Daily Dispatches

Thieves mine catalytic converters for metal more valuable than gold


By David Hodari
The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Soaring palladium prices are inspiring an unusual band of criminals: catalytic converter thieves.

The exhaust-control devices common in most cars contain the silvery white precious metal, whose prices have climbed more than 50 percent since mid-August. Palladium is now more expensive than gold.

How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold


By Corina Pons and Maria Ramirez
Sunday, February 10, 2019

EL CALLAO, Venezuela -- Venezuela's most successful financial operations in recent years have not taken place on Wall Street, but in primitive gold-mining camps in the nation's southern reaches.

BIS gold swaps fall in January; data hints at price suppression in 2017


By Robert Lambourne
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Federal judge lets traders combine cases accusing JPMorgan of rigging monetary metals markets


By Dawn Giel
CNBC, New York
Thursday, February 7, 2019

A group of traders from across the U.S. who allege that JPMorganChase manipulated precious metals markets for years are one step closer to bringing a class-action suit against the nation's largest bank.

Russia may eliminate gold tax to boost investment at dollar's expense


From Russia Today, Moscow
Friday, February 8, 2019

Russia's Finance Ministry told the Izvestia newspaper it is considering complete abolition of value-added tax on gold purchases. This would give Russian savers an option of investing in gold rather than foreign currencies.

Economics prof Michael Hudson details the imperial scheme against Venezuela for oil and gold


2:43p ET Friday, February 8, 2019

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Hong Kong launches new micro-gold trading platform GoldZip


By Enoch Yu
South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
Friday, February 8, 2019

Hong Kong's local gold exchange will introduce in March a new trading platform called GoldZip which will allow investors to trade in units as small as a single gram for HK$300 (US$38), in an effort to raise the appeal of the yellow metal among younger retail investors.

Mysterious Turkish firm helped Maduro move $900 million in gold


From Bloomberg News
Friday, February 8, 2019

Two months after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, a mysterious company called Sardes sprang into existence.

Stefan Gleason: Battle for Venezuela's gold is a lesson in counterparty risk


By Stefan Gleason
Money Metals Exchange, Eagle, Idano
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

He who controls the gold makes the rules. That adage applies aptly to the crisis in Venezuela.

An international battle for control of Venezuela's gold is underway. At stake is the country's political future -- and, with it, the global market for its immense oil reserves.

GATA Chairman Murphy interviewed on what could keep gold rally going


11:40a ET Friday, February 8, 2019

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GATA Chairman Bill Murphy, interviewed by Dunagun Kaiser for Reluctant Preppers, discusses the recent rise in monetary metals prices and what could keep it going. The interview is 19 minutes long and can be viewed at YouTube here:


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