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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In response Modi suddenly cut short the time frame in which the people could trade in their now outdated bills and as a result, the people have rushed to jewelers to trade their stash of currency for gold and gold products.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For background to this article, please see my November 27 article Cash Chaos in India, 86% of Money in Circulation Withdrawn; Cash Still King in Japan.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

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Paradigm shift: Apple watch could turn gold into an industrial metal

One of the biggest debates between valuations for gold and silver is that the white metal has both monetary and industrial uses while gold simply resides in the jewelry and financial spectrum.  However, this may soon be changing as reports coming out from analysts predict that not only could the new Apple Watch move gold into the realm of an industrial metal, but production numbers show that Apple may require up to 1/3 of the annual global gold production.


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