As The Currency Reset Begins - Get Gold As It Is "Where The Whole World Is Heading"

As the Reset Begins, Get Gold

by James Rickards for Agora Financial's Gold Speculator

This may be the most important commentary I’ve ever written. Here’s why.

For years, financial analysts have discussed what’s called the Global Monetary Reset, or GMR. Expectations of a GMR stem from the fact that monetary policies around the world are unstable and unsustainable.

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There is no anchor to the system. There is no limit on money printing. There is no limit on debt creation.

Such a system grows exponentially based on the false belief that governments can spend as much as they want and central banks will pick up the tab or bail out the system as needed.

Politicians love the system because they can buy votes from their citizens. Central bankers love the system because of the power and prestige it brings them. Citizens love the system because they get handouts, bailouts, pumped-up asset values and other goodies seemingly for free.

What’s not to like?

The problem, of course, is that the system is unstable and unsustainable. It’s a huge inverted pyramid of promises poised on a small sliver of real money called gold. It’s bound to tip over and come crashing down as it has many times in the past, from the Jubilees of ancient Israel to the global financial crisis of 2008.

The 2008 panic would have closed banks and capital markets globally but for tens of trillions of dollars of central bank intervention. That bailout money printing has still not been mopped up. The 2008 bailout has sown the seeds of the next crisis.

Viewing this broadly, an objective analyst can see that a new system based on some hybrid of dollars, gold and the IMF’s world money called special drawing rights (SDRs) is inevitable. This new system could even include an encrypted distributed ledger or blockchain, and might revert to fixed exchange rates instead of floating.

The GMR would be a return to something like the old Bretton Woods system (1944–1973) but with 21st-century characteristics and technology. This is what is meant by the Global Monetary Reset.

That much is clear. The open issues for students of the GMR are when it happens and how.

There are two answers to the how part. It can either happen in a proactive way by convening a new global monetary conference similar to Bretton Woods (1944), the Plaza Accord (1985) or the Louvre Accord (1987). Or it can happen in a chaotic fashion in response to a new financial crisis, as occurred at the G-20 Washington summit led by George Bush and Nicolas Sarközy in November 2008.

My estimate has always been that the GMR would be conducted in a panic due to the lack of leadership and foresight of the global monetary elites.

The answer to the when part is necessarily uncertain, but given what we know about the dynamics of complex systems and the scaling metrics of the current international monetary regime, the best answer is probably “soon.”

In a nutshell, a catastrophic collapse is coming, probably sooner than later, and the result will be an entirely new international monetary system in which the dollar is dethroned as the world’s leading reserve currency and something new is put in its place. That’s the GMR.

What if I told you the GMR already happened and no one noticed?

Here I have to acknowledge that some of the information that follows was provided to me by a source. The work of this source is tentative and requires more independent research. Yet it looks solid enough right now to share with readers.

I’ll be writing more about this revelation in my new book, Aftermath, coming Oct. 30, 2018. You can preorder a copy here.

In Aftermath, I’ll disclose more about the origin of this information.

For now, I just want to be fair and acknowledge that it originated with an unsolicited research report sent to me from a correspondent named D. H. Bauer based in Switzerland. We’ll call him “DHB” for now.

Let’s start with a simple analysis we’ve all done ourselves and expand that analysis with information from DHB. Then I’ll provide some conclusions that stem from this presentation.

We all follow the price of gold. We think of gold as about $1,320 per ounce. We say it is “up” or “down” by $10 per ounce and so on. When we do this, we are really quoting a cross-rate between U.S. dollars (USD) and one ounce of gold (GOLD).

Let’s call this cross-rate USD/GLD.

We also follow the cross-rate between the U.S. dollar and the Chinese yuan (CNY). That’s the exchange rate between the currencies of the two largest economies in the world, which combine to produce almost 40% of global GDP.

When China instituted a shock devaluation of their currency in August 2015, U.S. stock markets fell 11% in three weeks and it looked like there was no bottom. Then the Fed intervened with a delay of the liftoff in rate hikes from September–December 2015.

China devalued again in December 2015, and U.S. stocks fell 11% again from Jan. 1 to Feb. 10, 2016. It took the G-20 Shanghai Accord in late February 2016 to put an end to Chinese shock devaluations. This recent history reveals that the U.S.-China cross-rate is one of the most important metrics in world finance.

Let’s call this cross-rate USD/CNY.

Finally, if you’re a geek like me, you take a look at the U.S. dollar value of the SDR every day. It’s not a secret; the IMF actually publishes that cross-rate daily, found here. As of this writing, SDR1 = USD1.419, but that rate changes daily like any floating exchange rate.

Let’s call this cross-rate SDR/USD.

Now, you all recall the transitive law from middle-school math. In short form it says:

If A = B and

B = C, then

A = C.

In other words, if you have two equalities, you can substitute a factor from one for a factor from another and still end up with an equality.

Here’s where DHB’s insight comes in.

He took the known quantities of USD/GLD and SDR/USD and applied the transitive law to calculate SDR/GLD.

While I think about USD/GLD, USD/CNY and SDR/USD all the time, I have to admit I never thought much about SDR/GLD.

Why would I? I don’t own any SDRs and I can’t get my hands on any. The IMF only issues them to member countries, and they’re traded among the members through a secret trading desk inside the IMF.

If I want to buy gold, I use dollars. In China, they can buy gold with yuan. The idea of buying gold with SDRs may be off in the future, but there’s no active gold market priced in SDRs today.

Or is there?

DHB took a look. What he found was shocking. It’s summarized in this chart:

Source: D. H. Bauer

The timeline along the horizontal x-axis runs from Dec. 31, 2014 to March 31, 2018. The price line along the vertical y-axis is measured in units of dollars or SDRs depending on the data series. The units run from 700–1,400.

The red line is the dollar price per gold ounce (USD/GLD). The dark-blue line is the USD/GLD trend. The green line is the price per ounce of gold in SDRs (SDR/GLD). The purple line is the SDR/GLD trend.

The black vertical line indicates the date, Oct. 1, 2016, that the IMF allowed the Chinese yuan to join the “basket” used to determine the value of an SDR. (The rest of the basket consists of dollars, pounds sterling, euros and Japanese yen.)

Here’s what DHB discovered. Before China joined the SDR, both the dollar price of gold and the SDR price of gold were volatile. After China joined the SDR, the dollar price of gold continued to be volatile, but the SDR price of gold exhibited much less volatility, especially after the first few months.

Most importantly, the trend line of SDR/GLD is a near-perfect horizontal line.

In short, world money has now been pegged to gold at a rate of SDR900 = 1 ounce of gold. It’s a new gold standard using the IMF’s world money.

There’s the GMR right in front of your eyes.

It takes a while to sink in. Why did SDR/GLD go from normal volatility to no volatility overnight? The straight-line behavior of SDR/GLD after the Chinese yuan joined the SDR is impossible without some kind of intervention or manipulation. The odds of this happening randomly are infinitesimal.

The SDR/GLD horizontal trend line after Oct. 1, 2016, is an example of what statisticians call autoregression. This only appears if there’s a recursive function (a “feedback loop”) or manipulation or if it’s presented as a fraud. This is how Harry Markopolos spotted the Bernie Madoff fraud; Madoff’s returns were too steady and consistent to be real given the volatile nature of capital markets.

In the case of SDR/GLD, we can rule out a recursive function because gold trades in a relatively free market determined by supply and demand. We can rule out randomness (statistically impossible) and fraud (the data come from public sources; no one is making them up). That leaves manipulation as the only possible explanation.

How would you conduct such a manipulation, and who’s behind it?

To peg a cross-rate, in this case SDR/GLD, you need a large floating supply of both components or a printing press to make as much as you need. Basically you conduct open market operations.

If the SDR price of gold rises above SDR900, you sell gold and buy SDRs (or the currency basket). If the SDR price of gold sinks below SDR900, you buy gold and sell SDRs (or the currency basket). By monitoring markets and intervening continually with open market operations in gold and currencies, you can maintain the peg.

There are only four parties in the world who could conduct such a manipulation: the U.S. Treasury, the ECB, the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) and the IMF itself. These are the only entities with enough gold and SDRs to be able to conduct the open market operations needed to peg the price.

We can eliminate the U.S. Treasury and ECB as suspects. That’s because they are relatively transparent about their total gold holdings, foreign exchange reserves and the SDR component of their reserves. (For the ECB we look at the large members such as Germany and France for the data.) If either one were conducting open market operations, there would be fluctuations in holdings of gold and SDR component currencies that would appear in official reports. No such fluctuations appear, so they’re off the list.

That leaves SAFE and the IMF. Both are nontransparent. China has about 2,000 tons of gold (probably much more, but they don’t disclose the excess) and has been acquiring SDRs in secondary market trading in addition to official allocations to IMF members.

The IMF has about 1,000 tons of gold and can print all the SDRs it wants with its SDR printing press. The IMF also makes loans and receives principal and interest in SDRs. The SDRs can be traded through the IMF’s secret trading desk.

Even now, the IMF is preparing to bail out Argentina. When that happens, the IMF loans will be in SDRs. Argentina needs dollars to defend its currency, so they’ll have to swap their new SDRs for dollars. China will be a willing swap counterparty through the IMF’s secret trading desk.

That’s how China acquires more SDRs than its IMF allocation permits. Those “extra” SDRs are crucial to China’s ability to conduct open market operations in gold and SDRs.

The gold can be traded secretly through the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), which traded Nazi gold in the Second World War. The BIS is super-secret and is controlled by the same people who control the IMF.

China can also conduct gold purchases and sales for yuan or dollars on the open market in Shanghai and London and separately buy or sell SDRs for dollars or yuan. China can also buy or sell the SDR basket currencies separately as a synthetic SDR to manipulate the price of the actual SDR.

This kind of intervention by China to maintain the SDR/GLD peg might also explain the mysterious “gold slams” we see in Comex gold futures trading with regularity.

Analysts have speculated for years that China was acquiring gold in anticipation of a new gold-backed yuan. I always disputed that idea because China does not have a good rule of law. The yuan lacks the kind of deep liquid bond markets, primary dealers, repo facilities, futures contracts and other legal infrastructure needed to be a major reserve currency with or without gold backing. The yuan is a decade or more from becoming a major reserve currency

But the SDR is an ideal vehicle for a gold-backed currency because it has the support of every major economic power on Earth through the IMF.

The bottom line is that China has now pegged the SDR to gold. This is highly ironic, because when the SDR was created in 1969 it was originally pegged to gold and defined as a weight in gold (SDR1 = 0.88867 grams of gold). That peg was abandoned soon after, even as the dollar peg (USD1 = 1/35th ounce of gold) was also abandoned.

Since this SDR peg to gold is informal, it can be abandoned at any time. It probably will be abandoned because the Chinese sponsors of the peg have ignored the lessons of 1925 when the U.K. returned sterling to the gold standard at the wrong price. The result was catastrophic deflation that presaged the Great Depression.

The Chinese peg of SDR900 is far too cheap to be sustainable given the scarce supply of gold and the growing supply of SDRs. More to the point, the IMF will print trillions of SDRs in the next global financial crisis, which will prove highly inflationary.

Still, this is a historic development, and we’ll be watching it closely inRickards’ Gold Speculator. Even if the peg is unsustainable in the long run, it’s a clear short-run signal that China is betting on the SDR and gold, not the yuan or the dollar.

My advice under these circumstances is simple. Dump dollars, yuan and SDRs (if you have any) and get gold.

That’s where the whole world is heading.

All the best,

Jim Rickards
Editor, Rickards Gold Speculator

 

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News and Commentary

Stocks Slump on Trade Risk; Euro Falls With Pound (Bloomberg.com)

Gold prices inch down as dollar firms (Reuters.com)

Asia Stocks Dip, Yuan on Retreat Again, Oil Falls (Bloomberg.com)

Gold up from 6-month lows on bargain hunting, weaker dollar (Reuters.com)

Tariff fears put a small dent in consumer sentiment for June (MarketWatch.com)

Core inflation hits Fed’s 2% target in May (MarketWatch.com)


Source: Bloomberg

U.S. dollar share of global currency reserves fall further - IMF (Reuters.com)

U.S.-China currency war fears as Renminbi has worst month ever (Gata.org)

Gold: The Chinese Connection - David Brady (SeekingAlpha.com)

Emerging Market Crisis Spreads To The Core as Central Banks Face Catch-22 (DollarCollapse.com)

Brexit Just Won’t Let Go of the Pound (Bloomberg.com)

 

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Comments

bigloser Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

So important, nobody but me read it.

And, it would have been nice to see the actual chart.

My unsolicited advice: Sell your gold now, repurchase later around $1050.

Same with silver.

chubbar bigloser Mon, 07/02/2018 - 14:06 Permalink

It's all complete bullshit because for SDRs to be valuable they have to be accepted as "THE" worldwide currency, which means accepting the IMF as the head and chief operator of a worldwide currency. I'm not sure that China and Russia are going to accept that. SDRs will have to be accepted for gold, why do that instead of just using gold? Who is in charge of how many SDR's to issue and what is to stop them from doing the same thing (printing) all the central banks have done to date that led to the crisis to begin with? Right now the SDR's are a basket of currencies. If all the currencies are decidedly crap because of excessive printing, what makes the SDR's any better? Just because the dollar is still accepted as a currency and Argentina can exchange SDR's for dollars, doesn't mean that when the dollar becomes crap the SDR's are still valuable. What kind of logic are we seeing here?

 

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Albertarocks chubbar Mon, 07/02/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

You are right.  SDR's are nothing more than absolutely valueless paper just like any other fiat currency.  Before they would be accepted by 'the world' they would have to be something 'special', and that can only mean one thing.  They must be backed by gold... otherwise they are no better than the USD or any other currency.  And as far as acceptance is concerned, at this point I don't think Russia and China could give a shit since they have both taken steps to free themselves from the slavery of having to use the SWIFT banking system.  Russia was threatened that they 'might be' banned from the SWIFT system and they basically said "FU, we'll put our own systems in place".  Not only did they do that, they did it in partnership with China.  They are now trading between each other in their own currencies and/or in physical gold and at this point they're not the slightest bit interested in jumping right back into the shackles of enslavement to the BIS.  Why in hell would they do that?  They won't!  But they 'might' accept using SDRs under that one condition... that they be backed by gold... big time.

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ZH Snob bigloser Mon, 07/02/2018 - 18:19 Permalink

actually, this seems perfectly reasonable and a genius insight.

every fiat in the SDR basket will blow up soon without an anchor.  and none of them can consider backing their fiat with gold: it's way too late.  so, with the IMF pegging the SDR to gold (behind the scenes and informally) the SDR will be the anchor with gold as its real support.   gold's value will still spike greatly to keep up with the highly inflated fiats in the SDR basket.  and this price will be evident in the gold markets.

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BobEore Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:01 Permalink

Rickards will gradually backdoor his way to the truth of it all - because like every other pundit in the goldsphere in the past decade, he has been unwilling or unable to call the game straight... 

outright and outta sight manipulation of the market by Pandatown, via its army of derivative traders east&west,(yes - Teddy was always correct about JPMs role)

all covered up by its phalanx of pundits spinning yarns about Shanghai Surprises and Superhero Care Bears rescuing stranded westerlings who bought into the $powers latest pocket pilfer program - and have gradually joined the long line of roadkill on the Highway of High Hopes Hyped by Huckers.

Enter the Dragon? No, at the end of the game, enter the usual suspects, moving their Empire of Crime from West to East, having depleted their victims in the wester world and ready to gradually do exactly the same to their Sino Servants - who - like everyone else who ever there was what ate the poisoned candy Mr Moneychanger handed freely about... 

will never ever learn before its too late. 

SDRs&Gold. A MeyerLanskyProduction.

 

Dragon HAwk Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:08 Permalink

If gold is so worthless why do they keep trying to talk it down.  if it's worthless,  just give it away and go get some ice cream or something valuable.  When you can't find the word Gold in any news Article, then i will start to worry,  try turning on  the word Gold in your news feed alerts and read just one days articles.  you won't try that again Tomorrow.

Albertarocks Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:40 Permalink

As Mr. Rickards points out, "Expectations of a Global Monetary Reset stem from the fact that monetary policies around the world are unstable and unsustainable.

That is an absolute fact but one has to be impressed with how long the system has lasted so far without collapsing.  One of these days the whole thing will crumble... it literally has to... but the bankers will obviously prolong it for as long as they can because their entire empire depends on it.

This is the main point Jim Rickards keeps making and he's not wrong.  My guess is that the longer they keep suppressing the price of gold and especially silver, the more likely it is that the reset will be an absolute mind blower, a mega-shock probably happening so fast that the majority of people will never get the chance to 'get back into gold or silver'. 

99% of people on the planet are going to get broadsided because they're not even close to being the slightest bit knowledgable about the monetary system.  For the 1% of people on the planet who do understand what's going on... I'll bet 95% of those people aren't even holding metals or miners right now, even though they correctly understand that gold simply cannot go to zero.  And by golly, at the rate the criminals are trying to drive it down gold will be free for everyone by about the end of 2020.  But obviously that ain't gonna happen.

I suspect that when the big event happens, even though we can't even envision exactly what form it will take, it will probably happen over a long weekend or during some sort of bank holiday (emergency).  We'll wake up the next day to find out that the US dollar will be 're-attached' to gold at the rate of $25,000 to the ounce.  Or maybe the USD will take second seat to SDRs... it won't really matter.  Gold goes from $1200 to $25,000 in an instant and silver to $1,000 per ounce.  Once that happens, 99.95% of people on this planet will have missed the boat (at least regarding physical).  Mining companies will be the biggest play of all because they will probably rise in value non-stop for a full decade.

If anybody doesn't understand why JPM has amassed the largest hoard of pure silver in the entire history of the world they're not understanding that JPM is verifying what I just told you.

MrSteve Blue Dog Mon, 07/02/2018 - 17:53 Permalink

Looked at an old invoice from the 1970s for 10 Krugerrands- $2370. My gut says the government will nationalize all gold at some silly fixed rate. I think the North American miners, leveraged in a most natural way, are the best bet going forward. Ain't nobody nationalizing a stinking mine: way too much work, unions want way more everything, locals get waaay too energized about seized land. Silver will be a US mountain states' sideshow to gold's global debutante's ball. China is all gold and zero silver. One billion Chinese can not be wrong.

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Au999 Mon, 07/02/2018 - 14:11 Permalink

Gold is going to the moon...... 

When seeing articles like this prices are going lower.

I've read this BS a thousand times from these assholes who has never being right.  

And people who believe any of it deserve to lose their money.

Jungle Jim Mon, 07/02/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

"To da moon! Any day now!" they yelled, as gold and silver plunged straight down, year after year, impoverishing the poor suckers who bought them.

everything1 Mon, 07/02/2018 - 18:18 Permalink

Cheaper gold is awesome, if we stick around 1200 I'll be adding an ounce this year and maybe some fractions thereof, I stack conservatively, and spread my risk.  Au/AG being the worst investments i've ever made, as I am a newer stacker, I'm glad I'm dollar cost averaging.

Gold doesn't have any yield, it's like the savings account that doesn't pay interest is about it.  It's a shtf anti-fiat savings plan, it doesn't do anything, it's just mostly hoarded, and plentiful enough.

When interest rates in the big economic player countries go negative I expect gold price will eventually soar.  Gold bugs (rumors I've heard), say 100 trillion debt is a theoretical wall.

But when fed can lower interest rate below zero, and stimulate economy by giving out free money again?, they are not raising rates just for fun now, they need to make some breathing room here for the next reset.  One in which debt will matter a whole lot less than it does now.

Of course greed/corruption feeds right into this.  Hold your powder folks, when the economy crashes people will be selling au/ag and lots of it to try to make their house payments, that is a good time to get some.  Gold is an interesting play, these prices are a gift to India and China, any other country where gold is popular.

jafo2me Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:18 Permalink

I am "TOTALLY" confused..

"IF" all the real financial analysts below..

Jim Rickards

Peter Schiff

Jim Willie

Mike Maloney

Bill Holter

David Stockman

Lynette Zang

Andrew Hoffman

Michael Pinto...

To name just a few...

"ALL STATE".. "THE" central bank insiders say.....

THE CENTRAL BANKS OF CHINA, RUSSIA, THE EU, INDIA, OF SOUTH AMERICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST ARE "ALL" "BUYING" ...

"NOT SELLING" GOLD AND SILVER... AND HAVE BEEN FOR WELL OVER SEVERAL YEARS NOW??

WHY IS THAT?  THIS IS VERY STRANGE, NO?  

 

Do they know something that we don't?

DON'T THEY KNOW GOLD AND SILVER ARE BARBAROUS RELICS OF THE PAST?

DON'T THEY KNOW THEY HAVE NO VALUE AND WILL NEVER BE WORTH MORE THAN THEY ARE TODAY?

 

Silver Savior Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:30 Permalink

You guys are acting like spot price is going to determine the outcome of gold for physical delivery. Aside from the clueless and those in a bullion business, who is going to be selling physical gold below mining cost? 

What do paper contracts matter when hefty premiums are going to be demanded for actual delivery?

Or is the whole world going to be selling one of its most precious resources for peanuts? Something does not add up.

jafo2me Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:47 Permalink

Mike Maloney does a brilliant job of showing you how much value you have lost through Government/Central bank inflation.

In 1959 his dad worked in Salem Oregon as an auto parts store manager making 10k per year.

His house was 10,000 dollars and his wife did not have to work.  She stayed home to raise the family.

A loaf of bread was a quarter, a coke was a dime, you could go see a double feature at the movies for 30 cents and his first family car, a ford was about 3000 dollars.

Today that same home sells for 350,000 dollars, bread is 3 dollars a loaf, the cheap movies are 15 bucks and that ford will cost you about 35,000 dollars.

Auto parts store managers got a raise along the way and now make about 40,000 per year "BUT" remember...

In 1959...

The IRS took 15% of your pay for income taxes and Social Security.  Today you just hand them your entire check and beg them to give you 40% back so you can spend it on food for the family.

What a sweet deal the socialist have given us what  with free health care and all that, don't you think?

jafo2me Mon, 07/02/2018 - 20:05 Permalink

As for all of you who live and die with those dead presidents in your pocket  and think gold and silver are a waste of time don't look to me to change your mind "BUT" I do have a great stock recommendation.

 Deutsche Bank AG (USA) is a great buy at 10.64..  It was once 100 dollars.  I would go all in.. I mean what is paper for right?