In his latest book, “The New Case for Gold,” fund manager, geopolitical analyst, and financial letter writer James G. Rickards may have summarized the international gold price suppression scheme better than anyone, including GATA itself.
Indeed, the book’s sub-chapter titled “Paper Manipulation” is so expert, specific, and compelling that your secretary/treasurer today asked Rickards and his publisher, Penguin Publishing Group, for permission to share it with you, though it is far longer than excerpts for which reprint permission is customarily granted.
Your secretary/ treasurer argued that the sub-chapter is really a historic document, containing information the world simply must have if it ever is to achieve free markets and a more democratic financial system.
Rickards and Penguin quickly and most generously granted the request and provided PDF copies of the subchapter’s 15 pages. A link to them is appended. (The pages are excerpted from “The New Case for Gold” by James Rickards, in agreement with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, and are copyright 2016 by James Rickards.)
Remarkably, the book is available through Amazon for less than $11 and your secretary/treasurer enthusiastically recommends it.
Here is your secretary / treasurer’s summary of Rickards’ outline of gold market manipulation:
– It can be done by what gold market observers like to call “banging the close” in the Comex futures market, where there is huge leverage in trading and little transparency for buyers and sellers.
– Big banks that are “authorized participants” in the gold exchange-traded fund GLD can use their exclusive access to the fund’s metal for market rigging.
– Gold from the U.S. gold reserve and the gold reserves of other countries may be leased, leveraged, or sold.
– Leasing of unallocated gold – that is, paper gold, gold credits, imaginary gold – by bullion banks allows them to sell the same gold as much as 10 times over to 10 different buyers.
– “A central bank,” Rickards writes, “can lease gold to one of the London Bullion Market Association banks, which include large players like Goldman Sachs, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, and HSBC.
Gold leasing is often conducted through an unaccountable intermediary called the Bank for International Settlements. Historically, the BIS has been used as a major channel for manipulating the gold market and for conducting sales of gold between central banks and commercial banks.
… The BIS is the most nontransparent institution in the world. … The BIS is the ideal venue for central banks to manipulate the global financial markets, including gold, with complete nontransparency.”
– The United States and China share an interest in suppressing the gold price in the short term. The Federal Reserve, Rickards maintains, doesn’t so much mind an orderly rise in the gold price but fears sharp and sudden rises that could change inflationary expectations in the markets.
China wants the gold price suppressed while it accumulates metal for hedging its huge foreign exchange position in U.S. dollars.
The United States, Rickards writes, must accommodate China’s accumulation of gold lest China sell its U.S. Treasury bonds.
“This.” Rickards writes, “is an issue I have discussed with senior officials at the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve, and they have confirmed my understanding that a global rebalancing of gold from the West to the East needs to proceed, albeit in an orderly way. … The United States is letting China manipulate the market so China can buy gold more cheaply. The Fed occasionally manipulates the market as well so that any price rise isn’t disorderly.”
– Rickards concedes that ordinary investors cannot beat central bank manipulation of the gold market in the short run but contends that central banks will fail in the long run.
Eventually, he writes, citing examples from history, “the manipulators run out of physical gold or a change in inflation expectations leads to price surges even governments cannot control.
There is an endgame. … Physical gold is also rapidly disappearing as more countries are buying it up. That puts a limit on the amount of paper gold transactions that can be implemented.”
– Rickards advises investors:
“It’s important to understand the dynamics behind gold pricing. You need to understand how the manipulation works, what the endgame is, and what the physical supply-demand picture looks like. Understanding these dynamics lets you see the endgame more clearly and supports the rationale for owning gold even when short-term price movements are adverse.”
The PDF copy of Rickards’ “Paper Manipulation” subchapter is posted at GATA’s internet site here:
Please read it carefully and send it to those market analysts who disparage complaints of gold market manipulation by governments and to mainstream financial news organizations that ignore the manipulation.
Invite those analysts and news organizations to specify where and how they think Rickards is mistaken. While you’re at it, invite them to dispute any of the documentation compiled at GATA’s internet site here:
Of course you’re not likely to get any response but you just might wake somebody up or give him a guilty conscience.
And if you purchase a copy of “The New Case for Gold” you may gain confidence that eventually truth, justice, and what used to be the American way will prevail.
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
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