At Least One Italian Export Is Soaring: Gold

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When one thinks PIIGS, one usually imagines countries with collapsing economies, 50%+ youth unemployment, and current account deficits so large they are about to drag down the ECB, Bundesbank and Germany. And while that is absolutely correct for the most part, there is one product which the PIIGS, or in this case Italy, are all too happy to export in size. Gold, and not just to anywhere, but to that ultimate safe haven - Switzerland. From BBC: "Italian exports of gold ingots to Switzerland have soared in recent months, data has shown. Exports to Switzerland were 35.6% higher than in February 2011 "mainly because of sales of non-monetary raw gold", statistics agency Istat said. This followed a 34.6% year-on-year rise in exports to Switzerland in January." And the absolutely funniest attempt at spin ever:

"Experts say improvements in the trade deficit could be a sign that Prime Minister Mario Monti's economic reforms are starting to take effect."

Uhm, when the country is exporting the only real asset it has for when it will need to backstop its own currency following the inevitable collapse of the EUR, this is not exactly a sign that the country's reforms are taking effect, but rather that everyone else in Europe is stockpiling the precious metal in advance of "some" event, which is coming.

In the meantime, and closely related, as we posted two months ago, another soaring Italian export... are bank deposits.

Come to think of it, the two are quite closely tied.

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Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:12 | 2348789 EscapeKey
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"some" event, which is coming.

That must be the elusive recovery. They've been predicted its arrival for years now.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:18 | 2348802 GetZeeGold
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Green chutes baby...


Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:26 | 2348815 Ahmeexnal
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That event just came:



Argentina expropia YPF


En medio de una salva de aplausos y de himnos patrióticos, el Gobierno de Cristina Fernández de Kirchner anunció el envío al Congreso de un proyecto de ley para "salvaguardar la soberanía hidrocarburífera de Argentina". El proyecto contempla como medida central la expropiación de la totalidad de las acciones de YPF, que están en manos del grupo argentino Eskenazi y de la empresa española Repsol.


The reason of the expropiation is the discovery of several major oil fields such as the one at "dead cow".  But don't tell oilpeak fucktards about that, since they will deny the facts:

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:36 | 2348868 EscapeKey
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 it holds about 13 billion barrels of oil equivalent

Ooh nice, with an extraction rate of say 40% (which is rather generous), that would be 5.2bn recoverable, which is sufficient to supply the world with oil for around 60 days.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:42 | 2348881 Ahmeexnal
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YPF shares are plunging:

They can still plunge some more. Time to put on some shorts?


Mon, 04/16/2012 - 13:45 | 2349068 Pladizow
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"Like liberty, gold never stays where it is undervalued." - J.S Morill, Speach in the US Senate, 1/28/1878.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 14:14 | 2349166 smiler03
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What is EAP5 ?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:31 | 2349679 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1 Pladizow.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:48 | 2348892 fuu
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Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:21 | 2348818 achmachat
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is anybody STILL looking for the canary in the mine?
this is as yellow as it will get!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:26 | 2348833 Colombian Gringo
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Gold is money. Fiat is just paper backed by government coercion.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 14:47 | 2349271 boogerbently
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They will "nationlize" gold, next!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:38 | 2348871 Don Keot
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Black swan, no one could possibly see it coming./sarc

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 13:02 | 2348939 battle axe
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Rats leaving the ship.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:13 | 2348793 JeremyWS
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got gold?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:14 | 2348795 vmromk
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Italy, send your gold to me.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:53 | 2348896 HoofHearted
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All of your gold are belong to us. And we at ZH have stellar boating skills...

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 18:26 | 2349961 hamurobby
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Just sit right back and you"ll hear a tale,

 a tale of a fateful trip...

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:16 | 2348797 5880
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gold looks sick

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:31 | 2348842 fuu
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Whatever Mr. Sack.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:47 | 2348890 5880
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very intelligent

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 13:05 | 2348944 fuu
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Trade on badass.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 13:14 | 2348965 5880
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I'm sure you're a BSD


Mon, 04/16/2012 - 13:28 | 2349008 fuu
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Nope, I'm just an ape with a gun.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:31 | 2349684 DoChenRollingBearing
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Everyone needs to be careful when an ape with a gun comes into the room...

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:37 | 2349712 akak
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So how long have you worked for the TSA?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:16 | 2348798 navy62802
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I personally don't believe that there's such a thing as "non-monetary raw gold." All gold is money.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:25 | 2348834 alexwest
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its called 'pretentiousness'

author by using 'non-monetary raw gold' tries to show he/she is an expert on gold matters,,

besides, most fuckers get paid per word.. so


Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:17 | 2348800 lordbyroniv
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what's a yout?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:20 | 2348819 Dr. Engali
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The opposite of an elde.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:41 | 2348876 A Nanny Moose
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I don't know but there were two of them, and the were allegedly seen leaving the Sack of Suds in a hurry.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:18 | 2348811 bugs_
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'Camp' Freddie: But Mr. Bridger, what if the Professor's not bent?

Mr. Bridger: Camp Freddie, everyone in the *world* is bent!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:19 | 2348814 Dr. Engali
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Kind of funny that the two countries with a figurehead leader are exporting their gold.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:35 | 2348864 rehypothecator
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They're doing exactly what they were put there to do.  In another day and age, it would be called plunder. 

Why steal all a country's gold?  Tradition.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:42 | 2348879 Don Keot
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Shhh, no one is supposed to notice, that's the plan.  NWS, new world slavery.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:21 | 2348822 q99x2
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This is just a rumor but I've heard the ECB is nearing an approval for a bailout to Spain so that it avoids bankruptcy and is not forced to default on its loans.

Couldn't resist. Had to get it out of the way. Since we will be f'n hearing about it 10 times a day for the next year.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:23 | 2348823 Fiat Currency
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"Uhm, when the country is exporting the only real asset it has for when it will need to backstop its own currency following the inevitable collapse of the EUR ..."

No offense - but it seems to me that could have been better worded. My assumption (could be wrong) is that this is individually & privately owned gold leaving the country - not the Italian government's. If so - then the wording implies that private gold confiscation is the Italian goverment's salvation - a position I doubt Zero Hedge supports.

One's gold does not have to be in country to re-boot a broken system. In fact - many opinions support keeping it as far away from your politicians as possible.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:37 | 2349704 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

That's the way I read it too.  Private gold, not Italian national gold.

I think that any Italian gold left in private hands would NOT get turned over to their .gov.  Nobody believes in their .govs anymore.  If I were an Italian with a decent amount of gold, I too would put some in Switzerland.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:22 | 2348824 TNTARG
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Shit! They're selling my granfathers' gold. We're deeply in trouble.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:44 | 2348884 xela2200
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Don't worry my Grandfather's people will take good care of it.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:24 | 2348827 alexwest
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yeah it would be wise to move gold into country that is neutral
and probably last true democracy on earth as swiss people can/do have referendum on each major issue..

++ most swiss keep guns at home, and seems not afraid to use it..

thanks god not much negroes out there, so thats why criminal rate is so low...
only stupid ones try to rob/ kill arm bearing citizens..


Mon, 04/16/2012 - 13:45 | 2348829 Bam_Man
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The Swissies are getting nervous and have good reason to be.

When the Euro finally shits the bed, the SNB will be stuck sitting on the Mt Everest of worthless Euros it has purchased to maintain the CHF "soft-peg". At that point the only thing standing between the CHF and SNB insolvency and possible hyperinflation will be whatever Gold the SNB has.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:37 | 2349714 DoChenRollingBearing
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Swiss BANKS hold gold too.  How much?  I don't know, it's secret!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:30 | 2348831 tocointhephrase
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So what makes it "non-monetary raw gold" coz 9999 is pretty raw to me and boy that is money? 

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:11 | 2349338 e_goldstein
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It's tungsten free.

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 06:17 | 2350792 tocointhephrase
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that explains it!

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:26 | 2348832 Debtless
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I wish phyz would hurry up and briefly dip below $1600 & $30.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 16:38 | 2349718 DoChenRollingBearing
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Don't wait and try to buy on dips.  Just buy when you have extra fiats come in.

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:25 | 2348835 tocointhephrase
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BBC are scum (just sayin)

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 12:28 | 2348837 GeneMarchbanks
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