Hugo Chavez Announces He Will Nationalize Venezuela's Entire Gold Industry

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Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:08 | 1569884 achmachat
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i was going to ask why you think there's going to be a dip... then I read your last sentence.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:10 | 1569895 Sudden Debt
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first a liquidation of existing stocks

than, no more gold will be mined and supply get's stuck and gold flies to the moon.

Does Venezuela have silver mines to?


Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:11 | 1569903 TheTmfreak
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I think a "Who is John Galt?" is in order.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:41 | 1570037 Frog-And-Toad
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+1 Francisco d'Anconia

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:44 | 1570085 Ahmeexnal
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Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:53 | 1570136 Frog-And-Toad
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It truly is eerie how much that novel is parallel to today's events... 
Can Atlas really be placed in the fiction section? Simply replace the names with modern-day crooks and you've got the same story.  Even islands where people are rebuilding society:



Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:10 | 1570220 Troll Magnet
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i think a counter move by the US is in order.  first we should nationalize all lumber companies to secure our source of paper.  then we nationalize all printing companies...that'll show'em!

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:19 | 1570265 DaveyJones
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then nationalize What is printed

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 21:37 | 1571142 PrintingPress
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I stand behind this idea!

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:20 | 1570275 George the baby...
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I laughed until I stopped.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:38 | 1570377 daxtonbrown
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I'm not sure if itAtlas Shrugged is eerie or just painfully truthful. A lot of people are going to be "Going Galt".

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:12 | 1570223 Thomas
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Now we find out if Rickards is right: Is possession (of the gold) 9/10's the law? Will the repatriation of Venezuela's gold go off without a hitch? I have a hunch Hugo is wrong. The other question is whether Cesar Chavez will nationalize the grapes.

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 00:26 | 1571571 StychoKiller
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One thing's fer sure, London is gonna have to cough up SOME Au (or a litany of lame excuses!)

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:14 | 1570240 A Nanny Moose
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+1 Galt's Gulch

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:54 | 1570141 Moe Howard
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Who is Ron Paul?

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 17:36 | 1570620 The Gooch
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Here's his new theme song!!!

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 19:34 | 1570911 Crack-up Boom
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+  I like what you did there!

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:25 | 1569959 IQ 145
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Hugo Chavez; the friend of the poor; helps to create the workingmans paradise. I'm sure he promised them "change they could believe in". What a jerk-wad.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:28 | 1569970 goldm3mb3r
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If you cannot hold it, you do not own it. That is why I would never willingly buy gold stocks.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:41 | 1570058 Smiddywesson
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Agreed, confiscation of your mining stocks is a lot more likely than confiscation of your physical gold.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:04 | 1570182 sunnydays
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They don't want their gold to be confiscated by the U.S and England so Venzuela is getting all their gold back from England and the U.S along with their cash reserves.  11 billion worth of gold.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 17:39 | 1570627 DeadFred
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My working hypothesis is that Hugo is acting as pointman for his friends in Beijing in their developing power play with the West. We'll know fairly soon if there is any truth to it. The comex is vulnerable. When Venezula pulls it's monetary reserves will others follow? With the comex in shambles and liquidity freezing up Beijing will be entirely justified in saying they don't like the game anymore, they're taking their ball and going home. I think the system would come apart at the seams. Do they believe they will come out of the rubble better tan others?

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 18:08 | 1570711 Flakmeister
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Venezualan oil is at the core of the issue. It has not been divided up yet. So you are very correct that China is lurking behind this.

 The Au reserves represent 2.6 days of Venezulan oil production....just, some perspective

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 21:42 | 1571157 delacroix
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very few refiners, can process the heavy crude, from venezuela. the chinese, have been financing  the construction, retrofit projects, closer to the source.  that capacity, will be subtracted, from the U.S. portion       soon?

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 23:38 | 1571459 Flakmeister
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That my friends is the question...

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 12:56 | 1573593 DaveyJones
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I missed this exchange yesterday. Good stuff

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:41 | 1570059 PY-129-20
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Yes, but it is also safe to store it at a company or institution you trust. Like the FED in New York. (Oh German Gold where art thou?) :(

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:43 | 1570077 That Peak Oil Guy
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Almost as interesting in the article as the nationalization bit was the repatriation bit:

"the government's top finance officials were recommending the repatriation of 90 percent of Venezuela's gold reserves held abroad"

Let's see the scramble for the physical begin soon!


Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:57 | 1570153 fajensen
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Well, all it took to get Hugo Chavez elected was a bit of that good ole austerity the IMF likes so much, for other people, not themselves of course. Chavez job is to say "Fuck You" to the "international community".

I smell a "humanitarian intervention" coming on ...



In February 1989, at the beginning of his second term as president, he accepted an International Monetary Fund proposal known as the Washington consensus. In return for accepting this proposal, the International Monetary Fund offered Venezuela a loan for 4.5 billion US dollars. This cooperation with the IMF came about weeks after his victory in the 1988 presidential election, and a populist, anti-neoliberal campaign during which he described the IMF as "a neutron bomb that killed people, but left buildings standing" and said that World Bank economists were "genocide workers in the pay of economic totalitarianism".[3] Poor economic conditions led to attempts to revolutionize the political and economic structure of Venezuela, but the implementation of the neoliberal reforms (and in particular the liberalisation of petrol prices, which caused an immediate increase in the cost of petrol to consumers and rises in fares on public transport[4]) resulted in massive popular protests in Caracas, the capital. Carlos Andrés Pérez crushed the protest with the national guard, causing a large number of deaths—estimates range from 500 to 3000, and resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency. The protest is now referred to as the Caracazo.



Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:39 | 1570040 Smiddywesson
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Is it clear they are going to sell the gold?  He talked about converting it into reserves.  That doesn't necessarily mean they are going to sell it.  His other words indicate they are stacking gold reserves, so it may be he just phrased it indelicately. 

Why repatriate your gold if you intend to sell it?  You would just sell it in place.

He may also be guilty of deception.  He might be hinting to the public that the gold will be sold for their benefit when in fact it is being horded.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:33 | 1570342 Two Towers AU AG
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Silver Mines.. I dont know.. but someone should tell Hugo Chavez to deposit the nationallized gold with the Federal Reserve at fort KNOX. it will be in safe custody there... :) :) :) :)

He can then say with confidence.. "IN GOD WE TRUST"

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:54 | 1570450 rosiescenario
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....yes, they appropriated Hecla's a few years ago...

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:28 | 1569969 DosZap
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If anything, I see it going UP.

FEAR is a hell of a motivator..........................

A DIP here, makes no sense to me.....................unless folks get scared and SELL, thinking this same crap  will hit here SOON.

And they may be correct, we know it will happen, IF our DIP stays in Orfice.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:08 | 1569886 Sudden Debt
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How is it possible :)

When will Amerika do the same and put it's people in the mines to mine the gold?


Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:20 | 1569935 legal eagle
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Wasnt Gaddafi's government the owner of its gold?

Hugo baby, you betta watch your backside

Daddy US doesnt like such actions

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:50 | 1570118 DosZap
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IMHO, this is the MAIN reason the Miners have been lagging Gold, smart investors likely were/are fearful this will be coming to a Theater near them soon.

Also, IF the US Gvt did this, the price would be in the toilet asap.(they would drop it to close to, or at retrieval/mining costs.

Would that slam the markets, and get folks into Treasuries and Bonds post haste?.

Uh, YES.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 21:47 | 1571174 delacroix
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the miners, are being shorted, on a massive scale, that can sure cause a lag

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:36 | 1570366 Two Towers AU AG
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Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:09 | 1569893 DougM
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Just who does this indian think he is?!

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:13 | 1570173 Ahmeexnal
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Your pathetic racist slurs are just about all you'll be able to do.

Then you'll be beggin for food.

Then you'll sell your ivory daugthers to them "indians" and "sand jockeys".

I'm no fan of Buggo Chavez. He's big mouth and little/no action.  Just like Soetoro.

Buggo repeatedly threatens to close the oil spigot to the US - his main customer. He's never done it.

He's getting poisoned by the Castro bros., who are on the Rockefeller payroll.

His sidekick Eggo Morales threatened to do the same with silver mines in Bolivia. In the end it only took a sixpack of Michelob and a cheap Vegas hooker to shut him up.

Let's see if Buggo follows through with his threats.


Wed, 08/17/2011 - 17:55 | 1570676 vocational tainee
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The legitimate owner of the gold...

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:10 | 1569897 rahbii
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God bless 'em.  He's got the Oil AND the Gold....

I'm sure Keynesian financial engineering will save us

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:11 | 1569898 John McCloy
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  There is no chance Ben can launch QE3 and we know he wants to. 

Between the Fed taking center stage in politics now, the failure of 2QE programs and gold going parabolic along with events such as this his hands are tied which is why Pres O has to now resort to some feeble attempt at creating temporary jobs to hike the unemployment number so have even a whisker of re-election. And that is why nobody will address the structural issues in our nation because all they can do is borrow, print and spend without questioning WHY the jobs are not returning. It is a repeating cycle because the core of capitalism has rotted. 

    This can only end in an attempt to pass Tarp 2 and there is no political will for this to occur. The bankers are about to fight back the only way they know terrorism, contracting the money supply and trying to bring the will of the people to their knees to ensure their livelihood of extraction continues.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:58 | 1570158 Moe Howard
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Where is this capitalism you speak of? I have not seen it in my 56 years on Earth.

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:20 | 1569937 Pladizow
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Jeah Nigga!

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 15:25 | 1569957 JW n FL
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