Monday, March 18, 2013

Cyprus Confiscates Gold!

Mark Grant, writing for ZeroHedge, reports on a move that precious metals holders everywhere have long feared.
"Please note that until yesterday all depositors in Cypriot banks were insured up to the value of €100,000 with any one bank. Today that solemn governmental promise has been shown for what it is; a lie. Worse and actually far worse and quite scary in fact is that the European Union and the European Central Bank and the IMF has not just allowed violation of the deposit insurance but demanded it. One thing is certain here; if they can void deposit insurance in Cyprus then they can void it in any country in Europe. Further; if they can void deposit insurance then they can void bond covenants with the scratch of a pen on paper. Nothing now; Nothing is safe!"
What's that   You missed the part about gold confiscation?  So did I, and that's the point.  Cash in a bank is a remarkably easy target for politicians and bureaucrats eager for a fix.  To be clear, so are ETFs purporting to hold gold, and even mining shares.

When things get bad, really bad, the safest counter-party is no counter-party at all.  Parents, it's 10:00.  Do you know where your gold is?

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