Everything You Need to Know About The Swiss Gold Referendum

Tyler Durden's picture

On November 30, Swiss nationals head to the polls on three separate issues: abolishing a flat tax on resident, non-working foreigners, an immigration cap, and a proposal on Swiss gold reserves. As Visual Capitalist notes, the one we are most interested in is the latter section of the ballot, and today’s infographic sums up everything you need to know about the upcoming Swiss gold referendum.

The referendum, if passed, will mean that (1) The Swiss National Bank must hold 20% of all assets as gold, (2) Switzerland will repatriate the 30% of their gold held abroad by England and Canada, and (3) Switzerland may no longer sell any gold they accumulate.

In the most recent polling, 38% of respondents supported the initiative, 47% were against, and 15% were undecided. The poll has a 3% margin of error as well. While support is down from the previous poll, anything is still possible on November 30th.

Switzerland currently holds 1,040 tonnes, or 7.7% of its reserves in gold. The country actually holds the highest amount of gold per capita (4.09 oz per citizen). However, it used to be an even bigger holder of the yellow metal. In 2000, the SNB held 2,500 tonnes of gold and it has also been the biggest national seller since.

The implications of the vote are huge. With a “yes”, the SNB would have to purchase at least 1,500 tonnes of gold to meet the 20% threshold for 2019. That’s about half the world’s annual production. It would also put Switzerland back in the top three for most gold holdings worldwide.



Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

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JLee2027's picture

Until they storm the palace, voting no longer matters.

SilverIsMoney's picture

Eric Cantor, the pro-Euro parties, and a whole bunch of Democrats would disagree...

Latina Lover's picture

Good Article.  But the banksters will never allow this bill to pass.  If voting made a difference, it would be abolished.

kliguy38's picture

Yup.....and even if it passes they'll have Plan B ...just look at Germany....Ya can't get what ain't there........and if it was there  YOU AINT gettin it.

Bangalore Equity Trader's picture

Listen Zero's.

We cannot expect miracles overnight. It's a step in the right direction and if nothing else, it gets people thinking about gold and the value in holding it closely.

El Oregonian's picture

It'd be easier for them to flatten an Alp mountain than it would be to grab any of their gold.

The Central Bankers; They'll never let it go...

Save_America1st's picture

So Turd posted this today of TFMetalsReport at 11:30am EDT.  ZH is just getting to it now and no hat tip to Turd?  What's up?  Does ZH and TFMR have a feud going?  ZH never posts any of their stuff and they do excellent write-ups.  And TF scooped ZH on this chart by about 9 hours. 

I_rikey_lice's picture

Turd Ferguson is one of the smartest and most savvy guys around. Tells his followers to BTFD all the way down and then after they have been financially wiped out Turd makes them pay $$$ to listen to his advice!! His followers of course pay Turd the $$ because Turd holds their hand and tells them that they were right all along and the gold silver market is rigged/manipulated/paper.....Blah Blah Blah.....Fuck U Turd!

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Oh he will likely be right one day, but I know what you mean. Subscription to what?

Lore's picture

I find comments sections most useful, after you sift through the trolls and plants, ego primpers and general riff-raff.  It can be a good place for newcomers to fill gaps in their knowledge and benefit from the lessons and hard knocks of others. 

Son of Loki's picture

Swiss currency used to be the most honored, the most trusted, the strongest in the world.


Now, no tso much and fading fast. This is an excellent opportunity for the Swiss [currency] the reclaim their title and status.


If the motion fails, I bet we'll see greater momentum of wealth preservation to HK and Singapore.

BigJim's picture

King World News! Hahahahahah!

Here's their latest headlines:

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As far as I can tell, thiese perma-bulls have just been recycling the same stories and headlines since at least 2007 when I started reading them. James Turk (out of Spain)! (Street savvy) Rick Rule! Jim Sinclair! The godfather of newsletter writers, Richard Russell! blah blah blah.. Every six months or so when I start wondering if the ponzi really will collapse during my lifetime, I go over there for a pep talk so I don't sell my PM's.

Thanks to this strategy I've got poorer by the day. Thanks KWN!

Kaervek's picture

You better listen now, so you can learn something for yourself. You listening?

Listen Bangladesh. Can you hear it?


It's the sound of a shitstorm, coming at us with 200mph. 

I Drink Your Milkshake's picture

Guess Jeffery didn't get THAT memo.

And if you want to get technical, that would slide NL's position on that buy/sell chart to the left a few notches.

These infographics are like reading the newspaper, a day late and a dollar short.

GoinFawr's picture

Re: "If voting made a difference it would be abolished."

what a load of elitist crap, anywhere ~80% of the masses bother to take the opportunity to voice their mandate it generally does make a difference.

  You're thinking of the places where the plutocrats and their sycophants have managed to convince the apathetic and the lazy that they can call themselves 'rebels' if they deny themselves their rights

GoinFawr's picture

cite this

just how la...'rebellious' are you?

umdesch4's picture

Sorry, I suppose that was a snarky reply, but in my lifetime, I've never really seen voting accomplish anything. In fact, far more often I've seen stories of "even though the public voted overwhelmingly against [insert stupid policy decision], it was enacted anyway".

Now on the other hand, when thousands of people show up on a banker's front lawn with torches and weapons, threatening to burn the banker's house down, shit gets done, like what I saw in Iceland a couple years ago.

GoinFawr's picture

RE: "Shit Sandwich Enacted Anyway"

Oh yeah, there's that too, natch. Sucks the unalloyed joy right out of a fellow. Doesn't happen quite as often though when/where there are high percentage turnouts.

Say, with only a headcount of a few hundred k, couldn't ~80% of Icelanders fit onto one of their banqsters' lawns? That is a heartening story indeed. Now if the they could jest finalize that extradition treaty with Londoninium...I wonder, if it was put to a referendum, would ~80% of the English show up to ship 'em back North?

>Because my favourite part is the frog marches, orange jumpsuits, and the place it seems to hurt the most: asset redemption.

umdesch4's picture

>I wonder, if it was put to a referendum, would ~80% of the English show up to ship 'em back North?

Now that's something I'd pay to see.

BTW, thanks for the link in your reply. Those were some interesting numbers. I tell ya, I crunched the numbers on the mayoral election in my suburb of Vancouver (Canada) last week, and we only had 31.3% voter participation. Geez, I at least grilled two of the three candidates for half an hour each, in person, and made sure I knew what I was doing when I went to the polls.

Anyway, if it weren't for the desolation, extreme cold, and incredibly expensive bacon, I'd move to Iceland...go work for CCP or something.

GoinFawr's picture

31.3%? Disgusting.

Canada is a nation where the current federal regime has the hubris to claim a 'majority' gov't after receiving approval from 26% of the eligible electorate.. and (directly relating to my initial comment) didn't they also just squeeze Elections Canada's scope to prevent it from working to encourage Canucks to vote? The 'rationale' being that because voter participation is dropping they are wasting tax payer dollars trying to persuade them to participate; you can't make this shit up.

FeralSerf's picture

"anywhere ~80% of the masses bother to take the opportunity to voice their mandate" WITH PITCHFORKS IN HAND "it generally does make a difference."

Pitchforks are much easier to count than hanging chads.

GoinFawr's picture

never said there was only one way to skin a cat (SFW)

+1 for 'hanging chads'

whatthecurtains's picture

Every country should repatriate their gold reserves.  Especially Germany whose holdings are at Fort Knox assuming they are still there.

Freddie's picture

Cantor got blindsided.  They did not expect that.  They rigged the Mississippi primary twice to make sure Thad Cochran "won."  The second primary was total fraud.

They do not take a chance on Senate seats.  Unless the GOP defunds Obama's amnesty then voting and govt is a total joke.

zerozulu's picture

Since they disclosed Tribe's secret accounts , they are not getting any gold back from USA.

booboo's picture

Yea, wait till the swiss find out that the Dutch slipped off with several hundred tons of Gold from under the New York streets and the rush will be on.

Bornda Bornda

SilverIsMoney's picture


Mr Poopra's picture

People think this will actually pass?  That's adorable.

This passing would be an absolute catastrophe for the central bankers.  Other nations would follow suit, and they would be looking for physical gold, not paper.  This would collapse the current system of rehypothecated horeshit by next year.  Hmmm...I see what you did there central bankers.  Everybody ready to see some shit?

Lore's picture

Seriously, do you know anyone of mild intelligence who answers polls honestly?  Among those 15% undecided (likely understated), I'll wager MOST are about to vote YES but don't want themselves identified by a pollster whose firm might be contracted by The Enemy. 

Case in point: poll results in Canada prior to federal and provincial elections in recent years have been EXTREMELY INACCURATE.  The pollsters might as well be throwing darts.  And speaking for myself, I always call myself 'Undecided' right to the very day of voting, because you never answer a poll honestly!

Mr Poopra's picture

I agree with you, but let me clarify.  I think on something so important, they will simply rig the vote, unless they are eager to light the fireworks sooner.  Everyone mildy intelligent, as you succintly put it, is aware the paper collapse is a mathematical certainty.

As per Metternich: “The events which can not be prevented, must be directed.” 

globozart's picture

I agree. Too important too pass.

By the way, who did the polls that are so conveniently negative?

GoinFawr's picture

"...who did the polls that are so conveniently negative?"

Excellent question.

That gives me an idea..maybe we should do our own poll. Anyone else have access to a 'phone?

TahoeBilly2012's picture

You are way too optomistic. When I  lived in Switzerland in th 80's we would sit around and watch "Der Denver Klan" which was "Dynasty". That was big time back then. I bet they watch Survivor now and coun't themselves as worldly.

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

i love gold

i appreciate that gainesville coins in Lutz Fl provided this info graphic.

they have a beautiful store.

and when i went in they discriminated against me for not looking like/ appearing to be a serious gold buyer.

they told me to go to another shop a mile down the road.

FWIW i was only spending $1300. still i felt disrespected.

rejected's picture

Wonder how a serious buyer looks?

Lore's picture

Their brow is furrowed. They walk with a hunch.  And they wear old, threadbare clothing that smells like mothballs.

kchrisc's picture

"2) Switzerland will repatriate the 30% of their gold held abroad by England and Canada"

A little technicality there, as their gold is actually in China. The banksters still have the "lease" papers, but the gold is "gone."

An American, not US subject.

Victor999's picture

How do you know their gold is in China?  Do you have support for that statement?

Scarlett's picture

Who sold all that gold to China?  


Can you elaborate on that?

kito's picture

there is nothing to know because its not passing. end of story. 

Bighorn_100b's picture

I don't really care if it passes or not. I'm loading up on 2014 Silver Eagles. When gold finally bottoms, then and only then will I buy Gold Eagles.

Peter Pan's picture

With a promise of a living wage of $2600 per month to all and sundry, do you think the dumb portion of the population is going to rock the boat by voting yes?

The yes vote will be lucky to get 35%.


SweetDoug's picture



Interestingly enough, China doesn't show up as a top 5 holder of gold in the infographic.

According to this article, by that little web-rag Zerohedge…  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-19/shanghai-daily-china-expected-a...


The website, which cites an analysis by Jeffrey Nichols of American Precious Metals Advisors, reports that the Chinese central bank is about to announce its gold holdings have nearly tripled from 1054 tons to 2710 tons.