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Dear CIGAs,

Gold will wake up, and exceed $1650. Alf is right! In fact that is CIGA Alf standing on top of Gold.

Awake

Jim,

I wondered if you’d seen the article linked below, "The Manipulation of Gold Prices" by James Conrad that was featured on the seekingalpha.com website on 12/4/08.

Click here to view article…

It’s one of the best pieces I’ve ever seen written by someone outside of JSMineset and brings together the subjects of Comex gold price manipulation, the Fed’s efforts to control the value of the U.S. dollar, quantitative easing and the Fed’s eventual need (and design) to devalue the dollar vs. gold. The article is too complex and wide-ranging to be quickly summarized, but some of the more interesting passages are as follows:

"The Federal Reserve must now make a tough choice. In the past, Federal Reserve Chairmen may have felt it necessary to support regular attacks on gold prices to dissuade conservative people from putting a majority of their capital into gold. Now, however, the world economy needs much higher gold prices in order to devalue paper money, not against other currencies in a "beggar thy neighbor" policy, but against itself. This can jump start the system. If the Fed continued to support gold price suppression, that would collapse the stock market far deeper than they can afford, most insurers will end up bankrupt, and there will be no hope of avoiding Great Depression II."

"Anyone who reads the written works of our Fed Chairman knows that Bernanke’s long term plan involves devaluing the dollar against gold. This is the exact opposite of most prior Fed Chairmen. He has overtly stated his intentions toward gold, many times, in various articles, speeches and treatises written before he became Fed Chairman. He often extols the virtues of former President Franklin Roosevelt’s gold revaluation/dollar devaluation, back in 1934, and credits it with saving the nation from the Great Depression."

Interestingly, the author suggests that some of the recent taking physical delivery of gold at the Comex may be attributable to "smart players at big firms" buying gold at the Comex to re-sell into the spot market for a profit in a process he calls, "backwardization." In support of this theory he makes an assertion I have only seen you make before, that:

"In spite of the ostensible existence of a so-called "London fix," 96% of all OTC transactions are secret and unreported. The transactions happen solely between two parties, and are done opaquely, in complete darkness." The current London fix may well be just as fake as the bank interest rate reports that comprised LIBOR proved to be, just a few months ago."

His predictions about the value of gold in the near future are very encouraging and may provide some needed solace to members of our community.

"The price of our pretty yellow metal is about to explode, and it is probably going to soar, eventually, to levels that not even most gold bugs imagine. COMEX gold shorts will be playing the price a bit longer, in an attempt to shake out some remaining independent leveraged longs. Once that is finished, however, and it will be finished soon, the price will start to rise very quickly."

Best regards,
CIGA Richard B.

Dear Richard,

Good work, but I think I have read a lot of this somewhere before. Maybe it was here!

Regards,
Jim

Dear Jim,

It seems many are dependent on credit cards to survive. 2 trillion is a lot of credit to disappear!

Credit-card industry may cut $2 trillion lines: analyst
Mon Dec 1, 2008 4:06pm EST

(Reuters) – The U.S. credit-card industry may pull back well over $2 trillion of lines over the next 18 months due to risk aversion and regulatory changes, leading to sharp declines in consumer spending, prominent banking analyst Meredith Whitney said.

The credit card is the second key source of consumer liquidity, the first being jobs, the Oppenheimer & Co analyst noted.

"In other words, we expect available consumer liquidity in the form of credit-card lines to decline by 45 percent."

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I can hardly believe people would pay for a dinner at McDonalds with a card!

Why Credit Cards Matter So Much

Yesterday put the nail in the coffin of a move from recession (small “r”) to Depression (capital “D).  Two pieces of news that were absolutely essential came out – and no, neither one was that we’ve been in a recession since last year, or that last week’s stock market rally was yet another sucker rally.  The first was the observation that McDonalds is now the second-largest merchant vendor on credit cards – that is,  people are now buying their Big Macs on plastic – in part because they don’t have the cash.  Credit card balances have risen enormously in the last few weeks, as people attempt to keep going through the holidays:

Commercial bank exposure via the total amount of credit card loans outstanding has risen more in the last 10 weeks than it did in the previous 10 months cobined. Moreover, the growth in the last 10 weeks — $32.3 billion, or roughly $600 million per shopping day — represents nominal growth of 9.3%, or 48.3% annualized over the last 10 weeks. According to American Express, delinquencies on credit payments rose to 4.1% of all credit outstanding in the third quarter, up from 2.5% in 2007, with Bank of America’s rate rising even more steeply – to 5.9% for the period. Moreover, the pool of loans deemed uncollectable rose to a high 6.7% in the third quarter, soaring from 3.6% last September. What consumer spending there is has been fueled in part by credit card: The second-largest merchant-vendor for credit card use is now McDonalds. This suggests that many consumers are in serious distress if they need to get their $4 Big Mac and fries with a credit card.

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Best,
CIGA Big Tatanka