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November 10, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: SLV , AUY , GLD

The game is at hand as Sherlock Homes would say. What is the money trail that funded Al Queda. That in 8 years has not been answered. Yet. Some day it will. For now. Just a interesting article and youtube clip I found. I have no clue you draw your own conclusions.

Federal Reserve Governor Confirms Fed Gold Swaps

 

 

Five months ago, the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA), filed a second Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Federal Reserve System for documents from 1990 to date having to do with gold swaps, gold swapped, or proposed gold swaps.

On Aug. 5, The Federal Reserve responded to this FOIA request by adding two more documents to those disclosed to GATA in April 2008 from the earlier FOIA request. These documents totaled 173 pages, many parts of which were redacted (covered up to omit sections of text). The Fed's response also noted that there were 137 pages of documents not disclosed that were alleged to be exempt from disclosure.

GATA appealed this determination on Aug. 20. The appeal asked for more information to substantiate the legitimacy of the claimed exemptions from disclosure and an explanation on why some documents, such as one posted on the Federal Reserve Web site that discusses gold swaps, were not included in the Aug. 5 document release.

In a Sept. 17, 2009, letter on Federal Reserve System letterhead, Federal Reserve governor Kevin M. Warsh completely denied GATA's appeal. The entire text of this letter can be examined at http://www.gata.org/files/GATAFedResponse-09-17-2009.pdf.

The first paragraph on the third page is the most revealing. Warsh wrote, "In connection with your appeal, I have confirmed that the information withheld under exemption 4 consists of confidential commercial or financial information relating to the operations of the Federal Reserve Banks that was obtained within the meaning of exemption 4. This includes information relating to swap arrangements with foreign banks on behalf of the Federal Reserve System and is not the type of information that is customarily disclosed to the public. This information was properly withheld from you."

This paragraph will likely be one of the most important news stories of the year.

Though not stated in plain English, this paragraph is an admission that the Fed has in the past and may now be engaged in trading gold swaps. Warsh's letter contradicts previous Fed statements to GATA denying that it ever engaged in gold swaps during the time period between Jan. 1, 1990 and the present.

If the Fed had no such gold swaps during this period, their initial response or Warsh's letter would simply have said so. Although this damning paragraph does not specifically state that it refers to gold swaps, both of GATA's FOIA requests, the appeal and Warsh's letter are explicit that the only swaps under discussion are for gold.

In theory, gold swaps should have no effect on the long-term price of gold. Gold swaps merely refer to the exchange of matching amounts of gold that are delivered in different locations or at different times. For instance, central bank A could swap a ton of gold with central bank B. In this scenario, central bank A may deliver this ton of gold to central bank B or to another party to fulfill an obligation of central bank B. Central bank B would at some point deliver a ton of gold to central bank A.

Central bank gold swaps could easily be used to surreptitiously hide gold dumped on the physical market to suppress the price of gold. Here's how. In the previous example, when central banks A and B agree to deliver one ton of gold on behalf of the other bank, both of these central banks are allowed (and were required, until recently) by the International Monetary Fund to continue to report the gold they have delivered as if it were still in their respective vaults. While this is being done, each central bank would be free to sell onto the physical market the gold received in the swap from the other bank. That could increase the amount of physical gold available on the market, with neither central bank reporting any sale.

In most instances, swaps are short term, which is why the net impact should be negligible. If the swapped gold were replaced in a few weeks or months, the replacement of the gold would have the effect of decreasing the supply of physical gold to cancel out the earlier increase in supply.

But what if the swaps do not mature for a very long time?

Over the past 10 years, GATA has accumulated a significant amount of circumstantial evidence that the U.S. government, in conjunction with the Federal Reserve System, has secretly arranged to sell or lease central bank gold onto the physical market. Although there have been some attempts at refutation of particular words in the compilation, there has been no evidence produced to disprove GATA's contentions. Despite the lack of contrary evidence, there are a number of so-called gold market experts who refuse to acknowledge that any central banks are involved in activities such as gold swaps undertaken to suppress the price of gold. Now that Federal Reserve governor Warsh has admitted that the Fed has lied in the past about engaging in gold swaps, what excuse will these "experts" now use to ignore GATA's research?

Warsh's letter may end up being the evidence needed to overcome the U.S. government's efforts to avoid clearly and accurately reporting on its gold holdings. If so, there is a significant likelihood that the public would be stunned to learn how much of the U.S. gold stockpile is gone. Any such news would lead the price of gold to explode upward (and for the value of the U.S. dollar to fall sharply). Stay tuned for developments.



Patrick A. Heller owns Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, Mich., and writes "Liberty's Outlook," the company's monthly newsletter on rare coins and precious metals subjects. Past newsletter issues can be viewed at http://www.libertycoinservice.com. His periodic radio interviews on WILS-1320 AM can be heard at http://www.amlansing.com and on the Korelin Economic Report at http://www.kereport.com.

I can't find the Tape I wanted but good old ben Stated he held some currency and made money off the trade. That IMHO helped tank the dollar.



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#1) On November 11, 2009 at 12:22 PM, Melaschasm (57.59) wrote:

I am not a big fan of the Federal Reserve, but the claims made here are much ado about nothing.

The Fed has not admitted to anything that was denied.  A blanket statement about denying access to certain documents, and a list of the standard reasons why such information is restricted, does not imply that all such reasons are the cause of the denial.

It is possible that the Fed has swapped gold, and it is possible that the Fed is lying about why certain documents were witheld, but this Fed response does not provide evidence of either assertion.

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