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Western Banking: Money For Nothing -- Literally

International Commentary

For those seeking economic truths (in a world saturated with corporate propaganda), it can often be useful and revealing to follow the work of the Apologists. In attempting to “explain” the transgressions of their Masters; it is nearly inevitable that details will slip out – details which their Masters would have rather remained secret.

A classic example would be when Jeffrey Christian of the CPM Group – an ex-Goldman Sachs banker and noted banking apologist – was testifying before the CFTC regarding the issue of manipulation in bullion markets. In attempting to ‘pooh-pooh’ the glaring/relentless manipulation taking place in these markets, Christian casually mentioned that “the gold market” was about one hundred times larger than the actual amount of bullion being traded.

Let me reiterate this: the actual total of assorted “paper bullion” and “bullion derivative” products in this market has leveraged the amount of real bullion being traded by a factor of approximately 100:1. Two points follow from this slip-of-the-tongue.

First, quite obviously in attempting to cover-up the serial manipulation of bullion markets the Western financial crime syndicate would have preferred that people didn’t know that every ounce of gold and silver being traded was leveraged (in aggregate) by roughly 100:1. It’s not the sort of thing which gives the Chumps “confidence” in the bankers’ paper-bullion “products.”

Secondly, given that this admission came from one of the bankers’ “friends”, and is now several years old; that 100:1 ballpark estimate must now be regarded as a very conservative figure. However, Jeffrey Christian is not the only one of the bankers’ friends to have been damning them with faint praise.

The legendary banking apologists of Bloomberg were recently attempting to stamp-out any fears that an imminent downgrade of the U.S.’s (farcical) Triple-A credit rating would lead to a plunge in U.S. bond prices – and soaring interest rates. They did this by pointing out that the credit ratings (on government bonds) made by the banking analysts at these ratings agencies are totally irrelevant. Said Bloomberg:

Bond investors needn’t worry that a rating cut will hurt returns. About half the time, government yields move in the opposite direction suggested by new ratings, according to data compiled by Bloomberg on 314 upgrades, downgrades and outlook changes going back to 1974.

Thus according to Bloomberg, investors in government bonds could have gotten equally good “advice” on the direction of bond prices and interest rates for the past 40 years by flipping a coin – meaning that the services provided by these bankers were/are worthless (as a tautology of logic).

Of course here is where it gets interesting: credit ratings (i.e. the creditworthiness of nations) should matter in determining bond prices and interest rates. There are only two possible explanations as to how/why the credit ratings of Western sovereign debt have been totally worthless for (at least) 40 years:

1) The bankers working for the credit ratings agencies are utterly incompetent (or corrupt).

2) Western bond markets are so heavily manipulated that they simply do not respond to economic fundamentals.

Readers can choose the explanation which they find most plausible. Note that (1) and (2) are not mutually exclusive.

However, such revelations pale in comparison to the recent work of German propaganda-outlet, Der Spiegel. While Bloomberg’s apologist was merely trying to explain/defend the absurdly corrupt U.S. bond market; Der Spiegel was attempting to defend/justify “investment banking” as a whole.

 

Platinum Market Illustrates Silver Manipulation

Silver Commentary

 

Observant precious metals investors would have recently noticed a rare – almost unheard-of – occurrence: a bullion market where prices actually respond to supply/demand fundamentals. No, obviously I’m not referring to either the gold or silver market, but rather the platinum market.

Analysis was provided by a mining website. Unlike the pseudo-analytic drivel spewed by the mainstream media concerning commodity markets; this featured long-term, hard data and cogent reasoning – versus the short-term trivia, empty rhetoric, and fear-mongering we generally get from the Corporate Media.

Specifically, the article noted that recycling in the platinum market had quadrupled over the last decade. Compounding that bearish supply factor, industrial demand has softened considerably, and even jewelry demand has been shown to be more price-sensitive than previously thought.

The combination of these factors has meant that platinum inventories are abundant, and with weak supply/demand fundamentals and abundant inventories, prices have floundered; with the price of platinum now trading below the price of gold (a very unusual situation).

With a concrete example illustrating both supply/demand fundamentals and how markets are supposed to respond to those fundamentals; the extreme/serial manipulation of the silver market appears even more blatant in comparison. Now let’s look at the “fundamentals” in the silver market.

We can begin by looking at the absurdly low, current price of silver. This artificial/suppressed/manipulated price can be illustrated in several different ways. Relative to the price of gold, silver is priced at less than 1/3 of its historical average.

During the nearly 5,000 years in which humanity has been mining/refining gold and silver; the gold/silver price ratio has averaged roughly 15:1. Yet currently (and through all the recent decades of silver manipulation) this ratio has been depressed to 50:1 (or lower).

We know that this is a case of silver being under-priced rather than gold being over-priced through simply examining the supply-side of the gold and silver markets: the miners. Gold and silver miners are experiencing their second “depression” in five years – as the radical under-pricing of silver and gold has made it difficult for established miners to raise capital, and nearly impossible for the junior exploration companies who are the life-blood of the mining industry.

Indeed, silver mining is so severely depressed that despite a six-fold increase in the price of silver over the last decade most of the world’s silver is still produced as a secondary byproduct of other mining – while bankrupted silver mines remain shuttered all over the world, and new projects are extremely slow to develop.

Further proof of the suppressed/manipulated price of silver comes from the collapse of inventories, where global inventories plummeted by more than 90% over just 15 years (from 1990 – 2005). Despite the collapse in inventories, the six-fold increase in the price of silver has barely registered any reaction at all on the supply side, where mine-supply limps higher at an anemic rate of about 2% per year.

This is yet more proof of silver price-manipulation, as with any/every commodity market where prices are free to respond to supply/demand fundamentals, we would see prices rise to whatever level was necessary to fuel new supply and discourage consumption – until supply/demand equilibrium is reached. This is the literal definition of a “free market”, something which most of us have never seen in the silver market during our entire life-span.

 

Food-Price Crisis Signals Imminent Hyperinflation

International Commentary

Attempting to decipher the global picture regarding food prices, food inventories, and food production is not akin to navigating a labyrinth. A deluge of misleading propaganda and short-term ‘noise’ from the mainstream media means anyone attempting to decipher these parameters is likely to encounter a plethora of “dead-ends” and “wrong turns.”

Those following agricultural markets and agricultural prices have seen two, general trends emerging over the past decade: rapidly rising (nominal) prices and steadily falling inventories. This flies directly in the face of the most basic of all supply/demand fundamentals.

Yes, falling inventories are supposed to lead to rising prices. However, those rising prices are then supposed to naturally lead to both falling demand (because of higher prices) and rising supply (because of higher prices) – with the rebuilding of inventories an inevitable result.

Yet despite the largest price-spike in the price of agricultural commodities in 40 years, inventories remain depressed, and critical stock-to-use ratios remain close to multi-decade lows. So why has the global economy ceased to respond to basic supply/demand stimuli? Because our subsidy-saturated global agriculture model is so absurdly broken.

[Source: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization]

While fiscally-irresponsible Western governments continue to whine (and do little else) about their exploding debts and deficits, utterly massive (and still-growing) farm subsidies remain untouched. Western agricultural subsidies (direct and indirect)  now amount to somewhere in excess of $100 billion/year; however these subsidies are so endemic and heavily-disguised that coming up with an exact figure would be a Herculean task.

For example, much of the U.S.’s corn subsidies are in fact listed/described as “ethanol subsidies”. The preferential prices (and access) given to U.S. farmers for (precious) water supplies does not even seem to be counted as a “subsidy”, despite the tremendous quantities of subsidized water being directed toward (what is now) the U.S.’s “banana economy.” U.S. soya bean farmers received nearly $30 billion in “direct subsidies” alone from 1995 – 2011, with subsidized water not even mentioned.

There are two obvious and inevitable effects of long-term agriculture subsidies, and long-term subsidies in general: artificially low prices and depressed production. Let me repeat this: the effect of these permanent subsidies on agricultural commodities means that crop prices (and food prices) would have been spiraling upwards even more rapidly otherwise.

Put another way, crop prices (and food prices) are not “high” today. Rather, the debauched paper which our bankers (and governments) call “money” has been plummeting in value so rapidly that even with nominal prices spiraling here, in real dollars agriculture prices remain extremely depressed – explaining the relentless, long-term deterioration of inventories.

The dynamics are simple. Heavily-subsidized (Western) agricultural products are dumped in markets all over the world. Poorer, less-developed nations cannot compete with those subsidies, and thus subsidized Western agricultural products have bankrupted 10’s of millions of small farmers all over the world – and taken that land out of cultivation, further depressing supplies/inventories.

Those reactionaries in the U.S. incensed over Mexican “illegal aliens” can thank the “farm lobby” in the U.S. (i.e. Monsanto), as it is 100% responsible for the flood of Mexican migrants into the U.S. Massive corn-subsidies in the U.S. bankrupted millions of Mexican corn-farmers. With no other options for survival, these farmers made their only logical choice: they migrated to the place where they knew that the corn which they used to grow was now being grown – the U.S.

   

U.S. Mortgage-Fraud: The Next Chapter

US Commentary

In the first decade of this century, the Wall Street crime syndicate perpetrated the largest crime-wave in human history in terms of the number of acts of fraud: its serial mortgage fraud. This initial crime-wave was conducted in order to facilitate an even larger crime-wave (by dollar value): the “securitization” of these fraud-tainted mortgages.

None of the ring-leaders of this crime-wave have even been charged, let alone prosecuted, let alone convicted. An estimated 60+ million U.S. mortgages (more than half of all outstanding mortgages) have been tainted by Wall Street mortgage-fraud – primarily through the invalid/illegal use of their own, private “land registry” (known as “MERS”), as opposed to the official/legitimate land title registry required by law.

The Wall Street fraud-factories never even sought permission to bypass official registry requirements. They simply collectively and unilaterally flouted the law, partially to “streamline” (i.e. evade) processing fees and requirements, but mostly to facilitate the $trillions in mortgage-related fraud which Wall Street built atop their original crime-wave.

It’s important to take a moment here to note that we are talking about “fraud” on numerous levels. The fraudulent registering of approximately 60 million “MERS” mortgages was only one facet of this fraud. There were millions upon millions of other acts of fraud connected with these mortgages.

The fraud-chain began with the “liars’ loans” – primarily instigated at the lenders’ end – where mortgage applicants were assured that no one told the truth on these documents, and thus applicants were free to fill in whatever numbers the mortgage-broker told them would help to facilitate purchase. On top of the Liars’ Loans, on top of the 60 million fraudulent entries in the MERS pseudo-registry; the Wall Street crime syndicate piled on 10’s of millions of additional acts of fraud.

This primarily revolves around the “robo-signing” scandal: serial, deliberate fraud, where the Wall Street crime syndicate literally “manufactured” fraudulent documents to create entirely separate, fallacious paper-trails for these already fraud-tainted mortgages. Indeed, some of the individual foot-soldiers for these fraud-factories are known to have committed thousands of acts of fraud per month.

The corrupt U.S. judiciary has willfully blinded itself to this organized, serial fraud; rubber-stamping 100’s of thousands (millions?) of illegitimate foreclosures, with the result being that the Big Banks illegitimately took possession of these properties based on known, fraudulent documents and without ever proving they had the right to take possession of these properties in accordance with the law.

It is with this context in front of us that we must view the extremely offensive headline from the propagandists at Reuters:

Bank of America, other banks move closer to ending mortgage mess

Obviously the initial paragraphs of this article indicate that nothing has “ended” regarding this “mortgage mess”. Sixty million properties are still tainted with MERS-fraud alone. Many of those properties have been tainted with multiple acts of additional fraud, and some properties outside of the MERS registry have also been tainted with this additional fraud.

 

Time To Talk About Sustainable Development

Canadian Commentary

It is an utter absurdity that “sustainable development” is a proverbial four-letter word throughout our society. No, I’m not referring to the fact that “sustainable development” is actually a two-word, twenty-two letter phrase. I’m referring to the utter, logical absurdity of this attitude.

Proclaim you’re an advocate of sustainable development, and then just stand back as right-wing Neanderthals hurl their idiot-epithets at you. Environmentalist. Socialist. Communist. In fact, however, what advocating sustainable development really signifies is a basic understanding of economics, and the ability to perform arithmetic.

As any/every economy matures, economic growth steadily slows – literally toward zero. This is not a “theory.” This is empirical evidence, from every nation and culture on the planet, spanning thousands of years.

When an economy begins development, growth is initially rapid as economic opportunities abound. However, over time these opportunities dry up; as there are less new markets to discover and the old markets begin to become “crowded” with competitors.

Understand that if one is against sustainable development then ipso facto you are an advocate for “unsustainable development.” Unsustainable development – in a finite system – is not an “economic strategy.” Rather, it is conclusive evidence of either insanity or idiocy: seeking to do the impossible, or not understanding that you seek to do the impossible.

But we’re not dealing with simple idiocy here. We compound that idiocy, many times over. In addition to the inevitable slowing of maturing economies, we have piled insane amounts of debt onto all these mature economies – making them hopelessly insolvent. These massive, perpetual interest payments then (again as a matter of arithmetic) inevitably reduce growth rates further.

Put aside all of the obvious Western Deadbeats (led by the U.S.). Let’s look at Canada. A quarter-century ago when Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio soared above 70% it was universally agreed by governments, the media, and their esteemed experts that Canada was experiencing “a debt crisis.”

Today, with Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio above 80% it is hailed as a paragon of fiscal prudence by these same governments, media, and experts. Obviously the rules of arithmetic haven’t changed in the last 25 years, meaning you cannot re-define solvency. We are being lied to.

Nearly all Western economies are spiraling toward complete debt-implosion – at which time the more than $1 quadrillion in assorted banker, paper Ponzi-schemes will also implode. Want to get some idea of what that will look like? Think Greece.

Thirty percent unemployment (that’s the “official” numbers). A more than doubling of the suicide rate. An economy which is disintegrating so fast that even after the government defaulted on more than 75% of its debts it’s more insolvent today than when it’s own “debt crisis” officially began.

After Greece’s economy has been reduced to nothing but rubble, after ordinary (innocent) people there have been subjected to a level of suffering which no one in our societies can (yet) comprehend; what will we see? In rebuilding from the rubble suddenly there will once again be opportunities for growth. Then the whole “unsustainable development” cycle starts over again: an economic model where the only possible outcome is complete self-destruction. And soon it will be our turn to be “Greece.”

Why do we have an entire economic system which operates like a lemming in a sports car – where as it sees the yawning chasm approaching it steps on the gas? Because the people who control this economic system – the bankers, politicians, and Oligarchs behind them – are the people who prosper the most while our Ponzi-scheme economies create this massive bubble; and they suffer the least when it inevitably implodes.

   

The (Very) Rich Get (Much) Richer

International Commentary

How do we define the term “obscenely wealthy”? We start with people who already have more wealth than any humans in the history of our species. We then watch these people getting much wealthier, much faster than anyone else on the planet. And then we listen to them lusting for even more wealth.

No one does a better job of illustrating obscene wealth than the lovers-of-Big-Money at Bloomberg. It’s recent headline summarizes this attitude perfectly:

Billionaires Worth $1.9 Trillion Seek Advantage in 2013

We have a handful of Oligarchs sitting on a mountain of wealth large enough to completely eliminate global poverty – with enough left over for they and their entire family clans to live lives of perpetual luxury. However this is not the truly “obscene” aspect of this paradigm. The true obscenity lies in the fact that these Oligarchs remain obsessed with getting much richer, much faster – and at the expense (literally) of everyone else.

Again, Bloomberg illustrates this for us with perfect clarity. It notes that these billionaires who were worth roughly $1.65 trillion at the beginning of 2012 are now worth $1.9 trillion at the end of 2012. That’s approximately a 15% increase in their total wealth, in one year, after paying(?) their taxes, and after all the lavish spending which characterizes the life of the average billionaire.

How many of the Working Poor got 15% wealthier last year – after paying their taxes and all their living expenses? Zero? Indeed, only the most entrepreneurial (or crooked) millionaires would have been able to increase their wealth at the obscene rate of these billionaires. Yet what do we hear out of the mouths of Billionaires like Warren Buffett? “Tax the millionaires.”

Specifically, tax the income of the millionaires (much harder). Note that the billionaires also have large incomes. However, once one acquires this obscene level of wealth, “income” becomes a trivial element of their total wealth.

Few billionaires have annual (taxable) “incomes” above $50 million/year. Yet for even a ‘bare’ billionaire this amounts to only 5% of their total wealth. So how did all of these billionaires get wealthier by an average of 15% last year alone? The untaxed appreciation of their vast assets.

Even if all the incomes of all the billionaires were taxed at 100%, these billionaires would still be getting wealthier much faster than anyone else in society.  This is why I continue to regularly point out in my commentaries that it is never possible to construct a fair tax system based on income taxation. Inevitably, income taxation makes those on the bottom much poorer, while allowing the Top-1% to accumulate (and hoard) wealth at a rate which would have made the kings and queens of the Middle Ages envious.

The only possible fair form of taxation is wealth taxation, specifically a flat wealth tax. Everyone pays the same rate, and no one (including the billionaires) is able to hide the vast majority of their wealth from the Tax Man. Thus when Warren Buffett says “tax the (incomes of the) millionaires”, he doesn’t say this because he wants to start paying his “fair share” of taxes. He says this so that he (and his Oligarch buddies) can continue to avoid paying their fair share.

Note that Bloomberg makes it clear that the Oligarchs aren’t satisfied with getting only 15% wealthier in one year. In 2013 they want an “advantage” for themselves. This presents two, obvious questions for readers.

How much richer do these Oligarchs think they are entitled to become in 2013? How much richer do the Oligarchs think the Little People are entitled to become in 2013?

 

The Three Legs of the Precious Metals Bull: Part II

Gold Commentary

In Part I, readers were again reminded of two of the primary reasons we should all be converting our decaying paper currencies to gold and silver. Currency dilution and price-suppression are realities which don’t merely suggest that bullion prices might rise in the future, but rather indicate why they must rise substantially.

However, precious metals investors don’t have to limit themselves to just those two reasons why bullion prices must rise dramatically over the longer term. There is a “third leg” to this argument which is an equally powerful dynamic, and also unequivocally certain to lead to much higher gold and silver prices.

Demographics:

I refer to the third leg of the precious metals bull as “demographics”, but in actuality this is just a reference to some of the extremely potent supply/demand fundamentals which are certain to drive bullion prices much higher.

In the global economy, it is common knowledge that there is a relentless transfer of wealth (and economic power) from West to East, as the thriving economies of Asia have real economic growth and real income growth amongst their populations.

In China, per capita income was only around $1,000/year (USD) in 2003. By 2011, that figure had exploded to nearly $3,500 (USD) per person, and China’s government is expecting a further doubling of that total by 2020. Given the explicit recommendation by official (i.e. government) media for the Chinese people to invest those rising incomes in bullion, we don’t simply suspect that Chinese bullion demand will continue to increase; we can be certain of it.

In India, per capita income finally crossed the $1,000/year threshold in 2011, which has already unleashed a wave of discretionary consumption; as low debt-levels/high savings and a low cost of living mean that Indian households are already rising above a subsistence existence at even these modest income levels.

However, Indians were voracious consumers of bullion even before they rose above this subsistence level, as their peasantry (who lack access to banking services) use their bullion holdings (generally in the form of jewelry) as their means of saving their wealth. This deep, cultural affinity for bullion is obviously unlikely to diminish as incomes rise further.

Instead, as indicated in a recent commentary; India has a huge, national gold-deficit – requiring the importation of hundreds of tons of bullion per year to satisfy domestic demand. With silver also widely held among the populace, there is a large silver deficit as well.

Meanwhile, in Indonesia – another very large Asian population with rising incomes and a growing economy – gold currency has already been introduced into the economy several years ago. And the appetite for gold in the Middle East petro-economies is nothing short of legendary. This is still another demonstration of the general understanding in Asia of a principle which is (as of yet) beyond the ken of Western Sheep: gold is money; paper is merely currency.

   

The Three Legs of the Precious Metals Bull: Part I

Gold Commentary

Normally, at this time of year writers tend to turn their thoughts toward making predictions for the upcoming year. My own belief is that this practice has turned into a Fool’s Game; as the saturation-level corruption in our markets and endemic propaganda from the Corporate Media mean that rationality is out the window.

Without accurate information  and legitimate, vigilant regulation; our markets have become nothing but rigged casinos – where “the House” doesn’t even honour its losing bets when inconvenient. Prices are no longer the product of supply/demand fundamentals, but merely the outcomes of crime.

In such an environment, investors are forced to purely “play defense.” The object is not simply to seek out promising investment opportunities, but rather to survive the rapacious plundering of the banking cabal. It is not enough to identify assets which “should” or “probably” will turn a profit.

Instead, investors need to identify asset classes which must appreciate in value (over the long term) at a greater rate than the spiraling inflation generated from the exponential money-printing of the banksters. At the top of the list are gold and silver, humanity’s ultimate shield against financial crime in general and (predatory) inflation in particular.

For those craving certainty/security in the most uncertain of times, the precious metals bull market (which began over a decade ago) offers “three legs” of support; or (alternately) three reasons why we know that gold and silver must outperform most/all other asset classes in our current circumstances.

Excessive money-printing:

Currency dilution is neither a theory, nor is it some obscure concept which can only be grasped by those with training in economics. Rather, it is the obvious and inevitable result of a simple relationship of arithmetic.

Incredibly, while nearly all but the most novice of investors understand the concept of “dilution” when it applies to the printing of shares by our corporations, virtually none of those same investors comprehend the dilution of our (fiat) currencies – despite the fact that currency-dilution is precisely analagous to share-dilution in virtually every respect.

If a corporation prints excessive quantities of its own shares, the share price will plummet. If the corrupt (private) bankers holding monopolies to all of our sovereign(?) printing presses print these fiat currencies in excessive quantities, they must plummet in value (i.e. purchasing power). This is “inflation.”

As we saw with the hyperinflation of Weimar Germany, it is possible to delay the effects of even the most extreme/insane excesses of money-printing. However, it is never possible to prevent such monetary depravity from totally destroying the value of one’s own paper.

How much is “too much” when it comes to money-printing? Under ordinary (i.e. sane) circumstances that can be a difficult answer to determine. Unfortunately current parameters are “extraordinary” in every respect – and not for the better.

Current Western money-printing grossly exceeds any other time in any modern, major Western economy, with the exception of Weimar Germany. Worse still, it continues to ramp-up at an exponential rate. And even worse, we have these rapacious banksters now openly using words like “unlimited” (Europe) and “open-ended” (the U.S.) to describe their suicidal money-printing.

 

Paper-Gold Fraud Now Out In The Open

Gold Commentary

How do you “stretch” an ounce of gold? Obviously if you want an answer to that question you ask the bankers.

Bankers have earned their generalized contempt in our societies, going back literally thousands of years. Formerly known as the “money-changers”, their Original Sin is well-known to anyone who has studied the history of these professional thieves.

As money-changers, they would graciously offer to “hold” peoples’ (heavy, bulky) gold for them; and exchange that for their convenient, light-as-a-feather “gold certificates.” Always the banksters would end up issuing far more certificates for gold than they actually had the gold to cover – and “fractional-reserve banking” was invented.

Eventually the insatiable greed of the banker would result in him issuing such an enormous surplus of “gold certificates” versus the actual gold he held that this money-dilution would be noticed by the general population. The bankers’ gold-scam would then quickly collapse and vast numbers of ordinary people would be wiped out (and so “capital punishment” was invented).

Thus ask a bankster how to stretch an ounce of gold, and (for thousands of years) his answer would be automatic: sell “paper gold.” Flash-forward two thousand years or so, and we see the banksters looking to fall back on their oldest crime to attempt to wallpaper over some of their newer ones.

We have a huge gold deficit (and silver deficit, as well) in the world today. New, incremental demand for gold grossly exceeds annual incremental mine-supply. This has become a permanent deficit, which by itself is absolute proof of market-manipulation.

The virtues of (actual) “free markets” are well-known to anyone familiar with basic market dynamics: they self-correct. If supply exceeds demand, the price falls to a sufficient level to discourage more supply and encourage more demand – until those simultaneous dynamics achieve equilibrium: supply and demand matching, with prices stable.

Conversely, where demand exceeds supply; prices must rise sufficiently so that more supply is encouraged and more demand is discouraged, until once again equilibrium is achieved. Thus a permanent supply-deficit is ipso facto proof of price-suppression.

The problem with the price-suppression of any kind of physical “good” is always the same, one inevitably runs out of inventory as the repressed supply and excessive demand caused by artificially low prices means that buyers will always outnumber sellers.

In the case of the banksters’ perennial gold-suppression scheme; their supply-deficit dilemma has caused them to recently focus on one target: the population of India. As the world’s most consistently voracious consumers of gold, permanently under-pricing gold has caused a predictable effect. There is a large “gold deficit” in India, as India must import vast quantities of gold each year to satisfy the excessive demand for gold caused by selling it at give-away prices.

As is generally the case, the Corporate Media has totally perverted its own explanation of this scenario. India’s large gold-deficit is being called a “current account deficit” – i.e. a paper deficit. This is absurd on multiple levels.

   

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