John Crudele: How you may have kinda saved $392.10

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By John Crudele
New York Post
Thursday, November 16, 2006

http://www.nypost.com/seven/11162006/business/how_you_may_have_kinda_sav...

You will be happy to know that your household costs actually went down in October because of that light truck you didn't buy.

I don't mean to mess with your head this early in the day. But the declining costs of light trucks was a major reason the government earlier this week was able to announce a surprise 1.6 percent drop in producer prices for October.

China doesn't seem to be moving out of the dollar yet

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China not yet moving
away from dollar;
diversification story
masks rise in its
Treasury holdings in 2006

By Wanfeng Zhou
CBSMarketWatch.com
Thursday, November 16, 2006

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/story.aspx?siteid=mktw&guid=%7B17E...

NEW YORK -- China's reserve-diversification story remains very much in the spotlight in the currency market, yet there's little evidence that the world's largest holder of foreign-exchange reserves is selling U.S. dollars, analysts said Thursday.

U.S. is biggest currency manipulator, Chinese researcher says

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China's Trillion-Dollar Dilemma:
What to Do with All that Stuff?

From Xinhua News Agency
China Daily, Beijing
Wednesday, November 15, 2006

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006-11/15/content_733995.htm

As official data flash up staggering US$1 trillion of foreign exchange reserves, China is debating whether the huge stockpile is a blessing or a burden and what to do with it.

The huge reserves are a reflection of China's economic achievements since reforms began in the 1980s, but observers worry that an excessive, fast-growing stash will endanger currency stability and liquidity.

Silver smashdown imminent

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The warning is the usual disinformation from GFMS.

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Silver to Hit $15/oz
on Investor Demand,
GFMS says

From Reuters
Tuesday, November 14, 2006

http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.aspx?type=fundsNews2&stor...

NEW YORK -- Strong investor buying of silver, fueled by a popular exchange-traded fund, is likely to take the silver price 17 percent higher to $15 an ounce in the next few months despite lower fabrication demand, precious metals consultant GFMS said on Tuesday.

China should 'pick right time' and buy gold, government economist says

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The chart at Kitco suggests that the'right time' was any time in the last five years. ...

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From Reuters
Wednesday, November 15, 2006

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/061115/3/2sw9m.html

BEIJING -- China should buy more gold at the right time as part of a strategy for diversifying its $1 trillion in foreign exchange reserves, a prominent government economist said in remarks published on Wednesday.

Health care costs likely to rise 10%

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But then maybe the CPI can replace chemotherapy with cough drops. ...

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By Ellen Simon
Associated Press
Monday, November 13, 2006

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061113/ap_on_he_me/healthcare_costs

Health care costs could rise more than 10 percent in 2007, unless companies change their plans, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"What the insurers are projecting is double-digit increases if you don't do anything," said Michael Thompson, a principal at PWC. "Many employers, most employers, are doing something."

Ted Butler: Silver has a lot of catching up to do

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9:27p ET Monday, November 13, 2006

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Silver market analyst Ted Butler's new essay, "Us and Them," notes how silver's price, even with its recent strong rise, badly lags the price of other industrial metals when silver should lead them because of its dual function as a monetary metal. "The investment punch to the silver price has barely been felt," Butler writes, "and before it's over the percentage gain in silver will dwarf that of any other metal."

Private silver currency gets notice in western North Carolina

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Liberty Dollars
Used in Asheville
Are Not Legal Tender

By Ieva M. Augstums
Associated Press
via The Herald-Sun, Durham, North Carolina
Saturday, November 11, 2006

http://www.heraldsun.com/state/6-787392.html

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina -- What's in your wallet? If it's a Liberty Dollar, watch out.

Similar in size and design to the U.S. Mint coins that are legal tender for all debts, public and private, Liberty Dollars are stamped from 1 troy ounce of 0.999 fine silver with a supposed face value of $20. It's an alternative currency accepted by some 85 businesses in Asheville, the largest city in the mountains of western North Carolina.

You're invited to GATA's reception in New Orleans on Saturday, Nov. 18

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12:04p ET Sunday, November 12, 2006

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee invites its friends to an evening reception in a historic setting during and just a few blocks from the 2006 New Orleans Investment Conference:

Saturday, November 18, 2006
7-9 p.m.
Latrobe's on Royal
403 Royal St.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Tickets: $30 per person
Complimentary beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres

Chinese central banker says gold is 'separate' from FX diversification

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9:30p ET Friday, November 10, 2006

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Reuters has gotten another interview with the head of China's central bank and drawn him out on plans for diversification of the country's foreign exchange reserves. The Reuters correspondent, Simon Rabinovitch, even had the wit to ask about gold, and got an answer that was telling for being so cryptic: "That's a separate thing."