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How California stayed with gold when the rest of the U.S. adopted fiat money

How California stayed with gold when the rest of the U.S. adopted fiat money

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  • author JP Koning
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When the Union switched over to an inconvertible paper money standard during the American Civil War, California managed to stick to its gold standard. This episode give some insights into why contemporary monetary switches, including a potential displacement of the dollar by bitcoin, are so difficult to achieve. Continue Reading arrow

Separating truth from fiction in China’s golden game of Poker
Russian Central Bank buying Gold on the International market?
Venezuela’s gold in limbo amid tug-of-war at the Bank of England
An early attempt at standardizing money using international gold coins
French central bank and JP Morgan team up to boost Gold Lending
Gold Market Charts: November 2018
Why the US Mint once issued gold discs to Saudi Arabia

Why the US Mint once issued gold discs to Saudi Arabia

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  • author JP Koning
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Shortly after World War II, the U.S. produced almost 200,000 gold discs for Saudi Arabia. Coin collectors usually link the discs to ARAMCO, the Saudi-American company responsible for producing much of Saudi Arabia's oil. This post revisits the monetary arrangements of the era to determine why the discs were actually issued. Continue Reading arrow

LBMA trading volume data confirms the paper gold casino in London
Bank of England refuses to return 14 tonnes of gold to Venezuela
Does the recent spate of Central Bank gold buying impact demand and price?
Gold’s Official Price is $42, and maybe that’s a Good Thing
In surprise move, Central Bank of Hungary announces 10-fold jump in its gold reserves
Skepticism reigns about the True state of Chinese central bank gold reserves
Sanctions Busting, European Style

Sanctions Busting, European Style

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  • author JP Koning
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Germany, France, and the UK intend to create a new Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to enable cross-border payments with Iran, which is currently being sanctioned by the U.S. The SPV will be able to carve out some space for the rest of the world to engage in Iranian trade, but we shouldn't overestimate its ability to override U.S. economic power. Continue Reading arrow

LBMA Clearing and Vaulting data reveal the absurdity of the London ‘Gold’ Market
Paulson’s Shareholders Gold Council finally launches after initial delays
Chinese Gold Panda Coins now trading on the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE)
Why the SEC keeps rejecting Bitcoin ETF listings
As Emerging Market Currencies Collapse, Gold is being Mobilized
Annual Mine Supply of Gold: Does it Matter?
LBMA at the Movies: Golden Turkeys
Spotlight on the HUI and XAU Gold Stock Indexes
Turkey’s Attempt to Mop up Mattress Gold
Chinese Gold Market: Still in the Driving Seat
How much Gold is in the FIFA World Cup Trophy?
Gold’s Price Performance: Beyond the US Dollar
The Shareholders Gold Council (SGC) – “Just don’t mention the Gold Price”
Cashless Society, Negative Interest Rates and Hyperinflation – Part 2
Singapore, Brunei, and the $10,000 banknote

Singapore, Brunei, and the $10,000 banknote

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  • author JP Koning
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This post talks about Singapore and Brunei's $10,000 note, the most valuable banknote denomination in the world. It delves into the historical monetary relationship between the two nations. Continue Reading arrow

Sovereign Money Referendum: A Swiss Awakening to Fractional-Reserve Banking?
Investing in the Noble Metal of Platinum
Gold and the Monetary Blockade on Iran

Gold and the Monetary Blockade on Iran

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  • author JP Koning
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Gold was used as an intermediary commodity for evading sanctions imposed on Iran, particularly in 2012-13. Gold has certain properties, including a high value-to-weight ratio and good liquidity, that made it convenient. Given that sanctions will probably be reimposed, what will gold's role be in the next round of Iranian sanctions? Continue Reading arrow

Gold Market Charts – May 2018
The future of Cash: Iceland vs Sweden

The future of Cash: Iceland vs Sweden

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  • author JP Koning
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When people think about the future of cash, an increasingly cash-lite Sweden is one of the benchmarks that is often brought up. Yet Iceland should not be ignored, since not only does it lead Sweden in digital payments adoption, but it is also experiencing a resurgence in cash usage. Continue Reading arrow

Customer Order Number 100,000 at BullionStar
BullionStar adds Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin as Payment Options and Currencies
Turkey and Russia Highlight Gold’s Role as a Strategically Important Asset
Types of Gold Standards

Types of Gold Standards

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  • author JP Koning
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From one version of the gold standard to the next, society benefited from the price stability afforded by a link to gold while being liberated from some of the metal's inconvenient physical burdens. Continue Reading arrow

Spoofing Futures and Banging Fixes: Same Banks, Same Trading Desks
US Gold and Silver Futures Markets -
China’s Secret Gold Supplier Is Singapore

China’s Secret Gold Supplier Is Singapore

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  • author Koos Jansen

Singapore has been a major gold supplier to China since 2013, which was previously not publicly known. According to Statlink, Singapore net exported 102 tonnes to China in 2017, a record year and up 177 % from 2016. In total China net imported an estimated 1,082 tonnes in 2017, while SGE(I) withdrawals accounted for 2,030 tonnes. Continue Reading arrow

Audits Of US Monetary Gold Severely Lack Credibility
Central Banks Care about the Gold Price – Enough to Manipulate it!
Money as a Measuring Stick

Money as a Measuring Stick

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  • author JP Koning
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Imagine if the world's metre sticks all grew or shrunk a bit each year. That would make for a confusing system of weights and measures, wouldn't it? Well, that is exactly what happens with money. This post looks at the history of the Pound, the weight and the currency, right up to the modern day Pound Sterling. Continue Reading arrow

Why the World’s Central Banks hold Gold – In their Own Words
BullionStar Wins First Place in Bullion Directory’s 2018 Awards
LBMA Alchemy and the London Gold and Silver Markets: 2 Steps Back
Why QE didn’t send gold up to $20,000

Why QE didn’t send gold up to $20,000

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  • author JP Koning
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Because quantitative easing created trillions in new dollars, many people thought that this would lead to a hyperinflation and a much higher gold price. Yet this didn't happen. This post explores why. Continue Reading arrow

The Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin
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