Blanchard research note: Mine consolidation means less gold supply

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By Neal R. Ryan
Vice President and Director of Economic Research
Blanchard and Co. Inc., New Orleans
Friday, March 16, 2007

www.blanchardonline.com

News is circulating around the market today of a potential bid by Barrick for Newmont. This story gets trotted out every so often as analysts start trying to jump out in front of the next big deal.

Fines for market rigging are tiny fraction of its profits

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SEC Allows Auction-Rate
Manipulation With Disclosure

By Darrell Preston
Bloomberg News Service
Friday, March 16, 2007

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=amVIyWQRrnkI&refer=n...

China tries to reassure world about its impact on markets

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By Joe McDonald
Associated Press
via Yahoo News
Friday, March 16, 2007

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070316/ap_on_bi_ge/china_economy_2

China says investment plans won't affect its dollar assets

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Maybe ... if owners of hard assets around the world are willing to trade them to China for China's U.S. government bonds and not liquidate the bonds and spend the cash on anything themselves. There's a sucker born every minute, but are there really THAT many suckers outside China?

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By the Associated Press
via Yahoo News
Thursday, March 15, 2007

Keeping housing prices up solves subprime problem, Greenspan says

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Subprime Spillover Is Unlikely,
Former Fed Chairman Greenspan Says

By Brian Skoloff
Associated Press
via Yahoo News
Thursday, March 15, 2007

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070315/ap_on_bi_ge/greenspan;_ylt=AsWhyHnP4...

Two more lunches for GATA sympathizers in Oz and environs

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9:14p ET Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GATA sympathizers in Australia and denizens of the southern hemisphere nearby, from Polynesia to Bouvet Island, are cordially invited to a couple of lunches next month in Sydney and Canberra.

The details:

Sydney: noon, Thursday, April 12, at the Tattersalls Club, 181 Elizabeth St, Sydney City.

Foreign love for U.S. assets at risk in subprime drop

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By Jennifer Ablan
Reuters
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

http://www.reuters.com/article/reutersEdge/idUSN1428164620070314

NEW YORK -- The deepest housing decline in 16 years could slow an inflow of global capital that has more than funded the massive fiscal and external deficits in the United States.

Goldman pays $2 million to settle 'naked' short-selling case

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By The Associated Press
via Yahoo News
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070314/goldman_sec_settlement.html?.v=1

WASHINGTON -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s clearing unit has agreed to pay $2 million in civil penalties to settle allegations that it allowed customers to illegally profit by selling securities short just before public offerings of stock, regulators said.

Housing decline, subprime mortgage crash 'largely contained,' Paulson says

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From Reuters
via Yahoo News
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070313/bs_nm/usa_subprime_paulson_dc;_ylt=A...

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday a decline in U.S. housing activity has caused some damage in subprime mortgage markets but was not hurting the overall economy.

Blanchard & Co. research note: European central bank gold sales declining

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By Neal R. Ryan
Vice President and Director of Economic Research
Blanchard and Co. Inc., New Orleans
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

www.blanchardonline.com