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As goes Motors, so goes the USA.
–Livermore and Seligman

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Faber is wrong as increasing interest rates are meaningless as a tool to stop hyperinflation which is a currency event. How in the world can Farber not understand that axiom?

U.S. Inflation to Approach Zimbabwe Level, Faber Says (Update2)
By Chen Shiyin and Bernard Lo

May 27 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. economy will enter “hyperinflation” approaching the levels in Zimbabwe because the Federal Reserve will be reluctant to raise interest rates, investor Marc Faber said.

Prices may increase at rates “close to” Zimbabwe’s gains, Faber said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong. Zimbabwe’s inflation rate reached 231 million percent in July, the last annual rate published by the statistics office.

“I am 100 percent sure that the U.S. will go into hyperinflation,” Faber said. “The problem with government debt growing so much is that when the time will come and the Fed should increase interest rates, they will be very reluctant to do so and so inflation will start to accelerate.”

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser said on May 21 inflation may rise to 2.5 percent in 2011. That exceeds the central bank officials’ long-run preferred range of 1.7 percent to 2 percent and contrasts with the concerns of some officials and economists that the economic slump may provoke a broad decline in prices.

“There are some concerns of a risk from inflation from all the liquidity injected into the banking system but it’s not an immediate threat right now given all the excess capacity in the U.S. economy,” said David Cohen, head of Asian economic forecasting at Action Economics in Singapore. “I have a little more confidence that the Fed has an exit strategy for draining all the liquidity at the appropriate time.”

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Dear CIGAs,

The 28 year up trend line cut is right now 112 to 113 on the 30 year bond. When this very long term up trend is history the credit crisis that has never ended goes TERMINAL.

The trillions of dollars pumped into the world skeleton financial system, particularly the US financial system, is like the application of Clearasil on a zit. The zit is still there festering but it is tad more difficult to see.

One would expect a bounce or sideways move at or near here as the value is so close to the long term up trend line of the 30 year bond.

Rising U.S. bond yields may spark Credit Crisis II
Fri May 29, 2009 2:43pm EDT
By John Parry – Analysis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The global financial crisis may morph into a second, equally virulent phase where borrowing costs rise again, hobbling an embryonic economic recovery, debilitating cash-strapped banks, and punishing investors all over again.

Early warnings signs of this scenario include surging government bond yields, a slumping U.S. dollar, and the fading of the bear market rally in U.S. stocks.

Optimists hope that a fragile two-month rally in world stock markets, a rise in U.S. Treasury yields from record lows during the depths of the crisis in late 2008, and some less scary economic data all signal that a recovery is around the corner.

But gloomy analysts insist that thinking is delusional.

Once Credit Crisis Version 2.0 ramps up, foreign investors may punish the U.S. government for borrowing trillions of dollars too much by refusing to buy its debt until bond prices plunge to much cheaper levels.

The telling harbinger is benchmark Treasury note yields’ surge to six-month highs around 3.75 percent this week, as investors began to balk at the record U.S. government borrowing requirement this year.

The U.S. Treasury plans to sell about $2 trillion in new debt this year to fund a $1.8 trillion fiscal deficit.

Heavy selling of U.S. dollar-denominated assets could trigger a full-blown currency crisis and usher in surging inflation, forcing mortgage rates and corporate bond yields up, undermining any rebound in economic activity.

"The financial crisis is a downward spiral with two twists," said George Feiger, chief executive of Contango Capital Advisors in Berkeley, California.

First came the banking crisis and a huge contraction of credit, starting in mid-2007 which resulted in the stock market panic of 2008 which triggered the deepest U.S. recession in at least two decades.

"Once you have got a recession you have good old-fashioned credit losses," Feiger said. "The second leg is now the consequences of the massive recession and it is just now working its way out," he said.

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Dear Friends,

The stairs on the Golden Ladder that will be climbed are:

$900
$961
$1024
$1089
$1156
$1224

The steps on the USDX us dollar are:

.8200
.7200
.6200
.5200

The timing was April 19th and middle June to establish the launch period.

Predictions:

1. Gold reacts as currency support for the dollar enters mid June to a slow decline (that is the official definition of a strong dollar policy, really).
2. End of 2nd week going into the beginning of the 3rd week of June Gold launches towards and this time through the neckline of the reverse head and shoulders formation.
3. Gold rises to $1224 where it hesitates.
4. The OTC derivative market takes on the dollar as short sellers into dollar support.
5. This OTC derivative currency short position builds.
6. It is the US dollar where Armstrong will get his WATERFALL.
7. The main selling takes place when Israel makes a major miscalculation.
8. Hyperinflation is always and will continue to be a currency event.
9. Hyperinflation will be a product of the upcoming massive OTC derivative short dollar raid.

Should I be correct in the gold price action going into late June, it will fit Armstrong’s criterion for a move to $5000.

Alf’s work permits an over-run of the gold price to $3500 in the major 3rd phase, indicating overruns into the major 5th.

 

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

How is this for an understatement?

U.S. ‘Problem’ Banks Rise to 15-Year High, FDIC Says
May 27th, 2009
Bloomberg

U.S. “problem” banks climbed 21 percent to the highest total in 15 years in the first quarter, and provisions set aside for loan losses weighed on industry earnings, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said.

The FDIC classified 305 banks with $220 billion in assets as “problem” lenders as of March 31, an increase from 252 with the $159 billion in assets in the fourth quarter. Assets at “problem” banks were the highest since 1993, the agency said today, without naming any lenders. The FDIC said its insurance fund slumped 25 percent to the lowest level since 1993

“The banking industry still faces tremendous challenges,” FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair said today at a briefing in Washington. “Asset quality remains a major concern.”

Regulators have taken over 36 lenders this year, including BankUnited Financial Corp. in Florida on May 21 and Silverton Bank of Atlanta on May 1, which combined cost the FDIC’s deposit insurance fund $6.2 billion. Twenty-one banks collapsed in the quarter, the most since late 1992, as the pace of failures accelerated amid the worst crisis since the Great Depression.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

The Pakistan government is offering USD$62,000 for the capture or killing of Taliban. Get 10 of your buddies and go get paid USD$620,000 less modest cash.

You can expect a rash of captured but more likely dead "old" Taliban fighters as the Pakistanis elect their grandfathers and elderly family friends to contribute to the common good.

This will be like in the Monty Python movie when the plague body remover roams the streets calling "Bring out your Dead.” The elderly fellow wanders out and was put in the body wagon. He complained that he was not dead. The body remover replied; "You will be soon" and hit him over the head with a club. The same is going to be rampant in Pakistan. How do you tell if a dead guy is a Taliban? You can’t water-board him. Those bodies are going to begin to roll in overflowing wagons, literally. The smell is going to be awful.

See what foreign aid can do to improve the wellbeing of the receiver. Living over there is tough.

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

With NK Kim unilaterally having cancelled the "Korean War Armistice," going to DEFCON 2 is a reasonable and modest military reaction.

The problem is if North Korea Kim does his usual nothing then he looks more like a hot air machine.

The nuclear threat is resident in his questionable mental condition.

Have you ever seen the movie, "Team America?"

Breaking: US Army moves to DEFCON 2
Thursday, 28 May 2009

Sources close to MiNa claim the US Army has moved their alert level to Defcon 2. This was initiated by the alarming situation in North Korea. The US Army has over 35,000 troops stationed in South Korea, well within reach of North Korean convential weapons.

North Korea has the largest artillery force (can be equipped with nuclear warheads) in the world, which adds more to the already tense situation.

Earlier today, N. Korea’s leader Kim Jong issued threaths to the South Korean and US Navy ships for coming too close to North Korea’s territorial waters. The South Koreans and the Americans, may be positioning themselves for a preemptive strike.

What is DEFCON?

The defense readiness condition (DEFCON) is a measure of the activation and readiness level of the United States Armed Forces. It describes progressive postures for use between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commanders of unified commands. DEFCONs are matched to the situations of military severity.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Einhorn will be dead right the day Moody’s downgrades US debt and the entire company gets shipped to Gitmo.

Einhorn calls AAA rating a curse, shorts Moody’s
Chanos warns on impact of government involvement in business
By Alistair Barr, MarketWatch
May 28, 2009, 12:28 p.m. EST

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — David Einhorn, head of hedge-fund firm Greenlight Capital, called AAA credit ratings a curse and said he is betting against rating agency Moody’s, during a speech at a closely watched investment conference on Wednesday

Einhorn said that many institutions with AAA ratings, including the U.S. government, turned that supposed benefit into a disaster by borrowing recklessly, according to a hedge-fund investor who attended the conference in New York and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Most of the companies that have run into trouble during the financial crisis were or still are AAA rated, including American International Group (AIG 1.67, +0.01, +0.60%) , Fannie Mae (FNM 0.71, -0.03, -3.80%) , Freddie Mac (FRE 0.78, -0.04, -5.44%) , MBIA (MBI 6.33, -0.17, -2.62%) , Ambac (ABK 1.23, -0.04, -3.15%) and General Electric (GE 13.11, +0.12, +0.92%) , Einhorn noted.

The leading purveyor of AAA ratings is Moody’s (MCO 26.28, -1.87, -6.64%) , so Greenlight Capital is short that company’s shares, the investor quoted Einhorn as saying.

Short sellers borrow a stock, betting its price will fall. When they return the shares to the lender at the original price, they profit from the difference.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Regarding gold, the following is a non-event, is always a non event and will continue to be a non event.

Gold is not copper.

Gold Scrap Supply Won’t Hold Back Next Rally – Mitsui

SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)–Further gains in gold prices won’t be met by a huge increase in gold scrap supply, as happened in the first quarter, Mitsui Global Precious Metals said in a report dated Wednesday.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Sinclair16

Faber is wrong as increasing interest rates are meaningless as a tool to stop hyperinflation which is a currency event. How in the world can Farber not understand that axiom?

U.S. Inflation to Approach Zimbabwe Level, Faber Says (Update2)
By Chen Shiyin and Bernard Lo

May 27 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. economy will enter “hyperinflation” approaching the levels in Zimbabwe because the Federal Reserve will be reluctant to raise interest rates, investor Marc Faber said.

Prices may increase at rates “close to” Zimbabwe’s gains, Faber said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong. Zimbabwe’s inflation rate reached 231 million percent in July, the last annual rate published by the statistics office.

“I am 100 percent sure that the U.S. will go into hyperinflation,” Faber said. “The problem with government debt growing so much is that when the time will come and the Fed should increase interest rates, they will be very reluctant to do so and so inflation will start to accelerate.”

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser said on May 21 inflation may rise to 2.5 percent in 2011. That exceeds the central bank officials’ long-run preferred range of 1.7 percent to 2 percent and contrasts with the concerns of some officials and economists that the economic slump may provoke a broad decline in prices.

“There are some concerns of a risk from inflation from all the liquidity injected into the banking system but it’s not an immediate threat right now given all the excess capacity in the U.S. economy,” said David Cohen, head of Asian economic forecasting at Action Economics in Singapore. “I have a little more confidence that the Fed has an exit strategy for draining all the liquidity at the appropriate time.”

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Dear Friends,

If you had ears to hear you will recognize that today, after four months of having promised without any delivery, the Obama Administration in his Nellis Air Force Base speech on solar energy began his first meaningful FISCAL STIMULATION (466 million, small, but a start).

Fiscal Stimulation is like a magnet to Monetary Stimulation whereby the later is pulled out into price inflation. It will occur according to the amount and cost of FISCAL programs he starts.

The magnet for hyperinflation is the US dollar below USDX .8200 and .7200 as a currency event.

Respectfully yours,
Jim

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

This is not playing with fire. It is playing with the fate of a nation for decades to come and the lives of its citizens, all to rescue Wall Street and the OTC derivative gang.

U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve. Federal Reserve holding over $2 trillion in the Darkest Balance Sheet in Financial History.

The U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve have arguably two of the least transparent balance sheets known to humankind.  This wouldn’t be such a big issue if the amount of money funneled into these organizations was small.  That is not the case.  The Federal Reserve since October of 2008 has held on its balance sheet over $2 trillion in reserve bank credit and also, Federal Reserve Holdings of U.S. Treasuries.  This of course is the biggest bait in switch in history because in exchange for U.S. Treasuries, banks can offload practically any collateral (i.e., mortgages, auto loans, credit card loans, etc).  The U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve are creating the biggest put option in the history of the world and the American taxpayer stands to lose big.

Let us take a look at the Fed’s balance sheet:

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The Fed doubled its balance sheet in the matter of a few weeks.  It went from approximately $900 billion to $1.8 trillion in lightning speed.  And with this speed, the public unfortunately did not know what they were exactly buying into.  It is important to take a look at the Federal Reserve balance sheet broken down by category:

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There will be a gang of trucks with chains looking for these ATMs.

German firm plans gold ATMs to meet growing demand
By Peter Starck FRANKFURT,

May 19 (Reuters) – Private investors should hold up to 15 percent of their wealth in physical gold, according to a German asset management company which plans to set up 500 ‘Gold-To-Go’ ATMs in Germany, Switzerland and Austria this year.

A gold-dispensing automatic teller machine (ATM) was on display at Frankfurt’s main railway station for a one-day marketing test on Tuesday.

A one-gram (0.0353 ounce) piece of gold, the size of a child’s little fingernail and about as thin, cost 31 euros ($42.25) — a 30 percent premium to the spot market price .

The flat rectangular piece, bearing the imprint of Belgian metals and speciality materials firm Umicore (Brussels) , came out of the cash-only ATM in a tin box, including a certificate of authenticity.

‘This is more than a marketing gimmick,’ said Thomas Geissler, chief executive of TG-Gold-Super-Markt.de, the company planning to set up the 500 gold ATMs at a cost of 20,000 euros apiece.

‘It is an appetizer for a strategic investment in precious metals. Gold is an asset everyone should have, between 5 and 15 percent of your liquid assets in physical gold,’ he told Reuters in an interview.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

This is an inviting conclusion until the dollar goes into a freefall and hyperinflation is visible even to the Money Bunnies. Then equities for no good reason fundamentally will join gold in an up-move.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

China and other larger dollar holders will not stand still for this.

Exploding debt threatens America
John Taylor

Published: May 26 2009 20:48 | Last updated: May 26 2009 20:48

Standard and Poor’s decision to downgrade its outlook for British sovereign debt from “stable” to “negative” should be a wake-up call for the US Congress and administration. Let us hope they wake up.

Under President Barack Obama’s budget plan, the federal debt is exploding. To be precise, it is rising – and will continue to rise – much faster than gross domestic product, a measure of America’s ability to service it. The federal debt was equivalent to 41 per cent of GDP at the end of 2008; the Congressional Budget Office projects it will increase to 82 per cent of GDP in 10 years. With no change in policy, it could hit 100 per cent of GDP in just another five years.

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Regardless of the daily bankruptcy GM is on, it doesn’t mean anything now. You can be assured it is a total disaster for the US economy.

GM says bondholder offer fails; bankruptcy likely
By TOM KRISHER and DAN STRUMPF
AP Auto Writers

(AP:DETROIT) A General Motors Corp. bankruptcy filing seemed inevitable after a rebellion by its bondholders forced it to withdraw on Wednesday a plan to swap bond debt for company stock.

GM has until Monday to complete a government-ordered restructuring that includes debt reduction, labor cost cuts and plant closures. But a bankruptcy reorganization is likely after the company said its offer to exchange $27 billion in unsecured debt for 10 percent of the company’s stock had failed. GM has received $19.4 billion in federal loans.

The move came as crosstown rival Chrysler LLC headed to court Wednesday to ask bankruptcy judge for permission to sell the bulk of its assets to a group headed by Italy’s Fiat Group SpA in hopes of saving itself from liquidation. Attorneys for Chrysler maintain that the Fiat deal is the company’s only hope to avoid being sold piece by piece, but car dealers, debtholders, former employees and others are protesting.

Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection April 30, after the government ended talks with a group of holdout debtholders. Both automakers were pulled down by overwhelming debt, high pension, health care and other labor costs relative to competitors, a global auto sales slump and a dismal U.S. housing market that pulled down demand for pickup trucks, their top-selling vehicles.

News of the failed GM bond exchange offer sent its shares down 22 cents, or 15.3 percent, to $1.22 in afternoon trading.

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A state law concerning guns and martial law. Wow, things are getting dicey out there!

Proposal Stopping Confiscation Of Guns Now Law
Posted: May 23, 2009 07:15 PM

(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A person who legally possesses a gun would not have it seized during periods of martial rule under a proposal that has been signed into law by the governor.

The measure was signed by Gov. Phil Bredesen on Thursday and takes effect immediately.

Sponsors say martial rule is the same as martial law at the federal level. They say the law is necessary after law enforcement in New Orleans went door to door seizing weapons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Brentwood, one of the sponsors, has said he doesn’t expect such behavior in Tennessee, but believes legislation should be in place just in case.

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The market feels Kim of North Korea is full of hot air. He may or may not be but this answers the many questions over the past few days of why gold ignores North Korea nukes and threats.

Now if you want to see real problems, review what is occurring and pay attention to the special note from Debka at the bottom.

I have always thought Debka was Massaud.

The Russians are heading to the Middle East to put a shield between Israel and Russia’s trading partner Iran.

Russian warships call at Syrian port
15:5529/01/2009

MOSCOW, January 29 (RIA Novosti) – A group of Black Sea Fleet warships has called at the Syrian port of Tartus, a Russian Navy spokesman said on Thursday.

Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said the Azov and Yamal landing ships had docked at Tartus to replenish supplies.

He previously said the two warships, which were carrying naval infantry units, would join up with other Russian warships in the Indian Ocean, including the Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered missile cruiser, for the INDRA-2009 exercise with the Indian Navy in late January.

Russian media recently reported that Russia was planning to set up naval facilities in Yemen (Socotra), Syria (Tartus), Libya (Tripoli), Vietnam (Cam Ranh), among other countries, in the next few years as an alternative to the Sevastopol base in Ukraine’s Crimea.

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US and Russian warships line up in dispute over Georgia
Ian Traynor in Brussels

US and Russian warships took up positions in the Black Sea today in a risky war of nerves on opposing sides of the Georgia conflict.

With the Russians effectively controlling Georgia’s main naval base of Poti, Moscow also dispatched the Moskva missile cruiser and two smaller craft on "peacekeeping" duties at the port of Sukhumi on the coast of Abkhazia, the breakaway region that the Kremlin recognised as independent yesterday.

The Americans, wary of escalating an already fraught situation, cancelled the scheduled docking in Poti of the US Coast Guard vessel, the Dallas, and instead sent it to the southern Georgian-controlled port of Batumi, 200km (124 miles) from the Russian ships, where it delivered humanitarian aid.

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Russian Warships To Dock In Syria

In an effort to expand its military presence in the international arena and reestablish a naval presence in the Middle East, Russia has dispatched a naval fleet to the region, including a guided missile cruiser, two anti submarine ships and 47 fighter planes. The fleet will dock at the Syrian port of Tartus where Russia maintains a technical base. At the same port, Iranian ships are also docked.

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov told reporters that the expedition "is aimed at ensuring a naval presence and establishing conditions to secure Russian navigations." Serdyukov added that the fleet will conduct tactical exercises with real and simulated launches of sea and air based missiles and intends to call at a number of different ports in the region.

In the past, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia would respond in the event Iran was attacked by a foreign power. Boosting Russia’s naval presence in the area could well be an attempt to signal to Israel and possibly America that if Iran is attacked, Russia will strike back.

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Russia’s first Persian Gulf naval presence coordinated with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
May 26, 2009, 6:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian warships are due to call Wednesday, May 27, at the Bahrain port of Manama, seat of the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. They will be following in the wake of the Russian vessels already docked at the Omani port of Salalah, the first to avail themselves of facilities at Gulf ports.

Their arrival is fully coordinated between the Russian and Iranian naval commands.

According to our sources, this is the first time a Russian flotilla will have taken on provisions and fuel at the same Gulf ports which hitherto serviced only the US Navy. Moscow has thus gained its first maritime foothold in the Persian Gulf.

The flotilla consists of four vessels from Russia’s Pacific Fleet: The submarine fighter Admiral Panteleyev is due at Manama Wednesday, escorted by the refueling-supply ship Izhorai, The supply-battleship Irkut and the rescue craft BM-37 are already docked in Salalah.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Russians, like the Iranians, cover their stealthy advance into new waters by apparent movements for joining the international task force combating Somali pirates. While Iranian warships have taken up positions in the Gulf of Aden, the Russians are moving naval units southeast into the Persian Gulf.

Monday, May 25, the Iranian naval chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, announced that six Iranian warships had been dispatched to "the international waters" of the Gulf of Aden in a "historically unprecedented move… to show its ability to confront any foreign threats." He did not bother to mention the pirates.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

If banks are permitted to bid on their own Toxic Assets in the public/private lending auction, it is the same as having a shill at an auction for the purpose of creating the price desired by the bank, thereby preventing any hint of true valuation.

Of course, if you can trust the honesty of banksters, I would be wrong.

What do you think?

Regards,
Jim

 

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Falling off the cliff is starting to happen. This can be seen through all official and establishment estimates of the Federal Deficit going into the trash can. The Formula rolls on.

IRS tax revenue falls along with taxpayers’ income
By John Waggoner, USA TODAY

Federal tax revenue plunged $138 billion, or 34%, in April vs. a year ago — the biggest April drop since 1981, a study released Tuesday by the American Institute for Economic Research says.

When the economy slumps, so does tax revenue, and this recession has been no different, says Kerry Lynch, senior fellow at the AIER and author of the study. "It illustrates how severe the recession has been."

For example, 6 million people lost jobs in the 12 months ended in April — and that means far fewer dollars from income taxes. Income tax revenue dropped 44% from a year ago.

"These are staggering numbers," Lynch says.

Big revenue losses mean that the U.S. budget deficit may be larger than predicted this year and in future years.

"It’s one of the drivers of the ongoing expansion of the federal budget deficit," says John Lonski, chief economist for Moody’s Investors Service. The Congressional Budget Office projects a $1.7 trillion budget deficit for fiscal year 2009.

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Taxing the consumer (that is what a VAT tax is and inflationary by simple edict) is a great way to make the Formula more effective in running the Federal Budget Deficit further into the trash-can as it will cut short any incipient economic recovery.

If anyone of you believe in Green Shoots, a VAT tax is a super powerful plant killer.

What a bunch of lightweights that think higher taxes will positively affect the Federal Budget Deficit. They never really consider putting spending aside as they feel it is all necessary. DUMB! World class DUMB!

Once Considered Unthinkable, U.S. Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look
Levy Viewed as Way to Reduce Deficits, Fund Health Reform
By Lori Montgomery
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax.

Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax — called a value-added tax, or VAT — has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity.

At a White House conference earlier this year on the government’s budget problems, a roomful of tax experts pleaded with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to consider a VAT. A recent flurry of books and papers on the subject is attracting genuine, if furtive, interest in Congress. And last month, after wrestling with the White House over the massive deficits projected under Obama’s policies, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee declared that a VAT should be part of the debate.

"There is a growing awareness of the need for fundamental tax reform," Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said in an interview. "I think a VAT and a high-end income tax have got to be on the table."

A VAT is a tax on the transfer of goods and services that ultimately is borne by the consumer. Highly visible, it would increase the cost of just about everything, from a carton of eggs to a visit with a lawyer. It is also hugely regressive, falling heavily on the poor. But VAT advocates say those negatives could be offset by using the proceeds to pay for health care for every American — a tangible benefit that would be highly valuable to low-income families.

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Yes, and it is coming in three weeks or less.

Gold May Be On Verge Of Historic Breakout
By Peter Brimelow, MarketWatch

Is this it for gold? After a good week, gold watchers of all stripes think it

may be. Again.

After Friday’s 0.8% rise to $958.50 a troy ounce, Martin Pring, decidedly not a gold bug, set the tone in his Weekly InfoMovie Report: "Gold could be on the verge of a historical breakout. Watch that $990-$1,000 area like a hawk."

Pring has always laid very heavy emphasis on the predictive power of gold shares. His analysis: "The gold-share ETF, the GDX [Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX)], has just broken out from a major base. Since the shares often lead the metal, this is a bullish factor."

Dow Theory Letters’ Richard Russell has also been interested in GDX, saying this after Friday: "Ordinarily I would only add gold items on a correction. But gold seems on a roll now, so I added GDX."

Two developments are causing the excitement about gold. From a charting point of view, gold shares are generally agreed to have broken out, meaning that gold itself could well be about to do something very important. Australia’s The Privateer (whose free U.S.-dollar 5X3 Point-and-Figure chart looks very handsome after Friday) describes the situation:

"What is being traced … is a gigantic ‘reverse’ head-and-shoulders formation. The trading range between US$900 and US$1,000 was broken early in April. Over the month of April, a tighter range between US$870-US$910 was established. Now, gold has broken back above that range. The ‘right shoulder’ on the ‘reverse’ head-and-shoulders formation is getting wider. … There are two major resistance points. The first is at US$955 … where the chart is now. The second is, of course, at US$1,000, the level reached in March 2008 and again in February 2009." See chart.

Several other commentators see the same thing.

The second bullish gold development: general economic conditions.

As the Gartman Letter noted on Wednesday: "The dollar does look vulnerable. … Pushing government steadily leftward, the Obama Administration has set up the possibility of a U.S. dollar rout. … If this persists, commodity prices generally shall rise and rise materially, and gold shall too."

Dan Norcini at the Jsmineset Web site saw things similarly on Friday.

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1. Israel makes a significant miscalculation
2. Pakistan goes Taliban
3. Turkey is a Victim.

al-Sadr in Turkey
May 26, 2009 7:00 AM | Anna Mahjar-Barducci
Journalist

Moqtada al-Sadr, the most prominent Shi’ite opponent of the United States’ military presence in Iraq, paid an official visit to Turkey for talks with the Turkish leadership. This was al-Sadr’s first public appearance since 2007.

It appears that the main reason for the Turkish government inviting Al-Sadr, was to ensure his support for Ankara’s policies toward the oil rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk, which is mainly composed of Kurds, Turkomans and Arabs – though almost all its ethnic elements are Shi’ite.

No official statement was released from the meetings with Turkish officials. An unidentified Turkish official declared that the discussions had evolved over the security situation in Iraq and the Turkish-Iranian relationships. The Turkish media reported that Ankara had sent a private plane to Iran to take Al-Sadr to Turkey. To ensure his security, a close protection team from the National Security Agency (MIT) went to Iran to minimize the risks during his trip to Turkey. According to Turkish reports, Sadr met with Prime Minister Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul, along with other Turkish officials.

Al-Sadr supports Turkey’s position over the status of Kirkuk, arguing that it should belong to the central government. The Kurdish daily, Helwer Post conducted an in-depth analysis to explain Al-Sadr’s opposition to the federal structure of Iraq, and particularly the special status of Baghdad and Kirkuk and the distribution of oil wealth. The Helwer Post suggests that because Al-Sadr’s supporters are mainly concentrated in Baghdad and to some extent in Kirkuk, this limits his ability to share the wealth of oil revenues. The status of Baghdad within a loose federation restricts Al-Sadr’s group accessing the oil rich regional administrations. If Iraq emerges as a viable federation, in the near future the Al-Sadr group will be economically and politically marginalized within Baghdad. Given that Al-Sadr cannot prevent an Iraqi federation, in order to access oil revenues he must keep Kirkuk within the control of Iraq’s central government rather than under the Kurdish Regional Government. Thus, it is critical for Al-Sadr to receive support from Turkey.

The timing of these meetings is also significant. On May 3, the Turkish press reported that UN diplomats working on the status of Kirkuk for more than one year had finally drafted their report. They suggested delaying for five years the planned referendum to determine the status of Kirkuk. As expected, Kurdish leaders strongly opposed these recommendations. Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd himself, clearly stated that he will not negotiate on the status of Kirkuk, which is already determined through the constitution.

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Dear CIGAs,

Gold is getting ready for a ballistic move upwards. Are you hedge funds in denial?

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Predictions:

1. Gold reacts as currency support for the dollar enters mid June to a slow decline (that is the official definition of a strong dollar policy, really).
2. End of 2nd week going into the beginning of the 3rd week of June Gold launches towards and this time through the neckline of the reverse head and shoulders formation.
3. Gold rises to $1224 where it hesitates.
4. The OTC derivative market takes on the dollar as short sellers into dollar support.
5. This OTC derivative currency short position builds.
6. It is the US dollar where Armstrong will get his WATERFALL.
7. The main selling takes place when Israel makes a major miscalculation.
8. Hyperinflation is always and will continue to be a currency event.
9. Hyperinflation will be a product of the upcoming massive OTC derivative short dollar raid.

Should I be correct in the gold price action going into late June, it will fit Armstrong’s criterion for a move to $5000.

Alf’s work permits an over-run of the gold price to $3500 in the major 3rd phase, indicating overruns into the major 5th.

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

The Federal Reserve has no other option. They will continue Quantitative Easing.

The definition of Quantitative Easing is simple money printing.

Since the US will not (or cannot) consider a guarantee of Treasury Debt in gold at market related prices (lack of transferable supply) the Chinese central bank will continue their various efforts to diversify out of Treasury debt.

Those that feel the Chinese cannot diversify and think that the only way is via the open market for treasuries or dollars are so stupid it make me ill that they speak publicly.

China warns Federal Reserve over ‘printing money’
China has warned a top member of the US Federal Reserve that it is increasingly disturbed by the Fed’s direct purchase of US Treasury bonds.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 9:19PM BST 24 May 2009

Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, said: "Senior officials of the Chinese government grilled me about whether or not we are going to monetise the actions of our legislature."

"I must have been asked about that a hundred times in China. I was asked at every single meeting about our purchases of Treasuries. That seemed to be the principal preoccupation of those that were invested with their surpluses mostly in the United States," he told the Wall Street Journal.

His recent trip to the Far East appears to have been a stark reminder that Asia’s "Confucian" culture of right action does not look kindly on the insouciant policy of printing money by Anglo-Saxons.

Mr Fisher, the Fed’s leading hawk, was a fierce opponent of the original decision to buy Treasury debt, fearing that it would lead to a blurring of the line between fiscal and monetary policy – and could all too easily degenerate into Argentine-style financing of uncontrolled spending.

However, he agreed that the Fed was forced to take emergency action after the financial system "literally fell apart".

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Of course it will be settled. There is so much dirt in these type transaction that discovery, a civil suit procedure, would reveal much too much.

UBS, JPMorgan Drop Asset Seizure Appeal in Milan
By Elisa Martinuzzi and Sonia Sirletti

May 25 (Bloomberg) — UBS AG, Deutsche Bank AG, JPMorgan Chase & Co.and Depfa Bank Plc dropped an appeal against the seizure of 345 million euros ($482 million) of assets amid a probe into alleged fraud involving derivatives sold to the City of Milan, said two lawyers representing the banks.

The banks dropped the appeal at a hearing in Milan today. The prosecutor is considering a May 7 request by the securities firms to put up about 100 million euros of cash in total in exchange for having the assets returned, the lawyers said.

The police froze the banks’ stakes in Italian companies, real estate assets and current accounts. The City of Milan is suing the four banks after it lost money on derivatives it bought from the lenders in 2005. The banks earned about 101 million euros in what prosecutors call illicit profit for arranging the contracts.

“The banks probably didn’t want to run the risk of a ruling against them so early on in the case,” said Giampiero Biancolella, an attorney who’s not involved in the case. “Lawyers may be buying time to reach an agreement with Milan outside the courts.”

Officials for Deutsche Bank and Depfa declined to comment. The claims at issue will be discussed in the course of the investigation, said UBS’s lawyer Giuseppe Bana.

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Let’s hear another big round of applause for the Greenwich, CT OTC derivative manufacturers and distributors who have taken to screwing the widows, orphans, homeless, frail, sick and dying.

Society must have a safety net or there is no society, just a bunch of people with little excuse for being.

Crime is going to skyrocket in California. Keep in mind the many street people are prior residents when there used to be bughouses.

Governor plans to completely eliminate welfare for families
3:58 PM | May 21, 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to completely eliminate the state’s welfare program for families, medical insurance for low-income children and Cal Grants cash assistance to college and university students.

The proposals to sharply scale back the assistance that California provides to its neediest  residents came in testimony by the administration this afternoon at a joint legislative budget committee hearing. It followed comments by the governor earlier today that he would be withdrawing a proposal to help balance the budget with billions of dollars of borrowing and replacing it with program reductions.

The proposals would completely reshape the state’s social service network, transforming California from one of the country’s most generous states to one of the most tightfisted. The proposals are intended to help close a budget deficit estimated at $21.3 billion.

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What have I been most concerned about for over a year now, warning you time and time again?

The answer is UNFUNDED PENSION FUNDS and similar make believe payable social/business obligations workers have become dependent on.

The next two decades are going to see massive draining of the gene pool.

Look at what is hidden in the article below that is deserving of its own headline.

The Oxford-educated Mr. Fisher, an outspoken free-marketer and believer in the Schumpeterian process of "creative destruction," has been running a fervent campaign to alert Americans to the "very big hole" in unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities built up over the years by a careless political class.

"We at the Dallas Fed believe the total is over $99 trillion," he said in February.

China warns Federal Reserve over ‘printing money’
China has warned a top member of the US Federal Reserve that it is increasingly disturbed by the Fed’s direct purchase of US Treasury bonds.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 9:19PM BST 24 May 2009

Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, said: "Senior officials of the Chinese government grilled me about whether or not we are going to monetise the actions of our legislature."

"I must have been asked about that a hundred times in China. I was asked at every single meeting about our purchases of Treasuries. That seemed to be the principal preoccupation of those that were invested with their surpluses mostly in the United States," he told the Wall Street Journal.

His recent trip to the Far East appears to have been a stark reminder that Asia’s "Confucian" culture of right action does not look kindly on the insouciant policy of printing money by Anglo-Saxons.

Mr Fisher, the Fed’s leading hawk, was a fierce opponent of the original decision to buy Treasury debt, fearing that it would lead to a blurring of the line between fiscal and monetary policy – and could all too easily degenerate into Argentine-style financing of uncontrolled spending.

However, he agreed that the Fed was forced to take emergency action after the financial system "literally fell apart".

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Debt is totally out of hand and beyond control.

It is no longer just a possibility – it is now a reality. The Chinese are totally correct in demanding a guarantee.

Government debt swells as choices get harder
Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Sunday, May 24, 2009
(05-24) 04:00 PDT Washington

This year, the government is borrowing 50 cents of every dollar it spends. If that were just a blip caused by a historic financial crisis that necessitated a $787 billion fiscal stimulus and a $700 billion bank rescue in the space of about three months, there would be little cause for concern.

But it is not a blip. It is a relentless curve of red ink that will, within the decade, take U.S. debt levels to the record reached at the end of World War II, from 40 percent of the nation’s output now to 80 percent, and then rapidly thereafter into the realm of banana republics.

"We are accumulating a massive debt. We owe about half of that debt to foreigners, including the Chinese and others whose foreign policy is not always well aligned with ours," said Isabel Sawhill, a former Clinton administration budget official who now co-directs the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution. "So we are really losing control of our economic destiny and possibly losing control of our foreign policy as well."

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North Korea Claims to Conduct 2nd Nuclear Test

By CHOE SANG-HUN

Published: May 24, 2009

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea announced on Monday that it had successfully conducted its second nuclear test, defying international warnings and drastically raising the stakes in a global effort to get the recalcitrant Communist state to give up its nuclear weapons program.

The North’s official news agency, KCNA, said “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea successfully conducted one more underground nuclear test on May 25 as part of the measures to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defense in every way as requested by its scientists and technicians.”

The test was safely conducted “on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology of its control,” the agency said. “The results of the test helped satisfactorily settle the scientific and technological problems arising in further increasing the power of nuclear weapons and steadily developing nuclear technology.”

Word of the test sent a shudder through Asian financial markets and clearly caught South Korea and the United States off guard. The news hit just as South Korea’s government and people were mourning the suicide of former President Roh Moo-hyun. And hours after the test was reported, South Korean state media reported that the North had fired a short-range missile.

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The real story here is the revision of the prior month. There was no so-called Green Shoot here ever this year.

U.S. home prices fell 18.7 percent on year in March: S&P
Tue May 26, 2009 9:33am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prices of U.S. single-family homes in March fell 18.7 percent from a year earlier, while prices in the first quarter dropped at a record pace, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released on Tuesday.

On a month-over-month basis, the index of 20 metropolitan areas fell 2.2 percent in March from February, S&P said in a statement.

Price drops on both a month-over-month and year-over-year basis were worse than expectations based on a Reuters survey of economists.

The composite index of 10 metropolitan areas declined 2.1 percent in March from February for a 18.6 percent year-over-year drop.

"Declines in residential real estate continued at a steady pace into March," David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at Standard & Poor’s, said in a statement.

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2,300,000 Pakistani are homeless and foodless.

This is not what wins the hearts and minds of the populous when all they see is US equipment and Pakistanis in US combat uniforms coming over the hill blowing everything in sight to ashes.

Sustainability is the key to this action, and you can wager there will not be much of that.

Pakistan battles for Swat capital, 2.38m uprooted
By Lehaz Ali – 1 day ago

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) — Pakistan’s military said Monday it was facing "stiff resistance" as it battled to wrest Swat valley out of Taliban hands, in an offensive that has now scattered 2.38 million terrified civilians.

Military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas warned it could take up to 10 days to regain control of Swat’s capital Mingora, as the punishing assault across three rugged northwest districts entered a fifth week.

A Taliban spokesman told AFP that firebrand commander Maulana Fazlullah had asked Taliban to stop battling in the key city, but said the insurgents would continue to fight for their vision of imposing a harsh brand of Islamic law.

"Maulana Fazlullah has directed all his mujahedeen to stop resistance in Mingora and its surroundings to avoid hardships to the people and losses to the civilian population," spokesman Muslim Khan said from an undisclosed location.

But he added: "We will fight for the enforcement of sharia law till the last drop of our blood."

Ground forces have been fighting street-by-street with Taliban fighters in Mingora, the business and administrative hub of the scenic Swat region which has been ripped apart by a two-year insurgency by the Islamist extremists.

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The price of gold is preparing for a ballistic move upwards.

I count this geometric up-move in price to appear in weeks, not months.

Trading here borders on a serious case of self destructive tendency.

Gold bugs at last have their perfect trinity
China has doubled its bullion reserves and left us in no doubt that it will spend more of its $40bn monthly surplus on hard assets rather than the toxic paper of Western democracies.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 9:36PM BST 23 May 2009

The world’s top hedge fund manager John Paulson has built a gold position of at least $5.5bn, the biggest such move since George Soros and Sir James Goldsmith bet on Newmont Mining in 1993.

Britain has become the first of the Anglo-Saxon "AAA" club to face a downgrade. As feared, the cancer of bank leverage is spreading to sovereign cores.

Gold prices tend to slide in late May and languish through the summer, because of the seasonal ups and downs of jewellery demand. The trader reflex would be to short gold at this stage after its $90 vault to $959 an ounce over the past month. They may think again this year.

Paulson & Co has bought $2.9bn in SPDR Gold Trust, the biggest of the gold exchange traded funds (ETFs), which now holds 1106 tonnes − three times the Brown-gutted reserves of the United Kingdom.

Mr Paulson has also built up a $2.3bn holding of Anglo Ashanti, Goldfields, Kinross Gold, and Market Vectors Gold Miners. The fact that he is launching a "Paulson Real Estate Recovery Fund", reversing the bet against sub-prime securities that made him rich, tells us all we need to know about his thinking. This is a liquidity-reflation play.

He may be wrong, of course. In his early fifties, he belongs to the baby-boom cohort most psychologically vulnerable to the 1970s "paradigm-error". And perhaps he has never lived in Japan.

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I have not read a better encapsulation of conditions nor have I seen a better reason to get insured immediately if you are not in gold. If you are not insured, prepare to suffer the extraordinary loss of lifestyle you are accustomed to, if not your existence itself.

Let’s call our writer "CIGA Pedro the Informed."

A View From Abroad by an American in Brazil

We are witnessing the end of a very long phase in history. As a result there is a mass insecurity amongst the dominant nations of the past 300-years that is bordering on hysteria. This insecurity manifests itself in many different ways and markets are reflecting this. Gold prepares to soar, reflecting this insecurity, as gold is a barometer of fear.

Within the English-speaking world it is evident that “foreigners” are to blame. In the UK it is both the Poles and the “Pakis”. In America it is initially revealed via a general population  viewing the Kyoto Protocol as a Chinese-led trick to destroy our economy. Then it is the belief that Mexicans are “invading” and Arabs are trying to kill us all. One has to stop and ask what the root of this paranoia really is.

As the American power structure tries to prepare for “inevitable conflict” with world Islam (c.f. Huntington, Clash of Civilizations) it also tries to hide its obsequious relationship with the Saudi Royal Family, which is incestuous at best, and perhaps more symbiotic than most would want to know. The financial population cannot reconcile this anymore than they can the fact that (perhaps apart from Jim) the accurate, unblended analysis of this crisis seems to have been foreshadowed by a two people with names: Nouriel Roubini and Naseem Taleb. People remain confused by the fact that the American power structure lacks patriotism and seems to favor its own interests over the interests of the country. They lash out at everyone, including, now, their own leaders. People don’t know whether to “blame” Obama’s socialism or Bush’s self-serving capitalism. Their foreign policies seem different but the rest appears the same. Major banks appear to have more control than we thought….even while teetering on bankruptcy.

This is reflected in markets. Currencies gyrate wildly. As Jim has noted many times, anybody trying to fathom the FX markets and trade them is likely to be carried out of the pit on the proverbial trader’s stretcher with a coronary. First the Euro is finished – its break-down elucidating thoughts of its demise – but then the belief that jettisoning the PIGS (Portugal, Italy (Ireland?), Greece, Spain) might be causing it to rise. The markets are schizophrenic. They don’t know what to think. The dollar and sterling take the brunt. There are reasons for this.

This is a system headed for breakdown. The established historical order is drifting to a close, and nothing can stop it. Changes in policy are manifestations of history – alter it they cannot. Gold’s rise becomes inevitable as countries who have ruled the Imperial phase of history try and resist their diminishment in status. Markets are manipulated as they try and hold on to power, while history shifts under their feet. China and Brasil cut deals that don’t include the USA and UK…the UAE starts to view separate currency arrangements with Russia, foregoing overtures by Saudi Arabia for a Gulf wide (GCC-led) monetary regime. Riyadh’s relationship is too close to Washington. Washington is yesterday’s news. (So much for the conspiracy of Islam.)

The end of an era is upon us. That is the era of the Global hegemon. The first phase took place in Britain, the second in the Soviet Union, and the third in America. Fukayama’s theory of history’s end is immolated on its very alter. The debacle of Iraq, as well as Afghanistan stand as testimony. The dominant powers simply cannot draw borders they way  they did at San Remo in 1920 or via the Red-lines which economically created Kuwait. We seem to be unsure if we should break Iraq up, or let it be unified. Is it even our business, or has history out-run us and we have failed to acknowledge it?  As the global hegemon is characterized through the Imperial phase of history, now draws to a close, people stand confused and amazed. The rulers of the dominant nations appear ready to sell them out…and this appears as “news” to educated observers.

Nobody can be sure of any currency regime any longer. The markets gyrate wildly. As fear and insecurity mount, Gold prepares for take off.

Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

I told them this would happen, but only received a note that my personally paid for advertising on the subject of short of gold derivatives selling by producing companies was no longer welcome. This was in the London Mining Journal & Mining Monthly.

The big guys are still stuck with derivatives in the indenture of the development loans as well as on the books.

The egotistic hedge funds have no idea how stupid it is to be short of the up and comers who are "back to basics" and "royaltied."

AngloGold stumbles over hedges

The cost of betting on the gold price is now all too clear, writes Jim Jones

Back in the mid-’90s, when Anglo American’s gold division (AngloGold, as it came to be called) was more or less happy to be a South African company, management strategy was simple. The idea was to hedge about 10% to 20% of annual gold production forward for each of the coming five years. Annual revenues would be protected from a fall in the gold price and, should gold rise, the company would benefit from the rise on 80% to 90% of its output.

The company’s hedge book was then in the region of 100 tons of gold against annual production of about 200 tons.

But international expansion entered the picture. Under Bobby Godsell, AngloGold started heading out of South Africa.

By 1999 that expansion had introduced a sophistication that had lifted AngloGold’s total hedge book to 11.9 million ounces, stretching out 10 years and approaching almost twice the group’s annual production of 6.9 million ounces.

The suits running the show could congratulate themselves because, while the gold price was slipping, hedging gave the company a couple of percentage points on top of the spot gold price — 6/oz when spot gold was averaging 300/oz.

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The mindset of taking your gold home is a factual criterion of gold as insurance.

It is also the first movement of a TRUTH MACHINE because much of the gold, even sold at these levels, is paper gold.

The sale is agreed to, but the seller does not have all or sometimes any of the gold granted to the buyer. Receipts are issued, sometimes even with serial numbers.

Paper gold is purchased as a hedge but only in a ratio determined by the volatility.

As gold is called for in physical form on all levels, even at the COMEX, the true price of gold will emerge.

You can be sure that Hedge Wizard Paulson owns paper gold.

DMCC vault may store region’s gold reserves
By Shashank Shekhar  on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Much of the region’s gold that has so far been held in London may soon return.

The new vaults of DMCC will be a home to the gold allocated to the Dubai Gold Securities (DGS) Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). The vault may also become a natural choice for storage of gold reserves by central banks in the regional market, analysts said.

While the gold allocated to DGS is kept at HSBC’s vaults in London, the gold reserves held by GCC’s central banks are held by various other vaults in London, market sources said. Gold vaults have existed in London for more than 150 years.

DMCC’s new vault became operational on April 26 this year. "We want to bring the gold held under DGS ETFs at the HSBC vaults in London to Dubai. What has been holding us back is the difference in gold specification between London and Dubai," a DMCC official told Emirates Business. Until May 11, the total number of DGS traded stood at 15,200. Each security approximately amounts to one-tenth of an ounce of gold.

Though DMCC officials have declined a direct comment on the matter, a spokesperson with the centre said that ample care has been taken to make the vault "better than the others".

Another DMCC official said that the vault will also be used to store precious metals associated with the ETFs that may be launched in Dubai later this year. At a press conference organised recently, senior DMCC officials had disclosed that they plan to launch new "precious metal ETFs" in Dubai. The ETFs will be traded at Nasdaq Dubai, the Dubai-based regional security exchange where the DGS trades.

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All major US social and economic events start on the West Coast, moving quickly East. So will this according to the Formula you received here in 2006.

California faces its day of fiscal reckoning
May 22, 6:25 PM (ET)
By JULIET WILLIAMS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The day of reckoning that California has been warned about for years has arrived. The longest recession in generations and the defeat this week of a package of budget-balancing ballot measures are expected to lead to state spending cuts so deep and so painful that they could rewrite the social contract between California and its citizens. They could also force a fundamental rethinking of the proper role of government in the Golden State.

"The voters are getting what they asked for, but I’m not sure at the end of the day they’re going to like what they asked for," said Jim Earp, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs, which represents the hard-hit construction industry. "I think we’ve crossed a threshold in many ways."

California is looking at a budget deficit projected at more than $24 billion when the new fiscal year starts in July. That is more than one-quarter of the state’s general fund.

This week, voters said they no longer want the Legislature to balance budgets with higher taxes, complicated transfer schemes or borrowing that pushes California’s financial problems off into the distant future. In light of that, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made it clear he intends to close the gap almost entirely through drastic spending cuts.

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Dear CIGAs,

JB Slear tells us that having a few COMEX 100 ounce gold bars in his hands has given him a warm and cared for feeling.

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You have to love how Great Britain’s lack of gold is referred to as a brown gutted reserve.

What more do you need to know? Gold is going to at least $1224 and $1650, here and NOW! Alf says it is going even higher.

Gold bugs at last have their perfect trinity
China has doubled its bullion reserves and left us in no doubt that it will spend more of its $40bn monthly surplus on hard assets rather than the toxic paper of Western democracies.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 9:36PM BST 23 May 2009

The world’s top hedge fund manager John Paulson has built a gold position of at least $5.5bn, the biggest such move since George Soros and Sir James Goldsmith bet on Newmont Mining in 1993.

Britain has become the first of the Anglo-Saxon "AAA" club to face a downgrade. As feared, the cancer of bank leverage is spreading to sovereign cores.

Gold prices tend to slide in late May and languish through the summer, because of the seasonal ups and downs of jewellery demand. The trader reflex would be to short gold at this stage after its $90 vault to $959 an ounce over the past month. They may think again this year.

Paulson & Co has bought $2.9bn in SPDR Gold Trust, the biggest of the gold exchange traded funds (ETFs), which now holds 1106 tonnes − three times the Brown-gutted reserves of the United Kingdom.

Mr Paulson has also built up a $2.3bn holding of Anglo Ashanti, Goldfields, Kinross Gold, and Market Vectors Gold Miners. The fact that he is launching a "Paulson Real Estate Recovery Fund", reversing the bet against sub-prime securities that made him rich, tells us all we need to know about his thinking. This is a liquidity-reflation play.

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Dear CIGAs,

This is only the beginning.

I feel for the money bunnies, some of whom truly believe in the Easter Rabbit and Santa Clause. They don’t have a clue. Green shoots, rear view mirror economic statistics, Goldilocks Economy and all the trite crap run out by the PPT for media consumption to fool the public has fallen on its face.

This is a major wave in which the dollar will trade at least at USDX .7200 with gold at $1224 and $1650 as a minimum.

Sentiment wise, this is the major unwind in which respite will be brief and shallow.

This winter will be cold and hard on the US dollar.

I was invited to speak on Bloomberg today, but see no value in any disturbance to the social order.

It is enough that JSMineset shares it views with you. I am of the mind to do no further public interviews between now and 2012. Any small benefit is overshadowed by the hate it generates among people who do not recognize you have their best interests in mind. Hate is common. There is no need to go looking for these types.

Gold and general equities are not enemies in this period of Currency Event Inflation. At some point, maybe Armstrong’s low, gold and general equities will rise together, just as they did in terms of the Weimar Republic Mark.

Simply stated, dear Family, it has hit the fan.

Dollar stops being Russia’s basic reserve currency

The US dollar is not Russia’s basic reserve currency anymore. The euro-based share of reserve assets of Russia’s Central Bank increased to the level of 47.5 percent as of January 1, 2009 and exceeded the investments in dollar assets, which made up 41.5 percent, The Vedomosti newspaper wrote.

The dollar has thus lost the status of the basic reserve currency for the Russian Central Bank, the annual report, which the bank provided to the State Duma, said.

In accordance with the report, about 47.5 percent of the currency assets of the Russian Central Bank were based on the euro, whereas the dollar-based assets made up 41.5 percent as of the beginning of the current year. The situation was totally different at the beginning of the previous year: 47 percent of investments were made in US dollars, while the euro investments were evaluated at 42 percent.

The dollar share had increased to 49 percent and remained so as of October 1. The euro share made up 40 percent. The rest of investments were based on the British pound, the Japanese yen and the Swiss frank.

The report also said that the reserve currency assets of the Russian Central Bank were cut by $56.6 billion. The losses mostly occurred at the end of the year, when the Central Bank was forced to conduct massive interventions to curb the run of traders who rushed to buy up foreign currencies. The currency assets of the Central Bank had grown to $537.6 billion by October 2008. Therefore, the index dropped by almost $133 billion within the recent three months.

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Swallow is an understatement. Digested and discarded is more like it.

Consumerism is dead for a considerable time to come and with it the Green Shoots nonsense of the past two months.

It is the constant denial that has complicated the problem.

The cheerleaders for equities on financial TV have blood on their hands. Debt will have to be liquidated as their is no other way.

CHART OF THE DAY: Credit Card Debt Swallows American Households
Joe Weisenthal and Kamelia Angelova

Americans built up a lot of spending power over the last three decades, but it wasn’t because they started earning more money. As today’s chart starkly illustrates, credit card debt has exploded, making up for more modest gains in median household income. As you can see, for the very first time in history, credit card debt is creeping down, though it has a long way to go. And of course, this doesn’t even include home all the home equity loans Americans used in place of the ATM. (Both lines are based on non-adjusted numbers)

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Get ready, get set, go and soon!

Please consider that the Taliban have similar plans and look a lot more like Pakistan regulars. The Taliban will have the support of the Pakistan intelligence and military, maybe even more.

U.S. Has Plan to Secure Pakistan Nukes if Country Falls to Taliban

The United States has a detailed plan for infiltrating Pakistan and securing its mobile arsenal of nuclear warheads if it appears the country is about to fall under the control of the Taliban, Al Qaeda or other Islamic extremists.

American intelligence sources say the operation would be conducted by Joint Special Operations Command, the super-secret commando unit headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C.

JSOC is the military’s chief terrorists hunting squad and has units now operating in Afghanistan on Pakistan’s western border. But a secondary mission is to secure foreign nuclear arsenals — a role for which JSOC operatives have trained in Nevada.

The mission has taken on added importance in recent months, as Islamic extremists have taken territory close to the capital of Islamabad and could destabilize Pakistan’s shaky democracy.

“We have plans to secure them ourselves if things get out of hand,” said a U.S. intelligence source who has deployed to Afghanistan. “That is a big secondary mission for JSOC in Afghanistan.”

The source said JSOC has been updating its mission plan for the day President Obama gives the order to infiltrate Pakistan.

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

There is no way. There is no chance.

I am getting the feeling that some of the front fellows are chosen because they really might be lightweights on practical versus academic economics.

Federal and state tax revenues are falling backwards off Mt. Everest.

Geithner Vows to Cut U.S. Deficit on Rating Concern (Update2)
By Robert Schmidt

May 22 (Bloomberg) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner committed to cutting the budget deficit as concern about deteriorating U.S. creditworthiness deepened, and ascribed a sell-off in Treasuries to prospects for an economic recovery.

“It’s very important that this Congress and this president put in place policies that will bring those deficits down to a sustainable level over the medium term,” Geithner said in an interview with Bloomberg Television yesterday. He added that the target is reducing the gap to about 3 percent of gross domestic product, from a projected 12.9 percent this year.

The dollar extended declines today after Treasuries and American stocks slumped on concern the U.S. government’s debt rating may at some point be lowered. Bill Gross, the co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Co., said the U.S. “eventually” will lose its AAA grade.

Geithner, 47, also said that the rise in yields on Treasury securities this year “is a sign that things are improving” and that “there is a little less acute concern about the depth of the recession.”

The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield jumped 17 basis points to 3.36 percent yesterday and was unchanged as of 12:18 p.m. in London. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index fell 1.7 percent to 888.33 yesterday. The dollar tumbled 0.5 percent today to $1.3957 per euro after a 0.8 percent drop yesterday.

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The foolish paper gold and gold share shorts will play their game but they are toast.

Gold is going to a $1224 and $1650 minimum on this phase move here and now. A ballistic up move for gold is inherent in the developing formation.

The gold share shorts have been GLIB in their selection of targets, focusing on leaders to paint the field. Now they are egotistically tied to their selection without fact checking in an objective mind set.

Dollar hits new multimonth low vs euro, pound, yen
May 22 10:42 AM US/Eastern

NEW YORK (AP) – The dollar kept falling Friday, notching fresh multimonth lows against the euro, pound and yen as a warning that Britain’s debt level may result in its credit rating being cut ricocheted into worries about the massive U.S. deficit.

The 16-nation euro rose to $1.4015 in morning trading from $1.3889 in New York late Thursday—its first time above $1.40 since Jan. 2.

The British pound rose to $1.5916 from $1.5890, peaking at $1.5945 earlier in the session, its highest point since Nov. 6.

Meanwhile, the dollar edged up to 94.51 Japanese yen from 94.23 yen—after earlier falling to 93.82, its lowest point since Feb. 23.

On Thursday, Standard & Poor’s said Britain may have its rating cut because of rising debt levels. Though the ratings agency reaffirmed the country’s actual long-term credit rating at “AAA,” it said the outlook had deteriorated because of massive borrowing to deal with the recession and the banking crisis.

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No increase in charges has a snowball’s chance in hell of providing the funds required now or in the future, without a bailout, to provide the funds the FDIC will need. This is pure spin.

FDIC: new fee system to replenish insurance fund

(AP:WASHINGTON) Federal regulators are adopting a new system of special fees paid by U.S. financial institutions that will shift more of the burden to bigger banks to help replenish the deposit insurance fund.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is meeting to approve the new fee system. It is intended to raise $5.6 billion in the face of a cascade of bank failures that have depleted the insurance fund.

The FDIC now expects bank failures will cost the fund around $70 billion through 2013, up from a previous assessment of around $65 billion.

FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair says: “There will be some shifting of the burden (to major banks). The shift is not huge to them. We’re asking them to pay more.”

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The troops have been very calm but don’t count of this as a given.

44 states lost jobs in April, led by California
May 22, 1:46 PM (ET)
By JEANNINE AVERSA

WASHINGTON (AP) – Forty-four states lost jobs in April, led by California where employers slashed 63,700 positions, as the recession took a further toll on U.S. workers.

Trailing California in over-the-month job losses were: Texas, which saw 39,500 jobs vanish; Michigan, which lost 38,400 jobs; and Ohio, where payrolls fell 25,200, according to a U.S. Labor Department report issued Friday.

The few winners included Arkansas and Montana, followed by Florida – a dose of good news for a state that’s been battered by the housing collapse.

California’s unemployment rate dipped to 11 percent last month, fifth-highest in the country. Michigan’s jobless rate was the highest at 12.9 percent, followed by Oregon at 12 percent, South Carolina at 11.5 percent and Rhode Island at 11.1 percent.

As the recession eats into sales and profits, companies have laid off workers and turned to other cost-cutting measures, such as holding down hours and freezing or trimming pay.

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The best recruiting plan for insurgency is SURGES that displace 2,000,000 people using US equipment and look alike uniforms.

Think about it.

You are put on the road without food or water with your family. Your wife is afraid for her life and for the little ones. You must carry your five year olds because they simply cannot walk anymore.

You will fight against what you see as causing this.

When will the West learn.

The surge will be a major reason in the end for the loss of Pakistan to the West if in fact it ever was for the West.

AP Interview: Insurgents crossing into Pakistan
By FISNIK ABRASHI, Associated Press Writer Fisnik Abrashi, Associated Press Writer – 48 mins ago

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan – The top U.S. general in eastern Afghanistan said Friday he saw “some very interesting movement” of insurgents across the border into Pakistan this spring, possibly to join Taliban militants battling government troops. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser’s comments come amid concern in Washington and Islamabad that the buildup of 21,000 additional U.S. forces in Afghanistan may push Taliban militants into Pakistan, further destabilizing the border region in that country.

The Obama administration has declared eliminating militant havens in Pakistan vital to its goals of defeating al-Qaida and winning the war in Afghanistan.

Fighters have historically moved back and forth across the border to back Taliban insurgencies in both countries.

But Schloesser’s remarks in an interview with The Associated Press suggested a larger transfer into Pakistan than has been seen previously, as the fighting between Pakistan’s troops and the Taliban has intensified.

He suggested that most of the movement in the past has been from Pakistan into Afghanistan, calling the new development “an interesting movement backward.”

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Here comes another round of foreclosures with the debt upside-down to the home value.

Trouble Ahead: Millions of Mortgages Will Ratchet Upward Soon
Thursday, May 21, 2009 3:00 PM
By: Julie Crawshaw and Dan Weil

Zacks Research analyst Dirk van Dijk warns that another major mortgage crisis lies ahead as huge numbers of homeowners who have been making only minimum payments on their “pick a payment” mortgages have to start paying in full.

This can cause huge jumps in the monthly payment, with increases of over 50 percent not uncommon, van Dijk says, making these the ultimate “exploding mortgages.”

The number of these recasts is relatively small right now at $1 billion per month but will grow dramatically over the next few years, exceeding $8 billion per month in the fall of 2011.

“If the equity in your house is gone and your monthly mortgage payment suddenly jumps from $2000 per month to over $3000 per month, what do you think is going to happen?” van Dijk asks.

The next wave of foreclosures is going to have much higher average loan balances, so each foreclosure will hurt banks more than subprime foreclosures did.

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Truth has never found friends at its inception. The messenger gets the blame when the veracity of the message is proven.

I would like to thank the famous blog, the “Motley Fool” for their support, even if some popular media sees it otherwise.

Jim Sinclair 
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At this particular moment, when sheer human nature leaves investors susceptible to unchallenged optimism, I believe that insights from these straight-talking messengers provide a critical wake-up call. In tumultuous times, the line between hopefulness and denial can grow quite thin, and Fools are reminded to remain alert.

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Somebody noticed.

Gold visits old relationship with the US dollar
Allen Sykora | May 22, 2009
Article from:  Dow Jones Newswires

GOLD and the US dollar have moved back to their traditional inverse relationship lately, although some analysts say it remains to be seen how long this will last and how strong it will be.

A newly cast gold ingot is cooled in a bath of cold water at Metal-Art, in Budapest, Hungary. Picture: Bloomberg

Historically, gold tended to rise when the US dollar fell as investors turn to the metal as an alternative currency, and vice-versa. But that relationship went by the wayside for much of the last half year as both often moved inversely to the stock market, analysts said.

For instance, the US dollar index rose from a low of 77.688 on December 18 to a high of 89.624 on March 4. In the past, that might have pressured gold. But this time, June gold futures on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose from a December 5 low of $US748 an ounce to a February 20 high of $US1009.80.

Analysts said both gold and the US dollar often were bought as a safe haven during a tumble in equities that eventually carried the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a 12-year low in early March.

“People were using both the US dollar and gold as a store of value because they were worried about a market meltdown,” said Sean Brodrick, natural-resources analyst at Weiss Research and moneyandmarkets.com.

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