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Stop The Presses: The Fed Can Fund The Treasury With Over Half A Trillion In Emergency Capital

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By now some readers may have read ludicrous stories about the Fed coining multi-trillion precious metal coins in a way to loophole the debt ceiling situation. Granted, this plan is so far beyond ridiculous that we have not wasted the time to comment on it. That, however, does not mean that the Fed is powerless to assist the Treasury in a modestly long-term term fix of the debt ceiling fiasco. In fact, as Stone McCarthy's Raymond Stone observes: "The Fed does not want to be a player in this debt ceiling/potential default debate. It didn't want to be a player in the Bear Stearns debacle, or the Lehman situation. But when push comes to shove the Fed will do what it can to avoid a default." In summary there are three avenues that the Fed can pursue in order to help Tim Geithner prolong the cash illusion modestly longer. The three options for Bernanke are to i) book profits; ii) prepay expenses and, yes, iii) sell gold. Combined, these three approaches could squeeze out well over half a trillion dollars, giving the Treasury breathing room not only past August 2, but potentially into 2012! That said, "The Fed would not want to advertise to Congress the possibility of delaying default. It does not want to take Congress off the hook on increasing the debt ceiling." But it will, if it has to, and the end result will be a delay potentially of up to a month. And if it means selling off the Fed's gold, so be it.

The three plans in detail from Stone McCarthy:

Book Profits


The Fed holds roundly $2.6 trln in the System Open Market Account (SOMA). Some of these securities were purchased at a time when market interest rates were substantially above current levels. This subset of SOMA represents securities on which the Fed has unrealised profits. Prior to the onset of the crisis the Fed held roundly $160 bln of Treasuries with maturities in excess of 5 years. These securities have accrued substantial unrealized profits

The Fed could sell some of these securities, book the profits, and then repatriate those profits to the Treasury. If desired, the Fed could reinvest the par value of those securities back into newer Treasuries to maintain the par value of its holdings.


Prepay Expenses


Every week the Fed repatriates its profits to the Treasury. The weekly profits of the Fed largely represent the weekly accrued interest income from the Fed's SOMA, minus interest expense, operating expenses and accrued dividends.

In 2010 the Fed repatriated $79.3 bln of profits to the Treasury. Effectively the accrual of monies to be paid to the Treasury shows up in an expense account (liability) Interest on Federal Reserve Notes (IOFRN). When the payment is actually made to the Treasury each Wednesday, the IOFRN liability on the Fed's balance sheet is reduced and the Treasury deposit account at the Fed is increased by a similar amount.



Over the first 6 months of calendar year 2011 the Fed remitted $46.1 bln to the Treasury, up from $35.3 bln in the comparable period of 2010. In other words, in 2011 the Fed's repatriated profits to the Treasury have been on track to bypass the $79.3 bln of 2010.


Could the Fed prepay IOFRN to the Treasury? In other words, could the Fed pass along profits before the income is actually accrued on the Fed's books? We think the answer is yes, but are not certain. Effectively this would be similar to prepaying any other Fed expense, such as payrolls, rents, etc.


This transaction would effectively reduce the IOFRN liability into negative territory, while increasing the Treasury's deposit by a similar amount. One liability goes down and another goes up.




The Treasury holds 261,498,899.316 troy ounces of Gold with a book value of $11.041 bln at $42.22/oz. The Treasury has monetarized this gold by issuing to the Federal Reserve gold certificates in an equal amount ($11.041 bln). The monetarization of gold effectively was an accounting entry providing an increase in Fed assets (gold certificates) and an associated increase in the Treasury's cash deposit at the Federal Reserve.


The $42.22/oz official price of gold was last set in 1973. Given that gold is trading above $1,600/oz could the Treasury prevail upon Congress to increase the official price? Would Congress respond under the Gold Reserve Act of 1934? If the official price were reset to $84.44/oz (doubled) the Treasury's deposit at the Fed would rise by $11.041 bln.


The Treasury could elect to de-monetarize gold, taking back the gold certificates from the Fed, and having its cash position reduced by $11.041 bln. After de-monetarizing gold the Treasury could presumably sell gold on the open market. Undoubtedly, such sales would drive the price of gold down from over $1,600/oz, but presumably the Treasury would be able to get a good deal more than the current official rate of $42.22 oz.

So there you have it: combined across all there alternatives, the Fed could probably generate over half a trillion in emergency cash, which would last the country well into next year! So perhaps everyone should immediately forget the relentless lies and fearmongering from Tim Geithner (who could not possible see a US downgrade from AAA as recently as three months ago, which is now imminent) and force the Fed to actually help the one entity that it is supposed to help: the United States, instead of the likes of Goldman Sachs or JP Morgan.

Yes, in the process the Fed's barbarous relic "tradition" will be sold off and the market price will plunge, only to subsequently explode to record highs (although we expect that gold would be then be confiscated from the broader population), but at least in the process this will allow the politicians to finally resolve the long-term problems of this country in whole, instead of the proposed partial resolutions that do nothing but at best slow the rate of debt accumulation.


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Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:49 | 1502425 Dakota Thunder
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Sell Gold? 

How can you sell tradition?

I was told tradition is not money.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:55 | 1502438 NotApplicable
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Well, they have to de-monetize it first...

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:43 | 1502593 Long-John-Silver
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I'm confused. If Ben says Gold is not money, why must it be de-monetized before it's sold for money?  /sarc

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:56 | 1502628 saulysw
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An excellent question! I hope Ron Paul get's a chance to ask him that. I'd love to see him squirm while trying to think of an answer. The more Ben talks about it, the more he digs a hole for himself.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:47 | 1502885 bankrupt JPM bu...
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Ya, they will sell the kind of gold that Fausto and Juan Jose de Elhuyar found.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:58 | 1502443 sqz
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Also, "Prepay expenses" looks like a wonderful transfer pricing accounting fudge (turn profits into expenses - normally for the purpose of tax avoidance via regulatory arbitrage)! But I doubt anyone will notice ...

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:57 | 1502907 saulysw
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Mesmerizing avatar. Took me a moment to see the small blue circle.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:16 | 1502523 ShankyS
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What gold? Got audit?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:46 | 1502605 Long-John-Silver
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You don't trust your government?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:08 | 1502788 MissCellany
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Doubt they'll be able to sell tungsten at $1600 a troy ounce...

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 23:53 | 1503285 CompassionateFascist
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Inasmuch as die Luftwaffe cannot currently hit NY, they can steal Germany's. Or replace it with an IOU.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 02:50 | 1503595 Ghordius
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Already done, I thought?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:48 | 1502610 macholatte
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tradition is transient


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:06 | 1502652 Strider52
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Sell our countries' gold?? Why don't we just cut off our dick while we're at it?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:22 | 1502689 RevCBH
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Please observe the distinction between "our country" and "our government". The latter is the one in possession of the gold, which it shamelessly and blatantly stole from the former. Furthermore, the government is not really ours anymore, if it ever was.

If US GovCorp wants to sell gold at rock bottom prices, I'll be more than happy to scoop some up and secure it somewhere it can't be stolen so easily this time around.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:28 | 1502700 karzai_luver
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sorry child, if you or any of your critters voted then you endorsed the "country" as it is.

You are just another of the great merican that can't even take responsibilty for your own actions.

Fraud and criminality your own friend.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 23:57 | 1503284 yipcarl
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You are obviously an idiot or have no idea how the system works.  Do you know the word...PATSY?  Yea well one is put up on the Dem side and one is put up on the Rep side.  That's it pal, that's your 'vote'.  you can shove it up your arse, your vote.  This country is no democracy OPEN YOU EYES. 

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 23:57 | 1503297 CompassionateFascist
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Actually, the TP'ers are - so far - doing exactly as they were instructed to do by their voters: stiff the System. Also, you ingnorant fuck, it's (supposed to be) a Republic. Not a "democracy".

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:50 | 1502427 iDealMeat
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Cool..  I'll hop in my truck and head over to Ft. Knox for the sale...

Back er on up.. 

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:05 | 1502490 Frankie Carbone
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I don't think gold-plated tungsten is going for $1,600 an ounce bro. 

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:08 | 1502937 DCFusor
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Hey, even tungsten is worth more than $42/oz!  But who says they bothered with that charade, anyway?  If you're going to lie....why bother. 

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 00:40 | 1503413 azengrcat
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I guess you did not get the memo about QEZimbabwe

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:53 | 1502436 redpill
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They won't sell the gold, but regardless they can keep this charade going indefinitely. The August 2nd deadline was always an artificial tactic to press the Republicans into compromise prior to the 2012 election cycle heating up.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 23:37 | 1503226 Calmyourself
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They will keep it going for years as they continue to use the MSM and "education" system to inculcate the masses to control, theirs of course

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:54 | 1502442 Caviar Emptor
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I can help! I can help! 

And it won't even cost ya much....

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:55 | 1502446 unky
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the fed would never sell gold to the public.

either 1.) they dont have the gold anymore and it just gold-plated tungsten anyway

or 2.) they just default so be it, but never sell the real stuff

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:33 | 1502569 malikai
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It would be sold to the treasury, who then puts it on the crimex or whatever. Don't forget, that gold would be purchased by the kleptocrats after major takedowns shake confidence, giving them a great entry. It would make for a good prize just before the big reset. I would expect similar of other state assets like SPR again, land, resource rights, etc.

I think this tells us we should expect a good old IMF bang-up job. It worked so well everywhere else, why not here?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:08 | 1502787 trav7777
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the Crimex is not a gold warehouse for gold miners to shop their wares, dude.  It's a cash-settlement futures exchange.

If the UST sells gold, another sovereign with a large reserve account of $ would buy it

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:20 | 1502961 Mec-sick-o
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We have an unnecesary large reserve in $.   It would be nice to add some Ft. Knox Centenarios as diversification to our reserves.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:47 | 1502992 malikai
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You're right. Probably not crimex. The point being it will be bid on in a market somewhere. Probably a closed market consisting of PDs, Soverigns, the like. Similar to how the SPR was done.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:55 | 1502447 AladdinSaneGirl
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There are seriously clever people in Obama's administration eg Steven Chu, i bet they do have a plan like this behind them. Sell emergency gold supplies, like they just did oil. Uh-huh.

In the long term, both gonna go thru roof i guess.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:56 | 1502450 Id fight Gandhi
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There's always a way these guys can get money to keep the rich rich!

The public will suffer, but the elite will be just fine.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:15 | 1502519 TSA Thug
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There is nothing wrong with a little suffrage. It build character and makes you appreciate the American Dream.


--You WILL Obey!

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:57 | 1502630 Hook Line and S...
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Dear Mr. Thug,

suffrage is the right to vote

suffering is just left of pain

succotash is a meal we should get used to

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:22 | 1502822 TSA Thug
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Who axed for you're help. Dummy. I not might be good at spelling but I'm much better at identifying out of control suspects spewing grammar tits.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 23:17 | 1503158 Alienated Serf
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your username must actually be a description of yourself, not some sarcastic bit.  suffrage?  really?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:09 | 1502451 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Hyperinflation, bitchez!

The real question is, 'does the Federal Reserve have any gold to sell?'  And nevermind it being tungsten, my specific question:  'have they not leased it all already?'

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:38 | 1502581 baby_BLYTHE
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the FED admitted during Ron Paul's Monetary Committee hearings that they hold no physical gold. 

That's not to say the Treasury wouldn't hand over its holdings to the FED in an emergency...

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:22 | 1502820 FeralSerf
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Maybe Treasury could sell the gold to the Fed?  Just another multibillion $$ accounting entry and voila more money!

That way they could get around inspections and such.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:34 | 1502845 Stax Edwards
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Vic has gone AWOL....we need Vic!!!

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:14 | 1502954 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The Treasurie holds no gold; the Federal Reserve Bank holds gold on their books as being in the  i)  NYFED  ii) Fort Knox.  They hold 14k tonnes on their books.  The use the gold as loans to increase their reserves, and then use the reserves on loan to increase their assets, in the fractional reserve sense of the word.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:45 | 1502604 tip e. canoe
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'does the Federal Reserve have any gold to sell?'

sure they do, the Germans'...

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:57 | 1502452 Caviar Emptor
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Fed selling gold is a China wet dream

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:04 | 1502486 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Just like the SPR release, it will be JPM doing the buying.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:09 | 1502796 trav7777
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yeah the clan that took over the nation of Germany post-weimar still had access to credit from their banker cousins.

So will it be with JPM.  Their debt ceiling isn't breached.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:18 | 1502531 Rainman
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Speaking of the Chinese, the debt limit impasse appears to be the last straw.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:29 | 1502562 Missiondweller
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Maybe we can tell them what they so often tell us, "stay out of our business"

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:35 | 1502719 karzai_luver
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maybe you can accept that you owe them money and take it like a man instead of a crying deadbeat.

If you can't stand it then don't go begging bitch.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:20 | 1502685 DonnieD
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Appalling is running your own citizens over with tanks.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:40 | 1502726 karzai_luver
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Appalling is running over other countrys citizens  with tanks, like you had the guts even for that.

Appalling is killing other countries citizens that you have not even declared war on.

stuff your outrage where the sun don't shine.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:26 | 1502831 DonnieD
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What the hell are you babbling about?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:57 | 1502453 Doubleguns
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Sell the gold plated tungstun bars. Yea they ought to go over real well in China.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:03 | 1502456 seek
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Oh, the scam potential here.

Sell gold at it's currently booked price (which I think is around $45) to GS.

Fund government for a few more months. When scam is revealed... "We had to sell it!"

edit: the details I spoke of were in the story... slow today.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:59 | 1502458 tmosley
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Hmmm, the true purpose of all this theater raises it's ugly head.  No wonder China has been so quite.  No doubt they are planning to buy up the entire Ft. Tungsten reserve in one fell swoop.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:45 | 1502600 malikai
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I think the PDs probably believe they can get ahold of it first.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:59 | 1502459 Cheiro
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Can't have a gold standard if you don't have any gold...

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:15 | 1502520 Frankie Carbone
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Nor can you have an economy if you don't have any gold and the rest of the world goes to the gold standard. 


Sir, you have been caught with illegal bullion in your home. How do you plead? 

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:47 | 1502993 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Sir, you have been caught with illegal bullion in your home. How do you plead?

You'll have to ask my attorney: 7.62x51mm, Esq.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:59 | 1502460 Piranhanoia
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I would like to place an order immediately for these new coins before they are devalued.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 17:59 | 1502462 Dr. No
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Sell the gold!  Sell the gold!!!

Seriously though, the Author did not explain how bailing out the treasury bennefits the FED.  Paper loss on treasuries in case of default?? the FED shareholders wouldnt care about that.  The FED can buy treasuries from FED shareholders at face value.  Until someone explains how bailing out the treasury helps the FED, I wouldnt spend much effort on the what ifs.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:15 | 1502669 Dr. Engali
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The fed( parasite) can't let the U.S. (host) die. It must keep it around as long as possible to transfer as much wealth as possible.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:05 | 1502929 Diogenes
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The big interests no longer regard the US as a going concern to be milked. They regard it as a junker to be stripped of assets. CF Catherine Austin Fitts.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:01 | 1502470 goldfreak
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How much gold do they have anyway? 200-300 billion worth? just enough to keep up the farce for a few more months?


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:02 | 1502473 Caviar Emptor
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Stay calm, Bitchez... If Fed sells gold China, India, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia will run to buy every scrap at any cost (ie exchanging their worthless dollars for something real). 

Fed/Treasury knows this. If they sell now it's game over as far as future cred

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:19 | 1502681 Smiddywesson
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Ding!!!  Gentlemen, we have a winner!  Caviar Emptor gets the big brain of the day award.

ALL the centrral banks are buyers, and yet, gold and silver have been on a long march, not a short sprint.  If the Treasury sells all the gold that is left, there is ample buying power out there.  You would see a "drastic" drop in prices of 3%-8%, and then the price of gold and silver would ramp right back up to the going rate and continue the march.  I have no fear at all about the USA dumping their stock on the markets and ruining me.  The long side is a very safe trade with virtually unlimited demand and a global horde of potential Johnny-Come-Latelys.  We won't see the bull market in PMs broken before they break the fiat currencies, it has progressed far, far, past that point. 

Sleep well, Big Brained Bitchezzz

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:38 | 1502727 SilverRhino
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The day the Fed sells gold is the day to max out the CC's on all PM's asap.   Because that debt with become worthless sooner than later.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:51 | 1502754 Dr. Engali
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They could still confiscate gold to increase their supply.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:50 | 1502998 TheFourthStooge-ing
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They could still confiscate gold to increase their supply.

They'll end up collecting far more lead than gold.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:04 | 1502482 LehmanRefugee
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umm...why can't they just "cancel" some or all of their $1.6 trillion treasury holdings? inflationary?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 00:05 | 1503325 CompassionateFascist
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I'm afraid the Red Shield would not approve.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:04 | 1502484 keepmydollar
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Profits on the government debt it bought during the meltdown.  Ha I love it.  The Fed prints up some dollars and then reaps profits by selling treasuries it purchased at a depressed rate.  They then give this profit back to the people who they loaned the money to in the first place.  Even fairy tales are more believable than the shit going on for real.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:14 | 1502517 unununium
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Sorry, "book profits" is also squarely in the beyond ricidulous category.  As ZH has often pointed out, the Fed paid par for most of this stuff -- that's why it is called a bailout.

Selling it would book massive losses and actually create a drain on the Treasury.  That's why the Fed accounting rule change was put through!

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:17 | 1502528 CoolClo
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"Every week the Fed repatriates its profits to the Treasury. The weekly profits of the Fed largely represent the weekly accrued interest income from the Fed's SOMA, minus interest expense, operating expenses and accrued dividends."


These  (6% on profits) dividends are tax free form Local, State and Federal income taxes.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:07 | 1502784 Raymond Reason
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So, if i'm understanding this correctly, the US interest on the debt payments are not actually an expense, if the bond was purchased by the FED (through the PD), because the interest, after admistrative expenses, is given back to the Treasury?

So as the system implodes, and the Fed buys the lions share, there is no interest expense. 

Oh what a whacky world.  I need a drink.

But it makes sense, now ....obviously.  Otherwise who would actually be putting this interest income in their free.   

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:05 | 1502487 Atomizer
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We know this is a bluff, so lets play along. I love to buy tradition, bring it on Bernank.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:05 | 1502489 flaunt
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How much is Tungsten going for these days, anyway?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:38 | 1502586 TheDriver
Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:05 | 1502491 slewie the pi-rat
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even the damned archetypal fool who wrote this horseshit for stoned mcarty was smart enuf not to put his or her name on it!

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:05 | 1502761 slewie the pi-rat
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make that raymond stone.  my apologies for calling the damned fool anon. only one junk? i'm surprised i didn't piss off the whole site!

i won't get into the damned fool's raving about, gold, the Treas., the FED, congress, ft knox, and what they shld do so goldi-locks is happy, forever.

well, ok, but just part of it (Paste):  The monetarization of gold effectively was an accounting entry providing an increase in Fed assets (gold certificates) and an associated increase in the Treasury's cash deposit at the Federal Reserve.

translation?  the T sold the value of the gold to the FED as "gold certificates" and then the goobermint spent the money.  so, the goobermint "owes" the FED for the "gold certificates" if it ever wants to "unencumber" the gold.  in ft knox.  yeah.

and then, he tells us exactly what to do about it, which is nice, really, and well done and very clearly shows that raymond stone knows what's up and how to get things done when it comes to encumbered gold in fort knox, ky, and what we need to do to get it the fuk off the books, before somebody actually wins the right to lookat it, like last time in the truman administration or---wait!  that was ike, wasn't it?  man, those mccarthy hearings were a bear, weren't they?

any questions, please refer them to raymond who may be taking deposits for select clients to actually purchase certificates of ownership of this gold, and thereby insure their own family's security of wealth while really helping out the old USA by buying, uh, certificates redeemable for gold at the Treasury. is that right?  unless the "gold window" is closed that day, for some reason, of course?

stoned mcarty---paper gold since 1849!


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:05 | 1502775 baby_BLYTHE
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Hey Slewie, Who is the more badass pirate now?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:52 | 1502894 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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How did you get this picture of Penelope Cruz?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:03 | 1502922 baby_BLYTHE
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Never heard I looked like Penelope Cruz before, that is a new one.

Thanks, I guess...

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:10 | 1502944 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Must have been the pirate costume.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:21 | 1502959 slewie the pi-rat
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now that you have the ears, b_B, i will waive the requisite ass check (most begrudgingly, for the record) award you a "9.9" for a fabulous ass, unseen & ungrabbed (at least by me, dammit), and fondly relinquish the helm to milady.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:55 | 1503008 TheFourthStooge-ing
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No, actually, that's not a peg leg in my pocket.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:35 | 1502853 Raymond Reason
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That Gold may have sold or monetized 10 keeping with established banking traditions. 

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:22 | 1502965 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Calm down Slewie, the Tresurie holds no gold.  They have loans for paper gold, similar to if you held shares of GLD.  Not real. 

The Fed's business is to lease gold.  That is what they do.  In fact, that is all they do.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 00:53 | 1503102 slewie the pi-rat
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hey, mr_L-non_H!   i stipulated to raymond stone's analysis for the sake of seeing it as a scheme to get encumbered gold off the T's books.

he sez: The Treasury holds 261,498,899.316 troy ounces of Gold, then he starts talking about how to get it off the books, so "Stop The Presses: The Fed Can Fund The Treasury..." and so on. 

you see, i think that the whole idea that the FED is s'posed to "fund" the Treasury is just, basically, bullshit, also. you say it is the FEDs "business to lease gold"and that "In fact, that is all they do." and , frankly, i was not aware of that fact. 

i accepted raymond stone's analysis b/c i wanted to discuss his ideas and where they pointed me.

i see you have a new avatar!

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 02:32 | 1503579 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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They Live, and we, as pirates, will bag the gold.  And the analysis, may not be feasible, but it brings up some good points.  The Fed will try and swap what they can while they have the chance to keep the ponzi a rollin' until a later date.  If it be leasin' the gold on their reserves (paper, tungsten, or not) or buying up all the fiat toxic assets in the world.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 04:06 | 1503673 slewie the pi-rat
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and bless their black-bastard little hearts, too, i might add.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:06 | 1502494 bsdetector
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Do you ever get that sickening feeling that it's all rigged? And that it will always be this way?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:05 | 1502777 Diogenes
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Yes, since I was 19.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:51 | 1502891 Imminent Crucible
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"Something is wrong with everything."

--Francisco d'Anconia

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 23:57 | 1503295 Alasdair
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"Two novels can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other involves orcs."

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:07 | 1502498 Clint Liquor
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The FED would sell Treasuries? To whom? They had to buy them because noone wanted them in the first place.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:18 | 1502530 Hansel
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+1, and when they go to sell, the front-running algo bots will crush the Treasury market.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 21:06 | 1502933 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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They won't sell anything.  They know this ends with the BIS issuing a new fiat standard and that standard will be judged by i) gold reserves  ii) fiat reserves  iii) debt owned  iv) gdp/debt incurred  etc.  They want collateral for when the New World Order issues a one world reserve currencie.  This is why China, Russia, India, the House of Saud, etc have not spent their dollars.  All is fair in love and war.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:22 | 1502544 TSA Thug
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Offshore US Corporations. Piles-o-cash that they need to get rid of soon.


--You WILL Obey!

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:29 | 1502837 Raymond Reason
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Bingo, Clint, BINGO!

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:07 | 1502499 Catullus
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So if the Fed "booked profits", it would create a liquidity drawdown in organizations that have the ability to lever off that liquidity. Just to pay revenues to the treasury department so some lazy DC beaureacrat can get paid on time? Eh. Not high priority.

Just access the reverse repo line that Fannie and Freddie have at the Fed. There's $600billion right there. They can easily make it 5 months.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:11 | 1502511 Wipewithpaper
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You can bet the 88.00 per oz gold will be sold 1st to the illumini, on a 1st right of refusal basis.  Then balance of any gold left over after that offering will  bid on the open market at going rates.

Which one of us do you think will get that single ounce ???.  

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:16 | 1502522 bania
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selling gold does not seem transitory

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:20 | 1502538 Black Friday
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But the Fed has no gold...It was given to the ESF by way of the Treasury in 1933 according to the Gold Reserve Act.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:39 | 1502867 Raymond Reason
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It may have been "given" a number of times.  But THEY BLOODY KNOW all that matters is who possesses the physical. 

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:20 | 1502539 equity_momo
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Im running out of popcorn. Like totally down to the uncooked kernels.

Plenty of Blantons though. Weekend starts here.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:42 | 1502589 infinity8
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I love the grannies! Wash 'em down with whiskey. . . mmmmmmmmmmmm

(said the politician)

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:20 | 1502540 pepperspray
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Plan B

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:23 | 1502545 Poor Grogman
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If gold is sold it will be for appearances only.

Why sell something that is undervalued and already encumbered when you can create unlimited Benny bux at no cost?

The IMF sales "to help poor countries" are in the same category.

Smoke and mirrors on a global scale.

Just buy what you can before the credits come up and the lights go on.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:25 | 1502549 Bindar Dundat
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Why do you Americans simply kick the can down the road until  AFTER November 2012.  That way you can have a national referendum in the form of an election.... Just a thought....

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:26 | 1502551 equity_momo
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A man with a beard on the teevee says Barry can mint 2 x ONE TRILLION DOLLAR COINS.

POOOF , its back.

hahhahahah lololololol did i just get RickRolled?

Fk me sideways. Wtf . im well aware this country is run by morons FOR morons but this shit is jack-knifing into the Twilight Zone.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:26 | 1502554 tigersea
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Sovereign governments such as the United States can print new money. However, there's a statutory limit to the amount of paper currency that can be in circulation at any one time.

Ironically, there's no similar limit on the amount of coinage. A little-known statute gives the secretary of the Treasury the authority to issue platinum coins in any denomination. So some commentators have suggested that the Treasury create two $1 trillion coins, deposit them in its account in the Federal Reserve and write checks on the proceeds.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:49 | 1502612 zerozulu
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This is a legal fraud.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:46 | 1502744 karzai_luver
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the whole thing has always been so.

damn dirty apes are just now figuring it out.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:28 | 1502834 FeralSerf
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It's be cheaper to mint one $2 trillion coin.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:28 | 1502556 Seasmoke
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i cant wait for the $500,000 Obama , so i can pay off my mortgage with one piece of paper

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:29 | 1502560 Bindar Dundat
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Why don't you Americans simply " kick the can down the road" until AFTER THE  2012 election.  Make the next election about something important .... just a thought!

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:29 | 1502561 Bindar Dundat
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Why don't you Americans simply " kick the can down the road" until AFTER THE  2012 election.  Make the next election about something important .... just a thought!

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:29 | 1502563 bilbobaggins
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The Fed can't sell the Gold only the Treasury can. Stupid article, rather than selling it, they could just mark it to market like the ECB does and change the book value from $42.22 to $1600 and change. This would provide over $410 billion to buy them some time. (and the opposite would happen, gold shoot up, IMO)

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:49 | 1502883 Shell Game
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Exactly. Very simple accounting ledger fundamentals.  Agree on the gold move north..

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:30 | 1502565 buzzsaw99
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Yeah, right, the fed will pull $500B out of the market (just like that :snaps fingers:) and give it to CONgreff without any adverse effects. LMAO!

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:33 | 1502570 Missiondweller
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This is what's wrong with the Fed. They're always there to bail institutions out instead of letting them fail and allowing a reset.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:36 | 1502579 sbenard
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So does this then make the Congress irrelevant and we now have a Dictator -- His Majesty, Obama -- or will the Fed have to eat the losses if Congress doesn't increase the debt limit as Wall St is so certain that it will?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:36 | 1502580 Sudden Debt
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Selling whatever is left of the US gold... that's like selling the crown jewels of England.

After this there is nothing backing up the currency anymore. If China decided to drive the gold price up after that and back it's currency up by 30.000$ gold...

What can America do to ever back it's currency up also to maintain it's reserve currency status?

to be honest, I'm pretty fascinated to see how the Swiss gold backing will happen and what kind of effect it will have.



Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:54 | 1502625 Shameful
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Right.  But you have to look at the game, it's an asset and wealth pillage.  The Fed Gov owns most land in the Western US as well.  I can assure you it will be sold at bargain basement prices to insiders when the time comes.  The Gov is little more than a tool to funnel wealth into pre-selected hands.  So while I doubt there will be a public sale of gold I would be utterly stunned if the gold was unencumbered. No audit since what the 50s?  Would anyone care to trust Uncle Sugar to hold their wealth for 60 years with no audit?  That gold is LONG gone or there but legally transferred to another entity.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:37 | 1502582 zerozulu
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Gold will be up $50 tomorrow!!!

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:42 | 1502590 Sudden Debt
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No, it will go down. Unless the debt ceiling is approved and dollar will also go up.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:42 | 1502591 fishface
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It could have been worse

my first thought when I read the headline was option

iiii) at night when everyones asleep the Bernank sneaks down in the basement for a little printjob

and voila ...

next morning...he calls his old mate Timmah



He who can print can do anything

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:48 | 1502609 Sudden Debt
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The Printing Press is stronger than Default

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:04 | 1502648 fishface
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The Printing Press is faster than Inflation

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:09 | 1502659 Shameful
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Not near the end of the cycle.  In the later phases of the hyper inflationary cycle, inflation actually moves faster than the printing as people anticipate ever increasing printing.  But really once you are in that deep phase of hyperinflation one should have been long out of fiat.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:29 | 1502705 fishface
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Beat  the cycle print 10^15 instead of 1000,000,000,000,000



He who can print can do anything



Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:38 | 1502864 FeralSerf
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Denominations should be the logarithm of the amount.  i.e. million (if they still use 'em) is 6, billion is 9, trillion is 12, quad is 15, etc. That way inflation won't seem nearly so bad.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:45 | 1502602 Hmm...
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By now some readers may have read ludicrous stories about the Fed coining multi-trillion precious metal coins in a way to loophole the debt ceiling situation. Granted, this plan is so far beyond ridiculous that we have not wasted the time to comment on it.

Not to be rude, but the original poster either made a huge typo, or s/he doesn't understand the argument.

The argument is not for the FED to do any such thing.  The argument is that the Treasury can coin multi-trillion dollar coins using the US Mint and deposit them at the Fed.

I'm not sure why you're "not wasting time" debating a plan that is not only legal, but was set up specifically for this type of situation.

The rest of your article may have merit about what the Fed can or can't do... but the seignorage argument has little to do with the Fed.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:51 | 1502615 Debtless
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It is fantastical yet true. Treasury CAN coin money and does  - pennies, nickels, dimes, etc...and each is legal tender money that is NOT backed by debt - unlike fiat DOLLARS.

So a coin from treasury with any value they insist is perfectly a ridiculous self-mastuerbatory sort of way.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:03 | 1502647 tip e. canoe
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one (& maybe the only) way for citizens to break the back of the FED is if a critical mass of peeps started redeeming FRNs for coins and begin transacting only in coins.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 22:26 | 1503083 Dr. No
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The only way to break the FRN is for all gov. Contractors tonot accept dollars. All gov contractors and workers would need to refuse providing service for dollars. If the government could not do business cuz no one accepted their money, they would need to find a new means of exchange. I dont see this Happening anytime soon.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 10:01 | 1504348 tip e. canoe
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me neither...either of them

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:54 | 1502622 Sudden Debt
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It can't be made out of a metal or PM.

The value of the coin has to be roughly the same of the nominal value.

So if you would coin a platinum, gold or silver coin, it would mean that the FED says 1 ounce of those metals is worth a trillion and that would create the most ammount of trillionaires on the planet and hyperinflation out of this galaxy.




Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:00 | 1502641 Debtless
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What if it were a copper coin the size of Rhode Island?

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:12 | 1502663 Pool Shark
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I was thinking a pink, triangular rubber coin approximately 6,800 miles on each side...

(RIP Douglas Adams)


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:30 | 1502707 Sudden Debt
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Only if all the characters of EVERY DISNEY CARTOON EVERY SHOWN is  on it.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:26 | 1502695 Not For Reuse
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nonsense, you have Grisham's Law backwards. They can stamp any piece of metal with whatever face value they want, and as long as face value >= melt value, that piece of metal will work perfectly fine as a circulating unit of USD

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 20:42 | 1502872 FeralSerf
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Maybe they could use plutonium.  I hear the U.S. has a lot of it and some people are willing to pay a high price.  (As long as they aren't put into general circulation, that is.)

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:49 | 1502750 karzai_luver
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correct on all points.


Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:46 | 1502606 Debtless
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Let DC print a giant golden can, value it a kazillion dollars - then all of those bitchez can take turns kicking it back and forth down the road.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 18:54 | 1502624 Fix It Again Timmy
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Need to have a telethon just to see how many idiots would send contributions to reduce the deficit...

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 19:34 | 1502714 Dakota Thunder
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I have some old monopoly money I can send them.

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