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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

The question is how many hedge funds will fail.

It is reasonable to assume that whatever these funds could sell they would have sold before D-Day, leaving only OTC derivatives with no markets.

Hedge funds brace for D-Day
November 14, 2008

Anxiety is sweeping the hedge fund industry before a crucial deadline on Saturday, when investors angered by recent heavy losses are expected to demand the return of billions of dollars.

"Managers have a pretty good feeling for what is coming, and there are significant redemption requests out there,” said Stewart Massey, founding partner of Massey, Quick & Co, an investment consultant that puts money into hedge funds.

Saturday is the last day for thousands of investors to notify hundreds of hedge funds if they want their money back by year’s end.

Hedge funds that require three months notice from investors who wanted to exit by year’s end had a similar deadline on September 30 – also known in the industry as "D-Day.”

More such deadlines loom for funds that allow investors to give less notice before taking their money out, fund managers said.

In the last two days, several prominent fund managers made public predictions that illustrate the depth of gloom now sweeping the $US1.7 trillion ($2.6 trillion) hedge fund industry.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

They are not alone. You said business would be worse in Euro land? Right now that looks like an urban legend.

Freddie Mac says it is worth less than zero
Suzy Jagger in New York

Freddie Mac, the US mortgage giant, yesterday admitted that it is so overwhelmed by its liabilities that without government backing, it would no longer be a viable business. The company said that it had lost $13.7 billion (£9.2 billion) in the third quarter of the year and begged for $13.8 billion from the US Treasury in rescue funds.

The plea for the multibillion-dollar cash injection came just days after Fannie Mae reported a record $29 billion loss for the period and gave warning that it was haemorrhaging cash so rapidly, it might need federal funds by the end of the year to survive.

The US Treasury has been overwhelmed by requests for federal aid in the past few weeks. In addition to setting up a $700 billion bailout fund to take equity stakes in troubled banks, the Treasury is being pressed by the car industry for a cash bailout. Yesterday, Neel Kashkari, the Assistant Treasury Secretary, said that he was under pressure to consider ways of using the $700 billion bailout to stem a surge in foreclosures across the US.

The Freddie Mac request for funds would see the drawing down of part of the $100 billion in emergency reserves that were committed by the Treasury in September. Freddie Mac’s problems during the third quarter fell into two categories – the continuing real-estate slump, which has been accompanied by a sharp increase in mortgage borrowers defaulting on repayments, and a tax-related charge. The company had to admit that it cannot use tax credits listed on its balance sheet as assets, because it has not generated enough taxable income.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Standard much ado about nothing.

IMF chief: G-20 action plan a significant step toward stronger int’l cooperation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) — The chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Saturday hailed the action plan agreed at the G-20 summit as a significant step by the international community toward stronger cooperation.

"The most important outcome of this weekend’s meeting is agreement on an action plan and the commitment of all participants to implement the plan vigorously and fully," IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a press conference.

"The IMF will give strong support to these efforts, as called for by the G-20," Strauss-Kahn added.

The chief of the 185-member IMF said he was "very pleased" about the G-20 leaders’ strong support for the important role of the Fund in crisis management and the reform of the international financial architecture.

"In addition to helping some member countries that are facing difficult circumstances with rapid and effective support, we have also created a new short-term liquidity facility and continue to review our instruments and facilities," he said.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Sadly this is the Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and most likely GE and GM retirement programs. They are either unfunded or loaded with their own common stock.

Poverty, Pension Fears Drive Japan’s Elderly Citizens to Crime
By Stuart Biggs and Sachiko Sakamaki

Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) — More senior citizens are picking pockets and shoplifting in Japan to cope with cuts in government welfare spending and rising health-care costs in a fast-ageing society.

Criminal offences by people 65 or older doubled to 48,605 in the five years to 2008, the most since police began compiling national statistics in 1978, a Ministry of Justice report said.

Theft is the most common crime of senior citizens, many of whom face declining health, low incomes and a sense of isolation, the report said. Elderly crime may increase in parallel with poverty rates as Japan enters another recession and the budget deficit makes it harder for the government to provide a safety net for people on the fringes of society.

“The elderly are turning to shoplifting as an increasing number of them lack assets and children to depend on,” Masahiro Yamada, a sociology professor at Chuo University in Tokyo and an author of books on income disparity in Japan, said in an interview yesterday. “We won’t see the decline of elderly crimes as long as the income gap continues to rise.”

Crime rates among the elderly are rising as the overall rate for Japan has fallen for five consecutive years after peaking in 2002. Over 60s accounted for 18.9 percent of all crimes last year compared with 3.1 percent in 1978, with shoplifting accounting for 80 percent of the total, the report said.

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Gold May Spike to $2000 in Medium Term

Gold can easily go up to $1500-$2000 in the medium-term, says Johann Santer, MD at Superfund Financial Hong Kong. As such, he tells CNBC’s Martin Soong that gold at $710 is a good entry point.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

G20:

President Bush says that TRANSPARENCY is very important.

Will the Federal Reserve yield the secret details of the two trillion dollar bailout?

Health Care:

More than 90 percent of reasonably sized cities and towns in the USA would be insolvent if they were required to put up the cost of their commitment to provide health care for retired employees. TRANSPARENCY anyone?

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

If they are making applications to the Fed it says loud and clear:

1. They cannot finance in the commercial paper market.

2. They are in trouble to some degree.

3. The commercial paper market still stinks and Lie-bor does not reflect much.

Textron, AEP Ask for Access to Commercial-Paper Fund (Update1)
By Robert Schmidt and Bryan Keogh

Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) — A group of companies including Textron Inc., Nissan Motor Co. and American Electric Power Co. is pressing the Federal Reserve to expand purchases of commercial paper to include them.

The coalition wants the Fed to go beyond top-rated paper and buy debt with the second-highest grade, two people said on condition of anonymity. American Electric Chief Financial Officer Holly Koeppel said the group is seeking to add more companies and preparing a letter to outline its case.

While accepting lower-grade debt could reduce borrowing costs for a broader group of companies, it would also expose the taxpayer to greater risk. The request is one of a number of attempts to get a share of federal rescues, with industries from automakers to heating-oil retailers seeking funds.

“We are really creating a mindset where no one fails,” said Adolfo Laurenti, a senior economist at Mesirow Financial Inc. in Chicago.

Second-tier issuers of commercial paper, debt that matures in nine months or less and is a form of IOU for day-to-day expenses such as payrolls and rent, argue they’re disadvantaged by the Fed’s new Commercial Paper Funding Facility.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Sounds reasonable to me.

Iran switches reserves to gold: report
Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:14am EST

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has converted financial reserves into gold to avoid future problems, an adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in comments published on Saturday, after the price of oil fell more than 60 percent from a peak in July.

Iran, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, is under U.N. and U.S. sanctions over its disputed nuclear programme and is now also facing declining revenue from its oil exports after crude prices tumbled.

"With the plans of the presidency…the country’s money reserves were changed into gold so that we wouldn’t be faced with many problems in the future," presidential adviser Mojtaba Samareh-Hashemi was quoted as saying by business daily Poul.

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A note to our Russian Readers:

You have an exceptional opportunity to stop the decline in the value of the Ruble and elevate it to a reserve currency through the following conversion opportunities:

1.Partial convertibility in gold at $1035.
2.Partial convertibility in crude oil at $147 per barrel.
3.Partial convertibility into a basket of crude and gold.
4.A full convertibility of the above.
5.A form of the Federal Reserve Gold Certificate Ratio that I have written about many times.
6.Same as above with all new sovereign bond issues.

All of this is much more effective than the failed attempts to stabilize.

When a currency has a convertibility aspect to it, conversion almost never occurs.

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

This scholarly missive written by a fellow who truly understands speaking the language of the initiated presents the non conversion of Monetary Base into M2.

That may be another reason that the US Treasury and the Fed have moved to QS. If QS in fact does pump money directly to those most apt to spend it, converting Monetary Base into M2 and accelerating it, then watch inflation roar as business decelerates to the downside to some degree. Of course there will be things like putting GE’s financing under a FDIC guarantee. Does anyone put their funds into the GE Bank & Trust? There isn’t one so what is the FDIC doing guaranteeing debt with its quickly deteriorating balance sheet and for how much is the guarantee per $1000 bond? I suspect they are 100% guaranteed.

Don’t forget one of the tools of attempted repair inthe1930s was an increase in the price of gold to offset the deflationary thinking and create more money for stimulation methods that unfortunately failed.

QS might work to some degree and that may be why US equities did a key reversal today.

Technical Factors

Perhaps the most important driver of the US dollars recent appreciation is not a fundamental but a technical factor. The meltdown of prices in the commodity complex, particularly energy, has generated a very strong impulse for US dollar strength. Whilst many commodity end-users were outright cash buyers, other buyers that were investing or speculating in commodities as a newfound asset class over the past five years would typically fund their position with US dollar-denominated credit, in effect, creating a US dollar short position. Now that these commodity carry trades are being unwound, it exacerbates commodity weakness and contributes to US dollar strength. In addition, US investments in foreign markets, particularly equities, were primarily un-hedged and large amounts of those monies are now being repatriated which holds similar bullish US dollar effects.

Dollar Strength Sustainability
How sustainable are these four fundamental and technical factors in underpinning US dollar strength?

The trade and current account deficits should continue to narrow for several more months or perhaps quarters. As the US economy falls deeper into recession, imports should begin to decline more precipitously due to declining volume. This collapse along with rising export receipts will narrow the trade deficit and continue to lend support to the US dollar.

Despite the US dollar supportive narrowing of the trade and current account deficit, the pace of improvement may begin to slow for several reasons. First, once the prices of energy and other commodities stabilize, trends in import prices will no longer help lower overall import expenditures. Furthermore, stabilized import prices will also stop contributing to improved terms-of-trade. Second, it seems that a synchronized global recession is on the horizon. If so, then exports will once again decelerate despite US dollar competitiveness. As the growth of economies representing our important export markets slows or even falls into recession, weaker export growth will result. The combined effect of these counter-veiling trends is that the incipient narrowing of the US trade deficit may be short lived.

Perhaps the key factor will be the length of the time it takes for global de-leveraging to run its course. No one knows precisely how long it will take for investors and speculators to unwind US dollar-denominated commodity and other carry trades. It could be one month or half a year. However, once complete, the strongest driver for recent US dollar strength de-leveraging — will dissipate. At that juncture, FX traders and investors will once again re-focus their attention on the supply of US dollars being pumped into the US economy and on the global system and investors willingness to hold additional Greenbacks in their portfolio.

The weight of US dollar supply
It is beyond the scope of this paper to itemize the growing cumulative costs of the various aspects of the bailout. Suffice to say that the supply of US dollars is dramatically growing and measured in the trillions. To best measure this aggregate growth, lets look at the growth of the Feds balance sheet and the monetary base.

After remaining relatively stable for more than a year through August 2008 at around $825 billion, the monetary base has exponentially exploded. BCA has recently highlighted that in the past eight weeks, the monetary base has grown 38% to $1.142 trillion, and shows no signs of slowing down.1 Yet these reserves injected onto the balance sheets of the banks have not been disseminated into the broader economy. This is apparent by the ratio of M2 to base money, which over the same time period since end August, has plummeted from 9.1 to 7.8 (see Charts 1 & 2). This is not surprising since most of the capital injected into banks has been used to repair and shrink the balance sheet (i.e., write-off bad assets) rather than expand it. So fractional bankings normal stimulatory impact through the money multiplier has by-in-large not been activated.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

The paper market for gold will NOT be able to hold back this type of demand, but will try as long as their warehouse remains capable of supporting their devious destructive machinations to pick your pocket in order to fill theirs. For your information, my wife and I were members of the Comex.

I respectfully ask you to take delivery of your positions as you can afford to. Why pay wild premiums to buy gold when you can buy a nearby gold future at no premium and take delivery?

Gold rush
Benjamin Scent
Friday, November 14, 2008

The mainland is seriously considering a plan to diversify more of its massive foreign-exchange reserves into gold, a person familiar with the situation told The Standard.

Beijing is considering changing its asset allocations during the financial tsunami in order to build up gold reserves "in a big way," the source said.

China’s fears about the long-term viability of parking most of its reserves in US government bonds were triggered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s US$700 billion (HK$5.46 trillion) bailout plan, which may make the US budget deficit balloon to well over US$1 trillion this fiscal year.

The US government will fund the bailout by printing new money or issuing huge amounts of new debt, either of which will put severe pressure on the value of the greenback and on government bond yields.

The United States holds 8,133.5 tonnes of gold reserves valued at US$188.23 billion. China holds gold reserves of just 600 tonnes, worth only US$13.89 billion.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

This alone creates at least a very strange situation that the legislative now wants to see. Can you imagine what the Obama Administration will do to get both the Fed and the USA Treasury to come clean?

I would suggest that both the Fed and the Treasury have no hope of hiding the facts in a short period of time.

A word of advice to those presently concerned by the lack of oversight:

The matter might be good to face up to while the Bush Administration can still issue Presidential pardons.

Bailout Lacks Oversight Despite Billions Pledged
Watchdog Panel Is Empty; Report Is Unfinished
By Amit R. Paley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 13, 2008; A01

In the six weeks since lawmakers approved the Treasury’s massive bailout of financial firms, the government has poured money into the country’s largest banks, recruited smaller banks into the program and repeatedly widened its scope to cover yet other types of businesses, from insurers to consumer lenders.

Along the way, the Bush administration has committed $290 billion of the $700 billion rescue package.

Yet for all this activity, no formal action has been taken to fill the independent oversight posts established by Congress when it approved the bailout to prevent corruption and government waste. Nor has the first monitoring report required by lawmakers been completed, though the initial deadline has passed.

"It’s a mess," said Eric M. Thorson, the Treasury Department’s inspector general, who has been working to oversee the bailout program until the newly created position of special inspector general is filled. "I don’t think anyone understands right now how we’re going to do proper oversight of this thing."

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

The French just figured this out. No, it is a statement to the USA to stop trying to run things at this type of gather.

Sarkozy-US dollar no longer only currency in world

11.13.08, 06:49 AM EST

PARIS, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar can no longer claim to be the only currency in the world, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday ahead of a Washington meeting of G20 leaders to discuss the international financial system.

‘I am leaving tomorrow for Washington to explain that the dollar cannot claim to be the only currency in the world…, that what was true in 1945 can no longer be true today,’ he said at a prizegiving ceremony.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Beggars never stop begging. This is all about OTC derivatives and most certainly not the false flag of mortgages. The OTC derivatives broke them and caused this total disaster rather than a simple recession.

Freddie seeks gov’t aid after $25.3B loss
Friday November 14, 2:38 pm ET
By Alan Zibel, AP Real Estate Writer

Freddie Mac seeking $13.8B in government aid after posting 3rd-quarter loss of $25.3 billion

WASHINGTON – Freddie Mac is asking for an initial injection of $13.8 billion in government aid after posting a massive quarterly loss Friday.

The mortgage finance company is making the first request to tap the $200 billion promised by the Treasury Department to keep it and sibling company Fannie Mae afloat after the two were seized by federal regulators in September. Freddie Mac said it expects to receive the money by Nov. 29.

The McLean, Va.-based company posted a loss of $25.3 billion, or $19.44 per share, for the third quarter. The results compare with a loss of $1.2 billion, or $2.07 a share, in the year-ago period.

Analysts were divided about whether Fannie and Freddie’s losses would ultimately exceed the government’s $200 billion pledge. And that may partly depend on the extent to which Fannie and Freddie are used by the government as a tool to ease the foreclosure crisis.

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Dear Friends,

Pressure is picking up in the demand for the Fed to outline what they have done with the trillions put into play and to disclose what their inventory of "assets" is. It is very bad for the Fed to refuse. Cooperation might actually cause a major embarrassment to the US dollar, and soon.

Respectfully,
Jim

 

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

If I was anyone involved in these distributions that might have even the smallest possibility of being a crime, I would fess up, get sentenced, and be pardoned by the outgoing Administration. That should be basic logic on the subject of “saving your ass.” “The Democrats are coming, the Democrats are coming – run for your money.” Sorry, I mean life.

Washington’s $5 Trillion Tab
Elizabeth Moyer, 11.12.08, 05:15 PM EST

Fighting the financial crisis has put the U.S. on the hook for some $5 trillion a report says. So far.

For all the fury over Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s $700 billion emergency economic relief fund, it seems downright puny when compared to the running total of the government’s response to the credit crisis.

According to CreditSights, a research firm in New York and London, the U.S. government has put itself on the hook for some $5 trillion, so far, in an attempt to arrest a collapse of the financial system.

The estimate includes many of the various solutions cooked up by Paulson and his counterparts Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve and Sheila Bair at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., as the credit crisis continues to plague banks and the broader markets.

The Fed has taken on much of that total, including lending a cumulative $1 trillion in overnight or short-term loans since March to primary dealers through its emergency discount window and making a cumulative $1.8 trillion available through its term auction facility, a series of short-term transactions it began making available twice a month in January. It should be noted that a portion of the funds lent in these programs has been repaid and that the totals represent what has been made available.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Here comes the "Everybody for Themselves" syndrome while China tells Washington to stuff it. Absolutely nothing is coming out of the New Bretton Woods farce but a spin statement while all the boys duke it out.

Europe and U.S. Clash on Financial Reform

When world leaders come together in Washington this weekend to discuss reforming the global financial system, there may be little consensus

The faucets dripped, the windows couldn’t be opened and rain and snow came in through the roof and dripped down the walls. The Mount Washington Hotel in the small New Hampshire town of Bretton Woods was not in great shape when it served as the site of a conference on a new world economic order for 700 international financial experts shortly before the end of World War II. The 1944 meeting went on for three weeks in what one guest dubbed the "madhouse." Still, despite the sub-optimal conditions, by the time it had ended, the conference had agreed on the rules and institutions that would shape the international financial system for decades to come.

Now, more than six decades later, another world financial summit is set to take place this weekend. The world’s 20 most important government leaders will meet on Friday in Washington D.C. to discuss a new fundamental reform of the financial system. In the wake of the crash in the credit markets, the billions in bailout packages put in place around the world and last week’s warnings of a global recession, many governments have high hopes for sharper regulations in the global financial markets.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for "more transparency" and a "better set of rules." French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed a significantly stronger role for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), currently headed by French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn. A "new Bretton Woods," the French president said, must "lead to a new founding of capitalism."

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

This is effectively a downgrade of the US dollar. You think that is bullish for the dollar? Hell NO.

Financial Big Shots Now Speaking Of U.S. Government Bankruptcy

The United States may be on course to lose its ‘AAA’ credit rating due to the large amount of debt it has accumulated, according to Martin Hennecke, senior manager of private clients at Tyche.

"The U.S. might really have to look at a default on the bankruptcy reorganization of the present financial system" and the bankruptcy of the government is not out of the realm of possibility, Hennecke said.

"In the United States there is already a funding crisis, and they will have to sell a lot more bonds next year to fund the bailout packages that have already been signed off," Hennecke told CNBC.

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Dear Friends,

I ask that you spend at least half of your time on why you are right in gold rather than spending all of your time scouring the planet to find ways and means of moving yourselves closer to your financial demise.

The phone calls I receive are mostly asking the same questions over and over again. Please stop that negativity. First read JSMineset as many times all of your questions have already been answered.

A person who spends all their time looking for why they are wrong, even if they are right, will find a way not to benefit. That is guaranteed.

Respectfully yours,
Jim

 

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Today’s new news (seriously):

TARP = Trouble Asset Relief Program (now closed).
QE = Quantitative Easing. (now opened).
CRAP = Consumer Relief Asset Program.
The lower Yen was the product of QE in the early 2000s.
A lower dollar will be a product of QE and CRAP.
Finally it will be remembered as CRAPpy QE.

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary
Here Paulson tells those with ears that the shift now is a major acceleration of monetary stimulus because Quantitative Easing is infinitely more powerful that buying all that junk from the near and dear globally. Globally is because there is a back door.

The Guardian gives you a totally accurate definition of Quantitative Easing. This time Helicopter Ben takes off to drop trillions globally.

Gold will trade at $1000, $1250, and $1650.

Paulson Shifts Bailout Focus to Borrowers and Non-Banks

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said that the $700 billion financial bailout program would not be used to buy troubled mortgage-backed assets, as originally intended.

Instead, capital would be provided directly to nonbank companies as well as banks and financial institutions, and that more would be done to prevent home foreclosures.

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Quantitative easing
Tuesday October 14 2008 12.10 BST

Quantitative easing is what non-economists call ‘turning on the printing press’.

In extreme circumstances, governments flood the financial system with money, easing pressure on banks by giving them extra capital.

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Fed, won the nickname ‘helicopter Ben’ when he floated just such an idea earlier this decade. US economist Milton Friedman had originally said it would be theoretically possible for governments to drop large amounts of cash out of helicopters for the public to pick up and spend.

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You expected anything different?

Lobbyists Swarm the Treasury for Piece of Bailout Pie
By MARK LANDLER and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
November 12, 2008

WASHINGTON — When the government said it would spend $700 billion to rescue the nation’s financial industry, it seemed to be an ocean of money. But after one of the biggest lobbying free-for-alls in memory, it suddenly looks like a dwindling pool.

Many new supplicants are lining up for an infusion of capital as billions of dollars are channeled to other beneficiaries like the American International Group, and possibly soon American Express.

Of the initial $350 billion that Congress freed up, out of the $700 billion in bailout money contained in the law that passed last month, the Treasury Department has committed all but $60 billion. The shrinking pie — and the growing uncertainty over who qualifies — has thrown Washington’s legal and lobbying establishment into a mad scramble.

The Treasury Department is under siege by an army of hired guns for banks, savings and loan associations and insurers — as well as for improbable candidates like a Hispanic business group representing plumbing and home-heating specialists. That last group wants the Treasury to hire its members as contractors to take care of houses that the government may end up owning through buying distressed mortgages.

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The dollar will not protect your pension – gold will.

U.S. Companies Ask Congress to Suspend Rule on Pension Payments

By Brian Faler

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) — Almost 300 companies are asking Congress, as part of any economic stimulus legislation, to suspend a requirement that they pay more into their pension funds, saying it may force them to cut jobs.

Pfizer Inc., Boeing Co., Chrysler LLC, Verizon Communications Inc., Kraft Foods Inc. and Cigna Corp. are among the companies that signed a letter to lawmakers saying the economic slowdown has slashed the value of their pension assets, forcing them to make potentially “huge” contributions to the pension plans to meet requirements imposed by Congress in 2006.

“When companies desperately need cash to keep their businesses afloat, the new funding rules will require huge, countercyclical contributions to their pension plans,” said the letter, to be sent today. “Consequently many companies will divert cash needed for current job retention, job creation and needed business investments.”

Congressional Democrats are urging President George W. Bush to back an economic stimulus package that would provide federal aid to state governments while boosting spending on unemployment assistance, food stamps and infrastructure projects. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday she also wants to provide aid to troubled U.S. automakers.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

If the nature of these assets was made public, the weakness now in the Federal Reserve Balance Sheet would be immediately obvious. The dollar would implode immediately and treasury instruments would have to be downgraded. It also would reveal those entities who are the near and dear of the Fed.

Fed Defies Transparency Aim in Refusal to Disclose
By Mark Pittman, Bob Ivry and Alison Fitzgerald

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in September they would comply with congressional demands for transparency in a $700 billion bailout of the banking system. Two months later, as the Fed lends far more than that in separate rescue programs that didn’t require approval by Congress, Americans have no idea where their money is going or what securities the banks are pledging in return.

“The collateral is not being adequately disclosed, and that’s a big problem,” said Dan Fuss, vice chairman of Boston- based Loomis Sayles & Co., where he co-manages $17 billion in bonds. “In a liquid market, this wouldn’t matter, but we’re not. The market is very nervous and very thin.”

Bloomberg News has requested details of the Fed lending under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and filed a federal lawsuit Nov. 7 seeking to force disclosure.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Before all this is over you will see continuing and major bullion purchases by central banks. To hell with standing agreements.

ECB-Gold reserves rise by 1 mln euros in week
Tue, Nov 11 2008, 14:27 GMT

FRANKFURT, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Gold and gold receivables held by euro zone central banks rose by 1 million euros to 220.193 billion euros in the week ending Nov. 7, the European Central Bank said on Tuesday.

Net foreign exchange reserves in the Eurosystem of central banks rose by 22.8 billion euros to 361.1 billion euros, the ECB said in its regular weekly consolidated financial statement.

Gold holdings rose mainly as a result of purchases by 1 euro zone central banks, and this was consistent with the 2004 Central Bank Gold Agreement, the ECB said.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Thank God for those that stand on the wall while we sleep and who risk their lives in order to protect us. Their only reward is a white star on a black wall with a year as the header but no name. Thank you and rest well.

Two alleged U.S. spies killed in Pakistan`s tribal region
Posted: 2008/11/10

Suspected militants have killed men accused of spying for the United States in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan, local tribesmen said Saturday.

Two bullet-ridden bodies of Afghan nationals were found at Dargah Mandai area near the border area in North Waziristan on Saturday, they said.

A note in the native Pashto language found near the body of the slain men, said that they were spying for the United States and Afghan government.

The note warned that anyone spying for the U.S. or Afghanistan would face the same situation.

Militants are blamed for attacking people suspected of spying for the U.S. or Pakistani authorities in the region, which borders Afghanistan, and where al Qaeda- and Taliban-linked militants operate.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

The complex OTC derivative situation is now becoming something akin to the Japanese sci-fi of the 1970s titled "The Green Blob that Ate the Earth." No wonder her Majesty is inquiring with legal authority. As Queen, she still might have the power to order, "off with their heads!" Since her present wealth is primarily in real estate and that is what she got hit for, is it possible for a Queen to be homeless?

Sweden seizes Carnegie in first bank bail-out
Sweden’s government is to seize control of Carnegie after the 200-year-old investment bank took "exceptional risks" with client money and breached trading rules.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 7:15PM GMT 10 Nov 2008

Mats Odell, the financial markets minister, said the state had opted to save Carnegie by providing a 5bn Kronor (£450m) state loan rather than let it go bankrupt in order prevent a fire-sale of assets and to shore up the financial system at a delicate moment.

"Carnegie is important: there could be significant problems for households and companies if we jeopardise the stability of the financial system," he said.

It is the first Swedish bank to require a bail-out since the credit crisis began, but there are mounting concerns over the health of Swedbank, SEB, and other lenders with heavy exposure to the Baltic states. Swedish banks have lent the equivalent of 25pc of the country’s GDP to Eastern Europe.

The debt office said it had revoked Carnegie’s trading licence and ousted the entire board,

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Here is the news that counts. Here is where your focus should be.

The Fed is dragging its feet hard to keep the type and kind of SIVs they have taken as collateral from bankrupt institutions secret. The reason is simple. If they are total junk (and they probably are) the balance sheet of the Fed would be creamed. This would make Treasury instruments anything but totally creditworthy. It would make it much harder to borrow money, would break the 30 year bond and cream the dollar. It is coming one way or another.

U.S. to Borrow Record This Quarter to Finance Deficit
November 03, 2008

Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Treasury more than tripled its planned debt sales for this quarter to help finance a 2009 budget deficit that bond dealers advising the department estimate may swell to almost $1 trillion.

Borrowing needs are expected to rise to $550 billion in the three months to Dec. 31, compared with the $142 billion predicted in July, the Treasury said in a statement in Washington. That follows a $530 billion record in the July-September quarter.

The worsening credit crisis and sluggish economy are straining the country’s finances and will leave the winner of tomorrow’s U.S. presidential election facing the worst budget shortfall on record next year. The Treasury is scheduled to announce in two days plans to expand debt sales to fund the gap.

“The U.S. Treasury faces an unprecedented financing need,” said Goldman Sachs analyst Ed McKelvey, echoing a similar comment last week by Anthony Ryan, the Treasury’s acting undersecretary for domestic finance.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Judging from the G-20 meeting, I would assume the new Bretton Woods conference will discuss fiscal stimulation and how to pump more funds into the system.

TABLE-Key facts about G20 members
11.10.08, 10:31 AM ET

Argentina – Nov 10 (Reuters) – Following are some key details about the G20 countries plus Spain, a membership aspirant:

COUNTRY POPULATION GDP FOREX RESERVES

(mln, 2007) ($bln, 2007) ($ bln, latest)
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* Argentina: 39.5 262.33 47.1
* Australia: 21.01 821.72 27.6
* Brazil: 191.6 1,314.17 205.1
* Canada: 32.98 1,326.38 41.1
* China: 1,319.98 3,280.05 1,808.8
* France: 61.71 2,562.29 144.8
* Germany: 82.27 3,297.23 153.0
* India: 1,123.32 1,170.97 295.3
* Indonesia: 225.63 432.82 54.5
* Italy: 59.37 2,107.48 104.5
* Japan: 127.77 4,376.70 996.7
* Mexico: 105.28 893.36 77.1
* Russia: 141.64 1,291.01 582.2
* Saudi Arabia 24.20 381.68 34.1
* South Africa 47.59 277.58 243.3
* South Korea 48.53 969.79 240.3
* Spain 44.88 1,429.23 13.8
* Turkey 73.89 657.09 79.1
* United Kingdom 61.03 2,727.81 72.1
* United States 301.62 13,811.20 72.5

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