Daily Dispatches

Dollar will remain primary reserve currency, Fed official tells bankers


Fed's Fisher Says Dollar
Likely to Stay Main Currency

By Christopher Anstey
Bloomberg News Service
Friday, November 17, 2006


WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said the dollar is likely to remain the world's top currency in central bank reserves because of U.S. growth rates and success in containing inflation.

GATA chairman reaches national radio audience in Canada on Saturday


Blender Media Press Release
via CNNMatthews
Friday, November 17, 2006


VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- "Market Matters," a nationally syndicated radio program on the Corus Radio Network, is featuring Bill Murphy, chairman of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA). Murphy will be discussing collusion against a free market in gold, precious metals, currencies, and related securities.

Choking on hedge book, Newcrest stalls payment by 2 years


Newcrest Defers Gold Hedges
to Gain Exposure to Spot Price

From Reuters
Friday, November 17, 2006


SYDNEY -- Australia's Newcrest Mining Ltd. said on Friday it had restructured its hedge book by deferring 1.6 million ounces of gold in order to get better exposure to market bullion prices. The company said the purpose of the restructure was to achieve a better balance of exposure to spot gold prices and to reduce the percentage of production hedged for any one year.

Resource Investor: Court finds Barrick doesn't own Chilean mine property


By Jon A. Nones
Thursday, November 16, 2006

According to a Chilean news source, El Diario de Atacama, Rodolfo Villar, a local gold prospector and geologist, has won a court ruling establishing ownership to the properties in the 8,600 hectares of land surrounding and including Barrick's Pascua Lama. Barrick is challenging the ruling in the Chilean Court of Appeal.

Vince Borg, senior vice president of corporate communications for Barrick, confirmed this with Resource Investor but said the Villar case is a "nuisance suit."

John Crudele: How you may have kinda saved $392.10


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


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


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

By Wanfeng Zhou
Thursday, November 16, 2006


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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%


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

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By Ellen Simon
Associated Press
Monday, November 13, 2006


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."

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