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Dear Jim,

You said that FASB, under significant pressure, would trade away years of their long and well earned reputation this weekend by more than likely supporting value to maturity – another title for accounting bullshit.

Will this change everything?

Your friend,
The Green Hornet

Mr Dear Old (me not you) Friend,

The value of this garbage has already been set in cement. This is a professional, not yet public, panic based on the financial destruction between financial institutions. The FASB cannot cure bank (professional) trust of each other by instating a foundation of today’s new fabrication, value to maturity.

The reason for this is value has already been set to “Value to Maturity.”

Merrill got 20 cents on the dollar. Lehman got less than 10 cents.

Only numb-nuts can fluff that off.

What a shame to see the policemen of proper auditing of values bastardize all the good they have done in one cowardly act of submission

Yours,
Jim

Dear Little Tatanka,

According to the following article, it looks like a holiday is coming to the UK on Monday.

Best,
Ciga Big Tatanka

State to save HBOS and RBS
Government set to become biggest shareholder in top banks as Japanese weigh bid for Morgan Stanley
John Waples and Iain Dey

THE government will launch the biggest rescue of Britain’s high-street banks tomorrow when the UK’s four biggest institutions ask for a £35 billion financial lifeline.

The unprecedented move will make the government the biggest shareholder in at least two banks.

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which has seen its market value fall to below £12 billion, is to ask ministers to underwrite a £15 billion cash call.

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Dear Big Tatanka,

The Chancellor said, “Hey, it’s only a small holiday. Give us a break, we’re broke like everybody else!”

Jim

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Dear Friends,

According to news reports, the G7 on one weekend of mutual understanding will restructure the entire world monetary system and make the present consequences of more than one quadrillion one thousand one hundred forty-four trillion dollars of notional value rotten garbage go away.

A few of the characteristics of the problem that will be solved in two days of deliberation of the G7, but they mistakenly think they are still the Sun of the World around which all other countries orbit quietly and obediently. That alone has to give you some insight into the problem.

Behind the curtain of silence the subprime loan problem, better described as a global meltdown of credit and default derivatives, continues. The reason for this condition is an attempt to value that for which there is no value. It is spreading globally as a product of the limitless manufacturing PRIMARILY (above 75%) by USA financial entities.

Keep in mind that over the counter derivatives created between 1999 and 2007 generally have the following characteristics:

  1. Without regulation.
  2. Without listing on public exchanges.
  3. Without standards.
  4. Therefore not in the least bit transparent.
  5. Therefore without an open market of the bid/ask type.
  6. Dealt in by private treaty negotiations.
  7. Without a clearinghouse
  8. Unfunded without financial guarantee of any kind.
  9. Functioning as contracts of specific performance.
  10. Financial character or ability to perform is totally dependent on the balance sheet of the loser in the arrangement.
  11. Evaluated by computer assumptions made by geek, non market experienced mathematicians who assume religiously that all markets return to their normal relationships regardless of disruptions.
  12. Now in the credit and default category alone considered by accepted authorities as totaling more than USD$20 trillion in notional value.
  13. Notional value becomes real value when the agreement is forced to find a real market for ending the obligation which is how one says sell it.

The US dollar has improved based on the well crafted Urban Myth that Euroland has more problems than the USA. That like all great lies of history becomes true by experts, saying it loud and often. This method of the transition of nonsense into manufacturer truth is known as Spin. It was one of the most important imports from Germany in 1945. Some think this method of spin exceeded the imports of Dr. Von Braun.

The first plan crafted for the dollar recovery was experts assuring everyone that Euroland, as the source of this problem, clearly would have to have more problems than the USA, with a finger clearly pointing at UBS.

Next many interventions took place with fanfare galore. I love the picture of the Congressional personality high fiving on the passage of the bailout bill.

Since then the Secretary of the US treasury has announced investments in bankrupt banks four times, each time as a new intervention cure of problem.

The best of all might be the collapse of FASB this weekend as the overseers of fair accounting making values where there is none.

FASB to release fair value guidance this weekend
Friday October 10 2008

NEW YORK, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The Financial Accounting Standards Board, which sets U.S. accounting rules, is likely to release formal guidance on mark-to-market accounting this weekend, it said at a meeting on Friday.

The board’s guidance is intended to formalize clarifications issued by FASB and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last month, which told companies they could rely on internal estimates, rather than fire-sale prices, to value assets trading in illiquid markets.

At a special meeting on Friday to consider the reforms, the FASB directed its staff to rework and clarify certain parts of its proposal, but stuck to the general concepts issued earlier.

FASB members said at the meeting they wanted to make sure companies were not completely disregarding market transactions in illiquid markets, but rather using them as one of many inputs.

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THE ABILITY TO GIVE VALUES TO VALUELESS INSTRUMENTS, CLEARLY KNOWN TO THE BANKS TO BE WORTHLESS IS NOT GOING TO MAKE INTER-BANK LENDING RECOVER.

Jim’s Formula:
September 1, 2006

  1. First interest rates rise affecting the drivers of the US economy, housing, but before that auto production goes from bull to a bear markets.
  2. This impacts many other industries and the jobs report. An economy is either rising at a rising rate or business activity is falling at an increasing rate. That is economic law 101. There is no such thing in any market as a Plateau of Prosperity or Cinderella – Goldilocks situations.
  3. We have witnessed the Dow rise on economic news indicating deceleration of activity. This continues until major corporations announced poor earnings, making the Dow fall faster than it rose, moving it deeply into the red.
  4. The formula economically is inherent in #2 which is lower economic activity equals lower profits.
  5. Lower profits leads to lower Federal Tax revenues.
  6. Lower Federal tax revenues in the face of increased Federal spending causes geometric, not arithmetic, rises in the US Federal Budget deficit. This is also true for cities & States as it is for the Federal government.
  7. The increased US Federal Budget deficit in the face of a US Trade Deficit increases the US Current Account Deficit.
  8. The US Current Account Balance is the speedometer of the money exiting the US into world markets (deficit).
  9. It is this deficit that must be met by incoming investment in the US in any form. It could be anything from businesses, equities to Treasury instruments. We are already seeing a fall off in the situation of developing nations carrying the spending habits of industrial nations; a contradiction in terms.
  10. If the investment by non US entities fails to meet the exiting dollars by all means, then the US must turn within to finance the shortfall.
  11. Assuming the US turns inside to finance all maturities, interest rates will rise with the long term rates moving fastest regardless of prevailing business conditions.
  12. This will further contract business activity and start a downward spiral of unparalleled dimension because the size of US debt already issued is of unparalleled dimension.

Therefore as you get to #12 you are automatically right back at #1. This is an economic downward spiral.

I heard all this “slow business” as negative to gold talk in the 70s. It was totally wrong then. It will be exactly the same now.

Spin it, intervene in it, witness the media glee. Regardless of it all, gold will trade at $1200 and $1650, the dollar at .72, .62 and .52.

Regards, Jim

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Thoughts for the Day:

The expectation for dramatic action by the G7 are extremely high. The options available to the G7 however are quite limited.

The consequences of all the limited options available to the G7 will create a modern day worldwide Weimar Republic.

The generally accepted theory that Europe will suffer worse than the US as a result of the OTC derivative collapse is a popular urban legend, yet the euro is off from $1.60 to $1.34 based on a carefully structured myth.

Japan says G-7 countries must look forward
The Associated Press
Published: October 11, 2008

WASHINGTON: Japan’s finance minister says that although the United States is the source of the financial “earthquake” roiling world markets, the world’s top economies should struggle together and not assign blame.

WASHINGTON: Japan’s finance minister says that although the United States is the source of the financial “earthquake” roiling world markets, the world’s top economies should struggle together and not assign blame.

Shoichi Nakagawa says the efforts Friday by the so-called Group of Seven countries are not the end of what they are prepared to do.

He provided few specific details.

But he said through an interpreter that the International Monetary Fund has to “fulfill its role” and strongly respond to the crisis. He says Japan will make further contributions if necessary.

He had said earlier in the day that Japan is set to propose that a joint fund be set up to give emergency loans to nations hit by the crisis.

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Please read the following article.

Pakistan will turn out to be the most serious problem out there. It will be more disturbing and world changing than the present fact that there is no major money center bank, nor is there an international investment firm that is solvent.

Dexter Filkins: Pakistan’s long road to chaos
02:06 PM CDT on Friday, October 10, 2008

Hours after a truck bomber killed 53 people last month at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan’s interior minister laid responsibility for the attack on Taliban militants holed up in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA — the remote, wild region that straddles the border with Afghanistan.

“All roads lead to FATA,” Rehman Malik said.

If the past is any guide, Mr. Malik’s statement is almost certainly correct.
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But what Mr. Malik did not say was that those same roads, if he chose to follow them, would very likely loop back to Islamabad itself.

The chaos that is engulfing Pakistan appears to represent an especially frightening case of strategic blowback, one that has now begun to seriously undermine the American effort in Afghanistan. Tensions over Washington’s demands that the militants be brought under control have been rising, and last month an exchange of fire erupted between U.S. and Pakistani troops along the Afghan border. So it seems a good moment to take a look back at how the chaos has developed. It was more than a decade ago that Pakistan’s leaders began nurturing the Taliban and their brethren to help advance the country’s regional interests. Now they are finding that their home-schooled militants have grown too strong to control. No longer content to just cross into Afghanistan to kill American soldiers, the militants have begun to challenge the government itself.

“The Pakistanis are truly concerned about their whole country unraveling,” said a Western military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the matter is sensitive.

That is a horrifying prospect, especially for Pakistan’s fledgling civilian government, its first since 1999. The country has a substantial arsenal of nuclear weapons. The tribal areas, which harbor thousands of Taliban militants, are also believed to contain al-Qaeda’s senior leaders, including Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri.

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Dear Friends,

Stay the course or jump directly into the fire! That’s the soundest advice I can give you in this highly volatile market period. I told you that you would see volatility in gold beyond your wildest imagination. That statement usually went along with my warning that by margining anything gold you were putting yourself in great financial risk.

Today has to seal the veracity of that advice. Now get a hold of yourself. There is absolutely no way governments can make a problem of this size go away over a weekend. Those that question me on this issue are the same ones that laughed in 2000 when I said the growth of OTC derivatives was going to break the world. I told the lead director of Bear Stearns at the time that OTC derivatives were going to break his firm but the profits from them was simply too intoxicating for anyone to listen. Now I am asking you to listen.

Whatever is done to resolve this global financial crisis is going to inject incomprehensible amounts of new money into the global financial system.

Academics see the world as a ‘Picture In Time.” That means they are static thinkers who can’t perceive motion. Visionaries like Harry, Monty, Trader Dan & Tony are “Dynamic Thinkers.” At present, some academics are promoting the dumbest line I have ever heard. They say that all this new money going into the system is not monetary inflation because it is simply replacing all the money lost and therefore is a wash. That is part of the thinking pattern I am talking about and it’s dead wrong.

Dynamic thinkers know that the outflow of these losses has existed from the time of transaction and therefore prior to truer valuation as mandated by Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

The day the FASB mandated truer value had existed for years but was not recognized as such because it was generally accounted for off balance sheet. Just because financial institutions tried to hide their losses, those capital depletions were already a growing cancer inside their organizations.

You can be certain that a repetition of Germany’s Weimar crisis is coming soon. There is nothing that can be done to make matters better – even if done by governments unilaterally in a unified action. In fact, such action will only serve to make matters worse.

The larger the financial action, the deeper the financial fall. The G7 still thinks they run the world. That should tell you something about the degree of what they can do.

Gold is honest money that will push all crappy paper out of its way. Why do you think so much intervention took place in gold in US market hours today?

All I can tell you is to stay the course or jump directly into the fire! If the heat in the kitchen is too hot for you, there is nothing I can do for you.

Regards,
Jim Sinclair

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Merrill got 20 cents on the dollar. Lehman got less than 10 cents.

Only numb-nuts can fluff that off.

Attorneys are in a bull market among the financial specialists.

What the OTC derivatives did not suck out of financial firms litigation will.

Lehman debt auction gives clue to potential losses
Friday October 10, 3:20 pm ET
By Stephen Bernard, AP Business Writer

Pricing for Lehman debt provides guidance on potential bank losses tied to credit swaps

NEW YORK (AP) — Sellers of insurance on bonds issued by bankrupt Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. are now likely to face demands that they pay out more than 91 cents on the dollar to buyers of those insurance contracts.

That’s the upshot of an unusual auction process Friday that established the price for defaulted Lehman debt, and in turn potential claims payouts on insurance protecting that debt, known as credit default swaps.

Certainly, some firms will take a hit because of the pricing, potentially amounting to billions of dollars in combined losses. In the Lehman auction, participants included most major financial firms from around the world. But it’s too early to tell which companies will be on the hook or for how much.

“Where this is helpful is this is the first real-world situation where we see how market participants handle settling CDS,” said Barry Silbert, chief executive of SecondMarket Inc., a marketplace for trading illiquid assets.

In a best-case scenario, Silbert said, financial firms who sold CDS contracts would make their payouts in the coming weeks, have enough capital to cover all the positions, and take their losses and move on. In a worst-case scenario, sellers of the swaps would not have the cash to make the payments and would have to liquidate their assets to cover their positions.

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Today is paper gold. Here is what is real gold.

Germans Stockpiling Gold Amid Market Panic

German gold dealers have stopped taking new orders for the precious metal as demand has skyrocketed. Gold is seen as a safe investment during the market turmoil.

In uncertain economic times, Germans are dumping stocks and shares to take refuge in precious metal, accoring to a Wednesday article in a Berlin newspaper.

German gold dealers report running low on stocks of gold bars and coins.

Heiko Ganss, head of the Berlin branch of gold merchant Pro Aurum, told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper that most gold traders were refusing new orders, as they couldn’t meet the current demand.

“Demand is running well above our capacity to supply,” he was quoted saying, saying retail banks in Germany were also unable to meet demand.

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As goes Motors so goes the USA.

GM, Ford May Face Bankruptcy on Slowdown, S&P Says (Update3)
By Jeff Green and Marco Bertacche

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC may be forced into bankruptcy by slowing economies and dwindling U.S. auto sales, Standard & Poor’s analyst Robert Schulz said.

“Macro factors could overwhelm them at some point” even as the three biggest U.S. automakers vow to stick with their turnaround plans, Schulz, S&P’s lead automotive credit analyst, said today in a Bloomberg Television interview in New York. The companies said they have no plans for a bankruptcy filing.

His assessment underscored the pressure on GM, Ford and Chrysler as the worsening global credit crisis makes it harder for buyers to get loans and dealers to finance their operations. S&P said yesterday it may further trim credit ratings for GM and Ford on forecasts for 2009 auto demand falling to the lowest level since 1992.

With all three companies working to boost cash, any bankruptcy filing would be a last resort, not a “strategic” decision, Schulz said.

“We don’t see that as something they would choose,” he said. Schulz said the “trigger” for a forced restructuring under bankruptcy protection would be based on the automakers’ ability to preserve liquidity as sales decline. Industrywide U.S. sales slid 27 percent last month, the most in 17 years.

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Dear Friends,

Gold is about to VAULT UP.

I am reliably informed that the paper versus bullion gold war is lost by paper gold at a $930 close.

Gold will vault to slightly under $1000 then get pushed back, but not much at all. Directly after that we are off to $1200.

A Bank Holiday is moving from possible to PROBABLE.

  • Have you fully protected yourself?
  • Have you distanced yourself as much as possible away from financial agents holding your assets?
  • Have you gotten  paper certificates for your shares or became a direct registration book entry at the transfer agent?
  • Have you protected your retirement accounts the same way as your shares above but in the name of the retirement account and the trust holding them?
  • Have you closed your Money Market fund accounts regardless of what assurances your bankers offer?
  • Have you withdrawn from your Credit Union?
  • Have you exited your corporate retirement fund?
  • Do you have significant gold and related shares investments?

It is getting UGLY out there as each day an attempt to postpone a bank holiday fails. Almost every other day lately financial leaders of the world have announced new plans that were “the final answer” to the super-glued credit market. All these plans have had no effect. The Dow fell like a rock off a cliff.

This says all efforts have failed.

Libor Holds Central Banks Hostage as Credit Freezes (Update2)
By Gavin Finch and Ben Sills

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Danilo Coronacion oversees 15 percent of global coconut oil production at CIIF Oil Mills Group in the Philippines. These days, he spends a lot of time worrying about events half a world away in London. The name of his pain? Libor.

CIIF has more than $60 million of debt, or 70 percent of its working capital, linked to London interbank offered rates that have soared since Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed on Sept. 15. The cost of borrowing in dollars for three-months in London jumped 23 basis points today to 4.75 percent, the highest level since December.

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Central Banks Fail to Alleviate `Logjam’ in Libor: Chart of Day
By Mark Gilbert and Gavin Finch

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Central-bank efforts to drive down money-market borrowing costs with coordinated interest-rate cuts are failing, according to Nick Stamenkovic, a fixed-income strategist at RIA Capital Markets in Edinburgh.

“Central banks have pulled out all the stops and there’s no sign whatsoever that money-market strains are easing,” Stamenkovic said. “The logjam is going to remain in place for some time to come. Three-month rates and beyond are actually deteriorating.”

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U.S. Stocks Tumble, Sending Dow Below 9,000; GM, Insurers Slide
By Lynn Thomasson

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks slid and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell below 9,000 for the first time since 2003 as higher borrowing costs and slower consumer spending spurred concern carmakers, insurers and energy companies will be the next victims of the credit crisis.

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Dear CIGAs,

Today’s gold news is the shutting down of gold coin production by most International mints. They quote this as a reaction to the extreme demand for gold coins. They also stated that by not issuing gold coins it will bring the price of gold down. That is ridiculous reasoning as small gold demand will simply shift to other forms of gold such as 1 kilo bars with known refiner stamps and serial numbers. Who knows, maybe they will even make Dinar coins.

Friday night Paulson is scheduled to speak and the President is meeting with central banks of the group of seven over the weekend. New interests in gold see that as a reason to sell.

Gold will trade at $1200 and $1650.

This is the round number dance after hitting in a single spike one area of resistance.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

This means a massive loss of confidence in more paper assets.

U.S. Mutual Fund Withdrawals a Record as Investors Choose Banks
By Sree Vidya Bhaktavatsalam

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Investors pulled a record $72 billion from U.S.-managed stock and bond mutual funds in September, seeking the safety of government-insured bank deposits as the financial crisis worsened.

Shareholders took $43.5 billion from stock funds last month and $28.8 billion from bond funds, according to data compiled by TrimTabs Investment Research in Sausalito, California. The exodus continued in the first week of October, with an additional $49.3 billion of outflows.

“People are scared,” Conrad Gann, TrimTabs’ chief operating officer, said in an interview. “This market is different from what we’ve seen before.”

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This is no more than a rehash of previous statements

U.S. Treasury May Buy Stakes in Banks Within Weeks (Update1)
By Robert Schmidt and Rebecca Christie

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — The government is planning to buy stakes in a wide range of banks within weeks as the credit freeze increasingly threatens to tip the U.S. economy into a deep recession.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and top aides are still considering options on how the purchases would work, including having the government acquire preferred stock, two officials informed of the matter said.

The move would be a shift in emphasis in Paulson’s original intention for the $700 billion bailout package passed by Congress last week. While the Treasury still aims to buy troubled mortgage-backed securities from financial institutions, a direct capital injection would offer more immediate relief.

“The Treasury is no longer looking for one silver bullet,” said Steve Bartlett, president of the Financial Services Roundtable, which represents 100 of the biggest firms in the industry. “They have to proceed on all fronts.”

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This is once again OTC derivatives of yet another form. At this time these are financial planetary killers

Iceland Takes Over Kaupthing as Biggest Banks Fail (Update5)
By Tasneem Brogger

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Iceland’s government seized control of Kaupthing Bank hf, the nation’s biggest bank, completing the takeover of a financial industry that collapsed under the weight of foreign debt.

Iceland is guaranteeing Kaupthing’s domestic deposits and helping manage the banks to provide a “functioning domestic banking system,” the country’s Financial Supervisory

Glitnir Bank hf, Landsbanki Island hf and Kaupthing are unable to finance about $61 billion of debt, 12 times the size of the economy, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Their collapse has affected 420,000 British and Dutch customers, and frozen assets held by universities, hospitals, councils and even London’s police force. The government is seeking a loan from Russia and may ask for aid from the International Monetary Fund to help guarantee deposits.

“This looks like a total collapse,” said Thomas Haugaard Jensen, an economist at Svenska Handelsbanken AB in Copenhagen. “It’ll take several years before the economy can start to return to growth.”

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Do you think the brothers are happy under $90? Keep in mind that when, not if, Pakistan implodes crude will rise $100 from wherever it is trading within 60 days.

OPEC to Meet Nov. 18, `Likely’ to Cut Oil Production (Update3)
By Grant Smith and Ayesha Daya

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — OPEC is “very likely” to cut oil production at its extraordinary meeting in Vienna on Nov. 18 because prices have fallen “dramatically,” the group’s President Chakib Khelil said today.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries announced the meeting today after the global financial crisis sent crude prices below $90 a barrel.

“The Organization is concerned about the deteriorating economic conditions with contagion risks,” OPEC’s Vienna-based secretariat today said in an e-mailed statement. The gathering will “discuss the global financial crisis, the world economic situation and the impacts on the oil market.”

Qatar’s Oil Minister Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah and Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corp., had earlier told Bloomberg that they backed such a summit next month. OPEC had been scheduled to next meet on Dec. 17 in Algeria.

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This is looking forward and therefore rather meaningless to the present situation.

You can be absolutely sure the exchanges doing this will get themselves into big trouble if they don’t bankrupt the clearing house and the exchange. I am eager to see what financial responsibility will be taken to guarantee these new WMFDs. You cannot accurately value CRAP even if Geeks say they can.

Citadel, CME add platform for swaps
By James P. Miller | Chicago Tribune reporter
October 8, 2008

Chicago Mercantile Exchange parent CME Group Inc. and hedge-fund operator Citadel Investment Group LLC on Tuesday disclosed plans to create an electronic platform to trade the complex financial instruments known as credit-default swaps.

The platform would compete with a format being put together by a Chicago-based consortium of investment banks and swaps brokers, known as Clearing Corp.

The plans are designed to bring new standards and transparency to the credit-default swaps sector, which ran into difficulties because it has been largely unregulated.

Originally designed as a safe and simple form of bond-default insurance, swaps morphed into a speculative derivative product that investors used to make highly leveraged bets on companies. Parties to such agreements agreed to insure the other side of the swap against loss if the debt issuer defaulted, but because they considered the prospect of a default unlikely, many agreed to assume potential obligations far greater than their own worth.

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Normally you would take this as cold war rhetoric, however since the USA manufactures more OTC derivatives by a factor of 100 and therein bankrupting the planet, it might just be taken seriously.

Russia supplies a lot of gas and energy to Euroland. When Pakistan implodes that is going to be a huge factor.

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev calls for Europe to freeze out US
The Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, has called on European leaders to create a new world order that minimises the role of the US.
By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
Last Updated: 6:33PM BST 08 Oct 2008

Confident that a spat with Europe prompted by Russia’s invasion of Georgia in August was over, Mr Medvedev arrived in the French spa town of Evian determined to woo his fellow leaders into creating an anti-US front.

Gone was the kind of war time rhetoric that saw Mr Medvedev lash out at the West and characterise his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili as a “lunatic”. Instead Mr Medvedev spoke of a Russia that was “absolutely not interested in confrontation”.

Yet there was little doubt that Mr Medvedev was playing the divide-and-rule tactics of his predecessor Vladimir Putin by seeking to pit the United States against its European allies.

In a speech delivered to European leaders at a conference hosted by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to discuss the international financial crisis, Mr Medvedev sought to show that the United States was at the root of all the world’s problems.

He blamed Washington’s “economic egotism” for the world’s financial woes and then accused the Bush administration of taking Europe to the brink of a new cold war by pursuing a deliberately divisive foreign policy. He also maintained that the United States was once again trying to return to a policy of containing Russia.

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Westerners still don’t understand that when in the East you cannot oblige, you simply speak obligingly and then do whatever you want to.

North Korea reported ready to fire more missiles
Thursday, October 9 07:18 am

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has deployed more than 10 missiles on its west coast for what appears to be an imminent launch, a South Korean newspaper said on Thursday, two days after the North fired two short-range missiles into the Yellow Sea.

It would be an unprecedented test if the North fired all of the surface-to-ship and ship-to-ship missiles, but intelligence sources quoted by the Chosun Ilbo paper said they thought the North may launch five to seven of them.

The North has forbidden ships to sail in an area in the Yellow Sea until October 15 in preparation for the launch, an intelligence source told the paper.

The North fired two missiles on Tuesday in routine military drills, South Korea’s defence minister said on Wednesday.

“If the North fires a large number of missiles, it would be difficult to see it as routine exercise,” the source was quoted as saying.

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Anyone need some fertilizer for fall planting?

Lehman Brothers CDS Credit Event Auction
10th October 2008

On Friday 10th October 2008, the auction to settle the credit derivative trades for the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. is to be held.

The results will be published here on the day of the auction. Initial results are due to be published at 10:30 NY Time and final results at 14:00 NY Time.

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These are the fellows that screwed it up.

How does the screwor fix the dilapidated screwed?

World finance chiefs heading for Washington for crunch talks
Oct 9 02:01 AM US/Eastern

Finance chiefs from the world’s richest nations are set to meet in Washington for a crucial but uncertain meeting at a time of unprecedented fear about the global financial system.

The Group of Seven meeting will bring together finance ministers and central bankers on Friday from the United States, Germany, Japan, France, Britain, Italy and Canada for some collective-thinking on the credit crunch and crashing stocks.

They are to be joined by counterparts from emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China for an impromptu gathering of the expanded so-called G20 group.

The United States finds itself in a rare position of weakness, facing many allies that have been highly critical of its economic policy and regulatory system blamed for the problems.

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I wonder if this fellow owns any junior metal shares…

Cops: Stamford Man Threatened Bank Over Financial Losses
Last Edited: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2008, 5:49 PM EDT
Created: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2008, 5:49 PM EDT

MyFoxNY.com  —  Cops say the Wall Street crisis has had a disturbing affect on one disgruntled investor. Police charged a 60-year-old man with threatening to blow up a bank branch in Stamford. Authorities say he was angry about his investment losses, so he walked into a branch and said he would kill everyone inside

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Concerning the shortage of the hard stuff, that is real. The paper gold market demonstrates that by the violence now on the buy side as well as the sell side.

Bullion will take out paper.

Gold, silver in short supply for those getting out of stocks
By Doug Page
Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 08, 2008

DAYTON – If you are thinking of diversifying your portfolio to include gold and silver, you may have to stand in line.

Richard Hana of Belmont Coin said his shop ran out of pure gold and silver coins two weeks ago.

“We people come looking for gold or silver, we take their name and when something comes in, we call them,” Hana said Wednesday, Oct. 8. “In a sense, it is already sold before it comes in the door.”

Hana said business is up 300 percent to 400 percent, particularly in the past weeks.

“People are scrambling to buy gold and silver,” said Ed Fritz of Centerville Coin & Jewelry Connection.

“There is huge shortage worldwide. People are pulling money out of economy, which has created a huge demand,” said Fritz, who has been in the business for 40 years.

Gold was selling around $910 a troy ounce by midday and silver at $11.70.

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