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Was GLD Gold Moved To The Dutch Central Bank?

TND Guest Contributor:  Dave Kranzler |Untitled7

In a move that is much more significant and relevant than the Chinese interest rate cut news, it was revealed that Netherland’s Central Bank repatriated 120 tonnes of gold this year.   The move was accounted for as a transfer of gold from the NY Fed to De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).   I say “accounted for”  because I believe it is highly likely that the physical transfer took place from the GLD custodial vaults to the DNB.   Here’s the article:   LINK.

I think this also explains the 33 tonnes of gold that the U.S. military airlifted out of Ukraine:  Original Source – Translated Version. (“Jesse” of Jesse’s Cafe Americain reminded about the Ukraine gold)

Recall that the Fed, together with Germany’s Bundesbank, explained that it would take 7 years to move 300 tonnes of gold from NY to Germany because it was complicated and expensive.   As we know, that was a glaringly transparent cover story for:  “the Fed does not have 300 tonnes to ship back to Germany and it will take 7 years to buy and move that amount of gold without driving up the world price of gold.”

Why do I make this assertion?  This is from the link above:  “In total, 120 tonnes of gold valued at €4bn has been brought back to the Netherlands by ship, Nos television said.”

So, why was the DNB able to move 120 tonnes in a matter of months but it will take 7 years to move 300 tonnes to Germany?

I think we all know the answer to that question, which is why I make the assertion that the bars shipped to the DNB came from GLD.

On March 21, GLD had 821 tonnes of gold.   Currently it has 720 tonnes.   Given what we know about the failure of the Fed to send Germany any gold other than 5 tonnes of miscellaneous scrap, and given that it appears as if Germany has abandoned its efforts to have any part of 300 tonnes of gold moved from NY to Germany (other than the 5 tonnes of crap), it is highly likely that the 100 tonnes removed from GLD since March has been moved to Amsterdam.  I’m sure the  balance was the gold airlifted by the U.S. from Ukraine.

The ONLY way gold is removed from GLD is if one of the Approved Participant bullion banks accumulated 100,000 share “baskets” and redeems the baskets for bars.  It’s the only way.  Even a big investor must transfer its shares to the bullion bank in order to execute the transaction.   And it says right in the Prospectus that the Trustee can deny the investor’s request for reasons that are not clear.

Whether or not my theory is accurate, I would bet my dog’s life that the 120 tonnes that the DNB received this year into its vaults unequivocally did not come from the NY Fed vaults.

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About Dave Kranzler:

Aspen1-dave I spent many years working in various analytic jobs and trading on Wall Street. For nine of those years, I traded junk bonds for Bankers Trust. I have an MBA from the University of Chicago, with a concentration in accounting and finance. My goal is to help people understand and analyze what is really going on in our financial system and economy. You can follow my work and contact me via my website Investment Research Dynamics.  Occasionally, I publish on Seeking Alpha too. As a co-founder and principal of Golden Returns Capital, LLC Mr. Kranzler co-manages the Precious Metals Opportunity Fund, a metals and mining stock investment fund.

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