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Interview of James Rickards About Central Bank Manipulation of Gold and Silver Markets


If you study the gold and silver market long enough you can't but acknowledge that the precious metals are manipulated. Last friday drop (october 11th) in gold was another example : 2 millions ounces of paper gold were sold in less than 3 minutes (read the explanation here) at a time when the market is the most illiquid and when the CFTC (US market regulator) is closed due to US government shutdown.


The manipulation that triggered a 2 years correction can be very difficult for gold investors to experience, unless they recognize that it create an opportunity to acquire physical gold at an artificially low price.


The question all gold investors have in mind is "When will the manipulation end ?". In the interview below, James Rickards, author of the bestseller "Currency Wars : The making of the next global crisis" give some very interesting answers you won't read in the mainstream media. It is high level information from an an expert who anticipated long ago what's happening today.


With China now openly calling for the end of the dollar as the international reserve currency, we are getting closer to major events that will change our international monetary system.



Fabrice Drouin Ristori (FDR) : Mr Rickards, thanks for accepting this interview. How long the manipulation of the precious metal markets can last ?


James Rickards: Central bank manipulation of gold markets can and will last until physical shortages become so acute that banks and exchanges can no longer deliver on futures and forward contacts when requested by customers. At that point, contracts will be terminated and exchanges will order that trading be conducted "for liquidation only" which means that futures customers can close out or rollover contacts, but they cannot receive physical delivery of gold.




FDR: What will put an end to it ? Physical demand ? Geopolitical event (BRICS) ?


JR: Physical demand will remain strong until the world returns to a gold standard. Once the world is on a gold standard, gold may move from country to country in settlement of balance of payments accounts, but there will be no reason to acquire extra gold because the value of gold will be fixed in terms of each major currency. When you are on a gold standard, gold and currency are freely interchangeable. However, gold will continue to be in demand until a gold standard is implemented. This is because the market price of gold is considerably less than the implied non-deflationary price of gold under a gold standard. As long as this situation prevails, there will be an arbitrage motive to exchange currency for gold.




FDR: What will be the signs proving that the manipulation is ending ?


JR: The signs that the manipulation is coming to an end will include depletion of warehouses, price spikes and notifications from banks that they will no longer allow the conversion of gold forward contacts into physical gold.




FDR: Do you anticipate an overnight ending of the manipulation or a progressive process ?


JR: Both. The process will proceed slowly at first, then gain momentum, then reach a panic buying stage where the termination of deliveries under futures and forward contacts will be announced very suddenly. At that point, physical gold will be scarce and interested parties will not be able to acquire it in small quantities at any price.




FDR: Is the gold/silver paper spot price still relevant to value physical gold and silver ?


JR: It is relevant in the sense that it is still possible to acquire gold and silver at prices significantly below the implied non-deflationary price under a gold standard. This is a type of arbitrage that will be available until the world returns to a gold standard or until countries use executive orders to abolish gold trading.




FDR: What direct consequences would a free gold/silver market have on people worldwide -- not investors, people in general ?


JW: We have a free gold/silver market today. Anyone can buy or sell as much gold or silver as they like at market prices and exchange it freely with willing counterparties. To the extent that central banks act to depress the price of gold or silver, this acts like a gift to those interested in purchasing it at an artificially low price. If the world returned to a gold standard, the price of gold would be boring and the trading uninteresting because it would be fixed in terms of a currency and interchangeable with the currency.

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