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India’s Central Bank To Sell Gold On The Market In Exchange For Gold At The Bank Of England

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

India’s gold policy over the last several years is about as dysfunctional as any government policy I have ever seen, and that’s saying a lot. In case you need a reminder, here are a few posts I have written on the subject:

The Times of India: “Almost Every Passenger on a Flight from Dubai to Calicut Was Found Carrying 1kg of Gold”

Gold Smuggling Increases 7x in India and Surpasses Illegal Drug Trade

Indian Temples Fight Back Against Government Gold Grabbing Plot

In a nutshell, Indians were buying too much gold for their government’s comfort, so the “authorities” stepped in with duties and import restrictions in an attempt to stifle the trade. So smuggling soared.

Fast forward to today. It appears the government has finally realized they can’t stop their citizens penchant for gold, so they have decided to dump central bank gold onto the market. What is incredible to me is that they are justifying this with a so-called “swap” into phantom gold at the Bank of England. The favored global hub of shady, rent-seeking, banker oligarchs.

What’s even more interesting about this is the fact that so many Central Banks seems to be swapping or selling their gold to Western interests. Most notably Ecuador selling to Goldman Sachs, which I highlighted in the piece: Ecuador to Transfer More Than Half its Gold Reserves to Goldman Sachs in Exchange for “Liquidity.”

Now from Reuters:

MUMBAI, July 2 (Reuters) – India’s central bank said on Wednesday it has sought quotes from banks to swap gold in its own vaults for international-standard gold, aiming to improve the management of its reserves.


The Reserve Bank of India said the operation would “standardise the gold available with RBI in India with respect to international standards” and the gold acquired would be delivered to its overseas custodian, the Bank of England.


By holding gold reserves in London, the RBI would gain flexibility to mobilise them if needed to defend the currency. It shipped some of its gold holdings to Britain in 1991 as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle a financial crisis.

This begs the question of who really needs the gold, the RBI, or London bankers?

According to the World Gold Council, India holds the 11th-largest gold reserves of 557 tons. At current market prices, they would be worth nearly $24 billion. It was not immediately clear how much of that would be swapped.


Market participants said the central bank was likely to offload its old gold onto the local market in India.

At least the people will get a hold of it as opposed to criminal Central Bankers.

That would have the beneficial effect of boosting domestic gold supply without hitting India’s current account – which faces renewed pressure as the conflict in Iraq has pushed up India’s oil import bill.


“It’s a good move by the RBI, this will at least ease the stock requirement of the jewellery industry,” said a senior official with a foreign bank that supplies gold to India.

You have to wonder if this in any way relates to concern about the upcoming Swiss referendum on the country’s gold reserves, which Parliament has been fighting hard to prevent from happening. For example, back in May Bloomberg reported that:

Swiss parliamentarians urged rejection of a popular initiative that would curtail the Swiss National Bank (SNBN)’s independence by requiring it to hold a fixed portion of its assets in gold.


Members of the Swiss parliament’s lower house voted 129 to 20 with 25 abstentions today against the plan, which demands that at least 20 percent of the central bank’s assets be in gold. It would also disallow the sale of any such holdings and require all SNB gold be held in Switzerland.


No date for a national vote has yet been set.

Well it appears based on a Bloomberg headline from this morning that a date has been set. A friend sent me the following:


There may be some very concerned bankers in New York and London this weekend.

Full article here.


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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:22 | 4922843 agent default
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When this thing ends there will be so many hangings, the world will face a rope shortage.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:24 | 4922857 knukles
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Well, does that free up any for Germany?

WTF is going on?
Somebody, somewhere is dearly in need of some gold to meet somebody elses' somewheres demand for the stuff they's gotta deliver to, it sound like to me.

This is lunacy.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:33 | 4922882 remain calm
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Being the humanatarian that I am, I willing to sell my supply of rope to help relieve the shortage

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:48 | 4922946 SWRichmond
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Sounds to me like they're selling real gold and exchanging it for paper gold in London.  Sounds to me like London is out.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:54 | 4922971 BaBaBouy
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""MUMBAI, July 2 (Reuters) – India’s central bank said on Wednesday it has sought quotes from banks to swap gold in its own vaults for international-standard gold, aiming to improve the management of its reserves.""


Tungsten Surprise...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:15 | 4923027 kliguy38
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For such a barbarous relic the London Boyz seem a little desperate to get their hands on it. So one may assume they are in a bit of a spot.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:26 | 4923066 Manthong
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ABN AMRO…  DEFAULTED on customers gold held in trust  

Rabobank… DEFAULTED on customers gold held in trust

United States government DEFAULTED on German Gold held in trust


I guess folks just have to be smacked on the head with a smart club to figure it out.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:29 | 4923074 strannick
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Central Bankers reverse midas touch. Turning real wealth, into paper promises.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:14 | 4923177 gh0atrider
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Capitulation Bitchez!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:09 | 4923325 7.62x54r
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Yep. Lunacy.

I wonder what kind of pressure was put on the India government to make them give up their gold. The instant it hits that central bank it's gone.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:55 | 4923485 Save_America1st
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I wrote this this morning a little after 8am and nobody even responded to it:

From the list above:  

India central bank seeks to swap gold to improve reserves quality

MUMBAI, July 2 (Reuters) - India's central bank said on Wednesday it has sought quotes from banks to swap gold in its own vaults for international-standard gold, aiming to improve the management of its reserves.

The Reserve Bank of India said the operation would "standardise the gold available with RBI in India with respect to international standards" and the gold acquired would be delivered to its overseas custodian, the Bank of England.

****Are they fucking crazy????????


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:26 | 4923555 macholatte
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The Reserve Bank of India said...


What we already know for sure: whatever they say is a lie.


The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.



I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.

Giacomo Casanova


If there are two things Penn & Teller stand for, it's the truth & lying, although not necessarily in that order.

Penn Jillette

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:29 | 4923072 Greenskeeper_Carl
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thats what i was thinking. Lunacy. Selling their real gold for peices of paper, then using that paper, or more likely, digital, money, to buy paper gold certificates from people who can print these certificates and print money literally out of thin air, and never return it, or even hold an honest audit. Real metal for contracts conjured into existance. After seeing what germany is going through trying to get their gold back, they are voluntarily entering into the same arrangment. Insanity.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:35 | 4923222 Alea Iactaest
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India's BFF, England, having proven its loyalty to Bangladesh for several centuries, has decided to help leverage India's gold.

Under this gentleman's agreement, England has pinky promised not to fuck India too hard for at least a decade, and has proven it's fealty by bringing the rupee down from its nosebleed heights earlier this year, provided that the Indian government unlocks the people's hoarded gold such that it might be sold to England's other BFF's in Hong Kong and other former British outposts along the Chinese coast.

The BOE is hoping to buy a little breathing room by using the raghead's gold to placate the slant eyes using a little hocus pocus, now-you-see-it-now-you-don't slight of hand by pulling a New York style three card monty with the Queen's voluminous gold hoarde and promising said (non-re-re-rehypothecated and we swear it's there) gold to replace that of the gullible Hindus.

In the end, India is supposed to cough up it's gold in return for some paper and other promises from the English swine and pass it along to the Chinese, reversing the black market flow of the last year, and hopefully (fingers crossed, holding my breath) the NYFed can hold on just a couple more weeks until the Chinese rehypothecation problem finally, FINALLY blows up and the Chinese bubble pops with a massive margin call ending the relentless flow of The Shiny from West to East.

Don't you just love a story with a happy ending?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:17 | 4923351 Tabarnaque
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What is strange here is that India is a member of the BRICS. And supposedly the BRICS are about to come out with a parallel monetary/trade/financial system that should involve gold in some form. The BRICS are having an important meeting in Brazil around the middle of this month and Putin is hoping to create a league of countries trading outside of the US dollar. So this announcement of gold swap (physical gold to be swap against paper gold) at this precise time is very strange to say the least. What was the deal offered by the Western Power that Be with India in order to remove their physical gold from them? How will this impact the cohesion within the BRICS?


If India has a little over 500 tines of gold then that represents around 6 to 8 months of their consumption… What a catastrophe for country like India. What a fucking stupid decision made by Modi. Now we know that Modi is either a perfect idiot of a corrupt SoB that just sold himself to the Western Power that Be. In either case this is bad news for India and the BRICS.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:19 | 4923922 Oh regional Indian
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Something like what you said. Totally weird.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:11 | 4923016 DeadFred
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I've got a lot of rope and it's free to anyone who has a ready lamppost. <and designated banker>

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:30 | 4923073 Handful of Dust
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Oh yeah…I’ll gladly swap my physical for that piece of paper ‘proving’ my metal is being held in that warehouse … ooops, I mean bank.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:10 | 4923328 7.62x54r
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Maybe I can sell them some paper oxygen once they start swinging?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:23 | 4923056 RaceToTheBottom
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While the wear and tear would be considerable, I would still recommend leasing it out.  

Watch out for the repothicators

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:11 | 4923330 7.62x54r
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Once you lease it, it's gone. Period. Bad plan there.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:45 | 4927837 MeelionDollerBogus
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Sell receipts to receive rope on demand. After all, the demand is low now but...once leasing more than one has or can get...

:) oh, wait

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:46 | 4922945 ZH Snob
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trading physical for paper is so insanely counter-sensible, ESPECIALLY NOW, that I am dumbfounded by this news.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:11 | 4923169 Handful of Dust
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Had to be alot of mooolaaah under the table to convince those Ineeyans to give away their yellow metal. Dat's my guess.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:36 | 4923236 Alea Iactaest
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Leverage is available in many forms. Especially with the NSA on your side.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:48 | 4922949 cynicalskeptic
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guillotines - efficient and reusable (quick cycle time too)   and no worry about any ammuntion shortage

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:58 | 4922983 MoneyThimbles
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Yeah but you can play "Chopsticks" on a row of hanging bankers.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:53 | 4922965 kchrisc
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That is one reason why I am such a fan of the guillotine.

They’re "renewable."

"Don't waste a rope or harm a tree, use a guillotine."

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:01 | 4922988 Mesquite
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Future market in (slightly) used rope..

Guess we need an ETF for rope..?


Have a safe '4th' everyone..

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:48 | 4923767 garypaul
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See, I fucking told everybody that no real progress is going to come to India despite this Kool-Modi dude being elected. Same old corruption.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:26 | 4923933 Oh regional Indian
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My sentiments exactly.....

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:23 | 4922854 dogbreath
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I though India raised the import duty on gold because the indians were buying too much and it was devaluing the Rupee.  So now they lift the duties but sell gold which devalues  the rupee.   WTF

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:26 | 4922868 NotApplicable
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I wonder if they're dumb enough to try tungsten?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:32 | 4922894 knukles
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What about securitized curry Slurpees?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:35 | 4922909 Skateboarder
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The thing about rehypothecated curry is that it still smells like curry.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:09 | 4923011 dogbreath
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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:12 | 4923334 7.62x54r
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Nah, it smells like used curry.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:38 | 4922916 quikwit
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Not sure that's true. When Indians buy gold from foreign entities, the Rupees leave India, increasing their supply, and thus devaluing them.  When RBI sells the gold, the Rupees go to the RBI, out of circulation in the markets.  Thus, fewer Rupees in circulation, increasing their value.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:08 | 4923008 dogbreath
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Good point but they spend the Rupees they recieve and their reserves are reduced so their balance sheet should look worse.  Why wouln't they just smelt their bars into international standard ones.   How hard is it to set up a smelter refinery

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:34 | 4923085 Greenskeeper_Carl
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this doesnt devalue their currency like importing it does. As the article says, selling their own gold to their own people is better for their current account deficit than importing it from foreign sellers. Not a very good solution, since they are selling what is supposed to belong to ALL indians to those wealthy and lucky enough to be able to buy some. Also, eventually this trick won't work, cuz there won't be any more to sell, then they are back to square one- they have all the same problems, all the currency issues as before, and have a new problem: they won't own any gold, except for their certificates of bullshit they bought in london

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:55 | 4923487 BigJim
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No problem, they can just ask London to deliver their physical when they need it.

The Indians are a famously patient people; what's a decade or two between friends?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:24 | 4922858 NOTaREALmerican
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Huh.   Interesting times.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:24 | 4922861 NoWayJose
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Neither India or the UK need the gold - except to meet demand from China. It should be interesting when India goes down with the rest if the globe - will their gold be in the UK? This smells like a Madoff scheme.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:25 | 4922863 LawsofPhysics
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Please, for the average person in India they never do anything in the "official" market anyway.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:29 | 4922878 monopoly
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Hard to understand all the moving pieces. All the headlines scream about a "self sustaining recovery", "millions of jobs being created", and more cars means more workers means more cars. I am just not buying it. But as always I never short these markets.

So what happens when interest rates rise for real and it is sustained? The Fed is playing chicken with the markets, who breaks first?  No QE, high rates and inflation to the nth degree. Housing will tank since few can put 20% down to buy a house so a slight rise in rates and there goes the mortgage.

And the cycle will continue. Nirvana, I think not. As said here so many times......It is never different.

Good long weekend all to those here at Zero Hedge. And thank you Zero Hedge for all you do for us.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:16 | 4927826 MeelionDollerBogus
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Understand? Could one of us, even, ever?
If anything I'd say a neural net connecting updated prices & military movements would almost certainly help predict when some amount of X is going to destination Y.
So long as that also popped out if what happened moved because of war, crime, trade agreements, sanctions, news, I think that would be damn handy.
I'm doubting the human mind truly can comprehend more than simple correlations at a visceral level.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:20 | 4922886 Chuck Knoblauch
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I will gladly pay you Tuesday for some gold today.

London the Moocher.

You silly Indians.

You will regret it, as usual.

India is the land of regret.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:14 | 4923340 7.62x54r
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Poor India .

( the standard thing an Indian says when some impossibly stupid thing is done by Indians to bugger India again )

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:31 | 4922888 Being Free
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By holding gold reserves in London, the RBI would gain flexibility to mobilise them if needed to defend the currency.

How can a useless relic of the past defend a currency?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:33 | 4922897 magnetosphere
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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:44 | 4922911 Chuck Knoblauch
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The Indian elite still have a hard-on for jolly old England?

Some Indian mothers want to see their children graduate from Oxford.

The British elite love it when the caramel-skinned people talk like them.

Something tells me that the common man in India would tell the Brits to drop dead?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:33 | 4923225 FeralSerf
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In the 1870s and the 1940s the Brits told the common man in India to drop dead. And they did, by the millions.

"The British-India Holocaust or Late Victorian Holocaust is a genocide perpetrated by the British Empire 1876 - 1878 in British-ruled India and murdered at least 29 Million people by British Government state policy"

"The Bengal Famine of 1943-44 must rank as the greatest disaster in the subcontinent in the 20th century. Nearly 4 million Indians died because of an artificial famine created by the British government, and yet it gets little more than a passing mention in Indian history books."

The Indians are slow learners, eh?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:55 | 4923889 shiva
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indians r deceived for long - like they r fooling USA,UK and europe (intellectual elite) for 3 centuries. but tide has turned - watch out rising of India in next 2 decades.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:13 | 4927817 MeelionDollerBogus
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Wow, I never knew this. And the reputation is Hitler was bad. I can count and that excess millions makes Hitler look like a rank amateur.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:31 | 4922891 FieldingMellish
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I feel we are in for another Brown Bottom moment soon.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:37 | 4922915 NOTaREALmerican
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Bottom or Shirts?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:55 | 4922973 FieldingMellish
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First the Bottom, than the Shirts.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:51 | 4923880 shiva
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another?  we r already having multiple brown bottom in diff nations  :)

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:39 | 4922919 thamnosma
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Wow, this is amazingly dumb.   The Indians made a large purchase a few years ago at $1,000 an ounce and now they are dumping it?  I thought the new government over there was going to rescind those gold duties.  Now I wonder.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:56 | 4922979 cynicalskeptic
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Maybe India is selling the paper gold they bought for $1000 (which - in theory existed in physical form but remained with the IMF) at current prices to London......

would be the smart thing to do instead of selling real physical....


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:41 | 4922929 Seasmoke
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I call timeout !!! Everyone stop. And show how much Gold they are holding.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:10 | 4927811 MeelionDollerBogus
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Substantial, I'm sure.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:42 | 4922930 TheReplacement
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Why did the post about hangings get removed?

Edit: Nevermind.  Either the site or the browser was screwed up.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:49 | 4922940 Son of Captain Nemo
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Certainly takes the "I" out of the BRIC don't it?... Or was that BRIIC with that other "I" further West?!!!

Didn't realize their was an "I" in Jew???!!!!...

But let's not forget who made the ultimate deal with the "Two Diablo(s)" that matter to haul away the spare parts and human remains from "Ground Zero" for more computer jobs in return????!!!!!!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:56 | 4922977 Chuck Knoblauch
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The common man in England will gladly give away his son's or daughter's seat at Oxford to the funny looking people from that pear shaped country with cows. There is always a price to be paid by the commoner for the greater good of his betters. What, what.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:08 | 4923007 Son of Captain Nemo
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Sure hope I'm wrong, but it looks as though Britannia's redneck offspring made a deal with the little "brown ones" to keep the "loo roles" in abundance at least for a little while longer until they can plug the leaking "Dike" elsewhere...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:15 | 4923023 Chuck Knoblauch
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How droll of you.

They are wonderful cricket players.

Game of cricket, anyone?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:24 | 4923060 Son of Captain Nemo
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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:50 | 4922954 kchrisc
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"India’s Central Bank To Sell Gold On The Market In Exchange For Gold At The Bank Of England"

"India’s Central Bank To Sell Gold On The Market In Exchange For Tungsten At The Bank Of England: In a Effort to Prevent a 'Color Revolution' in India"

That seems closer to the truth.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:16 | 4923348 7.62x54r
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No, Tungsten is worth a few dollars a pound.

They will get imaginary numbers in a central bank database, and they will learn to like it.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:51 | 4922960 JohninMK
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Maybe Shanghi will come up with a better offer than BoE. I know which I would trust more ATM.

'Well we offered it to London!'

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:01 | 4922990 Chuck Knoblauch
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The U.S. is willing to sell a few states that it's not currently using for gold.

How about Kentucky!

It has Fort Knox, but don't expect to find any gold.

Don't fall for the gold in Fort Knox trick, like our Congress.

Our Congress will believe anything it's told by the Fed.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:06 | 4922998 nakki
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So all the gold in India CB is has a value of $24 billion and there are roughly 1 billion living in India. I would imagine that the amount of gold that the people own would be 10 times that amount 1/5 of an ounce per person. Doesn't seem like a hell of a lot of gold, and you mean to tell me that $24 billion will help them with the rupi? The FED conjures that up in 9 days of pomo, give me a break, gold should be 8x the price in dollars when you think of all the paper that has been printed in the last 35 years alone.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:04 | 4922999 Bemused Observer
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This whole thing just gets too complicated for me to follow...all I know is that for a "worthless relic", gold sure does seem to attract a lot of interest by TPTB. If it truly WAS worthless, and economically insignificant, why would they even CARE about it? Yet they DO, don't they? A lot. Doesn't that alone tell you something?

It has always been so. Historically, economies have either valued gold, or feared it, but they have NEVER been indifferent to it. What this tells me is that I MUST have my own supply of this stuff. I can't believe anything anyone says about anything anymore, all statistics reported are lies, all numbers issued are manipulated, all the crowing about recovery coming from the telescreen is just more smoke being blown up my ass...

If I want to get at the truth, I have to look at what is DONE, not what is being SAID. And what is being DONE is a lot of gold-accumulating. And those who SAY it is a barbarous relic, useless to a modern economy, nevertheless take great interest in its price, and get nervous when it starts to go up. They take great pains to control that price...why? If it IS so useless, why not let the price do whatever it wants?

And if they ARE working so hard to suppress the price, what does that TELL you about where that price is headed? Why are they obfuscating that message from the free market they claim to worship? What don't they want you to hear?
Shut out all the noise and listen...WHAT IS THE MARKET TRYING TO TELL YOU?

It's saying, "Buy gold, asap."

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:11 | 4923015 Chuck Knoblauch
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When the SHTF, possession will equal ownership!

The Indians are morons.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:14 | 4923022 shovelhead
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This should make a great Bollywood movie.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:18 | 4923039 Chuck Knoblauch
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Where is the slumdoggies when you need them?

Speak up! It's your gold too!

Just kidding.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:20 | 4923359 7.62x54r
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I'm sure it will feature lots of pretty women in saris singing in Hindi and dancing, while throwing gold coins to dirty old victorian englishmen in top hats and monacles.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:23 | 4923054 artytom
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That gives London just a 6 month supply at the rates which China are consuming. Not including other interested parties.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:29 | 4923391 gdpetti
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Exactly.... buying time.. even if it's all only a PR ruse to suppress the gold market as long as possible to prevent payout on those huge short positions.

Time is all that's needed to maintain Western supremacy.. at least until spring.... they hope.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:27 | 4923068 D-Fens
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Hundreds of years and India is still colonized by the British.

Pretty pathetic.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:37 | 4923088 WTFUD
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The Populace did but the Ruling Class never left the EMPIRE. The EIC and the like still rule ROUGHSHOD over the Great Unwashed.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:37 | 4923091 Al Huxley
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India's central bankers just can't get that BIS cock in their mouths fast enough.  Listen guys, I know they probably told you that if you gave them your gold you'd be in the club, but I gotta tell ya, you're not getting first class membership, you don't have the pedigree for it.  At best you'll be parking their cars, more likely cleaning the toilets.  Fucking pinheads.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:41 | 4923094 James Dandy
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So India is selling gold for gold in London?  What's the fucking point, unless there is no gold in London, in which case India is getting paid while pretending they still have gold?  That's the only way it makes any sense at all.


One giant circle-jerk, and  I don't give a fuck.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:01 | 4923143 Al Huxley
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Sell 557 tons to their own citizens, relieving pressure on London and Switzerland to meet that demand, and in return buying 557 tons from London, which conveniently, they will store in London, so it doesn't actually have to exist.  India meets 557 tons of real demand on London's behalf, and in return London sells 557 pretend tons to India's central bank, postponing their inevitable day of reckoning a little longer. 


At least RBI is correct in their assessment of standardization - when they're done, their gold will be exactly as fictitious as that 'held' by most of the other central banks around the world (China and Russia apparently excepted).

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:46 | 4923112 Pumpkin
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Well, that's just a special kind of stupid!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:51 | 4923123 meghaljani
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Aaaaand It's gone. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:04 | 4923154 FranSix
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India has to be especially concerned about their geopolitical situation, now that they're selling all of their gold to the Chinese.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:17 | 4923184 alexcojones
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German guys are more likely to enjoy Kate Upton for a weekend, than ever see "their" gold again.

Indians just grabbing the good stuff while they can.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:18 | 4923186 samsara
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They are selling it to the pot to be rebought by Indians.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:26 | 4923205 Kirk2NCC1701
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When "Currency" is just a bunch of binary digits in a CB computer and numbers in their Ledger, what's to "defend"?

It's all "marked to fantasy" anyway, so... Mark away and keep your Precious. 

Ghandi must be spinning in his grave.  At ~ 1000 RPM.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:28 | 4923210 Dr. Gonzo
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Q.: Why not just use their gold on deposit as the national currency? It's what their people want and it would work and be stable. 

A.: Because we would fucking kill them if they tried a stunt like that.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:30 | 4923221 ZeroPoint
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I bet Germany will be asking, 'Why do these gold bars smell like curry?'

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:21 | 4923364 7.62x54r
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The Merkel government gave up on getting their gold back.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:42 | 4923249 Dr. Gonzo
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...Because just of few years ago the British Empire treated them so great that they want to trust them with all their gold now. Bunch of Uncle Tom's still in charge over there. 

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:58 | 4924177 lakecity55
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I live here.  Modi is a Nationalist, came up from the RSS.

It is Friday here, the noise level goes down since the Muslims are at Mosque; this country is going to break open if they can fix their finances. There is a big beef on gas prices and cement price boosts. Contractors are outraged.

Everyone can find something to be upset with Modi, so I figure he's off to a good start.

Several friends congratulated me on 4 July; I will return the favor on 15 August. Both of us were under the British thumb at one time; I guess now it's just the City's Thumb. That is going to change.

But gold? Too woven into the culture. You may as well try to ban alcohol like we did during Prohibition, but it will not work. They pulled a gold bar out of a guy's ass a while back.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:28 | 4923388 WTFUD
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I taut deez brics were gonna give a combined heyhey heehee get offa my cloud; CumOn CumOn Let's git togevaa; love don't live here ANYMORE, you abandoned ME; NOW FUCK OFF AND DIE. BAAAAAAAH!!!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:25 | 4923931 Salsipuedes
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I'm gonna send them my mother's Mercedes because she loves it so much.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:56 | 4924053 nathan1234
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With Raghuram Rajan, the cartel's man in charge of the RBI, it was just a matter of time for him to deliver the Gold to his masters.

Only a blind fool or politician will not understand the connection.

Sadly India's politicians are bought and sold and so this is a piece of cake. India's media too is the same. Not one of them is highlighting this act.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:48 | 4924277 Ghanesh
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I try to connect some dots here but I would definetly require more help from the forum to make fuller sense out of this surprising announcement.

In Aug 2013 when emerging markets outflow were triggered in wake of tapering woes, Indian currency plunged as mounting deficits and growing national debt was exposed due to domestic corruption and systemic inefficiencies. However in order to stop the vicious spiral of currency, inflation and downward economic growth, the newly appointed central banker (Raghuram Rajan) came out with policies to curtail the INR depriciation (

Effectively through these measures, the central bank borrowed USD from international derivatives and money markets at rates which were marginaly higher then the existing markets rates. Of course, the decision to pay higher rate was taken to garner enough dollars and control the rupee exchange rate rather then doing the standarad increase in domestic interest rate which would have compromised the economic growth further. Even though the central bank was able to garner USD to intervene in FX market, the actual domestic inflation issue remained unaddresed. Therefore Indian people, intuitively based one past experience, started buying more Gold in order to protect themselves against inflation. This was not helping the INR exchange rate hence government imposed import duties on Gold which created a supply-demand imbalance in the local gold market as a result of which lot of smuglling and imbalances have accumulated in these markets since that time.

Today in wake of Iran conflict, oil prices are rising again and Indian ruppee can depriciate due to inflationary worries. The central banks can easily foresee a threat of the old cycle repeating - surging deficit, inflation, domestic gold demand and depreciating exchange rate. Hence it might be that in order to act proactively, the central bank is coming up with this location swap idea hoping that this move will help the central bank by increasing the domestic supply of Gold without impacting the currency exchange rate.       

I do not completely understand the mechanics of this lcation swap and hence not being able to figure out the impplications. I request Zerohedge and all the readers to give thier comments and help to connect these dots.


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:16 | 4927990 fiatmasochist
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Possible liquidity crisis?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:36 | 4924340 Tompooz
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Could it be that India's Central Bank is to be denuded of its gold in order to prevent further oil-for-gold deals with Iran?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 09:45 | 4924433 d edwards
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This is sorta like taking money from one pocket and putting it in another pocket-that has a hole in it.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:14 | 4927666 MeelionDollerBogus
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Fri, 07/04/2014 - 09:55 | 4924442 lordlyking
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Nice reading of what this is all about at 'Dr.Another- Can You Unscramble This, Please'

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:27 | 4927688 KansasCrude
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Jeeze louise this is just another chapter in the paper for paper charade...Thought India was going to make it right after the election but its just more of the hide the pea shell game.....surprise surprise.  I think we can now officially place India in the ain't got no Central Bank gold club.  They will dance, twist and shout and even try to conjur up the spirits but today officially signals they ain't got shit as far as physical metal !  If an audit by anything representing a non biased third party has been done in 1 year or less then call me wrong if not this is BULLISH!

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