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Dear Friends,

Follow this logic:

Paper is collapsing as there is no credit market right now for major and financial entities.

The masses sell Honest Money (Gold) and run into paper, backed by bankrupt governments.

Proper logic would be to sell that paper and move into gold and gold shares that are at giveaway prices.

History proves the latter to be the course of action to take

Respectfully yours,
Jim

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

A key reason why central banks want to hold onto gold is the instability of their most common reserve asset, the dollar.

Central banks in Europe favour gold as crisis unfolds
Published: October 03, 2008, 00:13

London: Sales of gold by European central banks are likely to be lower than expected over the next year as the global banking crisis boosts bullion’s appeal as a “safe” reserve asset.

And banks elsewhere in the world, most notably in Asia and the Middle East, may even become buyers of gold in an attempt to diversify their reserves away from the dollar, analysts say.

Under the terms of the Central Bank Gold Agreement, signed in 1999 by key European institutions including Germany’s Bundesbank and the European Central Bank and renewed in 2004, members can sell up to 500 tonnes of gold a year.

But in the fourth year of the latest agreement, which ended on Friday, sales fell well short of this ceiling, to just over 357 tonnes. With banks worried by the outlook for the financial sector, sales could be even lower in the final year of the pact.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

This will go down as the dumbest thing our financial leaders ever do.

This has set off a huge amount of OTC default derivatives now moving to full value as a counterparty goes Chapter 11.

In a sense, do not let this happen to you. For God sake protect yourself

Gold is the only item that will, as the smoke clears, be understood as the single asset of wealth protection.

Lehman Hedge-Fund Clients Left Cold as Assets Frozen (Update3)
By Tom Cahill

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) — Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s bankruptcy probably means the end of hedge-fund manager Oak Group Inc. after 22 years in business.

John James, who runs the Chicago-based firm with $25 million of assets, didn’t buy Lehman stock or debt. Instead, his potentially fatal mistake was to rely on the bank’s prime brokerage in London, a unit that provides loans, clears trades and handles administrative chores for hedge funds. He’s one of dozens of investment managers whose Lehman prime-brokerage accounts were frozen when the company filed for protection from creditors on Sept. 15.

“We’re probably going out of business and liquidate, game over,” James, 59, said. “We’ve lost 70 percent of our assets.”

The list of funds trapped in the Lehman morass keeps growing. London-based MKM Longboat Capital Advisors LLP said last week it will close its $1.5 billion Multi-Strategy fund in part because of assets stuck at Lehman, according to an investor letter.

LibertyView Capital Management Inc. of Hoboken, New Jersey, owned by Lehman’s Neuberger Berman unit, told investors on Sept. 26 it had suspended “until further notice” attempts to calculate the value of its funds. LibertyView wasn’t included in the Sept. 29 sale of Neuberger to Bain Capital LLC and Hellman & Friedman LLC.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

They just realized this?

IMF Says Financial Turmoil Now “Full Blown Crisis”
10/02/08 11:30 am (EST)

(CEP News) – According to a first glance of the IMF’s Global Economic Outlook, the financial turmoil has now been upgraded to a “full blown crisis”, and strong action is needed to counter it.There is a substantial likelihood of a severe economic downturn in the United States, although Europe may be partially insulated against further shocks.

As a consequence, the IMF called on governments across the globe to take strong action to “deal with the stress and support the restoration of financial system capital.”

In an interview with Reuters on Sept. 30, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said the U.S. Congress must act urgently and approve the $700 billion rescue package. He said even if the plan is not perfect, it’s better than nothing.

Strauss-Kahn also said Europe needs to develop a plan for its own financial crisis.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

We do not have to worry that the following will happen here because the Zimbabwe situation was caused by foolish political judgment, the move towards socialism, a puppet central bank and a fascist/dictatorial type of government.

Life in Zimbabwe: Wait for Useless Money
By CELIA W. DUGGER
Published: October 1, 2008

HARARE, Zimbabwe Long before the rooster in their dirt yard crowed, Rose Moyo and her husband rolled out of bed. It is time to get up, intoned the robotic voice of her cellphone. Its glowing face displayed the time: 2:20 a.m.

They crept past their children sleeping on the floor of the one-room house Cinderella, 9, and Chrissie, 10 and took their daily moonlit stroll to the bank. The guard on the graveyard shift gave them a number. They were the 29th to arrive, all hoping for a chance to withdraw the maximum amount of Zimbabwean currency the government allowed last month the equivalent of just a dollar or two.

Zimbabwe is in the grip of one of the great hyperinflations in world history. The people of this once proud capital have been plunged into a Darwinian struggle to get by. Many have been reduced to peddlers and paupers, hawkers and black-market hustlers, eating just a meal or two a day, their hollowed cheeks a testament to their hunger.

Like countless Zimbabweans, Mrs. Moyo has calculated the price of goods by the number of days she had to spend in line at the bank to withdraw cash to buy them: a day for a bar of soap; another for a bag of salt; and four for a sack of cornmeal.

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