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Chinese Weekly Gold Demand Highest Since February
Mr Torgny Persson, CEO of Bullionstar Pte Ltd interviewed by Channel NewsAsia on 28 August 2014!

Mr Torgny Persson, CEO of Bullionstar Pte Ltd interviewed by Channel NewsAsia on 28 August 2014!

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Mr Torgny Persson, CEO of BullionStar Pte Ltd gave his views on Channel News Asia 28 August on the reason why gold and silver is valuable and why it is better to own gold than diamonds as the pricing of gold and silver is more transparent. Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Gold Demand 1163 MT YTD. Silver Surprise

Chinese Gold Demand 1163 MT YTD. Silver Surprise

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Withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), which equal Chinese wholesale demand, accounted for 35 metric tonnes in week 33 (August 4 – 8). Up 7.25 % w/w, additionally the largest amount withdrawn in 8 weeks. Year to date 1163 tonnes have been withdrawn, for which I estimate 723 tonnes had to be net imported … Continue Reading arrow

India Imports 2559 MT Silver In 5 Months

India Imports 2559 MT Silver In 5 Months

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“Rupee" comes from r?pya, a Sanskrit term for silver coin While silver has been widely used as money in history, at the beginning of the 19th century gold became the dominant metal in trade. At the end of the 19th century central banks erupted around the world and began holding gold in reserve to back their currencies, … Continue Reading arrow

East Asia Geared Up For RMB Gold Trading

East Asia Geared Up For RMB Gold Trading

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Weekly withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), which equals Chinese wholesale demand, have been nearly flat for four weeks in a row. 33 metric tonnes have been withdrawn in week 32 (August 4 – 8), up a modest 4.2 % w/w. Year to date 1,127 tonnes have been withdrawn, annualized 1,831 tonnes. Gold premiums also remained flat, around … Continue Reading arrow

Global Gold Trade Declines In H1 2014

Global Gold Trade Declines In H1 2014

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After having seen unprecedented amounts of physical gold moving across the globe in the aftermath of the goldprice collapse in April 2013, trade has been less robust in the past few months. In 2013 the UK net exported 1424 metric tonnes, Switzerland gross imported 3061 tonnes and gross exported 2777 tonnes, Hong Kong gross imported 2239 tonnes and gross exported … Continue Reading arrow

Buying gold using Bitcoin at BullionStar!

Buying gold using Bitcoin at BullionStar!

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Watch this video to see when David from CoinRepublic visited BullionStar’s bullion retail shop at 45 New Bridge Road in Singapore to buy gold using Bitcoins. Continue Reading arrow

Shanghai Silver In Backwardation

Shanghai Silver In Backwardation

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Today the front month silver contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) closed at an 8 % premium over London spot. Therewithal the futures curve of silver is in backwardation; silver is scarce in Shanghai. Backwardation means the future price is lower than the present spot price. Normally the futures curve of precious metals is in contango, meaning … Continue Reading arrow

Swiss Kid Explains Ukrainian Gold Transport By US
Chinese Gold Demand 1094 MT YTD, Silver Premium At Record High
HMRC And Eurostat Alter Historic UK Gold Trade Data

HMRC And Eurostat Alter Historic UK Gold Trade Data

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It was in August 2013 when I started digging into UK gold trade data. While at the time China was importing unprecedented amounts of gold, through customs data I was able to track the source all the way back to the UK, home of the London Bullion Market. In 2013 the only available database for … Continue Reading arrow

Guest Post: 5 Chinese Ghost Cities That Came Alive
Chinese Gold Demand 1063 MT YTD

Chinese Gold Demand 1063 MT YTD

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Total Chinese Reserves Reach 15,000 Tonnes For ten days I’ve been on vacation without internet, hence I missed one week to report on withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) vaults. Here is a quick overview of what happened in the Chinese gold market in week 29 and 30. In week 29 (July 14 -18) 32 metric … Continue Reading arrow

BullionStar’s opening ceremony
Interview with BullionStar’s CEO on the development of the Asian gold market
Chinese Gold Demand 998 MT YTD

Chinese Gold Demand 998 MT YTD

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Demand In Week 28 Low At 25 MT According to the SGE reports published every friday on the previous trading week, Chinese wholesale gold demand year to date, as measured by SGE withdrawals, came in at 998 metric tonnes at the end of July 11 – at the time of writing it surely has passed 1000 tonnes. If we … Continue Reading arrow

India Imported 713 MT Of Silver In April, 1921 MT YTD
Is BullionStar’s Bitcoin idea as good as gold?

Is BullionStar’s Bitcoin idea as good as gold?

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Bullionstar’s forray in allowing investors to trade Bitcoin for precious metals was featured in E27 – Asia’s leading resource platform for innovation-led businesses. Continue Reading arrow

ICBC: A New Global Currency Setup Is Being Conceived
For How Long Will People Trust Fiat Money?

For How Long Will People Trust Fiat Money?

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On The Essence Of Exchange Rates I had an interesting conversation with a central banker a couple of days ago. He’s a friend of a friend and works at the Dutch central bank – will be working at the ECB next month. I invited him for drinks to ask him about banking in general and the … Continue Reading arrow

Does Wall Street Even Notice That The Emporer's Not Wearing Clothes?

Does Wall Street Even Notice That The Emporer's Not Wearing Clothes?

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Written by Chris Marcus, Arcadia Economics. There are several aspects about working in today’s financial industry that are less than perfect, although gaining an insight into how many on Wall Street think and why they make the decisions that they do is certainly one of the positives. In fact what many on the outside often … Continue Reading arrow

Guest Post: Holding The metals In A Post-Western World

Guest Post: Holding The metals In A Post-Western World

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Written by roguefaction A recent Chairman of that private corporation in control of the finances – perhaps even, the destiny – of the USA for the past 100 years, famously referred to the yellow metal as “a barbarous relic”. Although this Ph’d prophet of policy-managed markets has hardly been a fount of wisdom in the … Continue Reading arrow

Enlightening presentation by CEO Torgny Persson at Passport to Freedom conference in Las Vegas 2014!
Guest Post: Are The Chinese Ghost Cities Really Empty?

Guest Post: Are The Chinese Ghost Cities Really Empty?

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“China is the most talked about, but the least understood", was recently being said on CNBC. I fully agree – from what I know of the Chinese gold market. Western reporting on China swings from the most powerful economy after the US, that will soon take pole position, to the biggest financial bubble on the face … Continue Reading arrow

Launch of BullionStar’s new shop

Launch of BullionStar’s new shop

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BullionStar’s new one-stop-shop for bullion is opening Monday 14 July 11:00 am. Location: 45 New Bridge Road New Bullion Showroom, Retail Shop & Vault – All in one location! With the move we will no longer have any operations in Marina Bay Financial Center Tower 2. More information will follow shortly. Continue Reading arrow

A high score of 8/10 at Bullion Reviews Singapore!

A high score of 8/10 at Bullion Reviews Singapore!

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A big thanks to our customers on their great reviews of BullionStar on Bullion Reviews Singapore! Find out how we managed to score a high score of 8 upon 10. Continue Reading arrow

Bitcoin Bullion Dealers Seek Asian Market Entrance in Singapore

Bitcoin Bullion Dealers Seek Asian Market Entrance in Singapore

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BullionStar’s CEO was intereviewed by leading alternative currency news portal, Coindesk, for being the first bullion dealer in Asia to offer Bitcoin payment for purchasing physical precious metals. Continue Reading arrow

The Straits Times 25th May 2014 – Taking a shine to gold and silver
Gold Price Manipulation Goes Mainstream On German TV
Chinese gold demand 694 MT YTD, Silver In Backwardation

Chinese gold demand 694 MT YTD, Silver In Backwardation

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Total Chinese wholesale gold demand year to date reached 694 metric tonnes in week 18 (28-4-2014/30-4-2014), annualized 2004 tonnes. During that week 23 metric tonnes of gold were withdrawn from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) in only three days! The SGE was closed on May 1 and 2. If the SGE would have been open for … Continue Reading arrow

China Its Tentacles Reaching All Over The Globe
India Imports 32 Tonnes Of Gold In February

India Imports 32 Tonnes Of Gold In February

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Without further ado here are the official trade numbers from the DGCIS. INDIA IMPORTED 32 TONNES IN FEBRUARY. Gold premiums provided by Nick Laird from sharelynx.com. SILVER GROSS IMPORT WAS 486 TONNES. YTD 920 TONNES OF SILVER, ANNUALIZED 5520 TONNES. In Gold We Trust Continue Reading arrow

Ukraine Another CIA Coup

Ukraine Another CIA Coup

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The CIA has been involved in the Ukraine for quite some time. CIA director, Brennan, visited the Ukraine in mid April to consult with this coup government. To understand what is happening in the Ukraine we need to put this into historical context. We need to understand that the CIA has overthrown dozens of governments … Continue Reading arrow

Internationalization Renminbi Requires Increase In Gold Reserves
SGE Withdrawals 29 MT In Week 16, YTD 635 MT

SGE Withdrawals 29 MT In Week 16, YTD 635 MT

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From April 14 to 18, week 16, 29 metric tonnes of gold were withdrawn from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange. In week 15 it was 21 tonnes, so demand, which equals SGE withdrawals, is slightly picking up. Although it’s nowhere near the figures we saw in the beginning of this year, when there were … Continue Reading arrow

Sprott Money Interview Ask The Expert: Koos Jansen

Sprott Money Interview Ask The Expert: Koos Jansen

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* Koos Jansen interview recorded April 16, 2014 Sprott Money News (SMN): Hi, welcome back to this week’s Ask the Expert. I’m Geoff Rutherford for Sprott Money News, and on the line with me today, we have Koos Jansen of In Gold We Trust. Koos is the founder and writer of In Gold We Trust. … Continue Reading arrow

Guest Post: The Golden Age Of Our Times Is The Age Of Gold

Guest Post: The Golden Age Of Our Times Is The Age Of Gold

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Towards a new international monetary system – Part 2. [This is the English translation, first published here on 2014/04/10, of the original article written in French] We first established in January 2013 the need to resolve the problem of the international monetary system, and its absolute priority. [1] We then proposed in May 2013 a … Continue Reading arrow

The Story Of Black Gold And The Seven Sisters

The Story Of Black Gold And The Seven Sisters

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A four part Al Jazeera documentary about the history of oil cartels and how geo-political relations are dominated by oil. This documentary may shine some more light on the current tensions in the Ukraine, Syria and the East China Sea archipelago.   Continue Reading arrow

SGE Withdrawals Equal Chinese Gold Demand, Part 3

SGE Withdrawals Equal Chinese Gold Demand, Part 3

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On April 4, 2014 Alasdair Macleod published an extensive analysis on the Chinese gold market. I felt obligated to respond to it by sharing my point of view and explain where I disagree with his analysis. I think his estimates are largely overstated because he double counts certain demand categories. He states Chinese gold demand … Continue Reading arrow

Edward Snowden Testimony At PACE, April 4, 2014

Edward Snowden Testimony At PACE, April 4, 2014

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For the ones that are interested in Privacy and the NSA, this testimony of Edward Snowden at The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is a comprehensive summary of all his revelations as yet. In 30 minutes you will be fully updated and refreshed! In Gold We Trust Continue Reading arrow

New Physical Gold Exchange In Singapore

New Physical Gold Exchange In Singapore

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I was tipped of by one of my readers on a new gold exchange operating in Singapore; Allocated Bullion Solutions Singapore. After taking a look on their website I asked their public relations desk for the details of their business. Websites can be incomplete and I wanted to be sure on what kind of exchange … Continue Reading arrow

Golden Ruble Symbol Appears In Front Of Russian Bank

Golden Ruble Symbol Appears In Front Of Russian Bank

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Silverdoctors published an article on April 9, 2014 titled: PUTIN SENDS THE WEST A GOLDEN MESSAGE: CENTRAL BANK OF RUSSIA CHANGES LOGO TO GOLDEN RUBLE. The article presents a “Google Translate" from the Russian website 1prime.ru and states the Russian central bank has changed it’s logo into a Golden Ruble. From Silverdoctors: According to reports … Continue Reading arrow

Deposit Insurance System Will Increase Physical Gold Demand China

Deposit Insurance System Will Increase Physical Gold Demand China

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Within 2014 the State Council aims to implement a new deposit insurance system for its banks. While one might think this is meant to lower systemic risk, it’s actually meant as a step to shift risk from te government to its citizens. Handing the people the opportunity to be more responsible for their own financial … Continue Reading arrow

The Great HFT Debate With Michael Lewis On CNBC

The Great HFT Debate With Michael Lewis On CNBC

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Great watch on High Frequency Trading Trading rigging markets. The debate about HFT is between William O’Brien, BATS Global Markets Presidents, Brad Katsuyama, IEX Group President, and Michael Lewis, Author of Flash Boys. Broadcasted on CNBC April 2, 2014. In Gold We Trust Continue Reading arrow

Interview Jim Rickards On The Death Of Money

Interview Jim Rickards On The Death Of Money

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I had the privilege to meet with Jim Rickards, while he was in The Netherlands for one day, to do an interview about his new book “The Death Of Money“. Accompanied by friend (and author of the book the The Big Reset) Willem Middelkoop we met at the hotel were Jim was staying and for one and … Continue Reading arrow

Indians Desperate For Gold Because They Know Their Rulers Are Thieves

Indians Desperate For Gold Because They Know Their Rulers Are Thieves

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I found this a very informative interview about the Indian gold market. Sunny Pannu asks Jayant Bhandari, institutional advisor and writer with jayantbhandari.com, to briefly summarize the most important aspects of the Indian gold market. The Asian Gold Myth In Gold We Trust Continue Reading arrow

Week 10, SGE withdrawals 36 MT, 454 MT YTD

Week 10, SGE withdrawals 36 MT, 454 MT YTD

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The price of gold is rising, but is this purely because of the tensions in the Ukraine? Not entirely, I think it adds fuel to a supply shortage created by enormous Chinese physical demand since April 2013. While paper sentiment might change today or tomorrow, the physical reality will eventually be the main driver to … Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Gold Demand 418 Tonnes YTD, West Confused

Chinese Gold Demand 418 Tonnes YTD, West Confused

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Another week (24-02-2014/28-02-2014), another 49 mt of Chinese gold demand in the form of withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange vaults. Withdrawals year to date account for 418 mt. This brings February Chinese gold demand to 172 mt, down 30 % from an all-time 246 mt record in January. Let’s not talk about the COMEX. In … Continue Reading arrow

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