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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.

China Continues To Drain Global Gold Inventory

China Continues To Drain Global Gold Inventory

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Withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), the best indicator for Chinese wholesale demand, have been strong in 2014. In total 2,102 tonnes was loaded out from the SGE vaults. Mid 2014 withdrawals were relatively low, then they ramped up in September. In this post we’ll examine where this gold was sourced from. At this … Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Lunar Year Gold Buying At Full Steam: 61t Withdrawn From SGE Vaults In 1 Week

Chinese Lunar Year Gold Buying At Full Steam: 61t Withdrawn From SGE Vaults In 1 Week

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As I mentioned last week, January is the time of the year for the Chinese to buy golden gifts for their love ones. And that is exactly what they are currently doing en masse, according to the latest data from the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE). An astonishing 61 tonnes have been withdrawn from the vaults in … Continue Reading arrow

Wikileaks 1976: PBOC Focussed On Gold & SDR’s

Wikileaks 1976: PBOC Focussed On Gold & SDR’s

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Another piece of the puzzle. The next Wikileaks cable is a summary of a meeting that took place in October 1976 between, among others, chairman of the Federal Reserve, Arthur Burns, and a delegation of Chinese bankers from the PBOC. For the record, this was five years after Nixon suspended US dollar convertibility into gold and one month after … Continue Reading arrow

We Can Not Pretend Forever Gold Is Worth $42.22

We Can Not Pretend Forever Gold Is Worth $42.22

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The lawful owner of the 8,134 tonnes of official gold holdings of the United States is the US Treasury. The Federal Reserve handed over the official gold reserves to the Treasury in 1934 and in return received gold certificates – which, by the way, are not redeemable for gold, only for dollars, but that’s not … Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Lunar Year Gold Buying Frenzy Started

Chinese Lunar Year Gold Buying Frenzy Started

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Every year around January first the Chinese ramp up gold buying at retail level to an unprecedented pace (click, click and click to read about the buying spree last year). The Chinese calendar (Lunar Year) is slightly different than the Western (Gregorian) calendar. In China new year will be celebrated on February 19, 2015, this time to begin the year … Continue Reading arrow

The Turkish Gold Standard, Part 1

The Turkish Gold Standard, Part 1

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One the most interesting gold markets around, but least talked about, is the Turkish gold market. The Turkish people have a strong tradition that goes back thousands of years to save in physical gold and it’s estimated 5,000 tonnes of gold are owned privately. Additionally, the Turkish central bank (CBRT) has implemented a model in … Continue Reading arrow

Yearly Shanghai Silver Volume Transcends COMEX Again, SGE Withdrawals Nearly 2,100t

Yearly Shanghai Silver Volume Transcends COMEX Again, SGE Withdrawals Nearly 2,100t

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Happy New Year from the BullionStar team! In 2014 silver futures traded on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) accounted for 2,908,168 tonnes. On the COMEX 2,123,387 tonnes were traded, 37 % less than in Shanghai. First let’s have a look at the latest SGE trade report of week 52 (December 22 -26). Total SGE gold withdrawals was a staggering 58 … Continue Reading arrow

The Netherlands Planned To Introduce New Currency In 2012

The Netherlands Planned To Introduce New Currency In 2012

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The Netherlands (and likely Germany as well) made concrete plans in 2012 to switch to a new currency in case the euro would crash. Not long after the emergency currency was ready the Dutch began repatriating 122.5 tonnes of gold from New York. This can be very important as there is a possibility the Eurocrisis will ignite again. Monday … Continue Reading arrow

Federal Reserve Bank New York Lost 47t Of Gold In November

Federal Reserve Bank New York Lost 47t Of Gold In November

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The number we all have been waiting for; The Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), which is the custodian for parts of the official gold reserves of 36 nations and the IMF, e.g. The Netherlands and Germany, saw its inventory of foreign gold deposits drop by 47 tonnes in November 2014. Year to date … Continue Reading arrow

Gold Chat About The Chinese Gold Lease Market

Gold Chat About The Chinese Gold Lease Market

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As some of you may have noticed Bron Suchecki, manager at the Perth Mint and publisher of the Goldchat blog, wrote a critical article about my recent post on the Chinese gold lease market. Firstly I would like to thank him for the work he does writing critical articles on blogs in the gold space that have lost touch with … Continue Reading arrow

Turd Ferguson Interviews Koos Jansen

Turd Ferguson Interviews Koos Jansen

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Turd Ferguson interviewed me last Thursday (October 9, 2014), a conversation worth sharing because we talked about a lot of subjects, like Chinese gold demand (government demand and non-government demand), the Shanghai Gold Exchange, the PBOC, the SDR, the IMF, the Turkish gold market, the Chinese silver market, etc. There were of course a thousand things I … Continue Reading arrow

China Buys 45t Of Gold Ahead Of Golden Week

China Buys 45t Of Gold Ahead Of Golden Week

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The National Day Golden Week, a one week holiday in China mainland, yes, the Chinese name their holidays golden, began on October 1 this year, so that’s when trading stopped on the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) and Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE). This means I only have half a story for you today. The latest withdrawal data from the SGE always … Continue Reading arrow

Confirmation PBOC Doesn't Purchase Gold Through SGE

Confirmation PBOC Doesn't Purchase Gold Through SGE

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Last week I wrote Scotiabank had released an unveiling report on Chinese gold demand, written by Na Liu of CNC Asset Management Ltd.. In the report Na stated what I’ve been publishing for over a year: the amount of gold withdrawn from the vaults of the Shanghai Gold Exchange equals Chinese wholesale gold demand. This report put a little smile on my … Continue Reading arrow

New York Fed Gold Stock Tumbles 15 Tonnes In August

New York Fed Gold Stock Tumbles 15 Tonnes In August

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Could it be sie Germans? Every month the Federal Reserve bank of New York (FRBNY) publishes the amount of gold it holds in custody for 36 foreign central banks and the IMF. After a significant drop in July of 24 tonnes, 15 tonnes were withdrawn from the vaults in August. Germany is the only country, that I’m aware of, … Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Gold Demand Explosive

Chinese Gold Demand Explosive

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Whilst western media are still under the assumption Chinese gold demand is declining, based on data from the World Gold Council and net gold export from Hong Kong to China mainland, in reality demand is extremely strong. As I’ve previously written, the lower the price of gold will go the more physical gold will be purchased by … Continue Reading arrow

Workings Of The Shanghai International Gold Exchange

Workings Of The Shanghai International Gold Exchange

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This post is part of the Chinese Gold Market Essentials series. Click here to go to an overview of all Chinese Gold Market Essentials for a comprehensive understanding of the largest physical gold market globally. This post was updated in late 2017. “This event is a major milestone in China’s opening of its financial market to foreign investors. The … Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Gold Demand 41t in week 37, 1331t YTD

Chinese Gold Demand 41t in week 37, 1331t YTD

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The Shanghai International Gold Exchange Is Launched! Where to begin. Much has happened this week in the Chinese gold market; on wednesday the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) released multiple rule books written in English describing every detail on the workings of the SGE and its brand new subsidiary the Shanghai International Gold Exchange (SGEI). Finally the world can read everything... Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Gold Demand 39t In Week 36, YTD 1290t

Chinese Gold Demand 39t In Week 36, YTD 1290t

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Robust Chinese gold demand is keeping up its pace. Chinese wholesale demand, measured by withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange vaults, was 39 tonnes in week 36 (September 1 – 5). Year to to date 1290 tonnes has been withdrawn from the SGE vaults. Blue is weekly withdrawals in Kg, Green is withdrawals year to date … Continue Reading arrow

Another Week Of Strong Gold Demand In China

Another Week Of Strong Gold Demand In China

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Silver remains scarce in Shanghai Shanghai Gold After a very strong week from August 18 to 22, in which SGE withdrawals accounted for 46 tonnes, the sequential week was nearly as strong; in between August 25 and 29 withdrawals from the SGE vaults accounted for 42 tonnes. Year to date 1251 tonnes has left the … Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Weekly Gold Demand Highest Since February

Chinese Weekly Gold Demand Highest Since February

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Withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange vaults, which equals Chinese wholesale demand, in week 34 (August 18 to 22) accounted for 46 metric tonnes, the highest weekly amount withdrawn since late February (25 weeks ago). Year to date wholesale demand stands at 1209 tonnes. It’s worth stressing that this number includes gold that is recycled through the SGE. … 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

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

Swiss Kid Explains Ukrainian Gold Transport By US

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On Jugend-TV, a website that provides a stage for juveniles to present news, 17 year old Michael from Switzerland explains how the US took the sovereign gold reserves of the Ukraine in the turmoil that erupted after president Yanukovich had resigned. Translated by David van der Linden: Full transcript: Geheimtransport Ukrainischen Goldreserven in die USA Hello … Continue Reading arrow

Chinese Gold Demand 1094 MT YTD, Silver Premium At Record High

Chinese Gold Demand 1094 MT YTD, Silver Premium At Record High

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First let’s go through the Chinese SGE report published on August 8, which covers week 31 (July 28 – August 1). The total volume of gold traded on the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) was 258 tonnes, of which 147 tonnes were traded as the spot deferred contracts Au(T+D) and mAu(T+D), the open interest closed at 141 tonnes. Total deliveries of the … Continue Reading arrow

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

Guest Post: 5 Chinese Ghost Cities That Came Alive

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By Wade Shepard from Vagabond Journey, @vagabondjourney Reports of the world’s most populated country having tens of millions of empty apartments and dozens of cities without people sounds like a sick twist of irony. But images of empty streets, barren skyscrapers, and thickets of brand new high-rise apartments housing nobody have been compulsively aired to a global audience that... Continue Reading arrow

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

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

India Imported 713 MT Of Silver In April, 1921 MT YTD

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Indian Silver Demand Strong As Gold Is Curbed Precious metals analysts have received a few gifts from the authorities this year. In January the Swiss Customs Administration (SCA) decided to disclose their gold trade data country specific (previously only the total import and export numbers of bullion were available), also in January British customs (HMRC) decided to add … Continue Reading arrow

ICBC: A New Global Currency Setup Is Being Conceived

ICBC: A New Global Currency Setup Is Being Conceived

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The Chinese Perspective On The International Gold Market At the LBMA Bullion Market Forum in Singapore on June 25, 2014, two very important speakers attended; Xu Luode, chairman of the Shanghai Gold Exchange, and Zhou Ming, General Manager of the Precious Metals Department at ICBC. Me and Torgny Persson have written about the speeches from Xu and Zhou in previous posts, in … Continue Reading arrow

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

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

Gold Price Manipulation Goes Mainstream On German TV

Gold Price Manipulation Goes Mainstream On German TV

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Public TV channel 3sat, which is a cooperation between Germany, Austria and Switzerland, broadcasted a short documentary on gold price manipulation on May 9, 2014. More and more mainstream news outlets are covering the allegedly gold price manipulation, after evidence is pilling up and many other market manipulations, like LIBOR, are coming out. From the Financial Times February 23,... Continue Reading arrow

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

China Its Tentacles Reaching All Over The Globe

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This week Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits four African nations, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya, to boost ties with Africa where Chinese direct investments reached $25 billion in 2013, up 44 per cent from 2008, according to the BRICS post. Li will also meet African Union leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Chinese vice-minister for foreign affairs, Zhang Ming, told … Continue Reading arrow

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

Internationalization Renminbi Requires Increase In Gold Reserves

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I present another intriguing translation, this time from an article by Tan Weihuan “China Gold News” Chief Researcher on the internationalization of the renminbi. What I find interesting is that according to the author China or any other of the BRICS countries in the short term are not interested in a gold backed currency (I share his opinion). … Continue Reading arrow

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

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