diddnt you. You forgot to inbed 7 diffrent hyperlinks  to designer fasion shoes 70% off!

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:56 | 2890896 ziggy59
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You seem shocked and awed at the power of the PPT?
Wouldn't surprise me Ben and Tim winked at Indias Treasurer last week..
Trust them.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:52 | 2890873 SafelyGraze
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OT but ..

if you look closely at the opening of the baumgartner-jump video, the backdrop does not look like new mexico

compare that to the real deal

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:53 | 2890881 slackrabbit
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Load up Boys & Girlz we are in the only market that makes no sence...until its does ;-)

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 12:55 | 2890891 Bastiat
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Supply & Demand?  /Joe Biden laugh

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:00 | 2890907 fonzannoon
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I am sure there are plenty of shorts dipping their toes in the water and losing them very quickly.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:01 | 2890911 ebworthen
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It's a game.

Bubble money is chasing sector rotation.

Like bobbing waves on the ocean; are you seasick yet?


Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:01 | 2890914 svc101
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Amazing chaps these alchemists, turning fiat into gold!

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:39 | 2891511 HurricaneSeason
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Actually, they turn it into tungsten and then into gold.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:02 | 2890918 orangegeek
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Gold in US Dollars will fall as the US Dollar rises.  One way for the US Dollar to continue to fall is for the Euro, Yen and Pound (and a few others) to rise.  Europe, the UK and Japan - and you thought  the US was bad.


So I guess gold will continue to fall  - well maybe until China starts buying it up again - the same China that likes to build empty cities while their people starve and die in the rural areas.  Communists.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:03 | 2890926 VonManstein
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Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:03 | 2890922 Al Huxley
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Yes, when the supply of a rare commodity gets reduced, the typical market reaction is to sell it - I guess under the theory that 'hey, if it's hard to get, then nobody will want to go through the effort, better just to get rid of it'.  There's no reason for the current 'selloff' (small as it is) other than the runup suckered a bunch of paper longs into overextending their speculative position and now they're getting squeezed on it.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:12 | 2890955 fonzannoon
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That makes sense Al. You know whenever you see the msm with their gold $2400 articles everywhere a new bunch of gold buyers are about to get indoctrinated, and most of them will not be back.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:35 | 2891156 Al Huxley
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Exactly - it's actually a really easy market to predict, as long as you approach it with unbounded cynicism and always take the opposite side of whatever the MSM and mainstream pundits are saying.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 17:25 | 2891947 DUNTHAT
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Reduced Supply => Reduced prices ??????

The Economy Gods Weep!!!

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:13 | 2890951 The Count
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Hey, after seeing biden look like a loon on crack and he was hailed as the debate 'winner' I have come to the conclusion that there is absolutely no sanity left on this planet. 

The markets? They are on crack too (Ben's crack). Welcome to crazy town. 

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:13 | 2890957 eddiebe
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We 0 Hedgies know by now that market fundamentals have little to do with what's going on these days. As long as the powers that be have the printing press they have the ability to manipulate everything. Best we can do is hope they don't totally fuck everything up in our and our childrens lifetimes and turn our world into a living nightmare.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 20:23 | 2892589 Jungle Jim
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It's already a living nightmare for some of us NOW. When are we going to be allowed to wake up?

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:16 | 2890964 L927
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Interesting theme. Especially if you look at platinum. real mess going on in SA and selling off more than gold.

I guess it has to do with biber or AAPL, I had a sizable RV trade on, and will eventually add up, let's see who get's wiped out!

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:17 | 2890965 ziggy59
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Silly rabbits..
Gold is for CBs only...

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:17 | 2890968 Bansters-in-my-...
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U.S.A. Exchange Stabilzation Fund hard at work.

If you do not know about the U.S.A's dirty little ESF ,go ahead,learn it on up.


Fuck aYOU's little weasel timmy,and benny the ink jet......FUCK YOU's.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:28 | 2891006 Peter Pan
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What are you more concerned about ? The price of gold or the state of the world economy?

Does that answer your question?

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:33 | 2891105 kill switch
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Wynter Benton Group States Will Demonstrate Ability to Move Silver Beginning 10/16


Well boys, here's your chance,,see ya on the 16th

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 13:51 | 2891366 DowTheorist
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Hopefully, gold has a significant pullback. Contrary to popular thought, it would be good news for the astute investor since:

a) if it continues (i.e. 5% pullback in gold a 10% pullback in silver) it may provide a good entry point for latecomers still on the sidelines.

b) for those already "in," with a long position, the secondary reaction will provide a higher trailing stop, thus helping to lock in profits.

More on how to "use" or even "abuse," the secondary reaction for your benefit, here:


Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:19 | 2891447 Oldrepublic
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Today's Lew Rockwell site has a piece from the Daily Bell and Jim Rogers on silver manipulation

Daily Bell: The CFTC just dropped an investigation into silver manipulation. Is it manipulated day-to-day and does it matter?

Jim Rogers: A) It doesn't matter and B) I don't think it is. There are conspiracy theorists out there who say it's manipulated but I don't buy it. Mainly, I don't buy it because if it were manipulated like the conspiracy theorists say, it's been going on for 25 or 30 years. By now somebody would have told us. You can't keep a secret like that because then the conspirers would have to be all over the world. There would have to be tens of thousands of people. By now we would know about it. I'm a little skeptical.


Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:45 | 2891534 Herd Redirectio...
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Jim, its been going on for 25-30 years (even longer, but in its current incarnation 25-30 years).  Somebody has told us (you are calling them 'conspiracy theorists') and by now we do know about it.   No one believed the Mafia existed.  No one knew about the Manhattan Project.  And there were tens of thousands of people involved.  Jim, you're getting old.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:24 | 2891454 danepol
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Nope, the ups and downs of the gold price has got nothing, zilch to do with labour unrest anywhere. It's about debasement of fiat money and exaggerated by the actions of speculators. Gold has been a great bet for a decade and may well continue but please don't look for explanations in foreign countries.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:30 | 2891483 hangemhigh77
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It's all just a big tradition.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:34 | 2891502 seek
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Gotta love those step-function moves in price down followed by normal, gradual increases. They don't even try to hide it anymore.

From many past drops like this -- it seems like they do this to make headroom for the next economic event that would push it back up over key thresholds.

Everything they do now is driven by psychology and appearances, and has zero connection with reality. Funny thing, though, in the end reality doesn't care, and always catches up.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:39 | 2891514 NaiLib
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You can of course see the exact opposite in equities futures. Since June when the worlds central banks in a global statement declared that they would do "whatever it takes" to keep the "system" going.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:52 | 2891555 nontaxpayer
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I'm sorry, I'm afraid it's all my fault---I bought a Kruger rand on last wednesday...sorry!

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 15:13 | 2891623 Clashfan
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They're driving it down, so buy more. You can bet they are buying more with both fists.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 23:01 | 2892999 hawk nation
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How about a conspiracy theory where they are holding the price of gold down by colluding with the other banks in paper trading so the fed and all the major banks can continue to purchase gold untill they decide to go to a gold backed currency or the general population wises up.

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