IMF Concerned About US Supreme Court Ruling on Argentina Debt

haircut bail-inCan the financial authorities compel private debt holders (and also regular bank account owners) to give up their rights to make claims for the full value of their asset when a default takes place?
The answer to this question has huge implications worldwide as the risk of sovereign debt default has never been higher. 
People have always assumed their bank accounts were protected at least up to the amounts that are supposed to be “guaranteed” by entities like the FDIC in the US,  but the IMF and others are attempting to stake out the position that “bail-ins” can be imposed by force in a default crisis situation.
It appears they want to be able to change the rules if they think they need to.  Even including bank depositors.
In a ground breaking case that has MAJOR potential ramifications on the legality of future bail-ins in the US,  the US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of some hedge funds that will be paid the full value of the debt they owned (Argentina debt).  
While this ruling only applies to bond holders, it might apply as a precedent to any future default situation. 

It’s Official – German Gold is Staying in New York at The Federal Reserve

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. 
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How the Fed Works (and its massive conflict of interest)

In the MUST WATCH video below, Sovereign Man’s Simon Black breaks down in explicit detail how exactly the Fed works, as well as its massive conflict of interest. 
The collapse of the dollar began in 1913…it is nearly complete. 
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Banca d’Italia Comes Clean: Half of Italy’s Gold is Held in New York Fed Vault

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. [Read more...]

The Federal Reserve: Masters of the Universe or Trapped Incompetents?

Fed monkeyFor a variety of reasons, the Federal Reserve is viewed by many as the financial Master of the Universe. Given how the media hangs on every pronouncement and the visible power of the Fed’s policies to move markets, this view is understandable.
But suppose rather than being masters of all things financial, the Fed was actually little more than a collection of incompetents trapped in a broken system that is beyond repair.

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If Your Central Bank Keeps Gold At The NY Fed, It’s Gone

bitcoin goneAll bars brought into the vault for deposit are carefully weighed, and the refiner and fineness (purity) markings on the bars are inspected to ensure they agree with the depositor instructions and recorded in the New York Fed’s records. This step is vital because the New York Fed returns the exact bars deposited by the account holder upon withdrawal—gold deposits are not considered fungible.  –NY Fed website

Recall, after a couple of weeks of negotiations in the proverbial smoke-filled room, it was agreed that the U.S. would return 300 tonnes of Germany’s 1500 tonnes being kept in NY Fed vaults over seven years.  This equates to a pro rata 43 tonnes per year (approx).
First year scorecard:  the U.S. shipped back 5 tonnes and they were in the form of bars that had to melted and re-cast.  If you re-read that passage above, it should leave you scratching your head.
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New York Federal Reserve Lying About Gold Storage

gold vaultThe NY Fed states on its website:

All bars brought into the vault for deposit are carefully weighed, and the refiner and fineness (purity) markings on the bars are inspected to ensure they agree with the depositor instructions and recorded in the New York Fed’s records. This step is vital because the New York Fed returns the exact bars deposited by the account holder upon withdrawal—gold deposits are not considered fungible. 

This simply can’t be true. For one, the Bundesbank succeeded to repatriate 5 mt from the NY Fed in 2013 (although they wanted to withdraw 37.5 mt that year to repatriate 300 mt before 2020). Did they get back the exact same bars they once deposited?  No, the bars were remelted. This is only logic as we know New York has a big gold leasing market which is largely facilitated by gold from the NY Fed vaults. No, gold leasing is not a conspiracy, it’s just part of the gold market. [Read more...]

BuBa: Half of German Gold Reserves Will Be Stored in Germany by 2020!

Bundesbank goldThe gold (German reserves) is being transferred to Germany for the first time. Until 1998, only 2% of our gold, or thereabouts, was stored in Germany. In the first year, we transported five tonnes from New York. This year, we will transfer 30 to 50 tonnes, or perhaps even more, from New York to Frankfurt. And there is still next year to come….We will store half of the German gold reserves in Germany by 2020 at the latest.  -Carl-Ludwig Thiele, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, 2/19/14

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17 Questions For The Fed on Gold That Deserve Answers!

17 silverThe U.S. believes in paper dollars and an unbacked debt based currency. Such currency can be created with little more than a few keystrokes on a Federal Reserve computer. Would the Fed and the U.S. government sell gold into the world market to slow the inevitable weakening of the U.S. dollar? Would the Fed and the U.S. government ship (via intermediaries) substantial quantities of gold to China to prevent dumping of T-bonds and dollars? Are gold sales a “delaying action” to extend the reserve currency status of the U.S. dollar?
What will happen to world bond and stock markets if confidence in the financial system evaporates? Would confidence in the financial system be damaged if the world became aware that most of the gold supposedly stored in government and central bank vaults in the western world is “missing?” Is this the primary reason why the U. S. gold vaults have not been audited for over 50 years? [Read more...]

Buba Folds- Withdraws Gold Repatriation Request!

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. [Read more...]

Who Controls The Gold Stealing New York Fed Bank?

Before gold goes berserk like Godzilla rampaging across Tokyo—and frees silver to supernova—let’s have a look into backgrounds of key Federal Reserve personalities, with special focus on the New York Federal Reserve Bank.
The NY FED is the center of an international scandal regarding refusal (incapacity) to return German-owned gold.
The outrage will worsen. [Read more...]

Jim Willie Reveals the SMOKING GUN On US Gold Rehypothecation!

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Jim Willie gunThe Doc sat down with the Golden Jackass himself this weekend for an in-depth interview covering the state of the gold market and the Western banking system.
Willie discusses the German efforts to repatriate their gold reserves (along with the implications of only receiving 5 tons from the NY Fed in year 1), as well as Bafin’s investigation into precious metals manipulation and why unlike the CFTC’s, it is likely to result in criminal charges.
Finally, courtesy information provided by a high level executive at one of the world’s leading private refineries, Willie reveals the ‘smoking gun‘ evidence that proves US gold was rehypothecated over a decade ago!

Jim Willie’s full MUST LISTEN interview with The Doc is below: [Read more...]

Where is the German Gold?

empty-vaultAlmost a year ago, the German government put in a formal request to reclaim (repatriate) a portion of their gold reserves held outside of Germany. Reports on the progress of this initiative have raised quite a few questions.
Now news comes that, in the first year of the plan, Germany only received back 37.5 metric tonnes of their gold. This is only 5% of the total repatriation amount. At this rate, it will take twenty years, not eight, to reclaim the gold!
2014 is going to a consequential year in gold and silver. This German gold story only adds intrigue and fuel for the fire. [Read more...]

FDIC & Bank of England Create Resolution Authority for Unlimited Cyprus-Style “Bail-Ins” for TBTF Banks!

bank failure*BREAKING SD ALERT*
Editor note: Bringing this massive story back to the top of the news feed for those who missed it over the holiday weekend.

On Wednesday, SD broke the news that Canada had buried a provision for depositor bail-ins for systemically important banks deep inside its official 2013 budget, and stated that the Cypriot bail-in was not just a one-off event, but is in fact the new collapse template for the entire Western banking system.

We suspected that the same policy change had been made by the US & the UK, but was simply yet to be discovered, buried in the website of a Federal agency.

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Texas to Repatriate Gold From NY Fed? Them’s Fightin Words!

fightin wordsBy Bill Holter:

There is a bill proposed to the Texas legislature that would allow various state pension plans to invest directly in PHYSICAL Gold.
The proposed bill would create the ability for the state to actually build its own depository where “state sovereign” Gold would be stored.  Can you imagine the response out of Washington if a bunch of redneck, backwoods Texans demanded their Gold be delivered?  Would Texas receive the same “7 year” waiting period response that Germany received when they requested their bullion be repatriated?  The bill would also allow for individuals to eventually store personal Gold in this depository.

If this bill passes, you can pretty much bet that “them’s fighin’ words” will be what we hear out of Washington.  I can already see the dust storm coming.  Were the federal government to spazz out and declare a confiscation and Texas was sitting on a “hoard” of Gold, this dust storm would be a bunch of military tanks rolling along on their way to make a “withdrawal” from the depository.  Say what you will but if you really think about it, other sovereign countries have been invaded and their Gold plundered many times for less.  What do you think happened to Saddam & Qaddafi’s gold? [Read more...]