Monday, October 22 2018

US Gold Imports & Exports

US gold flows for August

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Sunday, October 21 2018

Blockchain Could Track the Globe’s Gold Bullion by 2019

The tracking of gold bullion from its origin through its ownership and use cycle could prevent theft. It could also prevent illegal sales, smuggling, and use funding conflict and terrorism. Blockchain technology presents a way to remove illegal or unethical gold from the markets.

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Saturday, October 20 2018

Financial Extremes

If you do not own gold, there is no sensible reason other than you do not know history, or you do not know the economics of it..........over long periods of time the price of gold approximates the total amount of money in circulation divided by the gold stock.

Ray Dalio, 2015.

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Transparent Precious Metal Holdings - Gold/Silver

Flows this week

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Gold/Silver - Futures - COTs - Commitment of Traders

COTs this week

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Gold Investor - October 2018

In the past two decades China has become a dominant global force economically, commercially and, increasingly, politically. In this issue we assess the outlook for China across a range of perspectives.

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Here's How Hungary Reduced Risk Without Forfeiting Returns

It was this rich mining heritage that Hungary’s central bank evoked when it announced this week its decision to increase gold holdings tenfold, from 3.1 metric tons to 31.5 tons, taking gold’s share of total reserves to 4.4 percent.

Hungarian central bank governor Gyorgy Matolcsy described the move as one of “economic and national strategic importance,” adding that the extra gold made the country’s reserves “safer” and “reduced risk.”

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Friday, October 19 2018

Russian Gold Reserves

Russia adds 1.2m ounces of gold to it's reserves in September

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Wednesday, October 17 2018

Fractional reserve bullion banking and gold bank runs

Below is a series of post explaining how bullion banking operates, which is necessary for a true understanding of how susceptible it is to a gold bank run, as well as understanding how a price suppression (as opposed to manipulation) would work, in respect of what backs paper gold and how much physical is needed to support the system.

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IMF report highlights gold's relevance

Last week stocks were hammered, and gold acted as a key flight-to-safety asset in the market. Initially, as the US market retreated, gold held steady. But as the sell-off became more systemic globally, gold began to rally meaningfully

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Tuesday, October 16 2018

In surprise move, Central Bank of Hungary announces 10-fold jump in its gold reserves

In view of the long-term national and economic strategy goals, the Monetary Council of the National Bank of Hungary has decided to increase the gold reserves of the country.

As a result, in October 2018 the Bank’s precious metal holdings were raised from the previous 3.10 tonnes to 31.5 tonnes, a tenfold increase. This is the first time that the Hungarian National Bank has bought gold since 1986.

Following the substantial increase in the Bank’s gold reserves in physical form, its repatriation has already taken place. The possession of precious metal within the country is in line with international trends, supports financial stability and strengthens market confidence in Hungary.

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Poland raises gold holdings to record high in September

Poland raised its gold holdings to the highest in at least 35 years, data from the International Monetary Fund showed on Monday.

The country increased its holdings by 4.4 tonnes from August to about 117 tonnes in September, a record, according to data going back to January 1983.

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India Gold/Silver Imports

Imports for August

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Saturday, October 13 2018

Transparent Precious Metal Holdings - Gold/Silver

Flows this week

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Gold/Silver - Futures - COTs - Commitment of Traders

COTs this week

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Friday, October 12 2018

Skepticism reigns about the True state of Chinese central bank gold reserves

One of the most mysterious and unresolved questions in the gold world centers on how much gold reserves the Chinese State, through the Chinese central bank, actually holds. Since October 2016, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), China’s central bank, has continued to announce unchanged gold reserves each month and persistently claims that its official gold reserves remain static at 1842 tonnes.

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Thursday, October 11 2018

Performance Bond Requirements:Metals Margins - CME Group

CME raises Bond Margins by 9.7%

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Wednesday, October 10 2018

5 Charts That Show Why Gold Belongs in Your Portfolio Now

The annual “In Gold We Trust” report by Liechtenstein-based investment firm Incrementum is a must-read account of the gold market, and its just-released chartbook for the 2018 edition is no exception.

The strengthening U.S. dollar has lately dented the price of gold, and rising interest rates are making some yield-bearing financial assets more attractive as a safe haven. But as Incrementum shows, there are many risks right now that favor owning gold in your portfolio.

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Chinese SGE Gold Withdrawals

SGE withdrawals for September

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Nobel laureate says current stock market echoes 1929

Hussman recommends “humble cash” as the best option “because it offers opportunity to respond to deep market losses.” We would refine that a bit. Green cash is a good option under the circumstances Hussman describes. Gold cash is even better. Inflation could become an issue. If it does, gold can do things for you that green cash cannot – like appreciate, rather than depreciate, in value. The inflation does not have to rise to the level summarized in our accompanying photograph either. Historically, gold has proven to be a solid hedge against even comparatively minor doses of currency depreciation.

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