The Gold Manipulation Debate
The is a huge debate going on and accusations flying everywhere about the manipulation of gold and gold prices. Physical gold is simply unavailable. There are places to buy a piece here and there but the price is way out of wack compared to the spot price. Why is that?
My take is that gold is being manipulated downward, and other than with few exceptions, (India is planning to sell Swiss gold, in gram increments, through its rural post offices) the manipulation is global.
Unfortunately, the common sense argument for gold manipulation is this. There was (is) a global panic that has frozen the credit markets. The global financial gurus have recognised it's the "Joe Six-packs" and "Mary-Jane hockey-moms" that control the fate of the "financial" planet. We are the consumers. The financial cash flow will only get moving again if the consumer doesn't panic. i.e., take money out of the bank and lock it up into gold, which, once it's in their mitts, you'll probably have to pry it from their cold dead hand.
( New bumper sticker: If you want MY gold, you'll have to pry it from my cold dead hand ! )
Cash that goes into gold won't be available to buy anything else. That's why I believe there is a global effort to force the price down, to confuse the "Joe Six-packs" and "Mary-Jane hockey-moms", that confusion buys time.