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The Gold Market – Where Transparency means Secrecy
Guest Post – Jayant Bhandari: Gold Price Skyrockets in India after Currency Ban
Synthetic Gold Leasing: More Details Regarding The “Precious Metals” On Chinese Commercial Bank Balance Sheets.
European Central Bank gold reserves held across 5 locations. ECB will not disclose Gold Bar List.
Dear US Mint, We Gave You The FOIA Funds, Now Give Us The Fort Knox Audit Documents!
Bullion Banking 101 – Speech by BullionStar CEO, Torgny Persson
Trump and Gold

Trump and Gold

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  • author Torgny Persson
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It was an event-filled and turbulent evening last night as the results for the 45th US presidential election rolled in, signalling that the majority of the American electorate had voted for Republican candidate Donald Trump. Trump received over 270 of the 538 electoral college votes needed to secure a majority. Trump will now be inaugurated as … Continue Reading arrow

Swiss gold refinery Argor-Heraeus to be acquired by Private Equity investors
Gold Is Going To Play A Role In A New Monetary System. Interview Koos Jansen by ‘Dutch Financial Times’
Bullion Banks pass the parcel on El Salvador's gold reserves

Bullion Banks pass the parcel on El Salvador's gold reserves

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  • author Ronan Manly
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Eighteen months ago I wrote a short synopsis of a gold sales transaction by the central bank of El Salvador wherein it had sold 80% (about 5.5 tonnes) of its official gold reserves. The title of the post was “El Salvador’s gold reserves, the BIS, and the bullion banks“. If you thought, why the focus … Continue Reading arrow

Central Bank Austria Claims To Have Audited Gold at BOE. Refuses To Release Audit Reports & Gold Bar List
BullionStar attends LBMA Conference in Singapore, October 2016
The Great Physical Gold Supply & Demand Illusion
Tracking the gold held in London: An update on ETF and BoE holdings
From Bank of England to LBMA - The 'Independent' Chair of the LBMA Board
How Constant Is Gold’s Purchasing Power?

How Constant Is Gold’s Purchasing Power?

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  • author Koos Jansen

An often-perceived analysis in the gold community is that gold is the constant in our global economy. But is this true? Yes and no. Allow me to share my observations. Although gold has an exceptionally constant nature, and we have yet to see another currency that can compete with gold’s constant nature, the reality is, … Continue Reading arrow

Blood Brothers: The Bank of England and the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA)
From Gold Trains to Gold Loans – Banca d’Italia’s Mammoth Gold Reserves

From Gold Trains to Gold Loans – Banca d’Italia’s Mammoth Gold Reserves

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  • author Ronan Manly
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Italy’s gold has had an eventful history. Robbed by the Nazis and taken to Berlin. Loaded on to gold trains and sent to Switzerland. Flown from London to Milan and Rome. Used as super-sized collateral for gold backed loans from West Germany while sitting quietly in a vault in New York. Leveraged as a springboard … Continue Reading arrow

Guest Post:
Infographic: The Indian Gold Market

Infographic: The Indian Gold Market

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  • author Torgny Persson
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The Indian gold market is one of the world’s largest and most extensive gold markets, with an estimated 23,000 tonnes of private gold held within India’s borders. In India, gold is revered and held as a traditional form of savings and wealth preservation, particularly in the form of gold jewellery. With minimal gold mining production, … Continue Reading arrow

Additional Gold & Silver & Platinum Coins GST-free in Singapore
Chinese Gold Bar Photos – Lost in Translation

Chinese Gold Bar Photos – Lost in Translation

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  • author Ronan Manly
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China is now in pole position as regards annual global gold mining output. Much if not all of Chinese domestic gold mining output is refined into standard gold by Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) approved refiners and then sold through the SGE. A lot of recycled gold in China also flows through the same refineries. As of … Continue Reading arrow

China’s Rising Gold ETF Market: A Hybrid
IMF Gold Sales - Where 'Transparency' means 'Secrecy'
What Are These Huge Tonnages In “Precious Metals” On Chinese Commercial Bank Balance Sheets?
Dutch Central Bank Refuses To Publish Gold Bar List For Dubious Reasons
Is there any gold bullion stored at the US Mint in Denver?

Is there any gold bullion stored at the US Mint in Denver?

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  • author Ronan Manly
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Anyone with even a passing interest in US official gold reserves will probably recall that the US Treasury claims to hold its gold (8,133.5 tonnes) over four locations in continental United States, namely at three US Mint facilities in Fort Knox (Kentucky), West Point (upstate New York), Denver (Colorado), and at the New York Fed … Continue Reading arrow

Song Xin: Increase Gold Reserves And Join SDR.

Song Xin: Increase Gold Reserves And Join SDR.

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  • author Koos Jansen

The Chairman of the China Gold Association and General Manager and Party Committee Secretary of China National Gold Group Corporation, the latter being China’s largest gold mining enterprise, is Song Xin and happens to be one of my favorite commentators in China. This gentleman made waves in July 2014 when he candidly wrote on Sina … Continue Reading arrow

The World’s largest Precious Metals Refineries

The World’s largest Precious Metals Refineries

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  • author Torgny Persson
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There are many precious metals refineries throughout the world, some local to their domestic markets, and some international, even global in scale. Many, but by no means all, of these refineries are on the Good Delivery Lists of gold and/or silver. These lists are maintained by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and they identify … Continue Reading arrow

The Power Of The Gold Community: Crowdfunding For FOIA Request Fort Knox Audit Documents Completes Within 24 Hours.
Spectacular Chinese Gold Demand 2015 Fully Denied By GFMS And Mainstream Media
The Gold Price And Global Flows. The UK Net Imported 152 tonnes In June.

The Gold Price And Global Flows. The UK Net Imported 152 tonnes In June.

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  • author Koos Jansen

On a firmly rising gold price the UK is one of the largest net importers of gold in 2016. The gold price went up 25 % from $1,061.5 dollars per troy ounce on January 1 to $1,325.8 on June 31. Over this period the UK net imported 583 tonnes and GLD inventory mushroomed by 308 tonnes. In … Continue Reading arrow

Infographic: The Chinese Gold Market

Infographic: The Chinese Gold Market

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  • author Torgny Persson
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This Chinese Gold Market infographic guides you through the largest physical gold trading market in the world, China. An impressive 16,000 tonnes of gold are held within China’s borders. Did you know that the Chinese wholesale demand for physical gold was an astounding 2,596 metric tonnes in 2015? This was supplied by China mining more … Continue Reading arrow

Golden Stockpiles – The Key to Gold as a Store of Value and Safe Haven
The Charade Continues – London Gold and Silver Markets set for even more paper trading
Australia Customs Department Confirms BullionStar’s Analysis On Gold Export To China.
“How Safe is your Gold?” – Transcript of Speech by BullionStar CEO

“How Safe is your Gold?” – Transcript of Speech by BullionStar CEO

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  • author Torgny Persson
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The following is the transcript of a presentation made by BullionStar’s CEO Torgny Persson on 14 July 2016 to an audience at the FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas, USA: Liberty is Prevailing Freedom, ladies and gentleman. Freedom is the right to think, speak and act the way that we want. I think I speak for … Continue Reading arrow

GLD Sponsor dodges disclosure details of Bank of England sub-custodian in latest SEC filing
Austrian Mint sells 41 tonnes of gold coins and gold bars in 2015

Austrian Mint sells 41 tonnes of gold coins and gold bars in 2015

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  • author Ronan Manly
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Earlier this year, the director of marketing and sales at the Austrian Mint confirmed to Bloomberg in an interview that the Mint’s combined gold bar and gold coin sales in 2015 had totalled 1.32 million troy ounces, a 45% increase on 2014, while the Mint’s silver sales in 2015 had reached 7.3 million ounces, a … Continue Reading arrow

Execs flee GLD – The revolving door at the SPDR Gold Trust Sponsor
Wrap-Up of BullionStar’s visit to FreedomFest 2016 in Las Vegas
Rand Paul’s keynote at FreedomFest 2016, and BullionStar’s interactive game
How Safe is your Gold?” – BullionStar CEO’s speech at FreedomFest
BullionStar exhibiting at FreedomFest in Las Vegas
SPDR Gold Trust gold bars being held at the Bank of England

SPDR Gold Trust gold bars being held at the Bank of England

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  • author Ronan Manly
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One of the most notable developments accompanying the gold price rally of 2016 has been the very large additions to the gold bar holdings of the major physically backed gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). This is especially true of the SPDR Gold Trust (ticker GLD). The gold bar holdings of the SPDR Gold Trust peaked at 1353 … Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Gold Demand 973t In H1 2016, Nomura ...

Chinese Gold Demand 973t In H1 2016, Nomura ...

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  • author Koos Jansen

Chinese wholesale gold demand, as measured by withdrawals from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), reached a sizable 973 metric tonnes in the first half of 2016, down 7 % compared to last year. Although Chinese gold demand year to date at 973 tonnes is slightly down from its record year in 2015 – … Continue Reading arrow

Bullion coin sales boost Mints' revenues - Inside BullionStar
Gold & Brexit

Gold & Brexit

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  • author Torgny Persson
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In what was an extraordinary day for global financial markets, and a day which will no doubt become legendary and enter folk memory in the UK and elsewhere, the electorate of the United Kingdom voted 51.9 % to 48.1% to leave the European Union. As the first count results began trickling in during the very … Continue Reading arrow

Saving in Gold vs. Investing in Gold

Saving in Gold vs. Investing in Gold

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  • author Torgny Persson
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There are differing views on choosing the optimal percentage of gold to hold in an asset portfolio. These different viewpoints depend on how one views gold. Those looking for a return on their money in currency terms perceive gold as an investment which they can sell at a currency price higher than what they bought … Continue Reading arrow

Currencies are Worthless

Currencies are Worthless

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  • author Torgny Persson
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16 June 2021 is exactly five years from today. What will the gold price be on 16 June 2021? Currencies are Worthless As the world’s fiat paper currencies have lost 99% or more of their purchasing power over the last 100 years, its critical to understand that fiat paper currencies are not a suitable unit … Continue Reading arrow

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