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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cracks in the West's control over gold pricing widen as banks flee the LBMA out of fear they have no more gold

The London gold price benchmark has been a fixture in the global markets for well over 100 years, but several key events over the past few have put it and the LBMA's control over determining the price of precious metals at risk.

And this breakdown appears to be accelerating as in the past two months, four banks have left the coalition that determines the twice daily price, the entity that facilitated the benchmark auctions broke their contract with the LBMA two years early, and rumors that the exchange may be virtually out of gold are getting stronger every day.

London's gold benchmark experienced large, unpredictable fluctuations after some banks left the auction that sets the price relied upon by the $5 trillion-a-year bullion market, according to a Reuters analysis of trading data. 
The benchmark is meant to be a fair and accurate daily snapshot of the fast-moving "spot" market and is used by gold producers and consumers around the world to price contracts. 
Its level is set by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Gold Price auction, which sees big banks and brokers electronically input their trading orders, with an algorithm matching buyers to sellers and setting the price. 
But trading volumes fell sharply after April 10, when four of the 14 participating banks and brokers stopped taking part after the auction's administrator, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), introduced a requirement to clear that meant participants had to modify their own IT systems and procedures. - Reuters
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Other than the paltry 5-7 tonnes of physical transacted on a big day in London, there is zero physical for sale of any size at current prices. However, there is strong physical buying, and competing central banks and sovereigns have learned to game the paper markets and are locking in spot gold and seeking delivery. This cannot last long. - King World News
This lack of supply coupled with a large number of bullion banks leaving the LBMA are in large part why we saw the historic and unprecedented beatdown of gold and silver prices starting in late April and commencing through the middle of May.  It is their recognition that the entire process could collapse because the curtain is being thrown open to the market's ponzi scheme that these banks desperately needed to cover their massive naked short contracts before revelations of zero liquidity cause the price to skyrocket in the future.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Gold and silver appear to have reached a bottom as record amount of short covering has taken place

The recent beatdown in the prices of both gold and silver has been relatively historic as up until Thursday, the metals had seen 14-17 straight days of declines.  And the reasons for this have been a combination of fewer buyers, negative sentiment, and massive short covering.

Bullion banks used this demise in sentiment as the means to smash down the price using tens of thousands of naked short contracts, and relied upon the predicted reactions of commercial buyers to close out their long positions when margins grew too high.  And once prices fell below not only the recent achievement of their 200 day moving average but also their 100 day MA, these banks began covering their shorts en masse leading to what appears to be a bottom for the metals at around $1215 for gold, and $16.25 for silver.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

With bonds crashing speculators take Bitcoin to nearly $1500

On May 1 the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury came out at a conference and joked that Wall Street has him to thank for the rise in bank stocks since the Administration took over the Oval Office back in January.  However, this was soon followed by almost contradictory comments by President Trump when he told reporters that he was very open to breaking up these same banks Secretary Mnuchin had praised earlier.

As a consequence, the 30 year Treasury bond took a precipitous dive as yields spiked in a single move the highest they have in over nine years.


Interestingly, the winner in all of this appears to be the crypto-currencies as both Bitcoin and Ether soared during the same time bonds were crashing, and Bitcoin alone reached a new all-time close to $1500 a coin.
The price of Bitcoin accelerated its recent exponential trend higher, soaring to daily all-time highs over the past few days, rising above $1,300 on Friday, then pushing $1,400 on Monday, and even above $1,500 on the second-largest BTC exchange, and was last trading just above $1,460 on Coinbase amid a buying frenzy attributed to speculative investment across the cryptocurrency sector, coupled with liquidity problem at some exchanges which were having problems processing fiat-based transactions. - Zerohedge


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fear of bank runs and insolvency behind IMF's newest proposal for elimination of cash

While both the Fed and the mainstream media will never tell the truth on how solvent or insolvent a bank is right up to the day when they go under or collapse, the IMF a few weeks ago issued a new report pushing for the elimination of cash as the means to keep account holders from taking their money out of domestic and global institutions.

The fear of bank runs and all out bank insolvencies are what are at the heart of the IMF's push to eliminate physical cash and bring all economies under the dominion of a digital system according to the former head of Germany's Federal Association of German Industry in an interview he participated in on April 21.

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In its recent report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) proposed to abolish cash and recommended to adopt measures in order to restrict its use. In an interview with Sputnik Germany, former head of the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) Hans-Olaf Henkel said that this "could lead to terrible consequences." 
Henkel believes that one of the main reasons behind this proposal is the desire of financial institutions to force people to keep their money in banks. 
"The European Central Bank (ECB) does not want that depositors to keep their money under the pillow. If any bank in Europe goes bankrupt, then depositors have a guaranteed right that the state will return them the amount of up to 100,000 euros. But not more," the economist told Sputnik Germany. 
So, if a bank goes bankrupt, people who have savings of over 100,000 euros will remain with nothing. Thus, many keep their cash not in banks, Henkel argued. - Sputnik News

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.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

RMB internationalization could soon get major boost as desperate EU looks to bail out financial system with Yuan bonds

After a modicum of success in expanding the RMB's use outside of China when their currency became accepted into the IMF's SDR basket of currencies last year, the Yuan has since seen a slowdown for internationalization due in part from capital controls they instituted to try to restrict a growing occurrence of capital flight.  But in an interview given on March 5 by the head of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), that may soon be changing as the financial body responsible for protecting the stability of the Eurozone suggested that the next round of 'Quantitative Easing' may involve bonds denominated in Yuan as the foundation for bailing out banks and other financial institutions.

The head of the organization charged with safeguarding financial stability in the eurozone said he does not rule out issuing Chinese yuan-denominated bonds to fund the rescue of European nations and institutions. 
"[Issuing European Stability Mechanism bonds in yuan] is possible," Klaus Regling, managing director of the ESM, said in a recent interview with the Nikkei Asian Review. He said the institution was preparing to issue dollar-denominated bonds in the fourth quarter of this year -- the ESM's first non-euro bond issuance -- but added that other currencies remained an option. 
"We are legally allowed to issue in all currencies," he said. "As a young institution, it is a big step to do our first non-euro issue ... and it seems to make sense from the market side to start with the U.S. dollar. But it is entirely possible that we move into other currencies that are attractive from the market side." - Asia.Nikkei
The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is Europe's equivalent of the U.S.'s Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF) in that it acts as a neutral party, able to step in and fill any monetary needs for the financial system.

If the EU is now looking towards the Chinese Yuan as a much better asset and currency to sell to fund and bailout European financial institutions in the future, then this will go an extraordinarily long way in fulfilling China's goal of internationalizing the Yuan, and moving it towards becoming an equal shareholder with the dollar as one of the world's primary reserve currencies.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How Donald Trump can bailout the American consumer without costing the government a dime

When the government was suddenly faced with the possibility of the entire Western financial system collapsing during a weekend back in September of 2008, Congress approved a bailout measure that was dedicated only for Wall Street, and left the American people stuck with their own massive accumulation of debts.  And of course this bailout of the 1% by the U.S. government to the detriment of the 99% saw many Americans lose their homes in foreclosure to the same banks that received taxpayer money, making the public outrage two-fold.

Now nine years later, debt levels for both consumers and Wall Street have once again grown to dangerous levels, and are threatening the very fabric of the global financial system.

But unlike in 2008 when the U.S. government was run by bought and paid for establishment politicians like George Bush, Dick Cheney, Hank Paulson, and Chuck Schumer, there is now someone in the White House who not only understands debt, remediation, bankruptcy, and negotiation, but is a populist who appears to favor helping the American people over the bankers and shills working on Wall Street.

Which bears the question then of how exactly could President Trump bailout the tapped out consumer without it costing a single dime to the taxpayer, or the budget?

In an interview on Feb. 22 with USA Watchdog's Greg Hunter, Nobel Prize nominee Robert David Steele provided a scenario proposed from one of his contacts that could allow President Trump to act as the negotiator for the entire American populace regarding their debt, and force the banks to a choice... either cut the interest rates and outstanding debt held by the American consumer in each of their individual accounts, or he would promote their stopping payments altogether and backstop this through a mass Pardon which would wipe away their legal obligations to the debt entirely.

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Robert David Steele: Now let me point out a debt you haven't focused on, which is the three trillion that individuals owe to bloodsucking banks that have basically violated every biblical precept and with legalized crime are charging 29% interest rates. 
I have proposed, and this is not my idea... someone smarter than me came up with this idea but I think it's brilliant, if Donald Trump created a website, something that could easily be created overnight, and if 150 million people registered their student debt, their medical debt, their family credit card debt, and their small business debt and they authorized Donald Trump to renegotiate that debt on their behalf... and Donald Trump has one to two to three trillion dollars worth of debt that he is the authorized personally assigned agent of the American people, he can go to the banks and say folks, we're going to cut this debt by two-thirds, and if you don't do that... because the banks have already made back their money and are just sucking blood from a rock with interest rates, I am going to ask every American to stop paying these debt and I am going to give ever American a Presidential Pardon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

After confiscating much of the nation's wealth, India's government wants to give it back to the people as welfare

After implementing a sudden monetary policy that wiped out a great deal of the people's wealth and set back the economy several years, India's Prime Minister now is looking at trying to save his election chances by offering up free money to the people under the guise of a Universal Basic Income.

In late 2016, Modi declared the two largest currency denominations no longer legal tender overnight, and gave the 1.3 billion inhabitants approximately a month to turn their currency into the banks.  In response to this, the Indian people rebelled with many of them trying to exchange their currency for gold and gold jewelry rather than deposit them in the banking system that less than 40% of the population actually trusts.

Three months later, and with support falling everyday for the Prime Minister, the government is now rushing to implement a new policy which would accelerate the digitization of their monetary system, while also attempting to be benevolent by introducing free monthly welfare checks to large portions of the population.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shocked his country and the world in November 2016 by announcing that he would fight corruption by rendering 86 percent of the country's currency worthless. The decision wreaked havoc with India's economy for several months, but Subramanian believes that the worst is over, now that plans for a remonetisation are in place. 
"Briefly, the costs include a contraction in cash money supply and subsequent, albeit temporary, slowdown in GDP growth; and benefits include increased digitalization, greater tax compliance and a reduction in real estate prices, which could increase long-run tax revenue collections and GDP growth," the report reads. 
The report also lobbied for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) program to replace India's innumerable social-welfare programs. India has over a thousand such measures, but UBI could replace them all in a system virtually impossible to exploit.  
A UBI in India would provide every citizen, regardless of net worth, a monthly payment with no strings attached. It can be used to provide for basic needs, the theory being that it will be enough to prevent poverty, giving recipients the ability to seek education and recover from economic hardship. - Sputnik News

Friday, January 27, 2017

European Commission proposing ban on using cash for payments following push at Davos for cashless society

This year's Davos World Economic Forum saw lots of economists and central bankers discussing ways in which they could con the public into giving up their cash, and bringing about a completely digital cashless society.  And the conference was a also carryover to the numerous experiments conducted in several countries last year in which they tried to remove certain bill denominations from their monetary systems.

Yet despite the clear backlash of populist movements in the United States and in Europe, the European Commission on Jan. 27 has decided to pointedly ignore them and is proposing a program in which to restrict, and eventually eliminate the use of cash in all commerce and monetary transactions.


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Having discontinued its production of EUR500 banknotes, it appears Europe is charging towards the utopian dream of a cashless society. Just days after Davos' elites discussed why the world needs to "get rid of currency," the European Commission has introduced a proposal enforcing "restrictions on payments in cash."
With Rogoff, Stiglitz, Summers et al. all calling for the end of cash - because only terrorists and drug-dealers need cash (nothing at all to do with totalitarian control over a nation's wealth) - we are not surprised that this proposal from the European Commission (sanctuary of statism) would appear... 
The Commission published on 2 February 2016 a Communication to the Council and the Parliament on an Action Plan to further step up the fight against the financing of terrorism (COM (2016) 50). The Action Plan builds on existing EU rules to adapt to new threats and aims at updating EU policies in line with international standards. In the context of the Commission's action to extent the scope of the Regulation on the controls of cash entering or leaving the Community, reference is made to the appropriateness to explore the relevance of potential upper limits to cash payments.The Action Plan states that "Payments in cash are widely used in the financing of terrorist activities… In this context, the relevance of potential upper limits to cash payments could also be explored. Several Member States have in place prohibitions for cash payments above a specific threshold." 
Cash has the important feature of offering anonymity to transactions. Such anonymity may be desired for legitimate reason (e.g. protection of privacy). But, such anonymity can also be misused for money laundering and terrorist financing purposes. The possibility to conduct large cash payments facilitates money laundering and terrorist financing activities because of the difficulty to control cash payment transactions. 
Potential restrictions to cash payments would be a mean to fight criminal activities entailing large payment transactions in cash by organised criminal networks. Restricting large payments in cash, in addition to cash declarations and other AML obligations, would hamper the operation of terrorist networks, and other criminal activities, i.e. have a preventive effect. It would also facilitate further investigations to track financial transactions in the course of terrorist activities. Effective investigations are hindered as cash payments transactions are anonymous. Thus restrictions on cash payments would facilitate investigations. However, as cash transactions are moved to the financial system, it is essential that financial institutions have adequate controls and procedures in place that enable them to know the person with whom they are dealing. Adequate due diligence on new and existing customers is a key part of these controls in, line with the AMLD. 
Terrorists use cash to sustain their illegal activities, not only for illegal transactions (e.g. the acquisition of explosives) but also for payments which are in appearance legal (e.g. transactions for accommodation or transport). While a restriction on payments in cash would certainly be ignored for transactions that are in any case already illegal, the restriction could create a significant hindrance to the conduct of transactions that are ancillary to terrorist activities. - Zerohedge
The fact of the matter is that the banks, rather than individuals, are the ones aiding and abetting money laundering for terrorist and criminal activities.  In fact, it has been surmised that money laundering for the drug trade was the only thing that saved many U.S. and European banks before the Fed and government bailouts of 2008.

The banning of cash, or restricting its use by the public for normal monetary transactions, has nothing to do with illegal activity, or in the funding of terrorism.  And instead it is a desperate attempt by the elite to protect themselves from a coming liquidity and financial crisis.  Because like the growing censorship that is proliferating social media sites, and the ongoing war to try to ban gun ownership in the U.S. and Europe, the ability to hold and use one's money as they see fit is one of the most important liberties a person has.

Got gold?  You might want to as governments will not stop in trying to steal your wealth held in cash.

Friday, January 13, 2017

New study shows that U.S. behind India's War on Cash and using nation as petri dish to create cashless society

In a fantastic and well documented piece of research published by German economist Dr. Norbert Haering, the recent chaos going on in India regarding money and their monetary system is actually based on a policy out of Washington to use the world's seventh largest economy as an experiment to see how eliminating cash would effect a large population.

Last year we saw a Harvard P.H.D and a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury write op-eds, white papers, and give speeches on the evils of using physical cash in commerce.  Yet these Ivory Tower 'academics' failed to mention that nearly all funding for terrorism, drug cartels, and money laundering was done at the sovereign and banking levels, and that indictments, imprisonments, and regulation of the bankers themselves would cut these illegal activities short in a New York minute.

However, at the heart of the growing 'war on cash' is the need for governments to crack down on individual freedoms and the ability of people to spend or save their money as they see fit, especially as the global banking and financial systems crater on the precipice of total collapse with negative interest rates, asset deflation, and a 325% debt to gdp ratio.

So it appears that the United States decided to run some test cases to see how the public would react to restrictions on using cash in commerce, and chose the one economy where 98% of all transactions are cash based, and where only 36% of the people even have a bank account.

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In early November, without warning, the Indian government declared the two largest denomination bills invalid, abolishing over 80 percent of circulating cash by value. Amidst all the commotion and outrage this caused, nobody seems to have taken note of the decisive role that Washington played in this. That is surprising, as Washington’s role has been disguised only very superficially. 
U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the strategic partnership with India a priority of his foreign policy. China needs to be reined in. In the context of this partnership, the US government’s development agency USAID has negotiated cooperation agreements with the Indian ministry of finance. One of these has the declared goal to push back the use of cash in favor of digital payments in India and globally. 
On November 8, Indian prime minster Narendra Modi announced that the two largest denominations of banknotes could not be used for payments any more with almost immediate effect. Owners could only recoup their value by putting them into a bank account before the short grace period expired at year end, which many people and businesses did not manage to do, due to long lines in front of banks. The amount of cash that banks were allowed to pay out to individual customers was severely restricted. 
Almost half of Indians have no bank account and many do not even have a bank nearby. The economy is largely cash based. Thus, a severe shortage of cash ensued. Those who suffered the most were the poorest and most vulnerable. They had additional difficulty earning their meager living in the informal sector or paying for essential goods and services like food, medicine or hospitals. Chaos and fraud reigned well into December. 
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Not even four weeks before this assault on Indians, USAID had announced the establishment of “Catalyst: Inclusive Cashless Payment Partnership”, with the goal of effecting a quantum leap in cashless payment in India. The press statement of October 14 says that Catalyst “marks the next phase of partnership between USAID and Ministry of Finance to facilitate universal financial inclusion”. The statement does not show up in the list of press statements on the website of USAID (anymore?). Not even filtering statements with the word “India” would bring it up. To find it, you seem to have to know it exists, or stumble upon it in a web search. Indeed, this and other statements, which seemed rather boring before, have become a lot more interesting and revealing after November 8. 
Reading the statements with hindsight it becomes obvious, that Catalyst and the partnership of USAID and the Indian Ministry of Finance, from which Catalyst originated, are little more than fronts which were used to be able to prepare the assault on all Indians using cash without arousing undue suspicion. Even the name Catalyst sounds a lot more ominous, once you know what happened on November 9. 
Catalyst’s Director of Project Incubation is Alok Gupta, who used to be Chief Operating Officer of the World Resources Institute in Washington, which has USAID as one of its main sponsors. He was also an original member of the team that developed Aadhaar, the Big-Brother-like biometric identification system. 
According to a report of the Indian Economic Times, USAID has committed to finance Catalyst for three years. Amounts are kept secret. - Washington's Blog via Zerohedge
For those who don't know the history of USAID, it is a CIA front used in regime change activities and even assassinations throughout the 20th century.

What is going on in India is a calculated experiment to see how a population would react to the elimination of physical money, and the forced process of getting all currency and commerce into the banking system.  And as this experiment has originated from policies created by the U.S. government, it is not a stretch to believe that these same controls will be used on the American people one day in the future, and why Americans need to get their money out of banks and into physical assets both at home and offshore, before the inevitable day comes following the next planned crisis.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

India's new scheme of free money to all could be the carrot to coerce people to get into their banking system

Over the past month, India's Prime Minister has used the stick on his people in an attempt to force them to give up their cash and move all commerce into a systematic financial process that could be monitored and taxed by government authorities.  This of course led to a massive backlash as a society that for centuries has run primarily on cash, and where only 36% of the population even has a bank account, rushed instead to exchange their currency for gold rather than deposit their cash into the banks.

Now however, Prime Minister Modi appears to be switching his stick for the carrot and is using a different means to try to entice India's 1.4 billion people into the banking system by proposing a scheme of free money, or a Universal Basic Income, to get a large portion of the population reliant upon the government and more amenable to buying into their financial system.

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The Indian government is likely to introduce Universal Basic Income, a practice of paying every person a fixed sum of money as a means to stimulate the economy and improve the quality of life of its citizens, according to the concept’s leading proponent. 
The Indian government is preparing a report documenting that a Universal Basic Income (UBI) is "feasible" and "basically the way forward," according to professor Guy Standing, a leading advocate for UBI, and the leader of the Basic Income Earth Network movement (BIEN). - Sputnik News
UBI schemes come with many pro's and con's, but most significantly the outcome of such programs depends upon the disposition of a people and culture.  For example, in Finland where they have just enacted a universal basic income system, the majority of recipients have surveyed that they still intend to work at the same time they receive the extra money, and this speaks highly to the diligence of the culture where a UBI scheme may work in the short run.  Yet on the other side, having a nation like France or even the United States where large portions of the population have lived off of welfare for generations, a promise of free money will not change the landscape of increasing the incentive to both work and receive extra income, but instead simply replace one form of welfare with another.

The ultimate goal of the Universal Basic Income system is to try to get everyone reliant upon the government, and their money stored in the banks where at a later time the ultimate agenda of a cashless society can be instituted.  But to do this it may take a financial crisis of epic proportion to achieve this, and that may be coming much sooner than people could imagine.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

India's next step in war on cash is confiscation of physical assets like gold, silver, and real estate

In December India's Prime Minister implemented a new program to both eliminate high currency denominations, and to go after consumers who use cash outside their banking system.  This of course led to financial turmoil in a nation that conducts 98% of of its transactions in cash, and where less than 36% of the population has a bank account.

In response to the banning of certain denominations of currency, many Indians rushed into exchanging their cash for physical assets such as gold, jewelry, and even silver, and according to India's Finance Minister on Dec. 30, this is the next thing the government will go after now that physical Rupees have been limited in their economy.

As the government takes stock of the black money post demonetisation, its mulling the next step now. The focus is set to be on tracking down 'black wealth' or the illegal money pumped in real estate, gold and silver. 
Minister of State for Finance Santosh Gangwar while speaking to India Today disclosed that noose will tighten around tax evasion routes in physical assets. 
"We are doing crackdown on banks as we are getting information. Black money has a face, people can pump it in real estate, buy gold or silver. We will be stopping it," Gangwar said. 
Already, the government has amended the benami property act to detect the money laundering the real estate. Benami Transaction (Prohitibion) Amendment Act 2016 that came into effect on November 1. It aims at checking illegal money parked by tax evaders in property that is registered under multiple owners. 
"When PM was campaigning for Lok Sabha he had black money on the agenda, that's what he has delivered now and we will take it further," the minister added. 
Currently PAN card is required for selling gold, silver and jewellery over Rs 2 lakh. Since demonetisation, I-T sleuths have been keeping a hawk eye vigil at jewellers and bullion traders to track fake 'gold sale' for routing denotified currency. - India Today
The Indian government labels 'black wealth' as any asset or transaction that is done outside the banking system, and outside the government's ability to track and tax the exchange.

India won't be the only country in the coming days to usher in severe capital controls that restrict the ownership of cash and gold, or allow individuals to transact outside the nation's financial system, as just last week the EU began construction of new restrictions regarding the purchase of assets like gold from outside the Eurozone.

As the world rushes headlong into new currency, debt, and insolvency crises, governments will continue to crack down on the people's ability to choose whether they want to function in their collapsing systems.  And with so many options available now such as Bitcoin, Paypal, Goldmoney, Karatbars, etc... to both store your wealth and transact outside of banks, the coming year may see an even greater acceleration of capital controls by government's as they strive to protect their own dying platforms at the expense of the people and their money.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2017 will see the world's paper gold markets move to the blockchain as banks try final gambit to control prices

If Bitcoin has proved one thing, it is that the future of finance will be fully merged onto the net, and built on the foundation of the blockchain.  This is because the blockchain not only solves many long-standing problems such as security and encryption, but it also is malleable enough to function in any segment of the markets.

Just a few decades ago markets, along with the global financial system, changed forever with the advent of electronic trading, with perhaps the two most visible features being the ending of fractional price quoting, and the ability for the common investor to trade without the need of a broker.  But this platform also birthed the rise of high frequency trading, and algorithms that make equity in trading a thing of the past.

This is one of the reasons why banks in the West are dedicating tons of money and resources towards research on the blockchain, as they believe it is their best shot towards seizing absolute control over the monetary and financial systems, and in being able to control prices in whatever markets they choose.

And entering into 2017 it appears that one of the first environments they are close to getting put on the blockchain is the Western gold trading market where earlier this week, a group of Western banks announced they have completed the first portion of a new gold trading system that will be run using blockchain technology.

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A group of global banks and financial institutions has completed the first pilot of a new blockchain-based gold trading platform. 
In total, 600 test bullion trades were settled on a platform being developed by Euroclear in partnership with blockchain startup Paxos. The group of financial institutions included Société Générale, Citi, Scotiabank, among other banks. 
Transaction settlement service Euroclear first disclosed that it was working on the initiative earlier this year. The project is aimed at providing faster settlement and cheaper services for unallocated gold on the London bullion market. - Coin Desk

Monday, December 12, 2016

Venezuela follows India in eliminating large currency notes and sets in motion hyperinflation

When you are an economy that not only relies upon exports and foreign investment, messing with your currency is a recipe for disaster.  And besides the internal turmoil that has arisen for the 1.3 billion people in India who rely upon cash over digital banking for 98% of their commerce, Prime Minister Modi's currency elimination scheme is now causing foreign businesses, such as China's Foxconn, to suspend factory output and fire worker's due to decreased sales inside the country.

Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer and poster boy of the government’s Make in India project, has asked nearly a fourth of its 8,000 factory workers to go on paid leave for two weeks after last month’s demonetisation of high value notes sparked a severe cash crunch that saw sales slump almost 50%, forcing the company to slash production by half.

The government’s move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from November 9 has had a domino effect on the mobile phone industry where a large majority of mobile phones are bought for less than Rs 5,000 and most of the transactions happen through cash. Consumer purchase power has been reduced dramatically - mobile phone monthly sales halved to Rs 175-200 crore post demonetisation - and sales revival is not looking up, as was perceived earlier, industry insiders said.  - Economic Times/India Times
So with the results and outcomes that sudden demonitization creates out there for the rest of the world to see, only someone like Venezuela's corrupt leader Nicholas Maduro would have the audacity to... well, DO THE SAME THING!  And sure enough, over the weekend Maduro went full retard and immediately made their $100 bolivar denomination no longer legal tender.

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Having observed the economic chaos to emerge as a result of India's shocking Nov. 8 demonetization announcement, and perhaps confident it can do better, today president Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Latin America's most distressed economy, mired in an economic crisis and facing hyperinflation, likewise shocked the nation when he announced on state TV that just like India, Venezuela would pull its highest denominated, 100-bolivar bill (which is worth about two U.S. cents on the black market), from circulation over the next 72 hours, ahead of the introduction of new, higher-value notes, as large as 20,000. 
"I have decided to take out of circulation bills of 100 bolivars in the next 72 hours," Maduro said. "We must keep beating the mafias." 
To this we would add "and cue economic chaos", but since this is Venezuela, that's a given. 
The surprise move, announced by Maduro during an hours-long speech, is likely to worsen a cash crunch in Venezuela, and lead the largely-cash based economy to a state of paralysis. Maduro said the 100-bolivar bill will be taken out of circulation on Wednesday and Venezuelans will have 10 days after that to exchange those notes at the central bank. 
Critics immediately slammed the move, which Maduro said was needed to combat contraband of the bills at the volatile Colombia-Venezuela border, as economically nonsensical, adding there would be no way to swap all the 100-bolivar bills in circulation in the time the president has allotted. Indeed, if India is any example, Venezuela - whose economy is far worse than that of India, the world's fastest growing emerging market - may have just signed its own economic death warrant. 
According to central bank data, in November there were more than six billion 100-bolivar bills in circulation, 48 percent of all bills and coins. In other words, Venezuela just eliminated half the paper cash in circulation. - Zerohedge
For those who live elsewhere in the world, just remember that following the 2008 financial crisis the U.S. and Europe both passed laws which make any cash you hold in a bank the property of that bank, and considered an unfunded liability to the institution.  And with central banks, Harvard economists, and even a former Asst. Secretary of the Treasury all calling for an end to cash here in America, what we are seeing now in India and Venezuela are test cases for what is currently in motion in the West to bring about a complete monetary control over the population before or after the next banking and financial crisis hits.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Why gold and Bitcoin are freedom: EU's new plans to eliminate cash are not about convenience, but about control and tax confiscation

As countries as diverse as India, Sweden, Denmark, and Spain begin to work towards the banning of physical cash and instituting a completely digital monetary system, one entity is seeking to trump them all by formulating a program that would not only eliminate cash and atm machines, but would entirely change banking as we know if for all of Europe.

And if their goals are reached, it could become the new standard across the Eurozone as early as late 2017.

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The European Payments Council (EPC), a subdivision of the European Central Bank, are taking steps in their quest to fully eliminate all cash. The reason is not to lift the burden off retailers or to make transactions more convenient but in reality to raise desperately needed taxes. 
Highly respected ‘ArmstrongEconomics‘ reports that the EPC are going full steam ahead to enable immediate payment systems throughout not just the Eurozone but the entire European Union. The Single European Payments Area (SEPA) has been devised with the ultimate goal of eliminating ATM cash machines and force everyone to use their mobile phones or plastic cards, the project starting as early as November 2017. 
In the absence of confirmed information on this point, it is likely that tourists and business people will be forced to pre-pay Euro’s onto an App if they come from a country outside the eurozone, currently made up of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. 
The final goal of the EU Commission is best described in their own words: “The Single Euro Payments Area (or “SEPA” for short) is where more than 500 million citizens, over 20 million businesses and European public authorities can make and receive payments in euro. SEPA also means better banking services for all: transparent pricing, valuable guarantees ensuring that your payments are received promptly and in full, and banks assuming responsibility if something goes wrong with your payment.” 
This year, meetings and conferences called “Towards a cashless society” were started to get the information transfer across to the infrastructure, supported very heavily by the banks. 
It looks as though the initial battleground for banning cash will be … Greece. - Global Research
Perhaps it is not a coincidence now that earlier this week European Central Bank head Mario Draghi announced that their QE program would be extended until December of 2017, just one month after the EPC hopes to have Europe completely in a cashless society.

The majority of people in the West already function in an environment without cash as online banking, and the use of debt or credit cards, outweighs the number of transactions taking place using physical currency.  However, underlying this trust is the fact that for now, if someone desired to take out their wealth stored in a bank they could do do and have it distributed to them in physical cash notes.

All along the war on cash that has emerged in 2016 has never been about stopping drug cartels, black markets, or the myriad of other excuses those in power have used to justify the banning of physical money.  No, the real reasons stem from the fact that nearly all monetary systems in the West run on a leveraged system where there are upwards of 100 times more money created in digital form than there is actual cash available, and any strong run on the banks could collapse the entire financial system.

Additionally, eight years of failed central bank policies have driven the Western monetary system to the brink of another collapse, and it is forcing these institutions as well as governments to seek never before heard of measures such as negative interest rates, and beyond 100% debt to GDP.

The truth of the matter is that the desire to institute a cashless society is not for the benefit of the 7 billion members who inhabit planet earth, but for the .001% of the 1% who want to use a cashless society to have utter control over money, and everyone's use of it.  And it is why the need to store your wealth in some other vehicle than cash or in a bank is vital, and this means an alternative form of wealth protection such as gold, silver, and bitcoin which banks, nor governments, can readily steal.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Newest banker scheme: tax on withdrawing money from your bank accounts

Despite the fact that taxpayers bailed out banks in the U.S. and around the world following the 2008 financial crisis, the 'masters of the monetary universe' did little to show appreciation for the people that saved them from bankruptcy due to their own greed and corruption.  And even with the ability now to borrow money from central bank discount windows at or near zero percent interest, a large number of banks chose to impose new fees on their customers under the guise of re-capitalization.

Ironically, when companies impose a charge on individuals for a service it is known as a fee, but when a government does the same it is instead called a tax.  And that is exactly what India, Greece, and perhaps soon even the United States is, or is planning to do, for people who choose to withdrawal cash out of their bank accounts in the future rather than using digital constructs to perform commerce.

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Greek banks have proposed a series of measures to combat tax evasion, strengthen the electronic transactions and limit the use of cash in the economy, and as KeepTalkingGreece.com reports, one of the measures proposed is a special tax on cash withdrawals. 
Bankers reportedly stress that cash money can easily and largely be channeled in the black economy. Therefore, a tax on cash withdrawals will drastically reduce cash transactions and by extension the black economy. 
The bankers suggest that also credit and debit cards as wells as new technologies enabling cash-less transactions even for small amounts  and mobile phones can be used for the purchase of a transport ticket or a newspaper at the kiosk. 
The bankers proposal to the government also includes: 
-Mandatory use of cards or other electronic payment networks for every transaction with professions where there is strong evidence of tax evasion or where cash is mainly used [ like bakeries, kiosks, street vendors and chestnut sellers?]. 
-Mandatory use of cards or electronic networks for transactions above a certain amount [this measure is already in effect]. 
-Reforming the tax system by introducing a revenue-expenditure system. Households or professionals will only be taxed on the amount of income that is has not been spent. In this way, households and professionals will have a strong incentive to seek receipts for any expenditure in order to increase their expenditure and reduce the tax amount they will have to pay. 
-Obligation for all businesses and regardless of their size to pay electronically every salary and wage. (source: Kathimerini via Liberal.gr) - Zerohedge
Over in India, Prime Minister Modi has already implemented a 45% transaction tax on deposits that the government arbitrarily believes come from illegal or 'black market' commerce.  And these two countries (India and Greece) are not the only nations with plans to impose a tax on cash withdrawals as this has been in the works for a few years in the halls of the Fed and Congress.

Greece is the first country to push for a carry tax on physical cash. It won’t be the last. This policy has been floating around in Central Banking circles for years. The fact that it’s now being openly promoted only proves how desperate the elites are getting about the state of the financial system. 
Watch, the moment things turn south in the US in a big way, similar proposals will start cropping up here too.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Price of gold in dollars well over $3600 in India as currency crisis threatens to bring their economy to a halt

As news continues to come in from the nation of India following the government's order to eliminate certain currency notes from their monetary system, the rush to both trade in, and move money out of banks has been the singular thought for hundreds of millions of people.

And as part of this monetary transfer has been the massive demand for gold, especially since Modi pushed for a suspension of imports of the yellow metal last week.  And according to many sources, the price of gold in dollars has now reached over $3600 per ounce as the people move to get rid of their rupees and into the one tangible asset that weathers all crises.

Measure planned to prevent people from hoarding cash and generating income that could evade taxes, according to government officials with direct knowledge of the matter. 
Planned measures include limit on large cash withdrawals from bank, the officials said, asking not to be identified citing rules on speaking to media. 
Budget, due in February, may have steps to encourage use of checks, credit and debit cards. 
Purchase of gold jewelry said to be made more stringent to prevent switching of asset from cash. 
Finance Ministry spokesman D. S. Malik couldn’t be reached for comment. - Zerohedge
Perhaps the most interesting and destructive thing to come from Prime Minister Modi's move against the Indian currency is the fact that productivity has virtually stopped as people are spending several hours per day swapping over $60 worth of rupees due to the capital control laws limiting withdrawals.

When Venezuela collapsed into hyper-inflation a few months ago, it was reported on the ground that an ounce of silver would buy you 3-4 months worth of groceries, and a single ounce of gold could buy you a house.  And now in India the price of gold is skyrocketing upwards and outside the control of the paper gold markets which determine the global spot prices, and should be a warning to all on why owning physical metals is vital in a world where confidence in fiat money is crashing.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

As the world currencies start to crater, India mulling banning of gold imports along with eliminating cash

Earlier this year, some establishment economists, along with academics and central bankers, began throwing out the proposal of banning cash as a way to allow for the backdoor expansion of currencies in monetary policy.  This of course received a huge backlash by the citizenry of several countries, and in some cases led to a run on banks from those fearing theft through negative interest rates, or through the implementation of draconian capital controls.

Surprisingly, one of the countries that was least likely to show signs of a currency collapse until recently was that of India.  And as a strong emerging market nation who had just embarked on a massive Make in India campaign, their elimination last week of their two largest currency denominations stoked fears of their own government seeking a ban on cash, and has led millions to either take out their money from banking institutions, with much of the wealth going into gold.

But in a new article published on Nov. 16 at The Daily Bell, eliminating cash may be the first step towards absolute control over money as the Modi government is now mulling plans to stop gold from being imported into the country entirely.

Prime minister Narendra Modi recently decided to confiscate the cash of hundreds of millions of Indians, and now he may forbid Indians from importing gold. 
This would have an immediate effect on gold supplies as India, despite the affinity of citizens for gold and silver, has very little in the way of domestic mining. 
In part, this is because the government itself is consistently at war with Indian citizens over money and its control. This struggle has most recently manifested itself in India’s decision to remove, wholesale, large denomination bills from public circulation. 
The country [banned] 500 and 1000 rupee notes (worth about US$7 and $14 respectively) and the mooted import restriction [banning gold imports] could be a reaction to dealers swapping the notes for gold.IBJA national secretary Surendra Mehta told the Times of India its members should be ready.   “We hear from certain circles of this possibility, though nothing official is out yet,” he said. 
The larger issue here has to do with banning cash on a global level. It is typical of reporting in this modern era that few if any of the mainstream articles covering India’s most recent move seemingly mention this. 
Governments around the world are beginning to ban cash. Sweden is far advanced but Uruguay and now India are not far behind. Uruguay is soon to demand that employers cease to pay employees via cash and instead deposit paychecks directly in bank accounts. - Zerohedge
India is not the only nation looking hard at eliminating cash, or creating barriers for people to get their money out of banks and into something tangible that is outside the hands of government control.  And as the world rushes towards a currency or financial crisis worse than in 2008, the days are becoming numbered on you and an individual having a choice on what you can do with your own money.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The only real option if you offshore your money is to keep it in gold

If you take into consideration all the extreme monetary policies and capital controls instituted by governments and central banks over the past six years you would come to the realization that offshoring some or a large portion of your wealth is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.  But in many of these controls that several governments have created to try to monitor, tax, and even confiscate one's wealth if they try to protect it from devaluation, the only real option is to transfer it into some form of asset that is outside the banking system.

And more than any other facility possible, that option is gold.

Under current U.S reporting laws, if you own gold offshore in an individual name, it is not a requirement that you report it to either the IRS or the U.S Treasury. However, if the title of the gold is held in the name of a legal entity, it must be reported but if it is held in your offshore account, it is reportable. So, owning and holding gold in an offshore account is completely legal. 
There are several reasons why people use offshore accounts to own and store gold. These include offshore confidentiality, protection, tax planning, privacy, and investment diversification among other things. A carefully planned and executed offshore account can assist you with each of the areas mentioned above. By transferring your gold to an offshore account, you are also protecting your asset to the fullest extent. 
It is easy to have some or all of your gold in an offshore account waiting for you when you need it. If in the event of a price movement you want to sell it, you can always hire a local lawyer and instruct them to act on your behalf. Considering that many countries, especially those in Asia, view gold as something in demand or money, it is often easy to sell and fetch better prices in Asian countries. 
If you choose to store your gold in a private vault facility, you also add a unique layer of privacy to your asset. This is because precious metals held in non-bank facilities, and more so gold, are not subject to government reporting. From Switzerland and Singapore to Austria and Hong Kong, there are many gold storage facilities in these privacy-friendly countries. - SMHPA
The financial system stands on the cusp of its next great crisis, with several banks this week forecasting collapse in multiple markets and infrastructures.  And whether it is in Germany with Deutsche Bank, Italy with their faltering banks, or the realization that the Fed, ECB, and Bank of Japan are out of options, the threat of bank bail-ins are now very real, as is the institution of even greater capital controls that will limit your ability to protect your wealth in the very near future.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Following four bank bail-ins last year, most Italians are hiding their cash outside of banks and buying gold

With the global shock that the Cyprus bank bail-ins did to depositor psyches back in 2013, the media has gone out of its way to hide any news of bank insolvencies that might lead to runs on the banks.  And this includes four little reported bail-ins that took place in Italy just last year.

But with the growing threat of even more Italian banks becoming insolvent, and the Damocles Sword of Deutsche Bank threatening the entire European financial system, depositors in Italy are not waiting around for the next crisis to take place, and over the past year have been taking out their cash to hide in their 'mattresses' and buying physical gold as a hedge for what they believe is coming very soon.

People in Cyprus had to find this out the hard way in early 2013. People awoke on an otherwise normal Saturday morning to the shock that the money in their bank accounts had been taken by a bail-in to recapitalize the banks. 
Not surprisingly, many Italians aren’t just waiting around to get “Cyprused.” 
I recently spent weeks on the ground in Italy investigating the ongoing banking crisis. I spoke with a prominent lawyer who told me that most Italians are now distrustful of the banks. They’re keeping a substantial portion of their savings in cash under their mattresses. They’re also buying lots of gold. 
I’ve been to Italy numerous times over the years. But this time, I saw something new. 
There were signs everywhere advertising gold bullion, like the one below. 
I think it indicates a strong demand for gold and a strong distrust of the banks. It seems to me like a slow motion bank run is already happening. This is the last thing Italy’s banking system needs. It’s further bleeding the capital in the banking system. 
I only see the situation getting worse… 
Italians are rightly afraid of bail-ins. That fear is leading them to withdraw their savings as cash and also to buy gold. This further drains the banks’ capital, making it more likely they’ll need to do a bail-in to remain solvent, which fuels even more withdrawals. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy. - International Man