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Money's not worth paper it's printed on, China Investment Corp. exec says
China Investment Head Gao Says Quantitative Easing Devaluing Paper Money
By Simon Kennedy
Thursday, January 27, 2011
DAVOS, Switzerland -- China Investment Corp. Vice Chairman Gao Xiqing said that central banks' quantitative easing policies are hurting the value of money, one day after the Federal Reserve maintained plans to buy $600 billion of Treasuries.
"You know money is gradually becoming not worth the paper it's printed on," Gao said at an event sponsored today by HSBC Holdings Plc at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Recent gains in commodity and food prices reflect the "long-term view" of investors that prices will accelerate, he said.
The Fed and the European Central Bank have kept their benchmark interest rates at record lows to spur their economic recoveries, triggering concern in emerging markets that the resulting flood of capital will undermine currencies such as the dollar and spark inflation.
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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."
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"We've started collecting Zimbabwe notes," Gao said, referring to an economy whose currency was scrapped in 2009 after inflation reached 500 billion percent. He noted investors are also discussing whether central banks will pursue more rounds of quantitative easing.
The Fed yesterday reiterated its intention to keep its benchmark "exceptionally low."
Gao, whose sovereign wealth fund manages about $300 billion, signaled that while industrial nations are now more welcoming of China's money following the financial crisis, their past criticisms may hurt their ability to attract it.
"People have long memories," he said. "We have this yo yo when being treated by a few major countries. In many countries we are now treated differently. We should be the most welcome investor."
Inflation concerns have become a new theme in the hallways of Davos' Congress Center as emerging markets including China tighten policy and record food prices fan social unrest in North Africa. Chinese inflation ran at 9.6 percent in December.
Inflation nevertheless is not an immediate concern and prices for securities that offer protection against it are "not up there yet," Gao said. A record $13 billion auction of 10-year Treasury Inflation Protected Securities last week attracted lower-than-average demand.
"In the shorter run, you look at the numbers and fundamentals and you think there's some inflation pressure but it's not something we have to worry about," Gao said.
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Prophecy Resource Spins Off Platinum/Palladium Venture:
World-Class PGM Deposit in Yukon
Company Press Release, January 18, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Prophecy Resource Corp. (TSX-V:PCY)and Pacific Coast Nickel Corp. announce that they have agreed that PCNC will acquire Prophecy's Nickel PGM projects by issuing common shares to Prophecy.
PCNC will acquire the Wellgreen PGM Ni-Cu and Lynn Lake nickel projects in the Yukon Territory and Manitoba respectively by issuing up to 550 million common shares of PCNC to Prophecy. PCNC has 55.7 million shares outstanding.
Following the transaction:
-- Prophecy will own approximately 90 percent of PCNC.
-- PCNC will consolidate its share capital on a 10 old for one new basis.
-- Prophecy will change its name to Prophecy Coal Corp. and PCNC will be renamed Prophecy Platinum Corp.
-- Prophecy intends to distribute half of its PCNC shares to shareholders pro-rata in accordance with their holdings.
Based on the closing price of the common shares of PCNC on January 17, $0.195 per share, the gross value of the transaction is $107,250,000.
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