As March 29th Approaches Central Banks Around the World Are Buying Gold – WHY?

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by David Schectman, Miles Franklin:

David’s Commentary (In Blue)

I am on vacation this week and most of next week. I will be publishing my column just once this week and, only on Wednesday next week. I plan to be back to twice a week in April.

China just printed a trillion new dollars – in one month. Japan has kept their economy afloat for years with money creation – they buy a majority of their debt (bonds) every year, and stocks too. The Fed does whatever it has to keep the economy going, starting with their low interest rate policy. I’ll get back to this point shortly.

But first, Jim Sinclair pointed out how unrealistic it is to expect fiat paper to continue to be a store of value in the future. This is a charade that must come to an end. Of course the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question is “when?”

A friend of mine is my personal banker. A while ago I told him I wanted a six-figure line of credit. I didn’t have a need for it, but I thought it would be nice to have, just in case. He said the bank needed collateral so I decided to use some of my gold as backing for the line of credit. To my surprise, he would only allow me 60% of the value of the gold. I didn’t mind that the gold would be stored in the bank’s vault but it rubbed me the wrong way that the bank regulators did not allow banks to use gold as collateral at market value.

According to the Basil III Standards, gold is not as good as cash or government bonds. Isn’t that ridiculous. However, that’s about to change in April.

The BIS ruling states that Central banks and commercial banks will necessarily value their “financial” and real gold at market price.

The reason the Fed values its gold on its asset side at only $42 per ounce is because the gold is valued at book value by the Treasury, and the Fed’s gold is actually only gold certificates valued at no more than the statutory price of their issuance in 1934 which matches the book value of the Treasury gold. Will the Treasury revalue its physical gold at FRBNY and Fort Knox? Will the Treasury allow the Fed’s gold certificates to be valued at market? What are the implications if they don’t? Will they be forced to “audit” their physical gold holdings, that many believe are no longer there? This should be interesting. But finally, gold will be able to be used as collateral at market value.

Jay Taylor: Under “Basel III” Rules, Gold Becomes Money!

March 17, 2019
Excepted from Jay Taylor’s latest newsletter,

This also raises the question with regard to how much gold the U.S. actually holds as opposed to what it claims to hold. James Sinclair has always argued that the only way the world can overcome the debt that is strangling the global economy is to remonetize gold on the balance sheets of central banks at a price in many thousands of dollars higher. This would mean a major change in the global monetary system away from the dollar, as China has been pushing for the last decade or so.

If banks own and possess gold bullion, they can use that asset as equity and thus this will enable them to print more money. It may be no coincidence that as March 29th has been approaching banks around the world have been buying huge amounts of physical gold and taking delivery. For the first time in 50 years, central banks bought over 640 tons of gold bars last year, almost twice as much as in 2017 and the highest level raised since 1971, when President Nixon closed the gold window and forced the world onto a floating rate currency system.
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It seems quite clear that someone or some group of individuals are motivated to cap the price of gold. Profit is a motive. In JPMorgan’s case, they have made billions by shorting gold and silver. The US Treasury and the Fed love to see cheap gold. A rising gold price usually is accompanied by rising interest rates and that is not in their best interest. But here is another reason, and it is tied to the new Basel 3 gold revisions.

An Italian paper gets it: Central banks push gold futures down so they can get more metal to remonetize

Financial analysis published two weeks ago by a major Italian newspaper, Il Sole / 24 Ore (The Sun / 24 Hours), asserted frankly that central banks have been using gold futures and derivatives to suppress the monetary metal’s price so they can obtain more of the metal less expensively in advance of its remonetization under new rules promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements to take effect March 29.

Of course the new BIS rules, the “Basel 3” standards, declaring gold in the vault to be a superior asset, equivalent to cash and government bonds, are not news. What’s news here is that a mainstream financial news organization has nailed the deception and intrigue of central banks and accused them of rigging the international gold market.

Il Sole/24 Ore may be the first mainstream financial news organization to suggest that central banks are rigging the market so they might obtain more gold in anticipation of remonetizing it and pushing its price up, but the newspaper isn’t the first to reach this conclusion. The U.S. economists and fund managers Paul Brodsky and Lee Quaintance hypothesized as much in a study published in 2012 and called to your attention by GATA.

Under “Basel III” Rules, Gold Becomes Money! — Jay Taylor
[Excepted from Jay Taylor’s latest newsletter]

In 2018, central banks added nearly 23 million ounces of gold, up 74% from 2017. This is the highest annual purchase rate increase since 1971, and the second-highest rate in history. Russia was the biggest buyer. And not surprisingly, the lion’s share of gold is flowing into central banks of countries that are in the sights of America’s killing machine-the Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower warned us about in 1958.

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), located in Basal, Switzerland, is often referred to as the central bankers’ bank. Related to this issue of central bank hoarding of gold is the fact that on March 29 the BIS will permit central banks to count the physical gold it holds (marked to market) as a reserve asset just the same as it allows cash and sovereign debt instruments to be counted.

There has been a long-term view that China and other nations dishoarding dollars in favor of gold have been quite happy about western banks trashing the gold price through the synthetic paper markets. But one has to wonder if that might not change, once physical gold is marked to market for the sake of enlarging bank balance sheets.

This also raises the question with regard to how much gold the U.S. actually holds as opposed to what it claims to hold. James Sinclair has always argued that the only way the world can overcome the debt that is strangling the global economy is to remonetize gold on the balance sheets of central banks at a price in many thousands of dollars higher. This would mean a major change in the global monetary system away from the dollar, as China has been pushing for the last decade or so.

If banks own and possess gold bullion, they can use that asset as equity and thus this will enable them to print more money. It may be no coincidence that as March 29th has been approaching banks around the world have been buying huge amounts of physical gold and taking delivery. For the first time in 50 years, central banks bought over 640 tonnes of gold bars last year, almost twice as much as in 2017 and the highest level raised since 1971, when President Nixon closed the gold window and forced the world onto a floating rate currency system.

But as Chris Powell of GATA noted, that in itself is not news. The move toward making gold equal to cash and bonds was anticipated several years ago. However, what is news is the realization by a major Italian Newspaper, II Sole/24 Ore, that “synthetic gold,” or “paper gold,” has been used to suppress the price of gold, thus enabling countries and their central banks to continue to buy gold and build up their reserves at lower and lower prices as massive amounts of artificially-created “synthetic gold” triggers layer upon layer of artificially lower priced gold as unaware private investors panic out of their positions.

This worthwhile commentary from Jay, which I’ve read in its entirety, was posted on the Zero Hedge website in abridged form at 11:29 a.m. EDT on Sunday morning — and the first reader that dropped it in my in-box was Judy Sturgis. Another link to it is here.

I write about bubbles and interest rates a lot. Recently a Fed bigwig wrote an article that stated the Fed cannot normalize policy EVER without blowing up all of the bubbles in the financial system. Keeping interest rates this low fosters speculation and will push the financial bubbles even further into never-never land. When this all comes to an end, it will be horrific. What better way to prepare for the inevitable than to own gold and silver? The bubbles are real. The debasement of currency and bonds are real. None of this is imagined. The Fed understands this and the danger in keeping rates low, but they finally are getting around to admitting that they have no choice.

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A Fed Insider Comes Clean on the Everything Bubble

The Fed just realized two things:

1) It cannot normalize policy EVER without blowing up the Everything Bubble/ financial system.

2) The Fed is well behind the curve when it comes to dealing with the next downturn.
Regarding #1, we’ve had some developments in the last month.

Recently, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan published an article on one of the Fed’s websites outlining the risks to the corporate bond market.

U.S. nonfinancial corporate debt as a percentage of GDP is now higher than the prior peak reached at the end of 2008…Nonfinancial corporate bonds outstanding in the U.S. grew from approximately $2.2 trillion in 2008 to approximately $5.7 trillion at year-end 2018…

Source: The Dallas Fed

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