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Staggering Stats About Silver Supply

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Gold Reclaims its Currency Status as the Global System Unravels

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Don Coxe Dissects Gold

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So Little Gold

By: Arnold BockThere isn’t much gold around, and this is a key issue for those who invest in precious metals. Bock contends that, given the scarcity of gold and silver bullion supply, prices will go parabolic once governments, institutional and private investors realize supply is alarmingly insignificant. Read more

Will Economic Austerity Kill Gold’s Bull Market?

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Irrational Gold Selling

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Gold is Back as Money

By: Julian PhillipsIn its 2010 annual report, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) said that “gold, which the bank held in connection with gold swap operations, under which the bank exchanges currencies for physical gold, stands at 8,160.1 million in special drawing rights, Read more

So You Think You Own Gold?

By: Erik TownsendThe principal contention of this article is that most investors who think they own gold or silver bullion really don’t. Most precious metals investments – including many touted as physical – are nothing more than paper promises. Read more

Gold is Back as Money

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By: Julian Phillips
In its 2010 annual report, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) said that “gold, which the bank held in connection with gold swap operations, under which the bank exchanges currencies for physical gold, stands at 8,160.1 million in special drawing rights,
equivalent to 346 tonnes this year, up from nil in 2009.” Apparently the amount has climbed to 382 tonnes since the report was issued. This is the best news gold has had in 30 years, writes Phillips.
He discusses what swaps are and who does them; the significance of the transactions; and why this means that gold is back and alive in the monetary system. In short, it seems that a country (or countries) needed foreign exchange to counter some shortfall in its accounts and raised these funds as a short-term liquidity measure, believing it would be able to return the currency and receive its gold back.
The gold would then be returned at the conclusion of the swap period in return for the currencies swapped. If it failed to return these funds to the BIS, then the BIS could discreetly place the gold with another central bank, should it not want to keep the gold. If it did so, the BIS would simply report its disposal of the gold, the originating central bank would report the drop in its gold reserves and the gold buying bank would report its increase in the reserves. This puts the transaction into an entirely different category.
It seems that the credit of one or more of the world’s central banks is not good enough for other governmental institutions. If word got out as to which this country is, then the financial markets would go into a tailspin, shaking the global financial system to its core. No wonder the BIS is keeping a low profile.