Today James Turk told King World News that gold is very close to beginning a move that will take the ‘Metal of King’ smashing through the $2,000 level. Turk was even more outspoken on where silver is headed and included a chart. Turk, who was interviewed out of Spain, had this to say about where gold and silver are headed in coming weeks: “The logical question here, Eric, is after the big week we had last week, will silver drop back to give buyers one more chance to buy the dip? A dip is logical given silver’s 6.5% gain last week. On the other hand, as we noted in the last blog we did, sometimes the dips can be very shallow.”
James Turk continues:
“The important point to keep in mind is while silver may look high compared to where it started the month, to me silver looks cheap compared to its upside potential over the next few months. So don’t wait for a big pullback to buy. If today is the day where you purchase silver each month, go ahead and make the buy. Don’t try to time the market.
This following weekly silver chart is really looking very powerful and as I have been saying, once silver hurdles above $35, I expect to see $68-$70 in 2-to-3 months.
“There is, of course, no guarantee that silver will successfully hurdle $35 on its first attempt, but we need to get ready just in case it does. By ‘get ready,’ I mean we have to prepare ourselves mentally - to eliminate the emotion and watch what silver is telling us. This can be very hard to do, but it is essential. Otherwise you will miss the big moves, and it is riding these big moves to the fullest extent possible, from start to finish, where the big money is made.
Regarding gold, I don’t think people realize that gold could explode from current levels. I think the potential for explosion is there and what you are going to see is not only silver on the move, but you will also see gold smash through the $2,000 level.”
When asked what’s happening in Europe, Turk responded, “It looks like Greece is ready to blow up, Eric. The Greeks have rejected German-led calls for the EU to start managing Greek government finances. That would mean the complete loss of Greek sovereignty, so the Greek finance minister obviously rejected that dictate.
Consequently, it looks like Greece is not going to get its next bailout, meaning it will default. But there’s a lot of other bad news in Europe as well. Spain is in a depression with its youth unemployment rate now over 50%. France just raised the VAT (Value Added Tax) to 21%. Imagine, Eric, paying 21% to the government for everything you purchase.
This is why the underground economy is so large and growing in Europe because people need to survive. Across the channel, the UK is sliding into what looks like a deep recession.
To make things even worse, on the other side of the Atlantic, the Federal Reserve announced they are going to destroy savers by keeping interest rates below the inflation rate for another two years. It is really tragic, Eric, how governments are destroying capitalism, but as Ludwig von Mises warned us, governments will destroy free markets and economic activity long before they understand how they work.”
大多投資者在心理上可以接受自己能力不濟、運氣不佳帶來的經濟損失，比如投資黃金白銀市場虧損的客 戶，大多是在反思自己的投資策略。但另一方面，投資者非常難以面對市場秩序混亂、監管漏洞、法律缺位帶來的財富災難。因此，從管理者的角度來看，有必要進 一步加強市場秩序的建設。近幾個月，證監會監管風暴升級，共打擊了幾十宗違法違規案件，讓不少投資者拍手叫好。
因此，對內幕交易、利益輸送和市場操縱等「從民眾口袋裡偷錢」的行為處以重罰，對創業板套現熱和 理財產品亂象給予合理的制度規範，已是當務之急。絕對不能讓投資市場成為獵殺普通民眾財富的叢林，只有給予投資者一個公平有序的市場環境，才能避免財富兩 極分化，才能讓經濟可持續發展。
With news from the Fed causing tremendous upside action in gold this week, and reports coming in from Los Angeles describing a massive military exercise in the streets of Los Angeles, today King World News interviewed Gerald Celente, Founder of Trends Research and the man many consider to be the top trends forecaster in the world. Celente had this to say about the Fed announcement and subsequent press conference: “You can see what’s happened to gold prices and how they’ve spiked up. There’s no way out and it’s not only the Federal Reserve, it’s also the European Monetary Union. Look at the games they are playing. We just saw, at the end of 2011, the ECB giving away some $600 billion in loans to banks at virtually no interest rate so they could buy up the bonds of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Ireland. Nobody wants to touch these bonds.”
Gerald Celente continues:
“Look at what’s going on all over the world, there’s no way out of this. What they are doing by keeping interest rates low, through 2014, my God, this should be headline news, the raping of the American public. So this is a collapse in the making, right in front of everyone and gold prices and silver prices don’t lie, they’re reflecting it.”
When asked if Jim Sinclair’s statements that mainstream companies like GE, tech companies and others would enter the gold market, if this was a new trend, Celente responded, “I believe so. I believe a lot of people are going to move into gold. It’s going to go mainstream and it’s going to continue to go mainstream as you see more bank runs and riots....
Celente had this to say about urban military training in civilian areas of Los Angeles: “Wasn’t it on New Year’s Eve, when you were trying to celebrate, that Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act? So when I say fascists, it’s right there in front of you. It’s the ‘No Bill of Rights.’
They could take anybody out there that disagrees with the government, call them a ‘belligerent of the state’ and the military could come and take them away with no charges. No judge, no jury, no trial and Jack you’re dead. I’m saying, Eric, I believe they are instituting Battlefield America in this country and others as the system collapses.
(We’ve been talking about) Economic Martial Law and now you have the military in control, to make sure it doesn’t get out of control. Think about what would happen with a bank holiday. The systems are in place to keep the people in place. So I believe they are putting in Martial Law to support Economic Martial Law.
With the National Defense Authorization Act they repealed the 1878 the Posse Comitatus Act, which used to prevent the military from taking over police duties. This is against the Constitution in every manner possible.”
Celente also issued this warning regarding the State of the Union Address: “If I were to ask everybody, how did this speech start and how did it end? Most people won’t remember. But I can tell you how it started, it started with war and he ends it with war. He starts talking about Iran, the President is prepping the people for war. He began it with war, his State of the Union Address, and he ended it with war. Get ready for war.”
【記者鄭華坤】借錢借手機黨詐騙手法層出不窮，除假扮遊客訛稱「冇港紙」或「手機冇電」外，更出動「提款卡」及「利是」等道具作抵押，令受害人信以為有借 有還，一名女騙徒去年底在屯門以一張假銀行卡作抵押，騙得一名少女借出二千元財物；另有男騙徒在沙田訛稱希望以人民幣兌換港幣，但因「攞唔切錢」，以「利 是」作抵押，成功騙去一名老伯六百元，當老伯打開利是一看，竟發現是一張五百元陰司紙。
警 方商業罪案調查科總督察孔慶勳表示，借錢借手機騙徒通常假扮遊客，訛稱無現金或手機無電，博取受害人同情，最細的受害人年僅九歲，而最新的犯案手法是出動 道具作抵押。去年十一月，內地女騙徒向廿多歲的女事主借錢及借手機，總值約二千元，並以一張偽造銀行卡作抵押，幸被巡警撞破，女騙徒被警方落案檢控，警方 不排除她涉及多宗同類案件。
梁女士於 03年起與胞妹聯名在創興銀行位於彌敦道分行開設保險箱，存放逾廿件金飾，包括頸鏈、手鐲及戒指。前年 4月她倆一同查看保險箱，發現部份金粒及刻有名字的首飾不翼而飛，「其中一條金鏈係太嫲嗰代留落嚟，傳咗幾代，好有紀念價值」。
城市大學經濟及財務系副教授李鉅威指出，除非有證據證明銀行疏忽，否則客戶需自行承擔風險，「銀行唔會知道你放乜落保險箱，好難一話有嘢唔見就賠」。律師黃國桐表示，若客戶證明財物確是放在保險箱後失竊，銀行即使設有免責條款，也應作賠償，「可以影低相證明放過乜嘢入保險箱」。 04年星展銀行誤將 83個客戶正使用的保險箱當廢鐵銷毀，最終賠償道歉。
As traders wait on the sidelines for the next round of news, and rumors from Europe, the Daily Chart on Gold has settled in to a Triangle that presents a compelling breakout opportunity for traders.
After displaying one of the more pervasive trending moves since 2001, the ‘Yellow Metal,’ has faced some difficult times since peaking at 1920 in September of 2011.
One of the primary winds in the sail of Gold for 2010, leading into 2011 was the process of Quantitative Easing brought on by the US FOMC. Quantitative Easing, or ‘QE,’ as it has been dubbed, is the process by which a Central Bank will buy assets from smaller banks, or other financial institutions – with newly created money.
Think about the relationship with the quote in the chart above; XAU/USD.
The US Dollar – as the denominator, will generally weaken if all factors are equal and new US Dollars are being created. In the equation of XAU/USD – the denominator of USD essentially gets smaller as these new dollars are created. So the rise in Gold accompanying QE comes as no surprise.
What may be surprising is the brutal response in September that took the price of Gold below 1550. Since that point, Gold has maintained a relatively smooth trend line leading directly into the triangle with which we are now faced.
Breakouts can generally take place in any direction, and this opportunity on Gold is no different. The future move that trader’s may be looking to capitalize on here could very well be brought on by a yet unknown news announcement, or surprise event.
Next week can be a fun time in financial markets; but it may also be painful if we’re caught on the wrong side of a move.
Remember – trading opportunities are infinite, trading capital is not.
--- Written by James B. Stanley
類似利用鑽洞機爆竊的案件過去亦曾發生，其中最轟動的一宗發生在 1995年 10月，旺角彌敦道謝瑞麟珠寶金行，被賊黨在樓上單位以六張棉隔音，利用鑽洞機鑽破地板潛入，掠去 2,000萬元珠寶。
Over the weekend, talks between Greece and its private-sector creditors over debt write-downs were unsuccessful. Charles Dallara, the creditors’ lead negotiator, left Athens on Saturday as differences remained over the terms of new Greek bonds. Although a deal was not agreed upon, the market is signaling high expectations for a deal to be completed soon.
On Monday, the U.S. dollar index, which places the greenback against a basket of six foreign currencies, declined from 80.34 to 79.65. It is the first time in 2012 the dollar index declined below 80, which had been acting as support in previous months. With the euro holding 58 percent weight in the dollar index, it is responsible for much of the dollar’s decline today. The euro climbed to $1.3044 on Monday, it’s highest level since December. In a press conference Monday morning, French Finance Minister Francois Baroin said, “A voluntary restructuring of debt held by private investors seems to be taking shape. We are determined to support Greece the time necessary for it to put in place reforms and for them to produce their effects.”
The recent hopes for a Greek deal and the decline in the dollar has given a boost to precious metals. Gold is near six-week highs as it closes in on $1,680 per ounce, while silver prices have surged 15 percent this year and currently trade near $32. Furthermore, international agreements and sanctions are reminding investors of the significance of precious metals in the global financial system.
Investor Insight: Inflation Concerns Remain as Gold and Silver Climb Higher
Earlier this month, Iran and Russia replaced the U.S. dollar with their national currencies in bilateral trade. This came after Iran replaced the dollar in its oil trade with India, China and Japan, reported Iran’s state-run Fars news agency. Today, European Union governments have agreed to fire back and place a ban on all new contracts to import, purchase or transport Iranian crude oil. Europe is Iran’s second-largest oil customer after China. Reuters explains, “EU countries with existing contracts for Iranian oil and petroleum products will have until July 1, 2012 to complete those contracts. The sanctions follow fresh financial measures signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama on New Year’s Eve, and will mainly target the oil sector, which accounts for some 90 percent of Iranian exports to the EU.”
Although the oil sector is a large target, there is another important sector being targeted by the sanctions. EU governments also agreed to freeze the assets of Iran’s central bank. More importantly, it placed a ban on all trade in gold and other precious metals with Iran’s central bank and public entities. “Today’s decisions target the sources of the finance for the nuclear program, complementing already existing sanctions,” the EU explained. While the sanctions may be targeted at Iran’s nuclear financing, the move serves as a reminder to investors that precious metals are alternative reserve currencies used in the absence of the U.S. dollar. Recent data shows that Russia and China are likely to continue business with Iran outside of the U.S. dollar, which will help support gold and silver prices. In addition to trade agreements, Russia has reduced their U.S. Treasury holdings over 50 percent from October 2010, while China has reduced their holdings to the lowest level in over a year.
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美國國家海洋暨大氣總署（NOAA）太空氣象預報中心（Space Weather Prediction Center）物理學家Doug Biesecker指出，昨晚1個中型太陽耀斑在太陽中心附近爆發。Doug Biesecker說：「耀斑本身無特別之處，但會造成時速400萬英里（640萬公里）極快日冕物質拋射。」
Currency wars continue and are deepening.
Gold has risen in all currencies today and bullion up nearly 1 % to $1,675/oz. Gold rose 1.7% last week has risen more than 6% so far this year.
Gold jumped to its highest in more than a month as result of the uncertainty over of the Greek debt outcome and the growing geopolitical tensions with Iran and the US and Nato countries.
The Iranian geopolitical tension is supporting gold as Britain, America and France have delivered a clear message to Iran, sending six warships led by a 100,000 ton aircraft carrier through the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
Reuters report that the EU has agreed to freeze the assets of the Iranian central bank and ban all trade in gold and other precious metals with the Iranian Central Bank and other public bodies in Iran.
According to IMF data, at the last official count (in 1996), Iran had reserves of just over 168 tonnes of gold. The FT reported in March 2011 that Iran has bought large amounts of bullion on the international market to diversify away from the dollar, citing a senior Bank of England official.
Many Asian markets are closed for the Lunar New Year holiday which has led to lower volumes.
Of note was there was an unusual burst of gold futures buying on the TOCOM in Japan, which has helped the cash market to breach resistance at $1,666 an ounce.
Investors are also waiting for euro zone finance ministers to decide the terms of a Greek debt restructuring later today. This would be the second bailout package for Greece.
The risk of contagion in Eurozone debt and wider markets is leading to continued safe haven demand for gold.
There are currently many fake gold and silver ingots and coins being sold out of China. Many of these items are made to a high quality and are hard to tell from the original for those not familiar with the original items. Below is a list of some of the current fake types available.
The composition of the fake silver is typically made up from:
Currently faked silver ingots and coins:
1 ounce Sunshine Mint
1 ounce Scotsdale
1 ounce Pan American
Many generic 1 ounce ingots including the USA flag design, scales design and “worth its weight in silver design.
2012 Perth Mint dragon
Canadian Maple Leaf
The specific gravity test resultes for the above filed “coin” is:
Gross weight after filing 30.27 grams, displacement weight 2.75 grams, end result is 11.00. A normal coin should have a specific gravity weight of 10.5
Fake gold coins and ingots include:
2011 Perth mint 1 Ounce gold Kangaroo
1/10th ounce Austrian Philharmonic gold coin
Fake 2008 1oz .999 silver panda (without face value) weights only 0.669oz
'Beijing Olympic Gold & Silver Coin Set' -- One of the most popular fake coin sets from China on Ebay. If you do a search, you will see hundreds are currently listing on Ebay. This fake set was sold by Chinese seller kidtteop who got banned in Oct. 2008. It was sold as '2008 Beijing Olympics Gold & Silver Set'.
Genuine 1/3oz gold is 9.45g in weight (fake one is 9.8g). Genuine 1oz silver is 28.35g (fake is 29.6g).
ALL OF THESE ITEMS ARE MADE WITH CHEAP METALS, SUCH AS LEAD, COPPER, NICKEL OR IRON...
With the large premiums for rare dates and mint for certain US Coins, it is no surprise that unscrupulous sellers have minted their own versions of some of these coins. While other so-called "Coin Doctors" have gone through great pains to alter a mint mark, among other details, to make a coin more valuable.
I once saw an 1893-S Morgan Dollar at a coin show, and as the potential buyer inspected the coin, the "S" fell off the coin! Someone had cut the "S" off another, more common, Morgan Dollar and glued the "shaved" mint mark onto the back of an 1893-P. The list is endless on what some will do to make a common coin into a what appears to be a rare coin, but buyers can educate themselves so they don't get cheated out of their money.
以下呢個網有好多款新鑄翻版銀幣 www.coin-rare.com, 但只有在幣上有[COPY]印的才可以合法買賣
呢種銀幣有面值, 但唔可以在美國行使 !
The Liberty Dollars were produced by a now-defunct organization with the unwieldy name "National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and the Internal Revenue Code," or NORFED for short. NORFED's goal, according its founder Bernard Von NotHaus, was to provide an alternative currency to that which is issued by the U.S. federal government: a currency that is backed by gold and silver, and therefore inflation-proof. NORFED has manufactured these coins in various denominations, including $1, $5, $10, and $20 in silver, and $500 in gold.
The U.S. Mint issued a consumer advisory warning people that the NORFED Liberty Dollars might be confusing to consumers, and stating that their use as circulating money was a federal crime (which NORFED disputes.) What makes these Liberty Dollars so dangerous in the eyes of the U.S. Mint is that the Liberty Dollars have been designed to look very much like the existing circulating U.S. coinage. These are the similarities and how to tell them apart:
* LIBERTY inscription - Genuine legal tender coins also bear the LIBERTY inscription
* TRUST IN GOD inscription - Genuine legal tender coins are inscribed IN GOD WE TRUST
* Value is stated in Dollars - Genuine U.S. currency is also given in Dollars
* Depiction of the Statue of Liberty - The Presidential Dollars also bear the Statue of Liberty
* The inscription "USA" - USA is widely understood to mean United States of America
* 1.800.NEW.DOLLAR on the reverse - The United States does not put phone numbers on its coinage
* LibertyDollar.Org on the reverse - The U.S. doesn't put Web addresses on its coins either
In addition to the coins being distributed by NORFED, there is printed currency in the form of various denominations of dollar bills. These paper Liberty Dollars are far less worrisome, since they don't look anything at all like real U.S. paper money.
Confusion About the NORFED Dollars - The reason these Liberty Dollar coins were deemed potentially confusing by the U.S. Mint is that the Mint introduced a new One Dollar coin type in February 2007, called the Presidential Dollar. Any time there is a major change to the coinage, there is bound to be some confusion, and unfortunately the Mint feels that these so-called "Liberty Dollars" are similar enough to genuine U.S. coinage that people might take them during monetary transactions without realizing that they're not U.S. legal tender.
What to do if you encounter NORFED Liberty Dollars - Although it is not against the law to own these Liberty Dollars as a collectible item, it is illegal to use them to conduct any commerce in the United States. If a merchant tries to give you one, politely refuse it. If they insist, claiming these coins are legal tender, you should cancel the entire transaction with that merchant and report them to your local Secret Service Field Office.
The Presidential Dollars are golden-colored - If someone tries to give you a dollar coin that you don't recognize or aren't sure about, just remember that the only U.S. Dollar coin type is the "golden dollar," the same size and color as the Sacagawea Dollar. The U.S. does not make any penny, nickel, or dime-sized dollar or multiple-dollar coins out of a silver-colored alloy.
As a Canadian, I've wondered about the issue of capital gains taxes on bullion for a long time, but after reviewing the Canadian Tax Code recently, I have discovered that my primary precious metals investment vehicle (1-oz silver bullion coins) are exempted from capital gains taxes.
Capital Gains 2011 - Canada Revenue Agency
Essentially, any coin that was purchased for under $1000 and sold for under $1000 is considered Listed Personal Property (LPP) under the Canadian Tax Code (see page 7), which is a specific type of Personal-Use Property (which would include such things as a boat, car, or furniture).
The only attribute that distinguishes LPP from Personal-Use Property is that LPP would generally be expected to increase in value over time, such as in the case of jewelry, rare art, a stamp collection, or coins, whereas Personal-Use Property tends to depreciate (as with a boat, car, or furniture).
The details from the Canada Revenue Agency document (Page 20) are as follows:
"Because LPP is a type of personal-use property, the capital
gain or loss on the sale of the LPP item is calculated the
same way as for personal-use property. For more
information about these rules, see “Personal-use property”
When you dispose of personal-use property, you may have
a capital gain or loss. To calculate this gain or loss, follow
■ If the adjusted cost base (ACB) of the property is less
than $1,000, its ACB is considered to be $1,000.
■ If the proceeds of disposition are less than $1,000, the
proceeds of disposition are considered to be $1,000.
■ If both the ACB and the proceeds of disposition
are $1,000 or less, you do not have a capital gain or a
capital loss. Do not report the sale on Schedule 3 when
you file your income tax and benefit return."
When you dispose of personal-use property that has an
ACB or proceeds of disposition of more than $1,000, you
may have a capital gain or loss.
Adjusted cost base (ACB) – usually the cost of a property
plus any expenses to acquire it, such as commissions and
Based on this wonderful discovery, I would advise Canadians to purchase only bullion that you expect to be saleable for less than 1000$/unit in order to avoid any capital gains on your bullion.
Given my long-term price targets of $6000/oz for gold and $300/oz for silver, that would mean 5 gram bars of gold (or smaller), and 3-oz bars of silver (or smaller).
Since the capital gains tax in Canada is based on 50% of the gain, taxed at your personal marginal tax rate (for the average person, around 30-35%), a typical capital gains tax on bullion would be about 15-18%. The tax loss of 15-18% upon sale of a 100oz bar of silver (which would be bought and sold for considerably more than more than $1000) outweighs any savings in terms of the lower premium over a 1oz round.
Therefore, this analysis suggest that Canadians should only be buying 1 oz silver, 1/10 oz fractional gold coins, or 5gr gold coins to maximize their eventual gains.
根據世界黃金協會（World Gold Council），大陸第3季已取代印度成為全球最大黃金飾品市場。
匯豐控股（HSBC Holdings Plc）和MarkitEconomics昨天公布的初步數據顯示，大陸1月製造業採購經理人指數為48.8。數據50為擴張和萎縮的分野。美元兌歐元匯價升值，使銅作為替代性資產的魅力減少，也是銅價挫跌的原因。
倫敦Sucden Financial Ltd.交易員蒙提福斯科（Robert Montefusco）在電郵中表示，農曆新年過後「我們預期大陸會開始放寬貸款限制」，藉以支撐經濟力道。
Most Americans have no idea that the U.S. government once issued debt-free money directly into circulation. America once thrived under a debt-free monetary system, and we can do it again. The truth is that the United States is a sovereign nation and it does not need to borrow money from anyone. Back in the days of JFK, Federal Reserve Notes were not the only currency in circulation. Under JFK (at at various other times), a limited number of debt-free United States Notes were issued by the U.S. Treasury and spent by the U.S. government without any new debt being created. In fact, each bill said "United States Note" right at the top. Unfortunately, United States Notes are not being issued today. If you stop right now and pull a dollar out of your wallet, what does it say right at the top? It says "Federal Reserve Note". Normally, the way our current system works is that whenever more Federal Reserve Notes are created more debt is also created. This debt-based monetary system is systematically destroying the wealth of this nation. But it does not have to be this way. The truth is that the U.S. government still has the power under the U.S. Constitution to issue debt-free money, and we need to educate the American people about this.
According to Wikipedia, United States Notes were issued directly into circulation by the U.S. Treasury and they were first used during the Civil War....
So why are we using debt-based Federal Reserve Notes today instead of debt-free United States Notes?
It seems rather stupid, doesn't it?
Our current debt-based monetary system was devised by greedy bankers that wanted to make huge profits by creating money out of thin air and lending it to the U.S. government at interest.
Sadly, the vast majority of the American people have no idea how money is actually created in this nation.
When each new Federal Reserve Note is created, the interest owed by the federal government on that new Federal Reserve Note is not also created at the same time.
So the amount of government debt that is created actually exceeds the amount of money that is created.
Isn't that a stupid system?
The U.S. Constitution says that the federal government is the one that should actually be issuing our money.
In particular, according to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, it is the U.S. Congress that has been given the responsibility to "coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures".
So why is a private central banking cartel issuing our money?
As is the case with so many other issues, we desperately need to get back to the way the U.S. Constitution says that we should be doing things.
The debt-based Federal Reserve system is literally stealing the future from our children and our grandchildren.
Back in 1910, a couple years prior to the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, the national debt was only about $2.6 billion.
A little over 100 years later, our national debt is now more than 5000 times larger.
So why don't we just admit that this system simply does not work?
Our current debt-based monetary system also requires very high personal income taxes to pay for it.
In fact, it is no accident that the personal income tax was introduced at about the same time that the Federal Reserve system originally came into existence.
Our children, our grandchildren and many generations after that are facing a lifetime of debt slavery because of us.
As I have written about previously, if the federal government began right at this moment to repay the U.S. national debt at a rate of one dollar per second, it would take over 440,000 years to pay off the national debt.
Neither the Republicans or the Democrats are proposing any solutions to this problem. Rather, both parties are only trying to slow down the rate at which we are going into even more debt.
But the truth is that the federal government does not have to go into a single penny of additional debt.
How could this be?
It is not too complicated.
If Congress took back the power over our currency and started issuing debt-free money a lot of our problems could be fixed.
Most Americans believe that inflation is a fact of life, but the sad truth is that the United States has only had a major, ongoing problem with inflation since the Federal Reserve was created back in 1913.
Sadly, the U.S. dollar has lost well over 95 percent of its value since the Federal Reserve was created.
So, yes, there would be a need for strict monetary discipline under a debt-free monetary system, but it would be hard to do worse than the Federal Reserve has already been doing.
The American people need to understand that it is a lie that the U.S. government "must" borrow money from somebody else.
When the U.S. government borrows money, it slowly transfers wealth from the American people to those that lent it.
At this point, we have created a financial nightmare for future generations that is unlike anything the world has ever seen before. We owe it to future generations to eliminate the debt problem without destroying the United States economy. Adopting debt-free money would allow us to do that.
In recent days, the fact that Mitt Romney has millions of dollars parked down in the Cayman Islands has made headlines all over the world. But when it comes to offshore banking, what Mitt Romney is doing is small potatoes. The truth is that the global elite are hiding an almost unbelievable amount of money in offshore banks. According to shocking research done by the IMF, the global elite are holding a total of 18 trillion dollars in offshore banks. And that figure does not even count any money being held in Switzerland. That is a staggering amount of money. Keep in mind that U.S. GDP in 2010 was only 14.58 trillion dollars. So why do the global elite go to such trouble to hide their money in offshore banks? Well, there are two main reasons. One is privacy and the other is low taxation. Privacy is a big issue for those that are involved in illegal enterprises such as drug running, but the biggest reason why people move money into offshore banks is in order to avoid taxes. Some set up bank accounts in foreign nations because they want to legally minimize their taxes and others set up bank accounts in foreign nations because they want to illegally avoid taxes. You would be absolutely amazed at what some large corporations and wealthy individuals do to get out of paying taxes. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the rest of us don't have the resources or the knowledge to play these games, so we get taxed into oblivion.
So why do they call it "offshore banking"?
Well, the term originally developed because the banks on the Channel Islands were "offshore" from the United Kingdom. Most "offshore banks" are still located on islands today. The Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Isle of Man are examples of this. Other "offshore banking centers" such as Monaco are actually not "offshore" at all, but the term applies to them anyway.
Traditionally, these offshore banking centers have been very attractive to both criminals and to the global elite because they would not tell anyone (including governments) about the money that anyone had parked there.
These days some governments (particularly the U.S. government) are trying to change this, but we certainly will not see the end of offshore banking any time soon.
The amount of money that goes through these offshore banks is absolutely astounding.
It has been estimated that 80 percent of all international banking transactions take place through these offshore banks. $1.4 trillion is being held in offshore banks in the Cayman Islands alone.
One article in the Guardian estimated that a third of all the wealth on the entire globe is being held in offshore banks, and others believe that as much as half of all the capital in the world flows through offshore banks at some point.
Obviously, all of this tax avoidance means that governments around the world are missing out on a whole lot of money.
It has been estimated that the U.S. government is missing out on $100 billion a year because of these offshore banks. Others would put that figure significantly higher.
Avoiding taxes is a game that the global elite have mastered. They are playing a whole different ballgame than you and I are. They don't just sit there like idiots and get blasted with taxes. Instead, they hire the best experts and they employ every trick in the book to hold on to as much money as they possibly can.
Most among the global elite simply do not care that U.S. debt is climbing into the stratosphere. All they care about is keeping as much of their own money in their pockets as they possibly can.
Of course there are always exceptions to this rule. Warren Buffett recently wrote a check to the U.S. Treasury for a little more than $49,000 to help pay off the national debt.
But considering the fact that the U.S. national debt is increasing by more than 100 million dollars an hour, that didn't exactly do much to help.
Our system is deeply broken and the global elite are getting away with bloody murder. Over the decades, they have carefully crafted the rules so that as much wealth as possible is funneled into their pockets, and they have carefully crafted the rules so that as much wealth as possible stays in their pockets.
Of course if we got rid of the personal income tax and the corporate income tax entirely and replaced them with a completely new system we could get rid of all of this game playing once and for all.
如果惡法實施, 我都唔會買多張CD, 因為好多年都無買啦, 也唔會去睇多場電影, 因為多數在家睇電視 !
忽聞維基關網一天，所為何事？不少人可能從未聽過 SOPA和 PIPA，原來是美國版網絡 23條的惡法，挑起美國網絡群體、公民社會和互聯網企業的群起反對。 SOPA和 PIPA是什麼？
SOPA（ Stop Online Piracy Act）是由美國兩黨 31位國會議員聯合提交的法案， PIPA（ Protect IP Act）則是由 11位參議院議員提出的相關法案，內容是要加強前身的 DMCA（ Digital Millennium Copyright Act），讓美國司法部或版權擁有者可向法庭申請禁令，阻止美國用戶連接至被指侵權的網站。
遠觀美國網民和企業的反對，和國際互聯網群體對 SOPA和 PIPA的關注，筆者佩服這些站出來高調反對的企業，當中除了非牟利的維基基金會和 Mozilla基金會外，還有 facebook、 Google、 Yahoo、 LinkedIn、 eBay等。
香港文匯報訊（記者 何凡 北京報道）中國內地提高對退休人士的生存保障。人力資源和社會保障部昨日稱，從今年元旦起，全國企業退休人員的養老金再增加10%，令月人均養老金達到 1,531元，這已是內地連續7年增加養老金。專家指出，「養老金七連漲」彰顯出政府對民生的高度重視，但中國養老金制度仍需完善，其中，企業職工少於機 關職工約2,000-3,000元，養老金「碎片化、待遇差」的問題亟待解決。
人力資源和社會保障部新聞發言人尹成基在發佈會指出，連續7年調整企業退休人員基本養老金水平 後，全國月人均養老金達到1,531元。城鎮居民基本醫療保險財政補貼標準，從每人每年120元增加到200元，政策範圍內住院費用支付比例也進一步提 高。此外，去年還建立失業保險金標準與物價上漲掛鹇聯動制度，20個省份上調了失業保險金標準。
楊燕綏表示，「如果機關與事業單位還執行傳統的退休制度、退休金制度，個人不繳費，也沒有社會統籌 基金，最後是依靠財政預算、以個人退休工資的80%支付養老金，平均水平在4,000-5,000元左右；而企業職工需要繳費，個人需繳納工資的8%，企 業為其繳納20%，達到最少28%的費率，其養老金平均水平在1,000-2,000元。」
楊燕綏指出，這正是中國養老金制度當前存在的「碎片化、待遇差」問題。而該制度還面臨結構調整， 即建立國家基礎養老金的任務。「中央明確要建立國家基礎養老金，據我們測算，如果建立全民性的養老金，並從60歲就開始發放，其數額將佔到GDP的5%以 上；而如果從65歲開始發放，則不會超過GDP的4%。中國老齡化的問題已經越來越嚴峻，養老金支付的壓力問題確實存在。」
所以真正的古董銀幣是 28克重, 而唔係一盎司, 而一盎司Morgan/Peace銀幣都是翻版幣 !
而 Martin Armstrong 想帶出的是早期美元是用真銀鑄出來的 !
Martin Armstrong has released a must read 31 page historical study of the history of the US dollar:
The United States “dollar” was the adoption of the German monetary unit “thaler” that had become synonymous with the silver coin of about 28 g. Therefore the dollar was actually based upon the Spanish silver 8 Reales coins commonly called dollars which had become the mainstay of the colonial monetary system.
The term “Piece of Eight” refers to the fact that these coins were often cut into “pieces” to make small change. These pieces were called a “bit” representing 12.5 cents and thus 8 bits was equal to 8 shillings which equaled a pound. By the time the US dollar was created in 1794, "two bits" was equal to 25 cents (quarter dollar).
唔可以賣複製幣還是加個 [copy] 就可以賣 ?
所以大家最好唔好買複製銀幣, 唔係將來俾人告侵權, 咁就賣唔到出去了, 須去忠記溶幣 !
原來只可以賣有[COPY]印的翻版幣, 而其他唔可以賣, 只持有都違法 !
It's illegal to own any counterfeit or fake or copy, unless the word COPY is stamped into to coin and can be read noticeable.
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This update reflects standards across the coin industry and helps ensure compliance with applicable laws that require replica coins to be permanently marked with the word "copy." We also expect that this update will increase marketplace confidence by letting our community know that coin listings on eBay are authentic, so they'll receive the most positive eBay experience possible.
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With gold remaining firm above $1,650, today King World News interviewed legendary Jim Sinclair, to get his take on where things are headed. Sinclair surprised KWN by telling us there would be a run, by European countries, on the gold they have stored at the New York Fed. Here is what Sinclair had to say when we asked him if the IMF would be selling any gold: “No. The role of gold has changed and gold is moving more toward the central bank then away from it. On top of that you have seen a significant amount of media attention towards, ‘Where is our gold?’ This is taking place in the European press.”
Jim Sinclair continues:
“(There is) surprise when they find out it’s in a cellar of the New York Fed, in Manhattan Island. There’s a desire for gold to have more of a national scent to it as it becomes the only performing asset for the central banks. When asked about Europeans wanting their gold brought back to their respective countries, Sinclair responded, “You’re starting to see that, and you have also seen, from the figures, the central banks accumulating.
The Fed would have no legal basis, whatsoever, to refuse to deliver it (to Europe). Any refusal or even delay in delivering it would only cause requests for more. So I would say there would be a lot of back channel arm-twisting not to ask for it. A run begins slow and historically, if this is a trend, rather than decelerating it tends to accelerate.
I would say that when we go to QE3, in the US in 2012, that could accelerate the call for delivery on gold from the New York Fed. It’s exactly what will happen. You see it already in Euro press. Accepted media, which is main media over there (in Europe), is discussing it....
“That begins to show something that has a great deal more to it than the political motivation of Chavez, who knows very well leaving his gold with people he calls, ‘enemy,’ is not the brightest idea in the world. The New York Fed will give back the gold because of the ramifications of not doing it.”
When asked about the calls to provide liquidity to the financial system, Sinclair responded, “We live in a global world, transferred into a global economy, and the only central bank able to create that kind of volume of money, out of thin air, legally, is the New York Fed. QE3 will be global and the Fed is the lender of last resort, not only to its members and the national banking community, but to the entire Western world.
Gold’s bull market in 2012 is a guaranteed event as a product of the fact central banks have no tool in their tool box other than moving, now, from national to global QE. It’s a done deal.”
This was an important interview from Sinclair. It will be interesting to see how things unfold when European nations begin asking for their gold to be shipped back to them.
在惡性通脹下, 紙幣會大貶值, 而物價會大升, 所以實金實銀會跟物價升值 !
當然在兵荒馬亂時期, 實金實銀唔一定買到糧食, 但無實金實銀在手, 你肯定買唔到糧食, 因為你手上的紙幣會每分鐘在貶值 ! 呢分鐘你可能買到麵包食, 但下一分鐘你可能要加多10%先可以買到同一塊的麵包, 所以到時用實金實銀換糧是可以保到價值, 而商家也不是蠢人, 佢地也會樂意收實金實銀多過收分分鐘在貶值的紙幣 !
紀念幣是有溢價,商品屬性較大, 超通時不能發輝作用,想套現買其他資產都幾難,除非低過溢價出售 ? (我老公都有同樣的思維)
在超通時你手上的實金實銀都升咗值, 用一盎司現值300蚊的銀幣和用一盎司現值900蚊的銀幣, 你一樣可以換到同一包米, 有乜問題呢 ?
當然依家用900蚊可以買到三枚300蚊的銀幣, 但如果戰爭唔來, 個枚300蚊銀幣, 只會跟純銀價上落, 但個枚900蚊紀念幣可以因為它限量的收藏價值在短時間內升上去1500蚊, 而呢樣就是紀念幣的吸引力 ! 而一早說過, 乜投資都有風險, 所以也說過, 放倉底的會是個些300蚊的銀幣, 而紀念幣只會是最上層的一小部份 !
With many global investors still concerned about the price of gold and silver, today King World News interviewed the “London Trader” to get his take on these markets. The source stated, “We’ve still got a very, very compressed spring because the shorts are still trying to defend their positions, their naked short positions in both the gold and silver markets. As an example, in the silver market, you saw that type of activity in the silver ETF (SLV). Shorts borrowed another 3 million ounces to cover immediate delivery concerns. There are 25 million ounces now borrowed from SLV. It is getting worse and worse for them.”
The London Trader continues:
“They are naked short on the COMEX and to meet immediate delivery demand they are having to borrow it from the SLV. It is still unwinding and it’s still got a long way to go. Yes, you will still see games being played and yes you can create paper gold out of thin air. But there comes a point where each time you do that the physical buyers are taking it and it has a lagging effect that will catch up, and eventually it gets reflected in the price.
The demand for euro gold here in London is so intense it’s shocking to some of the players. This is what has left some market participants in the US wondering why the price of gold has risen along with the dollar. It’s because demand in the eurozone is unimaginably strong. The euro physical gold demand is off the charts and it is creating shortages for metal, in size, here in London.
The physical gold market is actually being drained by euro gold buyers. People are converting their euros to gold and there is only a finite amount of physical gold available. Again, that’s why you are seeing the dollar and gold rallying together.
We are also seeing very strong markets in Asia with solid premiums. Silver is in backwardation. There are huge premiums for size (large tonnage orders) in silver and you are going to wait 3, 4 or 5 weeks for delivery. There is constant backwardation into the March futures contract. For the most part, the bid on silver spot has been higher than the ask on March futures.
These paper markets are a joke. Nobody who is seriously in the business of taking physical delivery is trading on the COMEX anymore. That is big news. The COMEX is no longer a credible marketplace....
Continue reading the London Trader interview below...
“You now have international funds, whose compliance departments are saying to them, ‘You can no longer trade on the Comex because the CME did not back client accounts.’ There are a tremendous number of international funds and hedge funds that can no longer trade on the COMEX as of the first of this year because of compliance reasons and no one is talking about this. This is huge news.
Back to gold, if we get a pit close above $1,650 you could see a lot of scared shorts begin to cover. This could create a very quick move higher in the gold price. Also, if we get a pit close above $1,650, we are going to see a very large tranche of unfilled wholesale orders moving a lot higher with their bids, and that will become a base. There are massive orders for sovereign entities under the market here.
The Chinese are long-term thinkers and they really don’t care whether they are paying $1,600 or $1,700 for gold. What they do is get the best price they can. When the new floor eventually becomes $1,700, they will buy everything available at that price. When it becomes $1,800 they will buy at that price. They are just looking to accumulate gold and they are never sellers, never.
There are two things here. Yes, China wants a cheap gold price and they’ve been enjoying the fact the gold market was taken down. They have recently taken another roughly 150 tons away from the Western central banks. The Western central banks essentially donated that gold in an attempt to prop up their paper currencies. Yet again these traitorous Western central bankers have given away more power.
I see gold as power and once again they have given it away to the Eastern Hemisphere. The Chinese continue to laugh. As much as the Chinese would like to have a cheap gold price and have this manipulation keep going, they also want to bring the renminbi to the center stage.
To them, it’s more important the Chinese currency becomes the world’s currency. The dollar, despite the latest rally, is dying, we all know it’s dying. So, the Chinese are moving to become the international currency of the world and the best way to do that is through gold. It’s a very clever tactic. Every time more gold arrives in China, the more their currency is backed, the closer they move technically to becoming the world’s reserve currency.”
The flow of gold from Western vaults to Eastern vaults is the most important symbol of the decline of the West. As the East rises, the West falls. “So goes the gold, so goes the power.” Remember to be your own central bank by owning physical gold. Many in Europe have apparently figured this out as gold demand is, “off the charts.”
展望今年，三地受訪市民對於物價的預期較差， 56%的受訪者認為物價將不同程度上升。而對於房價的預期以看跌為主， 40%人認為房價將不同程度下降。股票價格預期則不確定， 50%人認為其前景「難說」。其中北京市民對房價下降預期較明顯。
此外，對房價出現由升轉降的拐點的專家意見， 47%的市民表示同意。而對近期政府官員「大家應對市場有信心」的股市評論，高達 42%的人表示「不同意」。對於上述「拐點說」和「信心論」兩種看法，收入越高者越持同意態度，收入越低者越持不同意態度。
宋鴻兵說，借鑑歷史經驗， 2008年一直到 2024年之間將再度出現 16年左右的大熊市，不光是美國，歐洲、日本也一樣，全球最主要的發達國家都將陷入長期的消費蕭條，這對其他地區則意味着外部經濟情況惡化，「周邊的股市不好，中國的股市能逆勢上漲嗎？
With the S&P massively downgrading the Eurozone nations Friday, The Doc interviewed Jim Willie of goldenjackass.com today regarding his thoughts on the Euro crisis and the implications to gold and silver.
When asked to clarify the timing for his call for an Italian bank to fail and initiate a domino like reaction in the banking system Jim responded:
Timing questions are the hardest- definitely the hardest. I don’t know, it could be a month. Back in early December I thought it was going to be early in the new year, like in the middle of January- late January that the first Italian bank would go. And it looks like it’s going to be UniCredit. UniCredit is just hanging on by threads. We don’t have full access to what their portfolio is but all indications are that they’re holding a lot of toxic paper and they’re shedding a lot of probably government bonds, and they’re selling a lot at the ECB window.
He continues further:
So next on tap is UniCredit going bad, going bust, failing, turning to dust. And when that happens look for at least another couple Italian banks to also go bust. And when that happens look for the French banks to go bust. The three major French banks. Credit Agricole, BNP Paribas, and Societe Generale. And when that happens look for at least one or two London banks to go bust- they’re all inter-connected!
We hear constantly about the counter parties for the derivatives that these banks own. And we hear that they offset. Like Bank A has credit derivatives for default of Bank B and vice versa, so they’re both ok, they cancel out. Well that’s DEAD WRONG! DEAD WRONG!! THEY BOTH DIE! They don’t help each other! It’s like saying well this guy’s drowning in a pool in the deep water, and so is his friend! Neither one can swim, but it’ll cancel them out, and they’ll both be ok. THAT’S A BUNCH OF GARBAGE!! The counter party risk is MUTUAL AND DEADLY!
When one or two banks go down, it’s going to hit overnight, hit rapidly, and probably involve a dozen banks. That’s my feeling Doc.
【本報訊】本港樓市去年已進入調整期，在環球經濟未明朗，業界對其今年表現分歧頗大，中原集團董事施永青也指 樓市都存有極大變數，難以「睇通」，預計上半年整體住宅跌幅約達 10%，下半年則極視乎中國經濟能否擺脫歐美債務危機的拖累，才敢作定論。而相比之下，較穩陣的物業投資則首選商舖。
施永青昨出席集團旗下中原理 財講座後表示，今年整體樓市表現應呈跌勢，且前景並不明朗，估計上半年交投持續疲弱，樓價也會下滑約 10%。現時關鍵在於中國經濟表現，稍後能否證明可以不太受歐美經濟及債務危機影響，可保持 8%增長；如不保，要硬着陸，則本港樓市也必受拖累。不過，他個人較樂觀，相信下半年樓市會稍有起色，因此，集團上半年盡量不減少本港員工及分行數目。
物 業投資中，他個人會首選商舖，因仍有較興旺的旅遊業支撐，甲級商廈短期會有調整，長線也不失是好投資工具。至於住宅方面，因受政府房策所左右，特別細單位 所承受壓力較大，投資約 1000方呎以上的中大型單較有保障。他指出，如目前投資組合中，物業比例佔少於 30%，還可伺機出擊；如已逾 50%則要減磅。
此外，一手及二手市場交投繼續疲軟，一手昨錄約 10宗成交，其中紅磡昇御門佔半。至於二手市場極為平靜，只有業主肯降價才較易成交。市場傳薄扶林貝沙灣 5期單號屋，面積 9254方呎，業主原叫價 3.5億元，剛以逾 3.1億元售出，降價近 4000萬元。
針對 RQFII基金湧現，證監會昨日特別提醒投資者相關風險，指出這類產品只投資於內地單一市場，投資者要留意人民幣滙率風險，此外，由於至少有 80%資金投資於債市，投資者要注意利率走勢、發行商信貸及流通風險。
RQFII產品的資金至少有 80%投資於內地債市，投資於 A股少於兩成，因此，證監會提醒投資者要關注與內地債市相關的風險，舉例，發行商一般在內地成立，不受制於香港法例， RQFII基金對發行商行使權利時或會遇到困難或延誤。
Jeff Berwick of The Dollar Vigilante tells SGTbull that besides gold and silver, a foreign passport is a necessity prior to the coming collapse.
With 2012 off to a solid start, King World News wanted to do a gold & silver special with James Turk for KWN readers globally. All we can tell you is Turk came through in a very big way. Turk discussed gold, but let’s start off with what he had to say about silver: “Whenever I look at silver I keep going back to the wonderful blog piece you wrote on October 18th, titled, ‘Is Silver the Next Apple?’
That long-term chart of Apple conveys an important message. Despite five major corrections, over ten years, shares of Apple, nevertheless, rose 70 fold. If you were shaken out on any of those corrections, you would have missed one of greatest bull moves in history.”
James Turk continues:
“So that KWN readers globally can get a visual of how violent some of the corrections in Apple have been, I am including a long-term chart of AAPL below. As was mentioned in your October 18th piece, there were five major corrections in Apple, ranging from 27% to 82%, which long-term investors had to endure in order to make 70 times their money...
We have to transfer that big picture thinking to silver. Over the past seven months, silver has undergone what everybody seems to believe was a very nasty correction. However, a weekly chart of silver is still showing a very bullish picture. The flag pattern, which you and I have spoken about previously, is still very much in place.
If anything, the patten has now become stronger because silver is now testing support in the high 20s and looks like it is forming a double bottom. I still think this flag pattern will send silver to $70 in three months, once silver has broken out to the upside. Because it is a descending flag pattern, the breakout pattern has now moved down to $37.50, but $35 is the more important resistance level.
Once theses two levels are taken out, that three month move to $70 begins. So, as I see it, just keep accumulating physical silver here. The fundamentals for silver continue to remain very bullish and only time will tell if silver is the next Apple. I continue to expect that silver will go much higher and reach my $400 per ounce forecast....
Continue reading the James Turk interview below...
“If we go back a decade ago in silver and start the bull market in the mid 4s, and silver reaches my long-term target, it will have actually outperformed shares of Apple.”
When asked about gold, Turk responded, “Like silver, gold has come back and retested its September low. So it too is forming a double-bottom on its chart. Importantly, physical demand for gold, under $1,600, has been very strong. Now that gold is back above $1,600, we are starting to see some serious short-covering which should propel gold significantly higher.
Over here in Europe, the euro and the worsening European bank crisis are inevitably leading many people to the gold market as a safe haven. Consequently, I think it’s safe to assume that the low for gold is in place. In fact, Eric, we’ve probably seen, this week, the low price in gold for the year. In other words, onwards and upwards from here with a price well over $2,000 within sight.
Regardless of whether investors are accumulating additional gold and silver positions or simply holding on to what they have, people should remember those great lines from Jesse Livermore:
“And right here let me say one thing: After spending many years in Wall Street and after making and losing millions of dollars I want to tell you this: It never was my thinking that made the big money for me. It always was my sitting. Got that? My sitting tight! It is no trick at all to be right on the market. You always find lots of early bulls in bull markets and early bears in bear markets.
I’ve known many men who were right at exactly the right time, and began buying and selling stocks when prices were at the very level which should show the greatest profit. And their experience invariable matched mine -- that is, they made no real money out of it. Men who can both be right and sit tight are uncommon. I found it one of the hardest things to learn. But it is only after a stock operator has firmly grasped this that he can make big money.”
1月 7日 星期六
除了股神外，近年聲名大噪的「沽神」、在次按爆煲一役勁賺的保爾森，其旗艦基金Advantage Plus股價更在一年內勁挫達52％，至於有「債王」稱號的格羅斯，旗下的主力基金Total Return同樣表現不濟，全年僅升4.2%，不單輸給96%的同業，也不是香港業主的對手！
細價股走勢暗淡，慘蝕者包括鍾情細價股的「女股神」劉央。粗略計，旗下所持重倉的上市股份，在 2012短短 3個交易日市值蒸發近 9000萬元，難怪劉央在早前接受彭博電視訪問時亦疑似「發爛渣」，多次大罵「香港已經毫無希望」！
聯交所資料顯示，劉央旗下西京投資持股逾 5%的港上市公司近 30隻，絕大部份為小型的細價股。據統計，今年截至昨天的 3個交易日，逾三分二相關股份累計股價下跌，西京所持總市值大跌近 9000萬元至約 82.4億元。最重傷股份為劉央愛股人和商業（ 1387）， 3日累挫 4.7%，所佔市值挫逾 5000萬元，認真重傷。
香港文匯報訊 (記者 王玨 北京報道) 國家主席胡錦濤在2012年第一期《求是》雜誌上發表文章，強調要建設社會主義文化強國。胡錦濤指出，國際敵對勢力正在加緊對中國實施西化、分化戰略圖 謀，思想文化領域是其進行長期滲透的重點領域。因此，官員要「警鐘長鳴、警惕長存」。
中共十七屆六中全會於去年10月15日至18日召開，主題是文化建設。在這篇題為《堅定不移走中 國特色社會主義文化發展道路，努力建設社會主義文化強國》的文章中，胡錦濤表示，當今世界正處在大發展大變革大調整時期，當代中國正在新的歷史起點上向著 新的奮鬥目標邁進，文化的作用更加廣泛而深刻。
胡錦濤指出，在世界範圍內各種思想文化交流交融交鋒更加頻繁的背景下，誰佔據了文化發展制高點，誰擁有了強大文化軟實力，誰就能夠在激烈的國際競爭中贏得 主動。他警告，必須清醒地看到，國際敵對勢力正在加緊對中國實施西化、分化戰略圖謀，思想文化領域是其進行長期滲透的重點領域，因此需要深刻認識意識形態 領域鬥爭的嚴重性和複雜性，警鐘長鳴、警惕長存，採取有力措施加以防範和應對。
胡錦濤稱，總體而言，中國文化發展同經濟社會發展和人民日益增長的精神文化需求還不完全適應，束 縛文化生產力發展的體制機制問題尚未根本解決，文化在引領風尚、教育人民、服務社會、推動發展等方面的作用還沒有得到充分發揮，中國文化整體實力和國際影 響力與中國國際地位還不相稱，「西強我弱」的國際文化和輿論格局尚未根本扭轉。
What does it take to make pure silver coins and bars? This time we’re looking at the enormous task of mining silver. The video also reveals the key steps involved in the creation of doré bars – semi-pure bars that require further purification at a refinery before the silver can be used for minting.
呢個是我見到最似樣的 Buffalo round(NTR Mint 出產), 因為 Buffalo rounds 愈出愈多, 而好多簡化到連年份都無和無UNITED-STATES-OF-AMERICA 字印 !
美國個邊愈出愈多 replica silver round, 所以大家買時, 一定要睇清楚, 唔好當古幣俾多咗錢, 因為它們只值近純銀的價錢 !
Buffalo silver rounds are some of the most popular silver investment items being sold today. Their design is based on the Indian Head nickel, also known as the Buffalo nickel, which was minted between 1913 and 1938.
Buffalo silver rounds are not produced by the US Mint, but rather by private mints. They have no official connection with either the Indian Head nickel or the American gold buffalo coin, but are rather inspired by their design.
On the obverse of the private mint issued round is a portrait of a Native American man along with the word “LIBERTY” at the top right edge. On its reverse is an image of a buffalo, along with the purity and fineness listing of “.999 FINE SILVER” along the top edge above the buffalo, along with the weight description “ONE TROY OUNCE” below the buffalo at the bottom of the coin. It has a diameter of 37 mm.
Since they are not officially minted bullion coins but rather silver rounds, silver buffalos can be bought at significantly lower premiums than officially minted silver coins like the American Silver Eagle and the Canadian Silver Maple. They will, of course, sell for a lower price too, since they are not world famous like silver eagles or maples. But silver bullion is silver bullion, and buffalo silver rounds are an efficient way to invest in silver at prices closer to spot.
With 2011 coming to a close and gold and silver stabilizing after the recent smash, today King World News interviewed acclaimed money manager Stephen Leeb, Chairman & Chief Investment Officer of Leeb Capital Management. KWN wanted to get his outlook for 2012 and thoughts on the recent takedown in the metals. When asked about the action in gold, Leeb responded, “The fact that gold has gone down, in the face of what should be good news, has really spooked people. But there are a lot of reasons you can have corrections, even the strongest markets have corrections. This could have started because Paulson sold a big chunk of his GLD.”
Stephen Leeb continues:
“Why did he (Paulson) sell GLD? Because he bet a lot on banks and banks lost 25% or 30% in value. There may have been other hedge funds in the same position. To put this correction in perspective, in 2008 gold went down, from top to bottom, by 34%. Most of that decline followed Bear Stearns. It reflected a lack of liquidity in the system.
The point I’m making is these kind of corrections are just that, corrections. This is hard to believe, but gold today, it’s yearly average is 20% higher than the yearly average in 2010. That’s a remarkable move. Gold had a great year.
All of the sudden you have an asset that’s been in an eleven year bull market and everybody is bearish on it. It’s quite remarkable when you think about it.
I just want to add that we are now shutting down refineries in this country because they are no longer profitable.....
“That means you could have a floor, not a ceiling, but a floor of $4 per gallon of gasoline this summer.
If Europe ever does get its act together we could see crude move to $120 to $130 a barrel. That would mean $5 a gallon gasoline at the pump. This is going to be a massive tax on consumers for which the government gets no benefit.
It’s going to slow down the economy and at the same time it will juice up inflation. This means the Fed is not going to risk another depression so they may loosen in the face of inflation going up. If that happens, not that gold would even need it, but this would take gold’s uptrend and add multiple turbo-boosters to it.
I’ll give you my target for gold at the end of 2012, it’s going to be trading somewhere between $2,500 and $3,000. This correction, in other words, is a non-event. The rubber band analogy applies here, for every dollar down on gold, it will mean an extra dollar on the upside when we get the reversal.
It’s so important for investors that are not seasoned, it’s so important not to get shaken out of your position here. And if you have extra money on the side, this is a great buying opportunity.
Segueing into silver, silver is even better here. The Chinese have started to stockpile silver, sort of hidden in an announcement they made the other day. They are not going to export any silver. China is not going to export, according to their latest announcement, not even one ounce of silver.
So, if I were to target silver for the end of 2012, I’m going to be very, very conservative and say silver will finish 2012 at $60. It’s going to make new all-time highs.”