As a part of a three part series GoldBroker’s CEO Fabrice Drouin Ristori will be asking the same market manipulation questions of Chris Powell, Egon Von Greyerz  and Jim Willie. Below is the interview with Chris via

Fabrice Drouin Ristori:How long can the manipulation of the precious metal markets last ?

Chris Powell: It can last as long as gold investors buy “paper” gold rather than real metal. The primary article of faith about gold is that it can’t be printed, but it CAN, insofar as “paper” gold can be printed to infinity. Gold investors who buy “paper” gold with the hope of price appreciation would do better to flush their money down the toilet. At least that way they’ll avoid commissions.

FDR: What will put an end to it –

CP: Probably only the discrediting of “paper” gold, or a futures market default.

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

CP: I doubt that we’ll get any signs, though maybe the decline in price of “paper” gold relative to the price of real metal is a sign of trouble for the manipulation. More likely the gold price suddenly will be reset to a much higher level that is more sustainable for manipulation by central banks with less drain on their gold reserves, at which point manipulation will resume at the higher level. I doubt that the manipulation will ever end, since, to preserve their power, governments probably always will try to rig the currency markets, and they’ll probably get away with it until investors around the world are far more informed than they are now.

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

CP: I think an overnight revaluation is more likely now. Of course currency revaluations are always done suddenly, aiming for surprise. No central banks are going to call us a few days in advance so we can arrange our portfolios for the greatest benefit. Only the investment banks that function as agents for central banks will get such calls.

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

CP: It is if people really can find metal for purchase at the paper spot price. But the paper spot price may be losing some relevance as more shortages have been reported and there is rationing of gold and silver coins from government mints. Shortages and rationing are forms of higher pricing that don’t get included in nominal prices. Nominal prices are little use if the product isn’t available. But indeed, most gold-related assets are still taking their cues from the paper spot price and futures prices.

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

CP: Free markets in the monetary metals would liberate markets and peoples generally, and reduce the power of governments and central banks, especially their power to control in secret the prices of all capital, labor, goods, and services in the world. Such liberation is really the objective of those who would expose the Western central bank gold price suppression scheme. We don’t really care what people use as money. We just want them to have options of valuation that are beyond the control of government. Here’s how von Mises put it: “It is impossible to grasp the meaning of the idea of sound money if one does not realize that it was devised as an instrument for the protection of civil liberties against despotic inroads on the part of governments. Ideologically it belongs in the same class with political constitutions and bills of rights.”

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