Bank of Nova Scotia identified as Indian gold ETF custodian

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From Business Standard, New Delhi
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage.php?autono=275128&left...

UTI Mutual Fund today launched its gold exchange traded fund, becoming the second fund house in the country after Benchmark AMC to offer this asset class investment.

The new fund offer, with a minimum investment of 20,000 rupees, would be available between March 1 and 12 and would be listed on the National Stock Exchange on March 26.

Who will get China -- the Chinese or Wall Street?

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1:17a ET Monday, February 19, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

An insightful and even profound analysis of the U.S.-China relationship has been written by Gabriel Ash for Sanders Research Associates in Dublin. Ash's conclusion:

"One must see the American fixation with floating the renminbi in the light of the history of U.S. control of the world monetary system rather than the trade balance. Many economists challenge the very premise that the renminbi is undervalued. Others fear that an exchange rate readjustment would damage the U.S. economy, raising inflation and interest rates and potentially tipping the U.S. into a severe recession.

Mining companies looking for takeovers find prospects growing thin

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By Craig Wong
Canadian Press
Monday, February 19, 2007

http://www.cp.org/english/online/OnlineFullStory.aspx?filename=b021807a&...

VANCOUVER -- Mining companies, flush with cash from record metal prices, may be on the hunt for Canadian acquisitions to build scale or add new development projects, but the list of high-grade prospects is beginning to look thin.

Report of Russian firm's bid for AngloGold disputed

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From Reuters
Sunday, February 18, 2007

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=allBreakingNews&st...

LONDON -- A source close to Polyus Gold denied on Sunday a newspaper report that Russia's top gold miner had approached Anglo American to buy a stake in Anglo Gold Ashanti.

Stephen Roach: Global TIC-tock

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By Stephen S. Roach
MorganStanley.com
Friday, February 16, 2007

http://www.morganstanley.com/views/gef/archive/2007/20070216-Fri.html#an...

The US Treasury's latest report on international capital flows came as a shocker. Net foreign inflows into longer-term US securities fell to just $15.6 billion in December 2006 -- the weakest monthly reading in nearly five years. This stands in sharp contrast to America's enormous external financing needs -- about $3.5 billion of foreign capital inflows each business day required to fund a current account deficit that was running at close to an $875 billion annual rate in the first three quarters of 2006. Does an external financing shortfall of this magnitude finally spell trouble for the seemingly Teflon-like US dollar?

Central banks face rising pressures from politicians

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By Simon Kennedy and Matthew Benjamin
Bloomberg News Service
Monday, February 19, 2007

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aGMYY0WhtTtg&refer=e...

When politicians tried to pressure former European Central Bank President Wim Duisenberg, he used to say: "I hear, but I do not listen." These days, a growing number of central bankers worldwide are hearing a lot -- and some are listening.

Richard Russell agrees with GATA: Central banks rig gold

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11:23p ET Sunday, February 18, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Nine years after LeMetropoleCafe.com proprietor Bill Murphy, soon to start the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, started screaming that the price of gold was being suppressed by collusion on the commodities exchanges, the king of technical analysis of the markets and the most venerable of U.S. financial letter writers, Richard Russell, has fully concurred.

Will U.S. dollar coins build acceptance of monetary debasement?

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1p ET Sunday, February 18, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

While replacing the U.S. dollar bill with dollar coins would be more efficient for the Treasury Department, and while there is plenty of precedent in other countries for it (in Canada and the European Union the smallest paper currency note is for five of the basic currency units), gold and silver sympathizers probably can't help wondering if there might not be more to it in the United States.

Russian miner bids for AngloGold

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Russians Covet AngloGold

By John Waples
The Times, London
Sunday, February 18, 2007

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/article1400181.ece

Russia's Polyus Gold, which is preparing for a London listing, has approached Anglo American to buy its £2.25 billion stake in another mining company, AngloGold Ashanti.

If this were to happen, it would turn Polyus into one of the world's most powerful gold producers. Polyus has indicated it would like to buy part or all of the stake.

John Mauldin: Gold is rising in all currencies

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6:30p ET Saturday, February 17, 2007

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

In new commentary, John Mauldin of Millennium Wave Advisers notes, as GoldMoney founder and GATA consultant James Turk long has been noting, that gold is now rising in all major currencies.

Mauldin also quotes Dennis Gartman of The Gartman Letter as acknowledging that someone is trying to cap the gold price at $670 and that "it may be a government." In other recent commentary Gartman has said that he doesn't know who is suppressing gold and doesn't care. This may be construed to mean that he doesn't dare ask. But since Gartman now has acknowledged, in effect, that GATA just MIGHT be right about gold, maybe his apology for years of ridiculing those who have been complaining about the gold price suppression scheme will turn up in Monday's mail.