Daily Dispatches

Bank of England warns of fevered tension in banking system

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By Edmund Conway
The Telegraph, London
Monday, March 16, 2009

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/financialcrisis/4996806...

Tensions in the financial system are approaching the fever pitch they reached before the collapse of Lehman Brothers last October, the Bank of England has warned.

Ted Butler: Crunch time for silver?

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2:51p ET Monday, March 16, 2009

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold (and Silver):

UK's Royal Mint is top prospect for privatization

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By Samantha Pearson
Financial Times, London
Sunday, March 15, 2009

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d4eee5a2-1190-11de-87b1-0000779fd2ac.html?

The Royal Mint, which manufactures coins for the UK and over 50 other countries, has moved to the top of the government's privatisation list as it looks for ways to ease the huge pressure on public finances in the wake of the banking crisis.

Russia wants new international reserve currency

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Russia Proposes Macro-economic, Budget Standards to G-20

From Russian News and Information Agency
RIA Novosti, Moscow
Monday, March 16, 2009

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20090316/120580387.html

China lost billions buying stocks just before crash

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China Lost Billions in Diversity Drive

By Jamil Anderlini
Financial Times, London
Sunday, March 15, 2009

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/11fa4136-119f-11de-87b1-0000779fd2ac.html

BEIJING -- China has lost tens of billions of dollars of its foreign exchange reserves through a poorly timed diversification into global equities just before world markets collapsed last year.

James Turk: Extraordinary stress in the silver market

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9:05p ET Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold (and Silver):

GoldMoney founder James Turk, editor of the Freemarket Gold & Money Report and consultant to GATA, reports tonight that the silver market has been in backwardation for 38 days, which he believes is unprecedented and signifies enormous stress in the market -- a serious shortage.

U.S. Mint suspends production of more gold and silver coins

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4:20p ET Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold (and Silver):

Another big story on gold omits most important parts

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10:52a ET Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

If one is going to criticize reporting and commentary about the gold market, one is likely to have to spend every waking moment doing it. But the story from London's Telegraph that is appended here may be especially provocative. For example:

If Jim Rogers doesn't know about it, it can't be happening

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8:13p ET Friday, March 13, 2009

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold (and Silver):

Warren Bevan, editor of Precious Metals Stock Review, was unfortunately not well prepared when, the other day, he interviewed renowned investment fund manager Jim Rogers and raised the question of manipulation of the precious metals markets.

Justice Litle: Is gold on 'deflationary death watch'?

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7:30p ET Friday, March 13, 2009

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

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