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Showing posts with label gold standard. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Forget sovereign currencies and governments, the market is bringing a return to the Gold Standard through cryptocurrencies and digital banking

One of the most important paradigms that individuals, governments, and companies must overcome is that as technology progresses, so too does the way business is transacted.  And while there have been many calls over the past 40+ years for the monetary system to somehow return to a Gold Standard, the advent of the internet and the digital age is allowing this to occur outside the control and intervention of sovereign governments.

With the rise of online banking and the different types of financial entities functioning outside the banking system, the ability for one to both save and conduct commerce in gold is no longer a purview of sovereign governments, central banks, and finance ministries.  In fact, even before the mainstream rise of cryptocurrencies, several companies such as GoldMoney and Karatbars have allowed individuals to store their wealth in gold and then spend it as if it were a debit card or online bank.

But now that the blockchain has completely revolutionized the way commerce is conducted and how money is accepted, a return to a Gold Standard is no longer relegated to theoretical discussions in the classrooms of universities or the conference rooms of think tanks.  And in fact, a return to the gold standard may be already here.

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Bitcoin is often referred to as a “good” money because of its limited supply, relative fungibility and ease of exchange. If gold can also start to satisfy those requirements, a seismic shift from fiat to digital could be easier to “sell”—the public is predisposed to trust gold, certainly more so than cryptography.  
It could also open the door to the creation of a new global currency as an alternative to the dollar, something that Russia and China are rumored to be looking at. 
We sure do live in interesting times—and it is not all that far-fetched to think that OneGram, or another gold-backed crypto currency like it, could be a stealthy way to introduce a new global gold standard. - Forbes

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Return of a gold backed currency could begin in Zimbabwe as government looks at finally stabilizing Zimdollar

The African nation of Zimbabwe has long been the poster child of fiat currency failures.  It first began when Mugabe hyper-inflated their 'dollar' in the late 1990's, and then was followed by the country simply going on a U.S. dollar standard that failed during the years leading up to, and following the 2008 financial crisis.

Then more recently Zimbabwe has tried to tether their currency to the RMB with limited results.

So after three failed attempts to stabilize their monetary system over a 20 year period it appears that President Mugabe is now considering a return to a gold standard, and could be the first country in over 45 years to back their money with precious metals.

Government is working on a plan to establish a gold reserve set to anchor the introduction of a local currency when the right time comes for the return to the Zimdollar, it has been learnt. 
This comes at a time when the country is grappling with cash shortages and economists believe the issuance of a gold backed local currency would help stimulate economic activity. 
Modelled around the $200 million Afreximbank facility, which is backing the current bond notes in circulation, economists believe the local currency will ease liquidity challenges and stimulate aggregate demand. 
Plans to create a gold reserve involve investing in the efficient operations of Government's gold mining firms, including Sabi, Elvington and Jena gold mines. - All Africa

Monday, May 1, 2017

Silver, not gold, was the basis for monetary systems across the world including the U.S. and China

Despite the fact that the United States was primarily on a gold backed monetary system until 1973, and where it was also the foundation for a global monetary system through the Bretton Woods accords of 1946, an interesting piece of history shows that not only was the dollar originally created using the auspices of silver, but so was the Yuan, the Yen, British Pound, and most currencies used in Latin America.

When the Spanish owned claim to the entire new world thanks to Christopher Columbus and an agreement signed by the Pope, the output of silver generated from North, Central, and South America was so great that it usurped gold's longstanding position as the basis for money, and spread across the globe to become the foundation for many of Europe and Asia's currencies.

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Hong Kong was a British colony from its founding in 1841 until its handover to China in 1997. But the Hong Kong dollar isn't derived from the British pound. It doesn't even come from the U.S. dollar. In fact, the Hong Kong dollar and the U.S. dollar are both derived from the same source: the Mexican or “Spanish” dollar. So were the yuan, the yen and most of the currencies of Latin America. 
The Mexican or “Spanish” dollar was in wide use from the 1500s until the middle of the nineteenth century. If not the first global currency, the Mexican dollar was at least the first Pacific currency. Divided into pieces of eight, it is the currency of pirate legends and songs. It was minted in Mexico starting in 1536 from silver mined in Central Europe, in northwestern Mexico, but most of all in the “silver mountain” of Potosí in today's Bolivia. 
For four hundreds of years the Mexican dollar was, if not quite “the world’s first global currency,” then at least the key lubricant that greased the wheels of the world's trade. Most world histories are written from an Anglo-American perspective, as if the Americas suddenly sprang onto the stage in 1776 and China in the 1840s. In reality, as Gordon and Morales write, Latin America and East Asia were already important parts of the global economy in the 1600s. 
Even if there is some truth to the claim that Britannia ruled the waves, the Mexican dollar ruled the ports—on both sides of the Pacific. The British couldn't even get their own colonists to use the pound. Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Canada (to say nothing of the United States and Latin America) all used the Mexican dollar. And after the Mexican dollar finally slipped from the scene in the nineteenth century, it was the U.S. dollar that replaced it, not the pound. 
But the key to it all, then and now, was China. For the hundred years from 1540-1640 China was the vast sink into which the world's silver drained. The newly globalizing world—Europeans, but also Ottomans, Indians and especially Americans—all wanted what China had to offer, porcelains and silks most of all. But Chinese merchants wanted only one thing from the rest of the world: money. And in sixteenth century China, money meant silver. - National Interest
So the next time an analyst suggests that the world's currencies need to return to a gold standard for monetary stability, remember that the greatest economic growth in history took place when much of the globe was using silver rather than gold as it primary form of money.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Former central bank Chairman gives a mea culpa to Ron Paul and admits the Congressman was right about the Gold Standard

Ever since Alan Greenspan left his office as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, he has embarked on a near decade's long 'roadshow' to try to rebuild his reputation as a fiscal conservative.  And one of the biggest things he has been pushing for has been the belief that gold is money, and that a return to some form of a gold standard would solve many of the world's current financial problems.

This of course is the ironic dichotomy with Greenspan, since he was originally a staunch advocate of the Gold Standard up until he took over the reins of the world's largest central bank.  And it was through his Keynesian style monetary policies of low interest rates and bubble creation that not only led to the financial collapse of 2008, but paved the road for the next two Fed Chairmen to expand upon his policies to absurd degrees.

But now that the former Fed Chair is out of the establishment, he has become once again a crusader for gold as money.  And over the weekend he even admitted that former Congressman Ron Paul was correct all those years when they stood toe to toe during House testimonies, and when Paul pushed Greenspan mercilessly for why we weren't heading back towards a gold standard today.

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Finally, buried at the very end of the interview was perhaps the most interesting statement by Greenspan : the former Fed Chair's implicit admission that Ron Paul was right all along: 
Q. Against a background of ultra-low and negative interest rates, many reserve managers have been large buyers of gold. In your view, what role does gold play as a reserve asset? 
When I was Chair of the Federal Reserve I used to testify before US Congressman Ron Paul, who was a very strong advocate of gold. We had some interesting discussions. I told him that US monetary policy tried to follow signals that a gold standard would have created. That is sound monetary policy even with a fiat currency. In that regard, I told him that even if we had gone back to the gold standard, policy would not have changed all that much. - Zerohedge
For those who may not know, back in the 1960's Alan Greenspan became the architect of electronic banking, as he was also an excellent computer programmer as well as an extraordinary economist.  And in a blueprint discovered by analyst Bix Weir on the website of the St. Louis Fed called the Road to Roota, Greenspan's plans entailed using electronic banking and fiat currency to expand and then implode the monetary system in order to bring it back to a state where a return to the gold standard would be both necessary and viable.

Since China has already stated publicly their end goal is to return money and trade to a gold standard in the near future, what remains is the question of whether the U.S. is both willing and prepared for such a sea change.

And ironically for the first time in decades, the U.S. has a President who is himself a believer in gold.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

As Donald Trump speaks out against the dollar and globalism it could be setting the stage for a return of gold standard

Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump is a master when it comes to leverage, finance, and the use of credit to achieve great accomplishments.  But if ones listens to the media, they would not find a concise answer as to whether he actually understands the dollar or the economy.

This is because Trump stands at the middle of an ideological war where an establishment seeks to maintain its control over a debt based system.  And the foundation of that system is the establishment's ability to print unlimited amounts of fiat currency, manipulate markets and prices, and siphon the wealth of a nation into the hands of a select few.

(To validate this all one has to do is listen to Keynesian Nobel prize winning economists speaking today in Davos who are calling for the banning of cash and the implementation of an all digital cashless society)

Which brings the American people to the point where they must learn to read between the lines in discovering what President Trump's future direction for the dollar is headed.  And a couple of news stories out on Jan. 19 may provide that insight.

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In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Monday, Donald Trump uttered two words essentially never spoken by a president when describing the state of the U.S. dollar: "too strong." In describing how the U.S. is losing ground to China, Trump commented: "Our companies can't compete with them now because our currency is too strong. And it's killing us." It's incredibly rare for an American president to comment on the movement of the U.S. dollar, let alone advocate that it should fall. 
The movement of the dollar has a double-edged-sword effect on consumers. A stronger dollar, like we're experiencing now, gives U.S. consumers more buying power in overseas markets, and makes it less expensive for domestic businesses to import goods. 
On the other hand, a strong dollar makes U.S. exports less appealing to other countries where currencies have taken a beating, and can thus boost our national trade deficit and eventually slow growth. 
The dollar also happens to have an inverse relationship with gold. A stronger dollar often means weaker gold prices, whereas a weaker dollar leads to stronger gold prices. Trump's implying that the dollar is too strong might as well be a ringing endorsement for gold. - Fox Business
And from analysis from the well respected alt-economic Doug Casey...
The breakdown of the petrodollar is the perfect excuse for the globalists to usher in their SDR solution. 
So that’s the first option. It’s the global elites’ preferred outcome. It would be a very bad thing for personal and economic freedom. It means more fiat currency, more centralization, and less freedom for the individual. 
The second option is to simply return to gold as the premier international money. Here’s how it could happen… 
Trump might play along with the globalists’ schemes, but I doubt it. He’s the first president who’s openly and sincerely hostile toward globalism. He’s denounced it repeatedly. 
Trump recently said, “We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.” 
In my view, there’s only one way Trump could fight the global elites and their SDR plan: return the dollar to some sort of gold backing. 
Trump has said favorable things about gold in the past. So have some of his advisers.
It wouldn’t be easy. He’d face one hell of a struggle with the globalists. And winning would be far from certain. 
No matter what, the death of the petrodollar, just like the end of the dollar’s link to gold, will be very good for the dollar price of gold and gold mining stocks. 
When Nixon took the dollar off gold in 1971, gold skyrocketed over 2,300%. It shot from $35 per ounce to a high of $850 in 1980. Gold mining stocks did even better. 
Gold is still bouncing around its lows. Gold mining stocks are still very cheap. I expect returns to be at least as great as they were during that paradigm shift in the international monetary system. 
All this is why what happens after Trump’s inauguration could change everything… in sudden, unexpected ways. - International Man
Russia has replaced OPEC over the past year in becoming the global leader for oil and natural gas, and China is not only the world's largest producer of goods sold around the world, but they are also the world's largest banker.  And both of these economies have invested vast quantities of resources towards buying gold at levels that far exceed the U.S.'s supposed 8,500 tons.  Yet in pursuing this course of action they have also sent a clear message to Washington in the past few years through their dumping of dollars at a record pace, and are signifying that the days of the U.S. currency remaining the sole global reserve is nearing an end.

Every indication shows that the fiat currency experiment that began with Richard Nixon closing the gold window in 1971 has reached a point where confidence in the dollar is no longer a sure thing, and even the newly inaugurated President has his doubts on the dollar being the catalyst for domestic growth and prosperity.  And as Donald Trump begins a new chapter today as the leader of the free world, and the world's largest economy, no one really knows what tools he plans to use to implement his agenda of protectionism, direct bi-lateral trade, and destroying the West's current trek towards globalism.  But perhaps what we do know that may give us insight is his understanding and appreciation for the power of gold as real and tangible money.


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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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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Donald Trump interviewing a potential Treasury Secretary who advocates gold standard and ending the Fed

If there is one thing you can say about President-Elect Donald Trump so far is that he has been very thorough in interviewing candidates for his administration.  From appointing a loyal supporter like Dr. Ben Carson to the position of Director of HUD while at the same time dumping former loyalist Chris Christie, to being willing to listen to and talk with a staunch adversary like Mitt Romney, to date Trump is sticking to his word in trying to finding the best person for the job no matter what side of the aisle they are on.

Yet one cabinet position remaining to be filled in his administration has seen as much contention as that of Secretary of State.  And so far the only real candidates interviewed have been those from the establishment, and tied to the banking cabal that are at the core of Washington's elite swamp.

Until now.

On Nov. 28 Donald Trump met with the former CEO of BB&T to perhaps discuss his potential to become the next Secretary of the Treasury.  And what makes John Allison unique is that as opposed to a banker from Goldman Sachs or J.P. Morgan who would strive to keep the status quo, Allison is a staunch advocate of returning the monetary system to a gold standard, and eliminating the Federal Reserve as the country's money printer.

On Monday, Trump will meet with John Allison, the former CEO of the bank BB&T and of the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute. 
There have been reports that Allison is being considered for Treasury secretary.
Trump's has on the campaign trail questioned the future of the Federal Reserve's political independence, but Allison takes that rhetoric a step further. While running the the Cato Institute, Allison wrote a paper in support of abolishing the Fed. 
"I would get rid of the Federal Reserve because the volatility in the economy is primarily caused by the Fed," Allison wrote in 2014 for the Cato Journal, a publication of the institute. 
Allison said that simply allowing the market to regulate itself would be preferable to the Fed harming the stability of the financial system. 
"When the Fed is radically changing the money supply, distorting interest rates, and over-regulating the financial sector, it makes rational economic calculation difficult," Allison wrote. "Markets do form bubbles, but the Fed makes them worse." 
Allison also suggested that the government's practice of insuring bank deposits up to $250,000 should be abolished and the US should go back to a banking system backed by "a market standard such as gold." - Business Insider
What makes John Allison different than the string of too big to fail bank executives that have proliferated the office of the Treasury over the last several administrations is that BB&T is considered to be a mid-size regional bank, and not among the protected financial oligarchies that have a history of fraud and corruption, and who are reliant upon the expansion of cheap credit from the Fed to be able to continue running their criminal schemes.

With both Russia and China very open to a return to some form of a gold standard in international trade or reserve currency standard, the confirmation of a pro-gold standard Secretary of the Treasury would go a long way in helping Donald Trump to negotiate a currency reset to deal with the untenable debt that both the U.S. and most of the world are being suffocated under.  And this would also mean that the gold price would finally be released to climb to its true value, as the supply of metal would need to be valued much much higher to backstop the amount of currency and debt that are currently floating around the global financial system.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

State of Arizona convenes exploratory committee to look at creating a gold standard through issuance of gold bonds

Over the past few years, a number of states such as Texas and Utah have created their own public/private gold depositories with the purpose of allowing their citizens to transfer their U.S. dollars into physical gold that can be used and spent in everyday commerce.  And earlier this month, an exploratory committee in the Arizona legislature convened a meeting to discuss how they too could facilitate a future gold standard through the issuance and sales of gold backed bonds.

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The Arizona House of Representatives has convened an Ad Hoc Committee on Gold Bonds. The purpose is to explore if and how the state could sell a gold bond. 
This is an exciting development, as the issuance of a gold bond would be a major step towards a working gold standard. 
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 
HOUSE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON GOLD BONDS 
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016    Time: 1:00 P.M.    Place: HHR 3 
AGENDA
1.
Call to Order
2.
Introduction of Committee Members
3.
Review of Committee Charge
4.
Presentation:
·   Dr. Keith Weiner - How Gold Bonds Can Benefit the State of Arizona
5.
Committee Discussion
6.
Public Testimony
7.
Future Meeting Date
8.
Adjourn


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Donald Trump's economic adviser says we should return to some form of a gold standard

On Aug. 18, Dr. Judy Shelton sat down with Fortune Magazine for an interview on the state of affairs in finance and economics.  And during her interview, Dr. Shelton provided her opinion that the United States should lead the way for an international return to some form of a gold standard, and perhaps beginning it with the use of gold backed bonds.

Besides being an economist in her own right, Dr. Shelton is also on Presidential candidate Donald Trump's economic advisory board.

You’ve written before about going back to some sort of gold-based monetary system. Is that something the U.S. could do unilaterally, or would we need to convene other nations and get them on board? 
I’m not opposed to a new Bretton Woods conference, and if it takes place at Mar-a-Lago, 
I’m fine with that. But anything the U.S. does because we print the international reserve currency, unilateral action would almost instantly be accommodated by other countries. 
In terms of gold being involved, some people may think of that as a throwback, but I see it as a sophisticated, forward-looking approach because gold is neutral and it’s universal. It’s a well-accepted monetary surrogate that transcends borders and time. If you look at the foreign reserves of the most important countries, they keep them mostly in gold. I don’t want to read too much into it, but it proves that gold is not some barbarous relic. 
Would the first step in that be issuing gold-convertible bonds? 
Don’t attribute this idea to the Trump campaign, but it has been something that I have been proposing for years now. A gold-backed bond was first proposed in 1981 by Alan Greenspan. I think the U.S. should issue them as an experimental pilot program, similar to the TIPS bond, that compensates people who are concerned about the future value of the dollar. For those who are concerned about a big financial meltdown, these bonds would give them some insurance, as gold tends to rise in price during periods of financial stress. - Fortune Magazine

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Two major gold events for China and the Islamic world assure prices to skyrocket between now and October

With gold prices holding support levels over $1350, the markets are preparing for two major events are are sure to skyrocket prices between now and October.

Currently, the primary body on Islamic affairs which sets the framework for Sharia Law is in talks with the World Gold Council to change their long-standing restrictions for Muslims to own gold as an investment.  Once these restrictions are lifted, the potential of two billion Muslims entering into the gold sphere would have an even greater impact on the price than what we have seen over time in India where gold is a fundament of the nation's culture.

As a result, the World Gold Council is working with The Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and Amanie Advisors to develop a Shariah Standard on Gold. This Standard will provide guidance from the Shariah perspective on the usage of gold in financial and investment transactions for Islamic financial institutions and participants. The Standard also aims to increase transparency and harmonisation regarding the use of gold in various market practices. 
We want to create a Standard that meets the requirements of all active participants in the market. The Standard will enable organisations to work more efficiently in creating Shariah compliant gold products, it will enhance access to gold in the Islamic world and it will help to address the liquidity management issues currently facing the industry. - Gold.org
With China, the game they are undertaking is a bit different as they are expected to announce their current gold holdings in preparation for the issuing of new Special Drawing Rights (SDR) bonds for the IMF.  And the result should be a shock to the markets as the West believes China only has around 1600 tons of gold in their central banks, but the real number is estimated to be between 15,000 and 30,000 tons.

The importance of their plans to issue SDR bonds is that it is a major blow to the U.S.'s control over the global reserve currency and to dollar hegemony, and will give nations who are disgruntled with having to purchase dollars simply to transact in the global economy the power to bypass this method and go through China under a new reserve system using the SDR.

Friday, July 22, 2016

GOP calls for commission to look into return to the gold standard as one of the their convention platforms

Donald Trump's son many have been correct when he said that his father's rise to become the Republican Presidential nominee was more than just a campaign, but that it is a movement.  And like the success on the Democratic side with Bernie Sanders, this movement is based on the people's desire to change a status quo that threatens to bring the economic, political, and social environments of America to the brink of collapse.

Two interesting planks came out of the just completed Republican convention this week, and they both deal with a return to former financial states.  First, the RNC voted to demand a re-instatement of the Glass-Steagal Act, which was removed under former President Bill Clinton, and directly led to the rise of too big to fail banks, and the speculative casino environment that brought about the 2008 financial collapse.

And the second plank passed on the Republican platform is something that a Presidential candidate from 2012 called for in his own platform, and that is a return to the gold standard.  And while Ron Paul was unable to get this message across to the RNC four years ago, the frequency of it has manifest this year as the Republicans voted yes to creating a commission to look into a return of gold backed money.

The Republican Party’s 2016 platform calls for a commission to explore the feasibility of effectively returning the U.S. to a gold standard. - Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan says if we went back to a gold standard, the global monetary system would be fine

There is a new adage based off an old one that goes, in the land of negative interest rates, the one without yield is king.  This of course is a reference to our ongoing global fiat currency system that is now at $10 trillion in negative yields and counting, versus gold which intrinsically has no yield unto itself, but protects wealth by never losing purchasing power despite inflation or deflation.

And with the world's central banks at a nexus where they no longer have any options or solutions to stave off an oncoming liquidity and financial crisis, the architect of this system is changing his tune and advocating that the ONLY real solution, and answer to the world's monetary problems is a return to a gold standard.

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan: "If we went back on the gold standard and we adhered to the actual structure of the gold standard as it exited prior to 1913, we'd be fine.  Remember that the period 1870 to 1913 was one of the most aggressive periods economically that we've had in the United States, and that was a golden period of the gold standard.  I'm known as a gold bug and everyone laughs at me, but why do central banks own gold now?" - Zerohedge

Thursday, June 9, 2016

As the world begins to realize that gold is money, Britain to allow individuals in their pension funds to own gold from Royal Mint

As public and private pensions and retirement funds around the world find themselves in massive shortfalls, with many now unable to keep their promises made to their workers, Britain is finally capitulating to the idea that gold is not only money, but a vital store of wealth in a world of zero interest rates and declining returns.  And on June 9, the Royal Mint announced they are allowing investors and individuals who own pensions and retirement funds to be able to buy physical gold rather than simply paper and equity assets.

This new programs is the result of a law passed in the UK back in 2014 that once again recognized gold as a standard of wealth (money), and it has taken two years and the advent of failed monetary policies by their government and central bank to finally implement the allowance of gold purchases to help shore up their insolvent pension programs.


Investors will be able to buy 100g or 1kg bars and hold them in the Royal Mint's bullion vault storage facility. The vault is located at Llantrisant in South Wales and is guarded by the Ministry of Defense. The most expensive single bar weighing one kilogram can be purchased for £28,286 ($41,131). 
Investors will be charged up to one percent a year (plus VAT) for the privilege of owning the bars, based on the daily market value. 
"The Royal Mint benefits from a centuries-old reputation as a trusted bullion provider and manufacturer of coins on a global scale. The move to make Royal Mint gold bullion available for holding within pension schemes opens us up to a whole new marketplace," said Chris Howard, director of bullion at the Royal Mint. 
While previously it was possible to buy gold bullion from the Royal Mint, customers couldn’t do that as part of their pension savings. 
The move to offer UK pension investors the option to buy gold bars follows the decision in 2014 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to make gold bullion a standard asset. The FCA’s decision then prohibited financial consultants from advising clients to invest in gold. - Russia Today

Friday, May 27, 2016

Gold is not just a check and balance against bad currencies but also in reining in corrupt politicians

Few people today know that when the Federal Reserve was forged a little over 100 years ago, the central bank had many important restrictions that kept it in check from becoming the debt and inflation creating behemoth it is today.  One thing in particular that the private bank was restricted from doing was in purchasing sovereign bonds such as the U.S. Treasury.

But with the advent of a World War rushing towards American shores in 1916-17, the same politicians who voted in the Fed suddenly saw an opportunity to increase their coffers and passed new legislation which allowed the central bank to buy U.S. debt, and this began the cycle which would eventually see the dollar lose over 98% of its purchasing power a century later.

Fast forward to 1964...

The powers that be running the U.S. government following World War II (ie... the Military Industrial Complex) desperately wanted a new war after the Korean quagmire so they chose Vietnam as their next area of aggression.  But to do so would require massive amounts of money the government didn't have, so they coaxed the Fed to begin buying more debt to fund the campaign.

This of course led to a devaluation of the currency which culminated in our exporting inflation to other countries since the dollar was the global reserve currency, and those nations were forced to buy and use the dollar in international trade.  As a result, nations like France said ENOUGH, and began to demand gold for their dollars, which in turn led to a monetary crisis in which President Nixon was forced to remove gold from out money supply to stave off insolvency.

In the end, gold was never the cause for recessions, depressions, or stagnating economic growth, but rather it was the corrupt nature of men who demanded more than was necessary to run the government who destroyed the value of the dollar for consumers and producers alike.

Which brings us to an interesting dichotomy in the 2016 Presidential election cycle.  Of the remaining three primary candidates vying for the White House, one is a bought and paid for shill of the banks and the debt based system, one has a basic understanding of the corporatism that has taken over the government, but his solution is simply to create more debt, and the last one has a vast understanding of debt probably more than any candidate in recent history, and that candidate understands money better than all of them.

And that individual is also being recognized by the World Gold Council as being good for gold and the future of gold prices.

Donald Trump is great for gold. 
Or, at least, the possibility of his winning the presidential election in November is, according to Greg Collett, the World Gold Council's director of investment products.
The council sponsors the SPDR Gold Trust, the largest exchange-traded fund in the world that is backed by gold. 
The possibility that the presumptive Republican nominee will win the general election could heighten the type of concern that drives investors to invest in the metal as a haven.
"He's very unclear in his policies, and uncertainty tends to make people say, 'Maybe I should have something a little bit in gold,'" Collett told Business Insider on Wednesday. 
He continued: 
If he's elected, this time next year, what does the country look like? Who knows? Who knows if companies can do business with China or Mexico, [or] if we're like rounding up people and deporting them, who knows? 
That sort of weighs on people's investments, except for gold. It helps gold. 
Trump has come out in support of the gold standard, which effectively pegs the value of currency to gold. - Business Insider
The bottom line is that besides the voting booth and the 2nd amendment, gold as money was one of the most important articles the founding fathers put into our system of government to act as a check and balance against a corrupt and tyrannical government.  And it is why the powers that be desperately want to suppress its price, and why for the common man it is the most important solution to bringing about a return to both limited government, and prosperity.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Loss of confidence in central bank policies seen as a major driver for gold prices to go higher

Last week, no less than four Federal Reserve regional Presidents went public in advocating that the U.S. central bank raise rates during their quarterly meeting in June.  Of course, every one cited a caveat that it should be done only if economic conditions warrant it, but seeing as the Fed, as well as the ECB, have spent more months jawboning policy changes than actually doing them, the market has come to the realization that central banks more and more are to be likened to the boy who cried wolf.

And this is one of the major reasons why gold prices have soared to more than 20% gains since the beginning of the year, and following the unexpected December rate hike by Janet Yellen.  And it is because of the combination of central banks not following through on their promises, and a growing lack of confidence in them, that is leading many investors and fund managers to advocate to their clients to buy gold for the first time since 2013.

I think we are in a new gold market actually. Investors are very concerned about financial risk and gold is being used as a safe heaven. Especially, investors are looking at central bank policies. We've seen these radical central bank policies that don't seem to be working and now with negative rates, the Fed not able to increase rates as aggressively as they'd like to, it's creating a lot of concerns in the financial system. - Joe Foster, Manager of the Lombard Odier World Gold Expertise Fund. - Morningstar
In addition to Joe Foster, several hedge fund managers like Stanley Druckenmiller and George Soros have put their own money on the line and are taking large positions in gold because the state of the financial system is warranting it in spades.

This current Presidential election cycle is also revealing the lack of confidence in central banks to be able to create monetary policies that will rescue both the economy and the debt bomb that they and governments have created since the advent of ZIRP, NIRP, and QE over the past eight years.  And it is why the likes of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are joining in with economists like Jim Rickards to call for a return to a gold standard of some form, and removal of absolute power over currencies by the central banks.
The Fed was getting bashed from all sides. "It is unacceptable that the Federal Reserve has been hijacked by the very bankers it is in charge of regulating," Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders said in a New York speech in January. Economists who support Sanders, like Nobel prizewinner Joe Stiglitz, see the Fed's quantitative easing as a form of trickle-down economics that's exacerbated inequality. 
The proponents of gold or some other fixed monetary rule are more likely to be found in the Republican Party, and what they object to is the very idea of money creation by fiat, not just its distributional effect. Still, there's some overlap. Ted Cruz, in one of the early candidate debates last year, said the Fed "should get out of the business of trying to juice our economy and simply be focused on sound money and monetary stability, ideally tied to gold." 
Then there was Donald Trump. "We used to have a very, very solid country because it was based on a gold standard," he told WMUR television in New Hampshire in March last year. But he said it would be tough to bring it back because "we don't have the gold. Other places have the gold." - St Louis Post Dispatch
In the end however, the U.S. may end up being the follower and not the leader of the return to the gold standard, as economies like China and Russia are preparing for a return of gold backed money and trade through their massive accumulation of physical gold.  And at stake is the power and authority to control the next coming global financial system, and where that old axiom still rings true... as those who hold the gold, make the rules.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

George Soros dumps stocks to buy gold as calls for a return to gold standard accelerate

Lately we have been talking about billionaire Wall Street investors and fund managers who have suddenly gotten on the gold bandwagon for the first time in five years, and on May 16 we can add another name to this list...

George Soros.

George Soros is an extremely polarizing individual who tends to get involved in sovereign politics despite the fact his allegiances lie elsewhere.  But the one thing that can be said about his investment acumen is that when it comes to the direction of money, his calls are usually in line with future outcomes.

So when the hated billionaire decides to not only dump his equity holdings in the stock market, and buy gold with the expectations of either a new financial collapse or perhaps something greater, it is a signal that he knows something many others do not.

Soros also more than doubled his SPY puts to 2.1 million shares, or a value of $431MM, up from $205MM the previous quarter. 
But more notably was Soros' significant return to gold, after he acquired 1.7% of Barrick, making it the firm’s biggest U.S.-listed holding. This marks a prominent return to gold for Soros, who dissolving his stake in Barrick in the third quarter of last year. 
Soros also disclosed owning call options on 1.05 million shares in the SPDR Gold Trust, an exchange-traded fund that tracks the price of gold. It was unclear if Soros has been influenced by Druckenmiller who earlier this month at the Sohn Conference, called gold his largest currency allocation as central bankers experiment with the "absurd notion of negative interest rates." - Zerohedge
Yet besides the folly of central banks around the world, there may be another purpose behind jumping into gold and gold miners by the former raider who nearly bankrupted the British Pound so many years ago.  And that purpose may be found in the ever rising look towards a return to the gold standard in some form or fashion, which has been accelerating since the Fed, ECB, and BOJ have called for an end of cash, and move towards negative rates.
When times are tough, new economic theories get a better hearing. Maybe some old ones, too. 
The gold standard is one of the oldest ideas about money, but the hardest of hard-money hawks sense an opening to breathe new life into it. Decades ago, the amount of cash circulating in a country was often limited by the stash of bullion held in its coffers. 
Especially since 2008, developed-world policy has headed in the exact opposite direction, expanding the powers of central banks to stoke growth. Helicopter drops of money, potentially the next new thing, would be a giant leap further. 
For those in the U.S. who see much risk and little benefit in the current course, gold is still a rallying point. And their audience may be growing. 
“The fringe has become the mainstream,” said Jesse Hurwitz, a U.S. economist at Barclays Capital in New York. He sees the gold standard as a bad idea but “something we’ll increasingly talk about.” - Bloomberg

Saturday, May 14, 2016

As Arizona seeks to cut pension benefits, state Governor vetoes bill to recognize gold as money

There are many states in the U.S. who have discovered that a return to a sound money backed by gold may be the only relief for their debt problems that not only threaten local governments, but state-wide pensioners.  And while places like Utah, Texas, and Oklahoma have all passed legislation recognizing gold as legal tender, one Southwestern state is rejecting this premise at a time when pensioners are being asked to accept less retirement proceeds due to massive deficits.

Arizona's Republican establishment Governor Doug Ducey just vetoed the second bill to come across his desk, which was seeking to label gold as both money, and recognized legal tender within the state earlier this week.  And instead Ducey is focusing on a new measure which would cut the rate of payments to retirees under the state's pension facility since normal investments for the program have been unable to keep up with the amount due individuals paid into the scheme.


There is no cure for zero interest rates (and negative in Europe and Japan). The central banks have created a monster, a Frankenstein that is now ravaging the economy and especially those who depend on fixed income. 
It is no longer possible to earn a yield on paper money, without taking undue risk of precisely the sort that retirement funds should not take. 
The only antidote to zero yield on paper is a positive yield on gold. 
I explained to the legislators that this bill would not fix the problem in itself. It is a necessary but not sufficient step. 
I made a different argument to Governor Ducey. Most legislation creates winners and losers. Those who will be hurt by a new law of course lobby against it, and may become enemies of the governor for signing it. This bill created no losers. No one would be hurt by recognizing gold as money. It would have been good for the state, adding jobs, and even tax revenue. 
Unpersuaded by either the plight of the pensioners or the prospect of business growth in Arizona, Ducey vetoed gold.  
This is his second time to shoot down gold. 
I have just two points to make about this. One, let’s stop perpetuating the myth that Republicans—or even pro-business Republicans as Ducey brands himself—are for gold. This is a big reason cited by Democrats for why they are against gold. 
Two, Governor Ducey knew he could get away with this veto because few people care. While our monetary system drowns under zero interest and runaway debt, people are worried about the Kardashians and the gender of Bruce-now-Caitlyn Jenner. - Monetary Metals

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Islamic world and sharia banking will soon have a gold backed currency and financial system

We have talked extensively on how China, Russia, and many of the BRICS nations are preparing for a return to the gold standard in both trade and currencies.  But a new report out from the Middle East shows that the Islamic world is also forging out protocols to institute the use of physical gold in sharia banking.

The significance of this new program is that to accommodate Islam's religious mandate for gold backed money, a new and extremely large buying program will have to take place among several Middle Eastern nations, with demand for gold stretching already short supplies to a breaking point, and where prices will skyrocket from this new source of demand.

“Shariah-compliant gold demand may be `hundreds of tons’  …  Gold products used in Islamic finance would need to be physically-backed and allocated to the underlying asset, according to a draft of a standard for Shariah gold being developed.  “We are almost there” with a final proposal, said Mohd Daud Bakar, a Shariah scholar who is writing the draft for the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions, the Bahrain-based industry group that sets Shariah standards in finance.”
Shariah finance is non-interest based finance. It’s religiously unacceptable to extract interest from others if you are a Muslim - that’s usury, also known as riba. So financial instruments have to be tailored to Islamic communities to ensure that they are not in violation of the Koran. 
Shariah compliant gold investing will be configured so no precious metals are borrowed, loaned out or earn income.  Thus the investor - consumer or institutional - will be confident that the actual gold holding consists of physical precious metals. The bars will be numbered and noted. The only profit to be earned will be based on the value of gold moving up. This will involve physical precious metal purchases, but ETFs can be structured similarly and already have been. 
The Bloomberg report quoted above indicates the committee formed to develop the Shariah standard is moving fast. It will “meet once more next Sunday and then submit the proposal to AAOIFI’s Shariah Board.” The physical gold backing is the most important aspect and disqualifies COMEX gold futures. However, the Singapore gold contract will qualify as Shariah compliant, according to the Bloomberg analyst. - Dollar Vigilante

Friday, March 25, 2016

Got Karatbars? The French Revolution, Napolean, and gold and why it is relevant today

Que Mark Twain...

History is a road that has no end, yet people find themselves going over the same ground again and again.

This doggerel style rhyme was given to show that inevitably, history both repeats and rhymes because while the players and places may be different, the circumstances and outcomes almost are always the same.

We are now living in an era where the U.S. and the world has left the gold standard for paper fiat currency, and the controllers of our money believe that this time they can both get it right, and make it work.  But over 200 years ago, men and women of reason (like our PhD's and central bankers) thought they too could dump the gold standard and run an economy solely on paper money.  And like the rise of Ron Paul, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders today, back in revolutionary France the consequences of expansive money printing led to the election of their own outsider who threw out the money changer elites, and determined gold to be the only true form of money able to exist in an economy.

And that person was Napoleon Bonaparte.


It was 1790 and the revolutionary National Assembly in Paris was worried. 
Complaints were reaching the Assembly from all over France, that business was stagnant, sales were down, people were without work, and there was a great scarcity of money. 
This was quite natural, because all business slows down when the prevailing source of Authority is under question. The Bastille prison had been taken the prior year by a revolutionary crowd and all sorts of ugly things were being said about King Louis XVI and his pretty young Queen, Marie Antoinette. 
But this was the "Age of Reason" and the most educated, intelligent and reasonable people in France were members of the revolutionary National Assembly, which gathered daily in Paris. 
The Assembly put their highly educated heads together and came to the conclusion that a scarcity of money was quite intolerable and that the Assembly must really do something about it. 
"What do we have highly educated brains for, if we can't solve the problem of a scarcity of money? Without a doubt, Reason can overcome this problem." 
So the members of the National Assembly thought about the problem of the scarcity of money, and came up with a splendid idea: "Let us create the necessary money, and things will go swimmingly." 
Thus was born the "Assignat". Out of the collective wisdom of the Assembly, the Assignat was born as a claim upon the vast extension of lands recently taken by the State of France, from the Catholic Church. What could be more solid than a claim upon the lovely lands of dear France? 
The Assignats were soon printed up, with various denominations of monetary value in gold Francs. 
At first, the Assignats circulated alongside gold coin at par value. But soon enough, the exchange value of the Assignats against gold began to fall. 
Thus began a nightmare episode that lasted seven years. 
The first issue of Assignats did not relieve the problem of business being in a funk. So a second issue followed the first; and then another, and then more, and thick and fast they came at last, and more and more and more, falling, falling, always falling in value against gold. 
The highly intelligent gentlemen of the Assembly decided that this fall in value of their Assignat must be the work of wicked, unpatriotic people who should be severely punished. 
The Assembly decreed that a merchant should be punished by being sent to the galleys or to the guillotine, if he should venture to ask a customer who wanted to know the price of bread, with what money he planned to pay for the bread - whether it was with gold coin or with Assignats? 
The Assembly created a national net of spies to hunt down the wicked hoarders of gold, confiscate their gold and have them part with their heads with a short, sharp shock on a big, black block. 
In the meantime, the more intelligent of the citizenry took out enormous debts in Assignats, with the certainty that their value would soon plummet; with borrowed Assignats they purchased all sorts of things of lasting value, such as real estate, art and jewelry. In due course, the value of the Assignat fell to next to nothing and the debts were wiped out. Enormous wealth was transferred from the mass of the ignorant to the few who were able to see what was going on. 
Eventually, the common people of Paris found that bread was hard to come by. Starvation set in, and the Parisian government had to provide rations of bread for the multitude - rotting, wormy bread. 
In 1797 Napoleon came to power in France. He put a stop to the very reasonable plans of the highly educated men of the National Assembly, and declared that henceforth, only gold would be money. - Plata


In all of history, whenever a nation or empire discontinued the use of gold as a backstop for their money, the result was always the destruction of their currency, economic collapse, and revolutionary environments that ended with a return to the gold standard.  And with the global economy now at the place where peoples are waking up to their own 'French Revolution' moment, and seeking individuals to lead them back to gold as the foundation of money, how can you prepare yourself and protect your wealth when the dollar and other fiat currencies fail, and gold is once again the primary form of currency?

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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?

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Jim Rickards: The New Case for Gold (and why a gold standard will work)

Well respected economist and financial analyst Jim Rickards has come out with a new book titled, The New Case for Gold, and is one of the absolute best critiques on why nations can not only return to a gold standard, but also why it is needed to bring about a return to financial stability.

Below is a 50 minute video explaining why all the arguments by central banks, financial pundits, and brokers against gold are invalid, and why we will inevitably see gold set at $10,000 or more to facilitate a global gold standard.