The Gold Price Is Fixed. So What?

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Source: Euro Pacific Precious Metals – The Gold Price Is Fixed. So What?

We can’t ignore it anymore – the markets are rigged. The LIBOR scandal broke almost two years ago, and the banks found responsible for manipulating that key index are still dealing with lawsuits. Meanwhile, allegations of gold market manipulation have been simmering for over a decade and grew into an inferno after the spot price dropped dramatically last spring.

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Japan Wages Pressured by Fastest Inflation Since 2008 (Dec 2013)

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Source: Bloomberg – Japan Wages Pressured by Fastest Inflation Since 2008

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Japan’s inflation accelerated to the fastest pace since 2008 last month, bringing the rate closer to policy makers’ target while threatening to erode household spending power unless employers boost wages.

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Goldman’s Currie Says Gold Is ‘Slam Dunk’ Sell After Shutdown (Oct 2013)

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Source: Bloomberg – Goldman’s Currie Says Gold Is ‘Slam Dunk’ Sell After Shutdown

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Gold, set for its first annual loss in 13 years, is a “slam dunk” sell for next year because the U.S. economy will extend its recovery after lawmakers resolve stalemates over the nation’s budget and debt ceiling, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Jeffrey Currie said.

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Miners Flailing As 10-year Gold Rush Grinds To A Halt (Aug 2013)

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Source: The Australian – Miners flailing as 10-year gold rush grinds to a halt

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IT has been a quarter from hell for Australia’s gold industry, and the wallets of the nation’s goldmining executives are lighter as a result.

The sector has been reeling in recent weeks, with a wave of redundancies, salary cuts and writedowns illustrating how painful life became as the 10-year bull run in gold prices ground to a swift halt.

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