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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gold spread between London and Shanghai now $36 as premiums in India and China reach 50% over price

The gold price spread between the London paper markets and the Shanghai physical markets continues to climb as the divergence between China's PM fix and London's AM fix reached $36 on Dec. 13.

Shanghai Gold Fix

London Gold Fix

Yet these prices are not truly indicative of what is really going on in the physical markets since the bullion banks crushed down the spot price following the election of Donald Trump back on Nov. 8.  This is because geo-political and economic events in both India and China have caused demand to surge immensely over the past month, and dealers and jewelers in both countries are incorporating premiums sometimes as high as 50% over the designated price.

Last week saw news of reported gold import curbs in China (and looming capital controls) has sent gold premiums in China near three-year highs amid limited supply of the precious metal (as Reuters reports)... 
The import curbs may be part of China's efforts to limit outflows of the yuan after the currency's slide to its weakest in more than eight years, traders say. China allows only 15 banks to import gold, including three foreign lenders. 
"There is severe restriction on the banks' quota to import gold into China. Each one of them have to justify their need," a Hong Kong-based banker said. 
Gold was sold in China at about $24 an ounce above the international spot benchmark this week. Premiums went as high as $30 last week, the most since January 2014, according to Thomson Reuters data. - Zerohedge
Over in India the shortages and demand are much more extreme, with premiums skyrocketing as government officials threaten consumers and dealers with cuts to imports, and even outright confiscation.
In November the country's gold imports jumped to around 100 tonnes, the highest in 11 months. 
Jewellers and bullion dealers are deferring purchases and gold imports in December could fall to 30 tonnes, down from 107 tones in the same month a year ago, said a Mumbai-based dealer. 
It is estimated that one-third of India's annual demand of around 800 tonnes is paid for in "black money" - the local term for untaxed funds held in cash by citizens that do not appear in any official accounts. 
And this has sparked a surge in physical demand (amid limited supply concerns)... (as Reuters reports) 
There have also been reports of people rushing to buy gold by paying as much as a 50 percent premium above official prices using their unaccounted money to skirt the note ban.

Monday, December 12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

India takes war on cash to next level as they begin direct raids and confiscation of gold, jewelry, and cash from the people

Make no mistake, the government of India has declared war on its people, and only time will tell if their actions lead to a full scale revolution.

Back in November Prime Minister Modi declared the top two denominations of currency to no longer be valid as legal tender, and the populace had until Dec. 15 to turn in their monetary notes to their local bank.  However, this was met with a combination of trepidation and anger as the Indian economy runs primary on cash for transactions, with an estimated 98% of all commerce occurring using physical currency.

In response Modi suddenly cut short the time frame in which the people could trade in their now outdated bills and as a result, the people have rushed to jewelers to trade their stash of currency for gold and gold products.

And now we are finding out that the initial war on cash has suddenly shifted to a total war on wealth, or at the very least, a war on gold as news of armed raids on people, their homes, and their gold by the government is coming out from on the ground reports.

Global financial repression picks up steam, led by India. After declaring large denomination notes illegal, India now targets gold. 
It’s not just gold bars or bullion. The government has raided houses, no questions asked, confiscating jewelry. 
For background to this article, please see my November 27 article Cash Chaos in India, 86% of Money in Circulation Withdrawn; Cash Still King in Japan. 
Large denomination means 500-rupee ($7.30) and 1,000-rupee notes ($14.60), which account for more than 85 percent of the money supply. They are no longer legal tender, effective immediately. 
As one might imagine, chaos ensued. And it continues. - Mish Talk

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Demand for gold in the U.S., China, and India on fire as lack of trust in currencies signal a new coming crisis

In just the past month, and especially since the Nov. 8 Presidential election, the demand for gold throughout the world has increased at a rapid pace.

We have already documented the intense scramble for gold in India over the past three weeks as Prime Minister Modi began implementing the banning of some cash, and the institution of capital controls. But even with the selling off of gold in the Western paper markets that has seen the spot price drop by more than $200 in the past four weeks, it has done nothing to effect the physical gold markets where premiums have spiked to three year highs, and where a record number of U.S. gold eagles have been sold just in November by the U.S. Mint.


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Investment demand for Gold Eagles surged during the last day in November pushing sales to a new monthly record.  Not only did Gold Eagle sales for November reach a new record high for the year, it surpassed sales during the same month last year by 52%. 
It seems as if investors are once again taking advantage of lower gold prices.  I had planned to publish the article on Wednesday (last day of the month) showing that November sales hit a new record high, but the U.S. Mint updated their figures yesterday reporting another 20,000 Gold Eagles oz were sold on the 30th. 
So, as of Nov 29th, the U.S. Mint Gold Eagle sales reached a new high for the year of 127,500 oz.  Then they sold another stunning 20,000 oz in one day for a total of 147,500 Gold Eagle oz for November: - SRS Rocco Report
Over in China the process to exchange dollars for gold has shifted into high gear as the country that runs the world's largest physical gold market dumped hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Treasury reserves and used them to import nearly 1,000 tons of gold in just in the last quarter.  And premiums at the Shanghai Gold Exchange have soared to well over $30 per ounce as seen by the spread enacted between the Shanghai and London AM/PM price fixes.

While paper gold traders can't seem to dump the precious metal fast enough, physical gold demand is soaring around the world. India retail premiums are spiking (amid demonetization), local China premiums soar to a 3-year-high (as capital controls loom), and coin sales from the US Mint have risen for the 4th straight month, accelerating post-election to the highest since July 2015 since Trump's victory at the election. 
Following the initial panic-buying across India after Modi's demonetization effort shook the nation's faith in fiat currency (sending local gold premiums soaring), news of reported gold import curbs in China (and looming capital controls) has sent gold premiums in China near three-year highs amid limited supply of the precious metal (as Reuters reports)... 
The import curbs may be part of China's efforts to limit outflows of the yuan after the currency's slide to its weakest in more than eight years, traders say. China allows only 15 banks to import gold, including three foreign lenders. 
"There is severe restriction on the banks' quota to import gold into China. Each one of them have to justify their need," a Hong Kong-based banker said.
Gold was sold in China at about $24 an ounce above the international spot benchmark this week. Premiums went as high as $30 last week, the most since January 2014, according to Thomson Reuters data. - Zerohedge
When a market or sovereign government manipulates the price of a commodity, security, or equity contrary to the demand of that asset, the end result is always the same... a run on those assets similar to the way a populace would rush to clean out a grocery store in the advent of a natural disaster.  And as nearly all global currencies start to be rejected by their people in lieu of this year's concerted efforts to ban or restrict the use of cash, the worldwide run on gold appears now to be in full swing, and only 1% of the global population is aware of it.

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Indian government seeks to expand war on cash to also include a war on gold as the death of fiat money becomes a global phenomenon

In India's move to end what they call 'black market' transactions by eliminating their two highest denominated currency notes, Prime Minister Modi is quickly discovering the folly of attempting to mess with the nation's money, and a system that has functioned outside of banking systems for decades.  And even as Modi's new measures of trying to force upwards of 1.3 billion people to turn in their now non-legal tender notes in exchange for a new currency has so far been a huge failure, the leader of India is now seeking to double down on capital controls and expand the war on cash to also a new war on gold.

As Bloomberg reports, the Indian government had observed a declining trend in exchange of old notes over the counter, according to a statement from the state-run Press Information Bureau. 
And so the decision to end OTC exchange of notes was to encourage people to deposit old notes in their bank accounts. 
Government allows certain exemptions for use of old notes until Dec. 15, with only 500 rupee denomination currency notes accepted for such transaction:
  • Old 500-rupee notes can be used for payment of school fees with limit; utility dues; payment of road toll fees
  • Foreigners permitted to exchange foreign currency up to 5,000 rupees/week
Furthermore, as CNBC reports, the Indian government is set to impose a 45% tax (haircut) on any suspicious deposits. 
This is a major problem as only 40% of banknotes have been exchanged according to local reports. 
We suspect the sudden urge to force citizens to deposit/exchange their old banknotes is due to the increasing prevalance of "illegal workarounds" across the nation... (as The Wall Street Journal reports) 
Unable to spend or deposit their sackfuls of large bank notes amid India’s crackdown on hoarding cash, business owners across the country are paying employees months of salary in advance, ringing up bogus sales and even buying gold they can smuggle overseas to get rid of stashed money or conceal its source. 
Such illegal workarounds are threatening to undercut Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move this month to cancel India’s highest-denomination rupee bills, which was meant to punish tax evaders and other criminals and bring more of the nation’s $2 trillion economy out of the shadows. - Zerohedge
And because Prime Minister Modi's scheme has failed to accomplish his desired outcome from the people, it now appears he is going after their most sacred holdings.

Their gold.
Recall, that as per our report last night, one of the reasons proposed for the recent tumble in gold has been speculation that India may ban gold imports. As a reminder, gold has traditionally been a widely-accepted cash alternative in an economy where gold has long held a supremacy over cash equivalents, to the point where recently the government started paying a dividend to those who deposit their gold to local banks for "safe keeping." 
Well, it now appears that the government is taking its crusade against gold one step futher, and according to a report by NewsRise, the Indian government may soon impose curbs on domestic holdings of gold as Modi intensifies his war against "black money", news agency NewsRise reported. 
As we reported previously, gold prices have soared in India ever since the November 8 demonetization announcement, and premiums jumped to two-year highs last week as jewellers ramped up purchases on fears the government might restrict imports after withdrawing higher-denomination notes from circulation in its fight against black money. 
India is the world's second biggest gold buyer, and it is estimated that one-third of its annual demand of up to 1,000 tonnes is paid for in black money - untaxed funds held in secret by citizens in cash that don't appear in any official accounts.
India may be the most public and most notable of countries going through the turmoil of forcing their people to change their currency, but they are far from the only nations currently implementing a ban on cash and gold.  In just the past week the countries of Australia, Uruguay, and even Spain have begun the process of eliminating large currency denominations in their economies as the world seems ripe for a new liquidity crisis that is requiring extreme measures.
India, Uruguay, Australia and now Spain. The Minister of Finance and Public Service, Cristóbal Montoro has reportedly just announced “anticipated measures in order to ‘reduce the use of cash.’ 
In other words, Spain is going to make cash transactions even more difficult. As of presstime, from what we can tell, this has yet to be reported anywhere in English media except here now at TDV. 
As you can see, the chaos is increasing. Combine cash bans with attacks on fake news (more on that tomorrow), and you end up disturbing a significant amount of people as we wrote here recently. 
This amounts to a trend of course, of the sort we’ve been analyzing for several years now. We’ve predicted increased social chaos throughout the West and beyond because globalism is not built by votes but by violence and widespread disaffection that allows globalist “solutions” to be rammed home. 
I expect “cash banning” to be speeded up along with selected attacks on the alternative media - as part of a larger effort to create widespread social dissension. People believe attacks on cash and “news” are what they seem to be on the surface. They are not. They are part of a much deeper strategy that involves additional globalism. 
We’ve expected just these sorts of actions and have profited from them for the past several years along with our newsletter subscribers. We await more of the same. 
Currently, violence spawned by this anti-cash trend can be seen in such countries as Uruguay and India where cash banning on large bills has ignited significant social chaos already. India is in the throes of riots while Uruguay has been hit with a nationwide strike aimed in part at derailing a mandate that all employers must pay employees electronically via a bank account, starting as soon as March.  - Dollar Vigilante
Perhaps one of the reasons for this sudden attack on money by governments and central banks is due to the rising dollar and the expanding liquidity crisis that the reserve currency is creating as fewer nations can afford to buy dollars for international commerce.  And with the dollar reaching a 14 year high this week by nearly touching 102 on the dollar index, history shows that anytime the reserve currency has crossed the 100 level over the past 30 years it has triggered a financial crisis somewhere, which it appears to be doing now in multiple locations.

In the latest report from ADM ISI’s strategy team, “Dollar Liquidity Threat is Getting Critical and Fed is M.I.A.”, Paul Mylchreest argues that mainstream economic luminaries (like Carmen Reinhart) are finally acknowledging the evolving crisis due to the dollar shortage outside the US, a topic which even the head researcher at the BIS shone a spotlight on yesterday suggesting that the strength of the dollar, not the VIX is the new "fear indicator". - Zerohedge
As always in history, when people lose confidence in their currencies the natural and obvious next move is to rush out of their 'money' and into tangible assets such as gold and silver.  And besides the rumors of gold soaring as high as $3600 on the black market now in India, over in Asia people are massively increasing their own buying, and are more than willing to pay high premiums to get it.

The price of gold is being attacked right now in a manner that is quite reminiscent of the way it was attacked in the summer of 2008, right before the global financial markets collapsed, led by the fall of Lehman.  Something really ugly is coming toward the global economic and financial system. 
In Viet Nam the premium paid by the public has just soared to $90 over world gold.  The spread has been wider over the last 15 years, but not much and only during times when there’s been high “backwardation” between the physical delivery bullion markets in the east vs. the fraudulent paper gold markets in London and NYC. - From PM Fund Manager Dave Kranzler:  
Gold was pushing $1230/oz overnight, as the methodical take-down of gold and silver in the NYC and London paper markets has triggered an avalanche of demand for physical gold in the eastern hemisphere. 
Last night ex-duty import premiums in India were $14 over spot gold.  In Shanghai the premium to world gold was $9.76.  Delivery volume into the Shanghai Gold 
Exchange rocketed to an extraordinary 86.55 tonnes (it was 35.9 tonnes on Wednesday).  The open interest on the SGE was 807 tonnes.  To one observer’s recollection, John Brimelow of John Brimelow’s Gold Jottings, this is the first time the open interest has been over 800 tonnes. 
In Viet Nam the premium paid by the public was $90 over world gold.  only during times when there’s been high “backwardation” between the physical delivery bullion markets in the east vs. the fraudulent paper gold markets in London and NYC. - Silver Doctors
Just as most people imagine the strength of the economy as being tied to the value of the stock markets, so too do people erroneously picture the true value of gold as being tied to the manipulated paper spot price determined in London and the Comex.  But the coming financial crisis that has been deferred now for eight years ever since the 2008 Credit Event appears very much to be demanding a reckoning, and those who both see it early enough, as well as prepare for it, will find the ability to do so as the days of the dollar and of money quickly come to an end.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 18, 2016

Strong dollar about to trigger a massive dumping of treasuries and dollar reserves by foreign holders of U.S. debt

Few people actually connected the dots six years ago as to the real reasons behind the Arab Spring uprisings in places like Yemen, Egypt, and elsewhere in the Middle East.  Politicians and a lazy mainstream media wanted us to focus on how it was due to people wanting to rise up against tyrannical dictators, but the truth of the matter was that the civil unrest was intrinsically tied to the dollar, and in nations being unable to afford to purchase commodities such as wheat because of how strong the reserve currency was in relation to their own.

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(Egytian protester wearing a bread helmet)

When grain prices spiked in 2007-2008, Egypt's bread prices rose 37%. With unemployment rising as well, more people depended on subsidised bread - but the government did not make any more available. Egypt's annual food price inflation continued and had hit 18.9% before the fall of President Mubarak. 
Fifty per cent of the calories consumed by Egyptians originate outside its borders. Egypt is the world's largest wheat importer, and no country in the region (except for Syria) produces more than a small fraction of the wheat it consumes. Should the global markets be unable to provide a country's need, or if there are not enough funds available to finance purchases and to offer price support, then the food of the poor will become inaccessible to them. - Guardian
Despite the fact that the entire world was involved in the Great Recession, and most of their economies did not have access to strong central banks able to implement ZIRP and QE programs, it did not take the dollar exploding over 100 on the dollar index to cause financial havoc to one or more countries, but only a move from 72 to 84 to be just enough for countries deep in recession to be unable to buy dollars so they could purchase over-inflated commodities to feed their peoples.


In the past 30 years there have been three times when the dollar was over 100 on the index, and on every occasion a financial or monetary crisis emerged someone in the world.  In the 1980's it was the Mexican Peso crisis, and in the late 1990's it was both the Argentinian and Asian financial crises.

And now in November of 2016, and immediately following the election of Donald Trump as President, the dollar has skyrockted upwards and has crossed 100 on the index for the first time in 13 years.  And in that short amount of time since Nov. 8 we have seen India experience a monetary meltdown, and China see its currency strengthen to its highest levels in a decade.

However, both India and China are not Argentina, Egypt, Mexico, and Thailand.  And unlike these second world economies who were unable to withstand the reserve currency's pressure on their own money back 20 and 30 years ago, the world's second and seventh largest economies do have a form of ammunition to respond to the dollar's move and counter the dollar with its own medicine...

That of their dollar reserves.  And China appears ready now to bring heavy pain to the U.S. bond market by dumping hundreds of billions, if not trillions of dollars worth to protect their own economy.
Asked about when the Yuan may cross the psychological barrier, a PBOC advisor told Reuters that "I don't think the breaking of 7 is imminent. We may have to wait until next year." Actually, at this rate, "breaking" of 7 may happen as soon as next week, to which he adds :"If the pace of depreciation is too fast, if it hit 7 before the end of this year, the central bank will control it." 
And that's when the liquidation of Chinese USD-denominated reserves begins in earnest, among all those other measures the PBOC implemented a year ago when the market was far less sanguine about the Chinese devaluation: 
The policy insiders said the central bank was likely to intervene in currency markets and enforce capital controls to slow the rate of decline in the yuan. 
As we expected, the intervention has already started:
traders said large Chinese state banks had offered dollars in the domestic currency market on Thursday in an apparent effort to slow down the depreciation of the yuan. 
They said there had been no sign of state dollar selling in previous sessions. 
Another way of saying "offering dollars" is selling US assets. - Zerohedge
Once China begins dumping more of their dollars in earnest, and the bond rates for Treasuries start to spike arithmetically or even exponentially, it will open the floodgates for everyone else to dump their $14 trillion in foreign held dollars where the ramifications of them returning to the U.S. will be catastrophic.  And all that inflation that has been exported for decades to the rest of the world will come back in one sudden wave to prices and consumers, and might very easily spell the end of the American century, as well as dollar hegemony as the global reserve currency.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Both foreign buyers and bank analysts see recent price declines in gold a fantastic buying opportunity

With gold prices falling below $1300 per ounce for the first time since July this week, many mainstream analysts who hate the monetary metal jumped on the bandwagon to say the Gold Bull Run was over, and to expect prices to decline much more than where they closed out the week.  However, this analysis is not proving itself out in the physical market where buyers of both gold and silver are using this pullback as a great buying opportunity.

In fact, several gold and silver businesses saw single day sales of several million dollars, with the U.S. Mint selling at least 1.4 million coins to dealers this week alone.

How fast things can change in the PHYSICAL markets when paper prices are smashed.
Gold Eagles, Gold Maples, Krugerrands, Phils, and even private mint 1 oz gold bars are now ALL on 1-2 week delays at the wholesale level in the US after this week’s massive rush to physical. 
Same Story In Silver: 
Wholesale premiums jumped .30 - .50 on 90% Junk Silver Coins this week, with similar increases passed on at the retail level. - Silver Doctors
Reports on tremendous buying of physical gold this week were not limited to bullion dealers as analysts from both Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch agreed that the recent pullback of nearly $100 will quickly be filled by foreign buyers in both China and India, as well as those who continue to see financial conditions deteriorate.
Investors should use the recent drop in gold prices as a buying opportunity, as increased volatility in the market ahead of a potential Fed interest rate hike could lead investors to seek refuge in the precious metal, according to Francisco Blanch, head of global commodities and derivatives research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 
"Gold is really thriving on uncertainty, and frankly, on the end of the U.S. [rate] cycle whenever that happens," said Blanch. 
The commodities expert believes that once the U.S. central bank decides to raise interest rates, potentially causing equities to sell off and the dollar to rally, investors will see gold prices stabilize and eventually trend higher. - CNBC
As you can see from the chart below, immediately following the 2008 financial crisis gold prices fell from over $1000 per ounce down to $740, only to begin their next leg up to over $1900.


Don't let the pullbacks in gold be a deterrent to sell, as the long term trends of a gold bull market, as well as financial instability, have not changed in a week's time.  And instead look at this pullback as a buying opportunity, just as it was in 2009 before the central banks began their six year programs of zero interest rates and quantitative easing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

India to start tracking cash purchases of gold by its citizens

India's central government is implementing a new policy to deter citizens from purchasing gold using cash.

Under the guise of stopping 'black market' gold purchasing, jewelers are now being required to document cash purchases of gold by anyone, and not to allow annual purchases using cash of over Rs 2 lakh, which is around $3000 U.S. dollars.

Every gold purchase+ made through cash will now have to be tracked by jewellers, irrespective of the bill size, as part of the central government's drive against black money. 
Jewellers are to keep track of the total cash purchase+ made by a customer's during the year, to check if it exceeds the threshold limit of Rs 2 lakh. What's more, the income tax department will keep a close tab on each jeweller to see if any such purchase is going unreported. 
According to current rules, a jewellery buyer will have to produce PAN card+ only when the purchase is over Rs 2 lakh+ . But PAN card is not mandatory for purchases below Rs 2 lakh. "This has led to scopes for a section of people who keep purchase below Rs 2 lakh to avoid any surveillance. Instead of buying gold in bulk, they go for repeated cash purchases and much of it gets unnoticed," said Priyabrata Pramanik, additional director (Income Tax, intelligence and criminal investigation). Such incidents of evading regulatory radar has prompted the central government to ask jewellers to be more proactive. - Times of India
India has been using capital controls such as these to put pressure on its people to deter gold buying in lieu of alternative consumer spending using the Rupee currency.  This of course has led to a massive black market smuggling operation to try to bring more gold into the country.

Gold is the enemy to fiat currencies and the current global financial system which has allowed governments to expand monetary supplies far beyond fiscally responsible levels.  And the biggest fear to central banks today is that people will suddenly awaken to their schemes of quantitative easing and negative interest rates, and decide to rush headlong into the metal causing a financial collapse that would not only destroy most global currencies, but also bring down governments that rely upon infinite money printing to protect their establishment, and keep themselves in power.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Gold sales about to ramp up in India as jeweler strike ends with agreement over import duty

With the world's largest population of gold buyers about to shift into high gear following the end of a jewelers strike that has hampered sales of the metal within India, the price of gold is expected to make a sharp move upwards due to the resurgence of people more than ready to purchase tons of the metal for ceremonies, holidays, and personal acquisition.

In a strike that has seen the jewelry industry battle government regulators over import duty taxes and restrictions to gold, a compromise was reached on March 21 that should begin to have significant effects on the price and supply of the metal worldwide.


Major news in the gold market over the weekend. With the world’s largest gold-consuming nation reaching an agreement to resume metal sales for the first time in nearly three weeks. 
That’s in India. A critical gold consumer globally, where buying had been idled since the beginning of March by a nation-wide strike by the jewelry sector.  
But that strike is now officially over. With the president of India Bullion and Jewelers Association, Mohit Kamboj, announcing late Saturday that jewellers have reached an agreement with the government to return to work.  
Details are still emerging, but here’s one of the most critical takeaways: as part of the back-to-work deal, the Indian government will not roll back the1% sales tax on gold that it announced in a surprise move as part of its February 29 budget.  
That sales tax had been the major trigger for the jewelers strike. But it appears that India’s gold sellers have relented on demands that the government shelve the extra levy.
Whatever the case, the good news for the gold market is that India will now be buying again — for the first time since February. Which should give a lift to gold prices — especially with reports suggesting there is a lot of “pent up” demand here after the 19-day strike. - Pierce Points

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Gold prices are up over 20 percent against nearly all major currencies since beginning of the year

Yesterday I wrote about how gold had moved into a Bull Market since its lows back in December of 2015.  The definition of a bull market is when an asset increases by at least 20% from its low.

But a new report out by Mark O'Byrne at Goldcore is showing that gold has not only moved up by more than 20% in the U.S., it has also become a bull market against nearly every major currency including the Euro, the British Pound, and the Yen.

So to put it in perspective, the entire world is now rushing into gold... as an investment, as a safe haven, and because it is the best performing asset in 2016.

Gold has surged another 4% this week to bring year to date gains to 20% in dollar terms, 19% in euro terms and 24% in sterling terms. We were interviewed by PickingAlpha.com yesterday afternoon and looked at what is currently driving gold prices higher in all currencies. 
The sudden rise of gold prices and whether it is sustainable was considered. As was the British economy in the run up to Brexit referendum and the vulnerability of sterling due to the second largest current account deficit in the UK's post war history and London's property bubble. 
The impact of the Chinese slowdown and the 1% rise of the Indian Duty tax, followed by country’s numerous jewelers’s strike and the outlook for Chinese and Indian demand were also looked at. 
Gold is the strongest currency in the world so far this year. Gold prices began the year at $1,062.25/oz, €974.32 and £716.36 per ounce.  Prices have surged in all currencies internationally and today's AM fix was $1,271.50, €1,158.67  and £898.93 per ounce. Or to put it more correctly, fiat currencies are being devalued and again losing value versus gold ...  as they do over the long term. - Zerohedge

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Canada following India in trying new scheme to get people to trust banks with their gold and silver

In November of last year, the government of India attempted to lure their citizens into depositing their physical gold into banks with the enticement of an interest bearing gold savings account.  However, barely a few tons were garnered from the people for this scheme showing that distrust in both the banks and governments to actually protect their gold is quite high.
And now just days after the Canadian government sold off most of its remaining gold reserves, a Canadian physical gold distributor, Canadian Bullion Services, is channeling its inner India and attempting to entice the Canadian people to follow the same path with their own offer of an interest bearing gold savings scheme.

Read more on this article here...

India, Vietnam, and Israel are siding with Russia over the U.S. in joining the EEU

100 years ago, much of the world was interlaced with military pacts and alliances that eventually led to the first global war.  Now in 2016, many of these same nations are rushing towards new alliances and coalitions but under the name of trade and economics.
On the side of the U.S. are the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which has garnered 12 countries in South America and the Pacific Rim, and is in the process of trying to coax EU states onto their ledger.  And in Eurasia and the Far East, both Russia and China are creating free trade zones that do not require ‘secret’ and non-transparent pacts that are hidden from the citizens of nations, and in many cases, hidden even from most of the officials they want to bring on board.
Yet despite the power of U.S. hegemony, more and more country’s are choosing the Eastern trade pacts, with three new economies beginning talks with Russia to join their growing Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

Read more on this article here...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Watch for gold to spike upwards this weekend as India may remove import duties on the precious metal

By a long shot, India is and has been one of the largest gold buyers and collectors in the world.  But over the past two years government officials have slowed down their purchasing through a series of draconian duties on gold imports that have driven the population to change course and accumulate silver at record levels.

This weekend however may change this course once again as it is expected that the import tariffs that suffocated the flow of gold into the markets will be removed, causing the potential for a $50 spike in gold to over $1300 in the short term, and a medium term price rise to over $1400.
All lights for gold are green, and rather than beginning a correction, gold may be poised to intensify its rally. 
Investors with widely differing views on gold all seem to be pressing their buy buttons at the same time. That’s something that has not happened in a long time. The bottom line is this: 
Key bank economists are forecasting a new upcycle for commodities, which will begin later this year, India may cut the import duty on Sunday night (February 28), Shanghai prepares to launch its gold price fix, gold ETFs are adding serious tonnage, the chartists are happy, and most discussion of US interest rate policy (whether hawkish or dovish) is bullish for gold. - Silver Doctors
In addition to this, all eyes in the precious metal world are focusing on April when China's physical gold market, the Shanghai Gold Exchange, is expected to begin pricing gold in Yuan rather than dollars, and setting in motion the end of U.S. and London hegemony over determination of gold prices.



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Got Karatbars? As stocks fall into Bear market levels, and economies fall into recession, gold is moving once again

Ownership of gold has always meant different things to different people.  In India for example, it is not only an important part of everyday culture, it is also where most people hold their wealth in the form of jewelry.  In fact, it is estimated that Indian households own over 20,000 tons of gold, at an current value of around $950 billion.

But in the U.S. and Europe, gold ownership fell following its removal from currencies in 1971, and even the Internal Revenue Service categorizes physical gold simply as a collectible, and not as an investment or money.  And the mania that drove gold prices up to $1980 just a few years ago was built on fear of the financial meltdown that occurred in 2008 when stocks, bonds, and debt threatened to collapse the entire banking system.



Yet that philosophy is now changing, and especially since early 2015.  And with gold and even silver purchases exploding from hedge funds, banks, and a growing coalition of citizens, shortages have been created that have not only stabilized gold prices at a strong bottom, but have secured support to where these prices are beginning to rise despite the concerted effort of the government to depress them in the paper markets.  And as falling stocks, bonds, the fear of a global recession, and the failing confidence in central banks begins to accelerate, gold is once again becoming the one asset to own as wealth protection is now more important than chasing yields, or trying to invest in chaotic markets.
The $15 trillion rout in global equity markets since May is reawakening the lure of gold for investors seeking safety. 
Hedge funds and other large speculators more than doubled their net-long position in bullion last week, just three weeks after they were the most-bearish ever. Investor holdings of gold through exchange-traded products are expanding at the fastest pace in a year, and the value of the ETPs has jumped by $3 billion in 2016. - Bloomberg Business News

Ownership of precious metals have always been a mainstay of a diversified portfolio until brokers and money managers chose to eliminate this option and push investors and retirees into strictly paper based assets.  But the problem today is that all that paper is tied to the dollar, and what happens if the dollar itself is the thing to collapse as many analysts are predicting will happen in the coming months or years?  Because the collapse of the dollar would make all these investments and retirement accounts insolvent, worth zero, or at the very least lose 40-70% of their value as the replacing currency would have to be devalued to accommodate the massive amount of debt owned by Wall Street and the Federal government.

So how can you be assured in protecting your wealth and owning affordable physical gold in a way that protects you from all market chaos, and from any potential currency collapse?

You can do all of this with a company called Karatbars



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.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Got Karatbars? Don't ever fall for government proposed programs to get your gold

With Russia entering into the conflicts of the Middle East over the past six month, and nations waking up to the real reasons behind regime overthrows in Libya, Syria, and the Ukraine, the Western banking system is attempting new schemes to try to separate gold from the people as currencies devalue to the point for the need of new monetary policies.

Two such schemes that we have mentioned before at The Daily Economist involved the nations of Turkey and India, with both offering interest bearing funds to those who allow the government or the banks to store their gold in their possession.  But as billionaire metals manager Eric Sprott's publication intoned on Jan. 5, these seemingly 'innocuous' programs are really all about using paper money as an enticement to grab your gold and funnel it upwards where the elite are buying it en masse in preparation for what is coming.


In previous commentaries , readers were warned that Western bankers were once again targeting the gold market of India with more of their fiendish plans. This time, they convinced (bribed?) India’s new, corrupt government - the Modi regime - into orchestrating a scheme to steal the gold from its own people. 
The nexus of this scam was what was announced as “the gold deposit scheme.” Even the Conspirators themselves were unable to come up with a name to make this naked fraud sound legitimate. The fraud itself is simple, indeed utterly simplistic. Indians “deposit” their gold into the clutches of their thieving government and are paid (paper) “interest” on those deposits. The fact that this was a naked fraud was immediately apparent. As the bankers tell us all the time, “gold generates no income.” How could India’s government pay the interest on the gold coins/bars/jewelry sitting in its vault supposedly held in trust for its depositors? There was no immediate answer to that question, because there could be no (legitimate) answer to the question. Indeed, in legitimate bullion storage arrangements, depositors pay a fee to have their bullion safely stored for them, because while the gold generates no income, the costs of storing such gold are significantly greater than zero. 
Finally, reluctantly, the Conspirators made explicit what was already totally obvious: The deposited gold will be auctioned off from time to time to meet domestic demand for jewellery and coins. [emphasis mine] The scam was now completely exposed. 
a) Indians “deposit” their gold. 
b) Indians receive (paper) “interest” on their gold while their deposited gold is sold off. 
c) Indians end up with the paper interest - and no gold. 
d) India’s jewellers and coin-makers then sell the gold they purchased at these auctions back to the same Chumps who originally deposited that gold. - Sprott Money
Earlier we mentioned the country's of Libya, Syria, and Ukraine as being tied to Western gold grabs,  and all one has to do is look at the new rules, policies, and actions that were done by both the U.S. and the City of London to restrict one country from ever retrieving their gold stored in Western vaults, and in the case of Ukraine, outright steal it under the cover of night.


In reality all assets are valuable, and can earn you interest, dividends, or commissions if you understand how both math, and the power of compounding can take assets you own and increase them by following proper methods and equations.  In the case of a business model attributed to the Karatbars company, using the power of duplication can feasibly make it so you can earn enough from referrals in a very short amount of time where you can accumulate gold simply out of commissions made from your referrals, and not from dollars given out of your pocket.  This is a way of using time and labor to earn wealth instead of a market model where you use money in an attempt to do the same.

And there is no fear of government confiscation, or losing your gold to any 'schemes' that sounds good on the surface like the one being offered in India.

As the world rushes towards its next major recession, and banks and governments relegate themselves to programs that co-opt people's wealth into the hands of a select few, there is an alternative that can not only protect your current wealth in the world's most stable form of money, but also allow you to increase it through the simple fruits of your labor, and mathematical certainties.

And that alternative is with a company called Karatbars



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.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Got Karatbars? As the next financial crisis appears on horizon, remember this... central banks traded gold as money in 2008

Dateline December 14, 2015.  Two new financial indicators are rocking the markets just two days away from the Fed's biggest policy decision in a number of years.  First, oil prices fell to below $35 a barrel with natural gas prices falling to their lowest since 2002.  And secondly, the bond markets are starting to crack, with liquidity problems in the junk bond market eerily forecasting the 2010 crisis that led to the start of Quantitative Easing.


As you can see from the above chart, the last time oil prices were this low and liquidity problems occurred we were in the middle of the Great Recession.

Yet with all the talk over the past few years about the dollar, the Yuan, and about ongoing currency wars, one thing seems to have fallen off the radar, and that was the fact that following the 2008 October crisis, central banks began transacting not in the dollar or in their primary currencies, but instead they traded in gold.

The one real form of money.
Alan Greenspan, the venerable former Federal Reserve chairman, speaking to the U.S. Congress in 1999, said, "Gold still represents the ultimate form of payment in the world. Fiat money, in extremis, is accepted by nobody. Gold is always accepted." 
In 2002, in a speech given before the Economic Club of New York, Mr. Greenspan also said, “As recently as a decade ago central bankers, having witnessed more than a half-century of chronic inflation, appeared to confirm that a fiat currency was inherently subject to excess.” He confirmed what Aristotle stated 2,500 years ago when he said, “In effect, there is nothing inherently wrong with fiat money, provided we get perfect authority and god-like intelligence for kings.” - Goldbroker
During the 2008 crisis several transactions of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) involved gold. What is significant in this is that gold is being used in international settlements again after so many decades of being sidelined in the monetary system. Gold’s old emergency usefulness has resurfaced, albeit behind closed door sat the BIS in Basel. The transactions themselves confirm that gold is being used in this manner, which is a dynamic confirmation of gold's return to the monetary system.
And perhaps it is not ironic that following the 2008 crisis, Russia, China, India, and a few other nations we now know as the BRICS began purchasing physical gold in record numbers, and have systematically moved most of the world's gold from the West over to the East.  And they have done so following the same intentions that the BIS used in their realization that fiat currencies, including the dollar, cannot function outside of a stable and controlled financial system, and are worthless in a real monetary crisis.

As we come to the end of 2015, and enter into a year where market indicators like oil, bonds, equities, and currencies are screaming that we have entered into a new recession, what potential magic tricks do the central banks have since interest rates are already at zero, and Quantitative Easing has surpassed the point of diminishing returns (see the fact we are all in a deflationary environment)?  The answer is that there is nothing left but hyper-inflation for the banks to attempt, and this, along with doing nothing short of a Jubilee reset, will stop the inevitable from happening.

So if the answer for any monetary crisis is the use of gold, and a return to a gold based monetary system as was done by the central banks themselves following the 2008 collapse, how can we as individuals protect ourselves in both the short and long terms from a complete loss of wealth, and to be on the ground floor of what the world will transition to next?  Because if you don't get your protection now, policies are being put in place where you may never be able to.


India’s Failing Gold Monetization Scheme: Seizure Imminent?
“A finance ministry official said if banks fail to win over temples, the government could intervene directly as it is looking for a big boost to the scheme to keep both imports and the current account deficit under control.” - Mises
With this in mind, there is a way to accumulate gold and protect your wealth outside the realms of banks and governments... and it is with a company called Karatbars




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.