Kalgoorlie conference: Barrick production increase, Lassonde''s price prediction

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6:34p ET Monday, July 26, 2004

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

A loyal friend of GATA wrote today that the gold
community seems to have given up. Discouraged
as many may be about the gold price, we should
recognize the cause and cheer up.

It's not that gold has topped out; far from it.
It's that the strains on the world financial
system and particularly on the U.S. dollar and
the general U.S. equities and bond markets are so
severe that central bank intervention against
gold is greater than ever.

That is not reason to give up; to the contrary,
it is vindication and confidence for the future.

How do we know?

In part from comparing the paper price of gold
with the real price, as gold market analyst John
Brimelow does every day at GATA Chairman Bill
Murphy's proprietary Internet site,
LeMetropoleCafe.com, and as Brimelow did today
for CBSMarketWatch.com.

The real price of gold, Brimelow noted, can be
found in India, the world's biggest gold consumer,
about which he wrote today: "According to the
premiums shown from India, the country has been
hugely a buyer in the international gold market
since gold dropped below $405 early last week."

As for the paper price of gold, the price traded
on the Comex in New York, Brimelow wrote: "Why has
gold gone down so abruptly? To close readers of
the day-to-day Comex data, such as James Turk's
Freemarket Gold & Money Report, the question is
simple: Gold clearly ran into enormous selling
resistance in the $408-$410 area. The simplest
explanation is that this is central bank selling
designed to influence inflation and interest rate
expectations."

That is, central banks are selling gold at a deep
discount to induce people stay within the financial
system they control.

A few conclusions may be drawn from this:

1) Since gold consumption vastly exceeds production,
at some point the central banks will exhaust their
supplies.

2) The gold price is almost entirely a matter of how
much gold the central banks want to dishoard, how
quickly they want to dishoard it, and whether they
will want to keep any for use in the economic order
that will follow the exhaustion of their supplies and
their inability to use gold to manipulate financial
markets.

3) While gold investors may not get rich by Friday,
the central banks still have given them a great gift --
not just a bargain price on gold but a look at the
future, a future of a currency debasement far beyond
the debasement to which the world has grown
accustomed since formal convertibility of currencies
into precious metals was more or less outlawed.

This information isn't a sure thing by Friday. But it
is a sure thing likely to be fulfilled within the
lifetime of most gold investors.

Kitco.com says gold is up almost 8 percent over the
last 12 months, which is better performance than most
other investments. So it shouldn't be too hard to
keep the faith as we continue working for a better,
fairer world.

If you need further cheering, read the latest
commentary by David Bond of Wallace Street Journal
fame, "Write In Ron Paul for President, and Other
Possible Dreams." GATA's charter prevents it from
engaging in partisan politics, but the second part
of Bond's commentary has much interesting and
entertaining information from the great silver
district of Idaho, and if you happen to find Paul
superior to the other presidential candidates being
offered to the American people, that's your business.
GATA surely won't object.

You can find Bond's commentary at 321Gold.com
here:

http://www.321gold.com/editorials/bond/bond072704_wsj.html

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

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