Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Daily Bell - The New Era in Gold Repatriation Will Affect Everything

The Daily Bell - The New Era in Gold Repatriation Will Affect Everything

The old era in which central banking trust was ingrained in the system is gone now – and the ramifications are many even though they have not yet been felt. Central banks and bankers rely on joint programs and coordinated currency approaches. Without trust, strategies are difficult to create and programs are hard to implement.
This is not a hypothetical observation. As gold prices have moved up and Western currencies have looked increasingly subject to a currency competition, the pressure on politicians to assure gold reserves has increased. Couple this with the overseas storage of much gold reserves, and the situation becomes combustible.
In the case of Mexico, questions have been raised about the country's off-shore storage of precious metals and its ability to take possession if necessary. These concerns have been magnified by Germany's experience. Germany's Bundesbank intends to repatriate a large portion of gold reserves abroad and by 2020 seeks to have at least 50 percent of its total gold reserves at home.
This amount includes 300 tons from the Federal Reserve – which the US Fed may or may not have available. It is unclear, as the Fed refused to submit to an audit of Germany's gold. The apparent tension was compounded by the slowness of the repatriation. Germany will get its gold but not for seven years.
As for Mexico, well ... there is a good deal of paperwork that must be sorted out – and Mexico is in much the same shape as Germany regarding overseas holdings of assets. Mexico's central bank owns gold but it might be considered "paper gold" as the actual physical holdings are not available. Here's more from the article:

The Government Audit Office has concluded that 95% of the gold reserves of the Bank of Mexico are stored abroad and 99% of this gold is stored with the Bank of England. However, the Mexican central bank has never inspected the gold it bought, has not performed purity tests on it and doesn't even have a list of all the gold bars stored in London. In their current state, Mexico's gold reserves are no more than "paper gold" in the meaning that the Bank of Mexico doesn't have any physical gold, but mere "claims" on a certain amount of gold supposedly held by the Bank of England.

Bill Gross, the Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO (the world's largest bond fund) has recently said that "Central banks distrust each other". The pending audit of the Mexican gold reserves is not a singular case of actions that show a high level of mutual distrust among central banks. The latest move of the Bundesbank, which demanded the repatriation of its gold holding from Bank of New York, Bank of England and Banque de France, is another sign of distrust in the world's financial system. It is quite probable that after the audit, Mexico will decide to repatriate its gold holdings, possibly prompting other countries to follow suit.

It is the distrust – increasingly in evidence – between central banks and governments that makes the issue of gold repatriation even more contentious. In a market environment increasingly marked by currency competition, government officials and bankers can be polarized by a lack of communication and difficulties in locating assets.

This is only bound to exacerbate tensions that are currently manifesting themselves in what are called currency wars. These currency wars are not going to subside any time soon and will probably expand in scope and vehemence as stresses and strains on the world's financial system continue.


Banksters steal other people's physical gold and use it to run cons such as fractional lending. Hang them.

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