Blythe Masters Jamie DimonI hate to be the bearer of bad news, Switzerland, but what you suspected all along is actually true.
Your gold is gone.
 All of it.
Leased and sold away by your central bankers and politicians.


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By T. Ferguson, TFMetals Report:

As recently as 1996, the Swiss Franc was considered “good as gold”. Why was this the case? Since the early 20th century, the Swiss Franc had offered a reserve backing of gold. This uniquely sound currency had given the country of Switzerland considerable financial power and independence, yet, at the urging of their politicians and central bankers, the Swiss willingly forfeited this enviable position.

The demise of the Franc and Swiss sovereignty began in 1992 when the Swiss made the fateful decision to join the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF’s Articles of Agreement (Article IV, Sec 2b) clearly state that no member country can have a currency linked to gold and, as such, Switzerland immediately set out on a course to de-link the Franc from gold. Just four short years later, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the Swiss government had formed a plan to eliminate the Franc’s gold backing and, in March of 1997, a revision of the Nationalbank Act was passed and all links of gold to the Franc were removed. Further, since the Swiss constitution mandated sound money, it had to be amended, too. Thus, in a hastily organized vote, a new Swiss constitution was approved in May of 2000. ( This served to finally and permanently sever the Franc’s gold backing and initiated the Swiss into the world of global fiat currency.

The SNB has spent the 14 years since leasing and re-leasing the country’s gold reserves. In 1999, the SNB reported gold reserves of 2,590 metric tonnes. The most current “audit” of SNB reserves showed just 1,040 metric tonnes of gold remaining on the balance sheet and I believe that none of this is actual, physical gold. Instead, what the SNB holds are paper claims and promissory notes. The remaining 1,040 tonnes has been sold and re-sold into the marketplace by greedy bullion banks, intent upon suppressing price through the leverage of paper metal futures contracts and rehypothecation. In other words, the “gold” that the SNB claims to hold/own on behalf of the Swiss people is gone. This makes the Swiss people just another bagholder, certain to be left in line wanting with all of the other holders of unallocated accounts when the fractional reserve bullion banking system inevitably collapses.

Furthermore, I’ve come to the conclusion that it was this last bit of Swiss gold that was utilized to suppress and manipulate price away from the alltime highs of September 2011. What makes me think this? Let’s start with a history lesson…

Again, the Swiss officially forfeited their birthright of national independence and sovereignty when they joined the IMF in 1992. Then, by formally de-linking the Franc from gold in 2000, they accepted full membership into the clique of fiat currencies. Regardless, and perhaps just by tradition, the Swiss Franc was still considered a “safe haven” currency as late as 2011. But that’s when things got out of hand.

You recall 2011, don’t you? Under the weight of $600B worth of QE2, the U.S. Dollar Index was collapsing. From a high near 90 in mid-2010, it had fallen to near 73 by the spring of 2011. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. fiscal situation began to wobble as “Debt Ceiling” negotiations took place in Washington and the U.S. credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor’s. The ensuing political rancor drove gold from $1500 to $1900 in eight weeks. Also catching a bid in this “safe haven” trade was the Swiss Franc and, in the summer of 2011, it also rallied over 20%.

We can’t have this!“, screamed the Swiss Keynesians. “Something must be done or our export-driven economy will suffer“, they warned. So what happened next? The SNB went ALL IN.

In the wee hours of Tuesday, September 6, 2011, the SNB announced a permanent and horrific change to the Swiss currency. Henceforth, the Franc would be linked/pegged to the Euro. No more safe haven bid. No more national sovereignty. Going forward, the Swiss were all in. Their fortunes had been officially tied to the fortunes of the European Union, for better or for worse. At this point, there was no further reason to holdany gold in reserve. Why would the Swiss need it? Their currency was now officially fiat and it’s value was permanently pegged to another fiat, the Euro. What purpose would gold serve going forward? As the Keynesians say, it had become “a barbarous relic”.

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Left as the sole remaining “safe haven”, one would have expected a huge rally in gold on 9/6/11, likely moving price up and through $2000/ounce from the weekend close near $1920. Instead, with the same counter-intuitive move to which we’ve all grown accustomed in the time since, gold was raided and price was smashed. Here are some flashback c&ps for you. First two charts from 9/6/11 and 9/7/11 showing the unusual price action:

And, as you might imagine, I was actively chronicling these events on this site. Here’s a sample from Wednesday, Sept 7:

“I think it’s quite clear now why gold responded yesterday in the opposite direction from what you would have expected. With central banks actively managing a debasement of their currencies, we are now seeing them also attempt to actively manage a debasement of gold, too. Be careful. Be very careful.

We all wondered yesterday why gold would plunge on the SNB news. Now we know. In an attempt to mitigate the “negative” effect on francs priced in gold, the SNB sold a massive amount of gold futures at the same time. How do we know this, because it appears that the same thing earlier today.

Yes, that’s 7,000 contracts (700,000 ounces) (nearly 22 metric tons!) dumped on the Globex while London and NY are closed! This should also raise your deja vu spidey senses regarding silver in May. The $ drop in silver was greater because the silver market is considerably smaller. However, it’s the same strategy. Maximize the downward impact and collateral damage by executing the attack at a time of minimal liquidity. This all wreaks of malicious manipulation. If you are trading, be prepared for anything.”

And there you have it. Speculated upon at the time and again here in this post: The SNB is the culprit. It was the remaining SNB gold that was leased and dumped onto the market in late 2011, shoving price back from the record highs and smashing gold for nearly $400 in a little over three weeks. What was left of the Swiss gold was then leased to bullion banks throughout 2012 and the first half of 2013. Physical demand only increased, however, and that remaining Swiss gold has now been delivered to China and points East. Yes, the SNB still shows this leased gold on their balances sheet as an asset. Most every other western Central Bank utilizes the same accounting gimmick. Instead, it should be listed as a liability as the actual, physical underlying is no longer there. It is…gone for good.

Sensing this, a movement has begun in Switzerland to reclaim their sovereignty and birthright. The Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which was the only major party voting against the new Constitution back in 2000, began an initiative last year to re-enforce a gold backing to the Franc. After collecting more than the requisite 100,000 signatures, a national referendum on the issue is planned. First, however, a vote was held last week in Swiss parliament. This procedural vote is basically a “recommendation” from Parliament, designed to impact the eventual, national vote. Here’s how Bloomberg described it in an article dated May 5:


Swiss parliamentarians urged rejection of a popular initiative that would curtail the Swiss National Bank’s independence by requiring it to hold a fixed portion of its assets in gold. 

Members of the Swiss parliament’s lower house voted 129 to 20 with 25 abstentions today against the plan, which demands that at least 20 percent of the central bank’s assets be in gold. It would also disallow the sale of any such holdings and require all SNB gold be held in Switzerland.

No date for a national vote has yet been set. The government in November also recommended the initiative be opposed, saying it would impinge upon the SNB’s ability to conduct monetary policy. Parliament and the multi-party government issue recommendations on all national referendums as a matter of procedure.


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Of course! How could anyone, in their right mind, be in favor of this:

  1. Demanding that at least 20% of your central bank assets be in gold
  2. Disallowing any sale of said gold
  3. Require repatriation of all foreign-held gold

Don’t you silly peasants know what’s good for you? By making these demands, you “impinge on your central bank’s ability to conduct monetary policy” and “curtail the SNB’s independence”!

Then, check this out, also from the same Bloomberg story. Last year, even Thomas Jordan, the head of the SNB, got in on the act:

“SNB President Thomas Jordan took the extraordinary step of commenting on politics last year when he urged rejection of the initiative, saying it would crimp the Zurich-based institution’s independence and force it into “large-scale” purchases to meet the required 20 percent threshold.”

Hmmm. “Large-scale purchases”, just to get back to the 20% threshold? Well, that’s interesting, now isn’t it? And what about this repatriation requirement? Why should that be a big deal? The SNB currently provides this list of its gold storage:

  • 70% (728 mts) of the gold is already held in Switzerland
  • 20% (208 mts) is held at The Bank of England
  • and 10% (104 mts) is held at The Bank of Canada

I can’t speak for the 104 metric tonnes held in Canada but the Swiss people should be very nervous about the gold the SNB allegedly stores in London ( Also, the SNB has been reticent to discuss where in Switzerland their gold is stored. Could this be because the “gold” is stored with the Bank of International Settlements for easy distribution and leasing? And where is the BIS? It’s in Basel, of course. And where is Basel? It’s in Switzerland!! How about that??

Look, I’ll cut the chase here to save some time. Here’s the “open letter”:

To the good people of Switzerland:

You have been scammed and sold down the river. Your politicians and bankers, in a pathetic attempt to consolidate power and curry favor with the EU, have given away your independence and your historic sovereignty. You should be angry.

The initiative you have taken and the referendum you have planned are all well and good. I applaud you for taking these steps within the context of Swiss law and tradition. However, you must understand what is truly at stake and if you don’t take more powerful and forceful acts soon, the likelihood of you ever regaining your birthright as an independent, sovereign nation is slim.

The next steps you undertake must include these:

  • Demand an immediate and full, independent audit of the SNB gold reserves. This is your gold, not the SNB’s, and you should be allowed a full accounting.
  • All Swiss gold that is held domestically must be held in Swiss-owned bank vaultsnot at the BIS.
  • Demand an immediate repatriation of all foreign-held gold. Do not accept excuses regarding “logistics”. Give the BoE and the BoC no more than 90 days to return your gold.
  • Immediately de-peg the Franc from the Euro and divest yourself of all accumulated Euro holdings. Ignore the Keynesian shills who would have you believe that a strong currency is bad for economic growth. 
  • Use the process of divesting yourself of the Euro to accumulate and rebuild your gold reserves. Then, use these reserves to once again partially back your currency. 

The world is rapidly changing and tomorrow will not be like yesterday. The current global financial system, based upon promises, debt and unlimited fiat currency will one day soon by replaced by a system that returns the world to a sound money platform. The monetary powers of the 21st Century will come to the forefront by virtue of their accumulated reserves of soundmoney, not by their addiction to easy money. 

You, Switzerland, still have time to act and prepare but you must move quickly. The possibility exists for you to reverse course and demand change but time is short. The end of the great Keynesian experiment is upon us. Reclaim your gold and your sovereignty now or be forever consigned to the trash heap of fiat currency history.

Faithfully submitted with all sincerity,



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  1. How about an open letter to The Peoples of The World, explaining that the banknotes in their pockets and accounts is only REALLY worth 2% of its original Purchase Power?

    THAT would be a whole lot more productive toward correct thinking about how to devise a permanent solution to our world’s financial-economic quandary.

  2. Looking at our global situation, the collective apathy of the people and their wanton ignorance of sound financial moral spiritual and self governing principles, I see no reason that this ship of humanity should continue to remain afloat. Ignorance is pandemic and worse, an apathetic ignorant population that cannot and will not comprehend its enslavement by the .001% deserves it’s perpetual yoke. So you may ask are we doomed ?! My answer is… Probably, save for Divine intervention. 
    Those of us who are not willing to be bound and shackled to this world wide oppression should not waste our precious time converting the masses. Instead our plan should be as it has always been, to lead by example. Divest ourselves as much as possible from that which perpetuates the system and instruct only those who demonstrate a propensity for same. 
    Those who rule did not get there by instruction but by the destruction of all that is good at the expense of all who are good. We who are left and who realize the manipulation do not have the ability to save the masses who are flailing and drowning in their apathy and ignorance or we will be dragged down with them. The long hard road is the only road that leads to salvation. Quick and easy gets you what we have today. A welfare state that produces a voting block that perpetuates a welfare state which by human propensity prefers being given the fish over learning how. 
    As I write this I am very aware of the time for I will be at work by 5 AM as I am every day. I know all about the hard road, I live it every day and instruct mine on why. I take my own advice as hard as it may be, for my salvation is by my own hand with partial consideration given to Him that let’s me save myself. I recommend you all do likewise, peace.

    • We as children of The Creator, both  individually and collectively, will only turn back/repent once we have come to the expected  end which our own reasoning brings us to, which at this time is  gathered from that which is outside of self, which is a false perception of who we are, governed by our flesh/carnal mind, it is this necessary nakedness/shame/sin where we learn what our soul/Woman is as a help meet to our Spirit, 
      It is our own reasoning {eating of the tree of knowledge of good&evil} which separates or divides our soul and spirit, and we become  as beasts of a field, as our soul is then ruled over by our flesh/carnal mind, this state of being is therefore a duality, or gendering unto gain, which births pride and vanity.
      We {all men} have bean scattered into this age/realm/world/confusion for the purpose of coming to a consensus{ both individually and collectively} that outside of the singleness of ONE, or  law of love, their is no life but only death/corruption
      We are being made in the image of our Father, Who’s soul we are, for  He is the very  Life that we are,  when our Spirit rules over our soul/help meet , we will be as He is, this being our true identity.
      Fear not, for our Brother has overcome this confusion, and made this crooked path straight, and our re-gathering draws near.    

    • silvertonguedevil & good&evil :
      Two marvelous posts. It is truly dispiriting to watch our elected offical, supposed moral/educated men, endorse programs –obvioulsy/in your face programs/ dedecated to getting them re elected that are being pushed through congress.  Amnesty for illegals: voting rights for illegals, free school and benefits provided to illegals–people who have broken our laws treated with more respect than tax paying US citizens. Arming ALL federal agencys with high capacity firearms, body protection, all with the aim of arrest or murder of US citizens who disagree with the government.  Ignoring the president who continues  breaking constitution laws. The list goes ON & ON… I am sick at heart for our country but your two post do give insite as to how to live through and try to combat these evil men now in charge of our government. 

  3. Even the Swiss have been thrown under the bus.   Constant, relentless attacks against this country have worn down what has been as solid as the Alps for hundreds of years. But the real attack came from within, from poisous bankers and money changers who work their way inside the system/
    The karmic comeuppance being felt by the Swiss is their lot now.    I don’t feel sorry for them.  They chose their path.  Supposed neutrality has its own costs.   The IMF is just another arm of the globalists who work within city state of D.C.  The IMF cannot allow any currency to be undebased.

    • @AGXIIK
      “Even the Swiss have been thrown under the bus.”
      Indeed so.  But then, this fact was pretty obvious when the Swiss tied their currency to the euro.  The image in my mind when I read about that was of someone tying their luxury yacht up to the Titanic AFTER it had struck the iceberg but was still afloat.  I don’t recall hearing anyone say then that this would end well for the Swiss… and it hasn’t.

    • The problem could be them using their military muscle to take those mines… either directly or, more likely, via proxy.

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