An hour with Jim Rickards and the once and future money


1a ET Friday, December 17, 2010

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Market intelligence analyst James G. Rickards of research firm Omnis Inc. made a long presentation to the "Rethinking the Future International Security Environment" conference held Dec. 7 in Washington by the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University. The second half of Rickards' presentation elaborated on his recent incisive observations about gold, as expressed at King World News and elsewhere.

Rickards told the Johns Hopkins conference that he considers gold to be the secret economic weapon of the U.S. government, and he noted that devaluing currencies against gold in times of economic distress has been done frequently throughout history.

He said he expects the United States to avert the dollar's collapse by returning it to a gold standard or even to avert the collapse of currencies worldwide by sponsoring a new gold-backed international currency, with gold revalued to perhaps $4,000 per ounce under either scenario. During the question period at the end of his presentation Rickards asserted that the paper gold markets in New York and London have sold claims to far more gold than the sellers possess or likely can obtain and that those markets will crash and resort to cash settlement if enough buyers ever try to take delivery. Of course that has been one of GATA's main arguments lately.

In regard to devaluation against gold, it may be time again to note the study published in 2006 by the British economist Peter Millar, "The Relevance and Importance of Gold in the World Monetary System." Millar argued as Rickards does while predicting gold's revaluation at a somewhat higher price. Millar's study can be found at GATA's Internet site here:

Rickards is a scholar and lawyer and described himself to the Johns Hopkins conference as a refugee from the bond market who converted to gold when he perceived how haywire things were going in the world financial system. (He got an especially close look as counsel to Long-Term Capital Management when it collapsed in 1998.) While his presentation is nearly two hours long, after the aggravatingly short segments given to him on business television it is a delight to have a chance to hear him lecture a bit. His reflections on gold begin at about 62 minutes into the video of his presentation, which is posted at the Internet site of the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University here:

Or try this abbreviated link:

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


Opportunity in the gold coin market

Swiss America Trading Corp. alerts GATA supporters to an opportunistic area of the gold coin market. While the gold bullion market has been quite volatile lately and as of November 29 gold has risen only $7 per ounce over the last month, the MS64 $20 gold St. Gaudens coin has risen about 10 percent in the same time. The ratio between the price of these coins and the price of gold is rising. If you'd like to learn more about the ratio and $20 gold coins, Swiss America can e-mail you a three-year study of it as well as other information.

Swiss America also can provide a limited number of free copies of "Crashing the Dollar," a book written by Swiss America's president, Craig Smith.

For information about the ratio between the $20 gold pieces and the gold price and for a free copy of "Crashing The Dollar," please call Swiss America's Tim Murphy at 1-800-289-2646 X1041 or Fred Goldstein at X1033. Or e-mail them at and

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Prophecy Drills 71.17 Metres of 0.52 percent NiEq
(0.310 percent Nickel 0.466 g/t PGMs +Au and 0.223 percent copper)
from surface at Wellgreen Project in the Yukon

Prophecy Resource Corp. (TSX-V: PCY) reports that it has received additional assays results from its 100-percent-owned Wellgreen PGM Ni-Cu property in the Yukon, Canada. Diamond drill holes WS10-179 to WS10-182 were drilled during the summer of 2010 by Northern Platinum (which merged with Prophecy on September 23, 2010). WS10-183 was drilled by Prophecy in October 2010. Highlights from the newly received assays include 71.17 metres from surface of 0.52 percent NiEq (0.310 percent nickel, 0.466 g/t PGMs + Au, and 0.233 percent copper) and ended in mineralization. For more drill highlights, please visit: