Congressional investigators to report on credit derivatives

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From Reuters
Thursday, February 1, 2007

http://yahoo.reuters.com/news/articlehybrid.aspx?storyID=urn:newsml:reut...

WASHINGTON -- Investigators for the U.S. Congress on Thursday pledged to issue a report by June 27 on the use of information technology in the credit derivatives market, responding to a request from lawmakers concerned about trade confirmation backlogs and economic stability.

Blanchard & Co. research note: IMF can't scare gold anymore

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By Neal R. Ryan
Blanchard & Co., New Orleans
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Gold is breaking out of a range between $640-650. We should see prices continue rising toward to the $680 range with little resistance and then need a new period of consolidation before setting off to challenge the May 2006 highs of $730.

So the big news out yesterday after the FOMC non-event meeting was the recommendation from the International Monetary Fund's panel of distinguished current and former central bankers calling for the IMF to sell 400 tonnes of gold to help plug the IMF's operating budget deficits. There are a number of reasons why this probably won't happen, but should it still come to pass, it will give the gold market yet another bullish signal on prices.

FNArena notes IMF gold sale idea and GATA

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10:31a ET Thursday, February 1, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

FNArena's Greg Peel takes note of the latest IMF gold sale idea and GATA's reaction to it in commentary headlined "IMF May Sell 400 Tonnes of Gold," which you can find here:

http://www.fnarena.com/index2.cfm?type=dsp_newsitem&n=7BAE3DD5-17A4-1130...

Or try this abbreviated link:

http://tinyurl.com/2rvjxy

There's gonna be a great day

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9:52p ET Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

IMF would sell gold because European central banks won't anymore

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By Michael Kosares
Centennial Precious Metals, Denver
www.USAGold.com
Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I don't think we are going to see any sale of gold by the International Monetary Fund. It looks like the Central Bank Gold Agreement's inability to reach the 500-tonne quota for the 2006 agreement year (only 350 tonnes were sold) left more of an impression than any of us realized.

The IMF's Committee of Eminent Persons, which interestingly included the head of the Chinese central bank and former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, is saying essentially that the IMF "could" supply the shortage left if the Central Bank Gold Agreement can't meet the 500-tonne allotment in the future. This translates to market neutral because, theoretically, whether the IMF sold gold or not, no more than 500 tonnes would go on the market over the CBGA year.

Venezuela gets a fuhrer

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Chavez Gains Free Rein in Venezuela

By Fabiola Sanchez
Associated Press
Wednesday, January 31, 2007

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070201/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/venezuela_chavez;_...

CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez was granted free rein Wednesday to accelerate changes in broad areas of society by presidential decree, a move critics said propels Venezuela toward dictatorship.

Jim Sinclair: Any IMF sales will be great for gold

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From Jim Sinclair's MineSet
Wednesday, January 31, 2007

http://www.jsmineset.com/

Dear Mr. Sinclair:

Can you comment on the Bloomberg article about the possible gold sales by the International Monetary Fund? It sounds innocuous enough and the experience of 1976-80 certainly does not cause any alarm, but you know better than I what the perception and effect on the price of gold from this article would be given the people making the recommendation and the actuality if it comes to pass.

Central banks must be running low: IMF talks gold sales again

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3:57p ET Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

The central banks must be running low on gold, for today the International Monetary Fund piped up with another gold-selling scheme, maybe because the IMF's 3,217 tonnes of gold can be considered the gold of no one in particular and so may be easier to part with.

Just perfectly, the IMF committee whose report recommends selling gold was chaired by Andrew Crockett, president of JPMorgan Chase International, the great gold shorter for the central banks and formerly director general of the Bank for International Settlements, the great coordinator of the central bank gold-price suppression scheme, as acknowledged in June 2005 by the BIS' own William S. White, head of the bank's monetary and economic department:

Mining giants indignant that someone else should rape and pillage Africa

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By David Robertson
The Times, London
Monday, January 29, 2007

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9072-2571763,00.html

The world's largest mining companies are turning to the UN and the World Bank in an attempt to prevent China freezing them out of Africa, The Times has learnt.

The heads of more than a dozen mining companies representing assets of more than $700 billion (£357 billion) met in secret at the World Economic Forum at Davos last week.

Central banks can't determine how much leverage is out there

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After the Flood:
How Central Banks Fret
About Failures
Once Liquidity Dries Up

By John Plender
Financial Times, London
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/539c92d0-b006-11db-94ab-0000779e2340.html

In September 1998 Bill McDonough, the then president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, corralled representatives of 14 leading banks into the Fed's offices at 33 Liberty Street in Manhattan's financial district and urged them to bail out the ailing Long-Term Capital Management hedge fund. It was a classic central banker's response to a potential systemic crisis.