3 Minute Gold News – Jim Rickards – New Gold Standard Using IMF’s World Money – July 4 2018

3 Minute Gold News

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An article synopsis of Jim Rickards, New York Times bestselling author of The New Case for Gold, The Death of Money, Currency Wars and The Road to Ruin, from Agora’s subscription newsletter Gold Speculator. (I’m not paid anything for the shout out.)

Jim is the Editor of Strategic Intelligence, Chief Global Strategist for Meraglim Inc., former general counsel for Long Term Capital Management, and a consultant to the U.S. Intelligence community and U.S. Department of Defense.

by: Elaine Diane Taylor

 

Topics:

Gold
SDR
China
Pegging the SDR to Gold
Global Monetary Reset
Argentina

 

Jim Rickards

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Jim Rickards climbing Denali June 2018

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GLOBAL MONETARY RESET

Monetary policy around the world is unstable and can’t keep going on. There’s no limit on debt creation. (“They just print more” from The Rise and Fall of Empires.)

The system is growing exponentially and there’s no anchor.

People believe governments will be saved by central banks.

The problem is now too big for central banks to fix. It’s an inverted pyramid of promises poised on a small sliver of real money called gold.

The pyramid is bound to tip over and crash as it has many times in the past, from the Jubilees of ancient Israel to the global financial crisis of 2008.

For years, financial analysts have discussed a Global Monetary Reset (GMR) because the whole world’s system is unstable and unsustainable.

The 2008 panic would have closed banks and capital markets around the world but central bank intervention created tens of trillions of dollars to save it.

All of that bailout money they printed still hasn’t been fixed. Things didn’t go back.

It sowed the seeds of the next crisis.

A new system will have to be made. It will be based on a mix of U.S. dollars, gold, the IMF’s world money called special drawing rights (SDRs), and maybe an encrypted distributed ledger (blockchain).

It might revert to fixed exchange rates instead of the current floating system.

The Reset would be a return to something like the old Bretton Woods system (1944–1973) but with 21st-century characteristics and technology.

This is what is meant by the Global Monetary Reset.

It will happen. The big questions are how and when?

HOW

It will happen either:

1.)
In a proactive way before a crisis hits, by holding a conference like Bretton Woods (1944), the Plaza Accord (1985) or the Louvre Accord (1987).

Or

2.)
In a chaotic fashion in response to a new financial crisis, like the G-20 Washington summit led by George Bush and Nicolas Sarközy in Nov. 2008.

Jim has always believed the Global Monetary Reset will happen in a panic because of a lack of leadership and foresight of the global monetary elites.

WHEN

The when part is uncertain, but using what we know about complex systems and the growth of the current international monetary regime, the best answer is probably “soon.” (No one has a crystal ball.)

There will be a new international monetary system where the U.S. dollar isn’t the world’s leading reserve currency.

THE SDR AND GOLD

People usually talk about gold in terms of a price that goes up and down per ounce in U.S. dollars (USD). (It’s about $1,255 USD per ounce today.)

This is a cross-rate of USD/GLD.

Economists also track the price of the two largest economies – the U.S. dollar and the Chinese yuan – against each other.

This cross-rate is USD/CNY.

The U.S. and China combine to produce almost 40% of global GDP.

What happens with the Chinese currency is very important to the world economy.

China did a shock devaluation of the yuan in Aug. 2015 and the U.S. stock markets fell 11% in three weeks. The Fed intervened by delaying their interest rate hikes from Sept.–Dec. 2015.

China devalued again in Dec. 2015, and U.S. stocks fell 11% again from Jan. 1 to Feb. 10, 2016. It took the G-20 Shanghai Accord in late Feb. 2016 to put an end to Chinese shock devaluations.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) publishes the price of their SDR, world money, in USD.

This cross-rate is SDR/USD.

So we have USD/GLD, USD/CNY, and SDR/USD.

In math there’s a law that says:

If A = B and B = C, then A also = C.

D. H. Bauer created a report that followed gold prices in SDRs instead of USD and found something very unusual and unnatural.

The IMF only issues SDRs to member countries, and they’re traded among the members through a secret trading desk inside the IMF.

The SDR is valued using a “basket” of currencies – US. dollars, pounds sterling, euros, Japanese yen, and as of Oct. 1, 2016, the Chinese yuan.

Here’s what DHB discovered:

Before China joined the SDR: the U.S. dollar price of gold and the SDR price of gold were volatile.

After China joined the SDR: the U.S. dollar price of gold continued to be volatile, but the SDR price of gold was much less volatility, especially after the first few months.

Most importantly, the trend line of SDR/GLD became a near-perfect horizontal line. The odds of this happening randomly are infinitesimal.

In short, world money has now been pegged to gold at a rate of SDR900 = 1 ounce of gold.

It’s a new gold standard using the IMF’s world money.

There’s the Global Monetary Reset right in front of your eyes.

It takes a while to sink in.

Why did SDR/GLD go from normal volatility to no volatility overnight?

The straight-line behavior of SDR/GLD after the Chinese yuan joined the SDR is impossible without some kind of intervention or manipulation.

The SDR/GLD horizontal trend line after CNY joined the basket is too steady and consistent to be real.

It’s either a “feedback loop” (can’t be because it’s a relatively free market of supply and demand), or it’s random (statistically impossible), or maybe fraud, (can’t be because the data is from public sources), or else it’s manipulated.

The first three options are ruled out which leaves manipulation as the only possible explanation.

How would you conduct such a manipulation, and who’s behind it?

To peg any cross-rate you need a large floating supply of both components or else a printing press to make as much as you need.

In this case you would need a large liquid supply of gold and SDRs.

If the gold rises above SDR900 (priced in SDRs), you sell some gold and buy SDRs (or the currency basket in the same ratio). If the SDR price of gold sinks below SDR900, you buy some gold and sell SDRs (or the currency basket in the same ratio).

By monitoring markets and intervening continually (buying and selling both gold and SDRs) with open market operations in gold and currencies, you can maintain the peg.

The peg is artificially being maintained.

There are only four parties in the world who could conduct such a manipulation:

1.) The U.S. Treasury
2.) The European Central Bank (ECB)
3.) The Chinese State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE)
4.) The IMF

These are the only entities with enough gold and SDRs to be able to conduct the open market operations needed to peg the price.

The U.S. Treasury and ECB can be eliminated because they’re relatively transparent about their total gold holdings, and if they were buying and selling gold and SDRs it would be in their official reports.

Not in the reports so it’s not them.

That leaves SAFE and the IMF.

Both are nontransparent.

China has about 2,000 tons of gold (probably much more, but they don’t disclose the excess) and has been buying SDRs in secondary market trading on top of the official allocations to IMF members.

The IMF has about 1,000 tons of gold and can print all the SDRs it wants with its SDR printing press.

The IMF also makes loans and receives principal and interest in SDRs.

The SDRs can also be traded through the IMF’s secret trading desk.

ARGENTINA

For example, the IMF is preparing to bail out Argentina.

The IMF loans will be in SDRs. Argentina needs U.S. dollars to defend its currency so they’ll have to swap their new SDRs for dollars.

China will be a willing swap, selling their U.S. dollars for SDRs, through the IMF’s secret trading desk.

That’s how China can acquire more SDRs than its IMF allocation permits.

The gold can be traded secretly through the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

The BIS is super-secret and is controlled by the same people who control the IMF.

China can also buy or sell gold for yuan or dollars on the open market in Shanghai and London and separately buy or sell SDRs for dollars or yuan. China can also buy or sell the SDR basket of currencies separately (in the same ratio as the basket) as a synthetic SDR to manipulate the price of the actual SDR.

This kind of intervention by China to maintain the SDR/GLD peg might also explain the mysterious “gold slams” we see in Comex gold futures trading with regularity.

For years people have said China was acquiring gold in anticipation of a new gold-backed yuan.

Jim doesn’t agree because China does not have a good rule of law. The yuan lacks the kind of deep liquid bond markets, primary dealers, repo facilities, futures contracts and other legal infrastructure needed to be a major reserve currency with or without gold backing. The yuan is a decade or more from becoming a major reserve currency.

But the SDR is an ideal vehicle for a gold-backed currency because it has the support of every major economic power on Earth through the IMF.

In short, the SDR has been pegged to gold. It is pegged through manipulation.

This is highly ironic. When the SDR was created in 1969 it was originally pegged to gold and defined as a weight in gold (SDR1 = 0.88867 grams of gold). That peg was abandoned just as the dollar peg (USD1 = 1/35th ounce of gold) was also abandoned.

This peg to gold is informal so it can be abandoned at any time.

It probably will be abandoned because the price is too low.

In 1925, the U.K. returned pounds sterling to the gold standard at the wrong price, which brought on catastrophic deflation and led to the Great Depression.

The peg of SDR900 is far too cheap to be sustainable given the scarce supply of gold and the growing supply of SDRs.

The IMF is going to have to print trillions of SDRs in the next global financial crisis, which will prove highly inflationary.

This new peg isn’t sustainable because the price is wrong.

But it shows that China is betting on the SDR and gold as a new world reserve currency, not the yuan or the U.S. dollar.

The whole world is heading towards gold.

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GLOBAL MONETARY RESET

There was a GMR (Global Monetary Reset) in 1914 when the world went off the gold standard to fight World War I.

There was another GMR in 1944 towards the end of WWII when they came up with the Bretton Woods system.

Another GMR happened in 1971 when President Nixon suspended gold redemption.

That’s one reset every 35 or so years.

It’s been 47 years since the last one.

We’re probably overdue and the system is currently unstable.

Gold will play a role in a new system, as you can see with the nations buying gold consistently over the last number of years.

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Jim Rickards can be found on Twitter and at James Rickards Project.

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Nothing on this site is intended as individual investment advice. We’re all watching which way the wind is blowing.

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Gold is at $1,256.60 U.S. per ounce via Kitco.

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My thoughts…

I was on a trek into Saskatoon at the end of last winter to honour Joni Mitchell.

There was nothing of her there. No mention anywhere.

And now the promenade I was standing on was named in her honour. Joni is part of Canadian culture and world musical culture. Brilliant lyrics and lovely chord structures. A snapshot of the world at that time and all time.

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I’m currently in Kelowna, British Columbia close to the Gold Rush Trail. Working away. Loving the space. Trying to learn a thing or three. Doing my best to make it easier for me to see.Quebec-18

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GoldPendant (6 of 9)-EditThe packaging for the Wild Gold pendant is nearing completion. I designed it using Fibonacci ratios, recycled ethically sourced paper, linen, and raw, pure and unrefined gold, ethically sourced, beautiful right from the rivers of the Canadian Gold Rush Trail. I care about the miners, artisan, ethically paid, and the beautiful environment it all happens in.

And I care about the symbolism and science of gold. Enduring value.

That doesn’t even dip into the world of nano-gold and medicine. ;)

Elaine Diane Taylor~

July 4 2018

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Coins and Crowns

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor
SOCAN/ASCAP
from the album Coins and Crowns available on iTunes

 

Single featured in Episode 1 of Mike Maloney’s documentary series Hidden Secrets of Money.

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Thank you to Jim Rickards for the shout out in his bestselling book The New Case for Gold.

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A Terrible Breeze    (North Korea and Nuclear War)

The news comes down
A little bluebird sings
Words of war
Fire and furious things
Of testing might
‘Til no patience knows
If keeping still
Still keeps you safe at home

It’s a terrible breeze
They speak of today
Of threats that used to live a world away
We all know wind
Can blow both ways
And a terrible breeze can blow it all away

A worldwide net
Sees our village grow
Until we all forget
What each one used to know
How a blind bird’s wings
Can reach the shore
And turn the wheel of peace and war

Village fools sinking down, down, down
Debt and gold wound in numbered shrouds
Deal of a life it’s bread and clowns
Can we afford another go around?
The news comes down.

It’s a terrible breeze. The news comes down.

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor
©2017 Elaine Art & Media SOCAN/ASCAP

 

Single available on iTunes

I am thrilled about the peace summit and new ways of thinking about the future.

So amazing.

No one wants to turn that wheel of peace and war.

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Not Much of a Holiday (Greek Debt and Media Persuasion)

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor

© 2015 Intelligentsia Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOCAN/ASCAP

Single available on iTunes

The Greek bank holiday and long lines to get a few euros for the day. Debt deals behind closed doors. The media telling us what opinions to have. China building islands in the South China Sea and claiming all the international waves. More dealing to come. More standing in line for those who owe. Who owes? There’s a long line of nations in debt and this is far from done.

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Preparing for the Fall live boutique album available on iTunes — featuring Wag the Dog, Black Swan Dive,  American Pie and Gods of the Copybook Headings.

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The Gods of the Copybook Headings

words by Rudyard Kipling and music by Elaine Diane Taylor

©2014 Intelligentsia Media Inc.

SOCAN/ASCAP

from the album Preparing for the Fall available on iTunes

 

The copybooks of the early 1900s gave us all the wisdom we need. The sayings that were copied are the truths, the gods, of our world. All the empires who followed the gods of the marketplace instead have fallen, and there’s terror and slaughter when the gods of the copybook headings return. The lyrics are by Rudyard Kipling. One of my gurus.

Another Week on Wall Street

words and music Elaine Diane Taylor

© 2013 Intelligentsia Media Inc. All rights reserved.

SOCAN/ASCAP

from the album Coins and Crowns available on iTunes

See the bankers wave their Wall Street wands and conjure piles of paper green. Naked short selling is like betting that your neighbour’s house will burn down. But in this scenario it happens to burn down. If the bankers win then we lose the whole world as we know it. I wrote this in 2009, with a lyric “A little grease (Greece) is floating out to sea, and little pigs (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) are bobbing up and down, they’ll send a storm and we’ll see, when the tide goes out who’s naked on the beach“, and it’s coming on now. The world is changing as we know it.

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Nothing on this site is intended as individual investment advice. We’re all watching which way the wind is blowing.

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