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Ben Bernanke Is Indeed A Gold Bug's Best Friend

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A week ago, we asked (rhetorically), whether "Bernanke Has Become A Gold Bug's Best Friend?" While we knew the answer, today's reponse by the market confirms it. Beginning just before 10 am, or the moment Ben's prepared remarks went off embargo, gold and silver have been on a relentless tear (chart 1), with Gold passing $1760/ounce and now just $150 from its all time nominal highs. And while risk is on elsewhere, stocks priced in gold are down 0.9% since their highs yesterday and at their lows in real terms (chart 2), even as they hit new nominal highs, confirming that fear of the coming monetary tsunami will benefit precious metals. So while the lemmings focus on meaningless nominal gains, their real purchasing power just lost another 1%. Thank you Chairsatan - you are a good man.

Gold and Silver since Bernanke speech began:

And ES priced in Gold since yesterday:


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Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:08 | 2120088 GeneMarchbanks
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Let's just hope he gets reappointed.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:19 | 2120131 fonestar
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Where are the deflationist morons now, saying gold back to $300/oz and silver back to $5/oz?  Where are you?  Roubini... was that you?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:19 | 2120145 Silver Bug
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I'm sure he's beginning to understand that the best way to devalue the dollar is against gold. If you try to devalue your currency vs the yen or the euro, etc, then they just devalue after you do and it becomes moot. Hold on to your gold.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:29 | 2120191 TruthInSunshine
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Precious Metals just 'friended' The Bernank on sitonmyfacebook

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:14 | 2120253 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Sipping Coffee with Ben Bernanke

Uhm, good afternoon, and, uh, welcome to Sipping Coffee, with me, Ben Bernanke.  Today, uh, we will visit the, uhm, Mariner Eccles Building, where the Board of Governers swim in pools of gold left over from when the great FDR stole it from, uh, uh, Americans in the name of Patriotism.  We also take a look at, uh, the basement furnace, where we shovel dollars into the fire to keep, uh, uhm, uh, in-inflation from getting out of hand.  But first a word from our, uh, sponsers....

[A voice booms from the loudspeakers]

Bow down to Ba'al!!!!!

Yes, Ba'al, my, uh, favorite Dark Lord.

[Bernanke looks down at the floor, raises his hand, and makes a hook 'em longhorns hand gesture]

Every month the, uh, Board gets together to, uhm, party like it's 1913.  We swim in, uh, uhm, gold coins and make pinatas out of, uh, hundred dollar bills.  This is my favorite time of the month as I get to see my, uh, friends and discuss, uh, m-m-monetary p-policy and what we should do next with our trillions of, uh, dollars of liabilities....

[Ron Paul steps onto the set, strapped with machine gun]

Not so fast Bernanke!  How are you balancing the liabilities on your balance sheet!

[Bernanke picks up his coffee mug]

Uhm, with tradition and pixie dust.

[He sips his coffee]

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:31 | 2120199 Oh regional Indian
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As long as the DXY is heavily manipulated via the Yen, Gold price in dollears can be played endlessly. That Yen carry trade is the Elephant in the living room of commodity speculation. The great 10 year Gold Rush financed by the Great 10 year Yen Carry Trade.



Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:35 | 2120224 spiral_eyes
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The only real way to measure the long term trends in the US economy is priced in gold: 

Also, China might well be the REAL goldbug's best friend. This MSNBC article is hilarious. The PBOC state DIRECTLY why they are buying gold and the article just assumed that their stated reason is wrong (because, you know, what could be better for hedging risk than paper with a massive counter-party exposure?) and that instead it might well be because they are trying to offload all their non-income-producing gold, and get into "real-income producing assets" like the US Treasury 

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:56 | 2120322 Missiondweller
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Wow, the author is stunningly stupid.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:36 | 2120227 fonestar
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I just want silver to at least go to 1/30 or 1/25th an ounce of gold.  Maybe then I can buy something else for a change...

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 14:07 | 2120619 BeerBrewer09
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Times of plenty for us silver bugs. Keep buying and be patient!

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 14:28 | 2120700 KingdomKum
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We few, we happy few, we band of silver holders  !

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:33 | 2120209 midtowng
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The deflationists would be right if it wasn't for the Central Banks.

Of course that's the same as saying if I didn't grow old I might live forever.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 17:30 | 2121240 akak
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Deflationists, HA!  Still sailing the world's oceans of paper and red ink in the USS Futility, led by Captain Douchinger and Admiral Prechtologist, cluelessly searching in vain for the edge of the flat earth and the infamous (but never before seen) deap-sea-dwelling monster of appreciating fiat currency.  Meanwhile, the crew grows ever weaker due to the scurvy of currency depreciation, all the while blaming it on flagging "animal spirits", and attempt to cure themselves with Keynesian bloodletting inflicted with the knife of ZIRP while simultaneously chanting "all debt is equal to money"

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:34 | 2120213 Zadok
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In honor of the new year, updated charts from the decoupling of the USD from the Gold Standard.

My personal Silver year 2012 target is about $60

Gold target for 2012 is about $2100.

These are trailing indicators, valid as long as the can-kicking continues.  When the dam breaks, these become invalid...

Until that time, best wishes.


Thu, 02/02/2012 - 15:35 | 2120937 BoNeSxxx
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All currencies are flat today but money is soundly up.

I plan on rolling around in mine when I get home tonight.  Well, at least that's what I would do had in not fallen into the lake by accident some time ago...

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:34 | 2120215 midtowng
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Bernanke isn't doing any of us any favors. Those gains you are getting are in nominal dollars.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:55 | 2120319 mattu13048
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Armada Markets just sent out a note that they shorted gold futures today.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 14:18 | 2120663 Dr.Vannostrand
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Come on man, just make your comment and pimp the link below a la Snakeyes. This is getting old. And yes, I did down vote you, just like on every other thread.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 14:16 | 2120659 AldoHux_IV
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Whether it's him or someone else, the path is already set. Let's not confuse his worthiness and the price of gold b/c it's the actions of all central planners that will create a disastrous outcome and invariably a new valuation in PM's along with other assets... it may not be so correlated at that point.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:08 | 2120091 Cognitive Dissonance
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Ben Bernanke Is Indeed A Gold Bug's Best Friend

So is Dallas Fed president Richard Fisher

Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Fed, is one of the richest of the 12. He accrued a portfolio of at least $21 million after working 22 years in the financial industry as a banker, stock broker and hedge fund manager.

Fisher owns more than 7,000 acres in Texas, Georgia, Iowa and Missouri, in addition to more than $1 million in SPDR's Gold Trust, and at least $50,000 in platinum and uranium each.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:23 | 2120166 Dr. Engali
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 My question is why would he let anybody know that? Is he sending a signal?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:41 | 2120252 Quintus
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He is obliged to disclose details of his investments.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:44 | 2120268 TruthInSunshine
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Yeah, but he hasn't disclosed where his fizz is buried.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:09 | 2120094 Dr. Richard Head
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Traditional barbarous relic that isn’t money.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:16 | 2120126 death_to_fed_tyranny
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 If such a barbarous relic, then why are so many countries buying up so much physical? Ahh Yes. The world is awash in barbarians! I AM SPARTACUS!

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:09 | 2120099 mayhem_korner
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Real question is how close is he and the Fed to fessing up to the truth that the barbarous relic thing was just a lie.  Ben's his own (and only) friend, and he knows eventually this is going to boil down to who holds the Au.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:21 | 2120156 jekyll island
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OK, let's review.  The comment about the barbarous relic refers to the gold standard for fiat currencies, not gold itself.  The way the politicians and banksters starting way before Tricky Dick have manipulated prices and screwed the public that I have to agree with that statement at least on some levels.  The real barbarous relic is fiat currency regardless of any standard to which it may be linked, but hasn't that been proven 15 times over already?  



Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:30 | 2120189 mayhem_korner
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 gold standard for fiat currencies, not gold itself.


What is a "gold standard for fiat currency"?  Isn't that a contradiction?  A gold standard backs the "currency" with a physical asset; fiat currency backs the "currency" with a promise (e.g., full faith and credit).  Whittle through the algebra, and in a gold standard gold is money.  Ben knows that, but his charter (for now) is to sustain the lie.  Eventually, he and the Fed are going to run for the exits, but until then he needs to keep the theater full of patrons.

I think we agree.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:09 | 2120100 Newsboy
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Spend those diluted FRNs on something you need, soon...

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:09 | 2120102 The Axe
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yes, ben is a goldbug BFF     but he is raising all boats....the FED controlled market moves ever higher and higher.....

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:15 | 2120124 SheepDog-One
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Problem is, stocks are only worth the advertised value upon completion of a sell order. Until then its all just a theoretical value, which can be worth -0- tomorrow morning.

Equity holders prayer every nite is to please not let any sellers of size suddenly show up.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:11 | 2120106 RobotTrader
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Gold $2,500 = Dow 15,000


SPY is now getting ready to charge to new highs in many foreign currencies$spx:FXE,$spx:FXY,$spx:FXC,$spx:FXS,$spx:FXA,$spx:FXM,$spx:FXB,$spx:FXF|D


Gold is doing the same, but lagging a little:,GLD:FXY,GLD:...|D


Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:19 | 2120144 mayhem_korner
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Gold $2,500 = Dow 15,000


So you're saying that the Dow will fall another 40% priced in gold?   Before the Dow bubble bursts, I presume.

I'll give it a "plausible."  :D

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 17:42 | 2121331 akak
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Don't try to confuse RobotTard with the concept of "nominal" vs. "real" --- he is nowhere near being up to the intellectual challenge.

Hey RobotShitforbrains, why can't you EVER respond to anyone here?  Are you THAT much of a coward --- or is the idea of having to actually defend your stock-pimping trolling just too much for you?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:32 | 2120203 SheepDog-One
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And just think, this expert Robo called the top at $900 and sold. What a dick.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:37 | 2120232 mayhem_korner
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You need to be kinder to the logic-challenged counterparties, sheep.  We need them to part with the undervalued and sop up the junk.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:43 | 2120265 Smiddywesson
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Gold just broke strongly above the $1750 level and we break out the sock puppets tp spice up the conversation?

OK, I'll bite.  Yes Robo, you are absolutely right.  If they print, and continue to debase the currency, the Dow will go to the moon along with the price of gold because stocks are denominated in those debased dollars.

Ex: Weimar Germany, Oct. 1922-Oct. 1923, stocks up 2700%  Of course, with the currency destroyed, you couldn't buy much with those "profits."

Of course, they could always let go of stocks and see if they fall to their natural level first, but we all know they won't do that.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:11 | 2120108 yabyum
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1740 for gold and 34.00 for silver were real celings. Looks as if were are over that little hurdle. Keep on stackin'

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:22 | 2120164 mayhem_korner
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Au and Ag up on Bensquawk, but copper down.  Is the market showing signs of logic?  And will it last past the 3pm smackdown-rumor hour?

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:11 | 2120110 vegas
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He's a gold bugs best friend until he isn't. I'm certain he will do or say something in the minutes, hours, or days ahead that will allow his buds over at HSBC & Morgan to profit on the short side. You realize, he just can't abandon them - although I hope I live long enough to see just that.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:16 | 2120127 user2011
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Well.... I think it is about time margin on gold will be raised.   They raise the margin on oil to stop it from going up.  It is about time for the gold. and of course silver.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:30 | 2120195 tekhneek
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Go right ahead. That can only go so far and then what?


Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:54 | 2120313 HoofHearted
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Cash and carry, Blythe baby. I recommend it.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:17 | 2120132 tmosley
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Somehow I am reminded of Fun with Dick and Jane:

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:19 | 2120147 Lore
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Bernanke is a good stooge, unthreatening, just goes through the motions and puts up with the babble from the congressional rabble...

Now everybody will break for lunch, convinced that something meaningful just happened...

And another day goes by with nothing remedied...


Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:22 | 2120162 mc_LDN
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Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:28 | 2120185 Dr. Engali
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Reminds me of Bagdad Bob as the tanks were rolling up to the front door.

"There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!"

Gold is not now nor was it ever money!

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 17:10 | 2121265 akak
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Reminds me of Jon Nadler --- which is just another way of saying pretty much the exact same thing.

"All reports of the death of the US dollar are greatly exaggerated", he loves to say.  Sure, Jon, maybe it's not dead yet --- but the diagnosis for the dollar is in, and that diagnosis is "terminal".

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:25 | 2120175 azzhatter
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Ben- please remove your dick from my ass

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:26 | 2120176 russwinter
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-Bernanke says we don't know how Greek debt talks will turn out. 


-Bernanke admits there will be losses on Fed’s trillion MBS portfolio under new refi proposal, but fails to quantify. -Is nobody listening, Bernanke admits that Fed will have no control over rates should markets lose confidence in fiscal policy


Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:30 | 2120196 The Axe
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SOMETHING HUGE is about to could be up or down...but stocks are moving in a strange and chaotic manner...BIDU just went a point in 8 sec...MA is up 20 on a rev miss. stocks like GMCR, WPRT, etc are moving in a very crazy way.....scary...

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:34 | 2120220 Dr. Engali
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what about WHR being up 8 pts yesterday on a miss and up another 3 today. This isone fuckded up market. Up is down and down is up.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:39 | 2120247 The Axe
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whr is another good is about to make some kind of crazy move....this is nuts

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:32 | 2120201 jack stephan
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Goldfinger, he's the man, the man with the Midas touch
A spider's touch
Such a cold finger beckons you to enter his web of sin
But don't go in......

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 17:16 | 2121286 akak
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Much, MUCH better, if you happen to not be a fan of Karl Denninger:

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:32 | 2120205 Gold Dog
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I am going to buy a couple of pounds of gold today....first time in two years.

Kitco has some BS about a $7,500 limit unless I give those bankrupt idiots my money first.

Where is a good/trustworthy place to load up on AU and a couple of monster baxes of AG?

Thanks in advance for your help.



Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:43 | 2120259 Bay of Pigs
Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:44 | 2120260 Conax
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I have heard Tulving is the best place to get a deal buying in quantity.

Can't vouch for them personally, because I only buy small lots.


EDIT: hey, there's an echo in here  here  here    here..

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:48 | 2120281 Gold Dog
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Thanks guys, I have never heard anything bad about those guys. Of passing interest- I pulled out my file and my last time I purchased AGE was $934.44 on 1/20/2009 and Silver was $15.54 on 1/2/2009.




EDIT- The silver was Maples.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:13 | 2120405 Conax
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You're very welcome- Anyone who will pull stock off the shelves is ok by me. Stick it to em, Dog!

Go get sum!

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 15:17 | 2120879 DosZap
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Gold Dog

Good Luck going that route,check the BBB ratings.

And do not dare ask for a solid delivery may get more than you bargained for.

I haven't had any dealing w/them but once, and seriously was put off by the attitude,customers who pay for PM's up front, should get civil answers, and firm ship dates once $$$$ has been rec'd.

Gainsville Coins, or would be a safer bet.(IMHO)

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:19 | 2120425 Developers
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My father-in-law purchases from Tulving at or near spot.  Only problem is you do need to purchase a large quantity.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 16:39 | 2121169 seek
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I can vouch, they're solid, always answer the phone and no nonsense (they expect the same of you) six figure transactions can complete in under two minutes with them.

But onesie-twosie buyers will need to go elsewhere.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:52 | 2120559 chubbar
Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:34 | 2120219 AndrewCostello
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The 21st Century will be ruled by those who hold cold, hard physical assets, and that much is becoming clearer by the day.  People should buy gold, silver, oil, land, and anything else that is physical.  Because the paper wealth fantasy is rapidly coming to an end.


I have no sympathy for anyone who invests in fantasies, or lives beyond their means now.  They have been warned time and time again and deserve the misery that is coming to them.  Quite frankly, the best thing we can do is let them starve.



Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:53 | 2120261 Golden Receiver
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Tyler(s) ---

Curious to know what would happen to someone if they were ever caught violating the embargo. Who gets this information prior to release and who decides who is on that list? It would seem to be an area rife with exploitation.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:46 | 2120277 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Congressman:  Uhm, uh, uhm, uh......

Bernanke:  Uh, uhm, uh, uhm......

Congressman:  Uhm, I see, uh, so, uhm, uh........

Bernanke:  Uhm, yes, uh, uh, uh, so, uh, for, uh, example, uh, uh.......

Congressman:  Uh, great, uh, thank you, uh, uhm, uh for your, uh, time.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:00 | 2120338 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Bernanke is talking about FX swaps!  He has liabilities and assets and bla bla bla.  Yeah no shit Bernanke.  The question is, what are your assets and how do you use them!  Someone ask him the damn question.

What do you do with the gold you hold on your balance sheet, Bernanke!

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:04 | 2120360 jomama
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i can't help but feel that the runaway inflation that we've all been expecting is going to rear its ugly head quite soon.

everything is walking on a knife's edge.

if oil goes north of 5 bennybux/gal domestically, the trucking industry is fucked.  and we all know what that means.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:07 | 2120373 RobotTrader
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Please go find any post, anywhere, where I said to sell gold at $900.


I'll buy you a case of beer if you can post that quote here.



Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:17 | 2120420 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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You sold "the rest" of your gold around $1100-$1200 if I remember correctly.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 14:16 | 2120658 fuu
Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:09 | 2120378 xela2200
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I might not have to die poor after all.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:16 | 2120415 Bam_Man
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Uh oh.

Bernanke has stepped away from the microphone and the price of Gold has stopped going up.

As a holder of copious amounts of bullion, I am hoping (in the interest of "greater Fed transparency", of course) that they give him his own TV show. Preferrably one that airs DAILY.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:18 | 2120424 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Sipping Coffee with Ben Bernake

There have been two episodes so far, and I am sure there will be more.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:24 | 2120445 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Listen to Bernanke talk about if....if someone else other than the Fed has a say in monetary policy

"Stocks would go down, the world would be flooded with the rains of G-d, and Ba'al would descend to this earth with the furry of one thousand demons!  Be afraid!  Be very afraid!!!"

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 15:37 | 2120939 SILVERGEDDON

Bernanke is a Klingon from Uranus. Set phasers on stun. Again. Recombinant Rerun. A new episode - William Shatner comes back from the future, and makes Bernanke live with Harry Mudd's wife, after he shoves a bunch of tribbles up his ass. Kinda like payback for the rape of America. Puppet for the Ruling Class. 

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 17:07 | 2121255 HungrySeagull
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Thank god the gawdayum 34 barrier is done away with.

I cannot wait for 39, then 42, 45 and beyond 50.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 17:25 | 2121316 JawsMusic
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Anyone else not able to get to turd's site?


Thu, 02/02/2012 - 18:13 | 2121443 sidkof
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Thu, 02/02/2012 - 18:41 | 2121503 akak
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I'll check out your site when you buy my little pill for only $149.95 that is guaranteed to enlarge your penis by ONE FULL FOOT!

Being as you are probably Chinese, it would almost certainly be of great benefit to you.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 19:04 | 2121534 BudFox2012
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The real question is, how and when are they going to take gold and silver down.  Simply rising unchecked to reflect the actual state of the collapsing global economy simply won't do - they must knock them both back down.  But how wil they do it?  They've knocked out all the small players out of silver with their 256 margin increases last year, so that trick has diminishing returns.  So what else do they have up their sleave?

Or is this finally end game?

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