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A HUGE story shocked the market today as the Dutch repatriated 122.5 tons of PHYSICAL GOLD to Amsterdam. 
Let’s head immediately to see the major data points for today.

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The Netherlands has repatriated about 130 tonnes of their gold reserves, according to a press release published by the central bank.
The gold was repatriated from the vaults of the Federal Reserve in New York back to the vault of ‘De Nederlandsche Bank’ in Amsterdam.
This operation took several months and was done in complete secrecy.
The full press release on this secret gold repatriation by the Dutch central bank:

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In this 20 page MUST READ report, Tocqueville’s John Hathaway breaks down why The Fed denied Germany’s gold repatriation request, the disappearing COMEX gold (with registered inventories currently at their lowest total since 1998), synthetic vs physical gold (rehypothecation vs the real thing), dark pools of London, gold as a source of bullion bank funding, the creeping collateral grab, and why YOUR LIQUID WEALTH IS NAKED!
Do You Know Where Your Gold Is? 

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On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold.
On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB’s assets.
Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland’s central bank.
Will the Swiss throw a wrench into Western Central Banks’ plans by voting to get their gold back??

goldIt’s Official!
Germany has decided its gold is safe in American hands.
The Americans are taking good care of our gold... Objectively, there’s absolutely no reason for mistrust.

Absolutely no reason for mistrust, or absolutely no gold left to repatriate?  
We’ll let our readers come to their own conclusions. 

Bernanke-Dimon-Fed-TunnelItaly’s central bank, the Banca d’Italia, has recently published an important document detailing the storage locations and composition of the country’s gold reserves. The document confirms that Italy’s gold is held across four vault locations, three of which are outside Italy.
This is a significant announcement given that the Banca d’Italia is the world’s third largest official holder of gold after the U.S. and Germany. Italy officially holds 2,451.8 tonnes of gold, worth more than €72 billion (US$ 100 billion) at current market prices [1].
In the detailed three page report focusing exclusively on its gold reserves (and only published in Italian), the Banca d’Italia reveals that 1,199.4 tonnes, or nearly half the total, is held in the Bank’s own vaults under its Palazzo Koch headquarters on Via Nazionale in Rome, while most of the other half is stored in the Federal Reserve Bank gold vault in New York.

Blythe Masters Jamie DimonAlthough the western media at large, and especially the mainstream in the United States, remarkably never reported the event, the United States Government defaulted on Germany’s request to have some portion of its gold shipped from the Fed custodial vaults back to Germany.
That’s right – the U.S. outright defaulted.

Bundesbank German goldWhat we have just discovered, and what presumably few people in the English speaking world are aware of, was that the Bundesbank had made an earlier gold repatriation request (to the much publicized 300 ton repatriation request) in the fall of 2012, to ship home 150 tons  from the US in three years (ending in 2015).  So after January 2013 two repatriation schedules co-existed. They were not mutually exclusive – meaning Germany expected to see back was 150 tons from the US by 2015 – and ultimately 674 tons by end-2020 from both the US and France.
This was the plan…
However, it appears the Buba has folded from pressure from the Fed after a mere 5 tons of Germany’s gold reserves were delivered in 2013 as the Handelsblatt reports: ”The Bundesbank no longer feels bound to the concrete repatriation commitment time table they now admit for the first time.

The Bundesbank has now withdrawn the original schedule to repatriate 150 tons from the US before 2015.

Caption Contest 1The Financial Times has told investors that they should act like the German Bundesbank and “demand physical gold” and warned that gold price “manipulation” could end “catastrophically“.
“There’s surely no chance that the Fed’s little delivery difficulty has anything to do with the cat’s-cradle of pledges based on the gold in its vaults?  As has been remarked here before, forecasting the price is for mugs and bugs.
But one day the ties that bind this pixelated gold may break, with potentially catastrophic results. So if you fancy gold at today’s depressed price, learn from Buba and demand delivery.”

goldIt transpired last week that of the 43-odd tonnes per annum the Bundesbank expects to be returned from the New York Fed, only 5 tonnes arrived in 2013.
Furthermore, of the 373.7 tonnes stored with the Banque de France, only 32 tonnes was delivered. This is little more than a morning’s delivery in the London market, so it is hard to swallow the Bundesbank’s excuses about logistics.
The burning question is why is it so difficult to get its gold back?

Bernanke-Dimon-Fed-TunnelIn the eyes of TPTB, it is one thing when a fringe financial blog such as SilverDoctors reports on and discusses the fact that the gold reserves supposedly held 5 stories below the NY Fed are likely rehypothecated and vaporized long ago.  It is another thing entirely when the former top personality on Fox News, and whose news website The Blaze is the 140th most visited website in the entire US, devotes 20 minutes of TV time discussing the German’s attempts to repatriate their gold reserves, and discusses the implications of what the Fed only returning 37 tons of re-cast gold bullion to the Bundesbank in year 1 likely means.
In Glenn Beck’s own wordsThe situation is worse than even I thought it was….There’s not alot of that gold (at the Fed) really left.  The answer is rehypothecation.
How hard is it to return the Bundesbank’s gold? It has their stamp on it!  The reason the German gold is being returned over 7 years is that a phone call came in to the Germans and said  ‘Hey, Rehypothecation, Dude! There’s not enough gold here!  We were playing a game!’
Once people demand their hard asset back, the entire thing collapses!

It appears the gold manipulation and rehypothecation story has just gone mainstream.

I have heard second hand information that the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and the Federal reserve (the custodian of the Dutch gold in New York) had some correspondence in recent years about monetary gold, but the Dutch did not decide to repatriate any gold because the subject was rather sensitive, according to my source.
On December 12, 2013 I sent the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) a WOB request to inspect all correspondence, from the past 45 years, regarding monetary gold between DNB and all other central banks, mainly the Federal Reserve.
The next day I got a call from DNB in which they told me they received the request and it would be processed, confirmed by a letter four days later.
But then on December 20, 2013, I got another letter from DNB.
Translated in short: the WOB act (Dutch FOIA Act) applies for just about everything the government does, except its gold dealings. What a surprise..

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Quilter Cheviot Investment Director & precious metals expert Ned Naylor-Leyland joins The Doc & Eric Dubin on this week’s SD Weekly Metals & Markets for an in-depth discussion on gold & silver.
Ned discusses the German investigation into precious metals market manipulation- and why unlike the CFTC, the German’s have the motivation to conduct a real investigation.
We cover the Bundesbank’s attempts to repatriate its gold reserves: why NNL is “da*n sure” the Germans knew their gold was gone, and that after only receiving 37 tons in year 1, Ned almost wonders whether the Germans will get ANY more, and states that we are likely seeing the last little trickle of the repatriation game kicked off by the Venezuelans.
Naylor-Leyland believes it is difficult to say the price of gold has really fallen when you see such a complete divergence between demand for the underlying and the price on the screen and that redemption for precious metals investors may not be far off:
We’ve all been long and wrong for awhile, but with the kind of premiums in India- the same kinds of premiums that broke the London Gold Pool last time around- the same 20% ish arbitrage opportunities.  The physical is swirling around madly, and I see a change taking place very soon.

The MUST LISTEN SD Weekly Metals & Markets with Ned Naylor-Leyland is below:

gold vaultA survey for the World Gold Council found that just 4% of people in Italy would back plans to sell the nation’s gold reserves according to Bloomberg.
Some 52% of citizens and 61% of business people would support the use of the nation’s gold reserves to reduce debt costs, the World Gold Council said. The study by Ipsos MORI surveyed 1,009 Italian citizens aged 16-70 and 300 business leaders.

Whether to sell Italy’s national gold reserves is an interesting question. A perhaps as interesting question and more important question in the light of the Troika expropriation of bank deposits is will Italians begin to diversify some of their savings in Italian banks into gold bullion?
The answer is almost certainly yes and the recent trickle of Italian money flowing into gold bullion, including into vaults in Switzerland, is likely to become something far more substantial in the coming weeks.
Capital flows out of periphery European banks and into gold has been quite low up until now but with deposits not safe now in the European Union that is likely to change and gold is likely to be one of the beneficiaries of the huge uncertainty that the Troika has managed to create about the banks in many European countries.