Greece’s Lenders Have The Right To Seize National Gold Reserves

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Greece’s Lenders Have The Right To Seize National Gold Reserves

Gold’s London AM fix this morning was USD 1,776.50, EUR 1,334.41, and GBP 1,130.45 per ounce.

Yesterday's AM fix was USD 1,754.75, EUR 1,325.04, and GBP 1,116.32 per ounce. 

Spot gold hit a 3 month high of $1,781.40/oz yesterday rising for the third day in a row.  Gold has consolidated on those gains in Asia and Europe.


Cross Currency Table – (Bloomberg)

Gold broke through resistance at $1,763/oz around 1800 GMT yesterday and in minutes quickly surged to $1,770/oz and then over $1,780/oz.

With recent resistance breached at $1,763/oz, gold could reach the psychological resistance of $1,800/oz very shortly - we are only 1.3% below that level now.

All major currencies fell against gold yesterday and the Japanese yen and British pound both took a pummelling and were more down 2% down against gold. 

Gold is again signalling in advance coming fiscal issues in the UK and Japan. In February alone, the yen is down a substantial 7% against gold and in the last 7 weeks since the start of 2012, the yen has fallen a whopping 15.5% against gold.

Yen gold strength is a precursor to the coming Japanese fiscal crisis. It likely also signals that gold is soon to break out in dollars and other currencies. 


XAU-JPY Exchange Rate Daily  - (Bloomberg)

Global equity markets are showing jitters after disappointing economic data out of Europe and China and the threats by Russia’s Foreign Minister over Iran, leading to concerns that a serious confrontation is possible.  Conflict in the region will of course send investors towards the safe havens of gold and silver bullion.   

The US existing home sales were smaller than expected in January and this contributed to the weakness in equity markets. There is also continuing concern that the latest Greek debt package has not addressed Greece’s deep structural challenges.  

The current economic environment is good for gold. As long as governments continue to print money in an attempt to pull us out of this downturn, gold will continue to shine.

The New York Times reports that Greece’s lenders may have the right to seize the Bank of Greece’s gold reserves.

Ancient Greek Gold Coin of Alexander the Great

“Ms. Katseli, an economist who was labor minister in the government of George Papandreou until she left in a cabinet reshuffle last June, was also upset that Greece’s lenders will have the right to seize the gold reserves in the Bank of Greece under the terms of the new deal.”

The Reuters Global Gold Forum confirms that in the small print of the Greek “bailout” is a provision for the creditors to seize Greek national gold reserves. Reuters correspondents in Athens have not got confirmation that this is the case so they are, as ever, working hard to pin that down.

Greece owns just some 100 tonnes of gold. According to IMF data, for some reason over the last few months Greece has bought and sold the odd 1,000 ounce lot of its gold bullion reserves. A Reuter’s correspondent notes that “these amounts are so tiny that it could well be a rounding issue, rather than holdings really rising or falling.”

While many market participants would expect that Greece’s gold reserves would be on the table in the debt agreement, it is the somewhat covert and untransparent way that this is being done that is of concern to Greeks and to people who believe in the rule of law.

Recent months have seen many senior German government officials calling for so called “PIIGS” nations gold reserves to be used as collateral. Such as Angela Merkel’s budget speaker and his opposition counterpart who urged Portugal to consider selling their gold. 

Norbert Barthle, Germany’s governing coalition budget speaker and his counterpart Carsten Schneider from the Social Democrats, the biggest opposition party, urged Portugal to consider selling some of its gold reserves to ease its debt problems. They called for a review of Portugal’s request for financial aid to include gold and other potential asset sales.

The Irish Times reported in November that EU finance ministers’ discussed a wider strategy by the ECB to sound out the possibility of gaining control over the gold reserves of the euro zone’s central banks.

Senior German politician, Gunther Krichbaum, a lawmaker in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition and Chairman of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union of the German Bundestag has proposed late last year that Italy sell its sizeable gold reserves in order to lower its debt. 

Gold’s importance as debt and third party risk free collateral and as the ultimate form of money is increasing by the day.

While Greece’s gold reserves are very small – Greece’s creditors and senior German and EU financial officials clearly understand the value and monetary and strategic importance of Greece and the other heavily indebted European nations gold reserves. 

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OTHER NEWS
(Bloomberg) -- Gold Rises to Three-Month High on Stimulus Bets, Computer Trades Gold futures jumped to a three-month high on speculation that the U.S. will extend a stimulus to bolster the economy, while automatic purchases by computer programs may have contributed to the rally.

The Federal Reserve may extend a program known as Operation Twist, or the exchange of $400 billion in short-term debt for longer-term Treasureis, beyond June 30, the Financial Times said. Computer orders triggered more purchases starting around 1 p.m. New York time, said Phil Streible, a senior commodity broker at R.J. O’Brien & Associates in Chicago.

“Some people started buying on expectations of further credit easing and then we saw an unusual accumulation caused by the technical buying” Streible said in a telephone interview.

(Bloomberg) -- Gold May Reach $1,975 an Ounce in 2012, FCStone’s Rhodes Says 
Gold may climb to $1,975 an ounce in 2012, said Jeffrey Rhodes, INTL FCStone Inc.’s global head of precious metals. The metal is expected to average $1,727 this year, Rhodes said at a conference in Singapore today. Rhodes forecast that silver may reach $50.25 an ounce in 2012 and average the year at $36.25.

SILVER 
Silver is trading at $34.52/oz, €25.98/oz and £21.97/oz. 

PLATINUM GROUP METALS 
Platinum is trading at $1,729.00/oz, palladium at $711.00/oz and rhodium at $1,500/oz

NEWS
(Reuters)
Gold pauses after rally; monetary easing hopes support‎

(MarketWatch)
Gold at 3-month high as bargain seekers prevail‎

(ABC News)
TV: Goldline Agrees to Refund Millions to Customers‎

(Bloomberg)
Iran Snub Dims Prospects for Nuclear Accord

(The New York Times)
Greece’s Lenders Have The Right To Seize Bank of Greece Gold Reserves

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Ben Graham’s Curse On Gold

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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:01 | 2188649 fuu
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Tradition!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:03 | 2188657 CH1
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Create debt out of thin air, then exchange it for gold. Helluva a deal

And yes, a very old, traditional scam. A shame it continues to work.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:05 | 2188667 Gully Foyle
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The Rules of the Con
  • Find somebody who wants something for nothing, then give him nothing for something
  • You can’t cheat an honest man
  • Never give a sucker an even break
  • Feed the greed
  • Always give the mark an out
  • It's all in the detail
  • Always look out for No. 1
  • Always have a Plan B
  • It's not just about the money
  • Don’t have anything in your life you can’t walk away from in a second
  • We always take care of our own
Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:08 | 2188678 Chief KnocAHoma
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You forgot the golden rule - He who has all the gold in the end, will make all the rules.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:10 | 2188683 Badabing
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 If it’s inevitable that Greece’s gold be taken. They should lease it to the Chinese and pay the Euro bankers with the Yuan…. LOL  

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:11 | 2188689 Manthong
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“Greece’s Lenders Have The Right To Seize National Gold Reserves”

Define “Lenders”.

Do you mean the central banking cartel?

And by the definition from their god, the almighty Keynes,  does this not make them barbarians who are desperately clinging to their relics?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:23 | 2188727 gmrpeabody
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All your baklava are belong to us...

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:30 | 2188754 redpill
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Why would such evolved, sophisticated, prescient peoples such as Europe's fine unelected oligarchical dictators in Brussels be concerned over an inedible barbaric traditional relic anyway?

 

 

 

he who holds the gold makes the rules

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:12 | 2188695 LawsofPhysics
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we are all dead in "the end" I think you meant to simply say "he who has the gold, makes the rules".  Possession is the law.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:55 | 2188842 GetZeeGold
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Plan B.....it's stored in Fort Knox.....go knock yourself out.

 

 

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:13 | 2188702 stocktivity
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Greek people got sold down the river during those 7 course meals in Brussells.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:54 | 2189162 TonyCoitus
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Classic..........+1

Pass the Grey Poupon!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:15 | 2188704 I am more equal...
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Where is Alexander the Great when you need him?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:54 | 2188840 Kayman
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Alexander wasn't Greek.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 11:08 | 2188919 genieous
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Doesn't matter....neither are they

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:53 | 2188833 longdong silver
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Why can't they just find these 200 or so inbread new world order bankers and hang them from the lamp post.

I don't get it, where do they hide? Where do they live? They are slow killing us in every way.

When will an organized and trained extermination team put these people out of our missery?

 

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:03 | 2189213 Pseudo Anonym
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Why can't they just find these 200 or so inbread new world order bankers and hang them from the lamp post.

have been wondering that myself many times

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:23 | 2189290 rlouis
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This is a story about four people named Everybody, SomebodyAnybody, and Nobody.  There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, butNobody did it.  Somebody got angry about this, because it was Everybody's job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamedSomebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

 

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 12:16 | 2189253 BigJim
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Because anyone who is close enough to do it has been bought off.

Think of all the great mass-murderers.. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot... how many attempted assassinations of them were there?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 13:45 | 2189627 GoodMorningMr.V...
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Gold is money. Everything else is credit.”

-J.P. Morgan, testifying to Congress in 1912--

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:48 | 2189822 WhiteNight123129
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Well if Greece has decided to pledge it at a floating future rate, that is call option granted to Greece. Now I hope that more countries would do that, it should make hte Euro plunge against Gold.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:03 | 2188654 LawsofPhysics
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There it is, end game bitchez.  All the primary dealers and Federal Reserve will make the same claim, atempt to confiscate and then gold will be re-valued.  Possession is the law, hedge accordingly.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:50 | 2188818 BobPaulson
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I see something like that as quite possible. But the big central banks already have most of the gold, so it won't matter, except in places like India where there is a tradition of people investing in gold as individuals.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:01 | 2188655 CH1
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So, gold is not money?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:12 | 2188696 HurricaneSeason
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It's a barbarous relic. Things might get barbarous this year. It's traditional to have it on hand during barbarous times.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:03 | 2188656 snowball777
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1,000 oz lots...so 'tiny'.

So small they won't miss a few?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:03 | 2188660 tradewithdave
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Like Dave said...

www.tradewithdave.com

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:04 | 2188662 the not so migh...
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This is an outrage!!!!!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:05 | 2188666 HurricaneSeason
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Long tungsten

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:06 | 2188668 AldoHux_IV
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It seems acceptable for the central planners and their crony banksters to now cheer on high gold prices... great another thing they've bastardized.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:06 | 2188669 Chimerican
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Collateral bitchez!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:08 | 2188675 q99x2
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Time for a Kelly's Heroes revival.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:08 | 2188677 The Reich
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Wasn't that fine print retroactively fixed in the Greek parliament?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:10 | 2188684 agent default
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WTF are these guys thinking in Greece, they have signed away everything.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:10 | 2188685 Hulk
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Why would anybody want a bunch of "rocks" ???

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:57 | 2188855 trav7777
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shiny rocks

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:11 | 2188686 WoodMizer
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Circular bailouts + looting = Perpetual fiat machine

The new macro economic, system will consume everything we have worked to create.  The vampre squids must be fed with the blood of the working man.  The system must cintinuue to expand, resistence is futile.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:11 | 2188687 Cole Younger
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It will kill any hopes for Greece to return to the drachma which is exactly where the powers that be want them.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:23 | 2188725 Bastiat
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Yep--but mostly they want the gold.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:11 | 2188688 thecoloredsky
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I'm surprised its taking them so long to acquire that gold. Last year there was an article about this (I think its related?).

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/european-gold-confiscation-sceme-unfolds-european-parliament-approves-use-gold-collateral

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:11 | 2188692 Big Corked Boots
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What you need now is a patriotic group of Greek military to tell the banksters to "come and take it."

When the Drachma comes back - you know it will - what will it be based on?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:17 | 2188709 HurricaneSeason
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Who needs a patriotic miitary? The angry hoards make some wonderful molotov cocktails. Bulletproof vest, helmet, gas mask, they don't do any good when your leg is on fire.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:32 | 2188764 kanenas
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"Come and get it" implies that the gold is indeed in Greece. I think the case it is 'safely guarded' abroad.

As for the patriotic group, there is a party being formed tomorrow with this exact scope, by a MOP (ex member of the opposition, voted against, then was removed from) that is very vocal about CDS/debt scams.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:59 | 2188864 trav7777
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lol...come and take it?  OK, a few unmarked tractor trailers.  Nobody on the street even knows where it is stored.  Do the deal, the government people let you drive up, forklift it into the trailers and drive off.  If a few palms need greasing, they get a little.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:12 | 2188694 Waterfallsparkles
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Looting by the Banks will not even leave them with a Prayer.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:12 | 2188698 sodbuster
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Oh! This can't be right! Gold is an inanimate object. Bankers don't care about gold. Paper is as good as gold!! Something ain't right! I smell a banker!!

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:13 | 2188701 Shibumi2
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obviously, taking a countries soverign gold holdings robs that countries future ability to issue its own currency in the future, as ALL currencies have at least some implied gold as backing....which serves as the grounding basis of that curriencies implied value.

 

Note to Greece. Better stretch that gold supply by recasting what you have around a tungsten core. Kind of like hamburger helper, it makes the good stuff go further

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:15 | 2188706 urbanelf
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If gold ain't money, what's the big deal?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 10:17 | 2188711 Conrad Murray
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This is a blatant takeover of your country by the new Nazi party Greece. Bomb Germany and France. Kill every banker and politician you see. The time is now.

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