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Hello Jim,

Have you ever heard the discussion about Comex defaulting on Gold? Would you be able to share your opinion on the topic? The questions are being brought up on CNBC. A video on the story is below

Regards,
CIGA JB Slear

Click here to view the video

Dear JB,

There was a time that I would have dismissed that idea as manic. Now it is a different story.

The cash market in anything does not command the price. The leveraged market is most powerful where prices are concerned.

I see the tight gold bullion cash market as the one that causes the short side significant bankruptcy rather than the violent paper gold market as the “Out of Control” banking problem ignites unstoppable rockets that blast the price of gold to unexpected levels in a straight line. The price violence you see now is because of this cash market versus bullion market relationship.

Today, insolvency in the hundreds of billions can happen anywhere. There was a day when the guarantee of the clearing house, the exchange itself ,and the member’s personal wealth that stands behind the paper gold contracts was more than satisfactory for comfort. In today’s world of monumental insolvency nothing can be considered sacred in terms of financial guarantees by market participants or orderly prices.

The bottom line is never say never.

Regards,
Jim

Jim,

The $700 billion didn’t work (surprise!). Libor is heading up again. Game over!

CIGA Pedro

Libor for Overnight Dollar Loans Jumps as Credit Freeze Deepens
By Lukanyo Mnyanda and Andrew MacAskill

Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — The cost of borrowing in dollars overnight in London jumped as U.K. lenders held talks with the government on emergency funding and Iceland nationalized its second-biggest bank amid an unprecedented credit squeeze.

The London interbank offered rate, or Libor, that banks charge each other for such loans rose 157 basis points to 3.94 percent today, the British Bankers’ Association said. The corresponding rate for euros climbed 22 basis points to 4.27 percent

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