Former White House Official Discusses Gold Manipulation

Today King World News interviewed the former Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Economic Policy and former member of the U.S. President’s Working Group on Financial Markets.  While in the White House, Dr. Philippa “Pippa” Malmgren served as financial market advisor in the White House and functioned as the liaison between the White House and the Federal Reserve.

Dr. Malmgren formerly headed the Global Asset Management business for Bankers Trust in Asia, out of Hong Kong, and was also Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust Company, and former Head of Global Investment Strategy at UBS.  Dr. Malmgren was also a senior consultant to Deutsche Bank, and currently advises the largest sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, and pension funds in the world. 

Eric King:  “What caused or who caused the crash in gold?”

Dr. Malmgren:  “It is true that governments hate it when gold starts going through the roof, especially when they are in the midst of the largest devaluation, currency debasement strategy ever known….

“We have never seen so many large industrialized economies all adopt this strategy simultaneously.  So naturally that does make governments nervous.

And I’m not sure it’s such a surprise that some of the biggest banks were heavily short (gold) and putting out notes to the marketplace saying, ‘This (gold) definitely should go down.’  Then there were some very, very large transactions, historically large transactions that happened within about half an hour on that Friday morning.”

Eric King:  “When you say ‘large transactions,’ we reported that day the massive 500 ton paper (gold sale) transaction that went through the market in a very short period of time, I think it was about 15 minutes.  Nobody sells that way that has any brains.  So the manipulation is obvious there, isn’t it?”

Dr. Malmgren:  “I can see the point.  It’s interesting that everybody has been screaming for an official investigation into this and it looks like that’s not going anywhere.  So the bottom line is we will never know.”

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/6/7_Former_White_House_Official_Discusses_Gold_Manipulation.html

Former White House Official – Expect More Government Theft

Today the former Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Economic Policy and former member of the U.S. President’s Working Group on Financial Markets issued a disturbing and even frightening warning to King World News to expect more government theft going forward.  While in the White House, Dr. Philippa “Pippa” Malmgren served as financial market advisor in the White House and functioned as the liaison between the White House and the Federal Reserve.  

Dr. Malmgren formerly headed the Global Asset Management business for Bankers Trust in Asia, out of Hong Kong, and was also Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust Company, and former Head of Global Investment Strategy at UBS.  Dr. Malmgren was also a senior consultant to Deutsche Bank, and currently advises the largest sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, and pension funds in the world.  Below is what Dr. Malmgren had to say in the third and final of a remarkable three part interview series which has now been released on King World News. 

Dr. Malmgren spoke about government theft going forward:  “Look, we are in a world where every major industrialized government doesn’t have the funds to deliver on the promises they’ve made to the public.  So they are going to reach for the public’s cash in different ways….

“Some of it is through higher taxes.  Some of it is what I would call ‘expropriation,’ although taxation and even inflation are a version of that.  But for example, Portugal, about a year ago, announced that they were nationalizing three of Portugal Telecom’s pension funds and placing the assets on the government’s balance sheet so that the government’s balance sheet would look better for the purposes of negotiating with the EU.

Now, were those pensioners expropriated?  Yes.  It made page 14 of the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, as if it was a non-event.  But I think what we saw in Cyprus, a really overt expropriation, we are going to see that come in lots of different forms (going forward).  Some of it will be obvious like Cyprus.  Some of it will be subtle like Portugal, but what’s sure is that it’s happening.”

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/6/8_Former_White_House_Official_-_Expect_More_Government_Theft.html

Major Insider: Time to Buy Gold; The Chinese Want to Make the Yuan Gold Backed

Philippa Malmgren is an insider’s insider. She was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy on the National Economic Council. She was also a member of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, aka, the Plunge Protection Team. Her client list includes every elite corporate firm in the world (Take a minute to look at the list, its mind boggling, the list is here.). You don’t get much more insider than this.

She is out with a new comment on gold. In it she seems to hint that there might have been a conspiracy to push gold down (Remember this is coming from a major insider, who travels in the circles she is talking about):

Why Won’t Gold Go Up? After all, gold should be rising given that every major central bank is expanding the monetary base by historic magnitudes. Japan is doubling the monetary base. The UK is about to print until they reach what the new Governor calls “escape velocity” which is as yet undefined. The US has open-ended Quantitative Easing that will last at least until nearly full employment is reached at 6.5% to 5.5%. The ECB has not even started to monetize the debt but hopes to as soon as the Germans give in. So, why did the gold crash of 2013 happen on April 12th? Gold lost an almost unprecedented 84 USD an ounce that day.

Conspiracy theories abound. It seems the Japanese bond market and gold are highly correlated. As the JGB market sells off, due to their effort to create inflation, every bank starts hitting it’s VAR driven risk limits and has to raise cash.

Maybe the Fed did it? Like all central bankers who are pursuing QE, Chairman Bernanke, is bound to hate it if the market puts more trust and faith in gold than in government. Some observers are now going crazy with the possibility that the Federal Reserve and other central banks might somehow have encouraged the sudden sell pressure. Central banks are either selling or exchanging gold for credit. Cyprus sold 75% of it’s gold, though that does not begin to provide enough cash for them. The IMF is selling too. Euro zone banks are all pledging their gold as collateral against the generous and probably repayable loans the ECB is extending to them.

Is it materially important that JP Morgan and other investment banks are net beneficiaries of money printing but also maintain massive short positions? Why did several banks all issue “sell gold” notes just before or in the months before the record price drop? Were they prescient or forcing a desired outcome?

Note her comment on who has been buying gold during the recent selloff and what it means (my bold):

The most interesting piece of the puzzle is that the Chinese have emerged as the biggest buyer of gold, mainly in large off market. They want the Yuan to emerge as a hard, gold-backed currency in a world where everyone else has chosen to inflate and devalue. The recent bilateral currency deals with Australia, France Russia and Singapore, and many others, reflect this desire to displace the USD as the world’s reserve currency. It may be an interesting and long race between the Chinese reaching for convertibility and the Western central banks straining credibility.

So what is her advice to investors:

Gold bulls have a rare chance to double up now. Gold bears will have a hard time doubling down from a record profit. Meanwhile, apparently the Indians and everybody else in the emerging markets recognizes a good deal when they see it. As inflation pain continues to make headlines from high tomato prices in Brazil to the same for onions in India, no emerging market investors have any illusions. Inflation for them is here for the duration. A gold backed Yuan is increasingly sounding like a sensible idea.

Source: http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/06/major-insider-time-to-buy-gold-chinese.html