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Central banks consider joining the LBMA. (So much for transparency.)

By: Chris Powell, Secretary/Treasurer, GATA

 -- Published: Thursday, 30 April 2015 | Print  | Disqus 

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Central banks have expressed interest in joining the London Bullion Market Association, which pretty much runs the London gold market, according to a report by the LBMA's chief executive officer in the May edition of its newsletter, The Alchemist.

Summarizing developments with the association's membership committee, LBMA Chief Executive Ruth Crowell writes: "The committee continues to review a growing number of membership applications, which demonstrates the growing relevancy and diversity of the association. Two new mining companies have joined the ranks of the association. The LBMA welcomes other producers to join and have a voice in the London market. Another demonstration of the diverse reach of the association is the recent interest expressed by some central banks."

Crowell's report was called to GATA's attention today by our consultant, gold researcher Ronan Manly. It appears on Page 24 of The Alchemist, which is posted in PDF format at GATA's Internet site here:

http://www.gata.org/files/LBMAAlchemist-May2005.pdf

In a statement to the Bank of England's Fair and Effective Market Review Committee in January --

http://www.gata.org/node/15241

-- Crowell wrote that "the role of the central banks in the bullion market may preclude 'total' transparency, at least at public level," so presumably the more central banks are directly involved with the LBMA, the less transparent the London gold market will become.

Will the LBMA and the central banks that join it even announce the new memberships? Would such announcement, confirming the surreptitious involvement in the gold market by central banks, be reported by mainstream financial news organizations? Would any gold market analyst, financial journalist, or gold mining company executive wonder, aloud or just to himself, what central banks are doing in the gold market and what objectives they are pursuing? Would any of them try actually putting a question about it to a central bank?

Or will the rigging of the gold market remain an open secret that simply cannot be discussed in polite company?

All GATA can do is continue to compile and clamor about the documentation and note that the emperor wears no clothes.

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

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Support GATA by purchasing recordings of the proceedings of the 2014 New Orleans Investment Conference:

https://jeffersoncompanies.com/landing/2014-av-powell

Or by purchasing DVDs of GATA's London conference in August 2011 or GATA's Dawson City conference in August 2006:

http://www.goldrush21.com/order.html

Or by purchasing a colorful GATA T-shirt:

http://gata.org/tshirts

Or a colorful poster of GATA's full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal on January 31, 2009:

http://gata.org/node/wallstreetjournal

Help keep GATA going

GATA is a civil rights and educational organization based in the United States and tax-exempt under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Its e-mail dispatches are free, and you can subscribe at:

http://www.gata.org

To contribute to GATA, please visit:

http://www.gata.org/node/16


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