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GATA - Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee
Manchester, Conn.

The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee was organized in January 1999 to advocate and undertake litigation against illegal collusion to control the price and supply of gold and related financial securities. The committee arose from essays by Bill Murphy, a financial commentator, and by Chris Powell, a newspaper editor in Connecticut, published at Murphy’s Internet site, www.lemetropolecafe.com.

GATA - Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee is not verified as a 501(c)3 organization.

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Aug 26, 2016

Adjudicating GATA's freedom-of-information claim against the Federal Reserve when he was a member of the Fed's Borad of Governors in 2009, the author revealed that the Fed has secret gold swap arrangements with foreign banks --

http://www.gata.org/node/7819

-- a business about which New York Fed President William Dudley refused to answer questions five months ago:

http://www.gata.org/node/16341

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The Federal Reserve Needs New Thinking

By Kevin Warsh
The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 24, 2016

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-federal-reserve-needs-new-thinking-14720...

The conduct of monetary policy in recent years has been deeply flawed. U.S. economic growth lags prior recoveries, falling short of forecasts and deteriorating in the most recent quarters. This week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosts the world's leading central bankers and academics to consider monetary reform. The task is timely and consequential, but the Fed needs a broader reform agenda.

Policy makers around the world neither predicted nor can adequately explain the reasons for current inflation readings below their targets. So it is puzzling that so many academics are pushing to raise the current 2% inflation target to a higher target of 3% or 4%. In the telling of the economics guild, the Fed's leaders should descend from the Grand Tetons with supreme assurance that their latest monetary policy invention will remedy the economy's ills.

... Dispatch continues below ...



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The Fed's leaders should not take the bait. Raising the inflation target is a bad idea being considered at the wrong time for the wrong reasons.

A new inflation target would undermine the Fed's commitment to any policy framework. It would please the denizens of Wall Street who pine for still-looser Fed policy. And households would be understandably miffed to receive a new lecture on unconventional monetary policy -- this one on the benefits of higher prices.

A change in inflation targets would also add to the growing list of excuses that rationalize the economic malaise: the persistent headwinds from the crisis of the prior decade, the high-sounding slogan of "secular stagnation," and the convenient recent alibi of Brexit.

A numeric change in the inflation target isn't real reform. It serves more as subterfuge to distract from monetary, regulatory, and fiscal errors. A robust reform agenda requires more rigorous review of recent policy choices and significant changes in the Fed's tools, strategies, communications, and governance.

Two major obstacles must be overcome: groupthink within the academic economics guild, and the reluctance of central bankers to cede their new power.

First, the economics guild pushed ill-considered new dogmas into the mainstream of monetary policy. The Fed's mantra of data-dependence causes erratic policy lurches in response to noisy data. Its medium-term policy objectives are at odds with its compulsion to keep asset prices elevated. Its inflation objectives are far more precise than the residual measurement error. Its output-gap economic models are troublingly unreliable.

The Fed seeks to fix interest rates and control foreign-exchange rates simultaneously -- an impossible task with the free flow of capital. Its "forward guidance," promising low interest rates well into the future, offers ambiguity in the name of clarity. It licenses a cacophony of communications in the name of transparency. And it expresses grave concern about income inequality while refusing to acknowledge that its policies unfairly increased asset inequality.

The Fed often treats financial markets as a beast to be tamed, a cub to be coddled, or a market to be manipulated. It appears in thrall to financial markets, and financial markets are in thrall to the Fed, but only one will get the last word. A simple, troubling fact: From the beginning of 2008 to the present, more than half of the increase in the value of the S&P 500 occurred on the day of Federal Open Market Committee decisions.

The groupthink gathers adherents even as its successes become harder to find. The guild tightens its grip when it should open its mind to new data sources, new analytics, new economic models, new communication strategies, and a new paradigm for policy.

The second obstacle to real reform is no less challenging. Real reform should reverse the trend that makes the Fed a general purpose agency of government. Many guild members believe that central bankers -- nonpartisan, high-minded experts -- are particularly well-suited to expand their policy remit. They fail to recognize that central bank power is permissible in a democracy only when its scope is limited, its track record strong, and its accountability assured.

The Fed is suffering from a marked downturn in public support. Citizens are rightly concerned about the concentration of economic power at the central bank. Long after the financial crisis, the Fed holds trillions of dollars of assets that would otherwise be in private hands. And it appears to make monetary policy with the purpose of managing financial asset prices, including bolstering the share prices of public companies.

With the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Fed claims the mantle of reform. It now micromanages big banks and effectively caps their rate of return. The biggest banks' growth in market share corresponds to that of their principal regulator. They are joint-venture partners with the Fed, serving as quasi-public utilities. As the dispenser of fault and favor, the Fed is contributing to the public perception of an unfair, inequitable economic system. Real reform this is not.

Most gathered in Jackson Hole will judge that the Fed's aggressive actions are necessary and wise. Even if that were true, the Fed finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. Congress will tag the Fed for its failures, and the public will assail the Fed for favoritism for its ostensible successes.

In the best of circumstances, the U.S. economy will accelerate to "escape velocity." In that event the Fed might get the benefit of the public doubt.

If, as is more likely, the economy is closer to recession than resurgence, the Fed is poorly positioned to respond with force, efficacy, and credibility. The Fed is vulnerable. Its recent centennial as our nation's central bank should not be confused with its permanent acceptance in the American political system.

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Mr. Warsh, a former member of the Federal Reserve board, is a distinguished visiting fellow in economics at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

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Aug 26, 2016

11:15a ET Friday, August 26, 2016

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Gold researcher Ronan Manly reports today that the U.S. Mint has made a subtle change in its monthly reports, which now indicate that no gold is being stored at the Denver mint. Manly infers from this that all U.S. government gold now is being held at the Army installations at Fort Knox in Kentucky and West Point in New York and that, as fund manager and geopolitical analyst James G. Rickards contends, all the gold is essentially under the Army's control. Manly's report is headlined "Is There Any Gold Bullion Stored at the U.S. Mint in Denver?" and it's posted at Bullion Star here:

https://www.bullionstar.com/blogs/ronan-manly/gold-bullion-stored-us-min...

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Aug 25, 2016

Australian Prospector Unearths 145-Ounce Gold Nugget

By Timna Jacks
The Age, Melbourne, Australia
Thursday, August 25, 2016

At first glance the small lump in the earth looked like worthless scrap.

On closer examination, the prospector guessed it was the tip of an old horseshoe.

He dug deep into the soil -- unearthing 30 centimetres -- before finding the unthinkable: Gold -- 145 ounces of it -- valued at more than A$250,000.

"I really couldn't believe my eyes," said the prospector, who wanted to remain anonymous. "It's like catching a big fish and not knowing what to do with it. Where do we put it? I washed it in water, covered it in aluminum foil, and kept it in my oven on the first night."

The hobbyist found the "colossal" nugget while scouring Victoria's Golden Triangle on Friday. ...

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Aug 24, 2016

12:45p ET Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Sprott Asset Management's John Embry tells King World News today that the "deep state" is striving to suppress the price of the monetary metals while supporting stocks, bonds, and real estate. But, Embry adds, a stagnant economy won't support the latter valuations forever. His remarks are excerpted at KWN here:

http://kingworldnews.com/john-embry-warns-the-deep-state-shadow-governme...

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Aug 24, 2016

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Aug 24, 2016

By Jim Finkle
Reuters
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Canada's Rusoro Mining Ltd said Tuesday it has been awarded more than $1.2 billion by a World Bank tribunal that ruled that Venezuela had unlawfully seized the company's gold assets four years ago.

Shares in the Vancouver-based mining firm, which is backed by Russia's Agapov family, more than doubled on Tuesday, trading for as much as 32 cents -- their highest level since Venezuela's asset seizure.

Rusoro, whose shares had a market value of C$83 million (US$64 million) prior to Tuesday's rally, was one of about 20 Canadian miners and other international firms that filed complaints with the World Bank's International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes over Venezuela's action.

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Aug 23, 2016

"There are no markets anymore, just interventions." -- High School Graduate, GATA Washington conference, April 18, 2008.

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By Leslie Shaffer
CNBC, New York
Monday, August 22, 2016

Even a resurgent yen hasn't dampened Japan's stock rally over the past couple months, but that's not necessarily because investors like the market.

The Nikkei 225 index has surged around 10 percent since late June, even as the yen has climbed against the dollar, with the pair testing levels under 100.

Normally this would be bad news for stocks as a stronger yen is a negative for exporters as it reduces their overseas profits when converted to local currency. So what explains the buoyant stock market?

Analysts attributed the gains to the Bank of Japan, not fundamentals.

In a report titled, "BoJ Nationalizing the Stock Market," Nicholas Smith, an analyst at CLSA, said that the central bank's exchange-traded fund buying program was distorting the market.

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Aug 23, 2016

12:30p ET Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Gold researcher Koos Jansen today reports more comments by Song Xin, general manager of the Chinese government's National Gold Group Corp., indicating that government policy is the steady acquisition of gold reserves, eventually surpassing United States gold reserves, to facilitate internationalization of the yuan and confidence in the currency. Jansen's report is headlined "Song Xin: Increase Gold Reserves and Join SDR" and it's posted at Bullion Star here:

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