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Koos Jansen

Koos Jansen

Koos Jansen is a precious metal analyst from the Netherlands. Koos
mainly provides unique insights about Chinese gold market.

Interview Koos Jansen By Lars Schall, November 2015

Interview Koos Jansen By Lars Schall, November 2015

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I was interviewed by Lars Schall on behalf of Matterhorn Asset Management, 4 November 2015. Please listen to the podcast below, or you can read the transcript provided with links for further reference. Wa talked about PBOC gold purchases, the London Bullion Market, The Shanghai Gold Exchange, the Silk Road Economic Project and much more! Continue Reading arrow

Interview Willem Middelkoop About The Big Reset

Interview Willem Middelkoop About The Big Reset

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  • author Koos Jansen

The very reason I became interested in gold after the financial crisis in 2008 was because of Dutch gold guru, author, journalist, entrepreneur, and fund manager Willem Middelkoop. When I started reading his books I was immediately obsessed with economics and the gold market – along with thousands of others across the world. Who would have … Continue Reading arrow

The PBOC Was Buying Gold in London In The Nineties

The PBOC Was Buying Gold in London In The Nineties

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I couldn’t resist translating this must read from 1993 in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad (h/t @frankknopers) about the gold sales by the Dutch central Bank (DNB). Presumably, “a part” of the 400 tonnes sold at the time through the Bank For International Settlements went to the Chinese central bank. Although we don’t know for sure … Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Gold Import At 1,152t YTD, Annualized 1,438t

Chinese Gold Import At 1,152t YTD, Annualized 1,438t

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Withdrawals from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), our measure of Chinese wholesale gold demand, accounted for 43 tonnes in week 47 (spanning from 30 November until 4 December). Year to date SGE withdrawals have reached 2,405 tonnes. SGE withdrawals in 2015 have broken every record, though Chinese (consumer) gold demand is not likely … Continue Reading arrow

China’s Gold Army

China’s Gold Army

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As part of the wide analysis of the Chinese domestic gold market I would like to share that since the seventies there is a special army in China dedicated to gold. It’s called The Gold Armed Police – if you can read Chinese have a look at this Wikipedia page. It’s no coincidence this army … Continue Reading arrow

Renminbi Internationalization And China’s Gold Strategy

Renminbi Internationalization And China’s Gold Strategy

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Here we go! A seminar about gold supporting the internationalization of the renminbi and China’s financial strength was held in Beijing on 18 September 2015. One of the keynote speakers was Song Xin, President of the China Gold Association (CGA), Chairman of the Board of China International Resources Corporation, President of China National Gold Group Corporation … Continue Reading arrow

Silver Maple Leaf Sales Surge 76 % Y/Y

Silver Maple Leaf Sales Surge 76 % Y/Y

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In the third quarter 9.5 million ounces (295 tonnes) of silver were sold in Maple Leaf Coins by the Royal Canadian Mint, according data released on Friday. Third quarter silver coin sales at the Canadian Mint were up 76 per cent from the third quarter in 2014 and up 40 % from the second quarter in 2015. The … Continue Reading arrow

What Happened To The Shanghai International Gold Exchange?

What Happened To The Shanghai International Gold Exchange?

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Withdrawals from the vaults of the largest physical gold bourse globally, the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), accounted for 54 tonnes (in week 45 / 16 until 20 November), up 10 % from last week. Year to date SGE withdrawals have reached 2,313 tonnes, which is an all time record. Please make sure you’ve read The Mechanics … Continue Reading arrow

Switzerland Gold Export China October 29t

Switzerland Gold Export China October 29t

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First, withdrawals from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), our best measure for Chinese wholesale gold demand, accounted for 49 tonnes in week 44 (9 – 13 November), up 9 % from the previous week. Year to date SGE withdrawals have reached 2,259 tonnes, which is already more than any previous yearly total. … Continue Reading arrow

Reuters Spreads False Information Chinese Gold Lease Market

Reuters Spreads False Information Chinese Gold Lease Market

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A reporter from Reuters asserts there is 2,000 tonnes of gold tied up in the Chinese gold lease market. Once again, we will debunk these fictitious statements. Kindly be advised to have read Mechanics Of The Chinese Domestic Gold Market and Chinese Gold Trade Rules And Financing Deals Explained before you continue. (More in depth information … Continue Reading arrow

SGE Withdrawals Break Yearly Record. World Gold Council Continues To Hide Insatiable Chinese Gold Demand.

SGE Withdrawals Break Yearly Record. World Gold Council Continues To Hide Insatiable Chinese Gold Demand.

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The amount of gold withdrawn from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), which equals Chinese wholesale gold demand, accounted for 45 tonnes in the trading week that ended on 6 November. Year to date SGE withdrawals have reached an astonishing 2,210 tonnes, which is more than the full year record set in 2013 at … Continue Reading arrow

UK Gold Export To China Hit Record In September, Chinese Gold Import 156t

UK Gold Export To China Hit Record In September, Chinese Gold Import 156t

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According to the most recent data from Eurostat the UK has net exported 37.6 tonnes of gold to China in September, an all-time record. This figure is up 25 % m/m and up 280 % y/y. The UK started exporting gold directly to China in April 2014 when it shipped 5 tonnes to the mainland while for the first time bypassing … Continue Reading arrow

Largest Ever Chinese Gold Deposit Has Been Found 2,000m Undersea In Shandong

Largest Ever Chinese Gold Deposit Has Been Found 2,000m Undersea In Shandong

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The largest ever gold deposit in China has been found in the East China Sea, near the Sanshan Islands in the Shandong province, at a depth of 2,000 meters, the People’s Daily Online reported on Tuesday. The Shandong Provincial No. 3 Institute of Geological and Mineral Survey announced on Monday the massive gold deposit in … Continue Reading arrow

COMEX Deliveries vs SGE Withdrawals

COMEX Deliveries vs SGE Withdrawals

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Withdrawals from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange, a number by which we can measure Chinese wholesale gold demand, accounted for 47 tonnes in week 42 (26 – 30 October 2015). Strangely, this is a weak number if we compare it to the rest of this year. Still, 47 tonnes of gold equals 47,000 … Continue Reading arrow

The LBMA Conference And The 'Confusion' About Gold Round Tripping
The Official Chinese Gold Trade Rules By The PBOC

The Official Chinese Gold Trade Rules By The PBOC

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Readers can download the original Chinese Measures for the Import and Export of Gold and Gold Products from the People’s Bank Of China (PBOC) here. Be advised the Measures for the Import and Export of Gold and Gold Products can be confusing if not connected to Chinese trade rules in general. In the translation below reference is being made … Continue Reading arrow

Why Austria Is Repatriating Gold From London

Why Austria Is Repatriating Gold From London

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At the LBMA conference in Vienna, which was held from 18 – 20 October 2015, the Executive Director of the Austrian central bank, Peter Mooslechner, was interviewed by Editor-in-Chief for Kitco News, Daniele Cambone. You can watch the interview here. This particular interview is interesting because the central banker from Austria made some exceptional remarks … Continue Reading arrow

Russia's VTB Bank Joins As SGE Member. Chinese Direct Gold Imports Increase

Russia's VTB Bank Joins As SGE Member. Chinese Direct Gold Imports Increase

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Another strong week for gold demand at the Shanghai Gold Exchange – China’s main physical gold bourse. From 19 until 23 October 57 tonnes have been withdrawn from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), according to data released on Friday by the SGE. Year to date 2,119 tonnes have been withdrawn. With a … Continue Reading arrow

SGE Withdrawals At Record High 1,958t YTD

SGE Withdrawals At Record High 1,958t YTD

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Year to date withdrawals from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) came in at a staggering 1,958 tonnes on 25 September 2015 – a record high – according to data released by the SGE on Friday. In week 38, which runs from 21 September until 25 September, 66 tonnes of gold were withdrawn … Continue Reading arrow

How Much Gold Is China Importing And Does It Still Correlates to SGE Withdrawals?

How Much Gold Is China Importing And Does It Still Correlates to SGE Withdrawals?

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We have some catching up to do in terms of discussing Chinese gold import in H1 2015 and how this relates to withdrawals from Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) vaults. For this post it’s advised you’ve read The Mechanics Of The Chinese Domestic Gold Market to have a basic understanding of the physical gold supply and … Continue Reading arrow

The Chinese Gold market: Lost In Translation

The Chinese Gold market: Lost In Translation

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There are a few analyses making rounds on the internet about gold owned by the People’s Bank Of China (PBOC). I’m always interested in these analyses, as I like to be aware of all knowledge available on this subject, but I rarely agree with them. The big questions that remain in the gold space are, … Continue Reading arrow

Guest Post: 47 years after 1968, Bundesbank STILL fails to deliver a gold bar number list
The Real Reason Belgium Sold 1,098 Tonnes Of Gold

The Real Reason Belgium Sold 1,098 Tonnes Of Gold

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Belgium sold 1,098 tonnes of its official gold reserves since 1978. For our global investigation how much physical gold central banks have stored at what location and how much is leased out, I decided to submit the local equivalent of a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request at the central bank of Belgium, de Nationale Bank … Continue Reading arrow

German Central Bank Publishes Gold Bar List

German Central Bank Publishes Gold Bar List

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The central bank of Germany, the Bundesbank, has published the bar list of all German official gold reserves stored in Frankfurt am Main, London, Paris and New York. The list contains the bar numbers, melt or inventory numbers, the gross and fine weight as well as the fineness of the gold. German official gold reserves … Continue Reading arrow

Chinese And Russian Central Bank Continue To Add Gold To Official Reserves: 16 & 31 Tonnes In August

Chinese And Russian Central Bank Continue To Add Gold To Official Reserves: 16 & 31 Tonnes In August

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The People’s Bank Of China (PBOC) has added 16 tonnes of gold to its official reserves now totalling 1,694 tonnes in August 2015. The gain in August is the third monthly increment in a row after a period of silence by the PBOC since 2009. The change in reporting, the amounts reported and the fact the … Continue Reading arrow

Swiss Competition Commission investigates UBS and JuliusBaer on possible collusion in PM trading
The London Float And PBOC Gold Purchases

The London Float And PBOC Gold Purchases

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Did the PBOC covertly buy 1,747 tonnes of gold in London? This BullionStar blogpost is part of a chronological storyline. Please make sure you’ve read The Mechanics Of The Chinese Domestic Gold Market, PBOC Gold Purchases: Separating Facts from Speculation and The London Bullion Market And International Gold Trade, or it will be difficult to understand … Continue Reading arrow

The London Bullion Market And International Gold Trade

The London Bullion Market And International Gold Trade

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Shortly after Ronan Manly released its epic post on 7 September 2015 about how much gold there is left in London, an email exchange started circulating among a small group of bloggers in a joint effort to figure out the apportionment between monetary and non-monetary gold in the capital of England. The group of bloggers consists … Continue Reading arrow

New York And London Gold In Backwardation

New York And London Gold In Backwardation

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Not often in financial markets is the future price of gold is lower than the spot price (live), but lately we’ve witnessed such an event in both the New York and London gold market. This is called backwardation, the opposite of contango. What causes backwardation and will it increase the price of gold? In my … Continue Reading arrow

Economic Times: India imported 138t Gold In August. YTD 998t

Economic Times: India imported 138t Gold In August. YTD 998t

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Last week I reported India had shipped in 126 tonnes of gold in August according to provisional data. Newswire The Economic Times today reports India has imported 138 tonnes of gold in August, which is 9 % more than my estimate. Year to date India has imported 666 tonnes of gold, up 69 % year on year. Annualized … Continue Reading arrow

It’s virtually impossible to get physical gold in London

It’s virtually impossible to get physical gold in London

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Just after my colleague Ronan Manly wrote a very extensive article on how much gold is left in London (not much), Petropavlovsk Chairman and Co-Founder Peter Hambro discusses gold at Bloomberg Television. He, like Manly, concludes there is very little physical gold left in London. From Mr Hambro: My baseline is they [the Chinese] have been buying … Continue Reading arrow

India Precious Metals Import Explosive - August Gold 126t, Silver 1,400t

India Precious Metals Import Explosive - August Gold 126t, Silver 1,400t

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In the month of August 2015, India imported 126 tonnes of gold and 1,400 tonnes of silver, according to data from Infodrive India. Gold import into India is rising after a steep fall due to government import restrictions implemented in 2013. Year-to-date India has imported 654 tonnes of gold, which is 66 % up year … Continue Reading arrow

Record Monthly Gold Export UK to China

Record Monthly Gold Export UK to China

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The UK net exported a record 32.4 tonnes of gold directly to China mainland in June 2015. In 2014 the conventional conduits of bullion flows to China, from all around the world first to Hong Kong and then to the mainland, have been replaced by direct exports. For example, the UK is exporting bullion directly to China … Continue Reading arrow

The Concept Of Money And The Money Illusion

The Concept Of Money And The Money Illusion

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Awareness about the concept of money is making a comeback. Gone are the decades in which the global citizenry was fooled to leave this subject to economists, governments and banks – a setup that has proven to end in disaster. The crisis in 2008 has spawned debate about what money is, where it comes from … Continue Reading arrow

Guest Post: Eurodollars And The Gold Market – Part One

Guest Post: Eurodollars And The Gold Market – Part One

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Written by Alexander Mirolyubov One of the most important factors driving the gold price is financial stress. When the latter is changing it always finds a resolution in the interest to the yellow metal. However, gold price adjustments can pass immediately or with some kind of delay. 
This time lag is important to gold investors … Continue Reading arrow

Theory On China’s Gold Strategy

Theory On China’s Gold Strategy

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Developments at the Chinese central bank (PBOC) hint at more moves towards gold. The most important recent gold developments are; (i) the PBOC updated its official gold reserves from 1,054 tonnes to 1,658 tonnes on 17 July, (ii) the PBOC devalued the renminbi by approximately 3 % on 11 August, (iii) the PBOC again updated … Continue Reading arrow

Analyzing PBOC Official Gold Reserves Increment

Analyzing PBOC Official Gold Reserves Increment

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As always, please make sure you’ve read The Mechanics Of The Chinese Domestic Gold Market before continuing. Finally last Friday the People’s Bank Of China (PBOC) updated its official gold reserves, from 1,054 tonnes, a figure reported since 2009, to 1,658 tonnes. Most gold analysts expected a number substantially higher than what was just disclosed. In this … Continue Reading arrow

China Rapidly Changing International Gold Market

China Rapidly Changing International Gold Market

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Since 2007 China has the largest domestic gold mining output, since 2011 the Shanghai Gold Exchange has been the largest physical gold exchange and in 2013 and 2014 China was the largest importer. Now the Chinese seek to escalate pricing power. From the beginning of the liberalization of China’s gold market in 2002, the governor … Continue Reading arrow

How Much Are Chinese Gold Reserves?

How Much Are Chinese Gold Reserves?

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There has been much speculation about a slide from chairman and secretary-general of the China Gold Association Zhang Bingnan presented at the LBMA forum in Shanghai June 25, 2015. The slide states Chinese gold reserves are 9,816.03 tonnes, however, this refers to in ground mining reserves. I have never received so many emails and tweets as … Continue Reading arrow

Global Financial Turmoil, Gold Price Doesn’t Move

Global Financial Turmoil, Gold Price Doesn’t Move

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It’s remarkable the Greek tragedy has had no influence on the gold price in recent weeks. We’ve heard repeatedly Europe and Greece could not reach a deal for an extended bailout, are financial markets suffering from Euroscrisis fatigue? Team Dijsselbloem-Juncker states they stretched all they could and offered the Greek government a reasonable deal that … Continue Reading arrow

Former US Mint Director Clueless On Gold In Fort Knox

Former US Mint Director Clueless On Gold In Fort Knox

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The Curious Case Of Edmund C. Moy Former US Mint director Ed Moy has made numerous false and self-contradictory statements regarding the gold at Fort Knox – a facility managed by the US Mint. The is post is a sequel to A First Glance At US Official Gold Reserves Audits, Second Thoughts On US Official Gold Reserves Audits and … Continue Reading arrow

Gold Fund To Serve The New Strategy Of The Silk Road, Lead The New Gold Development
Strong Withdrawals Mainland & Hong Kong Gold Vaults

Strong Withdrawals Mainland & Hong Kong Gold Vaults

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From June 8 – 12 withdrawals from SGE certified vaults in China mainland and CME Kilobar vaults in Hong Kong accounted 76 for tonnes. Withdrawals from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) and Shanghai International Gold Exchange (SGEI) came in elevated for this time a year at 46 tonnes in week 23 (June 8 … Continue Reading arrow

Bank Of England Custodian Gold Drops 351t

Bank Of England Custodian Gold Drops 351t

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The Bank Of England (BOE) has recently released its annual report in which it’s disclosed the gold held in custody for a range of customers was 5,134 metric tonnes on February 28, 2015, down 351 tonnes (6 %) form the previous year. The data on gold in custody at the BOE is disclosed in billions of Great British … Continue Reading arrow

Interview Gold Futures Trader Petko Bankoff

Interview Gold Futures Trader Petko Bankoff

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Out of my interest in every participant in the gold market – not only physical gold advocates – I’ve interviewed gold futures trader Petko Bankoff from Bulgaria. Thanks Petko for your time to answer my questions! What’s your background? I graduated the High School of Maths and Natural Sciences with the specialty “Earth sciences and English … Continue Reading arrow

Bank Of China Joins LBMA Gold Price (London Gold Fix)

Bank Of China Joins LBMA Gold Price (London Gold Fix)

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Originally published by the LBMA. Tuesday 16th June 2015. LBMA Gold Price – Bank of China joins as new participant. The LBMA today is pleased to announce that the Bank of China has been approved by ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) to participate in the LBMA Gold Price auction process, administered by IBA. On 20 March, … Continue Reading arrow

Rectification Chinese Gold Trading Rules

Rectification Chinese Gold Trading Rules

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I’ve found more detailed rules on the workings of the Chinese gold market regarding, (i) the use of onshore renminbi for contracts traded on the Shanghai International Gold Exchange (SGEI), (ii) gold sales of Chinese domestic gold mines. Previously I’ve written posts on these subjects that contained inaccurate information that I would like to correct. … Continue Reading arrow

Western Consultancy Firms Continue Making Up False Arguments To Debunk SGE Withdrawals

Western Consultancy Firms Continue Making Up False Arguments To Debunk SGE Withdrawals

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More false arguments – that should explain the difference between Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) withdrawals and Chinese gold demand as disclosed by the World Gold Council – are being spread in the gold space. The most recent argument is gold export from China. Since 2013 I’ve been writing the World Gold Council (WGC) is grossly … Continue Reading arrow

The Redeployment of Asia’s Forex Reserves

The Redeployment of Asia’s Forex Reserves

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China’s New Silk Road initiatives provide it with a way to use its huge pile of foreign exchange, and its gold-buying could lead to more balanced international monetary regime By Miriam L. Campanella and Koos Jansen Originally published on Caixin Online. The New Silk Road initiatives, also known as the “One Belt, One Road" plan, … Continue Reading arrow

Media Failure On Russian Gold Reserves

Media Failure On Russian Gold Reserves

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Last week I wrote how I can disagree with other media, be it mainstream or alternative, Chinese, Russian or English, on the reporting of the gold market. This week another perfect example came by, from Russian news outlet Sputnik International. According to this press agency the Russian Central Bank (CBR) currently holds 360 billion US … Continue Reading arrow

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