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?

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The Bundesbank has now withdrawn the original schedule to repatriate 150 tons from the US before 2015.

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.

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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:

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.

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.

We suspected correctly…

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?

gold vaultA rightwing group has submitted more than 106,000 signatures to the federal authorities, seeking a vote on stopping the sale of gold reserves held by the Swiss National Bank (SNB). It also wants gold bars stored in the US to be returned.

The group, led by members of the Swiss People’s Party, the far-right Swiss Democrats and the Lega dei Ticinesi movement, is confident a nationwide vote will be called on the issue once the signatures are verified. A date still has to be set by the government. The collection of the necessary 100,000 signatures over 18 months was hard going but a last-minute effort ensured they reached the goal in time, activists said on Wednesday. People’s Party parliamentarian Luzi Stamm criticised the sale of gold reserves which started 13 years ago following a decision to abandon the gold standard.

The initiative also seeks to enshrine in the constitution a clause obliging the central bank to keep a minimum of 20 per cent of its assets in gold, twice the current level.

Bernanke-Dimon-Fed-TunnelSaturday, ZH broke the story that JPMorgan’s secret Manhattan gold vault (the largest vault in the world) was directly across the street, and connected via underground tunnels to the NY Fed, which supposedly houses over 25% of the world’s central bank gold reserves.

Today via our friend Pining from TFMetals, we offer readers a rare glimpse inside the secret (until now) tunnel between the NYFed & JPM’s gold vaults.

JPM ChaseAfter uncovering JPMorgan’s secret gold vault in London last week, the Tylers at ZeroHedge have discovered via several documents buried at the CFTC’s website revealing that JPMorgan’s secret gold vault in Manhattan is across directly the street from none other than the NY Fed.

The vault, according to one of the original architects, is the largest gold vault in the world at over a football field in length, was built on the Manhattan Island bedrock 5 stories below street level to withstand a direct nuclear blast, and is literally connected by underground tunnel to the NY Fed’s gold vault.  

Can you say gold rehypothecation?

NY Fed goldNational Geographic has released an intruiging documentary inside some of the world’s largest and most secure vaults- including the NY Fed’s gold vault:
For over 80 years, armoured cars have navigated Manhattan’s narrow streets carrying millions and sometimes billions in gold deposits- in and out of the one bank trusted enough to guard almost one-quarter of the entire world’s gold supply.  You heard it right.  Nearly 25% lives here at 33 Liberty St.  

The cameras roll following a $55 million gold delivery into the NYFed, and 5 floors below street level onto the Manhattan Island bedrock itself.

Between the Treasury Dept’s recent release of their internal gold audit of Treasury gold held at the NY Fed and the following propaganda video tour, The cartel doth protest too much methinks.

National Geographic’s full documentary on the NY Federal Reserve Gold Vault is below:

gold bear market cnbcSubmitted by Deepcaster:

All Investment Cognoscenti know that The Fed’s “Communication Policy” is aimed at Financial and Market Ends, not at Truth. (Here, should we rely on The Fed’s earlier expressed “Guidance,” or this week’s “Scaling Back” Hint? They can not both be True.)  Indeed that Policy could well be paraphrased “Tell whatever Lie you need to, to achieve your Goals.”

Those recently released Minutes, for example, achieved a Primary Fed Goal of blowing the Gold and Silver Prices down through Major Resistance, and a Secondary one of cooling somewhat inflated Equities and Commodities Prices.   As leader of The Cartel (Note 1) a Cornerstone of The Fed’s Policy is, and has long been, to suppress Gold and Silver Prices, lest they further devalue their Fiat Currencies and Treasury Securities, and so they will not alarm the Hoi Polloi about the intensifying Price Inflation (e.g., 9.24% in the U.S. – Note 2) which their Ongoing Monetary Inflation is increasingly producing.

sprottIn the midst of the latest epic cartel paper gold and silver raid this week, legendary precious metals expert Eric Sprott sat down with The Doc for an exclusive, MUST LISTEN interview. 
In one of his best and most shocking interviews ever, Eric discusses the latest gold and silver raid, his take on the platinum & palladium markets, the Bundesbank’s recent gold repatriation request and the correlation with massive physical gold buying in Asia, and his view on how the endgame of the Western financial/ debt crisis will play out.

Sprott stated that the Treasury Department’s 2012 GAAP budget deficit report was an astonishing $6.9 Trillion, and this has not been reported in 1 single major news outlet!  He also stated that the US government may be exporting German gold from the NY Fed to China, and that despite their recent apparent success, he expects that one day soon the cartel will be brought to their knees simply by traders standing for delivery of physical metal.

Eric Sprott’s full MUST LISTEN audio interview with The Doc is below:

goldrepatriationGuest Post

Venezuela, Switzerland, Libya, Netherlands, Iran…

The announcement by the Bundesbank, the central bank of Germany, saying that it would repatriate 300 metric tons of gold held by the New York Federal Reserve raised many concerns. First, Fed attorney Scott Alvarez told Congressman Ron Paul, R-TX, during a House Subcommittee meeting in June 2011, that the Federal Reserve does not and has not held any gold bullion since 1934.  Second, it appears overall trust in the United States and the global monetary system in general is waning faster than the value of the U.S. dollar.  Germany also plans to repatriate all of its 374 metric tons of gold stored at the Banque de France in Paris. It is unclear what effect the Bundesbank’s move will have on the price of gold, but history tells us to prepare for a spike.

As expected here at SD, the latest Fed minutes are pure propaganda claiming the Fed may end QE soon as the economy is recovering more quickly than expected. This is as even Walmart’s sales are crashing.

Cue the anticipated smash in gold and silver.

and….Gold & silver dropping vertically as expected.  Unbelievable.

Full Fed Minutes release is below: