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Jim Grant On Gold's Recent Drop: "Confidence In Bernanke Is Utterly Misplaced"

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"Inflation is a state of affairs in which there is too much money," Jim Grant notes in this Bloomberg TV interview, however, "It's not too much money chasing too few goods," he corrects the misnomer, "the thing this money chases is variable." Whether it is Iowa farmland, housing, stocks, or bonds, central banks are stuffing us with it. Yes, equities are high, but Grant explains, "beneath the surface of things or not so far beneath the surface of things," it is not at all good, adding that, "Central bank 'original sin'," is akin to Revolutionary France, and he shows no concerns over Gold's recent dip, noting "a general fatigue animus towards gold," that seems predicated on more confidence in central bankers; to Grant, "that confidence is utterly misplaced!"



On Inflation:

Inflation is a state of affairs in which there is too much money. It's not too much money chasing too few goods. It's too much money, the thing that this money chases is variable. And in this particular cycle and for some time, it has chased commercial real estate, bonds, stocks, financial assets of all kinds. Iowa farm land. There is a huge excess of liquidity in the world. Central banks furnish this, they stuff us with it. In the interest of levitating markets that will, they think

On the Equity rally:

Yes there are terrific companies generating terrific cash flows. That is certainly true. But beneath the surface of things or not so far beneath the surface of things, as far as central banks, practicing not original policies but original sin. This is these policies are not so original. They go back to the time of Revolutionary France. You know the idea of creating currency with which to create human happiness is as old as the hills.

On Gold:

Gold has been in a bull market for 12 years. Gold is this rare thing in which you can be bullish and yet contrary and also with the trend. There is I think a general fatigue animus towards gold. The gold prices are reciprocal of the world's view of the competence of central banks. The greater the world's confidence in the Ben Bernanke's of the world, the weaker the gold market. The less the world holds confidence in the institution of managed currencies, the stronger the gold market. And to me the confidence is utterly misplaced,


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Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:33 | 3546802 markmotive
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Mixed messages out there...

Why is Texas University selling the bullion Kyle Bass advised it to buy?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:37 | 3546813 seek
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They sold the bars and reinvested in gold futures. Mixed message indeed.

Notice they don't say what the price per ounce was. I'm willing to bet those bars didn't go for anything close to spot.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 23:27 | 3547126 Scritchy
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Spot on, seek.  The day is coming when paper gold is worth about seven cents an ounce, if that. I mean, if you could pay your clients off instead of providing them actual gold, wouldn't you say that "gold is worthless, and here's your paper money" instead?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 23:57 | 3547190 Say What Again
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"James Grant -- Former gunner mate for the navy..."  This guy just get more hip every day!

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 02:32 | 3547374 DoChenRollingBearing
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There has been a lot of interesting gold material hitting the interwebs lately.  No single item is BIG enough for an article, but I put together a few of these items for a pretty piece (includes small gold coins, Freegold, kilo bars, gold alloys and gold porn <-- please don't tell the SEC or the CFTC; or that matter the usual MDBs, Praetorian Guards, etc...).  ;-)

"Gold: Bits & Pieces"

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 05:05 | 3547486 MythicalFish
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Good stuff, thanks. I think there is a certain ceiling for gold prices for practical reasons, in the short to medium term, after (financial) SHTF.

20 million kilos that could end up with the Indian mafia are a problem, and so are foreign owned gold mines in "precarious places". My guess is that north of $4000 it would stop being a sensible currency in today's dollars (or "non-hyperinflated"), as long as there is still any concept of 'balance of power' at play. So, IMHO the biggest argument for gold is other shit coming down rather than gold going up massively. Gold, therefore, can be a deflation play, if you define deflation as an implosion of prices - which has the exact same effect as an explosion, i.e. the thing not being there anymore afterwards..


Fri, 05/10/2013 - 05:44 | 3547506 Gringo Viejo
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He usually has pertinent info to share.
That Mr. Rogers The Early Years persona he's cultivated is somewhat odd.....I Grant you that.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:01 | 3547199 fourchan
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steers and queers at texas u totally missed the point if they traded real gold for any type of paper.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:10 | 3547216 seek
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I seriously doubt they did it without Bass' approval. Remember they're in it for the nominal dollars, not to hold PMs.

Bass knows what's coming with respect to delivery, and probably suggested long futures. Sell the physical at a premium (if Andrew MaGuire is right, perhaps as much as 2000/oz to the LBMA), turn around, put the cash into gold futures at current low price, wait for delivery requests to drive up price, have force majeure declared and get paid in yet more cash. If you care about dollars, it's a pretty slick move.


Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:45 | 3547271 Shell Game
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That might be exactly how the play is structured.  But one thing for sure, Bass is very intelligent and has a plan.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 01:36 | 3547339 macholatte
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Bass is very intelligent and has a plan.


Sell gold bullion...... buy nickels.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 02:29 | 3547380 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ seek and Shell Game

+ mucho each!  Yes, Bass is no dummy.

I have no idea what Bass has in mind, but I can only think that he knows what he is doing.  Although he did make a controversial recent call on housing (bullish) that has some (inc. me) scratching their heads...

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 02:38 | 3547389 fonzannoon
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Dochen are you willing to play devils advocate here? If Chindit is correct, and it is hard to argue with him, maybe Bass just decided to lock in some gains? As I said on the other thread... My dealer has had gold this whole way down, and was willing to part with it for reasonable premiums. Silver was a very different story, and still is.

But maybe these shortages and separation and vaults being emptied are exaggerated. If buying has tapered off since the slamdown then maybe there is even more supply now. What is interesting is Bass sold pre slamdown. So that tells me he got a tap on the shoulder. Maybe he knows he can get that phyz back anytime he wants it.

Until real stories pop up about delivery failures, we are all just jumping around excitedly with nothing to back this up.

Speaking of which, I wonder if anyone has any comment on this.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 03:25 | 3547415 Supernova Born
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Jim Grant's too much money and Bass' housing call seem to make sense viewed in tandem. The Fed and .gov would love to push money into easily taxable real property...can't make more, but it can't be hidden/moved either.

I think smart "folks" understand that when paper gold fails it won't just be paper gold that will burn.

Fahrenheit 451, bitchez.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 03:33 | 3547427 fonzannoon
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what bass call on housing are u referring to?

I should edit to say real stories on defaults occuring, other than abn amro.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 03:34 | 3547428 DoChenRollingBearing
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An interesting idea, fonz.  Short answer: I don't know.  And Bass has an agenda I do not fully understand.  Bass is a big enough player to be "eligible" for a tap or two on the shoulder, nice insight!

I have a lot of respect for Chindit, he has provided nice insights to me in Asia, which I have spent maybe a grand total of some 20 days there.

I am getting a sense that gold supplies are easing.  Perhaps NOT for silver right now.  Also, I have read that it is really only the small coins & bars that are most affected by scarcity, although is quoting out their 1 kilo bars with a three week delivery.

I stopped buying silver over a year ago, as I have "enough" (for spending in a SHTF), so I do not have enough expertise to comment.  Extra funds for me will go to gold, maybe a bit to platinum.  Silver is so bulky when you start to pile it up...

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 07:09 | 3547584 samcontrol
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maybe i can get an answer this time .It is just not clear.

I just don't see this paper gold going to zero thing , at least soon any time soon.. I can see a"craze " with 30% but not seven cents.
How would mining companies mine with paper pms at zero..?

if Paper pms lose another 50%. How many mines do you think will actually stay standing?

Sure. Physical will be at 500% premium on paper by then , and then who benefits and who gets smashed ????? How do these mines work, how does the silver mined in Argentina for example travel to you guys at 500 % premuim so my shares can go to 0 ......? And this will happen a week?
The fed, the cartels, the banksters, central banks,the
rochchilds of the world , politicians ,investors , miners, markets, me , you, and just about every atm in the world will react how ?

We have established i am fucked but can someone please explain why my miners will go to 0? Thanks.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 23:35 | 3547145 NotApplicable
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Jamie asked real nice like?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:33 | 3546809 Debeachesand Je...
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So true.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:37 | 3546811 fonzannoon
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nice to see Jim Grant is confused.

Central banks are stuffing US with money? Who is US?

Who has confidence in Bernanke? No one does.I guess Grant is missing the phyz/paper seperation.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:05 | 3546879 kito
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Oh me when I tell you there are many who think Bernanke can walk on water.....keeping in mind that if 99 percent of the population were asked who he was.....they would have no clue.....

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:02 | 3547203 Say What Again
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I think the fonz missed the reference to the Mississippi scheme (a.k.a. John Law)

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 23:38 | 3547149 nomorebuyins
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Confused why the Phyz/paper seperation was not mentioned. 2 totally different markets right now, looks like paper is going to zero.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:02 | 3547204 chindit13
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As I wrote in the one of today's other gold threads, in many parts of the world far away from LCSs and on-line dealers, "paper" and "phyzz" are for all intents and purposes identical, especially for size.  You should be more skeptical of gold promoters, who might have an interest in having you believe what they tell you.  Another poster in that same thread (Duke of Doubt) wrote something similar.  You may or may not choose to believe what he and I experienced, but it wouldn't hurt to give it a little thought.  Might get you more bang for your BBBux.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 06:49 | 3547548 All Risk No Reward
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"Us" doesn't include you are I.

Grant doesn't mention that currency is debt...  and that exponential debt growth is unsustainable, BY DEFINITION.  The cost of carrying the debt eventually breaks the will of the debtor to take on more debt.  This has already happened at the personal level.

The government needs to point a gun at people and force them to take on more debt every year or else they wouldn't do it.

That is also unsustainable.

If Grant had any humanity, he'd be exposing the fraudulent Debt Currency System...

He'd be exposing the criminal Federal Reserve debt bubble (literally, against the law)

But, alas, he doesn't.

Which either means he's ignorant or he's in on it. 

"The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from it's profits or so dependant on it's favors, that there will be no opposition from that class." — Rothschild Brothers of London, 1863

Which is it, Grant?  Ignorance or alliance?  The former can be fixed, the latter is working quite nicely.

After the international banking cartel's "First Bank of the United States" was shut down in 1811

"Teach those impudent Americans a lesson. Bring them back to colonial status."
~Nathan Mayer Rothschild

The nation held captive by the Rothschild interests, Britaiin, attacked America in the War of 1812.  See how that works?

“When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 07:58 | 3547598 Ranger4564
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Well, capitalism is the transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich, and because of the extent of exploitation is limited by the willingness of the poor to tolerate the extraction, debt facilitates the extraction without so much objection because it is extracting the wealth from a future you, a you that is as yet unaware of the future condition, and therefore less intolerant.  The reason debt is so popular as the mechanism of destruction today is because the lender is able to avoid the tumult to a greater extent than if they had imposed a levy right now.

Of course, the situation for most citizens is that they're being pressed in the present and in the future. The reason today that the tumult is understated is because the offense against the citizens is often not personal, it's broadly multinational, abstracted / generalized, and because the people have been beaten down for so long, we're like the 2 women in that 4 women kidnapping case... even when the door is open, people choose to stay inside because they're afraid of being punished. So cowardice keeps most people trapped. We tolerate the torture because we're afraid the punishment would be worse if we objected. And indeed, the government / bankers are making the punishment worse for those who choose to act now. Eventually, we'll have to stand up against them. If we don't, they will just make life a living hell for our children and grandchildren.

By the way, I am not as big a fan of Grant as it seems everyone else here is. For someone so "intelligent" he seems to mostly demand a return to a bygone era instead of envisioning a more creative future. I'm sick of regressives, I am looking for an insightful but grounded futurist.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:41 | 3547981 Greenhead
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Words have power and your phrase "capitalism is the transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich" clearly shows you have no idea what you are talking about.  Drop the agenda, please.  You don't have to buy the stuff if it doesn't have value for you.  I don't have to trade with you if you don't have value for me.  Yes, fear and cowardice are what keeps most people from living but it is a choice they get to make.  The control of the government by the rich and powerful isn't capitalism.  Call it anything else, cronyism, mordida, fascism, etc. and you will be much more accurate.  No doubt we've given up involvement for "whats on Idol?" but bread and circus has been around for a long time.

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 01:03 | 3577297 All Risk No Reward
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Agreed.  Socrates considered the meaning of words deeply because he knew that when words had no real meaning it was easy to manipulate the general population.

All governments run a spectrum of authoritarianism.

We can spend all day describing the deception in which the authoritarianist structure wraps itself (communism, socialism, capitalism, etc...), but that's majoring in the minors.

The current government is controlled by financial tyrants and the people they rule over are chumps.  What is that, a Reverse Fascist Chumptocracy?

A use the adjective reverse to describe that the government is not taking over the corporation, rather, the Biggest Finance Capital Cartel has taken over government and the mega corporations.

Every citizen will either 1) become scared of anything big and avoid big or 2) will be ruled by the money power that controls everything big.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:39 | 3546816 suicidalpsychologist
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Someone tell these clowns they have like 5 inches thick of make up stuffed on their faces.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:47 | 3546833 Burt Gummer
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Marc Faber Says Keep Stacking........ Bitchez.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:01 | 3546868 RaceToTheBottom
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Marc was not there.  That one was middle america lamenting their world has changed.  Bring on Marc

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:52 | 3546842 ChanceIs
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I saw Jim Grant down at the American Enterprise Institute a few years back.  He was hawking his new book, "Mr. Market Miscalculates."  I bought it in the lobby and got the autograph.  (What can I say?  I have no autographed baseballs but autographed geekish econ books.)  I asked him to write on the inside where the next bubble will be - expecting him to say "bonds."  He chuckled and wrote...."For Mark, who will know much better than I where the next bubble will appear."

I am a big Grant fan.  He gets it.  I am easy.  Anybody who casts aspersions on Bernanke wins my affections.  The pundits were joking about him being the next Fed chair.  We could do worse.  I think he daid something like...I couldn't be Fed chair because the first thing i would do would be to get rid of it.

He is one of the few out there who displays some moral sentiment.  Not just references to history and Black-Scholes models.  You know....Bernanke is killing grandmothers with hs low rates.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:55 | 3546856 Go Tribe
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Obama and bernanke, granny killers.

That could stick.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:06 | 3546882 Alpo for Granny
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The sons a bitches haven't gotten me yet but they're trying.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 23:21 | 3547123 RopeADope
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Bernanke is the leading cause of abortions in the US.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 04:20 | 3547460 Jones79
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they're not only killing grannies' purchasing power, they're killing other economies, too.  excess investible funds of professional money managers are going into junk bonds (now yielding under 5%, as Grant mentioned and also in wsj on 5/9/13) and southern euro zone garbage debt backstopped by the ECB who will soon be charging customers to keep their own cash in the bank.  everybody is being forced to move out the risk curve.  fondly i look upon the days when this only affected granny.     

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:58 | 3547051 Everything_is_j...
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What's the best Jim Grant book to read? Thanks

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 23:20 | 3547120 ChanceIs
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I can't tell you.  The guy is prolific.  Mr. Market is a compilation of his best articles over the years.  It is nice because you can pick it up and start reading in the middle.

He wrote a book on Bernard Baruch - one of my favorite investors.  Odda are only 10% of the denizens of this board have ever heard of Baruch.  It ays a lot about Grant that he would want to write about him.

Per Baruch:

If a speculator is correct half of the time, he is hitting a good average. Even being right 3 or 4 times out of 10 should yield a person a fortune if he has the sense to cut his losses quickly on the ventures where he is wrong.

Always do one thing less than you think you can do.

I made my money by selling too soon.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:45 | 3547998 DriveByLurker
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IMHO, "Money of the Mind: Borrowing and Lending in America from the Civil War to Michael Milken"

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:51 | 3546843 blindman
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the man is a genius, ignore him.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:52 | 3546848 Diablo
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"the thing this money chases is variable."

By Jim Grants reasoning can you not say that this money was chasing gold too? 

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:00 | 3546865 ChanceIs
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Grant is one of the few who makes that rather obvious insight - that the thing money chases is variable.  Is the price of US Treasuries cranked into the CPI???  That wasn't a joke on my part.  Who would utter such sacrilege?'s true.  Used to be that $1K would get you 500 Bic Macs or $40 annually from a T Bond with 50 Big Macs to spare.  Now you get 450 Big Macs and $2 per annum with the Treasury and NO Big Macs to spare.  Treasuries cost too much.  Why is that not inflation?

Sure you can say that it is chasing gold.  By the same token you can say that it is being used as margin to short gold - for those would don't believe in good old naked shorting, especially when th regulators are looking the other way.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:10 | 3547217 chindit13
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There is no "naked shorting" in futures markets.  The very nature of their structure allows two sides to a trade.  Longs don't have to prove a need for the good, and shorts don't have to own it to sell it.  Don't get confused with naked shorting of stocks, where one must borrow stock to cover a short sale.  Stocks are for immediate delivery, futures are a contract for, well, future delivery.

Two very different things.

I agree Jim is a down-to-Earth, beautifully witty, plain old good guy.  The world of finance has a lot of clowns, but only a few really good comedians.  It takes more talent to be funny than rich.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:23 | 3547917 ChanceIs
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Quite correct.  I was trying to suggest that some folks have to post the proscribed amount of margin while others don't.  Or at least until the end of the day when the stops have all been triggered and the position you took w/o any margin at all has developed its own margin due to its intraday profitability.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 07:30 | 3547623 hootowl
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.....Not yet......But soon!



Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:55 | 3546855 Diogenes
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Why do people keep saying gold is in a bull market? It has been dropping in value for almost 2 years and is now almost $500 below its peak?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:03 | 3546874 blindman
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the human life span exceeds 2 years to any where from
2 to 100, more or less, years and then gold will remain.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:56 | 3547280 Shell Game
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it's all about perspective and strong hands..

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:13 | 3547890 Diogenes
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Good example. If houses, or stocks, or any other investment dropped 20% they would call it a bear market. Why not gold?

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 10:06 | 3548077 Shell Game
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I'm not one for strict definitions, so won't be musch help.  But when housing was in a bear market it was supported by bearish fundamentals.  Gold, on the other hand, still has bullish fundamentals that grow every month the Fed prints $100B.  Additionally, gold's 11 year run needs corrective cooling to sustain further upward momentum. 

One more thing, I am convinced of price suppression/manipultion simply because in terms of pricing gold according to historical inflation it should be at $2,500-$3,000/oz by now.  This is strong evidence of manipulation.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:04 | 3546875 RaceToTheBottom
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Because they are still shorting it.   Soon after they stop shorting it, it will indicate it is no longer in a bull market.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:04 | 3546876 Tinky
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In order to flummox those, like you, whose investing horizons are miniscule.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:27 | 3547930 Diogenes
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I'm still holding gold I bought 4 years ago, and I bought more in April. My horizon is hardly miniscule.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:22 | 3546930 Antifederalist
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Because prior to this correction it was up 18% per year for 11 years.

The Au coins I bought in 2003 for $320 per oz. seem ok to me.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 10:02 | 3548055 Diogenes
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So, it was in a bull market for 11 years, peaking at over 1900 per ounce in August 2011. Since then it has fallen more than $500. I would say it has been a bear market for over a year.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:26 | 3546946 akak
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Why do people keep saying gold is in a bull market?

Because the markets, for everything nowadays, are purely bull.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:59 | 3547298 Peter Pan
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Gold is always in a bull market unless it's a bullshit market.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:56 | 3546857 The Thunder Child
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There's a member of our community that needs a bit of help to get his project completed and I am trying to help him get to the finish line. I think you all know Bill Still from The Money Masters and The secret of Oz. His latest project 'Jekyll Island - the documentary' is nearly finished and he needs only 5k to wrap it up. I would ask that anyone that wants to see this work completed and spread to the largest possible audience to make a small contribution to the kickstarter campaign that he has posted. His deadline is this Sunday night and it would be great to have some contributions flow in from fight club, even greater if we could help him achieve his goal.

Even if you can spare $5 - $20 that is a huge donation and would help Mr. Still get to complete his masterpiece. If you can spare more then $24 FANTASTIC he will give you some decent swag for your contribution. T-shirts, signed DVDs, posters etc.. I am going to post this a few more times in the coming days so please don't consider it spam or solicitation it is for a fantastic cause and this documentary is going to be absolutely stellar!

P.S. Jim Grant is the shiz bichez

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 05:23 | 3547497 Svendblaaskaeg
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"'Jekyll Island - the documentary' is nearly finished and he needs only 5k to wrap it up."

Thank You for posting, I'll be happy to donate to Bill Still's documentary

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:01 | 3546866 tempo
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Student loan interest rates to be the same as FED discount rate with new Senate proposal. So unsecured near worthless trillion dollar loans to be priced under ZIRP. Another plan to extend the bubble.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:09 | 3546890 ChanceIs
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That is Sen Elizabeth Warren's idea.  She is twisted.  I love her and hate her.

I love her ecause she wants to summarily execute the drug money laundering banksters - along with their porno watching regulators at the FDIC and SEC.

But she loves debt.  She wants to educate people so they understand the fine print on the back of the MasterCard papers.  She thinks tht $100K tuition is fine as long as the students don't get shafted on the debt fine print.  She should be saying....'Your an f&^king idiot if you have a credit card.' 

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:20 | 3546923 ShrNfr
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First, it is you're not your, but that is besides the point. I hate when I do that, and I do it too. But Lizzie Powwow only wants to send more of your money and mine to her fellow academics and buy the kids' votes. She is nothing but a fraud. I doubt she would do much about the bankers except bill them for her legal time given the chance.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 23:41 | 3547159 MeatGrinder
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That is Sen Elizabeth Warren's idea. She is twised. I love her and hate her.


I love her because she's a native american indian. God bless that worthless cunt.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:26 | 3546937 ChanceIs
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This is Sen Warren schtick.  And the financial press doesn't get it.  Rates aren't set to double.  They are just set to go back to the level which was contractually agreed when the student sheep signed the paper.  Why should I be paying more for potatoes through the food price inflation mechansim because of the students not paying their interest?  Why doesn't Warren just o claw back some tuition from the universities?  Isn't it just as fradulent charging $100K per annum as doing a liar's loan?

Why should student loan rates be the same as big bank rates?  Because she said so, that's why.  Then there is the title of the bill...."Loan Fairness."  Silky smooth political speech.  How about the Student Tuition Fairness Act" instead?

Shouldn't she be saying....'Let's stop pounding granny in the a&^ and let the banks fail by withdrawing their interest carry trade sugar daddy.  Then student loan rates would look comparitively good.

She is twisted.  Schizophrenic.

With student loan interest rates to double in July, Elizabeth Warren introduces Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act

Federally subsidized student loans is set to double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent starting July 1; however, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) says that students should benefit from the same interest rates that the big banks do in a speech delivered on the Senate floor yesterday.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:48 | 3548009 Greenhead
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What would the rates be if the kids could file for bankruptcy and eliminate student debt just like any other debt if they couldn't pay their bills? 

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:06 | 3546884 jeffgroove102
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I will sound like a star trek nerd in this post, but, James Grant is like "Spock" of the financial world to me.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 03:41 | 3547180 Supernova Born
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Grant is as logical and smart as Spock but also has a great sense of humor (when not being constantly interrupted mid-comment by the wildly impatient host).

I give at least this to Maria Bartiromo. She treats Mr. Grant with the deference he deserves and flows with his sense of humor. Grant is typically the only guest and the interviews are simply a treat.

Bloomberg TV has a nasty habit of thinking they must hire the Monty Python "argument guy" to sit opposite any guest that is not a perma-bull. It only reduces the amount of information the information-starved get for their time and shows disrespect for the decision-making skills of their audience.

Who could have thought Bloomberg would not respect the decision-making skills of the public?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:17 | 3546911 the grateful un...
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has nothing to do with confidence, if it did bob prechter would have collected on all his bearish projections. currency is like electricty, do you lose confidence in electricity? you might not like your provider, but the product is still necessary. you might build a solar panel, you might do any number of things to go off the grid, the problem is the monopoly in the currency. gold and bitcoin raise the issue. the states raise the issue. who's running the power plant? homer simpson bernanke?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:17 | 3546912 HowardBeale
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Am I the only one who found the dumb blond with the "I'm so knowing and you are a peasant"-look fucking annoying...

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:34 | 3546975 ironsky
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She was talking and overdressed. Other than that, no complaints.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:42 | 3546999 villainvomit
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No sir, you are not.  She is a BQuick wannabe and sux much worse....gosh could that be true ?

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:21 | 3546927 Slop Bucket
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Jim Grant better hope we never meet in person. I'm gonna give him the best low hug one man's ever given to another. I love that dude!

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:24 | 3546938 jonjon831983
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Ooo can't wait



Hugh Hendry Q2 book update: "long the Tokyo stock market, long low variance US equities, long the US dollar" (more tomorrow)"

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:32 | 3546965 pbppbp
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I don't mind gold on sale.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:44 | 3547007 Stuck on Zero
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How would profitability of companies be affected if interest rates went to 5%?


Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:44 | 3547010 Tinky
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Sun, 05/12/2013 - 15:52 | 3547090 OneTinSoldier66
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But we have Bernanke and The Inkjets. Can't they save us with their greatest hit QE4Ever? Why do I suddenly feel like I'm on the Titanic, or the Deficits Don't Matter, and have a sinking feeling? It's dark in here. I want my mommy.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 23:48 | 3547168 Supernova Born
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Seeing Jim Grant's face on a video clip or ZH article always gives me a thrill. He has an amazing intellect and exudes deep fundamental integrity.

I love his work and his historically-informed view.

I think he should write a "note" [wink] on his view of the road back to genuine American prosperity.

Mr. Grant has the intellect of a Founding Father and I hope he seeks the broadest audience possible.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:16 | 3547225 q99x2
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That was nice. Jim Grant shouldn't have to appear with those stooges.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 03:51 | 3547439 Supernova Born
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It seems ZH loves to hate her, but Maria Bartiromo treats Mr. Grant with the respect he deserves. He can at least answer the questions asked without incessant inane interruptions.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 11:22 | 3548407 RaceToTheBottom
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I am very surprized at that.  Normally I hate Maria Bartiromo

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:30 | 3547254 WTFUD
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Student loans have been covered in depth on here! If these students wish to indulge themselves in Peppa Pig quality further education courses might i suggest they subsidise the costs through the sale of their organs ( body parts ) on the black market.
Reading Jim Grants material in your spare time while tossing waffles or flogging chinese crap at WallyMart would save a lot of heartache down the road.
Lizzy W's heart is in the right place but with the evil all around her she's out of her league.
Fuck you Obama you steenking rat & Fuck you Bernanke you phoney bankers whore.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 00:37 | 3547263 Fuku Ben
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ETF to invest in Gold?

I remember reading the risks in the prospectuses when they first came out and laughingly thinking what a joke!

"Because neither the Trustee nor the Custodian oversees or monitors the activities of subcustodians who may temporarily hold the Trust’s gold bars until transported to the Custodian’s London vault, failure by the subcustodians to exercise due care in the safekeeping of the Trust’s gold bars could result in a loss to the Trust." - SPDR Gold Trust Prospectus

"And it's Gone" - South Park

Physical baby!

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 01:19 | 3547325 kchrisc
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He is mostly right, in that all that printed currency first "pools" in various places like stocks, bonds, houses, etc. creating asset bubbles. However, when the psychology of the victims of that currency turns and they begin to seek "hard" assets, the dams break and the pools turn into cascades of price inflation.

Most damning for Americans is the fact that the biggest currency pools are overseas and will come streaming back like a great tsunami of price inflation. The FedRes and US gov will be the first gov that puts capital controls on currency coming IN to a nation. hujel

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 07:15 | 3547594 hootowl
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Capital controls on INCOMING dollars would signal the immediate and radical fall of the dollar from its reserve currency status, as well as make it worthless for internal, domestic, trade.  If the nation who prints out all of that worthless (electronic) currency won't even allow it back into the country, who the hell would accept it as a medium of trade.

Hang the banksters!



Fri, 05/10/2013 - 01:34 | 3547337 Motorhead
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Dueling bow ties, hehe.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 02:37 | 3547388 polo007
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Since the financial crash of 2008 the western economies (US, Euro zone and Japan) have been using quantitative easing (QE). QE is not new. It was also used extensively in the 1930's. Japan has been using forms of QE for over a decade. But when one looks at the velocity of money and the money multiplier the money is not getting into the broader economy. But it is getting into the stock markets largely through the large money center banks that are the major beneficiaries of QE. Rising stock market valuations help the money center banks balance sheets. It is believed for the US at least that QE is primarily to help prop up the banking systems in the US, the Euro zone and Japan. The banking system remains saddled with huge amounts of debt that is either toxic or uncollectable.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 06:59 | 3547566 Ranger4564
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On Inflation:

that they think will generate economic growth. [ damn you snuck that in even though I tried to muffle you Mr. Grant. ]


On Gold:

utterly misplaced, therefore the gold market out to be [ don't say it - I will cut you off until you get on message Jim. ]


The alternator:

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 07:20 | 3547602 gaoptimize
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One of my heroes.  I read to my kids his "Walk out of here with me." speech that he made at the NY Fed last year, as a lesson in speaking truth to power.  What a great man.  HE should be Fed chairman.

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 08:38 | 3547781 Hannibal
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"Capitalism will commit suicide!"  Karl Marx

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 10:14 | 3560276 Tombstone
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Grant is one of the few you can trust.  Do you really trust Benny?

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