The history I was taught in school never held much interest for me. It seemed like a random progression of names, events, and dates attached to motivations that made little, if any sense. It wasn’t until I began my self study of economics, and particularly the nature of money, that a whole new world was presented to me. This was a world whose history was anything but random. In fact, almost every event throughout the history of Western civilization could be traced along a single thread of motivation: the control of money and resources.
Ron Paul doesn’t have a lot of friends at the US Treasury, particularly now that he is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy. His relatively high profile hearings regarding the US gold reserves…
Perhaps you’ve seen the stories this week about the $6.6 billion in one hundred dollar bills that the US Government managed to “lose” in Iraq back in 2003-4. Apparently, as part of the Iraqi reconstruction effort, plane loads (C-130 Hercules to be exact) of palettes containing shrink wrapped 100 dollar bills were flown in. $22 billion in all. As the Pentagon is attempting to close the books on the operation this week, it was revealed that some $6.6 billion cannot be accounted for.
Recently, The New York Sun posted a response by Ron Paul to the question of whether the US should sell its gold to pay its debt. His typically principled answer was that it would be “a good and moral decision. An individual would have to do the same.” What followed was an outpouring of protestations from proponents of both fiat currencies and sound money alike.
Alan Beattie, International Economy Editor of Financial Times and former economist at the Bank of England (the UK’s central bank), has produced the latest piece in the disinformation campaign against gold. In his article, “Britain was right to sell off its pile of gold,” Mr. Beattie puts forth the argument that Gordon Brown actually did
Premiums on gold bars in Hong Kong are up, with concerns about Portugal’s sovereign debt seemingly the driver behind heavy buying. If Portugal is not successful later this week when it goes to the debt market, EU and IMF funds may be required. If Portugal is forced to accept EU and IMF assistance, it will be the third PIIGS nation forced to do so. While these concerns may be putting upward pressure on premiums in Hong Kong, premiums on gold bars and other forms of physical gold in the US are normal.
Eric King of KingWorldNews.com blogged that his sources say Asian buyers effectively have checkmated the silver shorts. No doubt about it, there is a major battle going on in the silver markets. Volumes are at record highs, and volatility is extreme.
Mineweb.com, a South African-based website dedicated to the mining industry, is an excellent source of articles about precious metals. With contributors around the globe, mineweb.com offers wide perspectives. Today’s issue has four articles and a podcast, most of which should be of interest to investors with gold hitting all-time highs and silver hitting 30-year highs.
Many gold and silver investors openly confess concerns about the world’s financial structure, and many Americans express concerns about the banking system. Yet, few Americans fear losing money due to any bank failures.
For the CBGA (Central Bank Gold Agreement) year to end September 30, central bank gold sales are estimated to be 6.2 tones, down 96% from their high of 497 tons for the CBGA year ended September 30, 2005, the year for the highest sales under the CBGA. Over the last ten years, central banks sold