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J. Johnson’s Latest – Precious Metals Is The Best Insurance In A World Of Lost Confidence!
July 15, 2019

Great and Wonderful Monday Morning Folks,   

      We start the week off with a smile after watching some early trading pressure hit the markets right at the Sunday night open but later turned to the highs with Gold at $1,416.90, up $4.70 after reaching to $1,421.60 with the low at $1,411.20. Silver is Silver (stop screaming in the store your making a ruckus) with its trade at $15.345, up 10.9 cents with its high at $15.385 and the low at $15.185. The US Dollar is steady Eddie this morning trading at 96.45, up 2.6 points right smack in the middle of its range between 96.525 and 96.375. All this of course was done way before 5 am pst, the Comex open, and the London close.    

      Venezuela’s Bolivar now has Gold priced at 14,151.29, gaining 69.91 Bolivar over the weekend with Silver at 153.258 gaining 1.897 in Bolivar value. Argentina’s Peso now has Gold pegged at 58,901.14 proving a 103.52 Peso gain with Silver gaining 5.871 A-Pesos with the trade at 637.916. The Turkish Lira now has Gold priced at 8,081.72, showing a gain of 18.61 Lira with Silver at 87.5301 giving us a gain of .8698 in T-Lira value.   

      We have some trades in the July Silver Delivery month showing us a Volume of 4 up on the board with the Open Interest at 533 fully paid for contracts proving a drop of 17 with those spoof/ghost trades still showing up after the last trade was made in the delivery contract “equaling” each other (July and Sept) again at 24, 22, 14, 30, 29, 45, 50, 46, 47, within a blink with the trading range of the “4” purchases at $15.285 and $15.26 with the highest price being the last trade so far. This is not huge demand yet it still is evidence of purchasing at these prices and the waves of ghost trades that occur after. Silver’s Overall Open Interest fell a little over the last trading period with the count now in the early morning at 217,753 Overnighters proving a drop of 369 obligations during Friday’s positive ending.    

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

GATA’s Chris Powell is right on with this writing!  Please read it twice and understand what he is telling you because it’s the absolute truth…

Modern Monetary Theory Is Fact And Practice, And Market Rigging Is Its Consequence
July 14, 2019

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Modern Monetary Theory, which has been getting much attention lately, is so controversial mainly because it is misunderstood.

It is misunderstood first because it is not a theory at all but a truism.

That is, MMT holds essentially that a government issuing a currency without a fixed link to a commodity like gold or silver is constrained in its currency issuance only by inflation and devaluation.

This is a very old observation in economics, going back centuries, even to the classical economist Adam Smith, and perhaps first formally acknowledged by the U.S. government with a speech given in 1945 by the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Beardsley Ruml. The speech was published in 1946:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~becraft/RUMLTAXES.html

Ruml said:

“The necessity for a government to tax in order to maintain both its independence and its solvency is true for state and local governments, but it is not true for a national government. Two changes of the greatest consequence have occurred in the last 25 years which have substantially altered the position of the national state with respect to the financing of its current requirements.

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

Whether you believe in a Creator or not, this man is telling the truth when he says “if you take away religion, you can never hire enough police” to voluntarily follow the law.

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By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release)

Legendary geopolitical and financial analyst Martin Armstrong says America’s economy is like being “the prettiest ugly sister in the family” of nations. So, if the U.S. economy is so good, why the rush to cut interest rates? Armstrong explains, “It’s really the world economy which is in serious trouble. You really have to look closely and pay attention to the words (Fed Head) Powell said. The economy is strong, unemployment is fine. Why would you cut interest rates when the stock market is making record highs? Powell said basically because it was things happening outside the country. The Fed, as I have said before, has become the central bank for the world. . . . This is the problem, and Europe is a complete basket case. They don’t get it, and they keep trying to hold onto their power and punish anyone who disagrees with them. . . . Why is the U.S. economy so good? Why is the Dow at a record high? China is in trouble. Europe is in trouble. Japan is a basket case. The capital is coming here.”

Back in February, Armstrong pointed out in an interview on USAWatchdog.com, “Gold has been rallying right along with the U.S. stock market. This is what I’ve said all along. Eventually, towards the end, they have to align. Why? Because at that stage of the game, it’s us against government. So, tangible assets rise.”

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

Maybe I am just old fashioned but I would suggest the University should be “investigated”, not the woman!

University Investigates Feminist Grad Student For Saying Men Can’t Become Women
July 12, 2019

Title IX office is involved

What are the odds a feminist graduate student could be under siege for feminist rhetoric on a California campus?

Under an intersectional framework and evolving definition of “woman,” much higher than you might expect.

University of California-Santa Barbara doctoral students, alumni and “allies” are demanding the administration take action against Laura Tanner, an outspoken critic of transgender ideology and doctoral candidate in its Department of Feminist Studies.

Tanner’s Twitter feed is dominated by discussion of transgender ideology’s threat to women, including young lesbians. She believes that transgender women – biological males – are wrongly appropriating a female identity.

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

I don’t get it? They fly the Mexican flag on US soil, why not just move to Mexico? Oh, that’s right, Mexico will put you in jail if you enter and stay in their country illegally…what a concept!

Crowds Will Protest Outside Aurora Immigrant Detention Facility July 12
July 11, 2019

A large protest set to take place Friday, July 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. outside the immigrant detention facility in Aurora is expected to draw more than a thousand people.

“We want to close down the detention center, and we want them to release these immigrants to their families or sponsors,” says protest organizer Patty Lampman. The facility in Aurora is run by private prison company GEO Group through a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The demonstration is tied to a worldwide call to action known as Lights for Liberty; as of July 8, 626 Lights for Liberty protests have been planned across the globe, including hundreds in the U.S. and in at least 25 countries. At 9 p.m. at each location, protesters will simultaneously light candles or shine their cell phones.

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Maybe more than any other current stupidity, people will look back upon the current era and negative interest rates and ask “what in world were they thinking”?

The Black Hole Engulfing the World’s Bond Markets
July 12, 2019

There’s a multitrillion-dollar black hole growing at the heart of the world’s financial markets. Negative-yielding debt — bonds worth less, not more, if held to maturity — is spreading to more corners of the bond universe, destroying potential returns for investors and turning the system as we know it on its head. Now that it looks like sub-zero bonds are here to stay, there’s even more hand-wringing about the effects for mom-and-pop savers, pensioners, investors, buyout firms and governments.

  1. Why invest in a bond that will lose you money?

Typically, bonds are the safest assets on the market, so many investors seek them out at times of heightened market stress, say a U.S.-China trade war or tensions in the Persian Gulf. A bond can have a modestly positive coupon when issued by a government, institution or company, but once it starts trading, high demand by investors can push its price up — and therefore its yield down — to such an extent that buyers no longer receive any payment. Some funds track government bond indexes, meaning they must buy the bonds regardless of the yield. And some investors can still make positive returns on these bonds when adjusted for currency swings.

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J. Johnson’s Latest – Is Comex Spoofing the Precious Metals Deliveries?
July 12, 2019

Great and Wonderful Friday Morning Folks,    

     Yes Gold is positive and trading at $1,409.90, up $3.20 after reaching $1,414.20 in the overnight with the low starting point at $1,405.30. Silver is still the most boring trade on the planet and is being dragged along with its price at $15.155, up 9/10ths of a penny after reaching $15.205 with its starting point at $15.12. Even the US Dollar is stagnant with its value at 96.61, down 5.6 points after dipping down to 96.50 before the support mechanism came with the high at 96.735. All this activity being led by Gold, happened before 5 am pst, the Comex open, and the London close.    

     Venezuela’s issues may not be front page news anymore but here, we like to bury the hatchet, so we watch the currencies with this nations Bolivar now pricing Gold at 14,081.38 proving the currency rallied as Gold loses 120.85 in Bolivar value with Silver trading at 151.361 dropping 1.448 Bolivar. Argentina’s Peso, a far more volatile currency (since Venezuela cut off 4 digits to the left of the decimal) now has Gold pegged at 58,797.62 sending Gold down 712.56 Pesos with Silver now at 632.045 taking away almost all of yesterday’s explosive price moves losing 8.252 in A-Pesos value. The Turkish Lira has Gold trading at 8,063.11 showing a minor loss of 3.32 T-Lira with Silver at 86.6603 down .1242 in T-Lira value.  

     July Silver deliveries are chugging along, adding more questions to the fray than any other point, with the demands for physical now at 550 fully paid for contracts proving an additional 9 contracts being added during yesterday’s activities, still waiting for the docs to arrive, and with Zero Volume up on the board so far this morning. With no buy or sells in place, we have no trading range. Our Resolute Longs are getting noticed out there as Alasdair Macleod is using the Whale descriptor to characterize our long term buyer taking on the shorts with the Overall Open Interest in Silver now at 218,122 Overnighters, proving 460 short contracts exited the trade while we observed another anomaly during yesterday’s negative trade.    

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Jim/Bill,

If we had only a few hundred billion in debt, I would say a little bit of inflation would certainly help whittle that down.

Higher product prices mean higher tax revenues.

Higher wage costs mean higher tax revenues.

These higher revenues for the government would help alleviate the funding pain.

But, we are approaching $23 trillion in debt, with escalating spending and budget deficits to boot!

Add to the mix:

-Global move away from the Dollar as a                 reserve currency (lower Dollar = higher inflation)

-Global move away from funding U.S. Treasury debt.                      (eventually, soaring bond yields will make funding                     our debt impossible)

-Escalating trade wars (soaring domestic consumer                     prices with huge inflationary impact)

-Oil supplies placed at risk from escalating Mideast                     turmoil and threats of tanker blockades (soaring oil                     prices, which some analysts predict could surpass                     $300 bbl, will permeate every facet of our lives                     with massive inflationary impact)

Now we’ve got a scenario whereby the word “implosion” fits the bill.

Only HYPERINFLATION can resolve this problem.

Brace yourself for eventuality.

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

Here Come The China Tariffs: Core Inflation Hotter Than Expected, Headache For Powell
July 9, 2019

Having slowed and disappointed for the last two months, all eyes are on US consumer price index growth (which was expected to slow once again in June) this morning as the next Fed rate-cut narrative confirmation.

The problem for rate-cut-hopers is that the picture is mixed at best. Headline CPI slowed to +1.6% YoY (exactly as expected) – below The Fed’s mandated 2.0% ‘stability’ level; but core CPI rose 2.1% YoY (hotter than the expected 2.0%) and above The Fed’s 2 handle…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WOW James, great common sense from a Fed nominee!

Bill

Bill,

I don’t know how well a gold standard would work for a welfare state, but maybe we would have fewer “shabby little secrets” as Greenspan spoke of long ago.  Judy Shelton’s write up today gives me goosebumps. It all crescendos into a grand thesis. “Across borders and through time.” I think I understand.

http://www.gata.org/node/19226

CIGA James

 

Jim/Bill,

POTUS: “When you see the Google executives, together, and one of their executives decides to… there he is, stand up please! How good… what a great job… He’s not controversial, he’s truthful. He’s truthful. That was a great job. That was one of many.”

JB

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J. Johnson’s Latest – The Resolute Longs Are Keeping the Board Game Tight
July 11, 2019

Great and Wonderful Thursday Morning Folks,    

      Gold is trading higher with the price at $1,422, up $9.50 after touching the high of $1,429.40 with the current price close to the low at $1,419.40. Silver is following along with the trade at $15.30, 8.3 cents higher than the Comex close and inside a tight trading range between $15.345 and $15.26.  The US Dollar took a 40 point hit during yesterday’s testimony with Jay Powell in front of the House of Representatives with the trade continuing downward with the current value pegged at 96.495, down 20.8 points and close to the low at 96.455 with the high at 96.695. All of this was done way before 5 am pst the Comex open, and the London close.    

      Venezuela’s Bolivar now has Gold priced at 14,202.23 giving us a gain of 250.69 Bolivar with Silver gaining 1.848 Bolivar with its price at 152.809. Argentina’s Peso now has Gold pegged at 59,510.18 as it too added 1,112.12 A-Pesos to the price with Silver adding 8.412 Pesos with the trade at 640.297. Turkey’s Lira has Gold priced at 8,066.34 putting an additional 39.51 Lira into its value with Silver now trading at 86.7845 adding only .0723 in T-Lira value.    

      The July Delivery demands for Silver are now showing the requests at 541 demands and with a Volume of 10 up on the board so far this morning. The count proves a drop in demands of 13 (delivered receipts or EFP’s to London) as we remain curious about the buyer and his real intentions. The trading range within the delivery month is in between $15.23 and $15.205 and with a buy order out there for an additional 57 lot at $15.20, with a single lot sell order at $15.215. This price variance is only a $75 addition to the entire 5,000 ounce purchase, why squabble over table scraps when the table itself is huge and holds all the value? Yesterday’s price rise proved the shorts had to add another 1,134 more paper contracts in order to stay the price as more and more buy orders popped up during the day as the Resolute Longs keep the board game tight with the total count now at 218,582 Overnighters, keeping the shorts up against the wall of deliveries with only one answer to the problem; much higher prices in order to slow demand. Still, the point of contention!     

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By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

Near the beginning of this year, legendary investor Jim Sinclair and his business partner Bill Holter said the reset would start in June. Is the recent jump in gold prices confirming this? Sinclair says yes and predicts a two-tier reset in the next few years. . . . The first will be a devaluing of the dollar. Sinclair explains, “The reset has already started. . . . The only thing holding up the dollar is its universal use as a contract settlement mechanism in Russia and China and everywhere else, and that simply is not happening anymore. . . . The dollar is going lower. . . . In the first reset, the dollar will get sliced in half.  That means the little guy will get sliced in half in terms of his buying power. You need to look at gold, not a speculation, but as a savings account. If the dollar gets sliced in half, you basically double the value (of your gold) if not more. I think much more. . . . In the second reset, that will take gold to a price where it will balance the ability to pay global debt. That’s the major move coming forward. Right now, we are definitely going back to the $1,850 and $1,925 area per ounce for gold. The second reset, you can pick any price you want for gold. Pick a high price.”

With the national debt officially at $22 trillion, and the additional “missing” $21 trillion discovered by Economics Professor Mark Skidmore at Michigan State University in 2017, you have a huge amount of debt and dollars floating around. This fact makes Sinclair’s prediction of $50,000 per ounce gold a few years ago look conservative. Bill Holter has done the math and says it simply must go much higher. Holter explains, “If you take the 8,300 tons the U.S. supposedly has, and I did this math last year when the official national debt was approaching $21 trillion, gold would need to be $87,000 per ounce to cover just the on books debt. I am not talking about the “missing” money, not future guarantees, pensions, Social Security and things like that. . . . So, the number is $87,000 per ounce for gold or multiples of that. What’s going to happen? The people who are running this understand this as much as we do, and the system is going to go down. So, why not create a false flag and kick the table over so you can point at it and say our policies would have worked if it wasn’t for whatever event they come up with.”

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Grab the popcorn!

Mystery Parties Seek Secrecy In Jeffrey Epstein-Related Suit
March 20, 2019

Two mystery litigants citing privacy concerns are making a last-ditch bid to keep secret some details in a lawsuit stemming from wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein’s history of paying underage girls for sex.

Just prior to a court-imposed deadline Tuesday, two anonymous individuals surfaced to object to the unsealing of a key lower-court ruling in the case, as well as various submissions by the parties.

Both people filed their complaints in the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which is overseeing the case. The two people said they could face unwarranted speculation and embarrassment if the court makes public records from the suit, in which Virginia Giuffre, an alleged Epstein victim, accused longtime Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell of engaging in sex trafficking by facilitating his sexual encounters with teenage girls. Maxwell has denied the charges.

“Wholesale unsealing of the Summary Judgment Materials will almost certainly disclose unadjudicated allegations against third persons — allegations that may be the product of false statements or, perhaps, simply mistake, confusion, or failing memories of events alleged to have occurred over a decade and half ago,” former federal prosecutor Nick Lewin wrote in an amicus brief filed Tuesday.

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If this is true, I would say it is quite the “derivative”…!

US Customs Just Seized A Ship Owned By Jpmorgan After Authorities Found $1 Billion Worth Of Drugs On It
July 9, 2019

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have seized a container ship operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Co., weeks after authorities found more than $1 billion worth of cocaine on the vessel in what was one of the largest drug busts in American history.

US Customs and Border Protection seized the ship on July 4, a statement out Monday said. The ship is owned by client assets in a maritime strategy offered by JPMorgan Asset Management, according to a person familiar with the matter. It is operated by the Switzerland-based MSC.

On June 17, border agents found 39,525 pounds of cocaine stashed in several containers on the MSC Gayane at the Philadelphia seaport. The street value of the drugs was estimated at about $1.3 billion, making it the largest cocaine seizure by the agency.

“A seizure of a vessel this massive is complicated and unprecedented — but it is appropriate because the circumstances here are also unprecedented,” US Attorney William McSwain said. “We found nearly 20 tons of cocaine hidden on this ship.”

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J. Johnson’s Latest – The Point of Contention is Right Here!
July 10, 2019

Great and Wonderful Hump Day Morning Folks,     

      Gold is trading lower this morning with the going price at $1,396.90, down $3.60 after being pushed down to $1,391.80 with the high 30 cents above the ($1,400) Maginot Line). Silver is down 3.2 cents at $15.115 with its low at $15.07 and the high at $15.165. The US Dollar is equally as flat as the precious metals prices with its trade at 97.075, down 2 points with the high at 97.165 and a low at 96.965. All of this non-activity happened before 5 am pst, the Comex open, and the closing in London.    

      Our emerging markets currency watch now has Venezuela’s Gold priced at 13,951.54, adding 37.95 in Bolivar value with Silver pegged at 150.961 gaining .649 Bolivar. Argentina’s Peso now has Gold priced at 58,398.06 it too adding 168.27 A-Pesos with Silver pegged at 631.885 adding 2.755 Pesos. Turkey’s Lira has Gold priced at 8,026.83 adding 93.65 Lira with Silver now at 86.8568 adding 1.1516 T-Lira. We are finally seeing all 3 currencies in massive print pushing the precious metals prices higher, hopefully this will lead right into the primary currencies.     

      July Silver Delivery demands now show a total of 554 requests for physical proving a drop of 175 obligations with the EFP’s going to London or getting the physicals here. So far this morning the Volume in the delivery month is showing 3 contracts traded inside a trading range between $15.055 and $15.00 with a buy order posted at $15.035 with a 24 lot Bid. Silver’s Overall Open Interest is now at 217,448 Overnighters proving 1,279 positions exited the playing field as the shorts start to worry about todays’ prepared remarks from our Federal Reserve Chairman (who has been warned he can be fired) in front of the House of Representatives.   

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