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$1 Billion of Gold Bars Taken Delivery Of By Pension Fund Due to Risk of COMEX Default and Shortages

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Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:05 | 1179494 goldfish1
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Tungsten?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:04 | 1179778 TruthInSunshine
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A new campaign should be started urging every party holding 'gold IOUs/ETFs' to convert any such instruments into one that allows them to immediately take physical delivery.

If more than a few % do so, the system would be exposed for the epic historical Ponzi scheme faster than Bernie Madoff can speak the few words of truth he's ever uttered (that Bernankicide-Fed/Geithner-Treasury are the ultimate Ponzi engineers), and all will come crashing down.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:17 | 1179864 High Plains Drifter
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ah, as a texan, i would like to advise them that maybe they should assay some of the bars on each of the pallets. and also bring, it would be a good idea to bring that gold to the university of texas tower for storage. i don't trust people in new york......

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:22 | 1179922 Long-John-Silver
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Non-destructive testing is now easy in an assay of Gold and Silver. A 100% test and inventory would only take one day.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:26 | 1179940 High Plains Drifter
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oh, so they don't drill them anymore .......ok, cool.........

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:03 | 1180169 MachoMan
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handheld x-ray gun...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:22 | 1179900 Long-John-Silver
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Gold-Pressed Latinum

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:49 | 1180378 TruthInSunshine
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***Breaking News Alert***

COMEX advises owners of gold that physical delivery can only be taken at the new COMEX bullion depot, located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, effective immediately.

***This has been a Breaking News Alert***

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:07 | 1179497 bigdumbnugly
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yeah, i took delivery of my billion oz too.

i'm now bullish warehouses.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:12 | 1179502 gordengeko
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"A COMEX default would have serious ramifications for the dollar and all fiat currencies as it would further erode trust in central banks, fiat currencies and today’s monetary system."

If you want to end the game, take delivery.  The shades will come off and you will see we have bought into a lie they have been selling for a very long time.  But are we really ready for this game to end?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 08:19 | 1179656 cossack55
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Today is fine, tho a little (cesium) rainy.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:20 | 1179908 High Plains Drifter
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same thing with SLV and GLD. take delivery and its  game set match......and the whole house of cards falls. as i have said before the entire game rest on PM and always has because PM is real money. paper is paper and always will be just promises and these promises kept, keep the system going but one day soon, those promises will not be kept. in order to have financial power, real power, you have to have the PM in your control, near you, at all times. 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:24 | 1179919 Hacked Economy
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I just bought (and took delivery) and a little more phys silver for myself this morning...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 12:02 | 1180692 FreedomGuy
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It also indicates to me that if more gold is being sold than can be delivered it artificially depresses the price. As people take actual delivery the fraud not only possibly comes to light but the potential for rapid price appreciation appears. Wish I could afford more.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:10 | 1179503 Sutton
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Where are they going to keep it?  In some bank that will confiscate it when the time comes.  The gold must be kept out of the System, like in a garage ,backyard, basement, mother's attic.

I guess UT won't be doing that, which means they will be forced to swap the bars for IOU's with Obama's picture on it.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:27 | 1179937 Long-John-Silver
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$1 billion in Gold at the price they paid forms a 4 foot cube. Storage would not be a problem.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:30 | 1179957 High Plains Drifter
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amazing isn't it?  

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:42 | 1180039 Long-John-Silver
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Soon you'll be able to put $1 billion worth of Gold in your glove box. You could then drive from New York to San Francisco using that Gold to buy the gasoline.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:19 | 1179509 The Aviator
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Yes, but they're "storing" them in HSBC's vault. What chance in hell is there that HSCBC is actually storing physical gold for the Univ of Texas?

http://silverdoctors.blogspot.com/2011/04/university-of-texas-endowment-...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:23 | 1179518 silvertrain
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Storage fee's is all thats on those shelves..

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:42 | 1179554 IBelieveInMagic
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Ha!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:56 | 1179590 Hephasteus
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No comex has a huge multi billion dollar groupon for digiorno pizza. Because it's not delivery also.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 08:26 | 1179679 monximus
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Zing!

"How to Dance to Dubstep & get KNOCKED the F**K OUT in the first round"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiYi6458wig&feature=player_embedded

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:19 | 1179514 silvertrain
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Now if we could get a headline like that but switch Silver for Gold and the gig would most certainly be over...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:22 | 1179923 High Plains Drifter
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good luck on that one. if sprott is having trouble, you can be sure Univ of Texas would have trouble.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:19 | 1179515 Catherine007
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check this out: 

Spot price 1 ounce silver = CHF 38

Current "real" price when buying from a major Swiss bank in Switzerland CHF 52. According to them the price on Bloomberg etc does not have ANYTHING to do with the real price. 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:27 | 1179528 Spigot
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Exactly

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:42 | 1179552 Bubbles...bubbl...
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Most people don't even have enough money to pay taxes, much less a few hundred dollars to buy a few ounces of silver. They are really screwed.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:27 | 1179932 High Plains Drifter
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you tell them about junk and they immediately get a negative viewpoint on it.  who wants that old junk silver coin stuff. i don't ......oh ok pal. sure. do what you want. yep the sheep simply do not get it........

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:23 | 1179522 Wakanda
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comex, crimex, fraud

it is inevitable

all go boom, fall down

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:26 | 1179526 Spigot
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Yep, and this is only one leading edge endowment. Consider the follow on (and followers)... and they doubled their exposure to gold as well as converted that exposure into physical delivery. Sounds to me like they are positioning for "interesting times". There's gonna be a gold rush, my friends. The best and brightest and their wannabees WILL be coming into the market, they WILL be converting to physical WHICH WILL destroy CRIMEX, WHICH WILL catapult gold and silver into orbit.

Makes a guy get kinda all teary eyed ;)

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 08:21 | 1179664 Wakanda
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I am crying too!

tears of joy for free markets

one sad tear for Blyth

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 08:27 | 1179676 MsCreant
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Makes a guy get kinda all teary eyed ;)

Well you are a Spigot and all.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:29 | 1179532 Sudden Debt
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The advice has always been: put at least 5% of your portfollio in PM's.

And that was the advice in good times.

Most of it has been in paper PM's, but like a bankrun we'll start to see a COMEX run because the more questions are raised about reserves the bigger the problem will get.

Just imagine what would happen if every fund in the world with reserves up to 60 trillion would put 5% in PM's and take delivery!!

That would be 3 TRILLION IN PM'S that would need to be delivered!

And if every 500 million raises the silver price 4$ and half of the 3Tr. would be punt in silver, the price would go up to 3000$ per ounce :)

I would already be happy with 1/3 of that :)

 

 

 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:52 | 1179572 spiral_eyes
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in my honest opinion $3000 silver is bearish in the long run.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:32 | 1179971 Long-John-Silver
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At some point in the near future one ounce of Silver will be worth infinite numbers of US Dollars.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 03:23 | 1183136 ZeroPower
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LOL

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:35 | 1179536 kapillar
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Yawn. The end of the world as we know it is moving from the realms of the “conspiracy theory” to that of “of course we knew it would happen" with only 12 folks posting at ZH. I had been hoping for a little more party in these final days before oblivion.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:40 | 1179549 Sudden Debt
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It's monday morning 7.35 on a vacation week...

Most of the people are still standing in line of the coffee machine.

 

 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:45 | 1179557 Bubbles...bubbl...
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We are the privileged few.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:46 | 1179559 mogul rider
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Nah we're over on Leo's thread kicking his sorry ass.

As usual, they are merciless

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:02 | 1179770 goldfish1
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Leo who? Where? I want in.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:06 | 1179792 Waterman Jim
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haha, leo got all mad and was junking everyone,

funny

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:32 | 1179537 Forgiven
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At the end of every death-spiraling economy lies the burning remains of a defeated, deflated, fiat currency. 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:38 | 1179544 Just Observing
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REAL news would be if UT moved the gold to Texas.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 08:56 | 1179747 Pegasus Muse
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They need to move the bullion to Texas.  Now. 

When TSHTF those criminal Bullion Banksters will f*** over those Texans in a NY minute.  

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:28 | 1179963 Vendetta
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they can keep in the vaults where the other gold was kept in the WTCs ... oh wait

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:54 | 1180401 DosZap
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UT, needs to just build their own vault.

They have plenty of dough.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 07:43 | 1179550 gordengeko
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Think of the ramifications for a moment.  If the lie is exposed, which is banks have been scamming billions of people giving themselves complete and total control over our fate, what happens?  Sure the price of gold and silver would be astronomical but that would only be in relation to the fact we STILL buy into the fiat game lie since the price of gold and silver are valued by fiat.  If there is no physical for most people to take delivery, how are we going to buy food?  If they already own the bulk of the gold, which they do, and we resort to a gold back currency... how has the game changed?  What happens to the 99% of everyone else?  Same game new name?  Only difference is this time they have more power and control, since the rest of us are left with nothing but overinflated paper that will take a ton to buy a loaf of bread or exchange for their new currency.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 09:08 | 1179818 Waterman Jim
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Did you say "new currency"?

 

worldo bitchez!

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