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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

China to challenge both the LBMA and Comex through the creation of a new gold and silver futures trading platform

The London Metals Exchange, which is a Hong Kong owned subsidiary out of London, is ready to take on the Western futures markets by introducing their own gold and silver trading platform starting on July 10.

This new program by the LME will function on the London markets and provide a fully functional futures trading market in which investors can settle for both cash, or physical gold and silver delivery.

London Metal Exchange, a subsidiary of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, will launch gold and silver spot and futures trading in London on July 10 in a bid to capture the increasing demand for trading of precious metals in London, the exchange said on Monday. 
The LME gold and silver product will launch at a time when HKEX is planning to introduce gold futures in the third quarter of this year should it secure approval from the Securities and Futures Commission. The trading in the two markets however, would remain separate, and there will be no cross trading. 
“The HKEX and the LME gold products would be traded in different markets and different time zone,” said Kate Eded, LME head of precious metals who was speaking at a workshop in Hong Kong on Monday. 
The gold and silver contracts to be launched at the LME would be traded in US dollar which will include spot trading and trading of future contracts with a maturity of up to five years. Investors could choose cash or physical settlement. Five banks including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs would help quote prices to maintain liquidity of the markets. - South China Morning Post
Unlike the LBMA, and especially with the U.S. based Comex, these markets are primarily used for derivative paper trading and rarely perform any actual metal deliveries.  And with the LME being tied to both Hong Kong and London, the potential for China to eventually usurp control over the global price for gold and silver from the LBMA and the Comex moves another step closer as true metals investors will find it more favorable to migrate to an exchange that deals with physical deliveries of actual metals.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

China's gold market now being used to back the expansion of the Yuan

The antiquated 'gold standard' now appears to not be the only way to back one's currency with a precious metal as a new program instituted by the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) will soon aid in the expansion and internationalization of the Chinese Yuan.

Just prior to the Christmas break, the SGE launched a new English language website that has the primary purpose of allowing foreigners to access products and purchase gold in RMB.  And since the SGE is the world's largest physical gold market, this move has the two-fold effect of first allowing individuals to bypass London and the Comex if they have no interest in paper gold trading, and secondly to aid in the expansion and internationalization of the Yuan in global trade.

Last week the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) launched a new English website to offer international customers more information and tools on trading gold in renminbi through its subsidiary in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone the Shanghai International Gold Exchange (SGEI). BullionStar took the opportunity to translate a speech by a Teng Wei, Deputy General Manager of the SGEI, named “How China’s Gold Market Can Help The RMB Achieve International Status” that was held at the Renminbi World summit in Beijing on the 29th and 30th of November 2016. In the speech Teng Wei outlined his vision for the SGEI going forward regarding renmibi (RMB) internationalization, connecting the onshore and offshore renminbi market and increasing gold market share. - Bullionstar via Zerohedge
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Graphic courtesy of Bullionstar

Over the past 45 days the Shanghai Gold Exchange has begun to disconnect itself from the global price standard set twice a day in London and New York by adding premiums of between $30 - $50 to their designated 'fix price'.  And by having a price spread of this magnitude so far above that of the Western paper gold markets, opening up a new portal for U.S. and European traders to buy gold, even in the Yuan currency, will lead to a massive increase in their market share of the global gold market and an ever expanding increase in transactions being done in the Chinese RMB.

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Growing spreads between London and Shanghai means that very soon China will take control over gold pricing

Two weeks ago, Deutsche Bank publicly admitted that they and several other banks have been manipulating the price of both gold and silver for several years now.  And yet despite these admissions, both London and the Comex have been smashing down the price of each to the point now where the markets can no longer even facilitate a break even cost for companies producing the metals.

“The analysis of FCF breakeven price suggests that 50% of the gold miners generate free cash flow below $1,150/oz gold with an average FCF breakeven gold price of US$1,135/oz for 2016E,” BMO said. “Excluding dividends, the FCF breakeven gold price for the miners declines to $1,070/oz in 2016E. 
Silver miners may be “less prepared,” however, after enduring a deeper correction in the price of silver relative to gold, BMO said. Three out of 11 companies report FCF breakeven costs for 2016 that are estimated below $15 an ounce, BMO said. - Kitco
As of Dec. 20, the current spot price for gold in London was $11.25, which according to the above study means that the manipulated 'fix' price at the Comex is now $10 below the average cost necessary for 50% of the miners just to break even.

However, as noted in an article published over the weekend here, spot prices out of Shanghai are at least $50 more than what is set in either London or New York, and premiums for metals are even higher than this when purchased in large quantities by investors, stackers, or speculators.

This dislocation in prices between Eastern and Western markets is now creating a nexus point where according to long-time bullion analyst Jim Sinclair, as well as by the CEO of Matterhorn Capital out of Switzerland, China is growing ever closer to being the primary market for determining gold and silver prices, and leaving London and New York with little metal to back their paper contracts.
For those distraught over the COMEX paper futures price of gold plunging towards $1,000/oz, Switzerland’s Egon von Greyerz has some information for you: 
I am not upset because I know one day, COMEX will default. The futures market will default. The banks will not be able to deliver the paper gold they have issued. One day people will come in and try to get their gold, and there won’t be any gold when they ask for it. How can you be nervous (holding gold)? The truth will eventually come out, and that truth will be very painful for all the paper holders of gold.” - Greg Hunter via Silver Doctors

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Despite fall in paper price, gold demand at 5 year high as fears of a supply shortage causing global scramble for the metal

By now most precious metals investors should have realized that the old standard 'spot price' that once dominated gold and silver is on its way out, and acts as little more than a paper value for derivative contracts.  And this can be seen by the price divergence in spreads between the London Fix, and its competition over in China at the Shanghai market.

But until the London/Comex price is gone for good it still controls the buying and selling costs here in the West.  And thanks to the tremendous shorting that has occurred in the paper markets since the Presidential election that took place on Nov. 8, the over $200 drop in price has done little to depress the appetite of gold purchases as the month of November saw the highest amount of buying in the last five years.
Gold demand in November soared to its highest level since the end of 2011 as investors took advantage of a steep drop in prices for the yellow metal following Donald Trump’s win in the U.S. election, according to data from BullionVault released Tuesday. 
The Gold Investor Index, run by Internet-based metals exchange operator BullionVault, jumped to 59.3 in November—its highest level since December 2011. the index stood at 56.8 in October. - Marketwatch
What is making up this increased demand for gold are not just China and Russia, who have continued their massive buying of gold through November of this year, but the inclusion of several other nations such as Britain, Vietnam, the U.S., and of course, India, who have joined in to start exchanging their currencies for gold in their reserves.

Much of this buying is also coming from the fact that outside the dollar, people are losing confidence in global currencies, especially after this year's Brexit event, Venezuelan hyperinflation, and the more recent attack on cash by India's Prime Minister Modi.  And the increase in purchasing worldwide has suddenly revealed incredible shortages that could soon be the catalyst for breaking Comex control over their depressing the spot price of gold.
“For the first time in history, gold supply into the future is under enormous pressure.” The warning from Mark Bristow, chief executive of London-listed Randgold, encapsulates the gold mining sector’s woes. 
Bullion’s only modest price recovery this year compared with other commodities has led the industry to cut spending on exploration dramatically to less than $4bn from almost $10bn in 2012. 
Petropavlovsk, a gold miner with assets in Russia, is a case in point. It has cut its exploration budget by two-thirds. 
“There is a chronic shortage of exploration money and as usual the gold price is not acting in the way everyone thought it would do,” says Peter Hambro, chairman of the company. 
This backdrop has left many in the industry forecasting a supply shortage by the end of the decade. - Financial Times
As an investor it is not the time to be fooled by the paper selloffs or shorting that is occurring in the Comex and other Western markets, but rather a time to take a serious look at supply and demand, and the consequences of dying confidence in most global currencies.  Because the lowered price that is also being coupled with dwindling supply right now is a an opportunity of the decade for the precious metals, and should prove to be very profitable once the world moves completely away from London and New York's control over the market.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Islamic council overseeing Sharia finance approves new gold standard for Muslim investing

Following a month of open discussion and commentary, the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) has officially approved a new gold standard under Sharia financial law on Dec. 5.

Coordinating with the World Gold Council for much of 2016, the AAOIFI has formulated the processes and procedures for the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, and in particular the 110 million Muslims who participate in active investing, to be able to purchase, own, and invest in physical gold and gold based products such as mining shares.

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The sharia gold standard announced yesterday allows the over 110 million investors in the Islamic world to invest in: 
a) vaulted gold 
b) gold savings plans (such as GoldCore's GoldSaver) 
c) gold certificates 
d) physical gold ETFs including "probably" the SPDR Gold Trust, the biggest exchange-traded gold (GLD) 
e) gold mining shares (within certain Shari’ah parameters) 
We know three things that the new Shariah gold-standard will achieve: 
a) Increase diversity in the number of available Shariah gold compliant investment products 
b) Greater emphasis on the role of physical gold in gold transactions 
c) Islamic finance will have greater say in the setting of the gold price 
To some, this may appear to be an unnecessary formality taken by the body whose guidelines are followed by Islamic finance institutions across the world. After all, physical gold is Shariah-compliant and holds a unique status for Muslims. 
AAIOFI states, "From the perspective of Islamic Fiqh and the Islamic economic system, gold has its specific significance. This significance arises from the specific principles provided for gold and silver as Thaman in Shari'ah." 
According to Islamic texts, gold is a ribawi item, which means that it must be sold on weight and measure, and cannot be traded for future value or for speculation. In order for a gold instrument to be Shariah-compliant, the precious metal must be the underlying asset in related transactions. - Goldcore via Zerohedge
Perhaps one of the most interesting caveats in the new procedures for gold ownership and investment is the demand for Islam to have a greater say in the setting of the gold price.  And since we already now have a divergence out of Shanghai from the long-standing price determination set in London and New York each day, the potential of a third completely independent market could soon emerge in places like Dubai, Tehran, Indonesia, and even Saudi Arabia.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Gold price difference out of China now up to $5 more than in London or Comex

On Oct. 18 the spread in gold price between the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) and the London/Comex gold fix was a record $5 as the Eastern physical markets continue to ever so slowly pull away from the Western paper gold markets.

The SGE is the largest physical gold market in the world, and commenced declaration of its own gold price back in April of this year.  And over the course of 2016 they have intermittently increased the spread between themselves and the purely paper markets run out of London and New York.

Shanghai Gold Exchange fix times: 10:15pm est and 2:15am est 
London gold fix times: is at 5:30am est and 10am est 
Shanghai morning fix OCT 18 (10:15 pm est last night):  $1276.80 
NY ACCESS PRICE:   $1271.50 (AT THE EXACT SAME TIME) 
Shanghai afternoon fix:  2: 15am est:  $1274.31 
NY ACCESS PRICE:   $1269.70 (AT THE EXACT SAME TIME) 
Spread between each market at both fix times:  $5 difference - Silver Doctors
As this difference in price continues to expand, it will eventually create an price evaluation where gold miners will stop selling their products to the Comex or LBMA, and find it more affordable and profitable to ship their gold to Chinese markets..  Likewise, it will also eventually lead to an arbitrage where traders will buy all the gold up in both London and New York, and then sell it to Shanghai causing an asset flight from West to East.

Monday, October 17, 2016

China's Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) initiates next step towards being a part in setting global gold prices

On Oct. 17 China's Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) announced they will be collaborating with other global markets to allow gold pricing in Yuan to be part of the price set for derivative contracts.

In his announcement on Monday, SGE Chairman Jiao Jinpu sought to initiate the next step for China to play a large role in setting the price for the precious metal that has long been under the control of London for more than a century.

Shanghai Gold Exchange Chairman Jiao Jinpu said on Monday that the bourse will collaborate with foreign exchanges and allow them to use its yuan-denominated gold price in developing derivatives products.  
"We would collaborate with various exchanges and authorise these external exchanges to start business outside China to use it as basis for development of derivatives products," Jiao told an industry conference through an interpreter.  
Jiao was referring to the Shanghai Gold Exchange's yuan-denominated gold benchmark, which it launched in April in an ambitious move to exert more control over pricing of the metal and influence in the global bullion market. - Economic Times.India Times
In addition to the SGE's goal of being a part of the global gold and derivative price determinations, the Singapore Bullion Market Association also reported on Monday their initiation of a joint study between themselves, the LBMA, and the Intercontinental Exchange Benchmark Association (IBA) on connecting the London gold price mechanism to Asia, where China and Singapore could then have a say in the pricing of precious metals in overnight trading rather than allow bullion banks and investors to hijack the markets when U.S. and European bourses are closed.
The Singapore Bullion Market Association, London Bullion Market Association and Intercontinental Exchange Benchmark Administration (IBA) will launch a joint feasibility study on the development of "LBMA pre-AM gold price at 2 pm Singapore time", Lim Hng Kiang, minister for trade and industry and deputy chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, told an industry conference on Monday. 
The study "is an important first step towards establishing a U.S. dollar price discovery mechanism for gold during Asian business hours," said Lim. "When in place, it will facilitate the timely tracking of Asian demand and allow participants in Asia to settle their trades within the same business day." 
"We hope to make a reputable gold benchmark mechanism in London available to Asian users," the Singapore Bullion Market Association's chief executive, Albert Cheng, told Reuters. - Reuters

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Comex uses Chinese bank holiday to crush gold below $1300 and silver below $18

In recent history the West has used bank holidays, or low volume periods in Asia, to dump futures contracts worth millions and sometimes billions of ounces despite the fact that these bullion banks never provide the physical metals to support their trades.  And it is through this mechanism that the central banks often use bullion banks, and the shorting of paper contracts, to prop up the dollar when it comes under pressure.

However, it is this week in particular, from Oct, 2 - 7, that the Comex and London Gold markets can get their biggest bang for their buck in driving down gold prices thanks to little opposition from Asian buyers.

Live New York Gold Chart [Kitco Inc.]

Live 24 hours silver chart [Kitco Inc.]

With several black swans hanging over both the economy and the markets, central banks are using every measure possible to protect the dollar, especially in light of the fact that the Chinese Yuan has now become a global currency that is in direct competition with the U.S. reserve.  And unless something significant occurs between now and the end of this trading week, look for the precious metals to fall under even more extreme pressure, and be beaten down for no particular reason other than through the manipulations imposed by the bullion banks.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

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

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

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

Friday, September 9, 2016

Anti-Wall Street group seeks to create a new transparent gold exchange using blockchain technologies

In his now famous book, Flash Boys, author Michael Lewis took real Wall Street individuals and fictionalized them to paint a picture of just how manipulated the paper trading markets really are,

Now those who were represented in Lewis's book are seeking to go head to head against the fraudulent banks and exchanges by creating a new gold exchange that would run with full transparency, and use blockchain technology to accomplish this.

IEX Group, which rose to prominence with its bid to shake up stock trading in the United States, now aims to do the same in the more than $5 trillion-a-year gold market with a new exchange being created by its spinoff TradeWind Markets, a board member of the new venture said on Tuesday. 
The protagonists of Michael Lewis's book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," are planning a gold exchange that would use elements of blockchain technology to improve transparency and the clearing and settling of trades, said Matt Harris, a managing director at Bain Capital Ventures. Bain has an investment in IEX. 
Blockchain is a tamper-proof shared ledger that can automatically process and settle transactions using computer algorithms. 
TradeWind Markets began as an internal project of IEX and was spun off as a separate firm earlier this year. In June, the startup raised $9 million, according to a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A person familiar with the operation who asked not to be identified because the plans are not public, said the funding came from IEX and Sprott Inc, a Canada-based investment firm that manages physical bullion funds. A lack of transparency is one of the problems that makes the gold market ripe for change, said Harris, who is on TradeWind's board. - Reuters
The introduction of the Shanghai Gold Exchange in Chain last year changed the game for physical gold trading, and created a crack in the long-standing Western control over the gold price.  And with the advent of a new and trusted gold exchange being built that would be outside the controls of the banks that run them now, and functioning on blockchain technology, it could cause miners, refiners, and producers to move away from contracts and delivery with London and the Comex and instead sell metals directly on this new exchange, allowing prices to rise and fall according to the free market, not price manipulations.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

As the world rushes to hoard cash, and gold supplies dwindle, what might a frenzy on gold buying look like?

Two interesting events are taking place right now in different parts of the world that threaten to create a frenzy not unlike the bank runs we saw in the 1930's and again following the bursting of the Housing Bubble in 2007.

Trust in banks have seriously eroded in places like Japan and Germany to the point where average people are making a run on home safes, and moving their cash out of financial institutions.  The root cause of course is the advent of negative interest rates and the growing fear that insolvent institutions will soon be forced to conduct bail-ins to stave off bankruptcy.

But it is not just a run on cash that is occurring in different pockets of the market.  Last week demands for delivery of physical gold were met with severe resistance, and this is a signal that most paper gold ETF's are not actually backstopped with physical gold, and which could soon bring about a run that would skyrocket the price to well over $5000 according to well respected metals analyst David Morgan.


Economist David Morgan of The Morgan Report is one of the world’s best known silver investors. In the following interview with Future Money Trends Morgan discusses his personal experiences during the last major run-up in gold, when it hit a price of $850 in early 1980. As Morgan describes it, there was significant panic buying during that time period, and should central banks and governments continue on their current course, we’ll see a similar endgame play out this time around: 
"What’s good for gold is the end of empire… And we’ve got governments that are failing… When these bond markets blow up further, that’s when you’re going to see a run to gold than we’ve already seen… 
Wait until the physical market freezes up, which could happen. I am not saying it would happen, but it could. With the worldwide demand and a failing currency across the world, where do you think people are going to go? They’re going to go to precious metals which have been trusted for thousands of years. 
If that were to occur, and I think it could happen… could you imagine the amount of money sitting on the sidelines in a panic mode that would go into the mining shares? It’s incredible. 
I saw it once… I saw what happened with gold and silver when it was a panic buy… My commodities broker was a woman. She worked for Dean Witter… She was very savvy… She would leave her office at lunchtime and go and buy gold at the local coin dealer… then after she closed her office she would stand outside her front door and sell gold coins to people who were lined up… believe it or not. 
That’s the kind of frenzy you get at the top of the gold market." - SHTFPlan

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

As central banks dump dollars and accumulate record levels of gold, outstanding demand for Comex delivery could finally bust the system

With the Fed flip-flopping around the mainstream media in an attempt to manipulate the dollar and force down the price of gold without ever having to implement an actual rate hike, central banks around the world are no longer fooled and are continuing to dump dollars at high rates.  And in their place, these same banks are continuing to accumulate gold at record levels to ensure their reserves remain intact.

But perhaps what may be even more interesting is that demand for gold delivery at the Comex is suddenly increasing to dangerous levels, and if the trend continues into the June delivery date, it could be enough to finally bust the Comex once and for all.


The May gold contract is a non active contract.  Yet we started the month with 5.67 tonnes of gold standing and it has increased every single day and today sits at 6.68 tonnes of gold standing: 
The amount standing for gold at the comex in May is simply outstanding at 6.8740 tonnes. The previous May 2015, we had only .08 tonnes standing so you can certainly witness the difference as the demand for gold by investors/sovereigns is on a torrid pace. This makes the excitement for June gold that much more intense as more players are refusing fiat and demanding only physical metal. 
I will be reporting daily as to how which is standing for delivery through the active month of June.  June is the second largest delivery month after December. - Silver Doctors
Meanwhile, as pressure builds to break the Comex, China is enlarging their control over the entire gold market through metal and mining acquisitions, vault purchases, and agreements with nations like Russia to expand the gold trade markets.
Not only is the Chinese central bank continuing to expand its gold reserves, the country is steadily becoming a major player in the world gold market. Earlier this month, the largest Chinese bank bought one of the biggest gold vaults in Europe, as it expands its influence on global gold trade. 
Central banks accounted for about 14% of the world’s gold demand last year.
As central banks continue to buy gold, many are dumping US debt. So far in 2016, global central banks have jettisoned $123 billion in US debt. Last year, they sold off $226 billion. According to the Treasury Department, central banks are selling US Treasuries at a pace not seen since at least 1978. - Schiffgold

Monday, May 16, 2016

China preparing takeover of physical gold markets through purchases of London gold vaults

A few years ago, China acquired the largest gold vault outside of Fort Knox when they purchased J.P. Morgan's former headquarters directly across from the New York Federal Reserve building.  And with that purchase came the underground vault and tunnel that was shared between the two banks.

And now in 2016, China is preparing for the eventual takeover of the Western physical gold markets through purchases of two new vaults, which are located in the City of London.

We thought that ICBC would be content with its purchase of one of London's biggest vaults but that appears to not have been the case. Earlier today, ICBC Standard Bank reported that it was also buying Barclays' London precious metals vault, giving the Chinese bank the capacity to store gold worth more than US$80bn in the secret location.
The vault, which can store 2,000 tons of gold and other precious metals such as silver, platinum, palladium, was opened by Barclays in 2012 and took more than a year to build. The location of the vault is secret, but the lender has said it’s within the M25 road that orbits London. 
"This is an exciting acquisition for the Bank. This enables us to better execute on our strategy to become one of the largest Chinese banks in the precious metals market,” Mark Buncombe, head of commodities at ICBC Standard Bank, said in the statement. "The acquisition of a precious metals vault allows us to expand our services in clearing and processing." 
Barclays' decision to exit the business comes as U.S. and European Union regulators investigate whether at least 10 banks, including Barclays, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Deutsche Bank AG -- manipulated prices of precious metals such as silver and gold. - Zerohedge

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It's Official! China sets new Yuan denominated gold price at Shanghai Gold Exchange

On April 19, China officially validated the rumor and initiated a new Yuan denominated gold price at the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE).

Officially setting the opening price at 257.97 Yuan, or $39.87 per gram, China has now thrown down the gauntlet against London and the Comex for control over the global physical gold market.


China launched its yuan-denominated gold benchmark on Tuesday in Shanghai as it seeks to secure more sway in the pricing of the precious metal.
The Shanghai Gold Benchmark Price (code: SHAU), is the quote for trading of 1kg, 99.99 percent purity bullion, denominated in the Chinese yuan and derived from multiple rounds of trading. 
The benchmark was set at 257.97 yuan per gram on Tuesday, the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) said in a statement. 
The benchmark also lays the foundation for shifting bullion trading in Shanghai from mostly spot to derivatives to increase the appeal of yuan-denominated bullion trading as financial instruments for both domestic and global investors. - People.CN

Friday, December 11, 2015

Got Karatbars? China announces that in April they will open gold market to new Yuan benchmark

Back in June, China intimated that they were getting prepared to open a new gold exchange that would be benchmarked in Yuan versus the current system that is denominated in dollars.  And while many gold and silver holders were hoping it would come online this month at the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), officials on Dec. 10 announced that the platform has been moved out until April of 2016 where it would be open to both Chinese and foreign banks for physical exchange of gold, denominated in Yuan, and at a new price.
SINGAPORE: China has delayed the launch of its yuan-denominated gold benchmark on the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) to next year, two sources familiar with the matter said. 
The yuan price fix would mark one of China's biggest steps so far towards capitalising on its position as the world's top producer and consumer of gold. State-run SGE had initially planned to launch the benchmark by the end of this year but it will now be launched in April. 
The reason for the delay was not immediately clear. The exchange was without a chairman for nearly six months, before it named a central bank official as the head of the bourse in late October. 
"It will start in April with Chinese banks and some foreign banks," said a source with a local bank that imports gold. "Jewellers, miners and banks could use this price as a benchmark." - Economic Time.India Times

The significance of China establishing a physical gold price is that it would become the only real physical market remaining in the global market system.  For the past two and a half years, the current benchmark in London and New York has refrained from any physical deliveries, and is simply acting as a derivatives market, and a conduit to protect the dollar by smashing down gold prices with naked short contracts.

However China is not the only nation seeking to wrest long-standing financial mechanisms away from the U.S. as Russia on Dec. 10 announced they were going to create a new oil market system that will compete directly with BRENT and WTI, and allow their oil to be sold in currencies outside the dollar.

The coming new global financial system that will replace Bretton Woods and dollar hegemony is accelerating at a rapid pace, and will inevitably be backed by a gold based trade note or currency.  And these are the final days for people to get out of their dollars and paper assets and get into physical gold before the ongoing shortages make it impossible to prepare yourself for what will evolve.

Ie... who was prepared in 2008 when the stock market crashed, the Great Recession occurred, and when foreclosures manifested for millions of Americans?

But you can be prepared, and the best way is to move out of dollar based paper assets, and into the historic protector of wealth is through a company called Karatbars.

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Buying gold through Karatbars is one of the easiest things on the net.  In fact, the business model of Karatbars is to sell gold in affordable quantities, such as 1, 2.5, and 5 gram increments, and allow customers to get into the metal without having to shell out $1200+ for a single ounce coin.

And as added perks to signing up with Karatbars, as a customer or affiliate, Karatbars is working on a new e-wallet system that functions just like an offshore bank account, and is outside the authority of the banking system.  From there, you can take your fiat currency in any denomination... dollars, euros, yen, etc... and purchase physical gold which can either be delivered directly to you, or stored for free at one of Karatbar's vaults.

Additionally, any gold that you buy can easily be sold back to Karatbars, or any metals dealer, and if with Karatbars it is then exchanged for currency that is uploaded to you through a pre-loaded debit Mastercard which is connected directly to your e-wallet.  And as we know, MasterCard is recognized in nearly every country around the world, and usable in any currency that accepts it.

But perhaps the best feature with Karatbars is their affiliate program, where you can earn money off commissions from getting others to sign up and become a customer or affiliate.  Not only do you receive commissions from their purchasing of physical gold, but you also earn commissions from anyone who buys a commission package, with that money going directly into your debit MasterCard when you have enough units to cycle.

Imagine the ability to earn the money in which to buy your gold savings simply by purchasing a commission affiliate package one time, and then getting others to sign up and do the same thing.

How many businesses or entrepreneurs can build an infinite business with spending less than $400 of their own money?  And there is never a mandatory requirement to buy beyond what you desire, on your own schedule.  And there is nothing to lose, because you're using money (paper dollars) to buy gold (physical money) and in the end you don't lose a thing.


The global financial system, along with dozens of respected economists, are telling us that now is the time for the end of our current form of money, and the beginning of the transition into a new monetary system that is expected to be backed by gold.  And with banks, governments, and even Harvard professors mandating that central banks have no choice but to eliminate cash from usage by the people to stave off collapse, will you wait until it is too late to make a decision on how you will protect your wealth, and be able to function within the coming new monetary system?

To learn more about Karatbars, you can contact the individual who sent you this article, and click on their referral link to open a free account and begin buying, or building your own gold savings or business with the company of the future.