Skip to comments.Global Gold Diggers (IMF Plans to Sell Your Gold!)
Posted on 06/07/2008 7:24:40 AM PDT by shrinkermd
There are some 103 million ounces of gold at the IMF, deposited by member countries when the fund's mission was to defend the gold standard in a balance-of-payments crisis. With an original value equivalent to $56 an ounce but now worth more than $850 an ounce, the ingots have generated huge gains for their owners. These are not only rich countries; some 25% of the gold belongs to developing nations. India has a paper gain of more than $2 billion, the U.S. about $21 billion.
This money rightfully belongs to the members. But the fund now has a budget that exceeds its income by about $300 million a year, so it's not surprising that the fund's managers are looking to crack the gold safe for a second time. In 1999 the fund revalued one-eighth of the bullion (12.9 million ounces) in the vault at market prices then $335 an ounce in order to boost its asset profile and generate money for debt relief.
Now it wants more. Under the "new income model" of the eminent persons, that same one-eighth would be sold outright. At $850 an ounce, proceeds would top $11 billion. Some $6.7 billion which is the excess over the gold's current book value would go to finance a permanent IMF endowment. The U.S. share of that gain is about $1.7 billion. At a 4% annual return, the gold sale would provide $267 million every year for IMF operations. Not coincidentally, that would just about fill the fund's annual budget shortfall.
This income would be exempt from member-country review. This is a recipe for policy mischief. Despite its reduced importance, the fund still has enough power to make trouble by again bailing out nations from bad decisions and imposing antigrowth policies in the bargain.
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Libertarianism, what people finally turn to, when they've tried every other solution first.
China is buying gold hand over fist. First thing you know, Federal Reserve Fiat Bucks are dropped as an international currency and China issues a partial gold backed currency.
I think Dubai already has a gold dinar.
The manipulations in the gold market are mind boggling.
If you take the national debt, and divide it by the number of ounces the treasury SAYS they have (whether they really have it or they’ve leased it out and they just keep it on the books anyways), you come up with a number that tells you what gold would be worth if we had a gold backed dollar.
Ready for this??
Somewhere in the neighborhood of $51K per ounce.
Gonna vote for Barr? I am seriously considering it myself.
I don’t like Barr. I remember him in some public congressional hearing, berating an invited witness. I just don’t like him. If the Constitution Party is on the ballot, maybe Chuck Baldwin. I haven’t decided how I’m going to vote. I could hold my nose and vote McCain as the most effective anti-Obama vote, but I don’t want that vote taken as support for McCain.