Egypt Bans Export Of Gold "In Any Form"
Looks like speculation that the Egyptian Central Bank's gold stash may have been just modestly plundered is starting to play out. According to Reuters. "Egypt has issued a ministerial decree
immediately banning the export of gold in all its forms, including
jewellery and ornaments, until June 30, the official news agency MENA
said on Sunday. "This decision, which comes in light of the
exceptional circumstances the country is passing through ..., is to
preserve the country's wealth until the situation stabilises," MENA
said. Egypt's currency has come under pressure after some of the
country's main sources of foreign currency, including tourism and
foreign investment, collapsed after the protests that ousted President
Hosni Mubarak erupted on Jan. 25." Obviously, this "emergency" step would not be required if the E(gyptian)CB was still in full possession of its purported stash of the inedible metal. Whether the decline is due to alleged Mubarak sequestering of the shiny metal, or by other members of the former ruling regime is unclear, but one thing is certain: the WGC is long overdue in adjusting the Egyptian gold holdings from 75.6 tonnes to their real current value... far lower. As for Egyptian fiat: that is as freely exportable now as ever. If only anyone wanted it. But yes, somehow emerging markets are manipulating their currencies lower than fair value, the conventional wisdom claims.
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