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Murray Pollitt: Farewell to all the emperors

Section: Daily Dispatches

1:30p ET Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

In his latest market letter, Murray Pollitt of Pollitt & Co. in Toronto, the grand and not that old man of Canadian mine finance, remarks that the world's policy makers lack the courage to accept the discipline necessary to shore up the world's finances. So, Pollitt writes:

"Our best guess is that markets, not policy makers, will determine the next monetary system. And, as much for lack of alternatives as the traditional reasons, gold will be somehow involved. Meanwhile markets will be characterized by volatility, defaults, lots of uncertainty, and a rush for the hard stuff. Before they get around to a monetary system, governments will wake up to the need for wealth creation and, since the quick fix for wealth creation is competitive devaluation, we expect governments to get at it with vigour. Shades of the 1930s."

Pollitt's commentary is headlined "Farewell to All the Emperors" and he has generously consented to GATA's posting it here:

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

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