The Power Of Gold & An Economic Collapse

Today top trends forecaster Gerald Celente spoke with King World News about the power of gold and an economic collapse. Gerald Celente is the founder of Trends Research, and the man many consider to be the top trends forecaster in the world. Below is what acclaimed forecaster Celente had to say to KWN in this powerful and exclusive interview.

Celente: “That’s what he (Bernanke) said, ‘Nobody understands gold prices.’ He also called gold, I love this one, ‘An unusual asset.’ And he said that some people see gold as ‘disaster insurance.’ Yes, disaster insurance against what people like him and other central bankers are doing — creating a global disaster by printing all of this digital money….

“When you go back and listen to Bernanke, when Ron Paul was a member of the House (of Representatives) and was questioning him and Ron Paul asked him, ‘Is gold money?’ And Bernanke said, ‘No, it’s a precious metal.’

So here’s what I have to say: You better tell the Iranians. (And you better tell) the Turks and the Chinese that are buying Iranian oil and giving Iran gold that they are really not giving them (Iran) anything of value, (that instead) it’s only ‘an unusual asset’ (laughter ensues). So they (the Iranians) are selling oil for unusual assets (laughter).

Source: http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/7/19_Gerald_Celente_-_The_Power_Of_Gold_%26_An_Economic_Collapse.html

Nobody understands gold prices, including me

Good luck trying to predict where gold prices are going, because even the head of the world’s most powerful bank admits he hasn’t a clue.

When asked about the drop in gold prices by U.S. senators during his testimony on monetary policy Thursday, U.S. Fed Reserve Ben Bernanke said decline could mean that investors are less worried about the economy. But he hastened to add: “Nobody understands gold prices and I don’t really pretend to understand them either.”

“Gold is an unusual asset. It’s an asset that people hold as a sort of disaster insurance,” Bernanke said in response to a question at a Senate Banking Committee hearing.

“One reason gold prices are lower is people are less concerned about extreme outcomes, particularly negative outcomes, and therefore they feel less need for whatever protection gold affords,” he said . “A lot of people hold gold as an inflation hedge but the movements of gold don’t predict inflation very well actually.”

Ironically, Bernanke may need to look no further than himself for guidance on gold.

Bullion has tumbled more than 20% this year, losing its safe-haven appeal after the U.S. central bank first signalled it would look to rein in its $85 billion in monthly asset purchases later this year and halt stimulus altogether by mid-2014.

The Fed’s three quantitative easing schemes have boosted prices of gold and other commodities, as they kept interest rates low, which weighed on the dollar, making assets priced in U.S. dollars cheaper for foreign investors.

As if to prove Bernanke’s point, spot gold briefly shot up 1% to a session high of US$1,288.06 an ounce Thursday. That’s following a 1% drop the day before.

Source: http://business.financialpost.com/2013/07/18/ben-bernanke-nobody-understands-gold-prices-including-me/

True Gold taps new sources to raise capital

Mark O’Dea has to be the envy of every of nearly every junior mining CEO in the country.

As the executive chairman of True Gold Mining Inc., Mr. O’Dea has signed off on deals to raise $33.5-million of fresh capital since the start of May. That equates to more than half of True’s $60-million market value.

It is an enormous amount of money for a junior gold miner to raise at this point in time. Juniors are suffering through some of the worst market conditions seen in decades, as risk capital has fled the sector and equity financing opportunities have dried up due to lack of demand. The recent drop in gold prices only made matters worse.

Mr. O’Dea, a well-known mining entrepreneur, said he recognized the equity markets were a non-starter for raising capital. That caused him to take a different approach and look for strategic investors. His success demonstrates that money is available for quality junior companies, but they have to work a little harder for it than they used to.

“We’ve really tried to target a different style of niche investor, and different pools of capital from the traditional resource sector funds which have been really beat up,” the 45-year-old said in an interview.

Many juniors like to talk about how they are courting various “strategic” investors (particularly in Asia) but almost none are able to raise substantial amounts of money that way.

True Gold, however, was able to tap two different sources. Back in May, the Vancouver-based miner raised $10-million through a private placement with Canadian giant Teck Resources Ltd. And on Thursday, the company announced it is receiving a $23.5-million investment from Liberty Metals & Mining Holding LLC, a subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Insurance and a very long-term investor in the resource space.

True Gold was helped by the fact that Mr. O’Dea has a strong track record. He was the CEO of Fronteer Gold Inc., which made a discovery in Nevada and was sold to Newmont Mining Corp. for $2.3-billion in 2011. He also has a relationship with Teck that dates back to his days at Fronteer.

But on its own, that would probably not be enough to raise significant funds in this market.

Mr. O’Dea said the key was to match the project he wanted to build with the right kind of long-term investors. He said that Liberty was interested in True Gold’s Karma project in Burkina Faso because it has low capital intensity, with a construction cost of less than $150-million. That is a must in a market where capital is so scarce, and provides a useful lesson for juniors trying to tackle more ambitious projects.

“As the market began to turn, we recognized that projects with low capital costs, that can get into production relatively quickly, and can withstand downward pressure on the gold price are the projects you want to be in,” he said.

Source: http://business.financialpost.com/2013/07/18/true-gold-taps-new-sources-to-raise-capital/