Opinion: China is about to come clean about how much gold it really owns

 

To join elite currency club, Beijing may agree to more transparency of its holdings

China may be ready to tone down its secrecy over state gold holdings — thanks to complicated maneuvering on the renminbi potentially joining the International Monetary Fund’s monetary reserve denominator, the special drawing right, later this year.

As part of diversification of reserve holdings, over the past five years China is widely believed to have amassed official gold reserves well above its officially reported total of 1,054 tons, a figure that Beijing has maintained unchanged since 2009 in data reported to the IMF. Gold mines in China — the world’s biggest bullion producer for the past eight years, with 2014 output of 452 tons — have been quietly selling some of their output to the state, possibly several hundred tons in some recent years.

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Japan to keep printing money for years to come, so learn to enjoy it

There are no one-way bets in global finance, but Japan’s stock market comes close. The authorities are about to funnel large sums into Japanese stocks openly and deliberately under the next phase of Abenomics, both by regulatory fiat and by purchasing the Nikkei index directly with printed money.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe is unshackling the world’s biggest stash of savings, the $1.3 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF). Officials say the ceiling on equity holdings will rise from 12pc to around 20pc as soon as August, opening the way for a $100bn buying blitz. Continue reading

China Deal Benefits Obama Donors

Administration-approved takeover by Chinese oil company provides Obama backers windfall

The government watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Treasury Department for records pertaining to the department’s decision to grant a Chinese government-backed company access to oil deposits in the Gulf of Mexico, a move that will benefit Obama donors.

The Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) reached a “definitive agreement” with Nexen, Inc., a Canadian energy company, announced on July 23, 2012, to buy all of the company’s outstanding public shares. Nexen has holdings in the Gulf of Mexico and Canada, giving the Chinese government access to millions of barrels of Keystone XL and Gulf reserve oil. Continue reading

GOLD BANK RUN ACCELERATING…NOW THE SWISS WANT THEIR GOLD BACK- ALL 1040 TONS OF IT!

It should be interesting to see how the US will handle massive orders from multiple countries at once. There seems to be a momentum building among nations for wanting their gold out of the US and things might become even more interesting after all the chatter in recent months about gold reserves in the US being very low, non-existent, or gold bars filled with tungsten.

With last week’s announcement by the Bundesbank of the repatriation of 674 tons of German gold from Paris and NY over the next 7 years, we predicted that an avalanche of gold repatriation requests would soon be made to the BOE and the NYFed.

It appears that Switzerland may be next to the game, much to the dismay of the SNB.  The Swiss gold initiative, an initiative to Secure the Swiss National Bank’s Gold Reserves, launched in March 2012 by four members of the Swiss parliament, has grown to 90,000 supporters.

Once 100,000 supporters are achieved, the Swiss Parliament must take up the referendum.  Continue reading