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Precious Metals News - January 2010

29 January 2010 - Investors Digest - Expect gold to gain more than 30% this year
John Embry, Chief Investment Strategist at Sprott Asset Management, on the latest manipulation of the gold market. He predicts that gold will gain 30 percent or more this year.

28 January 2010 - FT - Chinese whispers drive up Greek yields
Greece’s debt crisis returned with a vengeance as agitated investors demanded the highest premiums to buy its bonds since the launch of European monetary union over a decade ago

28 January 2010 - FT - Bernanke wins new term as Fed chief
Ben Bernanke won a confirmation vote in the US Senate on Thursday, giving him another four-year term as chairman of the Federal Reserve after a debate that underscored the political and economic challenges that lie ahead.

27 January 2010 - Reuters - Federal Reserve Keeps Rates Steady
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a guardedly upbeat view of the U.S. economy and renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero despite the objection of one policy maker.

27 January 2010 - Korelin Economics Report - Must watch video of Al Korelin interviewing the GATA board
Al Korelin of the Korelin Economics Report interviewed GATA's full Board of Directors during the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference - Chairman Bill Murphy, secretary/treasurer Chris Powell, and board members Catherine Austin Fitts, Adrian Douglas and Ed Steer.

27 January 2010 - Yahoo Finance - Herb Kay's predictions for 2010 - poor outlook for U.S.
ABC News interview with Herb Kay, New York Times best selling author and President of HK Turnaround. He covers the economy, the stock market, the dollar, real estate and China.

27 January 2010 - FDIC - FDIC is bankrupt – requires further funding
The FDIC is already bankrupt in that the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) is a negative $8.243 billion for the third quarter of 2009. How much more money will the FDIC have to borrow from Congress?

27 January 2010 - FT - Athens invites Beijing to buy bonds
Greece is wooing China to buy up to €25bn of government bonds, a move that underlines the Asian nation’s growing financial power, as the European country struggles to fund soaring public debt

26 January 2010 - Reuters - U.S. deficit report highlights Obama's challenge
The U.S. budget outlook is "daunting," with deficits stuck at levels not seen since World War Two, congressional forecasters said on Tuesday in a report that lays out the challenge facing President Barack Obama as he seeks to boost the economy while cutting spending.

26 January 2010 - Times - Fears of Greek debt crisis ease as investors rush for year’s first bonds
Concerns over a possible debt crisis in Greece eased yesterday after huge demand for the Greek Government’s first bond issue of this year.

25 January 2010 - Marketwatch - Noted investor warns that stocks are overpriced and new bubble is forming
Stocks are likely to move higher in coming months, but prices are expensive, and long-term investors should watch out for a frothy bubble that Federal Reserve policy and government actions are creating, one noted institutional investor is warning.

25 January 2010 - FT - Dubai investment vehicle suffers S&P blow
Dubai’s standing in financial markets was dealt a further blow on Monday after Standard & Poor’s withdrew its credit rating on an investment vehicle owned by the emirate’s ruler.

25 January 2010 - FT - Gold returns to $1,100 an ounce
Risk appetite remained muted in a tentative start to the trading week amid uncertainty over the impact of plans unveiled last week by President Barack Obama to reform trading by investment banks.

25 January 2010 - Guardian - Chinese dig deep to join the gold rush
Sellers enjoy a golden period as demand soars / China named as the world's biggest gold consumer

24 January 2010 - Bloomberg - BOJ Said to Be Open to Expanding Loans, Bond Buying
The Bank of Japan is considering expanding its emergency-loan program for banks and increasing purchases of government debt should the recovery stall.

24 January 2010 - CoinNews - US Mint Silver Eagle Sales Top 3 Million, Best Ever January
US Mint American Silver Eagle sales have already scored their best ever January. Who would have thought? After all, there is still a full week left in the month. On top of that, the bullion coins are rationed, they were unavailable for seven days, and U.S. silver futures tumbled 8.1 percent last week (6.7 percent in London).

23 January 2010 - USA Gold - Obama's Box
Kosares speculates that if the Obama administration is serious about restricting the trading activities of federally insured banks such as the monsters MorganChase and Goldman Sachs have become, there may not be any financial institutions big enough to short the commodity markets to the extent necessary to keep prices suppressed.

23 January 2010 - King World News - Eric King interviews Rob Arnott
Eric King interviews Rob Arnott, Chairman of Research Affiliates. Arnott discusses US debt, the US deficit situation plus commodities, overseas investing, the economy, the U.S. stock market and investor psychology.

22 January 2010 - Yahoo News - UBS: Swiss court upholds US taxpayer's appeal in test case
A Swiss court said Friday that it had upheld an appeal by a US taxpayer in a test case that could jeopardise a landmark deal between Switzerland and the United States settling legal action against Swiss bank UBS.

20 January 2010 - Free Gold Money Report - Two Important Messages from the Fear Index
The Fear Index remains within its decade-long bullish uptrend, so we therefore know as a consequence that gold also remains within an uptrend. But the Fear Index is also giving us another important message. It is that gold remains undervalued.

20 January 2010 - - Is There Gold in Fort Knox?
Buried inside a 109,000-acre U.S. Army post in Kentucky sits one of the Federal Reserve’s most secure assets and its only gold depository: the 73-year-old Fort Knox vault. Its glittering gold bricks, totaling 147.3 million ounces (that’s about $168 billion at current prices), are stacked inside massive granite walls topped with a bombproof roof. Or are they?

19 January 2010 - Telegraph - Families face years of pain, says Bank
Families must steel themselves for years of hardship even though the recession is all but over, the governor of the Bank of England has warned.

19 January 2010 - Bloomberg - Platinum Jumps to 17-Month High on Investor Demand; Gold Gains
Platinum climbed to a 17-month high on speculation investment and industrial demand will increase. Gold advanced as the dollar weakened. Palladium advanced for a fifth day to the highest since July 2008.

19 January 2010 - Bloomberg - Is the Fed propping up the stock market by buying futures?
Charles Biderman, founder and CEO of Trim Tabs Investment Research, discusses the possible role of U.S. government cash in the current stock market rally with Bloomberg's Lori Rothman. See below...

16 January 2010 - King World News - Eric King interviews Ted Butler
Ted Butler was enthusiastic about the movement of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission toward setting position limits in energy and precious metals futures.

16 January 2010 - GEAB - Global Systemic Crisis - The Decade 2010 – 2020: Towards a knockout victory by gold over the Dollar
The US Federal Reserve is no longer able, in reality, to continue its multi-decade combat against the « barbarous relic » in order to guarantee the supremacy of the US currency at the centre of the international monetary system. For LEAP/E2020 the decade which has just begun will be clearly marked by a complete KO of the Dollar (and the fall of most major international currencies) by gold.

15 January 2010 - Marketwatch - Metals may be set for an encore to last year's stunning climb
Silver and gold are tops, but platinum group metals are runner ups - all metals should fair reasonably well in 2010 as investors move to hedge themselves against inflation and U.S. devaluation, which will be major issues

14 January 2010 - FT - Treasury bids drive speculation - is the mystery buyer Ben Bernanke?
Auctions of US Treasury notes this week have attracted extremely strong buying from domestic institutional investors, fuelling speculation that "one big bidder" has decided to defy the conventional wisdom on Wall Street that US government debt is due for a fall.

14 January 2010 - Goldseek - Our Ringside Man Sees Epic Battle in Gold
Get yourself a ringside seat for this thriller to see if the sellers have the guts to face the buyers who keep getting up. Never forget the Auerbach Doctrine: You can only manipulate a market in the direction it wants to go.

14 January 2010 - Free Gold Money Report - Hyperinflation Watch
The US government’s deficit grew again in December 2009. The difference between its outlays and receipts as presented on the following chart has now reached a new record.

14 January 2010 - Mineweb - Central Banks have been net purchasers of gold since the second quarter of 2009
The latest interim Update to the GFMS Gold Survey 2009 reports that, on a quarterly basis, the official sector became a net purchaser of gold during the second quarter of 2009 and has remained so since.

13 January 2010 - Times - Britain's recession the steepest for 88 years
Britain's economy fell last year at the sharpest rate since 1921, despite hopes that it finally emerged from recession in the last three months of the year, according to a respected economics forecaster.

12 January 2010 - Telegraph - US must cut spending to save AAA rating, warns Fitch
Fitch Ratings has issued the starkest warning to date that the US will lose its AAA credit rating unless acts to bring the budget deficit under control, citing a spiral in debt service costs and dependence on foreign lenders.