The Israel Deception

Is the return of Israel in the 20th century truly a work of God, or is it a result of a cosmic chess move to deceive the elect by the adversary?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Russia may soon take new 'SWIFT' type platform and expand it through gold payments and bi-lateral trade

Last week we wrote about Russia finally completing its alternative payment system that now makes it virtually invulnerable to any economic warfare performed by the U.S. through the global SWIFT system.  In fact, it has been this exact type of sanction that has stifled economies in Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and even the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.

But while on the surface Russia has indicated that their primary purpose for implementing their new payment system was to defend against the U.S. cutting them off from access to dollars through SWIFT, the fact that they have created several different new economic coalitions over the past five years means that the now have the power to do even more than just protect against U.S. economic aggression.

In fact, since they have also become the world's top energy producer and distributor, as well as one of the largest holders of gold on the planet, Moscow is prepared to even use their new payment system to collapse the petrodollar and turn the tables on America's domination through its 40+ year control over the reserve currency.

During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last Wednesday, Central Bank governor Elvira Nabiullina stated that
“There were threats that we can be disconnected from SWIFT. We have finished working on our own payment system, and if something happens, all operations in SWIFT format will work inside the country. We have created an alternative.” 
The alternative system, known by its abbreviation SPFS, is analogous to SWIFT for financial transactions taking place in Russia and has been in the works for years, with 330 Russian banks connected over a year ago. This number will likely increase now that it has been successfully developed and implemented. Nabiullina also added during the meeting that 90 percent of ATMs in Russia are now compatible with Mir, a Russian version of the Visa and Mastercard payment systems that is used domestically. However, the SPFS is still far from perfect, not operating from 9 pm to 5 am Moscow time and with a transfer cost of 5 cents per transaction. 
Whether Russia’s aim in creating and implementing an alternative to SWIFT is based chiefly on protecting its own economy or not, the move further illustrates how the concentration of international power is steadily moving eastward. Along with parallel efforts by China and other BRICS nations, U.S. and Western economic hegemony is unraveling, a stark reality that U.S. interests – particularly those of the “deep state” – are desperate to avoid. - Mint Press News
However using this new SPFS system for sovereign and bi-lateral payments may be just the first step, as rumors of it connecting with China's CIPS system to create an eventual gold backed monetary system are already on the radar.

According to an article published yesterday by Sputnik, progress made in promoting bilateral trade in yuan is the first step towards an even more ambitions plan — using gold to make transactions: 
The clearing center is one of a range of measures the People's Bank of China and the Russian Central Bank have been looking at to deepen their co-operation. One measure under consideration is the joint organization of trade in goldIn recent years, China and Russia have been the world's most active buyers of the precious metal. 
On a visit to China last year, deputy head of the Russian Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov said that the two countries want to facilitate more transactions in gold between the two countries. 
The possibility of trading in gold has been discussed by Russian officials over the last year. Last April, First Deputy Governor of the Russian Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov told TASS
“BRICS countries are large economies with large reserves of gold and an impressive volume of production and consumption of this precious metal. In China, the gold trade is conducted in Shanghai, in Russia it is in Moscow. Our idea is to create a link between the two cities in order to increase trade between the two markets." - Russia Insider

Bitcoin outlawed and users could be considered to be money launderers in India according to central bank

There was a huge hit on March 28 for Bitcoin proponents as a nation with nearly 20% of the world's population has officially declared the crypto-currency to be an outlaw form of money, and that users of Bitcoin could be considered to be money launderers.

In a statement made by the Indian government in collaboration with comments made recently by their central bank, use of any virtual currency other than the Rupee is to be considered unathorized and users to be assumed as money launderers upon investigation.

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The government today said use of virtual currencies like Bitcoins is not authorised by RBI and could result in breach of anti-money laundering provisions. 
The RBI has already cautioned users, holders and traders of virtual currency, including Bitcoin, about the potential financial, legal and security risks arising from the usage. 
"The absence of counter parties in usage of virtual currencies including Bitcoins, for illicit and illegal activities in anonymous/pseudonymous systems could subject the users to unintentional breaches of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism laws," Minister of State for Finance, Arjun Ram Meghwal, said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. 
He further said that the creation of virtual currencies like Bitcoins as a medium of payments is not authorised by any central bank or monetary authority. - Economic Times of India
Over the past several months the Modi government has enacted several monetary policies meant to go after tax evaders, buyers of gold and other hard assets, as well as force individuals into the banking system where he hopes to one day soon bring about a cashless society.  And of course the threat of alternative currencies like Bitcoin go absolutely against his and the Indian central bank's monetary agendas.

Country bans gold mining over protection of environment, water, and resources

El Salvador has become the first nation to completely ban mining in its dominion as the government on March 30 passed a new law prohibiting the mining of gold, silver, and other metals in an attempt to save the environment, water, and its own resources.

The smallest country in Central America – El Salvador – has approved a law prohibiting all metal mining in an attempt to protect the environment and natural resources. It is the first country in the world to do so. 
The new law, supported by 70 lawmakers, bans all exploration, extraction, and processing of metals both in open pits and mines. 
“It’s a historic day in El Salvador. It’s a historic day for the whole world,”, Environment Minister Lina Pohl told reporters after a vote in Congress, as quoted by the Financial Times. 
“This is a brave step, an extraordinary step, and an enormous step toward reversing the environmental degradation in this country,” she added. 
The level of environmental pollution in El Salvador is one of the highest in the region, second only to Haiti, and the availability of drinking water is the lowest, according to UN data. 
“Mining is an industry whose primary and first victim is water. We are talking about an issue that is a life-or-death issue for the country,” said AndrĂ©s McKinley, a mining and water specialist at Central American University in San Salvador, as quoted by the New York Times. 
The legislation was passed despite interest from international gold and silver mining companies. – Russia Today
While gold output from El Salvador is relatively minimal in the world's overall gold production each year, many geologists agree that there are significant deposits that would require an extraordinary use of water and other mining techniques to be able to produce.

While El Salvador may be the first nation to ban mining operations it is likely that in the future many more countries will follow suit as calls for environmental awareness overtake the world's demand for gold, iron, and other metals.  And this of course will eventually lead to shortages that will cause these commodities to spike in price to try to sustain a global population that is nearing 7.5 billion.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Rising inflation could be the catalyst to finally send gold price beyond ability for market manipulation

At long last real inflation has emerged in the U.S. economy, with even the Federal Reserve acknowledging it between the lines as they rush to enact up to four interest rate hikes before year's end.  And for gold investors who have suffered through central bank and Wall Street manipulation of the metal's price since the advent of ZIRP and QE, inflation is the best friend of gold and silver and likely to be the catalyst for the next strong leg up in this Bull Market.

Gold is poised to rally to levels last seen four years ago as rising inflation and negative real interest rates combine to boost demand, according to Incrementum AG, which says that the precious metal may be in the early stages of a bull market. 
Prices may climb to $1,400 to $1,500 an ounce this year, said Ronald-Peter Stoeferle, managing partner at the Liechtenstein-based company, which oversees 100 million Swiss francs ($101.5 million). Spot bullion -- which was at $1,249 on Wednesday -- last traded at $1,400 in September 2013. 
Gold has climbed this year as investors weigh risks that President Donald Trump won’t be able to implement his agenda, adding to uncertainty surrounding European elections and the Brexit process. Against that backdrop, investors are on alert for signs of faster inflation, with the Federal Reserve’s preferred gauge jumping recently to near the bank’s target. Policy makers raised rates this month, and kept forecasts showing two more hikes in 2017. - Bloomberg

SEC shoots down second financial product to try to put Bitcoin on Wall Street

On March 29 the SEC rejected the second Exchange Traded Product (ETP) in the past 30 days to try to take Bitcoin to Wall Street and financialize the crypto-currency.

Citing the primary fact that Bitcoin is an unregulated currency as the reason for the rejection, in the end for Bitcoin purists the last thing they want is for the currency to become blemished through financialization and being destroyed by derivative trading.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday denied for the second time this month a request to bring to market a first-of-its-kind product tracking bitcoin, the digital currency. 
The SEC announced in a filing its decision denying Intercontinental Exchange Inc's NYSE Arca exchange the ability to list and trade the SolidX Bitcoin Trust, an exchange-traded product (ETP) that would trade like a stock and track the digital asset's price. 
Previously, the regulatory agency said it had concerns with a similar proposal by investors Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss. 
"The Commission believes that the significant markets for bitcoin are unregulated," the SEC said in its filing, echoing language from its decision earlier this month on the application by CBOE's Bats exchange to list The Bitcoin ETF proposed by the Winklevoss brothers. On Friday, Bats asked the SEC to review its decision not to allow that fund to trade. - CNBC

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gold and silver hitting tough resistance at key levels of $1260 and $18.50

Following the Fed's move two weeks ago to raise interest rates by a mere quarter point, the Dow has fallen seven days in a row, the dollar has dropped over 250 bps, and gold and silver have risen by several percentage points to levels not seen since last November following the Presidential election.  And while the two primary metals have experienced hardly any days of losses since March 15, they are now running up against hard resistance points at $1260 and $18.50 respectively.

Gold traded through one trend-line (August-present) it struggled with just a few days prior, but came very near another trend-line (off the July high). Also, it failed from just above the 200-day MA and below the late February peak. Risk is heightened of a decline from the area between here and 1264. 
Silver is trading very near the July-present trend-line and right around the 200-day MA. Bearish price action has yet to present itself (i.e. – key reversal bar, engulfing bar, etc.), but the stance is neutral to bearish at this juncture with resistance at hand in both gold and silver, along with support for the US dollar. - Daily FX
Should both metals be able to break through these hard resistance levels then it appears technically there will be relatively smooth sailing to $1300 for gold, and potentially $21 for silver as they will both have crossed above their 200 day moving averages.

Right now gold and silver are back to working in tandem against movements from the U.S. dollar.  And if the U.S. currency, which came close to falling below its own 200 day moving average on Monday morning at 98.62, should break through that level with strength, then it will most likely lead to both gold and silver soaring past these hard resistance levels and open up the Bull Market to investors who have been waiting for this to happen on their technical charts.

As future of Bitcoin continues to be up in the air, investors looking towards other crypto-currencies for less risk

While the future of Bitcoin is still up in the air due to the fight between two conflicting paths on how it should be managed and processed, speculators who have been at the core of recent price moves are now seeking alternative crypto-currencies that may provide less risk.

At the current time Bitcoin is not likely to implode if either of the two camps (Segwit and Bitcoin Unlimited) are successful in overtaking the other in their goals to improve upon the original and outdated blockchain setup, but the outcome will effect confidence in what is still a fringe and slowly maturing alternative form of money.  And as such many of the individuals and institutions who currently are in Bitcoin are appearing not to be afraid to take their profits and invest in other burgeoning crypto-currencies that at this time are less expensive.

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It's been a volatile period for bitcoin investors, as holders of the crypto currency prepare for a potential 'fork' in the blockchain. 
From Friday morning until Monday afternoon, bitcoin was trading under the $1,000 level, and even fell beneath $900 on Saturday. This is significant as, barring the weekend of March 18 and 19, bitcoin has traded above $1,000 since early February and hit a fresh all-time high of around $1,325 on March 10. 
Bitcoin faces a scaling issue, where the number of bitcoin transactions that can happen on the blockchain at any one time is limited. This is creating a backlog of transactions that are needed to be processed and slowing down the system. 
As a result, investors are hedging their bets or selling out of bitcoin, waiting to see whether or not the fork will happen, and if so, which blockchain will be favored by the market. 
Data from Bitfinex indicates around 49 million more coins have been sold than bought, or roughly 5 percent of total coins traded, in the last 30 days. Through March, the number of long bitcoin positions held by investors has decreased from 26,858 to above 23,142, while the number of short positions has increased from 9,820 to 14,731. 
Meanwhile, the market cap of blockchain assets other than bitcoin, such as ether, dash and monero, has more than doubled since March 10 from $3.5 billion to more than $7 billion, according to Chris Burniske, blockchain products lead analyst at ARK Invest. 
"At the same time, bitcoin's market cap has gone from $19 billion to $16 billion. Hence, bitcoin's market cap has lost $3 billion in value while the combined market cap of all other blockchain assets has added more than $3 billion," he told CNBC via email. 
"Given these market indicators, it would appear investors are diversifying their blockchain asset holdings, positioning themselves for a generally rising tide in this emerging asset class." - CNBC

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gold and silver climb on Sunday open as dollar within 70 bps of critical 200 day moving average

As markets opened for Asian trading on Sunday evening in the Western time zones, the dollar continued its slide downward following the House's failure to bring about a healthcare vote to the floor.  And with gold moving up nearly $10 in the first couple hours of global trading, it may only be a matter of days or even hours before the dollar falls below, and gold crosses above, their 200 day moving averages.

On Friday the dollar index showed a close for the USD of 99.77, and had already dropped below its 50 and 100 day moving averages earlier in the week.  And with Congress appearing to be in a stalemate following the healthcare vote debacle, the markets are not trusting in the legislature to be able to deal with upcoming debt ceiling discussion that is currently ticking down for the government.


Gold and silver on the other hand are both becoming beneficiaries of the dollars free fall, and the Fed's inability to deal with economies ongoing stagflation.


Bitcoin may not have a 'central bank', but it does have small groups seeking control over monetary policies

In the ongoing battle between two groups over control of the future of Bitcoin, a more important question needs to be raised regarding the true 'decentralization' of the crypto-currency.  And that is, if a small oligarchy of individuals (programmers) have control over the blockchain platform that runs Bitcoin, then does this same group have the power any time they see fit to institute monetary policies similar to the way the Federal Reserve does for the dollar?

Right now there are two opposing factions fighting over what is being termed as the 'Bitcoin Fork', and each have differing agendas for the future of Bitcoin.  One of the groups is known as Segregated Witness (Segwit), and is interested primarily in expanding the blocks that facilitate Bitcoin transactions and casually speeding up network functionality.  And while this group seeks dominion over the process, another group that calls themselves Bitcoin Unlimited has a much more aggressive agenda as they want to perform a complete overhaul of the current Bitcoin network.

And because of this inability to come to a consensus between the two factions, Bitcoin has the real possibility of splitting into two unique crypto-currencies running under the same umbrella.


But for holders and users of Bitcoin, just the fact that a small group of programmers can have control over the technology and institute changes as they see fit should bring about a note of caution since this means that anything, including the number of total coins mined, could be changed dependent upon the desires of the winning faction.  And in the end the ability to determine 'monetary policy' for Bitcoin means that there is a centralized body that has the power to dictate the direction and future of the crypto-currency.

Right now Bitcoin also acts as a corporation of sorts, with Bitcoin miners acting as a 'Board of Directors' and able to participate in voting for and against future policies.
Vogel explains that the ability to vote for changes to Bitcoin is essentially proportional to the computing power that each miner contributes to the Bitcoin network. This explains the fact that Bitcoin is based on Proof of Work (PoW). Vogel also notes that there is no preset voting period, so miners can vote for changes to Bitcoin at any time. In theory, this is a very elegant and unique way of handling the evolution of Bitcoin, although it does mean that the interests of miners guide the direction of Bitcoin. 
This explains why statements credited to top miners within the industry regarding Bitcoin scaling usually have a significant impact on both Bitcoin price and its general behavior. - Coin Telegraph
In the end, Bitcoin is not as decentralized as many believe, with decisions able to be made by the most powerful 'miners', and carried out by programmers who are not always in consensus on how the future of Bitcoin is to be determined.  And this also means that if either of these factions are one day co-opted by a government, a Wall Street entity, or some other group that doesn't believe in the ideals laid forth by Satoshi in the creation of the crypto-currency, then Bitcoin can very easily lose its fundamental benefits and morph into just another fiat currency no different than the dollar, the euro, or the yen.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

First the stick and now the carrot as India to offer rewards for citizens who get rid of cash for digital payments

Back in November of last year India's Prime Minister shocked his 1.3 billion citizens by suddenly declaring the two largest denominations of the Rupee to no longer be valid legal tender.  This in turn caused a massive rush from the people to exchange their currency for hard assets such as gold and jewelry rather than to simply fall in line by turning in their money to their nearest banks.

And while some Indians have accepted the Modi plan of creating a new cashless society, many still are fighting to sustain their long tradition of transacting in physical cash.

So while the past few months have seen the government not only confiscate cash, but also invade private residences of those who might be harboring banned currency, one Chief Minister is now shifting gears by offering rewards to citizens who eagerly move towards digital finance, as he seeks make the city of Gao the world's first completely cashless municipality.

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Porvorim: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, while presenting the annual state budget on Friday, announced that his government intended to carry on with the on-going nation-wide drive to make the economy as much cashless as possible. 
"The government will encourage digital payments and make it financially rewarding. I propose to formulate an appropriate policy in order to discourage cash transactions," Parrikar said, adding that the government would be strengthening the state's IT infrastructure to permeate high-speed broadband connectivity to every corner of Goa in the next two years. 
Following the decision to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, the then defence minister had envisaged Goa as the first state in India to become a cashless society. He had set a deadline of December 31, 2017, to achieve the target. 
"Goa will be the first to become a cashless society in India. We have to support the Prime Minister's dream," Parrikar had said in November, adding that one can do anything once he/she has registered her/his mobile number with a bank under the central government unified payment interference. - India Times

Friday, March 24, 2017

Legislator in India's ruling party asks finance ministry to investigate whether Bitcoin is a Ponzi Scheme

In the land that doesn't really appear to care at all about the wants, desires, and needs of their people when it comes to money, on March 24 a member of India's ruling political party sent a request to the Minister of Finance to investigate whether Bitcoin is a ponzi scheme in the wake of its volatile price nature, and the potential rise of its by citizens within their economy.

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Kirit Somaiya, a Member of Parliament of the ruling BJP in India, has raised concerns about Bitcoin being a Ponzi scheme. The rapid rise of Bitcoin has attracted attention in India, coming as it does during the government’s experiment with demonetization
Dr. Somaiya has written to the Finance Ministry, the Reserve Bank of India and the SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) on the increasing use of an unregulated currency in India. The finance minister is expected to officially reply shortly.
Speaking in the Parliament, Kirit Somaiya said: 
“The use of Bitcoin, a hypothetical currency, is increasing at a rapid speed in India as well as in the world. Experts have expressed concern that Bitcoin is a pyramid Ponzi-type scheme. This issue should be taken very seriously and there is urgent need to have a study on the development of Bitcoin in India. There is no regulator. As it is functioning like currency and seems like Ponzi scheme, RBI and SEBI as well as Finance Ministry to take appropriate step to save the people from another big Ponzi fraud.” - Coin Telegraph
India has embarked over the past few months on a policy towards creating a cashless society, and banning the use of cash in many transactions.  And the advent of a decentralized currency like Bitcoin is an anathema to Prime Minister Modi's agenda to try to control every aspect of the nation's spending through the implementation of a digital monetary system.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Russia now prepared for both dollar collapse and future sanctions by announcing alternative SWIFT system

Over the 70+ years the U.S. has had control over the global monetary system, they have used the dollar on occasion as an 'economic weapon' to force other countries into ceding to their national and international policies.  And of course their most common way they do this is by cutting off nations from access to the SWIFT system.

But in the wake of the economic sanctions Washington and the European Union imposed on Russia following the Ukrainian coup, China, and now we can add Russia to this group, have used their time in creating their own SWIFT alternatives, and on March 23 the central bank of Russia announced they are fully prepared for any overt or covert monetary crisis which may include a dollar collapse, or future sanctions that might be used to attack the ruble.

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If the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is shut down in Russia, the country’s banking system will not crash, according to Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina. Russia has a substitute. 
"There were threats that we can be disconnected from SWIFT. We have finished working on our own payment system, and if something happens, all operations in SWIFT format will work inside the country. We have created an alternative," Nabiullina said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. 
She also added that 90 percent of ATMs in Russia are ready to accept the Mir payment system, a domestic version of Visa and MasterCard. 
Izvestia daily reported that as of January 2016, 330 Russian banks had been connected to the SWIFT alternative, the system for transfer of financial messages (SPFS). 
In 2014 and 2015, when the crisis in relations between Russia and the West were at their peak over Crimea and eastern Ukraine, some Western politicians urged disconnecting Russia from SWIFT. - Russia Today

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bitcoin goes Wall Street as an exchange brings margin trading into crypto-currency investing

Despite the recent no-go for a Bitcoin ETF on Wall Street, the financialization of the crypto-currency continues as Coinbase, a popular Bitcoin exchange, is now introducing margin trading for investors of the digital money.

GDAX, the cryptocurrency exchange run by Coinbase, has added margin trading to the platform. 
Eligible traders can now trade up to 3X leveraged orders on Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin order books. 
If you’re unfamiliar with trading and exchanges, margin trading is when you borrow money from your broker to buy or sell more stock than you can afford. It’s essentially a short-term loan. By buying or selling on margin, traders can increase their leverage and buying power, potentially generating profits beyond what their own cash balance would have supported. 
This feature is mainly geared toward institutional investors. That’s because Coinbase has launched the feature attempting to fit within the boundaries of the Commodity Exchange Act. - Tech Crunch
In just the past week sovereign controls by both the Chinese and U.S. governments have wiped out one of Bitcoin's primary functions as privacy is no longer applicable for those who buy or sell Bitcoin in many exchanges.  And now with this new derivative trading scheme available from another exchange, the crypto-currency may soon become extremely leveraged beyond its mined production limit of 16 million Bitcoins.

This has always been the biggest fear for Bitcoin purists... that a government or financial market would co-opt digital currencies and make their underlying potential null and void as a 'decentralized form of money'.  And it has always been the actions of third party conduits, such as with crypto-currency exchanges, that have placed digital forms of money like Bitcoin in jeopardy of simply becoming another leveraged asset that Wall Street can profit off of to the detriment of the holders.

Silver mint sales skyrocket this week as gold to silver ratio remains at 70/1

There has been much discussion over the past 30-45 days of the decline in the purchasing of gold and silver bullion from the U.S. Mint.  And there are many factors that could be driving this decline in demand which include institutions going full bore into stocks (as we saw with the Dow going from 20,000 to 21,000 in record time), and also the fact that retail consumers are desperately out of money to buy non-necessity items.

But something interesting happened on Monday which may be showing that the past month's declines in silver buying was perhaps just a blip on the radar as reported sales on Monday, March 21 were alone more than three times the total amount of Mint silver sales from the previous week.

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Silver at just $17.50 per ounce remains about 1/ 70th of the price of gold at $1,230/oz today. This gold silver ratio of 70.3 continues to drive silver ‘stackers,’ value investors and those seeking a better return than gold to accumulate silver at what are seen at these still relatively cheap levels. 
This is seen in continuing robust demand for the very popular silver bullion coin this week. The U.S. Mint sold 715,000 of Silver Eagles ( 1 oz) this week, to bring the year to date sales totals for 2017 to a robust – 7,557,500 Silver Eagle coins. 
We have seen very robust demand for silver again this year, especially from clients in the UK and Ireland buying silver bullion coins (now VAT free) such as Silver Eagles. We are seeing even greater demand for Silver Maples and Silver Philharmonics. - Silverseek
US Mint Bullion Coin Sales (Number of coins)
Monday SalesLast WeekFeb SalesMar Sales2017 Sales
Silver Eagles
(1 oz)
715,000220,0001,215,0001,215,0007,557,500
Gold Eagles
(1 oz)
4,0002,50021,00010,000117,500
Gold Buffalos
(1 oz)
1,5002,50015,0004,50051,500

China's Silk Road project moves to cyberspace as official Belt and Road web portal goes online

Over the past few years China has been investing hundreds of billions of dollars (RMB equivalents), and working diligently towards resurrecting the ancient 'Silk Road' that was one of the greatest innovations in history for trade and commerce.  And as economic power continues to shift from West to East here in the early stages of the 21st century, China is using their Belt and Road initiative to connect the two by both land and sea.

Yet on March 22 we can now add a third conduit to the modern day Silk Road as China announced that they have officially opened their Silk Road website, and it will act as a portal to the world for investors, commerce, and up to the minute information.

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The official website of the Belt and Road Initiative (www.yidaiyilu.gov.cn) was launched Tuesday, offering information on investment policies and enterprises involved in the initiative, among other topics. 
The website, called the "Belt and Road Portal," also has an English version and is operated by the State Information Center.
The website aims to offer information in other languages such as Russian, French, Arabic and Spanish within this year, according to a statement on the website. 
The initiative, proposed by China in 2013, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. - China Daily

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard submits bill to decriminalize pot and remove it from the Fed's drug schedule

On March 21, Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard submitted a bi-partisan bill to Congress calling for the decriminalization of marijuana, and having it removed from the Federal government's drug list as a schedule 1 substance.

Titled HR1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, this bill is also being co-sponsored by Republican Congressman Tom Garrett from Virginia.

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Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has urged Congress to federally decriminalize marijuana Tuesday, introducing a bipartisan act to to remove the drug from the federal controlled substances list. 
“FBI reports have shown that in 2011 alone, an individual in the United States was arrested for marijuana use, sale or possession every 42 seconds,” Gabbard said in a statement. 
The congresswoman introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act (HR. 1227) with Republican Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett, calling on Congress to update its “outdated drug policies”. 
The pair called on Congress to take into account the growing body of evidence that suggests the medicinal benefits of marijuana, from the treatment of epileptic seizures to reducing anxiety and “even halting the growth of cancer cells.” 
The FDA currently classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 classification, along with MDMA and heroin. - Russia Today
The demonization of marijuana goes back nearly 100 years to around the time of alcohol prohibition and the aftermath of the 1910 Mexican Revolution where streams of Mexican immigrants came into the United States bringing with them their cultural use of cannabis.  And like the demonization of Opium decades before when it was brought to the U.S. by Chinese immigrants during the construction of the railroads, the basis for pot's prohibition was primarily racial, and later political when psuedo-scientists and quack physicians paid by the government began PR campaigns to falsely equate the drug with crime, rape, and the actions of undesired immigrants.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

As European countries rush headlong towards the cashless society, the Swiss still consider cash to be king

Like with most central bankers and politicians, their justifications for nearly any new monetary agenda is steeped in the foundation of imposing greater controls over people, and removing their freedoms to conduct commerce as they see fit.  And perhaps no greater example of this can be seen in the global movement to ban cash, and usher everyone into a completely digital society.

Several European countries like Sweden, Norway and Denmark are already well on their way towards the banning of physical cash, and many other EU nations have imposed capital controls disallowing the use of cash in large transactions.  And even the advent of crypto-currencies has helped spawn the idea of a cashless Africa, with nations like South Africa and Rawanda working hard towards forcing everyone onto a digital banking model.

But one country is remaining defiant in the wake of this global move to take away physical currency from the hands of the people, and that nation is the one who's history is steeped in banking, and the right of individuals to do with their money as they see fit.

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When it comes to cash and its future, Swiss authorities seem to have a totally opposite view to that of their Indian counterparts -- for them cash is "more reliable" and enjoys a low opportunity cost. 
Among other benefits over cashless payments, cash provides "more effective budget control" and can be used without any technical know-how, while it also offers a comprehensive protection with regard to financial privacy, a top official of Swiss National bank (SNB) has said. 
Amid a debate on future of cash globally and the ambitious demonetisation move carried out by India, SNB's deputy head Fritz Zurbruegg said there remains a continuing robust demand for cash among general public and banknotes are like the country's 'calling cards' in case of Switzerland. - India Times
The truth of the matter is, the recent push for a cashless society has little to do with convenience, and more with the failed banks and central banks who have leveraged their monetary systems to the point of insolvency.  And they believe that their last chance at survival is to eliminate the one factor that keeps them from expanding money supplies even more through a digital system, and that is the anchor of physical cash and the fear that individuals could bankrupt them in a day if they called for a run on their institutions.

If politicians and establishment economists really wanted to 'stop' money laundering, and the funding of drug cartels or terrorism, then all they would need to do is shutdown or nationalize the banks themselves for they are the ones who are committing this avenue of crime.  But since the West has almost completely merged into a fascist state, where governments and corporations act as one in their own common interests, then that leaves the people who have done nothing wrong to become their scapegoats, and this means that their agenda is really dedicated towards taking away our money so that they can take their fraud and theft to even greater and higher levels.

As dollar has fallen 200 bps since Fed rate hike on March 15, gold has climbed more than $50

On March 15 the Federal Reserve announced their second quarter point rate hike in the past four months, and third in the past 15 leading the markets to believe that central bank was finally serious about tightening the cost to borrow money.  However, the reactions from the dollar and gold have been exactly the opposite of what should have been expected due to the Fed's efforts to attack rising inflation, and this has all but revealed that the markets as we used to know them are completely broken.

In just the past six days since the Fed raised rates on March 15, the dollar has plummeted 200 bps on the Dollar Index, and gold has risen every single day to its current position of $1244, which is a climb of more than $50 in that period.

Dollar Chart


March gold chart

Live New York Gold Chart [Kitco Inc.]

Gold chart for March 21

Monday, March 20, 2017

The empire strikes back as IRS expands hunt for Bitcoin users who don't report capital gains taxes

Sovereign governments around the world have instituted a number of different programs and processes to deal with the rise of crypto-currencies, and the use of ones like Bitcoin to function outside their controlled monetary systems.  In China for example, new guidelines were put in place for Bitcoin exchanges that now require identity checks and monitoring of all transactions.

But the U.S. has chosen a different path, and it stems from a ruling in 2014 by the U.S. district court of jurisdiction in Southern New York where judges determined that Bitcoin was an security rather than a currency, and as such was to be treated like an investment requiring the filing of capital gains taxes on the holder's tax returns.

And while little actual investigation or pursuit of individuals failing to file their Bitcoin profits with the IRS has taken place over the past two to three years, that appears to be changing now with the government's monitoring of exchanges like Coinbase and their ramping up of their intention to go after individuals who do not report their Bitcoin capital gains profits on their annual tax returns.

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The Internal Revenue Service revealed new details about its investigation into tax evasion related to bitcoin, filing court documents that suggest only a tiny percentage of virtual currency owners are reporting profits or losses in their annual returns. 
The new documents, filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court, come in the midst of a closely-watched legal fight between the IRS and Coinbase, a popular service for buying and selling bitcoins that hosts over a million customer accounts. 
The dispute began last year when the IRS issued a sweeping summons for Coinbase to turn over a vast amount of customer data, including every customer account as well as detailed transaction records. 
Coinbase claimed the IRS demands are illegally broad and refused to comply, which in turn led the IRS to file a federal lawsuit last week to enforce the summons. - Fortune

As populism continues to rise around the world, globalism's main symbol David Rockefeller dies at age 101

Despite seven heart transplants and access to the best medical care and technology available to mankind, the heart, soul, and symbol of globalism, one world government, and a New World Order has finally given up the ghost on March 20 at the age of 101.

The long time patriarch of the Rockefeller dynasty was a non-apologetic crusader for bringing all peoples and governments under the rule of a corporate and un-elected oligarchy of men.  And it is perhaps most ironic that in the very same year that the crown jewel of globalist trade policies (TPP) was killed, and a populist candidate won the White House despite billions of dollars and a well-oiled political machine that fought against him in every corner took place, that the individual who most represented globalism in the Western world succumbed to the master no one can defy.

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Some even believe we [Rockefeller family] are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - One World, if you will.If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it. - Memoirs of David Rockefeller
We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the work is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a World Government.The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries. - Rockefeller speech to the Tri-lateral Commission, 1991
100 years ago the world went through a very similar paradigm shift in history, where the rise of populism, protectionism, and the rights of individuals prevailed over that of oligarchs, monarchs, dictators, and empires.  In fact, as the world moved into the era of nation states following the end of World War I, Rockefeller's death could be paralleled to that of Emperor Franz-Joseph's, and the end of the Austo-Hungarian Empire.

Here in the second decade of the 21st century the world is once again changing, and the momentum is moving strongly in the direction of nationalism, individualism, and a return to nation state sovereignty.  And just as it was during the same decade of the 20th century, the prelude to change occurred when the symbols and representatives of empire and world domination passed away, opening the door for people to once again have the chance to choose their own future and destiny.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bitcoin crashes down to near $1000 as China sets new parameters to monitor identities of users

As we have mentioned numerous times in previous articles here at The Daily Economist, Bitcoin's primary kryptonite is not in the digital currency itself, but in the third parties that would seek to manipulate its original scope for their own benefits.

By this I refer to the supplemental constructs that have emerged to help facilitate Bitcoin use such as with currency exchanges, or the introduction of capital controls by sovereign entities that countermand the crypto-currencies benefits of transparency and security.

Recently Bitcoin has experienced massive volatility over the past couple of months, intrinsically tied to one of the above mechanisms.   First there was a price spike due to Chinese investors using the crypto-currency as a way to get their wealth out of the Yuan and into something else, and this was then followed by a just as severe a drop in price when the Chinese government halted their local Bitcoin exchanges because the facilities were re-hypothicating customer accounts for pooled transactions.

A few weeks later the price once again soared to a new all-time in the speculation that the SEC might approve of a Bitcoin ETF that would financialize the digital currency on U.S. exchanges.

And now on March 18, the newest intrusion on Bitcoin has emerged when the Chinese government announced they were instituting identity monitoring to their Bitcoin exchanges which in part led to the crypto-currency falling more than $100 USD.

China's central bank is moving to regulate its domestic bitcoin industry, circulating new guidelines that, if enacted, would require exchanges to identify clients and adhere to banking regulations. 
Recent scrutiny by the central bank has already led exchanges to impose trading fees and suspend withdrawals of bitcoin from their platforms. Chinese investors have fled the market. 
A draft of the guidelines says Chinese bitcoin exchanges would be subject to current banking and anti-money-laundering laws, and required to collect information to identify their clients, according to people familiar with the matter. They say the rules, if implemented, would require exchanges to install systems for collecting and reporting suspicious trading activity to authorities. The People's Bank of China would be in charge of handling violations by the exchanges. - Marketwatch

Fed manipulation vs. economic stagflation: who will win the future over gold and stocks

Going back to at least 2008, if not further back into the 1990's and the Dot Com bubble, markets have no longer run on fundamentals and technicals, but rather on central bank and sovereign manipulations.  And all one has to do is look at the fact that despite corporate earnings declining for seven straight quarters, and most like an eighth here in 2017 Q1, the Dow has not only surpassed 20,000, but its acceleration to 21,000 was the fastest in history.

And now this breaking of market fundamentals by the central banks through their keeping interest rates down to near zero for 10+ years and infusing Wall Street with tens of trillions of dollars in credit has reached a crisis point, and a place where the Fed no longer has control over economic forces.  For the inflation they strove so hard to create in asset prices has now broken through into every facet of the economy, and has returned a monster from the that required extraordinary means to defeat.

Stagflation.

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In the late 1970's the economy reacted to the U.S. removing the monetary system from the Gold Standard and instituting a new Oil Standard (Petrodollar) by opening the door to massive inflation thanks in part to Henry Kissinger's agreement with OPEC that allowed for the price of oil to be raised.  And this then also allowed the U.S. monetary base to expand by that same amount and more to supply the world with dollars to be able to purchase energy.

This huge increase in the monetary base coupled with the economic slowdown of the middle to late 70's created the then unknown environment that would be labeled as Stagflation.  Stagflation of course is where you have slowing growth coupled with rising inflation.

To defeat this economic dragon, Federal Reserve President and later Chairman Paul Volker had to raise interest rates first from 9% in 1978, to its final top of around 20% in 1981.  And it was only from this that Stagflation was able to be crushed.

But unfortunately today the Fed has no possibility of doing a repeat of this since they and the U.S. government have pushed themselves into a corner by accumulating extraordinary debt.  In 1981 the national debt was around $500 billion, and the Fed's balance sheet was nary a blip on the radar.  However today the U.S. debt is now just under $20 trillion, and the Fed has debt based holdings of over $4.8 trillion making it impossible for them to raise interest rates of any substance since the interest alone on those obligations would bankrupt the country when they are rolled over at higher borrowing costs.

So what does this mean for the economy, for stock markets, for inflation projections, and perhaps the one asset we have yet to mention in this mirror world of 40 years ago?

When stagflation hit the economy beginning in the middle 1970's the one asset that excelled during that time was gold.  Gold went from $106.43 in 1973 (the year of the Petrodollar agreement) to over $850 at its peak in 1980.  This was a rise of 800% in just seven years.

1980
$594.90
29.61%
1979
$459.00
120.57%
1978
$208.10
29.17%
1977
$161.10
20.43%
1976
$133.77
-3.96%
1975
$139.29
-24.20%
1974
$183.77
72.59%
1973
$106.48
66.79%

Looking back in hindsight, Chairman Volker later lamented that the one thing he wished he done differently during the central bank's battle to fight stagflation was to manipulate the rising price in gold, which had acted as a barometer against the dollar, and was a much better safe haven than investors trusting in U.S. Treasuries.  And it was this lesson that Ben Bernanke, and now under Janet Yellen, that the Fed would not forego during their implementation of monetary policies that would inevitably lead us back into the straits we are in today.

Thus we are now at a crossroads since Stagflation has returned with a vengeance and the Fed has little if any ammunition to counter it.  And it is for this reason alone that the real asset winner going forward will be gold over stocks, and we may have seen this start last Wednesday when the Fed's latest rate hike resulted in not even a pothole that slowed down either inflation, or the strong rise in the gold price.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Russia and Japan show that the future of bilateral trade may involve ditching sovereign currencies in favor of digital ones

With banks working feverishly to creating blockchain based currencies for use in interbank settlements, a new idea on March 17 may spell an even greater future for sovereign use of digital money.

This is because both Russia and Japan may soon be planning to experiment with the creation of a digital currency in their joint bi-lateral economic agreements over the contested Kuril Islands.

Russia, or rather the former Soviet Union, had co-opted the islands from Japan at the tail end of World War II.  And ever since that time Japan's desire for their repatriation had been a major stumbling block in relations between the two countries.

But late last year Russia offered to allow Japan the opportunity to play a significant role in the economic expansion of the Kuril Islands, similar in ways to how Turkey and Greece politically deal with the ownership of Cyprus.  And at the center of this agreement is the foundation to make the islands into a jointly run economic enterprise.

Yet one of the biggest road blocks in this agreement was in determining which currency would dominate the economy... ie... the ruble or the yen.  And it is here that Japan is now suggesting the creation of an entirely new digital currency that would be unique to the islands and the trade agreement, and through which it could be easily transferable into whichever currency customers and retailers desired.

Japanese Prime Minister's Shinzo Abe  and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Image Courtesy of Sputnik/ Alexei Druzhinin
Tokyo has prepared a range of offers to Moscow for joint economic projects on Russia's Kuril Islands, according to Japan's national broadcaster NHK. 
The package of proposals, including tourism and fisheries, as well as a common electronic currency, will be presented during the Russia-Japan consultations on March 18 in Tokyo. 
According to NHK, the new regional currency could be used instead of the Russian ruble and the Japanese yen and is expected to contribute to the development of the southern Kurils and the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. 
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that Moscow is ready to review Tokyo’s proposals, adding that all the projects must comply with Russian law. 
"Of course, we believe such projects can only be implemented if they are not inconsistent with Russian law. We are ready to assess Japan’s proposals," she said. 
Agreement on joint Russian-Japanese economic activities in the South Kuril Islands was reached in December during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Tokyo. In February, Japan established a special Council to consider cooperative projects in fisheries, seafood, tourism, environmental protection, and health in the economic zone. - Russia Today

Shanghai Gold Exchange on brink of taking over control of gold prices following VIP meeting and actions after Fed rate hike

In a rushed update put out on March 17 by economic analyst Dr. Jim Willie, it appears that following the Federal Reserve's raising of interest rates two days ago, China, through the Shanghai Gold Exchange, may finally be moving up its plans to wrest control over the gold price from markets in the West.

In a new article published in tandem with his normal monthly Hat Trick Letter, Dr. Willie reported that it appears that the Chinese are now accelerating their plans to disconnect from dollar hegemony following the Fed's recent FOMC meeting and rate hike, and in response to the the market reactions made in the dollar and bond rates following the central bank's March monetary policy move.


Something big is afoot in the Shanghai Gold market. It seems that we are at the door of the RESET finally, with China being betrayed by the USGovt and USFed in concerted collusion. The attempt to reduce the USDollar while maintaining ultra-low bond yields seems the final straw. The inference is made that the jig is up finally, and a significant turning point is upon us. 
A contact at Evolution Consulting has reported that his best contact notified him that VIPs are being invited to take tours of the Shanghai Gold Exchange operation. This man was among one of the guests. These tours are not being arranged in some congenial welcoming event, not at all. Rather they are informational and official in granted preview. They are almost surely being staged to inform the opposition that it is all over for them now. With a cherry on top, the VIP guests were required to pay for the tour. The above juicy tidbit was provided by a client, passing the word along. Something big is afoot. 
China seems to have changed its position toward aggressive in the gold market introduction with gusto and emphasis. Conclude easily that where there is smoke, there is fire, and the heat will be on physical gold metal demand in Asia. In turn the pressure will be put on the USDollar, whose custodians are not honorable and for perhaps the last time, have betrayed the Chinese. Lower USDollar valuation combined with already chronic low bond yield could have turned the Chinese hostile in the wake of the USFed rate hike. 
Analyst London Paul believes something significant is on the verge of breaking the paper gold market. The clues have come on the behavior of the gold market since the Yellen Fed announced its small rate hike. It was small but significant, and probably involved a lie to the Chinese Govt finance ministers. Such coincidences do happen, but odds are against a coincidence in this case, since so critically important. Time will bear out the conclusion. The Western bankers have a long history of lies, deceit, betrayal, subterfuge, sabotage, and pilferage. They might have sacked their economies on the road to the Global Fascist State, but China has not signed up for the destructive evil development and pathway. 
EuroRaj also confirmed London Paul’s suspicion and tentative conclusion. He mentioned that such view is absolutely right, given the market reaction. Someone at the Shanghai Gold Exchange spiked the price higher the moment the Fed raised rates, which required the paper market to follow higher. He stated unequivocally that the Chinese do not consider the USFed, the banker cabal, and the US Elite as honest business partners any longer. He expects their harsh clear revenge to follow, with the launch of the long awaited Global Currency RESET to come next. US President Trump visiting the Andrew Jackson grave site was another sign, as Jackson was an arch-enemy of the banker cabal. He survived an assassination attempt. Neither Trump nor China wanted the rate hike. Trump does not want higher USGovt borrowing costs or the added economic headwind. China does not want lower bond principal value and lower USDollar value. Hence the East appears to have burned the Western banker cabal with a paper fire that could turn into a bonfire in gold metal demand. China likely perceived a maneuver to sabotage Trump by the banker cabal, and the Beijing leaders yelled PUNT, game over, no more cooperation. 
At least in the Eastern hemisphere, the USDollar is about to be kicked to the curb, shunned in trade payment usage. The non-USD platforms will be given much greater emphasis. The game is about to change, to enter the extreme danger zone. - Goldseek
Yet even this new information doesn't take into account the sudden exit from the London Silver Fix last week by the CME Group and Thomson-Reuters, who may have also seen the writing on the wall that the West is losing control over the manipulation of gold and silver prices, as well as bond yields for the U.S. Treasuries.

It was said by many that March 15 would be a critical date for the economic, financial, political, and geo-political spectrum's, and that the Ides of March may show itself in mysterious and unpredicted ways.  And going forward with the Fed raising interest rates at a time when economic data is screaming that the U.S., if not the rest of the world is bordering on recession, the reality that the time of protectionism and all countries looking out for themselves may very well be upon the global financial landscape.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gold price surges back over its 50 and 100 day moving average following Fed rate hike

Immediately following the Fed's announcement that they were raising interest rates a quarter point on March 15, both gold and silver shot up higher with the yellow metal gaining $22.00 into the close, and following this up with another $7 move early in Thursday trading.

While slightly dropping below it's March 7 position of $1230 from a week ago after the strong move up yesterday, gold nonetheless has gone back above its 50 and 100 moving day average and appears set to rise more based on the Fed's inadequacy in explaining to the public why they chose to raise rates with the economy signalling slow growth and possible recession.

Live New York Gold Chart [Kitco Inc.]
Gold is above its 50- and 100-day moving averages and $1225, and Silver is above $17

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bitcoin is no longer the only crypto on the block as Etherium's currency Ether crosses over a $2 billion market cap

Ever since the creation of the crypto-currency Bitcoin came into the public sphere in 2009, dozens of other alternative digital currencies have attempted to follow Bitcoin's success.  But only one of course has made that critical leap into widespread confidence and acceptance, causing governments, markets, and even retailers to adapt to its growth.

Until now.

On March 14, just one day before the U.S. government faces a new debt limit crisis and the Federal Reserve is to decide upon whether to raise interest rates, a crypto-currency other than Bitcoin has reached a milestone by becoming only the second digital currency to achieve a market cap of over $2 billion.

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A digital currency called ether has hit a record high market capitalization of more than $2 billion, a milestone only bitcoin has managed to pass. 
One ether currently trades for around $29, hitting a high of over $30 on Monday, according to price tracking website CryptoCompare
The figure marks an increase of nearly 20 percent from a week ago. The market cap of the cryptocurrency has surged from $1.8 billion to more than $2.57 billion in the same period. 
Ether was introduced in 2013 and runs on the Ethereum blockchain through the use of an underlying technology that is different to the one that powers bitcoin. - Russia Today

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Idaho follows Arizona this month in voting to eliminate state taxes on gold and silver purchases

With the growing expectations of a possible collapse in the dollar and other fiat currencies thanks to the nation's $20 trillion in debt, and the upcoming debate over increasing the debt ceiling, the Idaho legislature on March 14 voted overwhelmingly to eliminate capital gains and sales taxes on the buying and selling of gold and silver.

In a vote of 56-13, Idaho's legislative body joins that of Arizona who last week also voted to remove state taxation from the Constitutional monetary metals, and systematically declared that gold and silver are no longer simply commodities, but actual legal tender.

By an overwhelming 56-13 margin, the Idaho House of Representatives today voted to end all Idaho taxation on precious metals, e.g. gold and silver coins and bars. 
Bill sponsor Representative Mike Moyle (R) and the entire Republican caucus voted for the measure. If the Republican-controlled Idaho Senate follows suit and Governor Butch Otter (R) signs the bill, Idaho citizens will better be able to use gold and silver as a form of savings which protects against ongoing devaluation of America’s currency. 
Backed by the Sound Money Defense LeagueIdaho Freedom FoundationMoney Metals Exchange, and grassroots activists, HB 206 expands Idaho’s existing sales tax exemption to end Idaho income taxation of sales of “precious metals bullion” and “monetized bullion.” - Money Metals

As China accumulates gold for RMB internationalization, estimates have their holdings at nearly 20,000 tons

One of the more difficult things financial analysts have had to do is to try to piece together just how much gold China has accumulated over the past 10-20 years.  For some analysts like Dr. Jim Willie, the estimates range between 25,000 and 40,000 due to market insiders who provided him information that China had been buying at least 1,000 tons of gold per month for more than a year and a half.

Additionally, China has become the world's largest gold producer and per state policy, does not export any of its metals to foreign markets.  Meaning that they produce between 276 tons (2006) and 450 tons (2014) per year, every year.

And lastly of course is the fact that China does not have the same type of storage and documentation procedures as the Western markets do, meaning that while they occasionally report gold holdings attributed directly to the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC), they do not report any holdings or distributions among the vast myriad of other banks that function under the umbrella of state control.

Thus in the end it is nary impossible to know exactly how much gold China owns and controls.  But one analyst believes that through his research he can get within the ballpark of their holdings, and why China has been purposefully accumulating gold in such quantities.

China, it seems, wants to make the rules in the international monetary system, which is why it has been acquiring vast amounts of gold both through private and official channels. 
Because of the obscure nature of the Chinese gold market and the reluctance of Chinese officials to show their hand, nobody has been able to accurately calculate how much gold the Chinese have amassed since about 2000, when they began amassing it. 
Enter Koos Jansen, an analyst with Singapore bullion dealer Bullion Star. He has studied the Chinese gold market for years and recently came up with an estimate of total Chinese gold holdings: 19,500 metric tons, or 21,495 U.S. tons, at the end of January 2017. 
“They have promoted gold ownership as a store of value since at least 2002, but more so when they introduced the ‘storing gold with the people’ concept in 2004,” says Jansen, a campaign encouraging private citizens to buy gold. - Epoch Times
And the purpose behind China's ongoing 15 year plan for gold accumulation...
According to Jansen’s contacts at Chinese banks, official holdings are closer to 4,000 tons rather than the published figure of 1839 tons. What does China need that gold for? 
“They buy official gold to internationalize the Renminbi. If there are enough reserves behind it, they can make it a credible currency.” He who has the gold makes the rules. 
That’s also why China doesn’t allow even one ounce of gold and silver to leave its shores once it enters. “The West has been selling gold into a black hole,” says Jansen.