Something is going on in the world of gold, if these two articles shared by Ms. K.M., and Mr. P.K., are any indicator, and as one might imagine, both trigger some high octane speculation for the day, particularly the article shared by Mr. P.K. Here's the first article from Ms. K.M.:
And now the article shared by Mr. P.K. from RT:
Regular readers here and of my books are aware that I have speculated for several years that there has been in existence since World War Two's end a "secret" or "hidden financial system," based in part on recovered Japanese and Nazi loot, including gold, which was all to be managed by the National Security Council. As part and parcel of this system, I've also argued that the international drug trade was a huge component of it, and that the "gold backed bearer bonds" scandals were also a component, given that "gold" in the criminal underworld is often a code-name for "drugs" or other contraband, hence "gold-backed bearer bonds" might also mean drug or other contraband-backed bearer bonds, with the bonds themselves acting as media of exchange in such a system. While this blog is not the place to review all my speculations on this system, it is also worth recalling that I have argued that the obfuscation of the actual amount of gold in existence is probably a huge component of such a system, for if there was more gold in existence than is actually the case with the "numbers", the opportunities for manipulation become quite severe.
Enter the first article, which speculates that the gold reserves of the USA might not be up to the assaying standards of the actual physical gold trade. This speculation has been around for years if not decades, since the last "audit" of the American reserves was a partial affair, and only one "room" of the Fort Knox reserves was opened to the process. Such sub-par gold reserves could also obviously be used within such a system.
And that brings us to the RT article shared by Mr. P.K., who wrote in his email asking if this new move could be used to weed out sub-standard gold. Certainly the moves by China and Russia to acquire massive amounts of gold and to back a quest for a new trading standard do raise the possibility that they might suspect that American and other western reserves are sub-standard in assay quality.
But there's another possibility looming here that really caught my eye, and it caught my eye because of its potential utility in serving a greatly expanded system of finance and liquidity. Consider the following lines from the RT article:
“The plan is to create a standard for kilobars that can be adopted around the world, delivered anywhere, possibly using blockchain to identify the bars, their origins,” a physical gold trading source said. “Rigid standards and blockchain would bring in people who are worried they could be getting conflict metal.” (Boldface emphasis added)
There you have it: blockchain technologies - and hence, the linkage between crypto-currencies and gold - are being touted as a means of making the actual physical gold "traceable", in this case, so the RT article has it, of eliminating "conflict metals," the "blood diamonds" of bullion trade. Once again, the implicit meme is being driven that the whole technology is "secure" and that there's "no need to worry."
And herewith my high octane speculation, for as we have seen recently, the crypto-currencies are not only highly volatile and subject to manipulation by a very few, but are also hardly secure, as the recent hacking episodes have demonstrated. (See the blog two days ago: CRYPTO-CURRENCIES HACK CHANGES WALLET ADDRESSES) If one can hack blockchain and change addresses, then the field would seem to be wide open to do the same with gold traded via the same technology, and hence, the origin and possibly assay quality of gold traded by this means could also be hacked and changed, and thus the manipulations of the paper gold market that are complained about in the first article could become a whole new means of market manipulation and obfuscation gold itself... on steroids. The bottom line here it seems to me is that one could be looking at yet the next transformation of this whole hidden system of manipulation and using that manipulation for wealth harvesting.
I suspect this is a story, in other words, that we're going to be hearing more about. And again, I suspect we're going to be hearing about what a wonderful development it all is. And my reaction to it is the classic caveat emptor.
See you on the flip side...