Saturday , 23 September 2017


Why Gold Confiscation Will Likely Happen & How to Protect Your’s From Such an Eventuality

There has been a persistent fear among…owners of gold that…their gold will be confiscated by their governments, as was the case in 1933. For very different reasons, we believe that that danger persists and is growing by the day. We feel that because gold is rapidly returning to an active role in the global monetary system…investors should be aware of the conditions in which this would happen. We also indicate what we feel to be a solid solution for protecting yourself against a gold confiscation. (Words: 1581: Charts: 2)

So says Julian Phillips (http://www.goldforecaster.com/) in edited excerpts from his original article* posted on Financial Sense under the title How to Protect One’s Gold from Government Confiscation.

[Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!), may have edited the article below to some degree for length and clarity – see Editor’s Note at the bottom of the page for details. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.]

Phillips goes on to say, in part:

Gold Has Moved to Pivotal Role in Global Monetary System

…Here is a look at the percentage of gold in foreign exchange reserves held by the central banks of 12 major countries [Also read: [Also read: Gold: The Top 10 Holders & Producers by Country– and 23 Investment Options]:

gold reserves country

The on-going acquisition of gold by the emerging world and the firm grip on current gold holdings by the world’s banks show just how important a reserve asset gold still is and how it is becoming increasingly important. Bear in mind too that the bulk of this gold was bought by these banks at around $35 a [troy] ounce. [Read: Gold: What Does a “Troy” Ounce or “18/24 Karat” Gold Really Mean?] At the current level…[in excess of $1,700/ozt], the increase in value of gold from the 1960’s when this gold was bought has been nearly 48- fold, nearly 100% a year. Not bad for an investment?

Tier I Asset Will Bring the Banking System to Gold

Gold’s elevation from a Tier II asset (where only 50% of its value can be allotted to the bank held assets in terms of capital ratio) to a Tier I asset (where 100% of its value can be allotted to bank held assets in terms of capital ratio) is expected to be implemented on January 1st 2013.

At this point, not only will central banks want to hold gold but so will commercial banks. This brings into the gold markets a whole new demand feature, one that could prove a major driving force in the market place. It institutionalizes gold again!

Monetization of Gold Could Happen to Shore Up the Monetary System

The monetization of gold will dramatically change the way it will be looked at by the powers that be. It doesn’t require a dollar collapse for this to happen; it will happen because of falling confidence levels in currencies and the potential danger we might well face in the near future.

Just as the confiscation of gold in 1933 was done so as to rectify a major fault in the U.S. monetary system then, and to prepare the world for the conflagration of WWII, [Also read: James Turk: Here’s the Real Reason the Gov’t Confiscated Gold in 1933] the return of gold now is for the positive aspects gold can bring to shore up confidence in the current monetary system. At that time, the gold price may well be encouraged to rise to such a high level that confidence in the dollar and other key currencies will be restored. This again will enable the banking system to be used as a means to a further unlimited expansion of credit. Gold’s role will be to provide a value anchor to currencies from then on.

Volatility Control Needed

In such an important role, can each government allow its citizen’s to affect the gold price as they want at any time? Could such freedom affect gold’s role in the system to become unstable? It’s more than likely that one or more central banks—perhaps acting in concert?—would want to remove its citizen’s privilege of owning gold once again, as a measure solely to keep the gold market stable. We’re not simply talking about manipulating the gold price; we are talking about keeping the market price with a low volatility.

Please note that while several countries may confiscate the gold of their citizens at the same time, you may also see country after country act separately as the credibility of their currencies become doubtful. This could reach all countries within the global monetary system at one time or another.

The world as we know it cannot afford a dollar or any major currency collapse and no government will willingly sit idly by and watch it happen. They will do all in their power to avert such an event. This means acting before it’s likely to happen, while credibility still remains.

Gold Price to Eventually “Float” Up to a Much Higher “Managed” Level

We’ve lived in a world of currency decay for a long time now…. As we have seen in the last three years, gold has begun to compliment currencies and facilitate their liquidity and the lowering of risk in international loans. It has worked. We expect that the monetary authorities have already made plans to capitalize on this, and it is just a matter of time before the complete rehabilitation of gold is complete.

We do not envisage a “Gold Standard” system because this implies a fixed price of gold. Instead, we see a gold price that must ‘float’ in a stable manner; to achieve this, however, central banks would need to be able to control the gold price to ensure that stability. The price would have to rise dramatically to achieve this, but under central bank control this could be done. Without such measures, confidence in the global monetary system may well move to collapse on a broad, domino-like front, the likes of which we have never seen. It is this objective that will trigger central bank confiscation of its citizen’s gold. There may well be other stated reasons, but this will underlie them.

How Will Confiscation Be Instituted?

Expect no warnings at all. Don’t be surprised if such an event were preceded by denials. Most likely it would happen over a weekend or public holiday so as to catch all off-guard. This would maximise the gold caught in the authorities net.

The objective of such legislation would be to ensure that a nation could reap as much gold as possible into the State’s coffers.

[Below is the sequence of events that would probably unfold to bring total government confiscation of gold about:]
  1. Bank-stored Gold: First would be gold held—on behalf of clients or the banks themselves—by banks. [Nick Barisheff: Make Sure You’ll Actually OWN the Gold Bullion Before You Buy – Here’s Why and How]
  2. ETF Gold Funds: In the U.S., the prime target would be the SPDR gold Exchange Traded Fund (GLD) [Read: Surprise! A Close Look at GLD Reveals What it IS and is NOT], with more than 1,600 tonnes of gold held by its Custodian, HSBC. For the sake of keeping its license (as we see in the speed it pays heavy fines to regulators) it would simply hand over that gold to the central bank. Expect their clients to be offered market-related prices at the time or U.S. Treasury bonds in payment for the gold. SPDR would then simply inform their clients of what happened, and the fund’s gold would be gone!
  3. Private Vaulted Gold: Next would be the private gold vaults within the jurisdiction of the monetary authority doing the confiscating. Again, the law would force them to hand over their gold to the authorities, backed up by the relevant legislation or government order and, again, the haul would be substantial. [Read: Vaulted Gold: What Is It and How Does It Compare With Other Gold Investments?]
  4. Gold Dealers & Clients: Next would be gold dealers and their clients, within the jurisdiction of the confiscating authority. Again, the haul would be good and easily attached.

Under the coming legislation [FATCA] and possibly new supporting legislation, a declaration of assets, including gold by citizens and institutions would likely be ordered.

all gold world

U.S. Citizen-Owned Foreign-held Gold at Risk of Confiscation

You would think this could only apply to institutions and individuals whose gold is within the jurisdiction of the confiscating authority, but a look at the tenacity with which the I.R.S. has taken on foreign banks hiding U.S. citizen’s money overseas, shows that their tentacles reach all over the world. U.S. citizens living and working overseas –for as long as they have a U.S. passport—are liable to U.S. tax. Any foreign bank operating inside the States is liable to lose its license to bank inside the U.S. if they don’t cooperate with the U.S. monetary authorities. That’s why Swiss banks no longer want new U.S. clients. They have reviewed the proposed FATCA legislation too and are getting ready for it now so U.S. citizen-owned, foreign-held gold remains vulnerable to any confiscation order made inside the U.S.

Confiscation of Gold Held Outside U.S. Unlikely However

The mighty U.S. will not try to impose such a confiscation order on other nations. [Such attempts] would be thrown out of court – jurisdiction is everything – [but they would]…bluster noisily enough to give the impression they would. They never would, …[though, because] no country has successfully tried to impose Capital or Exchange Controls  outside its jurisdiction just as no foreign nation would attempt to enforce their laws inside the U.S…..

The U.S., [instead,]… would simply impose the law on the owner of the gold, not the gold itself. It’s easier to force an institution or individual to transfer ownership of the title to that gold to the government, with a gold market, price-related payment being made to close the deal (in 2% Treasuries?) than to venture into a foreign court on spurious ownership claims. Likewise, where it remains directly under the ownership and control of the individual, extreme penalties for non-cooperation would soon diminish the virtues of his gold.

[You should be aware, however, that] there is a way that has just been set up that we believe will provide [you a way to] avoid gold confiscation without being penalized….[Go here for the details.]

*http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/julian-phillips/gold-confiscation-protection

[Editor’s Note: The above post may have been edited ([ ]), abridged (…), and reformatted (including the title, some sub-titles and bold/italics emphases) for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. The article’s views and conclusions are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original article.]

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One comment

  1. If this happens, as I’ve mentioned before, expect to see those in the know, shift their wealth to other PM’s before the Gov’t. GRAB happens. If I had millions, which I do not, I’d be looking at copper, rare earths and fresh water rights!