Turkey Urges Citizens to Sell Dollars For Gold

As investors watch paper gold price charts and prepare to throw in the towel on gold and silver, big fundamental changes are in motion.

Erdoğan’s Call To Citizens: Sell Dollars For Lira, Gold
December 2, 2016

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Turkish citizens on Dec. 2 to convert their foreign exchange into gold or the Turkish Lira, adding that there was no option other than cutting interest rates to spur growth.

Following his remarks in Ankara, the lira saw fresh lows against the U.S. dollar.

“Those who keep foreign currency under their mattress should come and turn them into lira or gold,” Erdoğan said in a speech to mark the opening of an automotive showroom complex in Ankara.

“Such moves will hurt some people’s game. Do not worry. We will destroy this game together. We saw such things in 2007 and 2008. I then said the problems would not affect Turkey. I am now saying the same thing. The problems will not even touch us,” he added.

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Gold Standard Approved for Islamic Finance, Opening New Market
December 5, 2016

Gold is acceptable for the first time as an investment in Islamic finance after the group that sets standards for the industry adopted Shariah-compliant rules for trading the metal.

The rules approved Nov. 19 allow gold to be used in the $1.88 trillion Islamic finance business, the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions said Monday in a statement. The AAOIFI developed the standards with help from the producer-funded World Gold Council, which has said the new rules could spur demand for “hundreds of tons” of gold.

The SPDR Gold Trust, the biggest exchange-traded fund backed by bullion traded under stock symbol GLD, will probably qualify, and the standard may open new demand to central banks, Mohd Daud Bakar, a Shariah scholar, said at a press conference in Dubai Monday. Comex gold futures wouldn’t qualify because of a physical backing requirement, he said.

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