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Duh, ya think? Canadian central banker says QE weakens the currency

Section: Daily Dispatches

And he says central banks should be more forthcoming. Does that include subjects like gold?

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Carney: QE's Stealth Effect Is a Weaker Currency

By Kevin Carmichael
The Globe and Mail, Toronto
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said central banks have been less than forthcoming in admitting that one of the primary aims of quantitative easing is to weaken their foreign-exchange rates, remarks that will fuel a tense debate over the effect the Federal Reserve's policies have had in stoking the currency war.

"The unspoken issue with quantitative easing writ large is the exchange rate channel," Mr. Carney said Wednesday evening in New York at a conference organized by the Economist magazine.

"The one area where central banks maybe haven't been quite as up front is (that) the fact is that when you quantitative ease, the portfolio-balance effect, which is the main transmission mechanism, operates through the exchange-rate channel, just as it does when you lower interest rates," Mr. Carney continued. "That is part of the stimulus you get."

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Sona Drills 85.4g Gold/Ton Over 4 Metres at Elizabeth Gold Deposit,
Extending the Mineralization of the Southwest Vein on the Property

Company Press Release, October 27, 2010

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Sona Resources Corp. reports on five drillling holes in the third round of assay results from the recently completed drill program at its 100 percent-owned Elizabeth Gold Deposit Property in the Lillooet Mining District of southern British Columbia. Highlights from the diamond drilling include:

-- Hole E10-66 intersected 17.4g gold/ton over 1.54 metres.

-- Hole E10-67 intersected 96.4g gold/ton over 2.5 metres, including one assay interval of 383g of gold/ton over 0.5 metres.

-- Hole E10-69 intersected 85.4g gold/ton over 4.03 metres, including one assay interval of 230g gold/ton over 1 metre.

Four drill holes, E10-66 to E10-69, targeted the southwestern end of the Southwest Vein, and three of the holes have expanded the mineralized zone in that direction. The Southwest Vein gold mineralization has now been intersected over a strike length of 325 metres, with the deepest hole drilled less than 200 metres from surface.

"The assay results from the Southwest Zone quartz vein continue to be extremely positive," says John P. Thompson, Sona's president and CEO. "We are expanding the Southwest Vein, and this high-grade gold mineralization remains wide open down dip and along strike to the southwest."

For the company's full press release, please visit:

With its benchmark interest rate near zero, the Fed has created dollars to buy financial assets worth about US$2 trillion to keep downward pressure on borrowing costs. That policy also has contributed to a weaker dollar, which has been a boon for U.S. exporters -- and an irritant for some U.S. trading partners, such as Brazil and South Korea, that have had to cope with rising currencies.

But Mr. Carney's objective was not to criticize quantitative easing. He said Fed chairman Ben Bernanke "has delivered" and the heavy criticism he has received "appears unwarranted." Mr. Carney said the Fed's two asset purchase programs -- commonly referred to as quantitative easing, or QE -- have been a "net positive for Canada," even though the loonie surged above parity with the U.S. dollar.

Rather, Mr. Carney was trying to make a finer point. He suggested that much of the rancor over QE could have been avoided if central bankers were clearer in their communication of policy.

"The issue goes back to a calm understanding of why an institution is doing it, what the end objective is," he said. A good place to begin would be avoiding describing QE as business as usual, Mr. Carney said. QE should be clearly defined as an exceptional policy that will be deployed only when absolutely necessary. "It's important to be up front," he said.

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Prophecy Platinum Drills 120.9 Meters
Grading 1.26 g/t PGM+Au at Yukon Wellgreen Project

Company Press Release
Monday, September 26, 2011

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada -- Prophecy Platinum Corp. (TSX-V: NKL, OTC-QX: PNIKF, Frankfurt: P94P) has announced the drill results received from its 2011 drilling Wellgreen platinum group elements, nickel, and copper project in the Yukon Territory.

Borehole WS11-188 encountered 457 meters of mineralization grading 0.47% nickel equivalent (including 0.72 grams per ton platinum, paladium, and gold) from surface to the footwall contact. Within this larger swath of mineralization, the hole encountered a high-grade section of 17.8 meters of 3.14 grams per ton platinum, palladium, and gold, 1.03% nickel, and 0.74% copper (1.77% nickel equivalent).

The hole was drilled completely outside of current resource boundaries, between the East Zone resource and the West Zone resource that was reported in the company's press release no July 14, 2011.

The high-grade intercept located between the two resources not only demonstrates that the East and West Zone resource form a single, geologically contiguous body but also indicates that the higher-grade material in the East Zone continues to the west and at depth at Wellgreen.

For drill result tables and maps, please see the company's full press release here: