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Don’t Believe the News, China Still LOVES Gold

If you’ve been following the mainstream media, you might be under the false impression that the largest consumer of gold in the world – China – is no longer so enamored with the yellow metal. The financial media could not be more wrong, and it should come as no surprise to our readers that they are cherry-picking their facts. To clear up just how strong Chinese gold demand really is, Jeff Clark of Casey Research has published this in-depth analysis of the Chinese gold hoard. He clears up all sorts of common misconceptions that have been in the news lately.

“Gold Demand in China Is Falling. This headline comes from mainstream claims that China is buying less gold this year than last. The International Business Times cites a 30% drop in demand during the ‘Golden Week’ holiday period in May. Many articles point to lower net imports through Hong Kong in the second quarter of the year. “The buying frenzy, triggered by a price slump last April, has not been repeated this year,” reports Kitco.

However, these articles overlook the fact that the Chinese government now accepts gold imports directly into Beijing.

In other words, some of the gold that normally went through Hong Kong is instead shipped to the capital. Bypassing the normal trade routes means these shipments are essentially done in secret. This makes the Western headline misleading at best, and at worst could lead investors to make incorrect decisions about gold’s future.”

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The Fed’s Monetary “Experiment” Is a Failure

More and more mainstream investors are waking up to the economic problems stemming from the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented amount of money-printing in the last six years. This new opinion piece from Investor’s Business Daily takes a look at Janet Yellen’s congressional testimony and explains why the economy will be reeling for years from the damage done by QE. If you agree with people like Peter Schiff and believe that the “Real Crash” is approaching, make sure you’ve protected your savings with physical gold and silver.

“The recovery is not yet ‘complete,’ Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen suggested Tuesday, but the central bank plans to let interest rates rise anyway. We’ll soon learn just how solid this so-called recovery is.

‘The economy is continuing to make progress toward the Fed’s objectives of maximum employment and price stability,’ Yellen told Congress, predicting ‘a moderate pace’ of growth for the economy ‘over the next several years.’

Sadly, we don’t fully share her rosy outlook. Indeed, we think the Fed’s extraordinary interventions over the past 5-1/2 years have distorted markets and prices, and have held the economy back.”

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The Fed Has Trapped Itself In a Market Mirage

In a new commentary published by The Gold Republic Journal, renowned author and economist Jim Rickards explains why the Federal Reserve cannot safely exit its quantitative easing program. Rickards argues that the supposed strength of the US markets is a complete mirage created by the Fed’s policies.

“The Federal Reserve, the central bank of the US, is nearing the end of its ability to manipulate the US economy without producing consequences worse that those it set out to avoid in 2008. The Fed has no good exits from seven years of market manipulation. If it continues its current policy of reducing purchases of assets, the so-called ‘tapering,’ it risks throwing the U.S. into a recession. If it reverses course and pauses the taper and later increases asset purchases, it risks destroying confidence in the dollar among foreign creditors of the U.S. Both outcomes are potentially disastrous, but there are no good outcomes on the horizon. This is the result of manipulating markets to the point where they no longer function as markets providing useful price signals and guiding the efficient allocation of capital. Today markets are a mirage, created by the Federal Reserve, which is caught in a prison of its own device.”

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Gold for Risk Protection in 2014

In its latest Investment Commentary, the World Gold Council explains why gold outperformed most assets in the first half of 2014, contrary to many analysts’ predictions. The report also shares the latest research on why gold is an essential asset for protecting your portfolio from high-risk debt and potential market volatility. The big takeaway – when it comes to risk protection in the second half of 2014, gold is one of your cheapest and most reliable options.

“Gold is up by 9.2% so far this year. This surprised many market participants as most analysts predicted lower prices. Some investors took advantage of last year’s price correction to buy gold but investment demand has remained tepid. We consider that the current environment of high bond issuance, tight credit spreads and record low volatility continues to offer a prime opportunity for investors to add gold. In our view, gold can reduce overall portfolio risk and it is cheaper to implement than many volatility-based strategies.”

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Exciting Advances in Silver Technology

The June edition of the Silver Institute’s Silver News is now available. This issue is full of news from the silver industry, highlighting some of the most interesting inventions and applications using silver today. Silver’s natural anti-microbial properties are being explored by industries around the world, ensuring demand for the white metal for many years into the future. Among other news, you’ll learn about:

  • A new “drinkable book” that uses silver to filter water with its pages.
  • Silver for use in bone implants.
  • Cyanide-free, silver-based finishes from Dow.
  • The rapidly growing market for silver inks and pastes.

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Why the Mainstream Fails to Understand Recessions

In a new article published by the Mises Institute, Hal Snarr digs into the ridiculous mainstream notion that nobody could have predicted the 2008 financial crisis. Of course, Snarr points out that economists with an Austrian perspective (like Peter Schiff) were well-aware that a “Fed-induced” boom and bust were inevitable.

“In a 2010 Bloomberg Television interview, Alan Greenspan said, ‘The general notion the Fed was propagator of the bubble by monetary policy does not hold up to the evidence. … Everybody missed it — academia, the Federal Reserve, all regulators.’

Everybody missed it? Not according to Axel Leijonhufvud. In 2008 he wrote, ‘Operating an interest-targeting regime keying on the CPI, the Fed was lured into keeping interest rates far too low far too long. The result was inflation of asset prices combined with a general deterioration of credit … a variation on the Austrian overinvestment theme.’ Randall Forsyth concurred, writing the following in early 2009, ‘The Austrians were the ones who could see the seeds of collapse in the successive credit booms, aided and abetted by Fed policies.’”

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Gold to Flow East for Decades

After record-breaking Asian gold consumption in 2013, some analysts have been predicting a dramatic decrease in Eastern gold consumption in 2014. They often claim that this will help to suppress the gold price further. However, the latest information from the China Gold Association shows that Chinese gold demand is as strong as ever and is likely to stay that way for decades. With this ever-growing demand, Asian gold industry experts expect prices to continue to rise.

“China’s consumption, which increased to a record 1,176.4 metric tons in 2013, is expected to be ‘more or less the same’ this year, Zhang Bingnan, vice-chairman and general secretary at the [China Gold Association], said in an interview in Singapore. China accounted for about 28 percent of global usage last year, according to the London-based World Gold Council…

‘In the next 10 to 20 years the trend probably won’t change because there is more gold in the west and less of it in the east,” said Zhang, who also addressed an industry conference in the city-state yesterday. “As incomes in the east rise, demand for gold will follow a similar trend and continue in the future whether in China or India or other developing countries, unless there’s some extraordinary event.’”

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Gold Jewelry At A Chinese Wedding As Gold Bulls Boost Bets Amid Longest Rally Since 2012

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Gold Is One of the Most Liquid Assets

The World Gold Council released Volume 6 of their Gold Investor this week. Their latest research highlights the amazing liquidity of gold, even when compared to other alternative asset classes. This special report focuses on three aspects of gold investment:

I. How gold improves alternative asset performance
We scrutinise alternative assets – private equity, hedge funds, real estate, and commodities – to see if they deliver performance and diversification. We found that alternatives can improve portfolio performance. However, we also find that gold returns have outperformed some alternative assets and – an important diversification-and-performance point – it has a correlation to equities that is lower than any alternative asset.

II. Gold: metal by design, currency by nature
We make the case for gold as a distinct asset class rather than a commodity. Our analysis shows that gold suffers from a category confusion. It features in commodity indexes but it responds to different economic factors – particularly those that drive currencies – is less volatile, and has a far lower correlation to the business cycle.

III. The most liquid of all ‘liquid alts’
Liquid alts offer investors a more liquid investment in alternative assets. They have grown dramatically since 2008 and are expected to keep rising. However, when we compared liquid alts to gold, we found that it meets the key criteria of liquid alts (alternative, liquid and transparent) but does not have the same drawbacks – including limited liquidity and relatively high costs. high costs.

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The Euro Goes Negative

Euro Pacific Precious Metals’ very own Dickson Buchanan Jr. explains how negative interest rates in Europe will impact the global debt crisis and gold investors.

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to charge a negative interest on overnight deposits is not going to lead to a higher targeted inflation rate, despite ECB President Mario Draghi’s insistence that it will. Like all cases of central planning, this decision will have unintended and costly consequences – some of which are already starting to play out. In this particular case, instead of stimulating business lending or higher prices, the decision will only stimulate the increased buying of insolvent government debt – leading us all one step closer to the economy’s eventual unravelling.

The Sovereign Debt Bubble Is a Bigger Issue

Since the announcement earlier this month, banks have skirted around the negative interest rate imposed by the ECB via the purchasing of government bonds. These are the perfect vehicles for banks, as they are considered “virtually” risk free securities.

We can see this has already started occurring if we examine the yield on a couple of 10-year eurozone bonds. Keeping in mind that the yield on a bond is inverse to its price, take a look at the charts for the Spanish 10-year bond and the Italian 10-year bond. The yield on both bonds has dropped.

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It should be obvious that this measure has and will continue to allow governments to borrow more money and more easily roll over their existing debt obligations. However, more importantly – and more dangerously – it increases the net exposure that banks (and their customers, who are you and me) have to the promises of insolvent governments. This could spell real trouble for anyone that hasn’t already removed their capital from the financial system with gold or silver.

The “Real Crash” Is Yet to Come

The last five years since the 2008 financial crisis have been marked by unprecedented intervention by central banks. Peter Schiff was one of the first to realize that the policies being passed to aid the economic recovery (TARP, bailouts, QE, etc.) were really creating the next boom and bust cycle.

But this new boom and bubble is different.

In his own words, Peter described 2008 as the “tremor” that would precede the “earthquake.”

What’s the Difference?

The reason why Peter thinks the day of reckoning is still to come does not have as much to do with the size of the current bubble. Although size is important, it has everything to do with where the bubble is being blown.

The coming “Real Crash,” as Peter calls it, has its roots in the false promises of insolvent governments to pay their debt obligations when they literally can’t. That is why the ECB’s decision is so pernicious – because it fuels a sovereign debt bubble that will be all the more destructive when it pops.

What You Can Do

In his book, The Real Crash, Peter highlights several ways to keep your capital safe from what’s coming. Among other advice, he recommends you “own gold” and “stay liquid.”

Owning gold seems simple enough, but what does staying liquid actually entail? There is a little-known-gem-of-a-chart by the American economist John Exeter, who was considered an expert on the economics of the Great Depression. The chart is called Exeter’s Inverse Pyramid of Liquidity. Below is a modern adaptation.

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The pyramid organizes asset classes from top to bottom in order of increasing liquidity. Part of the theory behind the chart is that in times of crisis there is always a movement out of less-liquid assets into more-liquid assets. The reason for this is not hard to understand. When you are faced with the reality of losses or defaults, you want to minimize them as best you can. The way to do this is to sell out of the losing investment into something more stable and resilient – something more universally demanded.

In the most recent boom-bust cycle – the housing crash of 2008 – we saw the selling out of less-liquid assets (real estate, which you will find near the top of the pyramid) into more-liquid assets (dollars, bonds, and gold, generally speaking). Once a large enough number of market participants realized that the euphoric boom had run its course, there was a mad scramble to get into more-liquid asset classes. The value of the less-liquid assets plummeted. The value of the more-liquid assets rose.

We are now in the middle of another cycle created once again by our institutions of volatility – central banks. But this cycle is different.

This is the earthquake cycle that the tremor of 2008 preceded. It’s not another housing bubble (top of the pyramid) we have to worry about; it’s a government debt bubble (right in the middle). The ECB’s decision to go negative on the overnight deposit rate has only served to increase the total amount of debt in the system. You will notice on the chart that government debt lies right above the pieces of paper we call money.

It’s not a fiscal cliff we are going over, it’s a money cliff.

Once people realize that this boom in government debt is not worth the paper it’s printed on, then there will be a similar flight to more-liquid assets at the bottom of the pyramid.

This is where gold and silver come into the picture. By now, you should realize that when Peter recommends buying gold and staying liquid, he is really saying the same thing. Gold stands at the bottom of the pyramid.

The best way to insulate yourself from the costly folly of central bankers and insolvent governments is to own the most liquid asset.

Gold is the most liquid asset.

Dickson Buchanan Jr. is Director of International Development and Senior Precious Metals Specialist at Euro Pacific Precious Metals, Peter Schiff’s gold and silver firm. He received his MA in Austrian Economics from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain. Dickson joined the Euro Pacific Precious Metals team in 2012 after returning from his economic studies abroad.

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Marc Faber Blames Media for Stifling Gold Investment (Video)

CNBC’s Futures Now had an interesting conversation with Marc Faber today. Though brief, Faber’s insights into the gold market were spot on. He urged investors to avoid overpriced equities and buy into physical gold while it is still cheap. On top of that, he blamed the financial media for hamstringing gold and scaring investors away from one of the best hard assets for wealth preservation.

“Investors should have some exposure to gold. I have an exposure of approximately 25%, and just recently when it dropped, I bought some more… I think that eventually the monetary policies of central banks will lead to a further loss of purchasing power in the value of paper money. We have everywhere colossal asset inflation. Nothing is particularly cheap… Gold is relatively cheap compared with equities at the present time.”

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