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The CME On Gold As Collateral And Its Unsurprising London-Based Custodian

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While the increasing use of gold as accepted explicit (not implied) collateral has long been known, especially with an increasing push by Germany to receive gold as the ultimate guarantee backstop of the only viable Eurozone extension  scheme, the Redemption Fund, the other side's perspective, that of the exchanges has been missing. Now, courtesy of a report by Harriet Hunnable from the CME, titled "Some Insights into Changes in the Gold OTC market", we can see just how the status quo views gold's rising role in a world increasingly short of good collateral (even if, as the Chairman says, it is anything but money). And yes: that the CME has its gold custodian facilities with JPM London, where it is subsequently infinitely rehypothecatable and where it serves to restock the occasiona physical shortage here and there, does not surprise us at all.


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Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:16 | 2612982 dereksatkinson
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Now if we could get 5% to take delivery..

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:18 | 2612989 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Take back the money supply!

Buy Gold!

Buy Silver!

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:22 | 2613005 BaBaBouy
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GOLD To $50 Grand, Bitchies ...

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:39 | 2613071 Pladizow
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Fox guarding the hen house?

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:48 | 2613106 francis_sawyer
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long needles & thread... short billionaires...

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:40 | 2613272 strannick
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So..JPM is the custodian for GLD, JPM is the custodian for COMEX, and both of these along with the BOE's gold, and whatever allocated/unallocated (no difference) gold is lying around is all stored in one big happy vault in London.

Thats handy for when JPM needs to take the allocated gold from customers at Brokerages like MFG and PFG.

JPM obviously recognizes the value of a good gold bar, as they realize most of the vaule in the quadrillion in derivative prices are simply made up by their prop desk anyway.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:52 | 2613346 Diablo
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HSBC is the custodian of GLD.


Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:18 | 2613405 strannick
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Thanks, whoops. SLV...

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:21 | 2613219 Darth..Putter
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ANY futures brokerage with JPMorgan as the custodian is a scarey risk!

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 21:31 | 2615007 cynicalskeptic
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These aren't foxes guarding the henhouse - they're velociraptors.

There's a reason the 'regulators' aren't doing their jobs.  They're hiding and running - afraid of being devoured a la Jurassic Park.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:33 | 2613254 fnordfnordfnord
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DOLLAR to $0.03, Bitches

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:49 | 2613324 LowProfile
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I think you mean the USD is going to Au 0.0005 gm,

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:04 | 2613400 fnordfnordfnord
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Something like that!

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:46 | 2613560 prole
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You are both right!

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:14 | 2613723 Leopold B. Scotch
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OLD NEWS...   $ 0.03????   That's already happened.

Enter the $1.00 today and the price adjusted back to 1913.  $ 0.04 is the answer.  Then consider how horribly rigged CPI has been for the last 30-years.

For those not initiated to the ways of politicized / corrupted "official" statistics, this is a great primer:



Fri, 07/13/2012 - 21:37 | 2615016 cynicalskeptic
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Ding! Ding! Ding!   We have a WINNER!!!!!

The sad thing is that 99,.99% of the peopel don't have aclue on how much less their money is worth, how much less their buying power it, how much their savings (if they have any) have lost in value.....       


My best in degree starting salary for engineering in the late 70's won't hire a bubbleheaded receptioninst today.  The car I would have paid $#500 for on graduation now costs $35,000.  The crap house my grandparents paid $12,000 for in 1948 sold for well over a half million a couple years back.  

And the Silver Eagle I bought to give to my kid when he got out of HS costs twice as much (even with the slamdowns on PM's) for college graduation four years later.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:42 | 2613291 LowProfile
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Take back the money supply!

Buy Gold!

Buy Silver!


Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:17 | 2612990 zilverreiger
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they would never receive it

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:18 | 2612992 dereksatkinson
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And the system would collapse..

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:31 | 2613040 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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If people didn't recieve it then some, maybe even most, would go out with the cash payment from their contract and buy bullion.  And yes, if that happened it certainly could wipe the shelves clean.  We are already close now.

Think if dimes carried a massive premium because the supply was low.  Think if silver demand continues to soar?  There are plenty of people out there that are talking about investing in gold and silver who haven't done it yet.

Right now 1% of investors hold some form of exposure to "precious metal" if by mining shares, ETFs, or bullion.  Think if we increased that to 5%.  It could mean a five fold move.

Now think if we got that whole move to happen in bullion.  It would wipe the shelves clean.  People have been investing in silver at a furios pace for years now.  The real question is not if, but when.

Buy silver

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:43 | 2613082 Pladizow
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If contracts were forced to settle in cash, I would assume it would be because there would already be no physical on the "shelves".

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:56 | 2613134 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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At the COMEX, maybe.  At Ft Knox and the Citidel, probably.  At the NYFRB, most likely.  But there will be bullion on the shelves of coin shops until once second to midnight.  Thus why everyone should go meet their coin dealers if they haven't, and at least start buying silver coins.  If you can afford gold, by all means, by that.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:55 | 2613355 LowProfile
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You had it right at the top of the comments:  Buy GOLD.  Buy SILVER.  And only buy as much as you UNDERSTAND, or you are liable to panic when the wild price fluctuations start to happen.

I recommend holding 10 ounces Ag to every ounce of Au, but I was a speculator, and likely held too much silver.

I say was a speculator, because I owned both...  Until that unfortunate boating accident.  Learn from my fail!

FYI, I gave you an up arrow.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:21 | 2613472 francis_sawyer
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Based on the present GOLD:SILVER ratio, (& depending on your timeframe)... You are 'discounting' your gold purchase by buying Ag at the moment...

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:54 | 2613596 LowProfile
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Agree if you are speculating that silver looks undervalued relative to gold at the moment.

The issue with silver is that if the Central Banks make a last-ditch attempt to maintain relevancy by putting a high bid under gold (they offer to buy all gold at say, $50k per ounce, instantly revaluing all gold upwards to that price point), doing so in order to recapitalize their balance sheets, even though silver will do well in that scenario (in a knee jerk fashion), it is very likely it will not appreciate in the same percentage terms as gold.

So, silver is more speculative than gold.  Purchase accordingly.

Only buy as much gold and silver as you understand, otherwise you will likely sell out, be disappointed, or both.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:18 | 2613739 Leopold B. Scotch
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Settling out int cash already happened a long while back in the London markets.  They had to freeze the payout at a specified mark and hold, dislocating that cash settlement from the ongoing market price, which continued to shoot up.  This will happen again.

The whole point of owning gold is specifically to protect you from assets that are bullshit / deflating against real $$.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:23 | 2613776 Revert_Back_to_...
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When you say GOLD:SILVER ratio, You are speaking of the price ratio?  If you had to guess about the physical ratio what would you say that is.  Comments from anyone on this subject are appreciated.

  Keep in mind, the USA took a LOT of gold out of the ground when they were trying to meet their obligations under Bretton Woods (which was basically impossible for them to do).  It is also important to note that the People of the USA could not own any real quantity of gold during this time period of about 35+ years.  They were mining the crap out of it though.  By the end of Bretton Woods, we had gold at $35.00 an ounce but it was trading everywhere else in the world for like $70.00 an ounce in terms of FRN's.  (These figures are out of my ass BTW). 

Mining operations like this - engineering on the scale of the pyramids.



Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:55 | 2613926 LowProfile
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Honestly, I have no idea what the actual, above ground physical ratio is, given what you point to, the fact we haven't done an actual audit of Ft. Knox since the 50's, rumors of Japanese gold in the Philippines, amount of silver consumed through industry, etc. etc. etc.

I only know that people with power will try and hold onto as much of it as possible, and in the case of the Central Banks, one way they can avoid losing ALL their power would be to put a bid under gold before the entire world stops using their multicolored toilet paper entirely.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:29 | 2613511 _ConanTheLibert...
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Don't want to rub it in, but were you the only one here with a boating accident?

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:43 | 2613555 oddjob
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No, he was the shill pissing all over Silver just 3 days ago.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:48 | 2613568 LowProfile
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Lol, shill.  Brilliant.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:53 | 2613592 oddjob
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your 180 on a dime was better.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:55 | 2613602 LowProfile
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Try writing something someone might actually understand for a change.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 00:46 | 2619394 Western
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He's saying your posts reek of a practiced internet advertiser with the specific goal of making silver a speculative asset.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:27 | 2613238 DosZap
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If people didn't recieve it then some, maybe even most, would go out with the cash payment from their contract and buy bullion.  And yes, if that happened it certainly could wipe the shelves clean.  We are already close now.

Mr. Hendrix, problem with that, is the price would be so damned high, they are screwed.

People like animals, when they see a short supply of ANYTHIN they need or use, get the herd menatlity as you know.

No delivery, I think your SOL.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:18 | 2612993 AL_SWEARENGEN


Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:32 | 2613042 ParkAveFlasher
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Just ordered 10oz of NZ silver coin.  Feels like my first bang.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:44 | 2613088 Pladizow
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Cold and heartless?

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:54 | 2613126 tocointhephrase
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No, sticky pants, he woke up 2mins later 

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:58 | 2613139 ParkAveFlasher
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no no, it was the real deal ... it was ... physical

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:04 | 2613165 tocointhephrase
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Love you man!

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:41 | 2613274 12ToothAssassin
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Welcome to the party, pal

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:41 | 2613287 CCanuck
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+1+1+1+1+1.....fuckn hilarious!


Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:56 | 2613131 CCanuck
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And Fuck the Loopy Cunts, playing the paper game.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:22 | 2613006 Shameful
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Will be one hell of a day when all that gold gets 'vaporized'.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:35 | 2613240 XitSam
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LONDON -- Due to unprcedented demand, custodians from JP Morgan and HSBC accessed their London vaults today and found nothing but dusty shelves, reports a mid-level JPM employee that has requested anonymity. "Completely empty. They are running around like headless chickens right now trying to explain where the allocated gold went," said the employee.

Officials from JP Morgan and HSBC said in a joint statement that there is no reason for panic. "The full resources of the banks are available to make good any gold deposits that may have been misplaced.  We are sure this is simply an accounting problem and will resolve it as soon as possible."

Outside the locked doors of HSBC's London office, a small mob of men in suits and bowler hats were demanding entrance and to know the location of their allocated gold. "It may be over a trillion £ missing. Me own deposit of 4,900 ounces is nowhere to be seen," said Mr. Gordon Tutwiller.

Gold and silver prices have skyrocketed on the news. Trading has been halted on all major exchanges.  Coin shops and bullion dealers are refusing to sell any bullion until the crisis is resolved. "My stock is locked in the safe. Who knows what the prices will be like in one or two days," said the owner of Clarkson's Coins and Bullion, "but I'm sure it will be much higher."

(Is there employment writing future news?)

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:47 | 2613310 TonyCoitus
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WTF is a bowler hat?

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:56 | 2613362 XitSam
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"The bowler once defined British civil servants and bankers, ..." 

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:58 | 2613615 ParkAveFlasher
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...and now Bolivian women wear it while pounding out empanadas for their husbands in the copper mines.  Amazing.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:51 | 2613335 TeMpTeK
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" who the fuck ordered Tungsten?"

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:23 | 2613012 Cognitive Dissonance
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Goldman Banker # 1 to Goldman Banker # 2 - "Well, we blew through all the paper collateral. Time to demand the good stuff from the Muppets clients."'s what's for dinner.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:26 | 2613017 LawsofPhysics
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Buy physical assets of real value, sleep well.  You are going to need your rest for the coming reset.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:30 | 2613032 Canadian Dirtlump
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these fucks need a roll of quarters wrapped around my fist to their teeth for some collateral.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:38 | 2613067 Tinky
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Preferably silver quarters.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 21:44 | 2615027 cynicalskeptic
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What was the Peckinpah western where there was a shotgun loaded with dimes?   ..... slow motion shot as it was fired......   think it was Billy the Kid - 9 dimes in each barrel of a double barreled 12 ga.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:17 | 2617864 Tortuga
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There is a russian assian show where he reloads the shells with washers. ouch.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:31 | 2613037 alfred b.
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    Bernanke, Geithner and Dimon make up the 3-headed monster that is ruining the US financial system, and that of the world at large!

    All of their dealings and manipulations are fraudulent with the sole intent of protecting the bankster cartel, while the administration and the doj is sound asleep.

    As the man says:  time to bring Mr Guillotine out of retirement.

   Buy physical gold and silver.




Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:38 | 2613070 Bay of Pigs
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You left out the Bill Dudley at the NY FED

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:45 | 2613095 Pladizow
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All those men are following orders!

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:13 | 2613194 malikai
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So are the TSA.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:46 | 2613562 Overfed
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Soon to be just "SA", short for Sturmabteilung.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:52 | 2613590 alfred b.
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  ....overmore, I  also forgot the most corrupt and broker-owned regulator of all times:  cftc's Gensler!   I'd be quite sure that he's probably still drawing a salary from Goldman for all of god's work that he's doing.

     I'm calling Mr. Holder right now....he's gonna want to know about this.


Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:23 | 2613225 DosZap
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As the man says:  time to bring Mr Guillotine out of retirement.

I have come up with a way to speed the process up, use a circular rotating blade.

The old way is too quick.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:32 | 2613043 Quinvarius
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Amazing.  The same place and same custodian for GLD.

And why is the CME storing anything in London?  That simply makes no sense.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:34 | 2613054 Canadian Dirtlump
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probably because they were told if they didn't they'd commit suicide by shooting themselves in the back 4 times.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:29 | 2613241 DosZap
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And why is the CME storing anything in London?  That simply makes no sense.

Think about it.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 21:50 | 2615035 cynicalskeptic
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Cause the BOE will cover your ass with $200 gold if you're caught short.............     could also be because there's nothing left in Ft. Knox or the NYFed or West Point   All the gold that USED to be there - paid to Arab oil sheiks under the table whey they wouldn't take paper $ anymore - is stored in London.   And they think they actually OWN it?!?!? bwahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa   They're in for a rude shock when they find out the buillion banks 'borrowed' it and sold it all to China - all they own now are paper GLD receipts.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:45 | 2613284 Yardfarmer
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Why? even less regulation and oversight than in the former colonies. can you imagine that? or is it that the Fed actually answers to the BOE? The City of London is the epicenter of worldwide (criminal) finance. Witness the recent revisiting of the scandalous sale of UK gold By Gordon Brown to bail out Goldman's overweight derivatives position. With the gold carry trade unwinding, Brown telegraphed the sale of all UK gold at auction,an unprecedented step and succeeded in driving down the price of Au even further from what was to become presently a nearly 20 year low. While everyone crows about Liborgate being the greatest financial scandal in history, it will pale when the truth about the decades long gold and silver manipulation comes out.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:42 | 2613855 Sean7k
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It is perfectly legal to rehypothecate any asset class, stocks or bonds in London. Make sense now?

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:47 | 2613083 dracos_ghost
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They used "Haircut" in an official news release?! Nope, no low-life goombahs at the CME, nosiree.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:45 | 2613093 apberusdisvet
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They hold all the gold in London so that if any one in the US calls for redemption, they have to ship it via the White Star Line (cue Titanic theme).

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:10 | 2613189 ITrustMyGut
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+100 rl LOL

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:47 | 2613099 americanspirit
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And let's not forget that the Chinese just bought the London Metals Exchange.  Could that be significant. Ah - by the way - that massive sucking sound from across the Pacific is caused by tons of Western physical gold being inhaled by hundreds of millions of Chinse, one gram at a time.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:12 | 2613430 Jim in MN
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So if the Fu shits, wear it.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:43 | 2613865 Sean7k
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They didn't get the part that controls silver and gold sales. Just the more blase metals.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:48 | 2613100 GERxit
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Just in case you are buying the real stuff (physical) make sure you store it in the right place
-> ex the countries that might ask you to give them your lovely coins in case they need it... and there will be an awful lot of them when the gold case finally turns out to be for real!

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:56 | 2613136 LeBalance
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please list those outside the banking system who will not.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:06 | 2613173 GERxit
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nothing's completely remote so I wouldn't go only for one country but what about Norway (huge oil fund backs lots of liabilities there) or Singapore (liberal place with little financing need), not sure whether I like Canada so much as they are quite close to the US and the US has definitely the better arms... 

Other ideas / criticism welcome!

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:44 | 2613300 12ToothAssassin
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Burried around your real estate. Dont forget to bury many MANY beer cans too so that it is impractical to use a metal detector.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:05 | 2613402 GERxit
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Good idea... if you have to dig em out again you'll first always be surprised wether it's a coin or a can. But in case it's a can you have something to drink while diggin for the next coin.

Instead of kickn the can down the road you're diggin the can from down below ;-)

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:12 | 2617844 Tortuga
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to paraphrase a gangster on the totally racist "Parking Wars" show,

"You cain't tow my car, I'm Sovereign".

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:54 | 2613123 Sutton
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I think holders will be ultimately given shares in "Yet to be Mined " gold.

The paper will have O's and Ben's faces on it.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:58 | 2613140 LeBalance
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"The paper will have O's and Ben's feces on it."

made the obvious correction for ya.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 11:55 | 2613130 Central Wanker
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London, a city where stuff just vaporizes...

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:12 | 2613191 jumblies
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It's a shame Bojo, most of Westminster and the traffic won't vapourise. But with the armaments they're sticking around the Olympic village I wouldn't be surprised if there's not a whole lotta vapourising in the next couple of months.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:03 | 2613655 ParkAveFlasher
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they're not guarding the Olympics, they're showcasing how they would guard their gold. It's a show of force.  

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 01:38 | 2615272 HungrySeagull
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Now that is reaching a bit far.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:52 | 2613345 TonyCoitus
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I need to vaporize some redbud. Ahhh, feel better already!

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:04 | 2613164 ParkAveFlasher
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Here's a conspiracy theory.  Put your tin foil hats on. 

The petrodollar has literally died already, not just metaphorically or figuratively but literally, and all the Mrken gun boats sent to the gulf etc. are simply escorting bullion like glorified brinks trucks to pay for the nations' would-be oil. 

All the stuff about like three or four main repositories of storage has me thinking that countries don't like moving masses of gold over seas because of ... pirates ... no really.  The risk of interception is too high and you certainly can't airfreight the stuff.  You have to float it.  So if you are going to float it, and be secure, you float it with a ... flotilla armed to the teeth. 

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:13 | 2613197 ITrustMyGut
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Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:16 | 2613203 Diet Coke and F...
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Interesting theory...

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 21:55 | 2615038 cynicalskeptic
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I suspect that Ft. Knox was emptied years ago - that the Saudis and others stopped taking $US in payment after the oil crisis so we paid them under the table in gold.  Hence the tungsten cored bar stories....   need SOmething to show when questions get asked.

The reason the US military is out in full force in the ME is because we're now trying to take by force what we can't pay for anymore...... and that approach worked SO well with Iraq - though it seems like Libya 's oil is flowing (and THEIR gold is now safely stored elsewhere).  

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:11 | 2613190 ultraticum
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Hugo Chavez flew his stash of oro back to Venezuela.  So while your theory about the Petrodollar could hold, a huge sum of gold can be air-freighted in a single flight.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:45 | 2613302 ParkAveFlasher
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No, they did not airfreight a single oz and they did not ship his total reserve.

Another great line from that Reuters article:

"the market in physical gold is tiny, and largely comprised of nutcases."

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:48 | 2613570 ParkAveFlasher
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you need to post that ass more often.  +1 even as I stand corrected annd +1 from -1 for toothless...  17 tons of gold is 17 cubic meters, correct?  which is 2.57m x 2.57m x 2.57m, or 8.5ft x 8.5ft x 8.5ft, which is what, 8 pallets ... sounds like they will trim up by air when it's more efficient than boat but the big movements are via boat, I must insist.


Fri, 07/13/2012 - 23:06 | 2615147 Praetor
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17 tons is only equal to 17 cubic metres if the denisty =1, that of water. As the density of gold is ~20, then you can exect a volume of 0.85 cubic metres (assuming a single block).

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:08 | 2617827 Tortuga
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They told me if I voted for Sarah Palin they would get my name.


Nutcase Wannabe

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:47 | 2613313 12ToothAssassin
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I think Hugo's stash is a relative mole hill. How many C-130s would it take to move the London or NYFRB stash?

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:49 | 2613572 Overfed
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The cargo capacity of a 747 is around 148 tons. That's a whole lot of $$ worth of gold.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:07 | 2613682 ParkAveFlasher
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148 tons ... if metric, that's 148 cubic meters, or 5.3m x 5.3m x 5.3m of gold.  1 metric ton is 35,274oz, 148 tons is 5,220,552oz @ $1600/oz [we'll say May of last year], that's $8.35 billion.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:09 | 2613695 Overfed
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134 metric tons.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:39 | 2613839 ParkAveFlasher
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$7.6 billion then.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:13 | 2613195 americanspirit
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Actually what will happen is that holders of physical will be required to turn in their stash and in return will receive title to an equivalent number of cubic miles of seawater and permission to extract all the gold contained therein. A little inconvenient but after all we're all true patriotic Americans here right?

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:06 | 2613411 Fred Hayek
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According to JP Morgan, Orson Welles' character Harry Lime in The Third Man was just harmlessly rehypothecating penecillin in post war Vienna.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:08 | 2613417 Jim in MN
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You know what's funny?


While the aged, evil imps in the US and UK dream of returning to the 1920s or perhaps the 1890s, before FDR and all this middle class nonsense (and *cough* unions *cough*), the GERMANS also dream....

Did you know that not only were war reparations under the Treaty of Versailles payable in gold, but other assets (cattle, land, railroads, industrial production) that were paid to the Allies were actually valued in terms of gold by a serious Committee.


THAT'S funny.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:09 | 2613583 Overfed
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IMO, the Germans were ruthlessly overpunished after WWI for a war that they didn't actually start.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:20 | 2613453 smiler03
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More of  the usual bullshit about gold being collateral for Germany. Greece has about €4 billion in gold reserves. Now how much is Germany exposed to in a potential Greek default?

Greece's gold is a piss in the ocean compared to their liabilities, or is ZH suggesting that Germany can rehypothecate that gold to €1 trillion? 

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:28 | 2613801 Panafrican Funk...
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"Greece has about €4 billion in gold reserves. Now how much is Germany exposed to in a potential Greek default?"  

Think it through a sec.  You're assuming that Germany gives a flying fuck what the Euro price of that gold is.  They want it at whatever price results in the gold being theirs.  

"Greece's gold is a piss in the ocean compared to their liabilities"

Liabilities expressed in easy to manipulate fiat.  Again, Germany wants the gold, period, end of story. Gold = money = power.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 17:28 | 2614590 Balmyone
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I think everyone in the world should max out their credit cards buying gold and silver bullion. Then they should all default on their credit cards.

In 2-3 months, when the card companies decide to extend new credit cards, the same thing should be done.

Meanwhile, the market rallies nearly 2%, and silver and gold miners end the day largely unchanged. I'm so glad what's left of my equity portfolio is in gold and silver miners. I'm just getting crushed. YIPPEE!

Gold-Silver ratio at 58.18 - WHAT A JOKE.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 23:03 | 2615138 ClassicCommodity
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The Big Boys are going GOLD. Silver is the path to serfdom and fail. Bimetallism ended over a century ago.

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 23:41 | 2615181 jackinrichmond
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did sprott start buying more silver today ?  did anyone hear how many ounces he is adding ?

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 01:41 | 2615276 HungrySeagull
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Does it matter?

Buying silver/gold is rather easy with the right credit line.

Better hope you can pay the balance off without selling your stash to do so.

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