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Saturday, October 1, 2016

LBMA in process of modernizing Western gold markets with blockchain based electronic trading

With the rise of the one true physical gold market coming out of Shanghai, China in the past year, the London Bullion gold market has been seen to be both antiquated, and no longer of significant relevance as it primarily trades in paper contracts and rarely delivers physical gold.  And with their paper based trading and gold derivatives making the institution little more than a mechanism to protect fiat currencies by beating down the fair market trading of gold, the both the LBMA and other European gold markets are now looking to modernize through the potential of blockchain technologies.

The London Bullion Market Association has started negotiations with two financial technology firms to create a trading platform for precious metals, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter. 
The partnership between Autilla Ltd. and Boat Services Ltd. was selected for further talks, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. 
“It would be premature to comment at this stage as no legal agreements have been signed with any provider,” Ruth Crowell, chief executive officer of the LBMA, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News. 
The LBMA, which represents London’s gold market, is seeking to modernize the world’s largest gold-trading hub, an over-the-counter system that clears more than $5 trillion a year. Regulators are pushing for more transparency and tighter controls. In other cities, such as New York, transactions take place on an exchange. 
The LBMA’s platform would mean deals between two parties can be posted and stored in a database, and eventually lead to the publication of a forward price curve.
Companies including the London Metal Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange Inc. and CME Group Inc. submitted proposals for the platform, people familiar with the matter said in February.- Bloomberg
And over in the rest of Europe...
Euroclear, the world’s largest Belgium-based asset and securities settlement cooperative founded by J.P Morgan & Co., attended the SIBOS Annual Conference in Geneva, Switzerland with Paxos to announce their joint project and explain the importance of a secure and efficient infrastructure in unsystematic gold markets. 
The Paxos-Euroclear gold market-focused Blockchain settlement solution will be the first of its kind and most likely the only Blockchain settlement platform to be integrated by a major market like the London Bullion Market. 
Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla believes that a robust and secure Blockchain-based infrastructure will enable the London Bullion Market as well as other leading gold exchanges to autonomously process trades and increase the efficiency of the post-trade process. - Cointelegraph

Friday, September 30, 2016

If the rich aren't willing to store their gold in banks, then why should you trust them either?

Following the 2008 financial crisis the United States began a form a capital controls to try to keep individuals, businesses, and trusts from moving their wealth offshore.  And one of their primary controls is through a law known as FATCA, which gave the IRS a modicum of authority backed by SWIFT to find out all personal accounts and information held in foreign banks by American citizens.

But as we saw in the Panama Papers scandal earlier this year, what is meant as restrictions for 'little people' is barely a bump in the road for the elite and super wealthy who have access to alternatives that the 99% do not.  And one of these alternatives is the ability to offshore their wealth into special private vaults that are outside the touch of the U.S. government, and which may hold thousands of tons of gold outside the banking system.

For decades, Switzerland had a reputation for bank secrecy that made it the most sought after tax haven for billionaires from around the globe.  But, after more than 80 years of secrecy, a series of bilateral agreements with countries around the world, including America’s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), have forced the private-banking industry in Switzerland to embrace an entirely new era of transparency that requires a full exchange of tax-relevant information with more than a hundred countries. 
Which, as Bloomberg points out, has been a huge boon for Swiss operators of private vaults which are not subject to the same transparency and reporting requirements as banks.  In fact, these super-secret, privately operated storage facilities buried around the Swiss Alps can basically store anything from anybody because they're not even required to report suspicious activity to Switzerland's Money Laundering Reporting Office.  
“There is growth in gold,” Wipfli says. “Since 2008 there has been a real interest in alternatives to bank deposits.” The company explicitly taps into that demand. Swiss Data Safe “is independent from the banking system and any other organization or interest group,” according to a PowerPoint presentation Wipfli shows clients. The company and its anonymous rival aren’t regulated by the Swiss financial-services regulator Finma. 
Nor do such companies have to report suspicious activity to Switzerland’s Money Laundering Reporting Office.In the past, submissions to the agency have led the Swiss attorney general to open investigations into corruption at FIFA, the global soccer body, and banking ties to Brazil’s Petrobras bribery scandal. 
Moreover, American citizens aren’t required under FATCA to declare gold stored outside of financial institutions either.  So perhaps it's no surprise that, according to the Swiss defense department, of the roughly 1,000 former military bunkers still in existence across Switzerland, several hundred of them have been sold to private individuals who are now operating them as private storage sites for the gold stash of the world's wealthiest of billionaires. - Zerohedge
The elites know that they cannot trust holding their wealth in a bank, and often go to extraordinary lengths to ensure it remains outside the hands of governments, regulators, and law enforcement.  So if the rich do not trust the banks to hold their money and assets, then why should you?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

China may look to use both barter and gold yuan to stabilize trade in a post-dollar world

The path towards ending dollar hegemony is already well under way, with China set to both enter into the SDR, and expand its use in global trade settlement.  But for countries that are cash strapped and wanting to transition away from the reserve currency, short and mid-term alternatives may be necessary to aid in the transition of a post-dollar world.

And China is currently in the process of implementing them.

Earlier this year the creators of the Silk Road initiative came to an agreement with the Thai government to build and expand their rail infrastructure using barter rather than dollars, and this, along with the implementation of a gold yuan currency, could be the blueprint for keeping the global economy going during the transition.

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In his March interview with CCTV the geostrategic analyst highlighted that China is "facilitating trade and development for Third World nations in ways major Western funders could not." Beijing is interested in boosting logistic networks in Eurasia and therefore it founded the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to fund the projects. 
Furthermore, "China may also offer barter trades in lieu of cash transactions for rail infrastructure projects, as was the case with Thailand. It seems to work. For cash-strapped economies, barter may emerge as an essential instrument of regional economic stability and a 'gold yuan' may help facilitate such a paradigm shift," Maavak elaborated speaking to Sputnik. - Sputnik News

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Following Trump's winning most polls after the first debate, sentiment continues to be long towards buying gold

Following last night's first debate, the internet is wild with discussion and propaganda over who won, and who lost in New York last night.  But with the majority of online polls showing Trump winning by a relatively large margin, sentiment for gold continues to remain very high due to his increased odds of a victory.
Ahead of the first US presidential debate on Monday, Citigroup issued a warning alert of investors rushing into gold as the Republican nominee Donald Trump’s chances of becoming president have surpassed the 40pc mark. 
Previously seen as an unlikely winning bet by the majority of market participants throughout most of his campaign timespan, Trump is now expected to capitalize on his economic reform agenda, attracting voters yearning for change. As the chances of economic shift rise with Trump’s ascend, you can never be too safe, investors reckoned, rendered gold poised for gains in value closer to the yearend. 
Trump’s victory in November would mean a sooner interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, with subsequent hikes to follow shortly as the Trump administration would be primarily focused on achieving economic normality. Amid the expected rate hikes, the stock market is likely to retreat, along with the value of many assets across multiple sectors of the economy. Bond yields would rise, whilst the fixed-income value would slip, a notion amongst investors spreads. Buying gold seems, therefore, a viable solution to offset the upcoming risks. “Polls have started to tighten ahead of the US presidential election, and Citi has raised the probability of a Trump victory,” Citi said in a note. 
“We expect a Trump win would bring out higher volatility in gold and forex, which in turn should lead to higher volumes in other precious metals.” - Sputnik News
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Russia and China accumulates even more gold in August as world prepares for the end of dollar hegemony

This coming week could see one of the most anticipated financial events since central banks began their unprecedented policies of money expansion, stimulus, and quantitative easing six years ago.  In fact, dependent upon what China chooses to announce before Sept. 30, it could also be the most important financial paradigm shift since the U.S. took the reserve currency off the gold standard in 1971, or even as big as the implementation of the original Bretton Woods monetary agreement itself.

That is because China is preparing to both enter into the elite playing field as a fully recognized global currency through their inclusion in the IMF's SDR basket, and to also report their gold reserve holdings which dependent upon how much they choose to reveal, could create a seismic event that facilitates the beginning of the end of dollar hegemony.

And with both Russia and China continuing to accumulate large amounts of gold as recently as August, expectations are that China will report a number much greater than most analysts are conceiving.

This fact is not lost on the budding partnership of Russia and China, who continue to accumulate gold at a feverish pace. Russia continued to add to their reserves in the month of August, in which they added an additional 21.77 tonnes of the yellow metal, bringing their total gold reserves to 49.1 million ounces! 
In addition to this, China has also continued to move a portion of their massive fiat reserves into the more tangible form of money, gold bullion. They are continuing to accumulate gold, knowing that they are the most likely successor to the US dollar, and have the highest probability of being crowned with the "reserve currency" status. 
When that day will come is anyone's best guess, but what is no secret is the fact that China is set to rock the precious metals markets in the immediate future. By the end of this month , they are expected to announce an updated estimate of their gold holdings, something that many in the financial world believe is long overdue.
The reasoning for them finally tipping their hand and showing their cards is due to the fact that they are strongly being entertained to become a key member of the highly elite global banking currency, the SDR, and this is one of the stipulations in regards to their acceptance. 
The SDR is what some have called the "king" of fiat money and is a powerful currency in global settlements. This is perhaps just one more step for China in their path towards becoming the official reserve currency of the world. - Sprott Money

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Perfect storm for gold is now in place as asset bubbles created by central banks are on the cusp of imploding

Central banks around the world no longer are tied to their original mandates of stemming inflation, and formulating monetary policies that aid in keeping unemployment at low levels.  Instead, their 'new' mission has been to prop up assets at all costs, even if this means buying them hand over fist in every market available.

Leading up to the 2008 Credit Crisis, central banks had used low interest rates to create artificial bubbles in housing, equities, and securities.  And when they burst in October of that year, their reactions were to simply double and triple down on these failed policies, and add in tens of trillions of dollars in money printing to ensure these types of assets not only rose to new highs, but would be protected from ever crashing again.

Ahhh... the folly of men.

Unfortunately for economies, the natural laws that govern the Invisible Hand of markets will always have the final say, just as nature is always more powerful than any technology humanity can create to try to stop its exponential power.  (See New Orleans and Katrina)  And despite the Fed, ECB, and Bank of Japan using every tool they could dream up, including outright buying of stocks, mortgage backed securities, sovereign bonds, and corporate bonds, they have been unable to stop the specter of deflation and stand on the threshold of seeing the mother of all bubble implosions about to take place.

Gold will likely soar to a record within five years as asset bubbles burst in everything from bonds to credit and equities, forcing investors to find a haven, according to Old Mutual Global Investors’ Diego Parrilla. 
The metal is at the start of a multi-year bull run with a “few thousand dollars of upside” in a world of “monetary policy without limits” where central banks print lots of money and low or negative interest rates prevail, said Parrilla, who joined the firm as managing director of commodities last month. He’s worked at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 
“As some of the excesses in other asset classes get unwound, gold will perform very strongly,” said 43-year-old Parrilla, who has almost 20 years experience in precious-metals markets. The “perfect storm scenario will mean that gold will perform best when other classes are doing worst.” - Bloomberg
We saw this month that neither the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, nor the Bank of Japan could come up with any new monetary policies that could sate the market's thirst for more, nor their demand for higher and greater yields.  Which means that unless these 'Masters of the Universe' are willing to initiate ultimate protocols, such as taking the banning of cash from the blackboard to the boardroom, the inevitable result will be a bursting of all these asset bubbles and an explosion for gold that will make its $1940 high in 2011 look like pocket change.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gold price and gold miner ETF both spike following Fed's confused position on economy following another failed FOMC meeting

Immediately following the Fed's announcement that once again they would not be raising rates in September, gold shot up over $20 as continuing confusion from the U.S. central bank is driving investors into the best safe haven.

But gold bullion was not the only precious metal asset to benefit from the Fed's remaining at the status quo as the primary market index for gold miners, the GDX, also rose 7% on Wednesday signalling that expectations of much higher prices to come will encapsulate stocks tied to the precious metal.

SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), which tracks the spot price of gold, jumped 1.5% through the close. The ETF recaptured its 50-day moving average for the first time since Sept. 8. It had come under pressure from uncertainty surrounding the Fed's next move on interest rates. 
Higher rates tend to weigh on gold, a nonyielding haven asset, while lifting the dollar in which it is globally priced. 
VanEck Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) vaulted 7.1% on the stock market today. Mining companies are widely regarded as a leveraged play on the price of gold. 
Silver and silver-backed mining ETFs also flew higher in big volume, with iShares Silver Trust (SLV) breaking through resistance at its 50-day moving average and closing at the top of the day's range. - Investors Business Daily
With the Fed nearly assured of propping up equities into the foreseeable future, investing in well positioned mining stocks has become a great addition to buying physical gold as many have risen by more than 100-500% since the beginning of the year.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gold climbs on Bank of Japan's failed policy shift while markets wait for Fed rate announcement

Last night, the Bank of Japan failed to impress when they announced that there would be no change to their current interest rate level of -.10.  And as expected gold rose more than $10 per ounce with today's Federal Reserve announcement still to come at 2:00pm EST.

In reality there is little that most central banks can do except change course and raise interest rates since several have already gone negative, and ongoing stimulus programs are yielding little towards spurring economic growth.  But what has been the beneficiary of these central bank policies has been gold, with the monetary metal bouncing off its 100 day moving average on the BOJ's announcement alone.

Gold and silver are surging this morinng after BoJ's disappointment as a stronger yen weighs on the USD index. Heavy volume has lifted Gold off key technical support and silver through a major technical resistance... 
Gold bounces off its 100-day moving-average...
 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

India's newest attack on gold involves raising taxes on precious metals

Two years ago, the Indian government implemented a tariff on gold importation in an attempt to slow down the massive buying of the precious metal by their people and institutions.  And the blowback from this was a large increase in smuggling since the buying of gold is a deep cultural practice for the Indian people going back thousands of years.

Then the government decided to create a scheme in which individuals and even religious orders should 'lend' their gold to the banking system in exchange for a modicum return of interest.  But the result of this has been negligible as nary a ton of gold has been offered to the banks in exchange for yield.

Now on Sept. 16, the Indian government is proposing a new tax increase on gold and other precious metals in what they call a way to keep from having raise the tax rate on other discretionary and necessary consumer goods.

The Indian government plans a proposal that includes a major increase in the tax on gold and other precious metals so as to give the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council leeway to keep the proposed nationwide tax below 20%, reports The Hindu as quoted by Gem Konnect. 
The proposal is based on the recommendations of last year’s panel headed by Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian. The panel had suggested taxing gold and other precious metals at rates ranging between 2%-6%. 
Precious metals are currently taxed at between 1%-1.6%. Meanwhile, about 70% of goods and services get taxed at an average rate of 27% by state governments. To protect their revenues, states have sought that the proposed standard GST rate be fixed at 20%. - Israeli Diamond Industry

Monday, September 19, 2016

As the Fed prepares for interest rate decision this week, recent history shows gold to climb no matter which way they go

In the past one could accurately predict what would happen to the price of gold when the Federal Reserve chose to move interest rates either higher or lower.  But with the markets now fully manipulated from the central bank's use of QE and stimulus, and both stocks and bonds in over-priced bubbles, rationality and fundamentals no longer are relevant.

In recent history, gold has more often than not risen no matter what the Fed has done because the markets are ruled in large part now by uncertainty.  When the central bank began its five year move of lowering interest rates back in 2010, and printing money to buy bonds, stocks, and any and all assets they could get their hands on, the markets had supreme trust in the Fed, and it was reflected in the drop in gold from an all-time high of $1940 to its pre-December 2015 low of $1045.

But as we have seen for the last 10 months, every time the Fed issues a formal statement to either raise rates (December 2015), or make no changes (All of 2016 to date), gold has responded in kind to the upside.

January 27 FOMC Meeting - Gold Up



March 16 FOMC Meeting - Gold Up



April 27 FOMC Meeting - Gold Up



June 15 FOMC Meeting - Gold Up



July 27 FOMC Meeting - Gold Up



September 21 FOMC Meeting - Gold ?

So when interest rates were raised in December of 2015, the gold price went up.  And subsequently after every single FOMC meeting this year, the price also went up when they did nothing.

Interest rates are still near zero, with the Fed desperately afraid to both raise them up prior to the election, or lower them down into negative territory like in Europe and Japan.  And it is in part to this schizophrenia and loss of confidence in the central bank that will very likely keep gold prices going up for the foreseeable future.