Russian bank freezes accounts of Venezuela's oil company, source tells Reuters

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By Tatiana Voronova
Reuters
Sunday, February 17, 2019

MOSCOW -- Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters today.

U.S. grabs stolen Iraqi gold in Syria, according to Syrian government news agency

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Deal Between Washington and Daesh to Smuggle Stolen Gold from Syria

By Hazem Sabbagh
Syrian Arab News Agency, Damascus
Saturday, February 16, 2019

https://www.sana.sy/en/?p=158759

Ted Butler: A new silver issue for the Justice Department

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2:47p ET Saturday, February 16, 2019

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

The most recent futures trader positioning report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, silver market analyst Ted Butler writes, raises monopolization and restraint-of-trade issues that should be investigated by the Justice Department.

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Venezuela's Guaido asks Citibank to freeze gold swap with Maduro government

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By Mayela Armas
Reuters
Friday, February 15, 2019

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Advisers to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido are asking Citibank not to claim gold put up as collateral for a loan to the government of President Nicolas Maduro if his administration does not make payments on time, a lawmaker said today.

Some of the rarest US coins ever found are hitting the market, thanks to shipwreck off North Carolina

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By Mark Price
Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina
Thursday, February 14, 2019

The first 502 gold and silver coins plucked from a shipwreck off North Carolina have been sold to a global coin dealer at a price that "wildly exceeded" the recovery project's expectations.

6,000 miners to lose jobs but South Africa doesn't care about gold price suppression

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South Africa's Sibanye Weighs Slashing 6,000 Jobs to Stem Gold Losses

By Henry Sanderson
Financial Times, London
Thursday, February 14, 2019

South African miner Sibanye-Stillwater said it may have to cut nearly 6,000 jobs as part of a restructuring of its gold mines due to ongoing losses.

Yikes! Times ARE changing -- The snots at The Economist pontificate favorably about gold

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Catching the Gold Bug

When Trouble Strikes, Where Should You Hide? The Case for Gold

The Grand Central Theory of Markets

The Buttonwood column
The Economist, London
Thursday, February 14, 2019

https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2019/02/16/when-trouble-...

Imagine you have an assignation in New York.

No inflation? What planet do the government statisticians live on?

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Headlines Say There's No Inflation, But Look at What's Getting More Expensive

By Yun Li
CNBC, New York
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in January on the headline level, but looking under the hood, some of the most basic consumption including rent, food and medical care are all getting more expensive.

Intercontinental Exchange admits metals market vulnerability to rigging

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'Flash Boys'-Style Speed Bump Planned for Futures Markets

By Nick Baker
Bloomberg News
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Intercontinental Exchange Inc.'s futures market wants to join the battle against the fastest traders.

USAGold's News & Views finds expectations of gold's breakout year

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8:44p ET Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

USAGold's "News & Views" newsletter for February asks whether 2019 will be gold's "breakout" year and finds a fair number of analysts who indeed expect that it will be. The newsletter is posted in the clear at USAGold here:

http://www.usagold.com/cpmforum/nv1002-feb19/

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer